The Lunar New Year is upon us, horoscopes are flying through the digital ether like fireworks above Beijing, and this time around—according to the Chinese Zodiac—it’s the year of the Ox.
If you were born in the following years, you’re an Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021.
Honest and earnest, the Ox, or Chou (丑), is the ultimate rock around which one builds a family or a business. A rational mind and a strong belief that everyone should fulfill their responsibilities makes it difficult for Oxen to be reasoned with sometimes, but their values always shine through their actions.
Look for those with horoscopes most compatible with Oxen: Rats, Roosters, and Snakes. Pay attention to your lucky numbers 1 and 4, and the colors yellow, blue, and green. Travel east and southeast for auspiciousness, and south for love.
This year’s birth Oxen were born in the Metal phase or (辛 xīn), and while this means their upbringing was, is, or will be tough, no financial worries will befall them. Their retirement will also be enjoyable.
Chinese astrology states that the year in which the stars on your birth date come around again to sit opposite Jupiter is “Ben Ming Nian”, or the unlucky year, as Jupiter opposes the mythical Tai Sui—heavenly generals, or star gods, of your birth year.
In this year of Xīn Chou, one horoscope states “you may encounter unexpected challenges, especially in your career and studies, which can leave you feeling stressed out, distracted, and emotional.”
Another states that “In Ben Ming Nian, the overall horoscope of Ox people will become precarious.”
However, all acknowledge that the Metal phase which is generating with Earth, will benefit Oxen to some extent.
Furthermore, there is perhaps no sign more equipped to deal with Ben Ming Nian than Oxen, and none of these things should prevent an Ox from doing what they do best: working, speaking the truth, and developing oneself.
If you find that Tai Sui starts playing hardball, be yourself, trust your own strengths, and you will find your way out again as the wheel of fortune spins ’round your way.
In many ways the Xin Chou year, and the path forward through it, is demonstrative of the state of humankind in this difficult period. If we all borrow a little bit of Ox’s strength, the celestial wheel will turn all of our fortunes in time.