Year of the Sheep / Goat / Ram

2015 is the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Sheep starts from Feb. 19, 2015 (Chinese New Year) and lasts to Feb. 7, 2016.
China Zodiac Animal - Sheep

Chinese: 羊 yáng
Years of the Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
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.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Wei
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yin

 Years of the Sheep
  • 02/01/1919-02/19/1920
  • 02/17/1931-02/05/1932
  • 02/05/1943-01/24/1944
  • 01/24/1955-02/11/1956
  • 02/09/1967-01/29/1968
  • 01/28/1979-02/15/1980
  • 02/15/1991-02/03/1992
  • 02/01/2003-01/21/2004
  • 02/19/2015-02/07/2016
  • 02/06/2027-01/25/2028

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

Lucky Numbers and Colors of SheepLucky Flowers and Directions of Sheep
Things Should be Avoided:
  • Unlucky Numbers: 6, 7, 8
  • Unlucky Colors: gold, brown, black
  • Unlucky Direction: west

People born in the Year of Sheep are tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.
  • Strengths
    gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrift
  • Weaknesses
    indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed
  • Best Matches: Horse, Rabbit, Pig
    Sheep could make a perfect couple with Horse, Rabbit or Pig. The harmonious bond between them would bring prosperity to both their career and families. The couple will win respect from others.
  • Bad Matches: Ox, Tiger, Dog
    If Goat people get married with Ox, Tiger or Dog people, they may hardly live a happy life. Throughout their life, they might encounter considerable difficulties and setbacks. They might spend life in tough work or even experience the pain of losing family members.
  • See more about Chinese Zodiac Sign Compatibility
 Is it the Year of Ram, Sheep, or Goat?
The ambiguity has whipped up discussion in the English world. Actually, when used without attributes, the Chinese character Yang can refer to all of the forgoing ruminants. However, in terms of traditional culture, the zodiac symbol is more likely a Goat, as it is commonly seen among Han People. The images of goats often appear on Chinese New Year stamps and paper-cuts. To ordinary Chinese, it seems the confusion never bothers them. They may take goat as the zodiac animal, but prefer to buy a sheep mascot, because it is more lovely and fluffy.
2015 is Sheep’s order to encounter the Year of Birth (Ben Ming Nian), a year to offend “Taisui’, the god in charge of people’s fortune in Chinese legends. Their fortune in all aspects will fluctuate. In career and wealth, there may not be a promotion or salary rise. Besides, they are suggested to be tolerant of their family, friends and colleagues to avoid any conflict. In 2016, they will have a changeable fortune. They are advised to catch development opportunities on time. Try to avoid investing money in unfamiliar fields. Notably, they need to pay much attention to health in order to defeat small diseases.
Sheep Luck in 2015
Sheep people with different western zodiacal signs present distinctive characteristics, such as optimistic Aires, talented Taurus, social Gemini, optimistic Cancer, ambitious Leo, obsessive Virgo, aggressive Libra, hardworking Scorpio, energetic Sagittarius, diligent Capricorn, broadminded Aquarius and sensible Pisces.
Classified by blood types, Sheep people can be divided into four groups. People with blood type A love peace and never do things detrimental to others’ interests. Being honest and kindhearted, people under blood type B hate to speak ill of others. As people with blood AB are tidy and organized, they will often be entrusted with trivial but important tasks by their leaders. Lastly, people with blood O have a stable character and always play on the safe side. They do not like to break rules or make decisions.
 Celebrities Born in the Year of the Sheep
Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Thomas Alva Edison, Rudolph Valentino, Rachel Carson, Pierre Trudeau, Barbara Walters, Orville Wright, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Amy Lee, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Danes, Jamie Lynn Spears, Matt LeBlanc, Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Li Shimin (Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Cao Cao (King of Wei in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 - 280), Yue Fei (a patriotic general in China’s South Song Dynasty 1127 - 1279), Empress Dowager Cixi