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2015: Year of the Wood Goat

By NuHerbs Staff

The Year of the Goat (also called Year of the Sheep or Ram) began on February 19, 2015 and will end on February 7, 2016. The date upon which the New Year begins is marked by the new moon of the first lunar month, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

People born in the Year of the Goat are gentle, calm, kind-hearted, polite, and clever. They are considerate and compassionate toward others and are hard-working and persistent in business. They enjoy the quiet and simple life and are thrifty in their spending. Goat people are also romantic lovers with a fondness for the Arts. Due to their tender and sensitive nature, they can easily become indecisive, timid, moody, and pessimistic.

The Goat is the last year of the Fire cycle within the Twelve-Animal-Zodiac, following the Snake and the Horse. The Fire of the Goat is Fire that is contained in the ground, which gives heat to the fruits of the trees and ripens them. This means that if one has worked hard in the past two years, one will reap the fruits of one’s labor in 2015. If 2014 was a good year, one will continue to prosper in this year also. If the previous two years have been troublesome, this year will mark a new turning point. However, for one to find success, a new approach must be implemented, just as a new growth must begin with a fresh seed. Once the seed has germinated, it must be tended to with care and attention to ensure growth and maturity. This is the characteristic of the Wood element. The Year of the Goat also values mental prowess. Those who wish to use brute strength and aggressive maneuvers can expect to lose to those with calculated strategy and common sense.

The Year of the Goat also exhibits Yin energy. Therefore, 2015 is a year of repose, peace, and harmony. The passive and nurturing Yin will aid in the healing of past wounds, whether caused by circumstances or other people, in order to restore faith and mend relationships. Also remember that compromise is a key component of harmonious living. The most turbulent times of the year will be during the period of the Dragon, which begins with the Vernal Equinox on March 20 and continue through April 20, and the period of the Ox, which begins with the Winter Solstice on December 22 and continue through January 20, 2016.