Astrology: Spirit Animals Based on Your Chinese Zodiac SignThe List Zodiac
Have you ever wondered, what’s my spirit animal? While many cultures celebrate this unique look into our souls, the easiest introduction to this ancient art is through the Chinese zodiac. To learn more, we spoke with astrologer Jim Ventura, who shared some compelling insights about spirit animals based on your Chinese zodiac sign.
First, here’s a little more about spirit animals, which are also called totems or power animals. They show up in many cultures all over the world. Civilizations include the Druids, North American Indians, Africans, and more! We are drawn to pulling in energy from specific animals to empower us. If you’re unsure which animal energies you are specifically drawn to, looking at your Chinese Zodiac signs can give anyone an excellent starting point!
Here are some of the characteristics of each sign’s animal. 2018 is the Year of the Dog – so even if you’re not born in the Year of the Dog we may begin to feel more of the characteristics of dog in the coming year!
1. The Dog
Birth years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Dog people are typically faithful, trustworthy, and work hard to protect anyone they care about. This sign often puts others’ needs above their own, and may go to great lengths to help those in need. They may also be prone to mood swings, and act “dogmatic” at times.
2. The Dragon
Birth years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Dragon people hard not to notice, and live on a bigger stage than other signs. Everything they say and do is larger than life. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders, and do whatever is necessary to remain on top. Quick witted and charming, this zodiac has a fiery passion for all life has to offer. They may also be overly dramatic and egocentric.
3. The Snake
Birth years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Snake people are the most intuitive of all the signs. Their minds and all six senses are constantly engaged. They can be seductive, gregarious, analytical, and sometimes a bit controlling. They may dip a bit into the darker parts of life, but they can also be great healers when they shed their old skins to become something new.
4. The Horse
Birth years: 1918,1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Horse people are independent, and need freedom for their spirit—no matter what the cost. They are energetic, enjoy traveling, and are often proud. They have a strong work ethic, and are usually very intelligent. Sometimes they can be impatient and restless, and may struggle against the cycles in their life that can feel like restraint.
5. The Rat
Birth years: 1912,1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Rat people are very creative and often likable. Rats have strong appetites for life. They can be quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have good taste, and are generous and loyal to others that are part of their pack. They can also be judgmental and sometimes voracious.
6. The Ox
Birth years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Ox people are strong, good leaders and loyal friends. They are steadfast, solid, and goal-oriented. They work hard and can carry heavy loads others could not bear. Sometimes they can be introverted and bullheaded. They also have a sense that their way is the “right way”, and have difficulties with boundaries from feeling a need to take too much on.
7. The Tiger
Birth years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Tiger people are sensitive souls who sometimes go a bit overboard. They possess strong leadership qualities, can be charming, ambitious, intense, and ready to pounce at any time. They can be the proverbial rebel with a cause, however, and are happiest when ferociously fighting for justice or a cause they truly believe in. They can be myopic and zealous at times.
8. The Rabbit
Birth years: 1915,1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Rabbit people are sentimental folks who can be quite cuddly. Often people enjoy being around them because they have a pleasing, friendly personality. They are compassionate, sincere, and like to avoid conflict. They can sometimes be pushovers and taken advantage of.
9. The Goat
Birth years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979,1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Goat (or sheep) people are so gentle and loving. They often have a quiet, calming strength. Goat people have strong attachments to place of birth, and they possess the wisdom to know when to “chew something over.” They can be insecure, unorganized and anxiety-ridden.
10. The Monkey
Birth years: 1920, 1932,1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Monkey people move fast in thought and expression. Their confidence never waivers. They are highly intelligent, and may be known for their legendary sense of humor. They enjoy having fun, but may lack self-control. They are heart-breakers, and not always good at long-term relationships.
11. The Rooster
Birth years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Rooster people are often attractive, extravagant, and love anything that draws attention to them. This sign prioritizes being unique. They are progressive thinkers and doers. They are resourceful, but can also be perfectionists, egocentric and “cocky.”
12. The Pig
Birth years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Pig people can be very generous, and their kindness knows no boundaries. They are often altruistic and likely to spend their life involved in humanitarian efforts. They enjoy the finer things, but aren’t necessarily snobs. They can make good companions until someone crosses them. Pigs can sometimes be indulgent and excessive.
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