Year of the Rat....or Pig?!

With the twins 1st birthday approaching, I realized that I didn't even know what their Chinese Zodiac is?! How could this be? I think time tends to get away from you fairly easily when you have 2 little babies, not to mention the first 2 months of their lives is kind of a blur! So, I went on my favorite resource, Wiki, and did some research. I found out that the kids sign was the Rat. The Year of the Rat is also considered The Year of the Mouse, because of how it translates in their language :) I also found out that the Rat is most compatible with Dragons and Monkeys...which is mine and my husbands signs, so this is a good sign, right?

Now for the plot twist... upon further investigation, I found out the kids are actually born in the year of the Pig/Boar! WTH?! The year of the Pig goes from Feb 18 2007 - Feb 06 2008, and the year of the Rat goes from Feb 07 2008 - Jan 25 2009 . So, if you think just because you were born in a certain year that your are automatically the sign listed on your Chinese menu....check the dates carefully, especially if you were born in the months of Jan/Feb! It's funny because we bought the kids golden Chinese pig banks months ago, now they have a little bit more meaning to them :)

According to the Chinese horoscope,the Boar type is usually an honest, straightforward and patient person.

Ideal Job for the Pig: Researcher, Scientist, Chemist, Technician, Musician, Restauranteur, Social worker, Fundraiser, Builder, Chef, Delicatessen owner, Personnel manager, Administrative officer, Civil servant.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 18, 34, 41, 48
Equivalent Western Sign: Scorpio
Element: WATER
Color: BLACK
Yin/Yang: YIN Direction NORTH-NORTH-WEST

Positive & Negative Capability

Positive: The Boar can be sensible, sensual and sensitive, sweetly naive, caring, self-sacrificing, erudite, talented, open-handed, candid, outgoing, amusing, charitable, obliging, graciously hospitable and virtuous.

Negative: The Boar can also be hot-tempered, pessimistic, outrageously epicurean, earthy to a fault, sardonic, snobbish, snide, authoritarian, competitive, know-it-all, stingy, victimized and sometimes downright criminally mad at the world.

Pig Compatibility
Compatible with : Rooster, Ram
Less Compatible with : Pig, Rabbit, Horse, Ox, Rat, Tiger, Dog, Dragon *sniffle*
Least Compatible with : Snake, Monkey

Oh well, the compatibility is not so great news, but we will do our best to make it work for us!!!!

{the above pic and info found at http://www.gotohoroscope.com/chinese-zodiac-pig.html}