Chinese Astrology: Chi Ch`ou year, meaning Ox inside the Gate.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Ox and Heavenly Stem Earth.
People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ox tend to be workaholics. Once they have committed to any project or task their commitment is complete and absolute. If you desperately need a job to be completed on time, the best person to employ is an Ox person. Oxen take their promises and pledges seriously, and would never let someone down.
Another defining characteristic of the Ox is honesty. Oxen do not lie or even mislead. No one born under the Chinese horoscope sign of the Ox likes to twist the truth, and they do not understand others who do. One of the reasons that Oxen do not traditionally get along well with Monkeys is because Monkeys are mischievous tricksters, and Oxen can simply not abide that.
Oxen are far more comfortable with routine than novelty. An Ox feels most secure when he or she has plenty of time to make decisions, so that he or she can evaluate every part of the equation. Then, the Ox needs time to make a plan and a schedule for completing the task. This Chinese sign much prefers to work steadily on a daily basis to procrastinating. For this reason, most Oxen find that they work better alone.
Others tend to throw things together at the last minute, and the always reliable Ox ends up doing more than his or her fair share.
As much as the Ox's work ethic makes him or her a good friend and mate, Oxen should learn how to slow down sometimes. Even with a strong physical constitution, an Ox may find him or herself working until he or she becomes ill. It is better to learn how to relax sometimes to protect one's health.
This is especially good advice for someone born as an Earth Ox under the Chinese horoscope. Since the Earth element imparts a steady, grounding force, and the Ox is already the steadiest and most grounded sign of the Zodiac, an Earth Ox is like a super Ox. The Earth Ox will work steadily and never tire. He or she will ignore her own feelings in order to help friends and family in need.
The Earth Ox is the most dependable person you will ever meet. His or her financial dealings are always carefully considered. Earth Oxen do not gamble, but will invest in safe products steadily to make sure that they are never in need of money. In a relationship, it is usually better for an Earth Oxen to handle the finances if security is the goal.
Although people born as Earth Oxen under the Chinese horoscope still prefer to work alone, they are very calm and can deal with working in groups or teams. This Ox has a very long fuse, and can keep his or her temper for a long time. The temper is still there, however, so it's best not to push an Earth Ox too far!