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Chinese zodiac horoscope for Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Rat and more

Welcome to The Sun’s Chinese zodiac live blog, where you’ll find all the latest information on what your animal sign means for you.

The year you were born determines your Chinese zodiac sign, which is defined by the Chinese lunar calendar and varies each year.

The story about how the Chinese Animals came about is that a race was organized by the Jade Emperor – one of the most important gods in traditional Chinese religion. 

The Emperor invited all the animals in the world to take part. As a reward for turning up, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one, while the race would determine the order each animal would be placed.

Chinese Animals in order – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

2021 is the year of the Ox, which started February 12th, 2021 and will end January 31st, 2022.

Read our Chinese zodiac live blog below for the very latest on what your horoscope sign has in store for you…

  • THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY

    The Year of the Monkey is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals and is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol.

    It is the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle and is also given to those born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016.

    Tom Hanks, Kylie Minogue, and Justin Timberlake were all born in the year of the Monkey.

    A Monkey’s defining characteristic is their intelligence. They are studious as children and leaders in the workplace in their professional lives.

    They regularly receive recognition and praise for their efforts. Due to this, they can sometimes be arrogant.

  • THE YEAR OF THE GOAT

    In Chinese culture, the Goat is the symbol of filial piety, as well as kindness, purity and wholesomeness.

    Years of the Goat include 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, and 2027.

    Goats put others before themselves, they are loving and selfless, even if it means working against their own interest.

    They can persevere through any difficulty and they are strong and resilient. You shouldn’t take the Goat’s kindness for weakness, though. When in danger, the Goat becomes defensive.

    They never act brashly and are able to complete tasks successfully. They have an organized home and are very tidy, they love big families.

    Despite their patience and willingness to put others first, their inner stubbornness sometimes makes communication difficult.

  • THE YEAR OF THE HORSE

    Chinese astrology dictates that the Horse is having a tumultuous year in 2021, but that Horse individuals need to keep their heads high and their focus aligned.

    Years of the Horse include 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026.

    According to the China Travel Guide, Horse personality types are “warm-hearted, enthusiastic, and positive.”

    Horse individuals are active, and enjoy outdoor activities. They are independent and free-spirited, as well as friendly and generous, so they have a rich social life.

    They are likely to rise high in their career from early in life.

    Horses can also sometimes be vain and stubborn.

    They have trouble holding onto their money, and are known to spend frivolously. They “seldom make preparations for the unexpected occurrences.”

  • THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE

    The Snake represents wisdom and intuition in the Chinese zodiac. 

    Some of the years of the Snake are: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.

    Snakes represent intuition and are considered enigmatic creatures and were chosen as the sixth animal in the zodiac because of the Jade emperor.

    Legend has it that the emperor was hosting a party and claimed that whoever arrived first would hold a spot in the Chinese zodiac.

    The Snake and Dragon arrived at the same time but unfortunately, due to the size difference, the Jade Emperor first saw Dragon, and then Snake.

    Additionally, Snakes are humorous and sophisticated and are not into small talk. 

  • THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON

    The Dragon is the most respected creature in Chinese culture, and Emperors consider themselves descendants of Dragons.

    Dragons are those born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012, as well as anyone who is yet to be born in 2024.

    Dragons are strong and independent figures. They make superb leaders because of their knowledge and capability.

    Dragons are ambitious and driven and have a strong desire to realize their dreams. Because of their drive, they are prone to heavily criticizing those who make mistakes.

    They have boundless energy and never seem to tire. They don’t take setbacks well.

  • THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT

    The Rabbit represents kindness and courage in the Chinese zodiac, they tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert.

    Some years of the Rabbit include: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023. 

    Rabbits are very goal-driven and are careful with their next moves.

    They are good at socializing and paying close attention to detail. 

    Legend has it that the emperor was hosting a party and claimed that whoever arrived first would hold a spot in the Chinese zodiac.

    Rabbit got to the party first but did not see anyone so he went off to the side and napped. 

    However, when he woke up, three other animals had already arrived. 

    Thus, he was crowned the fourth animal in the zodiac. 

  • THE YEAR OF THE TIGER

    In Chinese culture, Tigers are the guardians of infants, and Chinese children are often seen sporting tiger-printed garments to protect them from any evil spirits.

    Years of the Tiger are 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010.

    Some notable Tigers in the Chinese zodiac include Jaden Smith, Paris Jackson, and Shawn Mendes.

    According to chinesenewyear.net, Tigers are kind and benevolent. “Animals, jazz music, or other things that call for imagination are good for them.

    They rarely feel tired and have rich emotions. Sometimes though, they make brash decisions and are hard to control.”

    They persevere through difficulty, however, and have a strong sense of resilience.

  • TIGER’S HEALTH IN THE YEAR OF THE OX

    Tigers will be filled with vitality this year and will have great health.

    They should avoid nervous breakdowns and do everything slowly and with plenty of patience.

    This sign should work on improving their emotional health and intelligence to avoid conflict and practice more loving-kindness.

  • RABBITS LOVE IN THE YEAR OF THE OX

    The first three months of the year will be rough for the Rabbits.

    They will be faced with many challenges in their love lives and will be involved in a lot of conflict with their significant other.

    Rabbits must think about the best options prior to making final choices and find good solutions that will yield the best results.

    Issues have the ability to dissipate if better channels of communication are established.

  • PIG’S CAREER IN THE YEAR OF THE OX

    Pigs will have many professional developments at the beginning of the year.

    They may be lucky and receive promotions, challenging tasks, or a transfer for a new position.

    This sign will have the potential to turn their salary into profit and have a great financial year as long as they record everything.

    Pigs love wealth and money and splurging on fancy things is something they enjoy doing but they must remain cautious with how they spend their money.

    It will also be a great year for investments of any kind, should the Pig have the opportunity.

  • DOG CHARACTERISTICS

    Dogs will never abandon their friends, family or work.

    They pride themselves in being honest and fair and are always willing to help others. 

    However, they can be highly anxious and very decisive which can backfire when it comes to bad choices. 

    They are respected and highly popular among crowds.

  • DOG MEANING IN THE ZODIAC

    The Dog is the 11th animal of the Chinese zodiac.

    It represents sincerity and kindness but they can also be highly cautious and too prudent. 

    Legend has it that the emperor was hosting a party and claimed that whoever arrived first would hold a spot in the Chinese zodiac.

    The Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country helping a god defeat evil spirits.

    They arrived at the same time to the party and the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. 

    The Dog was crowned the 11th sign of the zodiac. 

  • WATER TIGER TRAITS

    Here we have the affable, happy-go-lucky Water Tiger.

    Some people are born to interact, bring a smile to our faces and a little ray of that all-time absentee, the sun, to our lives – and this is one such character.

    He’ll also be full of ideas, one plan one week another the next – they’re normally well conceived, too, just never actioned.

    He’s positive, he’s kind, he’s adorable, he’s loveable, but he does need one thing – a little guidance.

    It’ll make all the difference, because his intentions, his ideas, and concepts are all fabulously well-conceived – but the implementation of the aforementioned may well become an ongoing issue for these happy, upbeat boys.

  • WHAT IS WOOD OX AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The years of the Wood Ox are 1925 and 1985.

    This is because the year of the Ox only comes around once every 12 years, and every rotation works its way through the five elements.

    This means there’s a 60-year gap between Wood Ox years, and the next one will be in 2045.

    The other years of the Ox are 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009.

    And next year, 2021, will also be the year of the Ox.

    The Ox is the second animal in the 12 animals of the Chinese calendar
  • WHAT IS WOOD DOG AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The years of the Wood Dog are 1934 and 1994.

    Those born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 are known as Dogs in the Chinese Zodiac.

    The Wood Dog is an absolute sweetheart, a ridiculously sensitive one – but lovely nevertheless.

    These characters love socializing, love playing and adore people in general, but the family is where the heart is.

    The dog is the eleventh animal in the zodiac
    The dog is the eleventh animal in the zodiac
  • WHAT IS WOOD HORSE AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The Wood Horse year is 1954 and 2014.

    The Horse is seventh of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system.

    The horse, along side the goat, are referred to as ‘kind and modest’, each letting the other go first, with the emperor ranking them seventh and eighth.

    Other years of the horse are 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.

    The next Horse year will be 2026.

    The year of the Wood Horse is 1954 and 2014
    The year of the Wood Horse is 1954 and 2014
  • WHAT IS WOOD SNAKE AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The year of the Wood Snake is 1965.

    The Snake is the sixth of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system.

    They represent intuition and are considered enigmatic creatures and it was chosen as the sixth animal in the zodiac because of the Jade emperor.

    Legend has it that the emperor was hosting a party and claimed that whoever arrived first would hold a spot in the Chinese zodiac.

    Other years of the Snake are 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013,

    The next Snake year will be 2025.

  • WHAT IS WOOD RABBIT AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The years of the Wood Rabbit are 1915 and 1975.

    The Rabbit is the fourth of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system.

    Legend has it the Rabbit was proud of its speed. He was neighbors with Ox and always made fun of how slow Ox was

    The Rabbit is also associated with the Earthly Branch and with the early hours, between five and seven am. 

    Other years of the Rabbit are 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011.

    The next Rabit year will be 2023. 

    The years of the Wood Rabit are 1915 and 1975
    The years of the Wood Rabit are 1915 and 1975
  • WHAT IS WOOD PIG AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The Wood Pig is a simple, honest, and lovely creature according to the Chinese zodiac.

    Wood Pigs were born in 1995 and are known for their kindness and optimistic, liberal attitude towards life.

    You are a Wood Pig if you are born January 30, 1995- February 18, 1996.

    Other years of the Pig include 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2031.

    Wood Pigs are able to gain the confidence of others with the greatest of ease
    Wood Pigs are able to gain the confidence of others with the greatest of ease
  • WHAT IS WOOD DRAGON AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The year of the Wood Dragon is 1964.

    The Dragon is the fifth of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system.

    Dragons are the most revered animal in Chinese culture. They call themselves the descendants of the dragon.

    In the past, emperors were seen as the reincarnation of dragons.

    The Dragon is associated with the hours between seven and nine in the morning.

    Other years of the Dragon are 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012,.

    The next Dragon year will be 2024.

    The year of the Wood Dragon is 1964
    The year of the Wood Dragon is 1964
  • WHAT IS A METAL DOG AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    Years of the Metal Dog include 1970 and 2030.

    People born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are Dogs.

    Those who entered the world in 1970 – and who will enter in 2030 – are considered Metal Dogs.

    Metal Dogs are sweet-natured and kind but are worrisome creatures that overthink everything.

    The Metal Dog generally has high self-esteem
    The Metal Dog generally has high self-esteem
  • WHAT IS A METAL MONKEY AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The Metal Monkey is a sub-component of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac.

    It is specifically characterized to those born in 1980 and 2040 and it is the ninth placement in the zodiac calendar cycle.

    Monkeys are said to be curious, clever, intelligent, and versatile. 

    People born in 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 are Monkeys. 

    The year of the Monkey happens every twelve years.

    Similarly, those born in 1980 and 2040 are considered Metal Monkeys.

    The Metal Monkey is specific to those born in 1980 and 2040
    The Metal Monkey is specific to those born in 1980 and 2040
  • WHAT IS A METAL ROOSTER AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The years of the Metal Rooster are 1921 and 1981.

    The animal cycle includes the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

    The Rooster is “associated with the Earthly Branch and the hours 5-7 in the afternoon,” according to ChineseNewYear.net.

    The Rooster occupies the tenth position in the Chinese zodiac, after the monkey, and before the dog.

    The Rooster is the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac
    The Rooster is the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac
  • WHAT IS A METAL GOAT AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The Metal Goat is a sub-component of the Goat, which is a Chinese zodiac animal set to characterise people born in a certain year. 

    Goat is eighth in the zodiac calendar cycle. 

    The Goat represents reliability, confidence, and systematic in the zodiac.

    Those that come under Goat and Metal were born in 1931, 1991, and 2051.

    People born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 2003, or 2015 are Goats.

    Similarly, those born in 1931, 1991, and 2051 are characterized as Metal Goats. 

    The Metal Goat represents reliability, confidence, and systematic in the zodiac
    The Metal Goat represents reliability, confidence, and systematic in the zodiac
  • WHAT IS A METAL PIG AND WHAT YEAR IS IT?

    The Metal Pig specifically applies to those born in 1971. 

    The Metal Pig is a sub-component of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac.

    Those born in 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043 are part of the Pig zodiac.

    The Pig is the 12th sign on the Chinese zodiac.

    Those only born in 1971 and 2031 are Metal Pigs. 

    The Metal Pig is considered ambitious and upbeat
    The Metal Pig is considered ambitious and upbeat



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