The year of your birth determines your Chinese sign or animal. The only caveat is that, in this case, the “year” refers to the Chinese lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian or Western calendars. The most popular date for Chinese New Year, particularly in relation to astrology and Feng Shui, is the halfway point between the December 20 solstice and the March 21 equinox. There are a number of other dates that can also be used to determine Chinese New Year, some associated with the December solstice and others with the New Moon in Aquarius. The traditional date for this is February 4.
If you were born between January 1 and February 4, the Chinese animal sign you were born under was the one from the year before. Your animal sign is decided by your birth year, not your birth month, according to popular Chinese astrology. Your four primary Chinese animals—one for each of your birth year, month, day, and time—will be revealed via a more thorough reading of Chinese astrology. In this article, we’ll concentrate on the common “sign of the year” format.
To find your Chinese sign, look up your birth year in the table below. Remember to look up the animal for the year before your birth if your birthday is earlier than February 4 in the calendar. For instance, you might research the animal governing in 1978, the Chinese year that rules your birthday, if you were born on January 10, 1979. (it runs from February 4, 1978-February 4, 1979)
Rat: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
The vivacious Rat is driven, restless, and imaginative. Because rats are active at night, you can be more productive then than during the day if you’re a rat. Rats are admired for their quick wit, receptive nature, and sincerity. Working with a practical partner who can assist you in putting some of your fascinating and plentiful ideas into action can be beneficial for you. You could find it difficult to concentrate or follow through, preferring to jump between tasks instead. You’ll find that you excel at being able to operate according to your own rhythms rather than according to the schedules of others if you have the freedom to set your own schedule at work.
1. Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
The last month of winter and the labour needed to get ready for the upcoming growth season are associated with the ox. As an Ox, you are also confident in putting in the effort required to set yourself up for success in the future. They adore how dependable you are since you are hardworking and steady. While you are understanding of others, you will be adamant about upholding your own opinions and convictions. You prefer to establish routines you can stick to and give strength and stability to people around you. You can occasionally be stubborn because of your strong temperament. Due to your dislike of wasting time, your energy may be restrained, and you may have no trouble focusing.
Instead of making changes, you could opt to stick with what you already know. You prefer to conduct business in the real world, as evidenced by your matter-of-fact demeanor. Jobs involving land, structures, or the outdoors may be appealing. Although you might value privacy, you probably have a secret romantic side. People appreciate your loyalty and fairness. You remain committed to your goals and see things through to completion.
2. Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986,1998, 2010)
The Tiger is a well-liked sign due to its associations with power, affluence, and majesty. The Tiger is regarded as the dominant animal and was created to lead rather than follow. The Tiger has a natural aptitude for leadership since it dominates the first month of the Chinese calendar, which is also the first month of spring. If you are a Tiger, you also possess a strong sense of self-motivation and healthy levels of competition. The Tiger has a certain charisma that draws fans. A Tiger is a fascinating, witty, and engaging conversationalist. Others might imitate your actions or look to you for direction. Others could occasionally feel resentful of you since you have such a strong sense of yourself and are set up for success. You might unintentionally take on the role of the leader due to your desire to do so. Sometimes you might unintentionally step on people’s toes. Although you will like helping others improve their fortunes, tradition appeals to you and established careers may be the greatest choice. Your path to a high position will go more smoothly the more diplomacy and tact you can hone. Tigers are admired for their charismatic leadership style and are seen as captivating and magnetic. Others admire your boldness and courage.
3. Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
The Rabbit is a symbol of new life and the burgeoning force of a bountiful spring. The Rabbit has an unique affinity for young people and those who require care and defense. The Rabbit is a symbol of the wood element and might represent a love of gardening, working with plants and flowers, or an interest in herbal remedies. If you are a Rabbit, you could feel compelled to use this nurturing energy by working in the medical field. The significant emphasis on children may motivate you to give up something for your kids. Rabbits favor the morning hours. Working behind the scenes or through diplomatic channels may be your strong suit. You might be nice with a wide range of individuals and draw favorable attention thanks to your understanding of etiquette and decorum. Everyone in your care who seems to be in danger or at risk will be protected by you since you have the ability to persuade. You will function best in a calm, serene, or tranquil environment, both at home and at work.
4. Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
As the only mythical creature amongst the 12 Chinese animals, there is a magical quality to the Dragon. In Chinese mythology, the dragon was not something to be feared; rather it was respected for its power and ability to bestow riches and rewards. As a dragon, you may have an exotic or otherworldly quality. Theatre and dramatic performances may appeal for the spectacle they provide. Dragons are associated with wealth, but your fortunes may fluctuate or disappear as easily as they arrive, especially if you have a weakness for gambling or speculation, which you should avoid. While excitement makes life enjoyable, it can sometimes cause conflict with family members or at home. You might enjoy a challenge or aspire to have a full or extravagant life. Others may respect your drive, aspirations, and self-assurance. Despite your prodigious amounts of energy and ambition, you will succeed when you have a partner to assist direct and focus your abilities, whether in your personal or professional life.
5. Snake (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
The snake is valued as a spiritual animal that stands for enchantment and mystery, not as a naughty creature. If you are a snake, you might be graceful, sensual, and able to move through life with ease. One of life’s privileges for a Snake is quiet time, so make an effort to schedule this frequently, preferably daily or at least once per week. You might have a keen eye for detail or a sixth instinct for ulterior motives. Snakes are alert and constantly on the lookout, never missing the underlying message or subtext of current events. You can be excellent at acquiring information or paying close attention to details. Any activity that requires research or investigation may be appealing. Despite being frugal, you could be willing to occasionally treat yourself to a luxury. Although you might hang onto what you know and are more likely to be a private person, truth and honesty are crucial. As a Snake, you might be analytical or wise, and others might adore your laid-back or intuitive side.
6. Horse (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
Due to its historical affiliation with noon, the Horse is also linked to the Sun, a sign that is innately male. This may bestow physical prowess, a fascination with wanting to move rapidly, or a desire to stand out from the crowd. Teamwork and socializing are connected with the Horse. If you are a male Horse, you might have traditional ideas or beliefs about how men and women should behave, particularly in romantic interactions. If you are a horse and a woman, you might desire to contribute equally to all facets of life. Since the Horse represents leadership, you might find yourself drawn to politics or looking to join a committee or cause in your town. Also, you will always want to “lead the parade”. You might be obstinate, especially when it comes to your own opinions. Although you may make decisions based on what you believe will be most acceptable due to your urge to belong, especially to a larger social network, you are dependable and a friend for life. Even though you have a strong will, you work hard, and people will value your friendliness and wit.
7. Sheep (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)
The sheep is a naturally feminine animal that is connected to the Moon. The Chinese believe that as a flock of sheep is made up entirely of ewes, the sheep has control over all matters pertaining to matrimony, motherhood, and family. If you identify as a sheep, stability and companionship may be crucial to you. You might enjoy spending time with your extended family or aspire to start a family of your own. You may need to learn to establish stronger defenses or better boundaries due to the Sheep’s occasionally vulnerable and compassionate nature. If you are unhappy or injured, you could wait a while to communicate your sentiments, especially if you are feeling resentful. To prevent outbursts or dramatic actions, work on developing the confidence to express yourself as soon as you feel unhappy. Despite your love of travel, you might appreciate the basic pleasures in life more. People might value your dependability and nurturing qualities.
8. Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
You probably have exceptional hand-eye coordination if you’re a monkey, but you also have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You have the unmatched capacity to talk yourself out of anything, which is a useful quality given that monkeys are inclined to mischief. You’re witty, intelligent, and capable of being a lot of fun. You like mingling with people and can be the life of the party. You enjoy diversity and are constantly on the move. Although your financial situation may change, you always have a backup plan. As a monkey swinging between tree branches, you don’t take many breaks and prefer to swing from task to task or adventure to adventure. Developing patience is beneficial for relationships, especially with others. You do seek solutions to issues, and thanks to your mental agility, you frequently come up with ones that others couldn’t. While eager to learn, you have a tendency to be sucked into imagination. You are intelligent and brilliant like a monkey. The monkey is an excellent marketer who can sell sand to the Arabs and has the most persuasive, pleasant, and hilarious attitude, according to Chinese astrologer and author Shelly Wu. You need a pair of roller skates to keep up with monkeys because they are so hyperactive!
9. Rooster (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
The rooster symbolizes returning home at the end of the day and is related with the west and the setting sun. As a rooster, you might enjoy unwinding and unwinding, but try to do so in a healing way rather than by drinking alcohol. While the west is associated with metal and currency, you may have a preference for business, trade, and commerce. Also, since the rooster is a yin, or feminine, sign, you might find yourself drawn to professions that deal with issues that are of particular interest to women. As a Rooster, you share some of the Tiger’s qualities of leadership and success, which can help you advance in your career. Roosters frequently possess intuition, which is a strength in occupations where working with others is crucial. You might speak bluntly and occasionally talk more than you listen. You might be vigilant, dependable, and loyal. You could be an excellent host or hostess. You can have a vibrant personality, which people may adore, and you might be friendly and honest. Particularly at work, your excitement helps you make a good impression. You may benefit from education and be able to enhance your innate intelligence.
10. Dog (1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
As a dog, you’ll be devoted and concerned with everyone’s protection, especially the security of your house and those you love. The Dog is revered for his obedient character and his vigilance. Even if you might prefer a smaller social circle, those in it can count on your loyalty. You might find family gatherings to be especially heartwarming because the Dog enjoys bringing loved ones together. You may enjoy maintaining your home and making sure it is sturdy and safe due to the Dog’s attentive temperament. This may be a sign of aptitude for a profession in construction or real estate. Home ownership may also be important, but you may want to upgrade every few years when possible. Like the Dog who enjoys being outside, you too will benefit from getting out to see the world around you, especially wide-open spaces. As a Dog you are compassionate, faithful and sincere, and others love how supportive you are. Your strong moral compass means you’re always there for friends or family in need. In Chinese astrology, the Dog is considered the most humanitarian and likeable for all signs.
11. Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
The Pig has the best character of all the signs and is associated with all the good things about families. You’ll value having a cozy house, and because to your warm and welcoming personality, you’ll always be willing to have friends and family around. If you identify as a Pig, you value stability and contentment, and you’ll want your home or office to be comfortably furnished rather than in keeping with the newest trends. Because of your hard work, you can afford some of life’s little luxuries, but at home, you’ll want to entirely unplug from work. You might occasionally fall victim to abuse because of your charming, charitable, and caring nature. If you think that’s a problem, you might need to set more rigid restrictions for any persistent requests for assistance. The Pig, the final sign, is associated with completion and putting things to rest. While starting over may need some work, once you do, you are excellent at following through. Because of your modest demeanor, others could undervalue your abilities. You might like participating in a neighborhood school or community project because of your helping nature. Pigs are regarded as a “unique treasure” among the signs and are revered for their truthful, genuine, and valiant personality.