the westernized style of zodiac, the Chinese
zodiac actually dates back to 2500 BC during
the reign of Emperor Huang Ti.
This particular zodiac calendar
provides an annual look into activity based
on the moon’s cycles.
Beginning with a lunar year, which
can begin anytime from late January to the
middle of February, each calendar consists
of five cycles, each being 12 years.
each of the 12 years, the Chinese zodiac
includes animals, which has a very
It is believed that before Lord
Buddha left the earth, he summoned all of
the animals to come before him.
However, of all the animals, only 12
showed up to bid him farewell.
In honor of these 12, Lord Buddha
named a year after them.
The belief is that the animal
associated with each year rules over it.
Therefore, the lifestyle and
personality of the person born under that
animal sign is strongly influenced by that
particular animal, being supported by the
old Chinese saying, “This is the animal
that hides in your heart.”
an excavation in 1955 of a tomb dating back
to the Tang Dynasty, a set of zodiac
figurines were found, each carefully made
Interestingly, these figurines were
created with the body of a human but the
head of each of the 12 animals.
During the North Zhou Dynasty, which
was from 557 to 581 AD, a very popular
practice was to determine a person’s year
of birth using the zodiac signs.
You would even find the coordinating
zodiac on eating utensils and grave
12 animals that showed up in front of Lord
Buddha included the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit,
dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey,
rooster, dog, and pig successively.
The story is that the cat spoke with
his friend the rat.
They agreed that whichever one of
them awoke in the morning first would be
responsible for waking the other so they
could go to Lord Buddha together.
Unfortunately, the rat broke his
promise to the cat, arriving alone.
Shortly thereafter, the remaining 11
animals showed up and by the time that the
cat awoke, the meeting had concluded.
The legend is that because of this,
cats resent and kill rats.
To give you a better idea of how the
Chinese zodiac works, consider the
(born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972,
1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044)
– First animal in the cycle, considered
aggressive, suspicious, ambitious, quick to
anger, power hungry, hot-tempered, critical,
as well as generous, honest, charming,
imaginative, and generous.
It is common for people under the Rat
zodiac to be publicists, writers, or
The Rat coordinates well with the
Monkey and Dragon, but the Horse should be
of the Rat Page
(born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973,
1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045)
– Powerful, unyielding, stubborn, but also
born leaders, great parents, typically
successful, upright, inspiring,
conservative, and easy-going.
Typical careers would include a
surgeon, military personnel, or hairdresser.
The Ox gets along with the Snake and
Rooster but the Sheep should be avoided.
of the Ox Page
(born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974,
1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, and 2046)
– Fighting animal, which is aggressive,
unpredictable, emotional, yet charming,
sensitive, courageous, and capable of giving
Somewhat of a risk taker, while also
Excellent positions include anything
with supervision, an explorer, matador, or
Love tendencies are strong between
the Horse and Dog but the Monkey should be
of the Tiger Page
(born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1963, 1975, 1987,
1999, 2003, 2036, and 2047) –
Affectionate, talented, pleasant, value
security, enjoy tranquility, sometimes too
sentimental and superficial, cautious, and
generally successful in business.
The rabbit would make an excellent
actor, lawyer, or diplomat.
The best life partners would include
the Sheep or Pig but not Roosters.
of the Rabbit Page
(born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976,
1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, and 2048)
– The Dragon is highly intelligent,
gifted, unfaithful, loud, garish, popular,
successful, enthusiastic, although also
Typically, the Dragon would be a
priest, politician, artist, or some type of
Very compatible with the Snake or
Rooster but the Sheep should be avoided.
of the Dragon Page
(born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977,
1989, 2001, 2013, 2015, 2037, and 2049)
– People under this sign are clever,
determined, passionate, intense, romantic,
charming, and wise, but also tend to be vain
and guided strongly by intuition.
The Snake will win money but should
avoid being stingy.
The best jobs for this sign would be
a writer, philosopher, teacher,
fortuneteller, or psychiatrist.
The snake coordinates will with the
Ox and Rooster, but not the Pig.
of the Snake Page
(born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978,
1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, and 2050)
– The Horse is friendly, intelligent,
popular, cheerful, but also has an
impatient, cunning, and selfish streak.
This person is typically a scientist,
politician, poet, or adventurer.
The Horse goes well with the Dog and
Tiger but not necessarily the Rat.
of the Horse Page
(born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979,
1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, and 2051)
– Sheep are creative, passionate,
artistic, elegant, honest, and warmhearted,
but also timid, disorganized, pessimistic,
The best career for the Sheep would
be an actor, beachcomber, or gardener.
The Sheep is very compatible with the
Rabbit and Pig and the Ox should be avoided.
of the Sheep Page
(born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980,
1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, and 2052)
– Very intelligent, clever, inventive, and
entertaining, the Monkey can also be
discouraged easily and live dangerously.
Often distrustful of other people,
they will guard against many situations.
The great thing about being a Monkey
is that they will succeed in anything they
want to do.
The best compatibility comes with the
Dragon or Rat, not the Tiger.
of the Monkey Page
(born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,
1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, and 2053)
– The Rooster is hardworking, courageous,
eager for more knowledge, strong
decision-makers, very skilled, and great
However, the Rooster is also
arrogant, shrewd, eccentric, and sometimes,
The perfect career for a Rooster
would be a restaurant owner, military
personnel, publicist, or world traveler.
This sign gets along best with the
Snake and Ox but the Rabbit should be far
of the Rooster / Cock Page
(born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982,
1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, and 2054)
– People born under the Dog are honest,
quiet, generous, intelligent, and very loyal
while also being a bit stubborn.
They tend to worry about everything,
have a sharp tongue, and like to place fault
However, people under this sign are
also very successful, making them great
candidates for business, teaching, or
working as a secret agent.
Tigers and Horses are the best match
while the Dragon should be handled with
of the Dog Page
– (born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971,
1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2020, 2031, and
2043) – Very honest, sincere,
tolerant, kind, and affectionate, the Pig is
also short tempered and impulsive.
Since people under this sign are
eager for knowledge, they tend to be
successful, especially when it comes to
finances, entertainment, or the legal field.
The best match would be the Sheep and
Rabbit but Pigs and Pigs do not do well
of the Pig Page