Chinese Astrology: Ting Ch`ou year, meaning Ox in the Lake.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Ox and Heavenly Stem Fire.
When you need a dependable, steady person who always fulfills his or her commitments, you need to find a person who was born under the sign of the Ox in the Chinese Zodiac. Oxen never lie, and do not understand people who do. They are sometimes the victims of liars and manipulators, because they do not suspect treachery since it never crosses their minds.
Oxen do not have much respect for lazy people or procrastinators. According to the Chinese horoscope, Oxen are most comfortable when they have a plan of action and are working steadily to accomplish it. Oxen never leave anything to the last minute, and projects are always completed on time and on budget. Oxen usually like to work alone, because few people are willing to stick to a plan or a schedule as well as Oxen do, and they hate to be dragged down by other members in a group.
Oxen are very smart, but they often get a reputation for being stupid. This is because an Ox takes a very long time to make a decision. People born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ox are very methodical, and hate to be rushed into making a choice. In fact, you can try, but they simply will not be rushed.
Although this means they sometimes miss out on opportunities, Oxen never make foolish decisions. Once of the reasons they can always keep their promises is because they never make them until they have examined every angle and are absolutely sure they will not have to default.
Oxen who have been tempered by the element of Fire are not people to mess around with. Fire Oxen have all the temper of an Ox, but without the Ox's usually long fuse. In other words, Fire Oxen anger faster than other Oxen, and if you manage to enrage a Fire Ox, you should not stop running until you are far away!
An Ox who is impulsive in making decisions as Fire Oxen can be is a dangerous thing. Since Oxen are very stubborn and hate to change their minds, and Fire Oxen are more likely than most to make an unwise decision, Fire Oxen can bring disaster down upon themselves if they aren't careful. Of course, a Fire Ox may also be able to seize an opportunity that others did not recognize.
People who are Fire Oxen in the Chinese Zodiac have more of a desire to lead and be recognized than other Oxen do. Since they are so loyal, honest, and hardworking, others tend to recognize their amazing leadership qualities and let them lead. You have not seen a hard worker until you have seen a Fire Ox; Fire Oxen have the dreams to pursue and the work ethic to make even the most impossible goals become reality.
Fire Oxen are just as dedicated to their friends and family as other Oxen are. Although you may suffer through more outbursts of temper, a Fire Ox is just as dependable as any other Ox.