Year of the Ox - Chinese Zodiac 2021

Year of the Ox - Chinese Zodiac 2021

By Fercility JiangUpdated Nov. 24, 2021

Currently, the most relevant years of the Ox include 2033, 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 19611949, and 1937. An Ox year occurs every 12 years. The zodiac sign Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac.

2021 is a year of the Ox, starting from February 12th, 2021 and lasting until January 31st, 2022. It's a Metal Ox year. The next year 2022 is a year of the Tiger.

As the strongest animal of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, known as "the good helper" in Chinese farming, the Ox is a symbol of diligence, strength, honesty, down-to-earth persistence, and wealth.

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Was I Born in a Year of the Ox?

Recent years of the Ox include 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949 and 1937. If you were born in the year of an Ox, your Chinese zodiac sign is probably the Ox!

The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, which ranges from late January to mid-February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be an Ox, or possibly a Rat. Additionally, if you were born in January/February in one of the years immediately following those above (2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, etc.), then you may be an Ox or a Tiger.

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator below to be sure or see the table below.

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. Each Rat-element year corresponds with an element and comes once in a 60-year cycle. For example, 2021 is a year of the Metal Ox. The last Metal Ox year was 1961. 

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Year of the Ox Dates

Ox Year Date Element
2033 January 31, 2033 – February 18, 2034 Water Ox
2021 February 12, 2021 – January 31, 2022 Metal Ox
2009 January 26, 2009 – February 13, 2010 Earth Ox
1997 February 7, 1997 – January 27, 1998 Fire Ox
1985 February 19, 1985 – February 8, 1986 Wood Ox
1973 February 3, 1973 – January 22, 1974 Water Ox 
1961 February 15, 1961 – February 4, 1962 Metal Ox 
1949 January 29, 1949 – February 16, 1950 Earth Ox 
1937 February 11, 1937 – January 31, 1938 Fire Ox
1925 January 24, 1925 – February 12, 1926 Wood Ox

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The Ox's Personality: Diligent, Dependable...

Having an honest nature, the Ox is known for diligence, dependability, strength and determination. These reflect traditional conservative characteristics.

Female Oxes are traditional, faithful wives, who attach great importance to their children's education. They would achieve their career success easily with their strong personality.

Male Oxes are strongly patriotic. They have strong ideals and ambitions for life, and attach importance to family and work.

Having great patience and a desire to make progress, Oxes can achieve their goals by consistent effort. They are not much influenced by others or the environment, but persist in doing things according to their ideas and capabilities.

Before taking any action, Oxes will have a definite plan with detailed steps, to which they apply their strong faith and physical strength. As a result, people of the Ox zodiac sign often enjoy great success.

Oxes are usually not good at communicating with others, and even think it is not worthwhile to exchange ideas with others. They are sometimes stubborn and stick to their own ways.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Ox

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and zodiac element. So, there are five types of Ox, each with different characteristics.

Element Characteristics
Wood Ox (1925, 1985) Restless, decisive, straightforward, and always ready to defend the weak and helpless
Fire Ox (1937, 1997) Short-sighted, selfish, narrow-minded, impersonal, but practical
Earth Ox (1949, 2009) Honest and prudentive, with a strong sense of responsibility
Metal Ox (1961, 2021) Hardworking, active, always busy, and popular among friends
Water Ox (1913, 1973) Hardworking, ambitious, tenacious, and able to endure hardship, with strong sense of justice and keen observational abilities

Year of the Ox 2021 Predictions

Year of the Ox 2021 Predictions

The Ox sign of the Chinese zodiac will encounter its 'birth year' (benmingnian本命年) again in Ox year 2021. Oxen are expected to face many challenges when their birth year recurs every twelfth year.


In Oxes' careers in 2021, due to the opposition of the Tai Sui evil age star, there are frequent work changes. It is recommended that Oxes adjust their mentality quickly and flexibly integrate into their new environments.

When encountering difficulties, Oxes are likely to find help from cooperation with people born under the Rooster or Rat zodiac signs.


In 2021, Oxes' financial horoscope is not very good. Oxes should avoid high-risk investments. In addition, Oxes' consumptive desires or spending will be particularly large in this year, so Oxes should be thrifty and try to remind themselves to buy as little as possible.


In their relationships, Oxes will meet many new friends of the opposite sex, but they are mostly ill-fated. So, Oxes, don't spend too much time and energy on fruitless feelings. Instead, you should improve yourself, which will be of greater effect in the long run.


In terms of health, Oxes are recommended to do a detailed physical examination at the beginning of this year and to avoid high-risk activities such as mountaineering, rock climbing, waterskiing, and parachuting in the early part of the year.

In the second half of the year, Oxes might be affected by negative emotions and are prone to insomnia. Oxes, you may wish to do tai chi, yoga, and other exercises or get in touch with nature more to absorb positive energy.

Read the Ox monthly horoscope for 2021.

What're the Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of Ox

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of Ox

Lucky things for Oxes

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 4, and numbers containing them (like 14 and 41)
  • Lucky colors: white, yellow, green
  • Lucky flowers: tulip, peach blossom
  • Lucky directions: north, south

Unlucky things for Oxes

  • Unlucky numbers: 5 and 6, and numbers containing them (like 56 and 65)
  • Unlucky color: blue
  • Unlucky direction: southwest

What Are 2022 Predictions for People Born in the Year of the Ox?

After going through their ‘birth sign year’ (2021), people born in the year of the Ox will meet a better time in 2022 with good health, an enjoyable love life, and a smooth career path.

Single Oxes will have a big chance to find a girlfriend/boyfriend or get married.

Oxes can expect good help from other people in 2022, but personal effort is still the most important. Their career luck will be good with a high possibility of getting promoted.

Oxes’ luck with money will fluctuate. There might be some trouble or an accident resulting in financial loss. Oxes should be careful of entering into monetary relationships with others in 2022.

The Ox’s Love Compatibility

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals mostly takes the general characteristics of each animal into account. Those whose characteristics match well can have good love compatibility.

Zodiac signs most compatible with the Ox: Rat, Snake, and Rooster

Zodiac signs least compatible with the Ox: Tiger, Horse, Goat, or Monkey 

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Good Health for Oxes

Oxes are strong and robust; they can enjoy a fairly healthy and long life, which is fulfilled with little illness.

Because of their hard work with a stubborn personality, they often spend too much time in their work, rarely allowing themselves enough time to relax, and tend to forget meals, which make them have intestinal problems. So enough rest and a regular diet are needed for Oxes to work efficiently.

With a stubborn temperament, they find it easy to bear stress and tension, and they are reluctant to reveal themselves to others. Proper relaxation and regular short trips will benefit the Ox.

The Best Careers for Oxes

As the symbol of hard work, Ox people always work hard at everything and stick to finishing it. Possessing a serious and responsible attitude toward work, they can come up with different approaches to their task.

With a keen eye for details and an admirable work ethic, they are competent in such careers as agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacy, mechanics, engineering, draftsmanship, artistry, politics, real estate, interior design, painting, carpentry, or quarry work.

How to Build Relationships with "Ox People"

Ox people are not good at communicating with others, so they have less social intercourse. They prefer to stay alone and enjoy solitude instead of participating in group activities. However, they treat friends sincerely and place high value on friendship.

For love relationships, Oxen tend to keep long-term relationship with their lovers. Frequent changes of lover make them uncomfortable. Ladies of the Ox zodiac sign lack femininity. If they can realize their inadequacies, and change their cautious attitude of indifference to affection and enthusiasm, they will have love relationships to their hearts' desire.

Famous Ox Year People

  • Barack Obama: born on August 4, 1961, a Metal Ox
  • Vincent Van Gogh: born on March 30, 1853, a Water Ox
  • Walt Disney: born on December 5, 1901, a Gold Ox
  • Margaret Thatcher: born on October 13, 1925, a Wood Ox

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