- What Is the Chinese Zodiac
- Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator
- Is 2021 a Lucky Year
- The Luckiest/Unluckiest Zodiac Sign
- Zodiac Sign Personality & 2021 Horoscope
- Chinese Zodiac Love Compatibility
What Is the Chinese Zodiac?
The Chinese zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyao/ ‘born resembling'), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes.
In order, the 12 Chinese horoscope animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.
What's My Chinese Zodiac Sign?
Each zodiac animal's year comes around every 12 years, and each year is associated with a zodiac animal. The most recent zodiac sign years are shown below.
The Chinese Zodiac and 2021 — Is 2021 a Lucky Year?
2021 is a year of the Chinese zodiac sign "Ox". The Ox has long been a symbol of power in Chinese culture. An Ox year is usually considered to be a more hopeful and fruitful year, so 2021 is expected to bring better luck.
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The Luckiest/Unluckiest Zodiac Sign
There is a popular Chinese folk saying that 9/10 Goats are inadequate (十羊九不全 '10 Goats 9 incomplete'), which implies most people born in a year of the Goat are destined for bad luck.
Most Chinese people also believe that people born in a Goat year will grow up to be followers rather than leaders. Although this is an outdated superstition, it has a real effect on Chinese society.
Conversely, the Dragon is the most coveted zodiac sign, with Chinese births peaking in Dragon years. In Chinese culture, the top 5 luckiest/most popular zodiac signs are Dragon, Snake, Pig, Rat, and Tiger conventionally.
Rationally, it's hard to identify the luckiest or unluckiest zodiac signs, as each sign has its own advantages and disadvantages. Socially, different combinations of zodiac signs cause different relational dynamics, which may affect someone's life more, as we don't live in isolation.
12 Zodiac Animal Personalities & 2021 Horoscopes
Chinese zodiac animals have astrological and cultural meanings. Chinese people associate each animal sign with certain characteristics. It's believed that people born in a given year have the personality of that year's animal. Click the animal signs below to learn more about each zodiac animal.
Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind
Rats' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a year of the Ox, and the overall fortunes of Rat people (those born in a year of the Rat) are very good. Since the zodiac Rat and the zodiac Ox have a good relationship, the fortunes of Rat people will be exceptionally smooth. This year, regardless of whether they have difficulties in their careers or studies, Rats can get help from others in time. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Rats in 2021.
- Lucky colors: blue, gold, green
- Lucky numbers: 2, 3, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 32)
Diligent, dependable, strong, determined
Oxes' Horoscope in 2021:
The Ox sign of the Chinese zodiac will encounter its 'birth year' (benmingnian本命年) again in Ox year 2021. Oxen are expected to face many challenges when their birth year recurs every twelfth year. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Oxes in 2021.
- Lucky colors: white, yellow, and green
- Lucky numbers: 5, 6, and numbers containing 5 and 6 (like 56 and 65)
Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind
Tigers' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a mixed year for those who belong to a year of the Tiger (Tigers). But Tigers, if you can relax and condition yourself, you can have a smooth end to the year. In 2021, Tigers' careers and financial performance is set to be relatively flat. Emotional luck is good, and singles will have a great chance of making a connection, while people of marriageable age may also enter marriage. In terms of health, Tigers should be alert to small physical ailments, paying attention to seeking health care in a timely way. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Tigers in 2021.
- Lucky colors: blue, gray, orange
- Lucky numbers: 1, 3, and 4 and numbers containing them (like 13 and 43)
Quiet, elegant, kind, responsible
Rabbits' Horoscope in 2021:
In 2021, those belonging to the Chinese zodiac sign of the Rabbit will have an overall stable time, and as long as they maintain the enthusiasm they had in the past, there will be no small gains. The zodiac Rabbit is innately more diligent that other signs, and interpersonal relationships are usually very good. This year is again expected to be blessed with rich and powerful people's help, so prospects of promotion and salary increase are still very promising. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Rabbits in 2021.
- Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
- Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 46)
Confident, intelligent, enthusiastic
Dragons' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a mixed year for Dragons — those born in a Chinese zodiac year of the Dragon. Although there are certain opportunities in their careers, just a little carelessness is likely to cause adversity. In 2021, Dragons should be more careful in their words and deeds, and in interpersonal situations, they should pay attention to avoid oral disputes. In terms of health, Dragons' overall performance in 2021 will be good, but they should still be careful of the adverse effects of bad living habits. Emotionally, 2021 will be a year without much luck in love, but married people will have the support of their spouses. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Dragons in 2021.
- Lucky colors: gold, silver, grayish white
- Lucky numbers: 1, 6 and 7
Enigmatic, intelligent, wise
Snakes' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a year of the Ox, and for Snake people — those born in a year of the Snake, the year's horoscope is generally good. Whether at work or in the area of finance, Snakes, you will get the help of your people. Owing to Snakes' intelligence and calm, business will be greatly improved in 2021. At the same time, it will be very good in terms of wealth: Snakes, no matter what you do, it can be rewarded. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Snakes in 2021.
- Lucky colors: black, red, and yellow
- Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9, and numbers containing them (like 28 and 89)
Animated, active, energetic
Horses' Horoscope in 2021:
Entering 2021, the overall destiny of Horse people (those born in a Chinese zodiac year of the Horse) is troubled. Fortunately, Horse people are righteous, and usually treat friends very generously, so their fortunes are very good usually. In 2021, their career performance is good, with career progress, which will bring a good income. 2021 is a bad year for the health of Horse people, however, and vigilance should be raised. Romantically, this year Horse people have a lot of rotten luck in love, which may affect family harmony, and so they need to be careful in their responses. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Horses in 2021.
- Lucky colors: yellow and green
- Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 37)
Calm, gentle, sympathetic
Goats' Horoscope in 2021:
2021 is a year that requires special vigilance for Goats (people born in a year of the Goat Chinese zodiac sign). Goat people's careers and financial fortunes this year are mostly unfavorable. Because of many difficulties in life, the usually mild-mannered Goat people may have conflicts with friends. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Goats in 2021.
- Lucky colors: brown, red, and purple
- Lucky numbers: 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 (like 27 and 72)
Sharp, smart, curiosity
Monkeys' Horoscope in 2021:
Monkeys (people born in a Chinese zodiac Monkey year) will have great luck in their careers in the first half of 2021, and there will be opportunities to get rich. 2021 will be a year of harvest. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Monkeys in 2021.
- Lucky colors: 4 and 9
- Lucky numbers: white, blue, gold
Observant, hardworking, courageous
Roosters' Horoscope in 2021:
The overall luck of Roosters (people born in a year of the Rooster) in 2021 is relatively stable. Roosters, your career and financial luck are very smooth: as long as you work hard, you will get a good deal. Due to good interpersonal relationships and high emotional intelligence, Roosters will meet many rich/noble people, and these parties are set to bring wealth to Roosters in the year of 2021. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Roosters in 2021.
- Lucky colors: gold, brown, and yellow
- Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8
Lovely, honest, prudent
Dogs' Horoscope in 2021:
In 2021, luck for the Dog(people of the Dog Chinese zodiac sign) is slightly lower, especially with respect to interpersonal problems that will plague the Dog. In terms of careers, Dogs, what you do will easily attract criticism from others. In 2021, people who belong to the Dog zodiac sign will be easily trapped in their feelings, leading to insomnia and fatigue. Academically, Dog people's learning efficiency will be hindered because of their introverted personality. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Dogs in 2021.
- Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
- Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 49)
Compassionate, generous, diligent
Pigs' Horoscope in 2021:
In 2021, Pigs (people born in a year of the Pig) will have good opportunities for career and wealth gains; in terms of feelings, Pigs can just go with the flow. However, Pigs, pay attention to the health of your family. This year, you or your family may have serious illnesses, which will cost you a lot of money. Academically, Pigs are generally in good shape in 2021. If you study hard, you can get good returns. Read more on Monthly Fortune for Pigs in 2021.
- Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold
- Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8, and numbers containing them (like 25 and 58)
People born in a certain animal year are believed to have attributes of that animal, which could either help or hinder a relationship. Each Chinese zodiac animal has personality traits assigned to it by the ancient Chinese. Chinese people believe these traits will be embodied in people, according to their zodiac sign.
An important use of the Chinese zodiac is to determine if two people are compatible, in a romantic relationship or any kind of relationship.
In ancient times people were faithful to Chinese zodiac compatibility and often referred to it before a romantic relationship began. Even nowadays some people still refer to it.
Best Matches for 12 Zodiac Signs
- Rat: Ox, Dragon, Rabbit
- Ox: Rat, Monkey, or Rooster
- Tiger: Dragon, Horse, or Pig
- Rabbit: Rat, Goat, Monkey, Dog, Pig
- Dragon: Rat, Tiger or Snake
- Snake: Dragon, Rooster
- Horse: Goat, Tiger
- Goat: Rabbit, Horse, Pig
- Monkey: Ox, Rabbit
- Rooster: Ox, Snake
- Dog: Rabbit
- Pig: Goat, Tiger, Rabbit
These love compatibilities are derived from 6 trines (similarities), 4 six-harmony pairs (complementary opposites), and 6 other less-easily-discerned personality trait compatibilities.
Tips for Wearing Zodiac Lucky Jewelry — Two Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Groups
- Trine trios are compatible for like-mindedness in values, habits, interests, and so on, and harmony in relationships.
- Six-harmony pairs are complementary (diametrically opposite) to each other and most likely to provide very good help to the other one.
|Trine Compatible Trios||Six-Harmony Compatible Pairs|
|Monkey & Rat & Dragon||Rat & Ox|
|Snake & Rooster & Ox||Tiger & Pig|
|Tiger & Horse & Dog||Rabbit & Dog|
|Pig & Rabbit & Goat||Dragon & Rooster|
|/||Snake & Monkey|
|/||Horse & Goat|
How to Choose Your Zodiac Lucky Jewelry:
There's a custom of wearing zodiac sign jewelry to avoid bad luck in China — usually a bracelet or necklace. The rule is choosing the six-harmony compatible signs first, then trine signs. For example, if you are an Ox, you could wear Rat jewelry.
Special Zodiac Jewelry Tips for 2021:
In 2021, there are five zodiac signs in conflict with Tai Sui (Jupiter, the age star, or the God of Age in Chinese culture, which will bring misfortune): Ox, Goat, Dog, Horse, and Dragon.
If your compatible signs involve any of these five signs, you should skip them and choose other signs for your lucky accessories. For example, people born under the Rooster sign should usually wear Dragon jewelry for its six-harmony compatibility, but in 2021, they should avoid the Dragon and choose the Snake from the trine trio (not the Ox as it's also in conflict with Tai Sui).
Similarly, if a person is born under the Goat sign, in 2021 he/she should wear Pig or Rabbit jewelry instead of a Horse accessory.
Benmingnian— How to Be Lucky in Your Own Zodiac Year
A person's zodiac year, or benmingnian, is any year in the person's life with the same Chinese zodiac animal sign as his/her birth year. As there are 12 animal signs, a year of your birth sign occurs once per 12-year-cycle: when you are (about) 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, and so on.
According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed to bring nothing but bad luck. Therefore, Chinese astrology followers pay special attention to their conduct every twelfth year of their lives, i.e. in their birth sign years.
2021 is the benmingnian(本命年 ‘origin of life year') for those people born under the Ox sign. Read more on How to Make Good Luck in Your Zodiac Year Easily.
Chinese Zodiac Origins — What is the Chinese Zodiac Based On?
The Chinese zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 animal signs that are divided on a year-by-year basis.
The 12 signs are popularly explained by a myth that when the Jade Emperor (the supreme immortal) was developing a calendar, all creatures on Earth were summoned to participate in a race. The first 12 to cross the line were awarded signs and an order in the Chinese zodiac. Find out more on Chinese Zodiac story.
Actually, the 12 animals were chosen very deliberately by the ancients, after many revisions. The zodiac animals are either closely related to ancient Chinese people's daily lives, or have lucky meanings.
The Chinese Zodiac and Chinese New Year
There are two dates a Chinese zodiac year could be said to start on: Chinese New Year or ‘Start of Spring'.
- Chinese New Year (day 1 of the lunar year) falls somewhere in the period January 21 to February 20.
- Start of Spring (day 1 of the solar year), the first day of the first solar term in the traditional Chinese solar calendar, falls in the period February 3–5.
Most Chinese people use lunar new year as the start of the zodiac year. But for professional fortune telling, Chinese astrologers use 'Start of Spring' or solar new year as the beginning of the zodiac year.
The Zodiac Five Elements
The Chinese astrology system identifies five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each element is linked to motivating forces in people's lives.
Fixed Elements for Each Chinese Zodiac Sign
In Chinese astrology, each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs is associated with one of the five elements, which is known as the fixed element of the sign:
|Fixed Element||Chinese Zodiac Sign|
|Earth||Ox, Dragon, Goat, Dog|
Each 12-year zodiac cycle also has an element, which repeats on a 60-year cycles.
|Element||12-Year Cycle||12-Year Cycle|
A person's characteristics are said to be determined both by the fixed element of their zodiac sign and the element of the 12-year cycle they were born in. E.g., a Metal Ox (born in 2021) has a personality with aspects associate with both Metal (12-year-cycle element) and Earth (zodiac sign fixed element).
- Fire element people are inspired by excitement.
- Earth people are motivated to secure foundations.
- Metal people are driven to create order.
- Water people are compelled to form emotional bonds.
- Wood people have a desire to explore.
Learn more about zodiac elements analysis on Chinese Five Elements Philosophy and Culture.
The Chinese Zodiac and Fortune Telling
The year a person is born in determines their zodiac sign, and this is believed to affect their personality, and hence their fate. Since ancient times, people have developed horoscopes to predict destinies, based around zodiac sign traits.
To make a relatively thorough fortune prediction, Chinese fortune tellers take many methods into consideration, such as face characteristics, palmistry, and more involved Chinese astrology including birth month, day, and hour, gender, etc. Zodiac horoscopy by birth year is only one of these methods. See more on:
- Fortune Telling in China — Methods, Benefits, and Tips
- Palmistry — a Quick Chinese Palm Reading Guide
Beside the zodiac year, Chinese astrology has three other pillars that create your fate, making four pillars in total: birth year, birth month, birth day, and birth hour. The four pillars are based on the alignment of blocks of time in the Chinese calendar.
The "Chinese Zodiac" in Other Countries
The Chinese zodiac has a great influence on several Asian countries, such as the Koreas, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, and Myanmar. In some countries, the zodiac signs are the same as the Chinese ones, while some of the animals differ in other countries.
The 12 Chinese zodiac animals in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. These animal signs are exactly the same in South Korea, North Korea, Singapore, and Cambodia.
- The Japanese 12 zodiac animals in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.
- The Vietnamese 12 zodiac animals I order are: Rat, Buffalo, Tiger, Cat, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
- The Thai 12 zodiac animals in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Naga (a mythical half-human-half-snake spirit), Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
- The Burmese 8 zodiac animals are: Garuda (a mythical bird), Tiger, Lion, Elephant (with tusks), Rat, Guinea Pig, and Dragon.
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