Happy New Year!

January 26, 2009 · 1 comment

新年快乐!  Today (January 26th 2009) is the Chinese New Year.  I don’t know if you noticed, but last night’s moon was a new moon.  Chinese new year begins on the first day of the first lunar month (the last new moon was December 28th).

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2009 is the Year of the Ox; 2008 was the year of the Rat.  Like the Ox, people born under this sign are said to be patient, stubborn, and down-to-earth.  Recent ox-years were:  1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, and 1997.  Famous people born under the sign of the Ox include Barack Obama, Johann Sebastian Bach, Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, George Frideric Handel, Adolf Hitler, Richard Nixon, and Bruce Springsteen.

The vibe I’ve been getting about 2009 is that prosperity can be achieved this year through hard work. 

Here’s a quick bit of pirated info for the “General Outlook” for 2009, based on past Ox years:

The year of the Ox is associated with domestic trouble that seems to have no solution. The grounded, rational, earth influence of the Ox may bring good fortune to troubled economic times but only with a sustained, well planned effort. The Ox influence brings an aversion to risky credit and quick answers that are not well conceived. The Ox year brings success only through discipline and through hard work. The steady ox is quick to anger when confronted by what seems to be irrational opposition, but the use of reason works well and avoids a charge by the angry bull. There is much danger of war and unrest if diplomacy does not prevail.

The last time the earth Ox was seen as the ruling influence was January 29, 1949 – February 15, 1950. The world suffered a recession in late 1948 and early 1949. The world economy recovered during the year of the ox due to rational decisions and careful planning. By 1951, the recession was over. Many will be searching for a quick solution to the current economic crisis, but the ox favors a well planned, consistent path that will take more time but lay a foundation for long lasting results. The strong earth influence of this year favors a strengthening of the housing market, but risk takers will not find this year favorable. Those who look for long term benefits, have a well thought out plan and are willing to work to see results will find great success.

Baby boomers who were born the last time the brown earth Ox ruled the zodiac celebrate their 60th birthday this year. Those who are influenced by the Ox will have experienced many years of good fortune if the planning, hard work and discipline of the sign were heeded. Those who failed to plan are given a new opportunity this year. If the lessons of the past are integrated, the future brings harmony and good fortune at home and in business.

Rosy, no?

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Scott January 26, 2009 at 09:49

Got to have more cow bell!

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