I see that it’s been more than a year since I’ve blogged or posted anything. The past year has been full. Full of change, full of sound and fury, and full of good things, too. It has been very absorbing and it’s been hard to find anything to write about. Perhaps that has changed. The Year of the Sheep seems to be a nice transition from the rapidity of the Year of the Horse to a more soothing and gentle pace. The Year of the Sheep may well help us reflect as we graze quietly by the still waters of tranquility.
The year 2015 marks the Year of the Green Sheep in the Chinese lunar calendar. Green because the element marking this year is Wood. In the Chinese cosmology, wood is associated with trees and nature with the color assigned is wood. Is it sheep, ram, or goat? The answer to all of these is yes, based on the translation of the Chinese word used.
The Sheep person is calm and gentle; well-liked by everyone. The creature and people associated with this sign are considered very cute and remind people of beautiful things. Sheep people are smart and kind-hearted, showing compassion and sensitivity to others. They prefer a life of quiet action. They are thrifty and cautious in business and financial matters. At their worst, sheep people are vain, timid, pessimistic, and moody.
The Year of the Sheep is considered a time of good luck, peace, and calm after the tumult of the Year of the Horse. Sheep tend not to be confrontational so the year tends to be more about smoothing out the edges rather than confronting all that is wrong.
For my part, the previous years have been ones of change, both good and sad, and not so great luck. I hope for a year of beauty and peace. At least I hope that whatever life brings, I can greet it with compassion, sensitivity, and intelligence. In that hope, here is a card reading to reflect on how to envision life’s moments through the eyes of Sheep.
Card 1: What dilemmas are you facing; how is your luck faring?
Card 2: What skills do you need to face your situation with sensitivity?
Card 3: What must you leave behind?
Card 4: What actions will propel you forward?
Card 5: What will keep you going strong and firm?
Card 6: What brings a smile to your face and joy to your heart?
May the Year of the Green Sheep bring forth beauty, calm, peace, luck, and opportunity for you.