Chinese Horoscope: All About Your Chinese Zodiac Sign/the 12 Animals

The year of your birth—and the Chinese zodiac sign that governs it—can tell you a lot about your personality, interests, romantic compatibility and career path. Learn about your Chinese horoscope and animal.

But first, use our calculator below to discover your Chinese zodiac animal if you don’t already know it.

How do I find my Chinese zodiac sign?

All you need to calculate your Chinese zodiac sign is your birthdate! Enter it into our Chinese zodiac sign calculator below and read your Chinese horoscope later in this article.

Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

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What is my Chinese zodiac animal?

Locate your birth year below to discover your Chinese zodiac sign and read your Chinese horoscope.

Rat years: 

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

Ox years:

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

Tiger years:

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

Year of the Rabbit AstroTwinsPin

Rabbit years: 

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

Year of the Dragon AstroTwinsPin

Dragon years: 

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

Year of the Snake AstroTwinsPin

Snake years: 

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

Year of the Horse AstroTwinsPin

Horse years: 

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

Year of the Sheep AstroTwinsPin

Sheep years: 

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

Year of the Monkey AstroTwinsPin

Monkey years: 

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

Year of the Rooster AstroTwinsPin

Rooster years: 

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

Year of the Dog AstroTwinsPin

Dog years: 

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

Year of the Pig AstroTwinsPin

Pig years: 

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

How does Chinese horoscopes work?

About the Chinese zodiac

In addition to your Sun-sign based Western zodiac sign, you can also find out your Chinese horoscope sign. Based on a completely different system (which includes lunar calculations), the Chinese astrological calendar changes annually. The Chinese lunar new year corresponds with the Aquarius new moon, which always falls between January 20 and February 18 (the actual date varies each year).

Your Chinese horoscope is based on the Chinese zodiac, Sheng Xiao, which is based on a 12-year cycle. Every year corresponds to a different animal symbol: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

The Chinese lunar calendar dates back as far as the 21st century B.C. While China follows the Western (solar) calendar for day-to-day activity, the Chinese lunar calendar is still widely used for festivals, horoscopes and choosing auspicious dates. Check out this site for information about Chinese lunar celebrations and ideas to celebrate no matter where you are in the world.

What Chinese zodiac signs go well together?

These Chinese zodiac signs are compatible


What do Chinese zodiac elements mean?

The Chinese elements: Wood, Water, Metal, Fire & Earth

The Chinese zodiac is further divided into five key elements of nature, or Wu Xing: wood, water, metal, fire and earth. Each lunar year is governed by a different element.

Chinese zodiac animals by year

The Year of the Wood Dragon (2024)

The Year of the Water Rabbit (2023)

The Year of the Water Tiger (2022)

The Year of the Metal Ox (2021)

The Year of the Metal Rat (2020)

The Year of the Earth Pig (2019)

The Year of the Earth Dog (2018)

The Year of the Fire Rooster (2017)

The Year of the Fire Monkey (2016)

The Year of the Wood Sheep (2015)

The Year of Wood Horse (2014)

The Year of the Water Snake (2013)

The Year of the Water Dragon (2012)

The Year of the Metal Rabbit (2011)

Which Chinese zodiac signs are linked to elements?

This element most closely expresses the nature of this Chinese animal. Each element is also linked to a planet.

Wood (Jupiter): Tiger, Rabbit
Water (Mercury): RatPig
Metal (Venus): MonkeyRooster
Fire (Mars): HorseSnake
Earth (Saturn): DragonDogOxSheep

The five elements also correspond to:
– specific colors
– hours of the day
– compass directions and bodily organs, which inform everything from Chinese medicine to Feng Shui

The five elements have a symbiotic relationship:
– metal generates water
– water feeds wood
– wood sustains fire
– fire makes earth (ash)
– earth (ash) creates metal

They also have a destructive manifestation:
– fire melts metal
– metal cuts wood
– wood breaks earth
– earth absorbs water
– water puts out fire

What are the Chinese zodiac equivalents of Western signs?

Aries: Dragon
Taurus: Snake
Gemini: Horse
Cancer: Sheep
Leo: Monkey
Virgo: Rooster
Libra: Dog
Scorpio: Pig
Sagittarius: Rat
Capricorn: Ox
Aquarius: Tiger
Pisces: Rabbit

See Another Chinese Horoscope Sign

Chinese zodiac illustrations by The Grande Dame.


The AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.