Chinese Zodiac Signs 2021

The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs do not line up with a traditional calendar year, because they are based on the Chinese lunar calendar. 2021 is the year of the Ox in Chinese Astrology, and goes from February 12th, 2021 – January 31st, 2022.

If you are looking for the traditional Zodiac Signs by Birthday calendar, click here.

Chinese Zodiac 2021

The Chinese Zodiac for 2021 begins the Year of the Ox on the Chinese New Year, which is February 12th, 2021.

According to Chinese astrology, the animal sign in the year you were born is the biggest influencing factor in your life.

However, in deeper Chinese Astrology, they also give an animal according to the month of your birth to give further insights into the influences surrounding your personality.

What Chinese Zodiac is 2021?

2020 marked the year of the Rat animal sign, and 2021 will usher in the year of the Ox animal sign beginning on the Chinese New Year, February 12th, 2021.

What is the Chinese Zodiac?

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Chinese Zodiac Signs Wheel

The Chinese Zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, each represented by a different zodiac animal sign.

Every Chinese New Year marks the start of a new astrological cycle governed by a different Chinese Zodiac Animal that is said to have different personality traits.

The Chinese do their astrological New Year according to the lunar cycle, which varies from year to year, but always begins sometime in January or February.

Each animal representing the Chinese Zodiac Signs also is attached to one of the five (5) elements of: Water, Earth, Fire, Metal & Wood, which are said to have their own unique traits.

Chinese Zodiac Signs

Since, the Zodiac Signs of Chinese Astrology do not fall on the traditional calendar year, the list below will give you a general idea of your Chinese Zodiac Sign by year.

Then, if you have a January or February birthday, head to the Chinese Zodiac Years section below to get your Chinese Zodiac Sign by the exact date of your birth.

The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs are:

  • Year of the Rat: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020…
  • Year of the Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021…
  • Year of the Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022…
  • Year of the Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…
  • Year of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…
  • Year of the Snake: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025…
  • Year of the Horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…
  • Year of the Goat: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027…
  • Year of the Monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…
  • Year of the Rooster: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…
  • Year of the Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030…
  • Year of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031…

What is My Chinese Zodiac Sign?

You can generally find your zodiac sign for Chinese Astrology by the year of your birth (with some crossover for those born in January & February since the Chinese New Year doesn’t start on January 1st).

The exact Chinese Zodiac Animals dates (to the calendar day) are given below.

If you were born in January (or even February), your animal for the Chinese Zodiac is probably different than you may have previously thought, since the Chinese calendar year for their zodiac differs from the traditional calendar.

Chinese Zodiac Animals

The 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac are as follows: Rat, Ox (sometimes called the Bull), Tiger, Rabbit (sometimes called the Hare), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (sometimes called the Sheep), Monkey, Rooster (sometimes called the Cock), Dog, and Pig (sometimes called the Boar).

These repeat in a 12-year cycle and start at the beginning of the Chinese New Year.

In 2021, the Chinese New Year begins on February 12th, 2021, which ushers in the long-awaited Year of the Ox.

Chinese Zodiac Years

Below, is the list of animals that corresponds with each Chinese Zodiac Sign year. Once you find your birth date within the range of each Chinese New Year, you can see which Chinese Zodiac year your birth date falls within by your exact birthday.

Year of the Rat Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 5th, 1924 – January 23rd, 1925
  • January 24th, 1936 – February 10th, 1937
  • February 10th, 1948 – January 28th, 1949
  • January 28th, 1960 – February 14th, 1961
  • February 15th, 1972 – February 2nd, 1973
  • February 2nd, 1984 – February 19th, 1985
  • February 19th, 1996 – February 6th, 1997
  • February 7th, 2008 – January 25th, 2009
  • January 25th, 2020 – February 11th, 2021
  • February 11th, 2032 – January 30th, 2033

Rat Personality Traits

Year of the Ox (or Bull) Chinese Zodiac Years

  • January 24th, 1925 – February 12th, 1926
  • February 11th, 1937 – January 30th, 1938
  • January 29th, 1949 – February 16th, 1950
  • February 15th, 1961 – February 4th, 1962
  • February 3rd, 1973 – January 22nd, 1974
  • February 20th, 1985 – February 8th, 1986
  • February 7th, 1997 – January 27th, 1998
  • January 26th, 2009 – February 13th, 2010
  • February 12th, 2021 – January 21st, 2022
  • January 31st, 2033 – February 18th, 2034

Year of the Tiger Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 13th, 1926 – February 1st, 1927
  • January 31st, 1938 – February 18th, 1939
  • February 17th, 1950 – February 5th, 1951
  • February 5th, 1962 – January 24th, 1963
  • January 23rd, 1974 – February 10th, 1975
  • February 9th, 1986 – January 28th, 1987
  • January 28th, 1998 – February 15th, 1999
  • February 14th, 2010 – February 2nd, 2011
  • February 1st, 2022 – January 21st, 2023
  • February 19th, 2034 – February 7th, 2035

Year of the Rabbit (or Hare) Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 2nd, 1927 – January 23rd, 1928
  • February 19th, 1939 – February 7th, 1940
  • February 6th, 1951 – January 26th, 1952
  • January 25th, 1963 – February 12th, 1964
  • February 11th, 1975 – January 30th, 1976
  • January 29th, 1987 – February 16th, 1988
  • February 16th, 1999 – February 4th, 2000
  • February 3rd, 2011 – January 22nd, 2012
  • January 22nd, 2023 – February 9th, 2024
  • February 8th, 2035 – January 27th, 2036

Year of the Dragon Chinese Zodiac Years

  • January 23rd, 1928 – February 9th, 1929
  • February 8th, 1940 – January 26th, 1941
  • January 27th, 1952 – February 13th, 1953
  • February 13th, 1964 – February 1st, 1965
  • January 31st, 1976 – February 17th, 1977
  • February 17th, 1988 – February 5th, 1989
  • February 5th, 2000 – January 23rd, 2001
  • January 23rd, 2012 – February 9th, 2013
  • February 10th, 2024 – January 28th, 2025
  • January 28th, 2036 – February 14th, 2037

Dragon Personality Traits

Year of the Snake Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 10th, 1929 – January 29th, 1930
  • January 27th, 1941 – February 14th, 1942
  • February 14th, 1953 – February 2nd, 1954
  • February 2nd, 1965 – January 20th, 1966
  • February 18th, 1977 – February 6th, 1978
  • February 6th, 1989 – January 26th, 1990
  • January 24th, 2001 – February 11th, 2002
  • February 10th, 2013 – January 30th, 2014
  • January 29th, 2025 – February 16th, 2026
  • February 15th, 2037 – February 3rd, 2038

Year of the Horse Chinese Zodiac Years

  • January 30th, 1930 – February 16th, 1931
  • February 15th, 1942 – February 4th, 1943
  • February 3rd, 1954 – January 23rd, 1955
  • January 21st, 1966 – February 8th, 1967
  • February 7th, 1978 – January 27th, 1979
  • January 27th, 1990 – February 14th, 1991
  • February 12th, 2002 – January 31st, 2003
  • January 31st, 2014 – February 18th, 2015
  • February 17th, 2026 – February 5th, 2027
  • February 4th, 2038 – January 23rd, 2039

Year of the Goat (or Sheep) Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 17th, 1931 – February 5th, 1932
  • February 5th, 1943 – January 24th, 1944
  • January 24th, 1955 – February 11th, 1956
  • February 9th, 1967 – January 29th, 1968
  • January 28th, 1979 – February 15th, 1980
  • February 15th, 1991 – February 3rd, 1992
  • February 1st, 2003 – January 21st, 2004
  • February 19th, 2015 – February 7th, 2016
  • February 6th, 2027 – January 25th, 2028
  • January 24th, 2039 – February 11th, 2040

Year of the Monkey Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 6th, 1932 – January 25th, 1933
  • February 25th, 1944 – February 12th, 1945
  • February 12th, 1956 – January 30th, 1957
  • January 30th, 1968 – February 16th, 1969
  • February 16th, 1980 – February 4th, 1981
  • February 4th, 1992 – January 22nd, 1993
  • January 22nd, 2004 – February 8th, 2005
  • February 8th, 2016 – January 27th, 2017
  • January 26th, 2028 – February 12th, 2029
  • February 12th, 2040 – January 31st, 2041

Year of the Rooster (or Cock) Chinese Zodiac Years

  • January 26th, 1933 – February 13th, 1934
  • February 13th, 1945 – February 1st, 1946
  • January 31st, 1957 – February 17th, 1958
  • February 17th, 1969 – February 5th, 1970
  • February 5th, 1981 – January 24th, 1982
  • January 23rd, 1993 – February 9th, 1994
  • February 9th, 2005 – January 28th, 2006
  • January 28th, 2017 – February 15th, 2018
  • February 13th, 2029 – February 1st, 2030

Year of the Dog Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 14th, 1934 – February 3rd, 1935
  • February 2nd, 1946 – January 21st, 1947
  • February 18th, 1958 – February 7th, 1959
  • February 6th, 1970 – January 26th, 1971
  • January 25th, 1982 – February 12th, 1983
  • February 10th, 1994 – January 30th, 1995
  • January 29th, 2006 – February 17th, 2007
  • February 16th, 2018 – February 4th, 2019
  • February 2nd, 2030 – January 22nd, 2031

Year of the Pig (or Boar) Chinese Zodiac Years

  • February 4th, 1935 – January 23rd, 1936
  • January 22nd, 1947 – February 9th, 1948
  • February 8th, 1959 – January 27th, 1960
  • January 27th, 1971 – February 14th, 1972
  • February 13th, 1983 – February 1st, 1984
  • January 31st, 1995 – February 18th, 1996
  • February 18th, 2007 – February 6th, 2008
  • February 5th, 2019 – January 24th, 2020
  • January 23rd, 2031 – February 10th, 2032

Pig Personality Traits

Chinese Zodiac Signs Compatibility

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Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs are also said to have compatibility with certain other signs of the Chinese Zodiac.

In Chinese Astrology, you are thought the be most compatible with the Chinese Zodiac Signs that are 4 away from you on either side, creating a triangle, if you will.

The following is the compatibility chart for each Chinese Zodiac Sign

  • Rat/Dragon/Monkey are compatible
  • Ox/Snake/Rooster are compatible
  • Tiger/Horse/Dog are compatible
  • Rabbit/Goat/Pig are compatible

These Chinese astrological signs are said to be most compatible with each other.

Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs Conflicts

Some Chinese Zodiac Animals are also said to have conflicts with certain other animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac.

The conflicts of the Chinese Zodiac are said to be directly 6 signs away from you, and you may find it especially hard to get along with them.

Conflicting Signs in the Chinese Zodiac

  • Rat & Horse Conflict
  • Ox (Bull) & Goat (Sheep) Conflict
  • Tiger & Monkey Conflict
  • Rabbit (Hare) & Rooster (Cock) Conflict
  • Dragon & Dog Conflict
  • Snake & Pig (Boar) Conflict

Final Thoughts of Chinese Zodiac Signs 2021

Whatever your Chinese Zodiac Sign may be, please always practice kindness wherever you go, and it will flow back to you in immeasurable ways!

Let’s celebrate this 2021 Chinese New Year with love and enthusiasm for the amazing year we’ll create ahead!

Give back and enjoy each and every moment, because you’ll never get them back!

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References for Chinese Zodiac Signs

Somerville, Neil. (2017). Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year. Harper Thorsons.

Thompson, Gerry Maquire & Hsaio, Shuen-Lian. (2012). The Guide to Chinese Horoscopes. Watkins.

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