The Year of the Ox : 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, … 2009

People born in this year are meant to be honest, laborious, patient, obstinate, poor at communication and who may or may not discover their abilities; but often find happiness in old age. Female oxen (we hesitate to call them ’cows’…) are usually good wives who pay attention to their children’s education.

The Ox is generally quite dependable and possesses an innate ability to achieve great things, mainly by approaching problems in a plodding and methodical manner and never losing sight of the ultimate goal. They are tireless workers, detail-oriented and believe in doing things right the first time. Because of these traits, many perceive Oxen as being far too serious.

This sturdy sort is less than social by nature and tends to become introverted in a crowd. To make things worse, they can’t be bothered with what other people think and prefer to do what makes them feel best. Behind that calm facade, though, lives an Ox who can feel hurt, lonely and unable to connect with others. Friends and family are a great source of comfort to this beast, even if they don’t always understand what makes the Ox tick. As a lover, friend, family member or housemate, the Ox makes a wonderfully strong, tender and affectionate companion who is protective and always reliable.

Out in the world, though, Oxen tend to be stubborn, dogmatic, my-way-or-the-highway kind of people who have no concept of when to back down. Oxen don’t care to be pushed, especially since they think they’re the good guys of the Chinese Zodiac. There is some truth to that theory since the Ox is smart, trustworthy, caring and honorable. If you need honest, steady and unbiased advice, call on the Ox.

A good lesson for mighty Oxen is to strive to overcome a judgmental nature that keeps them from getting close to others. If they can learn to value their own good qualities, they’ll have more room in their hearts to invite others in. ˜˜˜

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