Year of the Ox

Chinese zodiac Ox

Ox Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021...
Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Chou
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu
Yin Yang: Yin
Strengths: Hard working, ambitious, persistent, honest, cautious, patient, strong-willed
Weaknesses: Stubborn, prejudiced, narrow-minded, indifferent, prudish
Lucky Colors: Green, black, yellow
Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 9
Lucky Flowers: Tulip, Evergreen, Peach blossom

The Ox is the second sign of the Chinese zodiac and this animal symbolizes diligence in Chinese culture. Continue reading if you were born in the year of the Ox and you're interested in finding out more about your personality, your strengths, weaknesses, as well as your most and least compatible signs.


Those born under the Ox zodiac sign are very determined, hard working, ambitious, and strong-willed individuals who handle things steadily. They are known for their diligence, strength, and determination. Oxen are honest, straightforward, devoted and extremely patient people who can be great leaders. They are a little contemplative before taking action and are not easily affected by their surroundings - they are hell-bent on sticking to their own ways. They believe that the road to success requires hard work and ethical behavior and don't like taking shortcuts in life. On the negative side, people born in the year of the Ox might be prejudiced, stubborn and indifferent at times. They also have poor communication skills and always insist on sticking to their beliefs. They will listen to other people's opinions, but they still prefer making decisions that will be based on their own research.


The second sign in the Chinese zodiac, Ox is the symbol of hard work and determination. These people are responsible, hard working and they need to finish everything they start. Short-term projects or positions make them feel uncomfortable and some Oxen have trouble advancing through the first phases of their careers. Oxen are the perfect candidates for any job that requires a deep field of knowledge and a keen eye for detail. Oxen are not very good at communicating, so they are more productive when allowed to work alone. Some of the best career choices for the Ox would be painter, interior designer, archaeologist, mechanic, pharmacist, horticulturist, engineer, carpenter, broker, banker, or real estate agent.


Oxen are generally strong and healthy individuals able to enjoy long and fulfilled lives. With their stubborn personality, they find it easier to beat stress and tension. However, they tend to work hard and sometimes they can get so caught up in their work that they completely forget to relax. They also tend to forget their meals which cause digestive problems. Oxen could benefit from incorporating a well-balanced and regular diet, proper relaxation and more non-work-related activities into their daily routines.

Love and Relationships

The Ox people are not very good at communicating with others, so they prefer to stay alone at home instead of going out and participating in group activities. Oxen are quick to be friendly with other people, but they're slow to transition into a deeper relationship. However, once they're in a relationship they're honest, loyal, dependable, trustworthy, and tend to keep long-term relationships with their partners. They believe that flirting is a waste of time and they will search for their soulmate, as long as it takes. Oxen are great friends are very protective of their loved ones.


Best matches for the Ox: Rat, Snake and Rooster

Ox and Rat

This is probably one of the best matches for people born in the year of the Ox. Both signs are good in showing appreciation for each other's unique qualities and are reliable and loyal partners. The Ox is security conscious and a natural-born provider, while the Rat is a dutiful, reliable and competent partner, so this is a very fulfilling relationship for both. The Ox is a strong but very quiet person and an introvert, so he/she will like the attention from the outgoing and sociable Rat.

Ox and Snake

This is another good combination - the Snake is materialistic so he/she will admire the Ox for being caring and a good provider. On the other hand, the Ox will be grateful for the Snake's continued support will be proud to have someone reliable like the Snake. Both signs are humble and share the same views and beliefs, so they will support each other through the greatest hardships.

Ox and Rooster

The straight forward Rooster likes the Ox because he/she is hard working, dependable, strong and reserved. Both signs are analytical and methodical, so they like things that boost their intellect. They share many similarities - both partners can handle criticism well and both have the same goals and ambitions in life. The only thing that could potentially lead to problems in their relationship would be their love of material things.

Worst matches for the Ox: Horse, Tiger and Sheep

Ox and Horse

The Ox and the Horse seem as far apart as the earth and the moon - they are completely different. The Horse is a free-spirited person who finds it difficult to settle down, while the Ox is traditional and wants children and family. The Ox is humble and down-to-earth, and the carefree Horse is not very attentive. The Ox often feels unable to depend on the Horse partner due to his/her unpredictable moods.

Ox and Tiger

The Ox is a practical, well-organized and reliable person, but the Tiger sees this as predictable and boring. The Tiger is moody, unrestrained, and emotional. The Ox is conservative and methodical, while the Tiger is a passionate, flirtatious person who enjoys attention and compliments. It is almost impossible to find some similarities between these two Chinese zodiac signs whose personalities are complete opposites.

Ox and Sheep

The Sheep will like the Ox's strong and protective behavior, but the Ox will have very high expectations of the Sheep. The Ox doesn't appreciate Sheep's impulsiveness and indulgent lifestyle, so the Sheep can feel discouraged by the Ox's demand to be diligent. To make this relationship work, the Ox should be more considerate of the Sheep's sensitivities and both need to understand the necessity of compromise and sacrifice in a relationship.