Chinese worldwide celebrated the Lunar Year of the Ox on Monday, 26th January 2009. The Spring Festival as it is sometimes called, can last for up to fifteen days until the ful moon on 9th February 2009.
Although the layman Chinese used the Lunar Calendar, Chinese Astrologers use the solar calendar to do full natal chart readings, known as the Four Pillars of Destiny or Ba Zi (eight characters). For Chinese Astrology purposes, the solar year of the Ox starts on 4th February 2008, known as 'Li Chun', the beginning of spring.
The Ox is considered to be the most persevering and responsible of the twelve animal signs and its influence will make us more hard-working and inspire us to bring some order to our business and home lives after the turbulence of the previous Year of the Rat. The pre-dominant element of the Ox is earth. This earth element is about stability and any movement will be slow and steady.
In the climate of credit crunch, the Ox influence will bring about consolidation in many industries. A practical down to earth approach will serve better than elaborate strategies for many of us. Caution will still blow in the wind, yet success and prosperity will come to the lucky ones.
Apart from the Cycle of twelve Chinese Year Animal signs, there is a cycle of five elements (earth, metal, water, wood and fire), so a complete cycle is 60 years. There are five types of Ox year: Earth Ox, Metal Ox, Water Ox, Wood Ox and Fire Ox. According to Chinese Astrology, 2009 is a particular type of Ox year, it is an Earth Ox year.
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