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The Chinese Zodiac Signs: Are You A Dragon Or A Snake?

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The Chinese Zodiac Signs: Are You A Dragon Or A Snake?

The Chinese zodiac is divided into twelve yearly cycles with each year identified by a particular animal.  Certain characteristics are inherent in each year.

2019 is the Year of the Pig.

Chinese Zodiac Traits

Rat
Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020…
Traits: Known for originality and initiative; intelligent, energetic, trustworthy, hardworking, loyal, perfectionist, easily angered but forgiving. Loves to gamble.

Ox
Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021…
Traits: Patient, persistent, leader, orderly, cheerful, good speaker, somewhat, stubborn, easily angered, alert mentally. Cautious in dealing with people.

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Tiger
Years:  1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022…
Traits: Courageous, aggressive, candid, compassionate, likes flattery, virtuous, very friendly, deep thinker, very logical, gentle, kind.

Rabbit
Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…
Traits: Talented and articulate, thrifty, very affectionate, diplomatic, tactful, peace lover, good financial mind, seldom ill-tempered. Very sentimental.

Dragon
Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…
Traits: Good sense of humor, very sincere, soft hearted, has strong opinions, honest, brave, passionate, inspires trust, healthy, willing to help others, eager to learn.

Serpent
Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025…
Traits: Very wise, beautiful mind and body. Fickle, affectionate, seldom discouraged. Strong willed, good organizer, intelligent and knowledgeable.

Horse
Years: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…
Traits: Extremely independent, artistic, loves music, drama, and literature, strong-willed, energetic, strives for perfection, optimistic and loving.

Sheep
Years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027…
Traits: Elegant in dress, creative, shy, easily led, religious, exercises good taste, easy to please, sometimes pessimistic, loves art, good thinker, friendly.

Monkey
Years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…
Traits: Very clever, charming, loves to read. Enthusiastic, skillful. Has good common sense, loves adventure and travel. Talkative, agile and has a good memory.

Rooster
Years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…
Traits: Honest, good worker, self-confident, ambitious, deep thinker, realistic. Excellent foresight, not easily discouraged. Outspoken and frank.

Dog
Years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030…
Traits: Loyal, dependable, honest, good executive, sense of humor. Very generous, always helping others. Outgoing, good leaders, artistic, gentle and kind.

Pig
Years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031…
Traits: Chivalrous and gallant, honest, great thirst for knowledge, dislikes arguments, kind, well-liked, calm. A slow but careful nature, easy-going manner.


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6 comments

1 Susan Higgins { 02.11.19 at 9:47 am }

Hi Chester, The years listed are just a sampling of every 12 years. We only have so much space!

2 Chester { 02.09.19 at 12:07 am }

There are a few years that are not listed.

3 Chester { 02.09.19 at 12:01 am }

Why is there a drawing of a cat in place of the rabbit?

4 Mikki { 02.08.19 at 11:41 pm }

checked the traits for myself and children – ALL not even close to the truth

same reason I dont believe in horoscopes and proven fact that fortune tellers just use persons body language and facial movements to ‘guess’ at the right answer

5 Susan Higgins { 02.11.19 at 9:54 am }

Hi Larissa, it is correct. We are aware that the Chinese calendar does not follow the Gregorian calendar (we outline that in our post for this year, which is the year of the pig: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/when-chinese-new-year-34118), but the Zodiac corresponds to it. In fact, you’ll find just about everywhere that 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Here is an official site: https://www.yourchineseastrology.com/zodiac/ (although there are many out there).

6 Larissa { 02.08.19 at 8:43 pm }

Sorry but this is not accurate. The Chinese New Year does not follow the Gregorian calendar. Their new year falls in late January to early February (I think). Ex: if I use my birthday in early February I’m a rabbit but if I use my year I’m a dragon.

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