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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:
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.
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|
|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|
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.