Year of the Ox

Year of the Ox

Ox people represent the expression ‘strong as an ox’ because of their uncanny ability to resolutely face any circumstance. They methodically deal with their responsibilities and in business, they often bring prosperity - not through entrepreneurial imagination and risk, but as a result of being practical and honest. They are generally gentle, peace loving people who are also hardworking and have great physical strength. They can also be cautious, patient, conservative, and fairly independent.

Their strong sense of duty can sometimes result in them outwardly being less passionate or excited, but this doesn’t mean they don’t feel deeply. They are very stable people, in their own life and in relationships, and are fervently faithful to their families and partners. They tend to shun the limelight and prefer discreetness and privacy.

The Story of the Ox

(continued) The Rat and the Cat came up with the brilliant idea to ask the generous Ox for a ride on his back who agreed and off they went. Midway across the river, the Rat pushed the Cat into the water and, unable to swim, the Cat floated downstream far away from the finish line. Then as the Ox neared the other side, the Rat jumped ahead of him crossing the finish line by a nose and thereby claiming first place for himself. The Ox then took second place.

Year and types

There are five elements that give the Ox specific characteristics and personality traits beyond its symbol of wealth. The most recent years of the Ox include 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009. After 2019, the next two years we will be 2021 and 2033.

Types Years of Birth Characteristics and Personality Traits
Wood Ox 1925, 1985 Conservative, passionate, assertive.
Fire Ox 1937, 1997 Kind-hearted, sociable, energetic.
Earth Ox 1949, 2009 Stable, laid-back, hard worker.
Metal Ox 1961, 2021 Honest, hardworking, opinionated, trusting.
Water Ox 1973, 2033 Peaceful, good listener, good lover.

Famous people born in the year of the Ox

In Western Countries

Famous “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher (born Oct 13 1925), the first female Prime Minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990. Anthony Hopkins (born Dec 31, 1937) is a Welsh actor, director and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992. Other celebrities born in the year of the ox including Arsene Wenger (born Oct 22, 1949), Barack Obama (born Aug 4, 1961), Peter Andre (born Feb 27, 1973), and Christiano Ronaldo (born Feb 5, 1985).

In China

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Li Bai (born 701), also known as Li Taibai, was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty widely acclaimed as a genius and romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. He frequently wrote of friendship, solitude, the passage of time, and the joys of nature with great brilliance and freshness.

Su Shi (born Jan 8, 1037) was a Chinese writer, poet, painter, calligrapher, pharmacologist, food connoisseur, and a statesman of the Song dynasty. His artistic name was Dongpo. Su Shi is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished figures in classical Chinese literature, having produced some of the most well-known poems, lyrics, prose, and essays. Dongpo pork, a prominent dish in Hangzhou cuisine, is named in his honor.

Ni Zan (born 1301) was a Chinese painter during the Yuan and early Ming periods. He’s famous for painting landscapes in monochromatic ink and leaving areas of the canvas blank.

Liang Sicheng (born April 20, 1901) was a Chinese architect and scholar, often known as the father of modern Chinese architecture. His father, Liang Qichao, was one of the most prominent Chinese scholars of the early 20th century.

Chen Yi (born Aug 26, 1901) was a communist military commander and politician. He served as Mayor of Shanghai from 1949 to 1958 and as Foreign Minister of China from 1958 to 1972.

Jacky Cheung Hok-yao (born July 10, 1961) is a Hong Kong singer, songwriter, and actor. With more than 25 million records sold as of 2003, he is regarded as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings” and is often referred to as the “God of Hong Kong” for his immense popularity.

Kai-Fu Lee (born Dec 3, 1961) is a Taiwanese venture capitalist, technology executive, writer, and artificial intelligence expert.

Personality Traits and Character

Positive personality traits

positive ox

Generous, patient, determined, diligent, dependable, strong, honest, cautious, level-headed, hardworking, ambitious, persistent.

Ox are strong-willed individuals who take life in stride. The Ox thrives in a world of peace, harmony, and beauty. They love family life and tend to be quite traditional in their values. They are known for their diligence, strength, and determination. Oxen are honest, straightforward, devoted and extremely patient people. They can steadfastly stick to their own ways and not be easily affected by their surroundings. They believe that the road to success requires hard work and ethical behavior and don't like taking shortcuts. Respect the Ox and he or she will respect you.

Negative personality traits

negative ox

Stubborn, gloomy, obstinate, inarticulate, prudish, distant, prejudiced, narrow-minded, indifferent. On the negative side, people born in the year of the Ox might hold somewhat prejudiced ideas, can be stubborn, or seem indifferent at times. In fact, they can be stubborn to a fault, as they will hold firm to beliefs even at risk to their own comfort. They can have poor communication skills and although they will listen to other people's opinions, they may have trouble changing their mind.

Behind their serene faces can be a great temper and a critic that reacts angrily to anyone who threatens or harms them. Oxen only deeply trust a handful of people throughout their lives. Once you lose an Ox’s respect, it’s almost impossible to regain it. They dislike fussy or chaotic types and instead prefer tranquility, organization, and people who are uncomplicated.

Exclusive Travel Destinations for the Ox

We reckon you need a little healing time for yourself in the idyllic cities. For instance, Chengdu is a treasure-box offering all kinds of enjoyable things, and Xiamen offers accessibility and comfort and you still enjoy staying active and moving around. If you are interested, please check the Exclusive Travel Destinations for Chinese 12 Zodiac to know more details.

Love and Compatibility


Oxen can be friendly, but they can also be slow to embrace deeper relationships. However, once in a relationship – be it plutonic or intimate – they're honest, loyal, dependable, trustworthy partners who prefer things long-term. They believe that random flirting is a waste of time and they will search infinitely for their soulmate. Oxen make great friends and are protective of their loved ones.

For Men
An Ox man does not usually have many serious partners in his life because Oxen tend to be very faithful. But an Ox man can also be very possessive if someone shows interest in their partner. As long as his feelings and beliefs are respected, he will love dearly – otherwise he may get angry. Oxen make caring, loving fathers, but will usually insist on having the final word.

For Women
An Ox woman is great at running a household. Her natural instincts for creating a warm, protective home for her family are best left unhindered. She favors traditional relationships, is very faithful, and they expect the same from their partners. The best combination for an Ox woman is the Ox man. Sexuality is important for her, and she is more sensual than her Ox man. She is traditional in her lovemaking and likes a lot of tenderness.

Best Matches: Rat, Snake, Rooster

1. Ox and Rat

This is probably one of the best matches for people born in the year of the Ox. Both signs are good in showing appreciation for each other's unique qualities and make reliable, loyal partners. The Ox is protective and a natural provider, while the Rat is a dutiful and hardworking. The Ox is strong, quiet, and introverted, so they enjoy the attention from the outgoing and sociable Rat.

2. Ox and Snake

The Snake does not like to worry about finances so they will admire the Ox for being a good provider. Likewise, the Ox will enjoy the passion and attractiveness of the Snake and will be grateful for the Snake's (conditional) support (the condition being that there are no financial problems in the relationship).

3. Ox and Rooster

The straight forward Rooster likes the Ox because they are hardworking, dependable, and strong. The Ox will like the Rooster’s fun nature and strong sense of loyalty. Both signs can handle criticism well and both have the same goals and ambitions in life.

Worst Matches: Horse, Tiger, Sheep

1. Ox and Horse

The Ox and the Horse are polar opposites in a very antagonizing way – the Horse is a free-spirited person who finds it difficult to settle down, while the Ox is traditional and wants children and a family. The Ox is humble and down-to-earth, and the carefree, sometimes self-centered, Horse is not very attentive. The Ox feels unable to depend on the Horse and doesn’t feel appreciated enough, while the Horse feels the Ox is holding them back in life and cannot easily adapt to a sedentary lifestyle.

2. Ox and Tiger

The Ox is a practical, well-organized, and dependable person, but the Tiger sees this as too predictable and boring since the Tiger is unpredictable and unrestrained. The Ox is conservative and methodical, while the Tiger is a passionate, flirtatious person who enjoys attention and compliments. The Ox will not appreciate the Tiger’s adventurous approach to life.

3. Ox and Sheep

Both signs can be quite stubborn and narrow-minded which makes compromise difficult. The Sheep will like the Ox's strong and protective behavior, but the Ox will want support and affirmation in return which is difficult for the Sheep. The Ox won’t appreciate the Sheep's meekness, indecision, indulgence, and impulsiveness. The Sheep often find the Ox to be too conservative and overly moderate.

Lucky and Unlucky Things

Lucky Unlucky
1. Numbers Nine and one Three and four
2. Colors Red, purple and Blue Green and white
3. Flowers Peach Blossom, Evergreen, Tulip No unlucky flowers
4. Directions Due North, Southeast, and Due South No unlucky directions
5. Element Earth No unlucky element
6. Season Winter No unlucky season
7. Gemstone Aquamarine No unlucky gemstone

Career and Health Outlook


hard-working ox

The Ox is the symbol of hard work and determination. They are responsible, hardworking, and they finish what they start. Short-term projects or temporary positions make them uncomfortable and some Oxen have trouble advancing through the first phases of their career. Oxen are the perfect candidates for any job that requires vast field knowledge and a keen eye for detail. Oxen often lack effective communicating skills, so they are more productive when allowed to work alone. Oxen often like to pursue careers in fields which utilizes their talents and not so much because of their personal interests. They do well being self-employed or having people working under them.
Good career choices: Lawyer, architect, doctor, pharmacist, horticulturist, engineer, carpenter, broker, banker, manufacturer, craftspeople, inventor, beauty specialist, painter, interior designer, archaeologist, mechanic.



Oxen are generally strong and healthy individuals able to enjoy long and fulfilled lives. With their stubborn, tough exterior personality, they don’t have as much difficulty handling stress and tension. However, they tend to work hard and sometimes they can get so caught up in their work that they forget the importance of taking time to relax. They also can skip meals when extra busy which can cause problems with their digestive and immune systems. Oxen could benefit from incorporating more non-work-related activities into their daily routines.

Ox Horoscope in 2024


2024 Overall: 4/5 stars

2024 is a year of opportunity for oxen. They will have the chance to make significant progress in their careers, finances, and relationships. However, they will need to be prepared to work hard and overcome challenges.

Career: 4/5 stars

In terms of career, oxen will have the opportunity to make significant progress. They may be promoted, given a new position, or even start their own business. However, they will need to be prepared to work hard and overcome challenges.

Finance: 3/5 stars

Oxen will also have the opportunity to improve their financial situation in 2024. They may receive a raise or bonus at work, or they may make profitable investments. However, they should be careful not to overspend, as there is a risk of financial loss.

Love: 4/5 stars

Oxen will have the opportunity to find love in 2024. They may meet someone new, or they may deepen an existing relationship. However, they should be patient and open-minded, as it may take some time to find the right person.

Health: 4/5 stars

Oxen will generally be healthy in 2024. However, they should be careful not to overwork or stress themselves out. They should also make sure to get enough sleep and exercise regularly.

Oxen are known for their strong constitution, and they will be able to maintain their health in the Year of the Dragon. They should be prepared to take care of themselves, as this is essential for a long and happy life.

By Eric M. Meyer
Senior Editor
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