So, for all those celebrating, Happy New Year of the Ox.  I hope it is a prosperous and wonderful time for you.  Since that is all there is to say about that, I’ll share.  I was born in the Year of the Dragon.  I don’t believe in astrology, but I find the coincidences curious.  If I read the astrological description of a Taurus (not the car), that’s me.  If I read the background or description for those born in the year of the Dragon, that’s me too.  What’s the deal?  Written so generically that it can apply to anyone?

Without further ado, two descriptions I found online for those born in the Year of the Dragon, and by extension, an interesting and accurate description about me, courtesy of the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust. Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac. They neither borrow money nor make flowery speeches, but they tend to be soft-hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them. They are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters.

I’ve been pretty healthy all my life, full of energy, I do get excited easy, I do have a temper, which most people don’t see, but I control it, because it can burn very brightly, very quickly.  I’m fairly stubborn, which matches up with being a Taurus.  I think the 2nd sentence applies accurately, but people can always disagree.  The rest of the paragraph is accurate, IMHO.

Here’s another from chinesezodiac.com.  According to two separate websites, as per the year I was born in, I’m a Fire Dragon.  Roar.

Personality

Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave Dragons feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast!

This is mostly accurate about me, except for the working alone.  Among other things, I like to listen to all opinions, but I know that when I have agreed with one opinion, or just like my own, I’m just going to run with it, and stop listening.  I also find that I get bored easily without a real challenge.  Tell me there is an upcoming deadline in two hours, and I’m energized.

Health

Considering their hard-working nature, Dragons are healthy overall. They do get stressed and suffer from periodic tension/headaches, likely because they take so many risks. Dragons could benefit from incorporating mild activity into their lives. Yoga or walking would be good as these activities can work both their minds and their bodies.

I wish I’d relax on occasion, which my wife is helping me with.  Tonight, after everyone went to sleep after 11pm, I cleaned the fish tank, I did the dishes, cleaned the living room, uploaded more January 2009 photos (btw, check them out), and I’m blogging.  I’ll get up in a few hours for work.  I get stressed when I don’t have control, or when my life feels cluttered.  Messy surroundings = messy life.

Career

Dragons prefer leading to being led. Jobs that allow them to express their creativity are good choices. Some good careers include: inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.

Add auditor in there. I was always a meek, shy kid growing up.  In high school, I got involved with my church youth group, got drafted into leading the group in my sophomore year (dearth of available candidates), and I’ve been involved in one group or another ever since.  And not just any.  Representative this or that in church stuff, President of the South Asian organization at Univ. at Albany for a year, on the multicultural council for a year, etc.  While I like being an auditor, I most enjoy leading reviews.  Something about it is fun, deep inside. Calling the shots, making it all work.

Relationships

Dragons will give into love, but won’t give up their independence. Because they have quick, sometimes vengeful tempers, their partners need to be tough-skinned. Dragons enjoy others who are intriguing, and when they find the right partners, they’ll usually commit to that person for life.

That’s about right. Nothing to add here.  My wife is the most interesting person I have ever met, and she challenges me daily.  Man, does she challenge me daily.

Fire Dragons – 1916 and 1976

A Fire Dragon’s emotions can flare instantly. Fire Dragons put themselves on pedestals, and because they react quickly and recklessly, they sometimes make wrong decisions. Fire Dragons need to slow down and keep their tempers in check as that’s when they’re best.

I’m not that temperamental, am I?  I do react quickly once I’ve made a decision, for better or worse.

All in all, Interesting to read, but I don’t put much weight into it.  I find it all very interesting though.