The Gentle Goat
Sheep or Goats are regarded by Chinese astrologers as having a strong essence of "Yin", therefore the most feminine of the animal signs. The are typically elegant, charming, artistic, and fond of natural items. Sheep personalities often find expression in craftsmanship rather than originality. They are very conservative and often leave their creative sides unexplored when it comes to career advancements.
Sheep are insecure and need to feel loved and needed. They shy away from confrontation and often follow the crowd instead of standing up for their true beliefs. They resent being led by others, although they allow it. This characteristic often leads them to ask for help, then resist it when it comes.
They study the esoteric, reading books on new-age beliefs, astrology, and fortune-telling. Because of their indecision, Sheep do not usually make good business people. They prefer to use their artistic talents and craftsmanship skills.
Socially, domestically and politically, people belonging to the Ram category are the least likely to make waves. They respect order and pay attention to rules and regulations that are laid down by laws and by society. Whether it is because Rams are such nice and pleasant people or whether it is because they are born under a lucky star, fortune seems to favor them. It is quite possible that because they are so mild, unassuming and whimsical, they would not be capable of making their fortune in life by their own efforts. Yet many seem one way or another to attract success and money whether through legacies, patronage or popular acceptance via the mass media. Consequently, this popularity and success makes for an easy life where Rams are concerned.
Endowed with innate intelligence and artistic talent, the Ram will fare well in business. Rams are good-natured and altruistic. However, their successes are often limited to money; in family matters they may flounder. They can be a bit too undisciplined and at times show a morose, misanthropic side. Although Rams prefer an uncomplicated, easy life, free of conflict or problems, if danger appears, especially when it is a matter of saving their own life or that of others, Rams are extremely combative and put up a ferocious battle. Life's circumstances influence the Ram's actions and disclose startling contrasts in their seemingly impassive natures. They leave decision-making to others, but cannot be forced to follow a path they do not like. Their lack of self control and the mysterious delays which beset their lives make people lose patience with them easily. And though they can make themselves agreeable when they want to, more often Rams take advantage of others, sometimes even living entirely at their expense.
Rams are frequently religious, but whatever religion it is, it will only be practiced to the point where it interferes with their comfort and everyday routine. They are not prepared to put themselves out for it, although Rams are often drawn to the fantastic, the supernatural, occultism and the reading of horoscopes.
Generally, those born in the Year of the Ram are attracted to the Arts and many are highly creative. But they are practical too, so that for them Art must also be functional and, conversely, everyday functional objects must also reflect inherent beauty. Couple their talents to their manual dexterity and it is not difficult to see why so many Ram-born people are gifted craftsmen and women. With their strong artistic inclinations, it is not surprising that Ram-folk have a keen eye for beauty and that they simply adore exquisite things. Just as psychologically they need peace and harmony, so physically they need to be surrounded by beauty both in their living and working environment. Without pleasant or conducive surroundings these people could so easily become depressed and dispirited.
Thanks to others, the Ram will generally land on their feet. So great is their talent for knocking on the right door, they will have no problems with what the Japanese call I-Shoku-Ju, the life of the senses. If you have a nice country home full of good things and good conversation, frequented by artists, don't ever let a Ram through the door -- with their love of creature comforts, you may never be able to get rid of them!
The second phase of the Ram's life will be tempestuous romantically, but there will be a lot of luck in the other two phases.
The Home-Loving Ram
Romantic problems are often frequent in the life of the Ram and because of this they may experience emotional agitation. In matters of Love, it is the Ram's heart which rules its head. These people work best as part of a team, so a secure, stable and loving relationship is essential for their emotional well-being. Perhaps more than any other sign, Rams are home-lovers and are tailor-made for marriage and family life. Next to love and security, they crave peace and harmony, consequently they will bend over backwards within their relationships to keep things running smoothly. As they hate discord of any kind their partners shouldn't ever expect them to get embroiled in an argument for these people will simply retreat into silence. As lovers they can be clingy and dependent. They like to associate with others stronger than themselves. Highly sensual, they adore physical contact; however, despite all their need for tranquility, partners of Rams should note that these people want what they want and will all too often wear down opposition with protestations in order to get their own way.
Sheep are typically very romantic and sensitive. They are hard to resist with their loving and caring nature, and make excellent spouses.
Ram women dream of marriage with a rich man, an affair with a generous boyfriend, or a liaison with some influential patron. Failing this, she will be happy living at home with wealthy parents. She is the stuff of which are made courtesans, prostitutes, management consultants, public relations officers and other parasites. She is also the stuff of which great artists and writers are made. Everything depends on their luck and the influences at work in their life.
Rams would be especially happy with the Rabbit, the Boar or the Horse, yet they are capable of living with practically all the signs. However, the Dragon and the Snake consider Rams too passive for their likes. The Ox has no patience with the Ram. In love or business, a union between the Ram and the Dog is destined to fail as they are both too pessimistic.