The Year of the Goat — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects in 2018 & 2019

The Goat comes 8th in the Chinese zodiac.  Years of the Goat include: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027...

According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. For example, 2015 was a year of the Goat. The cycle is always Horse year, Goat year, then a Monkey Year. If you were born in a Goat year these are said to be lucky for you:

  • Lucky colors: green, red, purple
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 7
  • Lucky flowers: carnation, primrose
The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Goat

The Goat's Personality: Calm, Gentle...

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.

What Type of Goat Are You: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, or Water?

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

See Chinese Zodaic Goat of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies.

Famous Goat Year People

Famous Goat Birth Date Element
Christopher Columbus 1451 a Gold Goat
Thomas Edison February 11, 1847 a Fire Goat?*
Mikhail Gorbachev 2 March 1931 a Water Goat
Bill Gates October 28, 1955 a Wood Goat
Steve Jobs February 24, 1955 a Wood Goat
Tim Berners Lee 8 June 1955 a Wood Goat
Jason Statham 26 July 1967 a Fire Goat
Nicole Kidman 20 June 1967 a Fire Goat
*Depending on when Chinese New Year Fell in 1847, Edison might be a Horse.

Good Health for Goats


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.

The Best Jobs or Career for Goats

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.

How to Build Relationships with "Goat People"


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.

The Luckiest Things for Goats

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:

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 (like 27 and 72)
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 30th of any month according to the Chinese lunar calendar
  • Lucky colors: green, red, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: carnations and primroses
  • Lucky direction: north

Things that Should be Avoided by Goats

These things are believed to be unlucky for Goat people.

  • Unlucky colors:  blue, and black. Goat people should avoid wearing these colors.
  • Unlucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Unlucky direction: southwest
  • Worst lunar months: third, sixth, and tenth. Avoid these months if you have some important business to do or want to plan an event.

Goats’ Wealth, Work, Love, and Health Prospects in 2018 & 2019


Finances in 2018 — ★☆☆☆☆


Goats do not have good prospects for their finances in 2018.

If you are a Goat, you stand to lose a lot in 2018.

In your career, you will lose in competitions, so that you suffer loss financially. Your benefits will be invaded and taken. You will also lose money because of brothers and friends. Or you will lose finances because of your stubbornness or being temped. Sometimes, it will also be easy to lose your capital because of conflict with others.

You are suggested to adjust your aura at a lakeside, which will also help adjust your mind, and reduce bad affairs and fiscal loss.

Career Prospects in 2018 — ★☆☆☆☆

work hard

Goats will have strong stress in their careers in 2018.

Snakes, your good performance will be supplanted, and your success will be seized. Your leaders are more likely to esteem your rivals more than you. You will easily have conflicts with your colleagues too.

For entrepreneurs, you will meet many competitors, and it will be hard to achieve progress. You will not do well in real estate projects or the mineral industry, where you will bring yourself many bad situations and crises.

No matter whether you are self-employed or you are an employee, you are suggested to do meditation at places that have forests. Restrain yourself and adjust your attitude towards work. If you want to do project this year, you can consider a landscaping project.

Love in 2018 — ★★☆☆☆


Goats will meet many competitors in love in 2018.

For male Goats, it’s not easy for you to find a favorite mate. Your favorite partner will be easily won over by your competitors. For those who are in a relationship, you also need to be careful of a bad ending.

For female Goats, it’s also not a good year regarding love prospects in 2018. You are likely to hurt your favorite mate because of your pursuit of freedom, and there might be a conflict between you.

Goats are suggested to adjust themselves at a place that has a lake, river, or woods. That will help you bring more good luck to your love life.

Health in 2018 — ★★☆☆☆

family time

Goats are not forecast good health in 2018.

Goats, your respiratory system will tend to have trouble. You will also sometimes feel discomfort in your liver and gall bladder, which might be caused by pressure between the two. Your stomach might not feel well either.

You are suggested to do a health examination regularly and adjust your aura at place with lakes and woods. Stay away from unreliable friends, away from feuds, and away from fights, so that you can protect yourself from stress.

Love Compatibility: Is She/He Compatible with You?

Best with: Rabbit, Horse or Pig

Worst with: Ox, Dragon, Snake or Dog

Compatibility with Goat

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Is it a Good Year to Give Birth to a Baby?


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.

Is It the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram?


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.

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