The year of the Ox | Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a classification in which a twelve month period of time is symbolized by a particular animal. There are twelve different animals which have been chosen to characterize years hence the cycle repeats every twelve years. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is necessary to look up the calendar to find the specific date on which the year begins.

The predictive value of the system comes from the fact that people born in any year loosely exhibit the characteristics of the animal which symbolizes that particular year.

The Years of Ox are second in this repeating pattern. They are preceded by the Years of the Rat and succeeded by the Years of the Tiger.

Years of Birth: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021…

The Ox is known for its brute power and reliability. It is also an authentic and straightforward animal. As per time-tested Chinese wisdom, these qualities are reflected in the people born in Ox years.


The ‘Ox People’ are associated with strength, both physical and mental. They are also incredibly principled people who take great pride in their integrity and consistency of behavior. You would rarely find an Ox going astray.

They have a devotion to work rivaled by few others. Alongwith hardwork and honesty, this makes up for an enviable set of work ethics. Single-minded in their pursuits, they keep at their interests for a long time. They are not easily influenced by other people or their surroundings but have belief in their own ideology.

A typical quality is extensive contemplation before action. But once the action is thought out, there is no going back.

Ox people love size. They live in big houses, like to ‘make it big’ in life and are large hearted as well! Ambition and ideals go hand in hand for them as they slowly but surely go about achieving their goals.


Inflexibility has been a negative quality associated with them. Once set, their minds are hard to change. While this could be to their benefit there would be delicate situations where the stubborn behavior and dominant decision-making put them at a disadvantage.

They have a hard time expressing themselves through speech. Because they like to keep the peace, they are prone to suffer in silence. This can lead to negative energy build up which can lead to outbursts. Lack of communication skills can also lead to delays in career progression and development of relationships.


They do well at most jobs due to their commitment, ethics and methodical approach. Ox people are especially suited to jobs of specialized skill requiring the use of hands. They make fantastic engineers, mechanics, architects and draftsmen.

Generally ox people are highly patriotic. As a result they are predisposed towards joining the army. They are very patient as well and love detail. Archaeology, Ornithology and Horticulture are also some of the areas where the Ox people can express themselves.


They love to be part of huge families. They are likely to be more at home in a family reunion rather than a gathering of friends. Owing to their amiable and helpful nature they make acquaintances easily. But they do not make friends with the same ease because they take time to develop trust and truly open up to someone.

In relationships, they prefer stability and long-term commitments. They do not handle break-ups well and go into periods of gloom. During these times, they are least sociable and can be really nasty if not left alone.

As life partners, they take care of every small detail of their spouses’ life. Their idea of romance is doing something useful for their partners. A happy marriage, a thriving household and close relationships with children are the joys that they seek and work for.

The Ox people get along well with those born in the Years of Rat and Rooster. The street-smart Rat and the talkative Rooster complement the straightforward and silent Ox. They are also known to be compatible with the Snake and Rabbit.

What works?

Numbers: 1 and 9.

Colors: Blue, Red and Purple

Flowers: Tulip, Peach Blossom

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