Sammy Nickalls
February 19, 2015 9:45 am

Happy new year!

That’s right — today is the Chinese New Year (aka the Lunar New Year), meaning that is is now officially the Year of the Sheep (also known as Year of the Goat, or the Year of the Ram . . . the animal confusion lies in the English translation, not the Chinese word). For those of you who aren’t huge followers of the Chinese zodiac, the calendar is based on 12 different animals — one for every year, until the cycle rotates again every 12 years.

Last year was the Year of the Horse, and it wasn’t exactly globally favorable, with — as Business Insider put it —”catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war.” Heavy stuff.

However, Chinese fortune tellers are claiming that this year won’t be so baaa-d. (Sheep jokes.) In fact, it will be considerably more relaxed, according to Hong Kong based feng shui expert Cheng Chi-tai. The sheep is “comparatively tame, meaning that if there is any challenge, everyone can come together to solve it,” Cheng told the AFP.

But since the sheep is mild (you know, the whole “meek lamb” thing), this year won’t be able to completely neutralize the craziness that was brought our way during the Year of the Horse. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming year. Plan accordingly.

If you were born during the Year of the Snake, be prepared for an awesome year.

That means people born in 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013. You guys are going to have the best year ever, as long as you take advantage of opportunities granted to you, according to Astrology.com.

If you were born in the Year of the Ox, maybe you should just stay home . . . 

Sincere apologies to the folks born in 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009. (That includes President Obama. Yeesh.)

Keep your emotions in check.

Year of the Sheep is a highly-emotional year, and the possibility of letting your feelings get out of control is higher than ever. Whenever you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a deep breath and count to three. It’s just the sheep getting to ya.

Be extra careful with your money.

According to respected feng shui master Chen Shuaifu, the Year of the Sheep isn’t great for finances. If you’re planning on investing, make it during the second half of the year.

You may have a hard time finding new relationships.

Unfortunately, single folk, you may not have so much luck in love, according to Chen. Traditionally the Year of the Sheep isn’t great for love or family. To those ladies who were born in the Year of the Sheep (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003) . . . apparently, you might have some extra issues in this department.

It’s a year for sickness.

Don’t freak about the whole Ebola thing, but according to feng shui expert Thierry Chow, the sheep is strongly tied to earth elements, meaning that we may see some new diseases. Chow told Business Insider that there is going to be a “big explosion of bacteria.” Ew. Drink up that orange juice, folks.

But it’s also a year for the environment!

That whole strongly-tied-to-earth-elements thing will really benefit . . . well, the Earth. We may see a strong trend towards more environmentally-friendly practices, which is always a plus in my book.

Wear black and blue more often.

We know, we know . . . black and blue clash. But according to Chen, wearing these colors will help improve your luck.

Happy new year, folks!

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