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 Jun. 03, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by Vanessa from USA | Jun. 10, 2019 17:59Reply
Hi, I’m female tiger born 7/26/74. He is a dog DOB 8/10/70.
I know this relationship won’t work because of the distant. Why do I feel a connection with him?
Answers (1)
Answered by Pat from UKRAINE | Jun. 11, 2019 19:27

Hi, Vanessa, you can be a good match based on the prediction. Actually, the distance is not a problem. If you still like him, it is worth to have a try. You two are advised to face the difficulties together.
Asked by May from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 06, 2019 09:39Reply
Female born in Malaysia on the 17/5/1970. Live in UK now
Understand that this can be a good year for my career but I lost my job in March and I am still looking for one. Will I be able to find a decent job soon and continue to build my career or is there more obstacle to come. Please advise.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mosley from FINLAND | Jun. 11, 2019 19:29

You need to continue looking for a job. It is predicted that you will have a large chance to find a satisfied job because you have outstanding work abilities. Keep a positive attitude and overcome the trouble. Good luck!
Asked by Damian from MALAYSIA | Jun. 05, 2019 00:22Reply
I want to find most suitable future wife
I man 26/2/1980 , I just met a lady 27/2/1987 less than a month. We can chat for quite long time everytime converse in phone. She is master degree in psychology a principal of special needs school and i only do some small family business. Can we settle down asap...
Answers (3)
Answered by Damian S Wang from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 05, 2019 09:35

Why not? You have got family business heritage background and yet professional can’t compare to a successful business man.You will hire professional people to work for you.
Answered by Damian from MALAYSIA | Jun. 10, 2019 18:40

I known she is good but one things she demand high and our work place not at the same location which is different state. She ever told that, if I can't fulfill her wish then she will divorce even we married. She always said, husband must able to afford her or else no point to settle down, and I might think that marriage is both work together and submissive, but I I felt of her is that I want an easy life, I not saying she materialistic but I just afraid that in one day what we going to be if I can afford her needs. In term of foods, accommodations, daily need, children expenses for me should be no problems, what I concern her demanding will rise up..I very confuse.
Answered by Damian from MALAYSIA | Jun. 10, 2019 19:48

This are her demand, a house with joint name or her alone the best, 20k for her parents, 60k or more for weddings, min 10k for diamond ring and settle down need 3k monthly allowances, once married she want to relax for 3 years means she quit her job at the moments, if possible go travel once a year or once in 2 years..

I don't know how long I can stand, that's I worry.

Honestly, we never haven't met before just talk over the phone and messages but I seen her photo she sent me and also her facebook.

Be frankly, she very smart and clever. I can't hide her anything, she can predict what I going to say and do next. She quite dominant and very good in teaching and guidance.

She taught me lots in many aspects whether in life style, health, communication and even comes to gender.

She told that she travel lot places and it can seen at her Facebook.

During our conversation, she ever cry quite sometimes. I counted 9 times she had cry but now recently she more stable and ever told and remind me quite often that if I wish to withdraw or give up, just let go and go ahead and she no objection. Is make me puzzle..

So how u think master???
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