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From as long as time can tell, animal zodiac signs have played an integral role in Chinese culture and more often than not, are used to determine a bunch of things in the future, such as your fortune for the corresponding year, marriage compatibilities and even the best times to conceive a baby.

If you haven’t found out what your zodiac sign is, check out the illustration below to see which animal you represent.Remember, the cycle resets every 12 years so if you want to figure out someone else’s zodiac sign, consider the age difference between the both of you and you should be able to estimate which animal they represent.

But keep in mind that the zodiac signs follow the Chinese calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. This means that for someone to be born in the “Year of the Pig”, they would have to be born after the Lunar New Year rather than on January 1 that year.

DISCLAIMER: Each of the following paragraphs is a reflection of the writer’s own interpretation of each zodiac horoscope gathered through multiple sources. This will be a brief rundown for each animal sign, meaning elements (i.e. water, earth, metal, etc.) will not be taken into account.

RatVerdict: Smooth sailing

Due to the positive influence of this year, many opportunities will occur in all spheres of life. You will not only be more ambitious than usual, but this year, you will have all the necessary means to put your projects into practice, and you will have many chances to reach success in all your activity domains. For the Rat, the year 2021 is truly a year of evolution.

Ox Verdict: Tough year ahead

The year of a person’s birth sign is believed to be unlucky because of its conflict with Tai Sui. Therefore, 2021 will be a turbulent year for the Ox. You may encounter unexpected challenges, especially in your career and studies, which can leave you feeling stressed out, distracted, and emotional.

The key to overcoming any potential bad luck is to strengthen your morale. Use this time to cultivate your relationships. With the support of your family and friends, you will likely manage to navigate any difficulties and gain a deeper appreciation for what you have.

TigerVerdict: Love is in the air

Overall, 2021 will be a stable year for the Tiger. Many of you felt a lot of stress in 2020, which may have affected your health. With everything getting back on track this year, you can finally be able to catch a breather.

Though this year may be stable, it may not feature the career accomplishments you have long sought after. When you become frustrated and restless, remember that this year offers immense potential to utilise your positive energy.

The Tiger will have great luck with romance this year. This is a good year to get out there and explore your options.

RabbitVerdict: Be open to change

2021 will be a moderately good year for the Rabbit. Your career will remain stable, though you will need to pay attention to your workplace relationships.

Remain mature and considerate at your job, and try to adapt to the changes coming your way. Sweet things will happen in your romantic life this year, so find the time to enjoy your newfound love and connections.

DragonVerdict: Bumpy ride ahead

Several hindrances will come in your way and you will find it difficult to reach your goal. However, you are the ruler of your life, and can control the factors around you. However, due to the constant flow of “Yin” energy around you, you will get assistance from females around you, be it in your professional or personal life.

However, you should just focus on your work and perform well in all endeavours of life, since several rumours can surround you. There are chances of you getting involved in a legal matter, which is why you must remain cautious. Stay calm and focused.

SnakeVerdict: Generally good

Whether at work or in the area of finance, Snakes, you will get the help of your people. Owing to Snakes’ intelligence and calm, business will be greatly improved in 2021. At the same time, it will be very good in terms of wealth: Snakes, no matter what you do, it can be rewarded.

But Snake people’s romantic prospects will have a lot of weaknesses. Their emotional lives will encounter certain twists and turns. In addition, because of negative emotions that are likely to affect Snakes’ physical health, they should pay attention to the body

HorseVerdict: Doesn’t look good

Horses are open-minded with an indifferent attitude towards many things. However, this year is bad luck in all aspects based on Horse fortune in 2021, if they cannot adjust their mentality and way of life in time, it will be very unfavourable for the future personal development. Given the poor career fortune, what can Horses do is adapt to their work environment quickly and continue to improve their abilities.

GoatVerdict: Challenging times ahead

It’s going to a challenging time during the Year of the Ox. This is because the Sheep and the Ox are nearly opposite in nature, which causes a clash between the signs. With hard work and determination, you can manage this – even though it may be difficult at times.

MonkeyVerdict: Time to get rich

Monkeys will have great luck in their careers in the first half of 2021, and there will be opportunities to get rich. 2021 will be a year of harvest. With stars shining upon you, things are bound to take a positive turn. From reputation in the society to love life, Monkey natives will make progress.

On the contrary, you need to remain careful with your behaviour and speech, and choose your words wisely. Speaking without thinking can lead you towards troubles, which can make things difficult. Mind your own business, as not getting into someone else’s matters is best. Also, try not to act absent-mindedly. Overall, the Year of the Ox proves to be majorly lucky for Monkey natives.

RoosterVerdict: Productive year ahead

The Rooster’s Chinese horoscope 2021 heralds an excellent year for men and women born under the governance of the tenth sign of Chinese astrology. A Year of the Metal Ox means a period rich in terms of vital energy for the Rooster. The Chinese New Year 2021 gives the Rooster a signal of a willingness to take action and make important decisions in order to secure his future with greater peace of mind. The family, short-term projects, the taste for a job well done and precise are the main dynamics of the Rooster in 2021.

Thus, thanks to the Ox, animal of the lunar year 2021, the Rooster regains strength and confidence in self renewed. In addition, thanks to the good harmony of Yin Metal with his own element, the Rooster in 2021 has the possibility of giving, and this in all areas of his existence, the image of a being inhabited by a force of conviction and a remarkable flexibility of mind, in addition to an ability to adapt to all situations.

DogVerdict: Conflicts ahead

The Year of the Ox will give rise to some conflicts for Dogs. Conditions won’t always be in their favour, and they will have to stay attentive and careful when dealing with challenges and obstacles. Stay out of controversies and fights, and think well before speaking anything, as anything can be used against you. 

On the favourable side, Dogs will make significant financial progress during the Year of the Ox. A rise in your reputation can ignite a sense of insecurity within people around you, either at the workplace or business. Hence, stay attentive while taking advantage of every opportunity falling in your way.

PigVerdict: Fantastic!

2021 looks rather favourable for people born during the year of the Pig. Indeed, in 2021 you will feel good about yourself, luck will be on your side. Your attitude is charming and poised, and life will not disappoint you. You will learn how to be more independent and to take advantage of your freedom. Your friends and your social circle will always remain loyal to you, offering you all the support you need. You could consider implementing new projects for the future. You will take action, step by step, with no rush. Your bet is on time, which will give the certainty that you will achieve your goals.

Stay positive everyone!

Some of you would be bummed out after reading your horoscopes this year, especially if you’re a Dog, Goat, Horse, Dragon or Ox. It’s unexpected, I know. But it is also important not to stay short-sighted about this.

A wise man once taught me the value of changing one’s mindset. It’s easy to focus on the negative and say things are unfair, but what good would that do? Instead, try to look for the silver linings in things and say maybe, this could simply be a year to test yourself or set up opportunities in the long run.

Unlucky years come every now and then. But just as balance exists, it’s only a matter of time before you get lucky again. And you only have to be patient until then. Happy holidays & Ang-Pao-grabbing!

Oh! And while you’re here, feel free to check out our other CNY articles – Top 10 CNY Taboos You Should Know, Ang Pao Do’s And Dont’s, Ang Pao Rate Guide 2021 or you can also click here to take our quiz to find out what Chinese New Year treat you are.