(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008)
If you’re going to have a mantra for the Year of the Goat then it needs to be ‘think big’. This is a bold, exciting and dynamic year for you, with a need to get out into the world and make your mark, experience all you can and participate fully in life. The Rat and Goat aren’t naturally compatible, with the Goat not liking the little Rat running around its heels and the Rat afraid of being trampled on by the Goat, especially when it gets skittish, which is why they have a healthy respect for each other. The Rat doesn’t want to get too close to the Goat and the Goat doesn’t want the Rat to get too close, so they agree to disagree and get on with it. What the Rat benefits from in the Year of the Goat is the ease at which things will flow, but the downside is a need for patience with a year that at times won’t move fast enough for your liking. The Rat loves to run around furiously, while the Goat likes to take its time, grazing on life’s grassy pastures. This could create some frustration, which is when you need to remind yourself to chill out, relax and let things take their time. This isn’t the fast and hectic pace of the Year of the Horse that we’ve just left, so this could take some adjusting to. You may find that you have to be extra patient with people or situations that don’t do things as quickly as you do. What you do have this year is a fortuitous year for travel, study and exploration, especially until mid 2015, while the Year of the Goat is destined to be an auspicious and successful professional year, with evidence of that more likely to reveal itself from July onwards. Both professionally and personally this is a year for expressing yourself creatively. The downside of having a good year for career matters is that you’re likely to be busy, making it important to take care of yourself. While good career opportunities bring income opportunities there is a need to watch your spending, ensuring that the fruits of your hard work aren't in vain.
(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009)
Despite the fact that the Goat and Ox are opposite each other on the Chinese Zodiac wheel and their energies are polar opposites, the Ox does surprisingly well in the Year of the Goat. The Goat is seen as not only a languid and slow animal, but one that prefers to graze rather than put in the effort. You don’t see a Goat pulling a plough, preferring to graze off the grass that is there and available with no effort at all. The Ox puts in back breaking effort while the Goat puts in no effort at all, which is another reason why these energies shouldn’t go together as well as they do. The Ox is a beast of burden and you were born with the determination and endurance of an ox, having the stamina to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, refusing to give in and give up. Then along comes the Year of the Goat, telling you to ease back, that you don’t always have to work till you drop and that taking the time to graze on life’s grassy meadows might not be a bad thing after all. You’re very good at coping with life’s challenges and difficulties, with a chance this year to let things come to you more easily. The Goat and the Ox have a lot in common, they both eat grass to survive, while one gets there the hard way and the other the easy way, with your main lesson this year being that it doesn’t always have to be the hard way, that it can be the easy way. This is likely to be felt professionally, especially with a lot of challenges and pressure last year, pressure where you needed to get on top of your game, but pressure that is no longer required. What you’re likely to find is that when you’re working too hard, there is work pressure or pressure from others, that the voice in your head (coming from the Goat) will be saying ‘I don’t need this pressure’ and you know what, you don’t. While professional matters are likely to be a continuation of previous years, the difference is that you’re no longer willing to buy into that old work till you drop ethos. This is destined to be a good year for career matters, mainly because of all you have invested in the past. What you need and what the Year of the Goat will provide is an opportunity for adventure, travel and knowledge gathering, especially from June onwards.
(1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010)
The Tiger and the Goat are natural enemies. The Goat is a peace loving, grass grazing herbivore, whereas the Tiger is a ravenous carnivore, wanting something more meaty from life. This means that you may find the Year of the Goat a little tame for your liking, preferring a year with more action and spice. However, all years have their challenges and their opportunities and it’s about learning to adjust to and work with the energy of the year. The Year of the Horse gave you what you needed in terms of the pace and speed of life, so it could be that you need the peace and tranquillity of the Goat year more than you realise. Even the adventurous Tiger needs time to relax in the sun and take time out from hunting and also from having to think on your feet all the time. While there may be some challenges with relationships, until you can work out that it’s all about finding the right balance between your personal and relationship needs, this is an extremely auspicious year for friendship, social matters and networking in general. Where you may find some impatience this year is on the career front, especially if you’ve become used to the high pressure environment of the last 3 years. What you’ll need to adjust to is the fact that you no longer need that pressure and that you’re able to now benefit from the hard work of the past. What you need is to find a pace that keeps the momentum of the past going, but without the pressure, which the Year of the Goat just can’t sustain. Where the pressure of previous years was almost addictive at times, this year it will fall flat, no longer inspiring you. While the Year of the Goat is a year that will require more careful management of money, it also provides an opportunity for a gain in your financial status, not through strokes of good fortune but through careful financial management.
(1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011)
The Rabbit is in heaven during the Year of the Goat, for here two soul mates have found each other. The Rabbit is a gentle, diligent and resourceful soul, not wanting to cause trouble, but alert to danger. The Rabbit didn’t do well in the Year of the Horse, with the galloping pace of the year not only exhausting, but that constant threat of being trampled on by the Horse’s hooves as he galloped over the landscape. The Rabbit likes the Goat, he’s mild and gentle like him and he’s not going to pull any surprises. The Rabbit and the Goat are not just no threat to each other there is a genuine attraction between the two, so much so that the Rabbit will always do well in a Goat Year and especially in the Wooden Goat, for it has a strong Wooden component itself. The Rabbit loves the Goat and he loves Wood energy and when you put the two together it’s even better, creating a year that is likely to be full of pleasant, wonderful and joyful events and experiences. Of all the Animals, the Year of the Goat favours the Rabbit. This is not only a good year for you, with good things happening, but you’re likely to find that your mind is sharper and that you feel smarter. This is going to impact all your relationships, for you’ll find it easy to express yourself and you’ll also find that your confidence rises dramatically. As this is also a good year for income, work and career matters, you have to wonder whether this is too good to be true, that there must be some challenges. Of course there will always be a balance between challenges and opportunities, with some years weighted one way and other years the other way and while there is no doubt that this year is weighted the right way, there are some things to look out for. The first is not over extending yourself. If you take on too much, especially if you start to feel bullet proof, you may find that the burden gets a little heavy, in which case you just lighten the load a little. I’m really scratching the bottom of the barrel though, for all I see is a year filled with happy experiences, friendship, income and career opportunities. Maybe the rest of us could benefit from spreading your love a little.
(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012)
Despite the fact that the gentle grass grazing and earth bound Goat and the flamboyant Dragon whose home is in the sky, flying above the fields below, might seem to have nothing in common and while this isn’t a match made in heaven, these two energies have a surprising kinship. One of the jobs of the sky Dragon is to deliver rain to the fields below, so the Goat/Sheep has a lot of respect and gratitude for the Dragon, but the other reason is that they both have Earth elements to them. They know that they couldn’t be more different, but they admire and respect each other. Dragons will do well in a Goat year, enjoying the less hectic pace and the more gentle ways of the Goat. What comes through this year is that whole Dragon/Goat relationship, in terms of helping each other. The Goat needs the Dragon and the Dragon needs the Goat, even if it’s simply to have an admirer, providing a real ego boost. You’ll feel more responsible for others, feeling that you need to do your part, whether it’s to be a good friend, become more community minded or in general to become more of a helping hand, in return feeling needed, appreciated and validated. This isn’t just any Goat year but a Wooden Goat, which is especially auspicious professionally for the Dragon, with your career star flying high. Because of a need to go the extra mile for others you’re more likely to be noticed, with a promotion possible as others seek to put you on a pedestal. While your Career Star is riding high all year, it’s in the second half of the year that work opportunities will open up, with professional friendship and relationship building well favoured. While this is a fairly neutral year for money matters, you’ll do well to learn the lessons of the past, adopting smart money management practices. This is a good year for matters of the heart, again in contrast to last year’s relationship challenges. If there are any challenges this year it could be that a feeling of wellbeing and a lack of urgency could see you indulge more and exercise less, something to be aware of, but not to worry about.
(1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013)
The Year of the Snake ended in February 2014 and as the Year of the Horse ends it takes you further into this new 12 year cycle. The Chinese Zodiac works on a 12 year cycle, beginning with the Year of the Snake and one cycle ending and a new cycle beginning at the next Year of the Snake. As you move into the Year of the Goat this puts you into the second year of this new cycle, where you’re starting to become more specific about what you focus on. The Year of the Snake was all about starting as many new projects and opening as many new doors as possible, while the Year of the Horse was about seeing how far each could take you. Now that you’re in the Year of the Goat you’ll start to realise that you can’t follow every path, that you have to start narrowing down what you’ll focus on, something that will happen naturally over the course of the year. In a year where home, matters of the heart and work matters are important themes and where money matters will need to be managed diligently, there is a ring of protection around you. This means that at the same time that you’re likely to feel protective of the people in your life and you’re also likely to find that there is always someone there to help you when you need it, that the year itself has a protective quality, with things running smoothly. It’s as though life is walking one step ahead of you with a broom, sweeping obstacles out of your way. In a year that lacks any wild bursts of luck and good fortune, simply having things running smoothly is probably a lot more auspicious. You’re more than capable of making your own luck and if all you need is for life to clear the obstacles from your path so you can succeed, then the Year of the Goat is happy to oblige. Family, whether it’s children, parents or extended family, becomes a lot more important this year, in keeping with a general sense that life doesn’t have to be flamboyant to be special and that it’s the simple things in life that often mean the most. On the financial and professional fronts there are no suggestions of either good luck or challenges, just a year that is standing by ready to support anything you do. From June onwards matters of the heart become a lot more favoured and it’s then that you really will become lucky in love.
(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014
As the Year of the Horse ends so too does the foundation year for a new 12 year cycle, with the last 12 months all about planting seeds, opening new doors and beginning new projects, getting as many fingers in as many pies as possible. It’s not until next year that you’ll need to start pruning this back, with the Year of the Goat all about taking the leads and paths that you’ve already started to see how far they’ll take you. You are likely to find that despite the fact that the Year of the Horse was your year, that there was a sense that you were under pressure, whether from outside forces or from a sense of performance anxiety. The Year of the Goat has a much more relaxed feel and as the focus shifts from the Horse and onto the Goat you’re likely to feel the spotlight and the pressure this brought shift. It’s no longer about new beginnings, which can often mean a lot of change and more a chance to let things settle. While the Horse and Goat are very different animals and energies, sitting side by side they’re neighbours on the Chinese Zodiac wheel and in life. They both eat grass and can happily munch away side by side. While the Goat doesn’t like to run or gallop as the Horse does, they happily co exist and that means you’ll have a good year. This is a year of the Wood Goat and for a Horse Wood represents home, family, your heritage, sense of belonging and the things that give your life structure. This makes this an important year for home and family matters, with some good fortune surrounding that, especially from July onwards. While this is an auspicious year for career matters, the year will hold none of the challenges of the past and it’s the hard work of the past that is now likely to bear fruit, in that you’re likely to find that you don’t have to work as hard to achieve as much or more than you did in the past. The same is true for money matters. Where there is an auspicious star this year is on the relationship front, with the Year of the Goat likely to see the strengthening or the start of some strong, enduring and potential lifelong friendships and relationships.
(1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015)
When the Year of the Goat comes around, which it does every 12 years, this not only brings you back into the same energy that you were born into, with the energy of the year mirroring your own inner energy, it brings you to the start of a new 12 year cycle. This brings you to the start of a new cycle, bringing a year where there are likely to be new beginnings, new opportunities, where you’ll want to try new things, go to new places and meet new people. Yet this needs to be seen beyond the confines of the year itself and seen as the foundation year of a new 12 year cycle, where you’re laying down the seeds and foundations for the coming 12 years. This is a year where you’ll also need to decide whether you’re a follower or a leader, staying clear of people and situations where a herd mentality is going against your own values or where you’re missing out on your own story and journey, because you’re simply following the herd. There is also a need to stay clear of disputes and power struggles, even if it means you have to play the peacemaker, the diplomat or extend an olive branch at times. Key to your success will be the wisdom to know when to compromise and when to stand your ground. A Wooden year will be an especially good one for career and professional matters, something that will start to flower fairly early in the Year of the Goat, with signs of movement as early as late February. This is also a year where hard work will be required but also rewarded, especially if you take a responsible approach to working smarter, your health and your overall work ethic. Though not a particularly favourable nor unfavourable year for financial matters as a whole, this is a favourable year for income opportunities, though you will have to work hard for them. This year you’ll not only need to learn to handle work pressure but to minimise it, managing your time effectively. The second half of the year will be especially favourable for communication matters. This year is about working smarter, watching your health and having a strong, but authentic support system around you, with lots of new doors opening.
(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016)
With the Year of the Monkey next year, you’re not just in the year leading up to this, which is all about finishing up what is already a work in progress, ready for new beginnings, you’re in the final year of your current 12 year cycle, cycles that began when you were born and will continue to run in 12 year cycles for the rest of your life. The Year of the Goat is the last year in this current 12 year cycle, so as well as a need to close doors and bring things home, there will also be a greater need for reflection. The Year of the Goat offers some quiet respite and while the Monkey and Goat aren’t particularly good friends, with the busy Monkey getting impatient with the docile Goat, as neighbours they have learned to get along. In the final year of this current cycle you need the easy and gentle climes of the Goat Year, happy not to be swinging from limb to limb all the time, happy to lie down in the grass next to the Goat, blade of grass in your mouth as you watch the clouds go by. It is the elemental make up of the year that offers clues to money and career opportunities this year. This is not just the Year of the Goat but the Wooden Goat, which for a Monkey is related to money, while the Fire energy also in play this year is particularly good for work and career matters. While career and work matters should start coming together in the first half of the year, it’s not until July onwards that a favourable income star will appear, but when it does it will remain in play for the rest of the Year of the Goat and even into the early months of the Year of the Monkey, next year. The Love Star also appears in the Year of the Goat and in fact is already here before the year begins, creating a favourable year for not only matters of the heart but for relationship building. This is also going to be a year for showcasing your talents. The Monkey is a creative energy that loves the limelight, something that the Goat is happy to provide. Though the Monkey and the Goat have nothing in common, they’ve learned to become good neighbours and create a year where you’re likely to find that things flow easily, mainly because of a more mellow mood that will colour most things.
(1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017)
The Rooster may initially have problems adjusting to the Year of the Goat, because while they’re not foes and can learn to coexist, they’re on a very different wave length. Roosters are not only hard working they can be worriers and the Goat’s indulgent and languid ways could create some anxiety. What if you slack off, take time out to have fun and enjoy yourself? What if the Rooster isn’t up at the crack of dawn, serenading the Sun to come up? Well it might not come up, the sky could fall down or any other equally life altering catastrophe. But of course the sun will rise, the sky won’t fall and life as you know it won’t cease to exist if you’re not worrying 24/7 and relax into the Goat’s languid and indulgent ways. The Year of the Goat could be the best thing that has happened to you for a long time, in fact in 12 years, since the last Year of the Goat. In essence, the Year of the Goat is the year that the Rooster might not think he wants, but needs. In terms of where you are in your current cycle, which began with the last Year of the Rooster in 2005 and will end when the next Year of the Rooster begins in 2017, you have two years to go. While next year’s Year of the Monkey will be when the real job of closing old doors and bringing things home begins, the Year of the Goat brings you to a point where it’s time to do a stock take of your life, looking back over the last 10 years and forward to what you still want to accomplish. In the meantime, money matters are likely to feature strongly in the Year of the Goat, in a way that is neither good nor bad just more significant and something that will grab more of your attention. This will be especially so in February through to May, with the second half of the year more significant for income matters. At the same time home and family matters will be more important, more challenging at times but in a way that you’re able to invest in building strong foundations for the future. Professionally you’ll find that there is a flow on from last year, with your work ethic continuing to bear fruit.
(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018)
The Dog and Goat have a mutual respect for each other and while this won’t be a match made in heaven, there is a friendly cohabitation that will make this a comfortable year, in that there will be no real challenges and things will run smoothly. What you will have to watch out for is the Dog’s natural tendency to try and herd the Goat (Sheep), for after all it’s in the Dog’s nature. This could lead to situations where you try to control things too much or that you feel because things aren’t moving fast enough, with the languid Goat liking to take its time and graze on the grass from time to time, that you’ve got to get out and push, to make things happen faster. That’s unlikely to work, for in the Year of the Goat things need to happen at their own speed. This may be felt professionally, especially if you have come to expect challenges as the norm in the past. However, it’s more a case that the hard work of the past will bear fruit this year. For the Dog the Wooden Goat Year presents the Career Star, creating a good year for professional matters, so long as you can curb your impatience. This will be especially so on the job front. Friendship and your social networks will be an important feature during the Year of the Goat and especially during the first 6 months, with both personal and professional relationships having a much smoother path this year. It’s the relationship challenges of the past that have left you with a much better sense of the importance of your relationships and a better understanding of what they need from you and what you need from them. All in all, after some fairly challenging years the Year of the Goat is a time to regroup, rest on your laurels a little and to relax into the flow of a year that wants nothing more than a peaceful and stress less pace. The Year of the Goat may be a slower paced year but it’s a year that has no taste for the dramas of the past, wanting to keep it simple, while making sure that you get your fair share of life’s treats and rewards.
(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019)
The Pig and Goat are great friends, even though they are very different animals. Just like any good friendship there are different personalities and that’s especially so for the Pig and Goat. The Year of the Goat is a languid, peaceful and indulgent year, one that doesn’t suit everyone’s taste, but it does suit the Pig’s taste. In a year that wants to indulge, treat and reward you, then who are you to argue? This is a fertile coupling, in that good things can come out of this, new riches, rewards or even new life. This will be a good year for income, work and career matters, opportunities and prosperity. The Pig is Water energy and the Goat is a fertile Earth energy, so you have the water needed to make seeds planted in the past grow, creating the potential for abundance. This will not only be a good year for income, work and career opportunities and growth, but in ways that allow you to express your talent, creativity and capabilities. In any company you work for you will be an asset, bringing extra wealth and clients and if you work for yourself, then those benefits will come to you. This is a very, very good year for you, especially in those three areas – income, work and career. Key to that is putting your time and energy into the things that bring you joy and pleasure, enjoying what you’re doing. If that’s not the case when the Year of the Goat begins, then it won’t be long before you’re looking for greener pastures. What the Year of the Goat doesn’t like and you don’t do well with are conflicts, so stay well clear of disputes, even if that means letting some things go, picking your battles wisely. The times when you do need to stand up and fight are for the things you know you genuinely deserve or you feel are important to you. If it doesn't matter, then don't buy into it. This is a year for reaping the rewards of the past, so missing out on what you deserve is not an option and that includes praise and recognition. Because this is going to be a busy year for you, you will need to take a proactive approach to your health, eating well, getting the right sleep and keeping your engines firing on all cylinders.