Chinese Zodiac Signs: Fashion Accessories

The carvings with Chinese Zodiac on the ceiling of the gate to Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka (mirror image, to have animals in the correct order).
The carvings with Chinese Zodiac on the ceiling of the gate to Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka (mirror image, to have animals in the correct order). | Source

When using fashion accessories, it would be good if you choose items that are auspicious to your sheng xiao (生肖) (Chinese zodiac sign).

In order to arrive at what is auspicious or inauspicious for a particular sheng xiao, we have to know some basics of Chinese horoscope.


Chinese horoscope signs

In Chinese astrology, there are twelve animal signs in the following order of appearance: Rat (Zi), Ox (Chou), Tiger (Yin), Rabbit (Mao), Dragon (Chen), Snake (Si), Horse (Wu), Sheep (Wei), Monkey (Shen), Rooster (You), Dog (Shu) and Pig (Hai). Indicated in brackets are the Earthly Branches representing the sheng xiao.


Compatibility among zodiac animals: “San he” and “Liu he”

The zodiac signs are divided into four groups. Each group consists of three animal signs. People born under these signs are believed to possess similar characteristics and personalities. As such, they are assumed to be compatible with each other. The trinity is known as “San he” (三合) in Chinese.

The San he trines are as follows:-

1) Tiger, Horse & Dog

2) Pig, Rabbit & Sheep

3) Monkey, Rat & Dragon

4) Snake, Rooster & Ox


Besides the trinity, there is also the “Liu he” (六合) relationship. Liu he refers to six groups of ‘gui ren’ (贵人). The Chinese term “gui ren” means a person who comes to our aid in times of need or one who benefits us in our working or personal life.

The Liu he relationship is as follows:

1) Rat's Liu he is Ox and vice versa

2) Tiger's Liu he is Pig and vice versa

3) Rabbit's Liu he is Dog and vice versa

4) Dragon's Liu he is Rooster and vice versa

5) Snake's Liu he is Monkey and vice versa

6) Horse's Liu he is Sheep and vice versa



Conflict between zodiac animals

Described so far is the amiability among the Chinese zodiac animals. Now, we need to look into the clash (相冲) between the zodiac animals, which is as follows:

1) Rat and Horse clash

2) Ox and Sheep clash

3) Tiger and Monkey clash

4) Rabbit and Rooster clash

5) Dragon and Dog clash

6) Snake and Pig clash


Choice of fashion ornaments

Based on the above data, the following is the general guideline for the use of fashion accessories (e.g. jewellery, outfits, etc.) for the various Chinese zodiac signs:


Rat 鼠 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, monkey, dragon or ox. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 猴 (申), 龍/ 龙 (辰) & 牛 (丑).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a horse. The Chinese characters 馬/ 马 (午) representing horse should be avoided too.


Ox 牛 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, snake, rooster or rat. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 蛇 (巳), 雞 / 鸡 (酉) & 鼠 (子).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a sheep. The Chinese characters 羊 (未) representing sheep should be avoided too.


Tiger 虎 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, horse, dog or pig. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 馬/ 马 (午), 狗/ 犬 (戍) & 豬/ 猪 (亥).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a monkey. The Chinese character 猴 (申) representing monkey should be avoided too.


Rabbit 兎 / 兔 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, pig, sheep or dog. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 豬/ 猪 (亥), 羊 (未), & 狗/ 犬 (戍).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a rooster. The Chinese characters 雞 / 鸡 (酉) representing rooster should be avoided too.


Dragon 龍 / 龙 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, monkey, rat or rooster. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 猴 (申), 鼠 (子) & 雞 / 鸡 (酉).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a dog. The Chinese characters 狗 /犬 (戍) representing dog should be avoided too.


Snake ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, rooster, ox or monkey. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 雞 / 鸡 (酉), 牛 (丑) & 猴 (申).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a pig. The Chinese characters 豬/ 猪 (亥) representing pig should be avoided too.


Horse 馬 / 马 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, tiger, dog or sheep. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 虎 (寅), 狗 (戍) & 羊 (未).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a rat. The Chinese characters 鼠 (子) representing rat should be avoided too.


Sheep 羊 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, pig, rabbit or horse. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 豬/ 猪 (亥), 兎/ 兔 (卯) & 馬/ 马 (午).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of an ox. The Chinese characters 牛 (丑) representing ox should be avoided too.


Monkey 猴 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, rat, dragon or snake. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 鼠 (子), 龍/ 龙(辰) & 蛇 (巳).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a tiger. The Chinese characters 虎 (寅) representing tiger should be avoided too.


Rooster 雞 / 鸡 (酉)

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, snake, ox or dragon. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 蛇 (巳), 牛 (丑) & 龍/龙 (辰)

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a rabbit. The Chinese characters 兎/ 兔 (卯) representing rabbit should be avoided too.


Dog 狗 / 犬 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, tiger, horse or rabbit. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 虎 (寅), 馬/马 (午) & 兎/ 兔 (卯)

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a dragon. The Chinese characters 龍 / 龙 (辰) representing dragon should be avoided too.


Pig 豬 / 猪 ()

Auspicious: Any fashion accessory with the image of, or shape of, rabbit, sheep or tiger. This includes the Chinese characters associated with the three animals, namely 兎/ 兔 (卯), 羊 (未) & 虎 (寅).

Inauspicious: Any item having the image or shape of a snake. The Chinese characters 蛇 (巳) representing snake should be avoided too.




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