Wood years come in pairs, the first being Yang and the second Yin. The Yang Wood signs are Wood Rat
, Wood Tiger
, Wood Dragon, Wood Horse
, Wood Monkey
and Wood Dog
and symbolized by the tall, strong pine tree. People born in those years will generally be more successful by initiating action. The Yin Wood signs are Wood Ox,
, Wood Snake
, Wood Sheep
, Wood Rooster
and Wood Sheep
and symbolized by the flexible willow tree. People born in those will usually achieve their best results by reacting to situations.
Wood creativity manifests itself more as mental quickness and agility in Yang and more as artistic ability in Yin. The Rat, Horse and Monkey are the best examples of the former and the Rabbit and Sheep the latter.
The nurturing aspect of Wood also works differently. The Yang Tiger and Dog, for example, are the great protectors and will do anything to protect their families. The Yin Rabbit, Sheep and Pig tend to be empathetic people and always ready to nurture and support others in a tender way.
Both Wood types tend to be social. The Yang Wood person, however, will tend to seek the spotlight and dominate, especially the Tiger, Dragon and Horse. Conversely, the Yang one, for example the Rabbit and Sheep, will just be happy to fit in and be a part of the group. Yang types, the Horse in particular, nevertheless tend to have an independent streak, while Yin people, notably the Sheep, can even be dependent upon being included in the group.
Although all Wood types tend to value honesty, be compromisers and try to get along with other people most of the time, their approaches are different. Yin types will generally be hurt when betrayed and direct their energies inward. In fact Rabbit sign people have the most difficulty picking themselves up off the floor when they have suffered disappointment in a relationship. Yang people on the other hand, especially the Tiger, will display their wrath and let others know they have been wronged. They do not keep their feelings bottled up inside themselves, even though they may in general be mild mannered Wood types.