If you’re expecting a baby in 2015,
chances are it’ll be born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the sheep (or ram or
goat, depending on who’s doing the translating). Chinese New Year begins on February 19,
marking the year 4715 in the traditional lunar calendar. All the babies born between
February 19, 2015, and February 7, 2016, will be considered sheep under the traditional
So what kind of personality will
your little lamb have? Some superstitious people believe that the sheep is the
unluckiest sign, prone to meek personalities. In fact, last year there were
news reports of couples in China trying to time their conception so that their
children would be born in the first six weeks of 2015, when it’s still the Year
of the Horse, popular for its image of strength and auspiciousness.
But I don’t put much stock in those superstitions. Maybe it’s because I’m a Gemini.
But I don’t put much stock in those
superstitions. Maybe it’s because I’m a Gemini, and I like to see both sides of
every issue. Or perhaps its because I had always been taught that there are no
“good” or “bad” signs under the Chinese zodiac system, but that like people, every animal has its strengths and weaknesses.
The eighth in the 12 animals of the
Chinese zodiac, sheep are said to be calm, kind and dependable, with an affinity
for art and spirituality. They are also natural peacemakers. Also, start
setting aside a clothing budget—with the association between sheep and wool,
people born in the year of the sheep are often considered especially stylish!
Girls born in this year are generally considered “sheep” while boys may be
called “rams.” Celebrities born in the
Year of the Sheep include: Mick Jagger, Barbara Walters, Chow-Yun Fat, Julia
Roberts and Jamie Foxx—hardly meek little lambs!