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. 2020 is the Year of the Rat.

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.

- Last modified on Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by Albaig from INDIA | Oct. 13, 2019 01:13Reply
Hi am rabbit 1999-12-21
Hi i am rabbit and i want to study in us or europe or Australia so how’s my luck for trying to go there
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Answered by Cyrus from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 14, 2019 01:28
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Based on the prediction, you still have a large chance to get successes. However, you need to make great efforts to study harder and catch the golden opportunities timely.
Asked by Edgar Golangco from UNITED STATES | Oct. 12, 2019 20:08Reply
I am a metal rat, dob is Feb.4,1961. My wifes' dob is Jan.21,1961.
Are we gonna stay married or separate?
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Answered by Shea from UKRAINE | Oct. 14, 2019 01:26
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The detailed prediction indicates that you marriage life is stable. Although you may have several quarrels, then both of you need to have more understanding and patience in daily life. Good luck!
Asked by jason from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 09, 2019 03:51Reply
my girlfriend dob is august 8 1977 and i was born April 5 1993. we have a huge age gap.
we have been together for 3 years and had so many ups and down. i wanna know if we are compatible and what enstore ahead of us
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Answered by Camilla from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 09, 2019 19:31
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You are not suggested to pay much attention to the age problem. You both have affluent life and share common attitude towards life. Complementary characteristics make you obtain an everlasting marriage life.
Asked by GLOR8 from GB | Oct. 08, 2019 11:32Reply
I am Fire Pig born 7.1.48 will I meet someone else?
Hi, 2 months ago my ex ended our relationship. I am a divorcee and have been single for the last 29 years.
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Answered by Charlie from UKRAINE | Oct. 08, 2019 19:06
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The prediction shows that your luck in love relationship would become better in 2020, especially in the middle of the year. Thus don't worry. You are an excellent person. And you will find your true love.
Answered by GLOR8 from GB | Oct. 09, 2019 10:36
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Thank you Charlie.
Asked by Prajakta from INDIA | Oct. 07, 2019 03:04Reply
Can I get a job and settle back in US?
My birth date 14 April 79
I am in India since 2016 for dispute with my spouse.
Going through divorce case.
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Answered by Addison from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 07, 2019 23:35
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Don't worry. It is predicted that you will still have several chances to settle back in US.
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