You can buy a small wall scroll starting at just $26.88
Start your custom project by clicking the "Select & Customize" button next to your favorite animal or astrology symbol below...
Chinese New Years runs on a lunar cycle, and is subject to change from year to year. All you can say for sure is that it will fall in either January or February.
Be sure to enter your exact date of birth if you were born in January or February so that we can accurately calculate your Chinese Zodiac...
You can also find western zodiac symbols in Japanese and Chinese below...
Quick links to words on this page...
| 1. Goat / Sheep
3. Rooster / Chicken
5. Boar / Pig
6. Rat / Mouse
| 7. Ox / Bull / Cow
9. Rabbit / Hare
11. Snake / Serpent
|25. Virgo |
羊 is the character for goat or sheep in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the goat (sheep), you . . .
Are sophisticated and considerate
Can always find the best solution to problems.
Are not afraid of hardship.
Know how to save money (thrifty).
猴 is the character for monkey in Chinese.
猴 means ape in Japanese due to a error made long ago as Japan absorbed Chinese characters.
If you were born in the year of the monkey, you . . .
Are smart, brave, active and competitive.
Like new things.
Have a good memory.
Are quick to respond
Have an easy time winning people's trust.
Are however, not very patient.
鷄 or 雞 is the character for rooster or chicken in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the rooster (chicken), you . . .
Have a unique sense of color.
Are high principled and responsible.
Have persuasive power.
Have a great ability to communicate.
Please note: There are a few different ways to write rooster / chicken as shown to the right. If you are particular about the form, please let us know when you place your order.
狗 is the character for dog, canine or hound in Chinese.
If you were born in the year of the dog, you . . .
Loyal to your friends and mate.
Never compromise when you think you are right.
Note: Can be pronounced, and means dog in Japanese but feels like a very old word (see our other dog if you need a Japanese dog).
豬 is the character for boar, pig, or swine in Chinese and old Korean.
If you were born in the year of the boar / year of the pig, you...
Have good luck with wealth and money.
Are honest, generous, and warm-hearted.
鼠 is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the Rat, you . . .
Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.
In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse."
牛 is the character for bull, cow, ox, or bovine creature in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the ox / bull / cow, you . . .
Are dedicated to your work.
Are discrete, careful and conscientious.
Value work and family.
Note that in this Chinese character, there is no distinction between bull and cow. All bovine creatures fit into the definition of this character. To distinguish between male and female, another sex-designating character is added in front of this character. Therefore, in China, the energy drink "Red Bull" (Hong Niu) is often translated in the minds of Chinese people as "Red Cow" or even "Red Ox."
虎 is the character for tiger in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
Since you already know what a tiger is, here's some trivia: If you look at the Japanese pronunciation, you might remember a movie called "Tora Tora Tora" which was the code word used to initiate the attack on Pearl Harbor. It simply means "Tiger Tiger Tiger."
In Chinese culture, the tiger is considered to be the king of all animals (in much the way we see the lion in western culture).
From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the tiger, you . . .
Have a strong personality.
Are full of self-confidence.
Don't like to obey others.
兔 is the character for rabbit or hare in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the rabbit, you . . .
Are gentle and full of sympathy.
Love to help others.
Enjoy a quiet life.
Are a good worker.
Are however, a bit of a pushover.
龍 is the character for dragon in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
The dragon is the creature of myth and legend that dominates Chinese, Japanese, and even European folklore. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, strength and power, and the Chinese dragon is known as the god of water.
From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the Dragon, you . . .
Have a strong body and spirit.
Are full of energy.
Have vast goals.
Have a deep level of self-awareness.
Will do whatever you can to "save face."
蛇 is the character for snake or serpent in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the snake, you . . .
Are and inspiration to others.
Have a stubborn nature like a mule (you do not like to concede).
馬 is the character for horse in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
If you were born in the year of the horse, you . . .
Are outgoing and active.
Don't give up easily.
Are known to have a bad temper.
水瓶座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Aquarius (water bearer) of western astrology.
蟹座 is the Japanese way to write Cancer (crab) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).
山羊座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Capricorn (horned goat) of western astrology.
獅子座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Leo (lion) of western astrology.
天秤座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Libra (scales) of western astrology.
射手座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Sagittarius (archer) of western astrology.
蠍座 is the Japanese way to write Scorpio (scorpion) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).
處女座 is the Chinese way to write Virgo (virgin) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (see other version if Japanese is your audience).
乙女座 is the Japanese way to write Virgo (virgin) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Japanese (see other version if Chinese is your audience).
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|羊||hitsuji||yáng / yang2 / yang|
|Monkey||猴||hóu / hou2 / hou|
|鷄 or 雞|
鸡 or 鶏
|niwatori||jī / ji1 / ji||chi|
|Dog||狗||inu / ku||gǒu / gou3 / gou||kou|
|inoshishi||zhū / zhu1 / zhu||chu|
|鼠||nezumi||shǔ / shu3 / shu|
|牛||ushi||niú / niu2 / niu|
|Tiger||虎||tora||hǔ / hu3 / hu|
|兔||usagi||tù / tu4 / tu||t`u / tu|
|ryuu / tatsu|
ryu / tatsu
|lóng / long2 / long||lung|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.
When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!
When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.