New Year

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Gung Hay Fat Choy - So Is It the Year of the Sheep, Goat, or Ram?

“Actually, Chinese people are also not quite sure about that. In Chinese the word (yáng) is a generic term, and can refer to a sheep (), goat (山羊), ram/buck (公羊 male sheep or goat), 羚羊 (antelope), etc. There is a lack of clear definition on the zodiac "Goat" in Chinese history. However, most Chinese people and experts on folklore believe that the Chinese zodiac animal is the Goat, not the Sheep, and they have some evidence to support their idea...

  • Firstly, the Chinese zodiac is an invention of the Han Nationality, and goats were widely raised by the Han people (unlike sheep), so the zodiac animal is more likely to refer to a goat.

  • Secondly, a Goat image often appears on Chinese zodiac stamps, New Year paper cuttings, and New Year paintings (not a sheep).

  • Thirdly, the Goat was one of the 12 bronze statues of the Chinese zodiac at the Old Summer Palace. Although its head was lost, its present reproduction according to historical records is the image of a goat.”

(As per - http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/goat.asp)

Well, sheep, goat or ram, either way, here is my horoscope for the year ahead…


Overview
The kindly Sheep smiles on the Snake this year! Twelve for twelve isn't bad at all. Hopefully, this Snake is coiled and ready to strike, because you're looking at plenty of opportunities. And you'll find them in most areas of your life. You know the old saying, 'strike when the iron is hot.' Well, it's white hot right now. There are only two foreseeable mistakes you could make: First, not getting in the game -- just do it! Second, not controlling your emotions. You see, they tend to run high in a Sheep year. But don't worry: You're pretty good at self-control. The bigger challenge may be with the people around you, so don't be surprised if it seems like everyone's losing it. You can help, though, just by being sensitive. You're probably good at picking up vibes. Even if the touchy feely, showing empathy thing isn't really you, do it anyway. It'll help you make this year a real winner.

Career
With such favorable conditions in all sectors, you stealthy Snake, 'the sky's the limit' should be your mantra this year. If you've waited patiently to strike out on your own, now's the time to boldly go. If you've been gathering forces, anticipating a glorious victory, now's the time to raise your sword and holler, 'charge!' Those naysayers who were too busy or self-absorbed to pay heed to your pearls of wisdom? They're listening now. Whichever you prefer, all eyes on you, or quietly connecting all the dots, you're a winner. So go ahead. Name your top-tier prize and claim it. Laugh at hesitation and shame it. Go get your gold record and frame it. No retreat. No surrender. Remember to focus on a handful of key goals for most stellar results.

Relationships
Being among the most favored of signs has its perks, you lucky devil. No less so in love. This is a year for the record books! Those in committed relationships will see love deepening and expanding to unprecedented, mind-blowing levels. Excellent communication, compatibility, intimacy and effortless, timeless fun are all indicated. Single Snakes are highly likely to meet the partner of their dreams this year -- but it won't happen by staying home reading comic books. If you're already on the mingle, broaden your horizons and step outside your comfort zone. If you've been healing romantic disappointments, dust off your heart and put on your dancing shoes. Honing your empathy and listening skills can only benefit you this year. Make being present for others your new forte. Once you find a reason, love will find a way -- and how!

Health
Strong health, and health improvement are indicated this year. This is not to suggest you'll literally bench press three thousand pounds and win every marathon. Rather, spiritual Snake, preventative health and health maintenance -- both physical and mental -- are favored. Food intake will see an increase in conscious dietary improvement. Meditation, yoga and breathing practices will see an increase in discipline. Creative expression will give an increase in well-being. Your total health will benefit as a result. The health of self-mastery, in controlling your emotions and limiting beliefs, can easily be yours. Especially if you've been working for years to achieve a consistently whole sense of self, this achievement is easily within reach. If you're new to the idea, voila! You stand every chance of making significant progress. A word of caution, however: Control your urge to assume the moniker of 'guru'. Practice the strength of disciplined humility. Swiftly grow, humbly glow and radiate gratitude.

Wealth
Do stealth and wealth go hand in hand? When you're a Snake, that's exactly what you planned! And those plans will bear major fruit this year. Fruit as in bumper crop. Fruit as in, 'Can I even fit this in the vault?' This year in particular will call poverty to a halt. Please do remember to value what money can't buy, and strive to share it. The resulting wealth of community will reap innumerable rewards. Investment-wise, trust your hunches, don't pull any punches and go nuts on seconds during power lunches. Your eyes could practically not be bigger than your stomach now. But emphasize practicality. The discipline and calculation that carried you thus far will take you further still. In this of all years, know your total value and don't fail to honor it. Ask for what you're worth and expect to receive it. Filthy lucre? You better believe it. But, of course, not filthy at all, dear. Just breathe in and welcome this purely prosperous year!
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