Friday, 8 February 2008

Year of the Ox (abi na Rat?)



2008 is the Year of the Rat according to Chinese astrology

The "Rat" is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor invited the animals for a party. The first 12 to arrive was the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and lastly, the Pig. All the animals were named after the 12-year cycle that governs Chinese life thereafter.


My birth date apparently falls under the year of the Ox. Here are some of the characteristics of the Ox:

Oxes may appear docile (sometimes), but watch out (too right)! They also have quite a temper (unfortunately). They are extremely determined and work tirelessly to get what they want (uh huh). Step by step and piece by piece, they move steadily toward their goals. People born under the sign of the Ox are dependable and stick to a routine until the job is done. They are fair-minded and good listeners, but they can also be extremely stubborn (yep)

Because of their trustworthy character, Oxes will often hold positions of authority and responsibility (true) They always get ahead in the world. They must be careful not to become slaves to their jobs or profession (hmmn). Oxes can be forceful leaders and eloquent speakers when the occasion arises. In troubled times they will have great presence of mind and will never be intimidated (very true). They are very proud souls. Oxes are systematic and respect traditions. They mistrust things they don't understand,and they hate loose ends. They can also be vulnerable in romance. They are so straightforward that they don't relate to the love games others play (detest them). Since it takes a long time to develop intimate relationships, Oxes like long courtships. Once they have made up their minds, they are loyal and giving-almost to a fault (sigh).

Ox people are neat and punctual (?), honest and hard working (yes). Oxes make ideal mates since they always do more than their share (to a fault!). They have a long memory and remember the little details others miss. Once Oxes are angry with you, they will carry their grievance a long way (guilty). When they are unhappy or upset, they will bury themselves in their work until they feel better. Oxes always pay their debts. If they owe you anything, they will never forgive themselves until the debt is paid (YES). They always remember a favor, and though they don't use flowery words,they will show their appreciation in other ways. Their actions speak louder than words (true)

When Oxes lose their temper, they really lose it! There will be no reasoning with them, so get out of their way until they cool off (oh yeah!). Always appeal to the head rather than to the heart of the Oxes. They quickly understand the pros and cons to the situation. Oxes seldom get sick and are not tolerant of weaker people (i'm trying). They should learn how to relax more (any suggestions?)

Oxes hate to ask for help (soooo true). If it takes them twice as long to accomplish something, they still prefer working alone. They want things to last and build them with care (yep). Oxes love their home and family and provide well for them. They do well at long term investments with stability and firm foundations. They are definitely not gamblers. Oxes earn their success by their own merits and don't expect any free rides (yes, yes, yes).

Whether you believe in this stuff or not, almost every statement is an accurate reflection of the person i am. As a Christian, i'm not meant to believe in the zodiac, astrology and things like that, however, i'm rebellious and every once in a while, i still peek at my horoscope and this is what i've found. A lot of the time, what it says is usually something that has already been revealed to me through reading my bible or speaking with God. Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, things are undeniably programmed into the stars. I believe this is done by God. Case in point - When Jesus was born, the wise men saw his star in the east and came to worship him (Matt 2:2). There was a message in the stars, they saw it, responded, and came to worship Christ.

I don't think the issue is whether people's lives or destinies can be read from the stars (at least for me). For me the issue is why go to the stars when it's possible for you to have direct access to the one who has placed that information there?...

Other years here

21 comments:

30+ said...

You are so on POINT.

That is what I told my colleague one time o, asking if she can believe a star she has never really seen except that it is a tiny dot in sky how come it is difficult to believe GOD.

I believe in the maker of stars but you believe in the object itself.

Omo she no get answer.

Afrobabe said...

Thabnk God, an update...was coming here to yell UPDATEEEEE lol..

I am the typical arian..everything they have ever written about arians apply to me...

Dont know which animal it is though, hope its not the pig..lmao..

Pink-satin said...

lol @ afrobabe!!!pig ke?i dont believe in ZOdiac signs at all!!!
@ 30+ u right jare

Jaycee said...

I love ur end statement, "Why go to the stars when when it's possible for you to have direct access to the One who placed the information there?"

However, some tend to believe everything they read abt their signs. It's possible you'll find certain things that apply to ur character, but in these readings the writers tend to include so many other things that do not pertain to everyone under a certain zodiac sign, hence people may be tempted or lured into believing lies about themselves.

Fo said...

went nd checked mine....m a tiger...nice post!!

Nyemoni said...

You have lost me on this one o! I so do not believe in this year of animals thingy...just checking anyhoo...take care!

aworan said...

"Gung hei fat choi"

Queen of My Castle said...

Wow, never really looked at it quite like that before in reference to the wise men following the star. I always felt guilty for reading my scopes, but am always drawn to them.

Bunmmy said...

true word, i guess people never beleive in God cos they want quickies(me inclusive) and all em astrology, horoscope et al seem to give them that...

Bunmmy said...

true word, i guess people never beleive in God cos they want quickies(me inclusive) and all em astrology, horoscope et al seem to give them that...

Adekunle Shobowale said...

why Isn't there a year of the Cockroach?

UndaCovaSista said...

@30+ - i guess that's the beauty (?) of freewill - people choose what they believe

@Afrobabe - What happened to laying low till after your exams, enh? Lol..pigs can be cute tho' (when they're little)

@Pink-satin - Fair 'nough! :)

@Jaycee - Again, it's an issue of freewill...but i agree, deception, manipulation etc is inevitable

@Fo - Hiya! Didn't know you were still around. How you dey?

@Nyemoni - Not my intention (lol). I'm not preaching chinese astrology, i simply find it interesting how accurate my descripton is...

@akin - Same to you :)

@QOMC - I know! Curiosity tends to get the better of me too :)

@Bunmmy - That is so true!

@Adekunle - Hmmn...Good question :)

guerreiranigeriana said...

i loved this post...can't remember which animal i was born under...going to check...

...i think there are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings of astrology and the role of the moon, stars and the sun...just like there can deception, deceit and manipulation, it too is rife in our man-made religions...

...God has always made use of many different things in nature to convey messages and information...as you pointed out...the stars led to jesus...knowledge, information and messages are present throughout nature, but we have been told to ignore and fight it in lieu of the preacher/priest/bishp/pastor/imam/etc...and look at us now...most of don't have any connection to the world around us nor do we know ourselves...there are those that blindly look to astrology for everything as there are those that look to religion for everything, when there is God, who created it all...sorry for the long-winded comment-brevity is not my strong point...

NikkiSab said...

Intresting Year name. Is dis under chinese year?

Arewa said...

I dont know about all this year of the rat and the ox oh...I bet they also have year of the pegion...eiw!!

AlooFar said...

This kind of stuff makes me doubt REALITY. Too many "isms" spoil the...

Cheers. Nice Post.

UndaCovaSista said...

@guerreira - your wisdom and insight is always welcome here. I completely agree with you, we need to critically examine things for ourselves and not just accept everything we are told...

@nikkisab - Yes it is. There are some even more interesting ones. Check out the link...

@Arewa - Just dont go and set fire to any pigeons, ok?! Lol

@Aloofar - Doubt reality? You don't wanna do that..:)

Florida of Free Spirit said...

sounds like a great person to know.

UndaCovaSista said...

@Florida - Yes i am (lol). Thanks

Antonino Paraggi said...

fantastic! I am a Ox also, and I´m agree about the chinese horoscope, the description of my sign is about 90% accurate wich is quite weird.
But I use the information to rethink some of my weaknesses and to improve my strong points something that can help you to do that can be bad don´t you think?
and about god I think same as you there is no contradiction about these issue, the chinese have spent thousands years watching and thinking about human nature they must know something and if that is some kind of pattern or influence from God, stars whatever well great, and still there is enough space to be free, and different each other.

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