The Chinese animal zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyaoww/ ‘born resembling’), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years.
2018 is the year of the Dog. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal. The next year will be the year of the Pig.
The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
These 12 animal images represent the Chinese zodiac signs. Their most recent five zodiac sign years are shown. Each zodiac animal’s year comes around every 12 years. Click an image to learn more about its zodiac sign.
rat2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960 ox 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961 tiger2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962 rabbit2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963 dragon2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964 snake2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
horse2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966 goat2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967 monkey2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968 rooster2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969 dog2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970 pig2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
What Your Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign Is
Your Chinese Zodiac sign is derived from your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. See the years of each animal above or use the calculator on the right to determine your own sign.
Those born in January and February take care: Chinese (Lunar) New Year moves between 21 January and February 20. If you were born in January or February, check whether your birth date falls before or after Chinese New Year to know what your Chinese zodiac year is.
Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign
Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
The Zodiac is Only One of China’s Fortune Prediction Methods
To make a relatively correct Chinese fortune prediction, people take many methods into consideration, such as face characteristics, palmistry, and more involved Chinese astrology including birth month, day, and hour, gender, etc.
Zodiac fortune prediction by birth year is only one of these methods. So you may only take Chinese zodiac birth sign horoscopes as a general reference.
Chinese Zodiac Love Compatibility — Is He/She Right for You?
People born in a certain animal year are believed to have attributes of that animal, which could either help or hinder a relationship.
An important use of Chinese Zodiac is to determine if two people are compatible, in a romantic relationship or any kind of relationship. In ancient times people were faithful to Chinese Zodiac compatibility and often referred to it before a romantic relationship began. Even nowadays some people still refer to it.
Take our online test on the right and find how suitable you and your partner are. See our Chinese Zodiac Love Compatibility Charts
Chinese Zodiac Love Compatibility Test
Is she/he compatible with you? Take the test and see…
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It’s BAD LUCK When Your Zodiac Year Comes Around!
As the Chinese zodiac recurs every 12 years, your animal year will come around when you are 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, etc.
According to ancient Chinese superstition, in your birth sign year, he will offend the God of Age, and will have bad luck during that year. The best way to avoid bad luck during this year is by wearing something red given by an elder (relative), such as socks, a neck cord, underwear, a waistband, a bracelet, or an anklet.
Read more on How to be Lucky in Your Zodiac Year.