Check your personality type according
to Traditional Chinese Astrology
Find the year you were born within the
Chinese lunar calendar. The element that follows the
year will tell you which of the five elements (metal,
water, wood, fire, or earth) relates to the particular
year in which you were born. The Chinese use the sign,
the element, and even the time to calculate an astrological/numerical
pattern in which they can forecast future events,
recall past events and recognize tendencies.
January 31, 1900 to February 18, 1901 (metal)
February 18, 1912 to February 5, 1913 (water)
February 5, 1924 to January 23, 1925 (wood)
January 24, 1936 to February 10, 1937 (fire)
February 10, 1948 to January 28, 1949 (earth)
January 28, 1960 to February 14, 1961 (metal)
February 15, 1972 to February 2, 1973 (water)
February 2, 1984 to February 19, 1985 (wood)
February 19, 1996 to February 6, 1997 (fire)
Plato - Haydn - Mozart - Tchaikovsky
For those born in these years, the key
word is "charm". Highly adaptable and creative,
quick-witted, sociable, and intelligent. Appealing
outward personality typically hides a crafty and opportunistic
personality. They tend to be very talkative and are
seldom found sitting quietly by themselves.
The Rat is very quick-witted and can accomplish in
days what some may take months to do, but they are
typically perfectionists and difficult to work around
despite their exceptional talents.
Rat personalities tend to scrimp and budget carefully
when resources are tight, yet spend lavishly when
finances are good. Rats are self-contained and keep
problems to themselves. Although very outgoing, they
seldom confide in anyone.
Often talented in abstract subjects such as math and
music, they make good planners, especially in business
situations as well as the arts.
February 19, 1901 to February 7, 1902 (metal)
February 6, 1913 to January 25, 1914 (water)
January 24, 1925 to February 12, 1926 (wood)
February 11, 1937 to January 30, 1938 (fire)
January 29, 1949 to February 16, 1950 (earth)
February 15, 1961 to February 4, 1962 (metal)
February 3, 1973 to January 22, 1974 (water)
February 20, 1985 to February 8, 1986 (wood)
February 7, 1997 to January 27, 1998 (fire)
Bach - Handel - Van Gogh - Dvorak - Walt Disney -
Those born in these years are typically
reliable and dependable. Ox personalities often rise
to positions of authority and make excellent leaders,
however they are seldom elected into high official
status because of their lack of flair and excitement.
The Ox achieves through routine hard work and patience...not
that the Ox lacks a creative imagination. They are
hard-working and persistent, and can stick to a task
longer and harder than others. They believe in themselves.
Although seldom romantic, the Ox is very tender and
loving to the few lucky enough to receive such attention.
They are not social or party animals and tend to be
quiet when in groups. People who are around oxen-personalities
often misunderstand them, but oxen are patient and
caring. An ox is the best friend you could choose.
In business, the Ox often bring prosperity as a result
of logical thought and extensive planning. They are
exceptional at hand-crafts or the arts.
The Ox has a prime place in Chinese symbolism and
appears on the first page of almost every Chinese
Almanac. The Ox is a symbol of diligence, perseverance,
tenacity and thoroughness.
February 8, 1902 to January 28, 1903 (water)
January 26, 1914 to February 13, 1915 (wood)
February 13, 1926 to February 1, 1927 (fire)
January 31, 1938 to February 18, 1939 (earth)
February 17, 1950 to February 5, 1951 (metal)
February 5, 1962 to January 24, 1963 (water)
January 23, 1974 to February 10, 1975 (wood)
February 9, 1986 to January 28, 1987 (fire)
January 28, 1998 to February 15, 1999 (earth)
Marilyn Monroe - Queen Elizabeth II - Sun Yet San
Karl Marx - Beethoven
Tigers are likely to succeed in sales,
personnel management and military careers. They typically
have a strong competitive streak (especially in business
dealings) and must be careful not to create enemies
during their quest for success. Not easily influenced
by others, the Tiger's natural authority is seldom
challenged, and make excellent role models. They have
a magnetic personalities and, when combined with their
confidence, are difficult to resist.
The Tiger is usually regarded as having male-like
tendencies and therefore Chinese tend to distrust
women born in the Tiger years, partially because of
the power that they can exert. Tiger personalities
are daring fighters and stand up to the bitter end
for what they feel is righteous. They are respected
by their peers and enemies for their courage and dedication.
Tiger personalities are sensitive, emotional, and
capable of great love, but have a difficult time understanding
the meaning of moderation. They often approach love
with as much ferocity as a good fight.
The Tiger is indeed the king of the beasts in China
as well as many other countries throughout the world.
January 29, 1903 to February 15, 1904 (water)
February 14, 1915 to February 2, 1916 (wood)
February 2, 1927 to January 22, 1928 (fire)
February 19, 1939 to February 7, 1940 (earth)
February 1951 to January 26 1952 (metal)
January 25, 19673 to February 12, 1964 (water)
February 11, 1975 to January 30, 1976 (wood)
January 29, 1987 to February 16, 1988 (fire)
February 16, 1999 to February 4, 2000 (earth)
Michelangelo - Napoleon - Albert Einstein - Walt Whitman
- Marie Curie
Hares (rabbits) are happiest when with
friends and safely inside of social circles. They
are often meek and withdrawn among groups of strangers.
They seldom like to argue and enjoy quiet, peaceful
lives. A Hare is cautious and will weigh the pros
and cons from every angle before moving ahead.
A lover of good conversation, reading, and intellectual
discussions, the hare is sincere and are often gifted
healers, herbalists, and doctors. Traditionally associated
with clear-sightedness, the Hare is an excellent judge
of character and has a certain ability to recognize
when others are lying. A Hare's home is typically
a beautiful one, and they take great care and expend
a lot of energy making it comfortable. You will find
a lot of expensive and precious items in the home
of a Hare personality.
The Chinese have many strange legends about the Hare,
one of them is that they inhabit the moon, together
with three-legged frogs. Another legend has it that
the Hare possesses the secret recipe for the elixir
February 16, 1904 to February 3, 1905 (wood)
February 3, 1916 to January 22, 1947 (fire)
January 23, 1928 to February 9, 1929 (earth)
February 8, 1940 to January 26, 1941 (metal)
January 27, 1952 to February 13, 1953 (water)
February 13, 1964 to February 1, 1965 (wood)
January 31, 1976 to February 17, 1977 (fire)
February 17, 1988 to February 5, 1989 (earth)
Sigmund Freud - Martin Luther King - Shirley Temple
Grace Kelly - Christopher Reeves - Florence Nightingale
The Dragon is one of the most exotic
and flamboyant of all Chinese astrological signs.
Dragons are born leaders and masters of ceremonies.
They are idealists, perfectionists, aggressive and
A person born under the dragon is usually fashionable
and can adapt to many different styles of life. Using
their keen sense of imagination, Dragons are forever
dreaming up fresh schemes and ideas for new adventures
(which are mostly futile). Unfortunately, they often
drive their friends crazy with their "wild" schemes that usually lead to nowhere.
On the good side however, Dragon-types are also surrounded
by good fortune, which saves them from making major
mistakes. They are well suited to careers in the theatre,
or any place that gives them a leading role.
Although they have the potential for making lots of
money, they spend it lavishly on their projects. Dragons
are not well suited to growing old and losing power,
they lose their temper easily.
Women who are born under this sign are usually surrounded
by admirers and very popular with the opposite sex.
They are seldom disappointed in love.
February 4, 1905 to January 24, 1906 (wood)
January 23, 1917 to February 10, 1918 (fire)
February 10, 1929 to January 29, 1930 (earth)
January 27, 1941 to February 14, 1942 (metal)
February 14, 1953 to February 2, 1954 (water)
February 2, 1965 to January 20, 1966 (wood)
February 18, 1977 to February 6, 1978 (fire)
February 1989 to January 26 1990 (earth)
Mendelssohn - Jacqueline Onassis - Picasso - Audrey
The person born in the year of the snake
often make their way to the top of success. Unlike
the Dragon however, they are more restrained and refined.
They are in no means, pushy, and have a knack for
being at the right place at the right time. They make
decisions quickly and firmly.
Intelligent and careful, snake-people make good research
scientists, philosophers, detectives, or professors.
They have a very analytical mind, yet seem to have
an ability to "sense" a good thing when
they see it.
They lean toward elegance and expensiveness. It is
unlikely to find a snake person wearing bold colors
and gaudy dress. In money matters, the Snake has good
fortune, but is often considered "tight",
except with close friends and loved ones.
The Snake and its complementary sign, the Dragon,
form the "House of Mystery" in Chinese mythology.
The Dragon is the gaudy magician, the Snake is the
contemplative mystic. The snake is closely associated
with plots and counter-plots, scandal and corruption.
The expression "long snake" in Chinese means
"intrigue". Unlike in America, the traditional
Chinese believe it unlucky to kill a snake which enters
the house because it could be the bearer of good fortune.
January 25, 1906 to February 12, 1907 (fire)
February 11, 1918 to January 31, 1919 (earth)
January 30, 1930 to February 16, 1931 (metal)
February 15, 1942 to February 4, 1943 (water)
February 3, 1954 to January 23, 1955 (wood)
January 21, 1966 to February 8, 1967 (fire)
February 7, 1978 to January 27, 1979 (earth)
January 27, 1990 to February 14, 1991 (metal)
Thomas Edison - Leonard Bernstein - Barbara Streisand
Clint Eastwood - Ingmar Bergman
The Horse personality often varies radically.
In Asia, it is believed that those born in the years
of the Horse may be tyrants, revolutionaries, or thieves.
On the other hand, they have great capacity to excel.
Others are often in awe of them, worship them, but
seldom really understand them.
Horses are good at handling money, but often lose
interest in their goals. Chinese believe that horses
are born to race or travel, therefore Horse people
leave home at a young age, and remain restless throughout
their life. They are impatient, yet quick-witted with
a huge ego. They have a hard time belonging anywhere
Horse people do well in groups and is never short
on conversation. Social contact is important to the
Horse and they often form close relationships with
others and will give up anything for a good romance.
The Horse represents desires and wishes they are usually
associated with males. The ancients deemed the Year
of the Horse to have masculine attributes. The hour
of the Horse falls at high noon and the month of the
Horse includes the Summer Solstice, which are both
strong "yang" forces.
February 13, 1907 to February 1, 1908 (fire)
February 1, 1919 to February 19, 1920 (earth)
February 17, 1931 to February 5, 1932 (metal)
February 5, 1943 to January 24, 1944 (water)
January 24, 1955 to February 11, 1956 (wood)
February 9, 1967 to January 29, 1968 (fire)
January 28, 1979 to February 15, 1980 (earth)
February 15, 1991 to February 3, 1992 (metal)
Rudolph Valentino - Boris Becker - King George VI
- Veronica Lake
Sheep (Goats) are regarded by Chinese
astrologers as having a strong essence of "Yin",
therefore the most feminine of the animal signs. The
are typically elegant, charming, artistic, and fond
of natural items. Sheep personalities often find expression
in craftsmanship rather than originality. They are
very conservative and often leave their creative sides
unexplored when it comes to career advancements.
Sheep are insecure and need to feel loved and needed.
They shy away from confrontation and often follow
the crowd instead of standing up for their true beliefs.
They resent being led by others, although they allow
it. This characteristic often leads them to ask for
help, then resist it when it comes.
They study the esoteric, reading books on new-age
beliefs, astrology, and fortune-telling. Because of
their indecision, Sheep do not usually make good business
people. They prefer to use their artistic talents
and craftsmanship skills.
Sheep are typically very romantic and sensitive. They
are hard to resist with their loving and caring nature,
and make excellent spouses.
February 2, 1908 to January 21, 1909 (earth)
February 20, 1920 to February 7, 1921 (metal)
February 6, 1932 to January 25, 1933 (water)
January 25, 1944 to February 12, 1945 (wood)
February 12, 1956 to January 30, 1957 (fire)
January 30, 1968 to February 16, 1969 (earth)
February 16, 1980 to February 4, 1981 (metal)
February 4, 1992 to January 22, 1993 (water)
Julius Caesar - Leonardo daVinci - Captain Cook-
Elizabeth Taylor - Edgar Faure
Monkeys are never at a loss for words.
They can make the most boring subject seem interesting.
They are extremely inventive, with a quick-wittedness
that none can rival. Their charm and good fortune
Despite their popularity, Monkeys are seldom taken
seriously however, and this leads to much frustration.
They project an image of mischief which many find
The Monkey personality can do well at almost any type
of work, and usually succeed in anything they try.
Their success often makes them arrogant however, and
can lead to isolation. Monkeys are exceptionally good
a problem-solving and have a craving for knowledge.
They are one of the most popular and venerated of
all Chinese characters. There are countless stories
about the adventures of monkeys. The Monkey of legend
has many innate skills, but only put them to good
use when under the powerful restraint and skillful
guidance of an enlightened one (as in "Journey
to the West", a famous novel). They can easily
self-destruct when left to their own initiatives.
January 22, 1909 to February 9, 1910 (earth)
February 8, 1921 to January 27, 1922 (metal)
January 26, 1933 to February 13, 1934 (water)
February 13, 1945 to February 1, 1946 (wood)
January 31, 1957 to February 17, 1958 (fire)
February 17, 1969 to February 5, 1970 (earth)
February 5, 1981 to January 24, 1982 (metal)
January 23, 1993 to February 9, 1994 (water)
Confucius - Katherine Hepburn
The Rooster is the counterpart of the
Monkey and represents a "Yin" or feminine
quality. They are often abrasive and aggressive, and
are sometimes considered rude.
Roosters are very concerned with their appearance,
and can spend many hours standing in front of mirrors.
They often dress a bit colorful for some tastes, but
are usually stylish.
Roosters are always busy, seldom being accused of
being a couch potato. The have many talents and typically
succeed in anything that they attempt. They make good
detectives, doctors, nurses, and trouble-shooters.
Rooster personalities have extremely high ideals and
have little tolerance for those who don't. They often
begin many projects at one time to keep busy, but
this sometimes leads to family problems, as they have
a tendency to ignore those who are closest although
they remain deeply in love and fail to see any problem
in the relationship.
Traditionally, Roosters are seen as the embodiment
of direct, forceful and forthright behavior.
February 10, 1910 to January 29, 1911 (metal)
January 28, 1922 to February 15, 1923 (water)
February 14, 1934 to February 3, 1935 (wood)
February 2, 1946 to January 21, 1947 (fire)
February 18, 1958 to February 7, 1959 (earth)
February 6, 1970 to January 26, 1971 (metal)
January 25, 1982 to February 12, 1983 (water)
February 10, 1994 to January 30, 1995 (wood)
Winston Churchill - George Gershwin - Michael Jackson
Dog personalities are honest, faithful,
and sincere. They enjoy helping others. They can easily
make friends, usually long-lasting. They are intelligent
and are usually good listeners.
The Dog is a steady worker who becomes a trusted and
valued member of any community. They are defensive
where friends and family are concerned and refuse
to listen to warnings when others are in danger. When
truly frightened, Dogs react unpredictably. Their
rare displays of intense anger is usually justified
however. They easily forgive and forget.
Dogs are usually very active and like all types of
outdoor sports. Although they are very generous and
loyal, they often have romantic difficulties throughout
their lifetimes unless their partner is very understanding
In Chinese astrology, the Dog and the Pig form the "House of Family". The Dog, being traditionally
a protector and guardian of property, represents the
materials and wealth of the home, rather than the
people within it.
January 30, 1911 to February 127, 1912 (metal)
February 16, 1923 to February 4, 1924 (water)
February 4, 1935 to January 23, 1936 (wood)
January 22, 1947 to February 9, 1948 (fire)
February 8, 1959 to January 27, 1960 (earth)
January 27, 1971 to February 14, 1972 (metal)
February 13, 1983 to February 1, 1984 (water)
January 31, 1994 to February 18, 1996 (wood)
Woody Allen - Julie Andrews - Ronald Reagan -
Alfred Hitchcock - Steven Spielberg
The last of the twelve astrological
signs, the Pig is the symbol of completion. Their
ambitions are not so much with their current career,
but with the benefits that they reap at the end of
their careers. The Pig personality looks forward to
Unlike the animal that Americans think of when they
consider a Pig, the Chinese consider the Pig as one
of the most pleasant and productive animals. They
are home-lovers who put a lot of attention toward
family matters. Pigs are models of sincerity, purity,
tolerance, and honor.
Pigs simply want to do everything right, and have
an unrelenting optimistic attitude.
Pigs are industrious in business as well as home life.
They finish the projects that they begin, and do so
with great enthusiasm. In business, they can become
extremely successful and usually reap the financial
benefits of such accomplishments.
Pigs get along well with almost everyone, and they
typically have a large and varied collection of good
friends. Like the Monkey, the Pig is intellectual
- a character with a great thirst for knowledge.
The Pig was such an integral part of the home in China
that the Chinese character for "family" consists of the sign for a roof, under which is the
character for a Pig.