Chinese Astrology – The Twelve Zodiac Animals


Chinese astrology is based on your birth year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. There are twelve animal signs, similar to the 12 signs of the Western zodiac. Because Chinese astrology is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, if you are born in January or February you should look and see where your birthday falls based on the Chinese New Year as it changes date between January 21st and February 20th. It’s important to understand that in Chinese astrology, your zodiac year is bad luck and will come around every twelve years. According to Chinese belief, you will have back luck for the entire year of your zodiac year. If you want to avoid the bad luck you will want to wear something red given to you by an older relative.

Chinese Astrology and Chinese Zodiac Calendar

The twelve zodiac animals were chosen deliberately and after many revisions. They were chosen because they had special meaning to the ancient Chinese people and they are in a fixed order based on the theory of Yin and Yang. The yin and yang of the animals is based on how many claws, toes, or hooves they happen to have with odd numbers of toes representing yang and even numbers representing yin. You will probably notice that each of the sayings paired with the animals match one another, this is the idea of the yin and yang of each animal. In Chinese astrology they also divide the day up into twelve equal segments over which a different animal rules. Your birth hour animal is just as important as your zodiac year animal.

The Twelve Zodiac Animals in Chinese Astrology

Animal: Rat
Years: 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Time of Day: 11pm – 1am
Toes: 4 in front but 5 in back
Yin or Yang: Yin and Yang
Attribute: Wisdom
Saying: “Wisdom without industriousness leads to triviality.”

Animal: Ox
Years: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Time of Day: 1am – 3am
Toes: 4
Yin or Yang: Yin
Attribute: Industriousness
Saying: “Industriousness without wisdom leads to futility.”

Animal: Tiger
Years: 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Time of Day: 3am – 5am
Toes: 5
Yin or Yang: Yang
Attribute: Valor
Saying: “Valor without caution leads to recklessness.”

Animal: Rabbit
Years: 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Time of Day: 5am – 7am
Toes: 4
Yin or Yang: Yin
Attribute: Caution
Saying: “Caution without valor leads to cowardice.”

Animal: Dragon
Years: 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Time of Day: 7am – 9am
Toes: 5
Yin or Yang: Yang
Attribute: Strength
Saying: “Strength without flexibility leads to fracture.”

Animal: Snake
Years: 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Time of Day: 9am – 11am
Toes: 0
Yin or Yang: Yin
Attribute: Flexibility
Saying: “Flexibility without strength leads to compromise.”

Animal: Horse
Years: 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Time of Day: 11am – 1pm
Toes: 1
Yin or Yang: Yang
Attribute: Forging Ahead
Saying: “Forging ahead without unity leads to abandonment.”

Animal: Goat
Years: 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Time of Day: 1pm – 3pm
Toes: 4
Yin or Yang: Yin
Attribute: Unity
Saying: “Unity without forging ahead leads to stagnation”

Animal: Monkey
Years: 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Time of Day: 3pm – 5pm
Toes: 5
Yin or Yang: Yang
Attribute: Changeability
Saying: “Changeability without being constant leads to foolishness.”

Animal: Rooster
Years: 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Time of Day: 5pm – 7pm
Toes: 4
Yin or Yang: Yin
Attribute: Being Constant
Saying: “Being constant without changeability leads to woodenness.”

Animal: Dog
Years: 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Time of Day: 7pm – 9pm
Toes: 5
Yin or Yang: Yang
Attribute: Fidelity
Saying: “Fidelity without amiability leads to rejection.”

Animal: Pig
Years: 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Time of Day: 9pm – 11pm
Toes: 4
Yin or Yang: Yin
Attribute: Amiability
Saying: “Amiability without fidelity leads to immorality.”

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