What Will The Year Of The Sheep Mean For You?

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Author/astrologer Suzanne White has been dubbed "The High Priestess" of Chinese astrology. Unlike the Sun Signs of the zodiac, the Chinese Astrological Signs are based on the year of your birth rather than the month. They go through 12-year cycles, starting with the Rat and ending with the Pig. You can find your sign here. Note: If you were born in January or February, you should check your exact date of birth on the Chinese Calendar. The Chinese New Year is later than ours, so your birthday may fall into the previous Chinese Year.

Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Sheep (sometimes referred to as the Year of the Goat or Ram). Sheep years are thought to be Yin — softer and less warlike than other years. However, Sheep years can also offer belligerent spirit and penurious periods aplenty. When Sheep are challenged, they can turn from peace-loving Yinsters to aggressors and self-pitiers. The same is true of Sheep years: They may at first give us an impression of serenity. But, just you wait. In my heart, I would love to reassure all of my readers that this coming Sheep year, 2015, will be warm apple pie and roses all year long — but truthfully, I don't think that will be the case.

This Wood Sheep year will, however, be a time for all people to pull together. If you ever wanted to start your own political party, participate in a group charity effort, or teach children to read, 2015 is your year. Any and all humanitarian endeavors will be supported and rewarded. Being one of “the good guys” will be encouraged. Bad guys won’t be popular, and hypocrites will be flushed out of their secret lairs. Unfaithful spouses will be rejected, and people will prefer the arts and culture to crime and violence on TV. In short, from a day-to-day living standpoint, the Sheep year 2015 will be more clement. Good riddance to the rigorous, back-breaking Horse year, 2014.

A Sheep year is not about ambition, success, or money. Instead, it's about people and their essential needs. Efforts to relieve poverty and stamp out rampant illness will be favored. Those who invent and innovate can expect to be given time and even funds; money-hungry folks, meanwhile, will ride a bumpy road ahead. Why? Sheep don’t care about accumulating cash. They care about musing in fertile fields, making and building things, and they care about routine — a safe, unchanging routine they can be guided by, and which allows them to do more of what they are passionate about.

While sudden changes in rules could rile Sheep up, aggression for its own sake is not in the Sheep makeup. Sheep prefer stasis. They are a peace-loving lot, and they are about compromise. So, if events go according to the Sheep’s plan, 2015, the year of the Green Wood Sheep, will smooth its wooly balm over hostilities. You'll see families reunited and harmony returning. These are turbulent times. But, 2015 will point the way through the storms and rekindle our belief in ourselves — that we can drop our petty quarrels and mend our broken fences.