Happy New Year

year of the sheep

Thursday the 19th of February marks the beginning of the year of the sheep in Chinese cosmology.  The Chinese zodiac is a cycle of 12 animal signs.  Every year is thought to take on some of the qualities of the animal that dominate that year. The Chinese character for sheep encompasses both the sheep and the goat, this year is often referred to as the year of the goat as well.  

The sheep is thought to be the most yin of all the zodiac signs.  Yin correlate to the more feminine, passive, introspective sides of our natures.  Yang is the more active and masculine side of us.  The yin nature of the sheep provides us the opportunity to be more introspective.  

If you have ever wanted to explore making art or design a more regular part of you life this next year is a great time to do so.  Supposedly the sheep is a great artist, good with color and composition.   

Sheep tend to avoid conflict and remove themselves from uncomfortable situations.  Hopefully the sheep nature will move us out of many of the conflicts which have lingered in our lives and our world over the past decade.  Take advantage of the sheep nature by resolving the old conflicts in your own live that have endured for too long.  

Sheep are wanderers.  They travel leisurely over the meadows and valleys in search of fresh grass and lovely views.  Take time over the next year to plan trips that will bring you peace and provide you with great vistas.