Chinese Animal Years

In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs, and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals) and hours of the day (called secret animals).
 

To sum it up, while a person might appear to be a Dragon because they were born in the year of the Dragon, they might also be a Snake internally and an Ox secretively. In total, this makes for 8,640 possible combinations (60 year cycle (5 elements × 12 animals) × 12 months × 12 times of the day) that a person might be. These are all considered critical for the proper use of Chinese astrology

Years


  Year Associated
Element
Heavenly
Stem
Earthly
Branch
Associated
Animal
Year
1924–1983 1984–2043
1 Feb 04, 1924 – Feb 03, 1925 Yang Wood Rat Feb 04, 1984 – Feb 03, 1985
2 Feb 04, 1925 – Feb 03, 1926 Yin Wood Ox Feb 04, 1985 – Feb 03, 1986
3 Feb 04, 1926 – Feb 03, 1927 Yang Fire Tiger Feb 04, 1986 – Feb 03, 1987
4 Feb 04, 1927 – Feb 03, 1928 Yin Fire Rabbit Feb 04, 1987 – Feb 03, 1988
5 Feb 04, 1928 – Feb 03, 1929 Yang Earth Dragon Feb 04, 1988 – Feb 03, 1989
6 Feb 04, 1929 – Feb 03, 1930 Yin Earth Snake Feb 04, 1989 – Feb 03, 1990
7 Feb 04, 1930 – Feb 03, 1931 Yang Metal Horse Feb 04, 1990 – Feb 03, 1991
8 Feb 04, 1931 – Feb 03, 1932 Yin Metal Sheep Feb 04, 1991 – Feb 03, 1992
9 Feb 04, 1932 – Feb 03, 1933 Yang Water Monkey Feb 04, 1992 – Feb 03, 1993
10 Feb 04, 1933 – Feb 03, 1934 Yin Water Rooster Feb 04, 1993 – Feb 03, 1994
11 Feb 04, 1934 – Feb 03, 1935 Yang Wood Dog Feb 04, 1994 – Feb 03, 1995
12 Feb 04, 1935 – Feb 03, 1936 Yin Wood Boar Feb 04, 1995 – Feb 03, 1996
13 Feb 04, 1936 – Feb 03, 1937 Yang Fire Rat Feb 04, 1996 – Feb 03, 1997
14 Feb 04, 1937 – Feb 03, 1938 Yin Fire Ox Feb 04, 1997 – Feb 03, 1998
15 Feb 04, 1938 – Feb 03, 1939 Yang Earth Tiger Feb 04, 1998 – Feb 03, 1999
16 Feb 04, 1939 – Feb 03, 1940 Yin Earth Rabbit Feb 04, 1999 – Feb 03, 2000
17 Feb 04, 1940 – Feb 03, 1941 Yang Metal Dragon Feb 04, 2000 – Feb 03, 2001
18 Feb 04, 1941 – Feb 03, 1942 Yin Metal Snake Feb 04, 2001 – Feb 03, 2002
19 Feb 04, 1942 – Feb 03, 1943 Yang Water Horse Feb 04, 2002 – Feb 03, 2003
20 Feb 04, 1943 – Feb 03, 1944 Yin Water Sheep Feb 04, 2003 – Feb 03, 2004
21 Feb 04, 1944 – Feb 03, 1945 Yang Wood Monkey Feb 04, 2004 – Feb 03, 2005
22 Feb 04, 1945 – Feb 03, 1946 Yin Wood Rooster Feb 04, 2005 – Feb 03, 2006
23 Feb 04, 1946 – Feb 03, 1947 Yang Fire Dog Feb 04, 2006 – Feb 03, 2007
24 Feb 04, 1947 – Feb 03, 1948 Yin Fire Boar Feb 04, 2007 – Feb 03, 2008
25 Feb 04, 1948 – Feb 03, 1949 Yang Earth Rat Feb 04, 2008 – Feb 03, 2009
26 Feb 04, 1949 – Feb 03, 1950 Yin Earth Ox Feb 04, 2009 – Feb 03, 2010
27 Feb 04, 1950 – Feb 03, 1951 Yang Metal Tiger Feb 04, 2010 – Feb 03, 2011
28 Feb 04, 1951 – Feb 03, 1952 Yin Metal Rabbit Feb 04, 2011 – Feb 03, 2012
29 Feb 04, 1952 – Feb 03, 1953 Yang Water Dragon Feb 04, 2012 – Feb 03, 2013
30 Feb 04, 1953 – Feb 03, 1954 Yin Water Snake Feb 04, 2013 – Feb 03, 2014
31 Feb 04, 1954 – Feb 03, 1955 Yang Wood Horse Feb 04, 2014 – Feb 03, 2015
32 Feb 04, 1955 – Feb 03, 1956 Yin Wood Sheep Feb 04, 2015 – Feb 03, 2016
33 Feb 04, 1956 – Feb 03, 1957 Yang Fire Monkey Feb 04, 2016 – Feb 03, 2017
34 Feb 04, 1957 – Feb 03, 1958 Yin Fire Rooster Feb 04, 2017 – Feb 03, 2018
35 Feb 04, 1958 – Feb 03, 1959 Yang Earth Dog Feb 04, 2018 – Feb 03, 2019
36 Feb 04, 1959 – Feb 03, 1960 Yin Earth Boar Feb 04, 2019 – Feb 03, 2020
37 Feb 04, 1960 – Feb 03, 1961 Yang Metal Rat Feb 04, 2020 – Feb 03, 2021
38 Feb 04, 1961 – Feb 03, 1962 Yin Metal Ox Feb 04, 2021 – Feb 03, 2022
39 Feb 04, 1962 – Feb 03, 1963 Yang Water Tiger Feb 04, 2022 – Feb 03, 2023
40 Feb 04, 1963 – Feb 03, 1964 Yin Water Rabbit Feb 04, 2023 – Feb 03, 2024
41 Feb 04, 1964 – Feb 03, 1965 Yang Wood Dragon Feb 04, 2024 – Feb 03, 2025
42 Feb 04, 1965 – Feb 03 1966 Yin Wood Snake Feb 04, 2025 – Feb 03, 2026
43 Feb 04, 1966 – Feb 03, 1967 Yang Fire Horse Feb 04, 2026 – Feb 03, 2027
44 Feb 04, 1967 – Feb 03, 1968 Yin Fire Sheep Feb 04, 2027 – Feb 03, 2028
45 Feb 04, 1968 – Feb 03, 1969 Yang Earth Monkey Feb 04, 2028 – Feb 03, 2029
46 Feb 04, 1969 – Feb 03, 1970 Yin Earth Rooster Feb 04, 2029 – Feb 03, 2030
47 Feb 04, 1970 – Feb 03, 1971 Yang Metal Dog Feb 04, 2030 – Feb 03, 2031
48 Feb 04, 1971 – Feb 03, 1972 Yin Metal Boar Feb 04, 2031 – Feb 03, 2032
49 Feb 04, 1972 – Feb 03, 1973 Yang Water Rat Feb 04, 2032 – Feb 03, 2033
50 Feb 04, 1973 – Feb 03, 1974 Yin Water Ox Feb 04, 2033 – Feb 03, 2034
51 Feb 04, 1974 – Feb 03, 1975 Yang Wood Tiger Feb 04, 2034 – Feb 03, 2035
52 Feb 04, 1975 – Feb 03, 1976 Yin Wood Rabbit Feb 04, 2035 – Feb 03, 2036
53 Feb 04, 1976 – Feb 03, 1977 Yang Fire Dragon Feb 04, 2036 – Feb 03, 2037
54 Feb 04, 1977 – Feb 03, 1978 Yin Fire Snake Feb 04, 2037 – Feb 03, 2038
55 Feb 04, 1978 – Feb 03, 1979 Yang Earth Horse Feb 04, 2038 – Feb 03, 2039
56 Feb 04, 1979 – Feb 03, 1980 Yin Earth Sheep Feb 04, 2039 – Feb 03, 2040
57 Feb 04, 1980 – Feb 03, 1981 Yang Metal Monkey Feb 04, 2040 – Feb 03, 2041
58 Feb 04, 1981 – Feb 03, 1982 Yin Metal Rooster Feb 04, 2041 – Feb 03, 2042
59 Feb 04, 1982 – Feb 03, 1983 Yang Water Dog Feb 04, 2042 – Feb 03, 2043
60 Feb 04, 1983 – Feb 03, 1984 Yin Water Boar Feb 04, 2043 – Feb 03, 2044

Months and solar terms

Season Lunar Month Fixed Element Solar Longitude Solar Term Western Date
Spring 1st – 寅(yin) Tiger Wood 314° 立春 lìchūn Feb 04 – Feb 18
329° 雨水 yǔshuǐ Feb 19 – Mar 05
2nd – 卯(mao) Rabbit Wood 344° 啓蟄 qǐzhé (驚蟄 jīngzhé) Mar 06 – Mar 20
春分 chūnfēn Mar 21 – Apr 04
3rd – 辰(chen) Dragon Earth 14° 清明 qīngmíng Apr 05 – Apr 19
29° 穀雨 gǔyǔ Apr 20 – May 4
Summer 4th – 巳(si) Snake Fire 44° 立夏 lìxià May 5 – May 20
59° 小滿 xiǎomǎn May 21 – June 5
5th – 午(wu) Horse Fire 74° 芒種 mángzhòng Jun 06 – Jun 20
89° 夏至 xiàzhì Jun 21 – Jul 06
6th – 未(wei) Sheep Earth 104° 小暑 xiǎoshǔ Jul 07 – Jul 22
119° 大暑 dàshǔ Jul 23 – Aug 06
Autumn 7th – 申(shen) Monkey Metal 134° 立秋 lìqiū Aug 07 – Aug 22
149° 處暑 chùshǔ Aug 23 – Sep 07
8th–酉(you) Rooster Metal 164° 白露 báilù Sep 08 – Sep 22
181° 秋分 qiūfēn Sep 23 – Oct 07
9th–戌(xu) Dog Earth 194° 寒露 hánlù Oct 08 – Oct 22
211° 霜降 shuāngjiàng Oct 23 – Nov 06
Winter 10th – 亥(hai) Pig Water 224° 立冬 lìdōng Nov 07 – Nov 21
244° 小雪 xiǎoxuě Nov 22 – Dec 06
11th – 子(zi) Rat Water 251° 大雪 dàxuě Dec 07 – Dec 21
271° 冬至 dōngzhì Dec 22 – Jan 05
12th – 丑(chou) Ox Earth 284° 小寒 xiǎohán Jan 06 – Jan 19
301° 大寒 dàhán Jan 20 – Feb 3
 

Times

  • 23:00 – 01:00: 子 Rat
  • 01:00 – 03:00: 丑 Ox
  • 03:00 – 05:00: 寅 Tiger
  • 05:00 – 07:00: 卯 Rabbit
  • 07:00 – 09:00: 辰 Dragon
  • 09:00 – 11:00: 巳 Snake
  • 11:00 – 13:00: 午 Horse
  • 13:00 – 15:00: 未 Sheep
  • 15:00 – 17:00: 申 Monkey
  • 17:00 – 19:00: 酉 Rooster
  • 19:00 – 21:00: 戌 Dog
  • 21:00 – 23:00: 亥 Pig
  1. Rat (🐀) – 鼠 (子) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): Forthright, tenacious, intense, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, intellectual, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, and shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, self-destructive, envious, mendacious, venal, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, and scheming.
   2. Ox (🐂) – 牛 (丑) (Water buffalo (🐃) in Vietnam) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water): Dependable, ambitious, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, dogmatic, hot-tempered, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.
   3. Tiger (🐅 🐯) – 虎 (寅) (Yin, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, moody.
   4. Hare (🐇 🐰) – 兔 or 兎 (卯) (Cat (🐈 🐱) in Vietnam) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn.
   5. Dragon (🐉 🐲) – 龍 / 龙 (辰) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.
   6. Snake (🐍) – 蛇 (巳) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold.
   7. Horse (🐎 🐴) – 馬 / 马 (午) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile—mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.
   8. Ram (🐏) – 羊 (未) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer, weak-willed.
   9. Monkey (🐒 🐵) – 猴 (申) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, arrogant, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious.
  10. Rooster (🐓) – 雞 / 鸡 (酉) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, proud, opinionated, given to empty bravado.
  11. Dog (🐕 🐶) – 狗 / 犬 (戌) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.
  12. Pig (🐖 🐷) – 豬 / 猪 (亥) (Boar (🐗) in Japan and Elephant (🐘) in Northern Thailand) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water): Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naïve, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.
 

Trines

 

First Trine


The first trine consists of the Rat, Dragon, and Monkey. These three signs are intense and powerful individuals, capable of great good or great evil. They make great leaders, but the three may have different approaches. Frustrated when hampered, these signs are ruled by highly potent energy and unpredictability. At their worst, Rats are ruthlessly power-hungry, vindictive, and Machiavellian; Dragons are inflexible megalomaniacs and narcissists; and Monkeys are destructive manipulators and hedonists. They are intelligent, magnanimous, charismatic, charming, authoritative, confident, eloquent and artistic. They can also be tyrannical, bombastic, prejudiced, deceitful, imperious, and ruthless.
 

Second Trine

The second trine consists of the Ox, Snake, and Rooster. These three souls conquer life through endurance, application, and slow accumulation of energy. Although each sign is fixed and rigid in opinions and views, they are geniuses in the art of meticulous planning. They are hardworking, discreet, modest, industrious, charitable, loyal, punctual, philosophical, patient, and good-hearted individuals with high moral standards. They can also be self-righteous, vain, critical, judgmental, myopic, narrow-minded, and petty. They are also natural leaders, but are better natured than the first trine.
 

Third Trine

The third trine consists of the Tiger, Horse, and Dog. These three signs seek a true lover, and are like-minded in their pursuit of humanitarian causes. Idealistic and impulsive, the Tiger, Horse and Dog follow the beat of their own drummer. Defiant against injustice, these three signs wilt without large amounts of physical affection and loyal support for causes. They are productive, enthusiastic, independent, engaging, dynamic and honorable. They can also be rash, rebellious, quarrelsome, hot-headed, reckless, anxious, moody, disagreeable, and stubborn. Although these three signs are loyal, they can be very protective when lied to. The three signs do not enjoy being told what to do, but will listen when it is a person they love or trust whole-kindheartedly.
 

Fourth Trine

The fourth trine consists of the Rabbit, Sheep, and Pig. The quest for these three signs is the aesthetic and beautiful in life. Their calm nature gives them great leadership abilities. They are artistic, refined, intuitive, and well-mannered. These souls love the preliminaries in love, and are fine artists in their lovemaking. The Rabbit, Sheep and Pig have been bestowed with calmer natures than the other 9 signs. These three are compassionately aware, yet detached and resigned to their condition. They seek beauty and a sensitive lover. They are caring, unique, self-sacrificing, obliging, sensible, creative, empathic, tactful, and prudent. They can also be naive, pedantic, insecure, cunning, indecisive, and pessimistic.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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