For the Ox, slow and steady will win the race
Last updated 2-5-09 at 2:36 p.m.
By Caroline Li
Northwest Asian Weekly
Economy and industry experts have already determined that 2009 will
be a year of rebuilding. This is due to the recent economic downturn
caused by sub-prime lenders and the lack of government regulation. But
according to Chinese astrologist and palm reader Natasha Sesko, it was
the work of a busybody rat that caused the big shift in the U.S. economy
this past year.
In 2009, the Ox, like our new President Barack
Obama, has a lot of cleaning up to do, but he’s good for it. Slow
and steady, the Ox works very hard, not because of its ambitions or
need for success, but simply because the work needs to be done — no
thanks to its predecessor, the Rat.
“Last year was a busy year for everyone. The year of the Rat brought
on many activities. The Rat was busy and dug many holes in the earth
without thinking about the consequences,” said Sesko. She explains
that this is why people will experience anxiety and insecurity in 2009,
as the holes the Rat left in 2008 have made the earth’s foundation
unstable. The year of the Ox won’t save the state of the economy
completely, but it will lay the foundation needed, said Sesko. “The
Ox is always the one to do what is needed for the
greater good, and it willingly accepts tasks.”
According to the Seattle-based sites OnlineChineseAstrology.com
and FirePig.com — featuring renowned astrologer Bill Hajdu — the
Ox sign is the most dependable of all the Chinese
zodiac signs. The Ox will instinctively carry the
load in any of its relationships, whether it is
with a partner, family, or friends. Most people would think that this
is an unfair burden to bear; however, the Ox gets enjoyment and satisfaction
out of its large contributions.
For those born this year, they are also born in
the year of Earth. Chinese Zodiac signs are complemented by their Chinese
Zodiac elements. The relationship between the five elements of wood,
fire, water, metal, and earth are a fundamental part of Chinese philosophy.
Like last year, this is the year of Earth. The difference is that this
is the year of yin rather than yang. In other words, it is less likely
to be as noisy and chaotic.
Change will not come as quickly as most people
will hope. In 2009, the Ox will merely plant the
seeds. Because of the Ox’s willingness to work hard for the greater
good, projects implemented with integrity and thoroughness
will have lasting, beneficial effects for all,
said Sesko. Expect this to be a year of determination
to complete a few projects well.
Rather than taking
on too many activities as people did during the
year of the Rat, expect this year to be one of determination in completing
fewer projects in a diligent and thorough manner.
So how long will we have to wait until we see the
benifits of the Ox’s work? It will be the Tiger in 2010, which
characterizes leadership qualities, that will make
the tough choices and pick up where the Ox left
off. It will then be the Rabbit in 2011, who has
a characteristic that collects and saves, which
will finally eliminate all the chaos with its beauty
For those who are likely to get weary in the meantime,
remember that the Ox’s primary characteristic is durability. Things
will get done in 2009. It’s the foundation to new beginnings.
Caroline Li can be reached at email@example.com.
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