To see a well-fed ox, signifies that you will become a leading person in your community, and receive much adulation from women.
To see fat oxen in green pastures, signifies fortune, and your rise to positions beyond your expectations.
If they are lean, your fortune will dwindle, and your friends will fall away from you.
If you see oxen well-matched and yoked, it betokens a happy and wealthy marriage, or that you are already joined to your true mate.
To see a dead ox, is a sign of bereavement.
If they are drinking from a clear pond, or stream, you will possess some long-desired estate, perhaps it will be in the form of a lovely and devoted woman.
If a woman she will win the embraces of her lover.
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Broadly speaking, the ox is a symbol
of the cosmic forces. In Egypt
and in India
, a more specialized symbolism was evolved for the ox, contrasting it with the lion
on the one hand
and with the bull on the other. For obvious reasons it became a symbol of sacrifice
, suffering, patience and labour.
In Greece and in Rome it was regarded as an attribute of agriculture and of foundation-laying (and so, by extension, was the yoke). Roman generals who had been granted the honour of a triumph would sacrifice white oxen to the Capitoline Jupiter as part of the ceremony. In mediaeval emblems, the ox is frequently found symbolizing patience, submissiveness and the spirit of self-sacrifice.
Very often the oxhead, without its body, is shown with one of the following signs between its horns: a crown, a snake coiled round a staff, a chalice, a circle, a cross, a fleur-delis, a crescent moon or the Gothic ‘R’ (standing for Regeneratio).
The ox (because of its connexion with the moon) is also a symbol of darkness and night in contrast to the lion, which is a solar animal.