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(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008)
When the Year of the Rat ends on 12th February this brings one of the most important but also your longest year in over a decade to a close, a year that will continue to define the coming decade. When the Year of the Rat began in January 2020 this brought you to the start of a new personal 12 year lunar cycle, something that will normally give you 12 months to lay down foundations, set intentions and begin the quests and journeys that will define this new personal 12 year lunar cycle. This is always not only a year for major new beginnings but for a major reset. There were 13 New Moons during the Year of the Rat which meant 13 lunar months rather than the normal 12 lunar months, with a leap month making this foundation year a lot longer than would normally be the case. While being back in your native energy is empowering it can also be demanding, for this will demand that you are true to yourself and in situations in your life where you have compromised in the past, something will have to give. At the same time, the Rat wasn’t going to let you fail, so would have been constantly pushing you. For that reason, there might be some relief when the New Moon on 12th February brings the Year of the Rat to a close and ushers in the lucrative but also more gentle and predictable Year of the Ox. The Year of the Ox will always follow on from the Year of the Rat and this brings the pragmatic determination and tenacity to stick to the intentions and resolutions set during the Year of the Rat. The Year of the Ox is also a potentially lucrative year, not necessarily because the Ox focuses on the money or brings it to you on a silver plate and more because this fosters a belief in yourself, in what you deserve and the confidence to stand your ground. Where you believe in what you deserve or when it comes to the things that you value, a combination of being better able to attract what you focus on and to stand your ground makes this a potentially abundant year. Especially when abundance is measured in more than financial wealth. However, a Metal Ox, the first since 1961 is more potentially prosperous. The Ox will ask that you manage your money responsibly or you might find that while there is more flowing in that it flows out just as easily.
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(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009)
This is the year that you have been waiting for, whether you have been consciously aware of it or not. We all have those years where we start off saying ‘this is going to be my year’ but then life happens and not a lot changes. This is the one year that, for you anyway, this is not just something you will be telling yourself as you move into the Year of the Ox on 12th February but when this will also be the reality. As you say goodbye to the nostalgic and reflective Year of the Rat and the 13 months spend closing the doors to your old personal 12 year lunar cycle, you will be more than ready for a fresh start. The Chinese New Year will usher in the Year of the Ox and for the first time in 12 years, it is less a case of the coming year shaping you and more a case of you being able to shape the coming year. However, this is more than just being back in your native energy and a feeling that you are able to take your power back, though that is important in its own right. When the Year of the Rat ends on 12th February you will be more than ready to put the past behind you and move on, with the Year of the Ox bringing you to the start of not just ‘your’ year but the first or foundation year of a new personal 12 year lunar cycle. This makes this a year of new beginnings, for looking to the future and exploring your options. However, it also means that you will find that the operating system for much of 2021 is similar to your own operating system and that you naturally know how to work or play things and that your natural approach is well received. The Ox has a sense of endurance, responsibility and tenacity that means when you put your mind to something you can see it through in a way that others can’t. The way that you see life, is that as long as you do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, anything is possible. The reality is that most years don’t operate on that ethos, where the Year of the Ox does. This makes the Year of the Ox not only a year for major new beginnings but a year for taking your power back. You know how to find the determination to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes and in the Year of the Ox that is going to pay off. Even without the major new beginnings, this is a chance to get back in the driver’s seat.
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(1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010)
The contrast between the social and serendipitous Year of the Rat, which ends on 12th February and the more nostalgic and reflective Year of the Ox is one of the more extreme shifts in a 12 year lunar cycle but it is one that you are usually more than ready for. As we moved into 2021 the Year of the Rat was still underway and with its focus on being a team player going for 13 months by the time it ends, for a Tiger that likes to do things its own way, you might be over this. The Year of the Rat has been a particularly long year, with 13 New Moons creating 13 rather than the usual 12 lunar months and creating the need for a leap month in 2020. If you are over Zoom meetings and wanting to become more of the free spirit that you were born to be, then you are ready to welcome the Year of the Ox, a year that will largely leave you alone. Even for the Tiger, which gets a buzz out of being socially connected this might be starting to wear thin. While the month of the Ox, which began on 13th January offered some respite, the difference is that when the month of the Ox ends on 12th February the Year of the Ox will begin and with it the beginning of the 12 month wind down of your current personal 12 year lunar cycle. This is when the job of closing old doors in order to prepare for the Year of the Tiger and the major new doors this will open in 2022, begins. This is similar to the month of the Ox, which was the four week wind down of your old personal 12 month lunar cycle, except in a broader and less urgent or intense way. The month of the Ox asked that you spend more time navel gazing, taking time out to recharge your batteries and to hear yourself think. For four weeks you can carve off more time for yourself and find time to reflect and even isolate. To do that for the next 12 months is a different story and the Ox doesn’t ask that you do. The Year of the Ox is more about completion, closure and bringing home the intentions and plans made during the last Year of the Tiger, from February 2010 to February 2011. This is the start of the 12 month preparation for the Year of the Tiger and the major new doors this will open in 2022.
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(1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011)
Whether it is the ongoing impact from the professionally charged and competitive Year of the Rat or the start of the social and serendipitous Year of the Ox on 12th February, 2021 should be a good year for the Rabbit. The Year of the Ox manages to thread the needle nicely between avoiding a year with too many challenges but not so easy that it can lead to complacency. Because the Year of the Rat doesn’t end until 12th February and because this has been an especially long lunar year, this has given you a chance to get a jump on your 2021 professional year or on your personal and professional goals and ambitions and to gain enough momentum so that this continues even after the Year of the Rat ends. For the Rabbit, the Rat was a professionally charged and competitive year, inspiring you to reach higher, aim for more and while it can inspire a grandiose sense of what’s possible, even if you achieve half of what you aimed for you could still achieve a lot. This is also why the Year of the Ox can have a more widespread influence than what it says on the bottle. For the Rabbit, what comes written on the bottle for the Year of the Ox is that this is an important year for friendship, teamwork, collaboration and for teaming up with others. This is a socially charged year, where you are more likely to find yourself being a team player and you will accomplish a lot when you join forces with others. This is something that will happen naturally and regardless of how wide the circle of people in your life, this is likely to grow during the course of the year. There is another factor that could see the impact of the Year of the Rat continue and even run in tandem with the Year of the Ox. While, for the Rabbit, the Ox has a more social influence by its nature it is determined, pragmatic and tenacious. When under the Ox’s influence you are more likely to stick to something and to see things through. This is why teamwork will be such an important factor this year, for if you commit to standing by or working with someone, you will do just that. The Year of the Rat has been good at inspiring your personal and professional goals and ambitions but the Rat lacks the Ox’s endurance, tenacity and team spirit. It is the goals and ambitions that carry over into the Year of the Ox that can become more entrenched and you are more likely to stick to them. This means that the Year of the Ox has all the makings of a good year personally and professionally, especially when you team up with or network with others.
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(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012)
Emerging into 2021 we all felt fairly shell shocked but rather than another disruptive year waiting to jump out from behind corners and yell ‘surprise’, everything is now known and this makes the Year of the Ox the year that we all need. For the Dragon, the Year of the Ox is a professionally charged and competitive year but the Ox itself is slow, methodical and takes a responsible approach to doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes. For the Dragon, that is not exactly your style so you will need to learn self discipline. However, in the process, you will soon find that before long you not only start taking your power back but the solid and predictable stability of the Ox will become a huge advantage. Even the thrill seeking Dragon is likely to have found the Year of the Rat a little too wild a ride and you will be ready for something you can become more committed to, without the rules changing on you. Going from the adventurous and spontaneous Year of the Rat to the more focused and disciplined Year of the Ox should be a shock but this is the one year that allows for a smooth transition. Because the month of the Ox is the last month of any lunar year, the last four weeks of the Year of the Rat were spent partly under the Ox’s influence, allowing for a crossover between the two. This means that you will have already been under the Ox’s influence for four weeks by the time the Year of the Ox begins and that means a chance to hold onto the Rat’s adventurous influence while starting to take responsibility. The Year of the Ox is a year for not just setting new personal and professional goals and ambitions but through determination, tenacity and staying the course, for turning them into reality. It is because of that crossover that there is a chance to move into the Year of the Ox without having to let go of the Rat’s influence altogether. Instead, you can use some of the Ox’s competitive focus and its determination to turn your bucket list into a game plan and resolutions. As much as the Year of the Ox will force you to keep your feet on the ground, chances are you have been flapping those Dragon wings for so long that you are ready to feel more grounded. Because this is a Metal Ox year, there is more chance that this will also be a prosperous year. This will also be a good year for being a team player and for all forms of personal and professional networking.
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(1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013)
To fully understand the year that you are moving into there is a need to first understand where you have been. Especially when every lunar year is a flow on from the last. For the Snake, the Year of the Rat put a lot of focus on money matters. While 2020 created a lot of global financial uncertainty not everyone had the same experience, with your financial priorities and realities different from the next person. However, whatever your financial reality and regardless of where things stand as you move out of the Year of the Rat on 12th February, you have a chance to take your financial power back or at least set realistic financial expectations and resolutions for the coming year. A combination of the Rat’s financially savvy edge and knowing where things stand financially has put you in the driver’s seat for the rest of this financial year. While the impact might not be evident straight away, just by moving in the Year of the Ox we are moving into calmer times. Yes, the Ox does require you to work hard and take responsibility but in return, he brings patience and the determination to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. This is the case for everyone but especially for you. The Snake and Ox belong to the same ‘triad of affinity’ so are natural allies. You understand each other. You know that the Ox likes to play by the rules but you also know that by playing by the rules you benefit and with the mighty Ox on your side, you have a faithful ally. The Ox and Snake are the best of friends and as long as you don’t ask him to help you cut corners, he will be happy to let you hop on his massive back from time to time in order to get a free ride. It is an added bonus that for the Snake, this is an exciting year for adventure, travel, learning and discovery or finding ways of branching out and extending your horizons. The world’s borders might not be open but life has plenty of other options. During the Year of the Ox, life should flow more smoothly, there will be more opportunities to expand your horizons, to study, travel and just embrace life more. If last year was a hard year then expect this year to be a lot easier. If you have worked with the financially savvy Rat you might even have managed to put some money aside to fund your bucket list and if not, he has left you with all the tools.
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(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014)
While it is a given that each new lunar year is less a sudden shift in focus and more a flow on or the next step from the previous year, this is especially so this year. For the Horse, the Year of the Rat has not necessarily been the easiest of years but it was an important point in your current personal 12 year lunar cycle. The best way to describe the Year of the Rat was as your ‘hump year’ in the same way that we refer to Wednesday as the ‘hump day’ of each week. Once we are ‘over the hump’ then things feel less heavy and life doesn’t feel so hard or laborious. The Year of the Rat will always appear to be a more challenging year and that is without factoring in everything that 2020 threw at us. The reason for that is that the Horse and Rat are opposing signs and that doesn’t just mean that their energies are not compatible. The Year of the Rat sits halfway between the last Year of the Horse and the next and this is when we are confronted with the intentions and resolutions made six years earlier and whether we are living up to them. This is a critically important time in a 12 year lunar cycle and you will have felt challenged because that is what the Horse is supposed to do. Yet by the time the Year of the Rat ends on 12th February, you will have a new appreciation for who you are, what you value, of your priorities and with a new sense of resolve to make the final years of this current personal 12 year lunar cycle count. This has been a major opportunity to push the ‘reset’ button and it makes the Year of the Ox a rebirth year, with a chance to change things up, begin again and without the Rat on your back, you will feel liberated – reborn. When the Year of the Ox begins on 12th February this will usher in a whole new energy and this is when you will feel that you really are ‘over the hump’. For the Horse, the Year of the Ox will put the focus on your financial situation and money matters but also on change and transformation. The Ox is a determined, disciplined and pragmatic year. Its namesake the ox will till the fields from sunrise to sunset with amazing stamina and resolve, diligently plodding up and down all day until the job is done. The motto of the Ox is to do ‘whatever it takes for as long as it takes’. This means that while this should be a good year for money matters it won’t be from winning lotto or by taking shortcuts but by taking responsibility and the slow and methodical steps that will allow you to take your financial power back. The way to approach any changes you want to make this year is one step at a time and by doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes. In addition, this is a Metal Ox year, a year that offers the potential for more prosperity than other Ox years.
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(1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015)
Even though the Year of the Ox is known for its hard work and discipline he is equally unforgiving when you try and work too hard or for too long, never taking the time off to rest or to play. This might sound counter intuitive, but coming after the busy Year of the Rat, his job is often to get you to slow down to his more methodical pace. There is a good chance that you began 2021 with the resolve to not work so hard, to take more time out to play, rest and to get more downtime and as you move into the Year of the Ox on 12th February there is a chance that you are still working on this. If you have so far failed it is nothing to do with lack of motivation or a time management failure and more that the busy and industrious Year of the Rat was never going to make that a reality. Even if you did master the art of knowing when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off, the Rat was always going to find a way to make work for idle hands. The New Moon that brings the Year of the Rat to a close on 12th February ushers in the Year of the Ox, a year that will come with its own challenges but also comes with a huge amount of power, especially to push the ‘reset’ button. The Goat and Ox are opposing signs and you share nothing in common but because it is your opposing sign this means that you have reached the halfway point in your current personal 12 year lunar cycle. Halfway between the last Year of the Goat and the next, the Ox will spend until 1st February 2022 confronting you when it comes to living up to your intentions, resolutions and your personal truth. However, the Ox’s job is not just to point out where you may have veered off course or have forgotten your intentions, beliefs and the promises made to yourself in the past but to help you get back on track, with relentless determination if need be but in a way that favours small steps in the right direction. The Ox is nothing if not determined, tenacious and pragmatic and when he points out where you have forgotten your own needs and priorities he is there to help you get back on track again. If you work with the Ox and the boot camp that he might put you into at times, this is a year for taking your power back and when it comes to the intentions and resolutions made during the last Year of the Goat or event as recently as the New Year, push the ‘reset’ button. If you are prepared to put in the work and to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, there really is a chance to take your power back. The difference this year is the work you are doing is on yourself. The Ox also puts the focus on your relationships, so this will be an important year for current and future relationships and especially where there is a sense of commitment involved.
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(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016)
The biggest challenge for the Monkey, moving from the fun, playful, romantic and creative Year of the Rat and into the busy and industrious Year of the Ox is not just the shift in focus from the playful to the busy side of life’s fence. The Rat and Monkey belong to the same triad of affinity, one that includes the fiery Dragon as the third wheel. The Monkey, Rat and Dragon are free spirits, passionate, exuberant, creative and spontaneous. This means that the Year of the Rat not only put the focus on matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative but your whole approach to life was through his exuberant and ‘live for the moment’ filter. The Ox, on the other hand, is slow, methodical and pragmatic and this is not just a shift to work and job matters and to the things in life that keep you busy but to a whole new operating system. Fortunately, there has been a chance to prepare for this, with the busy and industrious month of the Ox underway during the final four weeks of the Year of the Rat. That meant that the final four weeks of the playful Year of the Rat saw the Ox’s influence starting to creep in. Before the Year of the Ox even began life was starting to become busier but because you were still under the influence of the playful Rat, this gave you a chance to prepare for this by taking steps to ensure you have the right balance between work and play. The Ox wants you to hold onto the Rat’s influence and not abandon this completely for his work ethic. For while the Ox will allow you to accomplish much, in order to retain your productivity and creativity you really will need to know when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off. While the Year of the Ox puts the focus on work and job matters, all things productive and industrious and anything that keeps you busy and occupies your time, the Ox also has its own influence. Of all the 12 signs the Ox is known for its diligence, work ethic, determination and tenacity, doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes in a pragmatic way that is all about taking responsibility. This means that whatever you set your mind to, whether on the job front or tasks and projects in general, you will have a much better chance this year of seeing it through, staying on course and making it happen. The Ox is all about sticking to a task until it is complete, regardless of the personal sacrifice. While the Year of the Rat might appear frivolous in contrast it has been critical in preparing you for this year, allowing you to work with the Ox while maintaining a balance between work and play, which is key to maintaining your creativity.
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(1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017)
The start of any new lunar year always begs one simple question and one simple answer. Will this be a good year for me? This time the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes’. Not all years are created equal and that is without taking into account the curveball that 2020 threw at us and while you can be having a bad year in the best of times and the best of years in the worst of times if the fundamentals are working to your advantage then it is easier to make the most of the best years and manage the more challenging years. Fortunately, you have the best of both in the Year of the Ox for while the impacts of 2020 might linger, this is now a known quantity. You know the challenges you are facing and this year doesn’t have the curveballs that last year did and if there is one thing the Rooster doesn’t like, it is surprises. In the West, it is thought that the events shape the year but in the East, it is known that the year shapes the events, so regardless of where you are in your life or what you have experienced in the past, while things might not change overnight the Ox will slowly start to shape the events of the next 12 months. The Year of the Rat may have kept you grounded, but that was always going to be the case and as 2020 was a turbulent year, its focus on things close to home was an important anchor. This year couldn’t be more different, with the Year of the Ox a blessing on all fronts. Firstly, things will flow more smoothly, with the Rooster and Ox part of the same ‘triad of affinity’, both sharing a strong work ethic and a willingness to help each other out. The Year of the Ox begins on 12th February and will run through to 1st February 2022 and as well as a year where there is support and things will run more smoothly, this is an especially good year for matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative. This is also a good year for pregnancy, births, engagements, marriages or anything that you might want to celebrate, with plenty of opportunities for this over the next 12 months. The real advantage comes from the fact that the Rooster and Ox share the same work ethic. The Ox is not a spontaneous energy and while he will encourage play and creativity, not at the expense of taking responsibility. The Ox will demand that you earn time to play, take this seriously and when it comes to creative pursuits you will find that you have a whole new work ethic.
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(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018)
When one lunar year ends and another begins it is not an abrupt line in the sand, when everything is forgotten and a new year begins, with a clean slate. Instead, this is not just a continuation but where you get to take the resources from one year into the next and this is especially so for the Year of the Rat. Even the Ox will be working hard to preserve its influence, knowing what an advantage this will be for him when he turns the focus onto home, family and/or property matters and all things close to home. For the Dog, the Year of the Rat has given you an intellectually savvy edge and was a good year for communication, talks, ideas and the formatting of plans and strategies. 2021 is not the wild card that 2020 was, in that much of what can be thrown at us already has been and however you faired last year this is now a known quantity. If there was ever a year where having the Rat’s intellectually savvy edge, articulation and ability to think on your feet, it was 2020. This is something you can take with you into the future. It is on 12th February that we will move into the Year of the Ox but this is something that you have a jump on, for the final four weeks of the Year of the Rat was the month of the Ox. The month of the Ox began on 13th January and when it ends on 12th February the Year of the Ox will begin. This was both a stepping stone and a chance to get a feel for the Ox’s influence while the Year of the Rat was still playing out and for you, that was a real advantage and especially for the coming year. For the Dog, the Ox puts the focus on home and family matters and you not only have a head start but thanks to the Rat, you begin this new lunar year with your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open. Because the Year of the Rat was still in effect during the month of the Ox, you had its intellectual and articulate influence to draw on and that will make this easier to hold onto and retain. As well as putting the focus on home, family and/or property matters, the Ox is a practical, sturdy and enduring energy and after the unpredictability of 2020, this will prove to be grounding and stabilising. What the Ox lacks in excitement and spontaneity it makes up for in stability and after surviving 2020 that is exactly what we need. The Ox wants to sink his cloven hooves into the mud, feel solid ground under his feet and quietly, without the drama or the ups and downs of last year, focus on the basics. If you have been wondering when life will get back to normal, the Ox returns to help you find it.
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(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019)
However 2020 treated you financially this has created lucrative potential, whether you have fully accessed it yet or not. The Year of the Rat is a year for initiating and starting things and while its focus was on helping you to achieve life’s riches and rewards, financially or otherwise, his lack of discipline could just have easily seen it flow out the other end, in an ‘easy come, easy go’ kind of way that would be abhorrent to the Ox. The Rat leaves you with a lot of earning potential but also a lot of seeds planted, which under the Ox’s diligent watch you have a chance to tend and nurture this year. The seeds for income opportunities may have been planted in 2020 but 2021 could be when this is ready to harvest. Especially so during the month of the Dragon and its focus on work and job matters from 12th April to 11th May and during the professionally charged and competitive month of the Monkey, from 8th August to 7th September. On 12th February the Year of the Rat ends and the Year of the Ox begins, a year that for the Pig is the astrological equivalent of a Swizz army knife, where there is a tool for every purpose. The Ox brings together two different influences that meld in a way that can be used to your advantage in almost every aspect of your life. One influence is the Ox’s focus on communication and all things intellectual, making this a good year for having your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open. The other influence is that the Ox is focused, determined and finishes what it starts. This means that you are not only better able to express yourself and to think on your feet but you will be more mentally focused and disciplined. If your work involves communication, you are a writer, are studying or you are anything that requires mental focus, discipline, a sharp mind or a way with words then this will be a huge advantage. However, any aspect of your life that can benefit from having the communication lines open, requires mental focus, discipline or can benefit from being mentally on top of things is going to be advantaged. As this covers almost every aspect of your life, you can see why the Year of the Ox is the astrological equivalent to the Swizz army knife, with a tool for every purpose. The Year of the Ox is not a good year in the narrowly specific way that some years can be but is a good year in every way. Your relationships, your work, study, ability to plan and stick to those plans will all benefit from the Ox’s influence.
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