Names and general characteristics of the Chinese Hours in oriental astrology
The Chinese assign animals in the hour system in the same order as they are assigned to years. It should be noted that the Chinese Astrological system recognizes “double hours” which are 120 minutes in length. These double hours are set such that 12:00 noon is set in the middle of the middle “double hour” of the day. (The times listed here are standard time…if you were born during daylight savings – summer – you may have to adjust an hour depending on your time zone.)
Rat Hour 11pm -12:59am
Characteristics: pleasant, talkative, personable, sociable, outgoing, confident, busy, successful; can be a busy body in negative aspect.
Ox Hour 1am – 2:59am
Characteristics: even tempered, reliable, stable, solid, dependable, down-to-earth; responsible and level-headed; can be biased unbending.
Tiger Hour 3am – 4:59am
Characteristics: Self-assured, positive, Forceful, Strong in self and normally positive in view; can become over-exuberant.
Rabbit Hour 5am – 6:59am
Characteristics: Sensitive and shy, tend to be more inwardly focused rather than worrying about making a mark on the world consummate actors they feel they have to act a certain way to please others.
Dragon Hour 7am – 8:59am
Characteristics: Eccentric and unusual, colorful, excess of personality, independent, interesting and intellectual; can be irritating in their self-confidence.
Snake Hour 9am – 10:59am
Characteristics: highly intelligent and talented, normally an “artistic” type personality that enjoys the drama of life; others take either an immediate like or dislike to you.
Horse Hour 11am – 12:59pm
Characteristics: cheerful, perky, open, happy, fun loving, extroverted, these are normally people who are always on the go; natural cleverness can turn to obstinacy.
Sheep Hour 1pm – 2:59pm
Characteristics: Family-oriented, sensible, quiet and unassuming, dependable, retiring; often perceived as stand-offish or overly reserved because of their innate caution, prefers the company of others rather than their own.
Monkey Hour 3pm – 4:59pm
Characteristics: fun, lively, chatty, upbeat, solid sense of humor and love of enjoyment, easily befriended, comfortable in a variety of social situations, but sometimes easily bored.
Rooster Hour 5pm – 6:59pm
Characteristics: tendency towards glamour and fashion, elegance and beauty, impatient with those they feel are fools, sometimes
abrasive – but beautiful!
Dog Hour 7pm – 8:59pm
Characteristics: Responsible, loyal,dependable, reliable,quiet, graceful, steady,capable, hard-working –sometimes overly so.
Pig Hour 9pm – 10:59pm
Characteristics: Relaxed but hiding much below a carefully structured exterior, intelligent, warm, forgiving, may appear slow or
uninspired at first, makes few friends but friendships made are strong.