Happy Chinese New Year! February 12, 2021, marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox. According to astrologers, the second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox, denotes the hard work, positivity, and honesty seen in all of us in the coming 12 months.
Good news! Especially after a rollercoaster of a year, Jupiter Lai, a Hong-Kong based Chinese and Western astrologer, explains to the Japan Times that the ox is “grounded, loyal, gentle and trustworthy.” The ox is associated with yin, which is slow, soft, and passive. Its element is earth, representing “stability and nourishment.”
In the same article, assistant professor Mikael Bauer discussed the spiritual meaning of the ox in Japanese Buddhism. He says the ox represents Buddha-nature, or “the fundamental nature of all beings that includes the assumption that anyone can gain enlightenment.”
The passive, yin nature of the ox, paired with an auspicious tone of enlightenment is a welcome change this year. Maybe we can all try to connect with this hardworking, positive, honest, stable, spiritually enlightened animal. That sounds like an inspiring goal to me!
So cheers to the Year of the Ox!
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