The Chinese Zodiac

by Nippon Kodo

Originated from ancient zoolatry in the Qin dynasty, the Chinese Zodiac has a history of more than 2,000 years. Determined by one’s birth year, personalities and fortunes are read and each year represents a new zodiac animal and the cycle is repeated every 12 years. It still remains so popular in Asia, making it an essential part of everyday life— people use the zodiac as a guidance for their fortune for the year in their career path, best time to start something new, compatibility with a partner, and much more.

The Chinese Zodiac features 12 animal signs in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig/Boar. It is said that the Jade Emperor summoned all the animals to a great race to his palace, and the order in which they arrived determined the animal’s order in the zodiac.

Find your zodiac animal

Zodiac:
Years born:
Personalities:
Lucky Numbers:
Recommended Scents and incense:

Rat

…1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Optimistic, flexible minded

2, 3 (and numbers containing them)

Frankincense, lemongrass

Helps enhance good mood and improve concentration.

Ox

…1925, 1937, 1949,1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Reliable, tolerating

1, 4

Pine, lavender

Helps your spirit into balance and focus better.

Tiger

…1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Courageous, honest

1, 3, 4 

Vetiver, ylang ylang

Help you calm the mind and sleep better.

Rabbit

…1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Elegant, skillful

3, 4, 6

Sage, bergamot

Helps boost your mood and gives relaxation

Dragon

…1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Noble, confident

1, 6, 7 

Lemon,  cinnamon

Helps boost concentration and relaxation.

Snake

…1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Wise, strong

2, 8, 9 

Jasmine, green tea

Helps your body to unwind and alleviate stress.

Horse

…1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Powerful, understanding

2, 3, 7 

Sandalwood, chamomile

Helps promote calmness and relieves nervousness.

Sheep

…1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Gentle, friendly

2, 7

Frankincense, aloeswood

Helps reduce anxiety and bring out creative strengths.

Monkey

…1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Intelligent, proactive

4, 9 

Amber, myrrh

Helps you control emotions and your mind.

Rooster

…1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Loyal, persistent

5, 7, 8 

Rose, cedarwood

Helps you feel balanced and regulates mood. 

Dog

…1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Honest, courageous

3, 4, 9 

Sage, patchouli

Helps clear your mind and promote a positive outlook.

Pig/Boar

…1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Lucky, enthusiastic

2, 5, 8 

Ginger, hinoki

Helps you calm down and boost concentration.



Compatibility: Who is your perfect match?

See which zodiac sign is perfectly compatible with you.

Rat: Ox, Rabbit, Dragon

Ox: Rat, Monkey, Rooster

Tiger: Dragon, Horse, Pig

Rabbit: Rat, Goat, Money, Dog, Pig

Dragon: Rat, Tiger, Snake

Snake: Dragon, Rooster

Horse: Tiger, Goat

Goat: Rabbit, Horse, Pig

Monkey: Ox, Rabbit

Rooster: Ox, Snake

Dog: Rabbit

Pig: Tiger, Rabbit, Goat

 

Lucky zodiacs in 2023:

Rabbit, Goat, Pig, and Rat


It has been said that people who are in their zodiac year will have bad luck so they should be careful in all aspects of life, including health, love, fortune, career, etc. People believe that the best way to avoid bad luck is to wear red items such as red underwear, red socks, or red wristbands.

Find out your Chinese zodiac and check out your personalities, lucky numbers, recommended scents & incense, and compatibility amongst your friends and family. Let’s prepare for the coming year!


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