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Chinese Horoscope: Zodiac Signs and Elements

Info by Cleopatra | Last update on 2021-07-01 | Created on 2014-01-05

The following table gives an overview of the animal signs and elements in the Chinese Horoscope. Crucial for the determination of your personal animal and element is the birth year in the Chinese calendar.

Since the Chinese year is not starting at our 1st January, you have to look in the columns "Begin" and "End" of the table. Therefore, for example, the Chinese year 1912 begins on 18th February 1912 and ends on 5th February 1913. Those born between these days, have the zodiac sign "Rat" with the element "Water" ("Water Rat"). So, even the day 10. January 1913, for instance, falls into the Chinese year 1912.

Each Chinese Year is assigned an animal and an element. The year 1912 is therefore the "Year of the Rat" and the "Year of Water". We are also speaking of the year of the "Water Rat".

AnimalElementBeginEndYear
RatWater18.02.191205.02.19131912
OxWater06.02.191325.01.19141913
TigerWood26.01.191413.02.19151914
RabbitWood14.02.191502.02.19161915
DragonFire03.02.191622.01.19171916
SnakeFire23.01.191710.02.19181917
HorseEarth11.02.191831.01.19191918
GoatEarth01.02.191919.02.19201919
MonkeyMetal20.02.192007.02.19211920
RoosterMetal08.02.192127.01.19221921
DogWater28.01.192215.02.19231922
PigWater16.02.192304.02.19241923
RatWood05.02.192424.01.19251924
OxWood25.01.192512.02.19261925
TigerFire13.02.192601.02.19271926
RabbitFire02.02.192722.01.19281927
DragonEarth23.01.192809.02.19291928
SnakeEarth10.02.192929.01.19301929
HorseMetal30.01.193016.02.19311930
GoatMetal17.02.193105.02.19321931
MonkeyWater06.02.193225.01.19331932
RoosterWater26.01.193313.02.19341933
DogWood14.02.193403.02.19351934
PigWood04.02.193523.01.19361935
RatFire24.01.193610.02.19371936
OxFire11.02.193730.01.19381937
TigerEarth31.01.193818.02.19391938
RabbitEarth19.02.193907.02.19401939
DragonMetal08.02.194026.01.19411940
SnakeMetal27.01.194114.02.19421941
HorseWater15.02.194204.02.19431942
GoatWater05.02.194324.01.19441943
MonkeyWood25.01.194412.02.19451944
RoosterWood13.02.194501.02.19461945
DogFire02.02.194621.01.19471946
PigFire22.01.194709.02.19481947
RatEarth10.02.194828.01.19491948
OxEarth29.01.194916.02.19501949
TigerMetal17.02.195005.02.19511950
RabbitMetal06.02.195126.01.19521951
DragonWater27.01.195213.02.19531952
SnakeWater14.02.195302.02.19541953
HorseWood03.02.195423.01.19551954
GoatWood24.01.195511.02.19561955
MonkeyFire12.02.195630.01.19571956
RoosterFire31.01.195717.02.19581957
DogEarth18.02.195807.02.19591958
PigEarth08.02.195927.01.19601959
RatMetal28.01.196014.02.19611960
OxMetal15.02.196104.02.19621961
TigerWater05.02.196224.01.19631962
RabbitWater25.01.196312.02.19641963
DragonWood13.02.196401.02.19651964
SnakeWood02.02.196520.01.19661965
HorseFire21.01.196608.02.19671966
GoatFire09.02.196729.01.19681967
MonkeyEarth30.01.196816.02.19691968
RoosterEarth17.02.196905.02.19701969
DogMetal06.02.197026.01.19711970
PigMetal27.01.197114.02.19721971
RatWater15.02.197202.02.19731972
OxWater03.02.197322.01.19741973
TigerWood23.01.197410.02.19751974
RabbitWood11.02.197530.01.19761975
DragonFire31.01.197617.02.19771976
SnakeFire18.02.197706.02.19781977
HorseEarth07.02.197827.01.19791978
GoatEarth28.01.197915.02.19801979
MonkeyMetal16.02.198004.02.19811980
RoosterMetal05.02.198124.01.19821981
DogWater25.01.198212.02.19831982
PigWater13.02.198301.02.19841983
RatWood02.02.198419.02.19851984
OxWood20.02.198508.02.19861985
TigerFire09.02.198628.01.19871986
RabbitFire29.01.198716.02.19881987
DragonEarth17.02.198805.02.19891988
SnakeEarth06.02.198926.01.19901989
HorseMetal27.01.199014.02.19911990
GoatMetal15.02.199103.02.19921991
MonkeyWater04.02.199222.01.19931992
RoosterWater23.01.199309.02.19941993
DogWood10.02.199430.01.19951994
PigWood31.01.199518.02.19961995
RatFire19.02.199606.02.19971996
OxFire07.02.199727.01.19981997
TigerEarth28.01.199815.02.19991998
RabbitEarth16.02.199904.02.20001999
DragonMetal05.02.200023.01.20012000
SnakeMetal24.01.200111.02.20022001
HorseWater12.02.200231.01.20032002
GoatWater01.02.200321.01.20042003
MonkeyWood22.01.200408.02.20052004
RoosterWood09.02.200528.01.20062005
DogFire29.01.200617.02.20072006
PigFire18.02.200706.02.20082007
RatEarth07.02.200825.01.20092008
OxEarth26.01.200923.02.20102009
TigerMetal24.02.201002.02.20112010
RabbitMetal03.02.201122.01.20122011
DragonWater23.01.201209.02.20132012
SnakeWater10.02.201330.01.20142013
HorseWood31.01.201418.02.20152014
GoatWood19.02.201507.02.20162015
MonkeyFire08.02.201627.01.20172016
RoosterFire28.01.201715.02.20182017
DogEarth16.02.201804.02.20192018
PigEarth05.02.201924.01.20202019
RatMetal25.01.202011.02.20212020
OxMetal12.02.202131.01.20222021
TigerWater01.02.202221.01.20232022

The Chinese Calender is divided into time circles (cycles/periods) lasting 60 years. Such a time circle always starts with the Year of the Water-Rat. Because the 12 zodiac signs are repeating every 12 years and the 5 elements Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal are repeating every 10 years, it makes 60 years until this procedure again starts from the beginning.

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