Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

2019 is the Year of the Pig according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Earth Pig, starting from the 2019 Chinese New Year on Feb. 5 and lasting to 2020 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Jan. 24.

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs in order are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar.

You can use the zodiac calculator to search for your Chinese zodiac animal sign. Select your Gregorian date of birth, and you'll reveal your date of birth according to the lunar calendar, together with your sign.

You can also find out your zodiac sign from Chinese zodiac years chart

12 Zodiac Signs

There has been a relationship between human and the 12 zodiacal animals. It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same way like the western astrology signs. Click the following signs to know the personalities of persons under different signs. Facts like years, strengths, weaknesses, best matches and fortune of 2019 of each sign are introduced.

Some signs are perfect matches while some are less compatible or even born opponents. Use the tool to test the compatibility for you and your partner!
  • Best Matches for 12 Signs:
    Rat: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
    Ox: Rat, Monkey, Rooster
    Tiger: Dragon, Horse, Pig
    Rabbit: Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig
    Dragon: Rooster, Rat, Monkey
    Snake: Dragon, Rooster
    Horse: Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit
    Sheep: Rabbit, Horse, Pig
    Monkey: Ox, Rabbit
    Rooster: Ox, Snake
    Dog: Rabbit
    Pig: Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep

Origin of Chinese Zodiac

Similar to the ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches, animals in Chinese zodiac were also created for counting years as the system that is now universally accepted based on the Gregorian calendar. The selection and order of the animals that influence people's lives very much was originated in the Han Dynasty (202BC – 220AD) and based upon each animal's character and living habits. The old-time division was mostly related to number 12: one ji equals 12 years, one year has 12 months, one day has 12 time periods called shi chen. Ancient people observe that there are 12 full moons within one year. So, its origin is associated with astrology. Each animal sign is usually related with an earthly branch, so the animal years were called Zi Rat, Chou Ox, Yin Tiger, Mao Rabbit, Chen Dragon, Si Snake, Wu Horse, Wei Sheep, Shen Monkey, You Rooster, Xu Dog and Hai Pig.
Legend has it that one day the gods ordered that animals be designated as signs of each year and the twelve that arrived first were selected...
The animal year when a person was born is called his / her Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth). The distinctive zodiacal way of calculating years based on the lunar calendar decides that every once in every twelve-year cycle people will meet their birth signs.  

Although it sounds a bit superstitious, Chinese people take their year of birth seriously. According to the soothsaying, people in their own Ben Ming Nian may offend “Taisui”, also called the God of Age, so they would suffer a lot of misfortunes, such as sickness, economic loss, physical injuries and obstacles in career. However, there are effective ways to diminish the unlucky impacts. The most popular solution is wearing red underwear, socks or waist belts given by elders, for red is believed to bring them good luck. Some jewelry accessories may also help, such as pendants and bracelets with auspicious images.

 Further Reading: Tai Sui

Hours Description
Rat Zi Shi: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is the time rats actively seek food.
Ox Chou Shi: 1 to 3 a.m. This is the time that oxen ruminate.
Tiger Yin Shi: 3 to 5 a.m. Tigers hunt prey and display fiercest nature.
Rabbit Mao Shi: 5 to 7 a.m. The Jade Rabbit on the moon is busy pounding medicinal herb with a pestle.
Dragon Chen Shi: 7 to 9 a.m. Dragons are hover in the sky at that time to give people rainfall.
Snake Si Shi: 9 to 11 a.m. Snakes start to leave their burrows.
Horse Wu Shi: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. With the sun high above, other animals are lying down for a noon break while the unconstrained horse is still vigorous.
Sheep Wei Shi: 1 to 3 p.m. It is said that if sheep ate grass at this time, they would grow stronger.
Monkey Shen Shi: 3 to 5 p.m. Monkeys become lively.
Rooster You Shi: 5 to 7 p.m. Roosters return to their roost as it is dark.
Dog Xu Shi: 7 to 9 p.m. Dogs begin to carry out their duty to guard entrances.
Pig Hai Shi: 9 to 11 p.m. All is quiet and pigs are sleeping soundly.

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 Further Reading: 12 Signs of Western Astrology
- Last modified on Apr. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by elle from INDIA | Apr. 24, 2019 02:48Reply
Is my partner cheating?
I wanna know if he is cheating again, my bday is march 14,1975 and his bday is Feb, 25, 1979
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 24, 2019 20:45

Well, this kind of thing is hard to predict and you'd better to communicate with him sincerely or observe him more carefully.
Asked by Nicole from UNITED STATES | Apr. 23, 2019 08:02Reply
Never married woman here. Will I find my soulmate this year?
Also will I move up to a higher position in my career this year?

June 21, 1976
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Answered by Alice from USA | Apr. 23, 2019 19:00

According to the Chinese zodiac prediction, this is a lucky year for you in love relationship and it is possible for you to start a sweet relationship. However, things in career may not be so smooth and it may be hard for you to get a promotion. Good luck!
Asked by M from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 22, 2019 18:22Reply
I want to know my fortune in all aspects especially for seeking a new job.
My birthday is July 15, 1995
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Answered by Nina from JAPAN | Apr. 23, 2019 18:56

Hi, it is a year full of challenges and opportunities for you, especially in career aspect. There may be a stable income soon and your love fortune is very great. However, pay more attention to your wealth and strive for every opportunity.
Asked by Fire goat from USA | Apr. 19, 2019 21:02Reply
mental monkey 8.1980 and fire sheep 7.1967 love for this year and 2020
hi there, what does 2019,2020 hold for love and developing in the relationship?
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 21, 2019 23:43

Hi, your love compatibility is good and things are positive in the two years. Best wishes! :)
Asked by Cheri from USA | Apr. 16, 2019 17:24Reply
I'm an ox born July 2 1961 and my fiance is a Wood Dragon born May 16, 1964.
We get along extremely well and have good conversation. I am more extrovert but not extreme and he is more introvert but not extreme. We both have a very strong faith in Jesus Christ. Do Ox and Wood Dragons ever work?
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Answered by Linda from CANADA | Apr. 16, 2019 19:27

Hi, your Chinese love compatibility is not very good but it dosn't matter. I believe the most important thing is that you feel so happy when you are together. Best wishes :)
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