Inauspicious

Year of the Ox

Projections for the Year of the Ox, which started today, are dire, The New York Times reports. People are asking their astrologers when they are going to be laid off, instead of whether they should change from a medium to a big house. The prices of everything from Rolls-Royces to caterpillar fungus (a Chinese cure-all cooked into stews) have fallen. Silver lining for some looking for answers during the recession: According to Time, recent Ox years have seen financial difficulty, from 1997's financial meltdown in Asia to 1973's oil shocks.