The Year of the Ox is 2021! Because there are twelve animals in the zodiac, the cycle is also known as "juni-shi" ("the twelve branches," with juni meaning "twelve" in Japanese). The word "zodiac" comes from the Greek word for "signs" or "constellations."
In Japan, the Chinese zodiac has been adopted. As in China, people who know their zodiac animal sign will be able to predict their own birthdays and life paths after they die. Also like in China, this system is based on which constellation a person was born under. In Japan, these constellations are different than what we have in the West; instead of being centered around the Moon or Sun, they focus on the stars.
Here's how the Japanese zodiac works: You will always be given one of 12 animals to identify yourself as. These signs will help determine your personality type, what kind of diseases you should expect to get, and even what kind of career is right for you. There are also two other factors that can change depending on the time period you're talking about: the element you were born under (fire, earth, water, wind) and the direction you face when you sleep (north, east, south, west).
Around the third or fourth century, the Chinese animal zodiac (eto) was imported to Japan. The Japanese name for each sign is based on the first letter of the Japanese word for that animal.
Although the Chinese zodiac has been in use in Japan for about 1,000 years, there are only two animals that appear in both systems: the rat and the ox. There are several reasons why Japan did not adopt the Indian zodiac: first, it was already in use when the Koreans invaded in 604; second, the Japanese believed they could develop their own system which would be better than what existed already in China; and finally, like most Asian countries, they didn't divide the year into months but rather used the solar term "moon", so there were only 12 moonths instead of 30 lunar days.
In modern times, some people claim that Japan's traditional astrology is coming back because many new books are now being published on the subject. But this isn't true: Japanese horoscopes are still being produced by the millions and they still use the Chinese zodiac to do it.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the Year of the Ox. This is the Year of the Metal Ox, which begins with the 2021 Chinese New Year on Feb. 12 and ends with the 2022 Lunar New Year's Eve on Jan. 31.
|Zodiac Animal||Best Match||Better Avoid|
|Dragon||Rooster, Rat, Monkey||Ox, Sheep, Dog|
|Snake||Dragon, Rooster||Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Pig|
The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 12, 2021, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac.... What Is the Chinese Zodiac for Me?
|Year range||Chinese zodiac|
|Feb 1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023||Tiger (Yin)|
|Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022||Ox (Chou)|
|Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021||Rat (Zi)|
|Feb 5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020||Boar/Pig (Hai)|
The Chinese zodiac is a 12-year mathematical cycle. Each animal represents a different year. People are identified with the animal of the zodiac for the year in which they were born. Rat, Ox, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Chicken, Dog, and Pig are the 12 animals in sequence. The pattern begins again with Sheep in 1989 and continues indefinitely since there is no end date for when the Earth will run out of years.
Zodiac signs are based on your astrological sign which is based on where you sit relative to the Earth's orbit around the Sun. This placement determines what constellations you can see at any given time. Signs are divided between animals to represent how each animal responds to solar energy. For example, Rats are active during the day while Goats are active at night. Based on this information, scientists have concluded that rats, oxen, cows, and tigers are all daytime creatures while sheep, goats, dogs, and pigs are nocturnal.
Chinese astronomers developed the system of zodiac signs to help predict natural disasters such as floods or droughts. They believed that animals behavior reflected how humans should act in order to achieve harmony within the world. For example, if rats were smart enough to avoid floods, then people should be too. Thus, rats were considered to be a good omen because they showed that nature was behaving properly. On the other hand, cats were thought to be bad because they acted like rats but were hunted instead.