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Zodiac Sign of the Ox, Second of the Chinese Zodiac


Zodiac Elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: chou

Wu Xing (The Five Elements): earth

Yin Yang: yin

Auspicious Directions: southeast, south and north

Lucky Colors: blue, red, purple

Unlucky Colors: white, green

Lucky Numbers: 9, 1

Unlucky Numbers: 3, 4

Lucky Flowers: tulip, evergreen, peach blossom

Best match: rat, snake, rooster

Avoid matching: horse, dog, sheep



Occupying the 2nd position on the Chinese Zodiac, Oxen are persistent, simple, honest, dependable and straightforward. Oxen are tolerant individuals who believe that the road to success involves hard work and scrupulous behavior; they don’t believe in taking shortcuts. They characterize those who don’t work hard as lazy individuals not worthy of respect.


Oxen are capable of trusting others and will listen to their opinions with an open mind. However, Oxen prefer making decisions that are based on their own research. Oxen favor strong, life-long alliances to casual acquaintances.



People born in this year are probably honest, industrious, patient, and cautious, and do things steadily. They are talent leader with strong will and faith, strong devotion to work and staying power. They are not easily affected by others or their surroundings but just follow their concept and ability. They are contemplative before taking actions and can make a clear distinction between right and wrong. In short, people under the ox sigh are tender-hearted, having amiable temper and an honesty nature. They are usually conservative. They hold respect to the tradition and value job and family highly.



They are obstinate and poor at communication. Leaders in their career may not discover their abilities. They look prudish and distant, but not feminine, charming and lively enough. They usually do not get a great facility in speaking, being silent and persistent in their old ways. In their old age, they would be usually bestowed with happiness.



Oxen are strong individuals who overall are healthy and live long, fulfilled lives. However, they tend to work too much, rarely allowing themselves enough time to relax. Oxen could benefit from incorporating more non-work-related activity into their lives.



Oxen prefer work that is routine. They take a methodological approach to their tasks and excel in jobs that are specialized. Oxen possess a keen eye for detail and an admirable work ethic. They are more productive when allowed to work alone. Good career choices for oxen include: interior designer, painter, carpenter, quarry worker, archeologist, horticulturist, mechanic, engineer, draftsman, banker, broker, real estate agent and army officer.



Oxen aren’t very sociable and rarely participate in group activities. They don’t like small talk and won’t waste their time flirting. They will search long and hard for the perfect partner as change makes them uncomfortable. Whether due to an ox’s tendency to be overbearing or tendency to place blame on others, relationships with Oxen don’t always work out. When Oxen realize that partnerships involve two people and two points of view, satisfying matches are possible.


Years of the Ox










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