Chinese Astrology: Introduction
Understanding Chinese Astrology
Chinese astrology is more complicated than many people know, but it gives a
correspondingly more insightful picture of the character of a person, and of the
challenging and helpful influences in a person's life.
Instead of Gods and Goddesses, the symbols used in Chinese astrology are
animals, and as the Chinese New Year falls on a different day every year, you
will need to check the date of the new year at the time of your birth to be
certain of which animal year sign falls to you, if you were born around the
beginning of the Chinese year.
The Chinese New Year begins on the second New moon after the Winter
Solstice. Each new year comes under the influence of an animal in the Chinese
zodiac. Here is a list of these animals and the years they rule.
Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Goat: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Pig: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Those born in the year of a particular animal are influenced by the traits of
that sign. In a more detailed horoscope, the animal of the month, day, and hour of birth
will also be taken into consideration.
These are the characteristics of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac:
Rat: The rat is a charmer and not slow to make the most of any favorable
opportunity. Rats do well in real estate, public relations, and advertising. Rats are sociable,
dealing easily with people from all backgrounds, and they certainly enjoy the good life. They
have sharp wits and even sharper tongues. The Rat's element is water and the color
Ox (Buffalo in the Vietnamese zodiac): The strong, conservative Ox is
born to lead. Oxen don't suffer fools gladly, are slow to change their opinions
and do well in military careers or other careers where leadership is required.
The Ox is loyal and patient and sooner or later, will make his or her mark in
life. The Ox's element is earth, the color is golden yellow.
The tiger is a courageous and noble soul, but also highly sensitive and quick to
take offence. Tigers are likely to leap in where less hot-headed animals would
fear to tread, and they can be very hard to control. They need a career where
they can be boss, or strike out on their own with no one to give them orders.
The tiger's element is wood, and the color green.
Rabbit (Cat in the Vietnamese zodiac): The elegant, peace-loving rabbit
is the soul of tact and would never dream of deliberately hurting anyone. The
rabbit would prefer a simple white lie to an outright truth which could ruin a
moment or damage a friendship. Rabbits are considered very lucky and do well in
careers that bring out their people skills, such as law, acting, or diplomacy.
The Rabbit's element is Wood, and the color green.
The talented, artistic Dragons are the real show-offs of the Chinese
Zodiac. They are always popular and they easily influence those around them.
Dragons are determined, successful, and enthusiastic. Dragons
usually find successful careers in the performing or creative arts, or in politics.
Their element is earth, their color gold.
Snake: Snakes are the most enticing creatures in the Chinese Zodiac
they have much in common with the sign of Scorpio in western astrology. Snakes
are alluring and highly intelligent, and are often found in academic or
scientific careers. But their great physical attraction also makes them renowned
actors and entertainers. The Snake's element is fire, the color is red.
Horse: The hard working, confident horse puts its shoulder to even the
most difficult task without complaint. Horses are justifiably proud of their
elegance and strength, and while they may tend to parade their egos, they also
love company and make stimulating friends. The horse does well in sports, the
military and politics. The element of the horse is fire, the color red.
Goat: The goat is very agile and loves to climb, but tends to worry a
lot. They can be charming company, but at other times they will tend to bring
their friends down by complaining and imagining the worst. Goats can find
success in the caring professions, where they can worry for profit, or avoid the
ulcers altogether by dropping out. The goat's element is earth, the color
Monkey: The clever, witty monkey is never short of friends. Always the
life of the party, the monkey has a paw on the pulse of life and senses trends
long before anyone else. So they find success in the media, advertising, and
design. The monkey can also be very tricky and needs to guard against a tendency
to take advantage of slower types. The Monkey's element is metal, and the color
Rooster: No one crows louder than the proud rooster, but few have more to
crow about. The rooster is a shrewd, sharp, confident operator, who dreams big
and looks to the stars. Roosters strut proudly and so choose careers where they
can show off and reach impossible goals, such as the entertainment industry, or
a business idea that breaks barriers and travels world wide. The element of the
rooster is metal, and the color is white.
Dog: The faithful dog will always be there for family and friends. The
dog takes setbacks philosophically, and find comfort in familiar, homely things.
But there is a streak of adventure in the dog's soul that will see them running
with the wind on occasion. The dog will also attack when it feels a loved one is
threatened, so remember the wise advice and let sleeping dogs lie. Dogs do well
in professions based on caring for others, such as teaching and nursing. The
dog's element is earth, the color is yellow.
Pig: The honorable and scrupulous pig is one of the easiest signs of the
Chinese Zodiac to get along with. But they are easily shocked, and also easily
gulled into schemes cooked by some of the less scrupulous signs. The Pig has a
creative side which should be nurtured, and will often find fulfillment, if not
success, in the arts. The element of the pig is water, the color black.
What element are you?
The year of birth in which you were born corresponds to one of the five
elements. An easy way for determining your element is to consider the last
numeral in your year of birth and find your element below:
0 or 1: Metal
2 or 3: Water
4 or 5: Wood
6 or 7: Fire
8 or 9: Earth
So for example if you were born in 1977, your element is Fire; if you were
born in 1950, your element is Metal, and so forth.
See Also The Year of the Sheep 2015 for the Western Zodiac
See also: Chinese Astrology: More Than
the Twelve Animals and Chinese
Astrology: The New Year and Calendar (2015).
Oracle, which is based on fortune telling with playing
Read about each zodiac sign
What Number Are You?