People like to turn to people who were born in a year of the Ox if they seek good advice. This is not because they would always be good advisors but rests in the calm and relaxed charisma of the Ox. Some good advisor qualities he indeed has: He is a very well listener who takes his time and is able to deal with other people patiently.
Patience is maybe the most important virtue of the Ox-Born which brings his best side out and which he should absolutely cultivate. In our hectic times patience is especially valuable. With patience you get quicker to your goal than with eagerness it is said in China. And often this proverb seems to be true because who does not possess patience makes faults easily which slow you more down as if you had taken more time from the beginning.
While the patience of the Ox is admired, he himself does feel that from time to time it turns into an outsized tolerance towards him; this means that the Ox-Born sometimes loses the goal he patiently has been working for and his patience simply has turned into lethargy. Thus the great virtue of the Ox becomes his biggest danger. If calmness turns to lethargy it also has an impact on the Ox' other qualities. He himself notices very well that he is lethargic and would love to do something against if but the nature of lethargy suppresses the active acting. It is a devils circle: The lethargic wants to do something against it but it is actually standing in his way. The way out of this circle the Ox finds when he concentrates onto his main virtue - the patience - and slowly but surely without overdoing it goes step by step and it should be very small steps.
Patience is not the only virtue of the Ox-Born. They moreover possess bravery which has nothing to do with foolhardiness. He is not really a person throwing himself into adventure - on the contrary: People born under the sign of the Ox mostly strive for security but not out of being afraid. The Ox shows bravery if he, his family or his friends are threatened. Even then he does not storm towards the danger but uses his powerful calmness. Once it gets that far so the Ox has to prove his bravery it is better to have him as a friend.
People born in the year of the Ox are basically rather conventional, which does not mean that they are pedantic. They rather calculate between new and old values and recognize that not everything old is wrong. Stability and order are important to the Ox-Born. Sometimes some of actual positive characteristics turn so that stability becomes stubbornness and not thought over binding to conventions. Especially with age the stability of the Ox turns quite often to stubbornness. Then he often persists that the old-fashioned ways are the best no matter what.
Once Ox-Born want something and follow it with their own forcefulness other people have difficulties standing against it. Therefore it is important for the Ox to see that he stands in his own way if he does not use this power with thoughtfulness and if he does not let other people's ideas near him. This manner depends partly on a certain pessimism to which Ox-Born tend. It is not a truly deep all destroying pessimism but there is a pessimistic tendency in which they can lose themselves sometimes. Some people are amazed that the Ox can be quite inventive despite his calmness and stability. It is just because of his patience that he becomes inventive and many-sided. He needs some time to come up with ideas but then they are really well thought over.
Summarizing you can say that people born in the year of the Ox have some really good qualities bringing them along on the way if they take care of not falling for lethargy and pessimism.
The ox represents yin earth. If the ox sign stands in its element you find in him the purest form of the ox. Since there are five elements a year sign can stand in (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) the other elements change this pure form of the ox.
The Earth Ox
The earth ox is a constant loyal, perfectionist, scrupulous, possessive and especially possessed ox. As a dominant person, this ox has a power-need and an iron will. He is furthermore incorrectly modest, who values honour, wealth, security and material success. He is a sure friend, whom will never lack loyalty.
The Metal Ox
It is not always easy to get along with him. Indeed, this ox is selective, possessed from time to time, dogmatic and sometimes also distrustful. He doesn't know the sense of the word compromise. He is a real steamroller and can also be very unforgiving. But this ox is faithful, even loving, reliable and very loyal towards his people.
The Water Ox
He loves the nature passionately; he is the born ecologist, a patient, realistic and practically assessed personality, who has a sharp sense of the true values. Methodically, decided and persevering, he extremely rarely yields. This ox is sensitive, meek, loyal and industrious and can respond brutally, if he feels himself betrayed or deceived.
The Wood Ox
This ox possesses team-spirit and is much less wilful than his sign-comrades. He is honest, robust, and sociable, close to nature, sports and physical work. He is open to new ideas, persevering and exceptionally fiery when in love. But he tries to dominate his partner or long-time companion.
The Fire Ox
This ox is resolute, stubborn and even proud. Being a materialistic, dynamic, ardent and direct person he hates laziness. He is a terrifying opponent and a generous friend. He is sincere, responsible and very close to the morals and the principles. Loyal as he is, he would never abuse his strength and use his qualities to the utmost. He is the person for impossible tasks.
The people born under the sign of the Ox are hedonists. He likes to get spoiled and loves the quiet togetherness. In general he is not a fiery lover - so it seems at the first glance. Ox-Born have a sense for romance, they have deep feelings whereas they seek for the big love of their life using their trade mark patience; but sometimes with so much patience that they grow old. Ox-Born most often marry very late.
Although the Ox has a brave heart he loses it in all things dealing with love. The only true fear he knows is the fear of loneliness. Like all fears this is rather obstructive. Sometimes it leads to binding an Ox to a person not matching his need for romantic love, quiet and deep friendship. Especially when Oxen grow older and have waited patiently for true love they sometimes panic and marry completely contrary to their being rashly and suddenly. This is a mistake an Ox-Born has not to make because it will not make him happy and his binding to conventions makes a separation difficult for him. But the fear of loneliness can also create the exact opposite - it could lead to a fear of having a relationship at all. Only if you do not enter a relationship you do not make the experience of being lonely. Of course this is a misconception. If the Ox tries to get over his fear of loneliness the outlook of finding a dream partner after a patient search is quite good.
Ox and Ox
Like will to like and that two oxen might think when entering a relationship. However this relationship appears constructed as if wanting to be on the safe side, to meet the trusted rather than taking any risks. That cannot go well for long, until the two oxen compete with each other with their stubbornness. Ox and ox should extremely pay attention to what differs from the other and how those differences could make their relationship interesting.
Ox and Tiger
There are enough differences between those two if it was about opposites attracts but the reasonable ox mistrusts the rather out of joy acting tiger. The carefree way of living of the tiger infuriates the ox because stability and continuity are so important to him. There is the great danger that both don't really live together for all their life. The change can only happen if both are ready to learn from each other and consider the quirks of the other as an enrichment of their own life.
Ox and Rabbit
Rabbit and Ox are an unlike pair. Yet there is this attraction that drives them into each other arms no matter how often the relationship has been declared as a failure. The reason for crisis is quickly found. The ox quickly is fed up with the rabbit letting him pull out the chestnuts from the fire for him. In the beginning the ox may feel flattered but actually he seeks a partner he can also rely on from time to time. If this relationship should work the rabbit has to show a lot more effort in this regard.
Ox and Dragon
The ox and the dragon do not lose love for each other by nature. Understandable, if you know that both like to be in the lead and have very different opinions about how to organise life. The ox needs security, the dragon likes to risk something in order to keep his power. The danger is great that both try to outwit the other with their own means. Only if both are ready to complement the other with their respective abilities and stop fighting they can become successful; but then really successful.
Ox and Snake
Looked and found! The snake and ox get along very well because they share their liking for a harmonic togetherness and a comfortable home. In this combination the pleasant (the snake) forms with the useful (the ox) the perfect marriage. Since both don't like to stand in the foreground they will be an unobtrusive couple but if you are lucky and be their guest you quickly realise that their warm and heartfelt interaction transfers automatically to all persons present and you cannot get away from their charm.
Ox and Horse
What should the horse and the ox do with each other? The ox hates when things change too quickly and the horse cannot bear if only a second of standstill is on the horizon. It is a constant tug of war between those two. Yet, they cannot keep from each other. It is just their oppositeness which brings the sizzling excitement. Rarely this couple lasts for a long time and only then if they can rely on the tolerance of their surroundings.
Ox and Goat
Actually goat and ox get along quite well but they make it difficult for each other in the beginning. Each tries to convince the other how different one is and that this could not be in any way harmonic. However, at a closer glance those are only stale reasons because in no other than the goat the ox finds so much understanding of his sometimes odd nature and nobody could give the goat more hold in life than the ox. If both have found each other they become inseparable.
Ox and Monkey
The liveliness and flexibility of the monkey make the ox a lot nervous. Namely the ox values the world openness of the monkey, admires the ease with which the monkey moves at mental heights but the insecurity coming with that the ox does not like at all. The ox wants to be sure of his partner and thus a lot of convincing work is necessary until the ox can trust the monkey completely. The monkey should not give in too early even if the ox' tendency to control disturbs him a lot. Both simply need nerves and a big portion of humour.
Ox and Rooster
The rooster and the ox have everything needed to become a dream couple. The rooster feels protected in the safety giving power of the ox and the ox thinks the brave self-conception of the rooster is a welcomed but not exaggerated complement. The ox shares with the rooster diligence and the joy of performance and thus both quickly meet in the striving to continuously improve the living standard. It is not rare that those special fortunate prerequisites between ox and rooster last for an entire life.
Ox and Dog
It is not without hurdles if an ox and a dog find to each other. It starts with the dog and his high ideals taking offense on the pragmatic nature of the ox. Where the ox decides out of reason or sees the maximum of use the dog will align his actions on their ethical justification. Disputes are pre-programmed. However, both admire each other in secret; the dog the ox because he achieves so much in life and the ox the dog because he stays faithful to himself. In this admiration roots the passion for each other.
Ox and Pig
The pig and the ox are an uneven couple. The ox literally stands with two feet on the ground of facts and the pig is with his head constantly in the clouds. In the beginning the ox thinks the pig is an odd codger and the pig thinks the ox is bourgeois. But soon the two discover how well their different lifestyles complement each other. From this combination the power is generated to make miracles come true. If they manage to see each other as a mutual enrichment of their lives they will become more than happy with each other.
Ox and Rat
It is said that rat and ox are made for each other because their contrary natures complement each other and get the best out of each. It is important that both adjust to each other. The rat has thus to learn to accept the ox whish for stability and the ox has to give the rat space for her urge of independence. If both go hand in hand, the two can finish more things than some other combinations.