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Chinese Horoscope

Find out if your Chinese horoscope reveals your true traits.

The Chinese zodiac is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
The Chinese zodiac is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon.

In Chinese tradition, people used the Chinese Horoscope to reveal a person's traits, ideal mate and future ambitions. The Chinese Horoscope assigns each year an animal according to a repeating cycle of 12 -- ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig and rat. Every 12th year, an animal reappears. According to Chinese folklore, a person born in a particular year has the same traits as those assigned to that animal. For example, someone born in the Year of the Horse would be cheerful and popular and enjoy complimenting others.

The animals used in the Chinese Horoscope come from the Chinese Animal Zodiac, which is often printed on placemats used in Chinese restaurants. According to the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, the zodiac is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon. The lunar cycle is the reason why people do not celebrate Chinese New Year on January 1, as they do in the Western World, but instead celebrate the holiday toward the end of January. According to the lunar calendar, people born in January often fall under the previous year's sign.

Although Chinese culture celebrates the Chinese Horoscope, most Chinese people today consider the horoscope a form of entertainment rather than a source of information. Astrology on the Web offers the following information for each sign:

Year of the Ox

(1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009)
Traits:
steady, honest, gentle and reliable; are best left alone to work as they can become hotheaded, inflexible and stubborn when pushed
Preferred mate:
truthful, loyal and committed
Careers: those involving the earth, visual arts, farming, estate management, cooking, religion and medicine

Year of the Tiger

(1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010)
Traits: determined and enthusiastic, but often has a sense of superiority; can be self-centered and obstinate
Preferred mate: steady and consistent
Careers: leadership, travel, design, advertising, politics and the military

Year of the Rabbit

(1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011)
Traits: generous, friendly and tranquil; becomes anxious when taking risks; prefers the easy road
Preferred mate: loving and kind and fulfills their desires
Careers: literature, art, design, public relations, counseling and law

Year of the Dragon

(1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012)
Traits: energetic, enthusiastic and self-confident; good at creating an impression; likes being the center of attention; full of energy
Preferred mate: romantic and independent
Careers: acting, law, religion, management and the arts

Year of the Snake

(1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013)
Traits: controlling, charming and captivating; often conservative; exhibits an uncanny perception
Preferred mate: intimate and loving
Careers: public relations, archaeology, astrology, philosophy, catering and law

Year of the Horse

(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014)
Traits: independent, cheerful and confident; full of strength and ambitions; honest and loyal; often completely devoted to work, family or home; often compliments others
Preferred mate: caring and independent
Careers: politicians, explorers and artists

Year of the Sheep

(1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015)
Traits: exercises moderation and is good under pressure; patient and cautious; good team player
Preferred mate: protective yet independent
Careers: arts, research, outdoor work, emergency relief work, librarians and designers

Year of the Monkey

(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016)
Traits: energetic, intelligent and a trickster; learns quickly; loves playing games; has a great deal of energy
Preferred mate:
find it hard to settle with one person
Careers: design, media management, public relations and planning

Year of the Rooster

(1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017)
Traits: courageous, brave and wise; enjoys singing and music; has a powerful imagination
Preferred mate: great companion and friend
Careers: politics, public relations, arts and science

Year of the Dog

(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006)
Traits: honest, friendly and sincere; always ready for action; can be brave and courageous
Preferred mate: supportive and reliable
Careers:
teaching, social work, counseling, medicine, research, public campaigning and law.

Year of the Pig

(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007)
Traits: tolerant, generous, virtuous and peaceful; has a warm nature; finds the best in people
Preferred mate: loving and affectionate
Careers: music, food, writing, social work, gardening and caring for others

Year of the Rat

(1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008)
Traits: intelligent, charming and ambitious; often successful in business; may appear stubborn, selfish and greedy
Preferred mate: loving and reliable
Careers: shop-keeping, sales, buying, selling and accounting

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