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What the Year of the Ox has in store for you

Alice Nguyen, Christie Yip & Mitchell McCafferty

While there are a few versions of the origin myth behind the Chinese zodiac, the general story is that the Jade Emperor – one of the most important gods in traditional Chinese mythology – hosted a gathering, to which he invited 12 animals. The order of the Chinese zodiac is based on the order in which these animals finished the race. The 12-year cycle of the lunar calendar means that depending on the year you were born, you are represented by one of the 12 animals and share affiliation with its character traits and fortunes. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, this means your fortune for the year ahead changes depending on what year it is. In 2021, it’s the Year of the Ox and to mark the occasion we’ve pulled together a summary of what lies ahead for you in terms of career, relationships or love. 

Disclaimer: Much like any other horoscope readings, fortune tellings based on the Chinese Zodiac are what you make of them.
Second disclaimer: The first day of a Lunar New Year changes from year to year as the lunar calendar is based on cycles of the moon’s phases. For those who celebrate birthdays in January or February, there are chances that you may be between signs. You can confirm your sign here.


Rat

1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008

Personality
Born in 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008, you respond pretty quickly to whatever situation you find yourself in, can easily adapt and are pretty good at seeing opportunities that others can’t. You’re bright and optimistic.

Fortune
Good news post-2020! The outlook for your year is looking up. You’ll be empowered with a sense of confidence and optimism and will use this in your social interactions. Keep an eye on your mental and physical health though by finding time in your busy schedule to chill out.

Career
In 2021, your career takes front and centre position. Rats will be on the prowl for a sense of direction and will likely be able to achieve their goals as long as they’re timely with their actions.

Love life
You can relax, because things in the love department should go more smoothly this year. If you’re already in a relationship, then things are likely to keep progressing with no hitches. But if you’re single, then this year is a good time to add some romance to your life. While you might not find anything serious, you will still enjoy the journey.

Your anthem
Feel Better - Alice Vicious

Ox

1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Personality
Happy just to be toiling away in the background with no desire for praise, you’re an Ox if you were born in 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 or 2009. You’re a logical thinker and a natural leader, believing routine and traditions are important. 

Fortune
Contrary to what you may think, when it’s your zodiac animal’s year you generally encounter a few more challenges than usual. You might experience more stress, distraction and emotional upheaval this year.

Career
You might not be able to have as many breakthroughs in your career this year as you’d like to, but be sure to make nice with your colleagues. Keep working hard at refining your talents and avoid those luxury purchases. 2021 is not the year to spend recklessly.

Love life
If you’re in a relationship, you might find it difficult to further improve the relationship with your partner this year. Things might feel like they’re not within your control, but try to be patient. Unfortunately, if you’re single then it might be a bit of a quiet year for you. Take the year and make it one for self-love. 

Your anthem
Take Me As I Am - Rina Sawayama

Tiger

1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Personality
Courageous people who have a zest for life and love a bit of adventure, Tigers are those who were born in 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010. If this is you, then you feel your emotions deeply and like to use your imagination. Boundless with energy, you have a tendency to make decisions impulsively and are a bit stubborn but never give up in the face of a challenge. 

Fortune
Thank the heavens! Because 2021 is looking to be a stable year for the Tiger. The stress of 2020 might have affected your health, but things will get back on track this year and there’s lots of potential for major breakthroughs to be made in multiple areas of your life. 

Career
It’s the perfect year to get things in place for success in the future. Keep an eye out for anyone with weak character who might hamper your efforts. 

Love life
2021 is your year. You’re likely to have confidence and feel at ease when plunged into any new social situations. If you’re in a relationship, things will be peaceful and harmonious.

Your anthem
How You Like That - Blackpink

Rabbit

1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Personality
People born in 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011 tend to live with a philosophy of fairness. You are honest, elegant and earnest and believe others should be the same.

Fortune
This year is looking pretty straightforward for you, but if you want to take things to the next level then you need to have a clear vision of your goals. Pay attention to your job and make sure you make healthy choices to keep your body in tip-top condition. 

Career
Even if you don’t advance as quickly as you’d like this year, try not to be too hard on yourself, as there will still be opportunities for you to make giant strides in your knowledge and expertise. It’s okay to experiment with money-making options but exercise caution.

Love life
There’s a bit of colour and adventure in store for you this year. Don’t let all the attention get to your head. If you’re already in a relationship then communication is looking a lot smoother and you’ll both be working towards a greater sense of harmony. 

Your anthem
BANG BANG BANG - BIGBANG

Dragon

1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Personality
If you were born in 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012, then you are bursting at the seams with spirit, strength and pride. Your innate sense of charm and attractiveness makes you popular with admirers and all you want is support and love, which you give to others in spades. 

Fortune
If you keep your head down this year and work hard then you should be able to reap the rewards. But don’t expect it to be all smooth sailing, there will still be some obstacles to navigate.

Career
You might feel a little unmotivated at times this year, so don’t forget to keep an eye on the details as well as looking at the bigger picture. If you can manage to avoid butting heads with anyone, then you will emerge stronger and better than before.

Love life
There might be more of a focus on your career and professional life this year and that’s okay. This might cause some tension with your partner, but remember to show patience and this too shall pass. If you’re single and ready to mingle, don’t spend too much time overthinking things. Giving your romantic interests time and freedom is key. 

Your anthem
Face My Fears - Hikaru Utada and Skrillex

Snake

1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Personality
Born in 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 or 2013, you’re just as mysterious and graceful as your zodiac animal. Snakes are smart, thoughtful and calm even when things are chaotic. 

Fortune
In the Chinese zodiac, the Snake is good pals with the Ox. This means you’ll find luck in all areas of your life. Everything’s coming up Snake! 

Career
You will perform remarkably at work this year and your sense of creativity will know no bounds. Your colleagues will be impressed by you but remember to stay modest. Your relationships in the workplace will have a lot of sway on where things go from here.

Love life
Whether you’re in a relationship or looking, luck is on your side. You will be at your most charming and potential suitors will find it hard to resist. Don’t be afraid to give things a chance.

Your anthem
Trên Tình Bạn Dưới Tình Yêu - MIN

 

Horse

1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Personality
Okay, you’re a free spirit, we get it. The seventh sign in the zodiac demands enough space to live independently and to let your energy roam free. You want to chase your dreams, and you have the brains and athleticism to do it.

Fortune
It’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes and you may feel the pressure this year, but try not to let it get the best of you. At the risk of slipping in the ‘p’ word, you need to try and pivot around all the obstacles in the path ahead. 

Career
It might be a year of upheaval for you. You will struggle to sit still and perhaps even look for new opportunities. Remember that hard work and a good reputation will never lead you astray. 

Love life
You’re lusting and desperate for adventure but you won’t find it this year, soz. You might meet a bunch of new people but they won’t be The One. Proceed with caution and protect your heart. If you’re lucky enough to already be loved up, then showing loyalty and understanding will see you both reap the benefits. 

Your anthem
Physical - Dua Lipa feat. Hwa Sa

Sheep

1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Personality
You are loving, selfless and sympathetic to a fault. You’re always thinking about what it’s like to be in other peoples’ shoes and hate seeing people get hurt. It means that you sometimes forget to care for yourself, so receiving support from your loved ones is always appreciated. 

Fortune
A generally good year lies ahead, but it won’t be without its challenges. Your finances might not make it as far as you’d like them to, but it’s looking like you’ll have some luck in your career and relationships. Exercise regularly to keep your health in check. 

Career
You might make a number of mistakes at work, but take the opportunity to learn from them. Your career won’t advance as much as you’d like it to, but be patient and things will get better over time. Be ready for change, preparation is key. 

Love life
When work gets a bit much, you have a tendency to turn inwards and take some ‘alone’ time. If you have a partner, make sure to communicate openly. If you’re seeking a partner though, don’t forget that a bit of social time and meeting new people can help alleviate stress. 

Your anthem
Dynamite - BTS

 

Monkey

1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Personality
Witty, lively and cheeky, you are ninth in the lineup, born in the years of 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 or 2016. Some personality traits present in people born in these years include a sense of justice, bravery, and humour.

Fortune
The 2021 horoscope predicts that those born in the year of the Monkey will have a good year of spiritual realisation. Get manifesting!

Career
In the career and finance aspect Monkeys may struggle with income through work, it’d be best to limit expenses and embrace help and support from coworkers. Start that spreadsheet and get budgeting.

Love life
Your most compatible matches are the Ox and Rabbit, your characteristics and common hobbies will be complementary to each other.

Your anthem
Indigo - 88rising, NIKI

Rooster

1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Personality
Tenth sign in the Chinese zodiac, Roosters are reliable, organised, disciplined and born in the years of 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.

Fortune
Your lucky numbers for the year are five, seven and eight. Roosters are looking to have a year of empowerment and control.

Career
This year brings just normal luck for Roosters,  it would be best to manage expectations and prioritise day-to-day activities. 

Love life
You would be most compatible with the Ox and Snake forming a harmonious and everlasting power couple. 

Your anthem
LOST IN PARADISE - ALI, AKLO

Dog

1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Personality
Honest, loyal and quick-witted, Dogs tend to be emotional and sensitive to their environment, born in the years of 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.

Fortune
Your lucky colours for the year are red, green and purple. You will thrive when seeking self-fulfilment and excel in problem-solving and decision making.

Career
Ready to hone your career skills and say yes to every development opportunity you get,this is a year of learning and competitive edge.

Love life
Tread carefully with love and marriage and try to put yourself in your partner’s shoes when in conflict. 

Your anthem
Cat & Dog - TXT

 

Pig

1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Personality
Lucky last. The Pig is the 12th in the Chinese Zodiac often characterised by their positive and diligent outlook, born in the years of  1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.

Fortune
Prepare for a year of ups and downs, use your tenacity to push through and look out for hydrangeas, pitcher plants and marguerites.

Career
If you find yourself stuck in a rut working on day-to-day tasks, seek exit by looking at fresh perspectives. Sometimes we all need a change of scenery.

Love life
Your ideal matches are the Tiger, Rabbit and Sheep. You will seek comfort and support from them but be sure to set realistic standards about them.

Your anthem
黃色大門 - Hins Cheung

 

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