What your Chinese zodiac sign says about you Learn about your Chinese zodiac sign and the unique personality traits that define you. Plus, find out which famous celebrities share the same sign as you. By Adrienne Brown 2014-01-16 00:00:00 What your Chinese zodiac sign says about you Slideshow View Slideshow What your Chinese zodiac sign says about you Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 7 secrets from The World 4 wireless devices you ne 5 reasons to try somethin Rat Born in: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008You creative genius, you. Ignore anyone who laughs at the western notion of dirty, weak pests. You're innovative and quick-thinking. You're most imaginative and active at night, as Rats tend to be, but you can sometimes have trouble putting your brilliant ideas in motion without help or encouragement from someone of another sign. You also have a wacky sense of humour that's not always appreciated, but definitely sets you apart from others.Colour: BlackStrengths and weaknesses: You're a great thinker, always coming up with new ideas. However, you're also easily distracted and you can abandon projects too hastily. Use your excellent communication skills to your advantage.Compatibility: The Dragon and the Monkey are your friends, but you tend to not get along with the Horse.Famous Rats: Peter Mansbridge, Bono, Wayne Gretzky, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Suzuki, Clara HughesStill curious about how the Chinese zodiac signs work? Here are simple tips to help you figure out your zodiac animal. Ox (also called Buffalo) Born in: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009You're steadfast, hardworking, industrious and reliable, making you an integral part of your family and business. But, like oxen, you're also set in your ways. Your instincts are usually right, and your cut-and-dry personality means you see through flattery and showmanship—only the facts for you.Colour: Golden yellowStrengths and weaknesses: You're a perfectionist, which means you're great at what you do but you can frustrate others with your obstinacy and reluctance to try new methods. You like to stick with what works.Compatibility: While you don't tend to get along with the Goat, you are quite compatible with the Snake and the Rooster.Famous Oxen: Michael J. Fox, Meryl Streep, Barack Obama, Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby Tiger Born in: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1939, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010The Tiger rules over the first month of the Chinese year, and for good reason: He is king. Unsurprisingly, you're competitive, determined and charismatic. You respect tradition and formality. Tigers are born leaders, once a concern for women born under that sign; there was fear they would overshadow their male counterparts.Colour: GreenStrengths and weaknesses: You are popular and social. Be careful not to overshadow all your guests and friends, as this can cause resentment.Compatibility: You get along great with the Horse and the Dog, but are incompatible with the Monkey.Famous Tigers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray, Arianna Huffington, Karen Carpenter, Steve Nash, Adrienne Clarkson Rabbit (alternately called Cat) Born in: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011People born in the Year of the Rabbit are true gentle souls. They're compassionate, careful, conscientious and tender, and many people born under this sign grow to work in healing or caring professions. You may come across as quiet and meek, but will fiercely stand up to anyone who crosses you or puts someone in your care (such as a child or an elderly person) in danger.Colour: GreenStrengths and weaknesses: You are quick, clever and ambitious, but you also abandon many projects. You're extremely likeable, yet you still have a thin skin and can be overly sensitive to criticism.Compatibility: The ferocious Tiger can balance out the gentle Rabbit. You are also compatible with the Ox, Snake, Horse, Goat, Dog and Pig, as well as other Rabbits. You don't tend to get along as well with the Rooster, though.Famous Rabbits: Margaret Atwood, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sidney Crosby, Whitney Houston Dragon Born in: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012Dragon personalities are harder to pinpoint because Dragons—unlike Rabbits, Horses and Snakes, for example—are the only mythological animal in the zodiac. We don't have a living embodiment of a Dragon's traits to guide us, but in China, the Dragon is viewed as a powerful, all-knowing beast (not a scary, destructive threat, as in many other cultures and children's stories). You're definitely not commonplace and you like to stand out, which means you thrive when attention is on you.Colour: GoldStrengths and weaknesses: While theatre, bright lights and attention are wonderful (and you handle them well), you may not realize that fame and fortune can disappear as quickly as you acquired them. You tend to make hasty decisions.Compatibility: You get along with the Monkey and the Rat. Your opposite is the Dog.Famous Dragons: Tommy Douglas, Maya Angelou, John Lennon, Alex Trebek, Adele, Martin Luther King, Jr. Snake Born in: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013The Snake represents great wisdom. To others, you come across as calm and quiet. But on the inside, you're raging with passion. Your charisma makes you difficult to ignore and you have sometimes been described as an expert in the art of seduction (ooh la la!). You never turn down a good challenge because problem solving is your forte.Colour: RedStrengths and weaknesses: You're very strong willed, wise and intelligent—but not unlikely to backstab others for personal gain. You can be hardheaded, but you also listen to your emotions, not just straightforward facts.Compatibility: You get along with the Rooster and the Ox. The Pig is your opposite.Famous snakes: Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, J.K. Rowling, Tom Brady, Shania Twain, Ben Stiller Horse Born in: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014It's so lovely to be around you, Horse! You're genial, friendly, physically attractive, very social and generally popular because you put people at ease. Not only are you charming, but you're also known as a hard worker. Easily bored, you sometimes act on impulse—usually to the delight of others, because you're a definite crowd-pleaser.Colour: RedStrengths and weaknesses: Your excellent work ethic will pay off in spades but may also make you greedy and selfish. Highly intelligent, deep down that translates as a bit cunning.Compatibility: You are compatible with the Tiger and the Dog, but not so much the Ox.Famous horses: Nelson Mandela, Jennifer Lawrence, Paul McCartney, James Cameron, Sarah Polley, James Dean Goat (also called Sheep or Ram) Born in: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015You have a flair for style, but don't always show it off. Goats are fairly private people and they try not to make waves in life. Keeping the peace is very important to you. Goats follow all the rules and go through life rather quietly, although usually quite successfully. You are mild-mannered and likely to have an affinity for the arts.Colour: YellowStrengths and weaknesses: While you are very peaceful and calm, you can also lack self-control and may take advantage of others.Compatibility: You are most compatible with the Pig and Rabbit, but not the Ox.Famous goats: Julia Roberts, Alexander Graham Bell, Faith Hill, Kate Hudson Monkey Born in: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016Your persuasiveness, charm and intelligence make you very determined to succeed. Nothing will stand in your way. You're witty and fun and always on the go. You tend to get bored easily and need lots of stimulation in your life. While you appear to get along with everyone, this is sometimes an act. At times you can be somewhat egotistical and condescending.Colour: WhiteStrengths and weaknesses: Although you're very clever, sometimes you're too smart for your own good. You can become opportunistic, manipulative or find yourself sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.Compatibility: You get along with the Dragon and the Rat. The Tiger is your opposite.Famous monkeys: Megan Follows, Tom Hanks, David Copperfield, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Tony Hawk, Jennifer Aniston Rooster Born in: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017Roosters are said to have very strong personalities. You're hardworking, courageous, talented and resourceful when you need to be. Plus, you're popular in social situations. But your vivacious personality that draws people to you also means you can be egotistical. You're driven to be the centre of attention. You're very organized and find yourself as a leader or manager in many situations.Colour: WhiteStrengths and weaknesses: You can carry small talk or debate with the best of them, but you can also be a little too blunt and brutally honest in the wrong situations. You tend to see the world in a very cut-and-dry way—there's no room for grey, only black and white.Compatibility: The Snake and the Ox are your friends. You are incompatible with the Rabbit.Famous roosters: Neil Young, Farley Mowat, Roberta Bondar, Lloyd Robertson, Don Cherry, Ellen DeGeneres Dog Born in: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018Just as you'd expect, dogs are very faithful and loyal. You find comfort in the familiar and can be a bit of a homebody, but you are still able to work very well with others when you need to. Dogs are known to be the most humanitarian of all the zodiac signs. You make an authentic, honest and courageous friend, but you never rest—you're always alert.Colour: YellowStrengths and weaknesses: "Let sleeping dogs lie" applies here. You are gentle and loving, but also incomparably faithful, so if someone you love is threatened, you will attack.Compatibility: You get along with the Horse and the Tiger, but not so much with the Dragon .Famous dogs: Tina Fey, L.M. Montgomery, Terry Fox, Kelly Ripa, Matt Damon, John A. Macdonald Pig (also called Boar) Born in: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019Creative and contemplative, Pigs can also be the life of the party. You're easy to get along with and your friends appreciate having you in their lives. You are very sincere and honest, but not simple. In fact, Pigs tend to love the high life—there's nothing you appreciate more than being spoiled or eating a rich, delicious meal!Colour: BlackStrengths and weaknesses: You're easy to get along with and a little bit naive, so people will sometimes take advantage, sucking you into negative situations and plots when all you have are the best intentions.Compatibility: Congratulations—the Pig is one of the easiest zodiac signs to get along with. You're well loved by most, but you work best with the Rabbit and the Goat. If you are going to have problems with anyone, it's most likely to be the Snake.Famous pigs: Stephen Harper, Ernest Hemingway, Chris Hadfield, Carrie Underwood, Bryan AdamsLearn more about how you can celebrate the Chinese New Year.