The Ox Sign in Chinese Astrology: Dates and Personality

The Ox sign (also known as Buffalo), is the second sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese calendar follows the cycles of the Moon and the year of the Chinese Zodiac begins in the Chinese New Year, the start of which varies from late January to mid-February. Therefore, if you were born in January or since February of the years ruled by the Ox sign, you can be an Ox or a Rat (see below the years of the Ox or see here the years of all the signs of the Chinese Zodiac).

The Chinese Zodiac is made up of 12 animals that are organized in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The Chinese calendar follows the cycles of the Moon and, on the first day of the Chinese New Year, one of the 12 animals takes its place for that year.

Characteristics of the Ox Sign

  • Symbol - 牛
  • Element - Water
  • Ruling Planet - Mercury
  • Hours - 01h-03h
  • Month - January
  • Station - Winter
  • Color - Yellow, the color associated with progress, fame and personal fulfillment. In Imperial China, this color was reserved for the Emperor
  • Orientation - Northeast, Orientation linked to the end of winter, a time when the Yin is still strong but the Yang is beginning to grow
  • Yin / Yang Polarity - Yin , an element that tends to express introverted, internalized, deep, intimate and calm behaviors.
  • Attributes - Honest, conservative, independent, trustworthy, serious, persevering, realistic, steady, calm, hard-working, committed, stubborn, conscientious, premeditated, patient, impetuous, determined
  • Lucky Days - 13th and 27th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky Months - 7th and 9th Chinese lunar months
  • Lucky Numbers - 1, 4 and the numbers that contain them (such as 14 and 41)
  • Bad Luck Numbers - 5, 6
  • Highest Affinity - Rat, Dragon, Snake, Rooster, Dog
  • Lower Affinity - Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Pig
  • Corresponding Western Sign - Capricorn

The Ox Sign in Mythology

There are several legends and stories about the animals chosen to make up the Chinese astrological system. One of these legends refers to the intention of the Jade Emperor to know the animals that inhabited the Earth. He decided that some of them should be brought before him. To facilitate the selection, the Emperor defined two criteria: they would have to be useful animals for Man or be one of the first to arrive at the Celestial Palace on the day of the election of the animals.

The Ox was one of the first servants of the Celestial Palace, acting as a messenger between Heaven and Earth. His usefulness to men was recognized by all thanks to his strength and dedication to work. When the Jade Emperor decided to choose the 12 animals of the Zodiac, the farmers happily recommended the Ox for a place.

Thanks to its diligent character, the Ox was the first animal to arrive at the doors of the Celestial Palace, but it was not the first to enter. When the doors opened, the Rat, who had climbed on the back of the giant animal, clinging to its horns, lunged for the entrance before the Ox could advance. However, the Jade Emperor attributed second place to the Ox to reward his generosity for Rat sitting on his back playing the flute.

Dates of the Sign of the Ox

The Chinese Zodiac is associated with the way that traditional Chinese culture measures time, that is, in 60-year cycles. This calendar results from the multiplication of the twelve animals and the five elements. This cycle is very important and makes each of the 60 years a special and unique period.

Each animal rotates for a given year in a continuous 12-year cycle that begins with the Rat and ends with the Pig. On the first day of the Chinese New Year, one of the 12 animals takes its place for that year. In addition to defining the people born during that year, the animal also influences the attributes of the year, which affects us all. The years governed by the sign of the Ox are the following:

  • February 11, 1937 to January 30, 1938 - Fire Ox
  • January 29, 1949 to February 16, 1950 - Earth Ox
  • February 15, 1961 to February 4, 1962 - Metal Ox
  • February 3, 1973 to January 22, 1974 - Water Ox
  • February 20, 1985 to February 8, 1986 - Wood Ox
  • February 7, 1997 to January 27, 1998 - Fire Ox
  • January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2010 - Ox de Tierra
  • February 12, 2021 to January 31, 2022 - Metal Ox

Native Ox Personality


The Ox is the second sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is associated with attention and care. The personality of this sign is calm and constant. He never gives up, even when everyone else has given up hope. Even in the most difficult situations, the native does not lose his sanity and, when he commits himself, remains true to his word.

The Ox sign personality is said to be diligent, trustworthy, powerful, and determined. Frank and honest in character, the natives of this sign are very dedicated to their homeland, live according to their ideals and ambitions, and dedicate themselves to family and work.

The person of this sign tends to be conservative and guide their life choices by traditions and cultural precepts. Ox women are dedicated and traditional and place great importance on the education of their children.

Patient and determined to achieve their goals, the natives of the Ox sign work diligently and need peace and quiet to work on their ideas. His effort is consistent and constant. They are not easily influenced by the opinions of third parties or by environmental factors. Faced with uncertainty and change, they continue to work and follow the plan.

Realistically, for this native it is essential to have a plan with all the steps duly detailed. He is not fooled by fantasies and impossible dreams. He bases life on strong convictions that he builds on the basis of logic and real facts. As a result, people of this sign are considered hard-working and successful.

The natives of this sign have some difficulty communicating their ideas and feelings. They are somewhat stubborn and do not find much use in exchanging ideas or discussing points of view with other people. They prefer to define their plan and go their own way.

Love and Relationships

In love, the native of the Ox sign is sensitive and has great difficulty forgiving a betrayal. Values the stability and strength of relationships. For this native, his partner is a symbol of stability, truth and support. A partner to face the difficulties of life and share the good things.

This loyal and honest native is easily hurt when betrayed. For this reason, he is cautious in the decisions he makes and moves slowly in relationships. Only when he feels safe does he move forward.

  • Signs most compatible with the Ox - Rat, Dragon, Snake, Rooster, Dog
  • Signs less compatible with the Ox - Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Pig

Ox Sign Compatibilities

The Chinese astrology understood that certain combinations of animals in the zodiac work better than others, and some signs are naturally antagonistic and, therefore, have a discordant relationship.

The compatibility between the animals of the Chinese horoscope takes into account the characteristics of each of the animals. Those whose characteristics match each other well and can, tend to have good compatibility. The opposite is equally valid.

The Ox Sign and the Race

The native of the Ox sign is strict and has a certain facility to get worried when projects go out of schedule. Work is a very serious matter for these people. You may react slowly when confronted, but think clearly and carefully at each stage of the job. Effectively organize your tasks and those of your team.

This native accepts authority well, but needs to feel that whoever leads and makes decisions has the competence and rigor necessary to do so. Impossible and decontextualized decisions make you uncomfortable. You can deal with uncertainty, but you are an apologist for planning and analyzing various scenarios.

You do not like surprises at work and would rather be prepared than be forced to make decisions, or follow directions, that you feel do not have a solid foundation.

Best Careers : Agricultural Production, Industrial Management, Real Estate Management, Medicine, Pharmacist, Mechanic, Engineer, Interior Design, Artist, Politician, Philosopher, Teacher, Chef, Police Officer, Security Officer.

The Ox Sign and Health

Ox natives are, as a rule, physically strong and robust; they can have a long and healthy life.

Because they work hard and have a stubborn personality, they usually spend a lot of time working and little time relaxing. They can forget about meals and spend long hours dedicated to their tasks. This makes them prone to obesity and digestive problems.

Therefore, this native must find time to relax, exercise regularly and pay attention to diet. Your stubborn and stubborn temperament can lead you to reject help and accept that you need to be more health conscious.

This native should be encouraged to take regular breaks and rest even for short periods of time.

The Five Types of Ox

In the Chinese Astrological system , each sign of the Zodiac is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. For example, a Wood Ox appears once in the 60-year cycle. The characteristics of a person’s personality are influenced by various influences, including the sign and the element of the year of birth. Thus, there are five types of Oxen, each with its own characteristics:

Wood Ox

Characterization - Sustainability, Creativity, Growth

This Ox was blessed with a refined sense of humor. It is the most adaptable type of Ox and needs to try new things. Restless, decisive, direct, always ready to defend the weak and defenseless.

Fire Ox

Characterization - Passion, Intelligence, Movement

Somewhat unpredictable, he has the sensitivity of a bull in a china shop. His personality may be shortsighted, selfish, narrow-minded, impersonal, but he does not lose the practicality of life.

Earth ox

Characterization - Balance, Reliability, Consolidation

Resourceful and reliable, this type of Ox makes excellent researchers and scientists. Honest and prudent, he has a strong sense of responsibility. You have the ability to accumulate great wealth, as a result of your hard work and saving habits.

Metal Ox

Characterization - Utility, Strength, Reliability

Organized and full of common sense, this type of Ox is a committed worker, active, always busy with his multiple tasks and very popular in his cycle of friends.

Water ox

Characterization - Communication, Sensitivity, Intuition

Hard-working, ambitious, tenacious and able to withstand difficulties. He has a great sense of justice and a great capacity for observation. He is a good diplomat and an excellent listener.

Chinese Horoscope Signs