Chinese Signs of the Zodiac

Chinese Signs of the Zodiac

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Chinese Zodiac Signs

The Chinese zodiac is based on twelve different signs. Sacred animals combined with five elements are resulting in sixty typologies of personality, philosophy of life and destiny. Chinese astronomers assigned five main planets to five elements, so that Mercury equals water, Venus equals metal, Mars equals fire, Jupiter equals wood, and Saturn equals earth. Those elements, as well as the position of planets, the moon, the sun or comets, determine the character of a person in time of birth. Also in the Chinese zodiac the date of birth defines the sign of the zodiac. However, they are not divided into months as in the western Signs of the Zodiac, but into years.

Legend

There are different narratives explaining why the twelve animals define the signs. The most common one is a Chinese legend: Buddha sent to call all animals on earth, however only a few appeared. The rat was the first animal to arrive, that's why it's marking the first year. Then the buffalo turned up and as the animals were appearing, they were assigned to the zodiac.

Chinese Signs of the Zodiac in years

Sign of the Zodiac Years of birth
Rat 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044, 2056, 2068, 2080, 2092
Ox 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045, 2057, 2069, 2081, 2093
Tiger 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1988, 2000, 2022, 2034, 2046, 2058, 2070, 2082, 2094
Rabbit 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035, 2047, 2059, 2071, 2083, 2095
Dragon 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048, 2060, 2072, 2084, 2096
Snake 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049, 2061, 2073, 2085, 2097
Horse 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, 2050, 2062, 2074, 2086, 2098
Sheep 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967,1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051, 2063, 2075, 2087, 2099
Monkey 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052, 2064, 2076, 2088, 2100
Rooster 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053, 2065, 2077, 2089, 2101
Dog 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054, 2066, 2078, 2090, 2102
Pig 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043, 2055, 2067, 2079, 2091, 2103
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