Year of the Ox – the 2nd Chinese Zodiac Animal

The Year of the Ox is second in the 12-year cycle of animal years of the Chinese zodiac. Ox years are …1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021… If you were born in one of the years, then you are an Ox.

A myth says that the Jade Emperor held a competition and said the order of the 12-cycle animal signs would be decided by the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace. The Rat tricked the Ox and climbed up the ox’s head, so the Ox became the second of the animal signs.

Chinese Zodiac Years – Ox Years

Years sharing the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal (Gold), Water and Wood. It is said that birth animal signs and elements decide people's characteristics.

Type of Ox

Year of Birth


Fire Ox

1937, 1997

Clever, self-centered and outspoken

Earth Ox

1949, 2009

Righteous, strict and hard to have high opinion of others

Metal Ox

1961, 2021

Indecisive, suspicious and patient

Water Ox

1913, 1973

Upright, honest and incommunicative

Wood Ox

1925, 1985

Stubborn, steady and introversive

Ox's Personality Traits

How do you feel when you see an ox? They are honest with strong devotion to work. People who born in the year of Ox bear the same qualities. They are talent leaders with strong faith. Before taking actions, they will make comprehensive planning.

Ox's Love Compatibility

Ox's Love Compatibility

Best Match with Ox: Rat, Snake, Monkey, or Rooster

Both Oxen and Snakes are both willing to work long to live better. The Snake will look up to the persistent Ox and provide genuine support during hardships.

Steady Oxen and cheerful Roosters have complementing personalities and hold the same goals in life.
Rat and Monkey fit Ox nicely as well. But be aware that sometimes they will do some small tricks on Ox.

Worst Match with Ox: Tiger, Dragon, Horse, or Goat

Tiger and Ox can only tolerate each other to a certain extent, Dragon as well.
Horse may make a rocky relationship with Ox, and it is hard to find common ground between Goat and Ox.

Lucky Things for Ox for 2020

Lucky Things for Oxen

Oxen’ Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky umbers: 3, 4
  • Unlucky color: blue
  • Unlucky direction: northwest

Ox's Prediction for 2020

Overall Fortune

Ox's Prediction for 2020


This year, someone will offer help to the careers of the people who born in the year of the ox. In addition, there are many other opportunities for promotion. Although many of their co-workers are willing to offer them help in work, there may be some people who have evil purposes.

While they are working, they should remain modest. If they want to change their job, they need to consider it carefully in order to avoid mistakes.

In 2020, no matter what unfortunate events that the Oxen people may experience, all of their unfortunate will change to the best.

  • Ideal jobs for Oxen people: cultural worker; civil servant.


This year, there will be a combination of luck and violence in terms of money.

On the bright side, Oxen people will develop in very fortunate ways this year and have the opportunity to benefit from new business cooperation and relationships. However, they need to pay more attention with whom they choose to do business, in order to make sure they select the right people.

The unfavorable aspects, this year they should pay more attention to financial matters, such as cooperation or contracts. They are required to anticipate the problems in cooperation or investment matters. In terms of investment and financial management, they should ensure that the conditions of the company which they invest in are stable.

  • In general, their fortune of their wealth is good in 2020 and there will be additional income opportunities.
  • The best months of the year and good for doing business: April; August.


This year Oxen people health fortunes will remain more or less the same, although some Oxen people may experience some minor illnesses. In particular, drivers or people of the machinery industry should pay attention to their safety. Young people need to stay away from the water environment to avoid swimming in dangerous places this summer. Middle-aged people need to relax, otherwise the pressures of life will cause some physical problems.

Some of the suggestions in health:

  • Middle-aged Oxen people should participate in some activities if they would like to relax.
  • Those Oxen people who are weak do not stay in the places which are very dirty.

Love and relationships

Love and relationships in 2020 will mostly remain stable. Moreover, Oxen people have nothing to develop their love and relationship in this year.

  • For Oxen people who are single this year, the emotional progress is relatively slow. So they need to participate in social activities where they have the opportunity to strengthen their emotional fortune and seize opportunities.
  • For married people, it is recommended they strengthen the interaction of family members to build good relationships with each other.

Unfortunately, the emotion of the people who are born in the year of the ox is a weakness this year. In family life, they should pay more attention to communication and not be so egocentric. Also, in their emotional life, they should communicate with those people with whom they have relationships.

  • The months in the year which Oxen people should pay more attention to love and relationship is May and July.

Famous People Born in the Year of Ox

Many famous people were born in the year of the Ox. Here is a list of several celebrities born in the year of the Ox.

Born in 256 BC

Liu Bang (Emperor Gaozu of China’s “Western Han Dynasty”)

Born in 303

Wang Xizhi (one of the most famous calligraphers in ancient China, known as the Sage of Calligraphy)

Born in 1654

Kangxi (the emperor of Qing Dynasty)

Born in 1809

Charles Darwin

Born in 1881

Pablo Picasso

Born in 1917

John F Kennedy

Born in 1942

Muhammad Ali

Born in 1954

Oprah Winfrey


Born in 1965

J. K. Rowling

Some other celebrities

Qu Yuan (a patriotic poet in China’s Warring States Period), Hua Tuo (the most famous physician in ancient China), Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Soong Qing-ling (Sun Yat-sen’s wife), Gong Li (a famous Chinese film actress), Xi Jnping

People born in Ox years are persistent, simple, and straightforward. Their lucky numbers are 1 and 9 and lucky colors are yellow, green, and white. In 2020, Ox people might get help in career, suffer ups and downs in finance, experience some minor illnesses, and remain stable in romantic relationships. All these predictions, however, serve for reference only, just like western astrology.

Introduction to the 12 Animals

We list all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, if you want to check out the animal sign that your parents or your kids belong to:


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