Chinese Horoscopes: What’s Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?


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. Find out what your Chinese horoscope says about you.

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 every year).

Calculate Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

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
Sheep: 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

How does the Chinese zodiac work?

The Chinese zodiac, Sheng Xiao, 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. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar, which 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.

The 5 Elements: Wood, Water, Metal, Fire and 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. For example, 2017 was the Year of the Fire Rooster and 2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig.

The individual Chinese zodiac signs are also linked to one of the five 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.

Chinese Zodiac Sign Compatibility

Dragon-Monkey-Rat
Snake-Rooster-Ox
Horse-Dog-Tiger
Sheep-Pig-Rabbit

Chinese Zodiac: Western Horoscope Sign Equivalents

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

2019 astrotwins horoscope guide