Year of the Ox Tattoo

Years of the Ox – 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

Almost universally, the ox is a benevolent symbol. Throughout East Asia, however, oxen are venerated as one of mankind’s most valuable helpers.

For example, in China, it is an ox (or water buffalo) that Lao Tzu (the Chinese philosopher credited with writing the Tao Te Ching) rode on his journey to the western borders. In Buddhist thought, the ox became a symbol of the mastery of human nature and of contemplative learning. Throughout the Orient, where it was the power that could pull plows and aid in agriculture, it was also a symbol of quiet, even tranquil, strength and kindness.

Chinese Zodiac Ox

Chinese Zodiac Ox

In the Chinese zodiac, people who are born in the Year of the Ox are considered as calm and dependable as their animal symbol. Not only are they modest but they are able to bear nearly any amount of hardship without complaint. Logical and systematic to the point of having little imagination, an ox person with their mind made up is rarely dissuaded from their decision. Because of their honesty and patience, these people are always welcome and typically have many friends who appreciate their quiet but relaxed sociability.

People born in the Year of the Ox are considered most compatible with people born in the Year of the Rooster or Snake while they are least compatible with those born in the Year of the Goat.


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