The 12 Chinese zodiac signs and What They Mean for You

From the well-organised Pig to the playful Monkey, experts believe your Chinese zodiac sign can influence your personality.  

Keep reading to see what your sign’s personality is like, according to the Chinese zodiac.

What are the Chinese zodiac signs?

The Chinese zodiac features 12 animal signs that represent each year: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each animal is said to give insight into what can happen during those years.

The zodiac is a cycle and is repeated every 12 years with the same animals. There are also five elements that each sign cycles through: earth, metal, water, wood and fire.

What is my Chinese zodiac?

Your birth year determines your Chinese zodiac sign. However, each year is connected to the Chinese lunar calendar, not the traditional calendar of Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Since the lunar calendar changes slightly every year, if you’re born in January or February, you’ll need to check the dates of the lunar calendar to figure out where you fall on the zodiac.

In addition to giving a sneak peak of what the year might bring, the zodiac sign you’re born under is believed to influence your personality, your career choice and your compatibility with other zodiac signs.

Here’s a list of the zodiac animals and their corresponding years and personality traits, according to multiple sources:


Birth Years: 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 

Next year of the Rooster: 2029

Roosters are highly persistent when it comes to pursuing their goals, have a high emotional intelligence and unrelenting courage and resilience, find stimulation from risk-taking and adventure, and have an eye-catching sense of style. They’re thought to make great friends and be super-creative. Roosters are most compatible with Dragons and least compatible with Rabbits. 


Birth Years: 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Next year of the Dog: 2030

Dogs are thought to be family- and service-oriented, direct, trustworthy, and unselfish. They show bottomless determination and stamina at work, wear their hearts on their sleeve, and easily can engage others as a storyteller. Dogs are most compatible with Rabbits and least compatible with Dragons. 


Birth Years: 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 

Next year of the Pig: 2031

Pigs are perfectionists who seem young at heart, tend to be avid listeners, and have a knack for being patient with others. Generous and outgoing, they might also suffer from being fearful, impatient, and hair-trigger. Pigs are most compatible with Tigers and least compatible with Snakes.


Birth Years: 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 

Next year of the Rat: 2032

Rats are self-starters who have extraordinarily sharp communication skills. They love being involved in their community and are both detail-oriented and artistic. Sensitive and intuitive, they are risk-averse and tend to be quite organized. Rats are most compatible with Oxes and least compatible with Horses.


Birth Years: 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Next year of the Ox: 2033

Oxes are down-to-earth, contemplative and have excellent memories, love spending time in nature, and are skilled multitaskers. Thought of as industrious and persistent workers, they have no problem stepping up and taking responsibility. They’re generally quiet and not the most expressive emotionally. Oxes are most compatible with Rats and least compatible with Goats.


Birth Years: 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Next year of the Tiger: 2022

Tigers, like their namesake, are go-getters who are loyal, loving fans of luxury. They pride themselves on being free-thinking and come off as downright fearless. Fighters for justice with high self-esteem, they make formidable leaders. Tigers are most compatible with Pigs and least compatible with Monkeys. 


Birth Years: 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Next year of the Rabbit: 2023

Rabbits tend to be gentle, polite, patient, and intelligent. They’re charming and diplomatic and love soaking up knowledge. Known to be somewhat homebody-ish, they’re always up for lending a helping hand and pouring their heart into caring for the people they love. Rabbits are most compatible with Dogs and least compatible with Roosters.


Birth Years: 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Next year of the Dragon: 2024

Dragons are fierce, feisty fireball extroverts who are known for their loyalty to family and friends, self-sufficiency, and ability to lead. They adore adventure and romance. Although they might come off as lazy at times, they have no problem self-motivating when it comes to anything they’re truly fired up about. Dragons are most compatible with Roosters and least compatible with Dogs. 


Birth Years: 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Next year of the Snake: 2025

Snakes have a desire to keep the peace, inspire people by being artistic, and are uniquely in tune with their intuition (and might actually be a bit psychic). They radiate a charming, enchanting energy. Devoted and determined, they want to fully understand others. Snakes are most compatible with Monkeys and least compatible with Pigs. 


Birth Years: 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Next year of the Horse: 2026

Horses are perceived as the life of any party and a heartfelt shoulder to lean on. Positive, energetic, and wired to fight until they win, they’re passionate about taking a stand, expressing how they feel, and having the freedom to live the life they’ve envisioned for themselves. Horses are most compatible with Goats and least compatible with Rats.


Birth Years: 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Next year of the Goat: 2027

Goats make new friends effortlessly, are dreamers, were born with a gift for creative pursuits, and tend to be incredibly perceptive and nurturing. They’re peacemakers who would prefer not to rock the boat. Patient, polite, and persuasive, they possess a quiet determination to achieve even the loftiest goals. Goats are most compatible with Horses and least compatible with Oxes.


Birth Years: 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Next year of the Monkey: 2028

Monkeys are free-spirited individualists who are amicable and have no trouble starting a conversation with just about anyone. They crack people up with their light, engaging sense of humor, and love being in the spotlight. Full of energy and endlessly curious, they greatly value their relationships. Monkeys are most compatible with Snakes and least compatible with Tigers.

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