Astrology: discover the signs of the Japanese zodiac

Astrology enthusiasts, find out what your Japanese sign is according to your year of birth.

Notice to all lovers of astrology and Japan ! Do you know there is zodiac signs that differ between countries around the world? In Japan, your year of birth is important because thanks to it, you correspond to a sign of Japanese astrology called the “Junishi”. And this eastern astrology is characterized by animals. Get ready to take off for Japan and learn about these astrological signs.

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The legend behind the Japanese zodiac

WhileIn Occidentour astrological sign matches elements and depends on a constellation of stars, in the land of the rising sun, the symbolism changes. If you ask to a Japanese what is his astrological sign, he will answer you by an animal. No, you’re not dreaming. Exit Sagittarius, Gemini or Libra, say hello to the Rat, the Horse and the Ox. These animal names should not be unfamiliar to you because they are exactly the same as those of the Chinese zodiac. The reason ? Both countries follow the lunar calendar which comprises five cycles over a period of twelve years. And he is first appeared in Chinabefore being exported to other Asian countries, including Japan, thanks to Buddhist monks in the 600s.

The Chinese Zodiaclike the Japanese zodiac, includes twelve signs or rather twelve symbolic animals. Each sign corresponds to a year of birth. And the twelve symbolic animals are, in order: the rat, the bull, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep (or goat), the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig (or boar). In culture there is several legends which explain the order of the animals which is followed to the letter. Among the best known, that of Buddha’s dinner.

According to legend, Buddha decided to organize a twelve-course dinner to share with the animals of the kingdom. But to be invited to his table, only the first twelve animals to arrive participate and are proclaimed “animal-symbol” for a full year. After hearing this invitation, every animal rushed to be one of the lucky ones. First in the leadthe ox that would have been fooled by the rat having asked him to carry it on his back to the abode of Buddha because he could not walk with his small legs. Coming down from the back of the ox, he was the first. Still according to the legend, just before leaving with beef, the rat would have pushed the cat into the river so as not to be robbed of its place. Then came: the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake and the horse, doubled by his predecessor who hid in his mane and scared him on arrival. Among the following animals, we find the goat, the monkey and the rooster which traveled together. And to close the race, the dog and the pig. They would have arrived last because both stopped on the way to have fun or to eat.

The 12 signs of the Japanese horoscope – © iStock

The characteristics of Japanese signs

Now let’s go to the study of each Japanese sign. As for the astrological signs of our zodiaceach person has a personality trait specific to his animal and therefore its Japanese symbol.

– Rat (Nezumi)

Sign that relates to people born in the years 20202008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912. Men and women of this sign are lovely people, honest and ambitious. They have a great ability to follow their goals and work hard to achieve them. However, people who are Rat get angry easily while maintaining an appearance of control.

– Beef (Ushi)

Sign concerning people born in 20212009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913. The Ox men and women are patient people, alert, and skilful in all discussions. Those are trusted people, a personality trait highly valued by others. An asset for Beef people because it allows them to meet a lot of success.

– Tiger (Torah)

For people born in 20101998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914. Tiger men and women are sensitive people, stubborn, angry, brave, selfish and a bit mean. However, they have great thinking skills and are very sympathetic towards their loved ones.

– Rabbit (Usagi)

Sign concerning people born in 20111999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915. Rabbit men and women are the luckiest people of the twelve signs present in the lunar calendar. Beautiful talkers, talented, ambitious, virtuous and reserved, these people are known to have extremely fine taste. They are also much admired and inspire confidence.

– Dragon (Tatsu)

Sign concerning people born in 20122000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916. Dragon men and women are energetic people, excitable, quick-tempered and stubborn. However, they also know how to be honest, sensitive, courageous and inspire confidence to the majority of the people they meet.

– Snake (Hebi)

Sign concerning people born in 20132001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917. Serpent men and women are philosophers with great wisdom and who speak little. Determined in their work, they hate failure. Moreover, they have no problem managing their money.

– Horse (Uma)

Sign concerning people born in 20142002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906. Horse men and women know how to give compliments and can sometimes talk too much. These are people who have no problem managing their finances. They think quickly, are wise and talented. However, they can be impatient and get angry easily.

– Sheep or Goat (Hitsuji)

Sign concerning people born in 20152003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907. Mouton men and women are elegant people, with a certain talent for art. They are also passionate about natureby all their actions and by all their beliefs.

– Monkey (Saru)

Sign concerning people born in 20162004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908. Monkey men and women are smartinventive, original and know how to solve problems the most complex with some ease.

– Rooster (Tori)

Sign concerning people born in 20172005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909. Rooster men and women are philosophers, always busy and totally dedicated to their work. They are disappointed by failure and do not hesitate to express their ideas.

– Dog (Inu)

Sign concerning people born in 20182006, 1992, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922, 1910. Dog men and women are loyal people and very honest. They will always seek to improve their relationships with others. In addition, they inspire confidence and know how to keep secrets.

– Pig or Boar (Inoshishi)

Sign concerning people born in 20192007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911. Pig men and Pig women are brave people who have great inner strength. Very honest, they are affectionate, kind and gentle. However, they sometimes get angry even if they hate arguments.

2022, the year of the Tiger – © iStock

Japanese astrology synonymous with luck?

ifthere are superstitions according to the representative animal symbol of its year, every sign of the “Junishi” is entitled to its lucky time. Each baby born under the sign of the animal-symbol whose year is in progress, should see luck smile on him for a year. And this would be amplified when he or she reaches the milestone of 60 years. The reason ? Every 60 years, the lunar calendar goes through a complete cycle.. This year considered exceptional in Japanese culture is called “Kanreki”. Everyone is free to take this explanation with hindsight or at face value.

You saw him, astrology differs between cultures of the whole world. The zodiac thus proves to us once again that it is a theme at a time complex and exciting to study. For those who would like to explore this theme further, we have concocted a reading list. These three books are to be purchased without delay on Amazon. In addition, delivery is only 0.01€, it would be a shame not to take advantage of it.

– “Authentic Chinese Astrology: Fundamentals – Chart Establishment” by Ngoc-Rao Nguyen at 23€

– “Chinese Astrology: Everything Chinese Astrology Can Teach You About Yourself and Your Future” by Suzanne White at 20.30€

– “My Astrology Bible” by Catherine Aubier at 29.90€

For those who would like to read our other topics on astrology, know that the editorial staff has published several articles specific to the astrological signs, to the elements of the zodiac and to some specificities sometimes overlooked or fun. But be careful, we prefer to warn you: you will become a real expert on the zodiac and the horoscope.

For the year 2022 to come, know that the animal-symbol will be the Tiger. Notice therefore to the people represented by this animal, 2022 will be your year! Notice also to future parents who read us and who love anecdotes about astrological signs. You now have all the cards in hand to know the character of your future child if it will be Dragon, Horse or Rat.

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Astrology: discover the signs of the Japanese zodiac

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