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Welcome to Thursday Coffee Hour. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is going on in your life. I'm very much like my Dad. He was a physicist and still interested in the paranormal. I like to explore everything whether scientific or mystical. That is why on my website I have a section on the Chinese Zodiac and the Western Zodiac. Here are pictures I did for the signs and brief descriptions as to what the signs are about. On the Western Zodiac I am using the dates on the accompanying pictures. Other sources use slightly different dates. And for those who are wondering I'm the Year of the Rat and an Aries.

Year of the Rat
Rats are both charming and aggressive. They appear calm and well balanced on the surface, but underneath, they are restless and a little nervous. Rats are compatible, hard working, and they know how to hang on to a penny. They are never without admirers. They are very appealing. They have a bright and happy personality, and this keeps them busy socially. They love parties and other large gatherings. They like belonging to exclusive clubs and will often have a close circle of fellow conspirators. They like involvement and are very outgoing. Rats cherish friends and loved ones. For this reason, they often get entangled with others' problems and lives. Rats learn early, quickly, and are avid readers. They know how to express themselves well-both written and orally. Given the slightest chance, Rats can make a success of their lives.

01/31/1900 – 02/19/1901
02/18/1912 – 02/09/1913
02/05/1924 – 01/24/1925
01/24/1936 – 02/10/1937
02/10/1948 – 01/14/1949
01/28/1960 – 02/14/1961
01/16/1972 – 02/02/1973
02/02/1984 – 02/19/1985
02/17/1996 – 02/06/1997
02/07/2008 – 01/25/2009

Year of the Ox
Oxes may appear docile, but watch out! They also have quite a temper. They are extremely determined and work tirelessly to get what they want. Step by step and piece by piece, they move steadily toward their goals. People born under the sign of the Ox are dependable and stick to a routine until the job is done. They are fair-minded and good listeners, but they can also be extremely stubborn.

02/19/1901 – 02/07/1902
02/06/1913 – 01/25/1914
01/25/1925 – 02/12/1926
02/11/1937 – 01/30/1938
01/29/1949 – 02/16/1950
02/16/1961 – 02/04/1962
02/03/1973 – 01/22/1974
02/20/1985 – 02/08/1986
02/07/1997 – 01/27/1998
01/26/2009 – 02/13/2010

Year of the Tiger
Tigers are rebels. They are both colorful and unpredictable. Their energy and love of life are stimulating. They love being the center of attention and never go unnoticed. Tigers are impatient and always look for action. They speak their minds when upset and have suspicious natures.

02/08/1902 – 01/28/1903
01/26/1914 – 02/13/1915
02/13/1926 – 02/01/1927
01/31-1938 – 02/18/1939
02/17/1950 – 02/05/1951
02/06/1962 – 01/24/1963
01/23/1974 – 02/10/1975
01/09/1986 – 02/28/1987
01/28/1998 – 02/26/1999
02/14/2010 – 02/02/2011

Year of the Rabbit
Rabbits fall under a most fortunate sign! Their sign is the emblem of long life and they possess the powers of the moon. Rabbits are very sensitive to beauty. They are gracious and soft spoken. Rabbits are the diplomats and the peace-makers. They enjoy a tranquil life and love a quiet evening at home. Rabbits are reserved and very artistic. They are thorough and good scholars. When Rabbits are moody, which is often, they will appear totally indifferent to the world.

01/29/1903 – 02/15/1904
02/14/1915 – 02/16/1916
02/02/1927 – 01/22/1928
02/19/1939 – 02/07/1940
02/16/1951 - 01/26/1952
01/26/1963 – 02/12/1964
02/11/1975 – 01/30/1976
01/29/1987 – 02/16/1988
02/27/1999 – 02/04/2000
02/03/2011  - 01/22/2012

Year of the Dragon
Dragon people are balls of fire! They are full of vitality and love of life. Always on the run, they drag their faithful band of admirers behind them. Dragons are egotistical, eccentric, demanding, and giving.  They are proud, direct, and loaded with high ideals which they always try to live up to. Having a zeal for life, they want to live it on a grand scale. They have the potential for accomplishing many great things as long as they don't get too far ahead of themselves. When dragons do something, good or bad, you can be certain their deeds do not go unnoticed! Dragons are always making the news.

01/16/1904 – 01/03/1905
02/03/1916 – 01/22/1917
01/23/1928 – 01/09/1929
02/08/1940 – 01/26/1941
01/27/1952 – 02/13/1953
01/13/1964 – 02/01/1965
01/31/1976 – 02/17/1977
02/05/2000 – 01/24/2001
01/23/2012 – 02/09/2013

Year of the Snake
Snakes are romantic and charming. They are deep thinkers and always mysterious. Snakes are graceful and soft spoken. They love a good book and appreciate all of the arts. They lean towards all of the finer things in life. Snakes trust themselves above all others and are seldom wrong; but behind a sophisticated front, Snakes are very superstitious!

01/04/1905 – 01/26/1906
01/23/1917 – 01/10/1918
02/10/1929 – 01/29/1930
01/27/1941 – 02/14/1942
02/14/1953 – 02/02/1954
02/02/1965 – 01/20/1966
02/18/1977 – 02-06/1978
02/06/1989 – 01/26/1990
01/25/2001 – 02/11/2002
02/10/2013 -  01/30/2014

Year of the Horse
Horses are very appealing people. They are warm and friendly and dearly love social gatherings with plenty of people. They are perceptive and enjoy talking. They have a high spirited nature and are changeable. This makes them hot-tempered, rash, and headstrong. They are always falling in and out of love. Quick to warm to someone, they are just as quick to lose interest. Here today and gone tomorrow-these are the Horses. Then when you decide not to see them again, here they come ready to pick up where they left off!

01/25/1906 – 02/12/1907
02/11/1918 – 01/31/1919
01/30/1930 – 02/16/1931
01/15/1942 – 02/04/1943
02/03/1954 – 01/23/1955
01/21/1966 – 02/08/1967
02/07/1978 – 01/27/1979
01/27/1990 – 02/14/1991
02/12/2002 – 01/31/2003
01/31/2014 -

Year of the Sheep
Sheep are the good Samaritans of the Chinese zodiac. They are gentle mannered and on the shy side. Being very sincere they are easily taken by a sob story. Sheep people are compassionate, understanding of others' faults, and quick to forgive.

02/13/1907 – 02/01/1908
02/01/1919 – 02/19/1920
02/17/1931 – 02/05/1932
01/05/1943 – 01/24/1944
01/24/1955 – 02/11/1956
02/09/1967 – 01/28/1968
01/28/1979 – 02/15/1980
02/19/1991 – 02/03/1992
02/01/2003 – 01/21/2004

Year of the Monkey
No task is too great for the clever Monkeys. They master most anything. They have extremely charming manners that draw others. Monkeys solve difficult problems with ease. They are quick-witted, innovative, and they have total and intense belief in themselves. No one delights in their own accomplishments like the Monkeys. Enjoying themselves immensely, they try anything at least once! Monkeys are intellectual and their memory is phenomenal. They recall the smallest details of everything they have seen, read, and heard. They must depend on that memory since they have an otherwise untidy mind. Monkeys are wizards with money. They are original, shrewd, and when they need to, they can fool anyone. There are a hundred and one fantastic schemes they want to try, and you can bet they make some of them work. Even when they take you in, it is hard to be angry with them, or begrudge them anything. They don't care what opinions others have of them. They know they are lucky, and they also know they have the ability to change things when convenience calls. Monkeys are virtually unsinkable! When the odds are stacked against them, Monkeys know when to quit. Their timing is superb, and they will wait to try another time. If you try to trick Monkeys, they will probably catch you. They never make a move without a plan. They are great strategists. They can spot an opportunity in any form. They never miss a trick!

02/02/1908 – 01/21/1909
02/20/1920 – 01/07/1921
02/06/1932 – 01/25/1933
01/25/1944 – 02/12/1945
02/12/1956 – 01/30/1957
01/30/1968 – 02/16/1969
02/16/1980 – 02/04/1981
02/04/1992 – 01/22/1993
01/22/2004 – 01/08/2005

Year of the Rooster
Roosters are the most eccentric of the Chinese zodiac. They are full of dreams and romantic ideas. They are colorful and attractive, radiant and dashing, and they are quite proud of themselves. Roosters are organized, precise, and their sharp eyes seek out fine details in everything. They are perfectionists and leave no room for human error. To Roosters, a difficult task is a challenge. They dearly love starting controversies. Roosters express themselves very well both in writing and speech. They are knowledgeable in most subjects you wish to discuss. When you challenge them you must be prepared for a long fight. Their stamina is amazing and they win their point at all costs. Even when they are wrong, they will still be right in one way or another!

01//22/1909 – 01/09/1910
01/08/1921 – 01/27/1922
01/26/1933 – 02/13/1934
02/13/1945 – 02/01/1946
01/31/1957 – 02/17/1958
02/17/1969 – 02/05/1970
02/05/1981 – 01/24/1982
01/23/1993 – 02/09/1994
01/09/2005 – 01/28/2006

Year of the Dog
Dogs are honest, straightforward, and friendly. They are extremely protective of themselves and their loved ones. With a passion for fair play and justice, they never fail to rescue you time after time. They may rant and rave, but they never rest until they right the wrong. They are true humanitarians and suffer with the world. In spite of their concern for others, social graces and fancy parties do not impress them. Having sharp eyes, they will see through people's motives. They are quite private about their personal lives and someone prying into their affairs make them secretive and withdrawn. Once you gain their confidence, they open up freely.

02/10/1910 – 01/29/1911
01/28/1922 – 02/13/1923
02/14/1934 – 02/03/1935
02/02/1946 – 01/21/1947
02/18/1958 – 02/07/1959
02/06/1970 – 01/26/1971
01/25/1982 – 02/12/1983
02/10/1994 – 01/30/1995
01/29/2006 – 02/17/2007

Year of the Pig
Pigs are self-reliant, very sociable, dependable, and extremely determined. Pigs are peace lovers and don't hold grudges. They hate arguments, tense situations, and try to bring both sides together. In life they make deep and long-lasting friendships. Pigs enjoy social gatherings of all kinds, and look for parties to attend. In fact, Pigs must watch themselves so that their incessant pursuit of pleasure doesn't interfere with other aspects of their lives. Pigs belong to clubs and they make terrific fund raisers. They have a real knack for charity and social work. Pigs always listen to problems. They won't mind getting involved and try to help. Pigs have big hearts. A problem that Pigs have is that they are too innocent and naive. Being honest and trustworthy themselves, they have a hard time understanding the motives of those with less scruples.

01/30/1911 – 02/17/1912
02/16/1923 – 02/04/1924
02/04/1935 – 01/23/1936
01/22/1947 – 02/09/1948
02/08/1959 – 01/27/1960
01/27/1971 – 01/15/1972
02/13/1983 – 02/01/1984
01/31/1995 – 02/18/1996
02/13/2007 – 02/06/2008

Aries
March 21 - April 20
Aries, the ram, is a fire sign and its ruling planet is Mars.

Traditional Aries traits:
Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageous
Enthusiastic and confident
Dynamic and quick-witted

On the dark side:
Selfish and quick-tempered
Impulsive and impatient
Foolhardy and daredevil.

Taurus
April 21 - May 20
Taurus, the bull,  is an earth sign and its ruling planet is Venus.

Traditional Taurus traits:
Patient and reliable
Warmhearted and loving
Persistent and determined
Placid and security loving
 
On the dark side:
Jealous and possessive
Resentful and inflexible
Self-indulgent and greedy

Gemini
May 21 - June 20
Gemini, the twins,  is an air sign and its ruling planet is Mercury.

Traditional Gemini traits:
Adaptable and versatile
Communicative and witty
Intellectual and eloquent
Youthful and lively

On the dark side:
Nervous and tense
Superficial and inconsistent
Cunning and inquisitive

Cancer
June 21 - July 20
Cancer, the crab,  is a water sign and its ruling planet is the Moon.

Traditional Cancer traits:
Emotional and loving
Intuitive and imaginative
Shrewd and cautious
Protective and sympathetic

On the dark side:
Changeable and moody
Overemotional and touchy
Clinging and unable to let go

Leo
July 21 - August 21
Leo, the lion, is a fire sign and its ruling planet is the Sun.

Traditional Leo traits:
Generous and warmhearted
Creative and enthusiastic
Broad-minded and expansive
Faithful and loving

On the dark side:
Pompous and patronizing
Bossy and interfering
Dogmatic and intolerant

Virgo
August 22 - September 21
Virgo, the virgin, is an earth sign and its ruling planet is Mercury.

Traditional Virgo traits:
Modest and shy
Meticulous and reliable
Practical and diligent
Intelligent and analytical

On the dark side:
Fussy and a worrier
Overcritical and harsh
Perfectionist and conservative

Libra
September 22 - October 22

Libra, the scales, is an air sign and its ruling planet is Venus.

Traditional Libra traits:
Diplomatic and urbane
Romantic and charming
Easygoing and sociable
Idealistic and peaceable

On the dark side:
Indecisive and changeable
Gullible and easily influenced
Flirtatious and self-indulgent

Scorpio
October 23 - November 21

Scorpio, the scorpion, is a water sign and its ruling planet is Pluto.

Traditional Scorpio traits:
Determined and forceful
Emotional and intuitive
Powerful and passionate
Exciting and magnetic

On the dark side:
Jealous and resentful
Compulsive and obsessive
Secretive and obstinate

Sagittarius
November 22 - December 20
Sagittarius, the archer, is a fire sign and its ruling planet is Jupiter.

Traditional Sagittarius traits:
Optimistic and freedom-loving
Jovial and good-humored
Honest and straightforward
Intellectual and philosophical

On the dark side:
Blindly optimistic and careless
Irresponsible and superficial
Tactless and restless

Capricorn
December 21 - January 19
Capricorn, the goat, is an earth sign and its ruling planet is Saturn.

Traditional Capricorn traits:
Practical and prudent
Ambitious and disciplined
Patient and careful
Humorous and reserved

On the dark side:
Pessimistic and fatalistic
Miserly and grudging

Aquarius
January 20 - February 18

Aquarius, the water carrier, is an air sign and its ruling planet is Uranus.

Traditional Aquarius traits:
Friendly and humanitarian
Honest and loyal
Original and inventive
Independent and intellectual

On the dark side:
Intractable and contrary
Perverse and unpredictable
Unemotional and detached.

Pisces
February 19 - March 20

Pisces, the fishes, is a water sign and its ruling planet is Neptune.

Traditional Pisces traits:
Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic

On the dark side:
Escapist and idealistic
Secretive and vague
Weak-willed and easily lead

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