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What is
The Chinese Zodiac?



The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 animals. (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit or Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep or Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar or Pig) Each animal rules for an entire year and has individual characteristics, along with a season, a direction, a fixed element, a time of day, and male or female, yin or yang, positive or negative and passive or active aspects. Learning everything there is to know about your Zodiac sign could literally take you a lifetime!


Go right to the Zodiac Sign chart


When you go into a Chinese restaurant, you are likely to find a place mat with your Chinese Zodiac animal sign, a list of years, and a very brief description of your sign. While this is a lot of fun to read, thereís a little more to your sign than that. Chinese astrology is just as involved and layered as any other form of astrology. There are many other factors at work that need to be considered if you truly want to understand your sign. There are many more characteristics to your sign than a simple description allows.


Elements also play a large role in understanding your sign. You have to take into consideration what element of year it is, what element you were born under, and what fixed element you were born into. When figuring sign compatibility, or when trying to understand your own sign more completely, you have to take all element factors into account.
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Go to the Zodiac Sign Compatibility chart


Since the Chinese Zodiac Signs each span an entire year, (unlike the other traditional Western Solar Zodiac Signs that only span about one month) you are definitely going to feel the influences of your Zodiac animal. If you are born in the middle of the Chinese year, you are going to be pretty firm in your signís characteristics, but if you were born in the beginning, or the end, the influences of the signs moving in, and moving out are going to have a larger impact on your character. In addition, your Western Zodiac Sign will also influence and impact your Chinese Zodiac Sign. The characteristics of both mingle together to create the whole picture.
Go to corresponding Western Zodiac Signs


Another HUGE factor to consider if your birthday falls in January or early February, is that the traditional Chinese Zodiac follows what is called a lunisolar calendar. (A calendar based on the moon phases and the solar (sun) year.)

That means that the date the signs change is the Chinese New Year, not January 1st as the calendar we all use today does. (Chinese New Year is figured by the second new moon after the winter solstice.)

People born in late January and early February can actually have the previous yearís sign, and not the sign of the actual Gregorian year (the Jan-Dec calendar we currently use) they were born.

Note: All of my calculations were made using Universal Time (UT).
Click here to learn more about converting it to your own local time.


The time you were born also plays a role in your signís character. Depending on what animal rules your birth time, it will either add to and enhance some of your characteristics, or mute some of them a little. (It could actually even do both!) The animal that rules your time of birth will have a greater impact on you, than that of the other animals. You will find that you have some of the stronger characteristics of your birth time sign, in addition to those of your own birth year sign.
Go to Times Ruled by the Zodiac


If you are trying to figure out what kind of a year you are going to have, you have to look at what your sign is, and what its compatibility is with the current yearís sign. You will also want to take the current yearís element into consideration, as well, along with its compatibility to your own fixed element. Depending on the compatibility of your birth time ruling sign and the current yearís sign, along with the elements assigned to both signs, you could actually find that you may not have the year you first think you will!
Go to the Fixed Element of the Zodiac


Itís really not as confusing as it first may seem. It can be as simple or as complex as you make it. Learning the Chinese Zodiac just takes a little time and thought. It is not as straight forward and simple as some would like you to believe. We humans are very complex and complicated beings. We have lots of different aspects to our characters. The Chinese Zodiac is no different, after all, it is trying to unravel and explain the complex character of us!



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The Chinese Zodiac Chart

Click on the Chinese Zodiac Animal
for more information on your sign.

Chinese Zodiac SignBirth Year
RAT 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960,
1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
OX1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961,
1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033
TIGER1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962,
1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034
RABBIT (HARE)1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963,
1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035
DRAGON1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964,
1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036
SNAKE1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965,
1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037
HORSE1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966,
1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038
SHEEP (GOAT)1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967,
1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039
MONKEY1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968,
1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040
ROOSTER1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969,
1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041
DOG1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970,
1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042
BOAR (PIG)1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971,
1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

*Refer to Chinese Zodiac Sign Start and End Dates
if Born in January or February




Chinese Zodiac Sign Compatibility


Chinese Zodiac SignCompatibleCompatible to Some DegreeIncompatible
RATDragon
Monkey
Ox
Other Rats
Tiger
Rabbit
Snake
Dog
Boar (Pig)
Horse
Rooster
Sheep (Goat)
OXSnake
Rooster
Rat
Other Ox
Rabbit (Hare)
Dragon
Monkey
Boar (Pig)
Sheep (Goat)
Tiger
Horse
Dog
TIGERHorse
Dog
Rat
Other Tigers
Dragon
Sheep (Goat)
Rooster
Boar (Pig)
Monkey
Ox
Rabbit (Hare)
Snake
RABBIT (HARE)Sheep (Goat)
Boar (Pig)
Dog
Rat
Ox
Other Rabbits (Hares)
Dragon
Snake
Monkey
Rooster
Tiger
Horse
DRAGONRat
Monkey
Snake
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit (Hare)
Other Dragons
Horse
Sheep (Goat)
Rooster
Boar (Pig)
Dog
SNAKEOx
Rooster
Dragon
Rat
Rabbit
Other Snakes
Sheep (Goat)
Dog
Boar (Pig)
Tiger
Horse
Monkey
HORSETiger
Dog
Sheep (Goat)
Dragon
Other Horses
Monkey
Rooster
Boar (Pig)
Rat
Ox
Rabbit
Snake
SHEEP (GOAT)Rabbit
Boar (Pig)
Horse
Tiger
Dragon
Snake
Other Sheep (Goats)
Monkey
Rooster
Ox
Rat
Dog
MONKEYRat
Dragon
Ox
Rabbit
Horse
Sheep (Goat)
Rooster
Dog
Boar (Pig)
Tiger
Snake
Other Monkeys
ROOSTEROx
Snake
Tiger
Dragon
Horse
Sheep (Goat)
Monkey
Dog
Boar (Pig)
Rabbit
Rat
Other Roosters
DOGHorse
Tiger
Rabbit
Rat
Snake
Monkey
Rooster
Other Dogs
Boar (Pig)
Dragon
Ox
Sheep (Goat)
BOAR (PIG)Rabbit
Sheep (Goat)
Rat
Ox
Tiger
Horse
Dragon
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Snake
Other Boars (Pigs)

For your astrology compatibility for the Western Zodiac signs, check out this site. He has all sorts of comparisons and information for the compatibility between Zodiac signs.

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Lunar Chinese Zodiac Sign and
Corresponding Solar Zodiac Sign


Chinese
Zodiac Sign
Season/MonthWestern
Zodiac Sign
Season/Months
RatWinter/DecemberSagittarius (The Archer)November 22 - December 21
OxWinter/JanuaryCapricorn (The Goat)December 22 - January 19
TigerWinter/FebruaryAquarius (The Water Bearer)January 20 - February 18
Rabbit (Hare)Spring/MarchPisces (The Fish)February 19 - March 20
DragonSpring/AprilAries (The Ram)March 21 - April 19
SnakeSpring/MayTaurus (The Bull)April 20 - May 20
HorseSummer/JuneGemini (The Twins)May 21 - June 20
Sheep (Goat)Summer/JulyCancer (The Crab)June 21 - July 22
MonkeySummer/AugustLeo (The Lion)July 23 - August 22
RoosterAutumn/SeptemberVirgo (The Virgin)August 23 - September 22
DogAutumn/OctoberLibra (The Scales)September 23- October 22
Boar (Pig)Autumn/NovemberScorpio (The Scorpion)October 23 - November 21



Times of Day Ruled by the Chinese Zodiac


Hours Ruled by Chinese Zodiac Signs
Rat11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Ox1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Tiger3 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Rabbit5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Dragon7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Snake9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Horse11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sheep (Goat)1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Monkey3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rooster5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dog7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Boar (Pig) 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

You will want to convert your time of birth to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or Universal Time (UT) to get the precise animal that was ruling the hour of your birth. Although, you may find that reading about the animal ruling at the time you were born in your time zone will give you some insight into your character, as well.




Fixed Elements of the Chinese Zodiac Signs


Fixed Elements of the Chinese Zodiac Signs
RatWater
OxWater
TigerWood
RabbitWood
DragonWood
SnakeFire
HorseFire
Sheep (Goat)Fire
MonkeyMetal
RoosterMetal
DogMetal
Boar (Pig) Water


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