The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese Lunar calendar
12 Zodiac Signs
Chinese Zodiac Compatibility
Some signs are perfect matches while some are less compatible or even born opponents. Use the tool to test the compatibility for you and your partner!
- Best Matches for 12 Signs:
Rat: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
Ox: Rat, Monkey, Rooster
Tiger: Dragon, Horse, Pig
Rabbit: Sheep, Monkey, Dog, Pig
Dragon: Rooster, Rat, Monkey
Snake: Dragon, Rooster
Horse: Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit
Sheep: Rabbit, Horse, Pig
Monkey: Ox, Rabbit
Rooster: Ox, Snake
Pig: Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep
Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Chart
|Rat||well suited||happy & steady||hot & cold||may argue||suitable match||volatile pair||poor match||poor match||very lively||need effort||lively pair||quite charming|
|Ox||happy & steady||caring pair||ups & downs||ups & downs||tricky pair||support each other||difficult match||steer clear||loving pair||good match||can be good||need effort|
|Tiger||hot & cold||need effort||happy & steady||can be good||require patience||steer clear||good ally||can work out||very rocky||hard work||strong ally||superb match|
|Rabbit||may argue||ups & downs||can be good||truly loving||hard going||hard work||can work out||great fun||need effort||many conflicts||truly loving||superb match|
|Dragon||suitable match||tricky pair||require patience||hard going||good match||can be good||lively pair||hot & cold||good pair||wonderful pair||not suitable||hardwork|
|Snake||volatile pair||support each other||steer clear||hard work||can be good||wonderful pair||tricky pair||need effort||long lasting match||wonderful pair||quite charming||not match|
|Horse||poor match||difficult match||good ally||can work out||lively pair||trickypair||caring sharing||superb match||quite hurtful||can be good||good ally||ups & downs|
|Sheep||poor match||steer clear||can work out||great fun||hot & cold||require effort||superb match||long lasting||can work out||hard work||tricky pair||support each other|
|Monkey||very lively||loving pair||very rocky||need effort||good pair||long lasting match||quite hurtful||can work out||full of laughter||hard going||volatile pair||poles apart|
|Rooster||need effort||good match||hard work||many conflicts||wonderful pair||wonderful pair||can be good||hard work||hard going||intense passion||poor match||require effort|
|Dog||lively pair||can be good||strong ally||truly loving||not suitable||quite charming||good ally||tricky pair||volatile pair||poor match||loyal loving||ups & downs|
|Pig||quite charming||need effort||superb match||superb match||hard work||not matching||ups & downs||support each other||poles apart||require effort||ups & downs||intense passion|
The twelve animal signs can be divided into four groups of three. The groups are based on the surmise that each of the three animals concerned have similar ways of thinking or temperament, or at least the style of thinking and understanding.
- Group One: Rat, Dragon, Monkey – They are action oriented and show traits of intelligence. They can complement in intellect and are compatible with each other.
- Group Two: Ox, Snake, Rooster – They are deep thinkers and always conscious about attaining their objectives. They are complementary to each other in intellect and habits.
- Group Three: Tiger, Horse, Dog – They incline to freedom and have strong sense of personal ego. They can understand each other but sometimes are egoistical.
- Group Four: Rabbit, Sheep, Pig – They love peace and believe in mutual co-operation. They can be sympathetic and usually make great pairs.
As part of Chinese astrology, Chinese zodiac animal signs are also related to the Ying Yang and Wu Xing (the Five Elements) theories. They are opposite but also supporting and generating to the other. One can realize personal shortcomings and learn from the positive attitudes of others as a complement.
|Rat||Zi Shi: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.||This is the time rats actively seek food.|
|Ox||Chou Shi: 1 to 3 a.m.||This is the time that oxen ruminate.|
|Tiger||Yin Shi: 3 to 5 a.m.||Tigers hunt prey and display fiercest nature.|
|Rabbit||Mao Shi: 5 to 7 a.m.||The Jade Rabbit on the moon is busy pounding medicinal herb with a pestle.|
|Dragon||Chen Shi: 7 to 9 a.m.||Dragons are hover in the sky at that time to give people rainfall.|
|Snake||Si Shi: 9 to 11 a.m.||Snakes start to leave their burrows.|
|Horse||Wu Shi: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.||With the sun high above, other animals are lying down for a noon break while the unconstrained horse is still vigorous.|
|Sheep||Wei Shi: 1 to 3 p.m.||It is said that if sheep ate grass at this time, they would grow stronger.|
|Monkey||Shen Shi: 3 to 5 p.m.||Monkeys become lively.|
|Rooster||You Shi: 5 to 7 p.m.||Roosters return to their roost as it is dark.|
|Dog||Xu Shi: 7 to 9 p.m.||Dogs begin to carry out their duty to guard entrances.|
|Pig||Hai Shi: 9 to 11 p.m.||All is quiet and pigs are sleeping soundly.|