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Year of the Ox

If you were born under the Chinese sign of the Ox, you would make a great friend! Ox people are as honest as the day is long. They are instinctively trusted by others and rightly so. Straight forward and down-to-earth, the Ox says what he thinks and does what he says, disliking any form of deceit.

People born under this sign have strong emotional feelings but find it difficult to express these verbally. They don't rush into friendships, but once a friendship is established they are intensely loyal.

Ox people have an even temperament but if they do lose their temper, look out!

People born under this sign can be stubborn and they are reluctant to admit they are wrong. Their loyalty can work in reverse - they can be a friend for life but once they become an enemy, that too will be for life.

Ox people can be late developers, often finding success later in life.

There are twelve Chinese year signs in the
Chinese Zodiac. Unlike in our western astrology, in Chinese astrology each sign lasts for a year. Legend has it that as Buddha was about to depart the earth he summoned all the animals to say goodbye. Only twelve turned up so, to show his appreciation of their loyalty, he vowed that from then on each year would bear the name of one of the animals.

Chinese Astrology is based on the Lunar Calendar. This means the Chinese New Year does not fall on the same day each year and can vary by as much as 3 weeks. So for babies born in late January/early February it is necessary to consult the charts to determine the correct sign.

About the Author

Author: Tony Luck who runs a website with advice for moms-to-be and new moms. The site includes the interesting Chinese birth chart which is supposed to tell you whether the baby you are expecting will be a boy or girl, and a conception chart which estimates when the baby will be born