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Years of the Goat: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027...
The Goat is eighth in the Chinese zodiac cycle. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle.
You will get the following information on this page:
People born in a year of the Goat are called "Goats" in China. If you were born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, or 2015, then you’re a Goat.
However, Goat years are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting on Chinese New Year).
You can use our "Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign" tool to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.
|Goat Year||When||Type of Goat|
|1931||February 17, 1931 – February 5, 1932||Gold Goat|
|1943||February 5, 1943 – January 24, 1944||Water Goat|
|1955||January 24, 1955 – February 11, 1956||Wood Goat|
|1967||February 9, 1967 – January 30, 1968||Fire Goat|
|1979||January 28, 1979 – February 15, 1980||Earth Goat|
|1991||February 15, 1991 – February 3, 1992||Gold Goat|
|2003||February 1, 2003 – January 21, 2004||Water Goat|
|2015||February 19, 2015 – February 7, 2016||Wood Goat|
|2027||February 6, 2027 – January 25, 2028||Fire 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.
Although 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 a lot of time in their own 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. This means that, for example, a Wood Goat comes once 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 Goat, 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|
Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the unique characteristics of each animal into account. Those whose characteristics match well can have good compatibility.
However, those who don't match need to put more effort into their relationships.
See below the compatibility of the Goat with other animals, and find out if the Goat is compatible with your sign or not.
People born in a year of the Goat prefer to work in a team. Their best work partners are Horses. They are not bothered about status and power. Unless asked, they won't ever volunteer for anything and they 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.
People born in a year of the Goat are very serene and calm. Therefore they tend to have fewer health problems.
If Goats are mentally and emotionally in 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. Goats should have a regular schedule for meals and keep their sleep and waking times consistent.
The year 2020 will be a completely new beginning for Goats. It will take them a little longer to adapt to a new career, life changes, and their emotions. They will need to learn to express their feelings in 2020.
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 that 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. Previously, many young Chinese couples tried desperately to conceive in a racing against time to had a baby in 2014, which was a year of the Horse. A year of Horse 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.
Chinese people are actually also not quite sure about this. 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), antelope (羚羊), 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 (rather than 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 in the image of a goat.
|Famous Goat||Birth Date||Element|
|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|