October 25 - October 31, 2021
As much as the last full week of the month of the Dog is keeping the focus on things close to home, even without a nostalgic, reflective but also intuitive and imaginative Horse Moon midweek this is likely to be your sanctuary. It is the things close to home, your daily routines and rituals that will help you feel grounded. The closer you get to the start of the playful month of the Pig, which begins later next week the more you will feel a desire to go out to play, for now, the Dog has you feeling safe and content. Meanwhile, a Goat Moon will bring a chance to check in with your own needs and priorities, especially midweek.
Year of the Ox
Feb 12, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022
Even though the Year of the Ox is known for its hard work and discipline he is equally unforgiving when you try and work too hard or for too long, never taking the time off to rest or to play. This might sound counter intuitive, but coming after the busy Year of the Rat, his job is often to get you to slow down to his more methodical pace. There is a good chance that you began 2021 with the resolve to not work so hard, to take more time out to play, rest and to get more downtime and as you move into the Year of the Ox on 12th February there is a chance that you are still working on this. If you have so far failed it is nothing to do with lack of motivation or a time management failure and more that the busy and industrious Year of the Rat was never going to make that a reality. Even if you did master the art of knowing when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off, the Rat was always going to find a way to make work for idle hands.
The New Moon that brings the Year of the Rat to a close on 12th February ushers in the Year of the Ox, a year that will come with its own challenges but also comes with a huge amount of power, especially to push the ‘reset’ button. The Goat and Ox are opposing signs and you share nothing in common but because it is your opposing sign this means that you have reached the halfway point in your current personal 12 year lunar cycle. Halfway between the last Year of the Goat and the next, the Ox will spend until 1st February 2022 confronting you when it comes to living up to your intentions, resolutions and your personal truth. However, the Ox’s job is not just to point out where you may have veered off course or have forgotten your intentions, beliefs and the promises made to yourself in the past but to help you get back on track, with relentless determination if need be but in a way that favours small steps in the right direction.
The Ox is nothing if not determined, tenacious and pragmatic and when he points out where you have forgotten your own needs and priorities he is there to help you get back on track again. If you work with the Ox and the boot camp that he might put you into at times, this is a year for taking your power back and when it comes to the intentions and resolutions made during the last Year of the Goat or event as recently as the New Year, push the ‘reset’ button. If you are prepared to put in the work and to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes, there really is a chance to take your power back. The difference this year is the work you are doing is on yourself. The Ox also puts the focus on your relationships, so this will be an important year for current and future relationships and especially where there is a sense of commitment involved.
About the Goat
Goats are sensitive, kind and loving creatures. They are also creative, artistic and sometimes eccentric. The Goat is the zodiacal archetype of genuine goodness and consideration. Goats are lucky about being in "the right place at the right time."
Goats definitely don't like to stand out in a crowd and will always hide in the wings, but they are elegant creatures and can be very creative. In general, they are serene, home-loving and nurturing.
They have a need to be loved and are at times, emotionally gloomy. Goats do not take criticisms well due to their sensitivity. They are extremely passive and will only fight under extreme provocation.
Their gentility and generosity with sympathy often leads them to be exploited by others. Goats are at best paired in business with a partner who is more aggressive than themselves, such as the Horse. In romantic relationships, they fare well with partners who have complimentary qualities that balance their trusting and gentle nature, as oppose to those who resemble them.
Compatible: Rabbits & Pigs
Difficult: Snakes & Rabbits