It is often explained by Chinese metaphysics practitioners that someone being born in a particular year does not necessarily mean that he or she has a particular animal zodiac sign.

This is because the eastern lunar calendar is not the same as the western gregorian calendar.

This table shows the exact dates for each zodiac.

Date Sign Element
10 Feb 1948 to 28 Jan 1949 Rat + Earth
29 Jan 1949 to 16 Feb 1950 Ox – Earth
17 Feb 1950 to 5 Feb 1951 Tiger + Metal
6 Feb 1951 to 26 Jan 1952 Rabbit – Metal
27 Jan 1952 to 13 Feb 1953 Dragon + Water
14 Feb 1953 to 2 Feb 1954 Snake – Water
3 Feb 1954 to 23 Jan 1955 Horse + Wood
24 Jan 1955 to 11 Feb 1956 Goat – Wood
12 Feb 1956 to 30 Jan 1957 Monkey + Fire
31 Jan 1957 to 17 Feb 1958 Rooster – Fire
18 Feb 1958 to 7 Feb 1959 Dog + Earth
8 Feb 1959 to 27 Jan 1960 Pig – Earth
28 Jan 1960 to 14 Feb 1961 Rat + Metal
15 Feb 1961 to 4 Feb 1962 Ox – Metal
5 Feb 1962 to 24 Jan 1963 Tiger + Water
25 Jan 1963 to 12 Feb 1964 Rabbit – Water
13 Feb 1964 to 1 Feb 1965 Dragon + Wood
2 Feb 1965 to 20 Jan 1966 Snake – Wood
21 Jan 1966 to 8 Feb 1967 Horse + Fire
9 Feb 1967 to 29 Jan 1968 Goat – Fire
30 Jan 1968 to 16 Feb 1969 Monkey + Earth
17 Feb 1969 to 5 Feb 1970 Rooster – Earth
6 Feb 1970 to 26 Jan 1971 Dog + Metal
27 Jan 1971 to 14 Feb 1972 Pig – Metal
15 Feb 1972 to 2 Feb 273 Rat + Water
3 Feb 1973 to 22 Jan 1974 Ox – Water
23 Jan 1974 to 10 Feb 1975 Tiger + Wood
11 Feb 1975 to 30 Jan 1976 Rabbit – Wood
31 Jan 1976 to 17 Feb 1977 Dragon + Fire
18 Feb 1977 to 6 Feb 1978 Snake – Fire
7 Feb 1978 to 27 Jan 1979 Horse + Earth
28 Jan 1979 to 15 Feb 1980 Goat – Earth
16 Feb 1980 to 4 Feb 1981 Monkey + Metal
5 Feb 1981 to 24 Jan 1982 Rooster – Metal
25 Jan 1982 to 12 Feb 1983 Dog + Water
13 Feb 1983 to 1 Feb 1984 Pig – Water
2 Feb 1984 to 19 Feb 1985 Rat + Wood
20 Feb 1985 to 8 Feb 1986 Ox – Wood
9 Feb 1986 to 28 Jan 1987 Tiger + Fire
29 Jan 1987 to 16 Feb 1988 Rabbit – Fire
17 Feb 1988 to 5 Feb 1989 Dragon + Earth
6 Feb 1989 to 26 Jan 1990 Snake – Earth
27 Jan 1990 to 14 Feb 1991 Horse + Metal
15 Feb 1991 to 3 Feb 1992 Goat – Metal
4 Feb 1992 to 22 Jan 1993 Monkey + Water
23 Jan 1993 to 9 Feb 1994 Rooster – Water
10 Feb 1994 to 30 Jan 1995 Dog + Wood
31 Jan 1995 to 18 Feb 1996 Pig – Wood
19 Feb 1996 to 6 Feb 1997 Rat + Fire
7 Feb 1997 to 27 Jan 1998 Ox – Fire
28 Jan 1998 to 15 Feb 1999 Tiger + Earth
16 Feb 1999 to 4 Feb 2000 Rabbit – Earth
5 Feb 2000 to 23 Jan 2001 Dragon + Metal
24 Jan 2001 to 11 Feb 2002 Snake – Metal
12 Feb 2002 to 31 Jan 2003 Horse + Water
1 Feb 2003 to 21 Jan 2004 Goat – Water
22 Jan 2004 to 8 Feb 2005 Monkey + Wood
9 Feb 2005 to 28 Jan 2006 Rooster – Wood
29 Jan 2006 to 17 Feb 2007 Dog + Fire
18 Feb 2007 to 6 Feb 2008 Pig – Fire
7 Feb 2008 to 25 Jan 2009 Rat + Earth
26 Jan 2009 to 13 Feb 2010 Ox – Earth
14 Feb 2010 to 2 Feb 2011 Tiger + Metal
3 Feb 2011 to 22 Jan 2012 Rabbit – Metal
23 Jan 2012 to 9 Feb 2013 Dragon + Water
10 Feb 2013 to 30 Jan 2014 Snake – Water
31 Jan 2014 to 18 Feb 2015 Horse + Wood
19 Feb 2015 to 7 Feb 2016 Goat – Wood
8 Feb 2016 to 27 Jan 2017 Monkey + Fire
28 Jan 2017 to 15 Feb 2018 Rooster – Fire
16 Feb 2018 to 4 Feb 2019 Dog + Earth
5 Feb 2019 to 24 Jan 2020 Pig – Earth

With reference to the above table it can be seen that someone for example, born on 2 February 2018 does not belong to the Dog zodiac even though people generally associate those born in 2018 having that sign. That particular date is actually still within the year of the Rooster zodiac.

Zodiac signs are often used in conjunction with the 24 mountains in feng shui and their relationships with each other in bazi analysis.