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Year of the Ox

January 3, 2009

It’s the year of the ox which the newspaper says has never been good for the economy. But, ever since Dave rejected the Feng Shui arrangement of the office space, in favor of a more practical arrangement which actually allowed the office to function, he says he’s not worried about the year of the ox. If mentioning this in your household prompts as many questions from a 6 year old as it did in mine, the following chart should help in answering questions.

Chinese Astrology Year Chart
As a quick rule of thumb, the principles governing each element and thus the modifications they produce within each sign are:
Metal – Fixity, strength of will, fluency of speech
Water – Powers of reflection, sensitivity, persuasiveness
Wood – Imagination, creativity, idealism, compassion
Fire – Dynamism, passion, energy, aggression, leadership
Earth – Stability, reliability, practicality, industry, prudence

This chart, taken from the Chinese perpetual calendar, lays out each year together with that year’s animal sign, its element and its masculine or feminine principle.

YEAR FROM – TO SYMBOL ELEMENT ASPECT
1966 21 January 1966 – 8 February 1967 Horse Fire (+)
1967 9 February 1967 – 29 January 1968 Sheep Fire (-)
1968 30 January 1968 – 16 February 1969 Monkey Earth (+)
1969 17 February 1969 – 5 February 1970 Rooster Earth (-)
1970 6 February 1970 – 26 January 1971 Dog Metal (+)
1971 27 January 1971 – 15 January 1972 Pig Metal (-)

1972 16 January 1972 – 2 February 1973 Rat Water (+)
1973 3 February 1973 – 22 January 1974 Ox Water (-)
1974 23 January 1974 – 10 February 1975 Tiger Wood (+)
1975 11 February 1975 – 30 January 1976 Rabbit Wood (-)
1976 31 January 1976 – 17 February 1977 Dragon Fire (+)
1977 18 February 1977 – 6 February 1978 Snake Fire (-)
1978 7 February 1978 – 27 January 1979 Horse Earth (+)
1979 28 January 1979 – 15 February 1980 Sheep Earth (-)
1980 16 February 1980 – 4 February 1981 Monkey Metal (+)
1981 5 February 1981 – 24 January 1982 Rooster Metal (-)
1982 25 January 1982 – 12 February 1983 Dog Water (+)
1983 13 February 1983 – 1 February 1984 Pig Water (-)

1984 2 February 1984 – 19 February 1985 Rat Wood (+)
1985 20 February 1985 – 8 February 1986 Ox Wood (-)
1986 9 February 1986 – 28 January 1987 Tiger Fire (+)
1987 29 January 1987 – 16 February 1988 Rabbit Fire (-)
1988 17 February 1988 – 5 February 1989 Dragon Earth (+)
1989 6 February 1989 – 26 January 1990 Snake Earth (-)
1990 27 January 1990 – 14 February 1991 Horse Metal (+)
1991 15 February 1991 – 3 February 1992 Sheep Metal (-)
1992 4 February 1992 – 22 January 1993 Monkey Water (+)
1993 23 January 1993 – 9 February 1994 Rooster Water (-)
1994 10 February 1994 – 30 January 1995 Dog Wood (+)
1995 31 January 1995 – 18 February 1996 Pig Wood (-)

1996 19 February 1996 – 7 February 1997 Rat Fire (+)
1997 8 February 1997 – 27 January 1998 Ox Fire (-)
1998 28 January 1998 – 15 February 1999 Tiger Earth (+)
1999 16 February 1999 – 4 February 2000 Rabbit Earth (-)
2000 5 February 2000 – 23 January 2001 Dragon Metal (+)
2001 24 January 2001 – 11 February 2002 Snake Metal (-)
2002 12 February 2002 – 31 January 2003 Horse Water (+)
2003 1 February 2003 – 21 January 2004 Sheep Water (-)
2004 22 January 2004 – 8 February 2005 Monkey Wood (+)
2005 9 February 2005 – 28 January 2006 Rooster Wood (-)
2006 29 January 2006 – 17 February 2007 Dog Fire (+)
2007 18 February 2007 – 6 February 2008 Pig Fire (-)

2008 7 February 2008 – 25 January 2009 Rat Earth (+)
2009 26 January 2009 – 13 February 2010 Ox Earth (-)
2010 14 February 2010 – 2 February 2011 Tiger Metal (+)
2011 3 February 2011 – 22 January 2012 Rabbit Metal (-)
2012 23 January 2012 – 9 February 2013 Dragon Water (+)
2013 10 February 2013 – 30 January 2014 Snake Water (-)
2014 31 January 2014 – 18 February 2015 Horse Wood (+)
2015 19 February 2015 – 7 February 2016 Sheep Wood (-)
2016 8 February 2016 – 27 January 2017 Monkey Fire (+)
2017 28 January 2017 – 15 February 2018 Rooster Fire (-)
2018 16 February 2018 – 4 February 2019 Dog Earth (+)
2019 5 February 2019 – 24 January 2020 Pig Earth (-)

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One comment

  1. Oh no! Dave rejected the Feng Shui? Maybe you should cast some I-ching coins to see how that is going to work out…
    Sarah



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