Chinese Zodiac teach in China

Chinese Zodiac

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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:

  1. Fortune telling
  2. Conducting love compatibility tests
  3. Identifying a person’s personal traits
  4. Predicting careers
  5. Wealth prediction
  6. 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.


Zodiac SymbolYears
Rat1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Ox1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tiger1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Sheep, Goat, Ram1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Horse1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Monkey1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031


Telling fortune

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 SymbolLucky numbersLucky ColoursFlowers
Rat2,3Gold, Blue, GreenLily, Violet
Ox1, 9Purple, Blue, RedEvergreen, Peach Blossom, Tulips
Tiger1, 3, 4Orange, white, blue, greyAnthurium, Cineraria
Rabbit3, 4, 9Purple, Pink, Blue, RedNerve plant, Plantain lily, Snapdragon
Dragon1, 6, 7Gold, SilverHyacinth, Larkspur, Heart Vine
Snake2, 8, 9Black, Cream Yellow, RedCactus, Orchid
Horse2, 3, 7Purple, Yellow, BrownMarigold, Jasmine, Calla Lily
Sheep, Goat, Ram3, 4, 9Purple, Red, GreenAlice flower, Primrose, Carnation
Monkey1, 7, 8Blue, Gold, WhiteAlliums, Chrysanthemum
Rooster5, 7, 8Yellow, Brown, GoldCockscomb, Impatiens, Gladiola
Dog3, 4, 9Purple, Red, GreenOrchids, Oncidium, Rose
Pig2, 5, 8Gold, Brown, Gray, YellowMarguerite, 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 SymbolBest MatchWorst Match
RatOx, Dragon, MonkeyHorse, Rooster
OxRat, Snake, RoosterTiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep
TigerDragon, Horse, PigOx, Tiger, Snake, Monkey
RabbitSheep, Monkey, Dog, PigSnake, Rooster
DragonRooster, Rat, MonkeyOx, Sheep, Dog
SnakeDragon, RoosterTiger, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Pig
HorseTiger, Sheep, Rabbit, SnakeRat, Ox, Rooster, Horse
Sheep, Goat, RamRabbit, Horse, Pig,Ox, Tiger, Dog
MonkeyOx, RabbitTiger, Pig
RoosterOx, SnakeRat, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster, Dog
DogRabbitDragon, Sheep, Rooster
PigTiger, 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.

Zodiac SymbolStrengthsWeaknesses
RatOutgoing, cheerful, adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexibleTimid, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, quarrelsome
OxHonest, hardworking, patient, cautious, level-headed, strong-willed, persistentStubborn, distant
TigerTolerant, loyal, courageous, trustworthy, intelligent, virtuousArrogant, short-tempered, hasty
RabbitGentle, sensitive, compassionate, reasonable, modest, mercifulConservative, hesitant, stubborn, timid
DragonDecisive, inspiring, magnanimous, sensitive, ambitious, romanticEccentric, tactless, fiery, intolerant, unrealistic
SnakeSoft-spoken, humorous, sympathetic, determined, passionate, smartJealous, suspicious, sly
Horsewarm-hearted, upright, accommodative, charismatic, independent, enduring, persistentThrifty, impatient
Sheep, Goat, Ramgentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistentindecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody
Monkeyenthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative, witty, flexible, gentleShort tempered, proud, jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant
RoosterIndependent, capable, warm-hearted, quick-minded, frank, ambitious, intelligentImpatient, critical, proud, narrow-minded, selfish
DogLoyal, responsible, clever, courageous, lively, sincere, decisiveSensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional
PigGenerous, considerate, responsible, independent, warm-hearted, loyal, honest, gentle optimisticNaive, 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.


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