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Astrology Primer & Gift Guide

The Ox

The Ox

As the second sign in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is a symbol of diligence, determination, and strength. Revered for its unwavering character and work ethic, individuals born under the Ox sign are often perceived as reliable, trustworthy, and methodical.

Characteristics and Personality Traits


  • Strengths: Steadfast, methodical, diligent, patient, trustworthy.
  • Weaknesses: Stubborn, reserved, uncompromising.
  • Lucky Colors: White, yellow, green.
  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 4.
  • Lucky Flowers: Chrysanthemum, Lily of the Valley.
Ox in Love and Relationships
Oxes are often loyal and protective partners. They value stability and can sometimes be seen as traditional in their relationship views.
  • Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey.
  • Should Avoid: Sheep, Horse, Rabbit.

Years of the Ox


People born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, and so on (every 12 years) are governed by the steadfast Ox.

Career and Opportunities
Due to their methodical and reliable nature, Oxen excel in professions that require precision and a systematic approach. They thrive in roles such as engineers, surgeons, architects, and artisans.
Famous Personalities
  • Barack Obama: 1961
  • Meryl Streep: 1949
  • George Clooney: 1961
  • Malala Yousafzai: 1997

Cultural and Historical Significance


Historically, the Ox has played a crucial role in Chinese agriculture, symbolizing hard work, positivity, and honesty. It’s believed that Oxen bring prosperity due to their role in cultivation.

Interesting Facts About the Ox

  1. The Ox is often associated with harvests in Chinese culture due to its role in agriculture.
  2. In some stories, the Ox allowed the Rat to ride on its back in the race that decided the zodiac order.
  3. The Ox is seen as the most dependable zodiac sign, representing hard work and trust.


The steadfast and reliable Ox is a true symbol of diligence and persistence in the face of challenges. Those born under this sign are often the backbone of their communities, providing stability and structure wherever they go.

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