The Chinese New Year coincides with the second new Moon after Summer Solstice, beginning this year on the 19th of February. 2015 is the year of the sheep/goat/ram and falls under the element of wood. The Sheep is a Yin energy, a symbol of Peace, Harmonious co-existence and Tranquility. The primary and fundamental mood for this year is on healing and diplomacy. Sheep correlates to the Western sign Cancer, the sign of the mother and nurturer. This will be reflected by the desire for intimacy, family, and close friendships, encouraging us to be more caring, kind, and sensitive with each other. This is the year to develop a wild heart, open to love and acceptance on all levels.
Another theme for this Sheep year is to express your creative side, making it the perfect time for artistic development and cultivation of beauty.
In the wild, Sheep are surprisingly tough and able to tolerate sever weather and scarcity of food. Sheep have this natural ability to survive when one must, and are far stronger than they appear. A Sheep can be calm and charming, yet is very focused and determined. They won’t be told what to do, stay at a job they dislike, or be forced to compromise. This animal is also unable to move backwards or sideways and can only move forward, making it a powerful time for development and progress … A steady path, generosity, and keeping the peace are this year's mantra. Onwards and upwards ...