The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

The Ox is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Chǒu (丑) and the hours 1–3 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Ox is Yang.

In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.

Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise.

Recent years of the Ox are: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although chǒu is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1925 chǒu Ox Wood Yin
1937 ding chǒu Ox Fire Yin
1949 chǒu Ox Earth Yin
1961 xīn chǒu Ox Metal Yin
1973 guǐ chǒu Ox Water Yin
1985 chǒu Ox Wood Yin
1997 ding chǒu Ox Fire Yin
2009 chǒu Ox Earth Yin
2021 xīn chǒu Ox Metal Yin

Personality and characteristics

Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work.

They believe that everyone should do what’s asked for them and stay within their bounds. Though they are kind, it’s difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. Rarely losing your temper, they think logically and make great leaders.

Element Year Fortune
Metal 1961, 2021 These Oxen face obstacles early on, although there are no financial worries. Friends and family aren’t much help, but they will be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
Water 1973, 2033 These Oxen have a comfortable early life and are respected their entire life. They will have a loving family, but it’s recommended to marry late.
Wood 1925, 1985 These Oxen are multitalented and live like a breeze. There are some difficulties in the beginning, but everything smooths out.
Fire 1937, 1997 These Oxen are friendly and social. There are no financial worries their entire life.
Earth 1949, 2009 These Oxen are detailed and like being the leader. They’re usually are make a lot of money, but can’t seem to hold onto it. However, they are able to slow down and enjoy their later years.

Men born in the Ox year are reliable and trustworthy. They put their entire heart into everything they do. They feel great responsibility towards their family as well. However, due to their confidence (almost arrogance), they don’t allow anyone to go against their rules. They hold your children to high expectations, even though it might be unrealistic.

Women born in the Ox year are calm and gentle. They will never surrender to fate and rarely think of choosing an alternative. This no doubt leads to a life of struggles. But no matter what, they will walk down the road they choose until the end. Despite this stubbornness, they think and react quickly.


Most compatible with Ox: Rat, Snake, Rooster

Rat’s fixed Earthly Branch is water, while Ox is earth. They have complementing personalities and hold the same goals in life.

Snake and Rooster fit Ox nicely as well. Not only will Snakes give warmth and romance, they offer help and support in work too. Honest and loyal, they can also be attracted to the Rooster’s soft and loving heart.

Least compatible with Ox: Goat, Horse, Dog

The Earthly Branches of Goat and Ox clash strongly. They can tolerate each other’s differences, but there will always be tension.

Horses have a free and wild spirit, and may not have a serious attitude toward life. This is the opposite of an Ox’s personality. With Dogs, it’s hard to find common ground.

Lucky things for Oxen

  • Colors:blue, yellow, green
  • Numbers:1, 4
  • Flowers:lily of the valley and lucky bamboo
  • Directions of auspiciousness: East, Southeast
  • Directions of wealth:Northwest
  • Directions of love: South

Unlucky things

  • Colors:red, brown
  • Numbers: 3, 6

Careers fit for Oxen

Oxen often group family and work together. They look for long-term and steady work. Because of this, they are studious in school and perform well in every subject. This helps build a strong support for any future career path.

Because of their low-key personality, a stable job is the best for Oxen. Their strong sense of responsibility also makes them the perfect candidate for professional and stressful jobs. These include doctors, lawyers, businessmen and teachers. With their technical skills and effort, they can receive society’s recognition and reach their own standards.

No matter what career they choose, it must something they are really interested in. Though they may be okay with any job that fits their skills, they should take the time to find something they love. Only in a stable environment that matches their passions, are they able to find their true calling.

Health and lifestyle

Like the wild oxen that run freely in the fields, people of the Ox year are healthy and fit. Hospital visits are rare, but this sometimes leads to overconfidence. Neglect during youth will result in problems in the later years.

As workaholics, Oxen will sometimes go days with minimal food and rest, then binge on both. Irregular diets will lead to indigestion and problems with the digestive system. Irregular exercise is what causes you to fall ill with “random” ailments.

Once they reach the middle ages, there is high risk of heart disease. Strokes are another risk. In addition, they commonly suffer from joint pain.

Most of these issues stem from irregular exercise. For a healthy life, they need to remember to take breaks from work, stretch and relax.


Oxen in the Year of the Pig (2019)

Stepping out of the shadow that was the Year of the Dog, Oxen can expect a more auspicious year under the influence of the Pig. The year ahead will still have its ups and downs but despite the bad signs on the horizon, stability can be expected overall.

Strengthen your bonds with the family and friends you consider closest, this can help to weather the storms of the coming months. Someone in your family may even help further your personal life. Take time to relax and do things you enjoy while you still can.


The Year of the Pig predicts a few curveballs for your career over the coming months. However, it’s nothing you can’t handle; remember that a challenge is simply an opportunity to prove yourself. Oxen favor a workaholic mindset, especially if they can distract themselves from personal problems they are experiencing, however this year Oxen may wear themselves out with their work first mentality.

Oxen business men/women and entrepreneurs will have the most prosperous year, while ordinary workers will have opportunities to demonstrate leadership qualities that may further their careers. Some potential pitfalls are cash flow emergencies, steep competition, and loss of integral personnel. Create a backup plan for these emergencies.

Luckiest Months: February 9th- July 2nd

Unluckiest Months: July 9th- December 10th


Remember to pace yourself this year in your studies. The workload will be more than you are used to, but persistence and creative solutions will help you lesson the burden. Team exercises will afford Oxen the opportunity to manage the group and show leadership abilities by setting a good example.

Take care not to over load yourself with extra classes as a cumbersome workload can offset your mental focus and well-being. At the end of the year, an extra burst of capital will help you belay educational expenses. This is the last gift of the influence of Pig.


Oxen will experience ups and downs with health this year. The beginning of the year comes with the promise of hard work for Oxen but at the cost of ignoring your body. The chance to prove yourself will be fatigued with a minor illness and unfavorable health conditions unless health is consciously monitored.

Make sure to take plenty of vitamins to keep your immune system strong during times of excessive work. Stay away from unhygienic restaurants as food poisoning will be a likely pitfall to compromise your well-being. Monitoring diet and healthy exercise will be paramount in the year of the Pig.


2019 will no doubt be a positive time regarding romantic relationships for Oxen. If you are already in a relationship, it will likely progress and become stronger over the coming months. However, communication problems persistently plague the horizon for Oxen couples. Make sure these problems do not go unchecked as they could be the undoing of it all.

This year will be a good time to get pregnant for Oxen as well, but be patient, this will come at the right time. Wear blue or green jewelry to increase your chances. If you are a single Ox you are likely to find companionship this year, but at the end of your year you may begin to feel more independent. This could hurt or help your relationship, depending on how you act on it.


The challenges over the course of the year will prove to be pivotal in your outlook. The Year of the Pig will stimulate the creativity of Oxen; whether its design, art, creative solutions, or even decoration 2019 will bring out some untapped talent. But do not procrastinate too long, or inspiration and ideas could lose their panache. Traveling will also stimulate Oxen’s imagination in a way that was previously undiscovered; this could be the key to unlocking abilities that lay dormant within.

Socially, Oxen’s expectations are favorable as they reunite with colleagues and old friends that haven’t been seen in a long time. Oxen can have trouble expressing their feelings, but the virtues of perseverance, patience, and reliability give Oxen an added edge in the social landscape.

The tendency to work after its time to give up, or the desire to be stubborn can plague Oxen achievements.

Overall this year will be in your favor. Work hard at work but take the time to sit back and relax so you can enjoy the results of your labor. Too much fruitless labor will work against you in several areas of your life.

Ox in the Year of the Dog (2018)

Though the Ox clashes slightly with the Dog, there is hope for 2018. They should be able to turn misfortunes to your advantage and use it to create a better path for the next year.


Work will be stressful this year. The future is unclear and there are many pitfalls. Miscalculation will lead to failure. So Oxen must stay clearheaded and plan each step they take this year. Be aware and cautious of scams as bad luck will pass and return.

Successful months are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), May (June 14-July 12), June (July 13-August 10), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).


It’s hard to stay focused on education this year. Oxen may easily be affected by fake friends and fall behind on studies. Be careful and try to see each person for who they are. Do not listen to the negative comments they may say.


Oxen will enjoy good health this year, but there may be stomach problems. They should pay attention to sanitary conditions and prevent food poisoning. Traffic safety should be a concern as well.

Healthy months are: Lunar July (August 11-Sept 9), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

Months where Oxen must be careful with their health are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), March (April 16-May 14) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).


There will be good luck with finding love this year. However, Oxen should be wary of people who might tear the relationship apart.

The sweet months are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), July (August 11-Sept 9), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar May (June 14-July 12), August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).


The directions of fortune and wealth for Oxen this year are northeast and southwest. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room. Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 5 and 9.

To avoid evil spirits, do not put important furniture in the south and east.

The lucky colors in 2018 are green, white and blue. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to be avoided are red and yellow.

The Dog Year is also known as the Vacation Year. It’s a great time for travels to foreign countries. Use this as an excuse to take a well-deserved break.

Overall, the 2018 Year of the Dog may not be the best year of Oxen. However, their dependent personality and hard work will pay off in the long run.

People born of the Ox year will be able to find their own comfortable lifestyle. Just make sure not to work too hard!

Welcome to CNY 2019!

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