What Is My Chinese Zodiac Sign?

Figure out what animal represents your birth year and see what the new year has in store for you.

For over 2000 years, the Chinese zodiac has played a huge role in Chinese culture. This year, 2020, has been the Year of the Rat, but for those of us who aren’t familiar with Chinese traditions, the idea behind why and what that means can be a bit confusing. The Chinese zodiac system is more complex than you may think with various origin stories and components. So, we broke down the idea to the basics, beginning with an explanation of the Chinese zodiac and how to identify where you fall on the map.

What is Chinese zodiac?

The Chinese zodiac, also known as Shengxiao (“born resembling”), is a repeating cycle of 12 years with each year represented by a different animal. All 12 animals were chosen intentionally, either relating to the lives of the ancient Chinese people or under the belief that the animal has a lucky meaning. In order, the 12 animals are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Some researchers believe that this list was actually shortened from 28 animals that represented 28 constellations in ancient Chinese astronomy, while others believe that the theory relates to the period of Jupiter’s revolution. However, the most prevalent belief is that the origin of the Chinese zodiac relates to animal worship. Check out the luckiest birthdates for every Chinese zodiac sign.

What is my Chinese zodiac?

Unlike the astrological zodiac signs which are generally defined by the month you were born, give or take a few days, your Chinese zodiac is determined by your birth year following the Chinese lunar calendar, not the traditional Georgian calendar that we are used to. The Chinese Lunar New Year varies from year to year, but typically the big day falls in January or February. You can use this Chinese Animal Zodiac Sign Calculator to figure out the corresponding animal for the year you were born and see exactly what that means for you. Don’t miss these 20 facts you never knew about the Chinese New Year.

How does my zodiac affect my personality?

It is believed that people have certain characteristics and embody certain qualities depending on the animal of the year they were born.  As with anything, some signs are more desirable than others. For example, the dragon is considered an animal with traits that you would aspire to because they are classified as energetic, assertive, and driven. There have even be documented surges in birth rates during dragon years known as the “Dragon Surge.” This comprehensive guide provides detailed explanations about what your animal sign means in terms of strengths, weaknesses, career aspirations, overall health, and compatibility. Learn more about why dragons are so important to Chinese culture.

What Chinese zodiac signs have compatibility?

The compatibility of different zodiac animals is based on each animal’s correspondence to the Five Elements. Ancient Chinese people believed that all things could be classified as one of five elements: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Chinese astrology indicates that the Five Elements balance each other in a cycle. Fire burns to ash (Earth), Earth endures Metal, Metal melts into liquid (Water), Water sustains Wood, and Wood nourishes Fire. The theory is that some zodiac animals are able to perfectly support one another, while others may cause harm. Metal is attributed to monkey and rooster; Wood is attributed to tiger and rabbit; Water is attributed to rat and pig; Fire is attributed to snake and horse; Earth is attributed to ox, dragon, sheep, and dog. This chart will illustrate your compatibility with another animal, as well as a description of why a relationship may or may not work. Compare your Chinese zodiac compatibility with your astrological compatibility to find your one true love.

What is the Chinese zodiac sign for 2021?

The year 2021 will be the Year of the Ox, beginning on February 12, 2021, and lasting until January 30, 2022. According to the Chinese zodiac, the ox is very diligent and logical. It will be a year when hard work will be rewarded, but you will feel the weight of all responsibilities. The Year of the Ox is promising in terms of economic recovery, a great time to make long-term investments, and ideal for bringing order to family life. The lucky animals of 2021 are the snake, horse, rat, monkey, and pig. Next, see what else 2021 has in store for you based on your Chinese zodiac sign.

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