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What 2021 Has in Store for You, Based on Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

Reader's Digest Logo By Taylor Markarian of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: 2020 was the year of the Rat, which typically signifies renewal and the opportunity for success in new ventures. As we now know, the world did go through a distinct changing of the times, but not in the way anyone had hoped. Political turmoil, social unrest, economic decline, and a once in 100-years global pandemic severely altered our lives. While 2020 may seem like it was an epic disaster, the year of the Rat did present us with a new opportunity: to change the world for the better. Every Chinese zodiac year is defined by one of the five elements. The upcoming 2021 will be the year of the Metal Ox, and its message couldn't be clearer: Success will come to those who work hard. Really hard. "It's hard work, duty, discipline," says Susan Levitt, a professional astrologer and author of five books, including Taoist Astrology. "In agricultural societies, oxen are reliable and strong work animals. They were responsible for the survival of humanity. So what was happening in this Rat year continues over into the Ox year to complete it, ground it, bring it to its resolution." Here's what each of the Chinese zodiac signs can do to reap benefits in 2021, the year of the Metal Ox.

The year of the Metal Ox

2020 was the year of the Rat, which typically signifies renewal and the opportunity for success in new ventures. As we now know, the world did go through a distinct changing of the times, but not in the way anyone had hoped. Political turmoil, social unrest, economic decline, and a once in 100-years global pandemic severely altered our lives. While 2020 may seem like it was an epic disaster, the year of the Rat did present us with a new opportunity: to change the world for the better.

Every Chinese zodiac year is defined by one of the five elements. The upcoming 2021 will be the year of the Metal Ox, and its message couldn't be clearer: Success will come to those who work hard. Really hard. "It's hard work, duty, discipline," says Susan Levitt, a professional astrologer and author of five books, including Taoist Astrology. "In agricultural societies, oxen are reliable and strong work animals. They were responsible for the survival of humanity. So what was happening in this Rat year continues over into the Ox year to complete it, ground it, bring it to its resolution." Here's what each of the Chinese zodiac signs can do to reap benefits in 2021, the year of the Metal Ox.

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