Arguably one of the largest (behind the dragon) of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, the Ox had a clear chance of winning Jade Emperor’s race, only to be overtaken by the cunning rat, according to a popular interpretation of Chinese ancient mythology.
Despite this, the Ox is still fondly remembered for its selfless act of letting the Rat hop on its back and cross the river — this unselfish act led to the Rat finishing first in the Great Race, while the diligent Ox came in second, followed by other animals — and that, folks, is how the Chinese zodiac began.
The Chinese zodiac is a classification system based on the lunar calendar that assigns an animal and its attributes to each year in a repeated 12-year cycle. This Chinese New Year on 12 February marks the beginning of a cycle with the Year of the Ox.
If you follow Feng Shui readings and are curious about your financial and career fortunes, we break down the Chinese zodiac predictions for 2021 based on insights from Feng Shui masters across the Internet on China Highlights, Way Fengshui Group, and Travel China Guide. Let’s go!
1. Born in the year of the Rat
Though typically associated with less-than-flattering idioms, these long-tailed rodents are highly regarded in the Chinese culture, considered clever, sociable and ambitious, and are the first animals in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
According to one famous Chinese mythology, it was the Rat’s quick-thinking, flexibility, and cunningness that allowed it to successfully cross the river and win Emperor Jade’s Great Race. The small animal managed to jump on the Ox’s back and tricked it into winning first place when it jumped down closer till the end of the race.
Though the Rat isn’t expected to have a stunning year but feng shui masters we found through research are saying that those under this sign will see career fortunes slowly improve this year, and are poised to welcome more opportunities for development.
The Rat will still have to go through moments of confusion and helplessness - albeit temporarily, as the right people will be there to give them pointers. Just remember to work hard and keep your chin up and 2021 could be a time to seize a good opportunity.
The Rat may not have had the best financial experience in 2020. But financial prospects are expected to vastly improve in 2021, as long as they continue to work hard.
Rats must continue to practice smart money management, especially when arranging income and expenditure. Rats are encouraged to seek investments as an opportunity to grow their money.
Abundance of more wealth and better career opportunities will contribute to an increase in workload for the Rats, so don’t be surprised if you are busier, but be cautious enough to learn the effects of excessive fatigue.
Thus, Rats need to prepare in advance and arrange work plans reasonably. Be on top of your usual medication, and exercise more when you have free time.
Pay special attention to travel safety when going out, and Rats, remember to abide by the traffic rules, and do not drive when fatigued or drink before driving
2. Born in the year of the Ox
Often seen as the faithful friend, the Ox had carried the Rat on its back during the Great Race - only to be tricked by it and finished second in the Great Race.
Oxes are highly valued in Chinese culture because of its role in agriculture and its positive characteristics such as being hard workers in the background, reliable and intelligent.But you don’t mess with an Ox because they have fierce tempers who are always mentally and physically alert.
Oxes can expect to see frequent work changes and may experience difficulties in advancing in their careers this year - due to what has been described as opposition to the Tai Sui evil age star.
To overcome this, Oxes must adjust their mentality quickly and continue to integrate into their new environments. But they should also exercise an abundance of caution in workplace relationships this year to avoid hostile interactions with your colleagues.
2021 will be a great year for the Ox to hone your skills and spruce up your talents. Remember - when luck is not on your side, hard work will make a great substitute.
When encountering difficulties, Oxes are likely to find help from cooperation with people born under the Rooster or Rat zodiac signs.
Oxes’ fortunes are expected to experience a slight dip in 2021. Though the price of Bitcoin has surged in recent months, it may not be a good idea for Oxes to venture down this route as they are advised to avoid high-risk investments.
Oxes may be tempted to lavish as they are expected to go big on spending this year, but with the current economic climate, it’s crucial that Oxes try to be thrifty and remind themselves to spend as little as possible.
Though their health is not at their peak, it's not at its worst either in 2021.
Oxes are recommended to do a detailed physical examination and to avoid high-risk activities such as rock climbing, parachuting and waterskiing, particularly in the early parts of the year. With the MCO still in full-swing, it’s better to stay at home!
In the second half of the year, Oxes may be struck by negative emotions and would be prone to insomnia. Avoid the negative chi by doing yoga, daily exercises and get more in touch with nature to absorb positive energy.
3. Born in the year of the Tiger
Brave, cruel, forceful, and terrifying, tigers are the symbol of power and lordliness in Chinese culture. In ancient times, emperors or kings are often compared with the tigers.
People under this sign are natural leaders. They are also adventurous, ambitious and have a strong sense of justice, but can come across as a little arrogant and impetuous.
Though strong willed and extremely short-tempered, people have great respect for them, but sometimes tiger people come into conflict with older people or those in authority. They may also not be the best decision makers.
The overall business situation is stable, but Tigers are expected to push a little more to meet expectations. This year will be a tough one. Tigers who want more opportunities should learn to humble themselves.
Financially, things will look awfully flat, and money can be easily lost for Tigers. Tigers are advised to save up or financial losses will not just be a possibility but a reality.
Tigers’ health will remain relatively stable in 2021, but they are also prone to high blood pressure and eye disease. Therefore, Tigers should control their moods, relax, and reduce stress.
4. Born in the year of the Rabbit
For Chinese people, the rabbit represents hope and life for a long time. The moon goddess Chang'e in the Chinese legend has a rabbit as her pet. Some see the Rabbit as the incarnation of the moon goddess per se and it is a symbol of pureness and auspiciousness.
People born in the year of the rabbit are gentle and approachable. Like the tender animal, they have a decent, noble and elegant manner.
They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. But they are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. They are graceful and seldom lose their temper.
From what we found, they would make good gamblers because they have an uncanny gift of choosing the right thing.
Because of a strong sense of self and thanks to a lot of self-reflection last year, the Rabbits’ 2021 workplace performance is set to be very “eye-catching.”
Financially, it still remains generally relatively flat, and this year’s income is set to be far less than expected. Rabbits should make better financial decisions this year.
Rabbits will often feel in an inexplicably low mood, and must pay attention to self-maintenance, otherwise this will easily affect their health.
5. Born in the year of the Dragon
As the only fictitious creature in the 12 zodiac animals, the Dragon is said to enjoy a very high reputation in Chinese culture. It has long represented auspiciousness and imperial power since ancient times.
In Chinese culture, people even regard themselves as descendants of the Chinese dragon and emperors entitled themselves exclusively as the 'dragon'.
Dragon is a symbol of authority, dignity, honor, success, luck, and capacity
Similar to the traditions, people born in the year of the dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also considered the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac.
Work life will not be smooth in 2021. Don’t have too high expectations, and learn to be down-to-earth while doing a good job will help in the long run.
Dragons’ financial projection is more stable. Don’t worry, household expenses will be covered!
Maintain a good diet and avoid poor health. Get some good sleep and don’t always think of overnight wealth.The best way to avoid any bad luck is to practice more humility.
6. Born in the year of the Snake
Generally, snakes have a bad reputation consisting of the meanings such as malevolence, cattiness and mystery.
In many cultures, this animal is considered evil and is associated with the devil. In ancient Chinese traditions, the snake once presented a venerated image and it is one of the earliest totems of Chinese nations. The Chinese dragon also has a snake body. According to our research, in some places in China, people still believe that a snake found in their courtyard can bring good luck.
People born in this year are deep. Though they say little, they possess great wisdom. But they are often considered quite vain, selfish, and a bit stingy. Despite this, they have tremendous sympathy for others and try to help those less fortunate.
They give their best and tend to overdo, mainly because they have doubts about other people's judgment and prefer to rely on themselves. Passionate and determined, they pursue the things they love with great love and hate to fail.
Snakes’ career performance is quite good this year. Their success can be attributed to work ethic and they are very smart people, hence why they will get a good return as long as they are willing to fight hard.
This year, they will be recognised for their good work, and will see many opportunities for promotion
Their determination and grit at work will result in double the return. Snakes will also get money from unexpected areas. But money will also go out a lot this year, as they will spend more money on the opposite sex and health.
Though they are thriving in their careers, their love lives will fail them, and inner negative emotions will inevitably lead to health problems.
7. Born in the year of the Horse
In ancient times, horses were the most frequent transport means in ancient society and, according to the Travel China Guide, it is considered as the first of the six most important animals in China.
These strong, powerful and elegant animals are always the representative of heroes and talents in Chinese culture. Warriors and soldiers of ancient times are known to use horses as a mode of transport and in combat.
People born in the year of the Horse share these similar traits of bravery, strong, talented, and independent. According to Chinese culture, the five elements of horse is fire (Huo), symbolising enthusiasm and energy - a trait that can be associated with Horse people who are energetic and enthusiastic in character.
These people are popular, skillful with money, and perceptive, although they sometimes talk too much. But they are known to be impatient and hot-blooded about everything except their daily work.
Slow and steady gets it done. Smooth progress in their careers will see Horses bring in a good income. Spending will still be relatively large, and Horses may find it tempting to spend on meaningless things. Don’t forget to save!
It will be good career-wise. Career opportunities will open up and Horses will see an upward trend in the workplace. But don’t do anything too risky, and think twice before making any decisions
Though highly likable, they still have a lot of bad habits, and it's these actions that could compromise their health in 2021.
8. Born in the year of the Goat
Goats (or sheep and ram) are among the animals that are liked by most people - they are docile, mellow, and timid.
Their fluffy skin and cuteness often reminds people of beautiful things. In Chinese culture, the sheep is considered auspicious, and it was often used to offer sacrifices and pray for good fortune. It carried value and was used as a form of currency in ancient times, which is why this animal represents wealth and luck.
Those born in the year of the goat are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. They are shy, pessimistic, and puzzled about life. They are usually deeply religious, and sometimes clumsy in speech, but they are always passionate about what they do and what they believe in.
Expect large changes this year. The goats can expect to see personnel transfers, increased pressure on the job, or more work, and these changes will put a lot of pressure on Goats.
Due to the pandemic, this year was a lonely one for many across the globe, but Goats will feel a higher level of loneliness this year because of trivial problems and quarrels with partners. Without proper communication, there will be a so-called cold war.
It’s time to save up because Goats’ income will be sharply reduced this year. Besides saving more and being more cautious of finances, Goats must not venture into investments in 2021.
Health will be relatively stable, but some physical diseases may appear. But, as long as Goats get enough rest, they should soon recover. Goats, read more books or do exercise in to divert your attention.
9. Born in the year of the Monkey
Clever, lively, and witty, their similarities to humans make them admirable. Many people across many cultures, including the Chinese see highly of Monkeys.
In traditional Chinese culture, the Monkey is considered a mascot to pray for the luck of an official career in ancient times. In some west areas of China, the monkey is believed to be able to protect little babies from evil spirits.
According to Chinese culture, the most famous monkey in China, Monkey King (Sun Wukong) was born from a stone who is intelligent, brave, rebellious, and talented. These personalities are similar to the lively, quick witted, righteous, brave, and humorous traits of people born under this zodiac.
Monkeys are remarkably inventive and original and are natural problem solvers. They are known to succeed in their respective fields and are usually high performers - though they do tend to come across as too agreeable. However, Monkeys are filled with pride, and often look down on others. They have common sense, and have deep desire for knowledge and have excellent memories.
Could 2021 be the year for Monkeys? There is a great opportunity to improve themselves this year. Though most of us are stuck at home nowadays, Monkeys, that have the opportunity to go abroad or study on business, should cherish it, as this could be the potential turning point in their careers.
Many Feng Shui masters say 2021 will be a remarkably brilliant year for Monkeys, but financial fortunes will still experience big ups and downs.
The first half of the working year will see increased wealth and bonuses, including more money in the form of investments.
However, complex interpersonal relationships may cause monetary loss, which Monkeys must pay more attention to.
All the hard work and success could mean that Monkeys overlook their health. In addition to trying to relax at work, Monkeys also need to get rid of bad eating habits.
10. Born in the year of the Rooster
Thanks to their internal clock, Roosters crow because it helps them anticipate sunrise.
Because of their nature, Roosters are - to a degree - the epitome of punctuality. Rosters played a significant role in Chinese traditions; according to Chinese traditions, ancestors had to rely on the crow of a Rooster to wake for work, since alarm clocks were not yet invented. In Chinese culture, chicken also symbolises exorcising evil spirits.
The very capable and talented Roosters enjoy being busy and would go out of their way to enhance their capabilities. Their high spirit and devotion, however, can get the better of them if they fail, causing them to be deeply disappointed by even the slightest failures.
Though a tad eccentric, it is hard to develop a relationship with the Rooster because they always think they are right. Hence why they are frequently loners. Sometimes people can misinterpret them as adventurous, when they are timid. They can be selfish and too outspoken, but are always interesting and can be extremely brave.
Generally, Feng Shui masters are predicting 2021 to be a highly good year for Roosters - career wise.
All the dedication and hardwork will help them get to where they need to be. They are expected to get acknowledgement and support from higher-ups and finally achieve their expected goals.
Wealth is on the side of the Rooster in 2021. They will encounter many good opportunities this year and obtain high returns too!
Though Roosters are materialistic by nature, they always think about investing money first of all, even while making a lot of money. But because of that, their expenses are relatively large, so 2021 would be a great time to practice self-restrained, especially with the economical instability.
Although Roosters will be in good physical condition, they still need to be vigilant in terms of health. Avoid engaging in dangerous sports this year, and be kind to others.
11. Born in the year of the Dog
Men’s best friend not only understands the human spirit, but is highly loyal to their master, regardless of their background. Some have described those born in the year of the Dog to possess the best traits of human nature.
Regarded in the Chinese culture as an auspicious animal, a dog that appears at your doorstep symbolises the coming of fortune. According to Chinese legend, the invincible God Erlang has a loyal dog partner who helps him capture monsters.
But humans aren’t perfect, people under this zodiac are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They can also be cold emotionally, sometimes distant at parties, and possess incredibly sharp tongues. But they are also natural leaders.
Everyone has ups and downs in their careers, dogs will encounter a lot of challenges in their careers in 2021. They may also find themselves and their work easily misunderstood by others. This has been, as China Highlights states, attributed to their innate characteristics that are naturally silent, and non-confrontational.
This year, the financial prospects of the Dog are relatively flat. The lack of “financial movements” is associated with their conservative personality that won’t dive into risky endeavours. Dogs should focus on diligence and thrift this year, while waiting for investment opportunities.
A lot doesn’t seem to be happening to the dog this year, as their health will be average too.
But this year, the dog may be prone to feeling trapped, leading to insomnia. Moreover, the higher pressure at work will cause the Dog to be very depressed and in low spirits.
One way that Dogs can fix that state of mind is to exercise to release the stress of their inner worries.
12. Born in the year of the Pig
It may have finished last, but that doesn't make the pig any less capable. According to Feng Shui masters, as the last sign of the Chinese zodiac, Pig represents wealth and luck from the ancient times.
The pig is also relatively harmless and can bring affluence to others. Its chubby faces and large ears have become objects of adoration for many people.
Unfortunately, the pig generally does have a bad reputation - even in China. Often not regarded as a smart animal who enjoys sleeping and eating - till it becomes fat, activities that accentuates its laziness and clumsiness.
Great news for Pigs. Those under this zodiac are expected to have good career prospects in 2021, and there will be many opportunities to advance and develop at work.
The naturally optimistic and open-minded pigs should practice a strong self-motivated spirit in order to succeed. Persistence and consistency is key to their success in their careers in the next few years.
Wealth will be okay for Pigs. Nothing big to unfold in 2021, but they will get a good income from their investments. Worried of layoffs this year? Don’t worry your livelihood is intact.
No better word to describe the Pigs’ health than generally stable.
Higher opportunities at work, more labor and greater pressure will push the Pigs greatly, which will affect their bodies. Pigs should take care of their gastrointestinal problems caused from eating out.
We hope you found this fun, entertaining and useful! Wherever you are in the world, we wish you a Happy Chinese New Year and may it be filled with joy and luck!