It is commonly agreed that the Chinese lunar calendar and its animals coincide generally with the Western astrology Sun signs. In making this correlation from the Sun signs to the animals, I used the meridians and their emotions as they related to the animals on the Time of Day Wheel as the criteria and found that this worked out best.
The year 2003 is the Chinese Year of the Sheep, specifically, the Black Sheep (also known as the Ram) and the Chinese celebrate the New Year as starting on February 1, 2003. (February 1st 2003 - January 21st, 2004). The element associated with this year is water.
The Chinese Year of the Horse comes galloping into our lives. The Horse itself is a very Yang creature. Yang gives a tendency toward action, toward the act of rising up, increasing, expansion, and brightness. The spirit of the Horse is such that at one moment, they can seem quite content and peaceful, and then in a split second, from a sudden noise, they can be galloping full speed in a mad rush without any apparent plan...
The Year of the Dragon is often said to be the luckiest year to be born in. It is said that the Year of the Dragon is good for business and all money-making schemes. In Chinese culture, the Chinese dragon is seen as the royalty among animals.
by Dr. John Raymond Baker, DC. Coiling and hissing at us comes the Chinese Year of the Snake. The Snake, or in Chinese "she" is a cunning and smart animal who is resourceful and has supernatural powers. Traditionally, the Snake has some characteristics in common with the animal of the preceding year, the Dragon.