A quick guide to finding the perfect partner
It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re all ready to show your darling how much you care by showering her (or him) with flowers, jewelry and an expensive meal. But how do you know that you’re really compatible? Great minds have been at work on this vexing question for ages, and produced some helpful guides. This year, look to the animal world, the stars or the Far East to gain a unique perspective on your relationship and where it may (or may not) be going. And, if you want to keep it going, we’ve included suggestions for appropriate dates.
Are you and your honey a wild pair?
This chart, compiled by Zoo and Aquarium Visitor magazine CEO Rudy Socha, will help you decide. If you’ve been together six years, it’s the year of the deer, when controlling the buck becomes important. Thirteen years will see you parroting each other in conversation. Make it to 24 years, and, like the skunk, you’ll have survived even the stinky stuff. Get up close and personal with your animal partner on a visit to the Prague Zoo or Morský Svet, the city’s aquarium.
Animal symbolism for anniversary years
Year 1 – Shark: Circling each other to determine dominance and
Year 2 – Largemouth Bass: Neither party has yet learned when to keep his or her mouth shut.
Year 3 – Tiger: Recognizing each other’s individual stripes.
Year 4 – Hummingbird: Enjoying the sweet nectar of marriage.
Year 5 – Dolphin: Swimming together.
Year 6 – Deer: Controlling the buck becomes important.
Year 7 – Monkey: Sitting around picking off each other’s fleas.
Year 8 – Wolf: Realizing it’s time to start a pack.
Year 9 – Horse: Galloping toward 10 years of bliss.
Year 10 – Bear: Glad I found my honey.
Year 11 – Lion: Proud of their pride.
Year 12 – Whale: Married life makes them larger and happier.
Year 13 – Parrot: Both chatter and finish each other’s sentences.
Year 14 – Moose: Ponds, pools and hot tubs are favorite leisure spots.
Year 15 – Elephant: He finally realizes it’s the matriarch who runs the herd.
Year 16 – Eagle: Have found a destination to fly off to every year.
Year 17 – Trout: Have swum upriver many times together.
Year 18 – Penguin: Still look good dressed up together.
Year 19 – Turtle: Taking things a little slower.
Year 20 – Giraffe: Reaching what most others cannot.
Year 21 – Duck: Serene above water, lots of movement below.
Year 22 – Frog: On the shore, waiting for dinner.
Year 23 – Squirrel: Worried about how many nuts are stored.
Year 24 – Skunk: Survived even the stinky stuff.
Year 25 – Peacock: Time to strut our stuff.
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It’s the very unromantic Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese Zodiac. If you were born in the years 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984 or 1996, you are hard-working and industrious, and compatible with those born in the years of the ox, monkey or dragon. Are you a tiger? You are a contradiction, as tigers are known to be patient but short-tempered, fearsome but affectionate. You’ll do best with a horse, dragon or dog as your mate. Those born in the Year of the Snake are usually very composed on the surface, but their emotions run deep. Stick with oxen and roosters for a positive match. A good place to digest all this is China Fusion, a tasty Chinese restaurant in the city center. May your fortune cookie be filled with loving advice.
Year of the Rat
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
compatible with Dragon, Monkey, Ox
Year of the Ox
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
compatible with Rat, Rooster, Snake
Year of the Tiger
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
compatible with Horse, Dragon, Dog
Year of the Rabbit
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
compatible with Sheep, Dog, Pig
Year of the Dragon
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
compatible with Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rooster
Year of the Snake
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
compatible with Ox, Rooster
Year of the Horse
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
compatible with Tiger, Dog, Sheep
Year of the Sheep
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
compatible with Rabbit, Pig, Horse
Year of the Monkey
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
compatible with Dragon, Rat
Year of the Rooster
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
compatible with Ox, Snake, Dragon
Year of the Dog
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
compatible with Horse, Tiger, Rabbit
Year of the Pig
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
compatible with Rabbit, Sheep
“What’s your sign?” has long been a bad pick-up line, but astrology has its uses in finding and keeping the right partner. “The moment we feel an attraction, planetary chemistry is at work,” according to Nonie Valentine, a local psychotherapist who uses astrology in her work. The chart above shows ideal astrological pairings. According to Valentine, astrological traits are also self-revealing: “More about the hidden bits of ourselves, so we can navigate the deeper waters we find ourselves in when love beckons.” Put the stars in your loved one’s eyes by charting your future during a visit to the Prague Planetarium.
Aries: compatible with Leo, Sagittarius
Taurus: compatible with Virgo, Capricorn
Gemini: compatible with Libra, Aquarius
Cancer: compatible with Scorpio, Cancer
Leo: compatible with Sagittarius, Aries
Virgo: compatible with Capricorn, Taurus
Libra: compatible with Aquarius, Gemini
Scorpio: compatible with Pisces, Cancer
Sagittarius: compatible with Aries, Leo
Capricorn: compatible with Taurus, Virgo
Aquarius: compatible with Gemini, Libra
Pisces: compatible with Cancer, Scorpio
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