The Ox Personality
By: Theodora Lau
People born in the year of the ox are steady, plain and quiet. They arrange things system-atically and they are patient and tireless.
They are usually ready to take other's advice and act with justice. But it is not easy to change their minds because they are stubborn and sometimes prejudice.
Because people born in the year of the ox are reliable and steady, they are trusted by their superiors or persons in authority.Where there is responsibility, you will always find them. However, they should be careful not to be carried away by success.
Their dauntless character and logical way of thinking is covered up by their plain appearance. Their intelligence and nimbleness are covered up by their reticence and restrained manner. Although they may be introverted by nature, when an opportunity is presented they can become quite dignified and eloquent speakers. They face danger fearlessly, and betray no fear in face of threats. They have a natural and intense trust in themselves. All of these features help them to put everything into order in times of trouble.
People born in the year of the ox do things in an orderly way. They follow settled rules, respect traditional concepts, and always do things the way other people want them to. So people can foresee what they will do the next. They believe that only those who have a down to earth style of work may never be defeated. People born in other years can achieve success depending on their intelligence or other's help. But people born in the year of the ox depend on their own tenacious will and active spirit of devotion. They never believe in chance, keep their words, and once a word is spoken will not take it back even when pulled by a team of four horses (what is said cannot be unsaid). They take an indifferent attitude towards common biases. They will do their jobs with single-hearted devotion, and never give up when something is half-way done.
They are naive when they think about other people's secrets. They cannot fully understand the feelings of others, and seldom cheat others to win their love. Poetry and serenades seldom appear in their lives, even the gifts they give will be durable and practical. Since people born in the year of the ox are quite traditional, it may take a long time for a man born in the year of the ox to propose marriage to a woman. Such a man may be broad minded and maintain good order, but when he proposes marriage to a pretty girl, he will become clumsy and slow in speech. If you happen to be married to him and trust him completely, he will never disappoint you and will be loyal to you all his life. Although he cannot give you mounds of diamonds, or chests of leather clothing, he will try to make your life as comfortable as he can, and never ask for your help.
If you are lucky enough to marry a woman born in the year of the ox, you will find that she is a serious person. She will iron your clothing like your mother once did, never forgetting to fold the newspaper on your desk, and will make you delicious breakfasts. She will be very neat and always punctual. After your marriage you will never lack clean clothing, you will never wear stockings with holes in them, and you will never have to eat burnt food. Thus she will be an ideal wife.
If a man born in the year of the ox feels unhappy about something, this unhappiness will have developed little by little. His memory is precise and can last for a long time. If you harm him, he will remember every detail. People born in the year of the tiger or rooster will complain when they find themselves in adverse circumstances. And those born in the year of the sheep and rabbit will become somewhat sulky. But those born in the year of the ox are different. They will try to reduce their pain and tension through hard work. If they are frustrated in love, they will work hard and refuse the coming "danger" by remaining single.
People born in the year of the ox do not like to owe other people money. The money they repay will be accurate to the last decimal point. And they will have the same requirement of others. If they owe you something without expressing thanks, they will never forgive themselves. You will not get empty thanks from them; they dislike flowery language and flattering words because they think this harms their honor.
People born in the year of the ox are very patient. But they can be horrible if they lose their tempers. At such times they will lose their senses and attack those who hurt them like angry bulls. The only way to cool the anger of a person such as this is to stand away from him and let him cool down gradually. But there is no need to worry, they will not get into a fight unless they are driven beyond the limits of forbearance.
Their words are the rules of their family. They know how to give an order and how to make others follow their order. They hope other people carry out their orders firmly and adhere to their principles on key matters. Although they do not easily become excited, they love their wives and children and they are willing to do anything for them.
People born in the year of the ox have their feet planted on solid ground, and they are not swayed by their emotions. If you ask for their advice on some problem, you will find their support to be quite reliable. All of them have good physiques, and are seldom sick, they trust themselves and never compromise. They show contempt for other's weaknesses.
People born in the year of the ox are born with the ability to lead. They know how to keep people within the bounds of discipline and they are often quite strict. They think one must fulfill one's duty, and do not put barriers in other's roads. Their shortcomings are their stiffness and awkwardness, their calculating nature and their rather standoffish attitude. They are never sly, and do not know how to show consideration for others. They have the qualities of a good soldier. This makes them unsuitable for public relations work and foreign affairs. However people respect them because they are honest, effective, and have a strong sense of principle. If they can try to develop more of a sense of humor and enthusiasm, they will live happy lives.
People born in the year of the ox do not willing seize chances to gain advantage by trickery. They have a strong sense of morality. They never reach their goals in any improper way. They advocate self-reliance. They do not want people to help them. So if you want to give them help, you will have to implore them in order to do so.
People born in the year of the ox are cautious. They like long-term, stable investments. They are not gamblers, and others taking risks only annoy them.