The Lunar New Year of the Yin Wood Goat has arrived, and along with it, some confusion as to whether it should be referred to as the Year of the Goat/ Sheep/ Ram. The Chinese characters for goat, sheep, ram, and antelope all include the 羊 yang character: e.g. sheep (绵羊), goat (山羊), ram/buck (公羊 male sheep or goat), 羚羊 (antelope), etc. According to Dr. Sabine Wilms of Happy Goat Productions, a Classical Chinese Medicine and Philosophy scholar, translator, and educator, “when the Chinese came up with these animal associations, they were not thinking Dorset Sheep, but wild mountain sheep, which are much closer in personality and habits to domesticated and wild goats than modern domesticated sheep”.
For those that are unfamiliar with some of the common traditions for celebrating the Lunar New Year, here are 6 Things You Need to Know About the Year of the Goat
According to Lillian Pearl Bridges’s Year of the Sheep Forecast, this year promises to be much more harmonious than the previous year and is a year of “forgiveness and reconciliation” where we should strive to act “assertively rather than aggressively”.
This sounds like a positive direction to take after the more tumultuous events that occurred personally and globally in Year of the Horse.
What are you hoping and planning for this year?
Xin Nian Kuai Le!
There’s something special about a day that only comes once every four years…
My mother’s birthday falls on March 1…so that means every four years, she has to wait one extra day to see her special day arrive. And since this year marks a special entry into a new decade for her, this means that her daughters get one extra day to plan the festivities!
And what about those special people who can officially only celebrate a February 29th birthday every four years? Now I consider them especially lucky. Who else gets to technically call themselves 24 when they are actually 96?!! Lucky either way, I suppose if they’re living to 96 🙂
If you’ve read my very first post on my blog, you will know that I’m one of those people who definintely benefits from special days which motivate me to start something new. New Year’s Day on January 1st, the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dragon on January 23rd, and the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, ‘TibetanLosar’ on February 22nd of this year, have all come and gone. Luckily, I managed to start some of my pet projects by Losar. But having this one extra day does seem to push a few other projects to the fore today. Will this be the day we each transform our bodies, our minds to conquer our daily challenges, and take our long wished- for dreams, and our new found passions and turn them into a tangible reality?
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