Chinese New Year: Each Zodiac sign explained
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Western astrology is more than just a star sign. You have a whole birth chart determined by where every planet was at the time of your birth. In the same way, the year of your birth and its corresponding animal sign in Chinese astrology is only the basics – there are Four Pillars of Chinese astrology. You have four signs, depending on your year, month, day and hour of birth. Here's how to find out what Chinese zodiac sign you are.
Chinese new year animals in order
Just like the Western Zodiac starts with Aries and ends with Pisces, the Chinese zodiac has a specific order. It is:
Chinese new year animals in order: The zodiac starts with Rat and ends with Pig (Image: Getty)
Chinese new year animals in order: This year is the year of the Metal Ox (Image: Getty)
Your Chinese Zodiac sign depends on your year of birth, but remember that the Chinese New Year doesn't start on January 1.
The Chinese New Year always begins on the date of the New Moon that appears between January 21 and February 20, so always check the New Year for your year of birth to determine what your sign is.
The Chinese New Year of the Ox is on February 12 this year, so a child born on February 11, 2021 will be a Rat rather than an Ox.
- Rats are born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020.
- Oxes are born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
- Tigers are born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.
- Rabbits are born in 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927.
- Dragons are born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, and 2024.
- Snakes are born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025.
- Horses are born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026.
- Goats are born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027.
- Monkeys are born in 2018, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956.
- Roosters are born in 2029, 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, and 1945.
- Dogs are born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030.
- Pigs are born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2031.
Chinese new year animals in order: What’s your sign? (Image: Express)
Find out which zodiac sign you are can reveal something about your personality, but it isn't very specific.
Your sign based on the year you were born in represents something about the society you grew up in, your family, the relationship you have with your grandparents and so on.
Your Inner, True and Secret animal signs tell a little more about you.
Your inner animal in the Chinese Zodiac is a representation of the type of person you think you are or that you wish you could be.
Knowing your inner sign can help you choose friends and partners because it shines a light on who you are and aren't compatible with.
Chinese astrologers use your inner sign to predict the second half of your life based on your childhood experiences and relationships with your parents.
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To find out your inner animal, you'll need to look at the month you were born in.
- People born between February 4 and March 5 are inner Tigers
- People born between March 6 and- April 4 are inner Rabbits
- People born between April 5 and May 4 are inner Dragons
- People born between May 5 and June 5 are inner Snakes
- People born between June 6 and July 6 are inner Horses
- People born between July 7 and August 6 are inner Goats
- People born between August 7 and September 7 are inner Monkeys
- People born between September 8 and October 7 are inner Roosters
- People born between October 8 and November 6 are inner Dogs
- People born between November 7 and December 6 are inner Pigs
- People born between December 7 and January 5 are inner Rats
- People born between January 6 and February 3 are inner Oxes
Chinese new year animals in order: You have a sign based on your year, month, day and time of birth (Image: Getty)
Your True animal sign decides what kind of person you become in your adult or married life
To find out your true animal, you'll need to know what day of the week you were born on. Some days have multiple animals assigned to them.
- If you were born on Monday, you're a true Sheep
- If you were born on Tuesday, you're a true Dragon
- If you were born on Wednesday, you're a true Horse
- If you were born on Thursday, you're a true Rat or Pig
- If you were born on Friday, you're a true Rabbit, Snake or Dog.
- If you were born on Saturday, you're a true Ox, Tiger, or Rooster
- If you were born on Sunday, you're a true Monkey.
A bit like your Rising sign in Western astrology, the secret animal is thought to be a person's truest representation.
It's the most accurate interpretation of you because it is the sign determined by the smallest denominator.
Your secret sign reveals who you are at the core, it's your Internal or true identity.
To find out your secret animal, you have to look at the time you were born.
- People born between 1am and 3am are secret Oxes.
- People born between 3am and 5pm are secret Tigers
- People born between 5am and 7am are secret Rabbits
- People born between 7am and 9am are secret Dragons
- People born between 9am and 11am are secret Snakes
- People born between 11am and 1pm are secret Horses
- People born between 1pm and 3pm are secret Rams
- People born between 3pm and 5pm are secret Monkeys
- People born between 5pm and 7pm are secret Roosters
- People born between 7pm and 9pm are secret Dogs
- People born between 9pm and 11pm are secret Pigs
- People born between 11pm and 1am are secret Rats
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