12 Signs of the Japanese Zodiac

The Japanese zodiac, known as the Juunishi, is broken up into 12 sections, with each section representing a different group of years. The years that make up each block are separated by a full decade from the years that came before or after them (only within that block). The ancient Chinese belief that all shifts in time are based on these twelve units is the inspiration behind the naming of each individual block as the animal that it represents. It is not uncommon for Japanese people to follow the twelve-year cycle, which designates a different animal for each of the twelve blocks of time.

It was believed that people who were born in a specific year would acquire some of the characteristics of the animal that represented that year. Have a peek down below to find out what year it is and what animal it is that you are.

Rat (nezumi)

Born 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912. People who were born in the year of the Rat are charming, honest, and ambitious, and they have a wonderful potential for following a line of action all the way to its conclusion. They plan to put forth a lot of effort to achieve their objectives. They are quick to anger, but give the impression that they have everything under control.

Ox (ushi)

Born 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913. People who were born in the year of the Ox are known to be patient, mentally attentive, and skillful communicators when called upon. They have a natural talent for boosting the self-assurance of others around them. Because of this, they are able to accomplish a significant degree of success.

Tiger (tora)

Born 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914. People who are born in the year of the Tiger are intuitive, headstrong, quick-tempered, courageous, self-centered, and a little bit nasty; nonetheless, they are capable of profound thought and have the capacity for enormous sympathy for those they are close to and love.

12 Signs of the Japanese Zodiac

Rabbit (usagi)

Born 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915. Those who were fortunate enough to be born in the year of the Rabbit have the most success in life. They have a way with words, are talented, driven, moral, and private all at the same time. They are revered and held in high esteem because of the exceptionally high quality of their taste.

Dragon (tatsu)

Born 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916. People who are healthy, energetic, impulsive, short-tempered, and headstrong are characteristics of those born in the year of the Dragon. However, they are trustworthy because they are honest, compassionate, and bold, and they are able to do so with almost everyone. They are the most odd of the Zodiac’s twelve signs, which is saying something.

Snake (hebi)

Born 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917. People who were born in the year of the Snake are said to have profound thoughts, to talk very little, and to have an enormous amount of wisdom. They are blessed with financial good fortune and will never lack for the ability to acquire money. They are resolute in their endeavors and detest the idea of coming up short.

Horse (uma)

Born 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906. People who were born in the year of the Horse are excellent at complimenting others and tend to talk excessively. They have a good handle on finances and are skilled with handling money. They have sharp minds, a lot of wisdom, and a lot of talent. Horse people are quick to angry and have a very short patience.

Sheep (hitsuji)

Born 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907. People who were born in the year of the Sheep are refined, extremely accomplished in the arts, and deeply devoted to the natural world. At first look, it appears as though they have more opportunities than persons who were born in earlier years. They are very devout in their religious beliefs, and they pursue whatever they do with a fiery zeal.

Monkey (saru)

12 Signs of the Japanese Zodiac

Born 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908. People who were born in the year of the Monkey are known to be the most unpredictable and brilliant of all the Zodiac signs. They are astute and skilled in undertaking operations of a massive size, and they are astute when negotiating financial transactions. They are creative, one of a kind, and have the ability to find easy solutions to the most challenging of issues.

Rooster (tori)

Born 2005, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909. People who were born in the year of the Rooster are known to be profound thinkers, as well as hard workers who are completely devoted to their jobs. They have an insatiable need to accomplish more than they are capable of, and when they take on a challenge that is out of their league, they are left feeling disheartened. People born under the sign of the rooster are known for their tendency to not hold back when they have something important to say.

Dog (inu)

Born 2006, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922, 1910. People who were born in the year of the Dog exemplify the best aspects of what it is to be human. They are incredibly honest, they have a strong sense of duty and devotion, and they consistently put up their best effort in the relationships that they maintain with other people. Dog individuals have the ability to maintain confidentiality and instill confidence in those around them.

Boar (inoshishi)

Born 2007, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911. Individuals who were born in the year of the Boar are courageous. They possess an incredible amount of inner strength that no one can ever match. They are very forthright in their behavior. They have a short fuse, yet they abhor getting into fights or arguments of any kind. When it comes to their loved ones, they are loving and compassionate.

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