Chinese New Year Animals – Just like western horoscopes, Chinese horoscopes are based on the movements of the stars and other celestial bodies and believed to be able to predict everything from what sort of love life you’ll have to what color your lucky underpants should be. There are 12 animal zodiac signs in the Chinese New year zodiac with each year ruled by a single sign. To find out which Chinese zodiac sign you are, match your birth date the animal. We’ll also tell you what the stars say about your personality; the good, the bad and the ugly
Birth Years for the Rat Zodiac Sign: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
Determined and ambitious, rats are hungry for success and relentless in achieving their goals. Their intelligence means they have the ability to go far but they can be hot headed in the face of difficulties and obstacles, leading to conflict. Their charm and confidence means they have few problems attracting the opposite sex, but longer term relationships can be more challenging because of their unwillingness to compromise. They do not like to share.
Birth Years for the Cow Zodiac Sign: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
Patient, reliable and loyal, cows are happiest when their life and relationships are stable. They tend to form strong and long lasting friendships and often have a small but solid circle of friends. While usually relaxed, cows can be apprehensive of change and this fear can make them sensitive to criticism and unwilling to accept other people’s opinions.
Birth Years for the Tiger Zodiac Sign: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
Passionate about life, Tigers tend to act before they think and throw all their energies into every situation headlong. Supremely confident, they breed confidence in those around them and are natural born leaders and great orators. But their hot and cold emotions mean they are easily bored and change their mind and opinions frequently. They warm to people quickly and usually have a wide circle of friends, but can often be too easily influenced.
Birth Years for the Rabbit Zodiac Sign: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
One of the noblest signs, rabbits are considered principled and honorable and often gain the admiration of those around them. They care deeply about family and friends and their kindness and sympathy for others means they have long and strong relationships. Inscrutability honest and with a talent for dealing with people, they can often rise to positions of influence. Their good intentions can make them a soft target for people to take advantage of their charity and sympathy, and their gullibility can lead them into trouble.
Birth Years for the Dragon Zodiac Sign: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
The red blooded dragon is one of the strongest signs in the Chinese zodiac and their tireless spirit can often bring them success. Their backbone and resolve means they are often turned to in times of crisis, and they can be relied upon to help out others. Their bravery means there are few situations they cannot over come. Driving them is a fiery temperament and it can make them impulsive and impetuous. They dislike routines and are regularly searching for new challenges and opportunities.
Birth Years for the Snake Zodiac Sign: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Naturally intelligent, snakes have a thirst for knowledge and education giving them a wisdom that makes them prudent and rational when it comes to both money and relationships. They rarely make snap decisions, preferring to be patient, weigh up the pros and cons before choosing the right course. Their cool, calm and collected approach to life snakes cope with stress well but it can make them seem emotionally detached and they struggle to express themselves.
Birth Years for the Horse Zodiac Sign: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Full of wit and personality, horses revel in being the center of attention, and their outgoing and sociable behavior means they usually have a wide circle of friends. They usually have little difficulty in attracting the opposite sex but quickly fall in love and relationships can often be intense and short; ending in heartbreak. In a relationship or not, horses like to be independent and their can do attitude and belief in themselves can often drive them to success.
Birth Years for the Sheep Zodiac Sign: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Always thoughtful and kind to those around them, sheep value deep links to family friends and are unselfish in putting other people first. Gentle in their personality, sheep tend to have an affinity for culture and are often creatively gifted. Their sensitivity and concern makes them deep thinkers, but also worriers, and they are easily stressed and often tense.
Birth Years for the Monkey Zodiac Sign: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Combining confidence, charisma and a dash of cuteness, monkeys are usually the life and soul of the party and popular with friends and potential partners. Imaginative with an ability to think creatively, adventurous and restless, they can seem rebellious, unwilling to accept authority, but their inquisitive nature, imagination and ability to think outside the box often makes them gifted at overcoming challenges and striving under stress. Their natural talents may sometimes be lost to laziness and they can seem condescending and egotistical.
Birth Years for the Rooster Zodiac Sign: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
With high expectations and high standards, roosters demand the best for themselves and are tenacious in doing whatever it takes to achieve their goals. While their ideals may seem impossibly ambitious, their approach to life is practical, disciplined and hard working. Sharp and capable, they conquer the obstacles that face them resolutely and are unflappable in a crisis. Roosters take failure very personally and can be highly critical of themselves and others around them; sometimes showing insensitivity.
Birth Years for the Dog Zodiac Sign: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
The eternal optimists, dogs always see the best in themselves and others and have a naturally happy disposition. Their enthusiasm is infectious and can inspire others to look towards them for leadership. While they value loyalty and are trusting of others, they are easily jealous and are unforgiving after disagreements and arguments. An innate stubbornness also means they will rarely admit when they are wrong.
Birth Years for the Pig Zodiac Sign: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
The down to earth pig is instantly likable and can always be relied upon for their honesty and sense of fair play. Their friendliness and compassion make them excellent at dealing with people and they are an excellent judge of character. Despite their belief in other people they can often underestimate themselves and often --- wrongly --- feel they lack the skills or talent to achieve what they want most in life.