FABRIC velvet Year of the Ox: 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021 Quiet, slow, and methodical describe the people born under the sign of the ox. They can be loners and deep thinkers who plan their every move. On the outside they seem peaceful and docile but they can also have a violent temper. They are loyal but do not allow for their loyalty to be exploited and abused. Although they have many talents, oxen are particularly good at working with their hands at jobs ranging from agriculture to surgery.