The Goat is the eighth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Goat and Deer set off together, but they needed to cross a river. There were no boats available, so they had to swim across. The Deer couldn’t take it and gave up. Goat struggled on by himself and finally made it to the party as eighth place.
The Goat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) wèi (未) and the hours 1–3 in the afternoon. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Goat is yin.
In Chinese culture, the Goat is the symbol of filial piety, as well as purity and kindness. Xiè Zhì (獬豸) is a mythological one-horned goat. It was the assistant of Gāo Yáo (皋陶), god of Justice.
Goats are loving and selfless, always thinking for others, even if it works against their own interest.
Recent years of the Goat are: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although wèi is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).
See the table below for the full details of each year.
|Year||Celestial Stem||Earthly Branch||Zodiac||Element||Yin Yang|
Personality and characteristics
Goats are able to persevere through any difficulty. This is their most notable trait. They are strong and resilient, though their gentleness might be misleading.
They have high tolerance and motivation. Quiet observers, Goats consider all aspects of anything before deciding. They never act brashly and are able to complete tasks successfully.
Goats also love children, animals and nature. They’re very tidy and are often seen organizing the home. They’re also generous with their time and money. No matter what, they put others’ needs above their own. However, their inner stubbornness sometimes makes communication difficult.
Because of their mild personality, they are able to make many friends. They are empathetic and always try to forgive others by understanding their point of view. In an argument, they rarely ever speak up because they just want the fight to be over. But when in danger, they’ll become defensive.
|Fire||1967||These Goats are warm and gentle. They are straightforward and loyal friends. Rarely anyone dislikes them, but many small things worry them. There are some difficulties in their youth and must wait until the middle ages to live comfortably. At their hardest times, they will find a savior. In life, they also need emotional support from friends.|
|Earth||1979||These Goats are just and honest. However, their bluntness can be unintentionally hurtful. Their career path is smooth and steady. They’re always able to find help and guidance. However, luck is not that great with investing. They must consider all possibilities and not be greedy.|
|Metal||1931,1991||These Goats are humble and are willing to sacrifice themselves for their friends. They always think of others, even if it’ll affect themselves negatively. They are very talented. If they focus on music or art in their childhood, they can become successful in these fields.|
|Water||1943, 2003||These Goats are kind and responsible. They seem soft on the outside, but are actually quite strong. They like going according to plans and don’t do well with sudden changes. They live quietly with a secure financial income. But true stability comes after their youth.|
|Wood||1955, 2015||These Goats are friendly and polite. They are very sympathetic and always ready to help others. However, they don’t need others. They love being alone, even if they’re married. They are more suited in developing their careers overseas rather than local.|
Men born in the Goat year are true gentlemen. They are family-oriented and have a heartfelt personality. No matter where they go, they can be seen interacting with people and making new friends. They listen to people genuinely and are mature. When others are having trouble, they’ll do their best to help.
They don’t like giving themselves too much pressure, and don’t criticize others either. During an argument, they’re often the peacemaker. At the right times, they offer advice and tips.
But they are often pessimistic. It’s hard for them to see the positive sides of things and this makes them anxious. These men try to use enthusiasm to hide their darkness. They crave for attention and support.
Women born in the Goat year are reliable and attentive. Not even the smallest details can escape their eyes. They are social as well and sensitive to others’ needs.
They are very motivated and can be depended on to perform tasks well. But they’re not the best at solving problem. They often don’t listen to warnings and end up doing things the hard way.
These women aim for high standards and live an organized life. However, they can be worrywarts and often feel insecure. Despite their kindness towards others, they are hard on themselves and never feel satisfied.
Most compatible with Goat: Horse, Pig, Rabbit
Goat and Horse is the most compatible pair as both help make up for the others shortcomings. Horses help Goats solve problems and they have similar standards.
Goats need someone to depend on, and Rabbits are the best candidate. Pigs also have a similar warm and gentle personality as Goats. They attract and support each other.
Least compatible with Goat: Ox, Rat, Dog
Goats and Oxen are both very stubborn. Neither is willing to take a step back and will have a difficult relationship.
With Rats, it’s easy to for misunderstandings to occur and weaken the relationship. Goats also have little similar interests with Dogs. It’s hard for them to understand each other.
Lucky things for Goats
- Colors: green, red, purple
- Numbers: 2, 8, 9
- Mineral: emerald, crystal
- Directions of auspiciousness: north, northwest
- Directions of wealth: southwest
- Directions of love: north
- Colors: gold, brown, black
- Numbers: 6, 7, 8
Careers fit for Goats
Goats love helping and taking care of others. Therefore, careers in the service industry would be a good fit. They are suitable as nurses, caretakers and other related jobs. They will take care of every small detail and put their entire heart into it.
Because they are intelligent and sensitive, Goats are also fit for the arts. They never lack creative inspiration. It also provides a more stable environment, which Goats need. In it, they can feel safe and secure.
Other routine and steady careers include typists and teachers. There aren’t many outside influences to worry over. This allows Goats to concentrate on performing the tasks well.
Because of this, Goats shouldn’t try competitive careers such as investment and media. The high intensity will throw them into confusion and anxiety. Goats should also remember to interact with everyone in the team, rather than just a select few.
Health and lifestyle
Goats are not the healthiest of zodiac animals. They are weaker and their health is influenced by the changes of the seasons.
However, their mindset is the biggest influence. They are often frustrated and stressed. Because of their detailed characteristic, the smallest problems catch their attention too. This makes them constantly high-strung and worried. It will inevitably lead to illnesses.
Goats often suffer from colds. Sore throats, headaches and a runny nose are common symptoms. They are also at high risk of heart problems.
During cold weathers, Goats must make sure to dress warmly. In the summer, they’re prone to catching contagious diseases. Eating cold food then is not recommended. Regular exercise is never a bad idea either.
Goats in the Year of the Dog (2018)
The Year of the Dog is a good year for Goats, despite being incompatible.
There will be mentors and supporters. Goats should take this advantage to further develop their career. In work, Rabbits and Horses would be great partners.
But Goats must be careful with their words. It’s easy to accidentally say the wrong thing and ruin the year’s fortune.
Everything will come easily for Goats in 2018. If lost, they’ll meet people who will offer help and guidance. All efforts invested will reap profits. But remember not to become overconfident and greedy.
Goats should concentrate fully on their work and don’t participate in gossip. In the unlucky months, Goats must be careful not to get into fights with co-workers.
Successful months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), June (July 13-August 10), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).
The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar March (April 16-May 14), May (June 14-July 12) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).
There will be a big improvement in studies this year. Goats will be more motivated and able to absorb knowledge easily.
If they can keep this up, their grades will soar and become an exceptional student. However, they should also be careful with their words in the classroom.
There aren’t many big health problems.
To maintain it, Goats should stay away from alcohol. It’s also a good idea to visit and take care of elderly relatives. This is especially true in May. Personal safety is also a concern in April, May and August.
Healthy months are: Lunar July (August 11-Sept 9), September (Oct 9-Nov 7)
Months where Goats must be careful with their health are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), March (April 16-May 14) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).
Goats will find it easy to click with others this year. There are high hopes for successful platonic and romantic relationships.
They should just remember that being too indulgent can lead to misunderstandings. In the unlucky months, Goats must communicate their thoughts and opinions well. Otherwise, it'll be impossible to solve the problems.
The sweet months are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), April (May 15-June 13), June (July 13-August 10), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).
Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar July (August 11-Sept 9) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).
The directions of fortune and wealth for Goats this year are the north, south and northwest. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room.
To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the southeast and northeast. Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 4 and 8.
The lucky colors in 2018 are red, orange and purple. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better.
Colors to avoid are gray and green.
Overall, 2018 is a smooth year for Goats. It’ll lay the path to the secure and steady life that they wish for. Goats are some of the kindest people, but they must remember to love and take care of themselves too!