Ox - Monkey Love Compatibility in Chinese Astrology


In the Chinese zodiac, the Ox and Monkey symbolize two very different personalities. One holds the traditional and familiar ways of life as important while the other is in constant search of variety and novelty. Also while the Ox is steady and practical, the Monkey is quick, agile and hooked to intellectual stimulation. Thus for all appearances, the Ox and Monkey are unlikely to be highly compatible as a pair unless they make a conscious effort to use their opposing traits in a complementary rather than in a conflicting manner.

High Points of an Ox-Monkey love match

The initial spark between the Ox and Monkey partners is likely to be a clear case of “opposites attract”. The quicksilver, effervescent and sparking sociability of the Monkey will more often than not floor the stolid and practical Ox. Despite the latter’s natural reserve, the Monkey will quickly help the Ox to open up with considerable conversational skills and once the former gets going, the latter will be gratified to find that behind that fluid tongue lies a mind brimming with curiosity and brilliant ideas. Thus though the imagination may not be an Ox’s strong point, they have sense enough to recognize intellectual brilliance where they see it. Thus the Monkey will appeal to the Ox precisely because of his/her quick mind and intelligent curiosity more than his/her verbal dexterity and social charm.

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Then again both the Ox and Monkey possess a healthy sexual nature which can be a strong point in keeping the partners with each other. The Monkey especially can be delightfully provocative in new relationships as well as be trusted to keep the fire of passion burning in long term ones while the Ox is sure to lend a degree of commitment and belonging to the relationship.

However whether the Ox-Monkey relationship will be a success will depend upon the ability of the respective partners to use their differences to support rather than detract each other. The varied resourcefulness of the Monkey - which seems so incompatible to the Ox’s determined nature - can at times be a boon in the relationship; since the Ox is known for their stubbornness, the flexibility of a Monkey partner can do wonders to ease a particularly sticky situation. Likewise the Ox can offer stability to the relationship and ground it in practical success as well everyday routine. If the two are to make a success of their relationship, each will have to imbibe a little of the other’s positive qualities. Once the Ox learns to be less serious and more open to change, he/she might find that being in love also means having fun. The Monkey on the other hand can absorb the values of permanence and consistency in a relationship with an Ox partner and realize that commitment is not such a bad thing after all.

Challenges to an Ox-Monkey love match

Despite their initial attraction, the Ox and Monkey might find it difficult to keep the spark glowing once the initial flames of passion have subsided. The Ox might not resent the large social circle of his/her Monkey partner as much as the fact that the latter needs to go out regularly to meet other friends and admirers. The Ox likes nothing better than to relax in their own home, surrounded by material comforts and probably with a hot casserole ready in the oven. A Monkey partner on the other hand thrives on social interactions, verbal exchange and a continuous change in scene. This basic difference might prove to a hurdle in an Ox-Monkey match in the long run.

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to their romantic compatibility is posed by the Ox’s preference for long-term committed relationship while it is difficult for the Monkey to be tied down completely. The latter sign has acquired a reputation of being fickle and prone to cheating on their partners. It is simply that their hugely inquisitive minds need external stimuli in order to feel alive and this is best provided by meeting new people, communicating with them and trying out new experiences. This sometimes does take the form of brief flings but it is not true that Monkeys are entirely incapable of serious relationships. They just need to be reassured of their personal freedom to be able to commit themselves in a relationship. Unfortunately this is often difficult for an Ox to understand who being staunchly loyal themselves expect the same degree of commitment from their partners and when this is not willingly given, can often turn out to be jealous and possessive.

Then again both the Ox and Monkey have rather strong convictions, even though they may be expressed in different ways. While the Ox is content to lay low for most of the time, when faced with opposition, he/she can be quite stubborn in their views and actions. Likewise the Monkey too can be quite infuriating because of a large ego. One consequence of its dabbling into varied fields of knowledge and experience is that the Monkey gains the natural confidence of being a know-it-all; his/her words and ideas could smack of a sense of superiority that is unlikely to go down well with the Ox.

In the end if the Ox-Monkey match is to be a success, the key word to their personal dynamics will have to be adjustment. Once the two make allowances for each other’s personality traits, the relationship will benefit from the energy and flexibility of the Monkey as well as the solidity and responsibility of the Ox.