Chinese Zodiac Animals ~
Signs and Meanings

Chinese Zodiac Animals. . .  The Signs, Meanings, Symbols and Elements encompassing the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.  , Included are the compatibility factors of the Chinese astrological animals.



Exploring Chinese Zodiac Animals  ~  Signs and Meanings. . .  The Chinese zodiac known as Sheng Xiao, is a revolving cycle spanning 12 years, each year represented by one of 12 animals.  The current year (2015) is the year of the Sheep, spanning from Feb 15, 2015 to Feb 7, 2016. It is believed that characteristics of a person are influenced by their birth year animal.   Scroll down to view the Chinese Compatibility Chart to see who your best match really is!

What's your Chinese Zodiac Animal?

So, what is your Chinese zodiac  sign?  Well.... it all depends on the year you were born.  We've all seen the paper place-mat at the neighborhood Chinese restaurant that shows all of the Chinese Zodiac animals and meanings, including all of the years from the early 1900's to the mid 2020's, showing us what our zodiac animal is.   Each animal rules for a year in the Chinese Zodiac, depending on the year one is born.  When it's your year, legend has it that the powers of the zodiac animal for your sign can have favor on you, but you must defer to the power of the animal.  Chinese teachings say to wear something red on a daily basis when in the cycle of your birth year.  Whenever I'm out at a Chinese restaurant with friends, we all refer to the chart and see who's most compatible with who, and who we should best avoid - ouch.  I wonder how many people make relationship decisions while on a first date pouring over the compatibility chart??   All you need to know is the year someone is born to know their Chinese zodiac animal. 






Chinese Zodiac signs




Chinese Zodiac Animals Chart


Chinese zodiac animals are listed here in order of their rotation and appearance on the Chinese calendar.  Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and the boar. 

 RAT

1912 ~ 1924 ~ 1936 ~1948
1960 ~ 1972 ~ 1984 ~ 1996
2008 ~ 2020 ~ 2032

Generous
Fair
Ambitious

 Seek those who are patient with your vision and ways.
*Be aware of being overly aggressive. 

ELEMENT: Water

DRAGON

1916 ~ 1928 ~ 1940 ~ 1952
1964 ~ 1976 ~ 1988 ~ 2000
2012 ~ 2024 ~ 2036

Rampageous
Tempestous
Creative

. You may have a dislike
of being around those with strong signs.
*Be aware of insensitive words or actions.

ELEMENT: Earth


MONKEY

1920 ~ 1932 ~ 1944 ~ 1956
1968 ~ 1980  ~ 1992 ~ 2004
2016 ~ 2028 ~ 2040

Playful
Mischevious
Well liked

You are a creative problem solver.
*Beware of unrealistic expectations

ELEMENT: Metal

  OX

1913 ~ 1925 ~ 1937 ~ 1949
1961 ~ 1973 ~ 1985 ~ 1997
2009 ~ 2021 ~ 2033

Leadership
True to Self
 Desires time alone

 Seek those who
are quietly expressive.
*Be aware of
chauvinistic attitude. 

ELEMENT: Earth

SNAKE

1917 ~ 1929 ~ 1941 ~ 1953
1965 ~ 1977 ~ 1989 ~ 2001
2013 ~ 2025 ~ 2037

Clever
Seductive
Charismatic
A desire to follow
your own path.

*Beware of getting stuck in an old routine,
or being stubborn.

ELEMENT: Fire


ROOSTER

1921 ~ 1933 ~ 1945 ~ 1957
1969 ~ 1981  ~ 1993 ~ 2005
2017 ~ 2029 ~ 2041

Commanding
Splashy
Hard working

You are a solid
decision maker
*Beware of taking
yourself too seriously.

ELEMENT: Metal


TIGER

1914 ~ 1926 ~ 1938 ~ 1950
1962 ~ 1974 ~ 1986 ~ 1998
2010 ~ 2022 ~ 2034

Virtuous
Confident
Magnetism  

Others woo you for
your attention.
*Be aware that you
can anger quickly.

ELEMENT: Wood

HORSE

1918 ~ 1930 ~ 1942 ~ 1954
1966 ~ 1978 ~ 1990 ~ 2002
2014 ~ 2026 ~ 2038

 Companionship
Strength
Adventuresome

You are a natural
empath

*Beware of wandering
too far into your daydreams.

ELEMENT: Fire

DOG

1922 ~ 1934 ~ 1946 ~ 1958
1970 ~ 1982  ~ 1994 ~ 2006
2018 ~ 2030 ~ 2042

Loyalty
Friend
Intelligent

You are honest and dependable
*Beware of being taken advantage of

ELEMENT: Earth



    RABBIT

1915 ~ 1927 ~ 1939 ~ 1951
1963 ~ 1975 ~ 1987 ~ 1999
2011 ~ 2023 ~ 2035

Good luck
Fortune
Talent

Others have a tendency
to underestimate your strength and will.
*Be aware of taking risks that appear attractive.

ELEMENT: Wood

SHEEP

1919 ~ 1931 ~ 1943 ~ 1955
1967 ~ 1979  ~ 1991 ~ 2003
2015 ~ 2027 ~ 2039

Artsy
Warm-hearted
Genuine

You have a talent for finding success

*Beware of giving too much of yourself.

ELEMENT: Earth

 

BOAR

1923 ~ 1935 ~ 1947 ~ 1959
1971 ~ 1983  ~ 1995 ~ 2007
2019 ~ 2031 ~ 2043

Strength
Determination
Bodacious

You have an attitude of conquest
*Beware of stampeding over others

ELEMENT: Water



Chinese Zodiac Animal Compatibility Chart


So, who are you most compatible with?  The term zodiac means "the circle of animals", and is found in all cultures, perhaps influenced by the Chinese zodiac.  Each animal has characteristics that are compatible or not with other animals of the Chinese zodiac signs and meanings chart. 

 RAT

Rat is compatible with:  Dragon, Ox, Rabbit
clashes with: Rooster, Goat, Horse

RABBIT

Rabbit is compatible with: Rat, Dog, Goat, Boar
clashes with: Horse, Dragon, Ox Rooster

GOAT
Goat is compatible with: Horse, Boar, Rabbit
clashes with: Dog, Ox, Rat

DOG

Dog is compatible with: Rabbit, Tiger, Horse
clashes with: Dragon, Ox, Rooster, Goat

OX

Ox is compatible with: Rooster, Snake, Rat
clashes with: Rabbit, Goat, Dragon, Horse, Dog

DRAGON

Dragon is compatible with: Rooster, Rat, Monkey
clashes with: Rabbit, Dog, Ox, Dragon

MONKEY

Monkey is compatible with: Rat, Dragon
clashes with: Snake, Boar, Tiger

BOAR

Boar is compatible with: Rabbit, Goat
clashes with: Boar, Monkey, Snake

TIGER

Tiger is compatible with: Horse, Dog
clashes with: Monkey, Snake

HORSE

Horse is compatible with: Goat, Dog, Tiger
clashes with: Horse, Ox, Rabbit, Rat

ROOSTER

Rooster is compatible with: Dragon, Ox, Snake
clashes with: Rabbit, Dog, Rooster

SNAKE

Snake is compatible with: Rooster, Ox
clashes with: Monkey, Tiger Boar

You might also be interested in the Meaning of Birthstones.   Travel China Guide is a great resource for info on Chinese culture.


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