Chinese Zodiac Chart

Chinese Zodiac is a chart that relates each birth year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. While most people throughout the western world are quite familiar with at least the basics of their birth sign characteristics and purported attributes, very few are aware of their Chinese Zodiac sign and its corresponding character and personality implications.

What Makes the Chinese Zodiac Different?
The traditional western zodiac is on a 12-month cycle, with the 12 ruling birth signs corresponding to the 12 months of the traditional Gregorian calendar – or the annual calendar with which most of us track the passing of days. The Chinese Zodiac, or Shangxioa, on the other hand, runs on a twelve-year, rather than a twelve-month cycle. Each of the Chinese Zodiac signs therefore rules a full calendar year.

You must keep in mind that this cyclical ruling period is based on the traditional Chinese calendar and not the western calendar; therefore, determining your birth sign as accurately as possible in the Chinese Zodiac will require some fancy footwork and calculations for those not accustomed to the Chinese calendar – that is, unless you have a handy chart to reference, which you now do thanks to ChineseZodiacChart.com.

Those whose birthdates fall within January or February could potentially be affected by the difference in calendar cycles, as the Chinese New Year begins anywhere from late-January to mid-February, and falls on a different date each year. However, for most of us – even January and February babies – determining our Chinese Zodiac signs based on the Gregorian calendar is sufficient enough for our purposes.

What Chinese Zodiac Sign Am I?