The twelve signs of the zodiac have their polarities divided into female and male and positive and negative, and this is where Yin and Yang fit together. Both are energies from Chinese culture. For these people, everything in the universe, from the simplest to the most complex, is governed by one of these two energies. The Double Zodiac Library presents you the powerful AstralFeeling relationship & sign compatibility system. Based on a Chinese-Western astrology birth chart and the Taoism's Yin-Yang principles, it's also linked with the Greek mythology. The Chinese astrological sign changes every lunar year, according to a cycle of 60 years. Thus, each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, Rat, Ox (Buffalo), Tiger, the Rabbit (Hare, Cat), Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep (Goat), Monkey, Dog and Pig (Boar) is associated with an element of Chinese cosmology, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water (12 x 5 = 60 years). Then assigned the Yin Yang Five Elements into the months. The 12 months are equivalent to the 12 zodiac signs. Every animal sign, earthly branch, contains one or more Yin Yang elements. Since the scholars in different dynasties have different opinions. The following chart is found a little bit different in Chinese ancient astrology books. Yin and Yang Personalities. Moving beyond Chinese astrology, you will find many personality quizzes online to categorize yourself as yin or yang independent of your birth date and year. These quizzes may be taken for entertainment or to confirm personality traits you believe that you have. As is typical, the results are often written in a.

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Chinese Zodiac

What is the Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac (Mandarin: Shēngxiào) refers to a 12 year cycle where each year is represented by an animal and its traits. The zodiac system originated during or before the Imperial China period, having existed since the Qin and Han Dynasties, over 2,000 years back.

What are the Chinese Zodiac Signs

A zodiac cycle begins with the Rat, and ends with the Pig. Each of the twelve signs is associated with one of the twelve Earthly Branches, while also having their fixed element. The order of the animals is determined by the Chinese Yin-Yang theory, with those having an even number of digits on their paw/foot/hand being Yin animals, and the ones with an odd number of digits being Yang animals.

Chinese Zodiac in OrderYin/YangEarthly Branch
1. RatYangZi
2. OxYinChou
3. TigerYangYin
4. RabbitYinMao
5. DragonYangChen
6. SnakeYinSi
7. HorseYangWu
8. Goat (Sheep)YinWei
9. MonkeyYangShen
10. RoosterYinYou
11. DogYangXu
12. Pig (Boar)YinHai

There are ten Heavenly Stems in Chinese astrology that are associated with the Earthly Branches, and through tem, with the Zodiac Animals. Each Heavenly Branch is also associated with one of the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. So, the Zodiac signs also have association with these elements, and the characteristic traits of an element may be prominent in a specific Zodiac.

The Origin Story of the Chinese Zodiac: The Great Race

Yin Yang Santa Fe

The myth regarding the origin and selection of the animals for the zodiac signs involves the Jade Emperor, the lord of the heaven and all Gods according to Chinese folklore, who ordered all animals from the land to participate in a race to earn a place in the calendar. Their selection and positions among the zodiac signs were decided based on which twelve animals arrived first.

What is the Chinese New Year

The Zodiac system, as well as the Earthly Branches and Heavenly Stems, all were originally introduced with the purpose of keeping the time and calculate hours, days, weeks, months, and years. The Chinese calendar was established based on these calculations and it is still followed in many East Asian countries, as well as other places around the world. The first day on the Chinese calendar is referred to as the Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, celebrated all over the world through special feasts, and parades.

As there are twelve zodiac signs, the Chinese calendar assigns one animal to each month, with the year beginning with a Year of the Rat, and ending with a Year of the Pig.

Here is a 24 year cycle showing how the Zodiac animals rotate in dominating a year:


Date and YearZodiac AnimalAssociated ElementEarthly BranchHeavenly Stem
Feb 7, 2008–Jan 25, 2009RatYang EarthZiWu
Jan 26, 2009–Feb 13, 2010OxYin EarthChouJi
Feb 14, 2010–Feb 2, 2011TigerYang MetalYinGeng
Feb 3, 2011–Jan 22, 2012RabbitYin MetalMaoXin
Jan 23, 2012–Feb 9, 2013DragonYang WaterChenRen
Feb 10, 2013–Jan 30, 2014SnakeYin WaterSiGui
Jan 31, 2014–Feb 18, 2015HorseYang WoodWuJia
Feb 19, 2015–Feb 7, 2016GoatYin WoodWeiYi
Feb 8, 2016–Jan 27, 2017MonkeyYang FireShenBing
Jan 28, 2017–Feb 15, 2018RoosterYin FireYouDing
Feb 16, 2018–Feb 4, 2019DogYang EarthXuWu
Feb 5, 2019–Jan 24, 2020PigYin EarthHaiJi
Jan 25, 2020–Feb 11, 2021RatYang MetalZiGeng
Feb 12, 2021–Jan 31, 2022OxYin MetalChouXin
Feb 1, 2022–Jan 21, 2023TigerYang WaterYinRen
Jan 22, 2023–Feb 9, 2024RabbitYin WaterMaoGui
Feb 10, 2024–Jan 28, 2025DragonYang WoodChenJia
Jan 29, 2025–Feb 16, 2026SnakeYin WoodSiYi
Feb 17, 2026–Feb 5, 2027HorseYang FireWuBing
Feb 6, 2027–Jan 25, 2028GoatYin FireWeiDing
Jan 26, 2028–Feb 12, 2029MonkeyYang EarthShenWu
Feb 13, 2029–Feb 2, 2030RoosterYin EarthYouJi
Feb 3, 2030–Jan 22, 2031DogYang MetalXuGeng
Jan 23, 2031–Feb 10, 2032PigYin MetalHaiXin

Why is the Chinese New Year Date Different Every Year

Being a lunisolar calendar (combining both solar and lunar cycles), the first day of each month in the Chinese calendar is determined by the date of the new moon. A month lasts for a single lunar cycle that is 29.5 days in average. The Chinese New Year date coincides with the new moon in February, which comes sometime between 21st January and 20th February every year. As a result, the Chinese New Year date can vary from year to year.

What Does the Chinese Year of Birth Mean

As each year is attributed to a certain animal, each person has a specific zodiac year of birth, according to their birth date. These signs can be used to predict the character, temperament, as well as career, marriage, and compatibility of a person born in a specific zodiac year.

Though it might sound superstitious and odd, but your birth year is believed to be unlucky for you according to Chinese astrology. It is like a hurdle for you that return every twelve years with unfortunate events like job-problems, financial loss, health issues, and family problems. There is a simple-enough solution for this as well – wearing red underwear, belts, or socks given to you by someone elder, as the color red is supposed to bring you good luck.

How to Find Out Your Chinese Zodiac

You can easily find out you Chinese Zodiac by calculating what animal your birth year was assigned to. For example, based on the above table, a baby born between Feb 7, 2008 and Jan 25, 2009 will have the Rat as his Chinese Zodiac as he was born in the year of the Rat.

The element dominant in your birth year is your zodiac element, and it also determines your characteristic traits, contributing to shape your basic personality. In the above example, the birth element will be Earth.

Chinese Zodiac Relationship Compatibility

Out of the twelve animals, some suit each other like soul mates, while others may have issues adjusting. For example, a Snake person is best matched with a Monkey for a romantic relationship, while their personality doesn’t match that of a Pig. The following table gives an idea about one compatible and one incompatible sign for each animal:

ZodiacBest MatchWorst Match

The solar and lunar calendars help to calculate the compatibility between Chinese and Western Zodiac signs as well.

Each of the zodiacs also has specific numbers, colors, and gemstones that are considered lucky for those born in their years. The Chinese Zodiac system is followed by many around the world, alongside the Western Zodiacs.

Yin Yang and Five Elements in Chinese Astrology

Yin and Ying Must Be In Balance

The ancient Chinese YIN-YANG scholars believed that three are two natural, complementary and contradictory forces in our universe. The scholars named them as YIN and YANG. YIN represents the female, negative, darkness, softness, moisture, night-time, even numbers and docile aspects of things. YANG represents the male, positive, brightness, hardness, dryness, day-time. odd numbers and dominant aspects. YIN and YANG are continually in the state of flux and always looking for the BALANCE point. One moves, the other responses. Therefore, ancient scholars treated this natural phenomenon as a natural universal law.

These scholars also believed that our universe consisted of five basic elements, which are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth (Soil). Everything, including humans, in the universe (between Heaven and Earth) must have a relationship with these five elements. So they tried to apply the five elements not only to every physical thing in the world, but also to the Colors, Directions, Seasons and Sounds. They even applied to the Years, Months, Days, Hours, Minutes and Seconds of the Chinese Calendar. Now, people are able to know their five-element weights from their birth date and time. Based on the combination of these five-element weights plus the concept of the natural phenomenon, they can tell the rise and fall of human destiny (fate) cycle.

FIVE ELEMENTS does not only mean metal, water, wood, fire and earth. The 'element' in Chinese also means MOVEMENT, CHANGEABLE and DEVELOPMENT. These elements have their Ying and Yang sides too. They are moving, waning, waxing and changing all the time. Just like Ying and Yang, the movements of five elements are slow and stable when they are in kind of balance. If they are out of balance, then the movements are unstable and unpredictable. When a person is in a stable (five-element) environment, he should live peacefully. When a person is in an unpredictable environment, he is easily out of control. A person will feel lucky when everything is under control. A person will feel bad luck when everything is out of control. If you want to be a lucky person, you have to move to an environment to bring your five elements into balance.

Yin Yang Astrology

Five Elements Relationship

Yin yang zodiac meaning

In the fortune-telling system, we want to use metal, water, wood, fire and earth as the five elements to explain everything. Metal stands for mineral, gold, jewelry, iron, rock or something hard. Water stands for liquid or something cold. Wood stands for tree or something to do with wood. Fire stands for Sun, fire, heat, light or something hot. Earth stands for soil, dust or ground. There are affinity and enmity relationships between five elements.


The affinity relationship means supporting, helping, producing, constructive, generating etc.

  • Water can help tree (Wood) grow.
  • Wood can help Fire to burn.
  • Fire can help to produce dust (Earth).
  • Earth can help mineral (Metal) to form.
  • Metal can hold Water.

We can say that :-

  • Water is the supporting element of Wood. Wood can release the power of Water.
  • Wood is the supporting element of Fire. Fire can release the power of Wood.
  • Fire is the supporting element of Earth. Earth can release the power of Fire.
  • Earth is the supporting element of Metal. Metal can release the power of Earth.
  • Metal is the supporting element of Water. Water can release the power of Metal.

Yin Vs Yang Astrology

The enmity relationship means fighting, conflicting, rejecting, destructive etc.

Yin Yang Zodiac Signs

  • Water can extinguish Fire, but Fire might evaporate Water.
  • Wood can break the ground (Earth), but Earth can buries Wood too.
  • Fire can melt Metal, but Metal might not melt before Fire is extinguished.
  • Earth can absorb Water, but Water can cover the land (Earth).
  • Metal can cut Wood, but Metal might become dull before breaking Wood.

We can say that :-

Yin Yang Astrological Signs

  • Water and Fire are enemies. Water overwhelms the movement of Fire.
  • Wood and Earth are enemies. Wood overwhelms the movement of Earth.
  • Fire and Metal are enemies. Fire overwhelms the movement of Metal.
  • Earth and Water are enemies. Earth overwhelms the movement of Water.
  • Metal and Wood are enemies. Metal overwhelms the movement of Wood.