The Ox is steadfast and methodical, and though some may find this down-to-earth practicality routine to the point of dullness, the Ox deserves high regard for being reliable and sensible. It is a pity, however, that a desire to conform often stifles an innate inventiveness, for the Ox is not without creative imagination. But, suspicious of anything that is untried and unproven, the Ox fears taking the initiative.

Being so thoroughly dependable, the Ox may rise to positions of authority; but here too, conservatism prevents promotion to the highest administrative posts where quick-thinking and a flair for making immediate decisions are essential. Indeed, being passed over by the more smartly dressed and glibly-tongued will often make the Ox feel sullen and resentful.

The Ox may be unromantic, but there is no lack of affection for a few select friends. Preferring such company to a wide circle of acquaintances, the Ox can be both loyal and possessive.

In business, the Ox often brings prosperity - not through entrepreneurial imagination and risk, but as a result of logical thought, resolute practicality and honest endurance. What others achieve through flair and invention is but a shadow of what the Ox achieves through routine and patience.