Chinese Zodiac

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Diagrams for Chinese Zodiac Animals:
Rat
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit
Dragon
Snake
Horse
Sheep
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig
The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar; thus, new year day is usually in late January or early February and it is on a day with a new moon (no moon). For 2014, Chinese New Year is on January 31st.

No one knows when the Chinese calendar officially began, but it is generally accepted that Year One corresponds to the time when Emperor Huang Di began ruling China (equivalent to 2697 BC). Thus, 2014 (after Jan 31) corresponds to the Chinese year 4712.

January 31, 2014 also begins the year of the Horse. In Chinese astrology, the zodiac is represented by a 12-year cycle of 12 animals (see below for list of animals).

Of all the animals in the world, why were these 12 chosen? There are many stories explaining this and they all share a similar theme: there was a race and the first 12 animals who arrived at the finish line were chosen.

chinese horoscope Rat is small but he is clever. He convinces Ox to give him a ride, but just as Ox approaches the finish line, Rat jumps ahead of Ox making Rat 1st on the list and Ox 2nd.

One story says that Snake was curled around Horse's leg, as Horse approached the finish line, Snake quickly sprang forward and arrived before Horse. That is why Snake is 6th on the list and Horse is 7th. See more about Chinese zodiac from wikipedia.com's Chinese astrology.

Chinese astrology is a 60-year cycle because it involves 12 zodiac animals and 5 Earthly elements (5 x 12 = 60). In fact, your horoscope is determined by many aspects related to when you were born:

  • odd-numbered years are "Yin" while even-numbered years are "Yang" yin yang
  • 5 elements (metal, water, wood, fire, earth)
  • 12 animals represent the year you were born
  • the same 12 animals represent the month you were born
  • and the same 12 animals represent the hour you were born
    (2 hours per animal: 2 x 12 = 24 hours).

Thus, two people born in the same year do not share the same fate because their fortune is also determined by the month and hour in which they were born.


Origami Diagrams:


Horse

  • Horse (S O'Hanlon)
  • Horse (CY Hung)
  • Horse (D Dimitris)
  • Horse (D Petty)
  • Horse (A Kastlunger)
  • Horse (D Brill)
  • Horse (TP Kong)
  • Horse (N Miyajima)
  • Caballo/Horse: here or here(JA Voyer)
  • Caballo/Horse (M Maya)
  • Caballo/Horse (R Diaz)
  • Horse (D Dimitris)
  • Horse (M Noboru)
  • Horse Heads/Cavalli (P D'Auria)
  • Fantasy Horse/Pony (B Dunkan)
  • Little Chinese White Horse (B Dunkan)
  • Mustang Horse pg 4 (JJ Campos)
  • Pony/Horse with Cut (A Walden)
  • 2-Piece Horse (Z Huixin)


  • Years of the Horse
      ...1906, 1918, 1930, 1942,
         1954, 1966, 1978, 1990,
         2002, 2014, 2026,...








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    Sheep

  • Sheep (S O'Hanlon)
  • Sheep (A Carpenter)
  • Sheep (origami-club.com)
  • Goat (CY Hung)
  • Goat Head (?)
  • Ram (P Pluta)
  • Ram 1 (chine-culture.com)
  • Ram 2 (chine-culture.com)
  • Business Card Ram's Head:
    page 1, 2 (Macgyver)

  • Years of the Sheep
      ...1907, 1919, 1931, 1943,
         1955, 1967, 1979, 1991,
         2003, 2015, 2027,...

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    Monkey

  • Monkey (?)
  • Monkey: here or here(R Glynn)
  • Monkey (CY Hung)
  • Monkey 2 (CY Hung)
  • Monkey Head (R Glynn)
  • Origami Monkey (OrigamiWay.com)
  • Chimpanzee Head (Q Trollip)
  • Simple Monkey (Tavin)

  • Years of the Monkey
      ...1908, 1920, 1932, 1944,
         1956, 1968, 1980, 1992,
         2004, 2016, 2028,...






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    Rooster

  • Rooster (TP Kong)
  • Rooster (E Binzinger)
  • Rooster (M Vigo)
  • Easy Rooster (RHC Bristle)
  • Gallo/Rooster (P Gallo)
  • Good Morning Rooster (L Stringer)
  • Le Coq/Rooster (C Boudias)
  • Cock of Dresden (von KD Ennen)
  • Chicken (origami-club.com)
  • Chicken 2 (origami-club.com)


  • Years of the Rooster
      ...1909, 1921, 1933, 1945,
         1957, 1969, 1981, 1993,
         2005, 2017, 2029,...






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    Dog

  • Dog (CY Hung)
  • Dog (J Casoblanco)
  • Dog (?)
  • Doggie/perrito (V Dolz)
  • Doggie/perrito (pg 10-15) (E Santos)
  • Basset Dog (FH Rojas)
  • Begging Dog (E Corrie)
  • Boxer (P Forcher)
  • Dachshund (E Corrie)
  • German Shepherd (P Forcher)
  • Lay Down Dog (B Dunkan)
  • Little Dog (JD Bernal Suárez)
  • Little Dog (B Dunkan)
  • Little Terrier Dog (FJ Caboblanco)
  • Origami Dog Head (activityVillage)
  • Nodding Dog (P Jackson)
  • Scottish Terrier (P Forcher)
  • Sitting Dog (J Villemaire)
  • Simple Dog (B Dunkan)
  • Husky (M Jackson)
  • Puppy (M Case)
  • Puppy/Cachorro (jj.supaman09)
  • Puppy Dog (E Corrie)
  • Puppy Pounce (P Bailey)
  • Business Card Puppy (L Stevens)
  • Postcard Pup (A Barbour)
  • Pureland Pup (JC Nolan)
  • Yet Another Dog (V Anglada)


  • Years of the Dog
      ...1910, 1922, 1934, 1946,
         1958, 1970, 1982, 1994,
         2006, 2018, 2030,...


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    Pig

  • Pig (D Petty)
  • Pig (S O'Hanlon)
  • Pig (TP Kong)
  • Pig/Schwein (S Weber)
  • Pig (CY Hung)
  • Pig (JL Figueroa)
  • Pig (Q Trollip)
  • Pig: pg 1, 2, 3 (NG Cuong)
  • Pig: pg 1, 2, 3, (HM Tai)
  • Business Card Pig (Macgyver)
  • Origami Pig (M Case)
  • Little Piggy... (R Katz)
  • Spotted Pig (H Birkeland)
  • World's Largest Origami Pig (Zmolek-Smith)

  • Years of the Pig
      ...1911, 1923, 1935, 1947,
         1959,1971, 1983, 1995,
         2007, 2019, 2031,...







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    Rat

  • Maus 96/Mouse (P Forcher)
  • Maus 98/Mouse (P Forcher)
  • Mouse; pg 7 (J Koppel)
  • Mouse pg 30 (J Montroll)
  • Mouse (CY Hung)
  • Mouse (the art of japan)
  • Mouse (H Tahir)
  • Mouse: pg 1, 2 (SW Seon)
  • Mouse: pg 1, 2 (T Gotani)
  • Big-Eared Mouse pg 9 (S Spinolo)
  • Little Mouse (F Scalambra)
  • Loitering Mouse (F Shingu)
  • Tanaka Mouse (M Tanaka)
  • La Petit Souris (R Donachie)
  • Rat (L-MAN)
  • Rat (E Kofman)
  • Rat (M Vigo)
  • Rata (FM Salinas)
  • Rata/Rat (E Joisel)
  • Raton/Rat (JA Iranzo)


  • Years of the Rat
      ... 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948,
         1960, 1972, 1984, 1996,
          2008, 2020, 2032,...






    Ox

  • Cow (S O'Hanlon)
  • Cow (marcels-kid-crafts.com)
  • Cattle (origami-club.com)
  • Bull (J Zsebe)
  • Bull (AF Petlewski)
  • Bull (S Weber)
  • Bull (D Boursin)
  • Bull 1 (chine-culture.com)
  • Bull 2 (chine-culture.com)
  • Bull 3 (chine-culture.com)
  • Bull/Toro (AO Avila)
  • Bull/Toro (G Rohads)
          with short or long horns
  • Bull Skull (J Cole)
  • Buffalo (PD Huy) photo
  • Buffalo pg 4 (F Castellanos)
  • Toro (cobos)
  • $Bull (A Anselmo)
  • $Bull: 1, 2 (P Bailey)


  • Years of the Ox
      ...1901, 1913, 1925, 1937,
         1949, 1961, 1973, 1985,
         1997, 2009, 2021,...


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    Tiger

  • Tiger (Origami-Instructions.com)
  • Tiger (TP Kong)
  • Winged Tiger/Tigre alado (JA Voyer)

  • Years of the Tiger
      ...1902, 1914, 1926, 1938,
         1950, 1962, 1974, 1986,
         1998, 2010, 2022,...








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    Rabbit

  • Bunny (T Stamm)
  • Bunny (TP Kong)
  • Ballon Bunny (F Shingu)
  • Blow-Up Bunny (traditional)
  • Blow-Up Bunny (traditional)
  • Business Card Hopping Bunny (GM Gross)
  • Hare: here or here (S O'Hanlon)
  • Hare/Liebre (L Montoya) and here
  • Shy Little Hare (H Dybkjær)
  • Rabbit (K Kasahara)
  • Rabbit (J Zsebe)
  • Rabbit (HT Quyet)
  • Rabbit (HT Quyet)
  • Rabbit (CY Hung)
  • Rabbit (T Gotani)
  • Rabbit (X Arena)
  • Rabbit (the art of japan)
  • Rabbit (J Langeveld)
  • Rabbit/Conejo (J Caboblanco)
  • Rabbit/Conejo pg 4 (L Pulido)
  • Rabbit 1/Kelinci (H Tahir)
  • Rabbit 2/Kelinci (H Tahir)
  • Rabbit; pg 1 , pg 2 (J Maekawa)
  • Jack Rabbit pg 27 (J Montroll)
  • Little Rabbit (B Dunkan)
  • Easy Origami Rabbit (Orc)
  • Origami Rabbit (A Leong/S O'Hanlon)
        with template
  • Tea-bag Rabbit (B Dunkan)
  • Traditional Rabbit (R Foelker)
  • Running Rabbit (A Barbour): pg 1, pg 2
  • Happy Easter (Sanja)
  • $ Bunny (C Tessier)
  • $Bunny Bill (R Neale)
  • Bunny Money (C Esseltine)
  • $Rabbit (P Bailey)


  • Years of the Rabbit
      ...1903, 1915, 1927, 1939,
         1951, 1963, 1975,
         1987, 1999, 2011, 2023,...
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    Dragon

  • Dragon (D Abbey)
  • Dragon (S O'Hanlon)
  • Dragon (H Pereira)
  • Dragon (J Niemeyer)
  • Dragon (J Zsebe)
  • Dragon (M Jackson)
  • Dragon (TP Kong)
  • Dragon (J Caboblanco)
  • Dragon (D Brill)
  • Dragon (K Weidner)
  • Dragon (M Noboru)
  • Dragon pg 10 (J Koppel)
  • Dragon 2 (E Corrie)
  • Dragon (FG Gomez)
  • Dragon in Flight (C Esseltine)
  • Dragon in the Water (P Bailey)
  • Drake (M Case)
  • Business Card Dragon:
    page 1, 2, 3 (Macgyver)
  • Candy Wrapper Dragon (A Anselmo)
  • Cartoon Dragon (P Bailey)
  • Compact Dragon (P Bailey)
  • Eastern Dragon (J Wu)
  • Flapping Dragon (E Tan)
  • Flying Dragon/Dragon Volador (MC Soto)
  • Flying Dragon pg 9 (J Adams)
  • Ian's Dragon 1 (I Mitchell)
  • Modular Dragon (FR Navarro)
  • Old Dragon (S O'Hanlon)
  • Origami Dragon (E Ha)
  • Origami Dragon (D Quick)
  • Orme Dragon (M Orme)
  • Proud Dragon (AF Barbour): pg 1, pg 2
  • Rearing Dragon (J Allison)
  • Simple Dragon for Natasha (JC Nolan)
  • Snake Dragon (MV Anglada)
  • Fire Lizard (P Bailey)
  • $Fan Tailed Dragon (P Bailey)
  • $Flying Dragon (J Adams)

    Years of the Dragon
    ...1904, 1916, 1928, 1940,
    1952, 1964, 1976, 1988,
    2000, 2012, 2024,...






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    Snake

  • Cobra pg 4 (J Adams)
  • Cobra pg 9 (J Koppel)
  • Snake (L Stringer)
  • Snake (A Anselmo)
  • Snake (origami-club.com)
  • Snake/Ular (H Tahir)
  • Origami Snake (Origami-Instructions.com)
  • Spiral Snake (KA Lundberg)
  • Streaked Snake (R Foelker)
  • $Serpent (C Randall)

  • Years of the Snake
    ...1905, 1917, 1929, 1941,
    1953, 1965, 1977, 1989,
    2001, 2013, 2025,...







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