CHINESE ZODIAC CALCULATOR
CHINESE HOROSCOPES~WHAT ANIMAL ARE YOU??

In Chinese astrology, the years are named for animals and each animal sign recurs every 12 years. According to one legend, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only 12 animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each other one in the order that they arrived. First came the Rat, then the Ox, the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Thus we have 12 signs today.
There are five different elements in the Chinese cosmology, such that, as the animal signs recur every 12 years, they have a different element associated with the sign. The five elements are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. This means you might be a metal Rat, like me, or a fire Horse, like my brother. You also might be a water Rat, or an earth Horse. It all depends on the year of your birth.
The animal ruling year in which you were born exercises a profound influence on your life. As the Chinese say, "This is the animal that hides in your heart". The Chinese horoscope calculator, below, will tell you what animal rules the year of your birth. Put the year of your birth in the box below and find out what Chinese animal you are!

Please enter your birthyear in the long form, such as "1978".




Your Chinese animal ruler is...



MORE CHINESE ASTROLOGY~ANIMAL MONTH RULERS

Now you know what animal ruled the year you were born, in Chinese astrology. Do you know that each month is also ruled by an animal? The Chinese calendar is based on a lunar year. The Lunar New Year is determined by cycles of the moon and therefore the dates are movable, each new year commencing on the new moon which occurred in the late January or February of the Western Calendar. Each month begins at the following new moon. Each month is ruled by an animal, just as each year.
Want to know what animal rules the month you were born? Below, you will find the month, animal, and some basic attributes associated with that animal's sign. These definitions color the Chinese horoscope of a person, whether they are born in the animal year, month, day, or hour. Remember, the month begins with the new moon in that month, so check with a Chinese calendar to be sure of the animal for your birthmonth. It is also good to check the calender for your birth year, if you were born in mid-January to mid-February of any year.
Have Fun!

DECEMBER
Chinese Name... Shu
English Name... Rat or Mouse
You are imaginative, charming, and truly generous to the person you love. However, you have a tendency to be quick-tempered and overly critical.Life is a joyous journey for you. Each search must end with a new quest. You are progress, exploration and insight. A valuable lesson for Rats is to learn to consider others above themselves, at least sometimes. If they can develop their sense of self and realize it leaves room for others in their life as well, Rats could find true happiness.

JANUARY
Chinese Name... Niu
English Name... Ox or Buffalo
You are conservative, methodical, and good with your hands. You abide by the laws of nature - patiently pushing the wheel of fate. Thus, you shall weave your destiny. A good lesson for mighty Oxen is to strive to overcome a judgmental nature that keeps them from getting close to others. If they can learn to value their own good qualities, they'll have more room in their hearts to invite others in.

FEBRUARY
Chinese Name... Hu
English Name... Tiger
You have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what you think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel. Magnetic and self-possessed, Tigers are born leaders. All the world is your stage. You set new trails ablaze; You seek the unattainable, and try the untried. A lesson that Tigers would be well-served to learn is "moderation in all things." Once these cats can find their center and direct their considerable energies toward worthwhile endeavors, they will accomplish much.

MARCH
Chinese Name... T'u
English Name... Hare or Rabbit
The rabbit is extremely popular and has a wide circle of family and friends. You are in tune with the pulse of the universe. In your quiet and solitude, you hear the melodies of the soul. What Rabbits need most is a stronger sense of self-worth and the security that comes with it. Their discerning natures, coupled with some hard-won assertiveness, will help these happy creatures go far.

APRIL
Chinese Name... Lung
English Name... Dragon
Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular & powerful individual, even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a "big mouth" at times. You are giving, intelligent, and tenacious, and know exactly what you want and are determined to get it. Your presence disperses dark clouds. You have been chosen to tame the Fates. If Dragons can learn to balance their quest for success with an appreciation for the little things, their life will be more than worthwhile.

MAY
Chinese Name... She
English Name... 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. Yours is the wisdom of the ages. You hold the key to the mysteries of life. Snakes must try to learn humility and to develop a stronger sense of self. Once Snakes realize that confidence comes from within, they will finally be comfortable in their own skin.

JUNE
Chinese Name... Ma
English Name... Horse
Your capacity for hard work is amazing. You have a sharp wit and a scintillating presence. You run unimpeded through virgin paths. Your spirit unconquered - Your soul forever free. Horses crave love and intimacy, which is a double-edged sword since it often leads them to feel trapped. Once they find some peace within themselves, they can curb their wandering tendencies and learn to appreciate what's in their own backyard.

JULY
Chinese Name... Yang
English Name... Goat, Ram or Sheep
You are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things. You might make a great craftsperson or artisan, or perhaps a teacher of New Age studies -- any occupation that allows your mind the full range of freedom. You are nature's special child. You trust and are rewarded by trust. Goats would be well-served by learning to relax and let others run the show from time to time.

AUGUST
Chinese Name... Hou
English Name... Monkey
Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. Your heart's filled with potent magic that could cast a hundred spells. You are put together for your own pleasure. Monkey's world will be more complete once it realizes the world doesn't revolve just around it.

SEPTEMBER
Chinese Name... Chi'
English Name... Rooster or Chicken
The Rooster is a hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making, often speaking his mind. You thrive by clockwork and precision. In your unending quest for perfection all things will be restored to their rightful place. Rooster would also do well to learn to adopt the philosophy of "live and let live"; perhaps an appeal to the Rooster's logic -- that it's inefficient to waste time nagging others -- will help roosters learn to let others be whomever and however they are.

OCTOBER
Chinese Name... Kou
English Name... Dog
The Dog will never let you down. You are the protector of justice; Equality - your sole friend. Life without honor is life in vain. You make a wonderful, discreet and loyal friend and are an excellent listener. Dogs need to work on controlling their irrational worries and would also be well-served to relax their mile-high standards, which can sometimes wind up alienating the ones they love.

NOVEMBER
Chinese Name... Chi
English Name... Pig or Boar
You are sincere, tolerant, and honest, but by expecting the same from others, you can be incredibly naive. With innocence and faith, you walk in Love's protective light. By giving of yourself freely, you are richer and twice blest. Pigs would do well to realize that there's more to life than being needed. When they open up their world to a diverse group of people, they will truly bloom.





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