The Goat comes 8th in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
According to Chinese astrology, each year (starting from Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. For example 2015 is a year of the Goat.
People born in a year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.
They have very delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance, and acquire professional skills well. Although they look gentle on the surface, they are tough on the inside, always insisting on their own opinions in their minds. They have strong inner resilience and excellent defensive instincts.
Though they prefer to be in groups, they do not want to be the center of attention. They are reserved and quiet, most likely because they like spending much time in their thoughts. Goats like to spend money on fashionable things that give them a first class appearance. Although goats enjoy spending money on the finer things in life, they are not snobbish.
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People born in a year of the Goat are very serene and calm. Therefore they tend to have fewer health problems.
If goat people are in mental and emotional good spirits, this should have a positive effect on their physical health. Eating fresh and organic produce, and eliminating red meat from their diet when possible, is an effective way to keep healthy. They should get out among nature and commune with the great outdoors. Fresh air, trees, and sunshine will all do wonders for their health. Goat people should have a regular schedule for meals and keep their sleep and waking times consistent.
People born in the year of the goat prefer to work in a team. Their best work partners are Horses. They are not crazy about status and power. Unless asked, they won't ever volunteer for anything and act as leaders. Good career choices for goats are pediatrician, actor, daycare teacher, interior designer, florist, hair stylist, musician, editor, illustrator, and art history teacher.
Read more on What Zodiac Sign Is Your Best Work Partner.
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.
According to Chinese astrology, each animal zodiac has its own lucky numbers, lucky days, lucky colors, lucky flowers, and a best direction. Here are the Goat's:
These things are believed to be unlucky for Goat people.
Goats will have bad luck in 2017 and may easily feel passive and helpless as things seem to go wrong.
The lucky star will not help Goats increase their fortunes in 2017. You’ll need to expend great effort in order to be rewarded. It’ll be a year of learning and study for Goats. You are recommended to learn new skills — skills sure to help in your future development.
Business people, 2017 will be a good year for you if you are planning to expand your markets. You will take business trips frequently in order to expand.
You will have a chance to make a fortune. But you are recommended not to set foot in unfamiliar fields and you should weigh things up very carefully before you decide to invest.
You will have an opportunity to make unexpected gains on foreign stocks and shares, or foreign currencies. But you’ll have to consider your own situation carefully, along with fluctuations in economics and exchange rates.
Goats will need to work very hard in 2017 to improve your career situation. When you work hard and seize opportunities to demonstrate your personal skills, you will have opportunity to win your leadership’s appreciation and gain promotion.
Though your workload will increase and you will undertake more responsibilities, your diligence will be rewarded well. If you have a chance to work in another place, you can grab the chance, to develop your career.
If you want to change jobs this year to encompass a broader field, you can do it.
You are recommended to join some activities to build up your personal relationships and expand your social network. You can learn from others’ experience, which will also help develop your career.
Goats’ health in 2017 will be affected by bad luck, especially men born in 1955 or 1991 and women born in 1967 or 2003.
What’s more, the health of your family will also be affected by bad luck. You should pay more attention to the health of any seniors in the family circle. Go to hospital when you find anything wrong. Keep the floor clean and tidy, in case you slip and fall.
Don’t do any dangerous sports, in case of accidents.
To avoid any bad atmosphere, you shouldn’t visit the sick this year. You are recommended to go out with your family to breathe in the fresh air and purge any negative influences.
There’ll be no improvement during 2017 in the love life of Goats.
If you are single, you’ll need to work hard at it. During social activities, you can focus on friends of the opposite sex. Or you can try and develop a relationship with someone coming home from abroad or from elsewhere.
If you are married, you’ll be affected by pressure from work and be in a bad mood. That will bring trouble on your happy family. You can however create some romantic situations, which will bring you unexpected and pleasant results.
Best with: Rabbit, Horse or Pig
Worst with: Ox, Dragon, Snake or Dog
There is a popular Chinese folk saying 'Only one out of ten people born in a year of the Goat finds happiness' (十羊九不全), which means most babies born in a year of the Goat are destined for failed marriages, unhappy families, and bad luck. Most Chinese people also believe that babies born in a Goat year will grow up to be followers rather than leaders.
Therefore many Chinese couples take steps to avoid having children in a year of the Goat. Many young Chinese couples have been trying desperately to conceive, racing against time to have a baby in the 2014 year of the Horse, which is considered far luckier than a Goat year.
Although this is an outdated superstition which seems silly, it has a real effect on Chinese society.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: gold (metal), wood, water, fire, or earth, which means that e.g. a Wood Goat comes in a 60-year cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Goats, each with different characteristics:
|Type of Goat||Year of Birth||Characteristics|
|Wood Goat||1955, 2015||Amicable, gentle, and compassionate.|
|Fire Goat||1907, 1967||Amicable, frank, and honest, always making everything clean and tidy.|
|Earth Goat||1919, 1979||Righteous, honest, straightforward, and will never harm their friends.|
|Gold Goat||1931, 1991||Ambitious and kind-hearted with a strong sense of responsibility in work; sometimes too stubborn.|
|Water Goat||1943, 2003||Always ready to help others, and they can sacrifice their own interests for others|
Actually, Chinese people are also not quite sure about that. In Chinese the word 羊 (yáng) is a generic term, and can refer to a sheep (绵羊), goat (山羊), ram/buck (公羊 male sheep or goat), 羚羊 (antelope), etc. There is a lack of clear definition on the zodiac "Goat" in Chinese history.
However, most Chinese people and experts on folklore believe that the Chinese zodiac animal is the Goat, not the Sheep, and they have some evidence to support their idea...
Firstly, the Chinese zodiac is an invention of the Han Nationality, and goats were widely raised by the Han people (unlike sheep), so the zodiac animal is more likely to refer to a goat.
Secondly, a Goat image often appears on Chinese zodiac stamps, New Year paper cuttings, and New Year paintings (not a sheep).
Thirdly, the Goat was one of the 12 bronze statues of the Chinese zodiac at the Old Summer Palace. Although its head was lost, its present reproduction according to historical records is the image of a goat.