What Does Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Say About Your Personality?

Written by Tanya Arora

What do we not do to figure out and decipher our own personalities? You read up on the daily zodiac update, take the weekly personality tests, and even visit that wizened old baba with the bright green talking parrot!

But have you ever tried consulting the Chinese to help you dig deeper into who you are? Now’s the time, if you haven’t!

The Chinese zodiac is made up of a 12-year cycle, with each year dedicated to a different animal. The year you’re born in can greatly determine the key traits of your personality. To be sure of the kind of traits you have, you should keep in mind that the Chinese year starts either in January or February.

Here’s what the Chinese zodiac can reveal about your personality:

Rat

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Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

You have quite a charming personality and are very passionate. You enjoy social interactions and are open to taking risks in business. You even have a judgmental and quarrelsome side. You are imaginative, intellectual and great at gleaning knowledge. You are quite analytical too and have an opportunistic nature. As for relationships, you get zealous when in love.

Ox

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Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

No matter what life throws at you, you can get your way out of it. You follow a set method when dealing with things, although at times that can make you difficult as you end up being too rigid in your ways. Your biggest strength is that you are self-aware and have a strong sense of commitment and responsibility. You are also completely devoted to those close to you.

Tiger

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Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

The fact that you’re in sync with your feelings at all times makes you a great lover. That said, you still are independent and bring forth passion and frankness into your relationships. You are self-aware too although your exterior can be shaken by criticism. Restlessness is predominant in you, and you possess qualities of a great leader such as bravery and dignity.

Rabbit

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Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Friendly, loving, well mannered and peaceful are traits that define you. You have a fun-loving nature, which can border on carelessness as you often unconsciously forget the needs of the ones you love. You are intelligent, albeit sentimental and even conventional. Security is what you seek in love.

Dragon

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Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

You’re quite energetic, even charming and there’s no stopping you from being on perpetual intellectual pursuits. People may perceive you as rowdy but that’s just your way of bending the rules. You are a perfectionist and enjoy taking up challenges as you get to use your skills and talents. You can be a slightly distant partner but you seek a soul mate.

Snake

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Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

You’ll often be found thinking deeply. You’re wise and constantly working to achieve your goals without letting anyone know. You prefer alone time over socializing as you have a reserved nature. You have a soft romantic side that desires a graceful relationship. However, you can get quite jealous too.

Horse

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Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

You’re a hard worker and even take up tasks that you consider beneath you. However, you are not fond of teamwork and would rather work alone. You adopt an air of impetuousness in your love life. You’re popular but also egotistical and can save yourself from any situation with your words and intelligence.

Goat

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Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Attractive by looks and pleasant by nature is what you are. You are a delicate, cordial and conscientious person. A lover of nature, you indulge yourself in the arts and culture and are creative. However, you can get pessimistic; and are always uncomfortable and complaining. You’re quiet, shy and self-aware and look for security in love.

Monkey

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Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

You’re energetic and intellectual at the same time. Kind of eccentric, you’re still charming and a wordsmith. With your wit and humor, you can turn anything funny. However, that’s what causes people to trust you less. You hate settling and only succeed when you’re in a dynamic relationship or environment.

Rooster

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Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Industriousness and diligence are two qualities you possess. You always speak your mind and even love getting some attention for it. In fact, you are an attention-seeker of sorts. That said, you have several friends because you’re loyal. You hold yourself to high standards, which help you achieve most of your life goals.

Dog

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Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Loyalty and honesty are an intrinsic part of you. You tend to focus on one thing at a time and dedicate your all to it. You come up with creative solutions to problems and staunchly believe in justice. You have a sharp tongue, although you are reliable. You can keep a grudge and look for stable, long-term relationships.

Pig

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Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

A great friend to all, you possess kindness, tolerance, and sincerity in abundance. You rule conversations and your intellect helps you to complete all your aims. You have an active social life and tend to overlook the negative in people. However, that makes you naïve and vulnerable and you also have quite a temper. You’re not materialistic and very family oriented.

Do you think that’s how you are? Whether the details match or not, you can use this as a handy reference just to know people around you better.

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