2015: Year of The Wood Goat/Sheep

The Year for Resolving Your Conflicts
By Richard Giles  

Welcome to the Chinese New Year for 2015. This New Year begins in February on Thursday 19th on the second Aquarian New Moon of 2015 –  this new Moon is the beginning of the traditional lunar Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is a festival that always begins on the second New Moon after Winter Solstice, with the Sun and Moon usually in Aquarius. This Year begins a new zodiac animal cycle, the year of the more sensitive Woody Sheep or Goat. Chinese tradition employs both Solar and Lunar calendars and for the Solar calendar the year begins 4th February but the New Moon day of 19th February begins all the major cultural Lunar New Year celebrations.

2014 was Year of the Wood Horse and we are still recovering from a fast paced galloping year, a year of extremes!  We had Wood and Fire in the year’s elements. Now in the cycle of the twelve comes the more sensitive and sympathetic of animals in the Chinese zodiac, the peaceful and adaptable Sheep/Goat.  The Goat is a strong Earth element and in Chinese metaphysics its the strongest Earth as it has the month of July supported by summer Fire.  Inside the Goat there is hidden yin Fire, yin Wood and yin Earth.  So the Fire energy still exists and the year is again favourable for business, air travel, sport, entertainment, and the food industry.  Fire is optimism and will also continue to aid the economy and the stock market. We may see in 2015 some economic recovery in USA & Europe and this will continue but there will be ups and downs. Wood is destructive to Earth and these conflicting elements usually indicate disharmony. Discord will continue in the international scene. There will be strong attempts to reduce conflicts this year. But conflict in the Middle East may continue, with the potential for clashes to escalate into another type of Gulf War. The USA will shake their swords at Russia and Russia will answer back.

Advice for the Year of the Goat:   “Let yourself be active, but do not expect an immediate reward. And don’t let your energies become scattered. Hold to your vision and your integrity, and you can make progress in a stable way. Do not use your creative powers just to attract attention to yourself. Remember, freedom is not always an invitation to dance; it may be a chance to step out on a ledge. Be careful. When those with poor vision tread among tigers, they meet disaster. Do not try to go beyond your capacity at this time. You will create problems if you think your power is greater than it actually is. If you believe you can overcome all obstacles by aggressive effort alone, misfortune is likely. To plunge recklessly ahead is to risk great failure. Even if you think you are in the right, do not overestimate your strength. Keep ambition in check!”  ~ The I Ching.

2015 will be harmonious for those with an interest in art – and its expression through nature. It will be different for those who are intent on wrecking the environment for financial gain and selfish ends. (NB: the Chinese use both the Sheep or Goat as the symbol animal this year).

The GOAT/SHEEP’s QUALITIES and The MYTHOLOGY

The Goat is a character traditionally known for stubbornness. He/she is also intuitive, unself-conscious and at times eccentric. The Goat can leap from crag to crag, hill to hill, and so is up in the domain of the heavens and the skies. The Goat is considered a rainmaker, a friend of the lightning and an inhabitant of the heavens. The ancient Greeks called the Goat the nurse of Zeus. However the Goat is also a maternal and protective animal and participates strongly in the cycles of growth, fertilisation and the blossoming of nature. In India the Goat is known as Aja (which means, the unborn) and is considered the Mother of the World and of all of nature. The Sumerian god Marduk often has a goat as an accompaniment, and it also appears with hunting goddesses. The wild goat was sacred to Artemis and is an attribute of Dionysos, who took this form when fleeing from Typhon, and of the Satyrs – who are half-goats with goats’ horns. Zeus Dictynnos was suckled by the goat Amalthea, whose skin became the aegis and her horn the cornucopia – she thus represented the protector and preserver, abundance and plenty.  Hippocrates, the early Greek physician, routinely prescribed that his patients should, “Go to the mountains and drink goat milk!”  The Bible’s book of Proverbs says that “Thou shalt have goat milk, enough for the maintenance of thy maidens.”  Pan, the Greek deity of nature, was possessed of goat horns and feet, as were the Satyrs of classic Greek drama and art.

“Goats are always testing you,” says a character in the Tom Robbins’ novel ‘Even Cowgirls Get the Blues’. “They can tell instantly if you’re faking your feelings. So they play games with you to keep you true. People should go to goats instead of psychiatrists.”  While some people might consider this to be farfetched, many goat owners will agree.

Goats were among the first domesticated animals, adapted from the wild version Capra aegargus. Beginning about 10 – 11,000 years ago, Neolithic farmers in the Near East began keeping small herds of goats for their milk and meat, and for their dung for fuel, as well as for materials for clothing and for building – hair, bone, skin and sinew. Today there are more than 300 breeds of goats, and they live in climates ranging from high altitude mountains to deserts. Recent DNA research suggests that all goats today are descended from a handful of animals and may have only been domesticated in a few different places. Archaeological data suggest two distinct places of domestication – the Euphrates River valley in Turkey, and the Zagros Mountains of Iran at Ganj Dareh. Other possible sites include the Indus Basin in Pakistan.

The GOAT/SHEEP BORN PERSON and Their QUALITIES

Those born in the Goat/Sheep year are considered intelligent and philosophical people who give out a calm and peaceful demeanour and love stability. When motivated they will move heaven and earth to achieve what they are after. They are loyal enthusiastic people. They are very ambitious and have trouble with loosing. With money they are careless and sometimes don’t worry about financial outcomes.  The Goat is often strong in the face of difficulty and does not yield to adversity. He can be stubborn and not listen to reason. The Goat is generous and at the same time frivolous. He is also elusive at times, and considered quite obstinate. He has no love for rigid structures and constructs, as these tend to restrict his ability to be creative. The Wood Goat has no time for those who do not respect nature and the environment. People like this can arouse the passion within him – creating outbursts of intemperate anger. Anxiety is part of the psychological make-up of the Wood Goat – although he does hide his insecurities very well.
 
The Goat has a sensitive nature and a certain vulnerability. He has an artistic spirit and sense of creativeness. The Goat cannot live without beauty in his surroundings. He has a need for tranquility and his favourite leisure activity is visiting the country or a tropical island and finding the art galleries there. His favourite places are parks and gardens, especially with fountains.

The Goat person will devote a lot of time to creative works and would love to devote all their time to the arts. Writing cheques and paying bills are not activities they look forward to. However the Goat person is not detached from the idea of creating wealth or comfort, but they have action and the strength to pull to where the grass is green and edible. They do need stability and support and would like to rely on others to do that for him/her. Goats probably need a patron to take care of them and leave them to develop their creativity. This can take the form of the father protector, the understanding spouse or a manager and devoted accountant.

Goats possess charm and are amiable and attractively calm. Its against their nature to criticise, rather they find excuses for others behaviour or they explain it away. They are not much into anger or vengeance and seek to forgive rather then punish. They are repelled by hostile and cold atmospheres and believe much more that compromise is the way. Goats like to transform oppressive atmospheres into ideal and ambient situations. Goats appear to be disorganised but they are actually capable of skilled and precise work. They prefer any work to be well done when they do it.

FALLING in LOVE WITH a GOAT or SHEEP

From their earliest years their lives are transmitted through their emotions. Its not always correct to think that they will react through logical and objective reasoning. They are often wholly involved in the feelings they experience. Goat people expect a form of moral and material protection. They think – ‘no matter what happens he/she will stay with me and never betray me. Our bonds will be kept together even through storms and cyclones’.

They offer themselves in ways that other signs don’t necessarily understand. They give spontaneously of their qualities, faults, difficulties and their own special talents. They never try to adapt their behaviour to suit the other’s personality. Instead they are originals to themselves and others. They live in the present and are easily happy. They are also polite and friendly.  So to take on a Goat companion is a unique experience. Goats have a gift for creating special ambience around themselves which contributes to their social connections.

The ideal partner for a Goat is one who is able to keep up with his/her passion and able to bring new and varied interests into their lives.  Generally speaking, Goats are private. Therefore it may take time and effort to get to know those who are born in a year of the Goat. Goats seldom share their personal lives. This is the reason why most Goats have few intimate friends. Once they become friends, their friendship is peaceful and fulfilling. They work hard for those they love.

Marriage: Goats do not enter the church to hear a discourse on the sacrament of marriage. Those rules and ceremonies leave them indifferent. With the issue of signatures and contracts they prefer to remain free of all that. They often light-heartedly marry and forget the ‘worse’ bit in ‘for better or worse’. They have trouble concentrating on the crisis aspects and will try to move their concentration to somewhere else. If there is disagreement, they try to mediate to find common ground. If that fails then they shut themselves away and listen to music or paint a picture or read a romance and adventure book. Most importantly they need to find peace.

CELEBRITY GOAT/SHEEP – Famous people born in the Year of the Goat:

Scientists: Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison.
 
Politicians and Campaigners: Mikhail Gorbachev, John Major, John Kerry, Rupert Murdoch.

Entertainers and Film Celebrities: Gene Hackman, James Dean, Leonard Nimoy, Prunella Scales, Judy Davis, Yun-Fat Chow, Rowan Atkinson, Bruce Willis, Whoopie Goldberg, Kevin Costner, Will Ferrell, Julia Roberts, Jeff Daniels, Willem Dafoe, Nicol Kidman, Mark Ruffalo, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Pamela Anderson, Robert De Niro, Cooper Barnes, Malcolm McDowell, Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson, Christopher Walkin, Chevy Chase,  Ben Kingsley, John Ford, Catherine Deneuve, John Wayne, Rudolph Valentino, Mel Gibson.

Musicians: George Harrison, Billy Idol, Franz Lizst, Edie van Halen. Angus Young, Yo Yo Ma, Keith Urban, Vin Diesel, Pink, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards, Jim Morrison, Roger Waters, John Denver, Vanilla Ice, Joni Mitchell, Cilla Black.  

Writers and Artists: Marie Shriver, Anthony Horowitz, Franz Kafka, Michelangelo, Simone De Beauvoir, William Thackery, Mark Twain, Marcel Proust, Alexander Pushkin.  

Magicians: Criss Angel.

Business: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Donatella Versace.

WHAT IS The GOAT/SHEEP YEAR ALL ABOUT? 

    The ELEMENTS of The YEAR

The year is always made up of two parts, the Chinese animal sign and the Year element. The Year of the Sheep/Goat is symbolised by two elements – with Yin Wood sitting on top of Yin Earth.  According to the Five Elements cycle of birth and destruction which governs the interrelationship between the elements, Wood is the enemy of Earth – Wood conquers Earth –  and so they are on the destructive cycle and have a fighting relationship.  Normally this means disharmony. There will be international conflict and clashing. However, it seems such conflicts may be more easily resolved with compromise and concessions in 2015 as the nature of the Yin Wood is a flower where it is easy to adjust directions and is much more flexible.

How does that conflict manifest? The last two Gulf wars in the deserts of Middle East started in 1991 and 2003, both Years of the Goat, with the USA in a coalition fighting in the Arabian desert to liberate Kuwait in 1991 and to overrun Iraq in 2003. With the looming threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria today, it would not be surprising if another type of Gulf war will breakout in 2015.

The Chinese calendar is on a 60 year cycle.  We have experienced the same Yin Wood Goat year in 1955 as well as 120 years ago in 1895.  The year 1955 marked the signing of many international treaties for ending conflicts or for forming military co-operation. In February 1955, the Baghdad Pact of Mutual Co-operation was signed which is mutual defence treaty with Turkey, Britain, Iran, Pakistan and Iraq.  West Germany joined NATO in May 1955, and the Soviet Union and other 7 communist countries formed the Warsaw Pact also in same year.  The South-East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO), another collective defence treaty  was also formed in February 1955.

1955: Racial segregation was outlawed on trains and buses in interstate commerce in the USA. In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger and was arrested, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A young Jim Henson built the first version of Kermit the Frog. Marian Anderson was the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ debuted on the CBS TV network in the USA. The Mickey Mouse Club debuted on ABC-TV network in the USA. Independent Commercial Television (ITV) began broadcasting in the UK. The game of Scrabble debuted. First edition of the Guinness Book of Records published in London. Ray Kroc opened his first McDonalds in Des Plaines, Illinois. USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, put to sea for the first time.  The Pentagon announced a plan to develop ICBMs armed with nuclear weapons.  Disneyland opened to the public in California. The first footage of Elvis Presley was filmed as part of a short film. Bo Diddley made his television debut on Ed Sullivan’s show for CBS TV.

Music and songs of the time in 1955 were ‘Davy Crockett’, ‘Yellow Rose of Texas’, ‘Sixteen Tons’, ‘Love is a Many Splendid Thing’ and ‘Rock Around the Clock’. Movies of that year include ‘Smiles of a Summer Night’ (Bergman), ‘The Rose Tattoo’, ‘The Seven Year Itch’ (Billy Wilder), and ‘Richard the Third’ (Laurence Olivier). In that year Salvador Dali painted his unique version of The Lord’s Supper.

WHAT’S Your HEALTH ISSUE In 2015?

The five basic Chinese Elements represent different parts of the body – Wood relates to the liver and the head and hair. Health problems related to Wood could be liver and anger problems. The Earth element is the stomach and pancreas and its also related to cells and muscle tissue, hence the disease of cancer is mainly caused by the Earth element getting out of balance. In particular the Goat forms a difficult configuration called the “Earth penalty” with the Ox and Dog which may bring or indicate the possibility of cancer.  And the lack of a Water element in 2015 will weaken our kidney health and hence our immune system. So in 2015 its good to take more antioxidants and Omega 3 and 6 oils to protect cell tissue and enhance the Water aspect in our bodies (and drink plenty more water). Yin Wood symbolises our neck, back bone and spinal cord, so without enough Water support, the Wood is unhealthy and there will be more problems related to bones. The supplements to enhance bones are calcium, magnesium and omega 3 oils. Calcium rich foods like – White Beans, Sardines, Ricotta, Rhubarb, Dried Figs, Kale, Bok Choy, Black-eyed Peas, Almonds, Broccoli, Seaweed, and Sesame Seeds, particularly Black Sesame. Magnesium foods – Artichokes, Oat Bran, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Spinach, White Beans, and Beets.

As we said, Earth element is stomach and pancreas, and cell tissue and muscle while cancer is caused by Earth element out of balance. The Earthy Goat contains dry Earth and Fire, and this is the Chinese description of junk food with heavy starch and carbohydrates, bringing obesity and diabetes. The first McDonalds shop was opened in 1955 in the USA, inaugurating the generation of junk food and processed food and bringing a huge slide and deterioration in public health over the last 60 years. Note that the year McDonalds opened is a  Goat Year which clashes with the Ox, and McDonalds mainly serves a lot of Oxen (cows) meat. Therefore the Goat Year in 2015 will bring a strong consciousness into the public arena of the role of junk food and excessive meat in the diet related to diabetes, cancer and obesity.

WHICH WAY The ECONOMY?

On the economy, the Fire element is always the driving force behind the stock market.  Each of the Chinese Five Elements effects people’s moods.  Fire is joy/and sadness, Water is fear/sympathy, Earth is mediation and nurturance/guilt, Metal is grief/sociability and Wood is anger/kindness. With Yin Wood and Earth powerful this year there’ll be much activity in the world’s markets and economies.  In 2015, the momentum of Fire driven optimism will continue so this could be a year that the economic activities and stock market will continue and be  active particularly in spring and summer seasons.  The strong Fire element and absence of Water element this year is positive for the economy and the optimism will continue confidence. This positive Fire energy will continue through 2015 and into 2016.

With the Wood & Earth elements of 2015 you can expect it to bring prosperity to the wood industries and the metal industries – and Wood includes textiles, environment industries, art and creative studios, nurseries, paper and magazines. The second best industry could be Metal and metal industries are hi-tech, banking, machinery, jewellery, photography, antiques, computers and engineering design. Interestingly the archetype for Wood element is the pioneer and the archetype for Metal is the alchemist. Put the pioneer and the alchemist together in the economy and you get innovative new industries that transform the world from one old form into a totally new one.

HOME & BUSINESS FENG SHUI MOVES In 2014

Traditional Feng Shui assessments have nine flying numbers called Flying Stars that arrive in different sectors of the house each year to influence a building’s good and bad fortune by interacting with the existing sector numbers. In the year of the Goat/Sheep the Flying Star numbers that create challenges in your home will move on to new locations (see my 2014 Chinese Forecast). There are prosperous energies and the illness and breakdown energies. The good fortune numbers are 8 and 9 and the sickness numbers are 5 and 2. The two most weighty are the number 5 (called the Yellow Five), and the number 8 (called the White Star). These new numbers move into place on the 4th February each year, the beginning of the solar year, and its always good to have your remedies in place in the last weeks of January as their influence begins to grow from then.

As Feng Shui energies change from year to year its necessary to watch for the relocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each year, and take precautions if the negative influence lands at important places in your home or office. In the year of the Goat, the poor energy called “Yellow Five” – symbolising obstacles and misfortune, arrives in the West sector. Use Metal here with a set of six coins or a metal gong or bell (or six-piece metal wind chimes) to sound or tone. Brass and copper items can be used. You can also use a saltwater cure which is a jar/vase containing 6 metal coins and a tablespoon of salt in water.

The Star number 2 this year symbolising sickness is in the SouthEast in 2015. In the S.East is the area ruled by Yin Wood and thus it will affect women more than men. It can cause stomach or gynaecological problems. The traditional method to dissolve the 2 is to hang a string of six metal coins in the affected area in the South East of your house. Or use a calabash which is a gold metal gourd and/or a jar of water with six coins inside. The Grand Duke (Tai Sui) this year is in the SouthSouthWest, hence its not favourable to work earth or do substantial construction work in this sector. The Grand Duke is like a military man on a horse riding towards you. Do not challenge him by facing his direction, but face to the other direction. Its also not recommended for you to sit with back against S.West as you will be sitting against the unfavourable energy called “Three Shars” or “Three Killings”.  Also the difficult Star 7 representing scandals and disloyalty is in the South sector and the traditional solution for this Star 7 is to place three pieces of bamboo plant grown in a clear glass vase of water in the South.

The Centre number often reflects the events focus prevailing in that year and in the home, and this year the number 3 is in the Centre which is Wood and is the Thunder trigram – its about arguments and stubbornness. You can put a piece of red paper (a Fire colour) in this position to minimise its influence. It also represents nature at its zenith, as in growth, but it is strong Yang energy so we will see strong natural forces in operation – wild weather and events with thunder, wind, water and rain. We could also expect to see more earth disasters like landslides, avalanches and seismic activity. It is sometimes too depicted as a negative influence that can bring deception, robbery and destruction. However, this will depend on what other element is in your home in the centre.

During 2015 the numbers 8 and 9 are found respectively in the North and the SouthWest of your home. With the number 8 in the North of your home, you can take advantage of it. If your office or front door or a key room is here then you can be blessed with an abundant flow of supportive energy this year. The North is ruled by the Water element which is about career prospects, direction in life and emotions and communication. To make it work avoid any blocking energies in those two sectors. Give them a good sweep out and clean all windows and doors. Get rid of clutter. If it works appropriately add flowing water to the North. ts most advantageous to consult a Feng Shui practitioner to find out exactly where the energies are going to be this year and what impact they’ll have on the resident Flying Stars in your own home.  What I’ve written here is just a good beginning guide.

2015 is going to be a year of upheavals on many levels. Unstable emotions can lead to all sorts of unrest, not only with the mind, but on a physical level as well.

Your YEARLY FORTUNATE FORECAST –  The CHINESE ZODIAC

The Zodiac sign which will have the most trouble this year is the Ox which is in a direct clash across the Chinese zodiac with the Goat. These clashes that happen with the opposite animal sign usually bring about difficulties, accidents or changes.  There can be much turbulence and movements in your life if an Ox. As it is Earth element clash with Earth, it can stimulate misfortune related to earthquakes, avalanches, building problems and traffic accidents on the road.  The Goat also creates what is called an Earth penalty with the Ox and the Dog and this excessive Earth will bring health problems for the stomach, or pancreas and possibly look at the issue of cancer.  People born in the year of the Ox will experience more travelling or movement such as changing jobs or moving house.  Its important to carry the pendant of a Horse as protection to keep the Goat energy away. Some examples of famous people born in the year of the Ox and in a clash with the Goat are President Barak Obama, ex-PM Julia Gillard, Larry Page (of Google), Bruce Springsteen, and Meryl Streep.

The animals combining well with the Goat this year are the Horse, the Pig, and the Rabbit. These animals move into a better year with more harmony. As the animal signs can appear in all Four Pillars (of your Chinese Astrology chart) in a person’s birth data, the clash and penalty relationship with the Goat will not only cause an impact on people born in the year of the Ox and Goat, but also the day and month. The clashes can therefore effect anyone who has these animals in a birth month, or day or hour.

What’s in Store for each of the Twelve Animal Signs in 2015?

This is a guide only to the year. Remember this is just a simple picture so for complete forecasts for 2015 look at your Four Pillars Chart which is your full Chinese destiny zodiac chart. It uses the Year, Month, Day and the Hour of your birth to get a true picture of your character.  Try visiting –  http://www.feng-shui-institute.org/free4pillars.htm for a full calculation of your chart. NB: When the animal is listed here its element is in brackets.

THE RAT (Water): (1924, ’36, ’48, ’60, ’72, ’84, ’96, ’08)   The Goat and the Rat in the zodiac don’t have a lot of affinity for one another. However it is a year to make good relationships with others. Best way for you to handle this year is to take a positive outlook and think to yourself – for every problem there is a positive solution. Deal with anything that comes up from your past with effort.  It may interfere with the present if you don’t forgive and forget. Finances are looking okay. You need to find new ways of adding to your income.  Pay attention to diet and exercise.

THE OX (Earth): (1925, ’37, ’49, ’61, ’73, ’85, ’97, ’09)   The Ox is the sign opposite the Goat in 2015 so doesn’t start well. This will be a year for working hard and there may be a lot of issues to sort through for you. You are resourceful and practical by nature – so you will discover brilliant and creative ideas on ways to improve your home. Skills that you enjoy regularly will help bring an extended social element into your life. Watch your finances during the year as much money will be flowing outwards. Not a good time for larger purchases. There is help from those in senior positions for you this year. For protection this year carry a Horse symbol.

THE TIGER (Wood): (1926, ’38, ’50, ’62, ’74, ’86, ’98, ’10)   Its a family year for you. Your home life will be extremely busy during the year and you will need to allocate time for your loved ones, or there may be breakdown in communication between family members- which could lead to squabbles. If you are starting new projects or making improvements in your home remember to take on one project at a time.  Avoid any legal issues this year and make sure to have every document checked before you sign it. The year is looking very good for your social life. You’ll enjoy many events with friends and family and you will be able to make new friends with ease throughout the year.

THE RABBIT (Wood): (1927, ’39, 51, ’63, ’75, ’87, ’99, ’11)    The Rabbit has a good relationship with the Goat and this helps the year flow. Career prospects look good and you get the chance to shine and really prove your worth. Your skills and resourcefulness should help you gain recognition in the workplace. If you are looking for work you can take advantage of developments this year.  If you show a lot of initiative, you could soon find that you are in a very good position. Your romance life looks good and health should be good as long as you keep to good food, clean water, good diet, with rest and exercise.

THE DRAGON (Earth): (1928, ’40, ’52, ’64, ’76, ’88, ’00, ’12)   Generally speaking life will be good in 2015. However, some caution is still advised. This can be a rewarding year if you give 100 percent in what you do. You will benefit by taking on extra training and learning new things. If you are seeking employment or looking to change career direction 2015 could be a challenging year. Work and issues around property and possessions are highlighted this year. Some planning and control is needed. Health is good and this will be a good year to pursue your hobbies – especially if they relate to spiritual things. Travel is well favoured in 2015 and a vacation or two during the year will benefit you. For protection carry a Rooster symbol.

THE SNAKE (Fire): (1929, ’41, ’53, ’65, ’77, ’89, ’01, ’13)    With the challenges from the year of the Horse out of the way, you can begin this year with confidence knowing that 2015 will be a beneficial time for you. Your efforts this year need to go into legal and social justice issues. Finances are looking promising this year, and if you are able to manage your money well, you can go ahead with ideas and plans you have been putting off for awhile. Investing money will benefit you this year.  Plan an active lifestyle and eat a healthy diet as much as possible. Avoid rubbishy food and make sure to drink plenty of water. Exercise is most important. Steer clear of any problems over contracts or business agreements.

THE HORSE (Fire): (1930, ’42, ’54, ’66, ’78, ’90, ’02, ’14)   This is a good year for Horse people. Focus on your good health and other things will fall into place. While finances will increase due to career progress, the year of the Goat may be an expensive time for you. You will need to remain in control of your spending as there may be a lot of unexpected expenses.  2015 will be a very busy year for you. Take time out for exercise, and practice healthy eating – make room for relaxation and a hobby.  A lot of your interests will attract new people into your life.  Spending time with good friends will bring you a lot of pleasure. Remember to consult others before you undertake any project.

THE SHEEP/GOAT (Earth): (1919, ’31, ’43, ’55, ’67, ’79, ’91, ’03, ’15)   This is your year but, in 2015 you need to learn the art of tolerance and diplomacy. By doing so you will give yourself a better than even chance of having a good year. Although you should be pleased with the year of the Goat, you will need to be careful with certain areas of your life. If you take on too many tasks, or make too many plans at the beginning of the year, you’ll tire fast. The year  will open up some fantastic opportunities for you – opportunities which could lead to advancements and recognition in your career. You will have a chance to show off your talents and resourcefulness. Socially, it will be a busy year for you. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet new people and some of this via your present friends. Get plenty
of exercise and stay active. For protection carry a Horse symbol.

THE MONKEY (Metal): (1920, ’32, ’44, ’56, ’68, ’80, ’92, ’04)    Health for you too is an issue  this year. Try to eat a relatively healthy diet and exercise to stay active. Your finances require quite a lot of attention in 2015 – care and discipline is needed. Keep a close eye
on your spending, and avoid major outgoings. When signing documents or paperwork, always remember to read the fine print as failing to do so may lead to problems. You need to be careful to avoid arguments and disagreements this year as small ones could soon turn into something much bigger. Best solution is to talk things through. For protection you should carry a Snake symbol.

THE ROOSTER (Metal): (1921, ’33, ’45, ’57, ’69, ’81, ’93, ’05)    Your finances are going to require a lot of managing and discipline this year. By putting money aside earlier in the year, you will be able to do a lot of what you wish to do as the year proceeds.  Read any contracts right through and pay attention to the fine print.  A holiday can really benefit you
this year and provide some much needed respite from what could be a very hectic period in your life. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to extend your circle of friends and meet new people throughout the year.  For protection and luck carry a Dragon symbol.

THE DOG (Earth): (1922, ’34, ’46, ’58, ’70, ’82, ’94, ’06)   The Dog person is affected by the Goat year in the form of annoyances, quarrels and mistakes that you may make. Your career is affected by changes during the year. You may not be open to new ideas or methods as you tend too much to favour tradition, therefore if you take the time to learn new practices and embrace changes you find in your work place, you can use this to your advantage. If you are looking to change your career, or just looking for other work, you could find that the year will bring some challenges. The Year will bring new people into your life, but you may find that it will take some time for those new friendships to grow. For protection you ought to carry the symbol of the Rabbit

THE PIG (Water): (1923, ’35, ’47, ’59, ’71, ’83, ’95, ’07)   Children can be a strong focus this year. You’ll benefit from taking part in any training programmes this year. This will increase your work value – and also give you a chance to meet new people in your workplace. There will be some special moments to share with family this year, and you get great satisfaction from this. Bonds will be strengthened the more time you spend with family. Socially, you can be in constant demand and others will be drawn to your good nature at social gatherings throughout the year. Pig people looking for a partner will be well placed. For protection and luck carry a Tiger symbol or pendant.

All the best of success, abundance and good luck for the Goat Year of 2015.

Richard Giles,
Feng Shui practitioner and astrologer,

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