According to the Chinese Zodiac, every year a new animal is introduced at Chinese New Year. The Chinese calendar – called Sheng Xiao – has 12 cycles. Each cycle lasts for one year and represents an animal which includes Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The year 2015 is called the Year of Sheep. *** The Year of the Sheep starts from Feb. 19, 2015 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and lasts to Feb. 7, 2016.
Happy Chinese New Year. Welcome to the Year of the Sheep.
People born in “Sheep years ” which are 2015, 2003, 1991, 1997, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907 are considered to be artistic, kind, inspired, very empathetic, and naturally creative. They appreciate beauty in all forms, and like to enjoy the best life has to offer. “Sheep people” can find success in artistic fields, especially the healing arts. They often have a tendency to be introspective. “Sheep people” require solitary peaceful moments to replenish. Those born in “sheep years” often struggle in youth until their first Saturn return at age 28 – 30. As “sheep people” age they often become stronger and discover their true calling. For many the most fortunate part of a Sheep’s life is when they are an elder.
According to Chinese culture and customs, there are Chinese based beliefs about each animal sign and how it affects a person’s health.
People born in the Year of the Sheep are said to be very serene and calm. Also “sheep people” are thought to be generally in a good mental state and have emotionally good spirits. These traits should have a positive affect on physical health.
Chinese culture recommends “sheep people” will benefit from eating fresh and organic produce and eliminate red meat from their diet when possible. Eating too much greasy food should be avoided. They should get out among nature and commune with the great outdoors. Fresh air, trees, and sunshine will help their health. For “sheep people” it is important that they have a regular schedule for meals and keep their sleep and waking times consistent.
If “sheep people” attend frequent banquets, go to parties, or eat out a lot, they should have a balanced diet. Drinking should be moderated to help avoid diseases in liver and gallbladder.
People born under the sign of the sheep can easily feel lonely. Accordingly, negative emotions can bring bad effects to their health. This said, meditation, yoga, ti chi and other relaxation pursuits are of really good value. Emotions, left unchecked, may be an encouragement for various diseases of the stomach.
“Sheep people” should keep away from sharp tools and weapons such as knifes, swords, saws and scissors, because the Chinese information indicates that they may easily get injured this year. In daily life, playing sports is a desirable pursuit, but in moderation to avoid injury.
Whether you believe strongly in the advice of the Chinese in regards to the various animal signs and the characteristics these animals are said to bestow on those born in the years of their signs, it is interesting to read and see if you feel any of the advice is appropriate for ourselves.
If you are a “sheep person” and are finding you are being affected with the various stomach and intestine health issues the Chinese reference, consider letting Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine help you on the road to better health.
Happy Chinese New Year.
We look forward to helping you on the road to better health – regardless of the Chinese animal sign you were born under.
*** (If you research more on line you will find The Year of the Sheep is sometimes also referred to as the Year of the Goat or Ram. But we are going with Sheep as it seems to be referenced more than the other animals.)