Even the most jaded amongst us can feel a bit distressed upon hearing the pressing news of our day. It is in this environment that the coming Year of the Goat (also called the Year of the Sheep or Ram) comes mercifully in on Feb. 19, 2015. Each animal in the Chinese Zodiac has five associated elements, including wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The coming year will be the Year of the Wood Goat.
The Goat has a special strength as one of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac – it has the power to make something from nothing. Where you have plenty, it will be sustained in the coming year and where you need assistance, help will surely follow. The combination of the element of wood and sheep is a lucky one indeed.
As compared to the other animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac, the Goat has a strong tendency toward sensitivity. As a result, this should be a year where your creativity should be nurtured and be allowed to develop. However, you must also take care not to be too reactionary, for that could lead to unwise choices.
The following is a glimpse into what the year holds for all the animal signs in the Chinese zodiac, with special focus on the areas of work and love.
Your industrious nature has allowed you to accumulate more than you need, thus a shifting of goals may not be in order.
Work: Though your focus has been firmly fixed for quite a while, there are things in the periphery which require your attention.
Love: Although it seems like your inner circle is shrinking, you have the ability to expand it if you so desire.
An open and honest nature generally serves you well, but there are times when you should consider your words before you speak.
Work: You are not afraid to leave behind comfort in search of something more satisfying, but it will come at a price.
Love: No matter what else is going on, you know that taking care of business at home should be the highest priority.
As the year unfolds, you could find yourself growing restless. Planning a short adventure could quell this feeling for a bit.
Work: Have you bitten off more than you can chew? Bring your ambitions in line with what you are able to handle.
Love: All or nothing doesn’t have to be in the arena of love. Learning to compromise may be better than you think.
There are those who want to stand out from a crowd, but for the time being, you are content to do well within the comfort of its ranks.
Work: There is no one perfect model for success. What it means to you is likely different from others around you.
Love: It has taken longer than you thought it would, but there is no denying that you have found the person you have been looking for.
Though you are confident in your position, there is no harm in admitting that another approach would have yielded the same result.
Work: Blending in isn’t exactly your forte. The likelier scenario is that you will make a significant impact where you are.
Love: A story will be written. Whether you want to be the hero or villain is entirely within your control.
As you make your way through the terrain, watch for those who help or hinder your progress.
Work: Although there are some who begin with an advantage, the playing field will soon be level.
Love: You are adept at spotting potential problems, but are often too quick to try to address every issue. Sometimes, it is better just to let it go.
There is a serious note to what you are doing now that is different from before. The choices you make now will be lasting ones.
Work: For you, business isn’t just a means to an end. You truly enjoy the twists and turns that are evident along the way.
Love: A shared passion will bring you together with someone you had not realized was in the picture.
Strong and steady is your motto. The respect you have earned with your style will garner many admirers and followers.
Work: Why change something that has been working well for you? A tried and true method is worth keeping.
Love: It is in your best interest to pick a partner who you value as a friend as much as anything else.
Ever search for something only to find that it was in front of you all along? Slow down to get a good look at what is around you.
Work: What is the point of switching places if you just end up at the same place? Be wary of lateral moves this year.
Love: The right move isn’t always as clear as you want it to be. Listen to your heart, when your head is not giving you an answer.
Even though your options might be somewhat questionable at the beginning of the year, your prospects will improve as you go.
Work: Listen carefully to what is being asked of you. It may differ a great deal from what you expected to hear.
Love: You have been ready to go to the next level for quite a while. This may be the year when you will have to step up.
You are your own biggest critic, but you have the power to turn that around. Become your own cheerleader instead.
Work: As you embark on a new adventure, bring the lessons of the past with you so that you do not make the same mistakes again.
Love: You are at your best with a willing companion at your side. Just don’t forget to let them have space to grow as well.
Traveling is a high priority for you and this year is no different. Try going somewhere you have not been to before.
Work: Are you growing unsatisfied with the range of available solutions? Perhaps it is time to bring someone new in.
Love: While you are accustomed to being in charge elsewhere, in this arena, uncertainty is part of the game.