Chinese Zodiac and astrology


1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984
1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985
1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986
1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987
1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988
1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989
1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990
1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991
1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992
1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993
1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994
1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995





Chinese Astrology and Zodiac

12 Animals

Check your personality type according to Traditional Chinese Astrology. Find the year you were born within the Chinese lunar calendar. The element that follows the year will tell you which of the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, or earth) relates to the particular year in which you were born. The Chinese use the sign, the element, and even the time to calculate an astrological/numerical pattern in which they can forecast future events, recall past events and recognize tendencies.

  • RAT:
    January 31, 1900 to February 18, 1901 (metal)
    February 18, 1912 to February 5, 1913 (water)
    February 5, 1924 to January 23, 1925 (wood)
    January 24, 1936 to February 10, 1937 (fire)
    February 10, 1948 to January 28, 1949 (earth)
    January 28, 1960 to February 14, 1961 (metal)
    February 15, 1972 to February 2, 1973 (water)
    February 2, 1984 to February 19, 1985 (wood)
    February 19, 1996 to February 6, 1997 (fire)

Celebrities include:
Plato - Haydn - Mozart - Tchaikovsky

For those born in these years, the key word is "charm".Highly adaptable and creative, quick-witted, sociable, and intelligent.Appealing outward personality typically hides a crafty and opportunisticpersonality. They tend to be very talkative and are seldom foundsitting quietly by themselves.

The Rat is very quick-witted and can accomplish in days whatsome may take months to do, but they are typically perfectionistsand difficult to work around despite their exceptional talents.
Rat personalities tend to scrimp and budget carefully when resourcesare tight, yet spend lavishly when finances are good. Rats areself-contained and keep problems to themselves. Although veryoutgoing, they seldom confide in anyone.

Often talented in abstract subjects such as math and music, theymake good planners, especially in business situations as wellas the arts.

  • OX:
    February 19, 1901 to February 7, 1902 (metal)
    February 6, 1913 to January 25, 1914 (water)
    January 24, 1925 to February 12, 1926 (wood)
    February 11, 1937 to January 30, 1938 (fire)
    January 29, 1949 to February 16, 1950 (earth)
    February 15, 1961 to February 4, 1962 (metal)
    February 3, 1973 to January 22, 1974 (water)
    February 20, 1985 to February 8, 1986 (wood)
    February 7, 1997 to January 27, 1998 (fire)

Celebrities include:
Bach - Handel - Van Gogh - Dvorak - Walt Disney - Charles Chaplin

Those born in these years are typically reliable and dependable.Ox personalities often rise to positions of authority and makeexcellent leaders, however they are seldom elected into highofficial status because of their lack of flair and excitement.

The Ox achieves through routine hard work and patience...notthat the Ox lacks a creative imagination. They are hard-workingand persistent, and can stick to a task longer and harder thanothers. They believe in themselves.

Although seldom romantic, the Ox is very tender and loving tothe few lucky enough to receive such attention. They are notsocial or party animals and tend to be quiet when in groups.People who are around oxen-personalities often misunderstandthem, but oxen are patient and caring. An ox is the best friendyou could choose.

In business, the Ox often bring prosperity as a result of logicalthought and extensive planning. They are exceptional at hand-craftsor the arts.

The Ox has a prime place in Chinese symbolism and appears onthe first page of almost every Chinese Almanac. The Ox is a symbolof diligence, perseverance, tenacity and thoroughness.

  • TIGER:
    February 8, 1902 to January 28, 1903 (water)
    January 26, 1914 to February 13, 1915 (wood)
    February 13, 1926 to February 1, 1927 (fire)
    January 31, 1938 to February 18, 1939 (earth)
    February 17, 1950 to February 5, 1951 (metal)
    February 5, 1962 to January 24, 1963 (water)
    January 23, 1974 to February 10, 1975 (wood)
    February 9, 1986 to January 28, 1987 (fire)
    January 28, 1998 to February 15, 1999 (earth)

Celebrities include:
Marilyn Monroe - Queen Elizabeth II - Sun Yet San -
Karl Marx - Beethoven

Tigers are likely to succeed in sales, personnel managementand military careers. They typically have a strong competitivestreak (especially in business dealings) and must be carefulnot to create enemies during their quest for success. Not easilyinfluenced by others, the Tiger's natural authority is seldomchallenged, and make excellent role models. They have a magneticpersonalities and, when combined with their confidence, are difficultto resist.

The Tiger is usually regarded as having male-like tendenciesand therefore Chinese tend to distrust women born in the Tigeryears, partially because of the power that they can exert. Tigerpersonalities are daring fighters and stand up to the bitterend for what they feel is righteous. They are respected by theirpeers and enemies for their courage and dedication.

Tiger personalities are sensitive, emotional, and capable ofgreat love, but have a difficult time understanding the meaningof moderation. They often approach love with as much ferocityas a good fight.

The Tiger is indeed the king of the beasts in China as well asmany other countries throughout the world.

  • HARE:
    January 29, 1903 to February 15, 1904 (water)
    February 14, 1915 to February 2, 1916 (wood)
    February 2, 1927 to January 22, 1928 (fire)
    February 19, 1939 to February 7, 1940 (earth)
    February 1951 to January 26 1952 (metal)
    January 25, 19673 to February 12, 1964 (water)
    February 11, 1975 to January 30, 1976 (wood)
    January 29, 1987 to February 16, 1988 (fire)
    February 16, 1999 to February 4, 2000 (earth)

Celebrities include:
Michelangelo - Napoleon - Albert Einstein - Walt Whitman - Marie Curie

Hares (rabbits) are happiest when with friends and safelyinside of social circles. They are often meek and withdrawn amonggroups of strangers. They seldom like to argue and enjoy quiet,peaceful lives. A Hare is cautious and will weigh the pros andcons from every angle before moving ahead.

A lover of good conversation, reading, and intellectual discussions,the hare is sincere and are often gifted healers, herbalists,and doctors. Traditionally associated with clear-sightedness,the Hare is an excellent judge of character and has a certainability to recognize when others are lying. A Hare's home istypically a beautiful one, and they take great care and expenda lot of energy making it comfortable. You will find a lot ofexpensive and precious items in the home of a Hare personality.

The Chinese have many strange legends about the Hare, one ofthem is that they inhabit the moon, together with three-leggedfrogs. Another legend has it that the Hare possesses the secretrecipe for the elixir of immortality.

    February 16, 1904 to February 3, 1905 (wood)
    February 3, 1916 to January 22, 1947 (fire)
    January 23, 1928 to February 9, 1929 (earth)
    February 8, 1940 to January 26, 1941 (metal)
    January 27, 1952 to February 13, 1953 (water)
    February 13, 1964 to February 1, 1965 (wood)
    January 31, 1976 to February 17, 1977 (fire)
    February 17, 1988 to February 5, 1989 (earth)

Celebrities include:
Sigmund Freud - Martin Luther King - Shirley Temple -
Grace Kelly - Christopher Reeves - Florence Nightingale

The Dragon is one of the most exotic and flamboyant of allChinese astrological signs. Dragons are born leaders and mastersof ceremonies. They are idealists, perfectionists, aggressiveand determined.

A person born under the dragon is usually fashionable and canadapt to many different styles of life. Using their keen senseof imagination, Dragons are forever dreaming up fresh schemesand ideas for new adventures (which are mostly futile). Unfortunately,they often drive their friends crazy with their "wild"schemes that usually lead to nowhere.

On the good side however, Dragon-types are also surrounded bygood fortune, which saves them from making major mistakes. Theyare well suited to careers in the theatre, or any place thatgives them a leading role.

Although they have the potential for making lots of money, theyspend it lavishly on their projects. Dragons are not well suitedto growing old and losing power, they lose their temper easily.
Women who are born under this sign are usually surrounded byadmirers and very popular with the opposite sex. They are seldomdisappointed in love.


  • SNAKE:
    February 4, 1905 to January 24, 1906 (wood)
    January 23, 1917 to February 10, 1918 (fire)
    February 10, 1929 to January 29, 1930 (earth)
    January 27, 1941 to February 14, 1942 (metal)
    February 14, 1953 to February 2, 1954 (water)
    February 2, 1965 to January 20, 1966 (wood)
    February 18, 1977 to February 6, 1978 (fire)
    February 1989 to January 26 1990 (earth)

Celebrities include:
Mendelssohn - Jacqueline Onassis - Picasso - Audrey Hepburn

The person born in the year of the snake often make theirway to the top of success. Unlike the Dragon however, they aremore restrained and refined. They are in no means, pushy, andhave a knack for being at the right place at the right time.They make decisions quickly and firmly.

Intelligent and careful, snake-people make good research scientists,philosophers, detectives, or professors. They have a very analyticalmind, yet seem to have an ability to "sense" a goodthing when they see it.

They lean toward elegance and expensiveness. It is unlikely tofind a snake person wearing bold colors and gaudy dress. In moneymatters, the Snake has good fortune, but is often considered"tight", except with close friends and loved ones.

The Snake and its complementary sign, the Dragon, form the "Houseof Mystery" in Chinese mythology. The Dragon is the gaudymagician, the Snake is the contemplative mystic. The snake isclosely associated with plots and counter-plots, scandal andcorruption. The expression "long snake" in Chinesemeans "intrigue". Unlike in America, the traditionalChinese believe it unlucky to kill a snake which enters the housebecause it could be the bearer of good fortune.

  • HORSE:
    January 25, 1906 to February 12, 1907 (fire)
    February 11, 1918 to January 31, 1919 (earth)
    January 30, 1930 to February 16, 1931 (metal)
    February 15, 1942 to February 4, 1943 (water)
    February 3, 1954 to January 23, 1955 (wood)
    January 21, 1966 to February 8, 1967 (fire)
    February 7, 1978 to January 27, 1979 (earth)
    January 27, 1990 to February 14, 1991 (metal)

Celebrities include:
Thomas Edison - Leonard Bernstein - Barbara Streisand -
Clint Eastwood - Ingmar Bergman

The Horse personality often varies radically. In Asia, itis believed that those born in the years of the Horse may betyrants, revolutionaries, or thieves. On the other hand, theyhave great capacity to excel. Others are often in awe of them,worship them, but seldom really understand them.

Horses are good at handling money, but often lose interest intheir goals. Chinese believe that horses are born to race or travel, thereforeHorse people leave home at a young age, and remain restless throughouttheir life. They are impatient, yet quick-witted with a hugeego. They have a hard time belonging anywhere for long.

Horse people do well in groups and is never short on conversation.Social contact is important to the Horse and they often formclose relationships with others and will give up anything fora good romance.

The Horse represents desires and wishes they are usually associatedwith males. The ancients deemed the Year of the Horse to havemasculine attributes. The hour of the Horse falls at high noonand the month of the Horse includes the Summer Solstice, whichare both strong "yang" forces.

  • SHEEP: (Goats)
    February 13, 1907 to February 1, 1908 (fire)
    February 1, 1919 to February 19, 1920 (earth)
    February 17, 1931 to February 5, 1932 (metal)
    February 5, 1943 to January 24, 1944 (water)
    January 24, 1955 to February 11, 1956 (wood)
    February 9, 1967 to January 29, 1968 (fire)
    January 28, 1979 to February 15, 1980 (earth)
    February 15, 1991 to February 3, 1992 (metal)

Celebrities include:
Rudolph Valentino - Boris Becker - King George VI - VeronicaLake

Sheep (Goats) are regarded by Chinese astrologers as havinga strong essence of "Yin", therefore the most feminineof the animal signs. The are typically elegant, charming, artistic,and fond of natural items. Sheep personalities often find expressionin craftsmanship rather than originality. They are very conservativeand often leave their creative sides unexplored when it comesto career advancements.

Sheep are insecure and need to feel loved and needed. They shyaway from confrontation and often follow the crowd instead ofstanding up for their true beliefs. They resent being led byothers, although they allow it. This characteristic often leadsthem to ask for help, then resist it when it comes.

They study the esoteric, reading books on new-age beliefs, astrology,and fortune-telling. Because of their indecision, Sheep do notusually make good business people. They prefer to use their artistictalents and craftsmanship skills.

Sheep are typically very romantic and sensitive. They are hardto resist with their loving and caring nature, and make excellentspouses.

    February 2, 1908 to January 21, 1909 (earth)
    February 20, 1920 to February 7, 1921 (metal)
    February 6, 1932 to January 25, 1933 (water)
    January 25, 1944 to February 12, 1945 (wood)
    February 12, 1956 to January 30, 1957 (fire)
    January 30, 1968 to February 16, 1969 (earth)
    February 16, 1980 to February 4, 1981 (metal)
    February 4, 1992 to January 22, 1993 (water)

Celebrities include:
Julius Caesar - Leonardo daVinci - Captain Cook-
Elizabeth Taylor - Edgar Faure

Monkeys are never at a loss for words. They can make the mostboring subject seem interesting. They are extremely inventive,with a quick-wittedness that none can rival. Their charm andgood fortune follow them.

Despite their popularity, Monkeys are seldom taken seriouslyhowever, and this leads to much frustration. They project animage of mischief which many find unsettling.

The Monkey personality can do well at almost any type of work,and usually succeed in anything they try. Their success oftenmakes them arrogant however, and can lead to isolation. Monkeysare exceptionally good a problem-solving and have a craving forknowledge.

They are one of the most popular and venerated of all Chinesecharacters. There are countless stories about the adventuresof monkeys. The Monkey of legend has many innate skills, butonly put them to good use when under the powerful restraint andskillful guidance of an enlightened one (as in "Journeyto the West", a famous novel). They can easily self-destructwhen left to their own initiatives.

    January 22, 1909 to February 9, 1910 (earth)
    February 8, 1921 to January 27, 1922 (metal)
    January 26, 1933 to February 13, 1934 (water)
    February 13, 1945 to February 1, 1946 (wood)
    January 31, 1957 to February 17, 1958 (fire)
    February 17, 1969 to February 5, 1970 (earth)
    February 5, 1981 to January 24, 1982 (metal)
    January 23, 1993 to February 9, 1994 (water)

Celebrities include:
Confucius - Katherine Hepburn

The Rooster is the counterpart of the Monkey and representsa "Yin" or feminine quality. They are often abrasiveand aggressive, and are sometimes considered rude.

Roosters are very concerned with their appearance, and can spendmany hours standing in front of mirrors. They often dress a bitcolorful for some tastes, but are usually stylish.

Roosters are always busy, seldom being accused of being a couchpotato. The have many talents and typically succeed in anythingthat they attempt. They make good detectives, doctors, nurses,and trouble-shooters. Rooster personalities have extremely highideals and have little tolerance for those who don't. They oftenbegin many projects at one time to keep busy, but this sometimesleads to family problems, as they have a tendency to ignore thosewho are closest although they remain deeply in love and failto see any problem in the relationship.

Traditionally, Roosters are seen as the embodiment of direct,forceful and forthright behavior.

  • DOG:
    February 10, 1910 to January 29, 1911 (metal)
    January 28, 1922 to February 15, 1923 (water)
    February 14, 1934 to February 3, 1935 (wood)
    February 2, 1946 to January 21, 1947 (fire)
    February 18, 1958 to February 7, 1959 (earth)
    February 6, 1970 to January 26, 1971 (metal)
    January 25, 1982 to February 12, 1983 (water)
    February 10, 1994 to January 30, 1995 (wood)

Celebrities include:
Winston Churchill - George Gershwin - Michael Jackson - Madonna

Dog personalities are honest, faithful, and sincere. Theyenjoy helping others. They can easily make friends, usually long-lasting.They are intelligent and are usually good listeners.

The Dog is a steady worker who becomes a trusted and valued memberof any community. They are defensive where friends and familyare concerned and refuse to listen to warnings when others arein danger. When truly frightened, Dogs react unpredictably. Theirrare displays of intense anger is usually justified however.They easily forgive and forget.

Dogs are usually very active and like all types of outdoor sports.Although they are very generous and loyal, they often have romanticdifficulties throughout their lifetimes unless their partneris very understanding and patient.

In Chinese astrology, the Dog and the Pig form the "Houseof Family". The Dog, being traditionally a protector andguardian of property, represents the materials and wealth ofthe home, rather than the people within it.

  • PIG:
    January 30, 1911 to February 127, 1912 (metal)
    February 16, 1923 to February 4, 1924 (water)
    February 4, 1935 to January 23, 1936 (wood)
    January 22, 1947 to February 9, 1948 (fire)
    February 8, 1959 to January 27, 1960 (earth)
    January 27, 1971 to February 14, 1972 (metal)
    February 13, 1983 to February 1, 1984 (water)
    January 31, 1994 to February 18, 1996 (wood)

Celebrities include:
Woody Allen - Julie Andrews - Ronald Reagan -
Alfred Hitchcock - Steven Spielberg

The last of the twelve astrological signs, the Pig is thesymbol of completion. Their ambitions are not so much with theircurrent career, but with the benefits that they reap at the endof their careers. The Pig personality looks forward to retirement.

Unlike the animal that Americans think of when they considera Pig, the Chinese consider the Pig as one of the most pleasantand productive animals. They are home-lovers who put a lot ofattention toward family matters. Pigs are models of sincerity,purity, tolerance, and honor.

Pigs simply want to do everything right, and have an unrelentingoptimistic attitude.

Pigs are industrious in business as well as home life. They finishthe projects that they begin, and do so with great enthusiasm.In business, they can become extremely successful and usuallyreap the financial benefits of such accomplishments.

Pigs get along well with almost everyone, and they typicallyhave a large and varied collection of good friends. Like theMonkey, the Pig is intellectual--a character with a great thirstfor knowledge.

The Pig was such an integral part of the home in China that theChinese character for "family" consists of the signfor a roof, under which is the character for a Pig.

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