The Ox

The Ox proclaims togetherness and is devoted to a common future. The ox is affectionate and sincere.
Chinese zodiac sign Ox (Photo: © Darren Baker -

The Chinese animal zodiac sign of the Ox (chinese sign: 丑) represents traditional and reliable persons. It assumes responsibility and stand up for social issues – the Ox is a tough labour – likewise worker as well - and would like to reassure confidence and would gain acknowledge. The Ox represents a conservative one and maintains traditional values and established procedures. Good faith is one character attribute that describes it well. In a manner of speaking it shows consistently inflexible behaviour and obstinacy.

Born in the sign of the Ox this character may bedistinguished by sobriety and pragmatism. The Ox is reasonable and its level is tempered – it represents no dreamer or moonwalker at all. Sustainable development and sustainability in general might be the Oxen’s main topic.

The Ox tackles the issues with verve and wisdom…

Although the oxen are de facto reliable and responsible masters they tend to be consequently good workers and would have no problem doing some hard and tough manual labour. If needed, the type of an Ox pitches in and does not avoid manual labour. However, the role of a civil servant might get well with it!

The docile Ox is sincere and reliable. But the Ox certainly won’t forsake you… The Ox actions do not find the way through diplomatic channels, but it must be said its heart is in the right place – though the Ox is not of the sensitive kind.

…Faithful in its marriage and close partnership

The Ox lives with the persuasion of stability. The Ox is true and considerate and wants to enable a pleasant life together with its beloved ones. The Ox is of the kind, who needs some time until it gives its heart away.

Ideal partners for the Ox might be the Rooster, the Snake or the Rat. Together with the Rat both would proclaim the same attitudes and conviction towards common aims in life. Tangible goods and material values are significant – and it endeavours to maintain the integrity of familiars. With the Rooster at its side it would be the best for an Ox – with regard to career and equally to personal life. Crucial moments are to be expected by the close relationship with the sheep.

The five elements of the Ox

Earth Ox

Born as a sign of the element of earth you may be intelligent and responsible – with regard to other signs you are more upholding traditions. Common sense is their measure – never allowing themselves being too risky and adventurous.
They are most of all practical and logical, however, caused by these characteristics each enterprise would be flourishing.
The type of the Earth Ox is representing the most reliable and most faithful of all the oxen. By the application of assiduity and patience the Ox likes to build aconvenient and solid life. Once found its big love it never would let go – the same on professional level: it would never quit the job, if it has already found the position with the right demands. Persistent and brand-new challenges are not the Oxen’s business…

Fire Ox

It is passionate, ambitious and fiercely in competition: The Fire Ox represents confidence and impatientness– bursting with strength. Innovative projects, renewals and improvements in general are set on the list. Defying all odds they are regrettably haunted by pure egoism and their predominating behaviour won’t be welcome. On professional level the Fire Ox dominates the upper floors of the managers and members of the executive boards.
The fire gives to the Ox the decisive tough of inspiring energy – in general the Ox is quite calm. They get obstacles out of the way. But they are not yet unrestrained. They know about their personal energy and how to use it. The Chinese zodiac animal sign of the Ox endeavours to feed its familiars optimally.

Wood Ox

These kinds of persons prefer feeling the ground beneath their feet – close to their adequate element wood. The Wood Ox endeavours a maximum certitude in life. They collect material and non-material goods by maintaining of ethic and attitude to morality. The Chinese zodiac animal sign of the Wood Ox is open-minded towards development and improvement. It brings up projects and ideas with persuasion and assertiveness towards lucrative sustainability.
The Earth Ox is in the same way open-minded towards renewals and improvements. All types of Oxen are conservative and insist on their points of view and conceptions, but the Wood Ox is less obstinate than the other types of Oxen. Wood Oxen try to avoid quarrel and they are compassionate towards their companions.

Water Ox

The Water Ox shows itself adaptably towards distinct forms of changes – in contrary towards the Metal Ox which reflects more resistance. Variable conditions and dependence are accepted without hesitation and doubt. Water Oxen are inquisitive minds and like to develop further on mental level. Born in the year of the Ox and belonging to the element of water this type of Ox has sensitivity and likes to communicate with a keen sense of intuition. Sometimes it is tired and shows passive presence for a while…
The element of water reinforces the positive aspects of the Ox’s character. The Water Ox is more open-minded towards renewals and improvements. Water Oxen uphold their values and proclaim their achievements, but they are liberal towards other attitudes and they are rather open-minded for e few proposals… So it must be said they are good team workers. Nothing could stop it, when the Ox is climbing up the career ladder.

Metal Ox

The Metal Ox is strong, firm and high principled. It is controlled when other are upset – keeps calm within challenging situations. Obstinate and with ambition - the Metal Ox follows its imagination and is equally goal orientated.
The element of metal reinforces the already available characteristics of the Ox as they are determination, ambition, reliability and obstinacy. They are totally opposed to failure so they avoid and prevent profoundly these matters. Oxen have the marked interest to become workaholics - therefore it is important for them to think of individual recovery. Despite of all their ambition they do not neglect their companions. For the Oxen it is important to keep a sound relationship to their familiars – they are actually reliable and treat social responsibility.


Represented hours of the Ox:
1h a.m. – 3h a.m.

Cardinal direction: North North East

Season / month:
Winter / February

Fix element:  water

Parallele zodiac sign:  Capricorn

Positive characteristics: Strong in character, sincere, reliable, responsible, faithful, traditional, pragmatic, true

Negative characteristics: Obstinate, conservative, authoritarian, material, ungenerously 



Ideal partner:
Snake, Rooster

Rat, Pig, Rabbit, Dragon

Moderately suitable:
Ox, Horse, Dog, Tiger, Monkey


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