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Introduction to the 12 Chinese Horoscope Signs

The 12 Chinese ZodiacThe 12 Chinese Horoscope signs are represented by animals. The horoscope relates a particular year for a specific animal and its popular characteristics and the scheme repeats every 12 years. People from Singapore, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as other East Asian countries such as Mongolia, South Korea and many others, study and use the Chinese Horoscope.

The 12 Chinese Horoscope signs have a certain likeness to the Western Horoscope. Both horoscope schemes have time cycles with 12 divisions and both use names of animals to mark a majority of those parts. Both Western and Chinese horoscopes are also used as influences that attribute to a person’s personality and several important events in their life.

However, there are still several major differences between the Western Horoscope and the Chinese Horoscope animal signs. The Western Horoscope is divided into a 12-part cycle by months in a year. The Chinese Horoscope on the other hand is divided into years. The Western Horoscope can also be traced as a representation of constellations while the Chinese Horoscope is associated with calendars and traditional astronomy.

The 12 Chinese Horoscope signs are used to represent twelve different types of personalities based on the animal that is associated for a particular year. Traditionally, the 12-part cycle begins with the animal sign of the Rat based on many folk tales about the horoscope.

The year of the Rat is associated with the element of water. People who are born under this horoscope are tenacious, eloquent and charming. They are also forthright, meticulous, hardworking and sensitive. They can also be manipulative, shrewd, critical, and intolerant. They sometimes set their standards too high and can be over-ambitious.

People born under the year of the Cow are associated with the element of the earth. The ox can be very stubborn and demanding. However, they are also very dependable, patient and methodical among many other fine qualities.


The Tiger
horoscope is associated with qualities such as rebellion, power, passion, impulsiveness and vigor. They are sincere, generous and stimulating but can also be reckless, impatient, obstinate, aggressive, and highly unpredictable at times.

People born under the year of the Rabbit are associated with the element of wood. They can be your good friend because of their being amiable, gracious and soft-spoken. However, they can also be very superficial, self-indulgent, detached and opportunistic.


Dragons
are known to be fiery and vigorous beings and these are some of the qualities that are associated with people born under this sign. They can be magnanimous, self-assured, noble, dignified and decisive. They can also become too demanding, pompous, arrogant and occasionally violent.

Deep thinker and wise men often characterize the Snake horoscope. They can be mystic, soft-spoken, creative and sensual but can also be loners, bad communicators and hedonists. Other qualities attributed to people born under the Snake horoscope include creativity, ambitiousness, elegance and strength among many others.

People born under the year of the Horse are popular and cheerful individuals. They are often the most known people in the group or the most quick-witted and talkative. People born under this sign are also intelligent, down to earth, open-minded as well as fickle, rude, stubborn and arrogant.


The Goat
is the eighth sign of the Chinese horoscope. People born under this sign are mild-mannered, righteous, creative, gentle and sincere. They are known to be good parents with their understanding, generous and mothering qualities. However, they can be very over-passive, over-sensitive, moody and sometimes pessimistic.


The Monkey
horoscope is often associated with people who are excellent inventors, improvisers and motivators. Their flexibility with handling things and their being innovative and self-assured make them good leaders. However, they can be vain, cunning, deceptive and suspicious which can lead to problems in their leadership.


The Rooster
is the 10th sign of the Chinese horoscope. People born under this sign are normally self-assured, critical and decisive. They are also perfectionists, practical, responsible and are known for their ability to keep things organized. They can also be very critical, abrasive and too opinionated for their own good.


The Dog
horoscope is associated with intelligence, honesty, loyalty, attractiveness and idealism. They can be very sensitive and practical but also cynical, pessimistic, quarrelsome and stubborn.


The Pig
is the last sign of the Chinese horoscope. People born under this sign are often honest, sociable, patient, trusting and thoughtful. However, they can be over-reliant, gullible and materialistic.

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Chinese Calendar and the Chinese Horoscope

I have often been asked: “Hey Nicholas, I am born in late January, what is my zodiac (horoscope) ?”, “The Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar, right? “, “I am born after the Chinese Lunar New Year, my zodiac (horoscope) is ……?”, etc

 

Many people (especially those from the western culture) have mistakenly called the Chinese calendar a Lunar Calendar and assume that the Chinese Zodiac (Horoscope) is base on the lunar cycle.

 

The Chinese calendar is not a Lunar calendar, it is a Lunisolar calendar, which means it incorporate elements of a Lunar calendar with those of a Solar calendar.

 

This system is not exclusive to China but followed by many other Asian cultures (notably the Koreans, Japanese (before 1873), Hebrew, Hindu, Babylonian and Vietnamese). It is often called the Chinese calendar because it was first perfected by the Chinese around 500 BC

 

A lunar year is based on cycles of the moon phase. The only widely used purely Lunar calendar is the Islamic calendar or Hijri calendar, whose year always consists of 12 lunar months.

 

A solar year is the period between one Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) and the next Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) bases on the Xia calendar which has been in used for more than 4000 years.

 

The lunar year aspect is exclusively used for dates, whereas the solar year aspect is used to number the months and year using the Sexagenary Cycle (Stem-branch cycle).

 

The Chinese Sexagenary cycle (pinyin: Liu Shi Jia Zi), is also known as the Stems-Branches cycle (pinyin: Gan Zhi), is a cyclic numeral system of 60 combinations of the two basic cycles, the ten Heavenly Stems (pinyin: Tian Gan) and the twelve Earthly Branches (pinyin: Di Zhi, aka the 12 zodiac/horoscope).

 

The Sexagenary system is widely use in Chinese fortune-telling systems like Ba Zhi (4 pilliars), Chinese Zodiac (Chinese Horoscope), Feng Shui, Date Selection (Feng Shui Calendar, Feng Shui Almanac), Chinese Astrology, etc

 

The Sexagenary calendar system is calculated by combining the Ten Heavenly Stems (pinyin: Shi Tian Gan) and the Twelve Earthly Branches (pinyin: Shi Er Di Zhi; aka: the 12 horoscope/zodiac). These two sets of terms were used to count years (months) of the civil calendar. Combining the series form a greater cycle of 60 terms, as the least common multiple of 10 and 12 is 60. The first term is formed by adding the first stem to the first branch, then the second stem to the second branch, and so on. You start with Jia Zi (Wood Rat), and the 61st year would also be Jia Zi (Wood Rat) year again.

 

This counting system use things of nature (the Stems: the five elements) and animals (Branches, aka zodiac) creating many legends and myths, and the people of East Asia (China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, etc) today still analyze the good and bad luck of certain days and years using this system.

 

The 1st day of a new year in the Sexagenary cycle is the Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun) which normally falls on the 4th or 5th of February every year, therefore the beginning of each zodiac year (horoscope year) should correspond to the first day of the Spring Equinox (pinyin: Li Chun), and not the lunar year.


You can check your correct zodiac (horoscope) from the pages below:

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1940-1960

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1960-1980

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1980-2000

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 2000-2020


Notes:

1. I have replace the Chinese text with the Pinyin (Phonic) equal because without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Chinese characters.

 

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Your zodiac if you were born between 2000-2020

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2000 to 2010:

04 Feb 2000, 2040pm to 04 Feb 2001, 0228am = Yang Metal Dragon

04 Feb 2001, 0229am to 04 Feb 2002, 0823am = Yin Metal Snake

04 Feb 2002, 0824am to 04 Feb 2003, 1405pm = Yang Water Horse

04 Feb 2003, 1406pm to 04 Feb 2004, 1955pm = Yin Water Goat

04 Feb 2004, 1956pm to 04 Feb 2005, 0142am = Yang Wood Monkey

04 Feb 2005, 0143am to 04 Feb 2006, 0726am = Yin Wood Rooster

04 Feb 2006, 0727am to 04 Feb 2007, 1317pm = Yang Fire Dog

04 Feb 2007, 1318pm to 04 Feb 2008, 1859pm = Yin Fire Pig

04 Feb 2008, 1900pm to 04 Feb 2009, 0049am = Yang Earth Rat

04 Feb 2009, 0050am to 04 Feb 2010, 0647am = Yin Earth Cow

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2010 to 2020:

04 Feb 2010, 0648am to 04 Feb 2011, 1232pm = Yang Metal Tiger

04 Feb 2011, 1233pm to 04 Feb 2012, 1821pm = Yin Metal Rabbit

04 Feb 2012, 1822pm to 04 Feb 2013, 0012am = Yang Water Dragon

04 Feb 2013, 0013am to 04 Feb 2014, 0602am = Yin Water Snake

04 Feb 2014, 0603am to 04 Feb 2015, 1157am = Yang Wood Horse

04 Feb 2015, 1158am to 04 Feb 2016, 1745pm = Yin Wood Goat

04 Feb 2016, 1746pm to 04 Feb 2017, 2333pm = Yang Fire Monkey

04 Feb 2017, 2334pm to 04 Feb 2018, 0527am = Yin Fire Rooster

04 Feb 2018, 0528am to 04 Feb 2019, 1113am = Yang Earth Dog

04 Feb 2019, 1114am to 04 Feb 2020, 1702pm = Yin Earth Pig

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You can check the correct zodiac (horoscope) of other year from the pages below:

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1940-1960

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1960-1980

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1980-2000

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Your zodiac if you were born between 1980-2000

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1980 to 1990:

05 Feb 1980, 0010am to 04 Feb 1981, 0554am = Yang Metal Monkey

04 Feb 1981, 0555am to 04 Feb 1982, 1144am = Yin Metal Rooster

04 Feb 1982, 1145am to 04 Feb 1983, 1739pm = Yang Water Dog

04 Feb 1983, 1740pm to 04 Feb 1984, 2318pm = Yin Water Pig

04 Feb 1984, 2319pm to 04 Feb 1985, 0511am = Yang Wood Rat

04 Feb 1985, 0512am to 04 Feb 1986, 1107am = Yin Wood Cow

04 Feb 1986, 1108am to 04 Feb 1987, 1651pm = Yang Fire Tiger

04 Feb 1987, 1652pm to 04 Feb 1988, 2242pm = Yin Fire Rabbit

04 Feb 1988, 2243pm to 04 Feb 1989, 0426am = Yang Earth Dragon

04 Feb 1989, 0427am to 04 Feb 1990, 1013am = Yin Earth Snake

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1990 to 2000:

04 Feb 1990, 1014am to 04 Feb 1991, 1607pm = Yang Metal Horse

04 Feb 1991, 1608pm to 04 Feb 1992, 2147pm = Yin Metal Goat

04 Feb 1992, 2148pm to 04 Feb 1993, 0336am = Yang Water Monkey

04 Feb 1993, 0337am to 04 Feb 1994, 0930am = Yin Water Rooster

04 Feb 1994, 0931am to 04 Feb 1995, 1512pm = Yang Wood Dog

04 Feb 1995, 1513pm to 04 Feb 1996, 2107pm = Yin Wood Pig

04 Feb 1996, 2108pm to 04 Feb 1997, 0301am = Yang Fire Rat

04 Feb 1997, 0302am to 04 Feb 1998, 0856am = Yin Fire Cow

04 Feb 1998, 0857am to 04 Feb 1999, 1456pm = Yang Earth Tiger

04 Feb 1999, 1457pm to 04 Feb 2000, 2039pm = Yin Earth Rabbit

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You can check the correct zodiac (horoscope) of other year from the pages below:

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1940-1960

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1960-1980

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 2000-2020

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Your zodiac if you were born between 1960-1980

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1960 to 1970:

05 Feb 1960, 0323am to 04 Feb 1961, 0921am = Yang Metal Rat

04 Feb 1961, 0922am to 04 Feb 1962, 1516pm = Yin Metal Cow

04 Feb 1962, 1517pm to 04 Feb 1963, 2107pm = Yang Water Tiger

04 Feb 1963, 2108pm to 05 Feb 1964, 0304am = Yin Water Rabbit

05 Feb 1964, 0305am to 04 Feb 1965, 0845am = Yang Wood Dragon

04 Feb 1965, 0846am to 04 Feb 1966, 1437pm = Yin Wood Snake

04 Feb 1966, 1438pm to 04 Feb 1967, 2030pm = Yang Fire Horse

04 Feb 1967, 2031pm to 05 Feb 1968, 0206am = Yin Fire Goat

05 Feb 1968, 0207am to 04 Feb 1969, 0758am = Yang Earth Monkey

04 Feb 1969, 0759am to 04 Feb 1970, 1345pm = Yin Earth Rooster

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1970 to 1980:

04 Feb 1970, 1346pm to 04 Feb 1971, 1925pm = Yang Metal Dog

04 Feb 1971, 1926pm to 05 Feb 1972, 0120am = Yin Metal Pig

05 Feb 1972, 0120am to 04 Feb 1973, 0703am = Yang Water Rat

04 Feb 1973, 0704am to 04 Feb 1974, 1259pm = Yin Water Cow

04 Feb 1974, 1300pm to 04 Feb 1975, 1858pm = Yang Wood Tiger

04 Feb 1975, 1859pm to 05 Feb 1976, 0039am = Yin Wood Rabbit

05 Feb 1976, 0040am to 04 Feb 1977, 0632am = Yang Fire Dragon

04 Feb 1977, 0633am to 04 Feb 1978, 1226pm = Yin Fire Snake

04 Feb 1978, 1227pm to 04 Feb 1979, 1811pm = Yang Earth Horse

04 Feb 1979, 1812pm to 05 Feb 1980, 0009am = Yin Earth Goat

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You can check the correct zodiac (horoscope) of other year from the pages below:

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1940-1960

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1980-2000

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 2000-2020

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Your zodiac if you were born between 1940-1960

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1940 to 1950:

05 Feb 1940, 0708am to 04 Feb 1941, 1249pm = Yang Metal Dragon

04 Feb 1941, 1250pm to 04 Feb 1942, 1848pm = Yin Metal Snake

04 Feb 1942, 1849pm to 05 Feb 1943, 0039am = Yang Water Horse

05 Feb 1943, 0040am to 05 Feb 1944, 0622am = Yin Water Goat

05 Feb 1944, 0623am to 04 Feb 1945, 1218pm = Yang Wood Monkey

04 Feb 1945, 1219pm to 04 Feb 1946, 1803pm = Yin Wood Rooster

04 Feb 1946, 1804pm to 04 Feb 1947, 2349pm = Yang Fire Dog

04 Feb 1947, 2350pm to 05 Feb 1948, 0541am = Yin Fire Pig

05 Feb 1948, 0542am to 04 Feb 1949, 1122am = Yang Earth Rat

04 Feb 1949, 1123am to 04 Feb 1950, 1720pm = Yin Earth Cow

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1950 to 1960:

04 Feb 1950, 1721pm to 04 Feb 1951, 2313pm = Yang Metal Tiger

04 Feb 1951, 2314pm to 05 Feb 1952, 0452am = Yin Metal Rabbit

05 Feb 1952, 0453am to 04 Feb 1953, 1045am = Yang Water Dragon

04 Feb 1953, 1046am to 04 Feb 1954, 1630pm = Yin Water Snake

04 Feb 1954, 1631pm to 04 Feb 1955, 2217pm = Yang Wood Horse

04 Feb 1955, 2218pm to 05 Feb 1956, 0411am = Yin Wood Goat

05 Feb 1956, 0412am to 04 Feb 1957, 0954am = Yang Fire Monkey

04 Feb 1957, 0955am to 04 Feb 1958, 1548pm = Yin Fire Rooster

04 Feb 1958, 1549pm to 04 Feb 1959, 2141pm = Yang Earth Dog

04 Feb 1959, 2142pm to 05 Feb 1960, 0322am = Yin Earth Pig

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You can check the correct zodiac (horoscope) of other year from the pages below:

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1960-1980

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 1980-2000

Your Zodiac (Horoscope) if you are born between 2000-2020

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