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The year of the Ox

By Janette

Marketeer and social media expert who just "happens" to speak Chinese fluently. Moved to the capital two years ago and shares her Amsterdam discoveries with you.

February 11, 2021

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


The Ox is associated with


  • Hardworking and honest
  • The hours 1-3 in the morning
  • In the terms of Yin and Yang the Ox is Yang

The most recent years of the Ox are 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021. People born in these years have the Ox as their Chinese zodiac sign. The most important characteristic of the Ox is their honesty. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work. They believe that everyone should do what’s asked of them and stay within their bounds. They rarely lose their temper, they think logically and make great leaders. 

Men born in the year of the Ox 

Men that are born in the year of the Ox are reliable and trustworthy. They put their entire heart into everything they do. In their daily life, they are down-to-earth, hardworking and courageous.  They also feel a great responsibility towards their family. This is why they work hard to improve themselves and to make a better life for their family. However, due to their confidence, they want everything to be planned and like everything to be in a tidy and fixed pattern and don’t allow anyone to go against their rules. When it comes to love, they love a well-mannered and honest partner. They want to be able to rely on their loved one and get spiritual support when they are down. 

Women born in the year of the Ox

Women that are born in the year of the Ox are calm and gentle. They will never surrender to fate and rarely think of choosing an alternative. They know how to analyze problems rationally and they are gentle, cultivated and understanding. Women born under the Ox sign hold an optimistic attitude towards life. They love life and never yield to any setbacks. They deal with anything in a methodical and fixed pattern and they are clean and orderly. When it comes to love they have clear goals. They never compromise, instead they wait for their Mister or Miss Right. 

Who do Oxen go best with?

Oxen deal best with Rats, Snakes, and Roosters. With Rats because they have complementing personalities and hold the same goals in life. Snakes because they give warmth and romance and they also offer help and support when it comes to working. And the Ox is attracted to Roosters because of their soft and loving heart.

Goats, Horses, and Dogs do not cooperate well with the Ox. With the Goats, it’s because they cannot tolerate each other’s differences. It is difficult to deal with the Horse because they have a free and wild spirit and may not have a serious attitude towards life. The Ox tolerates the Dog but it is hard to find common ground.

The Ox’s lucky charms

The colors blue, yellow, green, and numbers 2, 6, and 10 bring happiness to the Ox. If you are an Ox, the most suitable birthstones for you are emerald, pink quartz, and lapis lazuli. The emerald is for raising your self-esteem, pink quartz for luck, and lapis lazuli for connecting with your inner self. The directions towards the east, southeast is the direction of auspiciousness for the Ox. The direction towards the northeast is the direction of wealth and towards the south is the direction of love. 

Oxen at work 

Oxen look for long-term and steady work. Because of this, they are very diligent in school and perform well in every subject. This helps build a strong platform for any future career path. They would feel great stress if working in a flexible and unformatted job such as journalists, brokers, and salesmen. Suitable jobs for the Ox include politicians, artists, and consultants. 

No matter what career they choose, it must be something they are really interested in. Although they may be okay with any job that fits their skills, they should take the time to find something they love. Only in a stable environment that matches their passions, are they able to find their true calling. 

Health and lifestyle 

Oxen are generally very healthy and fit. Hospital visits are rare but this can lead to overconfidence. Neglect during youth will result in problems in the later years. Because they are very hardworking, oxen can sometimes go for days with little food and rest. In the middle stages of their lives, Oxen can suffer from heart diseases and joint pains. To avoid them, Oxen have to remember to take a break every once in a while, stretch, and relax. 

The year of the Ox in 2021

The year of a person’s birth sign, known as Ben Ming Nian (本命年), is believed to be unlucky because of its conflict with Tai Sui (the God that grants people fortune). Therefore, 2021 will be a turbulent year for the Ox. You may encounter unexpected challenges, especially in your career and studies, which can leave you feeling stressed out, distracted, and emotional.

The heavenly element Xin of 2021 belongs to Metal. This will help the Ox to some extent. The key to overcoming any potential bad luck is to strengthen your morale.

Use this time to cultivate your relationships. With the support of your family and friends, you will likely manage to navigate any difficulties and gain a deeper appreciation for what you have.

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