Chinese Zodiac Sign and Feng Shui Element Chart

Your animal and your element can guide your design choices

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You can use the information about your Chinese zodiac sign and the personal feng shui birth element to improve your home and your life. View Stock/Getty

The 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs and the five feng shui elements are each associated with a year of the Chinese calendar. Your birth element and Chinese zodiac animal determine the way your personal energy is defined is feng shui and the specific tendencies of your personality.

The Chinese calendar does not start on January 1 as the Western calendar does. Instead, Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) falls on the second New Moon of the new year. If you were born in January or February you will have to check where the date fell in your birth year as your Chinese zodiac sign and feng shui element may be that of the prior Western calendar year.

Feng Shui Birth Elements

Each of the elements is dominant for two years, and with five elements the cycle repeats every 10 years. This is also called the 10 stems or 10 heavenly stems. Your element sign is determined by the last number of your lunar birth year (for those born in January or February, this may be the prior year):

  • Metal element: Birth year ending in 0 or 1
  • Water element: Birth year ends in 2 or 3
  • Wood element: Birth year ends in 4 or 5
  • Fire element: Birth year ends in 6 or 7
  • Earth element: Birth year ends in 8 or 9

Knowing your birth element can help you create the best feng shui for your home or office. It will determine the decor colors and items to emphasize and minimize. For example, if you were born in a fire element year, you would use shades of red and yellow and minimize white, gray, green, and brown (metal and wood colors). You would also want to emphasize the fireplace and decorate with candles while avoiding metal decor. Each element is also associated with a compass direction, which can guide which areas of the home to pay the most attention to.

Feng Shui Decor for Your Birth Feng Shui Element

Chinese Zodiac Animals

The 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs change each year. Your birth zodiac animal is said to guide your personality traits and people with whom you might be compatible. In feng shui, the birth animal can also guide what area of the dwelling and elements to emphasize and minimize.

When paired together, the feng shui element and zodiac animal cycles result in a 60-year cycle, which is also called the sexagenary system. The cycle is considered to start with rat and wood, which last occurred in 1984, meaning that cycle stretches to 2043.

  • 1940: Dragon Metal (2/8/1940 to 1/26/1941)
  • 1941: Snake, Metal (1/27/1941 to 2/14/1942)
  • 1942: Horse, Water (2/15/1942 to 2/4/1943)
  • 1943: Goat, Water (2/5/1943 to 1/24/1944)
  • 1944: Monkey, Wood (1/25/1944 to 2/12/1945)
  • 1945: Rooster, Wood (2/13/1945 to 2/1/1946)
  • 1946: Dog, Fire (2/2/1946 to 1/21/1947)
  • 1947: Pig, Fire (1/22/1947 to 2/9/1948)
  • 1948: Rat, Earth (2/10/1948 to 1/28/1949)
  • 1949: Ox, Earth (1/29/1949 to 2/16/1950)
  • 1950: Tiger, Metal (2/17/1950 to 2/5/1951)
  • 1951: Rabbit, Metal (2/6/1951 to 1/26/1952)
  • 1952: Dragon, Water (1/27/1952 to 2/13/1953)
  • 1953: Snake, Water (2/14/1953 to 2/2/1954)
  • 1954: Horse, Wood (2/3/1954 to 1/23/1955)
  • 1955: Goat, Wood (1/24/1955 to 2/11/1956)
  • 1956: Monkey, Fire (2/12/1956 to 1/30/1957)
  • 1957: Rooster, Fire (1/31/1957 to 2/17/1958)
  • 1958: Dog, Earth (2/18/1958 to 2/7/1959)
  • 1959: Pig, Earth (2/8/1959 to 1/27/1960)
  • 1960: Rat, Metal (1/28/1960 to 2/14/1961)
  • 1961: Ox Metal (2/15/1961 to 2/4/1962)
  • 1962: Tiger Water (2/5/1962 to 1/24/1963)
  • 1963: Rabbit Water (1/25/1963 to 2/12/1964)
  • 1964: Dragon Wood (2/13/1964 to 2/1/1965)
  • 1965: Snake Wood (2/2/1965 to 1/20/1966)
  • 1966: Horse Fire (1/21/1966 to 2/8/1967)
  • 1967: Goat Fire (2/9/1967 to 1/29/1968)
  • 1968: Monkey Earth (1/30/1968 to 2/16/1969)
  • 1969: Rooster Earth (2/17/1969 to 2/5/1970)
  • 1970: Dog Metal (2/6/1970 to 1/26/1971)
  • 1971: Pig Metal (1/27/1971 to 2/14/1972)
  • 1972: Rat Water (2/15/1972 to 2/2/1973
  • 1973: Ox Water (2/3/1973 to 1/22/1974)
  • 1974: Tiger Wood (1/23/1974 to 2/10/1975)
  • 1975: Rabbit Wood (2/11/1975 to 1/30/1976)
  • 1976: Dragon Fire (1/31/1976 to 2/17/1977)
  • 1977: Snake Fire (2/18/1977 to 2/6/1978)
  • 1978: Horse Earth (2/7/1978 to 1/27/1979)
  • 1979: Goat Earth (1/28/1979 to 2/15/1980)
  • 1980: Monkey Metal (2/16/1980 to 2/4/1981)
  • 1981: Rooster Metal (2/5/1981 to 1/24/1982)
  • 1982: Dog Water (1/25/1982 to 2/12/1983)
  • 1983: Pig Water (2/13/1983 to 2/1/1984)
  • 1984: Rat Wood (2/2/1984 to 2/19/1985)
  • 1985: Ox Wood (2/20/1985 to 2/8/1986)
  • 1986: Tiger Fire (2/9/1986 to 1/28/1987)
  • 1987: Rabbit Fire (1/29/1987 to 2/16/1988)
  • 1988: Dragon Earth (2/17/1988 to 2/5/1989)
  • 1989: Snake Earth (2/6/1989 to 1/26/1990)
  • 1990: Horse Metal (1/27/1990 to 2/14/1991)
  • 1991: Goat Metal (2/15/1991 to 2/3/1992)
  • 1992: Monkey Water (2/4/1992 to 1/22/1993)
  • 1993: Rooster Water (1/23/1993 to 2/9/1994)
  • 1994: Dog Wood (2/10/1994 to 1/30/1995)
  • 1995: Pig Wood (1/31/1995 to 2/18/1996)
  • 1996: Rat Fire (2/19/1996 to 2/6/1997)
  • 1997: Ox Fire (2/7/1997 to 1/27/1998)
  • 1998: Tiger Earth (1/28/1998 to 2/15/1999)
  • 1999: Rabbit Earth (2/16/1999 to 2/4/2000)
  • 2000: Dragon Metal (2/5/2000 to 1/23/2001)
  • 2001: Snake Metal (1/24/2001 to 2/11/2002)
  • 2002: Horse Water (2/12/2002 to 1/31/2003)
  • 2003: Goat Water (2/1/2003 to 1/21/2004)
  • 2004: Monkey Wood (1/22/2004 to 2/8/2005)
  • 2005: Rooster Wood (2/9/2005 to 1/28/2006)
  • 2006: Dog Fire (1/29/2006 to 2/17/2007)
  • 2007: Pig Fire (2/18/2007 to 2/6/2008)
  • 2008: Rat Earth (2/7/2008 to 1/25/2009)
  • 2009: Ox Earth (1/26/2009 to 2/13/2010)
  • 2010: Tiger Metal (2/14/2010 to 2/2/2011)
  • 2011: Rabbit Metal (2/3/2011 to 1/22/2012)
  • 2012: Dragon Water (1/23/2012 to 2/9/2013)
  • 2013: Snake Water (2/10/2013 to 1/30/2014)
  • 2014: Horse Wood (1/31/2014 to 2/18/2015)
  • 2015: Goat Wood (2/19/2015 to 2/7/2016)
  • 2016: Monkey Fire (2/8/2016 to 1/27/2017)
  • 2017: Rooster Fire (1/28/2017 to 2/15/2018)
  • 2018: Dog Earth (2/16/2018 to 2/4/2019)
  • 2019: Pig Earth (2/5/2019 to 1/24//2020)
  • 2020: Rat Metal (1/25/2020 to 2/11/2021)
  • 2021: Ox Metal (2/12/2021 to 1/31/2022)
  • 2022: Tiger Water (2/1/2022 to 1/21/2023)
  • 2023: Rabbit Water (1/22/2023 to 2/9/2024)
  • 2024: Dragon Wood (2/10/2024 to 1/28/2025)
  • 2025: Snake Wood (1/29/2025 to 2/16/2026)
  • 2026: Horse Fire (2/17/2026 to 2/5/2027)
  • 2027: Goat Fire (2/6/2027 to 1/25/2028)
  • 2028: Monkey Earth (1/26/2028 to 2/13/2029)
  • 2029: Rooster Earth (2/14/2029 to 2/2/2030)