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The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

I have a try at making a series of the information of the Chinese zodiac teapots, the images were taken at Chr For Tea yesterday, I will describe the 12 signs of the 12 teapots in sequence.
The purchaser has to buy whole set of these 12 teapots at the same time, they point the exclusive teapot each, and I noticed it is USD8,323.oo per unit!

The Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme, a systematic plan of future action, that relates each year to animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan. Identifying this scheme using the term "zodiac" reflects several similarities to the Western zodiac: both have time cycles divided into 12 parts, each labels at least the majority of those parts with names of animals, and each is widely associated with a culture of attributing influence of a person's relationship to the cycle upon their personality and/or events in their life. Nevertheless, there are major differences: the "Chinese" 12-part cycle corresponds to years rather than months. The Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 animals, whereas some of the signs in the Western zodiac are not animals, despite the implication of the Greek etymology of "zodiac". The animals of the Chinese zodiac are not associated with constellations, let alone those spanned by the ecliptic plane.

Signs:
The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
Rat: (Yang, 1st Trine Fixed Element Water)
Ox: (Water buffalo in Vietnam) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water)
Tiger: (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
Rabbit: (Cat in Vietnam) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
Dragon: (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
Snake: (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
Horse: (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
Goat: (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
Monkey: (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
Rooster: (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
Dog: (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
Pig: (Boar in Japan and Elephant in Northern Thailand) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water)

In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals), by day (called true animals) and hours (called secret animals). While a person might appear to be a Dragon because they were born in the year of the Dragon, they might also be a Snake internally, an Ox truly and Goat secretively.
Freehand Dragon Teapot
Freehand Dragon Teapot
Freehand Rabbit Teapot
Freehand Rabbit Teapot
Freehand Tiger Teapot
Freehand Tiger Teapot
Freehand Ox Teapot
Freehand Ox Teapot
Freehand Rat Teapot
Freehand Rat Teapot