Basic Chinese Animal Astrology
8. Sheep Years (Earth, Yin, South-Southwest) Key Word: Creative
02/13/1907 to 02/01/1908 (Fire), 02/01/1919 to 02/19/1920 (Earth), 02/17/1931 to 02/05/1932 (Metal), 02/05/1943 to 01/24/1944 (Water), 01/24/1955 to 02/11/1956 (Wood), 02/09/1967 to 01/29/1968 (Fire), 01/28/1979 to 02/15/1980 (Earth), 02/15/1991 to 02/03/1992 (Metal), 02/01/2003 to 01/21/2004 (Water), 02/19/2015 to 02/07/2016 (Wood), 02/06/2027 – 01/25/2028 (Fire).
Sheep people are kind and gentle, intelligent and wise. They have a love for beauty, and are often artistic, cultured, elegant and well-read. Sheep people are usually very romantic and sensitive. If one is a Sheep’s object of affection, it will be hard to resist their loving and caring demeanour. Sheep people are also often insecure deep down inside, and need to feel loved and wanted.
Elegant and creative, Sheep people are timid and prefer anonymity. They shy away from confrontation and are likely to give way to a more aggressive opponent in a disagreement just to keep the peace. They tend to be pessimistic and capricious at times. The intrinsic element of this sign is earth, and its direction is south-southwest. The Sheep is the eighth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
Lucky directions: (Facing) West, North, South
Most Compatible Signs: Rabbit, Boar, Horse
Least Compatible Signs: Ox, Dog, Dragon, Rat
Lucky Years: Rabbit, Boar, Horse Years
Unlucky Year: Ox Year (Opposite)
Colors: White, Cream, Green.
9. Monkey Years (Metal, Yang, West-Southwest) Key Word: Intelligent
02/02/1908 to 01/21/1909 (Earth), 02/20/1920 to 02/07/1921 (Metal), 02/06/1932 to 01/25/1933 (Water), 01/25/1944 to 02/12/1945 (Wood), 02/12/1956 to 01/30/1957 (Fire), 01/29/1968 to 02/16/1969 (Earth), 02/16/1980 to 02/04/1981 (Metal), 02/04/1992 to 01/22/1993 (Water), 01/22/2004 to 02/08/2005 (Wood), 02/08/2016 to 01/27/2017 (Fire), 01/26/2028 – 02/12/2029 (Earth).
The Monkey is universally perceived as being mischievous, and accordingly people born in the year of the Monkey have that characteristic inherently. They are very intelligent and are able to influence people. More than this, Monkey people are also ingenious, imaginative and resourceful, possessed of a keen intelligence. However, they have a tendency to be restless and rather superficial.
Monkey people are enthusiastic achievers, yet are easily discouraged and confused. Their natural flair for cunning ensures that they have the ability to slip out of a tight situation as quick as a flash when they feel threatened. The intrinsic element of this sign is metal, and its direction is west-southwest. The Monkey is the ninth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
Lucky Directions: (Facing) South, East, West
Most Compatible Signs: Rat, Dragon
Least Compatible Signs: Tiger, Snake, Boar
Lucky Years: Rat, Dragon Years
Unlucky Year: Tiger Year (Opposite)
Colors: Yellow, Gold, Silver.
10. Rooster Years (Metal, Yin, West) Key Word: Pioneering
01/22/1909 to 02/09/1910 (Earth), 02/08/1921 to 01/27/1922 (Metal), 01/26/1933 to 02/13/1934 (Water), 02/13/1945 to 02/01/1946 (Wood), 01/31/1957 to 02/17/1958 (Fire), 02/17/1969 to 02/05/1970 (Earth), 02/05/1981 to 01/24/1982 (Metal), 01/23/1993 to 02/09/1994 (Water), 02/09/2005 to 01/28/2006 (Wood), 01/28/2017 to 02/15/2018 (Fire), 02/13/2029 – 02/01/2030 (Earth).
People born in Rooster years are brash, passionate, honest and outspoken. They have a tendency to be too blunt for their own good, and this, coupled with disdain for those who don’t share their own high ideals, make them appear abrasive and aggressive — even rude — to others. Rooster people are pioneers in spirit and are devoted to work and quest after knowledge.
They are diligent and efficient, typically succeeding in anything they set their mind on doing. Roosters are also very concerned about their appearance, and enjoy grooming and preening. Sometimes, they are selfish and eccentric. The intrinsic element of this sign is metal, and its direction is west. The Rooster is the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
Lucky Directions: (Facing) South, North, East
Most Compatible Signs: Ox, Snake
Least Compatible Signs: Rabbit, Rat, Horse, Rooster
Lucky Years: Ox, Snake Years
Unlucky Year: Rabbit Year (Opposite)
Colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange.
11. Dog Years (Earth, Yang, West-Northwest) Key Word: Loyal
02/10/1910 to 01/29/1911 (Metal), 01/28/1922 to 02/15/1923 (Water), 02/14/1934 to 02/03/1935 (Wood), 02/02/1946 to 01/21/1947 (Fire), 02/18/1958 to 02/07/1959 (Earth), 02/06/1970 to 01/26/1971 (Metal), 01/25/1982 to 02/12/1983 (Water), 02/10/1994 to 01/30/1995 (Wood), 01/29/2006 to 02/17/2007 (Fire), 02/16/2018 to 02/04/2019 (Earth), 02/02/2030 – 01/22/2031 (Metal).
Like the animal that represents their sign, Dog personalities are honest, faithful and sincere. They are stubborn, reliable and unselfish, and they enjoy helping others. They make friends easily, and many of these turn out to be lifelong friendships. Diligent and resourceful, Dog people are steady and devoted workers who quickly become trusted and valued members of any community.
In matters of the heart, they need a very understanding partner, as though generous, and loyal, they can also be moody, anxious and pessimistic. The intrinsic element of this sign is earth, and its direction is west-northwest. The Dog is the eleventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
Lucky Directions: (Facing) North, East, West
Most Compatible Signs: Tiger, Horse, Rabbit
Least Compatible Signs: Dragon, Ox, Sheep, Rooster
Lucky Years: Tiger, Horse, Rabbit Years
Unlucky Year: Dragon Year (Opposite)
Colors: Black, White.
12. Boar Years (Water, Yin, North-Northwest) Key Word: Noble
01/30/1911 to 02/17/1912 (Metal), 02/16/1923 to 02/04/1924 (Water), 02/04/1935 to 01/23/1936 (Wood), 01/22/1947 to 02/09/1948 (Fire), 02/08/1959 to 01/27/1960 (Earth), 01/27/1971 to 02/14/1972 (Metal), 02/13/1983 to 02/01/1984 (Water), 01/31/1995 to 02/18/1996 (Wood), 02/18/2007 to 02/06/2008 (Fire), 02/05/2019 to 01/24/2020 (Earth), 01/23/2031 – 02/10/2032 (Metal).
People born in Boar years are pleasant, unpretentious and sincere. Natural homebodies, they are generous and devoted to their family and loved ones. Optimistic and industrious, they can become extremely successful in business.
Boar people are also nobel and chivalrous. They often have a wide and varied circle of friends, and their friendship can be lifelong. They get along well with most people, yet they are prone to marital strife. Boars tend to be naive, and it may be easy to take advantage of their gullibility. The intrinsic element of this sign is water, and its direction is north-northwest. The Boar is the twelfth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
Lucky Directions: (Facing) South, West, North
Most Compatible Signs: Sheep, Rabbit
Least Compatible Signs: Snake, Monkey, Tiger, Boar
Lucky Year: Sheep, Rabbit Years
Unlucky Year: Snake Year (Opposite)
Colors: Blue, Purple, Pink.
The Five Elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.
The Productive Cycle
Water nurtures plants, producing woods; wood keeps the fire burning, which burns into ashes, forming earth. Earth is a source of metal. Metal melts into liquid or water.
The Destructive Cycle
Water destroys fire by putting it out. Fire destroys metal by melting it. Metal can be fashioned into blades to cut down trees (wood). Wood destroys earth by growing roots into the earth. Earth destroys water, as water disappears when poured into the earth.
The Exhaustive Cycle
Water exhausts metal; metal exhausts earth; earth exhausts fire; fire exhausts wood; wood exhausts water.
It is always better to “exhaust” than “destroy.”
Chinese Astrology Calendar
(Spring Liao, 11/11/2008)