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 interesting
is believed that before Lord Buddha left the
earth, he summoned all of the animals to come
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 from pottery.
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 following:
(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 critics.
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,
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 left
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 stubborn.
Typically, the Dragon would be a
priest, politician, artist, or some type of
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,
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, and
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 with
However, the Rooster is also arrogant,
shrewd, eccentric, and sometimes, reckless.
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
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