Year and Animal-Element

Correspondence of the 15th, 16th and 17th Rabyung

(60-Year Cycles)

Each Tibetan lunar year is ruled by one of 12 signs (one year at a time) and by one of the 5 elements (two years in a row). The combination of the 12 animal-signs and the 5 elements makes for a 60-year cycle called Rabyung. The current, 17th Rabyung has started in 1987.


Since the Losar -- the Tibetan lunar New Year -- is related to the new moon, its Gregorian (also called Western) dates varies and can occur anywhere from the end of January and the beginning of the March.

The determine the birth year's sign for a birth date occurring around February, you should find here (Dates of Losar page) for the precise Losar date of that year according to Tsurphu Calendar System.

Fire-Rabbit: 1867, 1927, 1987

Earth-Dragon: 1868, 1928, 1988

Earth-Snake: 1869, 1929, 1989

Iron-Horse: 1870, 1930, 1990

Iron-Sheep: 1871, 1931, 1991

Water-Monkey: 1872, 1932, 1992

Water-Bird: 1873, 1933, 1993

Wood-Dog: 1874, 1934, 1994

Wood-Pig: 1875, 1935, 1995

Fire-Mouse: 1876, 1936, 1996

Fire-Ox: 1877, 1937, 1997

Earth-Tiger: 1878, 1938, 1998

Earth-Rabbit: 1879, 1939, 1999

Iron-Dragon: 1880, 1940, 2000

Iron-Snake: 1881, 1941, 2001

Water-Horse: 1882, 1942, 2002

Water-Sheep: 1883, 1943, 2003

Wood-Monkey: 1884, 1944, 2004

Wood-Bird: 1885, 1945, 2005

Fire-Dog: 1886, 1946, 2006

Fire-Pig: 1887, 1947, 2007

Earth-Mouse: 1888, 1948, 2008

Earth-Ox: 1889, 1949, 2009

Iron-Tiger: 1890, 1950, 2010

Iron-Rabbit: 1891, 1951, 2011

Water-Dragon: 1892, 1952, 2012

Water-Snake: 1893, 1953, 2013

Wood-Horse: 1894, 1954, 2014

Wood-Sheep: 1895, 1955, 2015

Fire-Monkey: 1896, 1956, 2016

Fire-Bird: 1897, 1957, 2017

Earth-Dog: 1898, 1958, 2018

Earth-Pig: 1899, 1959, 2019

Iron-Mouse: 1900, 1960, 2020

Iron-Ox: 1901, 1961, 2021

Water-Tiger: 1902, 1962, 2022

Water-Rabbit: 1903, 1963, 2023

Wood-Dragon: 1904, 1964, 2024

Wood-Snake: 1905, 1965, 2025

Fire-Horse: 1906, 1966, 2026

Fire-Sheep: 1907, 1967, 2027

Earth-Monkey: 1908, 1968, 2028

Earth-Bird: 1909, 1969, 2029

Iron-Dog: 1910, 1970, 2030

Iron-Pig: 1911, 1971, 2031

Water-Mouse: 1912, 1972, 2032

Water-Ox: 1913, 1973, 2033

Wood-Tiger: 1914, 1974, 2034

Wood-Rabbit: 1915, 1975, 2035

Fire-Dragon: 1916, 1976, 2036

Fire-Snake: 1917, 1977, 2037

Earth-Horse: 1918, 1978, 2038

Earth-Sheep: 1919, 1979, 2039

Iron-Monkey: 1920, 1980, 2040

Iron-Bird: 1921, 1981, 2041

Water-Dog: 1922, 1982, 2042

Water-Pig: 1923, 1983, 2043

Wood-Mouse: 1924, 1984, 2044

Wood-Ox: 1925, 1985, 2045

Fire-Tiger: 1926, 1986, 2046