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Rats, Monkeys and Dragons Compatibility - Chinese Zodiac First Trine

Rats, Monkeys and Dragons Compatibility - Chinese Zodiac First Trine

Posted in Chinese Zodiac on January 16, 2012
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The First Trine

The 12 signs of the Ming Shui (Circle of Animals) of the Chinese Zodiac are divided into 4 groups of 3 animals each. These groups are called “trines.” Each trine contains animals that are not sequential but are separated by 4 years.

Purpose of Trines

The purpose of the trine is to bring together animals that are compatible. As a result, all those included in the trines are closely related in certain aspects. This includes business matters, family relationships and affairs of the heart. They are all felt to be similar in terms of mindset, personality and outlook.Chinese Zodiac

Members of the First Trine

The animals included in the First Trine are:

  • Rat (Shu) - This animal  represents the north
  • Dragon (Lung) – This animal represents the east and southeast
  • Monkey (Hou) – This animal represents the west and southwest

Common Characteristics Of The First Trine Animals

There are several characteristics that bind these first three animals together in the first trine. These animals are all dominant beings. In fact, they are the most powerful beings in the Ming Shui (Circle of Animals). Basic unifying characteristics meld them as a whole, capable of working and playing well together. In general, the first trine animals are, on the positive side:

  • Intense creatures – often passionate to an extreme
  • Powerful individuals
  • Capable of both good and evil
  • Impressive leaders
  • Highly intelligent
  • Generous
  • Charismatic
  • Charming
  • Authoritative
  • Confident
  • Eloquent
  • Artistic

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Moreover, these animals can also err on the negative side often appearing to be:

  • Tyrannical
  • Unpredictable
  • Pretentious
  • Biased
  • Deceitful
  • High-handed
  • Coldblooded
  • Power hungry

However, overall, Rat, Dragon and Monkey are animals that are exceedingly supportive of each other in most endeavors and understand each other quite thoroughly in terms of relationships, business ambitions and inner character.

General Differences of First Trine Animals

Yet, each of these animals has a different approach to life and in general this will affect the nature of their various interactions and instruct how the combinations work. Rapacious Rats are somewhat secretive, curious and charming. Dragons are highly intelligent with a blunt personality. Monkeys are resourceful, intelligent and 

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somewhat instable. While Rats and Dragons have a tendency to dictate what they want, the Monkey personality is more diplomatic.

How They Relate


Due to their similarities, in matters of the heart, Rats, Monkeys and Dragons are ideal matches. They are also capable of establishing close friendships. This is particularly true for Monkeys and Rats. They also work very well together creating an excellent business partnership. In business matters, Monkeys are more than able to handle the vitality that drives a Dragon on towards success. In families, children of Dragons are better off if they are Rats and Monkeys.

Conclusion

The animals of the First Trine are often viewed as being overwhelming. This is why, when it comes to pairing, they often work so well together. In fact, the closeness of their nature often results in some of the most intense, yet satisfying relationships possible. The difficulty in dealing with such potent natures makes it both easy, yet challenging, for these like animals to live, work and play with each other.

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