The Year of the Wood Sheep/Goat
It's the year of the Ram, no the Sheep, no wait, it's the Year of the Goat!
Actually, it's the year of all three because in Chinese the character is the same for each of them. Most commonly it's referred to as the Year of the Sheep. So what does it mean for you?
The Year of the Sheep promises to be a year of balance, stability and steady, but calm, growth. It will be a welcomed break from the hectic pace of this past year of the horse, although the adrenaline junkies or the firey-types might find the Year of the Sheep kind of dull.
There is a caution to be added with this year and it has to do with the elemental connection. Each year, one of the five elements is connected with the sign. The five elements are water, wood, fire, earth and metal. This is the Year of the Wood Sheep. Wood brings a level of growth and detail to this year.
But the caution has to do with the greater picture... it has to do with the long term... it has to do with the impending year of the Fire Monkey that will be coming in 2016. The year of the Fire Monkey promises to be a crazy, unpredictable, perhaps even volatile year.
Those who take advantage of the docile energy of the Year of the Sheep to balance and centre themselves will be prepared to handle the surprises that come in the year of the Fire Monkey. But those who push too hard this year or go against this opportunity to find inner and outer stability may find themselves falling out of a burning tree next year.
So if things seem dull this year, avoid the urge to throw too much spice in your life and take the lesson from the Mountain Goat: Climb the cliff one step at a time.