Daily Chinese zodiac: Horoscope signs today 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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    YEAR OF THE OX

    2021 is the year of the Ox. Check out the Ox’s fortune today, April 17, 2021:

    ❤️ LOVE: Try and limit your needs, otherwise you will have a hard time enjoying anything that isn’t immediately gratifying.

    ? CAREER: A good business deal may come your way. Study all options before making a conclusion.

    ✨ TAROT CARD: The King of Wands. This card represents leadership, vision, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

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    SNAKE ZODIAC SIGN EXPLAINED

    Snakes represent acumen, divinity, and mystery in the Chinese zodiac.

    The years of the Snake are: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, and 2037.

    Snakes are the sixth animal of the Chinese zodiac including others such as the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

    Snakes are considered calm, rational, loyal, and graceful.

    They are deep thinkers filled with skepticism but will always follow through with their plans.

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    TYPES OF TIGER IN CHINESE ASTROLOGY

    Wood Tiger: Compassionate, expansive, and open to anything. 

    Fire Tiger: Optimistic, independent, can have poor self-control.

    Earth Tiger: Adventurous, realistic, has a strong sense of faith, grounded.

    Metal Tiger: Enthusiastic, indecisive, stubborn, and critical.

    Water Tiger: Has a strong sense of self-esteem, quick learner, kind, confident. 

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    PIG COMPATIBILITY

    Pigs are most compatible with the Tiger, Rabbit, or Goat. 

    They are least compatible with the Monkey and Snake.

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    PERSONALITY TRAITS OF THE ROOSTER

    Roosters are straightforward, decisive, and serious about their careers. These no-nonsense animals are perfectionists are criticize what they deem unfit.

    Roosters are resilient and push forward no matter what the circumstances. If someone is blocking their path, they will reveal their fierce side. They are terrifying to anger.

    Family and friends is where they find their respite. Roosters want a large family as they grow older.

    Roosters want to be loved and validated and they need a large support system to uplift them.

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    CHARACTERISTICS OF EARTH SNAKE

    Earth Snakes can be quite lazy, they’re just pretty chilled on the whole. A charmer for sure though. 

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

    Eat, drink, sleep, bit o' work, eat, drink, sleep. That pattern will be an ever-present. 

    They’re happy, jovial – everyone will love them. 

    When these "mellow Joes" put their mind to something, nothing is beyond them. Rock solid.

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    PIG ZODIAC SIGN EXPLAINED

    The Pig represents wealth, honesty, and good fortune in the Chinese zodiac.

    Years of the Pig are: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, or 2031.

    The Pig is the 12th animal of the Chinese zodiac including others such as the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Rooster, the Goat, the Monkey, and the Dog.

    Pigs are known for their hard working nature and for being sincere with their emotions. 

    They are also very social and have an incredible sense of humor that brightens anyone’s day.

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    WHAT IS THE CHINESE ZODIAC SIGNS ORDER?

    Like Western horoscopes there are 12 zodiac signs in the Chinese animal zodiac, but whilst western signs change every month, the Chinese ones change once a year.  

    And that makes the changeover more significant because the sign gives the whole year its identity. 

    •  Rat
    • ? Ox
    • ? Tiger
    • ? Rabbit
    • ? Dragon
    • ? Snake
    • ? Horse
    • ? Goat
    • ? Monkey
    • ? Rooster
    • ? Dog
    • ? Pig

    ROOSTER PERSONALITY TRAITS

    Roosters are straightforward, decisive, and serious about their careers. These no-nonsense animals are perfectionists are criticize what they deem unfit.

    They are resilient and push forward no matter what the circumstances. If someone is blocking their path, they will reveal their fierce side. They are terrifying to anger.

    Family and friends is where they find their respite. Roosters want a large family as they grow older.

    Roosters want to be loved and validated and they need a large support system to uplift them.

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      CHINESE ZODIAC ENEMIES

      Rat

      The Rat is least compatible with the Horse or Rooster. 

      The Horse is considered independent, enthusiastic, and positive while the Rooster is smart, earnest, and confident.

      Rats, however, cannot deal with the Horse’s need for freedom or the Rooster’s short-temper which can cause unnecessary fights and arguments.

      Ox

      The Ox is least compatible with the Tiger, Dragon, Horse, and Goat.

      Oxen like to be in charge of whatever they do, proving to be leaders with many opinions and much confidence. 

      If they pursued a relationship with the Tiger, Dragon, or Horse they would clash due to similarities in their nature.

      Yet, the Goat’s submissiveness would prove to be problematic for the Ox.

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      ORIGINS

      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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      CAREERS FOR THE CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMALS

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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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      CHINESE ZODIAC EARTH MONKEY

      The Earth Monkey represents those born in 1968.

      The Earth Monkey is a sub-component of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac. 

      Each zodiac sign has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, which add more uniqueness and characteristics to the sign.

      The Earth Monkey is rock solid and so together.

      Terrific, hugely entertaining and as genuine a heart as you’re likely to encounter. 

      These characters are brilliant multi-taskers, so well organized and proficient in everything they do. 

      They’re also very sociable. Their lust for life and generous nature never fails to entice.

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      ZODIAC ANIMALS 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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      DIFFERENT TYPES OF HORSE

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

      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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      WHAT WILL HAPPEN FOR THE OX IN 2021

      2021 will be a turbulent year for the Ox, according to ChineseNewYear.net.

      They will encounter unexpected challenges in their career and studies, which will leave the Ox stressed, emotional and unable to concentrate.

      The Ox is advised to strengthen their morale to overcome any bad luck that may come their way.

      The Ox should also cultivate their relationships with their friends and family to navigate hardship and cultivate appreciation and meaning.

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      WHAT YEARS OF THE YEAR OF THE OX?

      Chinese New Year, celebrating the Year of the Ox, will take place on February 12, 2021.

      The years of the Ox are 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021.

      There are different types of Ox in the zodiac system and 2021 will be a Metal Ox year.

      The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

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      WHAT TO KNOW

      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.

      In 2021 the celebration, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, will take place on February 12.

      The ox is the zodiac animal for 2021.

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      PERSONALITY TRAITS OF THE MONKEY

      A Monkey's defining characteristic is their intelligence. They are studios as children and leaders in the workplace in their professional lives.

      They regularly receive recognition and praise for their efforts. Due to this, they can sometimes be arrogant.

      "They’re often disrespectful and self-centered when making decisions. Monkeys become jealous easily, especially when others are doing better than them," says chinesenewyear.net.

      They can be competitive, which is both negative and positive.

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      YEARS OF THE PIG

      Those born in 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 are considered Pigs in the Chinese zodiac. 

      Some notable Water Pigs in the Chinese zodiac are: Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, and Henry Cavill. 

      It is a sub-component of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac. 

      Each zodiac sign also has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, which add more uniqueness to the sign.

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      ZODIAC ANIMALS COMPATIBLE WITH THE ROOSTER

      The Rooster is the most compatible with the Dragon. The Rooster is supportive of the Dragon's endeavors, and are proud of their accomplishments.

      Snakes are able to discuss life with the Rooster, the two are suited to chase their dreams together. The Ox's conservative ways fit well with the Rooster's personality.

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      WHICH CELEBRITIES ARE ROOSTERS?

      Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Chris Evans and Britney Spears are all Roosters.

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      TYPES OF SNAKES

      Metal Snake: Determined, courageous, confident, and able, they are born a leader.

      Earth Snake: Calm, with strong self-control, but not steadfast and diligent enough in work.

      Wood Snake: Orderly, intelligent, and has a refined taste.

      Fire Snake: Smart, insightful, communicative, active, and fond of the limelight

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      WHAT YEAR IS THE EARTH SNAKE?

      Chinese zodiac signs identify birth years with certain animals including 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.

      The Snake is the sixth animal of the zodiac and is also given to those born in 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025.

      It is a sub-component of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac. 

      Each zodiac sign has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, which add more uniqueness and characteristics to the sign.

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