A little introduction to the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac and their personalities.
Chinese astrology is a great addition to your learning around yourself, your personality and what drives you. I find that Chinese astrology is very accurate when it comes to the definition of the zodiac signs. Here's a brief introduction to each of the 12 zodiac signs, including the years in which they fall...
Years of the Rat: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
Rats are hardworking, thrifty and alert individuals. They have the uncanny ability to suss out the pros and cons of any situation with a realistic view, and won’t make any decision before they have looked at all the possible pitfalls. Rats are tight with their money and have a habit of saving relentlessly for a rainy day, often forgetting to enjoy their hard-earnt cash. With this in mind, they are the perfect example of their archetype: appearing to be scruffy and poor, when in reality they have a bank load of money or goods hidden away. The Rat’s intelligence is unmatched by any other sign. They combine level-headed thinking with foresight and intuition to get ahead of everyone else, which is the reason why they are the first sign of the Chinese zodiac. Rat natives will seize an opportunity, unlike other signs who may sit back, wait for too long and miss an opportunity. Rats are always on edge and full of nervous energy. They are charming and sociable people who enjoy being in amongst a large crowd. They like networking with different groups of people and learning what they can from an open group. They also feel safer when they are near others. Rats are adaptable and extremely loyal in relationships. They will give their children anything they desire to ensure their family’s ongoing happiness.
Years of the Ox: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
The Ox is a patient and calm being, who simply goes about its business and rarely kicks up a fuss. When they do snap, it can take a long time to calm an Oxen’s temper. Long fuse, big bang is the Ox in a nutshell. The Ox is a traditionalist who finds it hard to stray from their beliefs and path. If you’re trying to sell your idea to an Ox you may as well give up before you even begin as they can’t be swayed no matter how hard you try. An Ox is not only physically strong but also mentally and emotionally strong. They have an endurance that is unmatched by any of the other zodiac signs. This endurance provides them with a very grounded nature and one whereby they can stick to a task, regardless of how long it takes to complete that task. Oxen natives like to provide for their family. They will always be the glue that binds a family together, and they are masters at creating a stable family life where everyone prospers and grows. The Ox is generally well respected and liked in their community, as their dedication to service and their natural abilities become the backbone of any group. They don’t possess a lazy bone in their body and will take on jobs and roles that others won’t volunteer to take on. Those born under the sign of the Ox need to have regular contact with nature to keep their energy levels high. Oxen tend excessive eating and drinking and will put on weight easily if they overindulge.
Years of the Tiger: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Tigers are a force to be reckoned with. They possess overwhelming power and passion and are relentless when it comes to achieving their goals. They are not creatures who will start something and then leave it unfinished. They always follow through with anything they begin. Tigers are extremely brave and are people who require action and adventure. People who are born in the year of the Tiger will find thrill-seeking rides and adventures that are downright dangerous, exciting and exhilarating. Natives of the Tiger sign tend to achieve a lot more than other people during their lifetimes. Their impulsive nature helps them take on anything new, so they naturally find themselves with more opportunities than those who are more cautious. This impulsive nature does mean that Tiger natives are also the sign which experiences the most disappointments during their lifetimes though.
Tiger’s love to help other people achieve their goals and go for their dreams. Although, they do tend to push others to the point whereby it feels like bullying. They only do so because they can’t understand when others stay dormant and don’t act. Tigers are extremely generous and affectionate people who have no problems expressing their feelings. They will shower lovers and family members with attention and loving words. Tigers are above all else proud creatures who love showing the world how amazing they really are.
Years of the Rabbit: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
The Rabbit is highly admired in the Chinese zodiac as they are said to bring peace and happiness into one’s life. Rabbits are graceful, kind, refined and pleasant people who have a gentle demeanour. People often mistake Rabbit natives for being too gentle or weak. The Rabbit’s power lies in the fact that they are actually extremely confident and strong characters, they just choose not to show it directly. The Rabbit’s true confidence only comes out when they need it the most. Rabbits are intelligent beings who have good reasoning skills and a well-developed eye for detail. They are particularly good at playing the diplomat and intermediary as they can see all angles in a situation and have an understanding of both sides of the story. A Rabbit’s downfall is their intolerance of anyone who is their opposite. They will discard people easily if they are deemed to be negative nellies or if they have a challenging temperament. Rabbits have no time for confrontation or drama. Rabbits revel in comfort. Their home is their castle and the place which brings them the most joy. They are creatures of comfort and place more importance on materials than people, as people tend to have let them down in the past. Rabbits are sensitive souls, and the world is possibly too confronting and dangerous for their gentle natures. The Rabbit is a source of good amongst the difficulties of the world.
Years of the Dragon: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
The Dragon is the guardian of wealth and power and is known as the karmic sign of the Chinese zodiac. The year of the Dragon is considered to be the luckiest year in Chinese astrology, and those born in the year of the Dragon naturally have good fortune. This notion of Dragon natives being lucky is due to their innate ability to control destiny. A Dragon native has free will to choose their own life path and can choose to resist fate. Dragon natives are individuals who pursue their dreams early on in life. They will stop at nothing to achieve their goals and are highly ambitious, with an ego to match. They know their worth and how capable they are. Dragons are proud creatures who will accomplish great things during their life. They are also naturally brave and pioneering characters who think very highly of themselves. Dragons are very direct and honest. They generally don’t understand the concept of lying and aren’t ones to beat around the bush when it comes to telling others what they want or what they think about them. This built-in honesty means that Dragons have a very big blind spot: they are unable to recognise manipulative people. This lack of understanding when it comes to lying means that it can lead to them being taken advantage of once they have formed a path of success. They are prone to having other people leech onto them and drain them without them having any idea of what is really going on. This one personality trait can either make or break the Dragon.
Years of the snake: 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
The Snake is the most alluring sign of the Chinese zodiac as they possess wisdom and a mysterious but captivating nature. The most aesthetically beautiful women and men are born under this sign. Snakes can be possessive and demanding in relationships, but once their trust is won, you will have a partner for life. Their possessive nature means that they are naturally jealous and sceptical, and it would be safe to say that they are the sign that is most likely to stalk you after a break-up. Snakes are highly secretive and will only speak out once they have calculated every move. They could be described as the ‘strong, silent type’. It is wise to never cross a Snake as they will hold on to any wrongdoings done to them for a very long time. The Snake is always on guard. They usually appear to be serene and laidback, but they are constantly watching what is going on, laying back in the shade, and calculating the moment that they can strike. This pertains to all areas of their life including relationships, business and especially money. The Snake is often known as the Little Dragon or the Dragon’s younger cousin. Both are mystical, karmic signs that are extremely powerful and do well in life. The Snake is the most transformational sign of the Chinese zodiac. They are resilient and know the true meaning of ‘I either win, or I learn’.
Years of the Horse: 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
The Horse has an unpredictable personality but one that has high-energy. This allows them to travel and see the world at utmost speed. Horses are always on the go and tend to be forgetful and inconsiderate since they don’t have time to wait around for others to catch up to them. People who are born in the year of the Horse are naturally athletic and tend to excel in their chosen sport. They also exude a raw animalistic sex appeal, and this tends to attract partners who are dependent on another person’s strength, and who don’t concern themselves with picking a mate based on good looks. Horses would suit a partnership in which they are put on a pedestal to be worshipped and then allowed to run free whenever they get tired of the praise. Horses are in love with romance, but they do tend to live their lives running from one short relationship to the next. Horses are usually open-minded and flexible in their opinions. They respect the opinions of others and won’t get their tails in a twist when someone else gets upset over their outlook on life. Horses are quite fickle and unreliable, but if you ever find yourself under attack, they will be the first to stand up for you and champion your cause. They are quick-witted individuals who bring knowledge of true independence and freedom to any conversation.
Years of the Sheep: 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
The Sheep is the Chinese zodiac’s child. They are individuals who never completely grow up and who need someone special throughout their lives so that they can be watched over and looked after. Sheep have natural good fortune in their lives, although they quite often tend to take their good luck for granted. They treat adulthood like childhood: never taking responsibility and expecting others to do the work for them. This can make them terrible spenders as they squander money away on gadgets and gizmos to appease their childlike curiosity. Sheep are very gentle and compassionate creatures. They are prone to shyness but have a sympathetic and compassionate heart underneath their quiet exterior. These people are some of the most even-tempered individuals in the zodiac but can be pessimistic if their childhood dream world is shattered. Being governed by the number 8, the number of good fortune for Chinese, sheep are destined to live lives in which prosperity and home comforts are abundant. They will also never be short of people who are there to help them. Sheep have an uncanny ability to get what they desire without putting up too much of a fight or forcing matters to play out how they want. People will usually fall over themselves to help out a Sheep in need.
Years of the Monkey: 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
The Monkey is the cheekiest sign of the Chinese zodiac, but they are such fun people to be around as this cheekiness brings amusement and laughter to others. They have trickster qualities spurred on by their extremely high intelligence. Monkeys have warm, humorous natures which attract people to them in droves, and their wit and conversation are never dull. They tend to talk quite fast as their brain is usually running at high speed, so their mouths are trying to keep up at all times. If you need advice on any situation, it’d be best to ask a Monkey native as their advice is always accurate and informative. Monkeys are motivated and inventive individuals who like to tinker with gadgets and immerse themselves in problem-solving. A Monkey absorbs information easier than a sponge and can process and put that information to good use when needed. Monkeys are astute; therefore, it is wise to never lie to a Monkey as they will pick up on a lie straight away. Not that they will use this against you, but you may find yourself red-faced when they catch you out. Monkeys are prone to becoming extremely vain and selfish if they are given no consequences for their actions. If left to develop a personality in this manner they will go on as adults to choose people and relationships who only compliment them further, often forgetting that beauty isn’t just superficial, but that it also runs deep within one’s personality. A well-balanced Monkey who has experienced some challenges during their life will lead a fun and happy adult life.
Years of the Rooster: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
The Rooster has a dual personality and tends to be quite eccentric and magnetic while also being conservative and traditional. Because Roosters keep their cards close to their chest, they are the most misunderstood sign of the Chinese zodiac. Roosters are extroverted and vain out in public while being introverted and withdrawn at home. They will appear brave, dashingly handsome or beautiful, colourful and self-assured, but once they get back into the safety of their home they quieten down and spend a lot of time reflecting on their lives. Roosters are sticklers for cleanliness and will preen themselves for hours, all the while not caring if their partner does so or not. They won’t ever tolerate uncleanliness though. A Rooster will create a home that is organised, tidy and looks aesthetically pleasing. Roosters enjoy a good debate and are direct in their approach, while also being highly critical. They are flamboyant in their speech and writing, and even though they strut about looking very self-assured, they are prone to flattery which, for them, only confirms their pride. If you get on the wrong side of a Rooster you can easily weasel your way out of it by telling them how wonderful they are. The Rooster places huge value on money and material possessions. They make very good accountants and will collect every time on any money owed to them.
Years of the Dog: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Dogs are the most loyal of all the Chinese zodiac signs. They are so loyal that it can be to their detriment though. Once you have shown love or loyalty to a Dog native, they will be yours forever and will go against their better judgement to stand by you at all times. Dog natives are extremely warm, friendly and honest people. They often put others first, forgetting their own needs and wants, and will feel a sense of duty in helping other people. They don’t have a malicious bone in their body and they know how to get along well with others. Dogs do tend to suffer from short spells of anger or emotional meltdowns. These are usually short-lived but will show how much pressure the Dog can be under at the time. They can become pessimistic and paranoid if their expectations of loyalty aren’t met by others, but this usually forms after many years of disappointments.
The Dog is the champion of their closest but can be gossipy and critical of others who they don’t consider to be amongst their inner circle. They tend to fight their battles out in the open and won’t shy away from people who are threatening their friends, family, home life and general stability. Dogs are very intuitive. They can pick a bad egg from a good egg and can read people instantly upon meeting them.
Years of the Boar: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Boars are simplistic creatures who have an honest and considerate nature. They seek peace and harmony, just like the Rabbit and Sheep, and aim to live easy-going lives. The Boar enjoys pleasure in all forms and they have an enormous appetite for the finer things in life. Whether it be food, fine clothing or general pampering, they will devour anything which is offered to them and with great appreciation too. The Boar is trustworthy and generous, although they are often taken advantage of due to their innocence. They will lavish their friends and family with gifts and attention, and find comfort in their closest being comfortable. The Boar rarely makes a scene, but if provoked their temper will flare instantly and then mellow just as quickly as it appeared. In relationships, they are kind, caring individuals who will keep the peace by being attentive and loving towards their partner. A Boar will buy flowers on the odd occasion and listen to your feelings when needed, as they approach relationships in an old-fashioned and traditional manner. Boar natives are simple creatures who possess no ulterior motives or ill-will towards anyone else. They don’t hold grudges and will never plan to intentionally hurt anyone. If you give anything to a Boar, they will pay it back three-fold. This not only goes for material gifts but also gifts of love and affection. They are the best people to share a problem with as they have a natural ability to pick you up when you are down.