Date of Issue: 23 January 2009
The ox is much admired in Chinese culture for the uncomplaining pains it takes with daily work. Those born under its watch are expected to demonstrate similar strength of character!
However, there are also five elements - wood, fire, earth, metal and water - associated with each year.
To be born in the year of the Yin Earth Ox is considered fortunate. The Earth element is associated with power, wisdom and patience. The qualifier Yin suggests femininity, which helpfully mitigates the tough single-mindedness for which Earth-sign people are noted.