Many people ask me if 2015 Chinese New Year is the Sheep, Goat, or Ram.
Some translations refer to Sheep as Ram or Goat. This can be misleading. Ram is a yang symbol of masculinity, but Sheep is essentially yin. Ram could be confused with the western sign Aries the Ram, but Sheep aren’t know for their pioneering spirit like Aries. Aries correlates to the Chinese sign Dragon. Goat may bring to mind the western sign Capricorn the Goat, but Sheep rarely possess the drive to ascend to the mountaintop like Capricorn who correlates to the Chinese sign Ox. Sheep correlates to the western sign Cancer, the sign of the mother and nurturer.
THE WAY OF THE SHEEP
People born in Sheep years (2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1997, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907) are artistic, inspired, empathetic, and naturally creative. Sheep appreciate beauty in all its forms, and are connoisseurs of the best life has to offer. They can find success in artistic fields, especially the healing arts. With a tendency to be introspective, Sheep require solitary peaceful moments to replenish. Sheep often struggle in youth until their first Saturn return at age 28 to 30, but as they age become stronger and discover their true calling. The most fortunate part of a Sheep’s life is when they are an elder.
The mildness of Sheep can hide an independent streak. In the wild, Sheep are surprisingly tough and able to tolerate sever weather and scarcity of food. Sheep have this natural ability to survive when one must, and are far stronger than they appear. A Sheep can be calm and charming, yet is very focused and determined. A Sheep won’t be told what to do, stay at a job they dislike, or be forced to compromise. If you are not a Sheep favorite, and Sheep does have a small select group, Sheep won’t confront you but will just go their own way. So keep the peace this Sheep year while developing your spiritual path and exploring creativity in the arts.