2021 Metal Ox Year



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2021 Year of the Metal Ox

In early agricultural communities, people often went for days without eating and feared starvation. To aid suffering humans, the gods and goddesses removed Ox from heaven, where she was a star, and sent her to earth. The divine ones instructed Ox to tell people that with her help they would avoid starvation and would eat every three days. Ox misunderstood, and told humanity that they would eat three times a day. Ox had to make her words true, so that is why Ox labors for people and endures many burdens without complaint. Therefore, the year of the Ox is time for honesty, hard work, duty, and discipline. Like Ox plowing the field, success is attained through diligent work and conscientious effort.

Ox year is the time to follow through and bring to completion what was started in Rat year 2020. Establish a routine, use tried-and-true methods, and stay with a structure that can bring a bountiful harvest in autumn. Daring new concepts will not be well received. Save them for the following Tiger year.

2021 is a Metal year of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. In feng shui, the Metal environment is clean, pristine, pared down, and shiny like metal. So begin by cleaning your home, reduce clutter, and maintain tidiness all year round. The main focus is on the bedroom as Oxen do best after peaceful sleep. The most favorable season in a Metal year is autumn. In Chinese medicine, Metal rules the lungs so take care of your lungs this year. If you smoke, this Metal Ox year is an ideal time to quit smoking.

Your fortune in Metal Ox Year

Birth years of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
Next year of the Rat is 2032.

Rat is in a very good position in the year of the Ox. Expect fewer hardships because Rat is Ox’s good friend. Ox’s influence requires a larger contribution at work. Therefore, Rat benefits by putting forth increased effort to follow through because Ox delivers, and expects dedicated, consistent labor from others. The element Metal is firm and resolute, not flexible, so don’t seek clever Rat shortcuts. The element Metal empowers Metal Rat born in 1960, and Water Rat born in 1972.

Ox (Buffalo)
Birth years of the Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937,1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
Next year of the Ox is 2033.

Ox year begins a new twelve year life cycle for you. Everyone benefits by increasing their efforts this year, but for Ox it can be a very positive and productive year when your hard work is finally rewarded. You can reap the benefits of the efforts you’ve made over time. You’ve paid dues, and are ready to enjoy the hard-won results. This is also an excellent year for marriage, having a child, or purchasing a new home. The element Metal empowers Metal Ox born in 1961, and Water Ox born in 1973.

Birth years of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010.
Next year of the Tiger is 2022.

Free-spirited Tiger can adjust to the work ethics of the Ox. Ox year dynamics require Tiger to work hard and remain focused to successfully complete projects. Tigers that control their temper and aren’t too rebellious should experience a very good year. Rewards arrive in 2022 your Tiger year when you start a new life cycle. So keep your emotions in check, especially Wood Tiger born in 1974. The element Metal empowers Metal Tiger born in 2010 or 1950, and Water Tiger born in 1962.

Rabbit (Hare)
Birth years of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011.
Next year of the Rabbit is 2023.

Rabbit could feel challenged in Ox year due to unrealistic work standards and expectations from others. Yet Rabbit survives unharmed. So take care of yourself, and do not become frustrated if rewards are delayed or projects take more time than anticipated. Be patient, and avoid making quick decisions because Ox year is not an auspicious time for you to make big life changes. The element Metal empowers Metal Rabbit born in 2011 or 1951, and Water Rabbit born in 1963.

Birth years of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012.
Next year of the Dragon is 2024.

Ox year is your time to follow through with activities initiated in Rat year 2020. Create solid structure or a routine to maintain stability, and anticipate a year of steady progress. Under Ox’s influence, Dragons do best to work hard in order to fulfill their dreams. The problems of those surrounding Dragon need not effect you so stay focused and grounded. Save new projects for Tiger year 2022. The element Metal empowers Metal Dragon born in 2000 or 1940, and Water Dragon born in 1952.

Birth years of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013.
Next year of the Snake is 2025.

Anticipate a fortunate year because Snake is in a harmony trine with Ox and Phoenix (Rooster). Unlike the previous Rat year, Snake’s work will be recognized and rewarded. Just don’t allow Ox’s stubborn influence to make you unreasonable or too demanding. Be mindful of how you approach difficult subjects or manage certain relationships. Intelligent compromise benefits everyone. The element Metal empowers Metal Snake born in 2001 or 1941, and Water Snake born in 1953.

Birth years of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.
Next year of the Horse is 2026.

Rat year 2020 was a difficult year, especially for Horse because Rat is opposite Horse in the Chinese zodiac. Fortunately, Ox year will be far less challenging. Expect easier and smoother circumstances, although Ox’s influence demands hard work, and work is not Horse’s favorite activity. Horse can succeed by maintaining more control in personal interactions, but romance could still be problematic so stay steady. The element Metal empowers Metal Horse born in 1990, and Water Horse born in 2002 or 1942.

Sheep (Goat, Ram)
Birth years of the Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.
Next year of the Sheep is 2027.

Sheep is opposite of Ox in the Chinese zodiac. Therefore, Ox year can be challenging for us Sheep. It’s not an auspicious time to create new opportunities. Instead, stay organized, reduce clutter, and maintain focus. Under the influence of Ox, at times Sheep must perform repetitive or mundane tasks. Just don’t allow finances or morale to be low, and avoid opportunities to overspend because “Sheep eat paper.” The element Metal empowers Metal Sheep born in 1991, and Water Sheep born in 2003 or 1943.

Birth years of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.
Next year of the Monkey is 2028.

Ox year is a time of work and discipline, but neither are Monkey’s favored activities. Monkey is more devoted to play and creativity. Therefore, during Ox year there can be difficulties that force Monkey to restrain ambitions. Monkey can avoid Ox’s demand for hard work by teaming up with others to be their messenger or liaison. Monkey’s wit and winning personality does bring luck in avoiding tasks that Monkey does not want to do. The element Metal empowers Metal Monkey born in 1980, and Water Monkey born in 1992 or 1932.

Phoenix (Rooster, Chicken)
Birth years of the Phoenix: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.
Next year of the Phoenix is 2029.

Ox year can be very fortunate for you because Ox’s values closely align with those of the Phoenix. Ox and Phoenix are highly compatible because they both appreciate hard work and a job well done. Ox year energy offers the stability, faithfulness, and sincerity that Phoenix enjoys. Phoenix can be happy, triumphant, and recover from the previous Rat year challenges. The element Metal empowers Metal Phoenix born in 1981, and Water Phoenix born in 1993 or 1933.

Birth years of the Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.
Next year of the Dog is 2030.

There could be some minor problems due to differences in perspective. Ox’s influence brings conservative politics and restraints. Dog fights for the underdog, so Dog’s revolutionary ideas and altruistic concepts will not be in favor this year. Ox prefers to stay the steady course, whereas Dog enjoys trying new methods. But Dog is responsible and does hard work that will be rewarded in an Ox year. The element Metal empowers Metal Dog born in 1970, and Water Dog born in 1982.

Pig (Boar)
Birth years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.
Next year of the Pig is 2031.

Ox year can be a harmonious year when Pig’s efforts are appreciated. There could be opportunities for career advancement and good fortune in relationships, although Pig must comply with Ox’s strong work ethic and follow rules. Pig is naturally realistic and goal oriented, which fits well with Ox’s pragmatism. Remain diligent in your efforts and anticipate an abundant harvest in autumn. The element Metal empowers Metal Pig born in 1971, and Water Pig born in 1983.


Nov & Dec 2020 Update


Nov 14 – Dec 13 2020

Fire Pig Lunar Month

Fire Pig Lunar Month

Nov 14 at 9:07 pm PST was a new Moon in Water sign Scorpio that began Fire Pig lunar month. This lunar month can be a healing time after the antagonism of the previous Fire Dog month. Gentle, kind-hearted Pig allows everyone to win.

The new Moon and Sun in Scorpio were in fortunate sextiles to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn for stability, and a strong sense of purpose and direction this lunar month.

The new Moon and Sun trined Neptune in Pisces to follow your intuition, and be in touch with your feeling with increased empathy, understanding, and compassion for others. 

Emotional healing is strongest this lunar month for Water signs Scorpio, Cancer, and Pisces and those born in Pig, Sheep, Rabbit, and Tiger years.



Nov 30 will be a full Moon in Gemini 1:30 am PST, also a lunar eclipse at 1:43 am PST. This eclipse is paired with a new Moon total solar eclipse two weeks later on Dec 14 in Sagittarius at 8:15 am PST.

Air sign Gemini rules the third house of communication and ideas. Time to express your ideas and feelings during this full Moon, and during the two weeks as the full Moon wanes down. Mercury in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn that helps for good communication. 

Venus in Scorpio is opposite Uranus in Taurus that can bring surprises in relationships. The Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto conjunction in Capricorn continues.

Opportunities for clear communication and to be understood are for all, and are strongest for Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius and those born in Horse, Dog, Tiger, and Sheep years.



Dec 14 2020 – Jan 12 2021

Dec 14 at 8:17 am PST is new Moon in Fire sign Sagittarius that begins Earth Rat month. This Earth Rat month in 2020, the year of the Metal Rat year, makes this a double Rat month! Rat  lunar month is time to focus on the details of practical matters, especially finances. Accomplish tasks in small digestible bites, like a mouse, to not become overwhelmed.

Plus this new Moon is a total solar eclipse at 8:15 am PST. An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen, meaning that what is hidden can come to the surface. This will be especially true of financial matters during a double Rat month. 

Luck is strongest this lunar month for Fire signs Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo and those born in Rat, Ox, Dragon, and Monkey years.


Jupiter conjunct Saturn

Dec 21 2020 at 2:02 am PST. 

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night in the northern hemisphere. This Solstice is notable because there is an exact conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 0 degrees Aquarius. Air sign Aquarius brings focus on communication, information, and technology. It’s the sign of all humanity, and the connection between us all. The Age of Aquarius, the Global Village, has arrived.

Innovative Aquarius can be revolutionary. But for most people it’s best to stay with your Saturn structure, yet expand (Jupiter) within that structure. It’s not the time to break free, but to stay the path and make corrections to unblock barriers. Continue doing what you are doing, but do it in a new way. For a few rare birds, it is time to break from the established order to build a new structure such as a new job, new relationship, or new spiritual path.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn is either a time of patient and sustained growth, or a time of restless to create a new life cycle. Either way, under the influence of Jupiter, events turn out for the best. But note that Saturn transits require discipline and planning.

Winter Solstice this year occurs during a waxing half Moon in Aries at 3:41 pm PST. Half Moons are time for emotional balance. Fire sign Aries brings dynamic energy to take action. Just stay balanced and not go overboard, especially during an expansive Jupiter transit.



December 29 2020 7:28 pm PST is a full Moon in Cancer. Water sign Cancer rules the 4th house of home, family, and roots. There is a focus on family matters, and time to nestle in during the cold of winter. This full Moon marks the peak of Rat month in Rat year, so there could also be a focus on family finances and legacies. 

But the full Moon is opposite the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn so there could be communication challenges. The Cancer Moon brings up emotions, whereas Capricorn is interested in facts. Mars in late degrees of Aries squares Jupiter and Saturn newly in Aquarius. Plus Jupiter and Saturn square Uranus in Taurus. Not the time for serious discussions that can lead to conflict. Instead, cultivate the caring sensitivity of Cancer, and enjoy the good feelings of the emotional bonds that are of value to you during this full Moon time.



 Jan 30 – Feb 20
Mercury retrograde in Air sign Aquarius to complete projects and follow up on communication.  

May 29 – June 22 
Mercury retrograde in Air sign Gemini, a sign ruled by Mercury. Time to slow down, stay steady, and not become overwhelmed. 

Sept 27 – Oct 18
Mercury retrograde in Air sign Libra for focus on clear communication in relationships of all kinds, especially partnerships.


2020 and 2021 NEW MOON and FULL MOONS

A supermoon occurs on a full Moon when the full Moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making it appear brighter and larger than other full Moons. Supermoons will be on April 26 and May 26.


November 30 – FULL MOON in Gemini 1:30 am PST also Lunar Eclipse at 1:43 am PST.

December 14 – New Moon in Fire sign Sagittarius 8:17 am PST begins Earth Rat month.
Earth Rat month in Metal Rat year.
Total solar eclipse 8:15 am PST. 

December 29 – FULL MOON in Water sign Cancer 7:28 pm PST the 13th full Moon in 2020.


January 12 2021 – New Moon in Earth sign Capricorn 9:00 pm PST begins Earth Ox month.

January 28 – FULL MOON in Fire sign Leo 11:16 am PST.

February 11  – New Moon in Air sign Aquarius 1:1:06 am PST begins Metal Tiger month and Metal Ox year.
Chinese New Year is the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. 

February 27 – FULL MOON in Earth sign Virgo 12:117 am PST. 

March 13 – New Moon in Water sign Pisces 2:21 am PST begins Metal Rabbit month.

March 28 – FULL MOON in Air sign Libra 11:48 am PDT. 

April 11 – New Moon in Firer sign Aries 7:31 pm PDT begins Water Dragon month.

April 26 – FULL MOON in Water sign Scorpio 8:31 pm PDT. A Supermoon.

May 11 – New Moon in Earth sign Taurus 12:00 pm PDT begins Water Snake month.

May 26 – FULL MOON in Fire sign Sagittarius 3:14 am PDT. 
Total lunar eclipse 4:18 am PDT. A Supermoon.

June 10 – New Moon in Air sign Gemini 3:53 am PDT begins Wood Horse month.
Annular solar eclipse 3:41 PST.

June 24 –  FULL MOON in Earth sign Capricorn 11:40 am PDT.

July 9 – New Moon in Water sign Cancer 6:16 pm PDT begins Wood Sheep month.

July 23 – FULL MOON in Air sign Aquarius 7:37 pm PDT.

Aug 8 – New Moon in Fire sign Leo 6:50 am PDT again begins Fire Monkey month.

August 22 – FULL MOON in Air sign Aquarius 5:02 am PDT.
Sun enter Virgo 2:5 pm PDT on same day.

Sept 6 – New Moon in Earth sign Virgo 5:52 pm PDT begins Fire Phoenix (Rooster) month.

September 20 –  FULL MOON in Water sign Pisces 4:55 pm PDT.

October 6 – New Moon in Air sign Libra 4:05 am PDT begins Earth Dog month.

October 20 –  FULL MOON in Fire sign Aries 7:57 am PDT.

November 4 – New Moon in Water sign Scorpio 2:14 pm PDT begins Earth Pig month.

November 19 – FULL MOON in Earth sign Taurus 12:57 am PST.
Partial lunar eclipse 1:02 am PST.

December 3 – New Moon in Fire sign Sagittarius 11:43 pm PST begins Metal Rat month.
Total solar eclipse 11:33 pm PST.

December 18 – FULL MOON in Air sign Gemini 8:35 pm PST.

January 2 2022 – New Moon in Earth sign Capricorn 10:33 am PST begins Metal Ox month.
Metal Ox month in Metal Ox year.
Next new Moon begins Water Tiger month and Water Tiger year.



In astrology and astronomy, a solar eclipse occurs on a new Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. 

lunar eclipse occurs on a full Moon when the Earth, Sun and Moon align in space, with Earth between the Sun and Moon. Earth’s shadow falls on the full Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.

One more pair of eclipses in 2020:

November 30 2020 FULL MOON in Air sign Gemini.
Penumbral lunar eclipse 1:43 am PST.

December 14 2020 New Moon in Fire sign Sagittarius.
Total solar eclipse 8:15 am PST. 


May 26 2021 – FULL MOON in Fire sign Sagittarius 3:14 am PDT. 
Total lunar eclipse 4:18 am PDT. 

June 10 – New Moon in Air sign Gemini 3:53 am PDT.
Annular solar eclipse 3:41 PST.

November 19 – FULL MOON in Earth sign Taurus 12:57 am PST.
Partial lunar eclipse 1:02 am PST.

December 3 – New Moon in Fire sign Sagittarius 11:43 pm PST.
Total solar eclipse 11:33 pm PST.