June 2019 Newsletter

Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Year of the OX
Although our website focuses on the American style of play, it’s important to remember that the game of Mah Jongg is said to have originated in China. The tiles are based on Chinese characters and symbols, and some tile sets contain pictures of animals.
This month we continue our review of the Zodiac animals with an Ox
 Those born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009  were born in the year of the Ox, as well as those who will be born in 2021 People often use the Ox to indicate something big in size or number. Oxen are considered to be diligent, persistent, honest, patient, dependable, strong, and determined. They are assessed as talented leaders with a strong faith and a strong devotion to work. Oxen contemplate before taking action, and do not let their surroundings affect their decisions. They can be obstinate in their ways, as they tend to be conservative. They may seem inarticulate and often lack wit when speaking.
 Lucky Numbers: 1 and 9Unlucky Numbers: 3 and 4Lucky Colors: red, blue, and purpleUnlucky Colors: white and greenLucky Flowers: tulip, evergreen, and peach blossomLucky Directions: southeast, south and northUnlucky Direction: northwestBest Love Matches: Rat, Snake, and RoosterBad Love Matches: Tiger, Dragon, Horse, and SheepBest Jobs: Lawyer, doctor, teacher, technician, politician, office clerk, and consultantBest Working Partners: Rat, Rooster, and SnakeBest Age to Start a Business: 30 – 40The Chinese Zodiac is closely related to the Five Elements. Oxen people born in different years have different elements, and therefore different personalities:Wood Ox- 1925 and 1985: Brave, selfless, upright, and outspokenFire Ox- 1937 and 1997: Clever, but lacking judgment, and narrow-mindedEarth Ox- 1949 and 2009: Smart, confident, and resoluteMetal Ox- 1961 and 2021: Busy and active, with good interpersonal relationshipsWater Ox- 1913 and 1973: Hardworking and diligent, and holds justice in high esteem
Be sure to check our upcoming newsletters for the other animals in the Chinese Zodiac cycle!- Arlene