Chinese horoscopes, which are based on one’s Chinese zodiac animal, are popular today in China and around the world. There are 12 different signs ranging from rat to pig and all have particular personalities that are thought to be specific to that animal.
Learning one’s birth year, according to the Chinese system, can provide a great span of astrological information. The Chinese animal signs are used to find out how compatible or incompatible people are as friends or lovers to finding out if a business venture will be successful in a certain year.
The Year of the Snake
In the West, snakes are seen as dangerous predators, but in Chinese astrology they represent wisdom. That said, all signs are also reminded to realize the potential threat that can lie in wait when it comes to snakes. Snakes are also seen as being beautiful and elegant.
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Snakes are born in the following years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013.
The Year of the Horse
Horses are seen as symbols of nobility and linked to having a notable career. They also represent passion, as their life is considered much occupied in the field of ardor. Horses are seen as friendly and strong-willed.
A person was born in the year of the horse if he is born during: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014.
The Year of the Sheep
Just like the ox, the sheep is considered a symbol of farming and fertility. But, it differs in that a sheep is also a symbol of art. People born in the year of the sheep are said to be artistic, sweet-natured and hardworking.
A birth date in one of the following years makes a person a sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.
The Year of the Monkey
Monkeys are seen as mischievous tricksters in Asia. The well-known saying and image regarding “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” come from Japan. The monkey is seen as a symbol of fantasy and is well-known for his cheeky feats as Sun Wu-Kong the monkey king in the story “Journey to the West.” Monkeys are resourceful and charming characters.
Monkeys are born in the following years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.
The Year of the Rooster
The rooster, known for his crowing, is a sign of candor and outspokenness. Perhaps due to a rooster’s spur and cockfighting, this zodiac symbol is also linked to a martial spirit and not backing down when it comes to a fight. Roosters are considered attractive and confident.
Individuals who were born in the year of the rooster were born in: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017.
The Year of the Dog
Just as the saying goes, “Dog is man’s best friend,” so the dog is a symbol of loyalty. Pekingese dogs were highly valued in China, so much so that breeding was mandated all under the control of the imperial household. People who are dogs are faithful to their friends and have a strong sense of what is right.
Individuals who are born in the year of the dog will have a birthday in: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018.
The Year of the Pig
The pig or boar is the symbol for honesty. Pigs also represent abundance and wealth. Historically, the domestic pig was seen as a good omen in China, particularly if it were covered in mud. If a traveler saw a pig along the way to the left of him, then he would be sure to reach his goal soon. If he spotted the pig on his right side it would mean he has a longer journey to attain his goal.
The year of the pig falls on the following years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019.
The Chinese zodiac signs are all represented by animals over a twelve-year cycle. Each animal is seen to represent certain traits, and people born in those years are believed to have these specific characteristics.
For information on the zodiac signs of rat, ox, tiger, rabbit and dragon, as well as some history on how these animals came to represent the years check out Chinese Zodiac Animals.
More information can also be found at Chinese New Year Calendar.