Chinese Astrology: Determining Your Month, Day, and Hour Animal

Updated on December 4, 2018

The Chinese Zodiac system provides you with a system of Heavenly Stems (one version refers to the Five Elements another to a more complicated configuration) and Earthly Branches. In this method commonly used by astrologers in the Ba Zi or the Four Pillars of Destiny, the Earthly Branches are the Circle of Animals. Each of the 12 animals has a year, month, day and even hour. Since the year is readily available on the internet and in various books and articles, I will look only at the Earthly Branches for the month, day, and hour.

Month Rulers

Just as there is an animal assigned to each birth year, each month has one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac attached to it. While the year you are born determines the zodiac sign you manifest outwardly to the world, the month you were born (and the zodiac animal attached) represents internal characteristics that you may not show as openly to the world. It is unsurprising therefore that the your month animal is called your "Inner Animal." Below are the signs attached to each month of the year.

Month
Animal Attached
Month
Animal Attached
January
Ox
July
Sheep (Goat)
February
Tiger
August
Monkey
March
Rabbit
September
Rooster
April
Dragon
October
Dog
May
Snake
November
Pig
June
Horse
December
Rat
The month you were born designates your "Inner Animal" and what characteristics you may carry internally, though perhaps may not share with the outside world.

Carefully consider the month of your animal. In this time, s/he becomes the most active. As such, it is a favorable month for you. During this period, your characteristics will become more obvious to others.

Day Animals

Chinese animal signs rule over days of the week, too. The term for them is “True Animals.” If your astrologer wishes to prepare a chart, it is essential he or she knows the animals of your day of birth. Given there are only seven days of the week and 12 animals, there is some repetition or doubling up.

The animals for each day are included in the following table.

Day of the Week
Animals Attached
Monday
Sheep
Tuesday
Dragon
Wednesday
Horse
Thursday
Rat, Pig
Friday
Rabbit, Snake, Dog
Saturday
Ox, Tiger, Rooster
Sunday
Monkey
Each day of the week has animal representations attached to it. Some have multiple.

Hour Animals

In preparing a Chinese astrology chart, you also must include the hour of your birth. The term for these animals is “Secret Animal.” The times provided below refer to Western concepts of time. The Chinese system is very different.

Time of Birth
Animal Attached
Time of Birth
Animal Attached
1am-3am
Ox
1pm-3pm
Goat
3am-5am
Tiger
3pm-5pm
Monkey
5am-7am
Rabbit
5pm-7pm
Rooster
7am-9am
Dragon
7pm-9pm
Dog
9am-11am
Snake
9pm-11pm
Pig
11am-1pm
Horse
11pm-1am
Rat

Putting it all Together

As a result, the initial look at your chart would consist of the four animals. They would be your year animal, month animal, day animal, and hour animal. Yet, each animal does not have equal weight in your astrological chart. The year animal has more force than that of the month. The month animal has more weight than that of the day. The day animal is more powerful than that of the hour.

Conclusion

In determining your animal, you need to look beyond that of your year. You must also take into consideration the inner or month animal, the true or day animal and the secret or hour animal. By combining these four animals together, you are better able to reach a basic analysis of your character (purely a Western concept). However, if you wish to complete a Four Pillars astrological chart, you will also need to know about the metals associated with each of these four Earthly Branches. In Chinese Astrology, this Five element system forms a component of the Heavenly Stems.

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      Attaliyah 

      17 hours ago

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      I got sheep ox tiger rooster rabbit

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      Im an Ox, Rabbit, Sheep, Rabbit

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      Interested Student 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you for posting this! It was very interesting!

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      2 months ago

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      Year: Rooster

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      Year: Dragon

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      Day: Rat/Pig

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      Snake Snake Snake and Tiger :)

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      2 months ago

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      3 months ago

      Year: 1996 (Rat)

      Month: December (Rat)

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      Year: Tiger

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      4 months ago

      Year of the Rooster(2005)

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      4 months ago

      Yr: Water Monkey

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      Year of Snake

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      4 months ago

      Cancerian Earth Monkey here.

      Born in the month of the sheep

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      Counting daylight savings time, My rising sign would be a Virgoan Snake, two minutes past the cusp of Dragon/Snake.

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      Year : Dog

      Month : Tiger

      Day : Rat

      Hour : Rabbit

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      6 months ago

      soo im born march 26 2003 4 pm can someone figure out my stuffff

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      Year: rooster

      Month: monkey

      Day: horse

      Hours : snak

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      6 months ago

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      MetalEarth 

      6 months ago

      I was born on October 19, 2006 at 2 am which makes dog:dog:snake:ox

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      6 months ago

      i was born the year 2008 on june 16

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      7 months ago

      in 2 weeks

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      7 months ago

      Year- 1996

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      8 months ago

      Year: rat Month: horse Day: sheep Hour: dog

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      8 months ago

      Year: Pig

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      8 months ago

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      8 months ago

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      8 months ago

      Year: pig month: sheep day: sheep hour: Tiger

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      9 months ago

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      9 months ago

      I wish To know my true,inner,and secretly animal

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      9 months ago

      Year: Dog Month: Snake Day: Dragon Hour: Dog

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      9 months ago

      I am a pig ya

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      sia 

      10 months ago

      Year Tiger month Monkey day dragon hour dragon

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      hjkl 

      10 months ago

      the dog and the pig are swaptd the pig is accualy occtober and the dog is november

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      Kongmeng 

      10 months ago

      what is my month animals and year animals day animals

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      Jenny 

      10 months ago

      My inner animal and secret animal are both dragon... am I then an “ honorary” dragon with more influence than the monkey year ?

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      Rahui Maru 

      10 months ago

      Earth Dragon, Dragon, monkey, horse this actually makes sense . Still i need a chart or something to help me understand.

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      diego orlando 

      11 months ago

      so does this mean if you had to choose which one is more like you, the person with the same month and day but different year and animal or the person with the same month and animal but different day, who would be more like me?

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      Aman 

      12 months ago

      Rat,rabbit, monkey and rooster. I would want to know the element associated with my birth year like if am I a fire rat or a metal rat or what ?

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      Puck 

      12 months ago

      Snake snake dragon dragon....

      I can live with that

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      Vivian Samson 

      12 months ago

      I'm a rooster. 2005 Youtube Is Also A Rooster Then Too.

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      Jeff 

      13 months ago

      SUHHHH MONKEY SNAKE AND DUCK

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      13 months ago

      IM A DOGGIE YEA

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      Saw 

      13 months ago

      Hi,

      I would like to point out that the time for Rat is 11pm to 1am and not as 11am to 1am.

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      E Davies 

      14 months ago

      Year Dragon, Month Dog, Day Horse and Hour Ox

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      Becky 

      14 months ago

      i am a horse

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      Gogo 

      14 months ago

      year of the horse and all the others tiger!!

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      Toni 

      14 months ago

      This is funny I only have 3 animals as im a monkey for my year a monkey for my month a dragon for my day and a pig for my hour

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      DeDe 

      17 months ago

      I found it funny that the picture is Invader Zim cuz the dog is GIR!

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      melissa 

      18 months ago

      i'm a sheep, ox, tiger, roster, dragon

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