The Third Trine

The 12 signs of the Ming Shui (Circle of Animals) of the Chinese Zodiac are split into four groups of three animals each. These divisions are referred to as “trines.” Each trine contains animals that are not sequential in the Circle but are four years apart.



Purpose of Trines


The purpose of the trine is to help you understand what animals are compatible. The three animals selected are strongly co-related in terms of specific facets. As a result, you may easily compare and understand their compatibility in terms of such things as family matters, business associations, and personal relationships. The animals found in each Trine are perceived as being very alike in such aspects as personality, outlook, and mindset, to name a few.

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The Third Trine consists of the:

  • Tiger (Hu) – The directions for this sign are east and northeast
  • Horse (Ma) –  The direction for this sign is South
  • Dog (Hou) – The directions for this sign are west and northwest

Common Characteristics Of The Third Trine Animals

The signs of this particular Trine are perceived as being similar in a variety of ways. They are viewed as being in agreement in their pursuit of life. On the positive side, the members of this group are described as:

  • Gifted speakers that stand out with their oral communication skills
  • Idealistic
  • Impetuous
  • Independent in thought and action
  • Rebellious against perceived injustice
  • Productive
  • Passionate
  • Charming
  • Vibrant
  • Honorable

Sign-Up for Aligned Signs!On the negative side of their characters are aspects that relate to their need for constant attention and affirmation. The members of this Trine are very demanding in their need for copious amounts of physical affection and aid for any of their projects or causes. They are also known to be:

  • Impulsive
  • Defiant
  • Argumentative
  • Hot-headed
  • Irresponsible
  • Apprehensive
  • Moody
  • Disagreeable
  • Stubborn
  • Self-centered

General Differences of Third Trine Animals

While all three signs are idealistic in nature, each pursues their goals in a slightly different manner. The Tiger is a born leader who courageously protects and chases what he or she wants. The Horse is lively and very impatient in following his or her ambitions. The Dog is not into dishonesty. The path he or she selects is steady and never involves change for the sake of change.{#/wp-content/uploads/images/horsebeach.jpg}

How They Relate

When it comes to relationships and close contact with others, Tigers, Horses and Dogs are best matched with each other. When a Tiger forms a close bond with a Horse, in both pleasure and business, it proves solid and is bound to last. Horses and Tigers will stand by each other in marriage, in friendship and in whatever causes are being fought for. In a social situation, the Tiger can also create a sublime situation by becoming friends with the Dog. The two add to each other’s strengths. In business, however, there may be issues over ideals.


The Third Trine features animals with the highest of ideals. The Tiger, Horse and Dog are bound together by characteristics that ensure they do well in each other’s company. They may not be typical “soul mates” but they do work, play and do very well at bringing up children together.

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