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Chinese Horoscopes

When you first start learning about Chinese horoscopes you have to leave Western ideas and symbolism about animals behind you. In our culture likening someone to a rat, pig or snake is usually meant in a derogatory way. This is not so for the Chinese. The Chinese believe the animal designated to your birth year has a deep influence on your personality, luck and destiny. They have a saying stating “This animal hides in your heart."

Western astrology is based on the alignment of the planets at the time of your birth.  Chinese astrology deals with the five elements (earth, fire, water, metal, wood), Yin and Yang, Chi, and the cycles of time. Chinese zodiac signs are based on the lunar year of your birth.

Chinese Zodiac is basically made up of a 12-year cycle and Chinese animal signs are used for dating the years. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is quite different from the Western calendar. According to the Chinese calendar, the year begins somewhere towards the end of January or early February.

Legend has it that origin of the Chinese zodiac signs began when the Buddha beckoned all the animals on earth to bid him farewell before his departure from the Earth. Only twelve animals answered the call. Rat was first, Ox second followed Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and lastly Boar.  The Buddha then honoured these faithful animals by naming one of the Lunar years after each of them.

You can determine your animal sign by referring to the year you were born and matching it up with the corresponding animal in the chart below.

Years Corresponding to Chinese Zodiac Signs:

Rat         1900     1912       1924       1936       1948       1960       1972       1984       1996       2008       2020

Ox          1901     1913       1925       1937       1949       1961       1973       1985       1997       2009       2021

Tiger       1902     1914       1926       1938       1950       1962       1974       1986       1998       2010       2022

Rabbit     1903     1915       1927       1939       1951       1963       1975       1987       1999       2011       2023

Dragon    1904     1916       1928       1940       1952       1964       1976       1988       2000       2012       2024

Snake     1905     1917       1929       1941       1953       1965       1977       1989       2001       2013       2025

Horse      1906     1918       1930       1942       1954       1966       1978       1990       2002       2014       2026

Sheep     1907     1919       1931       1943       1955       1967       1979       1991       2003       2015       2027

Monkey   1908     1920       1932       1944       1956       1968       1980       1992       2004       2016       2028

Rooster   1909     1921       1933       1945       1957       1969       1981       1993       2005       2017       2029

Dog         1910     1922       1934       1946       1958       1970       1982       1994       2006       2018       2030

Boar        1911     1923       1935       1947       1959       1971       1983       1995       2007       2019       2031

The Chinese Zodiac signs and the characteristics that correspond to each one. 


Element: Water

Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey

Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable


Element: Earth

Partners well with: Snake and Rooster

Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined


Element: Wood

Partners well with: Horse and Dog

Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic


Element: Wood

Partners well with: Sheep and Boar

Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers


Element: Earth

Partners well with: Rat and Monkey

Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic


Element: Fire

Partners well with: Rooster and Ox

Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive


Element: Fire

Partners well with: Dog and Tiger

Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong


Element: Earth

Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit

Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm


Element: Metal

Partners well with: Dragon and Rat

Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart


Element: Metal

Partners well with: Snake and Ox

Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.


Element: Earth

Partners well with: Tiger and Horse

Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart


Element: Water

Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit

Characteristics: Honourable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.


There are other sources that give far more details of the horoscopes and include lists of famous people who were born under each animal sign. Over the years I have watched and listened to the comments of customers as they read these details and many are astounded by how true they find the explanations to be.

At Zitan we sell prints of the Chinese zodiac signs in two very different styles. They are both inserted in mounts and are ready to be popped in a frame. They are wrapped in cellophane to protect them.

The first is a classic painting style, complete with characters. 

It features the Year of the Horse

The second is a form of calligraphy called ‘ribbon calligraphy’. It is a very clever form of calligraphy whereby several different colours of paint are loaded on to the brush at one time and with a single flourish all the colours are formed on the page in perfect alignment.

This also features the year of the Horse 

As most members of a family are not born in twelve year cycles it is unlikely that any members of your family will have the same sign. As a result these prints make a lovely set for a family to display. Please contact Zitan if you need any help in making your selection. Please be aware that if your birthday falls at the end of January or the beginning of February you will have to check the date of the first day of the Chinese New Year for that particular year to be sure that you select the correct animal for you.