The zodiac sign you commonly associate yourself with is probably one of the common sun signs like Virgo, Aries, or Gemini.
However they don't give you the whole story. There is also your moon sign which gives you more insight into your personality, but even then there is still another massive way that the stars can help explain your life to you.
The Chinese zodiac signs don't follow the same time periods as the more familiar zodiac signs, and instead go by year. There are still 12 symbols that represent the people who fall under them, but first you need to know which one you are.
There are some variations on the starting dates of the signs because they follow the Chinese New Year schedule, but for the most part you can find your sign by just checking your birth year. Once you know what year you were born in, you will be able to uncover an entirely new side of your personality.
Years Born: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
As the first animal of the zodiac, you are a charming leader, who enjoys being in authoritative positions.
You are quick-witted and ambitious, which means that you are capable of accomplishing your goals faster than most. While rats are quite talkative, they never discuss their problems with others, preferring to keep it to themselves.
You are charismatic and smart, but at times can get stubborn, and you tend to have a bit of a weakness for gossip.
At their worst, rats are considered unyielding, greedy, and self-centered, but they are known for being generous in relationships, and are most comfortable in the company of their loved ones.
Seek: Dragon, Ox, Monkey; Avoid: Rabbit, Ram, Horse
Years Born: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
You are always calm in the face of stress, and compassionate with those around you. People are able to depend on you based on your steadfast and honest nature, knowing that you are fiercely loyal to those you trust.
In return, the ox also asks for honesty, loyalty, and commitment from their loved ones and partner.
However, you can be a little bit narrow-minded and believe that your option is always the best and only option, and will get impatient when others try to convince you otherwise.
When you're pushed past your limits, you're more likely to become hotheaded, inflexible, and stubborn. If an ox is cheated on, they will find it incredibly difficult to forgive.
Seek: Rat, Snake, Rooster; Avoid: Horse, Dog, Ram
Years Born: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
You have so much passion for the things you love that it makes others envious. You have an enthusiastic and optimistic outlook on life that others have a hard time matching.
Tigers often find themselves in leadership roles and are likely to find the good in less than ideal situations. You're known for your bravery, but keep yourself guarded in front of new people. Once you're in a romantic relationship, you'll be fully committed and love your partner passionately.
However, this passion can turn you into a hotheaded and dissident person if things don't go your way. Since you're a naturally confident person, if you are criticized, your sensitive nature will take over. Luckily, tigers are known to bounce back quickly.
Seek: Horse, Dog; Avoid: Snake, Monkey
Rabbit (also called the Hare)
Years Born: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
You can be incredibly kind and sensitive to those around you, and are able to pick up on their needs easily. Since you're easy-going in nature, you prefer to live your life in a peaceful atmosphere, and go out of your way to avoid conflict.
You prefer to take the easier road in life and will seek a partner who is kindhearted and often achieves their goals.
However, you can get a little bit possessive, and often use manipulation to get people to do what you want - but would never intentionally hurt someone. Due to your conservative and insecure nature, you are extremely hesitant to change, and will take longer to adapt to new situations.
Seek: Ram, Pig, Dog; Avoid: Rat, Dragon
Years Born: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Dragons are self-assured and aren't afraid to chase their dreams.
You stand out as an original but still manage to adapt to your surroundings when needed with the help of your charismatic personality. Since you're energetic in nature, you don't mind being the center of attention, and are known to help resolve conflict among your peers.
You are resourceful and always capable of coming up with a solution, but sometimes you can be seen as bossy and critical of those around you.
While you want a loving partner, you're also afraid of commitment. Although it takes a special person to get you off the market, you need them to know when to give you your space, and always demand to be treated with respect.
A dragon's downfall can be their perfectionist personality, as they don't only demand the best from their self, but from those around them too.
Seek: Rat, Monkey, Rooster; Avoid: Ox, Rabbit, Dog
Years Born: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
You are insightful and compassionate, but at the same time incredibly independent. You may be kind to others, but you like to maintain a certain level of space because of your distrust of others.
Due to your calculative nature, you like to take control of a situation and will be able to persevere in the face of adversity. Despite being independent, you're known to be jealous of not only those around you, but those who try to join your inner circle without your approval.
Since snakes are private people, they tend not to be as popular with their peers. But this doesn't cause a problem for this zodiac, as they prefer solitude to constant socialization.
Seek: Ox, Rooster; Avoid: Tiger, Pig
Years Born: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
You are witty and cheerful, which makes you the lucky owner of a magnetic personality that is endearing to those around you. Along with your great verbal skills and trustworthy nature, you see through your commitments no matter the level of difficulty.
Although horses are highly determined in whatever they set their mind to, they crave a partner who will take care of them, while simultaneously giving them the freedom to pursue their latest project at hand.
However, you have some selfish tendencies that make you a little bit too vain at times. Despite being a hard worker, you're not often regarded as a team player.
Horses should try to avoid high-conflict situations, as they're known to to have bad tempers and impulsive attitudes.
Seek: Tiger, Ram, Dog; Avoid: Rat, Ox, Rabbit
Ram (also called the Goat or Sheep)
Years Born: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
You are social and charismatic, making you extremely popular. You value harmony and are often polite.
You're a hard worker, but don't like to take credit for everything you've achieved.
You do have a tendency to be a little bit unrealistic in your expectations and can be pessimistic about the results, but can also be extremely sympathetic to those around you. You're known to not complain when you're in uncomfortable situations due to your lack of self-confidence.
Goats seek out relationships with people who provide them security, will always be in their corner, and let them show their nature.
Seek: Rabbit, Horse, Pig; Avoid: Ox, Dog
Years Born: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Monkeys are known to be the most energetic of all 12 of the zodiac signs, which can also be seen through their pursuit of knowledge and creative projects.
You're known for your quick wit and humorous personality, and will often pull good-natured pranks on your friends and family.
You are not only resourceful, but your methods of problem solving are nothing short of genius. People wonder how your mind works the way that it does, and you can credit your incredible imagination for its help.
Because your mind is moving so quickly, you can get a little bit restless and mischievous while you try to occupy your mind. Due to this reason, you have trouble settling down with a partner and people may view you as a suspicious individual.
Seek: Rat, Dragon, Snake; Avoid: Tiger, Pig
Years born: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
You are responsible and protective of the people around you, and courageous when it comes to trying new things. You're extremely creative and fantastic at communicating with your peers.
Roosters will put their entire heart and soul into every endeavor they pursue, but also have a hard time sharing the spotlight, as you have a tendency to believe your opinion is the only one that matters.
While you always know what you want, your opinionated attitude and blunt delivery can be a lot to take for those who are sensitive. You have high standards for both yourself and others, which can frustrate those closest to you as well.
Seek: Ox, Dragon, Snake; Avoid: Rat, Rabbit, Dog
Years Born: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
You are loyal and generous with your time and energy, and are pleasant to be around. You are easygoing, faithful, and reliable, making you a great friend.
Since dogs are known for their courageous and honorable nature, they typically have the utmost respect from those around them.
You do however, have anxious tendencies and can get frantic about the smallest thing. While you can also be quick to criticize those around you for their shortfalls, you strive to be able to fair to everyone when faced with a less than ideal situation.
Seek: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse; Avoid: Ox, Dragon, Ram, Rooster
Years Born: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
You are never judgmental of those around you, and are trusting and kind to the people in your life. You're well-liked due to your kind and honorable nature, and will always tell the truth in any situation you're placed in.
You have a great sense of humor which makes it easy to carry a conversation with even the most stiff people, while your high intelligence helps you achieve your goals.
You enjoy the finer things in life and you never bother hiding who you are, even when you are at your most superficial or self-indulgent.
You will shower your partner in an abundance in love and attention and expect the same admiration in return. But while you try to see the best in people and often look past their faults, your naivete can come back to bite you.
Seek: Ram, Rabbit; Avoid: Snake, Monkey, Pig
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