The Chinese have named years after animals for thousands of years.
In fact, the Cinese Zodiac system is extremely complex, based on an
ancient agricultural calendar.
In addition to 12 animals, there are the Elements (Water, Wood, Fire,
Earth and Metal), hours (12 two hour periods), directions, stones,
months, and seasons.
The 12 Animals
The origins of the 12 animals which are honored with a year each is
rich in legends and myths. A commonly held belief is that the Buddha
decided to invite all the animals of the earth to visit him on New
Years Day. However, despite preparing for the biggest party since the
disembakation of Noah's Ark, only 12 animals arrived. They were; the
Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Hare, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse,
the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.
The Buddha decided to honor his guests by awarding each a year of its
own. The system is influenced by Yin (female) and Yang (male) cosmic
force which is said to be an interpretation of universal harmony and
1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
Lucky Numbers - 1, 3, 5, 9, 15, 19, 35
Rats are charming creatures, contrary to their reputation in the
animal kingdom. Amusing and intelligent, they love socializing and
attract a wide circle of friends. However, these relationships can be
short-lived, since Rats adore gossip.
Although they can be quick to anger, Rat people are able to conceal
their negative feelings beneath a calm, cool exterior.
Rats are acquisitive, salting away their money in an effort to feel
secure. They are ambitious and persistent, often being successful in
business enterprises. However, in this context, Rat people need
constant communication and support. They thrive on a frenzy of
activity in a variety of fields, in both work and recreational areas.
2. The Ox-
1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
Lucky numbers - 1, 3, 5, 12, 15, 33, 35, 51, 53
Ox people are placid and stable, utterly reliable and tenacious. They
are true survivors, doggedly plodding through life's obstacles and
pitfalls to achieve their chosen aims.
Ox people are careful about who they take into their confidence, but
once you have earned their trust, you will enjoy their sympathy,
sound advice and willingness to give constructive help when the
situation arises. Although tolerant and easy-going, it is dangerous
to push the Ox person too far; he or she makes a formidable and long-
No strangers to domesticity, Ox people make excellent parents, and
caring loyal partners. You may find them looking after the elderly,
3. The Tiger-
1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
Lucky numbers - 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 34, 44, 45, 54
Tiger people are powerful and courageous in line with their animal
counterparts. Together with their capacity for original, creative
thoughts, Tigers are natural leaders.
However, while occupying their elevated positions in society, Tiger
people can be selfish and stubborn, exercising an unwillingness to
take heed of, or trust others beneath them. They have a rebellious
streak and tend to resent their elders or anyone in a position of
authority above them.
Tigers can be wild creatures, lacking in stability and prone to
restlessness. Quick to become bored, they thrive on variety and
constant challenge. Tigers are not easily tamed; they value their
freedom and independence too much.
4. The Hare-
1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011
Lucky numbers - 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 34, 44, 45, 54
Hares are sensitive and intuitive creatures that love the company of
others, seeking the warmth and security of a one-to-one relationship.
They make responsive companions, tactful, respectful and sympathetic.
Hares will do anything to keep the peace; they will back off at the
first sign of trouble.
Naturally reserved, Hares may withdraw into the safety of their own
private world. They are highly cautious and seek the tranquility and
security of a real home above all things. Often lucky financially,
Hares have an uncanny sense for picking a winner and make good
gamblers, disciplined as they are by their innate caution.
5. The Dragon-
1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012
Lucky numbers - 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 21, 34, 35, 36, 45
Dragons are larger than life, befitting their mythological status in
Chinese astrology. They will attract attention in any situation, even
though it may not always be of a positive nature! Flamboyant,
glamorous and strong-willed, the Dragon draws people to him or her
like a magnet.
Full of energy, drive and ambition, Dragons are highly visible in
society as politicians, film stars, pop stars and entrepreneurs -
always in the forefront of their chosen fields. However, prepare
yourself for the Dragon's lack of consideration for others. He or she
can be unfaithful or unreliable but you will doubtless be persuaded
to give them a second or more chance, such is their attraction.
6. The Snake-
1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013
Lucky numbers - 1, 2, 4, 6, 13, 24, 42, 46
Snakes are often physically attactive but in addition they have a
flair for creating just the right look for any occasion by
judiciously applying a few individual and creative touches. They have
a special gift for recognizing potential where few other people
would, and helping to fulfill it to great effect. This trait helps
Snakes to succeed in business.
Snakes have a subtle way of leading people into thinking that they
are supremely knowledgeable in whatever field suits their purpose at
the time. However, they would not stoop to telling downright lies.
Often romantice, snakes are attentive to the changing moods and
appearance of their nearest and dearest, although they will quickly
become morose if this attention is not reciprocated.
7. The Horse-
1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014
Lucky numbers - 1, 3, 4, 8, 13, 14, 41, 43
Horses are popular, friendly creatures, but can have a fiery,
rebellious latent tendency. They are physically energetic, strong and
enduring and will invariably work hard at any job. However, they may
be over-enthusiastic and single-minded about a pet project and behave
somewhat impetuously and pig-headed.
Horses are gregarious people and enjoy entertainment on a large
scale. They enjoy spending money, for instance, on expensive clothes
but they also put their boundless energy into travel. Horse people
are prone to falling hopelessly in love aand become blind to the
8. The Sheep-
1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015
Lucky numbers - 3, 4, 5, 12, 34, 45, 54
Sheep are gentle, selfless creatures - you will find many of them in
the caring professions. They are often artistic but tend to follow an
established tradition rather than create an original style.
Consquently, they make skilled craftspeople. In fact, in all walks of
life, Sheep people, like the animal they are named after, are
followers rather than leaders. They often lack a sense of direction
and therefore can become lost and confused in life if they do not
receive strong but kindly guidance. Left to their own devices, Sheep
can be irresponsible and impractical.
Sheep people can be great peacemakers, able to defuse an explosive
situation with their considerable tact and diplomacy. They value
security above all else.
9. The Monkey-
1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016
Lucky numbers - 3, 4, 5, 7, 16, 23, 34, 45, 54
Monkeys are multi-talented people, being quick of wit and highly
adaptable. However, in view of their light-hearted natures and great
sense of humor, their worth can be under-estimated by other people
who refuse to take them seriously. If valued and encouraged, Monkeys
can be extremely successful in business with their adeptness at
Although delightful company, Monkeys can be unreliable and less than
honest, even double-dealing in personal relationships. Therefore, the
Monkey may find his or her associations short-lived and unfulfilled.
In fact, Monkeys tend to have many different relationships in their
lives before establishing a deep and lasting liaison.
Monkeys are often gifted story-tellers, being drawn to the world of
10. The Rooster-
1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017
Lucky numbers - 1, 5, 6, 12, 15, 16, 24, 51
Roosters are diligent, efficient and deeply committed, often working
long and hard to achieve their chosen goals. However, they are prone
to taking on more work than they can cope with and experience bitter
disappointment when they fail. Roosters like to work on their own, in
their own way, and strongly react agaainst any outside interference.
They can be overbearing and bossy in their frustration with less-
capable colleagues or partners.
Roosters have a reputation for being forthright, but their honesty to
the point of bluntness can lose them friends.
Inclined to the eccentric, Roosters adore adventure and make intrpid
explorers of the world at large.
11. The Dog-
1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018
Lucky numbers - 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 14, 19, 28, 30, 41, 45, 54
Dogs are blessed with many of the finer traits of human nature. They
are faithful and reliable, just like their animal counterparts,
hardworking and dutiful. They are always axious to give of their
best. However, Dogs can be conservative, reluctant to embrace new
ideas and to develop. They can also be slow to learn, thus trying the
patience of other signs.
Dogs need close contact with other people. They are sympathetic,
supportive, forgiving and discreet in human relationships. However,
if a Dog takes a dislike to you, he or she can be highly critical and
sarcastic. Dogs are not known for their romantic natures.
Dogs need a good deal of encouragement to fulfill their potential.
Unfortunately, some suffer from a lack of belief in themselves.
12. The Pig-
1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019
Lucky numbers - 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 18, 34, 41, 48
Pig people set a worthy example to the other signs. They are caring
of others, particularly in their families which are of paramount
importance in their lives. They have an unshakeable faith in human
nature and are staggeringly tolerant of others.
Pigs are highly industrious, taking great pains to carry out any task
thoroughly and properly. They take great pride in their endeavors.
Almost fanatically efficient and tidy, Pig people want to succeed
only on the basis of their own merits and hard labor.
The Pig may have few friends but they will be of the lifelong variety.