2021: The Year of the Metal Ox and Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. They represent a cyclical concept of time, rather than the Western linear concept of time. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar.

In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese adopted the Western calendar in 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions, such as Chinese New Year.

A popular folk method which reflected this cyclical method of recording years are the Twelve Animal Signs. Every year is assigned an animal name or “sign” according to a repeating cycle: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Therefore, the same animal name or “sign” would reappear every twelve years.

We’re about to enter the Year of the Metal Ox.

Read the interpretations below to see how your animal sign will fare in 2021.

Rat:

1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

The Rat is intelligent, energetic, creative, charming, resourceful and above all, extremely organized. When a Rat takes a risk it usually pays off. This year, Rat’s optimistic attitude will come in handy, helping to turn events to its favor. Rat and Ox are good friends, making personal relationships a highlight for this animal sign.

 

Ox:

1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Ox, like Dog, is reliable, loyal and hardworking. Those born under this sign are modest and cautious and often keep their emotions bottled up. Ox can take a deep breath this year, as it reaps the benefits of its long-shared message: Hard work leads to success. If Ox can remain flexible, it will get to enjoy this success, as well as love and prosperity in personal ventures.

 

Tiger:

1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Tigers are charming, magnetic, unpredictable, adventurous, strong and independent. These natural-born leaders often do what they please, sometimes to the detriment of those around them. However, Tigers take on a more personal role this year, with spiritual development at the foreground. This year, more than ever, Tigers are open to learning about the world around them, listening to the opinions of others, and exploring how to create balance between their home life and work life.

 

Rabbit:

1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Rabbits are  gentle, caring, creative and playful, yet reserved. In 2020, Rabbits found themselves lucky in love. This streak will continue throughout the new year. The Rabbit’s calm, kind nature will give way to its tendency to nurture children, elderly, or friends in need. The Rabbit will be easy to count on this year, but Rabbits must put themselves first. With patience and self-care, Rabbits will be rewarded.

 

Dragon:

1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Dragons are decisive, determined and charismatic. They often seek out adventure and excitement. Dragons are in for a treat this year, as they are finally able to stretch their wings and reach their potential. Dragons have a lucky year ahead, in work, personal relationships and personal growth.

 

Snake:

1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

The Snake is wise, watchful and tenacious. Although a Snake may seem cold at first, it is warm and loving to those it gets close to. Snakes have a negative quality, too–laziness. If Snake is able to match Ox’s work ethic, it will be able to tie up loose ends and complete some ventures that have been in the works for many years. Snakes may have the good fortune of learning more about themselves and those around them through different opportunities. Embrace the possibilities and be open to change!

Horse:

1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

The Horse can be described as driven, lively, independent, honest and exuberant. It enjoys its freedom and looks for unique forms of self-expression. The Horse and the Ox have a solid relationship, leading to many successes at the start of the year. Horse does not always jump on an opportunity, which could impede future success. If Horse is able to open the right door early on, it will lead to many future opportunities.

 

Sheep:

1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

People born in the year of the Sheep are idealistic, nurturing, sensitive and kind. Sheep are also quietly persuasive and, like the Ox, have a tendency to hold their emotions. This year will bring many gifts for Sheep, including luck in relationships and creative endeavors. Sheep need to focus on staying organized and keeping away from gossip.

 

Monkey:

1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Clever, scheming, and playful, Monkeys like to buck the system. That might not work in Monkey’s favor this year with the Ox in command. Monkey will be faced with some difficult decisions in 2021. However, its inquisitive, fun-loving and adaptable nature—as well as its engaging personality—means Monkey will always figure out how to make a situation work out in the long-run.

 

Rooster:

1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Roosters are reliable, honest, passionate, precise and efficient. One of Rooster’s best traits—and one shared with Ox—is that they are hardworking. This pairing bodes well for Rooster, who has a year of fun and adventure planned. While Rooster may need to sacrifice some of its creature-comforts, recognition and change are on the horizon.

Dog:

1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

The Dog is loyal, fair, empathetic, protective, affectionate and resourceful, while also impetuous. Unlike Ox, who is very stubborn and consistent, Dog likes to walk new paths. This could provide a bit of resistance this year. However, if Dogs stay true to their nature and are able to relax and ‘let it go’, they will find great success. It is important for Dogs to carve out time for themselves this year.

 

Pig:

1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Pigs are kind, honest, patient, generous, loyal, sociable, clever and enduring. This is a very lucky year for Pigs, especially in the financial sector. Pigs looking to make an investment should make a move, but always put forth their best effort. Pig has a tendency to sit back and relax a bit, which is opposed to Ox’s strong work ethic. By adopting Ox’s mentality this year, Pig will be successful in many ventures.

 

 

January or February Birthdays

Chinese New Year falls between January 21st – February 20th each year. If your birthday falls in January or February, check the exact dates below to determine your animal sign. The listings below also detail the sign as it relates to one of the five elements in Nature: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. Your element adds further meaning to your zodiac sign.

 

OX

January 24, 1925 to February 12, 1926 (wood)
February 11, 1937 to January 30, 1938 (fire)
January 29, 1949 to February 16, 1950 (earth)
February 15, 1961 to February 4, 1962 (metal)
February 3, 1973 to January 22, 1974 (water)
February 20, 1985 to February 8, 1986 (wood)
February 7, 1997 to January 27, 1998 (fire)
January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2010 (earth)
February 12, 2021 to January 31, 2022 (metal)

TIGER

January 25, 1914 to February 12, 1915 (wood)
February 13, 1926 to February 1, 1927 (fire)
January 31, 1938 to February 18, 1939 (earth)
February 17, 1950 to February 5, 1951 (metal)
February 5, 1962 to January 24, 1963 (water)
January 23, 1974 to February 10, 1975 (wood)
February 9, 1986 to January 28, 1987 (fire)
January 28, 1998 to February 15, 1999 (earth)
February 14, 2010 to February 2, 2011 (metal)

RABBIT

February 13, 1915 to February 2, 1916 (wood)
February 2, 1927 to January 22, 1928 (fire)
February 19, 1939 to February 7, 1940 (earth)
February 1951 to January 26, 1952 (metal)
January 25, 1963 to February 12, 1964 (water)
February 11, 1975 to January 30, 1976 (wood)
January 29, 1987 to February 16, 1988 (fire)
February 16, 1999 to February 4, 2000 (earth)
February 3, 2011 to January 22, 2012 (metal)

DRAGON

February 3, 1916 to January 22, 1917 (fire)
January 23, 1928 to February 9, 1929 (earth)
February 8, 1940 to January 26, 1941 (metal)
January 27, 1952 to February 13, 1953 (water)
February 13, 1964 to February 1, 1965 (wood)
January 31, 1976 to February 17, 1977 (fire)
February 17, 1988 to February 5, 1989 (earth)
February 5, 2000 to January 23, 2001 (metal)
January 23, 2012 to February 9, 2013 (water)

SNAKE

January 23, 1917 to February 10, 1918 (fire)
February 10, 1929 to January 29, 1930 (earth)
January 27, 1941 to February 14, 1942 (metal)
February 14, 1953 to February 2, 1954 (water)
February 2, 1965 to January 20, 1966 (wood)
February 18, 1977 to February 6, 1978 (fire)
February 6, 1989 to January 26 1990 (earth)
January 24, 2001 to February 11, 2002 (metal)
February 10, 2013 to January 30, 2014 (water)

HORSE

February 11, 1918 to January 31, 1919 (earth)
January 30, 1930 to February 16, 1931 (metal)
February 15, 1942 to February 4, 1943 (water)
February 3, 1954 to January 23, 1955 (wood)
January 21, 1966 to February 8, 1967 (fire)
February 7, 1978 to January 27, 1979 (earth)
January 27, 1990 to February 14, 1991 (metal)
February 12, 2002 to January 31, 2003 (water)
January 31, 2014 to February 18, 2015 (wood)

SHEEP

February 1, 1919 to February 19, 1920 (earth)
February 17, 1931 to February 5, 1932 (metal)
February 5, 1943 to January 24, 1944 (water)
January 24, 1955 to February 11, 1956 (wood)
February 9, 1967 to January 29, 1968 (fire)
January 28, 1979 to February 15, 1980 (earth)
February 15, 1991 to February 3, 1992 (metal)
February 1, 2003 to January 21, 2004 (water)
February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016 (wood)

MONKEY

February 20, 1920 to February 7, 1921 (metal)
February 6, 1932 to January 25, 1933 (water)
January 25, 1944 to February 12, 1945 (wood)
February 12, 1956 to January 30, 1957 (fire)
January 30, 1968 to February 16, 1969 (earth)
February 16, 1980 to February 4, 1981 (metal)
February 4, 1992 to January 22, 1993 (water)
January 22, 2004 to February 8, 2005 (wood)
February 8, 2016 to January 27, 2017 (fire)

ROOSTER

February 8, 1921 to January 27, 1922 (metal)
January 26, 1933 to February 13, 1934 (water)
February 13, 1945 to February 1, 1946 (wood)
January 31, 1957 to February 17, 1958 (fire)
February 17, 1969 to February 5, 1970 (earth)
February 5, 1981 to January 24, 1982 (metal)
January 23, 1993 to February 9, 1994 (water)
February 9, 2005 to January 28, 2006 (wood)
January 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018 (fire)

DOG

January 28, 1922 to February 15, 1923 (water)
February 14, 1934 to February 3, 1935 (wood)
February 2, 1946 to January 21, 1947 (fire)
February 18, 1958 to February 7, 1959 (earth)
February 6, 1970 to January 26, 1971 (metal)
January 25, 1982 to February 12, 1983 (water)
February 10, 1994 to January 30, 1995 (wood)
January 29, 2006 to February 17, 2007 (fire)
February 16, 2018 to February 4, 2019 (earth)

PIG

February 16, 1923 to February 4, 1924 (water)
February 4, 1935 to January 23, 1936 (wood)
January 22, 1947 to February 9, 1948 (fire)
February 8, 1959 to January 27, 1960 (earth)
January 27, 1971 to February 14, 1972 (metal)
February 13, 1983 to February 1, 1984 (water)
January 31, 1994 to February 18, 1996 (wood)
February 18, 2007 to February 6, 2008 (fire)
February 5, 2019 to January 24, 2020 (earth)

RAT

February 5, 1924 to January 23, 1925 (wood)
January 24, 1936 to February 10, 1937 (fire)
February 10, 1948 to January 28, 1949 (earth)
January 28, 1960 to February 14, 1961 (metal)
February 15, 1972 to February 2, 1973 (water)
February 2, 1984 to February 19, 1985 (wood)
February 19, 1996 to February 6, 1997 (fire)
February 7, 2008 to January 25, 2009 (earth)
January 25, 2020 to February 11, 2021 (metal)

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