How to work out your animal sign and Chinese Year

The legend is that Buddha called all the animals to come before him, but only twelve arrived. The rat was the first to arrive followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, cock, dog and finally the pig. In return, each was given a year to express their personality. 
Every year, month, day and time of birth denotes one of these animals and their characteristics. The interplay between different animals together with the five elements is the key to every personality. The animals are Yin and Yang . The animals in the years ending with an even number are Yang , and those ending with an odd number are Yin .

The rat, tiger, dragon, horse, monkey and dog are Yang .
The ox, rabbit, snake, goat, cock and pig are Yin .

The Chinese New Year is on a different date each time, as the lunar calendar doesn't exactly match with the solar calendar. This is why the year of each animal begins on various dates in January and February. A person born before the Chinese New Year belongs to the animal of the previous year.

The Chinese animal signs, corresponding to the year of birth, are given below:
The date of every month has to be in coordination with the date on which the Chinese New Year starts. 

The time of the birth also has the characteristics of the symbolic animals. The table is given below:

Each month too corresponds with an animal sign. The table is given below: 

The full, detailed Chinese horoscope needs to take the time, month and year of birth into account for more accurate conclusions, but popularly, the 12 animal signs are used to determine the compatibility between couples.


12 Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs and Years Chart

Origin and Culture of Chinese Zodiac

The 12 animals in Chinese astrology were originated in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD).
The Chinese zodiac is an important part of the traditional Chinese Culture which has long been recognised and accepted by the Chinese people. Each person from the date of their birth, has an unique animal sign. It is the birth symbol and mascot with different symbolic meanings for each one affecting their behaviours, characters and destiny.

People show their strong belief in fortune and luck through the animal signs. As each animal sign has unique personality traits, the Chinese people like to predict people’s relationships. when seeking a partner Chinese people hope to find the person with the animal sign that compatible. Also the zodiac provides guidance on how people live their lives. For example, according to Chinese astrology, in different animal years, people under different signs should pay attention to different things in order to go smoothly in the year. All in all, the Chinese zodiac is an important component of China's ancient culture, reflecting the rich psychology of the Chinese people vividly.


Chinese Zodiac Compatibility

Different people born under each animal sign have different characters. Ancient Chinese people calculated the compatibility for love between animals based on this. Nowadays, many people are keen on checking compatibilities to gain guidance in life, for love or for marriage.

Best with: Dragon, Rabbit or Ox
Worst with: Goat, Horse, or Rooster
Best with: Rat, Snake or Rooster
Worst with: Dragon, Horse, Goat, Dog or Rabbit
Best with: Horse or Dog
Worst with: Snake or Monkey
Best with: Goat, Dog, Rat, or Pig
Worst with: Ox, Dragon, Rooster or Horse.
Best with: Rat, Monkey or Rooster
Worst with: Dog, Ox, Dragon or Rabbit
Best with: Ox or Rooster
Worst with: Tiger, Monkey or Pig
Best with: Tiger, Goat or Dog
Worst with: Rat, Ox, Rabbit or Horse
Best with: Rabbit, Horse or Pig
Worst with: Rat, Ox or Dog
Best with: Rat or Dragon
Worst with: Tiger, Snake or Pig
Best with: Ox, Dragon or Snake
Worst with: Rabbit, Chicken or Dog
Best with: Tiger, Rabbit or Horse
Worst with: Ox, Dragon, Goat or Rooster
Best with: Goat or Rabbit
Worst with: Snake or Monkey
An easy way to find the compatibility for a couples using horoscopes
A - Very Good
Grade B - Good
Grade C - Fair
Grade D - Below Average
Grade E - Need Help