The Year Of The Ox

Happy Niu Year!

Niu in Mandarin means Ox or Buffalo. According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2009 is the Year of the Ox. The Chinese Zodiac is a cycle of 12 years, each year represented by a different animal. So if you are born in 1997, 1985 or one of the cycle years of 12, your zodiac animal is an OX!

2009 Chinese (lunar) year of OX : 1/26/2009 – 2/13/2010

The Ox, or the Buffalo sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Those born under the influence of the Ox or Buffalo are fortunate to be stable and persevering.  The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character.

More on OX and other zodiac animals:

Not many people could equal the resolution and fearlessness that the Ox exhibits when deciding to accomplish a task.  Ox people work hard without complaints at work or at home.  They know that they will succeed through hard work and sustained efforts, and do not believe in get-rich-quick schemes.


Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

Ox Years:  2/19/1901 – 2/7/1902 (Metal),  2/6/1913 – 1/25/1914 (Water), 1/25/1925 – 2/12/1926 (Wood),  2/11/1937 – 1/30/1938 (Fire),  1/29/1949 – 2/16/1950 (Earth),  2/15/1961 – 2/4/1962 (Metal),  2/3/1973 – 1/22/1974 (Water),  2/20/1985 – 2/8/1986 (Wood),  2/7/1997 – 1/27/1998 (Fire),  1/26/2009 – 2/13/2010 (Earth)

Famous Ox People:  Barack Obama, Catherine Freeman, Heather Locklear, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margaret Thatcher, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana,  Vivien Leigh and George Clooney.

The Sign of the Ox

Invariably solid and dependable,  Ox people are excellent organizers.  Oxen are systematic in their approach to every task they undertake.  They are not easily influenced by other’s ideas.  Loyalty is a part of their make-up, but if deceived they will not forget.  Oxen do not appear to be imaginative though they are capable of good ideas.  Although not demonstrative or the most exciting people romantically, they are entirely dependable, and make devoted parents.  Oxen are renowned for their patience, but it has its limits – once roused, their temper is a sight to behold.

People born under the sign of the Ox or Buffalo  usually have strong codes and work ethics.  This can lead to a tendency to be a workaholic, and they should make an effort to relax more.  Ox people are usually strong and robust, and according to ancient wisdom, they should be blessed with long lives.

The Ox home is his castle where he finds relaxation and peace from the everyday hustle and bustle of his career or responsibilities.  He also enjoys spending much time in planting gardens and trees.  He generally prefers to decorate his home comfortably with nature colors.

Able, ethical and aware, co-workers of the Ox can depend on their eyes for details.  Because they are so well-organized, they are better-suited for specialized positions and prefer to work in large companies.  They work best when they work alone since they can be unhappy when participating in a large group.

vocabulary:

Chinese Zodiac

shēnɡxiào shengxiao(audio) n.

shǔxiànɡ shuxiang(audio)    n.

OX         niú niu(audio)             n.


Read about other zodiac animals here.

Read more indepth about Chinese Zodiac here.






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