The 12 Signs of the Chinese Zodiac
Rollo Banks' Lunar New Year Chronicle covers
*The Lunar New Year varies between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20, so those born early in the year may actually come in under the previous year's sign.
Year of the Rat1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020*
Best Case: Smart, quick-witted, likeable, optimistic, observant, independent, energetic, creative
Worst Case: Stingy, stubborn, fault-finding, petty, fearful, lacking humility
Best Case: Scurrying bon vivant spreads joy wherever he goes. Viva la Remy!
Worst Case: Hoards cheese dip, nips party guests. Where's that trap again?
Best Case: Rosa Parks
Worst Case: Richard Nixon
Year of the Ox1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021*
Best Case: Honest, hardworking, earnest, modest, logical, kind, reliable, trustworthy
Worst Case: Stubborn, workaholic, rigid rule follower
Best Case: Divine bovine pulls long hours searching for cure to mad cow disease. Strong candidate for Nobel Prize.
Worst Case: Workaholic tendencies make it hard to find a harness mate. That medal won't keep you warm at night, Babe.
Best case: Barack Obama
Worst Case: Saddam Hussein
Year of the Tiger1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010*
Best Case: Brave, confident, charming, benevolent, indomitable
Worst Case: Impetuous, irritable, stubborn, hard to control
Best Case: Tony's big-hearted actions inspire world peace. Cue the purrs.
Worst Case: Global hissy fit triggers World War III. Bad kitty.
Best Case: Stevie Wonder
Worst Case: Ayatollah Khomeini
Year of the Rabbit1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011*
Best Case: Gentle, elegant, generous, patient, responsible, self-disciplined
Worst Case: Timid, stubborn, melancholy, hesitant, vain, escapist
Best Case: Kindly Thumper donates lucky rabbit's foot to aid the poor. Easter bunny chimes in with matching grant.
Worst Case: Sulks in closet, admiring own carrot collection. Not cool, Bugs.
Best Case: Michelle Obama
Worst Case: John Dillinger
Year of the Dragon1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012*
Best Case: Brave, tenacious, intelligent, confident, enthusiastic
Worst Case: Aggressive, arrogant, irritating
Best Case: Fiery friend blows down barriers with courage and charisma. Toothless, we hardly knew ye.
Worst Case: Just plain blows. Snuff it, Smaug.
Best Case: Martin Luther King Jr.
Worst Case: Vladimir Putin
Year of the Snake1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2002, 2013*
Best case: Calm, intelligent, beautiful, wise, private
Worst case: Indifferent, skeptical, possessive, obstinate, vain
Best Case: Enigmatic beauty slithers into the hearts of millions with charm and wisdom. S-s-s-s-sublime.
Worst Case: Spends life coiled around the nearest mirror. Would you like an apple with that?
Best case: Greta Garbo
Worst case: Whitey Bulger
Year of the Horse1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014*
Best Case: Loyal, enthusiastic, passionate, popular, elegant, enterprising, extroverted, funny
Worst Case: Hot-headed, ruthlessly ambitious, tendency to excess, lack of organizational skills
Best Case: Lovable Mr. Ed leads adoring herd to peace and prosperity. The neighs have it!
Worst Case: Stampedes his way to the hay, pummeling ponies in his path. Whoa, Trigger.
Best case: Paul McCartney
Worst case: Genghis Khan
Year of the Goat1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015*
Best Case: Elegant, charming, artistic, kindhearted, nature-lover
Worst Case: Timid, moody, indecisive, pessimistic, worry-wart
Best Case: Writes and directs award-winning drama about kindly chevre maker.
Worst Case: Incessant bleating drives friends berserk, forced to play lead in cabrito.
Best Case: Michelangelo
Worst Case: George Wallace
Year of the Monkey1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016*
Best Case: Clever, creative, intelligent, curious, magnetic, mischievous
Worst Case: Sly, restless, very naughty
Best Case: Curious George produces groundbreaking comedy, audiences go bananas.
Worst Case: Becomes butt of own joke – bed time for Bonzo.
Best Case: Leonardo da Vinci
Worst Case: Jared Kushner
Year of the Rooster1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017*
Best Case: Observant, hardworking, resourceful, brave, talented, confident
Worst Case: Vain, boastful, attention-seeking
Best Case: Multi-talented barnyard king has a lot to crow about – for real.
Worst Case: Non-stop bragging lands him in the stew pot. Coq au vin, anyone?
Best Case: Dolly Parton
Worst Case: Osama bin Laden
Year of the Dog1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018*
Best Case: Loyal, honest, kind, prudent, sincere, selfless, trustworthy
Worst Case: Pessimistic, worried, critical, stubborn, insecure
Best Case: Lassie saves Timmy from the old mine – tummy rubs all around.
Worst Case: Paranoid Scoobie sees dead people. Ruh-roh.
Best Case: Mother Teresa
Worst Case: Donald Trump
Year of the Pig1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019*
Best Case: Generous, honest, kind, diligent, compassionate, responsible, adaptable, tolerant
Worst Case: Naïve, credulous, over-confident, gullible, lewd, coarse
Best Case: Porky is everyone's sweetie and cooperative to a fault. Call him for a jumpstart at 3am and he'll bring the bagels.
Worst Case: Hapless dupe on the fast track to the Hormel plant. Th-th-th-that's all, folks.
Best Case: Magic Johnson
Worst Case: Mike Pence