The Ox is the 2nd animal in the Chinese Zodiac. The Year of the Ox begins on February 12, 2021. Originating thousands of years ago to celebrate the reawakening of nature, Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is a time of reunion and thanksgiving. Lunar New Year festivities begin with the new moon on the first day of the New Year and end on the full moon 15 days later.
According to Chinese legend, the Lord Buddha called all the animals to come to him before he departed earth. Only 12 animals came. As a reward, he named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. In Chinese astrology, people take on the characteristics of the animal that rules the year of their birth. Those characteristics can also be seen in the year itself.
During the Year of the Ox, all of us will feel the yoke of responsibility, with success only being achieved through conscientious efforts. It will be a good time to focus on home and family and put your house in order. Although the list of what needs to be done may feel endless, diligence and discipline will pay off as the year progresses, and patience will be rewarded.
Those born in the Year of the Ox tend to be dependable, calm and methodical. Although generally fair-minded, they can be quite stubborn with strongly held views. The Ox-born are systematic and are capable of great accomplishments through sheer tenacity and dedication. Those born in the year of the Ox are most compatible with those born in the Year of the Rooster, Rat and Snake.
Famous Oxen include: Barack Obama, Princess Diana, Walt Disney, Simone Biles, Hitler, Naomi Osaka, Napoleon Bonaparte, Chrissy Tiegen, George Clooney, Bruce Springsteen and Meryl Streep.
Horoscopes for all Lunar Animals in the Year of the Ox:
OX/COW –This will be an auspicious year for marriage or new partnerships. Children will be born into the Ox’s family or they will be spending more time with youngsters.
TIGER – A frustrating year for the Tiger in which quarrels and misunderstandings may result from their own stubbornness. Troubles will work themselves out if Tigers can curb their rebelliousness.
RABBIT – A trying year for the Rabbit in which hard work may not yield desired results and plans may take longer to develop than expected. A good time for reflection and self-care.
DRAGON – A fortunate year for the Dragon with few difficulties. A protected time in which work and family life will be free from negative influences.
SNAKE – A moderate year for the Snake in which, despite their inborn cautiousness and intuition, some obstacles or financial miscalculations are bound to occur. This will be a time to take things in stride and not complicate matters by being obstinate.
HORSE – A decent year for the Horse. Although they will need to work hard to achieve their goals, they will be given the power to control their own situation. Some monetary gains are indicated. Problems tend to come from children or subordinates.
RAM/SHEEP – A tough year for the Sheep in which quarrels, misunderstandings and demands of family and friends may keep them occupied. Financial trouble will result from extravagance and overspending.
MONKEY – A moderate year for those born in the Year of the Monkey. Profits and enjoyment will be restricted, and progress is not up to their expectations. A time to curtail their ambitions.
ROOSTER/HEN –Roosters will recuperate in the Year of the Ox, conquering adversaries and receiving outside help. There will be good news at home and some traveling but they should beware of injuries from sharp objects this year.
DOG – This will be a year of uncertainties for those born in the Year of the Dog in which friends or associates tend to misunderstand them or take offense easily. Their good intentions will be misconstrued, and they must avoid confrontation at any cost.
PIG/BOAR – A good year for the Boar. Excellent prospects will help them tap hidden resources or start their own business. Their gambles or hunches could pay off handsomely.
RAT/MOUSE – A fairly good year for the Rat. Although their gains will not be substantial, it will be a happy time for their family, and they will benefit indirectly from the good fortune of others.
Taken from The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau, Chinese Astrology by Sabrina Liao and Good Luck Life by Rosemary Gong.