Welcome to the World of Chinese Astrology
The Chinese zodiac, or “shangxiao,” is a repeated 12-year cycle, with an animal and its renowned attributes depicted each year. The 12 animals in the Chinese horoscope are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
The Origin of Chinese Astrology
Chinese astrology has been elaborated almost 5000 years ago during the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BC) and flourished during the Han dynasty (2nd century BC to 2nd century AD). It is closely related to Chinese philosophy. However, it is associated with the theory of three harmonies of heaven, earth, and water.
The order of Chinese signs of astrology is linked with the Chinese Zodiac’s most famous legend: the Jade Emperor Race. As the storey says, the Chinese Emperor had a contest for the lucky animals to be added to the calendar. In the first year of the 12-year period, the first-placed rat wins and claims the victory, and so on.
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|Zodiac animal signs||Chinese Names||Birth Year||Personality||Lucky Signs in 2021||Lucky Number||Lucky Months||Lucky Colours||Lucky Direction|
|Rat||(shǔ)||1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032||Smart, Creative, and Kind||Dragon and Monkey||2, 3||March and October||Aqua blue and Green||Northeast and South|
|Ox||(niú)||1913, 1925, 1937,1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021||Strong and Determined||Snake and Rooster||9, 1||April, September and December||Silver and White||East and North|
|Tiger||(hǔ)||1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022||Versatile and Resourceful||Horse and Dog||1, 3, 4||January, June and October||Gray and Blue||South and North|
|Rabbit||(tù)||1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023||Quiet and Responsible||Goat and Pig||3, 4, 9||February, July and October||Metal Gold and Silver||Southwest and West|
|Dragon||(lóng)||1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024||Confident and Intelligent||Monkey and Rat||1, 6, 7||April, June and October||Ruby Red, Gray, Blue, and green||East and South|
|Snake||(shé)||1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025||Wise and Talented||Ox and Rooster||2, 8, 9||February, July and December||Bright Yellow, Sky Blue, and Peach||West and East|
|Horse||(mǎ)||1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026||Energetic and Innovative||Monkey||2, 3, 7||March, June and December||White, Silver, and Red||South and North|
|Goat||(yáng)||1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027||Calm and Gentle||Pig||3, 4, 9||September, June and October||Gray, Blue, and Black||Northeast and West|
|Monkey||(hóu)||1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028||curious and intelligent||Rat||1, 7, 8||August, September and October||Gray, Bright Blue, and Yellow||East and West|
|Rooster||(jī)||1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029||Smart and quick-witted||Ox and Snake||5, 7, 8||March, august and December||Pink, Blue, White, and Silver||East and North|
|Dog||(gǒu)||1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030||Honest and Loyal||Tiger and Dragon||3, 4, 9||July, August and December||Red, Yellow, and White||South and North|
|Pig||(zhū)||1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031||Friendly and Prudent||Goat, Dragon and Rabbit||2, 5, 8||July and December||Pink, Yellow, and Green||South and East|
Most of the time, Goat may also be termed as Sheep, whereas the Pig may also be termed as Boar.
The symbol of these animals is assigned specific years, and hence it’s one’s year of birth that essentially decides one’s Chinese Sign. However, apart from the years, other chronological elements, including months, days, and hours are also assigned to these 12 animal symbols.
Apart from the aspect mentioned above, the central part of this Chinese astrology includes the balance theory of Yin-Yang, Wu Sing teachings, and five elements – metal, wood, fire, earth, and air.
Luckiest and Unluckiest Zodiac Signs in Chinese Astrology
It is not convenient to identify the luckiest and unluckiest zodiac signs as each sign has its advantages and disadvantages.
But, according to Chinese Culture, the Goat sign is considered to be the unluckiest sign. There is a belief that the people born in the Goat years are supposed to be followers instead of leaders. At the same time, the Dragon sign is considered to be the luckiest sign. The top 5 most unexpected Chinese Zodiac signs are Dragon, Snake, Pig, Rat, and Tiger.
According to the principles of Chinese astrology, all of these aspects can define a person’s past, present, and future. They can be used to develop robust and accurate predictions of a person’s characteristics and the end.
Now, we have hands-on zodiac animals, let’s proceed to how the Chinese Zodiac Year 2023 would be.
Chinese Zodiac Sign 2023 - Is it a Lucky Year?
2023 is an Ox Yury, starting on 12 February 2023 and running until 31 January 2023 (Chinese Lunar New Year’s day). It’s the year of Metal Ox. Lots of kudos, native Ox! Your year is here! It’s time for you to plant seeds now and for the next three years. Imagine yourself on acres of fertile land. You have seed bags, and you know how to become a great farmer. You have been learning in the past 12 years to get new opportunities. Now is the time to Rock!
According to Chinese Culture, Ox is considered the symbol of power. The year of Ox is synonymous with the year of fruits and hope. It is considered to be a hopeful and fruitful year. Thus, 2023 is expected to bring a stroke of better luck, and it is a Lucky Year.