The more you know about yourself, the more power you have to create the life you love and the relationships you desire. By checking in with your Chinese zodiac, you could bring out your best in the bedroom, get yourself out of a boring relationship rut, or figure out why you just can’t seem to find “the one”.
While you’re likely familiar with Western astrology, which looks to the sun and stars for hints and tips about your love life, ancient Chinese astrology instead emphasizes time. Your Chinese astrological sign and spirit animal corresponds with the year that you’re born rather than the month and day you’re born.
If you’re tired of your typical Aquarius-to-Capricorn astrology, your Chinese horoscope can deliver a new set of sensual vibrations that you can work with to decode your bedroom. Each animal sign comes with strong vibrational influences. Use them alone or alongside your Western astrological sign to find guidance to all of your intimate dating and love life questions!
But take note: If you’re born in January and February, the Chinese New Year moves between January 21 and February 20 depending on the year. You’ll want to double-check if your birthday falls before or after the Chinese New Year so you know exactly which animal sign is right for you.
12 Lots of Adventures For The Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
You might not think rats are attractive, but these smart and savvy animals rank first on the Chinese zodiac cycle. And just like their place on the astrology charts (Aries), people who were born in the Year of the Rat like to be #1. If that’s you, that means you like to cross the finish line first — in work, in play and in bed.
Just like your animal spirit, you’re playful, a little cheeky and like to explore. In the bedroom, that exploration can lead to fun and games with your partner, like role playing or experimenting with toys. Keep a box of batteries in your nightstand!
Speaking of partners, you'll get along best with an Ox, Dragon or Rabbit. Be cautious with Roosters and Horses — you’ll be more prone to arguing and will want to be sure you pick your fights wisely to keep the relationship healthy and the passion hot!
11 The Ox Goes Slow & Steady: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Jane Fonda was born in the Year of the Ox. Her character Grace on the hit Netflix show "Grace and Frankie" is a perfect example of an Ox: hard-working, industrious, cautious and a little conservative.
Don’t be surprised if you hate rushing into things. One night stands are definitely not your favorite cup of tea. “Not on the first date!” you might tell yourself often.
Instead, you want to get to know someone before getting frisky. You like to feel comfortable in a relationship, and half the fun for you is being wooed and romanced. When the time finally comes to cross all four bases and hit a home run, you always discover that it was totally worth the wait.
Because you value faithfulness and loyalty, you do best with a Rat, Rooster or Snake. You might find that a Goat, Tiger, Horse or Dragon triggers you — their stubbornness paired with your conservative nature can lead to frustration.
10 Expect Things To Get Heated, Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Quick, crack the window! Just like your spirit animal, if you were born in the Year of the Tiger you’re fierce and ferocious in the bedroom. And just like a tiger, you always manage to look regal and majestic no matter what you’re getting down to between the sheets. You’ve likely never know the “shame” part of a walk of shame!
You also gain a bit of confident independence from your animal sign. This can be hard for some partners, or even a little difficult for yourself when people pressure you to settle down but you just love being on the prowl.
You do best with other ambitious and outgoing animal signs, such as the Pig, Horse and of course the fiery Dragon. On the flip side, the passion of a Tiger can sometimes spark something ugly when paired with a Monkey, Ox, Tiger or Snake.
9 A Rabbit Loves to Be Spoiled in All Aspects: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Have you ever pet a rabbit? They’re so warm, soft and cuddly. If you were born in the Year of the Rabbit, heavy petting might be your jam. People like you love to be loved. You won’t say no to a morning cuddle, and have no problems getting wined, dined and spoiled by your lover.
But don’t let your softness confuse people, because just like your spirit animal, you have a frisky side. There’s a reason people say, “They’re doing it like rabbits!” When you bring someone home for the first time, have a pot of coffee brewing and ready. They'll likely be a little shocked at how unstoppable you become when things start heating up.
If you are having difficulty being asked out, let your spirit animal lead the way. People with the Rabbit sign are naturally more modest and gentle, meaning potential lovers will find you easily approachable once you embrace your nature.
Rabbits are best matched with a Pig, Goat, Dog or Monkey, but being with a Rooster or Snake can make you feel constricted or boxed in.
8 It's Hard to Keep The Moment Serious With a Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Daenerys Targaryen has nothing on you.
The dragon is one of the most highly revered animals in China, and like your animal sign, you too are fiery and powerful. From that power comes an ability to be strong, silent and extremely decisive. You know what kind of lover you want, and you're not afraid to swoop in and grab it.
This might intimidate some people, but once they get to know you, they’ll find that behind that strong facade is an impeccable sense of humor. Dragons love to have fun, both inside and outside the bedroom, so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself cracking a joke or two as you both come down from the climax.
You will have a lot of similar interests with a Snake, Rat or Tiger, but with a Dog, Ox or Goat, your silence and quick decisiveness may create a fiery explosion worthy of the Mother of Dragons herself.
7 Snakes are Sure to Have a Sensual Experience: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
You might think of a snake as a cunning, evil animal, but think again. In the Chinese zodiac and in much of classical literature and art, the snake is wise with a quick, smart wit about itself.
If you were born in the Year of the Snake, you like to carry your wits about you when dating. You might even feel tempted to check your lover’s phone to see who is sliding into their DMs. It’s not exactly that you don’t trust people, but you like to know and watch what’s going around you at all times. That being said, exercise caution here. Snakes can and do get jealous easily.
When the bedroom door swings shut, your animal nature often takes over. Similar to snakes, you like long, smooth, sensual experiences. You might even have a fetish or a craving for unusual positions in bed.
Snakes get along perfectly with Roosters and Dragons, but your natural silence and slightly suspicious nature means misunderstandings and jealousy can easily pop up when you're with a Pig, Rabbit, Tiger or Goat. Be very cautious when dating another Snake — the lovemaking might be crazy, but the jealousy and distrust can be crazier!
6 You Can Always Count On a Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Save a horse, ride a cowboy...born in the Year of the Horse.
Horses are solid and reliable, just like their animal sign. If that’s you, you’re also adventurous and will want to go for a ride anywhere. No really, your adventurous spirit could lead to frisky play in all sorts of areas!
A Horse also has a lot of endurance. Marathon sessions in bed aren't unknown, so make sure you hydrate well before going on a gallop.
Because you have such a warm and friendly personality, you get along with almost all animal signs. If you're looking for a long-term relationship, other warm-hearted signs like a Rabbit or Goat are perfect. If you want something more casual, try a one-night stand with a Snake. The only signs that have a hard time understanding your nature are Roosters, Oxes and Rats.
5 A Goat is Nothing Short of Smart & Sassy: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
The Goat also goes by the Ram or the Sheep, but it's really the same thing. You're hardworking, gentle, sensitive and love the quiet life. A romantic weekend away in an idyllic countryside sounds like a dream to you, doesn't it?
This animal symbol is considered by many Chinese astrologists as one of the sexiest in the zodiac. That’s because out of your sensitive nature flows an artistic bent. Maybe you like to write music, or play the guitar, or write poetry. You’re so good at it, people fall to their knees (in more ways than one!).
Your sensitivity means you’re also in tune with your partner’s cravings. Your lovers will be amazed at how you love to pleasure them, but make sure you also let yourself get some passionate attention too.
The Goat is compatible with a Pig, Horse or Rabbit, but the personalities of an Ox, Dog or Tiger may rub your sensitive nature the wrong way.
4 What Else is a Monkey to be Besides Playful?: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Monkey see, monkey do! If you were born in the Year of the Monkey, you love to mirror your partner. You’re the type of person who shows up on a date and realize you’re both dressed the same, then shrug it off as funny rather than embarrassing.
Speaking of funny, you have an extremely playful personality. You might find playful ways to get your partner excited and turned on when they're least expecting it, thanks to your clever and every-so-slightly prankster mindset. You’re also very flexible. Paired with your playfulness, you might find yourself suggesting or trying some kinky moves.
Your attitude towards sex and life means you're a perfect match for a Rabbit. However, the habits of a Pig and a Tiger (in bed and in life in general) can sometimes be overwhelming and not a good fit.
3 A Rooster Loves Spontaneity: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Have you ever seen a rooster patrol his coop? He struts with purpose, makes a lot of noise and is a little cocky. If that’s your animal sign, you likely find yourself glancing in the mirror and thinking, “Hot damn, I look good!”
Just like the Bachelorette, you’re in charge and have no issues with checking out what options you have. Sometimes, you might find yourself with several of these options all at once, and you’re definitely not opposed to more than just one lover in your bed (even at the same time!).
You also love spontaneity, but on the flip side, you can also be slightly impatient. Whether you’re on a date or in the throes of passionate lovemaking, don’t try to rush things too much.
A Rooster does well with a Snake and Ox, but your personality can clash and create a lot of instability with a Rat, Dog or Rabbit.
2 Nothing is More Loyal Than a Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Some like it "ruff," and people born in the Year of the Dog often don't mind a little rough playtime with a lover. This comes from your independent, gung-ho attitude, much like a dog chasing a stick or a ball. And speaking of dogs, you love to give and receive lots of licks and kisses (and not just on the lips).
Your loyal faithfulness, just like man's best friend, also means you're a loyal romantic partner. You seek someone who will return that love and faithfulness, and you’re drawn to partners who are steadfast and can provide.
Because you’re so faithful, you’ll also often fight for your love. When things get tricky with a partner, you’ll always want to find a way to make it work.
Your best match would be with a Rabbit, but the more self-focused nature of a Rooster or a Dragon can annoy you.
1 A Pig Needs Tender Loving Care: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
If you were born in the Year of the Pig, you're incredibly smart, gentle and generous. That means you like to give a lot when in the bedroom, and you love to make sure your partner is squealing with pleasure.
For you, this generosity means that what you do in the bedroom can almost feel spiritual. You love the closeness of a good sweaty romp, and afterwards you might rush to grab a drink and some munchies for your lover because you’re so tender and caring.
Just like your spirit animal, one of your biggest challenges might be complacency. Pigs have a reputation to be a little lazy, and people with this astrological sign might sit around and wait for someone to ask them out or make a move. But your animal sign can also be very responsible and independent, so channel that side of your energy if you're trying to shake yourself out of a relationship rut.
A Pig is a poor match for a Snake or Monkey, but you'll get along great with a Rabbit, Tiger or Sheep.