The Chinese Year of the Ox began on January 26, and the year ahead is just now coming into focus. No matter which animal of the Chinese zodiac represents your year of birth, every year has a different impact on you. The Ox represents being frugal with your money and taking career options that are more conservative and secure. In romance, the need for security and commitment tends to curtail affairs and flings. When the Ox is in force, we love the one we’re with. But every sign of the Chinese zodiac responds differently to these heavenly influences. Read below to find out where your Chinese animal zodiac is being influenced during the year of the Ox.
Rat ( 鼠 ) 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
This is a good year for you to get your financial house in order. Leave romance to the control of a partner who is not meddling into your deep, personal income areas of interest. Focus on career moves that will come to fruition in the next few years. Plan now to follow your dream by taking methodical steps in a structured framework.
Ox ( 牛 ) 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
This is your year. While others run for cover from a bad economy, you must be bold and look forward to business deals that will favor someone who steps up and asks for his or her share. Career excitement is only part of the tale, though. Your love life will benefit from boldness, so ask the one you want to want you. The Ox does not beat around the bush – ask and get an answer, get what you want throughout the year or move on.
Tiger ( 虎 ) 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
This is a year of mystical retreat. Explore your subconscious and keep a diary of your dreams. Let a romance become ambiguous if only to explore where the person you love could best grow. The Ox enjoys that letting the Tiger run free because the big cat always returns home. Let your lover know that a long leash is still a leash of commitment and love.
Rabbit ( 兔 ) 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Newfound attention could be a burden. Social networks on the internet have you under surveillance and it seems everyone will know your business in the Year of the Ox. Try to find a secretive side and avoid over-sharing to maintain your peace of mind. A lover who can keep a secret will be the kind who could turn into a soulmate, so treat this quiet one as lovingly as you can.
Dragon ( 龍 ) 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
A big career leap is yours for the taking, but a leap often looks scarier than it truly is. You might find the Chinese Year of the Ox to be too terrifying, but you will then confront yourself over whether or not you are actually afraid of success. Love will be there for you when you want and/or need it, but the real drama is in doubling your income while following the thing that you most love to do.
Snake ( 蛇 ) 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
The Ox is a slow moving animal, but he is faster than the Snake this is your year to get moving. Offers of employment and love come from out of town. Follow up on any offers from old friends who left the nest long ago. Getting to know new parts of the world, the country or even the other side of your neighborhood will deliver a deeper understanding of yourself.
Horse ( 馬 ) 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
An investor or patron will appear and could very well make the Year of the Ox quite lucrative for you. Embrace those who support what you are doing instead of those who demand you change to suit them. The Ox will give you a rigidity that comes in handy when the winds of change are biting at your foundation. A lover who has always been there for you will be at his or her best for you this year.
Sheep ( 羊 ) 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
This is your year to lay low. Let your partner answer the phone. Don’t make an investment that is not a hundred percent secure. Make sure that commitments can be extended into the Year of the Tiger in case of problems or setbacks this year. Emphasize patience and planning. At least your health will improve, as will the fortunes of your partner and closest friend.
Monkey ( 猴 ) 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
The chance to get steady work will make your life easier while the Ox rules the heavens. Your love life should show some signs of steadiness. If you are an excitement addict, the boring routine could drive you nuts, but the chance for a relaxing and fruitful year balancing work and play is a blessing that the Ox saves for Chinese zodiac signs such as yours.
Rooster ( 雞 ) 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
There is a chance for you to find true romance this year, as the Ox appreciates the Rooster waking him in the morning and pays that favor back by bringing soul mate candidates close to you. All year will see some options come and go. Don’t be too picky in the presence of near-perfection. Trust the Ox to deliver the best.
Dog ( 狗 ) 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
The Dog may have an opportunity for a new living situation that at first appears to be a hard luck story, but is later seen to be a blessing. The Ox wants the Dog to do his or her own work before revealing the true opportunity in your new residence. Love and friendship will blossom in your new surroundings, as will the chance to establish a better career and financial situation.
Pig ( 豬 ) 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
The Ox lets the Pig hear messages that could lead you astray. This is a year to ignore tense people who insist that you are close to success if you only would follow their path and their truth. Find your own way or wait for the message that reinforces a love of yourself and your own choices. That too shall arrive this year if you are patient and don’t just ignore little quirky encounters.
Remember that the Year of the Ox lasts from January 26, 2009 through February 13, 2010.