Year of Ox offers optimistic look at 2021 after dreadful 2020

Year of Ox offers optimistic look at 2021 after dreadful 2020

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

The turning of the page from a year bygone to a new year brings with it new hope and optimism, especially after what we experienced in 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic turned life as we know it pretty much upside down.

At least according to the Chinese Zodiac, 2021 could be a harbinger of good things to come, a very welcome sign after all the trials and difficulties endured during the last 12 months.

Welcome to the Year of the Ox, the second of the 12 zodiac signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Serpent, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.

Technically, the Year of the Ox does not begin until the Chinese or Lunar New Year, which this year falls on Feb. 12 and lasts through Jan. 31, 2022, but it’s generally observed on Jan. 1 according to the western calendar. Previous years of the Ox have been 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009, and the next one will be 2033.

According to thechinesezodiac.org, the Year of the Ox will be a lucky one and is also perfect to focus on relationships, whether friendships or love, and when hard work will be rewarded. Those zodiac signs lucky in terms of money will be ones who make a considerable effort.

The Chinese zodiac describes oxen as creatures known for dependability, strength, determination and diligence.

Male oxen are strongly patriotic, according to the zodiac; they have ideals and ambitions for life and attach great importance to family and work. Female oxen are known to be traditional, faithful wives and parents, who put great emphasis on their children’s educations.

Yet the oxen can be stubborn. They work maybe too much, have a tough time relaxing and tend to forget meals, which may cause intestinal problems. Solutions: Regular diet and rest.

Colors considered lucky for those born in the year of the Ox are white, green and yellow; blue is considered unlucky.

Peach blossoms and tulips are thought to be lucky flowers, as well as numbers 1 and 4 and numbers containing each, like 14 and 41; 5 and 6 are considered unlucky. North and south are said to be lucky directions, while southwest is considered unlucky.

Signs considered best matched for those born in the year of the Ox are the rat, monkey and rooster; the worst matched signs are the tiger, dragon, horse and goat.

Among the many famous (or in some cases infamous) people who were born in the Year of the Ox were:
Napoleon (1769), Adolf Hitler (1889), Walt Disney (1901), British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925), presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon (both in 1913) and Barack Obama (1961), Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein (1937), actor-filmmaker Charlie Chaplin (1889), actors George Clooney (1961), Richard Gere (1949), Meryl Streep (1949), Morgan Freeman and Dustin Hoffman (1937), artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853) and Princess Diana (1961).

But whatever sign you are, a very happy and blessed New Year to each and every one of you!
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On the Web: https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/chinese-horoscope-2021-year-of-the-meta... and https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/ox.htm

ornauer.dave@stripes.com
Twitter @daveornauer

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