As I prepare for the Lunar New Year with my family, I have to say that I’m very grateful for the chance at what will feel like a fresh start. While I know that the energy and rough times that encompass my 2021 won’t just go away, I am happy to spend time with my family and have something to look forward to.
This particular new year is exciting because it is the year of the Ox, and that happens to be my Zodiac sign. What does that mean? What does that say about me? I’d love to discuss it further.
How the “Year of…” Works
There are 12 Zodiac signs, so each animal cycles a year every 12 years. Celebrations typically last for about 15 days in Vietnam, but the pandemic is making celebrations a little hard right now. It makes me sad that we’ll be missing out on the normal festivities
A common misconception is that when your year comes up, you are going to have a lucky year. My mom tells me all the time about how cautious I need to be this year, because a lot is going to happen in terms of instability. Truth be told, I feel like a lot has already happened, and the year has yet to really start.
How Being an Ox Applies to My Personality
Like astrology, I feel like it’s very hit or miss for some people. Here’s a fun fact about me: I’m a double-ox, because my astrology sign is a Taurus and I was born in the year of the Ox. Something that seems to hold true when it comes to my personality is that I tend to be pretty stubborn when I’m invested in the cause or outcome. I may not say a lot, but you can bet that I have a lot of thoughts going through my mind.
Beyond that, five traits that oxen often have are being honest, diligent, dependable, strong, and determined. I would like to believe that these are the traits that carry me through life, and traits that I hope will make me successful one day. Through my actions, I hope to inspire confidence in others.
There are also a lot of conservative traits that oxen generally have, and the ones that I have are what I refer to as the traits that make up my “old soul”. As much as I may go on and on about being a modern woman, a lot of my beliefs are also very traditional and instilled in conservative values. Female oxen tend to be traditional when it comes to dating, and they emphasize education. These are also both traits that apply to me.
While dreaming of a fairy tale might not be completely traditional, I think it is more traditional than swiping on a dating app, or flirting on social media. There’s nothing wrong with either of these things, but they just aren’t what I wanted for myself. I wanted an unexpected meet-cute that leads to the guy pursuing me, and I think I wanted it so bad that I manifested it for myself.
Education has always been important to me, probably because my parents never had the opportunity at one, and I have a genuine curiosity to know and understand the world. Moreover, a guy could be physically average to me, and then say that he is getting an MBA, studying for the LSATs, or has goals of becoming a doctor and can jump from a 5 to a 7 (maybe even an 8) in my eyes. Knowledge, wisdom, and a dedication to pursuing more education is so attractive to me.
A negative trait of mine that seems to hold true: I invest a lot of time in my work, which makes it hard for me to relax, and as much as I love food, there are times when I forget to eat. I’m going to have to be more mindful of that going forward, because I’m sure it’s not good for my health.
Something that I’ve been told and I find to be untrue: Oxen are terrible at communicating. Maybe it has come with time and practice, or a belief that communication is the key to any successful relationship, but I feel that I over-communicate everything, just to make sure I’m being understood. Perhaps the stubborn side causes us not to listen, which is the other side of communicating with people, but I love listening to people talk.
I’ve also been told that oxen don’t look for praise, and let their hard work speak for them. Maybe that’s true to some extent, but I actually love praise and awards. Every time I receive an accolade, no matter how small, I want to throw myself a party. My love language is words of affirmation, and so I truly appreciate praise when it is warranted.
I don’t know how much I buy into the whole horoscope thing, but it is fun to look at and think about occasionally. So here are some highlights that I found interesting when I look at the Ox’s horoscope for the rest of 2021.
- Friendly and social, with no financial worries their whole life (which I think is ironic, because I think financial literacy is something I work to get ahead of, because being in debt stresses me out)
- 2021 is going to be a turbulent year, so cultivate relationships to navigate difficulties and find a deeper appreciation for what you have
- When luck is not on your side, hard work is a great substitute
Do you believe in astrology and zodiac signs? What are some of your favorite traditions? Have you been able to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions? Be sure to tell me in the comments below!
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