The Sheep in the Year of the Water Tiger 2022

Sheep Pic by @elliespinelli

Who is a Sheep?

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Years:         1943, 55, 67, 79, 91, 2003.
Month*:      July
Hour:          13.00-15.00

Day:            you’ll need a Chinese Calendar.

* Caution: the start of the Chinese month can be as early as the 4th & as late as the 9th, depending on the year. We can let you know this too.

What is a Sheep?
Idealistic, yin Earth, not the top getter-onner with others, the balanced Sheep has well-meant judgements about everybody which can sometimes keep her stuck in first gear. For the unbalanced Sheep (July birthday and/or mid-afternoon birth) ambition and foolishness are pretty much the same thing. For the more balanced one, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Noel Gallagher, however, leveraging affability for fame and fortune is second nature. Such Sheep can not stand to be out of the zeitgeist. Why else would the Stones be touring into their 80’s?

The balanced Sheep, as well as being an expert judge of people, knows exactly what matters and is not easily diverted from it. The arrangement for instance that Wood Sheep Bruce Willis,  his ex Demi Moore and her ex (and Bruce’s fishing buddy) Ashton Kutcher came to, whereby they stayed friends and the children avoided becoming conflicted is not usual, either in Hollywood or the world at large but it is archetypical Sheep behaviour. They can all change partners as often as a Jane Austen cotillion but Bruce gets to see his kids.

Conversely, the value of caution and conservatism is often clear in Sheep relationships. The most obvious of these is with the extrovert spontaneous Horse whose sidekick the Sheep often ends up being. With the Sheep beside him, the Horse’s fun may be a little less riotous but he will also stay out of serious trouble. The young Horse and Sheep of 1978 and 1979 for instance, are often a tag team who go out drinking and clubbing together. The Sheep may stand back in amazement at the daring of the Horse but is there both to pick up the pieces and to take advantage when these risks bear fruit. The Horse dances on tables, the Sheep ensures a soft landing.

This illustrates a psychological truth: the risk-taking the Sheep shies away from is exactly what attracts them most. Many a desirable partner has rebounded from a Horse only to find a life-long proposition in the Sheep. Read Marianne Faithfull’s revealing autobiography if you want to see how this applied to the afore-mentioned Rolling Stones. Don’t try this at home, kids.

Placed as the Sheep is before the Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac, they also understand monkey business. There is generally a certain wariness between these two as a team:  they are unorthodox but magical.

The Sheep also forms a natural affiliation with the Pig and the Rabbit; a very domestic alliance, the Chinese ideograph for home is a Pig under a roof and the average Rabbit would happily stay home 24/7 if allowed to. The Rabbit is the diplomat and mixer while the inherently versatile Pig takes up the slack of whatever jobs there are to perform. The Sheep’s part is to make things secure. She will have ensured for instance that there are no sworn enemies on the guest list. Sheep is an ideal social secretary as well as a resolver of conflict. Psycho-therapy is among appropriate career paths. And of course this gift is one that can be abused.

The Sheep is passionate, representing the yin or feminine side of sexuality and so whether male or female, the Sheep is more seducer than chatter up. 1967 Sheep Michael Gove’s appeal is surely a subtle one; he clearly fits several of the Sheep patterns. But a seducer? Discuss.

Perhaps most interestingly, the Sheep can form a formidable team with the Dog, the Dragon and the Ox. Individually each of these three is somewhat intimidating to her but when this group gathers, her value becomes obvious. She can draw flexibility from the Dog, humility from the Dragon and cheerful co-operation from the autocratic Ox. Above all he ensures peace among them. Even if all they do is make the coffee, the Sheep is a comforter of the insecure. She understands that most barkers never bite and that aggression is simply inverted fear. If George was the Sheep aspect of the Beatles, Lennon and Starr the Dragons who was the Ox keeping everyone track? George Martin. And perhaps the charge that Paul was a natural solo is accurate; he’s a Horse after all.

A final word: the dark side of the Sheep is to leverage gregariousness for power. Brazilian “strongman” Jair Bolsonaro and cynical media mogul Rupert Murdoch don’t fit the pattern of the easygoing Sheep at all. But they are the Sheep that needs the herd to be on their side. They have to belong; sometimes even when that involves falsity and betrayal. Donald Trump was born on a Sheep day, making his deepest quality the need for approval. This is not only the Sheep’s nature but often their weakness. In this sense they are not so much “strongmen” but weaklings because their only strength is in the endorsement of the herd. Populism is so much easier than conviction.

Richard Ashworth © 2021

The Sheep in 2022

You’ve had a tough time this past year – it’s time to be released from those blocks and to move gently forward this year making some use of the ambitious and creative energy of the Tiger that you’re more familiar with.

You’re out of the spotlight this year and this will feel a relief – time for a breather, to meditate and enjoy your introspection, use your time tending to the needs of others as well as yourself.

If and when you fancy a more energetic flavour to your year, join forces with a Horse and he’ll help charge you along.   Come 2023 you’ll be properly feeling in your element, surrounded by your most favoured company – you’ll know what to do.

Team up also with a Pig for gentler, creative and more domestic activities this year – the Pig is going to have quite a year.  The Pig’s upside will rub off on you and you’ll be there for her when she’s feeling a bit pushed and pulled.

You may feel a rebellious streak this year, a feeling of not quite belonging or being at ease in your boots.  If you receive compliments, accept them wholeheartedly. If you receive real wisdom, accept and use it.  You know better than most the power of teamwork and collective abilities – ignore the rebellion, and remember that one of your great gifts is joining people together; rebellion is just a reaction, better to be proactive and use your wisdoms gained from your brilliant ability to drop into your alpha rhythms to help guide you and others forward.

As we progress through the year, beware of self-sabotage in the first quarter as you emerge from the grip of 2021 and instead take time to tune into yourself and contemplate your strategy for this year, knowing you have ability to feel your way ahead.  Come summer (May-July) you’ll be feeling nicely supported, both emotionally and practically – time to make constructive use of your strategy.   In the second half of the year you’ll be inviting some challenge, but if you’ve set yourself up strongly earlier on in the year this will be healthy challenge, a helpful push to do what you really want to do, rather than just follow the herd. Marriage or entering a long-term relationship (for a woman) is also a possibility.

Helpful friends: Pig, Sheep, Horse

Best months: June, July, November

San Sats: Yum San

Zoë Vita James | Classical Feng Shui & Ba Zi


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