Find out everything there is to know about the Chinese zodiac and the description of the Chinese zodiac signs.
The Chinese animal zodiac, or Sheng Xiao, corresponds with the years, rather than the months. A different animal represents each year. The 12 animals that are included in the Chinese zodiac are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. It is interesting that it is bad luck when your zodiac year comes around. So, every 12th year, you will be followed by bad luck. However, you can prevent this is if an older relative gives you a red piece of clothing. And yes, you have to wear it with you, the entire year. A lot of Asian countries use the Chinese zodiac, but each country has made a few changes.
The Chinese zodiac elements are earth, fire, metal, water and wood. All of the elements have a different effect on the Chinese zodiac signs. The element Earth influences the people that are born in a year that ends in an 8 or 9. People that are influenced by Earth are trustworthy and down to earth. However, sometimes they get carried away.
The element Fire influences the people that are born in a year that ends in a 6 or 7. The fire influences the people to speak their mind. They have enthusiasm and have leadership skills.
The element Metal influences the people that are born in a year that ends in a 0 or 1. The metal influences people to have amazing communication skills, to keep things cool and to love their freedom.
The fourth element, the Water, influences those that are born in a year that ends in a 2 or 3. The attributes that describe this element are passion, wisdom, creativeness and uniqueness.
The last zodiac element is the wood, which influences the people that are born in a year that ends in a 4 or 5. The characteristic that portray this element are bullheadedness, compassionate, imaginative and positive.
The zodiac animals are chosen for a reason. Either they are closely related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives. All of the Chinese zodiac animal signs have a symbolic meaning. So, the rat’s symbolic meaning is the wisdom, the ox is linked with industriousness, the tiger with valour, the rabbit with caution, the dragon with strength, the snake with flexibility, the horse with forging ahead, the goat with unity, the monkey with changeability, the rooster with being constant, the dog with fidelity and the pig with amiability. Also, there are animal signs which are assigned by month (inner animals), day (true animals) and hour of birth (secret animal).
The zodiac sign rat is creative and very intelligent. It has the ability to make a lot of money and gladly shares the wealth with other people. People born in the zodiac sign ox have a strong will and determination. They are good friends and are always ready to lend a helping hand. Third zodiac sign is the tiger. Tiger-born are powerful, courageous and never back down from a challenge. They fight for justice and when they want something, they do everything that is in their power to get it.
The Chinese zodiac sign rabbit knows how to brighten the day of the people around them. Rabbit-born have a friendly personality and are the centre of attention of every party. The fifth Chinese zodiac sign is the dragon. People that are born in this zodiac sign are strong-willed and have a fiery passion for life. Next Chinese zodiac sign is the snake. The snake has mystical abilities; it has sharp senses and is very wise. The most important thing in its life is unconditional love.
The horse has a free spirit and is independent. This Chinese zodiac sign is a natural born leader. The eight Chinese zodiac sign is the goat. The goat has a pure heart, a gentle soul and a quiet strength. When someone is in need, the goat will do everything that is in its power to help them. The monkey is known for its sense of humor and high intelligence.
The zodiac sign Rooster is described as someone who is not afraid of change or to be different. The rooster loves to be in the centre of attention and to be loved by everyone. The dog puts all others first and protects them no matter what. This zodiac sign gives an unconditional love and loyalty to those that are closest to them. And the last sign in the Chinese zodiac is the pig. The pig is generous, trustworthy and kind.
The Chinese zodiac sign derives from the year of birth. However, those that are born between 21 January and February 20, should recheck their Chinese zodiac sign. So, if your birthday is before or after the Chinese New Year keep on reading to find out which is your zodiac sign. If you have no idea which is your Chinese zodiac sign, we are happy to help.
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, and 1960.
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, and 1961
- Those that are born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, and 1962
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, and 1963
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, and 1964
- Those that are born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, and 1965
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, and 1966
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, and 1967
- Those that are born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, and 1968
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, and 1969
- People born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, and 1970
- Those that are born in the following years belong to the Chinese sign Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, and 1971
So, these are the basic information about the Chinese zodiac. It has its similarities and differences with the Western Astrology. Which one do you prefer?