A Deeper Look into the 12 Signs of Chinese Astrology

While many astrologers like to use the Greek zodiac to help their clients find the spiritual and astrological guidance that they seek, there is also a lot of power in the Chinese zodiac.


The Chinese zodiac, like the Greek zodiac, features 12 distinct signs, but for the Chinese version, the signs are all represented by real and mythical animals that represent a year not a month. Let’s take a deeper look at the Chinese zodiac.

The Twelve Signs

1. The Sign of The Rat

The first in the Chinese zodiac, the rat’s years are: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020.
People born under the Rat are curious, quick witted, and have strong intuitive skills. When it comes to overall health, those born under the sign of the rat are genuinely healthy and energetic.

2. The Sign of The Ox

The Ox’s years are: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021.
Those under the ox sign are known for their steadfast nature and ability to be dependable in almost any situation. In addition to these characteristics, they have natural proclivity to be patient and quiet, though they can also be bigoted as well and are known for their fierce tempers.

3. The Sign of The Tiger

The Tiger’s years are: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022.
The Tiger is known for its deep-thinking ways and is also one of the more sensitive signs in the Chinese zodiac. Those born under this sign have a thoughtful demeanor, but can also resent authority and can also be quick to anger.

4. The Sign of The Rabbit

The Rabbit’s years are: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, and 2023.
Those who fall under the year of the Rabbit are ambitious and articulate. This is a great sign for a politician as rabbits are typically admired and looked up to. Rabbits are also well known for their wisdom and even temper.

5. The Sign of The Dragon

The Dragon’s years are: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, and 2024.
As one might expect, Dragons are fierce and stubborn, yet are also sensitive, brave and inspirational. Dragon’s are the quickest to embrace action of all of the signs of the Chinese zodiac.

6. The Sign of The Snake

The Snake’s years are: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025.
Those born in the year of the snake are wise and oftentimes observant and quiet. Snakes tend to be very fortunate when it comes to money and often don’t hesitate when it comes to helping others financially.

7. The Sign of The Horse

The Horse’s years are: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026.
If you have a tendency to be popular, skilled with money, and notice things others do not, then you might be born under the sign of the horse. Horses also tend to be impatient and seek entertainment.

8. The Sign of The Goat

The Goat’s years are: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, and 2027.
Also known as the Sheep or Ram, Goats have a tendency to be excellent at the arts. This sign is denoted by a shyness that borders on pessimism. Despite this, goats have a tendency towards passion.

9. The Sign of The Monkey

The Monkey’s years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028.
Flexibility and cleverness are clear signs of those born under the Monkey. While monkeys “go with the flow” – often to excess, they tend to be very successful.

10. The Sign of The Rooster

The Rooster’s years are: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.
Those born under this sign commit to their projects and always take it hard if they fail. This is a deep-thinking sign; in fact, roosters oftentimes are talented and extremely capable.

11. The Sign of The Dog

The Dog’s years are: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030.
Like their animal representation, those born under the dog are loyal and true and have a tendency to exhibit the best traits. They can also keep secrets and are inspirational.

12. The Sign of The Pig

The Pig’s years are: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2031.
Those born under this sign put everything they’ve got into everything they do. Pigs are chivalrous and gallant, and they always push forward with bravado and courage. You don’t have a lot of friends, but those you do last forever.