Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 220: Enter the OX

chinese zodiac wheel

"The Chinese New Year fluctuates with the appearance of the second new moon after the winter solstice. Seemingly intended to create order out of chaos by marking positions of celestial bodies, the calendar has parts dating to the Shang dynasty in the 2nd millennium BC. Unlike other cultures that had separate calendars to track the incongruous cycles of the moon and the sun, the Chinese calendar reconciled them in one system." Read more here.

I missed the start of the festivities yesterday, but luckily the celebration will be lasting for the next 14 days. The Lunar New Year is underway! Happy Year of the Ox! The Chinese Zodiac follows Jupiter's orbit around the sun, which is just around 12 years, with each year assigned an animal ( rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar).

People born in the year of the Ox are described as "patient and dependable, bright and rational to the extreme. Although they may seem quiet, when they speak they are eloquent and worth paying attention to. Their steady pace can inspire confidence in others and helping others is important. The Ox will avoid risk in business or personal relationships whenever possible. Steady savings and financial stability are hallmarks of this sign. Credit cards and high debt are not the choice of this conservative sign. The ox does not seek extremes. Steady, hard work that brings balance to their secure and stable home and work life is the goal."

Both Barack Obama and my dad are Ox(en). Read more about the Ox and your own animal year here.

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