2015 – The Year of the Goat: An “Unforgettable Year”
by Rebecca Joy
What do Mark Twain, Mo Yan, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Isaac Asimov, and George Gordon Byron* all have in common besides being well known writers/authors?
Welcome to the Year of the Goat! February 19, 2015 officially ushered in the Year of the Goat, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
Depending on the year you were born, you’re believed to have the various character traits of that year’s animal. Those born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and, now, 2015 are goat people. Those born in Years of the Goat are described as group oriented, honest, creative, and stable. While in the West we usually think of goats as stubborn, people born in a Year of the Goat are generally believed to be mild-mannered, kindhearted, gentle, and compassionate.
So what does the Year of the Goat hold in store for us all?
The website Examiner.com reports that experts in Chinese astrology are calling for an “unforgettable year,” marked by a more stable economy and geopolitical landscape:
“Opportunities to change the world for the better abound as long as humanity works together,” the website explains. “Prosperity and well-being for all is possible as long as we actively move away from chaos.” The overall themes for the Year of the Goat are “creativity and diligence resulting in prosperity.”
So, are YOU a goat? Is this your year to be unforgettable? Will you, if you so choose, one day (sooner than later, we hope!) be known for your impressive prose and listed amongst the greats?
Mark Twain, Author, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often called “the Great American Novel”.
Mo Yan, one of the most famous Chinese writers who won the first Nobel Prize in literature in China, was born in 1955.
Charles Dickens, Writer, Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.
Jane Austen, Novelist, Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.
Isaac Asimov, Author, Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS, commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.
As a Phoenix firefighter for more than 26 years, now retired, Rebecca Joy continues to save lives and effect positive change in a different capacity. As creator of the Simple Awareness Method (S.A.M.). Rebecca is a social entrepreneur who speaks on mindfulness and conscious living. She is the coauthor of a recently published book, Classic Tales from the Firehouse: Firefighters’ Stories of Calamity, Courage, and Caring. Visit TalesFromTheFirehouse.com for more information.