Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac 2021 & 2022

What year is 2021 in Chinese zodiac? 2021 is a year of the Ox starting from February 12, 2021 to lasting to January 31, 2022, the 2022 Chinese New Year’s Eve. 2022 will be a year of the Tiger.

What is the Chinese Zodiac?

Chinese Zodiac Animals

The Chinese zodiac, also known as Sheng Xiao or Shu Xiang, is a repeating circle of 12 years. Each year is represented by an animal. So there are 12 animal signs in Chinese zodiac which are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig in order.

Legends and mythology are a big part of Chinese culture, especially in relation to the Chinese Zodiac. The depiction on a circular chart of 12 different animals representing the 12-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar was built on the foundation of astronomy and Chinese astrology which has existed for over 5,000 years.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February.

What is My Chinese Zodiac Sign?

Your birth year determines your Chinese zodiac animal. The table below shows the 12 Chinese zodiac animals with recent years for you to check out your Chinese zodiac animal sign. This works for most people. However, if you are born in early February, you should pay close attention and check the Chinese lunar calendar.

A Chinese zodiac animal sign is not defined by the Chinese New Year, but Lichun. Lichun, meaning the start of spring, is the first of the 24 solar terms of traditional Chinese calendar, which usually falls on February 3, 4 or 5. For example, if your child was born on January 31, 2021, his/her year animal is Rat, not Ox.

If you are still confused on what zodiac sign you are in Chinese zodiac, simply leave us a comment with your birthday information, and we will get back to you with your year animal promptly.

Chinese Zodiac Animal
Recent Years
Rat
1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
Ox
1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033
Tiger
1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034
Rabbit
1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035
Dragon
1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036
Snake
1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037
Horse
1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038
Goat
1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039
Monkey
1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040
Rooster
1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041
Dog
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042
Pig
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility

Chinese zodiac animal compatibilities are derived from Three Harmonies (San He) and Six Harmonies (Liu He) of Chinese astrology. Both Three Harmonies and Six Harmonies are good, but in general Three Harmonies is better than Six Harmonies.

Three Harmonies (San He)

There are four trines of three Chinese zodiac animals each that get along the best.

  • The First Compatibility Trine: Rat, Dragon, Monkey
  • The Second Compatibility Trine: Ox, Snake, Rooster
  • The Third Compatibility Trine: Tiger, Horse, Dog
  • The Fourth Compatibility Trine: Rabbit, Sheep, Pig
  • Six Harmonies (Liu He)

    Six Harmonies of Chinese astrology means six groups of two zodiac signs that help each other secretly. The six compatible groups are: Rat and Ox, Rabbit and Dog, Tiger and Pig, Dragon and Rooster, Snake and Monkey, Horse and Sheep.

    Here below is the easiest way to find your compatible Chinese zodiac animals for love, friendship and child parent relationship.

    Chinese Zodiac Animal
    Best Compatibility
    Second Best Compatibility
    Rat
    Dragon, Monkey
    Ox
    Ox
    Snake, Rooster
    Rat
    Tiger
    Horse, Dog
    Pig
    Rabbit
    Goat, Pig
    Dog
    Dragon
    Rat, Monkey
    Rooster
    Snake
    Ox, Rooster
    Monkey
    Horse
    Tiger, Dog
    Goat
    Goat
    Rabbit, Pig
    Horse
    Monkey
    Rat, Dragon
    Snake
    Rooster
    Ox, Snake
    Dragon
    Dog
    Tiger, Horse
    Rabbit
    Pig
    Rabbit, Goat
    Tiger

    Chinese Zodiac Signs and Elements

    In Chinese astrology and Feng Shui, the world is composed of Five Elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. Each of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals belongs to one of the five elements:

    Five Elements
    Chinese Zodiac Animal
    Metal
    Monkey, Rooster
    Wood
    Tiger, Rabbit
    Water
    Rat, Pig
    Fire
    Snake, Horse
    Earth
    Ox, Dragon, Goat, Dog

    12 Zodiac Animal Signs Personalities

    These 12 animals listed below represent the rotating 12-year cycle forming the basis of the Chinese Zodiac. And we also list the characteristics of those born in the year of the listed animals.

    Rat

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Rat

    Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rat are quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a nice friend and are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. They, motivated by money, can be greedy, are very curious, seek knowledge and welcome challenges.

    Ox

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Ox

    Persons born in the Year of the Ox are diligent, patient and rather silent. They are reliable as friends. But they are easy to irritate and tend to be stubborn and obstinate, and may feel lonely and insecure.

    Tiger

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Tiger

    Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger are sensitive, emotional and thoughtful but may also intend to be impatient. Others pay them respect but they sometimes get into conflicts of authority with elder people. They also have the guts to take risks and are very success- oriented. They have strong leadership qualities, and are ready to pounce any time.

    Rabbit

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Rabbit

    Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They're popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home.

    Dragon

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Dragon

    A powerful sign, those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, egotistic and lucky at love. They're natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what's necessary to remain on top.

    Snake

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Snake

    People born in the Year of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, and good with money. They rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent.

    Horse

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Horse

    Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse love to roam free. They're energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. They're great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter.

    Goat

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Goat

    Persons born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Goat enjoy being alone in their thoughts. They're creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure, and can be anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance. Appearance is important too.

    Monkey

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Monkey

    Those born in the year of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They're energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They're heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak.

    Rooster

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Rooster

    People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative.

    Dog

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Dog

    Dogs are loyal, faithful, honest, distrustful, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. They excel in business but have trouble finding mates.

    Pig

    Chinese Zodiac Sign Pig

    Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Pig are extremely nice, good-mannered and tasteful. They're perfectionists who enjoy finer things but are not perceived as snobs. They enjoy helping others and are good companions until someone close crosses them, then look out! They're intelligent, always seeking more knowledge, and exclusive.

    Legend

    According to Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a competition: whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.

    All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped into its ear. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped out of the ox's ear, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second and the pig last.

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