Are you a pig, a dragon or a rat? What sounds like nasty insults are simply three of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. We’ll tell you which ones are also available, what they mean and how you can calculate your Chinese zodiac sign.

The Chinese zodiac signs are not about the month of birth, but about the year of birth, because the system is based on the lunar calendar. The respective year of birth is assigned to one of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs, for which certain character traits should be typical.

Unlike the “common” zodiac signs, all zodiac signs in the Chinese horoscope are animals. The signs of the zodiac include: the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, the pig, the rat, the ox, the tiger and the rabbit.

Calculating the Chinese zodiac sign: it’s so easy

The sequence of the zodiac signs is repeated every twelve years, just as the lunar cycle repeats itself every twelve years. So if someone born in 1976 is a Dragon, so is someone born in 1988, 2000, or 2012. And consequently also for those who will be born in 2024 and 2036 etc.

It has to be said that the Lunar New Year does not coincide with January 1st, i.e. New Year, according to the Gregorian calendar. It has no fixed date, but falls between the beginning of January and the end of February. Therefore you have to pay attention to your year of birth as well as your month and day of birth in the year tables.

We’ll show you which Chinese zodiac sign you have according to your birthday. We’ll also reveal the different character traits of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs and show you which other zodiac signs best suit yours.

Chinese zodiac dragon

Chinese zodiac sign: the dragon

All born under the sign of the dragon are those who were born in the following periods:

  • 1916 (February 3, 1916 – January 22, 1917)
  • 1928 (January 23, 1928 – February 9, 1929)
  • 1940 (February 8, 1940 – January 26, 1941)
  • 1952 (January 27, 1952 – February 13, 1953)
  • 1964 (02/13/1964 – 02/12/1965)
  • 1976 (January 31, 1976 – February 17, 1977)
  • 1988 (02/17/1988 – 02/05/1989)
  • 2000 (02/05/2000 – 01/23/2001)
  • 2012 (01/23/2012 – 02/09/2013)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Dragon

The dragon is a very confident and strong zodiac sign. In addition, dragons are always a bit inscrutable, mysterious and have a very special magic.

Positive characteristics:
adventurous , bold, glamorous , charming, confident, intelligent, honest, reliable

Negative characteristics: little compromise, dominant, power-hungry, Charming, confident, intelligent, honest, reliable

These signs are best suited to you,
rat, rooster, snake and monkey

Chinese zodiac snake

Chinese zodiac sign: the snake

All born under the sign of the snake are those who were born in the following periods:

  • 1917 (January 23, 1917 – February 10, 1918)
  • 1929 (February 10, 1929 – January 29, 1930)
  • 1941 (January 27, 1941 – February 14, 1942)
  • 1953 (02/14/1953 – 02/02/1954)
  • 1965 (02/13/1965 – 01/20/1966)
  • 1977 (02/18/1977 – 02/06/1978)
  • 1989 (February 6, 1989 – January 26, 1990)
  • 2001 (01/24/2001 – 02/11/2002)

Character of the chinese zodiac sign Snake

Snakes are astute and clever creatures. They are mostly guided by their intuition. Anyone who has her as a friend has an objective advisor and loyal ally at his side. What one should, however, avoid as much as possible: stressing the snake or restricting it in its freedom.

Positive characteristics:
charismatic, wise, ambitious, intuitive, mysterious, empathic

Negative characteristics:
suspicious, cool, jealous, vain, manipulative

These signs are best suited to you,
ox, dragon, horse, monkey, snake

Chinese zodiac horse

Chinese zodiac sign: the horse

All born under the sign of the horse are those who were born in the following periods:

  • 1918 (February 11, 1918 – January 31, 1919)
  • 1930 (January 30, 1930 – February 16, 1931)
  • 1942 (February 15, 1942 – February 4, 1943)
  • 1954 (February 3, 1954 – January 23, 1955)
  • 1966 (January 21, 1966 – February 8, 1967)
  • 1978 (February 7, 1978 – January 27, 1979)
  • 1990 (January 27, 1990 – February 14, 1991)
  • 2002 (02/12/2002 – 01/31/2003)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Horse

Anyone born under the sign of the horse is characterized by charm, quick-wittedness and humor. That is why horses are usually very popular. At the same time, however, they always remain a little loner.

Positive characteristics:
optimistic, adventurous, freedom-loving, open, outgoing, articulate, creative, enthusiastic, intelligent, independent

Negative characteristics:
impatient, always on the go

These signs suit you best: snake, horse, dog, rooster

Goat chinese zodiac sign

Chinese zodiac sign: the goat

All born under the sign of the goat are those who were born during the following periods:

  • 1919 (02/01/1919 – 01/19/1920)
  • 1931 (02/17/1931 – 02/05/1932)
  • 1943 (February 5, 1943 – January 24, 1944)
  • 1955 (January 24, 1955 – February 11, 1956)
  • 1967 (February 9, 1967 – January 29, 1968)
  • 1979 (January 28, 1979 – February 15, 1980)
  • 1991 (02/15/1991 – 02/03/1992)
  • 2003 (02/01/2003 – 01/21/2004)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Goat

The Chinese zodiac sign goat (which is also often represented as sheep) is known for warmth and gentleness. The goat also loves to surround itself with beautiful things and to go through life relaxed and chilled.

Positive qualities:
warm-hearted, smart, caring, calm, empathetic, gullible, generous

Negative qualities:
slightly depressed, messy, sensitive, insecure, wasteful

These signs are best suited to you,
pig, rabbit, dragon, dog, goat

Chinese zodiac monkey

Chinese zodiac sign: the monkey

All born under the sign of the monkey are those who were born during the following periods:

  • 1920 (02/20/1920 – 02/07/1921)
  • 1932 (February 6, 1932 – January 25, 1933)
  • 1944 (January 25, 1944 – February 12, 1945)
  • 1956 (February 12, 1956 – January 30, 1957)
  • 1968 (January 30, 1968 – February 16, 1969)
  • 1980 (February 16, 1980 – February 4, 1981)
  • 1992 (02/04/1992 – 01/22/1993)
  • 2004 (01/22/2004 – 02/08/2005)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Monkey

Monkeys are spirited, inquisitive, and smart. So they like to keep their environment in check. The mixture of enthusiasm and temperament usually has a very attractive and rousing effect on other zodiac signs.

Positive characteristics:
humorous, humorous, honest, direct, confident, loyal, fun, ambitious, intelligent, gifted organizationally, hospitable Negative characteristics: jealous, cocky, talkative, tends to liehumorous, imaginative, honest, direct, confident, loyal, entertaining, ambitious, intelligent, organizational talent, hospitable

These signs are best suited to you,
rat, snake, monkey, rooster

Chinese zodiac Rooster

Chinese zodiac sign: the rooster

All born under the sign of the Rooster are those who were born in the following periods:

  • 1921 (February 8, 1921 – January 27, 1922)
  • 1933 (January 26, 1933 – February 13, 1934)
  • 1945 (02/13/1945 – 02/01/1946)
  • 1957 (January 31, 1957 – February 17, 1958)
  • 1969 (02/17/1969 – 02/05/1970)
  • 1981 (February 5, 1981 – January 24, 1982)
  • 1993 (January 23, 1993 – February 9, 1994)
  • 2005 (02/09/2005 – 01/28/2006)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Rooster

Those born in the zodiac sign Rooster are real doers. They are extroverted, radiant personalities. With their charm, they know how to quickly wrap their surroundings.

Positive characteristics:
extroverted, engaging, attractive, proud, sociable, conservative, security-loving, affectionate, hardworking, honest, direct, confident

Negative characteristics:
often little diplomatically to critical, relentlessly

These signs are best suited to you:
Hahn, ox, tiger, horse, monkey

Chinese zodiac dog

Chinese zodiac sign: the dog

All born under the sign of the dog are those who were born in the following periods:

  • 1922 (January 28, 1922 – February 15, 1923)
  • 1934 (02/14/1934 – 02/03/1935)
  • 1946 (02/02/1946 – 21/01/1947)
  • 1958 (02/18/1958 – 02/07/1959)
  • 1970 (February 6, 1970 – January 26, 1971)
  • 1982 (January 25, 1982 – February 12, 1983)
  • 1994 (02/10/1994 – 01/30/1995)
  • 2006 (01/29/2006 – 02/17/2007)

Character of the chinese zodiac sign dog

The zodiac sign dog is characterized by its amiable, loyal and fair manner. No wonder they are extremely popular and actually never offend anywhere. Anyone who has a dog as a friend can truly consider themselves lucky.

Positive characteristics:
loyal, sincere, loyal, justice-loving, trusting, confident, popular, intelligent, sincere, serene, gracious

Negative characteristics:
too trusting

These signs suit you best:
tiger, snake, goat (the dog gets along well with almost all zodiac signs.)

Chinese zodiac pig

Chinese zodiac sign: the pig

All born under the sign of the pig are those born during the following periods:

  • 1923 (February 16, 1923 – February 4, 1924)
  • 1935 (February 4, 1935 – January 23, 1936)
  • 1947 (January 22, 1947 – February 9, 1948)
  • 1959 (February 8, 1959 – January 27, 1960)
  • 1971 (January 27, 1971 – February 14, 1972)
  • 1983 (02/13/1983 – 02/01/1984)
  • 1995 (January 31, 1995 – February 18, 1996)
  • 2007 (02/18/2007 – 02/06/2008)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Pig

Pigs are a very respected zodiac sign. They are always very courteous and empathetic. Honesty is very important to them. They don’t like injustice and lies at all. And: Their zest for action makes them extremely exciting partners.

Positive qualities:
generous, helpful, open, honest, optimistic, loyal, intelligent, ambitious, careful.

Negative qualities:
perfectionistic, materialistic, naive

These signs suit you best:
tiger, rabbit, goat, rat, ox

Chinese zodiac rat

Chinese zodiac sign: the rat

All born under the sign of the rat are those who were born during the following periods:

  • 1912 (02/18/1912 – 02/05/1913)
  • 1924 (February 5, 1924 – January 24, 1925)
  • 1936 (January 24, 1936 – February 10, 1937)
  • 1948 (02/10/1948 – 01/28/1949)
  • 1960 (January 28, 1960 – February 14, 1961)
  • 1972 (February 15, 1972 – February 2, 1973)
  • 1984 (02/02/1984 – 19/02/1985)
  • 1996 (02/19/1996 – 02/06/1997)
  • 2008 (02/07/2008 – 01/25/2009)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Rat

The zodiac sign Rat stands above all for wisdom. She is smart, curious and never acts rashly. So she is considered a perfect leader. At the same time she has a very amiable nature.

Positive qualities:
smart, creative, sociable, hard-working, humorous, diplomatic, ambitious, success-oriented, passionate, in need of harmony.

Negative qualities:
vengeful, proud, picky

These characters suit you best:
dragon, monkey, rat, dog

Chinese zodiac sign ox (also buffalo, beef or cow)

Chinese zodiac signs: the ox (also buffalo, beef or cow)

All born under the sign of the ox are those born during the following periods:

  • 1913 (February 6, 1913 – January 25, 1914)
  • 1925 (January 25, 1925 – February 12, 1926)
  • 1937 (02/11/1937 – 01/30/1938)
  • 1949 (January 29, 1949 – February 16, 1950)
  • 1961 (February 15, 1961 – February 4, 1962)
  • 1973 (February 3, 1973 – January 22, 1974)
  • 1985 (02/20/1985 – 02/08/1986)
  • 1997 (02/07/1997 – 01/27/1998)
  • 2009 (01/26/2009 – 02/13/2010)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Ox

The ox is honest skin. With him you always know where you are. At the same time, he is hardworking and reliable and has an iron patience.

Positive qualities:
persistent, conscientious, loyal, honest, traditional, reliable, patient, determined, unswerving.

Negative qualities:
not very spontaneous, overly careful

These signs suit you best:
rooster, pig, snake, ox, hare

Chinese zodiac tiger

Chinese zodiac sign: the tiger

All born under the sign of the tiger are those who were born in the following periods:

  • 1914 (01/26/1914 – 02/13/1915)
  • 1926 (02/13/1926 – 01/01/1927)
  • 1938 (January 31, 1938 – February 18, 1939)
  • 1950 (02/17/1950 – 02/05/1951)
  • 1962 (February 5, 1962 – January 24, 1963)
  • 1974 (January 23, 1974 – February 10, 1975)
  • 1986 (February 9, 1986 – January 28, 1987)
  • 1998 (01/28/1998 – 02/15/1999)
  • 2010 (02/14/2010 – 02/02/2011)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Tiger

People born in the zodiac sign Tiger are one thing above all else: brave. That also makes them the perfect leader. They are also very charismatic. The Tiger woman is accordingly emancipated and not easy to conquer.

Positive qualities:
courageous, full of energy, sweeping, fun-loving, passionate, self-confident, strong, independent, active

Negative qualities:
reckless, radical

These signs suit you best:
tiger, dragon, rooster, dog

Chinese zodiac rabbit

Chinese zodiac sign: the rabbit

All born under the sign of the rabbit are those who were born in the following periods:

  • 1915 (02/14/1915 – 02/02/1916)
  • 1927 (02/02/1927 – 22/01/1928)
  • 1939 (02/19/1939 – 02/07/1940)
  • 1951 (February 6, 1951 – January 26, 1952)
  • 1963 (January 25, 1963 – February 12, 1964)
  • 1975 (02/11/1975 – 01/30/1976)
  • 1987 (January 29, 1987 – February 16, 1988)
  • 1999 (02/16/1999 – 02/04/2000)
  • 2011 (02/03/2011 – 01/22/2012)

Character of the Chinese zodiac sign Rabbit

Those born under the Hare zodiac sign are loving, patient, and friendly. Conflicts with other people are anathema to them. At the same time, they are known for their ingenuity.

Positive characteristics:
sensitive, cultivated, harmonious, romantic, diplomatic, skillful, ambitious, astute

Negative characteristics:
often too conformist, conflict-averse

These signs suit you best:
ox, rabbit, goat, pig

Chinese astrology: how does it actually work?

Chinese astrology is based on the foundations of astronomy and religion, as well as the traditional Chinese calendar. The Chinese calendar began as early as 2637 BC. It was then that the legendary Yellow Emperor Huang Di is said to have introduced the traditional Chinese peasant calendar. The Yellow Emperor is considered to be the inventor of Chinese astrology and medicine.

According to Buddhist legend, an animal is assigned to each Chinese year. Chinese astrology has 12 zodiac signs or animals:

  • Rat / mouse,
  • Buffalo / ox,
  • Tiger,
  • Bunny / rabbit / cat,
  • Dragon,
  • Snake,
  • Horse,
  • Goat sheep,
  • Monkey,
  • Rooster,
  • Hun,
  • Pig.


A historical review:

According to old tradition, the Chinese astronomers assigned the 5 main planets to the 5 earthly elements. The following connections apply accordingly:

  • Jupiter / wood,
  • Mars / fire,
  • Saturn / Earth,
  • Venus / metal,
  • Mercury / water.

Our fate is influenced by the heavenly positions of these planets, the heavenly position of the sun and moon (called Yang and Yin) and any comets that may appear at the time of our birth.

The legend behind Chinese astrology:

Numerous stories tell how the animals corresponding to the planets were selected and how their order was determined.

Legend has it that the emperor or the Buddha organized a race between the animals:

the pig managed to convince the emperor to appoint him as a judge in order to assess the relative worth of the different animals. It immediately enraged the tiger and dragon by placing them behind the rat and ox on its ranking list.

To calm the minds, the monkey painted a mark on the tiger’s forehead – which the tiger still wears today – to confirm his title as king of the earthly animals. As for the dragon, the rooster, which then wore horns, offered him its horns as a symbolic crown: the dragon was named king of the aquatic animals.

The hare then challenged the kite to race. When the two opponents had started, the hare ran towards a forest, where the dragon’s new horns caught in the branches. The dragon lost the race and blamed the rooster. This reacted offended and demanded the return of his horns. The dragon replied that he would not give him the horns again until the sun rises in the west. Since then, the rooster begs the sun every morning to rise on this side!

The hare owes its speed in part to the dog who advised it to cut off its once long tail. After the rabbit’s victory, the dog congratulated him and hoped for thanks – which the rabbit, however, refused. The dog got angry, bit the rabbit and was put at the bottom of the animal list as a punishment.

The pig that had originally occupied last place put itself at the top of the list and took it to the emperor for approval. But the Buddha had heard of the pig’s approach and put it back in the last place.

According to another legend, animals were assigned to the year when the Buddha called all animals on earth to instruct them in Buddhist teachings. However, only 12 animals followed this request. The order of their appearance determined the allocation of the years.

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