The Chinese Horoscope (Sheng Xiao) Chinese Signs of the Zodiac.
The Chinese horoscope is based on a 12 year cycle with each (初一) Chinese New Year Day (based on the Lunisolar calendar) starting somewhere between the last week in January and the third week in February relating to an animal sign. The zodiac animal signs, as part of Chinese astrology, are connected to the Chinese Five Elements. The choice of twelve animals and their order in the table is based on Chinese folklore.
1: Rat (Zi).
2: Ox or Buffalo (Chou).
3: Tiger (Yin).
4: Rabbit or Hare (Mao).
5: Dragon (Chen).
6: Snake (Si).
7: Horse (Wu).
8: Goat or Sheep (Wei).
9: Monkey (Shen).
10: Rooster or Cock (You).
11: Dog (Xu).
12: Pig or Boar (Hai).
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|Animal.||Sign||Year of Birth.||Character Strengths.*||Character Weaknesses.*||Romantic Best.*||Romantic Worst.*||Best of Friends.*||Opposite Sign.*|
|Rat||1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020.||Clever, generous, confident, optimistic, loyal, romantic, passionate, diplomatic.||Perfectionist, thrifty, too stingy, jealous, domineering, vain, aggressive, envious, proud.||Dragon, Monkey, Ox.||Rabbit, Goat, Horse, Rooster.||Snake.||Horse.|
|Ox (Cow).||1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021.||Hardworking, patient, discreet, consistent, persistent, reliable, realistic, virtuous.||Stubborn, persistent, suspicious, choleric, haughty, closed, vindictive.||Rat, Snake, Rooster.||Dragon, Horse, Goat, Dog, Rabbit.||Goat.|
|Tiger||1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022.||Sensitive, emotional, thoughtful, courageous, honest, success-oriented, brave, generous and strong leadership.||Impatient, hesitant, suspicious, domineering, self-centered, irritable and indecisive.||Horse, Dog, Pig.||Snake, Monkey.||Goat.||Monkey.|
|Rabbit (Hare).||1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2023.||Ambitious, talented, sociable, patient, kind with a sense for art, domestic, romantic and curious.||Pessimistic, uncertain, traditional, jealous, unpredictable, undisciplined, irascible and vain.||Goat, Dog, Rat, Pig.||Ox, Dragon, Rooster, Horse.||Rooster.|
|Dragon||1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 and 2024.||Reliable, honest, active, fair, articulate, optimistic, self- confident, persistent and courageous.||Intolerant, impatient, petty, defiant, power-hungry, uncompromising, haughty and proud.||Rat, Monkey, Rooster.||Dog, Ox, Dragon, Goat.||Dragon, Pig.||Dog.|
|Snake||1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 and 2025.||Tolerant, helpful, witty, strong-minded, welcoming, understanding and responsible.||Selfish, thrifty, jealous, vain, critical, lacking internal harmony, unbalanced and proud.||Rooster, Ox.||Tiger, Goat, Pig.||Rat, Horse, Monkey.||Pig.|
|Horse||1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 and 2026.||Ppen, talented, witty, cheerful, ambitious, optimistic, freedom-loving, active and adventurous.||Impatient, hot-tempered, selfish, sensitive, defiant and opportunistic.||Tiger, Goat, Dog.||Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Horse.||Snake.||Rat.|
|Goat (Sheep).||1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 and 2027.||Good-natured, artistic, creative, prudent, peaceful, persistent, loyal, open, gracious and diplomatic.||Moody, selfish, pessimistic, passive, jealous, sensitive, messy and smug.||Rabbit, Horse, Pig.||Rat, Ox, Dog, Dragon.||Tiger.||Ox.|
|Monkey||1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 and 2028.||Smart, flexible, resourceful, curious, relaxed, playful, tackling, generous and willing to compromise.||Arrogant, sometimes snooty, intolerant, proud, selfish, quarrelsome, vain and talkative.||Dragon, Rat.||Tiger, Snake, Pig.||Snake, Monkey.||Tiger.|
|Rooster (Cock).||1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 and 2029.||Thoughtful, talented, hardworking, sensitive, honest, organizing, eloquent, dutiful, loyal.||Eccentric, easily stressed, aggressive, anxious, moody, cocky, proud and are often loners.||Snake, Ox, Dragon.||Rabbit, Chicken, Dog, Rat.||Rabbit.|
|Dog||1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030.||Loyal, honest, reliable, discreet, persuasive, selfless, generous, moral, idealistic and creative.||Conservative, nervous, eccentric, stubborn, selfish, critical, cynical and pessimistic.||Horse, Rabbit, Tiger.||Ox, Dragon, Goat, Rooster.||Dragon.|
|Pig (Boar).||1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 and 2031.||Determined, loyal, inquisitive, honest, kind, straightforward, passionate, sociable and active.||Pedantic, naive, distrustful, fussy, helpless, anxious, clumsy, slow and sensitive.||Rabbit, Goat, Tiger.||Snake, Monkey, Pig.||Pig.||Snake.|
Like all good stories, there are many variations. One of the most popular stories says the Jade Emperor (Heavenly Grandfather) called a meeting and decreed the years on the calendar would be named after the animals in the order they arrived at the meeting. In other variations the meeting was called by the Yellow Emperor, Buddha or god. The meeting was called a race rather than a meeting in many variations and other animals, including a cat and an elephant, are often mentioned.
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