About the Ox

The zodiac sign Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

The Ox is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支 / dì zhī) Chǒu () and the hours 1–3 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Ox is Yang.

The year of the Metal Ox brings career advancement, success in business, prosperity, and wellness for all zodiac signs. The Ox year of 2021 is under the influence of the metal element, just like the Year of the Rat 2020.

The ox is praised in Chinese culture for its hard-working nature, its dependability, and its sheer strength, enabling farmers to get the most out of their land. People born in the year of the ox – recent years include show these positive traits too. They are honest, courageous, diligent, and have a high sense of responsibility. Whatever setbacks come their way, they never give up and advance surely and steadily to reach their goals.

 

 

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“Those born in Year of the Ox are often described as being ‘strong as an ox’ because of their uncanny ability to resolutely face any circumstance.”