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2 January 2009 45 Comments

The new Ox year will begin on 26 January 2009.
I specially make this full list of Chinese Zodiac stamps for you. These include many elements of Chinese traditional art. I hope it’s helpful to know better about .

The Chinese lunar calendar has a sixty year cycle. According to the Chinese horoscope, The 60-year cycle consists of two separate cycles combining with each other. The first is the cycle of ten heavenly stems, namely the Five Elements which make up all matter (in order Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) in their ip Yin and Yang forms. The second is the cycle of the twelve Zodiac animal signs or Earthly Branches . They are in order as follows: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The current cycle began in the year 1984.

Chinese ancestors believed that a person’s destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets at the person’s birth along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets and the person’s time of birth and Zodiac Sign. So the Zodiac Sign animal is believed to be the main factor of each person.

1984 and 1996 “Year of the Rat” stamp

2008 “Year of the Rat” stamp

1. Rat (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water):

Gemstone: Garnet
Colours: Black, red, white
Corresponding western sign: Sagittarius

Meticulous, intelligent, shrewd, charismatic, charming, ambitious, practical, industrious, eloquent, artistic
Controlling, obstinate, venal, resentful, manipulative, mendacious, vindictive, power-driven, critical

Are you a RAT?

1900,1960–Metal Rat
1912,1972–Water Rat
1924,1984–Wood Rat
1936,1996–Fire Rat
1948,2008–Earth Rat

1985 and 1997 “Year of the Ox” stamp

2009 “Year of the Ox” stamp

2. Ox (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water):

Gemstone: Onyx
Colors: Yellow, blue
Corresponding Western sign: Capricorn

Responsible, dependable, honest, caring, honourable, intelligent, industrious, practical
Petty, inflexible, possessive, dogmatic, gullible, stubborn, critical, intolerant, materialistic

Are you an Ox?

1901,1961–Metal Ox
1913,1973–Water Ox
1925,1985–Wood Ox
1937,1997–Fire Ox
1949,2009–Earth Ox

1986 and 1998 “Year of the Tiger” stamp

3. Tiger (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood):

Gemstone: Sapphire
Colors: Green
Corresponding western sign: Aquarius

Independent, brave, confident, dynamic, intense, energetic, sacrificing, faithful, attractive, intellectual
Moody, reckless, hot-headed, selfish, impatient, impulsive, opinionated, rebellious

Are you a Tiger?

1950,2010– Metal Tiger
1902,1962–Water Tiger
1914,1974–Wood Tiger
1926,1986–Fire Tiger
1938,1998–Earth Tiger

1987 and 1999 “Year of the Rabbit” stamp

4. Rabbit (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood):

Gemstone: Pearl
Color: Green, peach
Corresponding western sign: Pisces

Strongpoint:Sensitive, tactful, well-mannered, hospitable, modest, diplomatic, artistic
Shortcoming: Indecisive, gossipy, hypochondrial, naive, timid, gullible

Are you a Rabbit?

1951,2011– Metal Rabbit
1903,1963–Water Rabbit
1915,1975–Wood Rabbit
1927,1987–Fire Rabbit
1939,1999–Earth Rabbit

1988 and 2000 “Year of the Dragon” stamp

5. Dragon (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood):

Gemstone: Amethyst
Colors: Black, Gold
Corresponding western sign: Aries

Noble, ambitious, dignified, charismatic, vibrant, magnanimous, expansive, powerful
Ruthless, imperious, judgmental, arrogant, dogmatic, pompous, despotic, intolerant, demandin

Are you a dragon?

1940,2000– Metal Dragon
1952,2012–Water Dragon
1904,1964–Wood Dragon
1916,1976–Fire Dragon
1928,1988–Earth Dragon

1989 and 2001 “Year of the Snake” stamp

6. Snake (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire):

Gemstone: Agate
Color: Red
Corresponding western sign: Taurus

Wisest of all the , profound, clever, charming, logical, intelligent, creative, compassionate, discreet, honorable
critical, anxious, calculating, intense.

Are you a snake?

1941,2001– Metal Snake
1953,2013–Water Snake
1905,1965–Wood Snake
1917,1977–Fire Snake
1929,1989–Earth Snake

1990 and 2002 “Year of the Horse” stamp

7. Horse (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire):

Gemstone: Beryl
Color: Green
Corresponding western sign: Gemini

Lovable, witty, free-spirit, enthusiastic, independent, creative, optimistic, flexible, popular
Anxious, fickle, defiant, tactless, selfish, gullible, inconsistent, quick-tempered, rebellious

Are you a horse?

1930,1990– Metal Horse
1942,2002–Water Horse
1954,2014–Wood Horse
1906,1966–Fire Horse
1918,1978–Earth Horse

1991 and 2003 “Year of the Sheep” stamp

8. Sheep (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire):

Gemstone: Emerald
Color: Light blue
Corresponding western sign: Cancer

Creative, empathetic, generous, compliant, wise, beautiful, romantic
Irresponsible, anxious, lazy, self-pitying, capricious, indecisive, insecure, gullible

Are you a Sheep?

1931,1991– Metal Sheep
1943,2003–Water Sheep
1955,2015–Wood Sheep
1907,1967–Fire Sheep

1919,1979–Earth Sheep

1980 and 1992 “Year of the Monkey” stamp, 1980 year of Monkey stamp is the first Zodiac stamp of China. It’s worth 20,000 times value of its original price now.

2004 “Year of the Monkey” stamp

9. Monkey (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal):

Gemstone: Emerald
Color: White, Violet
Corresponding western sign: Leo

Inventive, versatile, humorous, generous, intelligent, witty, lively, independent, charming
Manipulative, opinionated, conceited, egotistical, capricious, superficial, meddling, careless

Are you a Monkey?

1920,1980–Metal Monkey
1932,1992–Water Monkey
1944,2004–Wood Monkey
1956,2016–Fire Monkey
1908,1968–Earth Monkey

1981 and 1993 “Year of the Rooster” stamp
2005 “Year of the Rooster” stamp

10. Rooster (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal):

Gemstone: Jasper
Color: White, black
Corresponding western sign: Virgo

Brave, enthusiastic, witty, loyal, hardworking, intelligent, meticulous, generous, talented
Self-Involved, materialistic, overly-romantic, pretentious, vain, bossy, fussy, blunt

Are you A Rooster?

1921,1981– Metal Rooster
1933,1993–Water Rooster
1945,2005–Wood Rooster
1957,2017–Fire Rooster
1909,1969–Earth Rooster

1982 and 1994″Year of the Dog” stamp

2006 “Year of the Dog” stamp

11. Dog (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal):

Gemstone: Diamond
Color: Navy blue
Corresponding western sign: Libra

Honest, intelligent, loyal, fair, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded
Cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.

Are you a Dog?

1910,1970– Metal Dog
1922,1982–Water Dog
1934,1994–Wood Dog
1946,2006–Fire Dog
1958,2018–Earth Dog

1983 and 1995 “Year of the Pig” stamp
2007 “Year of the Pig” stamp

12. Pig (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water):

Color:dark green and blue
Corresponding western sign: Scorpio

Caring, hospitable, intelligent, wise.
shy, Materialistic, short tempered, vulnerable, gullible.

Are you a Pig?

1911,1971– Metal Pig
1923,1983–Water Pig
1935,1995–Wood Pig
1947,2007–Fire Pig
1959,2019–Earth Pig

* Note:
since the Chinese zodiac follows the Chinese traditional (lunisolar) calendar, the switch over date is the Chinese New Year.

So, Do you find your Zodiac animal signs? Do you belevie Chinese Horoscopes?

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  • JH said:

    That’s a great collection of Chinese Zodiac Stamps !

    I am a Fire Dragon …… even though my year is supposed to be the Year of the Snake & I agree with the points written down there :)

    Great sharing here, allowing people worldwide to know more about Chinese Culture !


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    iWalk reply on January 4th, 2009 11:17 am:

    An Aries Fire Dragon!

    Black means a responsible gentleman, Gold means wealth. :D


  • The Fitness Diva said:

    Wow! That was very educational and interesting! I had no idea about the elements that are connected to particular years. This is great to know about!
    Wonderful post! :)

    The Fitness Diva’s last blog post..Party Time!!


    iWalk reply on January 4th, 2009 11:19 am:

    Thanks Diva!

    Chinese Horoscopes is similar to west Horoscopes. It’s very interesting indeed. :)


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  • Annie Spandex said:

    So this is an ox year, hm? That’s very fitting for me.

    I’m a metal monkey :)

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    iWalk reply on January 4th, 2009 11:22 am:

    Oh,Annie, Violet is your lucky color. And you happen to use it as the main color of your website!


  • youlin said:

    Thanks for the good post.. 祝 “牛年行大运“ ! ;)

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    iWalk reply on January 4th, 2009 11:31 am:

    Thanks youlin!

    I wish you 牛運當頭 too! :P


  • Snow said:

    I was born in the year of the dragon and it makes me sad to see that the dragon stamps were not appealing. :(

    Anyway, kung hei fat choi! :)


    iWalk reply on January 5th, 2009 12:54 am:

    Agree with you Snow, I also think the dragon stamps were not appealing, But it should be the most appealing one,Because dragon is totem of Chinese. :)


  • Emm said:

    I love this post! I see that I’m a water Ox – interesting. Thanks for commenting on my blog about it and doing this post – it’s interesting to learn about.

    btw – you need to change the label for the Ox 2009 stamp – it says ‘year of the rat’ underneath.

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    iWalk reply on January 5th, 2009 1:04 am:

    Thank you so much Emm! I already correct the caption. :)

    So 2009 is your zodiacal year. We will use something red such as red blet in zodiacal year to Aviod Evil.


    Emm reply on January 6th, 2009 3:02 am:

    Oh really? That is interesting! I wore a red top today but then the year only begins in two weeks…

    Emm’s last blog post..Road trip (West) 2008: Oxford


    iWalk reply on January 6th, 2009 4:24 pm:

    Dear Emm, I don’t really believe that zodiacal year is dangerous to a person. But as the old Chinese tradition, people should wear something red the whole year, they think zodiacal year will always full of troubles.

    So just take something red with you is okay. Some people will put some red paper in their wallet, that’s okay too. :P

  • lala said:

    The stamps are gorgeous and so colorful. Like Diva, I had no idea there were elements along with them. I’m the year of the water rabbit and the personality points seem pretty spot-on.


    iWalk reply on January 6th, 2009 6:38 pm:

    Oh lala, Your lucky Gemstone is Pearl. I think you can always find pearl at the beautiful beach you live. :)


    lala reply on January 10th, 2009 3:42 am:

    Pearl? Really? I had no idea. Thanks for the additional info. ;-)


  • Quickroute said:

    I think I’m a sheep – not sure if that’s good or bad?


    Search Engine Panel reply on January 6th, 2009 6:11 pm:

    It’s good, so there’s no need to be sheepish about it… lol.

    Search Engine Panel’s last blog post..Happy New Year! (2009 ed.)


    iWalk reply on January 6th, 2009 7:25 pm:

    As we see,Quickroute, Every animal has its Strongpoint and shortcoming. That’s justice of nature I think. :)


  • winona said:

    hmmm ……..i’m a fire snake hahahaha…. cool !!! :D

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    iWalk reply on January 6th, 2009 7:54 pm:

    Fire snake? So you are both cool style and warm heart,winona!


  • Atniz said:

    A great list of character in different view. I’m Dog year (1982).

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    iWalk reply on January 15th, 2009 9:53 pm:

    You are a water dog, You must be a girl comprehensive.:)


  • Wolf said:

    I am a sheep.
    It’s the first time I know Cancer have such a meaning.

    Wolf’s last blog post..My Friend’s Chinese Traditional Style Office


    iWalk reply on January 15th, 2009 9:54 pm:

    Haha, So Cancer not always means bad things.


  • Web Marketing said:

    I’m a tiger, but don’t really find the tiger stamp that appealing. They could have done better.


    iWalk reply on January 15th, 2009 9:56 pm:

    Yeah, We are unsatisfied with the tiger stamps of year 1998 too.


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