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Chinese Zodiac Oxes of 5 Elements: Characters, Destinies

The Ox is ranked second in the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water.

Years and Five Elements of the Ox

AWood Ox, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle. It’s believed that people have different characteristics according to their birth year’s zodiac sign and element.

Ox Year Lunar Zodiac Year Element and Sign
1913 Feb. 6, 1913 – Jan. 25, 1914 Water Ox
1925 Jan. 24, 1925 - Feb. 12, 1926 Wood Ox
1937 Feb. 11, 1937 – Jan. 31, 1938 Fire Ox
1949 Jan. 29, 1949 – Feb. 16, 1950 Earth Ox
1961 Feb. 15, 1961 – Feb. 4, 1962 Gold Ox
1973  Feb. 3, 1973 – Jan. 22, 1974 Water Ox
1985 Feb. 19, 1985 – Feb. 8, 1986 Wood Ox
1997 Feb. 7, 1997 – Jan. 27, 1998 Fire Ox
2009 Jan. 26, 2009 – Feb. 13, 2010 Earth Ox
2021 Feb. 12, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022 Gold Ox

Wood Oxes (1925, 1985)

The Character of Wood Oxes: Restless, Straightforward

People born in a year when the Wood element coincides with the Ox sign are restless, never hesitate to do what is right, and are always ready to defend the weak and helpless. Therefore, they can look after their friends selflessly in times of trouble.

Destiny of Wood Oxes: Arduous

They never stop to offer flattery and, as a result, they always offend others due to their straightforward and upright character, which is a disadvantage.

As far as family is concerned, they are advised not to argue with their loved ones on trivial matters; they should care more about their families and communicate more with them. In terms of financial issues, they should not argue with others over money; however, they can always get help and support from magnates in times of trouble. In addition, they should pay special attention to the following:

  • Never get involved in gambling.
  • Don't lend money to other people.
  • Buy something more practical in life.

Famous Wood Oxes

  • Margaret Thatcher (born October 13, 1925)
  • George Kennedy (born February 18, 1925)
  • Dave Franco (born June 12, 1985)
  • Bruno Mars (born October 8, 1985)
  • Ashley Tisdale (born July 2, 1985)

Water Oxes (1913, 1973)

The Character ofWaterOxes: Observant, Tenacious

Water Oxes are realists with keen observational abilities, tenacious characters, and wild ambitions, and they can make full use of resources around them to reach their goals. They don't waste much time and energy on unimportant things due to their practical perspective on life; instead, they attach more importance to their financial and social status.

Destiny of Water Oxes: Successful

They can achieve their goals in life due to their abilities and great resolution. However, they offend others often, resulting in a loss of many precious friends and partners. They are highly recommended to maintain good relationships with others and to make good use of them in order to succeed.

Famous Water Oxes

  • Gerald Ford (born July 4, 1913)
  • Paul Walker (born September 12, 1973)
  • Heidi Klum (born June 1, 1973)
  • Jim Parsons (born March 24, 1973)
  • Andrew Lincoln (born September 14, 1973)
  • Adam Scott (born April 3, 1973)

Earth Oxes (1949, 2009)

The Character of Earth Oxes: Honest, Prudent

People of the Earth element and an Ox year are honest and prudent with a strong sense of responsibility, and they attach great importance to the equitable distribution of benefits when cooperating with others. They never make any offhand promises or do anything beyond their abilities; however, they keep every promise that they have made and try their best to succeed.

They are very grateful for favors received from others; therefore, those who are planning to cooperate with them in business don't have to worry that "the hounds are killed for good once the hares are bagged".

The Destiny of Earth Oxes: Faithful

They have an accurate appraisal of themselves, noting both the advantages and disadvantages.They can manage their work efficiently and never shy away from difficulty, ensuring they will achieve great success with the help of their friends.

Famous Earth Oxes

  • Arsène Wenger (born October 22, 1949)
  • Vera Wang (born June 27, 1949)
  • Caitlyn Jenner (born October 28, 1949)
  • Ivana Trump (born February 20, 1949)

Fire Oxes (1937, 1997)

The Character of Fire Oxes: Impersonal, Shortsighted

People with the Fire element and Ox sign for their birth year are shortsighted, selfish, narrow-minded, impersonal, practical, and always shy away from close friendships.

They are very choosy about their future partner, and their love comes and goes quickly; therefore, it is ideal for them to associate with people who are outgoing and lively. As a matter of fact, only people who were born in a year of the Rat and pertain to the water element can keep a long romantic relationship with them.

The Destiny of Fire Oxes: Vulnerable

They work hard to learn professional skills at an early age so as to have gained some achievements by middle age. They benefit from having wisdom but are vulnerable to temptations from the outside world due to a lack of decision-making skills, which is reflected in their married life as they get divorced easily.

As far as financesare concerned, they can contrive to live on a small income and make both ends meet, and they sometimes make an unexpected financial gain in addition to their normal salaries.

Famous Fire Oxes

  • l Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937)
  • l Bill Cosby (born July 12, 1937)
  • l Kylie Jenner (born August 10, 1997)
  • Bella Thorne (born October 8, 1997)
  • Camila Cabello (born March 1, 1997)
  • Jungkook (born September 1, 1997)

Gold Oxes (1961, 2021)

The Character of Gold Oxes: Active, Kind

Ox sign people with the Gold element also corresponding to their birth year are always active and busy, and are also highly respected due to their good relationships with others.

The Destiny of Gold Oxes: Busy

They are rich and honorable from an early age, live steadily at middle age, and enjoy a comfortable life in old age. Below are some suggestions for them in life:

They should be very careful when associating with the opposite sex. Males are not supposed to consort with married females and females should not consort with married males, or their romance could end up in a love triangle.

Married couples should mutually respect each other or they will have marital problems, such as a third person coming between them.

Famous Gold Oxes

  • Barack Obama (born August 4, 1961)
  • Princess Diana (born July 1, 1961)
  • George Clooney (born May 6, 1961)
  • Woody Harrelson (born July 23, 1961)

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