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