Chinese Zodiac

  • Rat

    Rat

    1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
  • Ox

    Ox

    1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
  • Tiger

    Tiger

    1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
  • Rabbit

    Rabbit

    1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
  • Dragon

    Dragon

    1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
  • Snake

    Snake

    1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
  • Horse

    Horse

    1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
  • Goat

    Goat

    1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
  • Monkey

    Monkey

    1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
  • Rooster

    Rooster

    1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
  • Dog

    Dog

    1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
  • Pig

    Pig

    1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

About Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac, Sheng Xiao, is an important part of the eastern astrology and a reflection of the ancient Chinese culture. This Eastern Zodiac system is based on a twelve-year cycle, where every year of the lunar calendar in the cycle corresponds to an animal sign.

Every person, from the day they are born, has a unique animal sign accompanying them throughout life. The 12 animals of Chinese zodiac years appear in such order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

The animal sign is one’s birth symbol that carries Chinese Zodiac predictions of a person’s destiny and behavior. Each animal sign carries individual personality characteristics, and based on those traits, Chinese can predict the compatibility of people with two different animal signs. Moreover, the Chinese Zodiac calendar provides guidance on how people should live their lives and what areas of life they should focus their attention on depending on the current year.

The History of Chinese Astrology

Animal signs in Chinese Zodiac correspond to every year of the lunar calendar based on a twelve-year cycle. The origins of the number twelve in Chinese zodiac are related to traditional Chinese astrology and astronomy. Ancient Chinese people observed that there are 12 full moons within a year, and they regarded the number 12 as the number given under the will of Heaven. Consequently, one ji is 12 years, one year is 12 months, and one day has 12 shi chen time periods. From there, the number 12 has become prominent in Chinese Zodiac and led to the creation of the Twelve Earthly Branches and twelve animal signs of the Chinese calendar.

Chinese horoscope

Like other systems, the Chinese horoscope dates system was created for counting years and is now a widely accepted system based on the Gregorian calendar.

The selection of animals and the order of their placement in Chinese Zodiac depends on their influence on people’s lives. Ox, rooster, pig, horse, dog, and goat are domestic animals raised by people, while tiger, dragon, rat, rabbit, monkey, and snake are animals loved by the Chinese people.

The animals were selected during the rule of Han Dynasty, between 202 BC – 220 AD, and the animal years decided on carried the names according to the corresponding Earthly Branch symbol, such as Zi Rat, Chou Ox, Yin Tiger, Mao Rabbit, Chen Dragon, Si Snake, Wu Horse, Wei Sheep, Shen Monkey, You Rooster, Xu Dog, and Hai Pig.

The Ancient Legend about Chinese Zodiac Creation

There are many legends surrounding the creation of the Chinese horoscope years, but the one most widespread is worth mentioning. It says that one day, The Jade Emperor (in Chinese folklore known as The Emperor in Heaven) ordered for animals to be designated as calendar signs. The emperor said that the 12 animals that arrive first the following day will be designated as Chinese Zodiac signs. The rat and the cat heard about the news first and decided to go together to the meeting place. However, the next day the rat forgot about its friend and ran alone to the emperor’s palace.

On the way there, the rat realized that other animals ran faster and made a deal with the ox, saying that it would sing to him if he carried it on its back. The ox reached the palace before other animals, and the rat slid off his back and became the first animal of Chinese Zodiac, with ox becoming the second one. The rat’s friend, the cat, missed the selection of the animals because it arrived at the palace too late, and that is why cats and rats have been enemies since the ancient times.

The Chinese Zodiac Yin and Yang Theory

The fixed order of the animals in Chinese zodiac signs was decided on based on perceived attributes and Chinese Yin and Yang Theory. In order to define the yin or the yang of an animal, one must count the number of their toes, claws, or hoofs. The animals with the odd and the even numbers of toes are arranged in an alternating yin-yang sequence, with the rat being the only animal who carries both yin and yang attributes, as it has a different number of toes on its front and hind legs. This is why the rat takes the first place in the ranking of Chinese Zodiac signs.

Besides considering the yin-yang attributes of the animals, the ancient Chinese have given a symbolic meaning to each animal in the Chinese calendar. For the animal signs to coexist in harmony, strong yang attributes had to be balanced by yin attributes. As such, rat’s wisdom is balanced by the diligence of ox, tiger’s valor by rabbit’s prudence, dragon’s strength by snake’s flexibility, horse’s persistence by goat’s unity, monkey’s changeability by rooster’s constancy, and dog’s fidelity by pig’s amiability.

The Chinese Zodiac Hours

Besides associating each year of the twelve-year cycle with a Chinese Zodiac animal, in traditional Chinese culture people arranged the same animals to correspond to hours of the day. In order to tell the time, ancient Chinese divided the 24-hour day into twelve two-hour periods, also known as the 12 Shichen or earthly branches, and designated an animal for every period.

In Chinese astrology, it is said that a person’s character traits and one’s destiny are influenced by not just their birth year, but their birth hour as well. In the Chinese Zodiac daily hours’ earthly branch system, the animals appear in the same order as in the twelve-year cycle: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Rat’s hours are between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., with the rest of the animals taking following two-hour periods in the above-mentioned order.

Your Animal Sign in Chinese Zodiac

To find out your animal sign in the eastern zodiac, you can use a Chinese Zodiac table. Calculation of the years based on Chinese lunar calendar decides that a person will meet his birth sign once in every twelve-year cycle. For example, people born in 1981 belong to the rooster zodiac and they met or will meet their animal sign in 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, and so on.

However, if your birth date falls between January 21 and February 20 according to the Gregorian calendar, your animal sign may belong to the Chinese horoscope of a previous year, because the Chinese New Year falls during this period.

The Chinese Zodiac Year of Birth – Ben Ming Nian

The animal year of the person’s birth in the Chinese calendar carries the name of Ben Ming Nian or Zodiac Year of Birth. The year 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog, so this year is Ben Ming Nian for everyone who belongs to dog zodiac. According to sayings, people in their own Zodiac Year of Birth may offend the legendary god Tai Sui who rules over people’s fortune, and they would suffer misfortunes during their Ben Ming Nian. There are people who believe that expecting bad luck in your Ben Ming Nian is only a superstition as many people find their year of birth lucky. The fortune varies from person to person.

Chinese zodiac prediction teaches to treat one’s year of birth seriously and give relevant gifts to the people in their Ben Ming Nian to help them improve their fortune. In order to reduce the unlucky impact of the year, the ancients advise wearing red socks, waist belts, or underwear given by elders, as red color is said to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Moreover, you can purchase a token with Pi Xiu, a mythical wild animal from Chinese traditions that is said to drive away evil spirits, and place flowers or ornaments in the sign’s lucky directions. Since the Chinese believe their year of birth to be unlucky, there are several important things that should be avoided in the year, such as marriage or engagement, starting a business, making investments, and job-hopping. Staying away from negative places, things, and people is also advised during one’s Ben Ming Nian.

If you are still wondering, “What is my Chinese Zodiac?”, below you can find the years and personality characteristics corresponding to every animal sign.

12 Chinese Zodiac Signs: Meanings and Characteristics

Rat Chinese sign
Rat 

Rat ranks the first in Chinese Zodiac signs. People born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008 belong to rat zodiac. As the main quality associated with this animal sign is wisdom, these individuals are quick-witted, delicate, vital, ambitious, practical, and charming. Their weaknesses include being too stubborn, greedy, timid, wordy, and eager to gossip.

Ox Chinese sign
Ox 

Ox takes the second rank among the animal signs of the Chinese calendar. If your birth year is 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009, you belong to ox zodiac. Ox is a symbol of diligence, and people of this sign are usually creative, hard-working, ambitious, honest, and patient. Nevertheless, they can be stubborn, indifferent, slow, narrow-minded and poor at communication.

Tiger Chinese zodiac
Tiger 

Those born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010 belong to tiger zodiac. Ranked third in the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger is associated with bravery. People who belong to this sign of the Chinese zodiac are brave, charming, competitive, friendly, and lucky. Some of their weaknesses include irritability, overindulgence, and desire to boast to other people.

Rabbit Chinese zodiac
Rabbit 

Rabbit takes the fourth spot in the Chinese Zodiac calendar where it is a symbol of longevity and good luck. Individuals whose birth year is 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011 belong to rabbit zodiac. Such people’s strengths include intelligence, caution, gentleness, friendliness, and a kind-hearted nature. On the negative side, they may be stubborn, superficial, and melancholy.

Dragon Chinese zodiac
Dragon 

If you were born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012, you belong to the dragon zodiac. Dragon is ranked fifth in Chinese Zodiac signs and represents good fortune and authority. People of this sign are successful, brave, kind-hearted, powerful, and courageous. However, they might be also tactless, conceited, over-confident, and quick-tempered.

Snake Chinese zodiac
Snake 

People whose birth year is 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013 belong to snake zodiac. Snake takes the sixth position in Chinese Horoscope signs and stands for flexibility. Those who belong to this sign are discreet, wise, agile, sympathetic, and attractive. On the negative side, they may be greedy, lazy and arrogant.

Horse Chinese zodiac
Horse 

Horse ranks the seventh in Chinese astrology and represents persistence. If you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2014, you belong to horse zodiac. These individuals are often easy-going, upright, and warm-hearted. Some of their weaknesses may include lack of persistence and love of spending money.

Goat Chinese zodiac
Goat 

Individuals whose birth year is 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015 belong to goat zodiac. Goat takes the eighth position in the Chinese Zodiac calendar and stands for harmony and solidarity. People born in the year of goat are shy, determined, imaginative, and polite. However, they may be also unrealistic, short-sighted, and pessimistic.

Monkey Chinese zodiac
Monkey 

Monkey is the ninth animal sign in Chinese Zodiac and it signifies flexibility. Those born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016 belong to monkey horoscope. These individuals have energetic, confident, charismatic, intelligent, inventive, and loyal personalities. On the other hand, they may be arrogant, egotistical, snobbish, and restless.

Rooster Chinese zodiac
Rooster

People with the year of birth such as 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017 belong to rooster zodiac. Taking the tenth place among the animal signs of Chinese Zodiac, a rooster stands for punctuality and fidelity. Positive characteristics of those born in the year of rooster include being independent, hard-working, honest, courageous, and kind-hearted. Some of their weaknesses are their arrogance and blind admiration of people or things.

Dog Chinese zodiac
Dog

If your birth year is 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018, you belong to dog zodiac. Dog symbolizes honesty and loyalty and it ranks as the eleventh animal in Chinese Zodiac. Individuals born in these years are friendly, honest, loyal, straightforward, smart, and responsible. On the negative side, they may be cold, stubborn, self-righteous, and critical of others.

Pig Chinese zodiac
Pig

Pig takes the last, the twelfth, place among the animal signs of Chinese Zodiac signs and it represents wealth and good fortune. Individuals born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 belong to pig zodiac. People born in the year of the pig are honest, fun, happy, educated, brave, and sincere. Some of their weaknesses include being stubborn, naive, self-indulgent, lazy, and

Chinese Zodiac Years

The years of the Chinese zodiac follow a lunar calendar. The lunar calendar has only twenty-eight days, which explains why, each year, Chinese New Year falls on a different day.

BeginningEndBeginningEndSign
1900 Jan. 311901 Feb. 181960 Jan. 281961 Feb. 14鼠 rat
1901 Feb. 191902 Feb. 071961 Feb. 151962 Feb. 04牛 ox
1902 Feb. 081903 Jan. 281962 Feb. 051963 Jan. 24虎 tiger
1903 Jan. 291904 Feb. 151963 Jan. 251964 Feb. 12兔 rabbit
1904 Feb. 161905 Feb. 031964 Feb. 131965 Feb. 01龍 dragon
1905 Feb. 041906 Jan. 241965 Feb. 021966 Jan. 20蛇 snake
1906 Jan. 251907 Feb. 121966 Jan. 211967 Feb. 08馬 horse
1907 Feb. 131908 Feb. 011967 Feb. 091968 Jan. 29羊 goat
1908 Feb. 021909 Jan. 211968 Jan. 301969 Feb. 16猴 monkey
1909 Jan. 221910 Feb. 091969 Feb. 171970 Feb. 05鷄 rooster
1910 Feb. 101911 Jan. 291970 Feb. 061971 Jan. 26狗 dog
1911 Jan. 301912 Feb. 171971 Jan. 271972 Feb. 14猪 pig
1912 Feb. 181913 Feb. 051972 Feb. 151973 Feb. 02鼠 rat
1913 Feb. 061914 Jan. 251973 Feb. 031974 Jan. 22牛 ox
1914 Jan. 261915 Feb. 131974 Jan. 231975 Feb. 10虎 tiger
1915 Feb. 141916 Feb. 021975 Feb. 111976 Jan. 30兔 rabbit
1916 Feb. 031917 Jan. 221976 Jan. 311977 Feb. 17龍 dragon
1917 Jan. 231918 Feb. 101977 Feb. 181978 Feb. 06蛇 snake
1918 Feb. 111919 Jan. 311978 Feb. 071979 Jan. 27馬 horse
1919 Feb. 011920 Feb. 191979 Jan. 281980 Feb. 15羊 goat
1920 Feb. 201921 Feb. 071980 Feb. 161981 Feb. 04猴 monkey
1921 Feb. 081922 Jan. 271981 Feb. 051982 Jan. 24鷄 rooster
1922 Jan. 281923 Feb. 151982 Jan. 251983 Feb. 12狗 dog
1923 Feb. 161924 Feb. 041983 Feb. 131984 Feb. 01猪 pig
1924 Feb. 051925 Jan. 241984 Feb. 021985 Feb. 19鼠 rat
1925 Jan. 251926 Feb. 121985 Feb. 201986 Feb. 08牛 ox
1926 Feb. 131927 Feb. 011986 Feb. 091987 Jan. 28虎 tiger
1927 Feb. 021928 Jan. 221987 Jan. 291988 Feb. 16兔 rabbit
1928 Jan. 231929 Feb. 091988 Feb. 171989 Feb. 05龍 dragon
1929 Feb. 101930 Jan. 291989 Feb. 061990 Jan. 26蛇 snake
1930 Jan. 301931 Feb. 161990 Jan. 271991 Feb. 14馬 horse
1931 Feb. 171932 Feb. 051991 Feb. 151992 Feb. 03羊 goat
1932 Feb. 061933 Jan. 251992 Feb. 041993 Jan. 22猴 monkey
1933 Jan. 261934 Feb. 131993 Jan. 231994 Feb. 09鷄 rooster
1934 Feb. 141935 Feb. 031994 Feb. 101995 Jan. 30狗 dog
1935 Feb. 041936 Jan. 231995 Jan. 311996 Feb. 18猪 pig
1936 Jan. 241937 Feb. 101996 Feb. 191997 Feb. 06鼠 rat
1937 Feb. 111938 Jan. 301997 Feb. 071998 Jan. 27牛 ox
1938 Jan. 311939 Feb. 181998 Jan. 281999 Feb. 15虎 tiger
1939 Feb. 191940 Feb. 071999 Feb. 162000 Feb. 04兔 rabbit
1940 Feb. 081941 Jan. 262000 Feb. 052001 Jan. 23龍 dragon
1941 Jan. 271942 Feb. 142001 Jan. 242002 Feb. 11蛇 snake
1942 Feb. 151943 Feb. 042002 Feb. 122003 Jan. 31馬 horse
1943 Feb. 051944 Jan. 242003 Feb. 012004 Jan. 21羊 goat
1944 Jan. 251945 Feb. 122004 Jan. 222005 Feb. 8猴 monkey
1945 Feb. 131946 Feb. 012005 Feb. 92006 Jan. 28鷄 rooster
1946 Feb. 021947 Jan. 212006 Jan. 292007 Feb. 17狗 dog
1947 Jan. 221948 Feb. 092007 Feb. 182008 Feb. 6猪 pig
1948 Feb. 101949 Jan. 282008 Feb. 72009 Jan. 25鼠 rat
1949 Jan. 291950 Feb. 162009 Jan. 262010 Feb. 23牛 ox
1950 Feb. 171951 Feb. 052010 Feb. 242011 Feb. 2虎 tiger
1951 Feb. 061952 Jan. 262011 Feb. 32012 Jan. 22兔 rabbit
1952 Jan. 271953 Feb. 132012 Jan. 232013 Feb. 9龍 dragon
1953 Feb. 141954 Feb. 022013 Feb. 102014 Jan. 30蛇 snake
1954 Feb. 031955 Jan. 232014 Jan. 312015 Feb. 18馬 horse
1955 Jan. 241956 Feb. 112015 Feb. 192016 Feb. 7羊 goat
1956 Feb. 121957 Jan. 302016 Feb. 82017 Jan. 27猴 monkey
1957 Jan. 311958 Feb. 172017 Jan. 282018 Feb. 15鷄 rooster
1958 Feb. 181959 Feb. 072018 Feb. 162019 Feb. 4狗 dog
1959 Feb. 081960 Jan. 272019 Feb. 52020 Jan. 24猪 pig

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