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Chinese New Year 2015 - The Year of Green Wood Sheep or Goat

2015 Chinese New Year

The first day of the 2015 Chinese New Year is on February 19, 2015 in China's time zone. This day is a new moon day, and is the first day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 07:48 a.m. on 19-Feb-2015 in China's time zone.

The Year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4712th year on February 19, 2015. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Green Wood Sheep is the 32nd Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 32 = 4712, therefore 2015 is the Wooden Sheep year, which is the 4712th Chinese Year.

2015 is the year of Sheep. Some people say 2015 is a Green Sheep or Wooden Sheep year. This is because the Stem-Branch Calendar is connected to the Five Element theory. Chinese calendars used the Stem-Branch system to count the days, months and years. There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches in this system. Stems are named by the Yin-Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). The Stem sequence order is Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water. Branches use animal names. The Branch sequence order is Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Stem and Branch are used together to form a cycle of 60 counting systems which begin with Wooden Rat and end with Water Pig. You can see the entire sequence from the Chinese New Year's page. From 1924 to 1983 is a complete cycle. Year 2015 is Female Wood Sheep the 32nd of the Stem-Branch in the system. Because Wood is connected to Tree or Green in the Five-Element system, Year 2015 is also called the Green Sheep year.

A Sheep is a farmland animal. Sheep are herbivores and like to eat grass. Therefore, Sheep contains Earth and Wood in the Chinese Five Element theory. The Sheep hour of Chinese Horoscopes is from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. The ground has absorbed lots of heat at noon. July is connected to Sheep. July is still summer. Therefore, Sheep also contains Fire. Some Chinese eat lamb during the winter in order to keep warm.

Sheep is one of Chinese lucky animals. Sheep doesn't have to do the farm work. Instead, all the farmland jobs go to the Ox. Therefore, Ox doesn't like Sheep. Sheep have freedom to look for any kind of grass. They never worry about running out of grass. They have mild personalities and are friendly to humans. Chinese treat Sheep as an auspicious animal.

2015 Year of Sheep - Three Goats Start Fortune

In the Chinese New Year of Sheep, Chinese always mention San-Yang-Kai-Tai , which means "Three Goats Start Fortune".  Actually the term is from , which means "Three Yang Start Fortune". Chinese replace by . Both and are pronounced as Yang. is Sheep. is Male and is the word from Yin Yang.

San-Yang-Kai-Tai is from I Ching, which is the most profound foundation of Chinese philosophy. It states the natural phenomena of our universe, then applies it on people relationships in the family, organization, government and the nation. The nature rule of the universe (Dao) is Yin and Yang.  I Ching uses the symbol of broken bar as Yin and the solid bar as Yang. Yin is female, cold, earth or down. Yang is male, hot, sky or up.

In the morning, sky is hot and ground is still cold; the Little Yang Little Yang is assigned. At noon, sky and ground are hot, which is Big Yang Big Old Yang. In the evening, sky is cold and ground is still hot, which is Little Yin Little Yin. At night, both sky and ground are cold, which is Big Old Yin is Big Yin. Human live between sky and ground. By adding the human layer with Yin and Yang on those four symbols, they become Eight Trigrams (Ba Kua), which are Sky Sky, Lake Lake, Fire Fire, Thunder Thunder, Wind Wind, Water Water, Mountain Mountain, Earth Earth. These are natural phenomena in human's eyes. Combining these two trigrams together, they become I Ching 64 Hexagrams.

One hexagram has 6 bars. When applying Yin and Yang on them, we have 12 hexagrams standing for 12 months. December has the first Yang growing from the ground. January has two Yang on the ground. February has three Yang on the ground. Full six Yang is in May. The first Yin grows in June. Full Yin is in November.




1 Yang
2 Yang
3 Yang
4 Yang
5 Yang
Full Yang





1 Yin
2 Yin
3 Yin
4 Yin
5 Yin
Full Yin


Therefore, Three Yang Auspicious Begin San-Yang-Kai-Tai is from Earth-SkyEarth-Sky, which contains the meaning of peace, harmony and good fortune. The time is in the Tiger Month, which starts around on February 4th of each year. Chinese Lunar New Year is usually near the beginning date of Tiger month. Three Auspicious Sheep becomes an auspicious phase for Chinese New Year.

The Snake month is full of Yang. The Horse Month has five Yang. Sheep Month has four Yang. Yang is hot. In Chinese astrology, Snake, Horse and Sheep are in the Fire cycle. The Sheep is the last year of Fire cycle. 2016 will be Monkey Year, which is the Metal cycle. Therefore, 2015 is the turning point year. We need to review what we gained and lost in the past two years. In 2015, we need to prepare a new plan for 2016. More I-Ching interpretation...

2015 Chinese Horoscope Forecast

To forecast our luck in the coming years, we first need to know what elements and animals are in our Birth Chart from the Find Your Lucky Element page. 2015 is the year of Female Wood Sheep. Sheep mainly contains Earth. It also contains Wood. Therefore, 2015 is a strong Wood year. Sheep is the year after Horse Fire year. Sheep still contains some Fire. Wood can help Fire to burn. So Fire of 2015 is still strong. Therefore, the Earth, Wood and Fire are the key factors to determine people's fortune in 2015.

Basically, if your Lucky Element is Earth, Wood or Fire, then you will gain some benefit from Wooden Sheep. If your Lucky Element is Metal, then 2015 is considered as a good year because Earth of Sheep will protect Metal. There is no Water in 2015. Water and Earth are opposite elements. Water and Fire are hostile elements. If your Lucky Element is Water, then you might encounter some unexpected challenges. But ultimately, this is simply an opportunity to reach greater achievements.

Spring is the season of Wood. If your Lucky Element is Wood, then you will do well in the beginning of the Sheep Year. Wood will help Fire to bring up the heat. Summer is the season of Fire. If Fire is your Lucky Element. summer will be your best time of the year. If your Lucky Element is Metal, then we have to wait for the heat of Fire to cool down to see your luck. If your Lucky Element is Water, then you have to wait until Winter time when the temperature turns cold.

How to Pinpoint to the Lucky Days

People are always want to know which days their luck will come. To determine the coming of good luck, we need to study the Stems and Branches relationships among Daily, Monthly, Yearly, Current Major Cycles and the Birth Chart.

There is an easy and simple way to find your really lucky day. First, the current Year must mainly contain your Lucky Element. Next, you look for the Month that mostly contains your Lucky Element in the Stem and Branch systems. After this, look for days that will contain majority of your Lucky Element. The theory is that the Year brings Lucky Element into the Month; the Month gathers the energy of the Lucky Element and the Day triggers the luck to come out. To find the Five Elements on certain months or dates, click on the following links. The easiest way to learn more about your lucky Elements and days is from the Chinese Fortune Angel astrology software.

2015 Feng Shui for Chinese New Year

3-Green Star flies into the center palace of the 9-Star diagram in 2015. Therefore, the kua number of 2015 is 3-Green.


Lucky directions are
1 (White) is connected to Business, Romance, Social Relationships.
4 (Green) is connected to Intelligence, Academic Achievement.
6 (White) is connected to Windfall, Money, Power, Position.
8 (White) is connected to Money, Wealth.
9 (Purple) is connected to Happiness, Marriage.

Unlucky directions are
2 (Black) is connected to Illness and Sickness.
3 (Green) is connected to Quarrel, Dispute, Lawsuit.
5 (Yellow) is connected to Sick, Trouble, Bad Luck.
7 (Red) is connected to Robbery, Villain.
The most unlucky direction is Yellow 5 at the west side. Do not have any remodeling in the western area of your house.

More detailed information is available in the Chinese Farmer Calendar Farmer Calendar CD.

Chinese Pictographic Character - Sheep

2015 - Year of SheepThe Chinese character Wei Wei Sheep used in the astrology calendar means hazy sun or afternoon (the sun on the western side of the sky), not sheep. The traditional Chinese character of the sheep is YangYang Sheep. There is no good explanation for why ancient Chinese selected Sheep as the nickname of Wei. The Chinese astrology theory explains the life cycle using the cycle of the tree. Wei is the cycle of fruit becoming tasty at the end of summer. Fruit will become ripe in the autumn.

The invention of Chinese pictographic character is quite interesting The detail about sheep Chinese characters Chinese character Sheep is at Chinese Pictographic Characters - Sheep

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By Master Allen Tsai on November 18, 2021

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