Calculate your Chinese animal zodiac sign

There are 12 different zodiac signs in the Chinese astrology. Find yours!

猴 By the way, 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster (28th January 2017 - 15th Febuary 2018). The Chinese animal zodiac cycle consists of 60 years and we have now reached the 34rd year of this cycle.  

Chinese animal zodiac sign | Photo: (c) istockphoto / Kameleon007

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The Chinese horoscope

The Chinese horoscope | Photo: © chinatiger -

The Chinese moon horoscope exists for over 5000 years and represents one of the ancient traditions of the world. It deviates from occidental astrology in significant aspects, but it derives in similar manner as well.

Every 60 years appears the same combination

The complete Chinese cycle continues within 60 years. Each single combination is divided into 12 minor cycles and is closed by the engaged periods of 5 times the 12 year limited time period. Each year of the 12 year cycle has a single zodiac animal. Chinese zodiac animals are in order of their appearance: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In accordance with the 12 zodiac signs appear similar types of characters within each decade+2 which represented a dozen years.
Complemented with various elements is achieved further differentiating. Each year has a particular zodiac animal and primordial element, which has significance for human beings in general. The 5 primordial elements are represented by metal, water, wood, fire and earth. Each of them has a positive and negative representation.

Caused by the year of birth a person might be “metal monkey”, wood monkey, water pig or earth pig—to be continued… Only every 60 years such a congruent version is possible.

The ascendant is determined by the hour of birth

Further distinction based on detailed facts about the place and time when birth was given - the precise data and hour of birth is regulated. Humans are shaped by the zodiac signs and their particular elements, both are complemented by the ascendant. Maybe you might be confused by the term, but, however, it is not the description of the star which rises on the eastern horizon at the moment of somebody’s birth… This term expresses something different: Each zodiac sign of the Chinese horoscope rules about 2 hours of each single day. This minor subordinated cycle starts at 11 p.m. to 1h a.m. and is represented by the rat. In case of a midnight birth someone’s ascendant is the rat - and its proper characteristics adopts his personality.

So far: one of the crucial items refers to the non-consideration of the constellation of the solar system. Occidental consideration based on the solar system’s constellation and – in contrary – oriental astrology disregards this topic. On one hand there is the similarity towards the Chinese stem branches and earthly branches calendar – generally knows as lunar calendar.

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