The Chinese method of identifying every year with animals has greatly influenced most people, even those living in western influenced countries. So much is its influence that people’s personality and character are often regarded in relation to their Chinese horoscope more than that of its western counterparts.
The 12 animals representing the Chinese calendar years, in no particular order are: Pig, Rat, Monkey, Ox, Snake, Dragon, Horse, Goat, Rabbit, Dog, Tiger and Rooster. In the Chinese year, 2008 is represented by the Rat, while the following year 2009 will be the year of the Ox, which will start on the 26th of January. This will mark the beginning of the 15-day festivities, which will continue until February 9, 2009.
This early, preparations are already undergoing to make the celebration of the entry of the year of the Ox a magnificent one. As we await this celebration, let us see what is in store for the year of the Ox.
With the Chinese New Year represented by the 12 different animals in as many year cycle, it is believed that the individual’s traits, characteristics and personality is greatly influenced by the animals of the particular year they are born in. With this belief, what then can we expect for the babies who will be born in the year of the Ox? What particular features and characteristic of the Ox are we going to see in them?
The Ox years so far are 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and of course 2009, and following the 12 year cycle, the next one will be on 2021. But unbeknown to many, the Yin and Yang also play an important role in the Chinese calendar years. These being the years ending in odd numbers are Yin, while the years ending in even numbers are represented by Yang. This means that 2009, is an Ox year that will have the Yin influence. The basic characteristic of an Ox is methodical and calm, hardworking, dependable and patient, materialistic and an ambitious character.
Babies who will be born next year in the Chinese New Year of Ox, 2008 will be expected to have the following traits: Dependable with leadership qualities, patient, strong and responsible, and they will be great in organizing. They are also honest, reliable and logical, that is why people go to them for advice.
Unfortunately, balancing these positive characteristics of the Ox are some negative traits associated with them. People born in this year are also said to be stubborn, narrow minded, and with low public relations skills.
Interesting combinations, I must say. These and lots more are sure in store for us in the Chinese Year of the Ox 2009. So let’s see what other things are coming for the Ox as well as those in the other animal year.
- Born in the Year of the Goat – 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
- Born in the Year of the Monkey – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
- Born in the Year of the Pig – 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995
- Born in the Year of the Rat – 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
- Born in the Year of the Snake – 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
- Born in the Year of the Dragon – 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
- Born in the Year of the Horse – 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990
- Born in the Year of the Rabbit – 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1999
- Born in the Year of the Rooster – 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
- Born in the Year of the Tiger – 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998
- Born in the Year of the Dog – 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
- Born in the Year of the Ox – 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 2009