The Chinese Zodiac is made up of twelve animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
The years of the calendar cycle through the twelve animals.
Unlike the Western zodiac, the Chinese zodiac is not tied to celestial constellations. Instead, it is tied to the the five elements (water, earth, wood, fire and metal), animal natures, and the cycle of time.
|Rat||Water||Dragon, Monkey||Hardworking, industrious and shrewd. |
Charming and charismatic.
|Ox||Earth||Snake, Rooster||Dependable, patient and methodical. |
Very detail focused, and often quiet.
|Tiger||Wood||Horse, Dog||Courageous, rebellious, passionate and generous. |
Tolerant, staunch, and vigilant.
|Rabbit||Wood||Goat, Pig||Gracious, kind, sensitive and creative. |
Artistic and fun-loving.
|Dragon||Earth||Rat, Monkey||Proud, noble of spirit and passionate. |
Loyal to their friends.
|Snake||Fire||Rooster, Ox||Deep thinkers, intelligent, and mystical. |
Good communicators, but secretive.
|Horse||Fire||Dog, Tiger||Warm hearted, helpful and kind. |
Works hard to improve himself.
|Goat, Sheep, or Ram||Earth||Pig, Rabbit||Tender, kind and generous. |
Quiet, but tends to have many friends.
|Monkey||Metal||Dragon, Rat||Lively, active and unrestrained. |
Genuinely interested in helping others.
|Rooster||Metal||Snake, Ox||Honest, intelligent and talkative. |
Passionate, but inconsistent.
|Dog||Earth||Tiger, Horse||Gentle, lovable and kind. |
Loyal and courageous.
|Pig||Water||Goat, Rabbit||Honest, local and sincere. |
Has high expectations of others.
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