To calculate your dominant sign, use this link:
This type of astrology works under the lunar calendar, as opposed to the solar calendar western astrology uses, so if you were born before the Chinese New Year, your dominant sign is the year before. Example: I was born in early February of 1996, the Chinese New Year of ‘96 was the 19th, so my dominant sign is not the Rat, it’s the Pig. The link above takes this into account.
Your dominant sign is lunar year you were born in, and your sign represents your “outer” layer, and is the sign most people only take into consideration (think western sun signs).
Rat: Intelligent, Compassionate, Resourceful.
Ox: Reliable, Conscientious, Kind.
Tiger: Charismatic, Bold, Lucky.
Hare: Diplomatic, Clever, Friendly.
Dragon: Dynamic, Powerful, Enthusiastic.
Snake: Wise, Sensual, Sophisticated.
Horse: Independent, Confident, Competitive.
Sheep: Creative, Gentle, Romantic.
Monkey: Entertaining, Sociable, Restless.
Rooster: Flamboyant, Proud, Frank.
Dog: Loyal, Idealistic, Tolerant.
Pig: Happy, Peaceful, Indulgent.
Your love sign is the month you were born in. It demonstrates a more detailed analysis of your personality in relationships. (Think the equivalent of your venus placement in western astrology).
Your ascendant sign is determined by the time of day or night you were born. This sign describes your “secret” self- who you are when you’re alone, how you see and relate to yourself.
Unlike western astrology, the Chinese Zodiac uses five elements instead of four- Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each sign has its own natural element, but depending on the year, each sign is correlated with a secondary sign. Example: All pigs are naturally water, but Pigs born in 95/96 are half water and half wood. Alongside these elements, each sign is also ascribed Yin or Yang.
Yang: Day, Summer, Sun, Sunrise, Life, Land.
Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, and Dog.
Yin: Night, Winter, Moon, Sunset, Death, Sea.
Ox, Hare, Snake, Sheep, Rooster, and Pig.
Wood: Benevolence. Tiger, Hare, Dragon.
-last number of your birth year is 4 or 5.
Fire: Passion. Snake, Horse, Goat.
-last number of your birth year is 6 or 7.
Metal: Righteousness. Monkey, Rooster, Dog.
-last number in your birth year is 0 or 1.
-last number in your birth year is 8 or 9.
Water: Wisdom. Rat, Ox, Pig.
-last number in your birth year is 2 or 3.
Hare x Sheep x Pig
Tiger x Horse x Dog
Rat x Dragon x Monkey
Snake x Rooster x Ox
Rat - Horse
Ox - Sheep
Tiger - Monkey
Hare - Rooster
Dragon - Dog
Snake - Pig
This is just a beginner’s guide to the Chinese Zodiac, but I hope you enjoy learning about yourself through a new angle!