Rat - Ox Love Compatibility in Chinese Astrology


The Rat and Ox are the first and second signs of the Chinese zodiac system. However in terms of personality traits, the two signs seem to be worlds apart. The Rat is associated with flexibility and ingenuity while the Ox stands for solidity, strength and determination. Such personalities which seem to be poles apart need not make for a romantic disaster; in fact each can serve to complement the other and bring wholeness to the relationship.

High points of the Rat-Ox love match

Opposites attract, goes the ever-popular maxim. And this can well be the case in a Rat-Ox love match. The quicksilver, effervescent and sparking sociability of a female Rat will more often than not floor the stolid and practical male Ox. And despite the fact that the Ox woman is slow to open up to strangers, she might find herself giving in to the charms of a male Rat’s sparkling conversation. Sexual intimacy might not result immediately primarily because of the Ox’s cautious nature which likes to be sure about something before getting himself to commit to it. However when it does happen, the Ox lover is likely to surprise his/her Rat partner by the depth of his/her passions. The Rat lover on the other hand will bring a light-heartedness and variety to the experience which will make it fully satisfying.

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Even in case of a long term relationship, this pairing has the potential to come through if the partners decided to use their individual traits to complement each other. The stolid, practical nature of the Ox can be a useful way of grounding some of the Rat’s high-flying qualities. From his/her Ox partner, the Rat can learn the benefits of thinking out a plan carefully instead of jumping headlong into it. At the same time slowing down will allow the Rat to focus better on the important things of life as well as get much needed-needed periods of relaxation in order to avoid burnout. The Ox on the other hand can discover the joys of socializing more and with his/her Rat partner, will learn to be more adventurous and outgoing. Influenced by the Rat’s vivacity, if the Ox learns to be less serious and more open to change, he/she might find that being in love also means having fun.

Challenges to a Rat-Ox love match

In the light of the inborn personality differences, love compatibility between the Rat and Ox appears to be a tough proposition. Perhaps the greatest obstacle to their romantic compatibility is posed by the Ox’s preference for long-term committed relationship while it is practically impossible for a Rat to be tied down. The Rat had come to acquire a dubious reputation as 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 Rats are entirely incapable of serious relationships. They simply 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 as far as social behavior is concerned, the Rat and Ox are poles apart. The Rat is a highly social creature and thrives on endless rounds of partying, nights at the dance club, Sunday picnics and office lunches. The Ox on the other hand is a staid personality who would much rather spends a comfortable evening at home and whose idea of socializing would perhaps be limited to having a hearty dinner with close friends and family. So after a period of being together, the Rat might get bored of the same routine while his/her Ox partner might be suspect of his constant need for novelty. This basic difference might prove to a hurdle in a Rat-Ox match in the long run.

Yet another aspect of the Rat that is likely to irk his/her Ox partner is the former’s inability to take responsibility of a situation and then fulfill it. A female Ox might look forward to her partner’s promise of taking her on a moonlit boat ride or out shopping only to find out at the last moment that he is taking her to a game because he has got front row tickets. This flexibility in which the Rat prides himself on usually does not go down well with Ox partners who might view it as yet another evidence of their changeability and impetuosity. The Rat on the other hand might be irritated at the Ox’s rather fixed notions in life and his/her inability to take delight in the lighter side of life.

Despite basic personality differences, no one can claim that a love match between a Rat and Ox is bound to fail. Far from it, in fact. The easy adaptability of the Rat 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 Rat partner can do wonders to ease a particularly sticky situation. The key word to their dynamics of their personal relationship 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 Rat as well as the solidity and responsibility of the Ox.