Ox (zodiac)

The Ox () is the second of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Ox is denoted by the Earthly Branch symbol . The name is translated into English as Cow.

In the Vietnamese zodiac, the water buffalo occupies the position of the Ox. In the Gurung zodiac, the Ox is replaced by the Cow.[1]


Years and the Five Elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Ox", while bearing the following elemental sign:[2][3]

Start date End date Heavenly branch
19 February 1901 7 February 1902 Metal Ox
6 February 1913 25 January 1914 Water Ox
24 January 1925 12 February 1926 Wood Ox
11 February 1937 30 January 1938 Fire Ox
29 January 1949 16 February 1950 Earth Ox
15 February 1961 4 February 1962 Metal Ox
3 February 1973 22 January 1974 Water Ox
20 February 1985 8 February 1986 Wood Ox
7 February 1997 27 January 1998 Fire Ox
26 January 2009 13 February 2010 Earth Ox
12 February 2021 31 January 2022 Metal Ox
31 January 2033 18 February 2034 Water Ox
17 February 2045 05 February 2046 Wood Ox
4 February 2057 23 January 2058 Fire Ox
23 January 2069 10 February 2070 Earth Ox
9 February 2081 28 January 2083 Metal Ox
27 January 2093 14 February 2094 Water Ox


Sign Best Match Average No Match
Ox Ox, Snake, Rabbit Rooster Dragon, Monkey, Rat, Dog, Tiger, Horse, Pig, Rabbit Goat

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branches: 丑 Chǒu
The Five Elements: Earth
Yin Yang: Yin
Lunar Month: Twelfth
Lucky Numbers: 8, 9, 3; Avoid: 6
Lucky Flowers: tulip, evergreen, peach blossom, rose
Lucky Colors: blue, red, purple; Avoid: white, green
Season: Winter

See also


  1. ^ Arina Sherchan (2010-07-11). "Tamu (Gurung) Losar Festival". Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  2. ^ "When is Chinese New Year?". pinyin.info. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Year of the Ox, Cow: Love Compatibility, Horoscope, Personality - Chinese Zodiac Sign". Your Chinese Astrology. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

Further reading

  • Neil Somerville (2008). Your Chinese Horoscope 2009: What the Year of the Ox Holds in Store for You. HarperCollins. pp. I–VIII. ISBN 9780007283750.

Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos taurus.

Cattle are commonly raised as livestock for meat (beef or veal, see beef cattle), for milk (see dairy cattle), and for hides, which are used to make leather. They are used as riding animals and draft animals (oxen or bullocks, which pull carts, plows and other implements). Another product of cattle is dung, which can be used to create manure or fuel. In some regions, such as parts of India, cattle have significant religious meaning. Cattle, mostly small breeds such as the Miniature Zebu, are also kept as pets.

Around 10,500 years ago, cattle were domesticated from as few as 80 progenitors in central Anatolia, the Levant and Western Iran. According to an estimate from 2011, there are 1.4 billion cattle in the world. In 2009, cattle became one of the first livestock animals to have a fully mapped genome. Some consider cattle the oldest form of wealth, and cattle raiding consequently one of the earliest forms of theft.

Goat (zodiac)

The Goat (Chinese: 羊; pinyin: yáng, sometimes also translated Sheep or Ram) is the eighth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. This zodiacal sign is often referred to as the "Ram" or "Sheep" sign, since the Chinese word yáng is more accurately translated as Caprinae, a taxonomic subfamily that includes both goats and sheep, but contrasts with other animal subfamily types such as Bovinae, Antilopinae, and other taxonomic considerations which may be encountered in the case of the larger family of Bovidae in Chinese mythology, which also includes the Ox (zodiac). The Year of the Goat is associated with the 8th Earthly Branch symbol, 未 (wèi).

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An ox (plural oxen), also known as a bullock in Australia and India, is a bovine trained as a draft animal or riding animal. Oxen are commonly castrated adult male cattle; castration makes the animals more docile. Cows (adult females) or bulls (intact males) may also be used in some areas.

Oxen are used for plowing, for transport (riding, pulling carts and hauling wagons), for threshing grain by trampling, and for powering machines that grind grain or supply irrigation among other purposes. Oxen may be also used to skid logs in forests, particularly in low-impact, select-cut logging.

Draft oxen are usually yoked in pairs. Light work such as carting household items on good roads may only require one pair, while for heavier work, further pairs would be added as necessary. A team used for a heavy load over difficult ground might exceed nine or ten pairs.

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