Chinese Fortune: What Are Your Lucky and Unlucky Years?

Your Yin or Yang Nature Determine Which Years Are Lucky or Not

Year of the Rat
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Knowing whether you’re hot, cold, or neutral (yin or yang) helps determine your fortune plus other things like what your lucky and unlucky years are. Other factors including a person’s general luckiness also play a role in how lucky a person could be in a particular year. Lucky years are determined by the Chinese zodiac, a 12-year cycle with one of 12 animals assigned to each year. See how your yin or yang nature may work with the zodiacal year in whether or not it is lucky for you.

Yang (Hot or Neutral People of Yang Nature) Lucky Years

You have a major yang nature if you are born in the summer, between May 5 and August 8. You have a minor yang nature if you are born in the spring, between March 5 and May 6. This is also called being a neutral person of yang nature. Here is how your luck may run in each of the Chinese zodiac years.

  • Rat: Major Good Luck
  • Ox: Good Luck
  • Tiger: A Little Bad Luck
  • Rabbit: A Little Bad Luck
  • Dragon: A Little Good Luck
  • Snake: Bad Luck
  • Horse: Major Bad Luck
  • Goat: Bad Luck
  • Monkey: A Little Good Luck
  • Rooster: A Little Good Luck
  • Dog: A Little Bad Luck
  • Pig: Good Luck

Yin Unlucky Years (Cold or Neutral People of Yin Nature)

You have a major yin nature if you are born in the winter, between November 7 and March 6. You have a minor yin nature if you are born in the autumn, between August 7 and November 8. This is also called being a neutral person of yin nature. Here is how your luck may run in each of the Chinese zodiac years.

  • Rat: Major Bad Luck
  • Ox: Bad Luck
  • Tiger: A Little Good Luck
  • Rabbit: A Little Good Luck
  • Dragon: No Change
  • Snake: Good Luck
  • Horse: Major Good Luck
  • Goat: Good Luck
  • Monkey: A Little Bad Luck
  • Rooster: A Little Bad Luck
  • Dog: A Little Good Luck
  • Pig: Luck Starts to Get Worse

Good Luck Tips by Chinese Zodiac Sign

The Chinese zodiac year of your birth year and your birth element also can determine which years are more or less lucky.

You can see how a feng shui expert predicts the current year will affect each Chinese zodiac sign. You will need to be sure you know your sign, as the Chinese zodiac year begins on a different day each year, and never on January 1.

Getting a Personal Fortune

Consulting a Chinese almanac or a fortune teller will help you find a detailed, more personal fortune. For a session with a fortune teller, you will need your name, birth date, age, and time of birth. Fortunes should be read for entertainment purposes only.

The yearly "Chinese Almanac" by Peter So was consulted to compile the information provided.

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