Welcome to the Year of the Sheep!
This Thursday, February 19th is Chinese New Year, and we will be welcoming the year of the Wood Sheep!
As some of you may already know, each year in the Chinese lunar calendar corresponds to one of twelve animals. Each year is also thought to be governed by one of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. This coming year will be the year of the Wood Sheep, which is also sometimes called the Green Sheep, Ram, or Goat.
Wood is the element that embodies the spring time: growth and regrowth, exuberance, youthful energy and new beginnings. The Sheep, meanwhile, is known for being gentle, compassionate, peaceful and generous. It’s a zodiac sign generally liked by all for its kind heart and easy spirit. The Sheep is a creative and elegant sign, thought to be gifted with good fortune and abundance. The Sheep doesn’t rely solely on luck, however– like a goat climbing a mountain, the Sheep is able to continue on its path with steady determination. The year of the Wood Sheep brings us creative abundance and a welcome change from the breakneck pace we saw last year in the Year of the Horse. The Year of the Wood Sheep will be a good time for pursuing new creative projects, following a steady path, turning inward, and practicing generosity to ourselves and others.
Whatever plans you have for the year of the Wood Sheep, I hope it is full of wonderful things. As we say in Chinese, 新年快樂! (xin nian kuai le), or Happy New Year to you all! I wish you a prosperous, happy, and healthy year.
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