From the Year of the Tiger in 2022 to the Year of the Rabbit in 2023, the Chinese zodiac is based on the lunar calendar, assigning an animal to each year in a 12-year cycle. Unlike the Western zodiac, the Chinese zodiac emphasizes the year you were born instead of the month and day. It’s believed that your sign may influence your personality and how others perceive you — in the same way that different animals possess unique characteristics, personality traits, and strengths.
Discover the origin of the Chinese zodiac, find your own, and browse timeless jewelry styles to show off your sign.
The History of the Chinese Zodiac
Some researchers believe the Chinese Zodiacs originated during China’s Warring States Period between 475 BCE to 221 BCE. However, it didn’t become popular until the Han Dynasty (202 BCE to 202 CE). There are many different theories and stories behind the origin of the Chinese Zodiacs—some say it started when the legendary Jade Emperor invited the world’s animals to his banquet, while others say it was Buddha who originally called for the 12 sacred animals to protect his palace.
Chinese Zodiac Signs & Their Meanings
The traditional order of the 12 zodiac animals begins with the Rat and ends with the Pig. Want to know yours? Read on to learn about the meaning of each Chinese zodiac sign.
1. Rat - 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972
The smart and curious Rat is believed to be clever and generous. People born in the Year of the Rat may be quick problem-solvers, showing mental alertness and resourcefulness.
2. Ox - 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973
Known for being strong-willed yet patient, the Ox also possesses qualities like being reliable and protective. This sign is associated with leadership skills—for one, former U.S. president Barack Obama was born in the Year of the Ox.
3. Tiger - 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974
The Tiger represents intelligence, wisdom, and strength. This sign also symbolizes courage as well as nobility. Many people born in the Year of the Tiger show bravery and warm-heartedness.
4. Rabbit - 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975
Since ancient times, Rabbits have been associated with good luck. Many people with this spring sign are considered to be sensitive, compassionate, kind, and popular.
5. Dragon - 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976
In Chinese culture, dragons are symbols of power, strength, and wisdom. People born in the Year of the Dragon show leadership, charisma, and power.
6. Snake - 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977
Snakes are very ambitious, intelligent, and charming. People born in the Year of the Snake are loyal to their friends, family members, and country. This sign plans for the future with strong determination.
7. Horse - 2026, 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978
The Horse is thought to be self-reliant and energetic. Many people born during this year may love traveling and going on new adventures.
8. Goat - 2027, 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979
The Goat is an earth element sign and a symbol of wealth and prosperity. This zodiac sign represents wisdom, perseverance, and resourcefulness. People born in the Year of the Goat are believed to be very creative and open-minded.
9. Monkey - 2028, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980
People born in the year of this sign tend to have quick-thinking wit and intelligence. The Monkey tends to be outgoing and social with many friends, and they value loyalty above all else!
10. Rooster - 2029, 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981
Roosters are very observant and can often spot the small details that others miss. People born in the Year of the Rooster enjoy being around others and are hardworking individuals who like planning and organization.
11. Dog - 2030, 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982
The Dog zodiac sign symbolizes loyalty, honesty, and trustworthiness. People with this zodiac sign are true friends who will always be there for you, they’re faithful and loyal to their owners.
12. Pig - 2031, 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983
The Pig is very optimistic and generous. Those born in the Year of the Pig are believed to be honest and kind-hearted people who can get along with everyone and anyone.
Discover Chinese Zodiac Jewelry in Your Sign
Whether you wear your animal to symbolize your wit, courage, kindness, or more—or, if you simply like the design of the traditional Chinese character for your favorite animal, our collection of Chinese Zodiac Necklaces will be sure to add a classy, contemporary and timeless touch to your outfit that you can wear every day!
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