Happy Chinese New Year 2021!
A Wonderful Year of the Ox has Arrived!
At long last, the year of the rat will end. I was so ready for 2020 to just end already! Looking forward, 2021 promises to be brighter and more productive under the influence of the ox. This lunar year starts February 12th, 2021, and lasts until January 31st, 2022. People born under the ox zodiac sign are celebrated for their personality traits of honesty, dependability, strength, and determination.
Are you an Ox?
Years of the ox include 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, and the next will be 2033. These years are based on the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, and are not 100% consistent with the western annual calendar, so it's important to check the actual date of your birthday at a website like this one.
Each Zodiac Sign occurs every twelve years, and ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
The Zodiac Animals
The zodiac animals, and the order of their appearance, is memorialized in legend. Once upon a time, the Jade Emperor held a great race to see which of the twelve animals would arrive at his party first. The reliable ox started out early, and while crossing the water, agreed to carry rat on his back. Just as they arrived, the trickster rat jumped off ox's back, and arrived ahead of him. Thus, ox became the second animal to arrive.
Those born in the year of the ox are often humble and low key. They gain recognition through their hard work and persistence in achieving their goals. All of these qualities will be manifested in one way or another for each of us over the next twelve months. This year will help you achieve your goals more than any other sign in the zodiac.
In Chinese culture, the ox is a valued animal because of its role in agriculture, and is the symbol of hard work and focused determination. An ox (plural oxen) is a cow or bull (bovine) that has been trained as a domesticated draft animal. The ox is powerful, and can pull its own body weight at a walking pace, and a well-trained team of oxen can pull up to two times their body weight: About 12,000 pounds.
Some of the earliest recorded Chinese meditation practices are based upon the ox. The most famous is The Ten Oxherding Pictures, illustrations telling the story of the search for an ox. In this case, ox is used as a symbol of our true nature, and enlightenment.
In the story, a young oxherder looks for the ox that he assumes must be trained (like our mind in meditation). In the pictures and accompanying poems, the herdboy first loses his ox, then, by following its tracks, finds it again, and tries to tame, train, and transform the ox. In the last scene the boy realizes that he was wrong in training it by such efforts. He realizes his approach was not the true way, and that the ox was actually never lost! In other words, one does not obtain enlightenment by pursuing it, but by discovering it within oneself.
Laozi (Lao Tzu), the ancient Chinese philosopher and author of the Tao Te Ching, is often depicted riding an Ox with no effort, symbolizing he is at one with his own nature and is an enlightened sage.
Tai Chi Beginner Class Returns!
In March we will be starting up the beginning class Tuesday and Thursday at the Civic Center from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Class will include qigong warmups followed by the Wudang tai chi set. Hope to see some of you there!
Year of the Ox Mugs and Tees
Start your day and year off right with our Year of the Ox mugs and tees!
Check them out on our Etsy Shop here!