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What Chinese Year Was I Born In?

The characteristics of Chinese zodiac signs can be surprisingly accurate. To find out “What Chinese year was I born in?”, you can use the Chinese calendars and charts that we have prepared for our readers. Here’s how to use them.

The Chinese zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years, starting with the Rat sign. You are assigned an animal sign according to the year you were born. For example, everyone born in 2017 has the sign of the Rooster. Use the Chinese calendar chart in this article to work out your zodiac year.

If your birthday is in January or February, you need to check a more detailed calendar carefully, because the start of the Chinese calendar doesn’t start on the same dates as the Western or Gregorian calendar.

The year a person is born determines their animal sign. For example, a person's animal sign is a rat if they were born in the year of the rat. (Image: Cameron Norman via flicker / CC BY 2.0 )
The year a person is born determines their animal sign. For example, a person’s animal sign is a rat if they were born in the Year of the Rat. (Image: Cameron Norman
via flicker / CC BY 2.0 )

For example, if you were born in 1970, your zodiac sign would be a Dog. But if you were born in January 1970, you would be a Rooster, because the Chinese year in 1970 started on February 6 of the Gregorian calendar.

According to Chinese astrology, the Chinese calendar is divided into 60-year cycles. Each 60-year period consists of another two cycles that are separate, yet influence each other:

  • Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water
  • Twelve Zodiac Animal Signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig

So once you know which Chinese year you were born in, and therefore your Chinese zodiac sign, you can then find out the element using more detailed charts.

The dragon is the most vital and powerful of any in the Chinese zodiac, although with an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. (Image: Cameron Norman via flicker / CC BY 2.0 )
The Dragon is the most vital and powerful of any in the Chinese zodiac, although with an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. (Image: Cameron Norman via flicker / CC BY 2.0 )

In the Western world, people look to the monthly horoscopes based on star sign astrology to unlock the secret knowledge of their futures. However, in the East, Chinese astrology uses the Chinese calendar according to when you were born to predict your destiny and help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your true self.

Chinese astrology is the oldest horoscope system in the world. Its origins date back to almost 3,000 B.C. It is a system that the Chinese believe they didn’t work out themselves, but that was imparted to them by heavenly gods or deities to help them lead more spiritual lives and be closer to the heavens.

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