Chinese Astrology Ox

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2021 is the Year of the Cow.According to the Chinese astrology calendar, the 2021 Chinese Zodiac Year starts on February 3, 2021, in the China timezone.The first day of the Chinese astrological year is different from Chinese New Year Day, which is from the Chinese lunar calendar. provides free 2021 Chinese horoscopes, online tarot readings, psychic readings, Chinese astrology, Vedic Astrology, Mayan Astrology, Numerology, Feng Shui, zodiac 101, sun sign compatibility and video horoscopes.


After the craziness of last year, Rat natives have a much better year in store for them in 2021. That said, there are still changes coming, as you are in the 'seed-planting' time of your 12-year cycle. This is a three-year period in which it's really important to do new things, meet new people, and take calculated risks. That was the challenge in 2020. But now, as 2021 unfolds, there will be many opportunities for you to break free of blocks and make great progress on your goals.

Recognition in your career is highlighted in 2021. This could take the form of an award, an increase in your paycheck, or a new, higher position. There is also increased energy around shifting your career trajectory toward something more to your liking. If you have wanted to do something more creative, or make more money with less effort, the path forward will become clear this year.

Rat natives will enjoy a better spiritual connection with the energies of the Universe. This allows you to manifest much of what you want when you set your mind to it. This includes assistance in your social, family, and love lives.

Still, there are a few challenges this year. Delays can make you frustrated and cause you to give up too soon. Rat energy moves very quickly, and you don't have a lot of patience for slow decision-makers or boring, repetitive tasks. Yet some of these things will be necessary for you to get where you want to go. If you don't get an immediate response to an email, just breathe. Allowing delays to irritate you too much may derail opportunities to complete larger projects. It's a good idea to work on more than one project at a time, so that when a delay happens, you can jump to the other project.

The other issue centers around your spending habits. As there will be opportunities to make more money this year, you may be tempted to overspend on nonessentials. But overall, expect a substantially better year than last year, with just a few bumps in the road.

  1. 2021 is Chinese Year of Golden Cow - Metal White Ox. The Chinese New Year Day is on on Friday, February 12, 2021. The first day of the Rat Year is on February 3, 2021. The complete 2021 Chinese Horoscope predictions is ready in the following line. One prediction is the 2021 Chinese Zodiacs based on the animal sign of your birth year.
  2. Chinese Astrology Predictions for Family. Ox predictions for 2021 predict that you will have trouble with the elders in your family because of your hard headedness. You need to apologize to your elders for all the wrong things you have done to the family. Bring back peace into the family by accepting your wrongs and making things right.
  3. This ancient wisdom is based on a 12-year mathematical cycle, where each year is represented by an animal symbol. These 12 animal symbols are the very foundation of Chinese Astrology. These animal symbols include Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
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Zodiacal ox, showing the Chinese character niú (牛), meaning 'ox' or 'bovine creature'. The same character is also used in some related languages.
Carving of a bovine animal ('ox'), at Mount Hôrai-ji Buddhist Temple, Aichi Prefecture, Japan: a stone monument showing the Earthly Branchsymbolchǒu (丑)

The Ox () is the second of the 12-year periodic sequence (cycle) of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar, and also appears in related calendar systems. The Chinese term translated here as ox is in Chinese niú (牛), a word generally referring to cows, bulls, or neutered types of the bovine family, such as common cattle or water buffalo. The zodiacal ox may be construed as male, female, neutered, hermaphroditic, and either singular or plural. The Year of the Ox is also denoted by the Earthly Branchsymbolchǒu (丑). The term 'zodiac' ultimately derives from an Ancient Greek term referring to a 'circle of little animals'. There are also a yearly month of the ox and a daily hour of the ox (Chinese double hour, 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.). Years of the oxen (cows) are cyclically differentiated by correlation to the Heavenly Stems cycle, resulting in a repeating cycle of five years of the ox/cow (over a sixty-year period), each ox/cow year also being associated with one of the Chinese wǔxíng, also known as the 'five elements', or 'phases': the 'Five Phases' being Fire (huǒ), Water (shuǐ), Wood (), Metal (jīn), and Earth (). The Year of the Ox follows after the Year of the Rat (the first year of the zodiacal cycle) which happened in 2020 and it then is followed by the Year of the Tiger, which will happen in 2022.


Twelve jade figurines from China representing the zodiacal 'circle of small animals', beginning with the rat (left front), and then going clockwise to the next figure on the left (the ox) and then continuing clockwise around to the pig (right front)

The meaning of zodiacal in the case of the Zodiacal Ox derives from Ancient Greek. There are similarities and differences with the concept of zodiac in Western Astrology.


The meaning of zodiac derives from zōdiacus, the Latinized form of the Ancient Greekzōdiakòs kýklos (), meaning 'cycle/circle of little animals'. The term 'zodiacal' refers to the classification scheme based on the lunar calendar that assigns an animal and its reputed attributes to each year in a repeating 12-year cycle. The 12-year cycle is an approximation to the 11.85-year orbital period of Jupiter.[1] Originating from China, this form of the zodiac (with some variations) has been popular for a long time in many East Asiancountries, such as Japan,[2]South Korea,[3]Vietnam,[3]Cambodia,[4] and Thailand.[5] The ox symbolizes diligence and patience. The people with this age have progressed steadily and owns persistent strength. They are very determined but stubborn.

Differences with Western astrology[edit]

The term 'zodiac' reflects similarities and differences with the Westernzodiac. Both similarly have cycles divided into twelve parts, with at least the majority of those parts named for animals, and each is widely associated with an ascription of a person's personality or events in their life to a supposed influence of the person's particular relationship to the cycle. A major difference between the two is that the animals of the Chinese zodiac are not associated with constellations spanned by the ecliptic plane (that is, the part of the sky through which the Sun appears to move from the perspective of Earth). The Chinese/East Asian 12-part cycle corresponds to years, rather than months.

Mythological ox[edit]

The ox of the Chinese zodiac has a long history. In Chinese mythology, many myths about oxen or ox-like entities include celestial and earthly beings. The myths range from ones which include oxen or composite beings with ox characteristics as major actors to ones which focus on human or divine actors, in which the role of the oxen are more subsidiary. In some cases, Chinese myths focus on oxen-related subjects, such as plowing and agriculture or ox-powered carriage. Another important role for beef cattle is in the religious capacity of sacrificial offerings. Chinese mythology intersects with the idea of the zodiacal ox.

Great race[edit]

According to some old mythological traditions there was a race held by a great deity to determine which creatures, in which order, would be the namesakes of the twelve-year cycle. The race was run, and swum, the finishing line being across a great river. The Rat and the Ox crossed easily enough, the Ox due to being large, powerful, and adept both on land and in water: the Rat asked the good-natured Ox for a ride on its back, but then ungratefully jumped off at the last minute to cross the finish line first.

Years and the Five Elements[edit]

Sexagenary cycle years

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the 'Year of the Ox', while bearing the following elemental phase sign:[6][7]

Start dateEnd dateHeavenly branch
31 January 180517 February 1806Wood Ox
17 January 18174 February 1818Fire Ox
4 February 182924 January 1830Earth Ox
23 January 18419 February 1842Metal Ox
8 February 185328 January 1854Water Ox
27 January 186514 February 1866Wood Ox
13 February 18771 February 1878Fire Ox
31 January 188920 January 1890Earth Ox
19 February 19017 February 1902Metal Ox
6 February 191325 January 1914Water Ox
24 January 192512 February 1926Wood Ox
11 February 193730 January 1938Fire Ox
29 January 194916 February 1950Earth Ox
15 February 19614 February 1962Metal Ox
3 February 197322 January 1974Water Ox
20 February 19858 February 1986Wood Ox
7 February 199727 January 1998Fire Ox
26 January 200913 February 2010Earth Ox
12 February 202131 January 2022Metal Ox
31 January 203318 February 2034Water Ox
17 February 204505 February 2046Wood Ox
4 February 205723 January 2058Fire Ox
23 January 206910 February 2070Earth Ox
9 February 208128 January 2083Metal Ox
27 January 209314 February 2094Water Ox

Lunar Mansion[edit]

In traditional Chinese astrology as well as traditional Chinese astronomy the sky was mapped into various asterisms or what are sometimes referred to as Chinese constellations. This is actually more similar to the zodiac of Western astrology than is the 12 animal cycle. The stars along the plane of the ecliptic divide into groups known as the Twenty-Eight Mansions. Because the moon during its monthly cycle could be observed to appear to move from one mansion (or 'camp') into the next each night in turn, they are also known as Lunar Mansions. Traditionally, these mansions were divided into four groups of seven each, and associated with one of four spiritual entities. This is applicable to the Year of the Ox, Chǒu (丑), a sign linked to the celestial region of the Black Warrior, or Xuánwǔ,[8] linked to the stars of Beta Capricorni, in modern astronomy.

Hour of the Ox[edit]

Main Chinese tradition divided the hours of a day-night period into 12 double-hours. Each of these double-hours corresponds with one of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, with similar symbolic motif and astrological significance. The first of the twelve double hours is midnight (at the middle of the double-hour), corresponding with 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.: this is the Hour of the Rat. The second and next double-hour is the Hour of the Ox: 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; that is the double-hour chǒu (丑). [9]Astrology app android github.

Basic astrology elements[edit]

Earthly Branches of Birth Year:丑 Chǒu
The Five Elements:Earth
Cardinal Point:North-Northeast (NNE)
Yin/ Yang:Yin
Lunar Month:Twelfth
Closest Western Zodiac:Capricorn
Earthly Branch Ruling Hours:01:00 to 02:59
Twelve Heavenly Generals:Sanskrit: Caundhula (Chinese: 招杜羅)
Lucky Flowers:tulip, evergreen, peach blossom, rose
Lucky Numbers:8, 9, 3; Avoid: 6
Lucky Colors:blue, red, purple; Avoid: white, green

Around the world[edit]

Stamp from a zodiacal series from Ukraine commemorating Years of the Ox

In the Vietnamese zodiac, the water buffalo occupies the position of the Ox. In Nepal, the Tamu/Gurung people celebrate the year of the cow.[10]


The Year of the Ox does not exactly correspond with years of the commonly used Gregorian calendar. For the 2021–2022 Gregorian time period, the Year of the Ox begins on 12 February 2021 and ends 31 January 2022. This is a year of the Metal Ox. Classical nomenclature uses the stem-branch reckoning for this year, xīn-chǒu (辛丑) of the sexagenary cycle.


See also[edit]


  1. ^Dr Zai, J. Taoism and Science: Cosmology, Evolution, Morality, Health and more. Ultravisum, 2015.
  2. ^teacher, Namiko Abe Namiko Abe is a Japanese language; translator. 'The Twelve Japanese Zodiac Signs'. ThoughtCo. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ ab'Chinese Zodiac and Chinese Year Animals'. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  4. ^'Khmer Calendar'. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  5. ^'Animals of the Thai Zodiac and the Twelve Year Cycle'. Thaizer. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^'When is Chinese New Year?'. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. ^'Year of the Ox, Cow: Love Compatibility, Horoscope, Personality – Chinese Zodiac Sign'. Your Chinese Astrology. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  8. ^Wu, Zhonxian and Karin Wu (2014, 2016). Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches:TianGan DiZhi. London and Philadelphia: Singing Dragon, ISBN978-1-84819-208-9, 28 and 98
  9. ^Palmer, Martin, editor, et al, (1986). T'ung Shu: The Ancient Chinese Almanac. Boston: Shambala. ISBN0-394-74221-4, 34
  10. ^Arina Sherchan (11 July 2010). 'Tamu (Gurung) Losar Festival'. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Somerville, Neil (2008). Your Chinese Horoscope 2009: What the Year of the Ox Holds in Store for You. HarperCollins. pp. I–VIII. ISBN9780007283750.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Ox (zodiac) at Wikimedia Commons

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