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 Ox (2021)

The Goat and the Ox form one of the six conflicting pairs in the Chinese zodiac. Therefore, in the Year of the Ox, the Goat will conflict with Tai Sui, and affect your career, relationships, and health accordingly.

2021 will be an uphill battle, so remember to step back and evaluate your options before making major life decisions. Use your best judgement at all times, and do not give into your emotions no matter what life throws at you. Keep your chin up, as your luck will improve towards the end of the year.


You will find it difficult to advance professionally this year. Though your career will remain on track, it will not proceed as you might expect. You are likely to make more errors at work and run into misunderstanding with your colleagues and superiors.

Put more effort into your work in order to secure your position. Troubles will crop up, but they will always provide chances for you to learn and plan for your future. Learn new skills when you find your current career prospects bleak.

Things will get better as the year progresses. Be ready to embrace any changes that come your way. Going into 2021, the Goat is likely to suffer financial loss. Any financial products you have previously invested in will cause you to lose money to some extent.

You should learn to make tough decisions when it comes to investing in order to avoid further losses. You should also learn to save for rainy days. Use your money for necessities and forget about luxuries until you are financially stable.

You should also try to find additional sources of income—perhaps some of your interests can be developed into side hustles. If you have savings, this year may not be too rough. If you lack savings, however, it may prove quite difficult.

Lucky Months: February, May, and October

Unlucky Months: August, September, and December


The Goat will be blessed with academic success this year. Though you are likely to have mediocre performances in your career, you will achieve significant progress in your educational pursuits.

The Goat is an intuitive sign, meaning you may sometimes become distracted and lose your focus. Try to create a detailed study schedule and hold yourself more accountable.

You can also go to a library or café if you tend to be more disciplined in public. Efficiency and long-term habits will be crucial to your academic success this year.


The Goat will experience some relationship problems this year. Single Goats will tend to turn inward due to work-related stress, and will need more “alone time” to recharge. If you are seeking a partner, however, you will need to socialize and meet new people.

For those in a committed relationship, your loner tendencies may not sit well with your partner. Try to talk to your partner about the issues that are affecting you.

A problem shared is a problem half-solved, especially in a relationship. You will have a fair share of rifts with your partner, but you should not let the petty squabbles ruin the love you share. Watch your temper, as it might lead to problems in your relationship.


The Goat needs to make your health top priority this year. You will be more vulnerable to illness due to your conflict with Tai Sui. You will have some discomfort from time to time, and because you will be stressed in mind, you may run out of motivation and become dispirited.

Periodic burnouts may be accompanied by minor health issues, such as colds or digestive problems. Preventive measures will come in handy. Ensure that you take care of your emotional and mental health by letting go of things that you don’t have control over.

Try not to let your stress get the better of you. Find constructive ways to deal with your stress, and you will find your health improving as the year goes on.


Due to the clash with Tai Sui, the Goat should expect to run into many challenges in the year ahead. You will experience frustrations and distractions that may slow you down or harm your spirit.

At the end of the day, however, things will work out for the better, and you will gain valuable wisdom. You will learn the importance of compromise, especially when it comes to relationships.

Remember to share your positive vibes, even during hard times. Finally, resort to social and charity works, as they will grant you the peace, confidence, and determination you seek.

Goats in the Year of the Rat (2020)

While the Year of the Pig brought good luck for Goats, the year of the Rat will have its shortcomings. Misfortune is apparent in the alignment of the stars. Be prepared to face difficulties this year. Perseverance will serve you well. Even though there will be bad things to come, the Rat will bring success in some ways. Ride out any blessings to the fullest. Although the forecast is not favorable in many aspects, your career will prove to be successful.


Fortune will favor you in the Year of the Rat. Success will follow you in your occupational endeavors. Your best character traits will aid you in your journey to wealth; perseverance, strength, and motivation will be your guides. Opportunities, promotions, and bonuses will all be yours for the taking this year. Goats who work on commission will be able to benefit from all of their hard work. Freelance workers and care-takers will benefit, as well. Take delight in the Rat’s blessings for the year.

As generous people, Goats will need to be cautious of giving away too much of their surplus wealth. It would be wise to save for the coming years of financial uncertainty. Remain careful when presented with expensive excursions for the year as well. You don’t want to lose your hard-earned money in a single outing.

Lucky Months: January, February, May, September, and October.

Unlucky Months: March, July, and November.


This year’s horoscope shows both success and misfortune. Stay vigilant when posed with choices, and be mindful of the impact your schooling will have on the majority of your life. A few wrong moves could alter your chances of success. For example, a schedule filled with too many social events and parties will undoubtedly derail your efforts. Remember, you do not have to attend every event; prioritize your courses and studies most of the time. Surround yourself with goal-oriented classmates to keep you on track.

If you can stay focused and keep up the excellent work, you will benefit exponentially. As hard-working individuals, Goats will have no problem getting down to business. Your grades will improve as well as your overall academic standing. Being able to come into a career with such good marks is desirable. You’ve got this.


Goats are not blessed with good health generally, and this year will take a turn for the worse. With such a weak immune system, it is necessary to be on guard for slight shifts in your well-being. Changing temperatures throughout the season will be a cause for worry. Wear the appropriate clothing, drink plenty of water, and eat superfoods. The flu and fever will most likely get you down this year, but also be watchful over your digestion, tooth sensitivities, and kidneys.


The Year of the Rat will not bring Goats much in the way of love; relationships will be rather humdrum. The outlook for single Goats is limited, and partners will be few and far between. One or two relationships may bloom, but they won’t last long. Instead of pining after the right person, put your energy into your friendships. You never know; you might get lucky.

For married Goats, spicing up your love life will require thinking outside the box. Plan a romantic vacation for the two of you; a trip to Hawaii or Thailand might bring back the fire that was once there. Even the simplest of evenings can spark excitement. However, those who enjoy the routines of marriage need to do nothing and enjoy the year with their partner.


Although Goats will face bad luck in the Year of the Rat, 2020 will glimmer with a few minor successes. Maintaining a constant tenacity towards your goals will work well in your favor. Goats will need to pay extra attention to their health for the year; healthy eating and exercise will do you wonders. Relationships will leave much to be desired, but with some effort, you never know what may surface. As for career, you will experience the benefits of the Rat; determination and persistence will pay dividends. Remember, you can always change your luck with positivity and perseverance.