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Chinese Astrology: Animals Of The Chinese Zodiac!
Each Chinese New Year is linked to one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.
The following slides will help you figure out which is your Chinese zodiac animal and discover what famous people also share your sign.
NOTE: Since the Chinese New Year is determined by the Lunar calendar, the last day of the Chinese New Year is not December 31st and the first day of the year is not January 1st. The New Year usually begins between January 21st and February 20th. If you have a birthday that occurs in January or February, please consult a Chinese zodiac calculator to figure out your sign.
There are endless variations of the folklore story explaining how the order of the animals of the zodiac were chosen. Below is a popular telling of tale:
When it came time for the Jade Emperor in heaven to decide the order of the zodiac, he invited all the animals to participate in a race. The order of the zodiac would be decided by the order in which animals finished the race.
When the competition started, the ox was leading the pack, but the rat jumped on his back. Since the rat was so light and small, the ox did not realize that the rat was hitching a ride. As the ox approached the finish line, the rat leap off his back and was crowned as the first animal to complete the race.
After all the creatures finished the race, the order was finalized: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
According to legend, those born in a particular year of an animal are said to possess particular character traits associated with that animal.
Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Positive Character Traits: Charming and ambitious
Negative Character Traits: Short-tempered and sometimes sneaky
Most Compatible with: Dragon, Monkey, Ox
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, dancer Gene Kelly, chefs Mario Batali and Julia Child, actors David Duchovny and Hugh Grant
Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Positive Character Traits: Dependable, trust-worthy, patient
Negative Character Traits: Stubborn, hot-tempered in an argument
Most Compatible with: Snake, Rooster, Rat
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Actor Adrien Brody, President Gerald Ford, singer Melissa Etheridge, New Orleans Saints football player Reggie Bush, actress Keira Knightley, model Tyra Banks
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Positive Character Traits: Caring, thoughtful, courageous
Negative Character Traits: Rebellious against authority, makes hasty decisions
Most Compatible with: Horse, Dragon, Dog
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Actress/director Jodie Foster, actor Tom Cruise, biologist Jonas Salk, singer Alanis Morisette
Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Positive Character Traits: Kind, gentle, naturally lucky, even-tempered
Negative Character Traits: Overly sentimental
Most Compatible with: Sheep, Pig, Dog
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Playwritght Arthur Miller, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, actresses Lisa Kudrow, Drew Barrymore, and Angelina Jolie, soccer star David Beckham
Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Positive Character Traits: Intelligent, enthusiastic, brave
Negative Character Traits: Easily tricked, likes to gossip
Most Compatible with: Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rooster
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Authors Roald Dahl and Amy Tan, musician Ringo Starr, actor Russell Crowe, actress Reese Witherspoon
Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Positive Character Traits: Romantic, wise, strong intuition
Negative Character Traits: Vain, stingy when it comes to money
Most Compatible with: Ox and Rooster
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Musician Dizzy Gillespie, tv and radio personality Dick Clark, author J.K. Rowling, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, actor Charlie Sheen
Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Positive Character Traits: Hardworking, cheerful, popular
Negative Character Traits: Rarely listens to advice, can be a chatterbox
Most Compatible with: Tigers, Dogs, Sheep
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Politician Nelson Mandela, singer Aretha Franklin, Grey’s Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl, actress Halle Berry, actor Kiefer Sutherland, action star Jackie Chan
The Goat (Ram or Sheep)
Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Positive Character Traits: Elegant, artistic, compassionate
Negative Character Traits: First to complain about something, pessimistic
Most Compatible with: Rabbit, Pig, Horse
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Singer Nat King Cole, musician Yo-Yo Ma, actress Nicole Kidman, actor/comedian Will Ferrell, author Toni Morrison
Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Positive Character Traits: Witty, inventive, good memory
Negative Character Traits: Gets discouraged easily if faced with difficulties, can be distrustful of others
Most Compatible with: Dragon and Rat
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Author John Updike, singer Diana Ross, actresses Naomi Watts and Lucy Liu, actors Will Smith and Ryan Gosling
Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Positive Character Traits: Deep thinker, confident, determined
Negative Character Traits: Can be a bit of a loner, can be very outspoken
Most Compatible with: Ox, Snake, Dragon
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, TV personality Larry King, singer Gloria Estefan, actresses Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman, actor Jack Black
Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Positive Character Traits: Loyal, honest, can keep a secret
Negative Character Traits: Sharp tongue, hard on others
Most Compatible with: Horse, Tiger, Rabbit
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Singer/actress Judy Garland, fashion designer Giorgio Armani, actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Kirsten Dunst, actor Matt Damon
The Pig (or Boar)
Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Positive Character Traits: Tolerant, determined, kind to loved ones
Negative Character Traits: Can be a bit materialistic, overly trusting
Most Compatible with: Rabbits and Sheep
Famous People Who Have This Sign: Politician Henry Kissinger, country singer Loretta Lynn, House star Hugh Laurie, actor Ewan McGregor, cyclist Lance Armstrong, pop star Carrie Underwood
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