Chinese zodiac latest news: Today's horoscope for Ox, Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Monkey and more

Welcome to The Sun's Chinese zodiac live blog, where you'll find all the latest information on what your animal sign means for you.

The year you were born determines your Chinese zodiac sign, which is defined by the Chinese lunar calendar and varies each year.

The story about how the Chinese Animals came about is that a race was organized by the Jade Emperor – one of the most important gods in traditional Chinese religion. 

The Emperor invited all the animals in the world to take part. As a reward for turning up, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one, while the race would determine the order each animal would be placed.

Chinese Animals in order – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

Read our Chinese zodiac live blog below for the very latest on what your horoscope sign has in store for you…

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    2021 is the Year of the Ox, which was previously celebrated in 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009.

    The ox is the symbol of hard work and honesty and these people think logically and make great leaders.

    The Year of the Ox is also denoted by the earthy branch symbol "chou".

    In terms of yin and yang, the ox is yang.

    It is the second sign of the Chinese zodiac, which also features the Rat, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

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    The Earth Monkey represents those born in 1968.

    The Earth Monkey is a sub-component of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac. 

    Each zodiac sign has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, which add more uniqueness and characteristics to the sign.

    The Earth Monkey is rock solid and so together.

    Terrific, hugely entertaining and as genuine a heart as you're likely to encounter. 

    These characters are brilliant multi-taskers, so well organized and proficient in everything they do. 

    They’re also very sociable. Their lust for life and generous nature never fails to entice.

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    Wood Tiger: Compassionate, expansive, and open to anything. 

    Fire Tiger: Optimistic, independent, can have poor self-control.

    Earth Tiger: Adventurous, realistic, has a strong sense of faith, grounded.

    Metal Tiger: Enthusiastic, indecisive, stubborn, and critical.

    Water Tiger: Has a strong sense of self-esteem, quick learner, kind, confident. 

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    Years of the Horse include 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026.

    Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sarah Hyland are all Horses.

    Horse individuals are active, and enjoy outdoor activities. They are independent and free-spirited, as well as friendly and generous, so they have a rich social life.

    They are likely to rise high in their career from early in life.

    Horses can also sometimes be vain and stubborn.

    They have trouble holding onto their money, and are known to spend frivolously. They "seldom make preparations for the unexpected occurrences."

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    The Chinese animal zodiac or shengxiao, which means "born resembling", is arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years.

    It therefore features 12 different animals.

    The animal changes at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and traditionally these animals were used to date the years.

    However, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle.

    January 24 is a new moon and the celebrations last until February 8, around the time of the full moon.

    In 2021 the celebration, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, will take place on February 12.

    The ox is the zodiac animal for 2021.

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