Chinese Zodiac

hour, month, year — birth frames,
even elements sway — but
I’m not that simple


After yesterday’s post and comments, I thought some readers might be curious about their Chinese zodiac sign.  So I’ve strayed from haiku to give a little fun reading.

These 12 animals represent the rotating 12-year cycle that is the basis of the Chinese Zodiac.  Chinese New Year begins sometime in January-February, so if your birthday is in one of those months, you’ll need to visit one of the sites below for a more accurate zodiac assignment.

from Chinese

Born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044… RAT/MICE: You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical. You are also inclined to be somewhat of an opportunist. Born under this sign, you should be happy in sales or as a writer, critic, or publicist.
Born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045… OX/BUFFALO: A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative methodical, and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way. The Buffalo would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser.
Born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046… TIGER: You are sensitive, emotional, and capable of great love. However, you have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right; often seen as a “Hothead” or rebel. Your sign shows you would be excellent as a boss, explorer, race car driver, or matador.
Born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035, 2047… RABBIT: You are the kind of person that people like to be around affectionate, obliging, and always pleasant. You have a tendency, though, to get too sentimental and seem superficial. Being cautious and conservative, you are successful in business but would also make a good lawyer, diplomat, or actor.
Born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048… DRAGON: Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation for being foolhardy and a “big mouth” at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.
Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049… SNAKE: Rich in wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking and your intuition guides you strongly. Avoid procrastination and your stingy attitude towards money. Keep your sense of humor about life. The Snake would be most content as a teacher, philosopher, writer, psychiatrist, and fortune teller.
Born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038, 2050… HORSE: Your capacity for hard work is amazing. You are your own person-very independent. While intelligent and friendly, you have a strong streak of selfishness and sharp cunning and should guard against being egotistical. Your sign suggests success as an adventurer, scientist, poet, or politician.
Born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051… SHEEP/GOAT: Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Goat can be charming company. You are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts. You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber.
Born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052… MONKEY: You are a very intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. The Monkey, however, must guard against being an opportunist and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field you try.
Born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053… ROOSTER: The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision-making often speaking his mind. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser, and extravagant to an extreme. Born under this sign you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier or world traveler.
Born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054… DOG: The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder, however. You would make an excellent business person, activist, teacher, or secret agent.
Born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043, 2055… PIG: You are a splendid companion, an intellectual with a very strong need to set difficult goals and carry them out. You are sincere, tolerant, and honest but by expecting the same from others, you are incredibly naïve. Your quest for material goods could be your downfall. The Pig would be best in the arts as an entertainer, or possible a lawyer.

Like all horoscopes, the interpretations are varied (and more complex if you want to really dig into them), so if you don’t like what you see here, try some of these sites.

Chinese Zodiac

Wikipedia on Chinese Zodiac

Another Chinese Zodiac

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43 Responses to Chinese Zodiac

  1. Shawna says:

    I’m a snakey poet. 🙂

    • Yousei Hime says:

      You showed up in comments this time. I have no idea what’s going on with the spam thing. Too much effort to figure it out now. Snakey poets rock.

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  3. warriorpoetess says:

    Interesting post. Thanks for sharing.


    • Yousei Hime says:

      Love your name! Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Hope you’ll come back when you have the time. Glad you’re joining Jingle’s Rally. See you there.

  4. dustus says:

    “ROARR!” says this tiger! Nice poetic prelude to the info 🙂

  5. souldose says:

    I’ve always wondered about this and since my birthday is on the 4th February I’ll check the website

  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I was born in the year of Snake. Interesting.

  7. Jingle says:

    Pick one of your choice from the bottom three,
    Happy Thursday!
    Happy Easter!
    Thank you for the invaluable contribution to Poets’ Rally.

  8. trisha says:

    thanks for this interesting post 🙂

  9. Just here to let you know that I have awarded you… is your three months up yet?
    Happy Easter!
    Mine is here

    Me got awards for you, come on over here Happy Wednesday! hugs with love, shakira

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Lol. Yes, my award slate is clear–only three every month. Yours will be the top of April’s list. Thank you, my dear. I’ll be over soon to collect. Happiest of Easters to you as well.

  10. kseverny says:

    thats so cool.
    year of the tiger for me, awesome

  11. anthonynorth says:

    That was interesting. Nicely done.
    You’ll find mine here.

  12. slpmartin says:

    So strange when this charts show a lot about who you are…or what you have heard from others…how does that work?

    • Yousei Hime says:

      For this post, just find the year you were born on the chart, and the animal next to it is your sign. Aside from that, I’m not sure how it works. It is actually much more complicated than just which year one is born in. This particular astrology takes into consideration the month, day, and even the hour of birth. There is probably even more to it than I have patience to look up and decipher. I just posted it for fun. Sometimes the descriptions are accurate, but they are vague enough and flattering enough that most people would like to have their characteristics if they don’t have them already. Like I said, just read it for fun. Thanks for stopping in.

  13. Tacy says:

    I’m a Tiger, and it certainly fits my personality. I am sensitive, but you know how I am when people discriminate! I do rebel against trends, and sometimes against absurd rules (for example: at my school, no public display of affection may be shown, which includes hugging your friends. Well, I give hugs to all my friends, guy or girl, no matter what.). Thanks for such a thoughtful post!

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Hiya Tiger!
      Enjoyed reading your comment. I agree that the enforcement of the pda rule at your school is a little ridiculous. I mean, what’s wrong with hugs? Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  14. lesliepaints says:

    Hey! Good idea, Yousei! Love the haiku about not being so simple. 🙂

  15. william says:

    cool I am the year of the Rat hehheheh this was interesting dear, thanks and ur haiku was amazin xx

    • Yousei Hime says:

      My youngest is a Rat. I found it ironic that though my husband and I are not directly compatible, we are not incompatible either. My children on the other hand are both of the antagonistic signs for my poor rabbit. Such is life. 😉

  16. Viola says:

    Ok, I took a look and am a “Dog” Here is my reading and may I add is right about me except for two things. I don’t have a sharp tongue, nor do I find fault with people. I like finding good. Other than that it is right on the nose. Thank you Shakira for sharing this. Oh, yes, I don’t worry anymore, I give my problems to the Lord and let Him take care of them, but I used to worry all the time. What a big burden this old lady don’t have anymore. Billy is going to get me for using that “OLD” word! LOL

    DOG: The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder, however. You would make an excellent business person, activist, teacher, or secret agent

  17. Jingle says:

    I never expected you to post this,
    what fun!

  18. Viola says:

    I am a bull was born 5/5 but I am a nice bull, and you are the prettiest snake that I have ever seen.

  19. blissbait says:

    AHHHHH! I LLLLOOOOVVVEEE this haiku! And how cool that You listed the signs for everyone! This here dragon heftily sways out of Your wonderful room shooting beams of joyous light in Your direction. Thank You and Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Welcome great dragon. (My husband and sister are dragons, good most of the time–heehee). Surely you meant deftly not heftily swaying out? Hefty is just for computer-potato poetic rabbits. 😉 Thank you for your rays of warmth, laughter and friendship. The rabbit will be over for a dragon ride soon. 😉

  20. Technobabe says:

    I knew I should have been a secret agent! This was fun and also enlightening.

  21. jRuth Kelly says:

    i love your haiku here… i will say though that i never did understand why the chinese zodiac is so NOT me! :0)

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Cuzn jRuth,
      Well, this stuff isn’t for everyone, and I just like reading it for fun. I’ve always found mine to be on the disturbingly accurate side. However as I looked for post materials, I read some descriptions for other signs and thought, “I wouldn’t want to be that sign.” Most descriptions concentrate on the positive, but some mix it up. Just in fun, Cuz, just in fun. Besides, you are uniquely and wonderfully you, as my haiku suggests. 😀

      • jRuth Kelly says:

        hey…i love astrology…just never did wrap my mind around chinese astrology. it is fun though. we always tease my oldest and youngest because they’re supposed to be like these fierce rivals according to their chinese zodiac. they adore each other but wow. when they fight!!! watch OUT. love your haiku and appreciate you!!!

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  23. Ah.. NICE.. very nice.. I am a Summer Snake…
    Great that you are back.

  24. brian says:

    nice. i am an ox…

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