Lunar New Year 2015: Year of the Sheep, Ram, Goat, Whatever It’s Called

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

Happy Lunar New Year!

Today (Feb. 19) marks the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat—whatever floats your boat. If you share this animal sign, like this writer, join us as we take a quick look at the Chinese zodiac and what’s to come for us this year. For our purposes, we won’t dabble too much in the debate of which is correct–we’ll explore the characteristics of all three.

Those born in the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat are generally calm, gentle, polite, intelligent and kind, as well as artistic and creative, according to International Business Times. They are also auspicious, economical, and approach business cautiously—not out of being overly conservative, but because they take great care to consider the feelings of others.

Other characteristics include ability to be empathetic and sympathetic, and they are believed to place great emphasis on attaining the approval of people they respect.

But we aren’t perfect. People born in the year of the goat can sometimes be overly-sensitive and insecure as they often misinterpret or over-analyze situations. Actual sheep need plenty of care and protection, and likewise, those born in the year of the sheep aren’t the best at standing up for themselves in confrontations. Confident decision-making is also hard to come by.

It’s not the time to focus on the negatives, however. It’s our year, so don’t be sheepish! Fortune says it’s our year to pursue the arts and creative endeavors, as we’ll see more wealth come from career than investment. Rely on your business senses and entrepreneurial spirit—you’re well fitted to navigate rocky terrain.

A woman takes a selfie with a sheep at a sheep cafe in SeoulThere are sheep cafes in South Korea. Yes, please. Photo via Reuters

Chinese astrologers are quick to temper any crazy expectations, as luck within careers will fluctuate and financial fortune from investments will just be average. However, those born in the year of the goat have good health on their side, as well as the power to turn their fortune around if you find yourself in a rut.

If you’re looking for someone compatible, do look for horses, rabbits and pigs. Stay away from those difficult oxen, tigers and dogs.

Have a great new year! Be healthy and be ready to take life by the horns!


Featured image via IB Times/Getty Images.