Do you know what 2021 might have in store? Well, it might just all depend on your Chinese zodiac sign…
The Chinese New Year Zodiac
The Chinese New Year zodiac is made up of 12 animals, each used to represent years. Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture and can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby and so much more!
Each animal has different characteristics associated with it, and it is believed that people born in a specific year possess some of the characteristics of the animal for that year.
In order, the 12 animals of the zodiac are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat (sometimes interchangeable with sheep), monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
Take a look at the chart below to find your zodiac animal!
Ox – 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Rat – 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Tiger – 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit – 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon – 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake – 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horse – 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Goat – 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkey – 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster – 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog – 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig – 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
The zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years, making it easy to figure out whether it’s your year. Just check whether your age is a multiple of 12!
You’d be forgiven for thinking that your zodiac year will be your lucky year. However, the opposite is true – it’s actually your unluckiest year! The Chinese see it as a hurdle you have to jump over and protect yourself from. Many Chinese people still today wear red underwear every day of their zodiac year to protect themselves from evil spirits and bad fortune.
Chinese New Year Animals
2021 is the Year of the Ox. Take a look below to see what the year will have in store for you, depending on your Chinese animal.
Years of birth: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Character traits: Oxen are usually patient, fair-minded and trustworthy. They are dependable, industrious and hard workers. They have strong staying power, are cautious and don’t jump into making decisions. An ox rarely regrets the decisions they’ve made.
Oxen can also be stubborn and poor communicators. Due to their traditionalist nature, they can be overly authoritative over others.
2020 Horoscope: 2020 will certainly be a lucky year for those born in the Year of the Ox. You’ll feel relaxed and confident in yourself, a beautiful balance which will have positive repercussions for your love life.
In order to amplify the good celestial influences of this year, it will be within your best interests to take stock of your life and hatch out new projects. Every time you show up, luck will smile upon you.
Years of birth: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Character traits: Rats are often smart, successful, resourceful and resilient. They are curious and thoughtful, and like tidiness. They have a strong ability to adapt to environments and possess acute observation and a flexible mind. They are often popular thanks to their highly sociable character.
However, rats can also be picky, stubborn and lack courage or persistence.
2020 Horoscope: In 2020 you will usher in the Year of the Metal Rat. Your luck this year will be full of ups and downs, so be cautious in everything and be prepared for the baptism of trials and hardships.
In terms of personal health, you will be prone to illness so may need to be more careful and take extra special care of yourself.
Years of birth: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Character traits: Tigers are loyal, trustworthy and courageous fighters. They are good at expressing themselves and welcome challenges, often succeeding under pressure.
Tigers can also be impulsive, unpredictable, over confident and act hastily. Though they will get any task done with efficiency and enthusiasm, they may want to do it alone to make sure it is done right.
2020 Horoscope: For those born in the Year of the Tiger, 2020 will bring luck, prosperity and power. The year will begin particularly promisingly and you have the ability to succeed in all your undertakings. This year, you can move ahead without asking yourself too many questions. Have confidence in yourself.
Years of birth: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2023
Character traits: Rabbits are compassionate, kind and modest, with a good sense of humour. They can be quite conservative and often possess graciousness where it is due. They usually want a quiet life with little chaos and wish for only tranquillity.
Rabbits can be pessimistic, insecure and even overly emotive in sensitive situations.
2020 Horoscope: As a rabbit, your year looks set to be largely positive, but with some tense configurations along the way. To preserve your peace of mind, it would be a good idea to establish a well-balanced lifestyle and routine early on in the year. This includes taking care of your diet and getting plenty of fresh air in nature.
Years of birth: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Character traits: Dragons are usually ambitious, energetic, romantic and full of vitality. They are idealistic and often strive for perfection, remaining determined and self-assured in any task in life.
On the flip side, dragons can also be arrogant, impatient and highly intimidating when challenged. They are often irritable causing them to lose their temper quickly, but they’ll forgive the moment they get over their outbursts.
2020 Horoscope: 2020 will bring luck and money for those born in the Year of the Dragon. This year, you will become more sure of yourself and assert your originality, particularly in your career.
However, you’ll also have the tendency to adopt overly radical positions at times, so take care to try and be more moderate in your opinions.
Years of birth: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Character traits: Snakes are wise, passionate and sympathetic creatures, often maintaining an even temper and good communication. They are exceptionally self-aware, charming your senses with their innate beauty and wisdom.
Snakes can also be fickle, jealous and headstrong. They will often follow through with anything they undertake, even if it involves deception to get what they want.
2020 Horoscope: 2020 will be a life-changing year for those born under the Year of the Snake. You’ll discover new things that interest you and you’ll be able to better understand the direction of your destiny. Some snakes may feel attracted to spirituality and related things. Your natural generosity will come through for others.
Years of birth: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Character traits: Horses are positive, easygoing, generous and warm-hearted, often attracting many friends. They are vivacious and energetic in their hard work and have a talent in handling money. They are very perceptive and quick-thinking.
Horses can also be hot-tempered and make rash decisions, with a tendency to overspend.
2020 Horoscope: If you were born in the Year of the Horse, 2020 will bring you health, happiness, prosperity, peace and good luck. The year may be marked with important surprises, and it will be in your best interest to act quickly if changes come to disrupt your career schedule.
However, given the favourable configurations of the year, such events will play in your favour, so long as you rise to the challenge.
Years of birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Character traits: Sheep are kind, caring, polite and one of the most loved of the signs. They are often seen as the caring mother or delicate homemaker with good manners and a sweet face. They are understanding about others’ faults and have a compassionate nature.
Sheep can also be shy, sensitive and sometimes insecure. They also tend to have an artistic streak.
2020 Horoscope: As a sheep, you can expect wealth, health, luck and good travel in 2020. It’ll be a year full of good surprises, particularly in your career or social life.
However, there may also be some obstacles thrown your way, so it’s imperative you give top priority to your health. This includes a stable and balanced lifestyle, a good diet and regular medical checkups, all of which will be your best defence against health hiccups.
Years of birth: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004. 2016, 2028
Character traits: Monkeys are self-assured, charming, sociable and often athletic. They usually always have a trick up their sleeve and show incredible versatility and creativity in various situations. They are intelligent and innovative and thrive on challenges, often becoming a master of whatever they choose to do in life.
Monkeys however can also be jealous, suspicious and selfish.
2020 Horoscope: This year, the monkey will have to make concerted efforts to get what he/she wants. You may need to be prepared for important changes that could take place at home or work. So long as you remain confident and act rather than panic, you’ll find brilliant solutions and triumph over difficulties.
Remember that life is made up of challenges and renewals that allow you to make progress.
Years of birth: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Character traits: Roosters are punctual, honest, bright and warm-hearted. They are often self-assured, neat and tidy and like to keep themselves busy. Knowing they were born with dashing good looks, they pay close attention to their clothing and appearance. Never a day goes by when they do not walk with utmost dignity in the centre of attention.
Roosters can also be overly-critical, quick-tempered and easily annoyed by those who dawdle. They love to argue and debate, but are not always the most tactful, so may offend their peers.
2020 Horoscope: In 2020, the focus for the rooster will be relationships with others. It will be in your best interest to think of others more, whether in your work, love affairs or family life. Try not to make any decisions without foreseeing its consequences on those around you. If you prioritise your friends and family, good fortune will smile upon you.
Years of birth: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Character traits: Dogs are faithful, honest, courageous and clever, making great leaders and trustworthy companions. They possess a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice, being the first to speak out against any wrongdoing by any person. Dogs are incredibly selfless and will protect the interests of others. They are not always the best in a crowd but are friendly and unpretentious.
Dogs can be judgemental, defensive and quick to find fault in others. They can also be panicky in the face of fear.
2020 Horoscope: Dogs can look forward to good luck in most areas of their life in 2020. However, you will need to be patient and tenacious at work, and be ready to adapt to new challenges that arise. If you succeed, you’ll strengthen your character and develop two key qualities – the art of negotiating and your ability to make sensible choices.
Years of birth: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Character traits: Pigs are chivalrous, optimistic and tell things like they are. They make kind and loyal friends and are often very popular, whilst retaining a great deal of integrity. Pigs are highly intellectual with a natural thirst for knowledge.
However, pigs have the fault of sometimes being a little too trusting. Some may think they are naive and easy to fool, but they are really just optimists always believing in the best of people.
2020 Horoscope: 2020 is an extremely lucky year for those born in the Year of the Pig. After a rather chaotic previous year, you’ll begin to feel better about yourself; however there is still lots to learn.
This year, you should show yourself to be extremely reasonable in all areas of your life. You should also vow to be more selfless, and be willing to modify your plans at the last minute in order to reap the rewards.