Lunar Year Chart for Chinese Astrology

 
As a quick rule of thumb, the principles governing each element and thus the modifications they produce within each sign are:

Metal
Fixity, strength of will, fluency of speech
Water
Powers of reflection, sensitivity, persuasiveness
Wood
Imagination, creativity, idealism, compassion
Fire
Dynamism, passion, energy, aggression, leadership
Earth
Stability, reliability, practicality, industry, prudence

Chinese wisdom sees a polarity in every element, a negative and a positive side, an essentially feminine (passive, represented by -) or masculine (active, represented by +) disposition, or in Chinese terminology, Yin and Yang. Consequently, each element is repeated twice in succession so that it presents in the first year its Yang, or masculine side, and reverses the next year into its Yin polar opposite.

This chart, taken from the Chinese perpetual calendar, lays out each year together with that year’s animal sign, its element and its masculine or feminine principle.

    ANIMAL    
YEAR
FROM – TO
SYMBOL ELEMENT ASPECT
1900 31 January 1900 – 18 February 1901 Rat Metal
+
1901 19 February 1901 – 7 February 1902 Ox Metal
1902 8 February 1902 – 28 January 1903 Tiger Water
+
1903 29 January 1903 – 15 February 1904 Rabbit Water
1904 16 February 1904 – 3 February 1905 Dragon Wood
+
1905 4 February 1905 – 24 January 1906 Snake Wood
1906 25 January 1906 – 12 February 1907 Horse Fire
+
1907 13 February 1907 – 1 February 1908 Sheep Fire
1908 2 February 1908 – 21 January 1909 Monkey Earth
+
1909 22 January 1909 – 9 February 1910 Rooster Earth
1910 10 February 1910 – 29 January 1911 Dog Metal
+
1911 30 January 1911 – 17 February 1912 Pig Metal
         
1912 18 February 1912 – 5 February 1913 Rat Water
+
1913 6 February 1913 – 25 January 1914 Ox Water
1914 26 January 1914 – 13 February 1915 Tiger Wood
+
1915 14 February 1915 – 2 February 1916 Rabbit Wood
1916 3 February 1916 – 22 January 1917 Dragon Fire
+
1917 23 January 1917 – 10 February 1918 Snake Fire
1918 11 February 1918 – 31 January 1919 Horse Earth
+
1919 1 February 1919 – 19 February 1920 Sheep Earth
1920 20 February 1920 – 7 February 1921 Monkey Metal
+
1921 8 February 1921 – 27 January 1922 Rooster Metal
1922 28 January 1922 – 15 February 1923 Dog Water
+
1923 16 February 1923 – 4 February 1924 Pig Water
         
1924 5 February 1924 – 24 January 1925 Rat Wood
+
1925 25 January 1925 – 12 February 1926 Ox Wood
1926 13 February 1926 – 1 February 1927 Tiger Fire
+
1927 2 February 1927 – 22 January 1928 Rabbit Fire
1928 23 January 1928 – 9 February 1929 Dragon Earth
+
1929 10 February 1929 – 29 January 1930 Snake Earth
1930 30 January 1930 – 16 February 1931 Horse Metal
+
1931 17 February 1931 – 5 February 1932 Sheep Metal
1932 6 February 1932 – 25 January 1933 Monkey Water
+
1933 26 January 1933 – 13 February 1934 Rooster Water
1934 14 February 1934 – 3 February 1935 Dog Wood
+
1935 4 February 1935 – 23 January 1936 Pig Wood
         
1936 24 January 1936 – 10 February 1937 Rat Fire
+
1937 11 February 1937 – 30 January 1938 Ox Fire
1938 31 January 1938 – 18 February 1939 Tiger Earth
+
1939 19 February 1939 – 7 February 1940 Rabbit Earth
1940 8 February 1940 – 26 January 1941 Dragon Metal
+
1941 27 January 1941 – 14 February 1942 Snake Metal
1942 15 February 1942 – 4 February 1943 Horse Water
+
1943 5 February 1943 – 24 January 1944 Sheep Water
1944 25 January 1944 – 12 February 1945 Monkey Wood
+
1945 13 February 1945 – 1 February 1946 Rooster Wood
1946 2 February 1946 – 21 January 1947 Dog Fire
+
1947 22 January 1947 – 9 February 1948 Pig Fire
         
1948 10 February 1948 – 28 January 1949 Rat Earth
+
1949 29 January 1949 – 16 February 1950 Ox Earth
1950 17 February 1950 – 5 February 1951 Tiger Metal
+
1951 6 February 1951 – 26 January 1952 Rabbit Metal
1952 27 January 1952 – 13 February 1953 Dragon Water
+
1953 14 February 1953 – 2 February 1954 Snake Water
1954 3 February 1954 – 16 February 1955 Horse Wood
+
1955 24 January 1955 – 11 February 1956 Sheep Wood
1956 12 February 1956 – 30 January 1957 Monkey Fire
+
1957 31 January 1957 – 17 February 1958 Rooster Fire
1958 18 February 1958 – 7 February 1959 Dog Earth
+
1959 8 February 1959 – 27 January 1960 Pig Earth
         
1960 28 January 1960 – 14 February 1961 Rat Metal
+
1961 15 February 1961 – 4 February 1962 Ox Metal
1962 5 February 1962 – 24 January 1963 Tiger Water
+
1963 25 January 1963 – 12 February 1964 Rabbit Water
1964 13 February 1964 – 1 February 1965 Dragon Wood
+
1965 2 February 1965 – 20 January 1966 Snake Wood
1966 21 January 1966 – 8 February 1967 Horse Fire
+
1967 9 February 1967 – 29 January 1968 Sheep Fire
1968 30 January 1968 – 16 February 1969 Monkey Earth
+
1969 17 February 1969 – 5 February 1970 Rooster Earth
1970 6 February 1970 – 26 January 1971 Dog Metal
+
1971 27 January 1971 – 15 January 1972 Pig Metal
         
1972 16 January 1972 – 2 February 1973 Rat Water
+
1973 3 February 1973 – 22 January 1974 Ox Water
1974 23 January 1974 – 10 February 1975 Tiger Wood
+
1975 11 February 1975 – 30 January 1976 Rabbit Wood
1976 31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977 Dragon Fire
+
1977 18 February 1977 – 6 February 1978 Snake Fire
1978 7 February 1978 – 27 January 1979 Horse Earth
+
1979 28 January 1979 – 15 February 1980 Sheep Earth
1980 16 February 1980 – 4 February 1981 Monkey Metal
+
1981 5 February 1981 – 24 January 1982 Rooster Metal
1982 25 January 1982 – 12 February 1983 Dog Water
+
1983 13 February 1983 – 1 February 1984 Pig Water
         
1984 2 February 1984 – 19 February 1985 Rat Wood
+
1985 20 February 1985 – 8 February 1986 Ox Wood
1986 9 February 1986 – 28 January 1987 Tiger Fire
+
1987 29 January 1987 – 16 February 1988 Rabbit Fire
1988 17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989 Dragon Earth
+
1989 6 February 1989 – 26 January 1990 Snake Earth
1990 27 January 1990 – 14 February 1991 Horse Metal
+
1991 15 February 1991 – 3 February 1992 Sheep Metal
1992 4 February 1992 – 22 January 1993 Monkey Water
+
1993 23 January 1993 – 9 February 1994 Rooster Water
1994 10 February 1994 – 30 January 1995 Dog Wood
+
1995 31 January 1995 – 18 February 1996 Pig Wood
         
1996 19 February 1996 – 7 February 1997 Rat Fire
+
1997 8 February 1997 – 27 January 1998 Ox Fire
1998 28 January 1998 – 15 February 1999 Tiger Earth
+
1999 16 February 1999 – 4 February 2000 Rabbit Earth
2000 5 February 2000 – 23 January 2001 Dragon Metal
+
2001 24 January 2001 – 11 February 2002 Snake Metal
2002 12 February 2002 – 31 January 2003 Horse Water
+
2003 1 February 2003 – 21 January 2004 Sheep Water
2004 22 January 2004 – 8 February 2005 Monkey Wood
+
2005 9 February 2005 – 28 January 2006 Rooster Wood
2006 29 January 2006 – 17 February 2007 Dog Fire
+
2007 18 February 2007 – 6 February 2008 Pig Fire
         
2008 7 February 2008 – 25 January 2009 Rat Earth
+
2009 26 January 2009 – 13 February 2010 Ox Earth
2010 14 February 2010 – 2 February 2011 Tiger Metal
+
2011 3 February 2011 – 22 January 2012 Rabbit Metal
2012 23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013 Dragon Water
+
2013 10 February 2013 – 30 January 2014 Snake Water
2014 31 January 2014 – 18 February 2015 Horse Wood
+
2015 19 February 2015 – 7 February 2016 Sheep Wood
2016 8 February 2016 – 27 January 2017 Monkey Fire
+
2017 28 January 2017 – 15 February 2018 Rooster Fire
2018 16 February 2018 – 4 February 2019 Dog Earth
+
2019 5 February 2019 – 24 January 2020 Pig Earth
         
2020 25 January 2020 – 11 February 2021 Rat Metal
+
2021 12 February 2021 – 31 January 2022 Ox Metal
2022 1 February 2022 – 22 January 2023 Tiger Water
+
2023 22 January 2023 – 9 February 2024 Rabbit Water
2024 10 February 2012 – 28 January 2025 Dragon Wood
+
2025 29 January 2025 – 16 February 2026 Snake Wood
2026 17 February 2026 – 5 February 2027 Horse Fire
+
2027 6 February 2027 – 25 January 2028 Sheep Fire
2028 26 January 2028 – 12 February 2029 Monkey Earth
+
2029 13 February 2029 – 2 February 2030 Rooster Earth
2030 3 February 2030 – 22 January 2031 Dog Metal
+
2031 23 January 2031 – 10 February 2032 Pig Metal
         
2032 11 February 2032 – 30 January 2033 Rat Water
+
2033 31 January 2033 – 18 February 2034 Ox Water
2034 19 February 2034 – 7 February 2035 Tiger Wood
+
2035 8 February 2035 – 27 January 2036 Rabbit Wood
2036 28 January 2036 – 14 February 2037 Dragon Fire
+
2037 15 February 2037 – 3 February 2038 Snake Fire
2038 4 February 2038 – 23 January 2039 Horse Earth
+
2039 24 January 2039 – 11 February 2040 Sheep Earth
2040 12 February 2040 – 31 January 2041 Monkey Metal
+
2041 1 February 2041 – 21 January 2042 Rooster Metal
2042 22 January 2042 – 9 Febuary 2043 Dog Water
+
2043 10 February 2043 – 29 January 2044 Pig Water