The Ox is within the Chinese Zodiac the second animal, or stage in the 12 year Chinese cycle. This sign illustrates the proverb “Haste makes waste”. This is a very down to Earth, “in your face” person, that which emanates honesty and balance and trustworthiness from the first glimpse. Much like the equivalent animal.
Here are some basic elements about this Chinese sign which are amplified during the respective year.
The animal in Chinese is called: Chou.
The element that it represents is Earth: Tu (the Earth)
The sign’s polarity is Yin, a feminine polarity, though the symbol is a very masculine one.
Correspondent in the occidental Horoscope: Capricorn
Top quality: Perseverance
Beneficial colors: Green, Dark Blue
Beneficial fragrance: Incense
Favorite flavor: Sweet
Beneficial plants: Carnations, Pear Tree
Specific crystal: Topaz, Amber, Lapis Lazuli
Specific metal: Copper
Beneficial musical instrument: Tuba
Lucky Feng Shui Spot: North/North- East
Lucky number: 1
Most efficient time of the day: between 1 – 3 AM.
General compatibility with other Chinese zodiac signs: Snake, Rooster, Ox
Worst compatibility with the other Chinese Zodiac signs: Horse, Tiger
As with all the Chinese Zodiac, signs depend on the birth years of people, and not on every month as with the Western Horoscope. Each sign influence one year every 12 years.
So people born on the following years are under the influence of the Ox sign: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045, 2057 and further on.
However, please note that we are talking about the Chinese New Year, and not about the calendar year. So every sign starts, depending of the respective year at the end of January or February. So if you are born at the end of the year, or at the beginning of the year, verify with great precision if you are under the influence of the Ox or the nearby signs.
Generally the people born during these years of the Ox, are creating their entire lives around fixed and precious values, such as the quality of their hard labor, duty sense and strict discipline.
They favor material values, all that is practical and connected to home activities. They also favor cleanliness, honor, respect, fairness. They are people with a strong spine in all they do or decide for their lives and the lives of those around them. The principle that they guide their life by, are very rarely changed or denied.
You can notice for the majority of these Ox-born people, their very well organized mind, with a good clarity of all details. However, they continuously search for guidance and confirmation.
They are stubborn, which is not a negative fact, if used in order to reach their targets. They are stimulated by clear rewards and objectives that they envisage, from the very beginning having as their own. So everything else, appears just like a matter of time.
Sometimes the Ox is a proud person that could hide its emotional vulnerability, or even quite naivety.
The refuge of this sign is most of the times towards work and profession, where he or she doesn’t take criticisms or offenses, lightly.
Generally this is a calm and silent individual, but in reverse, its fury gets very loud and aggressive on everybody else.
They don’t forget and forgive easily, especially if they’re holding a grudge. They will remember a conflict over long periods of time.
No matter their life circumstances, which are completely variable from one another, we can say, however, that there is one mutual element that all Ox-born individual have to get through during their life. And this is not a compulsory fact, however it will make their life generally easier, bring them more into the joyful flow of life.
They need to learn how to and to succeed in overcoming their preconceptions that up to a great degree prevent them from entering full and deep connections with the others. They are great engines for the rest, however this is not enough for a fulfilled living. So their challenge is to open themselves and let the right people get close to their core. Which trust us, it is not easy to do for such an independently smart individual. This can be done by appreciating their valuable traits and recognizing them within others. Because there is enough space in their hearts for others. This is no issue for an Ox.
The Ox is not the greatest diplomat or poet. So they will not be deeply motivated to make powerful declarations of metaphorical affirmations, not even if strongly in love. Anyway, they are not the typical “burn with passion” person. Their actions are strong, but from determination, resolve and mental power, somehow lacking in the romantic dimension. They love facts, thought after facts, value them and will be impressed with factual results, not with words.
So, when you want to communicate with them, bring them strong and practical arguments, show them the numbers of situations, the advantages and the structure of everything that you want to tell him about.
Family and close friends are their point of comfort and retreat. They do not develop shallow discussions and encourage short, true communication.
Here are some preferred professions for all people born in the years of the Ox: manager, trader, art/movie critic, financial expert, legal expert, scientist, politician, businessman, broker, detective, spy, journalist, writer, archaeologist, army officer, All the professions that an Ox is tempted to follow during a lifetime, are based on these strong innate characteristics.
They are very punctual and organized, they have a great memory and will fulfill their tasks by any price. They are great advisers and impartial analysts. No matter the activity field, they are inclined to manage everything, everybody, to lead into achieving great results.
They have a tendency to work by themselves without the collaboration of many, and to get this way, a high productivity. That’s why they look very hermetic and sometimes even like the workaholic-type.
No matter the activity, they are made for greatness and are, almost every time, driven towards great accomplishments. Their responsibilities will increase to the same extent.
Due to their hard working characteristics, Oxen will generally have money under any circumstances. Even if they are not the richest, they will always have the resources and openness to cover their needs, together with their family needs.
In the position of friends or lovers, the Ox will be strong, protective, loyal and sincerely loving. They become that partner that you know you can trust at any time in the day or night. Because once they decide that you are worthy, they will not change their mind and will be on your side, no matter what. However it is not easy to become their close one, or ones. They are not very empathetic and not often display their true troubled emotions and perceptions. Also, they find it difficult to interpret their partner’s feelings.
Others tend to perceive Ox people as being too serious and incapable to relax. However, they don’t really take into account the others opinions on them. At the same time, people generally tend to have a deep respect for the Ox, even if from the distance, as he/ she is always a man/ woman of his/ her word. Under stressful situations the Ox can represent an anchor, a safe space for the others, due to its innate calm and balance sense, no matter how bad things may look.
The reverse of their traits is mainly their inflexibility and seeing one sided everything. They are determined to make things better only their way, strictly the way they have already planned everything, even if this means that they go into some absurd or useless situations, sometimes. This doesn’t happen often, because despite the appearance, the Ox doesn’t jump into an idea without a solid base first. However, there are situations when they are wrong from the very start, or when circumstances change, yet they are unable to move to another path of action.
They react badly if they feel forced or manipulated into doing something, even if that is a good idea. And despite their general calm, they will have a strong furious explosion, just like an infuriated ox seeing red.
They feel often times, lonely and alone in all their interests and plans.
2021: Year of the Metal Ox
So we are preparing for a new year of the Ox in 2021. New Ox people to be born, and the influence of the Ox all over. This time we will get a metal influence over the already ultra-strong, hard-working Ox ways. This influence represents even more core power and resistance. We’re talking now of a steel strength and determination.
Everybody will be pressured, not just Oxen, to work with extra efforts to complete and achieve whatever plans they have long term determined. We will see a lot of inflexibility everywhere, but at the same time trustworthiness, which in compensation will lead all actions towards the best interest of people. Emotions and emotional outbursts will become less important, thus logic and strategy will lead everybody on a daily and periodical basis.