VOLUME 28 NO. 7 | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2009


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 and elegance.

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. (end)

Caroline Li can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

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