The Ox is second in the order of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to one folktale, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be determined according to the order by which they arrived at his party. The Ox had agreed to give the Rat a ride. Just as they both arrived at the door, the Rat jumped ahead of the Ox.
The Ox is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Chǒu (丑) and the hours 01:00-03:00 in the morning. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Ox is Yang. The Ox is a highly esteemed animal in Chinese culture because of the important role it plays in agriculture. Positive traits like being hardworking and honest are also attributed to the Ox.
Oxen are diligent, reliable, and smart but never seek praise.
Along with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. The Ox is associated with earth, but its years cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng). Recent years of the Ox include: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
|YEAR||CELESTIAL STEM||EARTHLY BRANCH||ZODIAC||ELEMENT||YIN YANG|
Personality and traits
- 1 Personality and traits
- 2 Ox compatibility
- 3 Careers fit for Oxen
- 4 Health and lifestyle
- 5 Oxen in the Year of the Rat (2020)
Oxen are known to be honest and sincere. Although they are hardworking and skilled, they never seek to be the center of attention. Nevertheless, they get the recognition they deserve for their hard work.
Oxen firmly believe that everyone should diligently do what is asked of them. They are very kind but often struggle to understand persuasion using pathos. They rarely blow a fuse and make for great leaders.
|Metal||1961, 2021||These Oxen may be stable financially but they will struggle a bit in the early stages. Although their friends and family are not of much help, they are able to enjoy a comfortable retirement.|
|Water||1973, 2033||These Oxen live comfortable lives early on and are well-admired their entire lives. They live long lives and are better off getting married later in life.|
|Wood||1925, 1985||These Oxen are highly versatile and live like a breeze. They face difficulties in their early stages but straightens out everything later on.|
|Fire||1937, 1997||These Oxen are very friendly. They do not struggle financially throughout their lives.|
|Earth||1949, 2009||These Oxen are meticulous and enjoy being a leader. They make a lot of money but are unable to hold on to it. They eventually slow down and become financially stable later in life.|
Men born in the year of the Ox can be trusted and relied on. They give out their best in everything they do. They are also able to provide for their families. However, their confidence can get in the way of others who try to go against the rules. They also hold unrealistic expectations toward their children.
Women born in the year of the Ox are kind and capable of keeping their cool. They are fixated on their goals and would rarely think about choosing an alternative. Because of this, they encounter many struggles but they will walk down the road they choose regardless.
Most compatible with Ox: Rat, Snake, and Rooster
- The respective Earthly Branches of the Ox and the Rat complement each other: earth and water. They usually have similar personalities and goals in life as well.
- Snakes can provide hardworking Oxen support, warmth, and romance.
- Honest and loyal Oxen are also attracted to the soft and loving hearts of Roosters.
Least compatible with Ox: Goat, Horse, and Dog
- The Earthly Branches of the Ox and the Goat are not compatible. Although they can bear their differences, there will always be tension between them.
- The free and wild nature of Horses doesn’t fit well with diligent and hardworking Oxen.
- Oxen and Dogs also have difficulty finding common ground.
Lucky things for Oxen
- Colors: red, purple, and blue
- Numbers: 1 and 9
- Accessories/Ornaments: yellow stone pendant
- Auspicious directions: south, north, southeast
- Colors: green and white
- Unlucky Direction: northwest
- Unlucky numbers: 3 and 4
Careers fit for Oxen
Oxen are most productive when working in a group. They work hard in school to build a strong foundation for their future and secure long-term and stable jobs.
Their dedication and diligence make them ideal for professional and stressful positions such as doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and teachers. Oxen are also renowned by society for their technical skills and effort.
Health and lifestyle
Like untamed Oxen that roam the fields freely, people born in the year of the Ox are healthy and fit. They rarely visit the hospital but too much negligence can cause problems later on in life.
Because they are very hardworking, Oxen can sometimes go for days with little food and rest. This carelessness can sometimes lead to problems with the digestive system and other illnesses.
In the middle stages of their lives, Oxen become prone to heart diseases and joint pains. Most if not all of these issues arise due to lack of exercise. To avoid them, Oxen have to remember to take a break every once in a while, stretch, and relax.
Oxen in the Year of the Rat (2020)
Having endured a rough previous year, Oxen can breathe a sigh of relief and welcome the year of the Rat with open arms. In 2020, Oxen will find their lucky stars from someone close to them. They can emanate from a friend, a family member, or a colleague who they lend a helping hand to.
There will be many events in the year that will go by quickly so Oxen must act immediately when opportunities come by. The year of the Rat is especially good for Oxen in business. They can expect their ventures to prosper during the year. Generally, Oxen may have the best luck out of all the zodiac animals in 2020 so they must take their chances and enjoy the ride.
Peach flower luck is not particularly strong from Oxen in 2020 so those who are hoping to meet potential partners may have to lower their expectations. As far as married Oxen are concerned, petty people may be out to ruin their relationships. They should be wary of overly friendly friends and keep communicating closely with their partners.
The lucky months for romance are January, February, April, July, August, and November, while the inauspicious months are March, June, and October.
The financial horoscope for the Ox in 2020 predicts a wealthy year. Whether they have a new business or investment in mind, they will most likely profit from it. They must trust their instincts when making these big decisions.
For Oxen who are consultants, real estate agents, insurance agents, and freelances, clients will come knocking at your door and your income will start to increase.
Oxen who were born in spring and summer will have an even better financial outlook compared to those born in winter and fall. The lucky months for finance are February, July, August, and November, while the inauspicious months are January, March, June, and September.
Oxen may get a raise in salary or promotion in 2020 if they make proper use of their decision-making and managerial abilities. Diversifying is also a good idea for Oxen in the year of the Rat. They can be confident about starting a new career or business.
The lucky months for a career are, February, April, July, August, and November, while the inauspicious months are January, March, June, and September.
Oxen can expect to have good health all-year-round in 2020. They might catch a cold or flu every now and then but nothing serious. Regular exercise is the key to Oxen to stay in shape and be stronger.
They must be extra cautious about their health in March, September, and December, be careful when they are in the waters in May, and be extra attentive when driving in October.
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