The zodiac sign you commonly associate yourself with is probably one of the common sun signs like Virgo, Aries, or Gemini, however that doesn't give you the whole story. There is also your moon sign which gives you more insight into your personality, but even then there is still one other big way that the stars can help explain your life to you.
The Chinese zodiac signs don't follow the same time periods as the more familiar zodiac signs, and instead go by year. There are still twelve symbols that represent the people who fall under them, but first you need to know which one you are.
There are some variations on the starting dates of the signs because they follow the Chinese New Year schedule, but for the most part you can find your sign by just checking your birth year. Once you know what year you were born in you will be able to uncover a whole other level of your personality.
Years Born: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
You are quick-witted and ambitious, which means that you are capable of accomplishing your goals quicker than most. You are charismatic and smart, but at times can get stubborn, and you tend to have a bit of a weakness for gossip.
Years Born: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
You are always calm in the face of stress, and honest with those around you. You are reliable in all situations and loyal to those you trust. However, you can be a little bit narrow-minded and believe that your option is always the best and only option, and will get impatient when others try to convince you otherwise.
Years Born: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
You have so much passion for the things you love that it makes others envious. You have an enthusiastic and optimistic outlook on life that others have a hard time matching. However, this passion can turn you into a hotheaded and dissident person if things don't go your way.
Years Born: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
You can be incredibly kind and sensitive to those around you, and are able to pick up on their needs easily. However, you can get a little bit possessive, and often use manipulation to get people to do what they want.