Astrology 101: The Chinese Zodiac Signs

eastern zodiac symbols

Welcome back to our second installment of Astrology 101! Last week, we learned a bit about the signs you’re probably more familiar with: the Western zodiac. This week, we’re traveling East – to China!

Like your Western zodiac sign, your Chinese zodiac sign is determined by your birthday. Unlike your Western zodiac sign, your Chinese zodiac sign is determined by the year you were born, rather than what month and day you were born.

The Chinese zodiac is made up of a twelve sign-cycle, where each sign is represented by an animal. The selection of animals, as well as their cycle order, originated during the Han Dynasty, which lasted from 202 B.C. to 220 A.D. And the animal that represents the zodiac year’s sign is said to share qualities with those born during that year.

So now that you know all about your Western zodiac sign, it’s time to find your Eastern one! Keep in mind that the Chinese New Year starts usually between the end of January and the middle of February, so if you need, you can find your exact Chinese zodiac year here.

 

1. Year of the Rat

Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020…

Lucky numbers: 2, 3          Unlucky numbers: 5, 9

Colors: gold, blue, green

Compatible signs: Ox, Rabbit, Dragon

Strengths: adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful

Weaknesses: timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence

 

2. Year of the Ox

Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021…

Lucky numbers: 1, 9          Unlucky numbers: 3, 4

Colors: red, blue, purple

Compatible signs: Rat, Snake, Rooster

Strengths: honest, industrious, patient, cautious, level-headed, strong-willed, persistent

Weaknesses: obstinate, inarticulate, prudish, distant

 

3. Year of the Tiger

Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022…

Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 4          Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, 8

Colors: gray, blue, white, orange

Compatible signs: Dragon, Horse, Pig

Strengths: tolerant, loyal, valiant, courageous, trustworthy, intelligent, virtuous

Weaknesses: arrogant, short-tempered, hasty, traitorous

 

4. Year of the Rabbit

Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…

Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9          Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, 8

Colors: red, blue, pink, purple

Compatible signs: Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig

Strengths: gentle, sensitive, compassionate, amiable, modest, merciful

Weaknesses: amorous, hesitant, stubborn, timid, conservative

 

Year of the Dragon

Years: 1916, 1928, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…

Lucky numbers: 1, 6, 7          Unlucky numbers: 9, 8, 3

Colors: gold, silver, hoary (a pale, silver-gray)

Compatible signs: Rat, Tiger, Snake

Strengths: decisive, inspiring, magnanimous, sensitive, ambitious, romantic

Weaknesses: eccentric, tactless, fiery, intolerant, unrealistic

 

6. Year of the Snake

Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025…

Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9          Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, 7

Colors: red, light yellow, black

Compatible signs: Dragon, Rooster

Strengths: soft-spoken, humorous, sympathetic, determined, passionate, smart

Weaknesses: jealous, suspicious, sly, fickle, nonchalant

 

7. Year of the Horse

Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…

Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7          Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, 6

Colors: brown, yellow, purple

Compatible signs: Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit

Strengths: warm-hearted, easy-going, independent, durable, optimistic

Weaknesses: big spenders, lack of persistence, blabbermouths

 

8. Year of the Sheep

Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027…

Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9          Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, 8

Colors: green, red, purple

Compatible signs: Horse, Rabbit, Pig

Strengths: gentle, soft-hearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrifty

Weaknesses: indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed

 

9. Year of the Monkey

Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…

Lucky numbers: 1, 8, 7         Unlucky numbers: 2, 5, 9

Colors: white, gold, blue

Compatible signs: Ox, Rabbit

Strengths: enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative

Weaknesses: jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant

 

10. Year of the Rooster

Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…

Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8          Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, 9

Colors: gold, brown, yellow

Compatible signs: Ox, Snake

Strengths: independent, capable, warm-hearted, self-respectful, quick-minded

Weaknesses: impatient, critical, eccentric, narrow-minded, selfish

 

11. Year of the Dog

Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018…

Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9          Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, 7

Colors: green, red, purple

Compatible sign: Rabbit

Strengths: valiant, loyal, responsible, clever, courageous, lively

Weaknesses: sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional

 

12. Year of the Pig

Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019…

Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8          Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, 9

Colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold

Compatible signs: Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep

Strengths: warm-hearted, good-tempered, loyal, honest, gentle

Weaknesses: naive, gullible, sluggish, short-tempered

 

 

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