Year Of The Sheep (Or Goat): Chinese Horoscope

Gentle and angelic, the Sheep is innocent as a lamb—or are they? Don’t let this Chinese zodiac sign pull the wool over your eyes. There’s more to these still-water souls than you’d expect once you get past the fluff.
All about the Year of the Sheep (or Year of the Goat)!

Year of the Sheep (or Year of the Goat) in the Chinese zodiac

1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The personality of the Sheep (or the Goat) in Chinese astrology

Sensitive and gentle, Sheep—also called Goat by some Chinese astrologers—are quiet and (seemingly) timid types who might seem not of this world. Like sheep, they often have a cloudlike puff of hair, or even an angelic aura. Their imaginations are vivid and amazing. Timid and self-protective, Sheep harbor many insecurities. To guard against pain, they may isolate themselves from the wider world, or hide behind a false persona. In truth, they’re only comfortable around a few trusted people.

Tending to internal issues is paramount for Sheep, who need deep healing to cope with life and find their own resilience. More than any sign, Sheep are prone to chemical addictions, like Kurt Cobain and Mel Gibson. Like sheep, they follow the herd and should choose their friends wisely. To stay healthy, this sign must incorporate people, habits and activities that reinforce their strength and keep them grounded in reality. Art, music and acting can be powerful outlets into which Sheep can channel their bottomless emotions.


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The Sheep (or Goat) is ruled by the moon

The Sheep is ruled by the moon, which governs sensitivity, emotions and receptivity. In Western astrology, the moon is associated with the zodiac sign of Cancer. Sheep and Cancer people can be nurturing and maternal. Others tend to be dependent, looking to others to “mother” them. Like the moon, their feelings and moods can fluctuate.

The “Animal Planets” (Chinese astrology planetary rulers)

Rat: Jupiter
Ox: Saturn
Tiger: Uranus
Rabbit: Neptune
Dragon: Mars
Snake: Venus
Horse: Mercury
Sheep: Moon
Monkey: Sun
Rooster: Mercury
Dog: Venus
Pig: Pluto

Other traits of the Sheep (Goat) Chinese astrology sign

Western Sign: Cancer

Compatible With: RabbitPig

Famous Sheep (Goats)

Famous Sheep (these celebrities were born in a Year of the Sheep): Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pamela Anderson, Pink, Heath Ledger, Nicole Kidman, Ludacris, Robert DeNiro, Anna Nicole Smith, Kate Hudson, Chris Robinson, Claire Danes, Dave Navarro, Mel Gibson, Rosario Dawson, Nene Leakes, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Depp, Gucci Mane, Bill Maher, Kevin Hart, Kourtney Kardashian, Adam Levine, Chris Pratt, Flo Rida, Ne-Yo, Tiffany Haddish, Mindy Kaling, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Travis Scott, Julia Roberts, Jimmy Kimmel, Will Ferrell, R. Kelly, Anderson Cooper, David Guetta, P!nk, Kris Jenner, Olivia Rodrigo, Jason Mamoa

The 5 Elements of Chinese Astrology

The Chinese zodiac is divided into five key elements of nature, or Wu Xing: wood, water, metal, fire and earth. Each lunar year is governed by a different element.

Years Ending in are ruled by:
0-1: Metal
2-3: Water
4-5: Wood
6-7: Fire
8-9: Earth

Years of the Sheep (Goat) and their elements

1931: Metal Sheep
1943: Water Sheep
1955: Wood Sheep
1967: Fire Sheep
1979: Earth Sheep
1991: Metal Sheep
2003: Water Sheep
2015: Wood Sheep
2027: Fire Sheep

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