What Does the Year of the Ox Mean for You? Chinese New Year 2021 Predictions

Every year, the Chinese New Year welcomes a new era based on an animal zodiac sign. On Friday, the Chinese calendar will officially change from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Ox. Depending on your personal zodiac animal, this could be beneficial for your achievement or cause a confusing year ahead.

Those born in a Year of the Ox are known to be cool, calm and collected. "People born in the Year of the Ox are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. They are also calm, patient, methodical and can be trusted. Although they say little, they can be very opinionated," the Victoria and Albert Museum in London explains on its website.

The Metal Ox, in particular, which we're entering in 2021, is also expected to be "soft, slow and passive," according to Japan Times.

Typically, those who share a Zodiac animal with the year are likely to find luck, as their personality traits are supercharged alongside the traits of the year. But there is an overall analysis for what the Year of the Ox may hold for everyone—not just the Ox themselves.

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Members of the Chinese community in Lyon take part in the celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox, on February 1, 2009, in Lyon, France. Those born in a Year of the Ox are known to be cool, calm and collected. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

The official prediction for the Year of the Ox can be interpreted as a sort of transitional period. O, The Oprah Magazine warns everyone should "keep their head down." It's not the best year for giant decisions and making drastic lifestyle changes. But with focus and a will to pull through, the Year of the Ox may prove beneficial as a restful stop before a wildly successful year. (Spoiler: It sounds like 2022 is going to be a great time for new beginnings.)

Pocket Chinese Almanac author Joanna Lee singled in on the media after a truly wild year in 2020. She told Oprah that one important piece of 2021 may be ignoring the news cycle. "Try not to be obsessive about following the news, because so much information is in the air," she said.

We've already seen many strange things in 2021, including the unpredictable GameStop saga, the storming of the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial and the somewhat confusing distribution news surrounding the COVID vaccine. So taking time away from the news may be a great way to lean into the restful nature of the Year of the Ox.

The good news? The Year of the Rat in 2020 was expected to be dramatic and life-shifting—and not in a good way. In comparison, the Year of the Ox looks to be a bit calmer, as long as we all buckle down into our routines and try not to shake things up too much.

So, sit tight until 2022. The Year of the Tiger is next and it is supposed to offer a passionate and exciting new beginning, one that could pour prosperity and joy on all. We're getting much closer to happy days, and the Year of the Ox promises time to recharge.