Compatibility According to the Chinese Zodiac


By Jonathan Dionisio | July 2009

The Chinese zodiac sign is based on a 12-year cycle, each year represented by an animal, associated with a specific type of personality. As such, those born under a certain Chinese zodiac also bear the same characteristics of their sign. As ritual to ensuring marital bliss, soon-to-wed Filipino-Chinese, or simply Tsinoys, as well as other Filipino couples, consult their Chinese zodiac sign to see if they are compatible with their soon-to-be partner for life.

Total Opposites

It is easier to identify incompatible signs of the Chinese zodiac. The main reason why certain zodiac signs are incompatible with one another is because of the clash of their personalities. For example those born under the year of the Dragon (1964, 1976, 1988) are said to have “quick, sometimes vengeful tempers”. They are also known to be aggressive and dominant. With this, they become incompatible with people born in the Year of the Dog (1958, 1970, 1982) since they have “a sharp tongue and a tendency to be a faultfinder”.

Here is the complete list of incompatible signs:

• Rat (1960, 1972, 1984, 1996) and Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990)
• Ox (961, 1973, 1985, 1997) and Sheep (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991)
• Tiger (1962, 1974, 1986, 1998) and Monkey (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992)
• Rabbit (1963, 1975, 1987, 1999) and Rooster (1957, 1969, 1981, 1993)
• Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) and Dog (958, 1970, 1982, 1994)
• Snake (1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) and Pig (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995)

Perfect Combinations

On the other end, there are Chinese zodiac signs that are perfect for each other. They complement the personal traits of their partner’s signs. To establish compatibility, astrologers have grouped each of the twelve signs into four trines. By definition, a trine is a Ptolemaic aspect with an angle of 120° (1/3 of the 360° ecliptic), represented by the triangle. The trine indicates harmony, and ease of expression, with the two elements reinforcing each other. In Chinese astrology, each trine is evenly spaced at four years apart. People born under similar trines are said to have the same traits, mindset, and personality. This makes the couple with the same group of trine very compatible.

– First Trine: Rat, Dragon, and Monkey

These three signs are said to be the most powerful signs in the Chinese zodiac. People born under these signs are said to be capable of great good or great evil. When it comes to relationships, they are highly intelligent, charming, yet authoritative. Their relationships are usually intense and would like it to remain that way.

– Second Trine: Ox, Snake, and Rooster

Members of the second trine are known to conquer life through endurance, application, and slow accumulation of energy. They are meticulous planners, and are very good at it. Also, they are loyal, philosophical, patient, good-hearted, and has high moral values.

– Third Trine: Tiger, Horse, and Dog

People born in the year of the Tiger, Horse, and Dog can simply be described as the ‘true romantics’. They set relationships and personal contacts as their highest priorities. The third trine signs are also productive, engaging, independent, and loyal. They have the tendency be very protective. The three signs do not enjoy being told what to do, but will listen when comes from a person they love or trust whole-heartedly.

– Fourth Trine: Rabbit, Sheep and Pig

The last trine is a seeker of beauty in life. They are capable of great sacrifices for the sake of their loved one. These three signs are compassionate, caring, sensible, emphatic, prudent, and are very affectionate. Off all the four, members of the fourth trine possess a calmer nature than the rest of the zodiacs. Incidentally, they are fine artists in their lovemaking.

For couples who are neither in the compatible or incompatible group (example, Tiger and Rabbit), the degree of their compatibility may vary. This depends upon their personalities and the nature of their relationship.

Whether compatible or not, the married life of a couple depends on themselves. Their love, respect, and understanding for each other should serve as the foundation of their relationship. Their ideals and characteristics may cause conflict at times, but surely, by the end of the day, their love for one another should transcend their differences. Best wishes!

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