Kung Hei Fat Choy for this Friday everybody and congratulations to all you Ox’s out there! I’m certainly going to miss our annual visit into Soho to join the celebrations. My kids and I managed to get there last year, just before lockdown:-
The legend goes that one Chinese New Year, more than five centuries before Christ, Buddha invited all the animals in creation to come to him. All but 12 animals ignored the call and to thank them, Buddha offered each animal a year which would be dedicated to them alone through the ages. Each year would carry that animal’s name and express his symbolic character and his specific psychological traits, marking the personality and behaviour of people born during that year. The lunar astrology for the Far East was based on the annual cycle of lunar movements, which is why their New Year never falls on exactly the same date each year.
The Ox is the second of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OX
A hard worker, well balanced, honest and patient with a great sense of responsibility – a slow, calm, obstinate and tenacious force.
Stubborn and can be a bad loser and whilst good with money and generous with your spouse and children you can be a bit stingy at times.
You love contact with nature and taking care of your garden space and being attached to your roots, therefore you will have, at the very least a kitchen garden and consequently your favourite colour is green. If you live in a flat you need green plants around you and will care for them lovingly.
You hate being confined, being wrong or being lost in the crowd.
You are a realist, not a romantic, but do need to feel loved. Exclusive but not suspicious and if you marry it means you have confidence in your partner. If you’re male you will make less of your wife’s minor infidelities than of her extravagances or mishandling of your children’s education.
You are extremely independent and prefer to organise your life your own way.
You are a marvellous companion and your actions speak louder than words.
Oxen are exceptional parents and that is your main virtue. As honest with your children as you are with yourselves, you never ask anything of a child which you would be incapable of yourself. You give your children a constant feeling of security and have a marvellous gift for tempering authority with kindness. Because you are stable and dependable, you set a good example and watch over your children’s development with keen attention, without stifling them.
In your professional life, you are an assiduous, even plodding worker. Your secret is perhaps simply that you enjoy working and like to prove to yourself that you are capable of being first in the class. You appear calm, obstinate and patient but you are also ambitious and love power, therefore prefer to be in charge. Thus a true Ox will always tend to choose positions which carry heavy responsibilities rather than for reasons of status, for you feel that the work accomplished is in itself a measure of esteem. Oxen never abandon a problem. They always find a solution, sometimes an original one: they can be relied upon for their fairness. You like to work in peace and not be interrupted, but you have an overwhelming sense of obligation and the impression that no one will be able to do the work as well as you do and quite often you’re right.
Therefore from time to time you really need to take a few days off to get away to take a long walk in the great outdoors.
Other famous Oxen include:
My Brother, Aristotle, William Blake, Richard Burton, Albert Camus, Dante, Machiavelli, Napoleon, Nehru, Nixon, Walt Disney, Wellington and …. Hitler.