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2015 Year of Goat | San-Yang-Kai-Tai

The Year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese year. The 2015 Chinese New Year Day 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.

According to Chinese Astrology, the Year 2015 is the Green Wood Sheep year. The first day of the Sheep year is on February 4, 2015. This day is different from Chinese New Year Day, because Chinese Astrology calendar is not a simple Chinese Lunar calendar.

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

Three Yang Auspicious Begin 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 Chinese Yin Character as Yin and the solid bar Chinese Yang Character 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, which is 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 a 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. That's natural phenomena in human's eyes. Combining 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 is 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 the May. The first Yin grows in June. Full Yin is in the November.

December January February March April May June July August September October November
Earth-Thunder Earth-Lake Earth-Sky Thunder-Sky Lake-Sky Sky-Heaven Sky-Wind Sky-Mountain Sky-Earth Wind-Earth Mountain-Earth Earth-Ground
Earth-Thunder Earth-Lake Earth-Sky Thunder-Sky Lake-Sky Sky-Heaven Sky-Wind Sky-Mountain Sky-Earth Wind-Earth Mountain-Earth Earth-Ground
1 Yang 2 Yang 3 Yang 4 Yang 5 Yang Full Yang  1 Yin 2 Yin 3 Yin 4 Yin 5 Yin Full Yin
Rat Cow Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Sheep Monkey Chicken Dog Pig

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 Tiger Month, which starts around on February 4 each year. Chinese Lunar New Year usually is near on beginning date of Tiger month. Three Sheep Auspicious Begin becomes 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.

2015 Year of Sheep - Enlightenment from I-Ching Hexagrams

Hexagram Name Interpretation
Retreat This is the sign the Sheep month. The basic meaning is retreat and perseverance power. Two Yin broken bars in the bottom of the sign stand for the enemies growing from the ground. We need to keep the distance away from those enemies (villains, inferiors, subordinates). We are not giving up. We want to discipline ourselves and plan for the future.
Standstill If the enemies bring more gang in, then one more Yin broken bar appears. That means Sky-Mountain becomes Sky-Earth, which stands for standstill, stagnation and obstruction. When villains failed to move things around, you will be asked to regain your position.

We need to give people of lesser ability opportunity. But if they cannot perform, then we can take over the job. One option is to turn Sky-Hillupside down into Thunder-Sky, which means the power. The resurrection brings a greater power.

Observation 2015 is year of Wooden Sheep Female WoodSheepChinese WoodChinese Sheep. The connected hexagram is Wind-Earth Wind-Earth, which means  observation. That tells us that to observe people's reaction, then take appropriate action.

Therefore, the advice from Sheep is that one step back is for preparing two step forward.

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