The Ox works hard, patiently, and methodically, with original intelligence and reflective thought. These people enjoy helping others.
Behind this tenacious, laboring, and self-sacrificing exterior lies an active mind. While their balance and strength inspire confidence,
Oxen can seem rigid, obstinate, and slow. They impress others as leaders, fearing neither responsibility nor risk. However,
sometimes they must labor long hours to accomplish little.
The Chinese say the time of year and day an Ox is born is important in determining lifestyle. One woman in Hong Kong bragged
that she would always be financially provided for with minimal effort on her part because she was born on a winter night. Oxen
have little to do during the winter months, she explained, because the sweat of summer and fall harvesting is over and it is up to the
farmer to feed and keep the oxen warm so they'll have strength for spring planting. Oxen born during agricultural months, however,
are sentenced to a life of hard labor.
People born under the influence of the Ox are kind, caring souls, logical, positive, filled with common sense and with their feet
firmly planted on the ground. Security is their main preoccupation in life, and they are prepared to toil long and hard in order to
provide a warm, comfortable and stable nest for themselves and their families. Strong-minded, stubborn, individualistic, the majority
are highly intelligent individuals who doen't take kindly to being told what to do.
Although Ox people don't ask to be put in the limelight, they do like to be boss, for these quietly dominant types enjoy being in
positions of power. Oxen try to instill in those around them the rigor, determination and power of work which they themselves
possess. Respecting others, they are always open to a dialogue. Even though they may not broadcast their virtues to the world,
nevertheless it is that steady, conscientious attitude that will deservedly see them to the top.
The Oxen's childhood and youth will generally be without incident. It is in the second part of their lives that they will encounter
difficulties to do with their marriage. Their partners may well take offense at their apparent indifference and seek consolation
elsewhere in an attempt to find the romance so conspicuously absent at home. If this happens and the Ox cannot put things right by
the exercise of intelligence, the ruin of the entire family may be risked as Oxen have no time for a deviation they are unable to
understand. During the third part of life, Oxen may suffer enormous difficulties but if they can manage to smooth them out, their
old age will be peaceful.
The Affectionate Ox
Oxen make solid, steady, reliable partners. They can be tender, devoted, sensual even -- but they are never romantic. Very
affectionate to those close to their hearts, they are cool and distant to anyone outside their emotional circle. Getting close to an Ox
is a very difficult thing to do, for they hold all but their chosen few at arm's length. However, once they have committed
themselves, they make loyal, steadfast lovers and are the least likely of all the signs to possess a roving eye. Casual love affairs are
definitely not the Ox's style. Although they may not show it, their emotions are deep and passionate. If their love is spurned or if
they should suffer a broken heart, they will retreat inside themselves and channel all their emotions into their work. Generally, they
make no mistakes in their judgment of others, successfully merging their romantic and family lives. Happily settled in a contented
relationship, an Ox will make a supportive and faithful partner, someone whose love grows stronger by the year and whose sterling
qualities are worth his or her weight in gold.
The Rooster, Rat and Serpent get on very well with Oxen. There are struggles and problems with the Monkey, and a lack of
understanding with the Ram and the Boar.
Popular belief is adamant that the Ox should under no circumstances set up house with the Tiger. Such a partnership would
inevitably end in a battle that could terminate only with the departure or disappearance of the Tiger. The Ox, the stronger of the
two, would keep on charging until the Tiger was destroyed. An Ox mother could never get on with a Tiger child -- better for the
latter to leave home!
February is the month of the Ox. The time of the Ox is from 1:00 a.m. to 2:59 a.m.; their direction of orientation is north-northeast.
The Ox's color is violet.