February 19, 2015 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Yin Wood Sheep or Green Sheep. The Sheep is fundamentally an Earth creature, so this year the elements of Wood and Earth are considered in conflict as Wood uses up Earth. However, the Wood Element also gets fed by Earth and therefore is a sign of steady growth for economies around the world. And, because it is Yin Wood, it will usher in more peace and calm. This will be a great relief after a turbulent and fast-paced Horse year. To many people, it may seem a bit boring. Remember that the Chinese consider boredom to be good luck because you have choices!
The sheep is considered a lucky animal to the Chinese as it signifies good human relationships. It is a very Yin animal and considered somewhat passive. Since this is also a Yin Wood year, it is considered a good year for women and families and for all Yin actions that include such things as kindness, caring and creativity. This then is a particularly good year for artists and performers and for more luxurious lifestyles. On a larger scale, this year will increase Human Kindness or Humanitarianism, as that is the higher vibration of the Wood Element and people will seek to cease the suffering in others. Spirituality will become more important and religions will become more welcoming, gain members and there will be more tolerance for those of different faiths.
Politically, this is a year of negotiation, arbitration and diplomacy. Countries and their governments will become more stable. Wars can be averted and important Peace Treaties and Environmental Treaties can be signed. This is not a year of violence. Territorial disputes should end or at least be put on hold and people will be more willing to compromise. People will back away from such strong reactions to previous grievances and they will be more likely to join together to oppose injustice and unite to work on positive goals. They will be fighting “for” things instead of against them. World leaders need to listen more to their people, who will show by how they vote and political gatherings will be more peaceful.
However, there will be deficient Earth and no Metal or Water is in the chart for this year. So it will end up being another very dry year. This can bring fires and increase drought. Expect fluctuating weather patterns, where areas next to each other can experience vastly different weather conditions. Expect dust storms as wind is part of the Wood Element and the deficient earth will become very dry and there may be events like cave-ins or dropping/sinking earth. Earthquakes are also likely due to subduction and increasing problems with Fracking and draining aquifers. Unfortunately, agriculture will be under penalty this year and there may be problems with the soil, such as toxicity in some important areas of food production and there is a likelihood of industrial accidents and chemical spills. Farmers will suffer losses due to drought and weather conditions and will need to
take special care with their crops to protect against crop failure. This could lead to food shortages of specific foods in certain areas.
This is a year of forgiveness and reconciliation. There will be more harmony amongst people and people will be more likely to keep their promises. What looked like crises last year will have solutions. People will do better when they act assertively instead of aggressively. Revenge, hate and violence will not be supported. Abuse of women and children will not be tolerated. But beware of hidden passive aggressiveness in those that were formerly outward with their anger. However, there will also be many examples of good deeds and compassionate actions. People will band together to do good things and will want to change things for the better.
Manufacturers of other goods will also prosper as the Sheep is considered a consumer. Luxury goods and services in particular will benefit from the year’s energies. Wood industries will thrive – companies with environmental orientation will gain benefit, such as green building and the manufacturing of eco products. This is a good year for the textile industry and newspapers and magazines will benefit. And, the travel industry will get a big boost, especially luxury travel, eco travel and family or group travel.
The property market will improve for commercial real estate, but as the Earth of this year gets used up, the housing market and real estate overall will decline, except for the sale of expensive homes. People will be more interested in remodeling than in buying and selling. The stock market should also improve due to the Wood Element helping Fire activities, but companies that deal with volatile stocks will do better than those that handle long term investments.
Performing arts will return to glory because the Fire Element gets enhanced and there will be more people going to theatres, concerts and films. They will especially be interested in films that involve romance and human-interest stories. They will appreciate positive endings and feel-good films. It is also a very good year for the Publishing Industry. People will read more books and prefer spending time cultivating their minds. They will be less interested in crime, violence and suspense unless the underlying theme is uplifting or involves romance. People will appreciate feminine women and courtly men. Fantasy movies and stories that showcase the imagination will be favored.
Charities and Foundations will do extremely well. More people will feel like donating money and time and this is a year to increase publicity for their best actions. The focus should be on helping people, particularly women and children and also investing in countries where sheep and goats and other grazing animals are the primary livestock. Expect hunger to be an issue in many places, where there is simply not enough food and people will rally to help feed others, even across the world.
People will care about living well and having a good quality of life. They will want to increase the standard of living in places where it is desperately needed. But, in trying to enhance their own life, they can easily go into more debt. People will feel the urge to redecorate their homes, as they will seek harmony and beauty at home. Businesses involving fine art, jewelry, luxury and decorating will benefit. Art and jewelry with precious stones will become investments again. Fashion will also get a boost, especially for companies producing either feminine clothing, or luxury brands or lines that are known for fine tailoring
This is a great year for family because sheep like to be together in a flock. So expect to see more people taking family vacations or they will go on cruises and tours. Make more of an effort to be with loved ones this year and create more family harmony. This is a good year for socializing and gathering people together at dinner parties. Food will become more important. People will eat more vegetables and crave simpler food, old-fashioned food and sweets made from scratch. Subtle flavors and delicacy will be appreciated.
Medicine is a field that is benefitted by the Sheep Year, especially if it is more focused on healing and nurturing than fixing. There will be problems with many broken fingers, toes and ribs – the smaller bones of the body. It will be important to maintain regularly scheduled routines and the right rhythm for eating and sleeping. People need to keep regular work hours and avoid working overtime. Eating Disorders both current and past will be revealed and increase and will likely benefit from medical breakthroughs.
This is an important year for healing, so everyone needs to rest more and keep the nervous system calm. The pull of the Wood Element on the Earth Element will make the Stomach and Pancreas areas of the body susceptible to injury and illness. So, be prepared to see more digestive disorders and issues with both Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia – Diabetes. More children will get diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and more people will become Pre Diabetic or get diagnosed with Diabetes and those who are already Diabetic will have trouble regulating their blood sugar. Large Muscles get pulled easily and there will be more problems with flat feet.
Unfortunately, Cancer involving tumors and Lymphomas will increasingly be diagnosed this year. Other Earth-based illnesses, particularly involving the There may also be more problems with the Spleen. People will worry more about their health and hypochondria will increase. Traffic accidents will still be likely, but are expected to not be as dangerous or deadly.
Because there is also missing Water and Metal Elements, other diseases and illnesses involving the Kidneys and the Lungs are expected to become more active this year. So expect that more people will show signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. There will be an increase in surgeries for the hips, knees and ankles.
This may be an especially bad year for upper respiratory conditions with lots of phlegm and colds may be longer lasting and coughs will become persistent.
People will become more interested in natural healing and herbalists in particular will see a big boost in the number of patients and will see great response in their patients. There will be a heightened interest in tea and tisanes as healing drinks and there will also be more of an interest in lifestyle as part of medicine, food- based medicine and plant-based diets. Gentleness and personal care will be much appreciated so health practitioners need to cultivate their bedside manner.
Refinement and class will be more appreciated and glorified. You can expect a return of good manners and more politeness. Femininity will be appreciated and gentlemen will be admired. People will be less mean-spirited and more conciliatory. People who are easy-going and tactful will benefit most from the energies of the Sheep year and become even more liked. Charm will also be appreciated and flexibility and adaptability will be behaviors to emulate.
Lifestyle and artistic and creative hobbies will become more important than work. People will move away from a focus on money, success and fame. Those that ruthlessly pursue these will not be idolized in the way that they are used to and they may be ridiculed for their attention-seeking stunts. Open yourself to your creativity and get back to painting, writing, singing, playing instruments, cooking, jewelry making, organizing or however you best express your creativity.
This is a great year for romance, getting engaged and getting married. People in committed relationships will feel more fondness and affection toward each other and relationships will get more comfortable and less confrontational. The sheep blesses committed relationships. Faithfulness and honesty will be valued. People who act against these values will be found out and subject to social condemnation. Overall, relationships of all kinds will be happier and there will be many reunions of family and friends, particularly old friends. People will want to feel safe and secure so they will worry about loved ones more. They will also be likely to overthink things. This will make them confused so it is important to cultivate your gut-level instinct and intuition. Mental energy will be enhanced, especially when used in solitary pursuits.
So here are some of my recommendations on how to manage the coming year: It is important to believe in happiness, to do good deeds and to have more faith. Be receptive, contemplate and rest. Cultivate your intuition and instinct and it will increase and help you make the right decisions. Get more grounded and look inward. Heal your past wounds and let go. Take time to be quiet. Use your heart to make important decisions. Be generous. Practice patience. Care for yourself and others more. Slow down and enjoy life....
Individual Animal Forecasts for 2015
Rat - Water Element: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020
There is improvement in finances and there will be progress in career, but rats need to use their creativity to solve the problems that were created in previous years. It is a year of recovery and starting over in a new and better way.
Ox – Earth Element: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021 This is not an easy year for Oxes as there will be obstacles and opposition. You will often feel energetically drained and there may be problems with your home and money. Traveling is good and love and family are well aspected.*
Tiger – Wood Element: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010, 2022
This will feel like a very boring year and Tigers will crave more excitement. Progress is slow and steady, but there is luck in business and relationships are good. Tigers feel romantic and need to act more like homebodies than usual.
Rabbit – Wood Element: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2023
This is an excellent year for Rabbits. There is business success and more confidence. Relationships are happy and it is a year to look and feel much better and to become healthier. Enjoy cultural pursuits. This year that suits your nature.
Dragon – Earth Element: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 and 2024
This is a year of obstacles in achieving your desires. Money does not come easily and Dragons will feel criticized, but their physical health will be good. Be careful with money and don’t gamble. It is a very good year for traveling and moving.
Snake – Fire Element: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 and 2025
Snakes enjoy a happy family life. Because they love beauty and health, they will enjoy those aspects of this year and if these are part of their profession, they should do well. Stick to the tried and true and don’t be adventurous.
Horse – Fire Element: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 and 2026
This is a lucky year for Horses, although they will have to act more yin to achieve. It is a good year for business and family. However, it will feel like life is slow and boring. Stay passive and reap the rewards, especially with your health.
Sheep – Earth Element: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015
This is a good year socially and romantically. Sheep are happy at home and will feel more creative and fertile. Business should be good, especially if you let your creativity out. It is a good year for redecorating and shopping for new clothes*
Monkey -Metal Element: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016
This is not an easy year as Monkeys get into trouble easily and petty arguments are hard to resist. So, relationships can be problematic. However, business is very good and travel is well-aspected. Monkeys need to keep moving to achieve success.
Rooster –Metal Element: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,1993, 2005, and 2017
This is a relatively happy year with several lucky time periods. It is a good year to make new friends and to find a new hobby or return to a previous form of artistic expression. Roosters need to stay calm and peaceful to reap the modest rewards.
Dog – Earth Element: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018
There are lots of conflicts for Dogs this year. There may be problems with the home so remodeling is recommended. There are many unexpected expenses, but it is a very good year for romance and family*
Pig – Water Element: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019
This is a very happy year for Pigs. Relationships, especially with loved ones are good. Money increases moderately and things feel a little slow. Pigs should spend more time at home redecorating and socializing with friends and family.
*Ox, Sheep and Dogs should carry a horse charm for protection this year.
DISCLAIMER: All information provided in this forecast is based on the ancient principles of the Chinese Five Element Theory and on an understanding of the animal symbolism in Chinese Astrology. It is intended for entertainment purposes only. There is no express or implied guarantee of results from using this information, and individual users are solely responsible for their own interpretation or application to their own circumstances. Further, the information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for legal, medical, or psychological advice, evaluation and/or treatment.
©Lillian Bridges, Lotus Institute 2015
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