The past year has been unprecedentedly challenging for most of us. The incoming new Chinese zodiac year, that of the Metal Ox, does not look like a walk in the park either—but it’s not all bad news. The ox is an earth animal, but the heavenly stem is metal, and in the cycle of elements, metal exhausts earth, so this is a year that will require hard work—tenacity, grit and a stubbornness of purpose are what will get you ahead. It’s a year to be creative, open-minded and willing to investigate all new opportunities that come your way.
Love, family, fortune and health: Here’s all you need to know about the year ahead based on your Chinese zodiac sign. Plus, the gems that work perfectly as lucky charms for you.
The Rat is the wheeler-dealer of the Chinese zodiac: Always nimble, always quick and always able to make the most of any situation. In 2021, you will benefit from the year because the Ox is your zodiac ally and soulmate. But you suffer from poor health indications. With Covid-19 on everyone’s mind, the Rat ought to take extra care. Do not let your guard down no matter how “healthy” you feel; all it takes is contact with the wrong person.
WORK: Success and luck are fabulous, so career matters are looking up. Look out for promotion opportunities.
WEALTH: There is money to be made, even big money! Especially for the 25- and 49-year-old Rats.
HEALTH: Don’t take risks when it comes to your health. You are a icted by the Illness Star this year.
RELATIONSHIPS: Working with others brings new opportunities. If love is what you’re after, no harm in taking a chance or two—love can blossom in the unlikeliest of places.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Sapphires, and blue and black will bring luck.
The Ox dominates the energies of the year. This brings you the support of the Year God, meaning you have people willing to help you where they can. You enjoy mentor and benefactor luck. If you play your cards right, people with power and influence can open big doors for you. There is wealth luck too, but note that for the Ox, it is future wealth you’ll enjoy, so don’t expect overnight gains. Get-rich-quick schemes are risky this year, so be on high alert when things seem too good to be true. Don’t let yourself get conned.
WORK: There’s good potential if you stay confident.
WEALTH: Don’t expect overnight gains; small successes lead to bigger ones. Take things step by step.
HEALTH: Your mental health is more fragile than your physical health; don’t forget to nourish the soul.
RELATIONSHIPS: It’ll be easy for you to form strong emotional connections, whether in love or elsewhere.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Yellow sapphires, citrines and all shades of yellow will work like a charm.
The Tiger brings plenty of wealth luck to the year, making you an excellent partner and ally to work with. Gaining wealth for yourself, however, is another matter; make sure you get your fair share when cutting deals. You have future prosperity luck in your corner, indicating you should take a longer-term outlook. Overnight gains are unlikely, so don’t expect quick results. Patience and staying power will be your best traits this year. Your general attitude not only helps you achieve your own goals; anyone who mixes with you will benefit from your passion and obvious joy of living. You’re an inspiration to everyone this year and those of you in the public eye will see a big surge in popularity!
WORK: Watch out for exciting new opportunities on the work front.
WEALTH: Wealth comes to those who are patient. This is a year for building a solid foundation.
HEALTH: You may feel fit as a fiddle, but don’t let your guard down with the coronavirus.
RELATIONSHIPS: Being hot-blooded and full of bravado makes you ultra attractive to others this year.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Surround yourself with emeralds and emerald greens.
The Rabbit’s luck will improve from last year, but you’re not out of the woods when it comes to professional growth. There continues to be obstacles, but you can help yourself by making the most of the connections in your life. Relationship luck for the Rabbit is first-rate this year, so it’s a matter of who you know rather than what you know. If you stay aware of this, you can speed up your success considerably. While career and business matters may be merely chugging along, romance, on the other hand, takes off at full speed. Those of you who have jumped onto the passion bandwagon can expect the ride of a lifetime. It’s a good year for you to get married.
WORK: There will be some obstacles, but nothing you cannot weather. Just don’t get ahead of yourself.
WEALTH: Your wealth luck this year comes from knowing the right people. Connections matter.
HEALTH: Only the 46-year-old Rabbit needs to be especially careful.
RELATIONSHIPS: Open your heart and accept all the loving vibes that will be coming your way.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Jade and all shades of green are what you want.
Dragons are quintessentially impetuous characters, with a comfortable self-confidence that lets them breeze through life most of the time. This year, some of that self-confidence takes a hit because of your low “spirit essence”. Your main job is to rebuild that inner confidence that makes you who you are. Work, too, on finishing what you start; don’t get discouraged before you’re done. Because of your short attention span, when the going gets tough, you may find it tempting to throw in the towel. You need to stay focused and committed because you have big things coming your way.
WORK: You have big dreams and will achieve them if you stay passionate and undistracted.
WEALTH: Collaborating with people of the Monkey sign brings financial rewards.
HEALTH: Get a check-up if you feel that something’s amiss.
RELATIONSHIPS: This year, you prefer to be chased rather than to do the chasing.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Go for rubies and hues that fall within the red spectrum.
The Snake is the charmer of the Chinese zodiac and it’s no different this coming year. You’re feeling creative and 2021 will see many of your wild ideas come to fruition should you pursue them with resolute. Your formidable intellect allows you to put many of your ideas into practice and the right people will come along just when you need them most. The loftier your ambitions, the higher you can climb. Remember: Success comes to those who dare—don’t let trivial doubts stop you. Whatever your goals, pursue them wholeheartedly; don’t fear failure. Treat every experience as a learning experience and 2021 will have a lot to offer.
WORK: Many new opportunities will open up in your career. Seize them.
WEALTH: Big auspicious luck brings you some big bonanzas! There are possible new income streams on the horizon.
HEALTH: There’s nothing too serious to worry about, but the 68-year-old Snake should take more care.
RELATIONSHIPS: Things heat up quickly when it comes to love, so open up your heart!
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Trust rubies and reds for wealth, and emeralds and greens for inspiration.
Such a blessed year for this gallant sign. Of the 12 animals, you’re easily the luckiest this year, with everything coming together to manifest big success. You enjoy phenomenal victory luck, so make the most of it to get ahead of the pack. While you may be impulsive and rash, your innate spontaneity serves you well. If you have the urge to do something, go for it! Your only hold-up will be your weak element luck, which suggests you need to generate your own enthusiasm and get your own ball rolling. If you stay interested, big success is exceedingly possible.
WORK: The harder you work, the more rewards you reap.
WEALTH: You have wealth through victory and investment luck with a possible windfall.
HEALTH: You have little to worry about, though the 55-year-old Horse needs to take more care.
RELATIONSHIPS: This is a good year to think about marriage and settling down.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: For you, it’s rubies, red coral and all forms of the fiery hue.
Goats never have any trouble getting anyone over onto their side. Your ability to make and keep friends is your secret weapon, and you often surround yourself with a bevy of loyalists willing to move the world for you. This year, though, sees some of your natural amicableness take a hit, as you’re afflicted by the Quarrelsome Star, which may see you losing your cool over small matters. Suppress this overly dramatic side of your personality if you’re serious about getting ahead. Don’t hold grudges: Forgiving and forgetting will serve you well this year.
WORK: Don’t let troublemakers at work rile you and don’t rise to office politics.
WEALTH: This is not the year to take too many monetary risks. Think wealth preservation.
HEALTH: Health woes this year tend to be stress-related. Argue less and love more.
RELATIONSHIPS: Settling down into a committed relationship could be a tough call.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Amethysts and bright reds—with the latter helping you keep your cool this year.
There’s plenty of success and recognition coming your way. While the Monkey is an inherently confident sign, this inbuilt poise gets a turbo boost in 2021, with your strong element luck bringing an inner confidence that goes far in helping you achieve your goals. There is little that can stop you catapulting to the stratosphere, so long as your goals are clear. Your only job then is to clarify your goals so that your extremely good fortune does not go to waste. You have every advantage on your side to get exactly where you want to be. For the Monkey, everything happens on a large scale this year. Just watch that you don’t get too arrogant for your own good.
WORK: Success that is too obvious at the workplace could invoke some jealousy. Watch your back.
WEALTH: This is a year to multiply your income streams. Be clever, creative and bold.
HEALTH: The 77-year-old Monkey ought to take more care. The 17-year-old should beware of stress.
RELATIONSHIPS: Your insensitivity may rub others the wrong way.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: White diamonds for support and red, to improve your relationships.
The Rooster is always chasing the next big thing and 2021 will bring new opportunities for you to get excited about. Your luck is multi-dimensional, so you’ll enjoy not just good wealth potential, but also emotional satisfaction. The Prosperity Star has landed in your sector and with that, the Star of the General. This is great for those who are bosses and business owners, and bodes well for newly minted entrepreneurs too. Money luck is promising and your investments should start showing good returns. It’s a time when you can take some risks.
WORK: Being in charge suits you. Those not yet in managerial roles could get promoted.
WEALTH: This is a year to go after big dreams. Look to expand alternate income streams.
HEALTH: Appreciate everyday joys for your health.
RELATIONSHIPS: There are changes on the horizon with new friends and loves.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Diamonds and metallic hues will work wonders.
The coming year is best for the Dog who’s on a mission. If you have a cause you believe in, put your energies towards it and you’ll be happier, more fulfilled and more likeable. This is not an easy year for you, as you have some afflictions to deal with. The Loss Star brings unexpected expenses and money loss; you could get cheated or betrayed, or be let down by those you thought were on your side. Don’t take things personally. While you may have to navigate rough waters in 2021, there are pockets of good fortune to be had. Don’t expect overnight results; success for you will be the result of a series of small successes.
WORK: Maintain the status quo instead of striving for changes that are too sudden or too big.
WEALTH: There’s money to be made, but also money to be lost. Beware of gambling or speculation.
HEALTH: Make time for regular exercise.
RELATIONSHIPS: Make more of an effort to be agreeable.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Things will go better with aquamarine and sky blues.
This is a year when you have to contend with the Betrayal Star, which means you could be let down by those you trust. The good thing is, you’ll know who your real friends are. While this may not be the year to go after lofty ambitions, you can work to get a step closer to your goals. Give yourself the time and space to achieve them and don’t set impossible deadlines that will merely discourage you. You have the Big and Small Auspicious Stars on your side, so there’s plenty of good luck if you can keep going no matter what—don’t quit at the slightest difficulty.
WORK: Focus on building your skills and connections for the future.
WEALTH: This is not the year to take big financial risks. Stay conservative.
HEALTH: Take a break from time to time. Go for a vacation, or a staycation if global borders are still closed.
RELATIONSHIPS: You’ll have good relationship luck, but your variable mood may scare potential suitors away.
LUCKY GEMSTONE AND COLOURS: Keep sapphires, blues and blacks close to you.
Jennifer Too is the CEO of WOFS.com Sdn Bhd, the company she founded with her mother, famed feng shui expert Lillian Too, with whom she writes the annual Fortune & Feng Shui books for each animal sign. These books are pocket-sized but packed with everything you need to know to make the most of your luck in the coming year. Available at fsmegamall.com and wofs.com.