2015 is the Year of the Sheep, you will also see it referred as the Year of the Goat, and on occasions also as the Year of the Ram.
In Chinese we use the same general term yáng for these animals.
This is the Year of the Green or Wooden Sheep to be more precise. So what does it mean?
Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac has unique characteristics and each
year corresponds to one animal. 2015 corresponds to the Sheep.
In addition to the twelve year cycle corresponding to each of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, there are Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) which are associated with their own "life force" or "chi".
This energy blends with the corresponding animal to determine that year's fortune.
In 2015, the corresponding element is Wood.
Wood by its very nature, is the element associated with all living things, the "spring" or life renewal process.
Wood relates to trees which relate to the color green. The Year of the Wood Sheep (or Goat) is therefore also known as the Year of the Green Sheep (or Goat).
What does Wood and Sheep mixed together bring?
The Sheep is kind, tender and sympathetic. Sheeps are creative and elegant. Because of their softer side, they are symbolic of peace and harmony.
The Year of the Sheep follows a tumultous Year of the Horse, and heralds a more calm atmosphere. Combined with the evergreen and renewal characteristics of Wood, the Sheep's creativity will be unleashed.
If last year was the Horse's year to gallop and take off, this year will be the year for contemplating and appreciating what has already been accomplished, to think about bringing goodness to others, to take a deep breath and calmly look at what's ahead. A steady path, generosity, and keeping the peace are this year's mantra.
Babies born in the Year of the Sheep
If your baby is born in the Year of the Sheep, he or she will assume the characteristics of the Sheep: Sheeps are kind, elegant, creative, loyal. Empathy comes natural to sheeps, their happiness is derived from other people's happiness.
Sheeps avoid confrontation and are not born leaders. It is because of these characteristics that being born in the Year of the Sheep is not that highly regarded by some Chinese who prefer the energetic and dynamic characteristics of some of the other signs, like the Dragon, Tiger and Horse.
However, the Sheep is the 8th sign of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, 8 is the lucky number for the Chinese, and being born under the 8th sign is auspicious indeed, and who wouldn't want their child to be kind, forgiving and loyal? Sheep babies are good-hearted and will always look after everyone else first.
To be born in the Year of the Sheep, babies will have to be born from February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016, the last day of the 2016 lunar year. If the baby is born on or before February 18, 2015, he or she will be a Horse Baby, if born on or after February 8, 2016, the baby will be a Monkey Baby.
The next Year of the Green Sheep will be in another 60 years.
Get ready for an exciting and peaceful new year and ...
and longevity to you and your loved ones!
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