Chinese Zodiac

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Diagrams for Chinese Zodiac Animals:
Rat
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit
Dragon
Snake
Horse
Sheep
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig

The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar; thus, new year day is usually in late January or early February and it is on a day with a new moon (no moon). For 2019, Chinese New Year is on February 5th, year of the Pig.

No one knows when the Chinese calendar officially began, but it is generally accepted that Year One corresponds to the time when Emperor Huang Di began ruling China (equivalent to 2697 BC). Thus, 2019 (after Feb 5) corresponds to the Chinese year 4717.

February 5, 2019 also begins the year of the Pig. In Chinese astrology, the zodiac is represented by a 12-year cycle of 12 animals (see below for list of animals).

Of all the animals in the world, why were these 12 chosen? There are many stories explaining this and they all share a similar theme: there was a race and the first 12 animals who arrived at the finish line were chosen.

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Rat is small but he is clever. He convinces Ox to give him a ride, but just as Ox approaches the finish line, Rat jumps ahead of Ox making Rat 1st on the list and Ox 2nd.

One story says that Snake was curled around Horse's leg, as Horse approached the finish line, Snake quickly sprang forward and arrived before Horse. That is why Snake is 6th on the list and Horse is 7th. See more about Chinese zodiac from wikipedia.com's Chinese astrology.

Chinese astrology is a 60-year cycle because it involves 12 zodiac animals and 5 Earthly elements (5 x 12 = 60). In fact, your horoscope is determined by many aspects related to when you were born:

  • odd-numbered years are "Yin" while even-numbered years are "Yang"
    yin yang
  • 5 elements (metal, water, wood, fire, earth)
  • 12 animals represent the year you were born
  • the same 12 animals represent the month you were born
  • and the same 12 animals represent the hour you were born
    (2 hours per animal: 2 x 12 = 24 hours).

Thus, two people born in the same year do not share the same fate because their fortune is also determined by the month and hour in which they were born.

 

Chinese Zodiac Origami Diagrams:


Rat

  • Maus 96/Mouse (P Forcher)
  • Maus 98/Mouse (P Forcher)
  • Mouse (CY Hung)
  • Mouse; pg 7 (J Koppel)
  • Mouse pg 30 (J Montroll)
  • Mouse (H Tahir)
  • Mouse:
    pg 1,
    2 (SW Seon)
  • Mouse (T Gotani)
  • Mouse for Cat (Donahue/Torres)
  • Little Mouse (F Scalambra)
  • Loitering Mouse (F Shingu)
  • Tanaka Mouse (M Tanaka)
  • La Petite Souris (R Donachie)
  • Rat (LI Alemany)
  • Rat (E Kofman)
  • Rat (M Vigo)
  • Rata (FM Salinas)
  • Rata/Rat (E Joisel)
  • Raton/Rat (JA Iranzo)
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    Years of the Rat
    ... 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948,
    1960, 1972, 1984, 1996,
    2008, 2020, 2032,...

    Ox

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    Years of the Ox
    ...1901, 1913, 1925, 1937,
    1949, 1961, 1973, 1985,
    1997, 2009, 2021,...

    Tiger

  • Tiger (Origami-Instructions.com)
  • Tiger (TP Kong)
  • Winged Tiger/Tigre alado (JA Voyer)
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    Years of the Tiger
    ...1902, 1914, 1926, 1938,
    1950, 1962, 1974, 1986,
    1998, 2010, 2022,...


    Rabbit

  • Bunny (T Stamm)
  • Bunny (TP Kong)
  • Ballon Bunny (Orc)
  • Blow-p Bunny (Orc)
  • Business Card Hopping Bunny (GM Gross)
  • Hare or here (S O'Hanlon)
  • Hare/Liebre (L Montoya) & here
  • Hare Sitting (B Dunkan)
  • Shy Little Hare (T Yenn)
  • Rabbit (K Kasahara)
  • Rabbit (J Zsebe)
  • Rabbit (HT Quyet)
  • Rabbit (HT Quyet)
  • Rabbit (CY Hung)
  • Rabbit (T Gotani)
  • Rabbit (X Arena)
  • Rabbit (J Langeveld)
  • Rabbit/Conejo: page 1 , 2 (J Caboblanco)
  • Rabbit 1/Kelinci (H Tahir)
  • Rabbit 2/Kelinci (H Tahir)
  • Rabbit; pg 1 , pg 2 (J Maekawa)
  • Jack Rabbit pg 27 (J Montroll)
  • Little Rabbit (B Dunkan)
  • Easy Origami Rabbit (Orc)
  • Origami Rabbit (A Leong/S O'Hanlon)
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  • Tea-bag Rabbit (B Dunkan)
  • Traditional Rabbit (Orc)
  • Running Rabbit (A Barbour): pg 1 , pg 2
  • Happy Easter (Sanja)
  • $ Bunny (C Tessier)
  • $Bunny Bill (R Neale)
  • Bunny Money (C Esseltine)
  • $Rabbit (P Bailey)
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    Years of the Rabbit ...1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023,...

    Dragon

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    Origami Dragon
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    Years of the Dragon ...1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024,...

    Snake

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    Years of the Snake ...1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025,...

    Horse

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    Years of the Horse ...1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026,...


    Sheep

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    Years of the Sheep ...1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027,...

    Monkey

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    Years of the Monkey ...1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028,...


    Rooster

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    Years of the Rooster ...1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029,...

    Dog

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    Years of the Dog ...1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030,...

    Pig

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    Years of the Pig
    ...1911, 1923, 1935, 1947,
    1959,1971, 1983, 1995,
    2007, 2019, 2031,...

    Books about Chinese Astrology

    • Chinese Astrology Kit: Discover Your Personality, Compatibility and Destiny by Walters & Jones
    • Chinese Horoscopes: an Easy Guide by D Burns
    • The Complete Guide to Chinese Astrology by Walters
    • Chinese Astrology by S Wu

    Books about Chinese Zodiac Origami

    • Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami by John Montroll.
    • Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami by John Montroll
    • Perfectly Mindful Origami - Origami Zodiac East and West by Mark Bolitho
    • Chinese Origami for Children: Fold Zodiac Animals, Festival Decorations and Other Creations by Hu Yue and Lin Xin
    • Hsi Min Tai’s Origami Masks of Chinese zodiac animal by Hsi Min Tai

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