2015—Year of the Sheep, aka Year of the Goat or Ram (February 19, 2015—February 7, 2016) )

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Happy New Year –Chinese Style! Although the Chinese New Year doesn’t officially begin until February 19, many people start thinking of the animal sign on the first of the New Year.  [And much of Asia, including Japan, does not wait until Feb 19. Many now celebrate during the first two weeks of January.]

According to Chinese Buddhism, before the Buddha entered Nirvana only twelve animals came to pay homage. So, the Buddha honored them by naming a twelve-year cycle (=zodiac) after them. The sheep, the eighth animal in line to honor the Buddha, is recognized as a lucky animal with an artistic nature. Lucky because it doesn’t have to do farm work, sheep have freedom to look for any kind of grass without ever worrying about running out of food. Consequently, Chinese treat sheep as an auspicious animal sign.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-year-sheep-chinese-new-black-silhouette-isolated-white-background-chinese-text-symbol-goat-image42203609

2015 is an exciting year and the Year of the Sheep is a highly creative period where people may express their artistic natures and find great pleasure in simply following their heart’s desire.  Also associated with a feeling of peace and contentment, world conflicts and political upheavals are predicted as less likely to become explosive globally as they did in 2014. Special interest in education as a way towards international peace and global prosperity will also be in sharp focus. Generally, the pace of life slows down a bit, and people become more caring. Volunteer work to help those less fortunate is highly recommended.Year of the Sheep 1

 

If the Chinese zodiac proves predictive, the year of 2015 will be a crucial one in which a highly volatile era is slowly losing its force and will be replaced by one that has high hopes for the future. According to the Chinese astrology, the Year of the Sheep encompasses many favorable planetary aspects we simply cannot ignore! Go create art and help others this year! Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year! –The Year of the Dragon

Happy New Year, everyone, and may some fire be breathed into your lives with good fortune, excitement, and the acceptance of transition and change!

I always like to look up the feng-shui and Chinese New Year after toasting with champagne a few days earlier.  I found out that 2012 is the first black water dragon year in 60 years.  (The other dragon years were not water dragon years.) The dragon is considered unpredictable and untouchable.  Its mystery is never completely known.  People cannot see its head and tail at the same time.

The dragon is the most powerful, revered symbol in ancient Chinese mythology.  A system of twelve animals not unlike the western zodiac with symbols for each of the twelve months, the Chinese zodiac is organized by the order in which animals (including the mythic dragon) were converted by Buddha.  The first was the rat (not ugly and inauspicious as in European mythology) and the dragon is the fifth among the twelve. It is the preeminent symbol of majesty, power, intelligence and wisdom. (Only the Chinese emperor, Son of Heaven, could wear the robe with the dragon’s five talons.  Sumptuary laws prohibited anyone else from wearing this image.)

Black water dragon year–is the free spirit of the zodiac, the most auspicious as well as the most mystifying. Dragon years are considered especially fortunate for new businesses, marriage and children. Therefore, 2012 will be a year of head-spinning unpredictability, uncertainty, transition, change and energy.

The Water Dragon year, which starts January 23, 2012, ushers in a tumultuous blast of energy. Everything this year, good or bad, will seem bigger than life and larger in magnitude leading to a frenzy of  change for the world, like the epic size and magical powers of the mythical beast!  We all have lots of surprises in this Year of the Dragon–  Happy New Year!