Happy New Year! As most of you will know already, today is the lunar New Year and the start of the Chinese year of the ram (sheep/goat). In case you’re wondering about the confusion over which animal the year is named after, it’s to do with the translation. The Chinese symbol 羊 can mean ram, sheep or goat, so any of the translations is correct.
Most people have a pretty good understanding of how the zodiac years work. if you’re not sure which zodiac animal you are, check out this travel site . You can pick your date of birth in the drop down boxes and it’ll generate your zodiac sign for you.
What I didn’t realise before I did a bit of research is that you don’t just have one animal, you have four. One for the year you were born, one for the lunar month (called your inner animal), one for the day (called true animals) and another for the hour (which are called secret animals). Essentially, if it can be split into an increment of twelve, then you have a separate sign for it.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a convertor for the day breakdown, but I do have guide for the month and the hour.
Here’s a quick guide for the lunar months:
The year is divided into 24 two week solar terms and each animal is linked to two of these solar terms.
Tiger- February 4 to February 18 and February 19 to March 5
Rabbit- March 6 to March 20 and March 21 to April 4
Dragon- April 5 to April 19 and April 20 to May 4
Snake- May 5 to May 20 and May 21 to June 5
Horse- June 6 to June 20 and June 21 to July 6
Goat- July 7 to 22 and July 23 to August 6
Monkey- August 7 to August 22 and August 23 to September 7
Rooster- September 8 to September 22 and September 23 to October 7
Dog- October 8 to October 22 and October 23 to November 6
Pig- November 7 to November 21 and November 22 to December 6
Rat- December 7 to December 21 and December 22 to January 5
Ox- January 6 to January 19 and January 2 to February 3
The zodiac also represent times of the day, with 24 hours being divided into 2 hour periods represented by each animal.
Rat- 23:00 – 00:59
Ox- 01:00 – 02:59
Tiger- 03:00 – 04:59
Rabbit- 05:00 – 06:59
Dragon- 07:00 – 08:59
Snake- 09:00 – 10:59
Horse- 11:00 – 12:59
Goat- 13:00 – 14:59
Monkey- 15:00 – 16:59
Rooster- 17:00 – 18:59
Dog- 19:00 – 20:59
Pig- 21:00 – 22:59
(The times are based on Beijing CST which is apparently pretty hard to convert into different time zones)
So for example. I was born in 1993 which makes me a Rooster. I was born in February which makes me a tiger and I was born about 9:30am which (without conversion into Greenwich mean time) makes me a snake.
So that’s all for now. Let me know what your animals are in the comments and please let me know if any of the information in this post needs to be corrected (especially if you know how to convert the days into the zodiac, I’d love to know!)
Happy New Year folks!