Chinese Zodiac, 12 Zodiac Signs

Chinese Zodiac Years

Chinese zodiac, known as sheng xiao (生肖 shēng xiào), is represented by 12 animal signs

In order, these animal signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Each year in the repeating zodiac cycle of 12 years is associated with an animal sign with its own reputed attributes.  2022 is the year of the tiger. 

The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

There are 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac. Every year has a zodiac animal sign. 

Click the following zodiac animals below to explore their personality, romantic love compatibility, lucky things, and fortune prediction for 2022.

Chinese Zodiac Year Five Elements

Each zodiac year is associated with one of the five elements: wood, earth, fire, water, and metal.

For example, for the year of tiger, there are years of the wood tiger, earth tiger, water tiger, and metal tiger. 2022 is the year of water tiger. The next water tiger will come in 60 years.

What is My Chinese Zodiac Sign?

Your zodiac sign is decided by your birth year. For example, 1977 is the year of the Snake, if you were born in 1977, then your Chinese zodiac animal is Snake. 

If you don't know your Chinese zodiac sign, use the Chinese Zodiac Signs Calculator to find out your zodiac sign.

Chinese Zodiac Years

In ancient times, the Chinese zodiac is a system to tell the year. Each year is represented by an animal. It is a recycling circle of 12 years. The Chinese zodiac year starts on the Chinese lunar New Year, which is about one or two months behind the Gregorian calendar.

The table below lists the recent Chinese Zodiac Years:

Zodiac Animal Zodiac Signs in Chinese Zodiac  Years
Rat 鼠 shǔ 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Ox 牛 niú 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tiger 虎 hǔ 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit 兔 tù 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon 龙 lóng 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake 蛇 shé 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horse 马 mǎ 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Goat 羊 yáng 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkey 猴 hóu 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster 鸡 jī 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog 狗 gǒu 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig 猪 zhū 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Chinese Zodiac Luck Predictions

According to Chinese astrology, a person’s fortune is decided by his/her zodiac sign. Thus, the Chinese have developed a theory to predict people’s horoscopes based on their birth years.

Is 2022 a lucky year? For some zodiac signs, it is, but for others, it may be a very bad year. What are the luckiest zodiac signs in 2022? 

How to be Lucky in Your Chinese Zodiac Years

It is widely believed if the year is the same as your zodiac sign, you will be unlucky all the year. Many Chinese people think one’s zodiac year is a hurdle to jump over. 2022 is the year of tiger, tigers should particularly be careful.

The way to protect yourself from bad luck and evil spirits is to wear red things such as red underwear, a red belt. etc. Even it seems superstitious, Chinese people treat it as a real concern. That is the reason why you will see red things sold everywhere on the Chinese New Year market.

Read more details on How to be Lucky in Your Chinese Zodiac Year.

Chinese Zodiac Love Compatibility

Chinese zodiac match was used to find one’s best partner in love in ancient times. Zodiac compatibility was usually checked before people got married in China.

People's zodiac signs are believed to have determined their personality traits. Some zodiac signs are believed to be the best pair while others may be the worst match.

Best Matches for the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

  • Rat: Ox, Dragon, or Monkey
  • Ox: Rat, Snake, or Rooster
  • Tiger: Horse, Dog, or Pig
  • Rabbit: Goat, Dog, or Pig
  • Dragon: Rat, Monkey, or Rooster
  • Snake: Ox or Rooster
  • Horse: Tiger, Goat, or Dog
  • Goat: Rabbit, Horse, Goat, or Pig
  • Monkey: Rat, Dragon, or Dog
  • Rooster: Ox, Dragon, or Snake
  • Dog: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, or Monkey
  • Pig: Tiger, Rabbit, or Goat

Are you the best pair? Find the Chinese zodiac sign love compatibility chart below.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility

The origin of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

According to ancient records, the origins of the zodiac came from the “totems” of ancient tribes. Each tribe had its unique animal symbol as their protecting deity.

Legend gives another interesting explanation: the grand race. The race was organized by the King of Heaven who controlled all of the universes. These 12 animals won the race thus was chosen as the zodiac year animals. Read more on the Chinese zodiac legend.

Chinese Zodiac Hours

 In ancient China, each day was divided into 12 two-hour periods. each period was represented by a zodiac animal by that animal's nature. 

Many Chinese believe the hour of your birth is more important than the year you were born. Therefore, Chinese zodiac hours can be particularly informative when analyzing your personality and your destiny. 

Animal Sign Time Animal Nature
Rat 23:00–1:00 Rats are active during this time.
Ox 1:00–3:00 Oxen are used to grazing at night.
Tiger 3:00–5:00 Tigers hunt prey.
Rabbit 5:00–7:00 Rabbits like to eat grass with the morning dew, as light emerges.
Dragon  7:00–9:00 It's often foggy at this time, dragons would ride the clouds and mount the mists.
Snake  9:00–11:00 Snakes go out for food.
Horse 11:00–13:00 Wild horses like to run and neigh at noon.
Goat 13:00–15:00 This is the best time for goats to eat grass.
Monkey 15:00–17:00 As sunset approaches, monkeys moan.
Rooster 17:00–19:00 Roosters go back to their henhouses.
Dog 19:00–21:00 Dogs are responsible for guarding the households at night.
Pig  21:00–23:00 Lazy pigs do nothing but eat and sleep, day and night.

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