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 dateEnd dateHeavenly branch
19 February 19017 February 1902Metal Ox
6 February 191325 January 1914Water Ox
24 January 192512 February 1926Wood Ox
11 February 193730 January 1938Fire Ox
29 January 194916 February 1950Earth Ox
15 February 19614 February 1962Metal Ox
3 February 197322 January 1974Water Ox
20 February 19858 February 1986Wood Ox
7 February 199727 January 1998Fire Ox
26 January 200913 February 2010Earth Ox
12 February 202131 January 2022Metal Ox
31 January 203318 February 2034Water Ox
17 February 204505 February 2046Wood Ox
4 February 205723 January 2058Fire Ox
23 January 206910 February 2070Earth Ox
9 February 208128 January 2083Metal Ox
27 January 209314 February 2094Water Ox


Sign Best Match/ Balance (2nd Trine Group) Average No Match/ Rival-Enemy-Obstacle (Opposite Sign)
OxOx, Snake, RoosterDragon, Monkey, Rat, Dog, Tiger, Horse, Pig, RabbitGoat

Cycle: (Trine Group) Ox needs Snake, Snake needs Rooster, Rooster needs Ox; (Opposite Sign) but her rival opposes the 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

See also


  1. Arina Sherchan (11 July 2010). "Tamu (Gurung) Losar Festival". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  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

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