Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

 2020 is the Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Metal Rat, starting from the 2020 Chinese New Year on Jan. 25 and lasting to 2021 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 11.

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 2020 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.

- Last modified on Mar. 24, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by Kevin from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 26, 2020 19:43Reply
I left my Job this March 2020.
And I haven't received any good news yet this March. Is there anything else for me this 2020 for my career?

Born in Jan 6, 1993.
Answers (1)
Answered by Louise from DENMARK | Mar. 27, 2020 18:47

It is predicted that there are several golden chances in the second half of the year. You should keep the positive attitude and keep looking for the job. You will finally obtain the good result.
Asked by lakshmi from INDIA | Mar. 25, 2020 03:40Reply
I want to lead a happy life
my birth date 7th September 1983 . persuing Ph.D
can I do this so that my husband feel proud as his ambition is...
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrea from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 27, 2020 18:46

Yes, you have the abilities to lead a happy life based on the Chinese zodiac prediction. Just be positive!
Asked by Lee from CAYMAN | Mar. 23, 2020 04:36Reply
2020 fortunes
DOB 5 Dec, 78

What does this year fortune has in store for me? Will I have these for 2020 relationship, financial stability, success?
Answers (1)
Answered by Angie from DENMARK | Mar. 23, 2020 22:52

You would have a large chance to get some successes in career and wealth. You would meet several lucky stars that can provide some necessary help. In daily life, you are suggested to save some money in order to deal with some emergencies.
Asked by xyz from INDIA | Mar. 23, 2020 02:02Reply
How will my career for 2020?
iam female fire dragon 1976 born , i am very much worries about my career. Will I get some good opportunity in current job or if I try outside , will I get job which suits to my profile.
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Answered by Sandy from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 23, 2020 22:54

According to the prediction, there would have several golden chances in the current job. If you work harder and harder, your efforts would be appreciated by your boss. Then you would get a promotion or increased salary. Don't give up.
Asked by Muskaan Devta from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 22, 2020 19:49Reply
What is the compatibility?
What is the compatibility between a Earth Rabbit (born 06\10\1999) and an Ox (born 18/07/1997)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Maggie from CANADA | Mar. 23, 2020 22:55

You are born to be a good match. The connection between you can become tight. You both have affluent life and share common attitude towards life.
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