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Animal Signs of the Chinese Zodiac

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The animal designations of the Chinese zodiac follow a 12-year cycle and are always used in the same sequence.

The Chinese year of 354 days begins three to seven weeks into the western 365-day year, so the animal designation changes at that time, not on January 1.


Ambitious and sincere, you can be generous with your money. Compatible with the dragon and the monkey. Your opposite is the horse.


Ox or Buffalo

A leader, you are bright, patient, and cheerful. Compatible with the snake and the rooster. Your opposite is the sheep.



Forthright and sensitive, you possess great courage. Compatible with the horse and the dog. Your opposite is the monkey.


Rabbit or Hare

Talented and affectionate, you are a seeker of tranquility. Compatible with the sheep and the pig. Your opposite is the rooster.



Robust and passionate, your life is filled with complexity. Compatible with the monkey and the rat. Your opposite is the dog.



Strong-willed and intense, you display great wisdom. Compatible with the rooster and the ox. Your opposite is the pig.



Physically attractive and popular, you like the company of others. Compatible with the tiger and the dog. Your opposite is the rat.


Sheep or Goat

Aesthetic and stylish, you enjoy being a private person. Compatible with the pig and the rabbit. Your opposite is the ox.



Persuasive, skillful, and intelligent, you strive to excel. Compatible with the dragon and the rat. Your opposite is the tiger.


Rooster or Cock

Seeking wisdom and truth, you have a pioneering spirit. Compatible with the snake and the ox. Your opposite is the rabbit.



Generous and loyal, you have the ability to work well with others. Compatible with the horse and the tiger. Your opposite is the dragon.


Pig or Boar

Gallant and noble, your friends will remain at your side. Compatible with the rabbit and the sheep. Your opposite is the snake.


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