January 24 - January 30, 2022
While the New Moon that will bring both the month of the Ox and the Year of the Ox to a close isn't until early next week, the closer you draw the stronger a sense of anticipation is likely to become. While the focus, for now, is on making the most of the final days under the Ox's influence and its focus on your financial situation and money matters, intuitively your sixth sense knows what comes next. What comes next is the adventurous month of the Tiger but for the first time in 12 years, the Chinese New Year will also usher in the Year of the Tiger. This will not only put the focus on adventure, travel, learning and discovery but the Tiger and the Horse are the best of friends.
Year of the Ox
Feb 12, 2021 - Jan 31, 2022
While it is a given that each new lunar year is less a sudden shift in focus and more a flow on or the next step from the previous year, this is especially so this year. For the Horse, the Year of the Rat has not necessarily been the easiest of years but it was an important point in your current personal 12 year lunar cycle. The best way to describe the Year of the Rat was as your ‘hump year’ in the same way that we refer to Wednesday as the ‘hump day’ of each week. Once we are ‘over the hump’ then things feel less heavy and life doesn’t feel so hard or laborious. The Year of the Rat will always appear to be a more challenging year and that is without factoring in everything that 2020 threw at us. The reason for that is that the Horse and Rat are opposing signs and that doesn’t just mean that their energies are not compatible. The Year of the Rat sits halfway between the last Year of the Horse and the next and this is when we are confronted with the intentions and resolutions made six years earlier and whether we are living up to them.
This is a critically important time in a 12 year lunar cycle and you will have felt challenged because that is what the Horse is supposed to do. Yet by the time the Year of the Rat ends on 12th February, you will have a new appreciation for who you are, what you value, of your priorities and with a new sense of resolve to make the final years of this current personal 12 year lunar cycle count. This has been a major opportunity to push the ‘reset’ button and it makes the Year of the Ox a rebirth year, with a chance to change things up, begin again and without the Rat on your back, you will feel liberated – reborn. When the Year of the Ox begins on 12th February this will usher in a whole new energy and this is when you will feel that you really are ‘over the hump’. For the Horse, the Year of the Ox will put the focus on your financial situation and money matters but also on change and transformation.
The Ox is a determined, disciplined and pragmatic year. Its namesake the ox will till the fields from sunrise to sunset with amazing stamina and resolve, diligently plodding up and down all day until the job is done. The motto of the Ox is to do ‘whatever it takes for as long as it takes’. This means that while this should be a good year for money matters it won’t be from winning lotto or by taking shortcuts but by taking responsibility and the slow and methodical steps that will allow you to take your financial power back. The way to approach any changes you want to make this year is one step at a time and by doing whatever it takes for as long as it takes. In addition, this is a Metal Ox year, a year that offers the potential for more prosperity than other Ox years.
About the Horse
The Horse is high-spirited, confident and energetic. They have an adventurous streak and love to travel. They regard personal freedom with such great importance that at times it causes them to be candidly selfish in pursuit of it. Horses generally have a positive outlook on life.
They are temperamental and are prone to erratic behavior. Their unpredictability makes them simultaneously exciting and exasperating lovers. Horses fall in and out of love easily and are likely to change mates frequently.
Horses are friendly and need people around them. This shouldn't be a problem as they are open-minded, witty and animated. So usually they are popular and can be really attractive. They like to stand out in a crowd and can be rather impatient.
Cheerful and sociable, Horses are well-loved by friends. They are generous to a fault. Their uncanny ability to make spot on decisions in situations that lack evidence or substantial facts endows them with the potential for success in business.
Compatible: Tigers, Goats & Dogs
Difficult: Snakes & Rabbits