Chinese New Year of the Metal Ox

Chinese New Year of the Metal Ox

According to the Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest: whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.

All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox’s back, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.

The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year. Many Chinese calendars will print both the solar dates and the Chinese lunar dates.

A cultural sidelight of the animal signs in Chinese folklore is that horoscopes have developed around the animal signs, much like monthly horoscopes in the West have been developed for the different sun signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini , etc. For example, a Chinese horoscope may predict that a person born in the Year of the Horse would be, cheerful, popular, and loves to compliment others. These horoscopes are amusing, but not regarded seriously by the Chinese people.

Different meaning and importance is attributed to the charicteristics outlined in the sun-sign based horoscopes in the Western, that means originally Chaldean based astrology, where the exact day of birth, exact of birth and excact location on planet Earth are the parameters upon which the horoscope is calculated. Statements about somebody’s personality are only meaningful if they evolved based on these exact parameters. The newspaper traditional monthly horoscopes only take the sun-sign into cosnideration, which for each and everybody during the monthly reign of the particular sign is the same for everybody born in that month. Hence, there can be no much useful information provided to any individual by this very general approach. The Chinese Astrology, however, follows a quite different philosophy.

The Chinese New Year in 2021 falls on the 12 February, the 11.02.2021 is the Chinese New Year’s Eve. This year in China begins the year of the Ox and the year of the Rat is ending.

If you were born in the years 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 or will be born from 12 February 2021 onwards, then you are born under the sign of the Ox in Chinese astrology. The Ox sign is described as bright, patient and inspiring to others, born under this sign you will be happy by yourself and also will make an outstanding parent. You should marry a Snake or Cock, whilst is recommnded to avoid Sheep.

The Ox is a steadfast and solid, a born leader. At the same time dependable and has what it takes to achieve great things. The ones born under the Ox sign are methodical, not plunging in without considering what the right steps are to get a project finished. They believe in doing it right the first time. In the business world, because the Ox can be strong leader, it can also be a bit stubborn or dogmatic. They prefer to lead and don’t like to be pushed around.

While the Ox is described as smart, trustworthy caring and honorable, it can also be a bit judgmental and this characteristic can keep them from having the close friends and relationships that they desire. Some good advice for the Ox is to learn to value qualities in others, and, to listen to what others have to say. Sometimes it pays just to say nothing.


Traits of the Ox

Ox is the second sign in the Chinese Zodiac. Like the animal they are named after, Ox people tend to be powerful and steady. Oxes were traditional used to plow fields, and haul heavy loads. They make good work animals because of their dependable and patient attitudes. Ox people are considered the same.Oxes are hardworking and logical, but they need an peaceful and quiet environment to sift through ideas and feelings in their own mind.

The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. This powerful sign is a born leader, being quite dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. Like their animal namesake, the Ox is unswervingly patient, tireless in their work, and capable of enduring any amount of hardship without complaint.

Ox people need peace and quiet to work through their ideas, and when they have set their mind on something it is hard for them to be convinced otherwise. An Ox person has a very logical mind and is extremely systematic in whatever they do, even without imagination. These people speak little but are extremely intelligent. When necessary, they are articulate and eloquent.

The Ox is not extravagant, and the thought of living off credit cards or being in debt makes them nervous. The possibility of taking a serious risk could cause the Ox sleepless nights.

Ox people are truthful and sincere, and the idea of wheeling and dealing in a competitive world is distasteful to them. They are rarely driven by the prospect of financial gain. These people are always welcome because of their honesty and patience. They have many friends, who appreciate the fact that the Ox people are wary of new trends, although every now and then they can be encouraged to try something new.

It is important to remember that the Ox people are sociable and relaxed when they feel secure, but occasionally a dark cloud looms over such people and they engage all the trials of the whole world and seek solutions for them.

On 12 February 2021, the year of the Metal Ox starts and lasts until 30 January 2022 according to the calculation of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and astrolgoy.

The lucky colors for the Year of the Ox are white, yellow and green.

The zodiac sign Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.