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The Chinese calendar is based on a lunisolar year (relating to both the Moon and the Sun) - Because the first new moon after the Winter Solstice is the 12th month of the Chinese calendar year, usually the second new moon of the year in the Georgian calendar is actually the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year usually falls in mid February. (Even though China now uses the Georgian calendar, their new year is based on the ancient Chinese calendar.)
New Year’s Day is the most important date in the Chinese calendar, and is normally a three day work holiday, although some may stretch the holiday even longer. Celebrations actually continue for the entire month!
Is 2015 The Year of the Goat or Sheep? It is the Year of the Goat, but sometimes is referred to as the “Year of the Sheep” because of confusion which stems from the translation of the "yang" Chinese character - which can be translated as either a goat or a sheep.
The Goat is the eighth animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Goats are resilient and create their success through perseverance; they are thought of as gentle and sympathetic, but have a strong sense of justice. According to Chinese astrologers, luck within careers will fluctuate for those born in the year of the goat and their financial fortune will be average. However, they are said to possess a power to turn their fortune around – so that when things seem bleak, their luck may change. This year looks good for health.
What is your Chinese Sign? Many Chinese Sign calculators do not account for the non-alignment of the two calendars, using Gregorian-calendar years rather than official Chinese New Year dates!
It is important to check your sign based on a Chinese calendar - you may have miscalculated your Chinese sign using a Georgian calendar! Here is a link to some interesting Chinese Zodiac trivia and a calculator to find your sign. http://www.char4u.com/content/chinese-zodiac-sign/
The Chinese 60 Year CycleAn uncomplicated explanation of the 60 year cycle - and fairly decent history of Chinese Astrology - can be found on Wikipedia: "The 60-year cycle consists of two separate cycles interacting with each other. The first is the cycle of ten heavenly stems, namely the Five Elements (in order Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) in their Yin and Yang forms.
The second is the cycle of the twelve Zodiac animal signs (shengxiào) or Earthly Branches . They are in order as follows: the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. In Vietnam the rabbit is replaced by the cat.
This combination creates the 60-year cycle due to the least amount of years (least common multiple) it would take to get from Yang Wood Rat to its next iteration, which always starts with Yang Wood Rat and ends with Yin Water Pig." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_astrology "
Hope you are planning something special - 2015 New Year celebrations continue until the the moon is full, March 5!
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Important transits this lunar month: (dates are for Eastern Time Zone)
Mar 11 Mars Conjunction Uranus
Mar 11 Mars Square Pluto
Mar 14 Saturn at 04°Sagittarius55' Stations Rx
Mar 16 Uranus Square Pluto
Mar 20 New Moon, the Sun 29°Pisces27' is a Solar Eclipse
All the best to you in this New Year of the Goat, 2015.
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