According to the Chinese calendar, the year you were born determines your personality. Every year is represented by an animal. It is believed that people born in different animal years will carry that animal's characteristics and this will affect the person's life.

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Rat 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020
Ox 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021
Tiger 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022
Rabbit 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023
Dragon 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024
Snake 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025
Horse 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026
Sheep 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027
Monkey 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028
Rooster 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029
Dog 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030
Pig 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031

The Chinese Zodiac Animals
The naming of the twelve years in the Chinese Lunar cycle stems from the myth of Buddha. Before leaving this world , Buddha invited all the animals of the world to a race. Twelve animals arrived. Buddha decided to name a year after each of them, in the order of their arrival. Each year in this twelve-year cycle now had a symbolic animal, whose characteristics were said to influence the world events, personality and fate of everything and everyone born in that year.

The animals are also given a specific time of each day.

11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The time rats actively seek food.
1 a.m. to 3 a.m. The time that oxen regurgitate.
3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tigers hunt prey and display their fiercest nature.
5 a.m. to 7 a.m. The jade rabbit on the moon was busy pounding medicinal herb with a pestle.
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dragons hover in the sky to give people rainfall.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Snakes start to leave their burrows.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day is flourishing, as vigorous as an unconstrained horse.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If sheep eat grass at this time, they will grow stronger.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monkeys become lively.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Roosters return to their roost as it is dark;
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dogs begin to carry out their duty to guard entrances.
9 p.m. to 11 p.m. All is quiet and pigs are sleeping soundly.

The Character of People Under Each Sign

Year of the Rat
1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Charismatic, Sociable, Intelligent, Affable, Quick-Witted, Popular
Exploitive, Calculative, Secretive, Greedy, Acquisitive, Devious
Best Match: Dragon, Monkey, Ox
Avoid: Sheep, Horse, Rabbit, Rooster
Rats are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the ones they love. They are passionate lovers, with a depth of feeling that is seldom recognized by others. They are amusing and intelligent and love to gossip. Rats have a tendency to be quick-tempered. overly critical and high strung. This is the talkative, entertaining, center of attention social charmer. They are at ease with company and groups of people.
Rats are clever, curious, and ever alert to their environment, quickly grasping situations from multiple perspectives. They thrive on a frenzy of activity in a variety of fields, in their work, their home and recreational spheres. The nature of those born under this intellectual sign is ‘concealment’.

Year of the Ox
1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Honest, Loyal, Popular, Sincere, Steadfast, Reliable
Stubborn, Impatient, Inflexible, Narrow-Minded, Sulking
Best Match: Rat, Snake, Rooster
Avoid: Dragon, Horse, Sheep, Dog, Rabbit
The Ox is a born leader, inspiring confidence from all those around them. They are conservative, methodical, stable, and good with their hands. They are strong survivors, hard working, serious, dutiful and reliable. Ox can be at times chauvinistic, opinionated and demanding. The strength of an Ox person comes out in great shows of determination, obstinacy, and defense for what they believe in. It is dangerous to push the Ox too far. You will make a formidable and long-lived enemy.
Ox people enjoy their private life and doing things on their own, They construct firm bonds with their home and family. You will enjoy their sympathy, sound advice and willingness to give help when the situation arises. While not the most romantic of the animals, Oxen make affectionate, faithful partners and lovers.

Year of the Tiger
1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Enthusiastic, Optimistic, Courageous, Bold, Sociable, Energetic
Volatile, Impulsive, Hot-headed, Restless, Disobedient, Vain, Stubborn
Best Match: Horse, Dog
Avoid: Snake, Monkey
Tigers are sensitive, honest, generous, emotional and capable of passionate love. They are tenderhearted, and affectionate with their friends and family. They need independence but love to dominate.
Tigers are powerful, courageous, and extremely competitive risk-takers. This strong sense of dignity, coupled with their eagerness to face challenges, makes them natural but difficult leaders. They have a rebellious streak and tend to resent their elders and those with authority. They are unwilling to take heed or trust others beneath them. Tigers are restless, lack stability, and can be selfish, stubborn and critical. They suffer from depression but always bounce back to face new challenges and take bigger chances.

Year of the Rabbit
1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Astute, Thoughtful, Refined, Docile, Wise
Cunning, Snobbish, Possessive, Fussy, Obsessive
Best Match: Sheep, Dog, Pig
Avoid: Rat, Ox, Dragon, Rooster, Horse
Rabbits are the people everyone likes to be around. They are tactful, respectful, sympathetic, affectionate, and obliging. They are sensitive lovers, responsive companions, and seek a partner who can offer security in life. They can get too sentimental, sometimes superficial, and even selfish, when it comes to enjoying themselves. Rabbits stay out of disputes. Even though they seem quiet (and even inattentive), their intuition and intelligence gives them the diplomatic skills to distance themselves from bad situations.
They are well-groomed, and always fashionable. The Rabbit's conservative exterior hides a love for fun, which catches other people off guard. They excel at assessing a situation and providing a solution when the time is right. Rabbits have an uncanny sense for picking a winner and make good gamblers.
The Rabbit is easygoing, very refined, and a devoted friend. These fine souls excel in the fine arts, and are highly creative.

Year of the Dragon
1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Resourceful, Self-Assured, Adaptable, Original, Valiant, Enthusiastic
Arrogant, Hot-headed, Unpredictable, Critical, Irritable, Discourteous
Best Match: Rat, Monkey,Rooster
Avoid: Dog, Ox, Dragon, Rabbit
Full of vitality and enthusiasm, Dragons are popular individuals, despite being seen as foolhardy or big-mouthed at times. They are flamboyant, glamorous, larger than life, powerful, strong-willed. Full of energy, drive and ambition, they attract attention, even negative, in any situation. People are drawn to them like a magnets.
Dragons are intelligent, demanding, gifted perfectionists. Their intolerance usually causes a stir, but Dragons enjoy attracting attention. They prefer demanding situations and are bored by everyday hum drum. To Dragons, rules and regulations are made only for others. They live, act, and think big, but their pride and self-confidence can prevent them from accepting help when they need it the most. Self-reliant and self-sufficient, they can survive without close relationships, but are energized with companions that share their wavelength.
Dragons are highly visible in society as politicians, film stars, pop stars and entrepreneurs - always excelling in their chosen fields. Prepare yourself for the Dragon's lack of consideration for others. They can be unfaithful or unreliable but you will doubtless be persuaded to give them more chances, such is their attraction.
These proud souls do not like to be challenged, and their nature is that of ‘unpredictability’.

Year of the Snake
1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Insightful, Shrewd, Discreet, Wise, Compassionate, Subtle
Proud, Manipulative, Malicious, Possessive, Vain, Sluggish
Best Match: Ox, Rooster
Avoid: Tiger, Monkey, Pig
Snakes are often physically attractive. They are wise, charming, and have a flair for creating just the right look for any occasion. They have a subtle way of leading people into thinking that they are supremely knowledgeable. Snakes are romantics and deep thinkers. They are attracted to elegant and refined partners, but become deeply jealous and possessive when involved in relationships.
Their intuition guides them strongly. Snakes usually do things at their own pace, in their own time, and when the moment is right, take up something completely new. Snakes mistrust and are secretive. Although sociable at times, they have a strong desire to be left alone causing people to avoid them.
Snakes are actually subtle workers, imperceptibly maneuvering and manipulating until they are in the position to get what they want. They have a special gift for recognizing potential where other's wouldn't. This trait helps Snakes to succeed in business.
The Snake is the wise philosopher. They are the psychiatrists and spiritual advisors of the zodiac. Quiet, ‘accumulated strength’ is the nature of these souls.

Year of Horse
1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Friendly, Vivacious, Enduring, Witty, Cheerful, Refined, Independent
Selfish, Reckless, Vain, Impatient, Volatile
Best Match: Tiger, Sheep, Dog;
Avoid: Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Horse
Horses are their own people. Independent and decisive, the Horse prefers to be ‘on the move’ with places to go and people to see. They are usually lively, gregarious, charming and popular. They enjoy entertainment on a large scale and will spend money foolishly. Although Horses make good companions and leaders, they can have fits of stubbornness or explosive temper tantrums. While intelligent and friendly, they can be selfish, cunning, and egotistical. Horses may be over-enthusiastic, single-minded and behave somewhat impetuously and pig-headed.
Horses enjoy a good challenge and are prepared to devote themselves to success. They have no qualms, however, with running in the opposite direction if they consider their role 'beneath them'. They are physically energetic, strong and enduring, and will invariably work hard at any job.
Horses rarely worry about settling down. They are prone to falling hopelessly and blindly in love. A Horse may make several mistakes before finding the right partner.

Year of the Sheep
1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Intelligent, Artistic, Gentle, Kind, Cultured, Sensitive
Fussy, Insecure, Ingrate, Self-Indulgent, Dependent
Best Match: Rabbit, Horse, Pig;
Avoid: Rat, Ox, Dog
Sheep have a knack of always getting off on the wrong foot. They can be charming company. Sheep sometimes hold back their emotions, and are not fully appreciated for their true nature. They are first to complain about discomfort. Lovers of art and nature, they tend to spoil themselves. Sheep are gentle, selfless, creative, cultured and well-mannered having a civilizing influence on others. Some Sheep are timid and easily upset, while others can be adaptable and sure-footed. Sheep prefer to live and work with other people, and find emotional satisfaction with partners that provide them security in life.
Sheep people can be great peacemakers, able to defuse an explosive situation with their considerable tact and diplomacy. You will find many of them in the caring professions. Naturally pessimistic, mild mannered and even shy, the Sheep person is a sympathetic voice. They are often artistic but tend to follow an established tradition rather than create an original style. They are followers rather than leaders. They often lack a sense of direction, can become lost and confused in life. Left to their own devices, Sheep can be irresponsible and impractical.
The sheep are the artists in temperament and character. These changeable free spirits, love social gatherings, stimulating conversation, and interesting people. Propriety and a beautiful environment are important to this soul. Gentle in spirit, sheep desire a peaceful spot to exist.

Year of the Monkey
1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Persuasive, Resourceful, Good-Humored, Ingenious, Versatile, Imaginative
Superficial, Restless, Impudent, Sly, Mischievousness, Untruthful
Best Match: Rat, Dragon
Avoid: Tiger, Snake, Pig
The Monkey is the eternal child, the prankster, the gifted story-teller, youthful and clever. They are restless, enterprising, sexual, mischievous, high-spirited, intelligent, talkative, witty and possess an overall magnetic personality. Monkeys are social butterflies gifted with a hilarious sense of humor.
Although delightful company, Monkeys can be unreliable and less than honest, even double-dealing in personal relationships. Therefore, Monkeys may find their associations short-lived and unfulfilled. In fact, they tend to have many different relationships in their lives before establishing a deep and lasting liaison. A bit of a tease, Monkeys need partners that can keep them stimulated.
Monkeys are fast learners. They can be crafty opportunists, and can adapt to many situations. Some people love their eccentric personality; others mistrust their restless, sly, inquisitive behavior. Monkeys indulge in deceit, just for the stir it causes, and shrug it off as a joke. They cannot imagine themselves in other people's shoes, rendering them unsympathetic and un-intuitive.
If valued and encouraged, Monkeys can be extremely successful in business with their adeptness at making deals. They can perform well in many jobs, but are too restless to work from 9 - 5.
These highly multifaceted and intelligent souls are ‘irrepressible’.

Year of the Rooster
1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Passionate, Resilient, Patriotic, Industrious, Courageous, Protective
Conceited, Blunt, Rude, Bossy, Aggressive, Impatient
Best Match: Ox, Dragon, Snake
Avoid: Rooster, Dog, Rabbit
Roosters love to mix socially. They are extravagant dreamers and flashy dressers. With a taste for pageantry, the Rooster enjoys a lively, outgoing manner. They love to attract attention and admiration, and and get angry when someone steals the spotlight. Despite being melodramatic, they are extremely practical, logical, and have a high standard of excellence. They possess exceptional powers of discrimination.
Roosters are hard workers. They are shrewd and definite in their decision making, often speaking their minds. They like to put all their cards on the table and respect those who do the same. Their honesty to the point of bluntness can cause them to lose friends. Roosters like to work on their own, in their own way, and strongly react against any outside interference. They can be overbearing and bossy and become frustrated with less capable colleagues or partners. Roosters are diligent, efficient and deeply committed, working long, hard hours often taking on more than they can handle. Although they attract many suitors, Roosters are loyal, level headed committed partners.
The Rooster is the military strategist, appearance conscious soul of the zodiac. These efficient and methodical people, work hard today, apply themselves, and plan ahead for tomorrow's rewards.

Year of the Dog
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Devoted, Resilient, Unselfish, Honest, Resourceful, Reliable
Nosy, Cynical, Cantankerous, Pessimistic, Anxious
Best Match: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse
Avoid: Ox, Dragon, Sheep, Rooster
Introverted Dogs are naturally hard working, dutiful, honest, faithful, reliable and strongly committed to the ones they love. They are trustworthy friends and good conversationalists who are always anxious to give of their best. Although they stick to a hobby or interest they enjoy, they are reluctant to embrace new ideas.
Dogs can be rather conservative and slow to learn. Unfortunately, some suffer from insecurity and need a lot of encouragement to fulfill their potential. Most Dogs are plagued by worry, a sharp tongue, and find fault in things. They have a tendency to hold grudges until appeased.
They have a true sense of justice and fair play, and are particularly good at finding logical solutions to problems. For Dogs, it is all about people. They are sympathetic, supportive, forgiving and discreet in human relationships. However, if a Dog takes a dislike to you, he or she can be highly critical and sarcastic. Although they are not known for their romantic natures, they need do need loving, stable relationships. Once they've found their mate, they are faithful for life.
The Dog is famous for complete loyalty towards their friends and loved ones, but intense ferocity towards the enemies of their loved ones. Anxiety, loyalty and protectiveness characterize the magnanimous Dog personality.

Year of the Pig
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Charismatic, Sociable, Intelligent, Affable, Quick-Witted, Popular
Exploitive, Calculative, Secretive, Greedy, Acquisitive, Devious
Best Match: Sheep, Rabbit
Avoid: Snake, Pig, Monkey
Pigs are splendid companions, intellectuals with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. They are honest, gentle, strong willed, tolerant, and sincere. They are incredibly naive and sometimes taken advantage of. Regardless, they seldom hold a grudge, but even Pigs have limits, and their rage is something to behold! Pigs are exceptionally funny and good-humored, and will overlook other people's faults for the sake of social harmony. The Pig may have few friends but they will be of the lifelong variety.
They love their homes, but secretly crave a live of luxury. They spend most of their time and energy indulging themselves with the best of everything.
Their steadfast, patient nature make them good, amicable organizers. When it comes to love, they are true romantics. They are caring of others, particularly their families which are of paramount importance in their lives. They have an unshakeable faith in human nature and are staggeringly tolerant of the weaknesses of others.
The Pigs are motivated by their conscience. Resigned and accepting the world as it is, the Pig does not push themselves ahead at the cost of another. Content, social and well informed, the Pig is a highly intelligent, but passive observer in life.

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