The Year of the Goat is here. Before we are off celebrating the New Year and getting together with family and friends we have compiled some information about the Year of the Goat. What it means to be a goat and what stands behind some of the traditions and symbols of the Chinese New Year. We found some helpful information at chinahighlights.com where you can find even more information on this subject.
The Year of the Goat:
- Lucky Colors:brown, red, purple
- Lucky Numbers:2, 7
- Lucky Flowers:carnation, primrose
- Year of Birth:1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
- Unlucky colors:green, blue, and black. Goat people should avoid wearing these colors.
- Unlucky numbers:6 and 8
- Unlucky direction:southwest
- Worst lunar months:third, sixth, and tenth. Avoid these months if you have some important business to do or want to plan an event.
Famous persons that are Goats:
Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Barbara Walters, Orville Wright, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Matt LeBlanc, Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Li Shimin (Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Cao Cao (King of Wei in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 – 280), Yue Fei (a patriotic general in China’s South Song Dynasty 1127 – 1279), Empress Dowager Cixi
Important information for Goats:
According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed to bring nothing but bad luck.
About Tai Sui
Tai Sui is an imaginary star that changes position exactly 30 degrees of direction each year, i.e. orbiting Earth every 12 years exactly.
The star Tai Sui is said to bring misfortune to people in zodiac years matching their year of birth.
Later, during the course of history, Tai Sui evolved into the God of Age, and has been worshipped by Chinese people from one generation to another. People offer sacrifices to the God of Age to get rid of misfortune and pray for blessings in a zodiac year.
What to do if you are a goat
Red is one of the luckiest colors in Chinese culture, standing for prosperity, loyalty, success, and happiness. Red can drive away bad luck and evil spirits.
Therefore wearing red during your zodiac year (or zodiac year) will bring you good luck and give you a good year. You can wear a red belt, red socks, red shoes, or red clothes, and red underwear is highly recommended during your zodiac year.
Wearing jade accessories
Besides wearing red, you can also wear jade accessories during your zodiac year to ward off bad luck, like pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets.
However, it is important that the red clothing or jade accessory is given to you by a friend, spouse or family member and not bought by yourself, otherwise it won’t ward of bad luck.
Facing the right direction
In theory it is possible to use Tai Sui (the imaginary star and God of Age) to bring good luck … by facing the opposite direction.
In 2015 Tai Sui is in the southwest (technically closer to SSW). So in 2015 “Goats” adjust their furniture and dwellings to face northeast to get good luck. When doing something important, such as a business negotiation, Goats should face northeast, and they will stand a good chance of succeeding.