Chinese zodiac spreads through a long period of time: 12 year cycle. Each year is calculated according the Chinese lunar calendar and starts in late January or early February (depending on the year).
For each year, there is an animal that rules – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. These animals have an influence on the personality of those born in that year.
It is said that your Chinese zodiac animal reveals character traits or aspects about your personality in a similar way to how western astrology works. It is said that “This animal hides in your heart.”
Find your Chinese zodiac animal below.
YEAR OF THE RAT
(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
Individuals born in the Year of the Rat are charming and generally companionably and at ease in social situations. As a matter of fact, they are notably popular individuals and exude prowess in business; though, they are also known to be critical and quick-tempered. Rats have an exceptional grasp of information and ideas and additionally have vivid imaginations and unique intellectual abilities. Thus, they often see a lot of opportunities that others may miss. They are opportunists but may take on way too many commitments to fault. Nonetheless, they highly value relationships, and they are very generous and passionate in love as they are in businesses.
1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045, 2057, 2069, 2081, 2093
People born in the year of the Ox have the personality just like an Ox. They are strong and they can face difficult circumstances and handle the situations with confidence. They are responsible, capable and methodical.
The Ox can occasionally be demanding and arrogant. They defend their interest with a fierce loyalty and determination. They are practical and because of this, their personal life may be more stable than passionate or exciting. This doesn’t mean that the Ox is not affectionate – they are. They are also faithful to their loved ones. The Ox is organized and extends a sense of duty that is commendable and to be honored.
YEAR OF THE TIGER
(1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
People born in the Year of the Tiger are deep sensitive and in-tune with their emotions, thus making them awesome lovers or partners. They seek balance between their domineering and strongly competitive nature and their immense need for love, which both drive them towards seeking independence from love; hence, they both bring passion and open candor into any relationship while also expecting the same in return. They have amazing confidence, though they can be quite shaken or depressed by criticisms at times. They can also be inherently restless. Tigers are best know for their ability to bounce back from negative occurrences, and they are dignified and courageous in facing any challenges, making them great leaders.
The Hare (also referred to as The Rabbit)
1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035, 2047, 2059, 2071, 2083, 2095
Like Rabbits, the people born in the year of the hare are pleasant and well-liked. Hares are affectionate and sweet. They can come across as overly sentimental and might be seen as shallow by some. Hares do not like conflict and so they will avoid arguing or conflict. To the Hare, life is all about pleasure and happiness.
Hares can be easily distracted, especially in the pursuit of fun. Because of this, they can be neglectful without realizing it even though they would never intentionally hurt someone. Even though Hares love to have a good time, they are also intellectual people who appreciate quietness as well. They can even have a reserved demeanor. Hares are loving and sensitive and always seek for security in their relationship.
YEAR OF THE DRAGON
(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
People born in the Year of the Dragon possess an almost charismatic aura and they are always brimming with energy. They are very talented in their pursuits because they are highly intelligent. Occasionally, they may seem loud and boisterous and they often follow their own course, not believing that rules should hold them. Their perfectionism makes them appear very demanding of others, just as they are to themselves. Nonetheless, dragons are generally inclined towards success and they enjoy challenging situations that give them the opportunity to use their innate talents and energies. Although committed relationships are not very important to them, kindred spirits sharing their life’s adventures are most valuable to them.
The Snake (also referred to as The Serpent)
1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049, 2061, 2073, 2085, 2097
Snakes are wise. They are deep thinkers. Snakes also have a charming and romantic side but are often secretive and operate as loners. They like to keep things to themselves in secrecy. Because of this, they are often less socially popular. To the snake, this is preferable as they appreciate and even require solitude.
Snakes work hard at what they always want to achieve their goals.Their immense efforts give rise to big success. In their relationships, Snakes look for elegance and grace, however, they are known to be jealous.
YEAR OF THE HORSE
(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
The popular expression ‘works like a horse’ hold true to Horse people because they exert great efforts in their line of work. They will readily commit to success and hard work unless they perceive the job as beneath them. Horses may be challenged by their own emotions because they are prone to explode in their tempers and become impulsive especially in love. They are also not regarded as good team players since they prefer independent work. Their independence may lend themselves characteristic of Egotism but their strong intellect and excellent verbal skills aid them in social situations. They can be quite popular.
The Sheep (also referred to as The Ram)
1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051, 2063, 2075, 2087, 2099
Everyone just loves Sheep. They are charming and likable people even though they are quite reserved. Sheep are prone to physical discomfort and will express that through complaining. They have a natural tendency towards pessimism. Despite this, sheep are kind and sympathetic people, and they love to socialize.
Sheep people love culture, nature and art. They are creative and artistic. Sheep often lack confidence and can be timid and lack self-confidence. Still, they are generally kind and sensitive. They seek relationships that provide them with security.
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
People who are born in the Year of the Monkey have intelligent and energetic natures, and they possess magnetic personalities that draw in crowds. Monkeys generally appear to have very appealing personalities and somewhat an eccentric side to them while also possessing the likely gift of chatter. They are quick-witted and have an easy talent for turning every situation into a humorous one. On the down side, some people see this as suspect, hence the Monkey personality is seen as untrustworthy because of their typical brunt practical jokes. Monkeys also are high-energy and tend to be restless, and may find it difficult to choose careers. Nonetheless, they tend to succeed in environments that thrive on change including dynamic relationships.
The Rooster (also referred to as The Bird)
1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053, 2065, 2077, 2089, 2101
The Rooster is industrious and hard working. They express their views naturally and with ease and are good at communicating. They can have a hard time sharing the spotlight and often view their own opinions as superior. Roosters like for others to see their opinions this way as well.
Roosters love attention and seek that out in various aspects of life including the way they dress and other behavior. Roosters have high standards for themselves and for others. This can be frustrating for others around them, however it can also manifest in great success professionally. Roosters are loyal and true to their relationships.
YEAR OF THE DOG
(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
Dog people are noteworthy for their loyalty and honesty in any relationship. They also focus their interest in a specialty subject, giving their whole heart and soul into it, be it a hobby or a career. They stick strongly to their principles of fairness and justice, and they also have great creative problem-solving skills. Dog individuals are challenged most by their need to criticize and their innate nature of having “sharp tongues.” As friends and lovers, they can be very trustworthy, but with special someone’s, they can be quite unforgiving because they tend to hold grudges till they feel they have been appeased. They have a profound need for a good, long-lasting relationship, making them loyal for life especially when feel they have found their perfect mate.
YEAR OF THE PIG
(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
People born in the Year of the Pig make wonderful companions for they are tolerant, kind, sincere, and intellectually strong, which helps them perform well in rich conversations. They also use their intellect to go after challenging goals and ultimately achieve them. They strongly hold social harmony as highly important to, lending them well in overlooking people’s faults and seeing only the best in people. Pigs are noted, too, for their sense of humor and wit, but their greatest vulnerability lies in their seeming naiveté in expecting the same good traits in others. Their inclination to feel rage when people do not afford them the same kindness they are giving is one of their greatness weaknesses. Pigs are also inclined to physical/material indulgences, but they deeply cherish family or home life.