The ox was one of the first servants of the Heavenly Palace, often acting as a messenger between heaven and earth. One year, the land was bleak and the herders begged the Jade Emperor to send new grass to feed their animals. The ox eagerly volunteered for the job and was instructed to sow a handful of seeds every three steps.

He set forth happily, but he was so pleased with himself that he stumbled over the gates of the palace and fell to earth unconscious, scattering the seeds everywhere. The following year, all the land was covered with grass and no grain could be planted.

Angrily, the Jade Emperor summoned the ox to him. The ox confessed meekly and the Jade Emperor ordered him to eat the grass and help the farmers himself. He was then bodily hauled out of heaven and landed on earth with a crack, knocking his upper teeth, which is why oxen today have peculiar front teeth.

The ox was a dedicated worker and keen to seek forgiveness, so he paid his debt to humanity ten times over. When the signs were being chosen, the farmers cheerfully recommended the animal that had once ruined their crops, and the Jade Emperor duly gave him a place among the twelve animal signs.


You have a quiet and steady nature and are perseverant even in the most trying circumstances; because once you have made a commitment you keep your word. 

You need peace and quiet to work through your ideas, and when you have set your mind on something it is hard for you to be convinced otherwise. Your plans and ideas are built on firm ground - you are unlikely to be swept off your feet by fascinating but unrealistic schemes - and your logical approach often pays off in the long term. You are well measured in your judgments and are wary of excitable or unpredictable behavior, but sometimes you are so set in your opinions that it does prejudice your actions. Underneath your calm exterior you can be as stubborn and hotheaded as an ox if pushed against your will or forced to change your position. You then need to be left alone to regain your composure, and others are advised to keep clear during this cooling-off period.

You are not extravagant, and the thought of living off credit cards or being in debt makes you nervous - indeed, the possibility of taking a serious risk could cause you many sleepless nights. You are truthful and sincere, and the idea of wheeling and dealing in a competitive world is distasteful to you - in face, people born in the ox years are rarely driven by the prospect of financial gain. You are well liked because of your honesty and patience, and your close friends appreciate the fact that you are rather introverted and wary of new trends, although every now and then you can be encouraged to try something new. When you are secure in your environment you are sociable and relaxed, but occasionally a dark cloud looms over you and you take on the worries of the world, mulling over the problems you see and trying to find solutions.
OX YEARS: Negetive Elements

(1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949,
1961, 1973, 1985, 1997. 2009)


You are gently and open with the right partner, and will thrive on strong love and support. But in the search for a compatible relationship you have to tread cautiously since you are easily hurt.  Not driven by romance, you have to be persuaded to accept invitations, to experiment with your appearance and to be more adventurous in general.

Your ideal partner is truthful and gentle but knows how to cajole and tease you. Although there may be times when you misinterpret light-hearted remarks or fail to see the humour in a situation, with a little encouragement and reassurance you will find that you are able to throw off your worries and you can begin to enjoy yourself. Your ideal partner also has the enthusiasm to introduce you to new interests but at the same time will not take risks that threaten your security. You can tolerate weaknesses in your partner, and when there are emotional upheavals you will consider whether the blame lies with you; However, you do find it hard to forgive if you have been deceived.


If you feel that projects are being finalized or decisions made with insufficient attention to detail, it will not be long before you express your concern. You approach work seriously and as long as you are not forced into the public eye you are able to think clearly and plan meticulously. Your reactions may be a little on the slow side, but you are a skilled organizer and logical thinker, and as the years pas your determination is likely to be rewarded.

You are able to accept authority and are comfortable in a working environment as long as you know that the business is established on firm foundations. You prefer to know your schedule or timetable and although you can rise to challenges and, to some extent, deal with the unpredictable, you would rather be well informed and work within a fixed framework.

You are suited to a career in farming, gardening, estate management, medicine or religion. You would also make a good philosopher, teacher, chef or member of the police force.


stressful occupations or pursuits
fads and fashions
change, especially if not voluntary
novelties and gimmicks
being taken for granted
modern art
garish colors
foolish or frivolous behaviour
washing dirty linen in public


saving money
home-cooked food
the familiar
to be appreciated
sensible clothes
traditional festivals
hand-made crafts
sober or earthy color schemes
to plan ahead
Famous Oxen:

Johann Sebastian Bach, Warren Beatty, Jon Bon Jovi, Jeff Bridges, King Carlos of Spain, Barbara Cartland, Charlie Chaplin, Natalie Cole, Bill Cosby, Tom Courtenay, Tony curtis, Walt Disney, Patrick Duffy, Jane Fonda, Gerald Ford, Edward Fox, Michael J. Fox, Peter Gabriel, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariel Hemingway, Robert Hardy, Nigel Havers, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Billy Joel, Don Johnson, B.B. King, Mark Lemmon, Alison Moyet, Eddie Murphy, Napoleon, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Steiger, Meryl Streep, Elaine Stritch, Loretta Swit, Mary Tyler Moore, Lady Thatcher, Twiggy, Dick Van Dyke, the Princess of Wales, Zoe Wanamaker, Barbara Windsor.

It may not be plain sailing for Oxen in the year ahead but most trials can be overcome with their characteristically strong will and patience. This is a good time for Oxen to take stock of their situation and refrain from doing anything rash.
Summoning Spirit
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