Chinese Animal Signs – Which Are You, And What Does That Mean?

What are Chinese Animal signs ?

Also known as Sheng Xiao, meaning “born resembling”, the signs represent twelve animals that the Chinese associate with each year (on a rolling basis, repeating every twelve years).

Depending on your date of birth, you will have a specific animal sign for the year in which you were born. It is said that people born under each animal sign display the attributes of the animal that they are born under, (similar to the zodiac, which identifies certain characteristics for each of the twelve zodiac signs, but on a monthly basis rather than yearly.)

So which Chinese animal sign are you and what does that mean? Let’s find out! Listed below are the twelve signs, the years they relate to, their meaning, characteristics, traits and elements.

 

Rat

Rat

If you were born in years – 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936.

Meaning – wise

Positive Characteristics – intelligent, sociable, adaptable & generous

Negative Traits – trivial, aggressive & dishonest

Element – Water


OxOx

If you were born in years – 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961,1949, 1937.

Meaning – industrious

Positive Characteristics – leader, inspiring, honest, strong & carefree.

Negative Traits – futile, stubborn.

Element – Earth

 


Tiger

Tiger

If you were born in years – 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938.

Meaning – valour

Positive Characteristics – brave, charming, sensitive, courageous & ambitious

Negative Traits – reckless, aggressive, unpredictable

Element – Wood


RabbitRabbit

If you were born in years – 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939.

Meaning – caution

Positive Characteristics – friendly, conscientious, trustworthy & sincere

Negative Traits – cowardly, emotional & superficial

Element – Wood

 


Dragon

Dragon

If you were born in years – 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940.

Meaning – strong

Positive Characteristics – spiritual, artistic, imaginative, popular & successful

Negative Traits – inflexible, domineering, capricious

Element – Earth


Snake

Snake

If you were born in years – 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929.

Meaning – flexible

Positive Characteristics – witty, romantic, compassionate, intelligent & intuitive

Negative Traits – compromising, vain & thrifty

Element – Fire


Horse

Horse

If you were born in years – 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978,1966, 1954, 1942, 1930.

Meaning – forge on

Positive Characteristics – strong, intelligent, ambitious, courageous & friendly

Negative Traits – abandoning, impatient, egotistic

Element – Fire


Goat

Goat

If you were born in years – 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931.

Meaning – unified

Positive Characteristics – charming, honest, creative, intuitive & calm

Negative Traits – stagnation, pessimism, shyness, fragility

Element – Earth

 


Monkey

Monkey

If you were born in years – 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932.

Meaning – changeable

Positive Characteristics – resourceful, entertaining, magnetic & intelligent

Negative Traits – foolish, unpredictable, unreliable

Element – Metal

 


Rooster

Rooster

If you were born in years – 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981,1969, 1957, 1945, 1933.

Meaning – constant

Positive Characteristics – smart, hard working, courageous, confident & energetic

Negative Traits – inflexible, eccentric & egotistic

Element – Metal


Dog

Dog

If you were born in years – 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934.

Meaning – loyal

Positive Characteristics – sociable, adaptable, smart, honest & generous

Negative Traits – rejecting, cynical, anxious

Element – Earth


Pig

Pig

If you were born in years – 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935.

Meaning – friendly

Positive Characteristics – affectionate, shy, kind, optimistic & sincere

Negative Traits – immoral, intolerant & naïve

Element – Water

 

Article by Jem on 05 January 2016

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