Today is Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Ox. More specifically, it’s the Year of the Metal Ox. It’s always interesting to take a look at astrology to get some insight into personal finance. Whether or not it’s “true” isn’t really the point. Instead, you can glean helpful tips and ideas from this type of information. So, what can we learn about money in the year of the ox?
What Is The Year of The Metal Ox?
Every year in the Chinese calendar is represented by an animal. There are twelve different animals to cycle through. So, every twelve years there’s a “year of the ox.” 2021 is an ox year.
Furthermore, the years are also associated with different elements. This is a metal year. So 2021 is the year of the metal ox.
Personal Finance Themes in the Year of the Metal Ox
If you take astrology seriously, then you should consult an astrologer regarding how your particular sign will likely experience the year of the metal ox. Generally speaking, though, here are some themes likely to impact people’s personal finances in 2021:
It’s a Good Year for Hard Work
The ox is the classic symbol of hard work. Think about what oxen do – or did traditionally throughout history. They are hard workers. They put their heads down and plow ahead. Therefore, it’s a good year to dedicate yourself to working hard. If you do so then your efforts should pay off.
2020 was an unpredictable year in which your hard work may not have worked out. In contrast, 2021 is a year in which you’ll reap what you sow. So it’s the perfect time to start a side hustle, work overtime at a current job, or launch your new business.
Dependability and Stability are Keywords
According to Kiplinger, the year of the Ox is a smart time to emphasize the oxen traits of dependability and stability. In other words, buckle down and reduce spending. Stick to a budget. Make sure that you’re a reliable employee. The more you can hone in on these key traits of the ox, the better off your year will be financially.
The ox symbol is also associated with loyalty and trustworthiness. Therefore, you might want to work on strengthening your connections with people in your network. This can be good for business, which is good for income.
But Don’t Be Too Stubborn
Stubborn traits are the downfall of the oxen. They can bite you in the rear end in 2021 if you aren’t careful. Therefore, it’s important to watch out for this trait. While you want to aim for tranquil stability, you don’t want to get too locked into any one approach to work and money. Be open to different ideas.
Invest in Metal Industries
This is a year of metal. Therefore, if you’re looking to make some investments, you might want to explore opportunities in the metal industries.
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Kathryn Vercillo is a professional writer with more than a decade of experience writing about healthy living and personal finance. She lives in San Francisco, where she has learned to maximize frugal living tips in order to thrive as a freelancer in one of the nation’s most expensive cities. When she’s not writing, she’s exploring the city on foot with her rescue dog. Learn more about her at www.kathrynvercillo.com. Kathryn also writes about saving money with coupons over at GroceryCouponGuide.com .