What Are Chinese Zodiac Signs?

Sheng Xiao is the Chinese name for the Chinese zodiac. Some people also refer to it as Shu Xiang.  You may not know it, but there are 12 animals that represent the yearly zodiac calendar.  Each animal represents a different month.  Since there are 12 months in a year, we have twelve different animals. 

The animals are dog, rat, rooster, horse, ox, monkey, dragon, sheep, rabbit, horse, tiger, pig.  The zodiac calendar dates to nearly 2,000+ years. Chinese tradition does still follow this zodiac calendar and is something that is passed down from generation to generation. 

Each animal in the calendar has a different personality. It is said that if your birthday falls on a month, you will take on traits of that animal.  Since that is the case, your personality can have a direct influence over the career or lover that you choose in life.  You may not know it now, but everything that you choose in life has a lot to do with the animal that you are. 

The Chinese calendar goes by the lunar year calendar (not the western calendar).  Western culture goes by the Gregorian calendar (January to December).   The difference is that in the lunar calendar, it is constantly changing each year. It can become confusing for many people that do not know how to read the lunar calendar.  It is important to speak to a person that understands the lunar calendar and zodiac signs. 

One example is the Rat. If you fall in the following years below, your zodiac animal would be a rat:

  • 1924
  • 1936
  • 1948
  • 1960
  • 1972
  • 1984
  • 1996
  • 2008
  • 2020
  • 2032

Another example would be the rabbit. If you were born in the following years below, your animal zodiac is a rabbit:

  • 1927
  • 1939
  • 1951
  • 1963
  • 1975
  • 1987
  • 1999
  • 2011
  • 2023
  • 2035

In China, the most ancient and sacred texts are written on bamboo. Some people refer to this as the bamboo texts.  It is said that the zodiac was written before the Qin Dynasty.  This period lasted between 221 and 207BC. 

The animals in the calendar as said to have been written before the Eastern Han Dynasty.  That period lasted between 25 to 220 AD. Shockingly, nobody knows how or why the zodiac calendar was written.  There is no known founding father or mother for the zodiac.  However, astrologers believe that at some point in history (thousands of years ago), astrology governed the earth. Cultures around the world followed astrology and the zodiac for some reason.  Astrology dates back over 10,000 years. 

It is hard to say why only 12 animals were chosen since the lunar calendar varies.  However, in Chinese astronomy, there are 28 constellations.  Each constellation is represented by an animal.  Perhaps the Chinese zodiac calendar was shortened over time and therefore, 12 animals are now used.  That is just a theory. 

Of course, another theory of the Chinese calendar is that the ancients used to worship these animals and looked at them as Gods.  Therefore, only the most powerful survived. 

Chinese legends/stories go back thousands of years. A famous story is that of the Emperor Jade.  The story goes that Jade wanted to have twelve animals to guard his palace.  Since the ox is known to be honest and upright, he was chosen first. However, rats are known to be smart.  A lot smarter than an ox.  The rat therefore outsmarted the ox and took his chosen place. Instead of the ox being the guard, the rat outsmarted him. 

Emperor Jade then gave a crown to the tiger.  He was to watch over the land on the outside. Some people may refer to this as the forest.  The sea needed a guard as well. Therefore, Jade gave the dragon power to guard the seas.  In terms of the most powerful guards, the Ox remained more powerful than he.  Then came the dragon. After the dragon, the rabbit came next for its speed.  Rabbits are fast runners and outrun their attackers.

Are you wondering who came after the rabbit?  It was the rooster, horse, snake, monkey, and sheep.  The reason why the dog came in second to last was because he was to busy running after the rabbit.  The Emperor punished him for that.  Unfortunately, the pig came in last because he was slow. He could not outrun the others. 

The Names of the Animals In Chinese:

  • Pig (Hai)
  • Rat (Zi)
  • Dog (ZU)
  • Tiger (Yin)
  • Monkey (Shen)
  • Rabbit (Mao)
  • Snake (Si)
  • Dragon (Chen)
  • Horse (Wu)
  • Sheep (Wei)
  • Rooster (You)
  • Ox (Chou)

There are ten heavenly realms in the Chinese calendar. They are:

  • Gui
  • Xin
  • Bing
  • Wu
  • Jia
  • Yi
  • Ji
  • Ren
  • Geng
  • Ding

The Chinese zodiac calendar also teaches us about the Ying and the Yang.  People often know the Yin to be the feminine and the Yang to be the masculine.  Yin is known to be more negative and Yang is known to be more positive.  Yin and Yang theory has been around for centuries in China. 

Yang Animals:

  • Dog
  • Tiger
  • Rat
  • Monkey
  • Horse
  • Dragon

Yin Animals:

  • Pig
  • Rabbit
  • Snake
  • Rooster
  • Ox
  • Sheep

What Are The 5 Elements Of The Chinese Calendar?

  1. Earth
  2. Metal
  3. Wood
  4. Water
  5. Fire

As you can see, a lot goes into the thought process of the Chinese calendar. It takes careful study and years of learning to become a Master of It.

What are the Chinese zodiac sign dates?

Let us look at the dates in the Chinese calendar.  It will depend on the year that you were born. 


  1. 1935
  2. 1947
  3. 1959
  4. 1971
  5. 1983
  6. 1995
  7. 2007
  8. 2019
  9. 2031
  10. 2043


  1. 1924
  2. 1936
  3. 1948
  4. 1960
  5. 1972
  6. 1984
  7. 1996
  8. 2008
  9. 2020
  10. 2032


  1. 1930
  2. 1942
  3. 1954
  4. 1966
  5. 1978
  6. 1990
  7. 2002
  8. 2014
  9. 2026
  10. 2038


  1. 1927
  2. 1939
  3. 1951
  4. 1963
  5. 1975
  6. 1987
  7. 1999
  8. 2011
  9. 2023
  10. 2035


  1. 1931
  2. 1943
  3. 1955
  4. 1967
  5. 1979
  6. 1991
  7. 2003
  8. 2015
  9. 2027
  10. 2039


  1. 1926
  2. 1938
  3. 1950
  4. 1962
  5. 1974
  6. 1986
  7. 1998
  8. 2010
  9. 2022
  10. 2034


  1. 1929
  2. 1941
  3. 1953
  4. 1965
  5. 1977
  6. 1989
  7. 2001
  8. 2013
  9. 2025
  10. 2037


  1. 1932
  2. 1944
  3. 1956
  4. 1968
  5. 1980
  6. 1992
  7. 2004
  8. 2016
  9. 2028
  10. 2040


  1. 1933
  2. 1945
  3. 1957
  4. 1969
  5. 1981
  6. 1993
  7. 2005
  8. 2017
  9. 2029
  10. 2041


  1. 1934
  2. 1946
  3. 1958
  4. 1970
  5. 1982
  6. 1994
  7. 2006
  8. 2018
  9. 2030
  10. 2042


  1. 1928
  2. 1940
  3. 1952
  4. 1964
  5. 1976
  6. 1988
  7. 2000
  8. 2012
  9. 2024
  10. 2036


  1. 1925
  2. 1937
  3. 1949
  4. 1961
  5. 1973
  6. 1985
  7. 1997
  8. 2009
  9. 2021
  10. 2033

What Are The Chinese Zodiac Signs In Order?

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

What Are The Chinese Zodiac Signs for 2020?

2020 is known as the year of the rat. 

What Are The Chinese Zodiac Signs Years?

Please see above.

What Are The Chinese Zodiac Signs of 2003?

If you were born in 2003, your zodiac animal is a sheep.

What Are The Chinese Zodiac Signs of 2006?

If you were born in 2006, your animal sign is a dog.

What Are The Chinese Zodiac Signs of 1998?

If you were born in 1998, your animal sign is a tiger.

Who Are You Most Compatible With In Love According To Chinese Calendar Compatibility? 

Dragon – You have a high love connection with a rat, monkey, or rooster.  Never date an ox, sheep, or a dog.  Your relationship will most likely not last.  Is it possible that you can make it work?  Yes, but highly unlikely. You are much to opposite. 

Dog – Falling in love with a Rabbit or a tiger is best. Stay away from animal signs rooster, dragon, and sheep.  You want to avoid arguing as much as possible. 

Snake – You have most love luck with dragon and rooster.  Unfortunately, you will not get along with tiger, snake, sheep, rabbit, and pig. It is best not to fall in love with anyone that is not meant to be together with you. 

Horse – Your love connections are most powerful with Rabbit, tiger, and sheep.  Your worst relationship connections will be with horse, rooster, ox, and rat.  Let us just say that you would not do well in a marriage.

RatFalling in love with a monkey, ox or dragon is best.  Stay away from horse and rooster.  That will be a battle that you will not want to get into.

Tiger – Fall in love with a dragon, pig, or a horse. Avoid animals’ signs monkey, ox, snake, and tiger. 

Rabbit – You bond so well with pig, sheep, dog, and monkey.  Watch out for animal signs rooster and snake.  That WOULD NOT          be a good connection for you. 

Ox – Keep clear of rooster, rat, and snake.  You should not have love with a sheep, tiger, horse, and dragon.  They are not your soulmates.

Sheep – Build your romantic relationship with a pig, horse, or a rabbit.  You may have no success in love with a dog, ox, or a tiger.

Monkey – You have a real love connection with a rabbit or an ox.  They are your twin flames.  Your worst love connections are with pig and tiger. 

Rooster – Your perfect match would be with a snake or an ox. If you have ever dated a dog, rat, rooster, horse, or rabbit, you may have noticed that you simply do not get along. That is because they are your worst matches. 

Pig – Your true soulmates are sheep, rabbit, and tiger.  Your worst matches are with monkey and snake. It is best to only date someone that you are meant to be with from the start.

What Are the Personality Traits of The Animals Of the Chinese Zodiac Signs?

Rat – They are true survivors. They are fighters and will outsmart anyone that dares to come against them.  People often may view them as being crafty, but its because they have a lot of true wisdom which guides them along the way.  Rats are hardworking and do not stop until they get the job done.  They are often great business owners and employees because of their dedication.  Rats are known to have specific goals in which they want to accomplish in life.  They often want to let everyone around them to know that they want to accomplish something at hand. 

Rat personalities are known to be thrifty in spending.  They tend to save their money and not spend it foolishly.  They often retire having good savings and a great appreciation for what they have obtained throughout the course of their life.  They make wonderful marriage partners because they are loyal, devoted and take care of their family.  They will work hard to make sure that everyone’s needs are taken care of. 

Rats do well in occupations that include, but not limited to art, healthcare, teaching professions, designers, and engineers.  They also enjoy working in industries having to do with helping people. 

Ox – Ox personalities do well in assistant roles.  They may take on jobs such as an assistant manager or a president’s secretary.  The ox can be rather demanding when they want something. They are known to be pushy and somewhat arrogant when they want something done.  They do not move quickly. They often must think about something long before doing it.  However, their shrewd way of thinking helps them to avoid making mistakes.  They can often spot out mistakes that someone else is doing.  Most other animal signs will miss it, but the ox never does. 

When it comes to love, the ox is often not the first person to initiate romance in the relationship. They are often hesitant when it comes to kissing and hand holding.  They often see this as not being a big deal. 

Ox men and women are honest, relaxed and have a stubborn nature that likes to prove their point. They often have trouble expressing themselves. When it comes to talking, they often do not get their point across as they should. 

Ox men and women do well in positions in which they can take control. This can be anything from a police officer to a doctor. They also do well in supportive roles in nursing.  Their wisdom in pointing things out would allow them to do great in politics. 

Tiger – You are strong and true leaders.  All the animal signs look up to the tiger for their strong leadership ability and fairness.  Therefore, they are known as the kings of the forest.  Tigers animals’ signs will have a true high self-esteem.  They look at themselves as having a lot to offer people. 

Their personality always wants to be in control.  If they start out in a lower position at work, they fight to always make it to the top.  They do not like to be secondary.  They want to feel that they can rule any place, relationship, or work situation that they are involved in. Tigers enjoy talking to men and women that see them as leaders to. 

Their pompous attitude also makes them more open to failure. This is because a lot of tiger signs do things without thinking.  Therefore, they need a good ox to help them to choose right. 

The tiger man or woman is loyal.  They got your back when times are tough. Even if you are wrong, they will come to your defense.  Women often love the tiger’s protective nature. He protects his family well. 

Watch out for the tiger’s bossy side.  They are used to being in control and will often feel that they have the right to tell you what to do.  That can be a problem for some animal signs. 

They are the best CEO’s, presidents, and managers.  They know how to get the job done and utilize everyone in the organization. 

Rabbit – You are a fast person to help people.  Your greatest joys are being around family and friends.  You make people happy wherever you go. You put a smile on everyone’s face. Rabbits make great mothers and fathers. They are often protective over their children.  They have a strong discipline for education and want their children to do well in school.  They often push their children to get A’s.  They dedicate themselves to marriage or long-term relationship.  They do not like to hop around in relationships. 

Rabbits are full of compassion for everyone that comes their way in life. They are fair and want everyone to be treated equally.  The rabbit knows when someone is feeling sad or like they are not good enough.  The rabbit always tries to build up character in people. 

Rabbits make great farmers and judges.  They are gatherers by nature and tend to make people see where they went wrong. They also prepare something for the future.  They do not wait for the last minute on anything.  Rabbits have some of the best luck in love and often keep a relationship going even if their partner wants to call it quits. They always find reason for wanting to keep something going for a long period of time.

Dragon – You have good luck on your side all the time. People are often afraid of you because of what you can bring to the table.  They are often afraid of your smarts and good sense.  In your day to day life, you crave adventure, romance and you have big dreams of making it in life someday.  You are the type of person that does not like to sit down.  You want everyone to get off their butt and work.  You are the person that makes everyone else see that a mission must be accomplished.  There is no time for sleeping.

Dragon animals are generous.  They do not mind taking their families on expensive vacations or buying their children toys, video games and clothing.  They think less about saving money. They are more into spending money. 

Dragons do well in professions having to do with writing, researching, and counseling. You may find that you do well in professions having to do with religious pastoral work and psychic readers. 

Dragons want to see their family succeeding in all areas of life. They want to let others know that they love success.

Snake – They do not do well around strangers but are rather calm around people that they know.  They are crafty and will try to outsmart you.  Snakes will often prepare for something long before its ready. They are great employees because they make sure that their project is done at the right time.  Snakes are often sociable and determined to succeed in life. They want to create a plan that is going to work for them. They often think about themselves first before anyone else. 

Snakes can be jealous.  Be careful not to arouse their anger because they will bite.  They are always suspicious of someone being out to get them.  They are often not approachable and only those closest to them will see their sociable side. 

Snakes make great entertainers. You should think about having a profession in acting, singing, dancing and art. You tend to do rather well in these kinds of occupations. 

In the workplace, snakes need a good push to get them to accomplish something.  They often need to see that they must do something before they do it.  It can be hard for snake to see the light in what they are trying to accomplish. 

Horse – You are so easygoing.  Your friends, family and lover see you as someone that is not hard to deal with. They like the fact that you are flexible on most things. Horse people are popular. Everyone loves them because they are fun and easy to hang out with. They do not demand anything. They do well in team sports in baseball, football, and hockey.  They enjoy making everyone feel like they fit in.  They do well in team sports because everyone sees them as being a great person. 

Horse animals are patient.  They do not try to force their way on people.  They will wait until you have seen the light for yourself.  The horse however does have strong opinions and may repeat themselves several times to let everyone know where they stand. They make the best entrepreneurs. They have great artistic creative minds. They know how to put a plan together.

Sheep – They are often into fashion and dress well.  They are known often by their good looks, proper dress, and charm.  They find satisfaction in giving their wealth away to charities and people that are in need.  If a friend of theirs needs money, they will help them out.  They also love to invent.  They are great for inventing new business ideas, products or simply anything having to do with a new idea. 

Sheep are also known to be gentle and hardworking.  However, their mood swings often make people feel uncomfortable around them. If they do not see that something is being done, they may often become negative.  It would take another animal sign to let them see that it is not as bad as it looks.  Often, we do not see everything that we are meant to see at that moment.

Sheep also like a clean home. Many horses take on jobs as cleaners/maids. 

Monkey – Okay monkey, we all know that you are smart!   Sometimes you are more of a smart a** more than anything else.  You are often the first kid in the classroom to raise your hand because you know that you have the answer. You make a great spouse because you are always looking out for someone to help. 

You are often jealous when you see someone else doing something better. You will often copy them to show that you can do the same thing. You do not have much patience and often want to see something done fast.  You do great in jobs having to do with broadcasting news. You are a strong athlete and financial director.  You are often good with numbers.  You are a good business owner and someone that does not fool around. 

You are often flashy with friends and family. You may want to pay for their dinner or a night out on the town.  Your friends look up to you as the one that has money all the time.  You are often the person that people go to when they are having money problems.

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