The Rat is one of the 12-year cycle animals appearing in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac, a circle of animal symbols and their characteristics, one for each year in the cycle, provides a way to systematically plan for future action. In addition to the animals of the year, further distinctions are drawn with animals assigned to month, inner animals, and to the day, true animals, and to the hours, secret animals. As an example, a person can be born in the year of the Tiger and be a Rabbit internally and a Horse truly, as well as a Dragon secretly.The Chinese calendar is still popular in China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan.
Traditionally, the first year of the cycle begins with the sign of the Rat. The first three months or trine consists of Rat, Dragon and Monkey. Characteristics of the three animals symbols in the first trine, and people born in these months, are intense and powerful. These people are capable of great leadership and producing great good, however they tend to be somewhat unpredictable. Generally, they are found to be intelligent, magnanimous, charismatic, charming, authoritative, confident, eloquent and artistic; however, they can also be manipulative, jealous, selfish, aggressive, vindictive and deceitful.
The characteristics of the Rat, specifically, include ambition, intelligent, persuasive, sociable, charming, charismatic, shrewd, industrious, meticulous, tenacious, artistic and eloquent. Some famous folks born in The Year of the Rat include Alexander the Great, George Washington, Mozart, William Shakespeare, Marlon Brando, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
July 21st, 2014
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