A 60-Year Cycle

Also named the sexagenary cycle or  the stem-branch cycle, the Chinese 60-year calendar cycle is based on the combinations of a cycle of ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches. Each year is named by a pair of one stem and one branch. The Year of Jia Zi (Jia from the heavenly stems and Zi from the earthly branches) is the beginning of the sexagenary cycle. The next Jia Zi Year will come 60 years later. Jia Zi has had a figurative meaning a full lifespan in ancient times, similarly the 'threescore years and ten' in the Bible. People would be obviously blessed if they can meet the second Jia Zi in life. Therefore, a 60-year cycle is also called a Jia Zi.

Table of a 60-Year Cycle

No. Stem/
1 Jia Zi 1924 Rat Wood
2 Yi Chou 1925 Ox Wood
3 Bing Yin 1926 Tiger Fire
4 Ding Mao 1927 Rabbit Fire
5 Wu Chen 1928 Dragon Earth
6 Ji Si 1929 Snake Earth
7 Geng Wu 1930 Horse Metal
8 Xin Wei 1931 Sheep Metal
9 Ren Shen 1932 Monkey Water
10 Gui You 1933 Rooster Water
11 Jia Xu 1934 Dog Wood
12 Yi Hai 1935 Pig Wood
13 Bing Zi 1936 Rat Fire
14 Ding Chou 1937 Ox Fire
15 Wu Yin 1938 Tiger Earth
16 Ji Mao 1939 Rabbit Earth
17 Geng Chen 1940 Dragon Metal
18 Xin Si 1941 Snake Metal
19 Ren Wu 1942 Horse Water
20 Gui Wei 1943 Sheep Water
21 Jia Shen 1944 Monkey Wood
22 Yi You 1945 Rooster Wood
23 Bing Xu 1946 Dog Fire
24 Ding Hai 1947 Pig Fire
25 Wu Zi 1948 Rat Earth
26 Ji Chou 1949 Ox Earth
27 Geng Yin 1950 Tiger Metal
28 Xin Mao 1951 Rabbit Metal
29 Ren Chen 1952 Dragon Water
30 Gui Si 1953 Snake Water
No. Stem/
31 Jia Wu 1954 Horse Wood
32 Yi Wei 1955 Sheep Wood
33 Bing Shen 1956 Monkey Fire
34 Ding You 1957 Rooster Fire
35 Wu Xu 1958 Dog Earth
36 Ji Hai 1959 Pig Earth
37 Geng Zi 1960 Rat Metal
38 Xin Chou 1961 Ox Metal
39 Ren Yin 1962 Tiger Water
40 Gui Mao 1963 Rabbit Water
41 Jia Chen 1964 Dragon Wood
42 Yi Si 1965 Snake Wood
43 Bing Wu 1966 Horse Fire
44 Ding Wei 1967 Sheep Fire
45 Wu Shen 1968 Monkey Earth
46 Ji You 1969 Rooster Earth
47 Geng Xu 1970 Dog Metal
48 Xin Hai 1971 Pig Metal
49 Ren Zi 1972 Rat Water
50 Gui Chou 1973 Ox Water
51 Jia Yin 1974 Tiger Wood
52 Yi Mao 1975 Rabbit Wood
53 Bing Chen 1976 Dragon Fire
54 Ding Si 1977 Snake Fire
55 Wu Wu 1978 Horse Earth
56 Ji Wei 1979 Sheep Earth
57 Geng Shen 1980 Monkey Metal
58 Xin You 1981 Rooster Metal
59 Ren Xu 1982 Dog Water
60 Gui Hai 1983 Pig Water

* A new Jia Zi begins from 1984, and so on.
* The Gregorian year is approximate here. The accurate division is the Beginning of Spring (first of the 24 Solar Terms), although some online calendars adopt Chinese New Year as the division.

 Related Reading:  Chinese Zodiac

- Last modified on Dec. 03, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on A 60-Year Cycle
Asked by Maria from USA | Dec. 03, 2018 01:47Reply
I'm a 1976 dragon. Will 2019 be ok for me?
I am relationship with 1970 dog. Will the relationship progress?
Answers (1)
Answered by Karna from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 03, 2018 16:08

Well, your love compatibility is not very high according to your zodiac compatibility. However, it can only be a kind of reference and you need to consider it more carefully according to your own feelings. Best wishes.
Asked by Jolynn Chew from SINGAPORE | Nov. 15, 2018 20:31Reply
Advice for 30th October 1990 female in year 2019
thank you! :)
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Answered by Janos from MALAYSIA | Nov. 18, 2018 17:13

In fact, according to the prediction, the year of 2019 will be favorable for you and you will have a good luck in career and love relationship. Nevertheless, you need to pay more attention to your health condition and don't five yourself too much pressure.
Answered by Jolynn Chew from SINGAPORE | Nov. 19, 2018 18:26

Thanks a mil! appreciate your reply.
Asked by Me from CHINA | Nov. 01, 2018 19:27Reply
What should someone expect if they were born on, April 7th, 2004? Any useful details?
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Answered by Anne from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2018 23:09

Well, according to the prediction, the people who was born in the year of Monkey may have some problems in health. So may be you need to exercise regularly and keep a healthier diet.
Asked by Bathen from SINGAPORE | Oct. 31, 2018 17:58Reply
hi, I'm a male dragon of 1976 in the month of august.
2018 has been very rough on me, especially career and health. What can I expect from the remaining 3 months and also onwards to 2019?
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Answered by Hailie from CANADA | Oct. 31, 2018 20:06

Hi, in general, your fortune in 2019 may have a rising tendency but it is still not very optimistic. You may suffer a financial loss in the next year. However, keeping a positive attitude may help you get through this. Good luck!
Asked by Saranya from INDIA | Oct. 08, 2018 10:35Reply
When my marriage will be done?
Date : 10
Month : april
Year : 1995
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Answered by Helen from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 09, 2018 19:19

You are still so young and don't need to worry too much about the marriage. You may have a chance to meet an excellent partner in the next year but it's hard to say when you can get married. Good luck to you!
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