Chinese Astrology: Hsin Ch`ou year, meaning Ox on the Way.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Ox and Heavenly Stem Metal.
A person born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ox is dependable to the very end. In fact, you could define the word "dependable" by observing the actions of an Ox person. An Ox picks a course, and commits to it completely. People who are born as Oxen under the Chinese horoscope never fail to achieve their aims because they plod steadily on until work is complete. An Ox takes great pleasure in working away on a daily basis.
People born under the Chinese sign of the Ox often get a reputation for being stubborn and obstinate. This is because an Ox rarely changes his or her mind once it is made up. It is not that an Ox refuses to take into account the opinion of others, but rather that he or she already thought out every angle before committing to a course of action in the first place. Oxen refuse to be rushed into making a decision, and weigh all of their options carefully. That is why they feel that they have made the only correct decision, and will not change it. They are usually right!
Oxen have no time for petty gossip. They do not understand how others can let so much of their lives be taken up by idle pastimes with no greater purpose. It is very difficult for someone born as an Ox under the Chinese Zodiac to respect anyone who wastes time or does not finish the tasks they start.
Oxen make wonderful, devoted family members. Although Oxen do not have time for idle friendships, they will cultivate a few deep ones with a small number of lucky people who know they have a friend they can depend on for life.
When the Chinese sign of the Ox is tempered by the element of Metal, it results in a steely resolve that cannot be broken. These Oxen work harder than any other type, and are unbending and unyielding. Oxen have quite a temper, but it takes a lot to bring it to the surface. It is a good suggestion to avoid pushing a Metal Ox too far! Metal Oxen are also bolder than other Oxen in the plans that they make. Most Oxen are content with a steady routine, as long as they are left alone to their hard work. Metal Oxen set their sights a bit higher, and will plow through any obstacle between themselves and their dreams.
A person who is a Metal Ox according to the Chinese horoscope is just as trustworthy and dependable as you would expect an Ox to be. Oxen never let people down, and do not understand people who lie and manipulate others. A Metal Ox keeps his or her feelings even closer to him or herself than other Oxen do, which means that he or she can be difficult to live with. As dependable as Oxen are, it can be hard to be in a relationship with someone who never opens up. All in all, Metal Oxen make wonderful friends and family members.