Chinese Astrology: Kuen Ch`ou year, meaning Ox outside the Gate.
The Sixty-Year Cycle Chinese Calendar: Earthly Branch Ox and Heavenly Stem Water.
As anyone who is familiar with Chinese Astrology can tell you, Oxen are a stubborn lot! Anyone born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ox takes the phrase "stick to your guns" literally-perhaps a little too literally. It is nearly impossible to get a typical Ox to change his or her mind.
In all fairness, those born as Oxen under the Chinese horoscope always have a good reason for refusing the change their minds. An Ox never makes a decision quickly. He or she always carefully considers all the facts before taking a side or committing to a course of action, and he or she can never be rushed. That is why, more often than not, and Ox makes the right decision. And he or she will know that he or she is right, which is why he or she will outright refuse to change course!
It is always beneficial to be good friends with an Ox. This is the steadiest and most reliable sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Oxen always keep their word, and always finish what they start. Not only can you count on an Ox to complete a project, but it will always be done on time and on budget. If you don't like dealing with surprises, try to find an Ox as a business partner. Everything will be done thoroughly and carefully.
Ox people love routine. They enjoy making plans and then working steadily away at them rather than waiting until the last minute. It is a very rare thing to see an Ox procrastinate. On the contrary, a person born as an Ox according to the Chinese horoscope is very uncomfortable unless he or she has a plan to follow, bit by bit, every day.
When the Chinese sign of the Ox is tempered by the element of Water, he or she becomes more flexible. Oxen have a tendency to be rigid, but if any Ox was willing to consider changing his or her mind, it would be the Water Ox. Many Oxen tend to miss out on opportunities because they are not willing to make decisions quickly, but Water Oxen, with their greater flexibility, can make decisions faster if they see a reason to. As a result, Water Oxen are more likely to capitalize on good chances. When this is combined with their hard work ethic and systematic approach, Water Oxen can achieve a high degree of success.
Water Oxen can be easier to get along with than Oxen typically are. A person born as a Water Ox under the Chinese horoscope is more intuitive and in tune with the feelings of others, which means it is easier for her or she to get along with his or her partner. Oxen always make excellent providers, but a Water Ox may be a better listener, and better at bonding with his or her children than the average Ox is. These hard-working people will reap many of life's rewards.