Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

Happy Chinese New Year!
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.

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.

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 Feb. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by fighter from INDONESIA | Feb. 18, 2019 11:40Reply
I was born on Dec'6 1996 I'd like to know my future career, academics,n love relationship in 2019..
I've never been in a relationship, can u give me some advice? n I'd like to know some tips about making money this year n how to graduate this year for good after failing several subjects?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from CANADA | Feb. 18, 2019 18:50

Hi, this year you may suffer a setback and things may not be very smooth in career. However, you are likely to meet your soulmate this year. Anyway, keep hard working and try to be more confident about everything. Good luck!
Asked by Aris from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 18, 2019 01:45Reply
Snake male, 29 years old. What is the general forecast for me this year?
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Answered by Anne from CANADA | Feb. 18, 2019 18:46

Well, for Snake people, it is not a lucky year and you may suffer some challenges. However, opportunities come with the challenges and you are suggested to capture every chance, Good luck!
Asked by Lene from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 17, 2019 16:40Reply
I'm june 27, 1970 and my boyfriend is December 13, 1970 for 2 years, is he my soulmate?
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Answered by Nancy from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 17, 2019 23:52

Hi, your love compatibility is just on average and you may need to make more efforts in daily life. Good luck!
Asked by Mary from USA | Feb. 16, 2019 13:35Reply
I was born on Oct. 20,1958. Will I get a chance to get married to my friend born on July 28,1944?
He is a widow, wife died on Feb. 2,2018 and it’s been a year now. Will he get serious with our relationship and ask me to marry him this year?
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Answered by John from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 18, 2019 18:38

You are highly complementary but there are still some problems in your relationship. However, there is no clear indication about if he will ask him to marry. Maybe you can talk straight and express your feelings. Best wishes!
Asked by Beena from INDIA | Feb. 16, 2019 06:31Reply
My career and financial problem
My date of birth is 11th October 1980
My birth time is 3:30 p.m.
My birth place is Mumbai, India
I want to know the status of my career and facing financial problem. I am jobless since 5 years
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Answered by Hailey from USA | Feb. 18, 2019 18:35

Hi, the year of 2019 may not be a very smooth year for you and you are likely to meet some challenges. Anyway, cheer up and strive for every chance to find a job and try to keep a positive attitude towards life. Good luck!
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