2021: Year of the Ox

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to The Year of the Ox, which begins on Friday, February 12th. The Chinese Zodiac is a system that assigns a unique animal to each year in a 12-year cycle. While each animal has its specific personality traits, this system has many significant nuances because of the incorporation of the 5-Element system in Chinese medicine.

There are actually five different types of oxen based on the five elements of wind, water, fire, metal, and earth. 2021 is the year of the Metal Ox. The metal ox is diligent, dependable, strong and determined.

Persistence is Key

Having great patience and a desire to make progress, Oxen can achieve their goals by consistent effort. They are not  influenced much by others or their environment, but persist in doing things according to their ideals and capabilities.

Before taking any action, Oxen should have a definite plan with detailed steps, to which they apply their strong faith and physical strength. As a result, people of the Ox zodiac sign often enjoy great success.

Room to Grow

Oxen are weakest in their communication skills. They are not good at communicating with others, and even think it is not worthwhile to exchange ideas with others. They are stubborn and stick to their own ways

Career Advice

With a keen eye for details and an admirable work ethic, they are competent in such careers as agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacy, mechanics, engineering, draftsmanship, artistry, politics, real estate, interior design, painting, carpentry, or quarry work.

Ox Qualities

Oxen are likely to be self-made and insist that everyone should do their part while not putting up barriers to others’ work. Although a little conservative, Oxen always try to keep things just and fair in both life or at work, and never let people down.

Other positive Oxen qualities include:


  • Loyal
  • Honest
  • Responsible
  • Hard-working
  • Logical

Negative Qualities include:

  • Less-talkative
  • Conservative
  • Stubborn
  • Overcautious


Best Match: Rat, Monkey, Rooster
Worst Match: Tiger, Dragon, Horse Goat

What to Expect in 2021

For people born with Chinese zodiac Ox sign, they are honest and kind-hearted.

However, entering the Chinese Zodiac Birth Year (Ben Ming Nian), their overall fortunes are not stable. Some will encounter troubles, which will be challenging. However, there is no need to be too frustrated.

2021 won’t be a suitable year for investment. They need to work harde in order to have stable salary. They should not rely on gambling or the lottery. Gradual accumulation of wealth is key.

What You Didn’t Know about Chinese Astrology

In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals), by day (called true animals) and hours (called secret animals). While a person might appear to be a Dragon because they were born in the year of the Dragon, they might also be a Snake internally, an Ox truly, and a Goat secretively.

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