2015 – YEAR OF THE GOAT
ALSO REFERRED TO AS YEAR OF THE SHEEP OR RAM
On 4th February Goat began gambolling into our realm. Goat will be fully present and welcomed at the Lunar New Year, 19thFebruary.
The guiding element is that of Wood/Treeand to some extent Earth; the colour isgreen; associated number is 3; the Chi/Ki is YIN, the divine feminine in us all. The last time these energies presided over us at the same time was 60 years ago in 1955.
year of the Goat completes a Wood/Tree cycle and 2016 will be the beginning of a new energetic influence, that of Metal in Year of the Fire Monkey! So, I sense 2015 will be most significant and interesting, and a stepping-stone to times ahead.
Environmentally and climate-wise 2015 will be challenging. Beloved Mother Earth/Gaia, a jewel in the cosmos, may suffer.
Her gifts, however, and timeless wisdom remain constant.
The year calls for us to be particularly versatile, flexible, tolerant, honest and kind. Harmonious and peaceful resolution to disputes both global and personal might be easier to attain with a sensitive, creative and proactive approach, together with some careful compromise. This though is not at the expense of integrity and one’s inner truth. Courage and strength will be needed at times throughout the year. Maintain determination in projects and towards the fulfilment of plans. Many will yearn for a new start or put new ideas into practice. Some will seek self-sufficiency and autonomy, yet accept that co-operation is a positive and powerful way forward.
A high degree of self-awareness, self-care and community care will be necessary. Self-care is not an indulgence, it is essential for the celebration of life: living, loving, forgiving, giving and receiving.
Green is the energetic colour for 2015 and is often referred to as the ray of balance, concord and harmony being at the centre of the spectrum/the rainbow. Green is essential for our wellbeing as it radiates a natural calmness and is most soothing to the nervous system. Green encourages that we are comfortable in our body and space, and if not then make changes according to our needs; that we release dogma and harsh beliefs (beliefs that are ultimately harmful to ourselves); that we live authentically; that we are kind to ourselves and to others; that we are in touch with our feelings and emotions, and with the soft, still, ever-loving core within.
Because of green’s association with the energy of Spring, a feeling of ‘get up and go’ and alertness may be experienced; a desire to move forward and expand upon fresh ideas; it might feel like a cork has popped open releasing a scent and flow of possibilities. Follow the guidance from heart or gut if decision-making does not come with ease.
As we know green has an affinity with the heart centre/chakra (as does pink and, some say, gold), nourishing it. Breathe in this colour’s radiant energy, thus helping to restore a comfortable rhythm and pace to our lives. Pink was considered a mystical colour in ancient times. With its unique energy pink has long since symbolised unconditional love.
Colour is a powerful and illuminating force. When the seas of life are rough, surround yourself with emerald green light to quieten the effects of the inner storm. Then invite the pink/rose ray for succour and tenderness.
Although Goat is very much of the earth, there is some conflict between the element of wood/tree and that of earth:
Keep hydrated at all times, especially this summer, as kidneys and bladder may be vulnerable. This sounds obvious, however the element of water this year is very poorly aspected, depleted even. Eat water-rich foods and spend time by water to redress the balance. Drink, eat, breathe and stretch well during this Year of the Goat.
Because this year calls for open-heartedness, I am naming it ‘a pilgrimage of love’.
With that in mind,may loving warmth and wisdom surround you in 2015.
By Nicky Jevon