It’s a brand new year in the Lunar calendar, also known as Chinese New Year. The date of Chinese New Year changes each year, usually falling on a day between January 21st – February 20th. The Lunar calendar begins with the first new moon of the year and ends with the full moon. Filled with traditions and rituals, Chinese New Year is the most important and celebrated holiday in the Chinese calendar. For two weeks, business life just about comes to a halt, while the focus shifts to family, and traditions center on bringing good luck and long life.
In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is represented by the combination of an animal sign (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig) and one of the five elements in Nature (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth). Every person is said to possess the qualities of the animal sign they are born under. 2021 is the year of the Metal Ox, which begins on February 12.
Metal Element and Ox Spirit
The Ox is the second animal sign in the Lunar calendar. Each element has a high swing and a low swing. This year’s element is on the low swing, which can work both for and against you. Energetically, Metal relates to Lung energy and supports digestive health. If your Lung energy is not strong, you may notice issues with your digestion, lungs, or skin this coming year. But as with everything, you have the opportunity to use this new change to your advantage. What power this fresh start holds for all of Nature and its beings! If we can align ourselves with Nature’s energy flow, we will enjoy greater health and balance throughout the lunar cycle.
The Year of the Metal Ox brings energy and promise (Metal) along with intelligence and hard work (Ox). Once a project gets off the ground, Metal energy has a way of zooming it forward to reach its highest potential. The Ox has been used in agriculture since around 4000 B.C. It is a slow animal, but it has great strength and determination. The Ox is able to carry heavy loads over long periods of time. A calm temperament is one of its most valuable attributes. The Ox is willing to follow commands and complete the same work, day after day.
Much of the same can be said about the symbolism surrounding the Ox, as it pertains to the zodiac. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a symbol of diligence, persistence, and honesty. Those born under this sign are known to be dependable, and possess strength and determination. They are successful in their ventures by virtue of their lasting patience, and have the desire to make progress, while being consistent in their efforts. People born under the Metal Ox, in particular, are hardworking, active, and maintain strong friendships. They are known to be conservative and rooted in tradition, caring deeply for those in their social network.
While Ox, in general, are successful, a tendency toward stubbornness can impede progress. This year, Ox will need to remind itself to remain flexible in order to fully benefit from its consistent hard work. If this advice is followed, Ox will reap success in personal and financial ventures. All zodiac signs will benefit from Ox’s stable and grounding nature. Rebuilding to make way for something better is the key for all this year. And in following Ox’s strong lead, every sign will be on its way to great success.