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Feeling nervous about the upcoming Chinese New Year? We've got the low-down on some of the things you can expect.

The Year of the Metal Rat did not go so well last year. While some astrologers predicted prosperity and peace, many experienced something quite different. This year, people enter into the Year of the Ox with tempered expectations and a sense of realism. We have no doubt that the New Year will bring with it a renewed hope and strength, but we're also keeping our eyes open for things to expect. 

Discover what each of the 12 signs can look forward to (or be cautious of) in the coming months according to Malaysia-based astrologer, Joey Yap, and US-based astrologer and author, Susan Levitt

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1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032

In Chinese astrology, Rats and Oxen are known to be allies. This year, both astrologers agree that Rats will find more opportunities to connect to those in high authority. This could prove helpful, especially in the workplace, so use this influence and take initiative to start new projects or take on leadership roles. You might find your higher-ups to be more agreeable towards your ideas this year. While this could mean added responsibility, it also means an opportunity to create abundance for yourself and your loved ones. 

Perhaps because of the ongoing pandemic, Rats should also be careful with their health this year. This includes your mental and emotional wellbeing. Issues such as anxiety might take a toll on you physically so perhaps it would be best to let go of things that do not bring happiness. Don't forget to always be kind and to choose forgiveness over anger, towards others and even yourself. 


1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033

Oxen, this is your year—literally—which means that there's a good chance your hard work could pay off pretty soon. Recognition will come your way in the next few months, as long as you continue to focus your energy on improving your skillset. Communication barriers may pop up or plans may get derailed by unforeseen circumstances—as it could for any of the 12 signs—but just focus on your goals and you'll soon achieve your dream. 

As it is the Year of the Metal Ox, those born in 1961 (Year of the Metal Ox) and 1973 (Year of the Water Ox) may find themselves to be luckier than the rest. 


1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034

A huge reminder for Tigers this year: focus on your interpersonal relationships. This could be a good year in terms of romance for both single and taken Tigers, but it will only work if you remember to be brave. Welcome new opportunities and the rest will follow. This could come in the form of helping those around you because you never know a simple act of kindness can open new doors. 

Try to avoid being too temperamental towards others, and temper your rebellious or overly independent streak. Those who do so can expect a good year, and an even better year in 2022 when it will be the Year of the Tiger. 


1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035

Those born under the Year of the Rabbit can expect 2021 to be a bit challenging in terms of health and circumstances. As such, it's best to be prepared, especially when it comes to essential travel and news of natural disasters. The best thing you can do this year is to learn to be patient with yourself if things don't go your way. Learn to build emotional resilience and soon, better days will reach you. 

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1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036

The Year of the Ox could be a good time for Dragons to build a foundation for their dreams. Whereas Dragons are known to be dreamers and high-flyers, the influence of the Ox's humility and realism could mean an easier time for Dragons to start working on making desires become a reality. While there's no guarantee that long-term goals can be achieved within the year, it's a good step towards creating a foundation for yourself in the coming years. So don't be scared to go after what you really want in 2021! This could mean long-term success in the years to come. 


1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037

Optimistic news for you, Snakes! It's going to be a good year for you. A promotion could be in the cards, so don't be afraid to let your desires be known. Business owners may also expect an expansion in their endeavours, but remember to temper your hopes as it still is a generally unstable time for everyone. Remember to make decisions based on your learnings last year and be cautious while remaining optimistic. If you follow this then your efforts will surely be rewarded and recognised. 


1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038

Horses may have experienced a difficult time last year. Not only were there difficult global events that made it so, but Horses and Rats generally don't get along either. This year, Horses can look forward to a more prosperous year, especially in terms of professional goals. However, remember to be careful when making decisions about money, especially if you're planning on starting a business. Health and romance are also two things that you may want to consider getting into with caution. 


1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039

Goats and Oxen are generally found on the opposite sides of each other, so don't be surprised to find that 2021 could be difficult for you. But don't be scared, instead, continue staying organised and maintaining focus. Don't be greedy and avoid opportunities that seem too good to be true. Reach out to others if life gets a bit difficult, but also learn to be self-reliant through challenges. 


1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040

Monkeys are generally known to be playful and creative, which is a contrast to the hardworking and realistic nature of the Ox. As such, this year could prove to be a restless time for Monkeys. It's strange to say but try to restrain ambitions or temper expectations for the year. Focus instead on the things that make you feel content, such as relationships or current projects. 


1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041

Oxen and Roosters share a lot of similar traits, so this year could prove a good parallel for the two signs. This is good news for Roosters who may find new opportunities for growth waiting for them sometime this year. Just remember to always be present and aware of your surroundings as these can cause accidents or unwanted harm to you this year. 

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1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042

Dogs are known to be loyal and open-minded, often fighting for the "underdog" in a situation or rallying for new and provocative ideas. This year, with 2021's upcoming changes happening around society, a Dog's liberal mindset could be the cause of tension or disagreements. Remember to keep communication lines open as this could help mediate any problems with others. Keep steady in your beliefs and the following year could prove more prosperous for you. 


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This year, Pigs can expect quite a bit of adventure, although it will probably still remain within the constraints of current events. This could mean travelling more — maybe a quick road trip or local flight — and taking more chances. Because a Pig's nature is naturally goal-oriented and pragmatic, all these remain possible for you. While health seems to be good for you, remember not to take any unnecessary chances and don't put yourself in harm's way. 

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