What Is My Spirit Animal by Birthday:
Zodiac & Birth Animal Totems
A question I’m often asked is, “What is my Spirit Animal by birthday?” Your ‘birth animal’ or ‘birth animal totem’ is your Zodiac Sign. Below is a comprehensive list of Zodiac Signs from different Astrology systems (Western, Chinese, Native American, and Celtic). Each Zodiac Sign is linked to an in-depth article to help you learn more about yourself and others. It’s important to read about your Zodiac Sign in each Astrology system as you’ll likely show strong traits from each.
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Zodiac & Birth Animal Totems
Western Zodiac Animals
Aries Zodiac Sign
Aries Birthday: March 21 – April 19
This sign’s zodiac animal is a Ram, which is a fire sign ruled by Mars. People born under the zodiac sign of the Ram are said to embrace courage, activity, adventure, joyfulness and passion. True to the Ram’s spirit they may also be aggressive or confrontational.
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Taurus Zodiac Birthday: April 20 – May 20
This sign’s zodiac animal is the Bull. Bull is an Earth element ruled by Venus, so there’s a lot of heart in this animal symbol. Those born under the sign of the Bull are terminal romantics, patient to a fault and tenacious. However, Bull has a stubborn side and may find himself clumsy in delicate situations (i.e. Bull in a china shop).
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Gemini Zodiac Sign
Gemini Birthday:May 21 – June 20
Gemini is symbolized by The Twins. While not a zodiac animal in representation, some teachers associate Gemini with the vibrant, transformational Phoenix. Phoenix people are conversational, charming, clever and very smart. The element of Air and planet Mercury rule this zodiac sign.
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Cancer Zodiac Birthday: June 21 – July 22
This sign’s zodiac animal is the Crab. Crabs are ruled by the Element of water and the Moon, making them very emotional and deeply intuitive. It’s hard to hide much from Crab, whose personality also has a lot of creativity, dedication and kindness to offer.
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Leo Zodiac Birthday: July 23 – August 22
This sign’s zodiac animal is the Lion. Leo’s element is fire and the ruling planet the Sun. Lion loves to be center stage, having great pride. Even so there is a soft side to this pussycat. Leos will always remain loyal to those they truly love.
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Virgo Zodiac Sign
Virgo Birthday: August 23 – September 22
Though Virgos are not represented by a zodiac “animal”, it’s important to remember that Virgo’s symbol is the “Virgin” and humans are animals too! Virgos have keen minds and spend their lives trying to achieve perfection in every facet of life. Virgo is very practical, being ruled by the element of Earth and the Planet Mercury.
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Libra Zodiac Sign
Libra Birthday: September 23 – October 22
Libras are not represented by a zodiac animal. Their symbol is the Scales. Libra is ruled by the element of Air and the Planet Venus. This zodiac sign is known for their sensitivity and creativity. Libras cannot withstand conflict of any kind and will go to epic lengths to keep the peace. In romantic relationships, it’s difficult to get a Libra to commit. However, once they do, you’ll likely have a trustworthy, lifetime partner.
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Scorpio Zodiac Sign
Scorpio Birthday: October 23 – November 21
This sign’s zodiac animal is the Scorpion. Scorpios have quite a sting, typically coming out when this person is hurt or, worse, betrayed. This birth sign is suspicious by nature, skittering around when something seems “off”. However, people that the Scorpion brings into his or her circle find a true friend, full of vibrancy and life. Scorpios are the psychics of the zodiac.
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Sagittarius Zodiac Sign
Sagittarius Birthday: November 22 – December 21
Sagittarius, The Archer, has the upper body of a man and the lower body of a horse or centaur. This is a creature of raw sexuality and independence. They love adventure. No change, big or small, burdens the Horse. They gallop down life’s road searching for insights into ancient truths.
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Capricorn Zodiac Sign
Capricorn Birthday: December 22 -January 19
Capricorn is represented by the sea goat – a mythological animal. Capricorn is an earth sign. This means those born under the sign of Capricorn are steady, stable and as hardworking as they come. Generally speaking Capricorns are also among the most honest folks around. Like the zodiac sign of Aquarius, Capricorns can be one of two ‘types’ of people. Just as Aquarius is an air sign but has the waters of life flowing from her jug, the earth-bound goat has a fish tail. This brings the water element into play for both of these signs. So Capricorns can be more influenced by their water element (hence extremely sensitive) or more by the earth element (far more practical and a bit a-emotional).
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Aquarius Zodiac Sign
Aquarius Birthday: January 20 – February 18
Aquarius is the Water Bearer. By extension, animals that dwell in fresh water environments make potential symbols for this sign. Why fresh water? Because Aquarius pours out life-giving waters. The Aquarian is humorous, quick witted, unique and creative. They prefer independence, wanting true freedom, which is actually important for their overall well-being.
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Pisces Zodiac Sign
Pisces Birthday: February 19 – March 20
Pisces’ zodiac animal is the Fish. Their element is water, and the planet is Neptune. Pisces is even tempered, diligent, and sentimental. Pisces endeavor to see the beauty in life no matter where they swim. They are caring and devoted to those they love. The Fish rarely leads the school, preferring a strong partner that helps them stay balanced. Pisces, like Scorpios, spend their whole lives seeking their own “happily ever after.
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Zodiac & Birth Animal Totems
Chinese Zodiac & New Year Animals
Where Western Astrology has monthly cycles, Chinese Animal Astrology has twelve year cycles, each of which has a specific creature associated with it. To find out what creature you are, you can use this chart. Say you were born in 1996; you are a rat. If you look at the Rat’s progression you can see the 12 year cycle easily. This holds true both forward and backward for all the animals.
Note that Chinese Zodiac Signs also have days and hours for each Zodiac Animal, but the descriptions below will give you the basics. Scroll down to find your Chinese Zodiac Animal by birthday!
Year of the Rat
Chinese Zodiac Rat Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
While it may not sound propitious to be born in the Year of the Rat, this critter is very resourceful. You are a natural leader worthy of respect. Humor and charm are your allies and you really don’t like being alone. Social situations feed your soul. Rats are talkers, even to themselves, because that’s how they sort out thoughts. In the proverbial rat-race of life, you already know your way to success – that cheese trap won’t ensnare you. In matters of love you are best to team up with the bigger-than-life Dragon, Ox or the ever humorous Monkey.
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Year of the Ox
Chinese Zodiac Ox Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
People born in the year of the Ox are powerful movers and shakers. There is little that can stand in your way when you put your mind to any task. Hard working, even-keeled and always working at your own pace – no one can really get your goat. Oxen are very serious folk, not much for roses and violins, but yet can provide a very stable loving home for the right partner. Your best Animal mates are Rooster, Snake and Pig.
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Year of the Tiger
Chinese Zodiac Tiger Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Tiger, Tiger burning bright – your birth animal is fierce, courageous and swift to movement. The Tiger Spirit is one who jumps at opportunity but also sometimes the wrong bandwagon. In earlier times you would have been the dashing, charismatic rogue constantly rushing to your next big win. In matters of the heart you pair best with the Dog or Horse.
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Year of the Rabbit
Chinese Zodiac Rabbit Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Rabbit is a nervous critter prone to hiding from conflict. When Rabbit feels safe, however, they always bear a diplomatic air with the right words and deeds. Rabbits are natural money makers, but they do not use their wealth for flashiness. Something more comfortable and traditional is more your style in life and in the people you hop with. The best partners for Rabbit are Goats, Dogs, and Pigs.
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Year of the Dragon
Chinese Zodiac Dragon Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Not surprisingly Dragon likes to strut his stuff. If there is a limelight Dragon will find it and shine. People born under the sign of the Dragon are totally dynamic, natural leaders, and noble with a penchant for the dramatic. There is no way to make a quiet entrance for Dragon people. Despite outward appearances Dragon has a soft spot, which makes Tiger, Snake or Pig great love matches.
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Year of the Snake
Chinese Zodiac Snake Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037
Guile runs in the Snake’s sexy, magical mannerisms. You will attract people’s attention everywhere you go. People come to you seeking insight quite naturally because your spiritual antennae are always up and running. Those around you may see you as a mystery – a person who thinks long and hard about unusual and complex topics. You will rub skin best with Rooster or Ox.
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Year of the Horse
Chinese Zodiac Horse Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
This Horse can trot! You are a bundle of talent with a love for freedom a mile wide. There is so much potential in Horse, but also some hesitancy unless you feel it’s wholly YOUR idea. While you seem rather the wild child, in your heart there is an air of conservatism. Your Achilles heel is passion – if your desires overwhelm you may lose yourself. Both Tiger and Dog can help you with that weakness and make good long term partners.
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Year of the Sheep
Chinese Zodiac Sheep Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051
Sheep are the tree huggers of the Chinese Animal Zodiac. They love nature and have a very grounded way of handling life. You are a child of routines and patterns, but not ones that yield prosperity. Sheep often graze on someone else’s field to stay afloat. The good news is that if you team up with a Rabbit or Pig who happens to be financially flush, they won’t mind in the least. You make a good team.
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Year of the Monkey
Chinese Zodiac Monkey Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Monkey reminds us a lot of Geminis in Western Astrology. They are cunning, charming, whimsical and always contradictory. Keeping up with Monkey is hard work, but well worth it. Where there is chaos Monkey brings order. Monkey is a joker, but in daily life they prefer to work from behind the curtains. The people you love will never want for a thoughtful gift, which will thrill both Dragons and Rats alike.
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Year of the Rooster
Chinese Zodiac Rooster Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Rooster always looks on the sunny side of life even when life falls apart. You have an adventurous soul that loves LIVING. Naturally vocal (sometime to a fault) eventually leadership opportunities come your way. Travel is in your future, often taking friends along for the fun. Roosters work diligently, taking pride in your attentiveness. The best partners for Rooster are sexy snakes or the firmly grounded Ox.
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Year of the Dog
Chinese Zodiac Dog Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
When you care about someone you give them your utmost devotion. Your friends can depend on you for your honesty and gentle companionship. Dogs will growl if feel threatened, yet they love reaching out and helping. Dog can sniff out lies and problems with uncanny accuracy. Mates for the Dog include Tiger and Horse.
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Year of the Pig
Chinese Zodiac Pig Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043
It doesn’t matter if a Pig falls in the mud. Your ability to think things through honestly and sincerely makes every lass drop run right off. Pig loves living far away from hustle and bustle – farming is idea. You love meat and potatoes along with a hearty joke. The Pig’s greatest weakness is volunteering and giving too much of yourself to specific situations or others. Pig has prosperity in their blood along for a hunger for lavishness. You partner romantically with Dragons and goats equally well.
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As you can see the Chinese version of the Zodiac is very different from Western approaches. It is very detailed, but we’re not done yet – next: Native American Animal Astrology and the Celtic Zodiac!
Zodiac & Birth Animal Totems
Native American Zodiac
The Native American Zodiac has something in common with both Chinese and Western Traditions. Like the Chinese Zodiac, the signs have animal associations. Like Western Astrology the signs are broken up into what equates to approximately one month span. Here’s an overview.
Northern Hemisphere: January 20 – February 18
Southern Hemisphere: July 22 – August 22
Otter lives outside the box, having defined quirks and a sense of play that’s rare. There is nothing conventional about Otter’s approaches but people born under this sign really get the job done thanks to amazing creativity. Otters are good friends, wonderful parents and superbly thoughtful heads of a household.
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Northern Hemisphere: February 19 – March 20
Southern Hemisphere: August 23 September 22
Wolf feels things very deeply. This is an unparalleled lover with a talent for passion. What’s hard is that Wolf is also independent – they need time away to themselves. If Wolf finds a mate that understands that need, this person provides gentility and compassion for a lifetime.
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Northern Hemisphere: March 21 – April 19
Southern Hemisphere: September 23 – October 22
You are the “eyes in the sky” person of Native American Astrology. You can be trusted for your judgement, swift action and persistence. Initiative is your middle name. Falcon works well in team-oriented environments where his or her opinions are respected. When you want a life-long fiery lover – Falcon is your go-to person.
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Northern Hemisphere: April 20 – May 20
Southern Hemisphere: October 24 – November 21
Beavers are the people in life who say, “let’s do it!”. Beaver has a natural talent for business, doing things with remarkable efficiency. They have impressive mental acuity but can be pushy about the way things get built. Within their own space Beaver is loyal, kind, giving and supportive.
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Northern Hemisphere: May 21 – June 20
Southern Hemisphere: November 22 – December 21
Deer have gentle, humorous qualities that bring everyone into sync. When no one knows what to say, Deer does. In fact, people often invite Deer to parties just for good conversation. They have a joix de vivre that’s contagious even when they seem to primp and preen.
Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Deer.
Northern Hemisphere: June 21 – July 21
Southern Hemisphere: December 22 – January 19
Who is that tap, tap, tapping on my door? If it’s Woodpecker let them in! Wood peckers represent all that’s nurturing in Native American Symbolism. You could not ask for better partners and friends. Devotion and romance brightens their feathers, and they also know how to keep to a budget!
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Northern Hemisphere: July 22 – August 21
Southern Hemisphere: January 20 – February 18
WOW! Salmon is energy plus! This person literally eats and breaths enthusiasm for everything! If Salmon has an idea, nearly everyone wants to be part of it because their intuitiveness gives them an edge in success. Native Americans see Salmon as a goal-oriented creature who with the right person provides stability and sensuality willingly.
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Northern Hemisphere: August 22 – Sept 21
Southern Hemisphere: February 19 – March 20
Bear is the most level-headed Animal always offering sound reasoning that takes into consideration various opinions. Despite how they seem in nature, Native Americans consider them shy creatures who love very deeply. They are patient and generous, which makes for good parenting (just don’t mess with Bear’s family).
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Northern Hemisphere: September 22 – October 22
Southern Hemisphere: March 21 – April 19
Raven’s love of pretty shiny things comes in handy in the business world. Thanks to unbridled charm they are quite the tycoon and capitalist. This isn’t sneaky, however. Raven responds to those that likewise give and care. In relationships, our Raven shows romance and insight.
Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Raven.
Northern Hemisphere: October 23 – November 22
Southern Hemisphere: April 20 – May 20
Shamanic practitioners tell us the Snake is a symbol of their sacred calling. Snake sheds it’s skin to grow. Native Americans respect this spirit as a teacher, sensitive and healer. With friends and family they illustrate humor and creative motivation, but when it comes to their soul’s contract, they take it very seriously.
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Northern Hemisphere: November 23 – December 21
Southern Hemisphere: May 21 – June 20
Owl flies silently with the wind, creating for a very mysterious character. These people adore adventure but often at high risks. They will protect nature meticulously and often illustrate a love of arts and education. In a relationship Owl is a good listener but needs a partner that can wing away periodically and just soar together.
Read all about the Native American Zodiac Sign of Owl.
Snow Goose Totem
Northern Hemisphere: December 22 – January 19
Southern Hemisphere: June 21 – July 21
Unlike the expression, there is nothing “silly” about Goose. People born under the Snow Goose sign are goal-oriented and determined. They take pride in their work, always looking for a successful outcome. When Goose finds the right mate, the union can become very sensual, playful and expressive. Without that Goose becomes gloomy and obsessed.
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Zodiac & Birth Animal Totems
Celtic Zodiac & Astrology
The Celtic Zodiac, like Native American Animal Astrology consists of 12 Animal Symbols portioned out in monthly intervals. As with all the systems reviewed thus far, cultural influence and natural observation combines together for the symbolism and meaning of the animal.
December 24 – January 20
People born under the sign of the Stag have the ability to manifest a vision. They take projects seriously, patiently and usually succeed. Stag is a noble creature and feel that integrity is a characteristic for which to strive. A note of caution, do not ever lie to a Stag. They see this as an unforgivable betrayal and will bound out of your life, forever.
January 21 – February 17
Cats in Celtic tradition are fast and smart. They reason through even the most confusing of situations using their psychic senses and intuitive abilities. Cats don’t always look at things in the traditional way. When you need a fresh outlook, call on a Cat person. In relationships Cat is observing, inventive and expressive.
February 18 – March 17
Snake can be cool as a cucumber, but is always observing human nature and the world trying to understand the questions we all ask. Snake makes an excellent communicator in any form, be it writing, song, or lectures. The most striking characteristic of Snake is flexibility. They are adaptable within reason.
March 18 – April 14
The Celts consider Fox a very clever force with sensual energy. Fox always looks for the next exciting adventure, or story to engage their very hungry mind. While Fox acts a bit like the class clown the are also brave and loyal to those they love.
April 15 – May 12
The lovable Bull is as stable as the day is long. In many ways they are the Knights who are always there for someone in need of protection or understanding. Do not try to fool a Bull – they will see right through you and will tell you with unbridled honesty. If you need to keep something secret – trust a Bull.
May 13 – June 9
Seahorses have strong Water energies which means a lot of creativity, particularly with finances. They have long memories so once you cross a Seahorse they will remind you for years. These people are alluring and adaptable, and truly appreciate a balanced, loving relationship.
June 10 – July 7
The Celtic Wren is a bird with great, fresh insights. No matter what happens to Wren they keep their cool and a very positive outlook. Quick-witted and motivated, Wren regularly takes on tasks with unique integrity. They love travel but often remain close to home out of a sense of duty.
July 8 – August 4
Horse rides in to the Celtic Animal Zodiac with great zeal and power. Horse is very driven to show off his or her prowess, having the ability to measure up the competition and plot a successful course of action. The flirty Horse enters any space with flair and style. They will help those in their circle so long as Horse receives accolades. While you might bet ON a horse, don’t bet against one!
August 5 – September 1
Fish (often a Salmon) is a bright light in Celtic astrology. Inspired, intuitive and visionary, Fish people make amazing artists in any form. Fish can be very deep thinkers, diving deep into the emotions, but treasures with which they emerge from such expeditions are truly astounding.
September 2 – September 29
Swan swims with grace and beauty that is truly individual and unique. Their morals and values are pristine, and with the right person their love and passion knows few boundaries. Swan always has perspectives to offer and can organize nearly anything into a classy array.
September 30 – October 27
The phrase “social butterfly” certainly applies to the Celtic characteristics ascribed to this animal sign. While Butterflies care deeply they tend to be the Zodiac’s wanderers – always looking for that next beautiful flower. They are dreamers who have strong intuitive instincts and always seem to know how to lift someone’s gloomy spirits. If you can see through their eyes, you’ll be reminded of the childlike wonder that is still within.
October 28 – November 24
People born under the sign of the Wolf are not deterred easily. They bravely face challenges and are ready to fight the “good fight” at any turn. Wolf always has a goal, driven by will and an intense sense of honor. Wolf may be somewhat of a loner because of being so focused on the end game. Nonetheless a partner who understands Wolf’s vision may find a good companion and mate.
November 25 – December 23
Also sometimes represented as a Hawk, the Falcon in Celtic tradition is a bird of keen vision and focus. Falcon has drive and the energy to see things through. They crave knowledge and, once obtained, love teaching those facts and insights to others. Their generosity is well known, and Falcon’s honesty never comes into question.
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