2015: Year of the Wooden Goat

By Madam Loo

This coming Thursday, February 19, the world enters the Year of the Goat. According to Chinese Astrology, Buddha invited all the animals living in the forest to a special gathering. While he and the animals were situated beneath the jacaranda trees, Buddha pontificated. Twelve of the forest’s animals took his teachings to heart. According legend, Buddha allocated a specific year for each of his 12 new disciples. He bestowed 12 distinct personalities, perpetually reoccurring during yearly cycles.

Annually, each animal’s influence would come into play. The New Year for each of the 12 animals commences during the new moon in the Aquarius sky, first recorded by the Chinese almost 5,000 years ago. Since new moons don’t appear on an exact date, each animal’s reign begins and ends sometime in late-January or until mid-February, a reign that concludes during the following year’s new moon in Aquarius. Fully understanding those nuances isn’t essential for one to enjoy the social science of Chinese Astrology, unless one wishes to crunch mathematical calculations.  Yet within the scope of Chinese Astrology, comparing personalities of the mixed batch of animals isn’t what one would call a precise science.

This animal’s influence, during Year of the Goat, will be felt until February 7, 2016. People born in the Year of the Goat are known to possess a heaping amount of raw intelligence while flashing lightning quick comprehension. Goats, such as Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, parlayed their insatiably curious natures into groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Others in their herd, the sexier ones, won’t miss out on the fun and are more inclined to exhibit individual panache and style rather than what’s perceived as fashionable. For the most part, Goats might prefer to be recognized for their art or songs or bahs.

Within this sign we won’t find many point men taking unnecessary risks. Despite Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo being trailblazing Goats, we’ve learned that deeper pockets fronted those milestone expeditions. Goats keep their money safe, yet they cozy up and align with power and money, often taking on the roles of confidants and councilors, staying in the shadows as intricate parts of well-tuned entourages.

Much of those characteristics could seep into the mindsets of those belonging to other signs during Year of the Goat. Amusement, discovery, and alignment should be on the horizon. The reasons and whys about the non-sensible occurrences that took place last year during the tumultuous Year of the Horse begin to make sense and justify spilt-over emotions. The saving grace is most of us have survived the frantic pace of the Horse—yet sins might have to be paid for.

Arguments with relatives should be avoided. Opulence shouldn’t be avoided but encouraged within reason. Erase guilt for lounging on the sofa. Gains might seem automatic as no brainers but the foreseeable Goat planted the seeds long ago, providing opportunities about to blossom. There may not be much money but look at the fun. Finally, it should be a grand year for baseball!


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