Of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals on the Chinese zodiac, which constitutes the Chinese calendar system, the Ox is the second animal. Years of the Oxen are differentiated cyclically by correlation to what they call the “Heavenly Stems” cycle, which results in a repeating cycle of five Oxen years. Each year of the Oxen is associated with one of the five elements: fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. The zodiac ox is usually referred to as bulls, cows, hermaphroditic, and either plural or singular.
The Oxen is the second in the Chinese Zodiac. According to the Chinese myth, the Jade Emperor decided that a race would place the animals in their orders. The Ox was almost the first to arrive, having given the Rat an innocent lift. When they got to the finish line, the Rat jumped over and became the first, leaving the Ox in second place. It is associated with 1-3 am hours of the morning. In the traditional Chinese culture, the Oxen are acknowledged as hard workers who prefer to work in the background. They are also reliable and intelligent and do not demand praise.
The people born in the year of the Ox are seen as earnest and honest people. They prefer to work in silence and do not crave attention, no matter how little. This often makes them try to hide their talents, but their hard work always turns out to speak for them. They believe everybody needs to do whatever is asked of them and stay within their limits. They may be kind, can make great leaders and are great controllers of their temper.
The men and women born in the year of the Oxen do not exactly have the same characteristics. The men are seen to be trustworthy and reliable, putting their heart and soul into everything they want to do. They have a great sense of responsibility towards members of their families. They also possess a high level of confidence, which people confuse with arrogance and set the rules and enforce them in their own ways. They make efforts to do so even in the most unrealistic of situations. Women who are born in the year of the Ox are very gentle and calm. They never resign themselves to fate and do not give up, no matter how difficult the situation is. Instead of looking for alternatives, they prefer to walk that path to the end. This, sometimes, leads to struggles in life. But their stubbornness always seems to lead them to the end. They are quick to think and react when the need arises.
The earthly fixed branch of the Ox is earth. It is compatible with the Snake, Rooster, and Rat. It complements the personalities of the Rat, whose fixed earthly branch is water. The Snake and Rooster also complement the Ox in different ways. The Snake is known to give it romance, warmth, and support during work. On the other hand, the Rooster offers its soft and loving heart, absolute loyalty, and honesty. The Goat and Ox can be seen as enemies. They hardly tolerate each other, causing tension and friction between them always. Horses may have a free and wild spirit, making them less serious about matters concerning life, so the Ox does not always agree with it. The Dog also does not share common ground with the Ox. So, it is least compatible with the Horse, Goat, and Dog.
The lucky colours for the Ox are yellow, green, and blue. Its lucky numbers are 1 and 4. Its flowers are lucky bamboo and lily of the valley. It has directions of wealth, love, and auspiciousness, which are south, northwest, east, and southeast. Its unlucky colours are brown and red, while its unlucky numbers are 3 and 6.
Oxen often fare better when working in groups or with members of the family. They always look to work steadily. This trait makes them good students who always excel in every subject. It also strengthens them for their career paths. Due to the low profile they always choose to maintain, they are mostly built for staple jobs. With their high sense of responsibility, they can undertake stressful and professional jobs. These kinds of jobs include teachers, lawyers, businessmen, and doctors. They are known to possess technical and skills that earn them social recognition that they do not even crave. They always prefer to choose their career paths, and this is why most of them fare better in those areas. In fact, it is only in the working environment of their choice do they find their true purpose.
The people born in the year of the Ox are known to be strong, healthy, and fit. They rarely visit hospitals, leading to overconfidence about the state of their health. This often results in problems in later years. Due to their love for work, they hardly find the time to eat, and when they do, they eat unbalanced and irregular meals, which lead to digestive problems most of the time. They are prone to stroke and other heart diseases if they are not careful enough. So, a healthy lifestyle, rest, and relaxation are needed by an Ox.
With a strong work ethic and direction, they are always known to follow the right career path. Their relationship life is not always great because of their over-dedication and commitment to their work. These relationship problems always have negative effects on their mental state. For relationships to work, they need to learn and understand themselves and take some time to figure out what they think they can bring to a relationship. All they need is patience and the love needed to see themselves through those dark times in their relationships. For an Ox, staying calm and patient will turn the wheels in their favour in the long run. The Ox and all the other zodiacal animals are popular on Chinese lunar coins and coins minted by other countries all over the world.
In conclusion, the second animal in the Chinese zodiac, the Ox, can be used to predict the characteristics of most people born under that year. So, get a Chinese zodiac calendar, and try to see if it is true.