Chinese Astrology

Introduction to Chinese Astrology

The Lunar calendar has a sixty year cycle. In the Chinese horoscope, the five basic elements of Metal , Water , Wood , Fire and Earth, which make up all matter, are combined with the twelve animal signs of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig to form the sixty year cycle.

The naming of the twelve years in the Chinese Lunar cycle stems from the myth of Buddha. Before leaving this world, Buddha invited all the animals of the world to a feast. Only twelve animals arrived, in the following order -- The rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig. Thus, Buddha decided to name a year after each of them, in the order of their arrival. Each year in this twelve-year cycle now had a symbolic animal, whose characteristics were said to influence the world events, personality and fate of everything and everyone born in that year.

The Chinese calender differs from the Western calendar. The Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year. The beginning of a Chinese new year changes every year, on dates ranging between late January and late February. If you were born early in the year, you may be interested in looking at the description of the animal of the year before.

To discover what your animal is, look below and click on the symbols to learn more about them...

        1. 2014 is the year of Horse from 31 Jan to 18 Feb 2015
        2. 2013 is the year of Snake.
        3. 2010 is the year of the Tiger.
        4. 2009 is the Year of the Ox.
        5. 2008 is the Year of the Rat, known by its former name of Wu Zi.
        6. 2007 is the Year of the Pig (boar), known by its former name of Ding Hai.
        7. 2006 was the Year of the Dog.
Color Symbols Chinese Symbols Birth Year

Rat
1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972,
1984 & 1996

Ox

1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973,
1985 & 1997


Tiger

1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974,
1986 & 1998


Rabbit

1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975,
1987 & 1999


Dragon

11904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976,
1988 & 2000


Snake

1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977,
1989 & 2001


Horse

1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978,
1990 & 2002


Goat or Ram

1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979,
1991 & 2003


Monkey

1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980,
1992 & 2004


Rooster

1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,
1993 & 2005


Dog

1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982,
1994 & 2006


Pig

1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983,
1995 & 2007


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