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Year Of The Ox

“Mine is the stabilizing force
that perpetuates the cycle of life.
I stand immobile against the
test of adversity,
resolute and unimpeachable.
I seek to serve integrity,
to bear the burdens of righteousness.
I abide by the laws of nature
patiently pushing the wheel of Fate.
Thus, I shall weave my destiny .
I am the Ox.”

(From The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau)

Year of the Ox

The Year of the Ox is one of relative stability. Prosperity is achieved through fortitude and hard work. There is a steadiness and reliability in the energy of this year. Since this is a year of the ‘Earth Ox,’ there is even more solidness than in a year of the Ox under one of the other four energetic influences.

What To Expect From The Ox
As you see from the poem above, the Ox is a person of fixed patterns with a great respect for tradition. This year has that same potential. The Ox believes that only by doing tasks in their proper order can lasting success be achieved. There is predictability and systematicness in the Ox way of doing things.

“A lot of wonderful things come wrapped in plain brown paper. The Ox is one of them. Don’t ever belittle the packaging. He is worth is weight in gold.” - Theodora Lau.

Theodora Lau says of the Ox: “His is the uncluttered mind. You won’t find him muddling through life depending on others or his luck to pull him through. What people born under other signs may accomplish through guile and wit, the Ox will achieve by sheer tenacity and dedication. You can rely on his promises; once he gives his word, he will stick by it. He may not be the life of the party, but he or she is certainly the backbone of society. The Ox will not abandon you in times of trouble. He is around for the good times as well as the bad.”

Barack Obama is an Ox
Our new president, Barack Obama, is an Ox. If you reread the Ox description above, you will see the uncanny correlation. We are very fortunate to have our new president for many reasons. The aspects included above simply underline the many advantages we have in President Obama — interestingly, from an ancient Chinese perspective!

All these qualities, so eloquently expressed by Barack Obama, are aspects of the Ox energetic overlay of this year. Align yourself with these aspects and live harmoniously in the times ahead.

From his own inaugural speech, the respect for tradition and the strong connection to history and sacrifice — all so characteristic of the Ox — shine forth. Some excerpts from the speech are included below, with the Ox characteristics listed first in bold type:

Realism and determination: “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.

Sense of history and fairness: But in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

“Our capacity remains undiminished ... Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” - Barack Obama

Hardworking: In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.  Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things—some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor—who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

Facing hard reality: Our capacity remains undiminished.  But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions—that time has surely passed.  Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

Historical foundation:  As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers—(applause)—our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man—a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience sake.

History and honor: Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends—honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism—these things are old.  These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

“Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter ...” - Barak Obama

Willingness to shoulder hard work:  What is demanded, then, is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility—a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.

Sense of history, determination and vision: So let us mark this day with remembrance of who we are and how far we have traveled.  In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At the moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words to be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America: In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words.  With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.  Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

All these qualities, so eloquently expressed by Barack Obama, are aspects of the Ox energetic overlay of this year. Align yourself with these aspects and live harmoniously in the times ahead.

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