Originally, the cock was a disruptive and aggressive animal. When the twelve signs were being chosen, he was not considered as a candidate. Disturbed, he spoke to his friend the horse, asking him how he'd been chosen. The horse replied that it was simple he had helped the people by ploughing the land, bearing goods and fighting in wartime.

The cock said that he would also like to be a sign. "You will have to do something for humanity, then," replied the horse, "All the others do; the ox ploughs, the boar provides meat, the dragon controls the rain. You have a wonderful voice; why not use it?"

The cock thought this over, and came to a decision. He began to use his voice to wake people in the morning so that they could get to work. Moved, the people asked the Jade Emperor to grant him a place in the competition. Although flying animals were not allowed to compete, the Emperor made and exception and placed a flower on the cock's head to show he could take part. During the great race, the dog and the cock were neck and neck until, as they were nearing the finish, the cock resorted to flying to arrive before the dog to gain a place as the tenth sign. Since then, the dog has hated the cock which is why dogs chase chickens to this day.


You enjoy being in the spotlight, entertaining friends and meeting new people, and you can be charming company even in the most unexpected circumstances. It is rare to see you looking dowdy or untidy - in fact, you are usually one of the best dressed and groomed of all the animal signs. You take an active interest in clothes, colours, designs and accessories, and can be just as critical about your own appearance as you are about that of others. You like to keep the conversation flowing and are unlikely to initiate in depth discussion, but this light-hearted front hides a good intellect. Others may criticize you for being an exhibitionist - and no doubt there are times when you would agree with this - but there is also a compassionate, wise and brave side to your nature, which comes to the fore when others need your help.

You have a strong independent spirit, which makes it hard for you to accept advice. You are confident in your own judgments and choices, and prefer to follow your own routine. You can also be straightforward to the point of hurting others, and when something needs to be said you go ahead and say it. This directness stems from naivety, not from vindictiveness, since you believe that honesty is the best policy. There are times, however, when it might be better not to express your opinions in order to keep the peace.

In many ways you are a good performer, presenting a carefree front, but your real nature is hidden from most people. Your erratic and sometimes even careless behavior belies a vulnerable streak, and so you tend to protect yourself with humour and lively conversation. Your close friends appreciate your sensitive and courageous side, but acquaintances are only likely to see it in times of crisis.

Cock YEARS: Negetive Elements
(1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957,
1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)


There are likely to be many romantic opportunities in your life since you enjoy courtship and are a charming companion. With your love of good clothes, surroundings and company, you know how to create a romantic atmosphere to suit the moment.

You take pride in your appearance, and if the situation demands, you know how to impress with intelligent conversation.

There is a danger that the thrill of romance comes from the conquest, and when a partner's actions or responses become predictable, restlessness takes hold and you set off again in search of a new relationship. Your independent nature keeps you on the move, but you also have a jealous streak which you try to keep hidden. In the whirl of romance it is the female rather than the male rooster who usually keeps an eye on practicalities. In the long run you are a reliable partner, and your roaming will cease when you meet someone you do not want to lose. You are capable of deep commitment, and in the right relationship are a dedicated and responsible partner.


iYou think clearly and logically but do not like to be put under pressure or pushed to make a decision. If you are allowed to work at a steady pace you are more than capable of achieving a good career. As long as you have the time to think and the freedom to use your imagination, you produce sensible but creative ideas.

If other people govern your work there is a danger that you will feel trapped, which causes you to become over-critical. You are suited to self-employment and it could be here that your skills are fully recognized and your perseverance rewarded. After working hard to achieve financial security, do not be tempted to spend your earnings quickly or carelessly; this is one of your weak spots, but you can learn to handle your spending with the same steady approach you apply to work.

You are suited to a career in public relations, commercial sales, or politics. You would also be a good author, entertainer, beautician or member of the armed forces.

losing their composure
evasive people
disinterested people
frugality, stinginess
being deprived of anything s/he wants
meaningless chatter
staying behind the scenes
lack of control


receiving admiring looks
serious conversations
ostentatious displays of wealth
putting on a show
occasional periods of solitude
to give advice
spending money
to make an entrance
Famous Cocks:

Michael Caine, Enrico Caruso, Jasper Carott, Christopher Cazenove, Eric Clapton, Joan Collins, Rita Coolidge, Sasha, Distel, the Duke of Edinburgh, Gloria Estefan, Bryan Ferry, Errol Flynn, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Steffi Graf, Melanie Griffith, Richard Harris, Deborah Harry, Goldie Hawn, Katherine Hepburn, Diane Keaton, D.H. Lawrence, David Livingstone, Jayne Mansfield, Steve Martin, James Mason, Bette Middler, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Paul Nicholas, Kim Novak, Yoko Ono, Donny Osmond, Dolly Parton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roman Polanski, Priscilla Presley, Nancy Reagan, Jenny Seagrove, Carly Simon, Jayne Torvill, Sir Peter Ustinov, Neil Young.
An eventful and generally fruitful year for the Cock when things are likely to happen so quickly that you may struggle to keep track of them all. Keep a level head and you'll be rewarded both financially and in business matters. 
Summoning Spirit
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