Chinese zodiac marriage combinations are similar to Western astrological combinations. These combinations are a good starting place for determining if you have any astrological aspects in common.
Legends: Origin of the Chinese Zodiac
One legend states Buddha named the twelve animals in the zodiac while another claims it was a Chinese Emperor.
During his birthday party, the Chinese Emperor challenged his animal guests to a race. The prize would be awarded to only twelve of the animals. One animal would be assigned to each month in the year and would be selected according to how each placed in the race. The rat and cat were very close friends and agreed to start the race together the next morning. However, the rat didn't wake his friend and sneaked off to the race without the cat. During the racecourse, the rat came to a river and tricked the ox into giving him a ride on the larger animal's back. Before the ox could climb out of the river, the rat jumped to the bank and dashed off to the palace where he was declared the winner of first place. The cat woke up after the race was over and ever since has been after the rat in a rage of vengeance.
Compatible and Incompatible Signs
In modern interpretation of Chinese Zodiac compatibility combinations, you'll find that compatibility charts typically match the signs either by groupings of twos or threes with one group being compatible and the other incompatible. While this makes for very easy understanding and is a great way to approach Chinese astrology and compatibility, there is another way to designate the signs that are compatible. Many of the non-paired signs fall into various levels of compatibility.
Chart: Chinese Zodiac Compatibility
Below is a chart based on the ancient division of compatibility which is divided into four distinct categories. You'll notice some categories have only one match while others may have several matches for a single category. While this method is more difficult to remember or memorize, it tends to be more accurate and takes into account that all things are not always equal in the human equation.
|ANIMAL||TRAITS||IDEAL MATCH||GOOD MATCH||DIFFICULT MATCH||WORST MATCH|
|RAT||No long-lasting friendships, determined, ambitious||Rat, Ox, Pig||Dragon, Monkey, Tiger||Snake, Ram, Rooster||Rabbit, Horse, Dog|
|OX||Loner, inspiration to others, wonderful parent||Monkey, Snake, Rat||Ox, Rooster, Rabbit||Dragon, Ram, Dog, Pig||Tiger, Horse|
|TIGER||Brave, aggressive yet caring||Horse, Dog, Pig||Rat||Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Rooster||Rabbit, Ram, Monkey, Ox|
|RABBIT||Lucky and rather shy by affectionate||Dragon, Pig, Ram||Rabbit, Snake, Ox, Dog, Monkey||Horse, Rooster||Rat, Tiger|
|DRAGON||Robust and passionate about life||Snake, Ram, Monkey, Rabbit||Pig, Rooster, Rat||Horse, Dog, Ox, Tiger||Dragon|
|SNAKE||Hard-worker, friendly, calm||Rooster, Dragon, Ox||Rabbit||Snake, Tiger, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rat||Dog, Pig|
|HORSE||Goal-oriented, See all sides, sense of humor||Ram, Dog, Tiger||Dragon||Horse, Rooster, Pig, Rabbit, Snake||Monkey, Rat, Ox|
|RAM||Homebody, social, artistic||Rabbit, Pig, Dragon, Horse||Monkey||Ram, Rat, Ox, Snake||Rooster, Dog, Tiger|
|MONKEY||Curious, playful, prankster||Dragon, Ox||Monkey, Rat, Rabbit, Ram||Rooster, Dog, Pig, Snake||Tiger, Horse|
|ROOSTER||Multi-Taskers, ambitious, expectant||Pig, Snake||Ox, Dragon||Dog, Rat, Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, Monkey||Rooster, Ram|
|DOG||Loyal, honest, leader||Pig, Tiger Horse||Rabbit||Dog, Ox, Dragon, Monkey, Rooster||Rat, Snake, Ram|
|PIG||Planner, leader, family-oriented||Pig, Rat, Ram, Rabbit, Tiger, Rooster, Dog||Dragon||Ox, Horse, Monkey||Snake|
The Most Compatible Sign: Pig
You'll notice that out of all of the signs, the Pig seems to be most compatible with the most signs. This is because the pig tends to be a very generous sign, sometimes to a fault. The pig is also loyal and very accepting of others and life in general, making the person born under this sign someone who can easily get along with most people. There is no competitiveness in the pig and the ego has little control over the pig's heart. This lack of aggressiveness however can turn the pig into a doormat if matched with the wrong sign. There's also a tendency to being rather naive and vulnerable to those who would take advantage of the pig's good nature.
Chinese Zodiac Marriage Combinations Examined
Understanding the animal signs can help you recognize which ones make great Chinese zodiac marriage combinations and which ones make the worst marriage partners.