The domesticated Year of the Metal Ox is here, inviting us to tend to our pastures in an unhurried way.
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Although the Metal Ox cherishes a solid day’s work, relaxation time is the daily reward in 2021. After the frenetic Metal Rat’s reign over 2020, we’ll appreciate sinking into this slower, simpler groove. Think of this twelve-month cycle as a heavenly hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), the Danish term defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
In preparation, we’ve stocked up on popcorn and have been losing ourselves in the vast catalog of movies and original series that HBO Max has to offer. With classic comebacks like Teen Witch (HBO), we’ve been waxing nostalgic about our early days learning astrology. And hello to Max Original House of Ho! The envy-inducing peeks into the extravagant world of this Houston-based, Vietnamese American family is a cathartic escape as we await the days of shopping, brunching and traveling to return.
With 2021’s strong influence of planets in inclusive, revolutionary Aquarius, Max Originals like Equal are speaking right to our souls. Narrated by (Virgo) Billy Porter, this four-part docudrama chronicles the LGBTQ+ movement in the 20th century leading up to the 1969 Stonewall uprising.
But a word to the wise: Forget about earning any couch potato loyalty points in 2021! The Metal Ox has zero tolerance for laziness. Set up your exercise equipment facing the screen so you can stream while you do squats and cardio. To help facilitate that, we’ve compiled a cosmic curation of the best HBO Max titles for every zodiac sign. Like the strapping Metal Ox, you can go from “spud” to “stud,” without missing a binge-watching beat!