The Chinese Astrological System consists of twelve Animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar; and five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

The Western Astrological System consists of twelve Signs: Aries Mar21-Apr20, Taurus Apr21-May21, Gemini May22-Jun21, Cancer Jun22-Jul22, Leo Jul23-Aug23, Virgo Aug24-Sep22, Libra Sep23-Oct23, Scorpio Oct24-Nov22, Sagittarius Nov23-Dec21, Capricorn Dec22-Jan20, Aquarius Jan21-Feb18, and Pisces Feb19-Mar20.

There are twelve Western Astrological Signs in every year. Unlike Western Astrology Chinese Astrology assigns an Animal Sign to to each year (see the table below). An Animal year usually begins with the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends the following year. Like Western Astrology Chinese Astrology assigns attributes and relationships to twelve archetypes.

In addition, the twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals pass through five Elements. The Elements have their own set of characteristics that affect the Animal sign. As each Element passes through an Animal sign the Element modifies the Animal characteristics. This creates sixty different combinations.

Beneficial, destructive and hostile relationships exist between the elements. Beneficial: Water generates Wood; Wood generates Fire; Fire generates Earth; Earth generates Metal; Metal generates Water. Destructive: Water extinguishes Fire; Fire melts Metal; Metal cuts Wood; Wood breaks Earth and Earth swallows Water. Hostile: Water hates Fire; Fire hates Metal; Metal hates Wood; Wood hates Earth and Earth hates Water.

The concept of Yin represents the feminine, dark, and contracting forces. Yang represents the masculine, bright, and expansive forces. For each Element there is a Yin and Yang year. Yin falls on odd numbered years and Yang on even numbered years.


Prev Year: Monkey, Fire, Yang from February 8, 2016 to January 27, 2017
This Year: Rooster, Fire, Yin from January 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018
Next Year: Dog, Earth, Yang from February 16, 2018 to February 4, 2019
Animal Element Energy From To Days
Rat Wood Yang Feb. 08, 1864 Jan. 26, 1865 354
Ox Wood Yin Jan. 27, 1865 Feb. 14, 1866 384
Tiger Fire Yang Feb. 15, 1866 Feb. 04, 1867 355
Rabbit Fire Yin Feb. 05, 1867 Jan. 24, 1868 354
Dragon Earth Yang Jan. 25, 1868 Feb. 10, 1869 383
Snake Earth Yin Feb. 11, 1869 Jan. 30, 1870 354
Horse Metal Yang Jan. 31, 1870 Feb. 18, 1871 384
Sheep Metal Yin Feb. 19, 1871 Feb. 08, 1872 355
Monkey Water Yang Feb. 09, 1872 Jan. 28, 1873 355
Rooster Water Yin Jan. 29, 1873 Feb. 16, 1874 384
Dog Wood Yang Feb. 17, 1874 Feb. 05, 1875 354
Boar Wood Yin Feb. 06, 1875 Jan. 25, 1876 354
Rat Fire Yang Jan. 26, 1876 Feb. 12, 1877 384
Ox Fire Yin Feb. 13, 1877 Feb. 01, 1878 354
Tiger Earth Yang Feb. 02, 1878 Jan. 21, 1879 354
Rabbit Earth Yin Jan. 22, 1879 Feb. 09, 1880 384
Dragon Metal Yang Feb. 10, 1880 Jan. 29, 1881 355
Snake Metal Yin Jan. 30, 1881 Feb. 17, 1882 384
Horse Water Yang Feb. 18, 1882 Feb. 07, 1883 355
Sheep Water Yin Feb. 08, 1883 Jan. 27, 1884 354
Monkey Wood Yang Jan. 28, 1884 Feb. 14, 1885 384
Rooster Wood Yin Feb. 15, 1885 Feb. 03, 1886 354
Dog Fire Yang Feb. 04, 1886 Jan. 23, 1887 354
Boar Fire Yin Jan. 24, 1887 Feb. 11, 1888 384
Rat Earth Yang Feb. 12, 1888 Jan. 30, 1889 354
Ox Earth Yin Jan. 31, 1889 Feb. 18, 1890 384
Tiger Metal Yang Feb. 19, 1890 Feb. 08, 1891 355
Rabbit Metal Yin Feb. 09, 1891 Jan. 29, 1892 355
Dragon Water Yang Jan. 30, 1892 Feb. 16, 1893 384
Snake Water Yin Feb. 17, 1893 Feb. 05, 1894 354
Horse Wood Yang Feb. 06, 1894 Jan. 25, 1895 354
Sheep Wood Yin Jan. 26, 1895 Feb. 13, 1896 384
Monkey Fire Yang Feb. 14, 1896 Feb. 01, 1897 354
Rooster Fire Yin Feb. 02, 1897 Jan. 21, 1898 354
Dog Earth Yang Jan. 22, 1898 Feb. 09, 1899 384
Boar Earth Yin Feb. 10, 1899 Jan. 30, 1900 355
Rat Metal Yang Jan. 31, 1900 Feb. 18, 1901 384
Ox Metal Yin Feb. 19, 1901 Feb. 07, 1902 354
Tiger Water Yang Feb. 08, 1902 Jan. 28, 1903 355
Rabbit Water Yin Jan. 29, 1903 Feb. 15, 1904 383
Dragon Wood Yang Feb. 16, 1904 Feb. 03, 1905 354
Snake Wood Yin Feb. 04, 1905 Jan. 24, 1906 355
Horse Fire Yang Jan. 25, 1906 Feb. 12, 1907 384
Sheep Fire Yin Feb. 13, 1907 Feb. 01, 1908 354
Monkey Earth Yang Feb. 02, 1908 Jan. 21, 1909 355
Rooster Earth Yin Jan. 22, 1909 Feb. 09, 1910 384
Dog Metal Yang Feb. 10, 1910 Jan. 29, 1911 354
Boar Metal Yin Jan. 30, 1911 Feb. 17, 1912 384
Rat Water Yang Feb. 18, 1912 Feb. 05, 1913 354
Ox Water Yin Feb. 06, 1913 Jan. 25, 1914 354
Tiger Wood Yang Jan. 26, 1914 Feb. 13, 1915 384
Rabbit Wood Yin Feb. 14, 1915 Feb. 03, 1916 355
Dragon Fire Yang Feb. 04, 1916 Jan. 22, 1917 354
Snake Fire Yin Jan. 23, 1917 Feb. 10, 1918 384
Horse Earth Yang Feb. 11, 1918 Jan. 31, 1919 355
Sheep Earth Yin Feb. 01, 1919 Feb. 19, 1920 384
Monkey Metal Yang Feb. 20, 1920 Feb. 07, 1921 354
Rooster Metal Yin Feb. 08, 1921 Jan. 27, 1922 354
Dog Water Yang Jan. 28, 1922 Feb. 15, 1923 384
Boar Water Yin Feb. 16, 1923 Feb. 04, 1924 354
Rat Wood Yang Feb. 05, 1924 Jan. 23, 1925 354
Ox Wood Yin Jan. 24, 1925 Feb. 12, 1926 385
Tiger Fire Yang Feb. 13, 1926 Feb. 01, 1927 354
Rabbit Fire Yin Feb. 02, 1927 Jan. 22, 1928 355
Dragon Earth Yang Jan. 23, 1928 Feb. 09, 1929 384
Snake Earth Yin Feb. 10, 1929 Jan. 29, 1930 354
Horse Metal Yang Jan. 30, 1930 Feb. 16, 1931 383
Sheep Metal Yin Feb. 17, 1931 Feb. 05, 1932 354
Monkey Water Yang Feb. 06, 1932 Jan. 25, 1933 355
Rooster Water Yin Jan. 26, 1933 Feb. 13, 1934 384
Dog Wood Yang Feb. 14, 1934 Feb. 03, 1935 355
Boar Wood Yin Feb. 04, 1935 Jan. 23, 1936 354
Rat Fire Yang Jan. 24, 1936 Feb. 10, 1937 384
Ox Fire Yin Feb. 11, 1937 Jan. 30, 1938 354
Tiger Earth Yang Jan. 31, 1938 Feb. 18, 1939 384
Rabbit Earth Yin Feb. 19, 1939 Feb. 07, 1940 354
Dragon Metal Yang Feb. 08, 1940 Jan. 26, 1941 354
Snake Metal Yin Jan. 27, 1941 Feb. 14, 1942 384
Horse Water Yang Feb. 15, 1942 Feb. 04, 1943 355
Sheep Water Yin Feb. 05, 1943 Jan. 24, 1944 354
Monkey Wood Yang Jan. 25, 1944 Feb. 12, 1945 385
Rooster Wood Yin Feb. 13, 1945 Feb. 01, 1946 354
Dog Fire Yang Feb. 02, 1946 Jan. 21, 1947 354
Boar Fire Yin Jan. 22, 1947 Feb. 09, 1948 384
Rat Earth Yang Feb. 10, 1948 Jan. 28, 1949 354
Ox Earth Yin Jan. 29, 1949 Feb. 16, 1950 384
Tiger Metal Yang Feb. 17, 1950 Feb. 05, 1951 354
Rabbit Metal Yin Feb. 06, 1951 Jan. 26, 1952 355
Dragon Water Yang Jan. 27, 1952 Feb. 13, 1953 384
Snake Water Yin Feb. 14, 1953 Feb. 02, 1954 354
Horse Wood Yang Feb. 03, 1954 Jan. 23, 1955 355
Sheep Wood Yin Jan. 24, 1955 Feb. 11, 1956 384
Monkey Fire Yang Feb. 12, 1956 Jan. 30, 1957 354
Rooster Fire Yin Jan. 31, 1957 Feb. 17, 1958 383
Dog Earth Yang Feb. 18, 1958 Feb. 07, 1959 355
Boar Earth Yin Feb. 08, 1959 Jan. 27, 1960 354
Rat Metal Yang Jan. 28, 1960 Feb. 14, 1961 384
Ox Metal Yin Feb. 15, 1961 Feb. 04, 1962 355
Tiger Water Yang Feb. 05, 1962 Jan. 24, 1963 354
Rabbit Water Yin Jan. 25, 1963 Feb. 12, 1964 384
Dragon Wood Yang Feb. 13, 1964 Feb. 01, 1965 355
Snake Wood Yin Feb. 02, 1965 Jan. 20, 1966 353
Horse Fire Yang Jan. 21, 1966 Feb. 08, 1967 384
Sheep Fire Yin Feb. 09, 1967 Jan. 29, 1968 355
Monkey Earth Yang Jan. 30, 1968 Feb. 16, 1969 384
Rooster Earth Yin Feb. 17, 1969 Feb. 05, 1970 354
Dog Metal Yang Feb. 06, 1970 Jan. 26, 1971 355
Boar Metal Yin Jan. 27, 1971 Feb. 14, 1972 384
Rat Water Yang Feb. 15, 1972 Feb. 02, 1973 354
Ox Water Yin Feb. 03, 1973 Jan. 22, 1974 354
Tiger Wood Yang Jan. 23, 1974 Feb. 10, 1975 384
Rabbit Wood Yin Feb. 11, 1975 Jan. 30, 1976 354
Dragon Fire Yang Jan. 31, 1976 Feb. 17, 1977 384
Snake Fire Yin Feb. 18, 1977 Feb. 06, 1978 354
Horse Earth Yang Feb. 07, 1978 Jan. 27, 1979 355
Sheep Earth Yin Jan. 28, 1979 Feb. 15, 1980 384
Monkey Metal Yang Feb. 16, 1980 Feb. 04, 1981 355
Rooster Metal Yin Feb. 05, 1981 Jan. 24, 1982 354
Dog Water Yang Jan. 25, 1982 Feb. 12, 1983 384
Boar Water Yin Feb. 13, 1983 Feb. 01, 1984 354
Rat Wood Yang Feb. 02, 1984 Feb. 19, 1985 384
Ox Wood Yin Feb. 20, 1985 Feb. 08, 1986 354
Tiger Fire Yang Feb. 09, 1986 Jan. 28, 1987 354
Rabbit Fire Yin Jan. 29, 1987 Feb. 16, 1988 384
Dragon Earth Yang Feb. 17, 1988 Feb. 05, 1989 355
Snake Earth Yin Feb. 06, 1989 Jan. 26, 1990 355
Horse Metal Yang Jan. 27, 1990 Feb. 14, 1991 384
Sheep Metal Yin Feb. 15, 1991 Feb. 03, 1992 354
Monkey Water Yang Feb. 04, 1992 Jan. 22, 1993 354
Rooster Water Yin Jan. 23, 1993 Feb. 09, 1994 383
Dog Wood Yang Feb. 10, 1994 Jan. 30, 1995 355
Boar Wood Yin Jan. 31, 1995 Feb. 18, 1996 384
Rat Fire Yang Feb. 19, 1996 Feb. 06, 1997 354
Ox Fire Yin Feb. 07, 1997 Jan. 27, 1998 355
Tiger Earth Yang Jan. 28, 1998 Feb. 15, 1999 384
Rabbit Earth Yin Feb. 16, 1999 Feb. 04, 2000 354
Dragon Metal Yang Feb. 05, 2000 Jan. 23, 2001 354
Snake Metal Yin Jan. 24, 2001 Feb. 11, 2002 384
Horse Water Yang Feb. 12, 2002 Jan. 31, 2003 354
Sheep Water Yin Feb. 01, 2003 Jan. 21, 2004 355
Monkey Wood Yang Jan. 22, 2004 Feb. 08, 2005 384
Rooster Wood Yin Feb. 09, 2005 Jan. 28, 2006 354
Dog Fire Yang Jan. 29, 2006 Feb. 17, 2007 385
Boar Fire Yin Feb. 18, 2007 Feb. 06, 2008 354
Rat Earth Yang Feb. 07, 2008 Jan. 25, 2009 354
Ox Earth Yin Jan. 26, 2009 Feb. 13, 2010 384
Tiger Metal Yang Feb. 14, 2010 Feb. 02, 2011 354
Rabbit Metal Yin Feb. 03, 2011 Jan. 22, 2012 354
Dragon Water Yang Jan. 23, 2012 Feb. 09, 2013 384
Snake Water Yin Feb. 10, 2013 Jan. 30, 2014 355
Horse Wood Yang Jan. 31, 2014 Feb. 18, 2015 384
Sheep Wood Yin Feb. 19, 2015 Feb. 07, 2016 354
Monkey Fire Yang Feb. 08, 2016 Jan. 27, 2017 355
Rooster Fire Yin Jan. 28, 2017 Feb. 15, 2018 384
Dog Earth Yang Feb. 16, 2018 Feb. 04, 2019 354
Boar Earth Yin Feb. 05, 2019 Jan. 24, 2020 354
Rat Metal Yang Jan. 25, 2020 Feb. 11, 2021 384
Ox Metal Yin Feb. 12, 2021 Jan. 31, 2022 354
Tiger Water Yang Feb. 01, 2022 Jan. 21, 2023 355
Rabbit Water Yin Jan. 22, 2023 Feb. 09, 2024 384
Dragon Wood Yang Feb. 10, 2024 Jan. 28, 2025 354
Snake Wood Yin Jan. 29, 2025 Feb. 16, 2026 384
Horse Fire Yang Feb. 17, 2026 Feb. 05, 2027 354
Sheep Fire Yin Feb. 06, 2027 Jan. 25, 2028 354
Monkey Earth Yang Jan. 26, 2028 Feb. 12, 2029 384
Rooster Earth Yin Feb. 13, 2029 Feb. 02, 2030 355
Dog Metal Yang Feb. 03, 2030 Jan. 22, 2031 354
Boar Metal Yin Jan. 23, 2031 Feb. 10, 2032 384
Rat Water Yang Feb. 11, 2032 Jan. 30, 2033 355
Ox Water Yin Jan. 31, 2033 Feb. 18, 2034 384
Tiger Wood Yang Feb. 19, 2034 Feb. 07, 2035 354
Rabbit Wood Yin Feb. 08, 2035 Jan. 27, 2036 354
Dragon Fire Yang Jan. 28, 2036 Feb. 14, 2037 384
Snake Fire Yin Feb. 15, 2037 Feb. 03, 2038 354
Horse Earth Yang Feb. 04, 2038 Jan. 23, 2039 354
Sheep Earth Yin Jan. 24, 2039 Feb. 11, 2040 384
Monkey Metal Yang Feb. 12, 2040 Jan. 31, 2041 355
Rooster Metal Yin Feb. 01, 2041 Jan. 21, 2042 355
Dog Water Yang Jan. 22, 2042 Feb. 09, 2043 384
Boar Water Yin Feb. 10, 2043 Jan. 29, 2044 354
Rat Wood Yang Jan. 30, 2044 Feb. 16, 2045 384
Ox Wood Yin Feb. 17, 2045 Feb. 05, 2046 354
Tiger Fire Yang Feb. 06, 2046 Jan. 25, 2047 354
Rabbit Fire Yin Jan. 26, 2047 Feb. 13, 2048 384
Dragon Earth Yang Feb. 14, 2048 Feb. 01, 2049 354
Snake Earth Yin Feb. 02, 2049 Jan. 22, 2050 355
Horse Metal Yang Jan. 23, 2050 Feb. 10, 2051 384
Sheep Metal Yin Feb. 11, 2051 Jan. 31, 2052 355
Monkey Water Yang Feb. 01, 2052 Feb. 18, 2053 384
Rooster Water Yin Feb. 19, 2053 Feb. 07, 2054 354
Dog Wood Yang Feb. 08, 2054 Jan. 27, 2055 354
Boar Wood Yin Jan. 28, 2055 Feb. 14, 2056 383
Rat Fire Yang Feb. 15, 2056 Feb. 03, 2057 355
Ox Fire Yin Feb. 04, 2057 Jan. 23, 2058 354
Tiger Earth Yang Jan. 24, 2058 Feb. 11, 2059 384
Rabbit Earth Yin Feb. 12, 2059 Feb. 01, 2060 355
Dragon Metal Yang Feb. 02, 2060 Jan. 20, 2061 354
Snake Metal Yin Jan. 21, 2061 Feb. 08, 2062 384
Horse Water Yang Feb. 09, 2062 Jan. 28, 2063 354
Sheep Water Yin Jan. 29, 2063 Feb. 16, 2064 384
Monkey Wood Yang Feb. 17, 2064 Feb. 04, 2065 354
Rooster Wood Yin Feb. 05, 2065 Jan. 25, 2066 355
Dog Fire Yang Jan. 26, 2066 Feb. 13, 2067 384
Boar Fire Yin Feb. 14, 2067 Feb. 02, 2068 354
Rat Earth Yang Feb. 03, 2068 Jan. 22, 2069 355
Ox Earth Yin Jan. 23, 2069 Feb. 10, 2070 384
Tiger Metal Yang Feb. 11, 2070 Jan. 30, 2071 354
Rabbit Metal Yin Jan. 31, 2071 Feb. 18, 2072 384
Dragon Water Yang Feb. 19, 2072 Feb. 06, 2073 354
Snake Water Yin Feb. 07, 2073 Jan. 26, 2074 354
Horse Wood Yang Jan. 27, 2074 Feb. 14, 2075 384
Sheep Wood Yin Feb. 15, 2075 Feb. 04, 2076 355
Monkey Fire Yang Feb. 05, 2076 Jan. 23, 2077 354
Rooster Fire Yin Jan. 24, 2077 Feb. 11, 2078 384
Dog Earth Yang Feb. 12, 2078 Feb. 01, 2079 355
Boar Earth Yin Feb. 02, 2079 Jan. 21, 2080 354
Rat Metal Yang Jan. 22, 2080 Feb. 08, 2081 384
Ox Metal Yin Feb. 09, 2081 Jan. 28, 2082 354
Tiger Water Yang Jan. 29, 2082 Feb. 16, 2083 384
Rabbit Water Yin Feb. 17, 2083 Feb. 05, 2084 354
Dragon Wood Yang Feb. 06, 2084 Jan. 25, 2085 355
Snake Wood Yin Jan. 26, 2085 Feb. 13, 2086 384
Horse Fire Yang Feb. 14, 2086 Feb. 02, 2087 354
Sheep Fire Yin Feb. 03, 2087 Jan. 23, 2088 355
Monkey Earth Yang Jan. 24, 2088 Feb. 09, 2089 383
Rooster Earth Yin Feb. 10, 2089 Jan. 29, 2090 354
Dog Metal Yang Jan. 30, 2090 Feb. 17, 2091 384
Boar Metal Yin Feb. 18, 2091 Feb. 06, 2092 354
Rat Water Yang Feb. 07, 2092 Jan. 26, 2093 355
Ox Water Yin Jan. 27, 2093 Feb. 14, 2094 384
Tiger Wood Yang Feb. 15, 2094 Feb. 04, 2095 355
Rabbit Wood Yin Feb. 05, 2095 Jan. 24, 2096 354
Dragon Fire Yang Jan. 25, 2096 Feb. 11, 2097 384
Snake Fire Yin Feb. 12, 2097 Jan. 31, 2098 354
Horse Earth Yang Feb. 01, 2098 Jan. 20, 2099 354
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