Dear Sheepish Readers,

The Chinese New Year starts when the moon is new, and the Chinese New Year ends when the moon is full. It is celebrated late January to early February.

The Chinese Zodiac has been around for 5,000 years. 2015 is the year of the sheep/ goat according to Chinese Zodiac. It began on February 19, 2015 according to the lunar calendar and the Spring Festival of China. It will lasts till February 7, 2016.

The sheep signifies Yin energy (nurturing female energy), peace, and harmony. Reconciliation will be made through peaceful versus nonviolent ways. In the family arena, it will be a time to unite and instill loyalty. The sheep symbolizes the arts. It falls under the element of wood.

According to Travel China Guide, “Sheep (goat, or ram) is among the animals that people like most. It is gentle and calm. Since ancient times, people have learned to use its fleece to make writing brushes and skin to keep warm. The white cute creature often reminds people of beautiful things.”

Lucky Signs for Sheep

Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose, Alice flower
Lucky Directions: east, southeast, south

Lucas came home from school to elaborate this point with his schoolwork. Don’t you enjoy getting the paper place-mat at a Chinese restaurant and picking your animal that corresponds with your birth year? It is fun and a conversation starter. Well, Lucas brought one home and claimed that he is the pig.


The Travel China Guide expresses, “People born in the Year of the Pig are honest and frank, chivalrous and gallant. They have a calm appearance and strong heart. They do whatever they want with their strength. They are tolerant and optimistic. They are kind to their loved ones. They are not afraid of difficulties and problems but try to work them out. They are kind and light hearted and usually go to sleep easily.”

Lucas discovered that Pierre and Gabriel are the horse. Travel China Guide explains, “The Five Elements of Horse is Fire… symbolizes enthusiasm and energy. The animal gives people an impression of independence and integrity. Its spirit is recognized to be Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves with passion and diligence.”

We located the dog for me. The dog symbolizes the coming of fortune. Travel China Guide pontificates, “One born in the Year of Dog has a straightforward characteristic. In their career and love, they are faithful, courageous, dexterous, smart and warm-hearted. They know how to keep secrets and inspire other people’s confidence. Those people make good leaders. If they fall in love with someone, they would not change. They can be terribly stubborn with the right things.”

The Chinese calendar has a 12 year cycle and 12 signs of the zodiac symbolized by animals. The 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac include monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat/sheep.

What is your Chinese zodiac animal?
Does that animal symbolize your strengths and weaknesses?
What is your intention for the year 2015?
Where can you bring more peace and harmony in your life? Maybe in your mind, your body, your relationships, your environment?

Discover. Have fun. Life is a journey. A wonderful adventure. May you explore today. Laugh and smile.

Bring in the peace and harmony for 2015! Thank you sheep!

The Faithful Dog,