2021 is symbolised by the Ox, the second of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. There are also five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) which create a 60 year cycle. This is a Metal year.
The date for the Chinese New Year is not the same every year; it begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. At this time, starting on New Years Eve (yesterday), the Spring Festival, as it is known as, is celebrated for 16 days. On the 15th day in the evening it is traditionally celebrated by families gathering together, eating a meal and lighting lanterns and watching fireworks displays.
Previous Ox Years : 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021.
Twelve Chinese Years
On his last New Year on earth, Buddha called all the animals to his side. Only twelve came and as a reward Buddha is said to have given each one a year that would reflect its personality. The ox was the second to arrive so was given the second year in the cycle.
Each person is born under one of the twelve years and the year itself bears the characteristics of the animal. Because the date of the Chinese New Year can vary from late January to mid-February, people born around this period can find that they may belong to the year before.
For example in 1994, the year of the Dog, the New Year occurred on February 10th so anyone born on February 9th is a Rooster. In 1995 the Year of the Pig began on January 31st so anyone born on January 30th is a Dog. To compensate for this difficulty, people born on or around the Chinese New Year are said to be very psychic and open to new ideas.
While Chinese astrology is extremely complex, in folk tradition Chinese people identify themselves with one of the twelve animals, much as in the Western tradition, people think of themselves as Librans or Aquarians without worrying too much about ascendants and trines.
The Years run in twelve year cycles, so if your birth year is not listed below, add 12 or subtract multiples of 12 to bring you to the nearest birth year listed. For example if you were born in 1912, add twelve and that brings you to 1924, the Year of the Rat. So you too are a Rat. The order of the animals never varies.
Secondary Animal Characteristics
We all have another side to our nature. This may be especially strong if you were born close to the Chinese New Year. The secondary animal can explain your conflicting feelings and alert you to hidden strengths. According to the time of the day or night you were born, your secondary animal can be found.
The animals of the birth times are very stable since they are not affected by the date of the Chinese New Year. However, if you are born at a cusp time, you may find that you share characteristics of the adjoining animal. If your birth year and birth time animals are the same you may have a very strong personality, but should beware inflexible attitudes.
The General Pattern
Each year is ruled by its animal and you may find that all over the world, similar economic and political trends are feeding from the same energies. If the New Year is a year that is the same as your birth animal, then it will be a significant year for you. If it is the year of your secondary animal, it may be a time for your hidden strengths to come to the fore.
The Twelve Animals
Rat years are good for new schemes, ambitious plans and because theirs are years of plenty, for money-making, storing money or investments for the future. Beware of taking unnecessary risks or over-extending yourself especially in financial matters.
Rat people are hard-working, ambitious, friendly, assertive, devoted to those they love but can be mean, quick-tempered and less than truthful to further their ambitions. They include William Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Marlon Brando.
Ox Years are marked by stability and steady growth, where hard work will be rewarded. It is a good year for domestic affairs. Beware of clashing with authority or not keeping your paperwork up to date.
Ox people are responsible, stable, hard-working, patient and reliable but they can be unimaginative and materialistic. They include Walt Disney, Vincent Van Gogh and Charlie Chaplin.
Tiger years are times of great change and strides forward especially in fields of exploration. Beware of restlessness, accidents through carelessness and violent outbursts.
Tiger people are dynamic, noble in aim, enthusiastic, born leaders and competitive but can be selfish, domineering and easily angered. They include Beethoven, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Marilyn Monroe.
Rabbit years are calm, happy, good for diplomacy, international relations and enjoyment but beware of over-indulgence and putting off until tomorrow what needs to be done today.
Rabbit people are sensitive, well-mannered, joyous and quietly observant but can be superficial and self-centred. They include Albert Einstein, Queen Victoria and Jomo Kenyatta.
Dragon years are good for creative and artistic ventures and ventures involving risk. But beware of health hazards and emotional stresses.
Dragon people are successful, independent, highly creative and inspire others, but can be arrogant and unable to keep to a routine. They include Joan of Arc, Salvador Dali and Che Guevara.
Snake years are good for secret negotiations and undercover investigations but beware of double-dealing and scandal.
Snake people are investigative, persuasive and good at keeping secrets but can be devious and very jealous. They include Pablo Picasso, Abraham Lincoln and John F.Kennedy.
Horse years are marked by positive action, rapid change in both business and the personal worlds and plenty of travel but beware of over-exhaustion and being carried along by change not of your making.
Horse people are active, sociable, hard-workers and outgoing but can be unreliable in one-to-one relationships. They include Rembrandt, Theodore Roosevelt and Nikita Krushchev.
Sheep years are for humanitarian issues, peace-making, introspection and for family matters. But beware of pessimism and over-sensitivity.
Sheep people are gentle, peace-loving, kind, tactful and reflective but can be vulnerable to criticism and easily depressed. They include Michelangelo, Andrew Carnegie and Rudolph Valentino.
Monkey years are good for enterprise, speculation, finding ways round obstacles and achieving the impossible. Beware of instability in business and personal matters and the breaking of promises.
Monkey people are quick-witted, inventive, versatile, humorous and with an excellent memory but can be unscrupulous and fickle with friends and colleagues alike. They include: Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens and Nelson Rockefeller.
Rooster years are good for politics and money, for overcoming inertia and injustice and for self-sufficiency, especially in smaller money matters. Beware of extremism and perfectionism.
Rooster people are honest, efficient, good organizers, especially of money and high profile, being successful in either the media or the Law. But can be abrasive and dogmatic. They include: Prince Philip and Pope Paul VI.
Dog years are good for matters of defense, whether at home, work or in international affairs and for integrity. Beware of Rigid attitudes and cynicism towards the intentions of others.
Dog people are crusading, protective, loyal and honest but can be obstinate and suspicious. They include Voltaire, Sir Winston Churchill and Elvis Presley.
Pig Years are good for bringing long-term projects to a successful conclusion and for the welfare of those less fortunate. Beware of Giving more than you can afford and falling prey to cheats, especially in money.
Pig people are generous, altruistic, home-loving, diligent and chivalrous but can be extravagant and over-indulgent. They include: Al Capone, Alfred Hitchcock and Humphrey Bogart.