February 12th, 2021 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese Lunar calendar. The year lasts until January 30th, 2022. In Chinese culture, the lunar calendar follows a repeating 12-year cycle of animal signs. In order, the zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Chinese New Year and the zodiacs became a popular way to mark the transition of each year and also determine a person’s birth year. More than 20% of the world celebrates Chinese New Year, including countries such as Vietnam and South Korea.
This year is the Year of the Metal Ox. Legend has it that there was once a Jade Emperor who summoned all animals to his palace to attend a banquet. However, to get to the palace the Emperor made them participate in a “Great Race.” The order of the zodiac is the order the animals finished the race and arrived to the palace in the Chinese legend. Each of the animals have their own story of how they arrived. Check out this article if you’re interested in learning more about each of the zodiac animals’ journeys.
Characteristics of People Born in the Year of the Ox
Chinese zodiac signs give insight on personalities and attributes of the person born in their respective year. The most recent zodiac years of the Ox sign are 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, and so on. The Ox year will occur every 12 years.
People born in the Ox year are hard workers and dependable. They have a strong sense of responsibility and are known for their diligence, strength, and determination. Ox people persevere even when they face difficult challenges. They can also be quite stubborn and are usually quiet. Ox’s like to bottle up their emotions and have weak communication skills. However, you don’t want to mess with an Ox because when they do lose their temper, it’s like an explosion that can drive others away.
Lucky Things for People Born in the Year of the Ox
- Color: white, yellow, and green
- Numbers: 1, 4, and numbers including 1 and/or 4 (14, 41, etc)
- Flowers: peach blossoms, tulips, lucky bamboo
- Most compatible with: rat, snake, monkey, rooster
Zodiac signs can also be used to test compatibilities with other people. Each sign has a unique set of characteristics, and if these characteristics match well between two people they can have good compatibility. Here are each zodiac’s relationship compatibility with the Ox and what it means for YOU in 2021:
Rat in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Rat: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Since 2020 was the Year of the Rat, 2021 will be a new beginning for Rats. This year, Rats should re-plan their life after considering what happened in 2020, and work to improve themselves. With a fresh start, Rats are in a good position in the Year of the Ox. There will be fewer hardships because the Rat is friends with the Ox.
Oxen in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
People born in the Year of the Ox, 2021 will be a turbulent year full of challenges. This year is destined to a tough year for Oxes. In 2021, Oxes should avoid high-risk investments, and should strive to buy as little as possible. Oxes may face many challenges in their work or studies, but they should work to strengthen their morale and cultivate their cherished relationships. The Ox should proceed with caution in the workplace to avoid hostile interactions, and they should not act rashly. Instead, 2021 will be a great year to develop hidden skills and talents. Hard work will get the Ox through this year. Use this time to work on personal development, stay calm, and be patient.
Tiger in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
This year, the Tiger is one of the animals that will have to learn to work with the Ox. The Ox will want the Tiger to be more serious and work hard. If the Tiger can control their temper and avoid being too rebellious, 2021 could be a good year for them. Tigers’ careers and finances are set to be relatively flat and stable. Romantic relationships will bloom this year, either through making connections or people of marriageable age entering marriage. In terms of health, Tigers will remain relatively stable.
Rabbit in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
People born with the Rabbit sign will have an overall stable and promising year in 2021. Similar to the Tiger, the Rabbit may have some struggles due to unrealistic standards from others. While the Ox prefers slow and steady progression, the Rabbit may feel frustrated if projects are delayed. However, if the Rabbit is patient and is careful not to act rashly, they could have a good year. Rabbits should not make big changes in 2021. As long as they maintain their enthusiasm and interpersonal relationships, this year may be blessed with prosperous promotions.
Dragon in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
2021 will be a mixed year for Dragons. In the year of the Metal Ox, Dragons should not expect anything to be handed to them. Instead, they should expect a year of steady growth and progress in their personal development. There will be many opportunities in their careers as long as they are not careless. Dragons should be more careful in their interpersonal relationships and be cautious with their words and deed to avoid arguments with others. 2021 will be a healthy year for Dragons. However, there will not be much luck in love. Under the Ox’s influence, Dragons will need to work hard to achieve their dreams. They should turn their wishful thinking into action and stay focused and grounded.
Snake in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
2021 will be a slightly better year for Snakes compared to 2020. Snakes in the Year of the Ox are fortunate because Snakes have harmonious compatibility with the Ox. This year, Snakes will be rewarded for their work. Snakes will have lots of help from others. They will also have good wealth. However, they should be careful of the Ox’s stubborn influence and be wary of becoming too demanding. In terms of relationships, Snake people’s romantic prospects will have many weaknesses. They will go through many emotions, and they should be aware of how they approach difficult struggles or handle certain relationships.
Horse in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
2020 was a difficult year for the Horse because the Rat is the Horse’s natural opposite. In 2021 the Ox won’t be as hostile, but they are still not compatible. Unfortunately, those born with the sign of the Horse are still destined to have a troubled year in 2021. This is also a bad year in terms of health and romance. However, Horse people are righteous and good to their friends, so they could have good fortunes. Horses achieve their success by maintaining their control, but this can be problematic in romance and personal interactions. As long as the Horse is careful with their words and actions, they could do well in 2021.
Goat in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Goat: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Goats in the Year of the Ox will have a rather unfavorable year. Special vigilance is required to get through 2021. This year there will be difficulties, and the usually mild-mannered Goat may have conflicts with friends. 2021 can be a challenging year for Goats because the Ox is their natural opposite in the 12 animal cycle. The work life of goats may be considered repetitive and mundane, but as long as they maintain their morale they will be okay. This year, Goats should focus on reducing clutter and developing organization in their lives.
Monkey in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
The Year of the Ox will be prosperous year for Monkey signs. Monkeys will have great luck in their careers during the beginning of 2021, and there will be many opportunities to gain wealth. For Monkeys, 2021 will be a year of harvest. Monkey and Oxes are compatible, and the Monkey’s wit and winning personality can work in their favor. Monkeys should not avoid the Ox’s demand for hard work, and they should dedicate labor to their ambitions.
Rooster in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Roosters are highly compatible with Oxes. Thus, 2021 will be a very fortunate year for the Rooster because its values closely align with those of the Ox. Roosters are used to working hard on a daily basis. The overall luck for Roosters will be stable. 2021 will be favorable in terms of their career and financial luck. As long as Rooster continues to work hard, they will be happy and triumphant. The Ox offers stability, sincerity, and faithfulness for the Rooster. With the help of the Ox, Roosters can recover from previous Rat year struggles.
Dog in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
In 2021, those born under the Dog sign will not be as lucky. The Dog is not compatible with the Ox. Dog people with have interpersonal problems and will struggle in their work life. This year, they might attract more criticism from others, and they could struggle with insomnia or fatigue. They will encounter many ups and downs in their careers. For the Dog in the Ox year, differences in values could be the reason for this conflict. While the Ox prefers to go on the stable path, the Dog prefers to try new things and explore. Their innate nature could be challenged, leaving them prone to feeling trapped. To avoid a low state of mind, Dogs should exercise more to release their stress. Dog people are likely to face resistance in the year of the Metal Ox.
Pig in the Year of the Ox (2021)
Birth years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Luck will be on the side of the Pig in 2021. Pigs will have great career opportunities and wealth gain. They will have good fortune in their academics and their efforts will be appreciated. As long as they abide by the Ox’s rules and have strong work ethic, this year could be harmonious. Pigs are naturally goal-oriented, and as long as they remain diligent, good fortune will come.
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