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Chinese Zodiac Calendar: Facts, History And More!

Chinese Zodiac Signs and Elements
Chinese Zodiac Signs and Elements
Chinese Zodiac Signs With Their 5 Elements

Are you an explorer? Are you an astrology enthusiast who loves to study various zodiac calendars? Or are you curious to learn various astrological trends and compare your personality traits from one zodiac school to another? If any of these is what interests you then you must explore the Chinese Zodiac Calendar or Sheng Xiao. In fact, it has a unique and very interesting way of explaining your personality traits. It takes the help of 12 animals, each representing each year in a 12-year cycle. 


Although it is claimed that Chinese zodiac originated in the Zhan Guo period(5th century B.C), it was officially introduced during the Han Dynasty(206 B.C. – 9 A .D.). Gradually, it became the most popular way of determining a person’s birth year and his traits. In fact, it became common astrological practice during and after the North Zhou Dynasty (557-581 A.D.). 

Features of Chinese Zodiac Calendar

Chinese zodiac personality traits
Chinese Zodiac And Personality Traits

Chinese Zodiac Calendar is based on the lunar calendar. In fact, it is according to these phases of the moon the Chinese astrologers calculated hours, days, months and a year. It includes both Celestial Stem and Terrestrial Branch. 

The Chinese Zodiac does not have zodiac names like in western or Indian astrology, instead, they refer to a constellation by the name of the assigned animals. These animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Moreover, each of these animals represents a year in a 12-year cycle, a day in the 12-day cycle, and every two hours in 24 hours of a day. According, to the Chinese zodiac calendar 2019 was a Pig year, which marks the end of a period of 12 years, hence the next cycle of 12 years will start with Rat in 2020. 

12 Animal Signs And Their Personality Traits

Rat – Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind

Ox – Diligent, dependable, strong, determined

Tiger – Brave, confident, competitive

Rabbit – Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible

Dragon – Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic

Snake – Enigmatic, intelligent, wise

Horse – Animated, active, energetic

Goat –  Calm, gentle, sympathetic

Monkey – Sharp, smart, curiosity

Rooster – Observant, hardworking, courageous

Dog –  Lovely, honest, prudent

Pig – Compassionate, generous, diligent

Basic Difference Between Western Zodiac And Chinese Zodiac

While western zodiac stresses the month in which you are born, the Chinese zodiac calculates your present, past and future according to the year you are born. They do not take the month of your birth into consideration. For example, if you were born in any one of these years 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009, you will be an Ox, like me. The particular animal sign will decide your fortunes and destiny. 

Chinese year and zodiac signs
Chinese Zodiac Repeats After Every 12 Years In A 50 Years Cycle

Now, you can also find out your animal sign according to the year you belong to, just find out your year from below and match your traits. 

Rat – 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Ox –  1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Tiger – 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Rabbit – 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Dragon – 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Snake – 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Horse-  1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Goat – 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Monkey – 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Rooster – 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Dog –  1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Pig – 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

A chinese new year eve takes place  on 25th of January, as per their lunar calendar. Hence, the yaer of Rat(2020) will commence from 25th January, 2020. 

Chinese Sign Compatibility

It is very important to understand Chinese sign compatibility according to their zodiac system. In marriage, companionship or in business sign compatibility goes a long way in contributing to a healthy and productive relationship. In case, it is absent negative circumstances have been witnessed. Mentioned below is their compatibility chart.  

Compatibility in Chinese Zodiac Signs
Compatibility Among Chine Zodiac Signs
  • Rat: Ox, Dragon, Rabbit
  • Ox: Rat, Monkey, or Rooster
  • Tiger: Dragon, Horse, or Pig
  • Rabbit: Rat, Goat, Monkey, Dog, Pig
  • Dragon: Rat, Tiger or Snake
  • Snake: Dragon, Rooster
  • Horse: Goat, Tiger
  • Goat: Rabbit, Horse, Pig
  • Monkey: Ox, Rabbit
  • Rooster: Ox, Snake
  • Dog: Rabbit
  • Pig: Goat, Tiger, Rabbit

Yin And Yang

Yin Yang in Zodiac Signs
Yin Yang in Zodiac Signs

Each Sign in Sheng Xiao rotates between five elements, which are, water, earth, wood, metal and fire, and yin and yang. Since there are 12 signs, 6 falls under yin and 6 under yan. Yin signs are Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Goat, Rooster, and Pig. While Yang are Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, and Dog.