The Chinese Zodiac is called Shengxiao, loosely translated as ‘born resembling’. It is a repeating cycle of 12 years. It follows the lunisolar calendar. Each year is represented by an animal, starting with a rat and ending with a pig. Zodiac affects people’s outlook and attitude towards life. It influences naming systems, marriage and giving birth.
History of the Chinese Zodiac
A story is told of Buddha inviting animals to his party. Certainly, the party was a grand feast. It was a party to mark Buddha’s departure from the world. According to this story, only 12 animals showed up for the party. As a token of appreciation, the 12 animals would be featured in the Chinese Zodiac.
Uses of the Chinese Zodiac
A person derives their zodiac sign from their year of birth. People born during a particular year are believed to have attributes of the animal linked to it.
Other uses of the Chinese Zodiac are:
- Fortune telling
- Conducting love compatibility tests
- Identifying a person’s personal traits
- Predicting careers
- Wealth prediction
- Health prediction
Know your Zodiac symbol
You will know your zodiac animal according to the year you were born. In China, asking a zodiac sign is a polite way of asking your age.
The table below could help you know the zodiac sign for your year of birth. The internet also has many sites that would help you identify your zodiac animal.
|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|
|Sheep, Goat, Ram||1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027|
|Horse||1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026|
|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|
|Pig||1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031|
The Chinese Zodiac is also used to predict luck and fortune. Each zodiac animal has numbers, colours and flowers known to cause luck or fortune. People are keen on the years they give birth as some zodiacs are associated with prosperity. Look at the table below;
|Zodiac Symbol||Lucky numbers||Lucky Colours||Flowers|
|Rat||2,3||Gold, Blue, Green||Lily, Violet|
|Ox||1, 9||Purple, Blue, Red||Evergreen, Peach Blossom, Tulips|
|Tiger||1, 3, 4||Orange, white, blue, grey||Anthurium, Cineraria|
|Rabbit||3, 4, 9||Purple, Pink, Blue, Red||Nerve plant, Plantain lily, Snapdragon|
|Dragon||1, 6, 7||Gold, Silver||Hyacinth, Larkspur, Heart Vine|
|Snake||2, 8, 9||Black, Cream Yellow, Red||Cactus, Orchid|
|Horse||2, 3, 7||Purple, Yellow, Brown||Marigold, Jasmine, Calla Lily|
|Sheep, Goat, Ram||3, 4, 9||Purple, Red, Green||Alice flower, Primrose, Carnation|
|Monkey||1, 7, 8||Blue, Gold, White||Alliums, Chrysanthemum|
|Rooster||5, 7, 8||Yellow, Brown, Gold||Cockscomb, Impatiens, Gladiola|
|Dog||3, 4, 9||Purple, Red, Green||Orchids, Oncidium, Rose|
|Pig||2, 5, 8||Gold, Brown, Gray, Yellow||Marguerite, Pitcher, Hydrangea|
Conducting love compatibility tests
Would you like to know whether you and your better half are a perfect match? People refer to zodiacs when getting into romantic relationships.
The Chinese Zodiac helps lovers identify their compatibility levels. The zodiac does this by matching different personality traits. Sites such as Astrology Answers will give the percentage level to which partners are compatible. The table below gives possible matches according to the year of birth. However, an online compatibility test is more precise.
|Zodiac Symbol||Best Match||Worst Match|
|Rat||Ox, Dragon, Monkey||Horse, Rooster|
|Ox||Rat, Snake, Rooster||Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep|
|Tiger||Dragon, Horse, Pig||Ox, Tiger, Snake, Monkey|
|Rabbit||Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig||Snake, Rooster|
|Dragon||Rooster, Rat, Monkey||Ox, Sheep, Dog|
|Snake||Dragon, Rooster||Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Pig|
|Horse||Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit, Snake||Rat, Ox, Rooster, Horse|
|Sheep, Goat, Ram||Rabbit, Horse, Pig,||Ox, Tiger, Dog|
|Monkey||Ox, Rabbit||Tiger, Pig|
|Rooster||Ox, Snake||Rat, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster, Dog|
|Dog||Rabbit||Dragon, Sheep, Rooster|
|Pig||Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep|
Identifying a person’s personal traits
Each zodiac animal has traits linked to it. The Chinese Zodiac automatically presumes that people born in a certain year will possess the character traits of the zodiac symbol.
|Rat||Outgoing, cheerful, adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible||Timid, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, quarrelsome|
|Ox||Honest, hardworking, patient, cautious, level-headed, strong-willed, persistent||Stubborn, distant|
|Tiger||Tolerant, loyal, courageous, trustworthy, intelligent, virtuous||Arrogant, short-tempered, hasty|
|Rabbit||Gentle, sensitive, compassionate, reasonable, modest, merciful||Conservative, hesitant, stubborn, timid|
|Dragon||Decisive, inspiring, magnanimous, sensitive, ambitious, romantic||Eccentric, tactless, fiery, intolerant, unrealistic|
|Snake||Soft-spoken, humorous, sympathetic, determined, passionate, smart||Jealous, suspicious, sly|
|Horse||warm-hearted, upright, accommodative, charismatic, independent, enduring, persistent||Thrifty, impatient|
|Sheep, Goat, Ram||gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent||indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody|
|Monkey||enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative, witty, flexible, gentle||Short tempered, proud, jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant|
|Rooster||Independent, capable, warm-hearted, quick-minded, frank, ambitious, intelligent||Impatient, critical, proud, narrow-minded, selfish|
|Dog||Loyal, responsible, clever, courageous, lively, sincere, decisive||Sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional|
|Pig||Generous, considerate, responsible, independent, warm-hearted, loyal, honest, gentle optimistic||Naive, gullible, sluggish, short-tempered|
Predicting career, health and wealth
Prediction of health, wealth and careers varies from year to year. Zodiacs give your health status, career prospects and wealth accumulation for a given year. Many people make their yearly financial and investment decisions based on the zodiac sign index.