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 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 Jan. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by Jackie Mc Kenzie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 16, 2019 05:05Reply
Will Fire Monkey (04/11/1956) have a good year (2019)?
Do Fire Monkey's forgive hurt inadvertently caused. Will he make the effort to reconnect. ty
Answers (1)
Answered by Jeffery from USA | Jan. 16, 2019 18:44

Hi, the fortune of the people with fire monkey is plain in the year of 2019. It is uncertain if he can forgive and it may depends on which kind of hurt and how deep. However, maybe you should have a sincere conversation with him and figure out what he is thinking. Good luck!
Asked by M from USA | Jan. 16, 2019 01:06Reply
Rat Capricorn 12/30/1972
What’s my future in wealth and success and my relationship if single or if in relationship. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Andy from CANADA | Jan. 16, 2019 18:40

The fortune in wealth and career will meet a rising tendency in the new year and it is possible for you to get a promotion in career if you work hard enough. What's more, you will be very lucky in Mach, June and October. Try to be more active and confident. Best wishes!
Asked by Pyrha🐷 from CANADA🇨🇦 | Jan. 12, 2019 20:39Reply
what would be my luck in love?
By the way I'm a pig!🐷
Answers (1)
Answered by Karma from CANADA | Jan. 14, 2019 01:14

Hi, your luck in love is good and you are likely to start a sweet relationship in the new year. Best wishes!
Asked by Michelle Lady Dragon from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 12, 2019 19:43Reply
I am a female earth dragon, married I was born July 8 1988
My husband is ox July 6 1985
My daugthers are
Snake April 24 2013
Monkey June 12 2016

Can you guide us on what will happen in year 2019?
- also if there will be a negative vibes for this year what month and how can I contradict it or reverse it to positove vibes . Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Anne from CANADA | Jan. 14, 2019 19:23

Hi, your fortune will meet a rising tendency in 2019 but it may still not be very optimistic in career. Also, you need to spend more time to balance your work and family. However, the fortune of your husband will be much better and there may be some good changes in financial aspects. In health aspects, there is no large problem for all the family members. Good luck!
Asked by Ella from SINGAPORE | Jan. 12, 2019 00:17Reply
Hi, I’m a wood dog born on 22 feb 1994. Can I know the progress of my career and love in 2019!
Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Anne from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 14, 2019 01:08

Hi, this year your fortune will meet a rising tendency and you may get some achievements in career. As for the love relationship, single people will have a large chance to fall in love with someone. Good luck!
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