12 Chinese Zodiac Symbols and Traits

The Chinese Zodiac symbols are based on 12 animals and there is a cycle that repeats every twelve years. Every year in the cycle is represented by an animal. This year of the birth of an individual associates it with an animal as per Chinese theory. The following are the twelve zodiac signs in order:

1. 鼠(shu3) Rat

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Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Hours: 11 p.m. To 1 a.m.
Direction : direct north
Month : Winter – December
Element : Metal
By rats, we can always conclude that rats are hard working. We always see them doing one thing or the other but never giving up. They are self-disciplined and this makes them successful in the work they do. They are creative and clever. They are also energetic. Most of them are also the jealous types. They have selfishness and greedy type of nature. Rats need love and security from their partner and if they are given these things, they will be faithful to their partners. The people born in rat year are good at sales jobs, shop keeping, accounting, buying and selling, etc.

2. 牛(niu2) Ox

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Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Hours: 1 a.m. to 3 a.m
Direction: North-Northeast
Month: Winter – January
Element: Water
Ox is considered to be very much calm and conventional. The people who are born in Ox year are mostly gentle, honest and reliable. They have a proper methodical approach to everything. They plan the task and follow them completely. They work with patience and do a lot of hard work. But people in this year can work better if they have peace around them and react in a stubborn manner if disturbed while working. They are sensible and logical and avoid meaningless things. There is one more characteristic about them that they are easy on others but hard on themselves. In a life partner they look for loyal and honestly committed partner.

3. 虎 (hu3) Tiger

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Years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Hours: 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Direction: East-Northeast
Month: Spring – February
Element: Wood
Tigers are, in one word, royal. The people born in Tiger year are very brave; as brave as a tiger. They have a superior nature but are also enthusiastic and determined. As tigers, they are passionate and rebellious which makes them good at everything they do. They have leadership qualities in them in abundance. Some of them are self-obsessed. If it seems to them that they are getting trapped, then they will become aggressive and arrogant. They like to lead and can handle a team easily. They can involve themselves in politics and military which will be very much suitable for them.

4. 兔 (tu4) Rabbit

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Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Hours: 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Directions: Directly East
Month: Spring – March
Element: Wood
With rabbit, we can easily relate the terms sensitive and kind. People of rabbit year are very much generous and friendly in nature. They most of the time prefer easy roads. They are sensitive and soft in nature and at times moody behavior is seen in them. They prefer a loving partner who is also kind hearted. They want their partner to fulfill all their desires. Careers suitable for these people are in literature mostly. They are more into arts, design and literature.

5. 龙(long2) Dragon

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Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Directions: East-Southeast
Month: Spring – April
Element: Wood
Dragons are, in one word, magnificent. They are energetic and enthusiastic. Dragons have a lot of self confidence and create a very good impression around people. They always want to be in the centre of attraction and can easily handle the attention positively also feel comfortable with this. When in trouble, dragon people can judge the situation and act accordingly hence resolving the issue in the best way. They are lucky and at the same time they are dignified. They want space from their partners in the relationship. They can pick careers in religion, arts, management, law, acting, and everything else. They like to handle responsibility and hate being under the mercy of others and being obliged.

6. 蛇 (se2) Snake

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Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Directions: South – Southeast
Month: Spring – May
Element: Fire
Snakes represent change. They are mystical. The people of this year are soft and sensual. They are charming and captivating. But they also have a conservative nature. They are responsible and purposeful. They have a good way of communicating with people. In a relationship, they want it to be intimate. They like it if their partner is intimate and cozy environment is around them. They are possessive about things and their partner. They can take up careers at philosophy, astrology, archaeology and catering.

7. 马 (ma3) Horse

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Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions: Directly South
Month: Summer – June
Element: Fire
Horses are full of power and strength. They are very much loyal to people and are honest to everyone. They are skillful and have unique talents. They are completely dedicated towards their work and do everything with a touch of perfection. They are filled with confidence they try to do their best at everything. At times of crisis, they never look back and face it with a forward tendency and are confident enough to act in it. They can become politicians and explorers. As a life partner they want someone who can take care of each and every desire. At times they are rude and at times they can be open-minded. One quality that is always seen is anxious nature.

8. 羊 (yang2) Sheep

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Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Hours : 1 p.m. To 3 p.m.
Direction : South-Southwest
Month : Summer – July
Element : Fire

All those who are born in this year are considered as patient, compassionate and peaceful personalities. They are very sincere and gentle. They can handle a lot of pressure and load. They also work hard all the time and get themselves out of all the work-related troubles easily. They do not crave for limelight. One more thing which is very good about them is that they can work in a team in a much behaved manner. They long for security and they choose a partner who provides them protection and also respect their creativity.

9. 猴 (hou2) Monkey

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Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Hours: 3 p.m. To 5 p.m.
Direction : West-Southwest
Month : Summer – August
Element : Metal
This year is active year. The monkeys are inventive and active. They are witty and cunning. Also, a lot of competitive spirit is seen in them. They do not believe in giving up. They try out every possible way to get their work done and cope with all the problems. This leads to success majority of the times. The atmosphere around people of monkey year is that they are amusing as well as exciting. The people are very down to earth and they laugh at their own mistakes while learning from them at the same time. The year is not meant for the people who are slow-witted and faint-hearted as they stand no chance in front of the witty people.

10. 鸡 (ji1) Rooster

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Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Hours: 5 p.m. To 7 p.m.
Direction : Directly West
Month : Fall – September
Element : Metal
Rooster’s first quality is conservative. They are very much conservative and intro ward  At the same time, they are very much organized and perfectionist at what so ever they do. The roosters are colorful and bring happiness and brightness. They emit energy but that must be used only in well-proven ways and practical ways. There is a quality to flaunt and feel superior and have authority over things. This behavior brings a lot of trouble in their lives. But at the same time, being an organized and perfectionist, they overcome this thing.

11. 狗 (gou3) Dog

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Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Hours: 7 p.m. To 9 p.m.
Direction : West-Northwest
Month : Fall – October
Element : Metal
Dogs are considered as dutiful. They are regarded as honest and loyal to their masters and friends. The people born in this year are also considered as intelligent. The domestic nature of dog is healthy for home and country. Dogs also have a strong will power and a great and just nature. Dogs are said to bring stability to a person’s life. The people in dog year have an authoritative behavior which helps in keeping peace. The people born in dog’s year are unselfish and possess a big heart than the rest of all.

12. 猪 (zhu1) Pig

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Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Hours : 9 p.m. To 11 p.m.
Direction: North – Northwest
Month : Fall – November
Element : Water
The people born in pig year will have a lot of opportunities but like the boar, they will hesitate, and under-estimate themselves. They doubt their own abilities. These people are very generous in nature and always try to involve themselves in charitable work. These people can stay happy and do not carve much for money and success. The sense of well being will always prevail. They are very good friends and have a tolerant nature.

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