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
What is my Chinese zodiac animal?
Locate your birth year below to discover your Chinese zodiac sign and read your Chinese horoscope.
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 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): Rat, Pig
Metal (Venus): Monkey, Rooster
Fire (Mars): Horse, Snake
Earth (Saturn): Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep
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?