Unlike Western Astrology, the Chinese Zodiac is based on a rotating 60-year cycle, represented by twelve different animals. The five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth) are then assigned to each animal (year), creating a unique characteristic for each year (animal).
This year, the Chinese New Year begins January 31st.
According to Chinese Astrology, the year a person is born determines their animal sign, which has its own distinctive personality and traits.
Check the chart below to determine your personal Chinese Zodiac sign:
Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. If it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year.
Rat: People born in the year of the Rat are quick-witted, intelligent, charming, sharp, persuasive and fun. They have excellent taste and are a good friend; however, if not careful, they can be motivated by money. Compatible with Dragon and Monkey.
Ox: The second of the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is hard working, a goal-oriented leader, patient, kind, stubborn and honest. At times they can be a little introverted and feel insecure, but they love their family and friends. Compatible with Snake and Rooster.
Tiger: Those born in the year of the Tiger are brave, authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense. They take control of situations and, like a tiger, they can pounce at a moment’s notice. Compatible with Horse and Dog.
Rabbit: People born in the year of the Rabbit are gentle, modest, popular, compassionate, and sincere. They like to communicate with others in a humorous way and will go out of their way to avoid conflict. Rabbits enjoy their home, entertaining, and being surrounded by family and friends. Compatible with Goat, Dog and Pig.
Dragon: A powerful sign, individuals born under the Dragon are energetic, warm-hearted, charismatic, and fearless. While they can come across as a bit arrogant, impatient and over confident, dragons are born leaders and are seldom discouraged if difficulties arise. Compatible with Monkey and Rat.
Snake: People born in the year of the Snake tend to be charming, gregarious, introverted, generous, seductive, and rely on their gut instincts. Snakes are hardworking, analytical and good with money but can sometimes come across as insecure and jealous at times. Compatible with Rooster and Ox.
Horse: Individuals born under the sign of the horse love to roam and cannot bear to be constrained. They’re energetic, warm hearted, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling. They’re great at seduction and love intimacy. Compatible with Dog and Tiger.
Goat: While people born the year of the Goat are creative, deep thinkers, and wanderers, they can also be unorganized, neurotic and insecure. If they get lots of love, support and understanding from family and friends their anxiety level can be normalized. Compatible with Pig and Rabbit.
Monkey: Those born in the year of the Monkey enjoy having fun! They’re energetic, upbeat, good listeners, and creative, but lack self-control and can sometimes be self-centered. They’re also not good when it comes to long-term relationships and can be heart breakers, but they do enjoy having fun. Compatible with Rat and Dragon.
Rooster: Those born in the year of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, neat, independent, hardworking, and observant. Oh, and they’re perfectionist—they epitomize fidelity and punctuality. Compatible with Ox and Snake.
Dog: People born in the year of the Dog are loyal, faithful, courageous, smart and warmhearted. However, they’re often guilty of telling white lies and prone to mood swings. Dogs succeed in business. Compatible with Tiger and Horse.
Pig: People born in the year of the Pig are loving, tolerant, honest, intelligent, and appreciative of luxury. While they’re honest and frank, they’re also perfectionists who enjoy helping others and are good companions if you don’t cross them. Compatible with Rabbit and Goat.
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