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 Aug. 02, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by Tiger86NL from MALAYSIA | Aug. 19, 2019 00:23Reply
1986 Tiger Bad Luck
I'm having very bad luck in my wealth and finance since last year and apparently it getting worst from day to day months to months...deficit income, no one is buying from my part time business debt is getting higher and higher
What will happen to me the rest of this year?will my fate and luck change next year? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Logan from GERMANY | Aug. 19, 2019 20:40

You need to believe that everything will change into a better stage. The prediction says that your wealth condition will become better in the late 2019 and early 2020. You need to find the problems out and solve them. Besides, recording daily income and expenses is a good way to keep the balance.
Asked by Reds from USA | Aug. 18, 2019 11:13Reply
Tiger Jan 5 1975
Hello Will I find true love this year? I am ready to open my heart.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from GERMANY | Aug. 19, 2019 20:36

Based on the Chinese zodiac Tiger prediction, you will fall in love with someone in this year. Thus you need to take the positive actions in daily life. When you have feeling to someone, you need to express your feelings bravely. In addition, join in more social activities will help you make more friends.
Asked by Jo from SINGAPORE | Aug. 16, 2019 03:31Reply
I borned in 24/06/1976. I'm looking for new job opportunity in Aviation Industry recently.
Can I achieve my dream for my new job search in 2019? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Anthony from FINLAND | Aug. 19, 2019 20:33

Hi, Jo, according to the prediction, it will be a high possibility for you to find a new job in Aviation Industry. Sometimes, you can ask help for the surrounding people who have a lot of experience. Maybe this can help you pass the interview ASAP.
Asked by Lily from UKRAINE | Aug. 10, 2019 11:57Reply
I was born on July 5, 1977 and my husband was born on November 29, 1978.
How is the prediction of our love life? Is he still thinking about someone else (the same person)? How will it affect our marriage now and in the future?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ellie from POLAND | Aug. 12, 2019 19:59

Based on the prediction, your personality is complementary. If getting together, you will be a happy couple. There is nothing to worry about. :)
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