Fortunes and Follies for The Ox Zodiac in 2021
The year of the rat didn’t go as intended. It was supposed to be a year for creativity involving change, but we didn’t need nor want that kind of change, right? So in trods the Ox. What can we expect from the steady and methodical Ox Year? If all goes as planned, we can look forward to more than just finding resourceful ways of surviving changes by conjuring the steadfast ox and stabilize ourselves and by redirecting our focus.
In Chinese culture the ox is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies progress therefore, with a little grace and luck on our side, the world will be less ‘stuck’ than last year with a little forward momentum beginning in the second half of the year. Not all is lost, we can hope.
How do you know if you are an ox sign? Well, if you were born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 or this 2021, then, congratulations, you’re an Ox! Your personality could be characterized as hard working, “敏锐 (mǐn ruì) perceptive”, intelligent, honest and earnest, as well as reliable. yet you do not need excessive praise and are easygoing. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work. Oxen are known to rarely lose their temper as they think logically and thus make great leaders.
Ox signs believe that others should do what is asked of them and stay within their boundaries. The In the terms of “阴 (yīn)” yin and “阳 (yáng) yang” , the Ox is yang.
In addition to the animals, the lunar calendar also has a sexagenary (60-year) cycle that is made of combinations of 10 heavenly stems and 12 earthly branches. Paired with the Celestial Stems “天 (Tiān)” and “干 (gān)”. Although chǒu is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature “五 (wǔ)”and “行 (xíng)”. So this is not only the Year of the Ox, it is the year of the Metal Ox. Metal years bring out our most tenacious qualities and this being our second Metal Year in a row, makes resilliance a priority. Resilience is a quality of metal, so it is fitting. Overall, this is a year for recovering, making long-term investments (gamestop and bitcoin anyone?) or starting a family.
The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.
ELEMENT:Metal , YEAR:1961, 2021
FORTUNE:These Oxen face obstacles early on, although there are no financial worries. Friends and family aren’t much help, but they will be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
ELEMENT:Water , YEAR:1973, 2033
FORTUNE:These Oxen have a comfortable early life and are respected their entire life. They will have a loving family, but it’s recommended to marry late.
ELEMENT:Wood , YEAR:1925, 1985
FORTUNE:These Oxen are multitalented and live like a breeze. There are some difficulties in the beginning, but everything smooths out.
ELEMENT:Fire , YEAR:1937, 1997
FORTUNE:These Oxen are friendly and social. There are no financial worries their entire life.
ELEMENT:Earth , YEAR:1949, 2009
FORTUNE:These Oxen are detailed and like being the leader. They’re usually are make a lot of money, but can’t seem to hold onto it. However, they are able to slow down and enjoy their later years.
Men born in the Ox year are reliable and trustworthy. They put their entire heart into everything they do. They feel great responsibility towards their family as well. However, due to their confidence (almost arrogance), they don’t allow anyone to go against their rules. They hold your children to high expectations, even though it might be unrealistic.
Women born in the Ox year are calm and gentle. They will never surrender to fate and rarely think of choosing an alternative. This no doubt leads to a life of struggles. But no matter what, they will walk down the road they choose until the end. Despite this stubbornness, they think and react quickly.
Most compatible with Ox: Rat, Snake, Rooster
Rat’s fixed Earthly Branch is water, while Ox is earth. They have complementing personalities and hold the same goals in life.
Snake and Rooster fit Ox nicely as well. Not only will Snakes give warmth and romance, they offer help and support in work too. Honest and loyal, they can also be attracted to the Rooster’s soft and loving heart.
Least compatible with Ox: Goat, Horse, Dog
The Earthly Branches of Goat and Ox clash strongly. They can tolerate each other’s differences, but there will always be tension.
Horses have a free and wild spirit, and may not have a serious attitude toward life. This is the opposite of an Ox’s personality. With Dogs, it’s hard to find common ground.
Oxen may find it difficult to further improve the relationship with their partner this year. Hiccups in relationships may affect your mental state, and certain events may seem out of your control.
Your partner might stray or harbor selfish ambitions during this time. Be patient. These hardships will pass in time. Though your road may be rocky, love and kindness will always bring couples back together.
Unfortunately, the single Ox will not have much luck in love this year. Between their traditionally passive personalities and this year’s bad luck, this year will be a disappointing one for romance.
Consider taking this year to focus on learning more about yourself. Figure out what you want in love and what you can bring to a relationship. Love will eventually find you, just not this year.
●Colors: blue, yellow, green
●Numbers: 1, 4
●Flowers: lily of the valley and lucky bamboo
●Directions of auspiciousness: East, Southeast
●Directions of wealth: Northwest
●Directions of love: South
●Months: April, September, and December
●Colors: red, brown
●Numbers: 3, 6
●Months: May, June, and July
Though 2021 may bring oxen bad luck (find out why in the next article), it will also bring them stable career prospects. Their strong sense of responsibility makes them the perfect for professional and stressful jobs. Think air traffic controller, anesthesiologist, and teacher. Yet they may find it challenging to get the results they envision. Proceed with caution with workplace relationships this year. Compromise in order to avoid hostile interactions with colleagues.
No matter what career the ox chooses, it must something they are really interested in. Though they may be okay with any job that fits their skills, they should take the time to find something they love. Only in a stable environment that matches their passions, are they able to find their true calling.
Overall, 2021 will be a great year for the Ox to hone skills and refine talents. They may find themselves choosing between different paths in their education if in school this year. This includes perhaps transferring to a different school or deciding on a new major. Keep a level head while weighing these decisions.
Like the wild oxen that run freely in the fields, people of the Ox year are generally healthy and fit. Hospital visits are rare, but this sometimes leads to overconfidence. Neglect during youth will result in problems in the later years.
Chinese astrology predicts that this year will start on a relative low note for the Ox due to a bad-luck aspect of the zodiac that will be revealed in a later article. Stay tuned! This should not prevent oxen from working on personal development and living their best life, however. If you ever get into trouble, do your best to adapt to the situation. With some hard work and determination, you’ll find your way out again.
Stay calm, and be patient with yourself—the wheel of fortune will turn in your favor soon enough. This goes for health as well. You will be more prone to catching minor infections this year, so make it a point to schedule routine checkups.
This is by no means set in stone. You can “牛转乾坤 (niú zhuǎn qián kūn ) Turn Your Luck Around”! To find out how to remain in good standing and relieve some hardships, according to the Chinese folklore, you can read a later article all about how 2021 is actually bad luck for the Ox signs. Are you an ox? “你属什么? (nǐ shǔ shén me?) What zodiac sign do you belong to?”
Let us know which year you were born!