The Chinese Year of the Ox, based on the lunar calendar, begins on January 26, 2009 and ends on February 14, 2010. The Ox is the second in the cycle of 12 animal signs. Besides the 12 zodiac signs, the Chinese system of astrology also includes the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) thus making a complete cycle 60 years. It is thought that the earth element balances any negative qualities of the Ox who has the potential to be a raging bull.
The grounded, rational, earth influence of the Ox may bring good fortune to troubled economic times but only with a sustained, well planned effort. The Ox influence brings an aversion to risky credit and quick answers that are not well conceived. The Ox year brings success only through discipline and hard work.
The last time the Earth Ox was seen as the ruling influence was sixty years ago (January 29, 1949 - February 15, 1950.) With a bit of research, I found that the world suffered a recession in late 1948 and early 1949. The world economy recovered during the year of the Ox due to rational decisions and careful planning. By 1951, the recession was over. Many people will be searching for quick solutions to the current economic crisis, but the Ox favors a well-planned, consistent path that will take more time but will lay a foundation for long lasting results.
In 2009, the most auspicious direction is Southeast. The positive chi is arriving from the southeast and we should open up this area as much as possible in our homes and offices so that it is not obstructed in any way. The most inauspicious direction is the North. We should avoid travel in a Northern direction and keep this area of our environments as inactive as possible.
Individually each of the 12 animals has a different relationship with the Ox. If you are interested in finding out more about your own sign, please contact me for a reading and recommendations for enhancing advantages and mitigating misfortune. Heads up Oxen, contrary to popular belief, it is not easy when it is your zodiac animal's year.
Here are some general tendencies for the zodiac animals:
The Year of the Ox will be most favorable to people born in the Year of the Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) and good fortune will shine on the Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993) and the Snake (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989). The Ox, Rooster and Snake create the 3 harmonies.
Other lucky signs for the year are the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992) Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) and Tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998).
The Year of the Ox will be tough on people born in the Year of the Ram (born in years 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003), which is in direct conflict with the Ox and to those born in the Year of the Horse (born in years 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002).
To a lesser extent, those born in the Year of the Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999), Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994) and Pig (1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995) will also have challenges and a mix of ups and downs.
The Ox itself (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996) have a special position which carry an aura of prestige yet are also 'sitting' directly atop the Year God and should keep a low profile to avert any misfortune.
Please note that if you are born in January or even the beginning of February who may be part of the previous year. Lunar New Year can vary by a couple of weeks from year to year.
There are so many factors to consider in determining one's astrology, not the least of which is personal karma. The purpose of Feng Shui is to be able to work with your astrology and environment to protect oneself in the difficult periods and enhance one's luck when it is available. All the signs are recommended to do the 'Golden Cicada sheds Its Shell' ritual for protection. This ritual is also If this resonates with you, be in touch and I will be happy to share it with an exchange of red envelopes.
Whatever your sign, may the year ahead bring you exactly what is needed in each moment.
'Gung Hey Fat Choy'
(Wishing You Prosperity), Judith Wendell
PS...It is considered good luck to carry a small 3 dimensional Rat. This is because the Rat is the most compatible sign with the Ox. According to Grand Master Lin-Yun (leader of the Black Hat Tibetan Buddhist lineage of feng shui), it is believed that when the Ox and Rat come together, the joy of this encounter is enough to offset any evil that the moment may harbor. But please note that the Horse and Ram clash with the Rat. So it is recommended that they carry a Snake and Rooster. This is because Ox, Snake and Rooster create a 'three harmony' relationship. Thus, presence of these two compatible animals with the Ox will serve to avert disaster, bring blessings and attract wealth. Some may see these little creatures as talisman, others as superstition. I enjoy seeing a little Rat dangling from my cell phone. It is my intention that he be protective. This intention makes it so.