ALL ABOUT CHINESE ASTROLOGY
What is the Chinese Zodiac?
Known as Sheng Xiao, the Chinese Zodiac is an ancient categorization system that delineates certain themes and characteristics through a complex, 60-year cycle based on the Chinese lunar calendar. Although no one knows exactly when the Chinese Zodiac was created, its beginnings can be traced back to the Han Dynasty - over 2,000 years ago.
If you are familiar with western astrology, Chinese astrology also has 12 signs that are represented by animals. The Chinese zodiac has rising signs, love compatibility, and elements but they are completely different than what you are used to. The animal and element that rule the year you were born reveal specific information about your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, and the themes expected to appear during the year ahead.
What will your Chinese Zodiac animal reveal about you?
What is My Chinese Zodiac Sign?
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What is the Chinese Zodiac Sign for 2021?
The Chinese Zodiac animal in 2021 is the Ox, which is a yin animal. They are fundamentally ruled by the Earth element meaning that they are grounded, this combined with 2020’s element of Metal makes this a particularly profitable and accomplished year for all who put in the effort.
As the second sign in the new cycle, the Ox is reliable, determined, and grounded, relying on routine, hardwork and planning to find success.
What is the Chinese Zodiac Sign for 2022?
The Chinese Zodiac animal in 2022 is the Tiger—a yang animal. They are ruled by the Wood element, which brings them a motivated and confident nature. Combined with the Water element that rules 2022, the Tiger’s natural qualities of generosity and compassion will be amplified by a desire to take action. This means that the strength of everyone’s character will be tested, and everyone will have the opportunity to showcase the best of themselves.
As the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac, the Tiger is famous for their courage, leadership, sensitivity, ability to bounce back after experiencing setbacks, and resilience.
They are a member of the Third Trine, the trine of humanitarianism.
What is the Chinese Zodiac Sign for 2023?
The Chinese Zodiac animal in 2023 is the Rabbit—a yin animal. They are ruled by the Wood element, which brings them a reliable and generous nature. Like the year 2022, 2023 is also ruled by Water, which brings out the Rabbit’s natural psychic and creative abilities. Because of this, our creativity levels are higher throughout the year, and we are more inclined to show interest in what is mystic and unusual. This is an innovative year for those who pioneer in the arts or individual self-expression.
As the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, the Rabbit is famous for their sociability, empathy, trustworthy nature, modesty, and kind-heartedness.
They are a member of the Fourth Trine, the trine of peace and goodwill.
The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
There are many different stories explaining how the Chinese Zodiac came to be. Since no one knows for sure exactly when the Chinese Zodiac was created, many legends were created and passed down over centuries.
Perhaps the most well-known legend posits that Buddha asked the animals to participate in a race wherein the first 12 animals to finish the race would receive a position in the Chinese Zodiac. The animal who finished first would be awarded the first position in the Chinese Zodiac, and the rest would appear in the Zodiac in the order they completed the race.
RAT: THE CUNNING STRATEGIST
The Rat is the first sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the First Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Sagittarius. They are ambitious, clever and resourceful, but can also be ruthless, stubborn and picky.
OX: THE PERSISTANT PLODDER
The Ox is the second sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Second Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Capricorn. They are persistent, determined and generous, but can also be self-opinionated, inflexible and stubborn.
TIGER: THE BRAVE CRUSADER
The Tiger is the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Third Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Aquarius. They are courageous, daring and big-hearted, but they can also be reckless, over-sensitive and argumentative.
RABBIT: THE GENTLE HOMEBODY
The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Fourth Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Pisces. They are refined, selfless and gentle, but they can also be hesitant, timid and pessimistic.
DRAGON: THE MIGHTY BOSS
The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the First Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Aries. They are powerful, magnetic and just, but they can also be domineering, demanding and intolerant.
SNAKE: THE WISE PHILOSOPHER
The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Second Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Taurus. They are well-mannered, sophisticated and attractive, but they can also be vengeful, suspicious and stingy.
HORSE: THE OPTIMISTIC FREEDOM-LOVER
The Horse is the seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Third Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Gemini. They are independent, free-spirited and warm-hearted, but they can also be anxious, gossipy and blunt.
GOAT: THE MISTY DREAMER
The Goat is the eighth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Fourth Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Cancer. They are creative, romantic and kind-hearted, but they can also be moody, vain and shallow.
MONKEY: THE BRILLIANT SOCIALIZER
The Monkey is the ninth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the First Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Leo. They are intelligent, curious and chatty, but they can also be haughty, competitive and egotistical.
ROOSTER: THE RESPONSIBLE GRAFTER
The Rooster is the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Second Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Virgo. They are confident, hard-working and smart, but can also be critical, cocky and preachy.
DOG: THE LOYAL PROTECTOR
The Dog is the eleventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Third Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Libra. They are loyal, protective and honest, but they can also be paranoid, anxious and temperamental.
PIG: THE SINCERE PEACE-LOVER
The Pig is the twelfth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and a member of the Fourth Trine. Their counterpart in the Western Zodiac is Scorpio. They are compassionate, trusting and sincere, but they can also be impulsive, gullible and hot-tempered.
Which Chinese Zodiac Animal Are you?
How the Chinese Zodiac Works
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a complex 60-year cycle system that assigns an animal and one of the five Chinese elements (Fire, Earth, Water, Wood, and Metal) to each year. Unlike Western astrology, Chinese astrology is based on the 12 Full Moons of each year, known as the lunar calendar. It also closely follows the planet Jupiter’s 11.85-year orbital period. While the animals of the Chinese Zodiac are on a 12-year cycle, since there are 5 possible elemental combinations for each animal, the entire Chinese Zodiac cycle is only fully complete every 60 years.
In the Chinese Zodiac, your birth year represents your position and role in the 60-year cycle rather than just simply your individual personality. Although you might think you’ll be luckier when it’s your Chinese Zodiac animal’s year, quite the opposite is the case. Instead, you can expect to meet more challenges and hardship in order to experience the necessary growth and transformation you need to carry on along your life’s journey.
Chinese Zodiac Love Compatibility
Looking for your Chinese zodiac love match?
Your perfect match in Chinese astrology is reliant on your sign, year of birth, and your element.
It is believed that chinese zodiac animals that are six years apart are incompatible while those that are four years apart are the most compatible.
Discover your perfect love compatibility match here.
|Animal Sign||Best Match(es)||Worst Match(es)|
|Tiger||Horse, Dog||Rabbit, Pig|
|Pig||Goat, rabbit||Snake, tiger|
In Chinese culture, there are five elements that cycle through 12 year cycles. Additionally, each element is associated with one of the inner planets of the solar system and a direction used in fengshui.
|Element||12-year Cycle||Direction (Fengshui)||Planetary Association|
Each element is also correlated with a color, a part of the physical body, a direction, a season, and the five senses.
Although these elements are different from the ones used in Western Astrology, all are naturally occurring and are believed to be connected with one another. Each element imbues its characteristics upon the Chinese Zodiac animal it is assigned to that year. So, although you might have been born in the year of the Rabbit, someone born in a past or future Rabbit year will have a different element assigned to their Chinese Zodiac animal than you do.
About the 5 ElementsMetal Element
Metal is a strong sign and Metal people tend to be very strong, especially on the inside. They will defend their loved ones with a passion and they can be very ambitious, as well as successful. They can also be tyrannical and ruthless if they let power get to their head. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey and Rooster are represented by Metal.Water Element
Water people are more sensitive and emotional than the other elements. They are always there for their loved ones and will often champion the underdog. They can be too trusting with their feelings. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Pig and Rat are represented by Water.Wood Element
Wood people are communicative and expressive. They will undergo tasks with enthusiasm but can sometimes overestimate themselves. They like to work with others to achieve goals, but they can be reckless. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Tiger and Rabbit are represented by Wood.Fire Element
Fire people are dramatic and expressive. They have intense energy and are often born leaders. These people feel strongly about issues and are not afraid to show it. However, what they have in enthusiasm they lack in self-control and moderation. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Snake and Horse are represented by Fire.Earth Element
Earth people are level-headed and down to earth. They are hard-workers and when they set their sights on something they will work towards it, even if it takes a long time. They can be stubborn and inflexible, especially with their beliefs. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox, Dragon, Goat and Dog are represented by Earth.
There are 4 trines in the Chinese Astrology, categorized because they have similar underlying wants and goals. These three animals are known to be in harmony with each other and often relate in many ways. Animals in the same trine will also have the same enemies, meaning that the Rat, Dragon and Monkey in the 1st trine will have conflict with the same signs, but for different reasons.
|1st Trine||Rat, Dragon, Monkey|
|2nd Trine||Ox, Snake, Rooster|
|3rd Trine||Tiger, Dog, Horse|
|4th Trine||Rabbit, Pig, Goat|
Want more? Here’s what you need to understand about the 4 Trines of The Chinese Zodiac.
Yin & Yang
Each animal in the Chinese Zodiac and each element is associated with either Yin or Yang.
In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang represent the interdependence and interconnection between opposing forces. Yin and Yang come together to create a whole, achieving a harmonious balance. If one is affected, so is the other.
- Yin Chinese Zodiac Animals: Snake, Goat, Rooster, Pig, Ox, Rabbit
- Yin Elements: Water, Metal
- Yang Chinese Zodiac Animals: Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Dog, Rat, Tiger
- Yang Elements: Wood, Fire
Note: The element of Earth is considered as balanced yin-yang.
Want to know if you’re more Yin or yang? Take our Yin & Yang Energy Quiz.
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