While Western astrology uses the heavenly constellations and planets to predict one’s future, Chinese astrology works with divining sciences of wuxing (the five elements –earth, fire, metal, water, wood), Chi, Yin and Yang, and the cycles of time. According to legend, only twelve animals that arrived at Buddha’s summoning were given an honorable place in a year. You can determine your animal sign by looking for the year you were born and locating it with the corresponding animal in the chart below.
Chinese Zodiac Sign Meaning
|Rat||Water||Dragon Monkey||adaptable, artistic, charming, intelligent, quick-witted, sociable||Wisdom|
|Ox||Earth||Snake Rooster||determined, thorough, strong, steady, reasonable, loyal, reliable||Industriousness|
|ambitious, confident, charismatic, courageous, enthusiastic, leadership||Valor|
|caring, empathic, modest, sincere, diplomatic, sociable, trustworthy||Caution|
|Dragon||Earth||Rat Monkey||artistic, charismatic, lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, spiritual||Strength|
|attentive, decisive, philosophical, organized, elegant, intelligent, intuitive||Flexibility|
|adaptable, adventurous, ambitious, loyal, courageous, intelligent, strong||Forging ahead|
|calm, crafty, charming, elegant, intuitive, tasteful, sensitive, warm||Unity|
|adaptable, bright, charming, lucky, lively, smart, quick-witted, versatile||Adaptability|
|confident, diverse, energetic, honest, flamboyant, flexible, intelligent||Being constant|
|adaptable, diligent, loyal, lively, smart, steady, sociable, courageous||Fidelity|
|determined, honorable, optimistic, sincere, sociable, philanthropic||Amiability|
The Year of the Goat
The Year of the Wood Goat starts on February 19, 2015, and finishes on February 7, 2016. In the Chinese calendar, it comes before the Year of the Monkey and after the Year of the Horse. In Chinese Astrology Signs, Goat refers to beauty, luck, and happiness. During Spring Festival, people put up or hang up symbols of the Goat in their homes.
Here are some famous people born in a Year of the Goat: Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro, Cao Cao (King of Wei in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 – 280), Li Shimin (Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Empress Dowager Cixi.
People born under the sign the Goat are believed to be charming, loyal, and kind. They are considered to be introverts who can be overtaken by emotion easily. They tend to be adaptable and highly committed and motivated to their work. People also believe that the Goat is most compatible with the Pig and the Rabbit, and least compatible with the Tiger and the Rooster.
The Goat people are not crazy about status and power. They prefer to work in a team. Unless asked, they will never volunteer for anything or act as the leaders. Good career choices for goats are actor, daycare teacher, pediatrician, interior designer, musician, editor, florist, hair stylist, and illustrator.
These people are very serene and calm; as a result, they do not have many health problems. If both their mental and emotional spirits are good, their physical health will have a positive affect. According to Chinese Astrology, Goat people should eat fresh and organic produce while eliminating red meat from their diet.