year of the ox

Good-bye to 2020, the Year of the Rat.

February 12th, 2021 is the Chinese Lunar New Year, and it is the first day of the Year of the Ox – which will last until January 31st, 2022.  The ox is grounded, gentle, loyal and trustworthy; and it follows the year of the rat – which seems an appropriate meme to leave behind in 2020. The downside of the ox is stubbornness and poor communication.  Let’s focus on the positive!  People tend to be hard working, optimistic, diligent, grateful, dependable and honest in the Year of the Ox – sounds promising!

The Chinese calendar also rotates around five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  2021 is the year of the Metal Ox.  Metal foretells a year of stability and nourishment, dedication and persistence – let’s hope it also brings health.  Experts warn that Metal years can bring sinking, contraction and decline.  Beware, we had enough of that in 2020.

In the Chinese calendar, years are associated with colors and this Year of the Metal Ox is compatible with white, silver, metallic gray, yellow, green and aqua. Incorporate these colors into your life by going to your closet and choosing carefully or hanging a colorful poster.   Wear metal accessories to tap into some good fortune!

The Chinese calendar runs in 60 year cycles and the ox is the second animal in a repeating 12 year sub cycle.  The twelve animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat/Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

Other Years of the OX have been: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and the next will be 2033.

If you were born in a Year of the Ox, you may share traits with these famous oxen: Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Saddam Hussein, Charles Lindbergh, Robert Kennedy, George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman and Kylie Jenner.  Traditionally, the Year of the Ox is not auspicious for people born under the sign of the ox – so you oxen need to be extra diligent.

Find your Chinese Zodiac animal.