THE OX MAN

His physical background

  • The Buffalo man is generally of medium height, stocky, with a thick skeletal structure and powerful muscles. With age, his abdomen tends to become more pronounced, and the use of suspenders may prove necessary. But despite his seemingly heavy appearance, a lack of grace is not evident; his gait is light and precise, bordering on agility, and he has a gift for dancing. His hands are relatively small, his feet slightly pointed outward.
  • It is not always easy to guess what this man feels or thinks as his round face is expressionless and there is a blank stare in his wide-open eyes. A round nose, a high forehead, a swarthy complexion, abundant hair, fleshy lips and a thick neck – an indication of sensuality, it seems – are usually associated with this sign. People rightly say the Buffalo male is a tactile; he always feels the need to touch, palpate, manipulate everything within his reach, like a child exploring the world around him. Attributed with extraordinary manual dexterity, he dotes on tinkering with his hands whenever circumstances permit it. His voice is deep, husky, warm, full of poise and authority.
  • The native enjoys an exceptionally sturdy constitution; he generally enters life full of vigor and free from all major pathological predispositions. His physical endurance far surpasses that of the average man. He can normally expect to live a long and healthy life – provided, of course, that he be careful about his eating habits, sleep sufficiently and indulge in no excess whatsoever for any length of time. As a matter of fact, the Buffalo sign provides more sprightly old men than any other sign of the Chinese duodecimal zodiac.
  • But he is not always as reasonable as he should be, and finds moderation a difficult objective to achieve. He tends to overwork himself to death, partly because he loves working – “Work equals health,” he often says to justify himself – and partly because once he gets the bit between his teeth, it is practically impossible for him to know how to stop before being forced to. Considering food to be one of life’s greatest pleasures and lacking the will to avoid overeating, he may, from his middle age on, be afflicted with plethora and acne rosacea, all the more as he is extremely fond of sweets, starchy foods and meats cooked in sauce. Terrible piles may also affect him at one period or another of his life.
  • It would not be difficult to give this subject a sound piece of advice. All he has to do is to follow the dictates of sheer common sense. Temperance in all things must be assiduously cultivated as a supreme virtue.
  • First of all, no matter how absorbing his work may be, he would be wise to break it with frequent pauses during which his organism will be allowed to recuperate. It is vital to him to know the limits of his forces – for limits there are! – and take a rest before, not after, feeling tired. Once he has got down to exhaustion, it would require of him much time to become afloat again.
  • Second, he can hardly ever be sufficiently on his guard against alimentary excesses. Stuffing should be avoided at all costs. Nibbling quantities of small things – crackers, chocolates, salted peanuts, and so on – when he has nothing to do is a hard-to-break habit of his which can account for many of his miseries.
  • Third, there is nothing original in advising him against heavy, too rich or too abundant dishes – which favor engorgement – but he has to beware of them anyway. Too much meat can definitely do him harm due to the high percentage of toxins it brings. On the contrary, eggs, milk foods, fish, cheeses, fruits, raw vegetables and, as a general rule, Japanese dishes suit him well.
  • The male of the Buffalo sign is more intimately linked to nature than anyone else. It will be most beneficial to him to follow its rhythms – for instance, to wake up and go to bed with the sun, or to eat mostly seasonal products. It is in his interest to live in the country or at least to go there very often to recharge his biological batteries; the spectacle of greenery refreshes and re-invigorates him better than any medicine or course of treatment. He can also cure most of his minor troubles with herbs, algae and other natural produce.
  • If he does not do a manual work which requires some degree of physical exertion, he must make it a rule to practice gymnastics or some kind of sport on a regular basis. Hiking, cycling or swimming can do him a lot of good without demanding violent efforts he is reluctant to make. He loves gardening and can find in it an activity likely to keep him fit.
  • Everything this individual does seems to confirm his rather unconscious desire to keep a low profile. He moves slowly, eats slowly, reacts slowly, speaks slowly, rarely raising his voice. Quiet and understated in manner, he shuns the limelight as far as possible. His clothes are decisively on the conservative side.
  • Although sparing of words, what he says is usually well thought-out and meaningful. He is burdened with some difficulty to express himself verbally in his everyday life, but can become quite eloquent and forceful when his deepest convictions are at stake.

His psychological makeup

  • The Buffalo male is the very personification of stability and conservatism – just like a centenary oak firmly planted in the soil. He knows it, and never has a shadow of shame about it.
  • Do not ever expect him to change his mind on the spur of the moment or act impulsively. He is a man well noted for his strong principles, his deep convictions and his outstanding strength of purpose. He knows where to go from here and has an answer to every situation that may present itself. Once he has decided on a course of action to take, nothing can divert him from his chosen direction. If there are obstacles on his way, he will do everything in his power to overcome them, indifferent to the amount of time and sacrifices this may require. But if steadfastness is one of his finest qualities, it can also be a major weakness of his when it degenerates into obstinacy, blind prejudice and unreasonableness; it is indeed sometimes hard for him to take into account someone else’s point of view or consider an alternative to his cherished objectives, even though such a step proves indispensable.
  • Prudence is another highlight of this type’s character. He moves cautiously forward in life, reluctant to depart from the beaten track and warily watching the ground he treads on. It is not in his habits to take risks, even calculated ones; only tried-and-true methods seem to him credible. And, of course, he hates intellectual or philosophical speculations of any description, confining himself strictly to the concrete and the tangible.
  • Generally patient and placid, the Buffalo male loses his temper only at the most extreme provocation. But when he is angry, he may cause considerable consternation and damage, like an elephant in a china shop; one had better be careful not to confront or contradict him in such moments because his violence presents some possible danger.
  • His memory is surprisingly faithful when it comes to other people’s disloyalty toward him. He will never forget the wrong someone has done him or the injustice he has been subjected to – although he may sometimes forgive them. There is every evidence that his feelings of rancor will survive him, so to speak.
  • Traditionalist and conventional to a fault, this man clings tenaciously to the ideas, habits, practices and patterns of reaction that were inculcated in him during his childhood. Born to a middle-class family, for instance, he will all his life search for comfort and luxury which are as indispensable to him as food and drink. Having grown up in the country, he will ever feel strongly attached to the soil and the simple joys it offers. To him the past is much more charming than the present or even the future; he often feels nostalgic about it, and one of his favorite hobbies is to brood over the years he has lived and the experiences he has had. Suspicious of everything new-fangled, he is surely not the kind of man who is in favor of modernism or will contribute to a revolution of any sort or be sympathetic to it. In the same vein, he shows great respect for his elders and loves to sprinkle his conversations with proverbs and quotations from the ancient sages.
  • This man displays an unusually strong sense of property and is sometimes possessive and jealous to the point of ridiculousness. His work, his house, his hobbies, his family, his money, his club, his village, his town, his country are all sacred to him, and he would not tolerate any attack on them. His chauvinism is well-known and can in some instances reach grotesque proportions; nevertheless, there is always something touching in his attachments.
  • The Buffalo male is a good citizen in many respects. He is generally law-abiding and shows an unflinching sense of duty. His country or his community can always count on him. His good behavior is perhaps due to his deep-seated desire to be accepted and respected by society in general and by his loved ones in particular. He also enjoys organizing the lives of others, and this may be yet another of his devices to endear himself to everybody.
  • One of this man’s greatest passions in life is his work. He behaves as though he lived in order to work or his work were his raison d’etre. One may not agree with him on this point but must admit that he draws from his work great satisfactions and his mental as well as physical equilibrium. A very hard and conscientious worker, he abhors scamping and half-measures. No kind of work appears repulsive to him, however tiresome or routine it may be. He is besides very precise, methodical, believing firmly in whatever he undertakes. Unfortunately, he is never prepared to accept failure, and when it inevitably occurs he may become a most unpleasant person.
  • Underlying his passion for work is to some degree his basic materialism. Possessions and riches have the power to give him a wonderful feeling of security and contentment. But he does not like wealth to come easy, and it is why he is rather indifferent to sinecures and never gambles. If an easy life is beyond his reach, he is able to put up with the barest minimum without self-pity or bitterness.
  • The Buffalo male is a sensualist and has no complex about it. He wants to enjoy to the full all the good things the Creator affords him. He is happy to exist and never bothers his head with metaphysical problems. He does not hold in high esteem those who are difficult to please, whose moral well-being requires a myriad conditions. He himself does not need much to feel blissful. Contemplating a moonlit night or a beautiful flower, listening to cicadas hidden among leaves, receiving a phone call from an old friend – all such ordinary events can fill him with unspeakable delight. He follows, without knowing it, this advice of Confucius, “Joy is in everything: One only has to extract it.”
  • Despite his cold and impassive facade, this subject is basically an affectionate man. While it is true that he is a notorious egoist who will not let himself be easily moved by the problems and miseries of others, it is equally true that he is prepared to make any sacrifice for those whom he loves. He does not however grant his affection to the first persons to come along but waits for them to prove themselves. Once he has decided to attach himself to someone, it will be for the rest of his life – his loyalty habitually stands the test of time. But this softhearted male is clumsy in displays of emotion and sincerely believes that the best and deepest sentiments do not need to be expressed. It is here that he is mistaken since, as William Shakespeare said, “They do not love that do not show their love.”
  • It is always difficult to make the Buffalo man accept an advice, not to say a contradiction. He only trusts his own judgement and, secretive, holds in suspicion all those who do not fall in line with him. His intolerance is one of the reasons why he has few friends – but relative loneliness does not bother him in the least.

His productive capacities

  • The Buffalo male can adjust himself to any kind of job on the express condition that no one bosses him. It is why he prefers professions which allow him to remain independent or in which he can be in a position of command. Ironically, this man who rejects or at least resents superior authority is strict and dictatorial toward those under his orders.
  • Endowed with organizational qualities, an acute sense of realism and the determination to carry out his plans to the bitter end, he proves a highly efficient businessman. He often shows himself ruthless toward his competitors as his resolution to defend his own interests is total and uncompromising. One may reproach him for his egoism, but to him business is business.
  • He is noted for being careful and reliable when it comes to money dealings. Having a gift for inspiring confidence, he can know brilliant successes as a banker or financier. He always succeeds in finding the necessary funds if and when he wants to start a business of his own. With a little bit of chance, it is not impossible for him to make a fortune.
  • The jobs that suit the native best, however, are those which have a concrete dimension and spare him brains-racking. He loves working with his hands, and it is why he can make an excellent handyman, craftsman or construction worker. It is nevertheless advisable that he confine himself to the main parts and let someone else put the finishing touches.
  • One can find many happy Buffalo men as real estate agents, garage owners, veterinary surgeons, building contractors, managing agents, architects or town planners – all of them work on something concrete. Owing to his earthy roots, the native generally finds his salvation in doing jobs that are more or less related to the soil – as a farmer, horticulturist, cattle breeder, sericulturist, bee-keeper, or as an agronomist, fertilizer specialist, biologist.
  • The Buffalo sign offers a generous crop of painters of genius – from Ching Hao to Rubens, from Renoir to Van Gogh, from Cocteau to many others. Other Buffalo males express themselves marvelously in different artistic ways such as dancing, singing, modeling or sculpture.
  • But there are definitely some sectors of activity which the native is well advised not to embark upon. Straightforward and unsuspecting, he is certainly not made for trade or for any profession where cunning and an easy conscience are called for. Neither is he for public service which rejects initiative and independence of mind. Jobs which require frequent travels are equally unsuitable for him since he needs stability and order.
  • However tedious or unrewarding his job may be, he is not prone to give it up for another as he is always obscurely afraid of change. As for inactivity, it means death to him, and the worst punishment that could be inflicted on him would be to force him to endless vacation.

His love behavior

  • Despite all appearances, love occupies an important place in the life of the Buffalo man. He scorns those males who consider women simply as an object of pleasure. A sincere and generous lover, he does his best to give his women all the satisfactions they expect from him.
  • But although sensual, this subject is almost never romantic – and some women are not particularly appreciative of his style. When he loves, he loves. Period. There is to him nothing more complicated than that. The folly of passion is a game completely beyond his comprehension; fantasies he considers a perfectly negligible ornament; and he is shocked by the practices of the permissive society. Any woman having designs on him must realize that he is slow in making advances, that his lovemaking is fairly conventional because of his lack of imagination, and that mental stimulation is not a necessity with him in his physical expression of love.
  • He may coquet a little during his prime, mostly out of curiosity and certainly not out of licentiousness. Then he will make up his mind to settle down for good. He will choose the woman of his life painstakingly, deliberately, advisedly, after having carefully weighed the pros and the cons. His decision is intended to be irrevocable – he loves for his whole existence. He will enter matrimony with the best intentions in the world, determined to serve his wife and children to the best of his ability. It would require exceptional circumstances to make a married Buffalo man succumb to the temptation of infidelity; even flirtation will not interest him. On the other hand, should he ever be deceived, he would accept the situation with remarkable philosophy and harbor little bitterness; for all his intense jealousy and pronounced sense of property, he is nevertheless a perfect fatalist.
  • He will love so long as he deems the object of his love still deserves it. But when he decides not to love a woman any longer for one reason or another, there will absolutely be nothing she can do to change his mind and regain his favors. He will make a clean sweep of all that once bound him to her, and what he will do to her from now on will only be a matter of sheer legal duty – without any sentiment involved. The only sensible course of action she could take under such circumstances would be to accept her disgrace with dignity in order to safeguard the good memories of their past relations. Recriminations and vituperations are only apt to make him withdraw further into his cold carapace.
  • This man is rather easy to live with as a lover or husband. Earnestly wanting to deserve his happiness, he is always willing to do everything in his power to make his woman’s life as pleasant and comfortable as possible – by being protective with her and catering for all her material and, if possible, emotional needs. In return, he expects her to be faithful to him, to take care of his person, and to heed his tastes and desires which are simple and down-to-earth. So long as she can manage to satisfy him at table and in bed, then he is prepared to close his eyes on many of her faults and vices. But not every woman appreciates this arrangement. He loves in his own way, at his own tempo, most often with some kind of detachment which borders on coolness. He can, however, be infinitely warm, tender and communicative in those rare moments of euphoria when his defences are down. On the contrary, he may sometimes be a prey to fits of bad humor, becoming at such times exacting, tyrannical and overly authoritarian.
  • This is a stay-at-home par excellence. To him, a warm house, a submissive wife, beautiful young cherubs and woolly slippers constitute Paradise on earth. His home life is all important to him, and he finds happiness in his family circle. He will dream of travels to faraway countries but will be most reluctant to part with his fireplace.
  • Longing for a large family, the Buffalo male makes an admirable father, imbued with strict principles and shrinking back before no sacrifice. He diligently takes charge of his children’s education and carefully arms them for the battle of life. Unfortunately, his tendency to despotism often makes his dearest ones fail to understand and appreciate him.
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THE OX WOMAN

Her physical background

  • The Buffalo woman is generally lacking in elegance and sophistication. Her style is simple and straightforward. Her entire physical appearance unmistakably bears witness to her homeliness.
  • This woman is as a rule of middle height; but her legs are short, and her arms long. Thickness characterizes every part of her body – she has pulpy protruding lips, a thick neck, sloping and voluminous shoulders, an ample bosom, well developed hips and rounded thighs. Unlike her masculine counterpart, whose gait could be considered graceful, she walks rather heavily, swaying from side to side in the manner of ducks.
  • With age she tends to become distinctly overweight even though she may have been careful about her diet, and some middle-aged natives of this sign distinguish themselves by their corpulence.
  • The Buffalo woman is rather plain-featured, with her face remaining expressionless most of the time. In compensation, her big eyes are beautiful, lively, and have a particular sparkle when she laughs. Her mouth is unusually large and sensual.
  • Despite her little glamorous aspect, she is perhaps as much graced by nature as many other members of her own sex. One should take into account her exclusive means of seduction. Her fleshy physique and creamy complexion would make the delight of Rubens and all painters of his school. Her soft, warm and sexy voice could help her easily become a popular crooner or, at a more modest level, hold her interlocutors breathless.
  • The Buffalo-born woman is unfeminine in the sense that she does not care a straw about charming or seeking by artificial means to make herself loved. She shows no particular interest in her physical appearance, and refuses to be a slave of the fashions or waste much of her time before her mirror. Somewhat indifferent to perfumes, cosmetics, beautiful dresses and other charm devices, she generally contents herself with the simple, earthy essentials, despising frivolity and dressing exactly the way expected of “honorable” women. Given her extreme simplicity and self-effacing manners, it would be surprising if she could ever attract the limelight in society.
  • Her disdain for frivolousness is sometimes carried so far as to degenerate into carelessness and even foolishness. For instance, she tends to indulge in alimentary excesses simply out of unconcern for her figure. Loving food and drink of all kinds, especially sweets, starch and dishes cooked in sauce, she sees no serious reason for depriving herself of such delights. Her uncontrolled greediness, coupled with her natural aversion for physical exercise, cannot fail to put her health in jeopardy. In fact, as is the case with the male half of the sign, many Buffalo women suffer from a variety of ills directly connected with an over-abundant diet – obesity, plethora, engorgement, hypercholesterolemia and numerous cardiovascular disorders – which could have been avoided with some motivation.
  • In general the Buffalo female is attributed with a robust physical constitution, but with a marked predisposition to overweight. So long as she lives wisely, making good use of her habitually solid common sense, she has nothing to fear for her health. Many of her troubles can be accounted for by her propensity toward intemperance. In all logic, she should get down to keeping her appetite under tight control – by eating and drinking with strict moderation, avoiding carbohydrates such as fats and sweet things as far as possible, and giving preference to low-calorie foods. She must constantly keep in mind that any excess or imprudence can have deleterious repercussions. She must also fight against her penchant for a sedentary life and force herself to practice some kind of sport on a regular basis; jogging, cycling and swimming seem to suit her best.
  • In many instances the Buffalo woman is bothered by minor gynecological troubles from her adolescence till her menopause. They are probably not due to a psychological cause since she gracefully accepts her feminity and is even proud of it, but more likely to a faulty functioning of her endocrine system. She would be well advised to get herself treated by a specialist every time symptoms of a hormonal imbalance appears; any negligence could entail far-reaching consequences and hamper her full enjoyment of life.

Her psychological makeup

  • The Buffalo woman shares some fine qualities with the man of the sign. Like him she is noted for her simplicity, sincerity, straightforwardness and benevolence; one could hardly find even a faint streak of guile or malice in her. Her comportment is modest and unassuming. She is generally gay, cheerful, outgoing, happy to live in this world and totally indifferent to metaphysical concerns. But unlike her brother of the sign, who is usually sparing of words, she shows a distinct inclination to be a chatterbox; her loquacity is well-known and sometimes irritating to those around her. Despite her floods of words, she often feels clumsy when it comes to express her views on some subject.
  • She has a well-developed sense of humor and is capable of making fun of herself and of any circumstances she may happen to find herself in; it is here that she differs sensibly from her male counterpart, who usually takes himself a bit too seriously, and tends to stress the dark side of things. She is also less mistrustful, more expansive than he. In short, it would not be exaggerated to say she is rather easy to live with.
  • Her feminity she considers something quite natural, and does not understand why other women could wish to be males or have an inferiority complex about their own sex. She looks on feminist claims of equality with men as sheer nonsense, believing sincerely that the two sexes are not comparable and that anyway it is as fine to be a woman as a man. Although she feels in no way inferior to members of the stronger sex, she generally does not want to compete with them in society and prefers, as far as circumstances permit it, to stay indoors and assume a full-time domestic role. She exists for home more than for anything else. No household or family task seems beneath her; domestic chores of all description always give her great satisfactions. She runs her house with remarkable precision and efficiency, and has a reputation for her sense of order and economy. She delights in playing hostess, to the greatest joy of all her guests. An excellent cook, she has a particular gift for making surprisingly palatable dishes with quite ordinary ingredients. But this woman refuses to play second fiddle to anyone in her own home; she must wear the trousers and be in the position of command – or she will die!
  • Another of her passions is the family in the largest sense of the word; it represents to her eyes what is the most sacred on earth. She is capable of everything for those whom she loves and always gives them the best of herself. It is not rare that she is well loved and even venerated by members of her family circle. Unfortunately death spares nobody, and the lost of each loved one is uniformly felt by her as a great tragedy; this excessive reaction may have the effect of rendering her moody and melancholic from around the age of fifty onwards.
  • Whatever may happen to her apart from bereavement, this subject is always prepared to accept without complaint. Her stoicism and resignation really deserve the admiration of all. Despite her strength of character and solidity of purpose, she is rarely in revolt against fate or the course of events. On the other hand, her interest in revolutions and reforms is less than tepid as she feels sufficiently satisfied with the present state of things and does not see any need for a change.
  • The past – especially the remote past – has a particular appeal to her; it is as though in her eyes the golden age were behind us, not before. She has a deep interest in history, anthropology, archeology, dead languages – in sum, everything related to bygone days fascinates her. In the same vein, she always feels some nostalgia for her childhood and adolescence, which she readily surrounds with a magnificent aura and to which she remains attached forever. She also often complains of what she views as “the general decadence of the younger generation.”
  • She clings to the tenets of her upbringing with all imaginable tenacity and rigidity. Only the values and principles she knew in her tender years seem to her worthwhile, and she looks with suspicion on anything contrary to her habits and ingrained standards. To her, only in the conservative and conventional way of proceeding through life can one find one’s salvation.
  • The native of the Buffalo has a solid reputation for being an extremely hard worker. Nothing seems to her more ruinous than inactivity. She openly despises the idle, the lazy, and all those who do not have to work in order to live.
  • Underlying her love of work is perhaps her deep-seated horror of want and financial debt. In any case, she does everything in her power to attain and preserve her material security. If circumstances do not permit her to be self-sufficient, she may resort to venality – for instance, to make a mercenary marriage – without a particular complex or sense of culpability. Moreover, she lets herself be easily impressed by outward manifestations of wealth. One may reproach her for her undue attachment to material possessions, but it must be acknowledged that affluence gives her a wonderful feeling of well-being.
  • In spite of all her indisputable qualities, this subject has numerous drawbacks – just like everyone else. Her chief fault is generally one of stubbornness; it is extremely hard for her to change her mind once it is made up, even though she may realize her error. Nevertheless, she can sometimes switch ideas or directions if her heart requires it, for behind this rather cold exterior lurks a really affectionate being to whom sentiments are the very essence of human life.
  • Another undesirable trait of hers is her touchiness. She believes readily that others are intent on speaking ill of her behind her back whereas there may be nothing to support this belief. She can hardly bear criticisms, however well-intentioned they are, and is on the contrary avid for compliments. When annoyed or frustrated in the extreme, she may explode in conniptions that terrify her family and friends all the more as they are used to her habitual placidity and apparent self-control. Finally, if she ever decides to harbor a grudge against someone, her feelings of rancor would not die with her.

Her productive capacities

  • Hardy, conscientious, dependable, discreet and perfectionist, the Buffalo woman is invaluable in work. Those who hire her will never have to regret it. She has a better sense of realism than her male counterpart and is on the other hand more conscious of the limits of her forces than he is. But like him, she prefers working in all freedom and independence; surveillance under one form or another could have the effect of preventing her from taking initiative and rendering her clumsy, inefficient.
  • The jobs she does with the most enthusiasm are naturally those more or less directly related to the soil. Her attitude toward it is very particular and almost sentimental. Tilling, sowing, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, harvesting, raising cattle and other such activities give her unlimited joy as if they allowed her to rediscover her deepest roots. Even though she may have to earn her living by working in an office or factory, her instinct for things of the earth never wither away, and she will always long for the countryside as much as an exile does for his home.
  • Any kind of work that requires patience and endeavor suits her well. Routine does not repel her in the least. Entrust her with a most thankless task, and she will mobilize all her energies to carry it out exactly as you would have expected her to do. She has a gift for doing long and exacting jobs, and few can equal her in this field.
  • Her penchant for devotion opens her a wide range of possibilities in the work domain. She can do well in all professions where one treats or looks after – as a physician, surgeon, gynecologist, psychologist, psychiatrist or nurse. Loving children, she is recognized as a marvelous kindergarten, teacher or pediatrician; sometimes she becomes a much sought-for “grandmother for hire” when she passes middle age, as happens in Italy and other countries. It is not rare she works as a renowned cook, partly out of her love of food, partly because she sees in her occupation an occasion to be of good service to others.
  • However great her good will and motivation, this subject can never be a good civil servant. She is too independent-minded to submit herself easily to an impersonal and often absurd discipline. She should not either try her hand at the arts since she is not in the slightest gifted for them, unlike the male Buffalo who can be an accomplished artist.
  • As already pointed out, the Buffalo woman values domestic jobs more than any career to be practiced outside the walls of her house. Destined principally to be a homebody, she is like a fish in water when she can devote herself entirely to household chores and the care of her loved ones – on condition, of course, that she get her way without the slightest interference from anyone. Running the home like a well-oiled machine, she spares no efforts to make life comfortable to the large circle of her family. One can sometimes see the native, well on in years, go out of her way on a full-time basis for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren without demanding anything in return. The sweeping wave of the feminist movement throughout the world does not seem to affect her attachment and devotion in this direction.

Her love behavior

  • Contrary to most other women, the Buffalo woman does not really need men and can be quite happy without them. For this reason some may be led into believing that she harbors hostility or indifference to members of the stronger sex, or is downright prudish. Neither view is corroborated by reality. Her apparent lack of interest in male-female pursuits does not result from any coolness on her part – although she is generally a late starter in sex – but from her natural self-sufficiency in other areas and her disdain for the follies of passion. She considers love and sex an important – but not the dominant – part of life and denies them an exaggerated significance.
  • This highly conservative woman also refuses to separate love from marriage and believes the latter senseless without children. It is why unwed mothers horrify her and why she is keen on getting married quite young and having numerous offspring. Do not talk to her about contraceptive pills, free unions or the Women’s Liberation Movement; your words will have every chance to fall on deaf ears since she views all this as pointless.
  • Once she has settled down, her family constitutes the very texture and raison d’etre of her life. Should she lose her husband for one reason or another, she would almost never think of marrying again, and would prefer remaining faithful to the memory of her past union and devoting herself entirely to the welfare of her children.
  • Any man married to a native of the Buffalo may consider himself lucky. She is a model of unwavering conjugal fidelity worthy of Penelope, the Greek heroine who rejected all her suitors over long years and reserved herself for her husband Odysseus. She never gives her man reason to suspect, even though he may not be himself irreproachable on this score. She is quite willing to wait on him hand and foot, and keep him well fed, well clothed, well taken care of.
  • Convinced that a woman’s place is in the home, she can feel at peace with herself only when circumstances allow her to stay indoors. But she means to run her home like a general on the battlefield – with unchallenged authority, strictness and maximum efficiency. Insisting on wearing the trousers, she may clash seriously with her husband if he is strong-willed and wants to assert his role as the leader; but she is the delight of a man who has a weak character and who wishes to see his needs be well catered for.
  • This woman is the one who shows determination to keep her men to herself once she has caught them and who knows best how to achieve her objective. The most important feature of her stratagem is to content their hearts by contenting their stomachs. Even though they may be charmed away, their desertion is generally temporary, and she has every reason to be confident that the straying sheep will in the end return to the fold.
  • She never accepts divorce with a light heart and always tries to avoid it by all possible ways. Sometimes she deliberately chooses to remain attached to a man while her union with him has ceased to have any meaning at all. Her tenacity is dictated first by her unwillingness to part with what she has passionately constructed, and second by the horrifying prospect of having to acknowledge her marital failure. She will rationalize her stance by thinking that a separation can traumatize her children and warp their personalities – which is partly true.
  • This is a sexually aware woman, with a strong appetite and a straightforward approach. She has the ability to match the most basic male. Certain men, however, may find that her lovemaking leaves something to be desired. Unimaginative in bed, she is amused by intricacies and romantic frills. On the other hand, she exhibits a keen sense of decency and prefers to confine strictly to the bedroom all that is related to sex; it would be a serious error to mistake her particular brand of modesty for indifference or frigidity.
  • This wonderful housewife is also an over-possessive mother. Affectionate and devoted beyond reproach, she nevertheless exercises constant supervision and control over her children, often placing before them impossible targets and denying them the right to question her orders or have a private life of their own. She does all this with the best intentions in the world, and it never comes to her mind that her children may resent her attitude or have any reason to do so. As a consequence, she often has problems with her “little ones” when they are still under her roof – she tries to keep them there as long as possible. But in general they all will come to appreciate her when they are married and have children themselves. She is often pampered in old age by her progeny for whose welfare she labored with so much generosity and dedication over long years.

IN YOUR ELEMENT

The characteristics of the Ox sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

THE METAL OX 1901 AND 1961

The Metal Element expresses structure, fixed values, strength of will and fluency of speech. The nature of Metal is to define and to strengthen. This Element symbolises clear thinking, sincerity and accuracy. Metal Element people have the gift of structure and the ability to interface easily with the outside world. Those born under Metal set and follow their goals with vigor and passion. Metal is determined and fixed, holding each sign in a position of strength by serving as a foundation. Metal Ox people work harder and more scrupulously than most people, including other Oxen. They always show a boldness and drive and will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Like all Oxen, they are completely trustworthy and dependable, but they are not ones to display their emotions freely or openly. These Oxen have the strength of steel, with a will to match. Often, this strength and ruthless will make it difficult for them to identify with the feelings of others around them. However, an Ox is always willing to defend what he knows to be true and won’t give up until he has proven what he knows to be true.

THE WATER OX 1913 AND 1973

The Water element gives the Ox a flexibility and liberty. Water Oxen are as hard-working as anyone, and particularly systematic, and are probably the quickest-thinking of the other elemental Oxen. They are much more prepared than the other Oxen to recognize the pints of view of others and to think about their ideas and suggestions, making them easy to work with in a business environment. They generally consider the feelings of others which makes them good room-mates or partners. In addition, their sincerity and patience ensures their popularity with friends, peers and family. The Water Ox expresses feelings, reflection and sensitivity. Symbolic of feelings and emotions. Water descends, seeks out and fills low places, especially the hearts of the disheartened and needy. Those born under the Element of Water are guided by their feelings and the need to communicate. The Water Element endows one with a lucid and quick mind; however , this element is chaos because it does not have it’s own form rather it takes shape of whatever contains it. Water Element have the ability to persuade and manipulate others and their environment. The Element of Water blesses it’s natives with a deep spiritual nature and the ability to thrive in many social situations. Those born into Water years possess the extraordinary intuition and function as a kind of spiritual barometer in this life.  

THE WOOD OX 192S AND 1985

Understanding and fair, these are the least unyielding of the Oxen and the most apt to change and accept new ideas. A more liberal attitude gives them the ability to appreciate the value of being a part of a team, and other members of the team respect the high principles of the Wood Ox. They are particularly self-confident giving them an air of unspoken authority. This characteristic means that Wood Oxen are often chosen as leaders or spokespeople. They also have a shorter fuse than other Ox people, and are more likely to be outspoken or to stand up in a crowd to be heard. These Oxen are quite devoted to those they love and make strong and affectionate friends and relations. The Wood Element expresses imagination, creativity and compassion. Also represents the family and artistic theory. The nature of wood is move upwards toward the light, to spread and expand. Wood Element people have high-minded values and believe in dignity of every human being. The Element also brings cooperation, so people born under this element understand the value of teamwork and excel in organising large projects. They are progressive thinkers and far sighted in their goals and ventures. The Wood Element endows each with natural presence; however, Wood is also incendiary and capable of producing a combustible temper.

THE FIRE OX 1937 AND 1997

Being born under the fire sign gives these Oxen dynamic qualities. Their leadership capabilities are tremendous, and they have to desire to be in charge so they generally hold positions of status and importance at work and in the community. They are capable of being extremely objective, but these Oxen can display hot tempers, throw temper-tantrums or be unusually impulsive in their decision-making. This can be dangerous because it may cause them to brush aside valuable ideas, discarding them before actually considering the implications associated with doing so. Even so, they tend to be loyal people. Devoutly dedicated to their family. The Fire Element expresses dynamic passion, energy, aggression and leadership. The nature of fire is to arouse, convert,consume, resolve and bring out an outcome.This Element will tend to multiply signs inborn talents and energies. Fire Element people have the gifts of leadership, passion and assertiveness. Decisive and masterful, those born under this element rarely have trouble making decisions  and the attract others with their strong and radiant personalities. Fire Element souls have an abundance of energy that produces impatience. The movement of Fire is rapid and can consume one’s energies if not properly balanced with relaxation and moderation. This Element also represents the ability to be decisive, to lead and to act spontaneously without forethought. Fire punctuates each sign with an exclamation mark!

THE EARTH OX 1949 AND 2009

The most reliable and diligent Oxen belong to this collection of Oxen. The Earth element balances many of their negative characteristics. These Oxen are show good judgement, a good characteristic for successful financial dealings. Other people tend to look up to Earth Oxen because of their reliability, sincerity and their modest ambitions. They are willing to tackle the workload when it become overbearing for others and are loyal and compassionate with family and friends.  The Earth Element expresses stability, reliability and common sense. The nature of Earth is to ”ground,” to keep whole, and to preserve. The Earth is symbolic of the mother’s protected womb of peace and safety. Those born under the Earth Element are both practical and industrious. They have exceptional powers of organisation and are competent masterminds and executives. Honest, serious and conservative, Earth Element people are capable of making wise decisions.