Understanding the Chinese Zodiac

Alexis Orlacchio

a chart of the Chinese zodiac animals

The Chinese calendar is formulated around the 12 zodiac animals: the rat, ox, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, dog, and pig. In China, the year of your birth is associated with a certain zodiac animal, which is meant to predict your personality characteristics and fortune. Here’s what you can expect from your—or your child’s—birth year:

Birth Year: 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Zodiac Sign: Sheep
Characteristics: People born during the year of the sheep are calm and gentle.

Birth Year: 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Zodiac Sign: Horse
Characteristics: The year of the horse produces people who are energetic and optimistic.

Birth Year: 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Zodiac Sign: Snake
Characteristics: People with this sign are generally lively and wise.

Birth Year: 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Zodiac Sign: Dragon
Characteristics: The average dragon is intelligent and ambitious.

Birth Year: 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Zodiac Sign: Rabbit
Characteristics: Those born under the year of the rabbit are quiet and elegant.

Birth Year: 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Zodiac Sign: Tiger
Characteristics: Tigers are thought to be brave and confident people.

Birth Year: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Zodiac Sign: Ox
Characteristics: Reliability and honesty are traits of those born under the ox.

Birth Year: 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Zodiac Sign: Rat 
Characteristics: People born in the year of the rat are thought to be quick-witted and resourceful.

Birth Year: 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Zodiac Sign: Pig
Characteristics: Those born in one of these years tend to be generous and compassionate.

Birth Year: 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Zodiac Sign: Dog
Characteristics: Those born under the dog are considered loyal and honest.

Birth Year: 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Characteristics: Roosters are thought to be hardworking and observant.

Birth Year: 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Zodiac Sign: Monkey
Characteristics: People born during the year of the monkey are ambitious and adventurous.

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