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Like the western 12 astrology signs, the Chinese 12 zodiac animal signs also provide guidance on people’s love match and personality analysis, while the difference lies in the time division: western astrology signs are marked by 12 months according to Gregorian calendar, while Chinese animal signs are defined by a 12-year circle.

Now, use the calculator: select your Gregorian date of birth, and you'll reveal your date of birth according to lunar calendar, together with your Chinese zodiac animal sign.

Based on Chinese Lunar Calendar

Chinese animal sign (Shengxiao) follows the 12-year cycle defined by lunar calendar. Each year in the cycle is represented by one animal, and people’s sign is determined by their birth year. The cycle repeats every 12 years with the order like this: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. For example, 2017 is a Year of the Rooster and 2018 is a Year of the Dog.

Click the animal signs on the following wheel to learn more about their basic facts including birth years, luck signs, and love matches.

Rat
  • Years of Birth:1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
  • Lucky Numbers:2, 3
  • Lucky Colors:blue, golden, green
  • Lucky Flowers:lily, African violet, lily of the valley
  • Lucky Directions:southeast, northeast
  • Best Matches:dragon, monkey, ox
  • Avoid:sheep, horse, rabbit
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Attention to People Born in January or February

There is a time gap in the year dates between lunar calendar and Gregorian calendar. Therefore, some people born in January or February of Gregorian calendar may actually have the animal sign of the last year. The exact date for Lunar New Year varies from 21 January and February 20.

Rat Feb07,2008-Jan25,2009 Feb19,1996-Feb06,1997
Feb02,1984-Feb19,1985 Feb15,1972-Feb02,1973
Ox Jan26,2009-Feb13,2010 Feb07,1997-Jan27,1998
Feb20,1985-Feb08,1986 Feb03,1973-Jan22,1974
Tiger Feb14,2010-Feb02,2011 Jan28,1998-Feb15,1999
Feb09,1986-Jan28,1987 Jan23,1974-Feb10,1975
Rabbit Feb03,2011-Jan22,2012 Feb16,1999-Feb04,2000
Jan29,1987-Feb16,1988 Feb11,1975-Jan30,1976
Dragon Jan23,2012-Feb09,2013  Feb05,2000-Jan23,2001 
Feb17,1988-Feb05,1989 Jan31,1976-Feb17,1977
Snake Feb10,2013-Jan30,2014  Jan24,2001-Feb11,2002
Feb06,1989-Jan26,1990 Feb18,1977-Feb06,1978
Horse Jan31,2014-Feb18,2015 Feb12,2002-Jan31,2003 
Jan27,1990-Feb14,1991 Feb07,1978-Jan27,1979
Sheep Feb19,2015-Feb07,2016  Feb01,2003-Jan21,2004 
Feb15,1991-Feb03,1992 Jan28,1979-Feb15,1980
Monkey Jan22,2004-Feb08,2005 Feb04,1992-Jan22,1993 
Feb16,1980-Feb04,1981 Jan30,1968-Feb16,1969
Rooster Feb09,2005-Jan28,2006  Jan23,1993-Feb09,1994 
Feb05,1981-Jan24,1982 Feb17,1969-Feb05,1970
Dog Jan29,2006-Feb17,2007  Feb10,1994-Jan30,1995 
Jan25,1982-Feb12,1983 Feb06,1970-Jan26,1971
Pig Feb18,2007-Feb06,2008 Jan31,1995-Feb18,1996
Feb13,1983-Feb01,1984 Jan27,1971-Feb14,1972


Two Dividing Methods for the Zodiac Year

The most common-seen method depends on Chinese New Year, which is considered as the division of two animal years. When a lunar year comes to an end, the animal will shift to next one. Chinese people’s animal signs are marked by this method.

The other method is calculated on solar calendar. In China, one year can be divided into 24 solar terms, which are used to indicate the climate change and guide the schedule of farming work. The Lichun term (Start of Spring) comes first, which falls on February 4 or 5. Passing that day, a new animal year starts.

Nowadays, the zodiac defined by lunar New Year’s Day is rooted in Chinese astrology culture, which is widely used in lucky date selection and love compatibility tests. If you have got your sign through the calculator, discover more about your Love Compatibility.

How to calculate your animal sign mathematically?

Divide your year of birth by 12 and read about the remainder. If the number of the year can be divided with no remainder, take the remainder as zero. Each remainder corresponds to an animal sign.

0: Monkey 1: Rooster  2: Dog  3: Pig
4: Rat 5: Ox  6: Tiger  7: Rabbit
8: Dragon  9: Snake  10: Horse  11: Sheep

Take the great singer Celine Dion for example: She was born in 1968.
1968/12=164 (no remainder)
No remainder equals to 0, which indicates Monkey sign.
So she is in Monkey sign.

Barack Obama was born in 1961.
1961/12=163 with remainder 5
5 corresponds to Ox, so Obama gets the Ox sign.

If you use an electronic math calculator, follow this way to get the remainder. Here we take the year of 1988 for example:
1988/12≈165.667, take the decimal 0.667
0.667*12≈8.004
Half adjust the result, get the integer 8 and the corresponding sign of Dragon.

 Further Reading:
Chinese Zodiac Stories
Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth)