Chinese zodiac signs today: Horoscope compatibility for Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Rat, Ox and more

Welcome to The Sun's Chinese zodiac live blog, where you'll find all the latest information on what your animal sign means for you.

The year you were born determines your Chinese zodiac sign, which is defined by the Chinese lunar calendar and varies each year.

The story about how the Chinese Animals came about is that a race was organized by the Jade Emperor – one of the most important gods in traditional Chinese religion. 

The Emperor invited all the animals in the world to take part. As a reward for turning up, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one, while the race would determine the order each animal would be placed.

Chinese Animals in order – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

2021 is the year of the Ox, which started February 12th, 2021 and will end January 31st, 2022.

Read our Chinese zodiac live blog below for the very latest on what your horoscope sign has in store for you…

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    WHO IS A SNAKE?

    Snakes are humorous and sophisticated and are not into small talk. 

    They are really skilled at holding their ground and are good at coming up with solutions to any problem. 

    However, they are distrusting and can be perceived as slow and lazy due to their observant nature. 

    Some famous Snakes are: Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Tom Brady, and Oprah.

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    WHO IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE DRAGON

    Dragons are thought to be most compatible with Roosters, who will "look up to the Dragon and provide genuine support during hardships", according to the Chinese New Year site.

    However they're also well matched with Monkeys, who are also creative and innovative like Dragons, and Rats – thanks largely to their reliability and sense of humour.

    Each of these differing personalities are said to compliment each other well.

    However, Dragons aren't thought to be compatible with Dogs, other Dragons or Rabbits.

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    WHAT WILL HAPPEN FOR THE TIGER IN 2021

    2021 will be a stable year for the Tiger.

    Tigers felt plenty of stress in 2020 which affected their health, but things will turn up for them in the coming year.

    Although career changes or accomplishments aren't on the cards, "remember that this year offers immense potential to utilize your positive energy."

    Tigers will see a great change in their love life, their romantic prospects will flourish.

    Their confidence and appeal will strengthen, so be sure to take the time to nurture your dating life and put yourself out there!

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    DIFFERENT TYPES OF HORSES

    Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Their predominant element is Fire.

    Years of the Horse include 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026.

    Metal Horse: Kind, positive, straightforward, and blunt. They place great value on love, they are enticing.

    Water Horse: Emotional, impatient, attractive to others. Able to receive recognition from higher-ups at work.

    Wood Horse: Emotionally sensitive and full of imagination, they look at everything from a unique perspective.


    Fire Horse
    : Bright, energetic, trendsetter. They don't take criticism well.

    Earth Horse: Work fanatics, optimistic, and kind. They love helping others and have many friends.

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    CHINESE VS WESTERN ASTROLOGY

    The Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animal signs and the Western zodiac consists of 12 star signs.

    The story about how the Chinese Animals came about is that a race was organized by the Jade Emperor – one of the most important gods in traditional Chinese religion. The Emperor invited all the animals in the world to take part. As a reward for turning up, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one, while the race would determine the order each animal would be placed.

    Chinese Animals in order:  Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

    The ancient Egyptians contributed the idea that patterns of stars made up constellations, through which the sun appears to “move” at a specific times during the year. It's thought that all of these ideas came together when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt around 330 BC.

    Western Star Signs in order:Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

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    WHO IS A RABBIT?

    Rabbits are seen as modest, tender, and easy-going. 

    They tend to avoid arguments and are usually cautious and delicate.

    Rabbits are responsible, friendly, honest and popular among a crowd

    Some notable Rabbits in the zodiac include: Zac Efron, Tom Felton, and Blake Lively. 

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    DIFFERENT PERSONALITY TRAITS

    The Chinese zodiac includes 12 animals such as the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

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    BEST ELEMENTS FOR CHINESE ZODIAC SIGNS

    Metal: Monkey, Rooster

    Wood: Tiger, Pig

    Water: Rat, Pig

    Fire: Snake, Horse

    Earth: Ox, Dragon, Sheep, Dog

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    YIN AND YANG SIGNS

    The yin signs are: Rooster, Rabbit, Pig, Snake, Ox, and Goat.

    The yang signs are: Monkey, Tiger, Rat, Horse, Dragon, and Dog.

    Part of the yin and yang energy creates a compatibility triangle with certain signs to show how well they mesh with each other in areas of life such as in love, work, and friendship.

    Members of the same compatibility triangle share the same yin and yang polarity.

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    PERSONALITY TRAITS OF THE WOOD SIGN

    Wood signs are quick witted and competent, they are similar to Air signs.

    "Wood types generally have unstable personality: sometimes like the storm, sometimes like the breeze; sometimes mild, sometimes stubborn."

    "They often offend and contradict the leadership, never obey others easily."

    They are bold, audacious, and sometimes short-tempered. However, they cooperate well with others and are successful at work.

    Wood individuals are they are motivated, confident, earnest, generous and righteous.

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    RABBIT'S LEAST COMPATIBLE MATCHES

    The Rabbit is least compatible with the Snake and Rooster.

    Rabbits are known for their modesty and adaptability to any circumstance. 

    If paired with the Snake or Rooster, the Rabbit will grow impatient with arguing about the sign’s inability to compromise, their picky nature, and incessant complaints. 

    To prevent anxiety from looming over these relationships, it is best for a Rabbit to avoid the Snake or Rooster for long-term partnerships.

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    WOOD SIGN ASSOCIATIONS

    According to Chinese culture, the Wood sign's lucky properties are as follows:

    Zodiac signs (yang): Tiger
    Zodiac signs (yin): Rabbit
    Seasons: Spring
    Colors: Green, Cyan
    Numbers: Numbers with 3 or 8
    Directions: East
    Organs (Yin): Lungs
    Organs (Yang): Liver
    Tastes: Gall Bladder
    Birth Year Ends with: 4, 5

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    YIN AND YANG SYMBOL MEANING

    The classic white and black Yin Yang symbol represents the opposites and their likeness.

    Each side has at its core an element of the other, which is represented by the small dots.

    Neither side is more important than the other.

    Both Yin and Yang’s stability is imperative for world harmony.

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    DETERMINING YOUR CHINESE ZODIAC

    The Chinese animal zodiac or shengxiao, which means "born resembling", is arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years.

    It therefore features 12 different animals.

    The animal changes at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and traditionally these animals were used to date the years.

    However, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle.

    January 24 is a new moon and the celebrations last until February 8, around the time of the full moon.

    The Ox is the zodiac animal for 2021.

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    YIN AND YANG MEANING

    Yin and Yang deals with the principle of existence and the fact that everything in life flows and grows.

    According to Taoist philosophy, every entity in the planet is made up of partly Yin and partly Yang. 

    Yin and Yang represent an energetic set with one of the two polarities in a dominant position. 

    The Yin energy is considered to be receptive, intuitive, and feminine while the Yang energy is considered to be giving, logical, and masculine.

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    PERSONALITY TRAITS OF FIRE SIGNS

    According to yourchineseastrology.com, Fire signs are "highly outgoing, enthusiastic, excited, very efficient, and explosive and they walk as if on wings."

    They are full of youthful spirit and are serious about pursuing their goals and dreams.

    Fire individuals are motivated and ambitious, they are creative and make great leaders.

    However, they tend to be impatient, "short-tempered, proud, aggressive and vainglorious, and often argue and talk exaggeratedly."

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    ELEMENTS EARTH IS COMPATIBLE WITH

    Element interactions are like life cycles, according to chinahighlights.com.

    The five generating interactions are "fueling, forming, containing, carrying, and feeding."

    • Wood fuels fire.
    • Fire forms earth (volcanoes, ash, etc.).
    • Earth contains metal.
    • Metal carries water (buckets, pipes, etc.).
    • Water feeds wood (trees, plants, etc.)

    Therefore, Earth is most compatible with Fire.

    Fire signs can inspire Earth signs to be more adventurous and energetic, but Earth signs still need to take things slowly.

    However, the Earth can still teach the Fire how to be more organized and bring their ideas to life.

    Earth signs soak up Water and block its flow. An Earth sign could be distracting and draining to a Water individual, hindering the trajectory to their success.

    Water could not give the Earth what it needs.

    EARTH SIGN ASSOCIATIONS

    Zodiac signs (yang): Dragon/Dog
    Zodiac signs (yin): Ox/Sheep
    Seasons: Intermediate
    Colors: Brown, Yellow
    Numbers: Numbers with 5 or 0
    Directions: Central
    Organs (Yin): Spleen
    Organs (Yang): Stomach
    Tastes: Sweet
    Birth Year Ends with: 8, 9

     

    YEARS OF THE WATER DOG

    The years of the Water Dog are 1982 and 2042.

    The animal cycle includes the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

    They also include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030.

    The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig.

    EARTH SNAKE CHARACTERISTICS

    Snakes are intuitive, enigmatic, and full of wisdom. 

    They are highly determined but have very little patience for things that don’t concern them. 

    These animals can be materialistic at times and never miss an opportunity to own lavish things. 

    Don't be misled. They are powerful characters with real inner strength, it's just very well concealed. 

    TIGER'S LOVE LIFE DURING THE YEAR OF THE OX

    Tigers should be wary about getting involved in a new relationship this year, as it could lead to extreme heartbreak.

    After May, Tigers will feel more confident spending alone time and will need to work on their self-love a little bit more.

    Married Tigers will have a rough year with their significant other and must avoid fighting over petty things, otherwise it could lead to a big rift.

    It will be a period ruled by anxiety and even some disappointments which will affect the emotional well-being of your relationship.

    It is best to keep the peace and communicate effectively.

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      DRAGON'S COMPATIBILITY

      Dragons are thought to be most compatible with Roosters, who will "look up to the Dragon and provide genuine support during hardships", according to the Chinese New Year site.

      However, they're also well matched with Monkeys, who are also creative and innovative like Dragons, and Rats – thanks largely to their reliability and sense of humor.

      Each of these differing personalities are said to compliment each other well.

      However, Dragons aren't thought to be compatible with Dogs, other Dragons or Rabbits.

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      DRAGON'S 2021 PREDICTIONS

      Dragons and Oxen don't always see eye to eye, therefore the Dragon shouldn't expect a smooth year.

      Dragons will face turbulence in 2021, but it is up to the Dragon to adapt to these situations and learn from them.

      They will face hardship in their personal and professional life. Dragons should also be mindful of their health.

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      TIGER'S CAREER DURING THE YEAR OF THE OX

      Tigers will have new projects and ideas for their careers this year.

      If they are looking to make a switch, June will be a good time for them to transition into a new venture.

      Tigers will be forced to save money and pay attention to their financial needs, they should really worry about not spending frivolously.

      The rest of the year should be a smooth sail in terms of their professional lives and they should continue to work hard to get to where they want to be.

      Any change for them will bring them great opportunities and point them in the right direction.

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      PREDICTIONS FOR THE HORSE 2021

      The Horse can not expect an outstanding 2021, as the Horse clashes with the Ox, and 2021 will be the year of the Ox.

      The Horse will feel overwhelmed and frustrated in their personal and professional lives in 2021.

      Obstacles should not get the horse down, however, they are advised to adjust their mindsets to avoid harming their future development.

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