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Zodiac Signs, Astrology, and Horoscope

There are 12 zodiac signs, and each sign has its own strengths and weaknesses, its own specific traits, desires and attitude towards life and people. On the basis of image analysis of the sky, or the position of the planets at the moment of birth, astrology can give us a glimpse of a person's basic characteristics, preferences, flaws and fears. We can really get to know people much better, if we know the basic characteristics of the zodiac signs.

Horoscope Dates

Aries - March 21 to April 19
Taurus - April 20 - May 20
Gemini - May 21 - June 21
Cancer - June 21 - July 22
Leo - July 23 -August 22
Virgo - August 23 - September 22
Libra - September 23 - October 22
Scorpio - October 23 - November 21
Sagittarius - November 22 - December 21
Capricorn - December 22 - January 19
Aquarius - January 20 - February 18
Pisces - February 19- March 20

Water Signs

Water signs are exceptionally emotional and ultra-sensitive people. They are highly intuitive and they can be as mysterious as the ocean itself. Water signs have a great memory and they love profound conversations and intimacy. They openly criticize themselves and are always there to support their loved ones. The Water Signs are: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

Fire Signs

Fire signs tend to be passionate, dynamic, and temperamental. They get angry quickly, but they also forgive easily. They are adventurers with immense energy. They are physically very strong and are a source of inspiration for others. Fire signs are intelligent, self-aware, creative and idealistic people, always ready for action. The Fire Signs are: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

Earth Signs

Earth signs are the “grounded” people on the planet and the ones who bring us down to earth. They are mostly conservative and realistic, but they can also be very emotional. They love luxury and material goods. They are practical, loyal and stable and they stick by their people through hard times. The Earth Signs are: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

Air Signs

Air signs are people who love communication and relationships with other people. They are thinkers, friendly, intellectual, communicative and analytical people. They love philosophical discussions, social gatherings and good books. They enjoy giving advice, but they can also be very superficial. The Air Signs are: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.

Aquarius Zodiac Sign
Element: Air
Quality: Fixed
Color: Blue, Blue-green, Grey, Black
Day: Saturday, Sunday
Ruler: Uranus
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Gemini, Libra
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Leo
Lucky Numbers: 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26
Date range: January 20 - February 18
Aquarius (January 20 - February 1 cool
Aquarius traits
Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian
Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof

Aquarius likes: Fun with friends, helping others, fighting for causes, intellectual conversation, a good listener
Aquarius dislikes: Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations, people who disagree with them
Aquarius-born are shy and quiet , but on the other hand they can be eccentric and energetic. However, in both cases, they are deep thinkers and highly intellectual people who love helping others. They are able to see without prejudice, on both sides, which makes them people who can easily solve problems.
Although they can easily adapt to the energy that surrounds them, Aquarius-born have a deep need to be some time alone and away from everything, in order to restore power. People born under the Aquarius sign, look at the world as a place full of possibilities.
Aquarius is an air sign, and as such, uses his mind at every opportunity. If there is no mental stimulation, they are bored and lack a motivation to achieve the best result.
The ruling planet of Aquarius, Uranus has a timid, abrupt and sometimes aggressive nature, but it also gives Aquarius visionary quality. They are capable of perceiving the future and they know exactly what they want to be doing five or ten years from now.
Uranus also gave them the power of quick and easy transformation, so they are known as thinkers, progressives and humanists. They feel good in a group or a community, so they constantly strive to be surrounded by other people.
The biggest problem for Aquarius-born is the feeling that they are limited or constrained. Because of the desire for freedom and equality for all, they will always strive to ensure freedom of speech and movement. Aquarius-born have a reputation for being cold and insensitive persons, but this is just their defense mechanism against premature intimacy. They need to learn to trust others and express their emotions in a healthy way.

Pisces Zodiac Sign
Element: Water
Quality: Mutable
Color: Mauve, Lilac, Purple, Violet, Sea green
Day: Thursday, Monday
Ruler: Neptune
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Cancer, Scorpio
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Virgo
Lucky Numbers: 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25, 30, 34, 43, 52
Date range: February 19 - March 20
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces traits
Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical
Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr

Pisces likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes
Pisces dislikes: Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, cruelty of any kind
Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back.
Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.
Their ruling planet is Neptune, so Pisces are more intuitive than others and have an artistic talent. Neptune is connected to music, so Pisces reveal music preferences in the earliest stages of life. They are generous, compassionate and extremely faithful and caring.
People born under the Pisces sign have an intuitive understanding of the life cycle and thus achieve the best emotional relationship with other beings.
Pisces-born are known by their wisdom, but under the influence of Uranus, Pisces sometimes can take the role of a martyr, in order to catch the attention. Pisces are never judgmental and always forgiving. They are also known to be most tolerant of all the zodiac signs.

Aries Zodiac Sign
Element: Fire
Quality: Cardinal
Color: Red
Day: Tuesday
Ruler: Mars
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Leo, Sagittarius
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Libra
Lucky Numbers: 1, 9
Date range: March 21 - April 19
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries traits
Strengths: Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate
Weaknesses: Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive

Aries likes: Comfortable clothes, taking on leadership roles, physical challenges, individual sports
Aries dislikes: Inactivity, delays, work that does not use one's talents
As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries almost always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent.They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition. They are always first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars, Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. People born under the Aries sign, are meant to emphasize the search for answers to personal and metaphysical questions. This is the biggest feature of this incarnation.
Aries is a fire sign, just like Leo and Sagittarius. This means that it is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well. Their fiery ruler affects their excellent organizational skills, so you'll rarely meet an Aries who doesn't like to finish more things at once, often even before the lunch break! The challenges are increased when they are impatient, aggressive and vent anger on others.
Aries rules the head and leads with the head, often literally walking head first, leaning forwards for speed and focus. They are naturally brave and rarely afraid of trial and risk. They possess youthful strength and energy, regardless of age and they perform tasks in record time. By aligning with themselves they could achieve the best results.

Taurus Zodiac Sign
Element: Earth
Quality: Fixed
Color: Blue, Pink, Green
Day: Friday, Monday
Ruler: Venus
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Virgo, Capricorn
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Scorpio
Lucky Numbers: 2, 4, 6, 11, 20, 29, 37, 47, 56
Date range: April 20 - May 20
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Taurus traits
Strengths: Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable
Weaknesses: Stubborn, possessive, uncompromising

Taurus likes: Gardening, cooking, music, romance, high quality clothes, working with hands
Taurus dislikes: Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics
Powerful and reliable, Taurus is the first when it comes to harvesting the fruits of his labor. They love everything that is good and beautiful, and they are often surrounded by material pleasures. People born under the Taurus sign are very sensual and tactile. Touch is extremely important for them, both in business and in romance. Stable and conservative, Taurus is among the most reliable signs of the zodiac. Stubbornness is a trait that is forcing him to expel things to the end, in order to comply with the standards.
As an earth sign, Taurus can be overprotective of their loved ones. They are great in making money and they will stick to their projects until it is successfully completed.
Bulls are often known for their stubbornness, but it can also be interpreted as a complete commitment to the execution of tasks. This makes them excellent workers and great friends, because they are always there, no matter what.
Their ruling planet Venus, represents love, attraction, beauty and creativity. Thus, Taurus can be an excellent cook, entertainer and artist. He is loyal and doesn't like sudden and unwanted changes.
Taurus is the most dependable sign of the zodiac. Although some may have very conservative views of the world or can be too fond of money and wealth, they have the ability to bring practical voice of reason in any chaotic and unhealthy situation.

Gemini Zodiac Sign
Element: Air
Quality: Mutable
Color: Green, Yellow
Day: Wednesday
Ruler: Mercury
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Libra, Aquarius
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Sagittarius
Lucky Numbers: 3, 8, 12, 23
Date range: May 21 - June 20
Gemini ( May 21 - June 20)
Gemini traits
Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas
Weaknesses: Nervous, inconsistent, indecisive

Gemini likes: Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town
Gemini dislikes: Being alone, being confined, repetition and routine
Expressive and quick-witted, Gemini represents two different sides of personality and you will never be sure with whom you will face. Gemini can be sociable, communicative and ready for fun, while on the other hand it can be very serious, thoughtful, restless and even indecisive.
As an air sign, Gemini is concerned with all aspects of the mind. This zodiac sign is ruled by Mercury, which is a planet that represents communication, writing and teaching others. They get fascinated by almost everything in the world and they have a feeling as if there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see. This makes them excellent artists, writers and journalists. Gemini sign means that sometimes people born under this sign have a feeling that their other half is missing, so they are forever seeking for new friends, mentors and colleagues.
Gemini is versatile, inquisitive, fun loving and wants to experience everything out there, so their company is never boring.

Cancer Zodiac Sign
Element: Water
Quality: Cardinal
Color: Orange, White
Day: Monday, Thursday
Ruler: Moon
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Scorpio, Pisces
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Capricorn
Lucky Numbers: 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25
Date range: June 21 - July 22
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cancer traits
Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure

Cancer likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends
Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life
Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging Zodiac signs to get to know. Cancer is very emotional and sensitive, and they care about family and home. Cancer is sympathetic and is very attached to the people who surround him. People born under the Cancer sign are very loyal and empathetic people, able to empathize with your pain and suffering.
Because of the ruling planet the Moon, the many phases of its lunar cycle can deepen Cancers internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that the sensitive Cancer cannot control, especially when a child. This can show itself as mood swings, selfishness, manipulation and fits of rage. Cancer is quick to help others and avoid conflicts. One of his greatest strengths is persistent determination. Cancer doesn't have great ambitions, because they are happy and content to have a loving family and tranquil and harmonious home. They often take good care of their co-workers and treat them as family.

Leo Zodiac Sign
Element: Fire
Quality: Fixed
Color: Gold, Orange, White, Red
Day: Sunday
Ruler: Sun
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Aries, Sagittarius
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Aquarius
Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22
Date range: July 23 - August 22
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Leo traits
Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous
Weaknesses: Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible

Leo likes: Theater, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colors, fun with friends
Leo dislikes: Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being treated like a king or queen
People born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist. They can achieve anything they want, whether it's about work or time spent will family and friends.
Leo is a fire sign, which means that he loves life and expects to have a good time. Like other fire signs, Sagittarius and Aries, Leo is also able to use his mind to solve even the most difficult problems and take the initiative in solving various complicated situations.
Ruled by the Sun, Leo worships the Sun in all is forms which is also a metaphorical expression of the state of his ego. This can be good, because Leos can easily search for what they need. But, on the other hand it can be problematic when Leos ignore the problems and needs of others in order to fulfill their desires.
Leo has a specific strength and "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has too many friends because he is very generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, Leo is able to unite many groups of people at every opportunity.
Problems can arise, when Leo becomes too fond of his achievements. This zodiac sign can also be arrogant, lazy and inflexible, because he assumes that someone else will clean up after him. A healthy sense of humor can make the collaboration with other people, easier.

Virgo Zodiac Sign
Element: Earth
Quality: Mutable
Color: White, Yellow, Beige, Forest Green
Day: Wednesday
Ruler: Mercury
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Taurus, Capricorn
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Pisces
Lucky Numbers: 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50
Date range: August 23 – September 22
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo traits
Strengths: Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical
Weaknesses: Shyness, worry, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play

Virgo likes: Animals, healthy food, books, nature, cleanliness
Virgo dislikes: Rudeness, asking for help, taking center stage
Virgos are always paying attention to smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance. Virgos are often tender but also very careful.
Virgo is an Earth sign, which prefers conservative and organized things, and those dependent on them. People born under the Virgo sign have very organized life, and even if they are very messy, their goals and dreams are put on strictly defined points in their mind.
Since Mercury is the ruling planet of Virgo, this sign has a well-developed sense of speech and writing, as well as all other forms of communication. Many Virgos may choose to pursue a career as a writer or journalist.Virgo is often misunderstood, because of the symbolism of the name of this sign. Virgo experiences everything for the first time. Virgos always want to serve and please others, so they often choose to work as caregivers.
On the other hand, this zodiac sign sometimes can be very critical and overly concerned.

Libra Zodiac Sign
Element: Air
Quality: Cardinal
Color: Blue, Green
Day: Friday
Ruler: Venus
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Gemini, Aquarius
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Aries
Lucky Numbers: 6, 15, 24, 33, 42, 51, 60
Date range: September 23 - October 22
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Libra traits
Strengths: Cooperative,diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social
Weaknesses: Indecisive, avoids confrontations, will carry a grudge, self-pity

Libra likes: Harmony, gentleness, sharing with others, the outdoors
Libra dislikes: Violence, injustice, loudmouths, conformity
People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful and fair, and they hate being alone. Partnership is very important for Libra -born, and with their victorious mentality and cooperation, they cannot stand to be alone. The Libra is an Air sign, with expressed intellect and a keen mind. They can be inspired by good books, insurmountable discussions and interesting people.
The ruling planet of Libra is Venus, who is a lover of beautiful things, so the quality is always more important than the quantity for people born under the Libra sign. They are often surrounded by art, music and beautiful places. They are cooperative by nature, so they often work in teams.
Libra is fascinated by the balance and symmetry. Libra-born prefer justice and equality, and they cannot tolerate injustice. They avoid indulging in all types of conflicts and prefer to keep the peace, where this is possible. They like to do everything in pairs and not alone.
The biggest problem for Libra-born, is when they are forced to choose sides, because they are very indecisive and sometimes they forget that they have their own opinion.

Sagittarius Zodiac Sign
Element: Fire
Quality: Mutable
Color: Violet, Purple, Red, Pink
Day: Thursday
Ruler: Jupiter
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Aries, Leo
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Gemini
Lucky Numbers: 3, 12, 21, 30
Date range: November 22 - December 21
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Sagittarius traits
Strengths: Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor
Weaknesses: Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic

Sagittarius likes: Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors
Sagittarius dislikes: Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details
Curious and energetic, Sagittarius is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life.
Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.
Like the other fire signs, Sagittarius needs to be constantly in touch with the world to experience as much as possible. The ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter, the largest planet of the zodiac. Their enthusiasm has no bounds, and therefore people born under the Sagittarius sign possess a great sense of humor and an intense curiosity.
Freedom is their greatest treasure, because only then they can freely travel and explore different cultures and philosophies. Because of their honesty, Sagittarius-born are often impatient and tactless when they need to say or do something, so it's important to learn to express themselves in a tolerant and socially acceptable way.

Scorpio Zodiac Sign
Element: Water
Quality: Fixed
Color: Scarlet, Red, Rust
Day: Tuesday
Ruler: Pluto
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Cancer, Pisces
Best for Marriage and Partnerships: Taurus
Lucky Numbers: 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90
Date range: October 23 - November 21
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpio traits
Strengths: Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend
Weaknesses: Distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent

Scorpio likes: Truth, facts, being right, longtime friends, teasing, a grand passion
Scorpio dislikes: Dishonesty, revealing secrets, passive people
Scorpio-born are passionate and assertive people. They are determined and decisive, and will research until they find out the truth. Scorpio is a great leader, always aware of the situation and also features prominently in resourcefulness.
Scorpio is a Water sign and lives to experience and express emotions. Although emotions are very important for Scorpio, they manifest them differently than other water signs. In any case, you can be sure that the Scorpio will keep your secrets, whatever they may be.
Pluto is the planet of transformation and regeneration, and also the ruler of this zodiac sign. Scorpios are known by their calm and cool behavior, and by their mysterious appearance. People often say that Scorpio-born are fierce, probably because they understand very well the rules of the universe. Some Scorpio-born can look older than they actually are. They are excellent leaders because they are very dedicated to what they do. Scorpios hate dishonesty and they can be very jealous and suspicious, so they need to learn how to adapt more easily to different human behaviors. Scorpios are brave and therefore they have a lot of friends.

Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese animal zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyaoww/ ‘born resembling’), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years.

Your Chinese Zodiac sign is derived from your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. See the years of each animal below or use the calculator on the right to determine your own sign.

Those born in January and February take care: Chinese (Lunar) New Year moves between 21 January and February 20. If you were born in January or February, check whether your birth date falls before or after Chinese New Year to know what your Chinese zodiac year is.
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

Rat 4 front; 5 back (even and) odd (yin and) yang
Ox 4 even yin
Tiger 5 odd yang
Rabbit 4 even yin
Dragon 5 odd yang
Snake 0 even yin
Horse 1 odd yang
Goat 4 even yin
Monkey 5 odd yang
Rooster 4 even yin
Dog 5 odd yang
Pig 4 even yin

Rat Wisdom Wisdom without industriousness leads to triviality.
Ox Industriousness Industriousness without wisdom leads to futility.
Tiger Valor Valor without caution leads to recklessness.
Rabbit Caution Caution without valor leads to cowardice.
Dragon Strength Strength without flexibility leads to fracture.
Snake Flexibility Flexibility without strength leads to compromise.
Horse Forging ahead Forging ahead without unity leads to abandonment.
Goat Unity Unity without forging ahead leads to stagnation.
Monkey Changeability Changeability without being constant leads to foolishness.
Rooster Being constant Being constant without changeability leads to woodenness.
Dog Fidelity Fidelity without amiability leads to rejection.
Pig Amiability Amiability without fidelity leads to immorality.

The Rat
The Year of the Rat is the first in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rat year occurs every 12 years.
Lucky Colors: blue, gold, green
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet
Lucky direction: west, northwest and southwest
Unlucky color: yellow, brown
Unlucky numbers: 5 and 9
Unlucky direction: south and southeast
Best with: Ox, Dragon, Rabbit
Worst with: Horse, Rooster
A balanced diet and regular exercise benefit Rats. With enough rest Rats can keep high spirits at work, which can improve work efficiency. When in stressful and tense conditions, Rats are suggested to take a tour to free stress and tension.
The best careers for Rats are: administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver.
Type of Rats
Wood Rat 1924, 1984 Independent, self-confident, virtuous and talented, with a strong sense of teamwork
Fire Rat 1936, 1996 Energetic, brave, quiet, cordial and friendly to their friends, but very strict with themselves
Earth Rat 1948, 2008 Amiable, honest, flexible, modest, serious, with a strong sense of self-esteem
Gold Rat 1960, 2020 Smart, talented, hot-tempered, jealous, with a strong sense of self-awareness
Water Rat 1912, 1972 Talkative, shrewd, conservative, and wise

The Ox
Lucky Colors: white, yellow, green
Lucky Numbers: 1, 4
Lucky Flowers: tulip, morning glory, peach blossom
Lucky direction: north and south
Unlucky color: blue
Unlucky numbers: 5 and 6
Unlucky direction: southwest
Best with: Rat, Monkey, or Rooster.
Worst with: Tiger, Dragon, Horse, or Goat.
Because of hard work with a stubborn personality, they often spend too much time in their work, rarely allowing themselves enough time to relax, and tend to forget meals, which make them have intestinal problems. So enough rest and a regular diet are needed for Oxes to work efficiently.
With a keen eye for details and an admirable work ethic, they are competent in such careers as agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacy, mechanics, engineering, draftsmanship, artistry, politics, real estate, interior design, painting, carpentry, or quarry work.
Types of Ox
Wood Ox 1925, 1985 Restless, decisive, straightforward, and always ready to defend the weak and helpless
Fire Ox 1937, 1997 Short-sighted, selfish, narrow-minded, impersonal, but practical
Earth Ox 1949, 2009 Honest and prudent, with a strong sense of responsibility
Gold Ox 1961, 2021 Hardworking, active and always busy, and popular among friends
Water Ox 1913, 1973 Hardworking, ambitious, tenacious, able to endure hardship, with a strong sense of justice and keen observational abilities

The Tiger
Lucky Colors: blue, grey, orange, white
Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4
Lucky Flowers: yellow lily, cineraria
Lucky direction: east, north, south
Unlucky colors: brown
Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, and 8
Unlucky direction: southwest
Best with: Dragon, Horse, or Pig
Worst with: Ox, Snake, or Monkey
Tigers are energetic and have great enthusiasm at work. When they feel exhausted after extended work, they need some relaxation to refresh themselves.
They are suited to careers such as advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian, and chauffeur.
Types of Tigers
Wood Tiger 1914, 2074 Compassionate, expansive, and open
Fire Tiger 1926, 1986 Optimistic and independent, with poor self-control
Earth Tiger 1938, 1998 Adventurous and realistic, with strong faith
Gold Tiger 1950, 2010 Females are very enthusiastic; males are indecisive, stubborn, and feminized
Water Tiger 1902, 1962 Has a strong sense of self-esteem and learning ability

The Rabbit

Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6
Lucky flowers: plantain lily and jasmine
Lucky directions: east, south and northwest
Unlucky color: dark brown, dark yellow, white
Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest
Best with a Rat, Goat, Monkey, or Dog
Worst with a Rooster or Snake.
Overall Rabbits have average health. In winter to late spring, when in relatively poor health, they should do more sports to prevent colds and other infectious diseases, and have a healthy daily diet. Rabbits are advised to do some indoor exercise to cope with stress and tension.
The best careers for Rabbits are cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police/judiciary work, and politics.
Types of Rabbits
Wood Rabbit 1915, 1975 Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart
Fire Rabbit 1927, 1987 Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views
Earth Rabbit 1939, 1999 Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved
Gold Rabbit 1951, 2011 Kind-hearted, conservative, lively and enthusiastic
Water Rabbit 1963, 2023 Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles

The Dragon
Lucky Colors: gold, silver, grayish white
Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7
Lucky Flowers: bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers
Lucky direction: east, north, west
Unlucky colors: blue, green
Unlucky numbers: 3 and 8
Unlucky direction: northwest
Best with: Rat, Tiger or Snake
Worst with: Ox, Goat or Dog
Yoga or taking a walk is an effective way to keep healthy, as these activities can be good for the mind as well as the bodies of Dragons.
Dragons like to embrace challenges and take risks. Jobs that allow them to test themselves are good choices. Some good careers include: journalist, teacher, inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.
Types of Dragons
Wood Dragon 1904, 1964 Introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking good relationships
Fire Dragon 1916, 1976 Smart, unreliable, and easy-going
Earth Dragon 1928, 1988 Smart, ambitious, and hardworking
Gold Dragon 1940, 2000 Natural and straightforward, unpredictable with continually changing emotions
Water Dragon 1952, 2012 Persevering, far-sighted, and vigorous

The Snake
Lucky Colors: black, red, and yellow
Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9
Lucky Flowers: orchid and cactus
Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest
Unlucky color: brown, gold, white
Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
Unlucky direction: northeast and northwest
Best with: Dragon, Rooster
Worst with: Tiger, Rabbit, Goat
Snakes need to spend lots of time to relax themselves. It's necessary to take vacations at the proper time. People should pay attention to the health of Snake people, especially senior members in the family.
Good career choices for Snakes include: scientist, analyst, investigator, painter, potter, jeweler, astrologer, magician, dietician, and sociologist.
Types of Snakes
Wood Snake 1905, 1965 Orderly, intelligent, with a gift for appreciating the arts and a refined taste
Fire Snake 1917, 1977 Smart, insightful, communicative, active, and fond of the limelight
Earth Snake 1929, 1989 Calm, with strong self-control, but not steadfast and diligent enough in work
Gold Snake 1941, 2001 Determined, courageous, confident, and able: a born leader
Water Snake 1953, 2013 Clever, creative, lively, and communicative, but sentimental

The Horse
Lucky Colors: yellow and green
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 37)
Lucky Flowers: calla lily and jasmine
Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest
Unlucky color: blue, white
Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, and 6
Unlucky direction: north and northwest
Best with a Goat or Tiger
Worst with a Rat, Ox, or Rooster
Basically Horses are very healthy, most likely because they hold a positive attitude towards life. However, heavy responsibility or pressure from their job may make them weak. Therefore Horses shouldn't do overtime too often, and then come home very late. Also Horses should refuse some invitations to parties at night.
Good career choices for Horses include: publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot.
Types of Horses
Wood Horse 1954, 2014 Irritable and sentimental, with an abundant imagination and insightful analyses of issues
Fire Horse 1906, 1966 Smart, charismatic, lively, overflowing with enthusiasm, but stubborn
Earth Horse 1918, 1978 Optimistic, kind-hearted, righteous, but irritable; with a strong sense of responsibility, and always ready to help others
Gold Horse 1930, 1990 kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends
Water Horse 1942, 2002 Sentimental, irritable, reliable, amicable, always ready to help others, and very charming for friends of the opposite sex.

The Goat
Lucky Colors: brown, red, purple
Lucky Numbers: 2, 7
Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose
Lucky direction: north
Unlucky colors: green, blue, and black. Goat people should avoid wearing these colors.
Unlucky numbers: 4 and 9
Unlucky direction: southwest
Best with: Rabbit, Horse or Pig
Worst with: Ox, Dragon, Snake or Dog
If goat people are in mental and emotional good spirits, this should have a positive effect on their physical health. Eating fresh and organic produce, and eliminating red meat from their diet when possible, is an effective way to keep healthy. They should get out among nature and commune with the great outdoors. Fresh air, trees, and sunshine will all do wonders for their health. Goat people should have a regular schedule for meals and keep their sleep and waking times consistent.
People born in the year of the goat prefer to work in a team. Their best work partners are Horses. They are not crazy about status and power. Unless asked, they won't ever volunteer for anything and act as leaders. Good career choices for goats are pediatrician, actor, daycare teacher, interior designer, florist, hair stylist, musician, editor, illustrator, and art history teacher.
Types of Goats
Wood Goat 1955, 2015 Amicable, gentle, and compassionate.
Fire Goat 1907, 1967 Amicable, frank, and honest, always making everything clean and tidy.
Earth Goat 1919, 1979 Righteous, honest, straightforward, and will never harm their friends.
Gold Goat 1931, 1991 Ambitious and kind-hearted with a strong sense of responsibility in work; sometimes too stubborn.
Water Goat 1943, 2003 Always ready to help others, and they can sacrifice their own interests for others

The Monkey
Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
Unlucky colors: red, pink
Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
Unlucky directions: south, southeast
Best with: Ox or Rabbit
Worst with: Tiger or Pig
Usually Monkeys are very healthy, partly due to their active lifestyles, and wanting to experience the flavors of life. If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system. People born in a year of the Monkey often spend more time at work. Therefore Monkeys need to remember to take breaks to save their energy during their busy schedules. Since Monkeys usually do more outdoor activities, they should pay attention to safety, and while traveling or driving.
When it comes to their careers, Monkeys work very hard. They can adapt to different working environments. Good career choices for monkeys are accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, film directing, jewelry, and salesmanship.
Types if Monkeys
Fire Monkey ... 2016, 1956, ... Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable
Wood Monkey ... 2004, 1944, ... Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn
Water Monkey ... 1992, 1932, ... Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty
Gold Monkey ... 1980, 1920, ... Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn
Earth Monkey ... 1968, 1908, ... Frank, optimistic, and fearless

The Rooster
Lucky Colors: gold, brown, yellow
Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, and 8
Lucky Flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
Lucky direction: south, southeast
Unlucky color: red
Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9
Unlucky direction: east
Best with an Ox or Snake
Worst with a Rat, Rabbit, Horse, or Pig
Good Health for "Roosters" People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don't get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Roosters are a little sensitive, and they feel stressed and moody at times.
Good career choices for Roosters are newsreader, sales person, restaurant owner, hairdresser, public relations officer, farmer, athlete, teacher, waiter, journalist, travel writer, dentist, surgeon, soldier, fireman, security guard, and police officer.
Types of Roosters
Wood Rooster 1945, 2005 Energetic, over-confident, tender and unstable
Fire Rooster 1957, 2017 Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.
Earth Rooster 1909, 1969 Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular in their friends.
Gold Rooster 1921, 1981 Determined, brave, perseverant, and hard working
Water Rooster 1933, 1993 Smart, quick-witted, tender-hearted, and compassionate

The Dog
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
Lucky directions: east, south, and northeast
Unlucky colors: blue, white, gold
Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
Unlucky direction: southeast
In heavy work and frequent social activities, in addition to proper excise, they should pay attention to having enough rest, which will benefit both physical and mental health. Since Dogs are far from crazy about seeking money and power, they feel less stressed and tense at work and in life.
Recommended careers for Dogs include police officer, scientist, counselor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk, and judge.
Best with: Rabbit
Worst with: Dragon, Goat, Rooster
Types of Dogs
Wood Dog 1934, 1994 Sincere, reliable, considerate, understanding, and patient
Fire Dog 1946, 2006 Intelligent, hard-working, and sincere
Earth Dog 1958, 2018 Communicative, serious, and responsible in work
Gold Dog 1910, 1970 Conservative, desirable, cautious, and always ready to help others
Water Dog 1922, 1982 Brave and self-centered, even seemingly selfish; well-versed in dealing with financial issues

The Pig
Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8
Lucky days: the 17th and 24th of every Chinese lunar month
Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold
Lucky flowers: hydrangea and daisy
Lucky direction: east and southwest
Unlucky color: red, blue, green
Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
Unlucky direction: southeast
Best match: Goat, Tiger, Rabbit
Worst match: Monkey, Snake
As Pigs have a free mind on everything, they rarely encounter stress trouble. Faced with work overload, they know how to relax themselves from tiredness. Sleep is a usual way for them to refresh themselves.
They thrive as entertainers, caterers, doctors, veterinarians, and interior decorators. Promising career fields include transportation, entertainment, retail and hospitality.
Types of Pigs
Wood Pig 1935, 1995 Good-natured, lovely, easy-going, generous, brave but irritable
Fire Pig 1947, 2007 Ambitious, persevering, but impatient
Earth Pig 1959, 2019 Communicative, popular among their friends, with a strong sense of timekeeping
Gold Pig 1911, 1971 Broad-minded, amicable, and willing to help others
Water Pig 1923, 1983 Gentle, modest, earnest, responsible, but subjective in life

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Yōkai Types

Yōkai is the proper word for any kind of supernatural monsters in Japanese Folklore. They range from malevolent, mischevious tricksters to creatures that bring fortune and luck to those they encounter. Their appearance ranges from animalistic to that of a regular Human, from the inanimate objects to strange shapes that can't be described.

The Four Sacred Beasts

Originating from China, the legend of the Four Sacred Beasts tells of four unique creatures associated with the four seasons/compass directions.

Players who want to use one of those four Yōkai types will have to present very solid character sheets to be accepted. There may not be more than a few of those at the time because of how particular and powerful they are.

Dragon (Spring/East)
Fearsome and powerful, Dragons are often associated with water and rivers in general.

Typically the dragon is covered with scales, has a long serpentine body with a scalloped dorsal fin, claw-like feet and pointed tail. Its face is distinguished by small horns, large eyes with bushy brows, flaring nostrils, long whiskers and sharp teeth. The dragon is associated with water, and is often shown emerging from vapor and clouds to produce rain.

Although fearsome and powerful, dragons are equally considered just, benevolent, and the bringers of wealth and good fortune. The dragon is also considered a shapeshifter who can assume human form and mate with people. Not much else is known about them.

The Azure Dragon is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. It is sometimes called the Azure Dragon of the East (simplified Chinese: 东方青龙; traditional Chinese: 東方青龍; pinyin: Dōng Fāng Qīng Lóng, or sometimes simplified Chinese: 东方苍龙; traditional Chinese: 東方蒼龍; pinyin: Dōng Fāng Cāng Lóng), and it is known as Seiryuu in Japan and Cheongryong in Korea. It represents the east and the spring season.
In both Chinese and Japanese mythology, the dragon is closely associated with the watery realm, and in artwork is often surrounded by water or clouds. In myth, there are four dragon kings who rule over the four seas (which in the old Chinese conception limited the habitable earth). In China, a fifth category of dragon was added to these four, for a total of five dragon types:
1.Celestial Dragons who guard the mansions of the gods
2.Spiritual Dragons who rule wind & rain but can also cause flooding
3.Earth Dragons who cleanse the rivers & deepen the oceans
4.Treasure-Guarding Dragons who protect precious metals & stones
5.Imperial Dragons; dragons with five claws instead of the usual four

Phoenix (Summer/South)
A proud defender of justice and fidelity, this Yōkai takes the shape of a giant fire bird.

The phoenix is sometimes shown has having a bird's beak, a swallow's jaw, and a snake's neck; the front half of its body is thought to resemble a giraffe, the back half a deer. Its back resembles a tortoise, and its tail is like a fish. It is often shown in a paulownia tree (Chinese parasol tree).

Often represented as more of a female nature, it values justice, obedience and fidelity. Not much else is known about the personality of this particular creature.

Also called the "Vermilion bird", it is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. According to Wu Xing, the Taoist five-elemental system, it represents the fire-element, the direction south, and the season summer correspondingly. Thus it is sometimes called the Vermilion bird of the South (南方朱雀, Nán Fāng Zhū Què) and it is also known as Suzaku in Japan and Jujak in Korea.
In China, early artifacts show the Phoenix (female) as intimately associated with the Dragon (male) -- the two are portrayed either as mortal enemies or as blissful lovers. When shown together, the two symbolize both conflict and wedded bliss, and are a common design motif even today in many parts of Asia.

White Tiger (Autumn/West)
Said to be the king of all beasts, the White Tiger is a warrior and a protector.

They are generally depicted as very large, powerful-looking white tigers (also called "albino tigers" wink .

Tigers are generally patient stalkers when hunting for preys, and their personality might reflect that habit. It is also ferocious and won't back off from a fight if they think they can win. Not much is known about their personality in general, but one could assume that they would dislike Oni, since those tend to wear clothes made out of Tiger skins, as well as Dragons, from some legends.

During the Han Dynasty (in China), people believed the tiger to be the king of all beasts. Legend had it that when a tiger reached 500 years old, its tail would turn white. In this way, the white tiger became a kind of mythological creature. It was said that the white tiger would only appear when the emperor ruled with absolute virtue, or if there was peace throughout the world. Because the color white of the Chinese five elements also represents the west, the white tiger thus became a mythological guardian of the west.
According to the Chinese Annals of Wu and Yueh, three days after the burial of the king, the essence of the element metal assumed the shape of a white tiger and crouched down on the top of the grave. Here the tiger is a protector - a preserver. The male tiger was, among other things, the god of war, and in this capacity it not only assisted the armies of the emperors, but fought the demons that threatened the dead in their graves.
In some legends, it's archenemy is the Dragon.

Tortoise (Winter/North)
A symbol of wisdom and knowledge, this Yōkai is also said to be immortal.

In legends, that Yōkai is represented as a giant tortoise, a snake coiling around it. They are rare, though, so there is little known about them.

Yōkai of this type may be calm and patient like the tortoise, or sneaky and mysterious like the snake. Not much is known about them.

The Black Tortoise is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. The word for "tortoise" was taboo; and the entire entity is not just the tortoise itself, but both the tortoise and the snake. It is sometimes called the Black Warrior of the North (北方玄武, Běi Fāng Xuán Wǔ), and is known as Genbu in Japan and Hyeonmu in Korea. It represents the north and the winter season. Although its name in Chinese, Xuánwǔ, is often translated as Black Tortoise in English, it is usually depicted as both a tortoise and a snake, specifically with the snake coiling around the tortoise. It is said to represent the Water element.
In ancient China, the tortoise and the snake were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolising longevity. During the Han Dynasty, people often wore jade pendants that were in the shape of tortoises. Because of ancient Chinese influence on Japan, honorific titles and badges in Japan often referred to the tortoise or images of tortoises.
The tortoise is a symbol of long life and happiness. When it becomes one thousand years old, it is able to speak the language of humans. It is also said to be able to foretell the future.
The tortoise is also regarded as an immortal creature. As there are no male tortoise - as the ancient believed - the female had to mate with a snake. Thus the image of the tortoise embracing a snake.

Monsters (Bakemono)
Shapeshifters able to transform into their original Animal shape and into a Humanoid or Human shape. They usually gain that power on their 100th anniversary.

This is a list of the most well known, well documented animal-typed Yōkai, but ANY animals that lives in Japan may be used. As for the name, you may use either the English or the Japanese word for the animal specie (here is a good source for Japanese words).

- Bakeneko/Nekomata (Cats)
Bakeneko are said to be able to grow as large as a house. Nekomata are said to be more powerful Bakeneko who's tail eventually grew so long that it forked in two.

- Hebi (Snakes)
One of the most secretive type of Yōkai. Not much is known about them.

- Inugami (Dogs)/Ha-inu (Winged Dog)
May they be made by Humans for nefarious or benevolent purposes, both Inugami and Ha-inu are powerful creatures.

- Kamaitachi (Sickle Weasel)
Often depicted as traveling in trios, those Yōkai appear out of nowhere and attack unsuspecting victims with vicious wind-based attacks.

- Kitsune (Foxes)
Foxes that can shapeshift when they reach a hundred years, then grow a new tail every century, up to 9.

- Mujina (Badger)
It is said to be the best shapeshifter of all Yōkai, able to imitate any Humans perfectly.

- Ōkami (Wolves)
Protective spirits said to be blessed by the gods, who sometimes protect travelers from dangers in the mountains.

- Tanuki (Raccoon Dogs)
Hedonistic tricksters which can shapeshift at ease and temporarely transform leaves into money.

- Tsuchigumo/Jorogumo (Spiders)
Spiders shapeshifters who prey on Humans through traps and trickery.


Any other Monster-typed Yōkai that isn't an animal. They may be shapeshifters as well.

- Oni
Ogres-like Monsters with horns, colored skin and long fangs.

- Tengu
Winged, long noses, supernatural powers and skilled in martial arts.

- Kappa
Strange creatures said to have a bowl full of water on their head, which gives them their strength.

- Ningyo
Merfolks who may appear like a fish with a Human torso or a Human with a fish's torso.

- Kirin
The eastern equivalent of a western unicorn, it is seen as a heavenly beast that may live for thousand of years.

- Kodama
The spirit of a tree, neither really ghost nor monster.

- Komainu
Stone creatures that usually guard shrines and important places (rich homes, castles, etc). They can be tigers, boars, lions, dogs, wolves, foxes, etc.

Ghosts (Yūrei)
Yūrei are ghosts, spirits of the deceased that, kept from a peaceful afterlife, end up roaming the Earth under different forms. They usually don't remember their previous life. Sometimes they are accompanied by "hitodama lights", sorts of colorful floating flames.

- Ame-onna
The "Rain Woman" is seen licking raindrops from her own hands in the middle of the rain.

- Ao-andon
The "Blue Lantern Ghost" appears at the end of a ghost-story game to frighten the players.

- Ao-nyobo
The "Blue Wife" is the ghost of a maiden who's face is frightening, forever awaiting her husband/lover.

- Gashadokuro
The "Giant Skeleton" is a night stalker that hunts lone Humans, grabs them and bite their head off before drinking all of their blood.

- Hari-onna/Futakuchi-onna
The "Hook Hair Woman" is the spirit of an angry woman which uses her long sharp barbed hair to attack young men, while the "Two Mouthed Woman" is the spirit of a woman with a terrifying mouth on the back of her head, whose hair is snake-like or hand-shaped.

- Hitotsume-kozō
The "One Eyed Child" is a prankster spirit with a single giant eye who hates noises.

- Hone-onna
The "Skeleton Woman" is similar to a succubus, stealing the life force out of the men she seduces.

- Jikininki
The "Corpse-Eating Ghost" is a sort of ghoul that feasts on corpses while being able to live an apparently normal life as a Human in disguise.

- Kuchisake-onna
The "Slit Mouth Woman" is the angry ghost of a murdered wife who attacks and disfigures her victims, mostly children.

- Kyonshi
The "Moving Corpse" is the equivalent of "zombies" from the Western world, in the form of ghosts that hop around.

- Noppera-bō
The "Faceless Ghost" is a skilled shapeshifter that becomes faceless and scares off Humans.

- Yuki-onna
The "Snow Woman" is the spirit of a woman said to be the victim of a snowstorm.

Objects (Tsukumogami)
Objects - including weapons, especially swords - which come to life on their one-hundredth anniversary. They rarely become powerful enough to become Guardians or Deities, but they make very good Sprites.

- Bakezori (Straw Sandals)

- Biwa-bokuboku (Lute)

- Bura-bura (Paper Lantern)

- Karakasa (Old Umbrellas)

- Kameosa (Old Sake Kars)

- Morinji-no-Kama (Tea Kettles)

- Mokumokuren (Paper Screens with Eyes)

- Zorigami (Clock)

- Kosode-no-te (Kimono)

- Kyorinrin (Scrolls or Papers)

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