The ox, not surprisingly a symbol of hard work and dependability, can also be stubborn. The year 2009 is the Year of the Ox. From the Kailun Zodiac Collection of books. BERKSHIRE PUBLISHING.

In China the zodiac is based on a calendrical system rather than on the stars. In a repeating sixty-year cycle twelve earthly “branches” operate in conjunction with ten heavenly “stems.” Each earthly branch has an animal associated with it; each stem is associated with

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