Year Of The Sheep.


I was born in 1943 and so my Chinese zodiac sign is Water Sheep.

It breaks my heart to read this rather depressing news item in the New York Times. I quote what depresses me from it.

“Sheep are meek creatures, raised for nothing more than slaughter. Babies born in the Year of the Sheep, therefore, will grow up to be followers rather than leaders, according to some superstitions. The children are destined for heartbreak and failed marriages, and will be unlucky in business, many Chinese believe. One popular folk saying holds that only one out of 10 people born in the Year of the Sheep finds happiness.”

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34 Responses to Year Of The Sheep.

  1. I had already read about Chinese couples trying to spare their children.
    I assume your life wasn’t really that bad?
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  2. Ursula says:

    Don’t take it to heart, Ramana. Sheep/goat as far as I know are the charmers in life. The ones who appreciate beauty and refinement like no other.

    As to ‘luck’ and ‘happiness’ the Angel has got it in spades.

    My father is an ox. A fine one he is. One of my sisters is an oxen too. Not so fine. Nothing that a little slaughter can’t fix.

    Both my brother and father-of-son are dragons. Supposedly the luckiest Chinese sign to be born under. Don’t bank on it.

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  3. Nandu Pillai says:

    I just found out that my year of birth is the year of the Pig ! ( My Zodiac sign is the Goat ! ) “Pig is not thought to be smart as dog. It likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no calculation to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, pigs were once regarded as wealth.” Oink to you too !

  4. Grannymar says:

    This little piggie is reminded of our first online conversation. You asked me what my zodiac sign was. No man before or since did that. I never really understood why you asked, and now I may never find out.
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    • Did I do that? I must have been reading something about zodiac signs at that particular point of time I should imagine. But this obsession with signs and horoscopes fascinates me.

  5. wisewebwoman says:

    I truly dislike these categorizations, particularly the bits about happiness. The only happiness in the world is found within.
    And you, my dear friend, have found yours.

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  6. Looney says:

    The Chinese weren’t thinking about wild, mountain sheep.
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  7. bikehikebabe says:

    Bah Humbug!

  8. Anna says:

    Wow, I got worried, I am the same sign. Only I feel lucky in life and quite like it. We need to find a better version of the sign description. I am reassured by some of the comments.
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  9. Delirious says:

    I think this study is flawed. Recently, the government of China changed the law to allow people to have a second child if either the husband or wife is an only child. I think people are rushing to have a baby while they still are allowed by law, not to avoid the year of the sheep.
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  10. Anita says:

    RR, you put the ‘Ram’ in Ramana, don’t you think? And hardly in an ovine way 🙂

    • Anita, you have got me there. But I plead not guilty. It was my old man who committed that big blunder. Little did he know that one day you will come into my life to taunt me.

      • Anita says:

        No taunting, that was a positive comment – couldn’t you see me smiling? 🙂

        • I am not offended. Try placating the old man wherever he is. I could actually not only see you grinning but also hear you laughing away anticipating my reaction.

  11. Alan G says:

    Well, I am a ‘snake’ so hiss, hiss… better watch out. At least I know now why I am not particularly scared of snakes! 🙂
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  12. Cathy in NZ says:

    For New Zealand, sheep and it’s products were once the backbone of the country…and although we still export such products are sheep population has dwindled:
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  13. Pravin says:

    Either water sheep year is different than the sheep year or you are THE EXCEPTION which proved the prophecy.
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  14. I’m Earth Ox. Darn – would rather have been a flying ox.

  15. Just say “Baaaa Humbug” to that. That’s the sort of horoscope one ignores, don’t you think? After all, it’s all put out there for our good (we hope:) I wonder what has gone on in nine other lives to make yours so good?
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