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 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.

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 2018 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.

12 Zodiac Signs and Time

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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- Last modified on Dec. 09, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by Sarah from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 09, 2018 15:57Reply
career and financial condition
Hi, DOB 8/01/1980 at 15:30 in Maharashtra, India. I would like to know about my career and financial status, looking for stability. Currently I am based in NZ. I was jobless for couple of years. Got the temporary job now. Does I have luck in business or Job?
When I can buy my own house.

Thanks you
Asked by ARI_SAHA1 | Dec. 09, 2018 04:59Reply
Hello! Born on 22nd July'1976 - How is my Career, Wealth and Luck looks like for 2019?
1) Career - I want to change my job, when can i change?
2) Wealth - How its looks like in 2019?
3) Luck - I want to start a per-school for my spouse in 2019, will it happen and how successfully it will be?
Asked by Amira from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 08, 2018 22:01Reply
My career 2019 and financial status
I am from the netherlands born in 12 th August 2000 at 10:12pm in The hague in The Netherlands. I would to know about the success in my career and education 2019. I would like to know how my financial status will be like.
Asked by Prince Ghai from INDIA | Dec. 08, 2018 06:39Reply
My future
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What are my career propsects in 2018-2019
Asked by Banati from USA | Dec. 04, 2018 23:35Reply
My career and financial condition

I’m Banati. DOB 17th dec 1984 at 12:40pm in Warangal, india. I would like to know how my career this year will be and also about my financial status. I’m thinking to buy a house in India, and would like to know what are the possibilities and if I can then when is the best time to buy.

Answers (1)
Answered by Jemie from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 05, 2018 18:24

Hi, in 2019, it is not very favorable for you, especially in wealth and career aspects. You may suffer a downturn in career and wealth. So maybe you need to be more careful if you choose to invest in India and you 'd better consult more opinions of professionals.
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