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 Jul. 09, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Zodiac
Asked by Erick from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 20, 2019 12:09Reply
How compatible is a male ox born in 1973 with a female ox born in 1997 in term of love, marriage?
The age gap between us is no doubt larger than most relationships, however so is our love for one another, however she is young, but she states she is certain she want to be with me forever, I hope this is true, can this work?
Answers (2)
Answered by Sebastian from CANADA | Jul. 21, 2019 23:05

For people who really love each other, age is not the problem. You can cultivate more common interests. Actually you two share similar values towards life goal. Thus just follow your heart and obtain the sweet love relationship.
Answered by Disturbed from CANADA | Jul. 22, 2019 19:45

No compatibility.. unless you want to date your daughter/some....
Asked by Guest | Jul. 17, 2019 10:21Reply
I born on 26 Aug 1975 @ 4:10 AM India. I want to start an automobile business
would it be a good choice for business or should I think of any other business ?
Answers (3)
Answered by Alexander from UKRAINE | Jul. 19, 2019 00:23

It is predicted that you will have a large chance to establish your own business. If you really familiar with this automobile business, you can develop it.
Answered by Guest | Jul. 19, 2019 01:58

Thanks Alexander for your response !

I don’t have any familiarity of automobile business. These days battery driven two wheelers have started coming into the market hence I wanted to try if I can be successful.

What month year should I get into the two wheeler automobile business ? What’s could be my success rate ?

Answered by Alexander | Jul. 21, 2019 20:30

Well, it is hard to see the success rate. Before you establish the business, you need to consult your friends who are familiar with this field. Although you may face several difficulties at the beginning, you can still achieve successes finally. Good luck!
Asked by Ashley from USA | Jul. 17, 2019 00:24Reply
Always been attracted to my previous professor. We're both the same age.
We got along really well during the post grad program. Thereafter, we lost connection but I still think about him. On rare occasions I do receive a very short email from his company. Any possibility of romantic connection? I think his birth date is November 11, 1967 and mine is April 1, 1967. Should I initiate a re-connection?
Thank you
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Answered by Elijah from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 18, 2019 23:45

According to the Chinese zodiac prediction, you two can become a good match. If you miss him, it will be ok for you to reconnect him.
Answered by Ashley from USA | Jul. 19, 2019 01:17

Thank you very much for your response.
Is the feeling mutual?
By any chance do you do private readings?
Answered by Elijah | Jul. 21, 2019 20:31

Well, the prediction cannot indicate that whether if the feeling is mutual. You need to follow your heart and make the choice.
Asked by Ashley from USA | Jul. 17, 2019 00:01Reply
I feel stuck. Should I continue my business or start looking for a job?
Always had a feeling that my business was my purpose in life but I'm not earning.
Female born April 1, 1967 early in the morning.
I need some guidance and advice.
Much gratitude
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Answered by Oliver from SINGAPORE | Jul. 18, 2019 23:41

Well, you need to keep the positive attitude. In addition, you have enough abilities to overcome these difficulties. No matter what choice you made, you will have a large chance to get successes finally.
Answered by Ashley from USA | Jul. 19, 2019 01:19

Thank you. This is very encouraging. I will continue my business pursuit and find ways to market my services.
Asked by Saswati from CANADA | Jul. 14, 2019 14:34Reply
I’m snake. My dob March 31, 1965 at 11am in India.
Running restaurant business in Canada. Like to know about my business future. Is it going to be a profitable business or will lose money.

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Answered by Juliana from NEW ZEALAND | Jul. 16, 2019 19:42

You need to have more confidence about yourself. There will be a large chance for you to get the successes. Sometimes, you are suggested to listen to other people's ideas and suggestions, which will help you avoid some unnecessary mistakes.
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