Years of the Goat: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
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 at 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 give 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 wèi and the hours 1–3 in the afternoon. In terms of yin and yang, the Goat is yin.
In Chinese culture, the Goat is the symbol of filial piety, as well as purity and kindness. Xiè Zhì is a mythological one-horned goat. It was the assistant of Gāo Yáo, the god of Justice.
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.
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 time, 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 problems. 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 other 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 similarly 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 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.
Things that will bring Goats luck:
Lucky numbers: 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 (like 27 and 72)
Lucky days: the 7th and 30th of any month according to the Chinese lunar calendar
Lucky colors: brown, red, and purple
Lucky flowers: carnations and primroses
Lucky direction: north
Things that Goats should avoid:
Unlucky colors: blue and black. Goats should avoid wearing these colors.
Unlucky numbers: 4 and 9
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.