It’s the Year of the Ox, which in Chinese astrology is a much more auspcious year than the one we just left, the Rat. Ox years are thought to bring about prosperity through fortitude. Let’s hope this proves to be the case.
2009 is an Earth Ox year; as the Ox is an Earth sign, this makes the sign stronger. Industries associated with metal and water could suffer; but markets like textiles and construction should see a boom.
The Ox was one of the first domesticated animals; perhaps fittingly, people born in Ox years are loyal, patient and reliable. President Obama is an Ox! (Specifically, a Metal Ox.)