The Ox

The affectionate and sincere Ox proclaims unity
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Chinese animal zodiac sign Ox
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People born in the year of the Ox (丑) are often traditional and reliable. They assume responsibility and stand up for social causes. The Ox is confident, knowledgeable and hard-working. This sign has conservative values and upholds long-established traditions. Though it can be inflexible and obstinent, the Ox has good faith.

Oxen are recognized for their sobriety and pragmatism - they are reasonable and temperate. You'll never catch them with their head in the clouds. The Ox cares most about lasting growth and sustainability.


The Ox tackles problems with verve and wisdom

Although Oxen are reliable and responsible enough to be in charge, they also have no problem doing the tough manual labor when they need to pitch in. A career in civil service may be perfect for this sign.

The dutiful Ox is sincere and reliable, and it will never abandon its loved ones. However, sometimes the Ox does not know when to approach things with delicacy, even though its heart is in the right place. The Ox is not the sensitive type.

A faithful partner

The Ox is most concerned with stability. It is truthful and considerate, as it hopes to enjoy a pleasant life with its loved ones. However, this sign needs time before it gives its heart away.

The best matches for the Ox are the Rooster, the Snake and the Rat. The Ox and Rate especially have a similar outlook on life, as tangible goods and material things are important to them - though they also aim to maintain integrity. The Rooster is an even better match, both in career and personal life. The Ox is least compatible with the Goat.

10 things about the Chinese Zodiac Ox


Great match:
Snake, Rooster

Good match:
Rat, Pig, Rabbit, Dragon

Decent match:
Ox, Horse, Dog, Tiger, Monkey

Bad Match:


The Five Elements of the Ox

Wood Ox

This breed prefers to feel the ground beneath their feet. Those born in wood years have lots of conviction and certainty. They gain material and non-material goods in an ethical manner - their efforts are lucrative but also sustainable. They are open-minded toward development and improvement, and they present their ideas with persuasion and assertion.

Chinese Horoscope Wood - Ox | photo: (c) kegfire -
Photo: © kegfire -

The Wood Ox is open-minded toward new beginnings and improvement. All types of Oxen are conservative and can be stubborn about their beliefs, but Wood Oxen are less obstinate than the others. They try to avoid quarrels and show compassion to their loved ones. 

Fire Ox

This element is passionate, ambitious and fiercely competitive. Those born in fire years are often strong and confident, but they can also be impatient. They are able to defy the odds, but sometimes need to keep their ego in check, as their dominant personality is not always welcome. They tend to gravitate toward improvement and innovation. When it comes to career, fire-born individuals show tremendous leadership potential.

Chinese Horoscope - Fire - Ox| photo: (c) konradbak -
Photo: © konradbak -

The element of fire gives the Ox lots of inspiration, especially for a creature that is generally very calm. Fire Oxen  know how to move past obstacles without difficulty, but at the same time they still know how to control their energy. This type of Ox seeks to support its loved ones the best it can.

Earth Ox

Those born in earth years are intelligent and responsible, and can be more on the traditional side. They have lots of common sense and avoid situations that are too risky or adventurous. They are highly practical and logical.

Chinese Horoscope Earth - Ox | photo: (c) JohanSwanepoel -
Photo: © JohanSwanepoel -

The Earth Ox is the most reliable and faithful of all the Oxen. With patience and attentiveness, this Ox prefers to build a practical and solid lifestyle. Once you have its heart, it will never let go. The same thing applies in the professional sphere - once it finds the right line of work, it will not quit. This Ox does not enjoy taking on new challenges.

Metal Ox

Those who were born in metal years are strong, firm and principled. They stay calm and in control when others are upset, as they are able to handle challenging situations. They are obstinate and ambitious - metal personalities aren't afraid to use their imagination, but they are also very goal-oriented. 

Chinese Horoscope - Metal - Ox | photo: (c) SolisImages -
Photo: © SolisImages -

The element of metal reinforces the natural determination, ambition, reliability and stubbornness of the Ox. Metal Oxen  do not take defeat well whatsoever, so they avoid failure at all costs. This Ox can be a workaholic, so it is important that they also take time to rest. Even though they are very ambitious, they do not neglect their loved ones. It is very important for them to maintain good relationships, as they are socially responsibly and reliable.

Water Ox

Water is adaptable to change  (unlike metal, for example, which shows more resistance). Variability, flexibility and interdependence are core qualities of this element. Water makes for an inquisitive mind that enjoys learning and mental stimulation. Those born in water years are sensitive and communicative, as they have a strong sense of intuition. They tend to have a more passive approach and can sometimes get tired easily.

Chinese Horoscope - Water - Ox | photo: (c) SB -
Photo: © SB -

The element of water reinforces the positive aspects of the Ox’s character. The Water Ox is more open-minded toward new beginnings and improvement. Water Oxen uphold their values and proclaim their achievements, but they are also accepting of other opinions and open to different suggestions. They are great team players, and nothing can get in their way when they are focused on career.



Hours ruled by the Ox:  1 am – 3 am

Cardinal direction:  north, northeast

Season:  winter 

Month : February

Element:  water

Zodiac sign:  Capricorn

Positive traits : strong, sincere, reliable, responsible, faithful, traditional, pragmatic, true

Negative traits : obstinate, conservative, authoritarian, material, stingy

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