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The year of the goat and sheep. And ram. Expect the horns

YEAR OF THE GOAT..

No, that's not a famous song line, you're thinking of the year of the cat..

This is the year of the goat--or at least will be in February when the Chinese new year ends the horse we have been living through and gives us a brand new theme with a brand new animal.. The goat..

I am about tired of the recycling of 2014 at this point.. the memories, the years in review. Sure, even I promulgated a year in review, but in my opinion did it early enough to let it exist without forcing it down anyone's throat.

The ball has since dropped. Ryan Seacrest has since cleaned off at least some guyliner, and Taylor Swift hopefully put on some pants.. It's 2015..

But as we enter into the goat's time period under Saturn, it's fair to take a quick look as to what it may or may not mean..

The sheep, or goat is among the calmest of animals in tradition.
This year has been called the year of the sheep.. it's the year of the goat.   And even more, in 2015, the Chinese animal sign for 2015 is 'yang.'  That is the inclusive term for the sheep and goat together, which speaks of that conflict as to what animal this year in fact is going to be represented by. Since the Chinese calender can't really decide, I will: It's actually, really, the year of the ram.

Things seem good, too. At least according to the horoscopes so many take stock in.. This year will be more positive, we are told.. the sheep's meekness, or the goat's givingness will endure. Of course, with any animal, especially a ram, expect a fierce kick to the backside now and then from fate.

There is a chance, we are told by some experts, that we will be seeing an immediate change in the way we look at problems this Ram year..

Sheepish people may be pessimistic. The ram may use that to its advantage..

The last time we endured a year of a sheep or goat was 2003. While my nostalgic memory longs for the days when I was 23 years of age, world history wasn't too nice. That was the year of war, when George W. Bush launched the Iraq attack in March and the United States began frying "Freedom fries" in honor..

The logic in China is that it's best to have a child before February of this year, since a baby born during a 'horse' is more likely to be a leader in the future as opposed to one born during the sheepish months that are coming..

In Western culture, of course, the sheep may mean something far darker than the the honorable meekness is represents in Asia. In the United States, for example, leading the sheep to slaughter is a common term to showcase the stupidity of the sheep or goat, and how easily others can prey upon them..

As 2015 begins, so do predictions over what this year will bring. Last night, George Noory hosted a predictions Coast to Coast AM with Joseph Jacobs, Glynis McCants and her numbers, John Hogue and his quatrains, and Vincent Genna.  Hogue had perhaps the more interesting take on what 2015 will bring: His point is that 2015 is going to be the time period that could be called the year of the spark, when something may light the explosion.. Additionally, the American dream is going to be refined and retuned, he said..

Clyde Lewis had similar thoughts last night on his own program GROUND ZERO.. Lewis worried that a black swan event will take place in 2015.. 

The HORROR REPORT has already made its predictions..
While the important events of the year that take place can never be prognosticated regardless of the 'clairvoyant' uttering the words, themes can be .. moods and collective consciousness, I argue, can sway the mood of the nation and planet.

But those surprises that come when you least expect them are the true life changing events..

Meek and mild mannered sheep we may be.. but a ram is coming. And that ram may have a field day with the year of the goat.

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