Twelve Chinese Zodiac

This coming Chinese New Year is the year of the Rat. The year marked the first new round for the next 12 years. I am always fascinated by the Chinese Astrology.

Begin End Heaven Element Combination Element Sign
1960 Feb 4 1961 Feb 3  Metal earth  Rat
1961 Feb 4 1962 Feb 3  Metal 辛 earth  Ox
1962 Feb 4 1963 Feb 3  Water Gold  Tiger
1963 Feb 4 1964 Feb 3  Water Gold  Rabbit
1964 Feb 4 1965 Feb 3  Wood fire  Dragon
1965 Feb 4 1966 Feb 3  Wood fire  Snake
1966 Feb 4 1967 Feb 3  Fire water  Horse
1967 Feb 4 1968 Feb 3  Fire water  Sheep
1968 Feb 4 1969 Feb 3  Earth earth  Monkey
1969 Feb 4 1970 Feb 3  Earth earth  Rooster
1970 Feb 4 1971 Feb 3  Metal Gold  Dog
1971 Feb 4 1972 Feb 3  Metal Gold  Pig
1972 Feb 4 1973 Feb 3  Water wood  Rat
1973 Feb 4 1974 Feb 3  Water wood  Ox
1974 Feb 4 1975 Feb 3  Wood water  Tiger
1975 Feb 4 1976 Feb 3  Wood water  Rabbit
1976 Feb 4 1977 Feb 3  Fire earth  Dragon
1977 Feb 4 1978 Feb 3  Fire earth  Snake
1978 Feb 4 1979 Feb 3  Earth fire  Horse
1979 Feb 4 1980 Feb 3  Earth fire  Sheep
1980 Feb 4 1981 Feb 3  Metal wood  Monkey
1981 Feb 4 1982 Feb 3  Metal wood  Rooster
1982 Feb 4 1983 Feb 3  Water water  Dog
1983 Feb 4 1984 Feb 3  Water water  Pig
1984 Feb 4 1985 Feb 3  Wood Gold  Rat
1985 Feb 4 1986 Feb 3  Wood Gold  Ox
1986 Feb 4 1987 Feb 3  Fire fire  Tiger
1987 Feb 4 1988 Feb 3  Fire fire  Rabbit
1988 Feb 4 1989 Feb 3  Earth wood  Dragon
1989 Feb 4 1990 Feb 3  Earth wood  Snake
1990 Feb 4 1991 Feb 3  Metal earth  Horse
1991 Feb 4 1992 Feb 3  Metal earth  Sheep
1992 Feb 4 1993 Feb 3  Water Gold  Monkey
1993 Feb 4 1994 Feb 3  Water Gold  Rooster
1994 Feb 4 1995 Feb 3  Wood fire  Dog
1995 Feb 4 1996 Feb 3  Wood fire  Pig
1996 Feb 4 1997 Feb 3  Fire water  Rat
1997 Feb 4 1998 Feb 3  Fire water  Ox
1998 Feb 4 1999 Feb 3  Earth earth  Tiger
1999 Feb 4 2000 Feb 3  Earth earth  Rabbit
2000 Feb 4 2001 Feb 3  Metal Gold  Dragon
2001 Feb 4 2002 Feb 3  Metal Gold  Snake
2002 Feb 4 2003 Feb 3  Water wood  Horse
2003 Feb 4 2004 Feb 3  Water wood  Sheep
2004 Feb 4 2005 Feb 3  Wood water  Monkey
2005 Feb 4 2006 Feb 3  Wood water  Rooster
2006 Feb 4 2007 Feb 3  Fire earth  Dog
2007 Feb 4 2008 Feb 3  Fire earth  Pig
2008 Feb 4 2009 Feb 3  Earth fire  Rat
2009 Feb 4 2010 Feb 3  Earth fire  Ox
2010 Feb 4 2011 Feb 3  Metal wood  Tiger

In Chinese astrology the zodiac of twelve animal signs that represents twelve different types of personality. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, and there are many stories about the Origins of the Chinese Zodiac.

  1. Rat (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): Forthright, disciplined, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, shrewd. Can be manipulative, cruel, dictatorial, rigid, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.
  2. Ox (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water): Dependable, calm, methodical, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.
  3. Tiger (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish.
  4. Rabbit (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Gracious, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, lazy.
  5. Dragon (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, direct, eager, zealous, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, generous, loyal. Can be arrogant, tyrannical, demanding, eccentric, dogmatic, over-bearing, impetuous, brash.
  6. Snake (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious.
  7. Horse (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn, lack stability and perseverance.
  8. Sheep (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer.
  9. Monkey (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, cunning, jealous, suspicious.
  10. Rooster (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated.
  11. Dog (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amiable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, dogged. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.
  12. Boar (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water): Honest, simple, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naive, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.

Exerpt from various resources on the www

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2 Responses to “Twelve Chinese Zodiac”


  1. 2 may January 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I see me! and… yes, I’m very self-indulgent, very lazy… *teehee*


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