Chinese Zodiac

Year of the Goat

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 to 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 gave 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 (地支 / dì zhī) wèi () and the hours 1–3 in the afternoon. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳 / yīn yáng), the Goat is yin.

Goats are loving and selfless, always thinking for others, even if it works against their own interest.

In Chinese culture, the Goat is the symbol of filial piety, as well as purity and kindness. Xiè Zhì (獬豸) is a mythological one-horned goat. It was the assistant of Gāo Yáo (皋陶), god of Justice.

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干 / Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although wèi is associated with earth, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行 / wǔ xíng).

Recent years of the Goat

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1931 xīn Wèi Goat Metal Yin
1943 guǐ Wèi Goat Water Yin
1955 Wèi Goat Wood Yin
1967 ding Wèi Goat Fire Yin
1979 Wèi Goat Earth Yin
1991 >xīn Wèi Goat Metal Yin
2003 guǐ Wèi Goat Water Yin
2015 Wèi Goat Wood Yin
2027 ding Wèi Goat Fire Yin

Personality and Characteristics

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.

Elements and fortunes

Element Year Fortune
Fire 1967, 2027 These Goats are warm and gentle. They are straightforward and loyal friends. Rarely anyone dislikes them, but many small things worry them. There are some difficulties in their youth and must wait until the middle ages to live comfortably. At their hardest times, they will find a savior. In life, they also need emotional support from friends.
Earth 1979, 2039 These Goats are just and honest. However, their bluntness can be unintentionally hurtful. Their career path is smooth and steady. They’re always able to find help and guidance. However, luck is not that great with investing. They must consider all possibilities and not be greedy.
Metal 1931, 1991 These Goats are humble and are willing to sacrifice themselves for their friends. They always think of others, even if it’ll affect themselves negatively. They are very talented. If they focus on music or art in their childhood, they can become successful in these fields.
Water 1943, 2003 These Goats are kind and responsible. They seem soft on the outside, but are actually quite strong. They like going according to plans and don’t do well with sudden changes. They live quietly with a secure financial income. But true stability comes after their youth.
Wood 1955, 2015 These Goats are friendly and polite. They are very sympathetic and always ready to help others. However, they don’t need others. They love being alone, even if they’re married. They are more suited in developing their careers overseas rather than local.

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 times, 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 problem. 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 others 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 similar 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 to 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.

Lucky things for Goats

  • Colors: green, red, purple
  • Numbers: 2, 8, 9
  • Mineral: emerald, crystal
  • Directions of auspiciousness: north, northwest
  • Directions of wealth: southwest
  • Directions of love: north

Unlucky things

  • Colors: gold, brown, black
  • Numbers: 6, 7, 8

Careers Fit for Goats

Goats love helping and taking care of others. Therefore, careers in the service industry would be a good fit. They are suitable as nurses, caretakers and other related jobs. They will take care of every small detail and put their entire heart into it.

Because they are intelligent and sensitive, Goats are also fit for the arts. They never lack creative inspiration. It also provides a more stable environment, which Goats need. In it, they can feel safe and secure.

Other routine and steady careers include typists and teachers. There aren’t many outside influences to worry over. This allows Goats to concentrate on performing the tasks well.

Because of this, Goats shouldn’t try competitive careers such as investment and media. The high intensity will throw them into confusion and anxiety. Goats should also remember to interact with everyone in the team, rather than just a select few.

Health and Lifestyle

Goats are not the healthiest of zodiac animals. They are weaker and their health is influenced by the changes of the seasons.

However, their mindset is the biggest influence. They are often frustrated and stressed. Because of their detailed characteristic, the smallest problems catch their attention too. This makes them constantly high-strung and worried. It will inevitably lead to illnesses.

Goats often suffer from colds. Sore throats, headaches and a runny nose are common symptoms. They are also at high risk of heart problems.

During cold weathers, Goats must make sure to dress warmly. In the summer, they’re prone to catching contagious diseases. Eating cold food then is not recommended. Regular exercise is never a bad idea either.


Goats in the Year of the Rabbit (2023)

The Goat will enjoy a year of stable fortune in 2023, with some help from higher-ups, and relatively little turbulence. There are some fortunate aspects as well as some less than friendly ones, but overall, they’ll counteract one another and leave the Goat in peaceful water for most of the year.

In career, higher-ups and important partners and clients will favor the Goat in 2023, whether they work in a company or have their own businesses, so Goat will find themselves performing at the top of their capabilities, and may even push themselves beyond their previous limit. Positive developments all around in this sector!

Love will likewise be stable, with the status quo being maintained in most instances. But those who are still single don’t need to worry. You’ll meet plenty of new people this year, and while not all will be up to your relaxed yet specific standard, some will, and they’re worth a serious consideration when it comes down to it.

Be objective and don’t take anything personally, and 2023 won’t cause you to lose any sleep even if you don’t count sheep!

Love and Relationships in 2023

The Goat’s love life can be described as so-so compared to their career, but it’s not too shabby, all things considered. With “Tian Yi” in your quarter, you’ll meet plenty of new people in 2023, although they won’t all be promising. If you’re not careful and discerning, you risk wasting too much of your valuable time on the wrong person – ain’t nobody getting younger, right?

The good news is that it won’t be difficult to start paying attention to any potential partners’ value and character. Just don’t get distracted by their good looks or shiny exterior. Those are not the characteristics that’ll help build a long-term relationship. Hang back until you’re sure the person is special, because anyone less than that doesn’t deserve your attention.

Goat who’re already married or partnered up will be more temperamental than previous years, although that’s not saying much for this mild-natured zodiac. In any case, don’t be too quick to anger, or let out your anxiety from work or elsewhere on your loved one. Take a deep breath and suggest taking ten minutes out to cool down, and you’ll be back to your sweet self in no time.

By the way, even Goat who are already taken are likely to meet a lot of new people, some of who may try to flirt with you. Keep your distance, and take your partner or significant other to any work events that may blur the line between business and pleasure.

We know you’re loyal to a fault, Goat, but why risk the love of your life misunderstanding your intentions?

Career in 2023

Most of the Goat’s career fortune takes the form of people who recognize their unique talents and merits, and reward them accordingly, whether that be a promotion with a hefty raise, or a lucrative contract that many are after, or even just a connection that proves beneficial to the Goat for many years to come. So, keep your eyes peeled for these VIPs, and don’t be shy about putting yourself in their field of vision, either!

If you’re given such a helpful boost, Goat, don’t take it for granted but try to repay the favor by making introductions of your own, or else by doing a stellar job that proves their trust in you to be not misplaced. Such working relationships could stand the test of time, and stay with you over the years. Be efficient, cordial and humble, none of which is alien to your nature.

If you’re in a leadership position, go after new business without reservation. You could bring in the best clients your company has on its roster, and you will surely be rewarded for your daring and decisive effort. If you’re in business for yourself, you will become truly strong and resilient as you discover opportunities in 2023, and garner the trust and support of valuable partners.

eople think you’re the next big thing, if you can’t tell already, so go out there and prove them exactly right!

Wealth in 2023

Wealth will be a mixed bag for the Goat in 2023. Income will be stable while likely to trend up as the year goes on, especially as the Goat excels in the workplace or is recognized by higher-ups and new clients. All should be smooth sailing in that quarter, and your bank account will show the same reassuring trajectory.

Investment and finance won’t be as worry-free, unfortunately. The year is going to be a turbulent one for all financial markets, and the Goat would do well to keep out of any high-risk investment schemes, or out of the markets all together. You simply can’t be too careful in such an environment.

Be sure not to trust everyone you meet for investment advice, Goat. They may not even mean you any harm, but everyone’s financial goals and risk tolerance are different, and only you know what your balance sheet can withstand.

Lastly, take care not to bring too much cash with you as you go about your day, and keep your credit cards and identifications safe. Someone could try to take out loans in your name. Yes, it’s possible this year, so watch out!

Education in 2023

Students with the Goat zodiac will find themselves endowed with extra grace at school this year. Academically, they’ll rise to the top and excel in anything they set their mind to – tests, projects, presentations, all will go well! That’s not to say you can slack off, Goat. Nothing comes for free in life. It’s a lesson you should learn now.

Teachers, counselors, and parents will find the Goat trustworthy and more mature than the rest this year. The same will apply to your schoolmates, who’ll find you a steady, if not showy leader. For this reason, the Goat could be elected to the student body, and though it may not come naturally to these humble individuals, they’ll find themselves growing more comfortable with the limelight and the admiring eyes on them.

As long as they stay authentic, that trust will likely grace them all year long.

Health in 2023

Health will be more or less stable for the Goat in 2023. Nothing dramatic will take place, knock on wood, as long as they’re sensible with their lifestyle. Keep a good balance between work and leisure, and incorporate exercises into your leisure time could be a good idea to recuperate your energy.

This isn’t the year to go in for extreme sports, or anything that could pose serious injuries to your body, Goat. Think yoga or jogging, something that’ll liberate your body while also take your mind off of work. You’ll sweat and be happy. What’s not to love?

Fire is an element to avoid, by the way. So not too many barbecues, and certainly avoid any conflicts either at home or in the workplace. Your uncharacteristic temper flares may surprise those around you, and as unfair as it sounds because you don’t lose your temper often, leave you less in their esteem.

Take your time, take your space. That’s all you need to know for a smooth year.

Goats in the Year of the Tiger (2022)

The year of 2022 will finally be a year of great fortune for Goats. The negative influence of Fan Tai Sui from the previous year will completely dissipate, and Goats will be blessed with many lucky stars in the year, giving them auspicious support in everything they do, especially in work and romance. Although their health and wealth may be affected by the negative impact of a few less than perfect aspects, mostly 2022 will be very smooth and even flourishing for Goat natives.

Love and Relationships in 2022

Overall, Goat’s love life will be due for an upgrade in 2022, for both singles and those already in a relationship or marriage. Interpersonal relationships will be blessed overall. Those already in a stable relationship may find themselves deciding to get married in 2022, or will at least discuss the idea with their partner. Many may even have surprise weddings by the end of the year. Those whose relationships have been less than ideal or stable previously will be able to mend the ties and get back to a happier place in their love life. Although there may be external temptations, all will be well in the end.

Singles will have even better luck this year, as the stars are giving them an extra boost in meeting the love of their life in 2022. There will be many opportunities to meet someone special through friends, as Goats are generally very well liked by their peers. Although they tend to be shy and introverted, Goats will find the courage to take the initiative this year with the help of these friends. In other words, after Goats meet someone they like this year, they are encouraged to make the first move. This extra step out of your comfort zone will be rewarded with a whole year of good luck and happiness beyond.

Career in 2022

Goats will enjoy a very strong career year in 2022, with many auspicious aspects in this area. Opportunities will present themselves, and with training from previous years’ hardships, Goats will have the knowledge and courage to finally grasp these opportunities and harness their positive energy to propel their career forward in a major way. This year, Goats’ talents will be acknowledged and allowed full expression.

For office workers, it seems that in 2022 your boss will finally appreciate your unique contribution to the team. For Goats that are in a leadership position, you will hit your stride and find a leadership style that does not mandate you have to be a certain way. Instead, you will be able to unite your team around you by demonstrating your abilities, winning the respect of those you work with – interpersonal relationships will improve with this.

However, Goats must remember that in 2022, the prouder they are of their accomplishments, the more they need to keep a low profile and stay humble—otherwise, jealous competitors may set traps for you that you won’t notice in a moment of success. In addition, this is not the best year to change jobs, and Goats may need to watch out for becoming emotional and wanting to resign. It is recommended to stay in the job you have and work hard at it.

Wealth in 2022

Wealth is less than perfect in 2022 for Goats, but still not bad considering recent years. If you are not careless, the bad luck that has been affecting your money matters should be dispelled this year. Just be psychologically prepared that it may not always be smooth sailing. However, rest assured that you will benefit from harmonious interpersonal relationships this year, which could lead to prosperity, as loyal customers finally realize the advantages of working with Goats who remain steady and dependable, leading their businesses to flourish in an unforeseen way.

Money must be managed carefully in 2022, however. Goats may feel they do not spend much, but many small expenditures can add up to surprise you. Allocate your funds reasonably, and avoid excessively high risks in investments. You have better luck elsewhere, so why not focus your attention on those quarters and let your wealth build up on its own? In this way, the number in your checking account at the end of the year may prove a pleasant surprise.

Education in 2022

Younger Goats will be diligent and eager to learn in 2022, leading to good academic results. This is due to a positive attitude on their part, so they can complete assignments efficiently while absorbing all the information and knowledge with ease. Teens may experience a first stirring of their young heart, but they would do well to remember that studying is their chief responsibility now, and not allow other feelings to distract them from this critical stage in their studies. There will be a time for all that in the future, after efforts in school pay off.

Health in 2022

Goats will enjoy general good health in 2022, having shrugged off the negative impact of Fan Tai Sui from previous years. There won’t be any major surprises this year if they stay optimistic, which will not be difficult to do. For those who have lingering major illnesses from before, 2022 could potentially bring a complete recovery.

On the other hand, with the rise in their fortune this year, Goats may have more social occasions to attend where they may indulge in rich food and alcohol—this is something to watch out for, especially for those who already have high blood pressure. The one area of caution is travelling. This isn’t the best year for Goats to travel long distances, whether by air or by car, as there could be accidents along the way.