Socially, domestically and politically, people belonging to the Sheep category are the least likely to make waves. They respect order and pay attention to rules and regulations that are laid down by laws and by society. Whether it is because Sheep are such nice and pleasant people or whether it is because they are born under a lucky star, fortune seems to favor them. It is quite possible that because they are so mild, unassuming and whimsical, they would not be capable of making their fortune in life by their own efforts. Yet many seem one way or another to attract success and money whether through legacies, patronage or popular acceptance via the mass media. Consequently, this popularity and success makes for an easy life where Sheep are concerned.
Endowed with innate intelligence and artistic talent, the Sheep will fare well in business. Sheep are good-natured and altruistic. However, their successes are often limited to money; in family matters they may flounder. They can be a bit too undisciplined and at times show a morose, misanthropic side. Although Sheep prefer an uncomplicated, easy life, free of conflict or problems, if danger appears, especially when it is a matter of saving their own life or that of others, Sheep are extremely combative and put up a ferocious battle. Life’s circumstances influence the Sheep’s actions and disclose startling contrasts in their seemingly impassive natures. They leave decision-making to others, but cannot be forced to follow a path they do not like. Their lack of self control and the mysterious delays which beset their lives make people lose patience with them easily. And though they can make themselves agreeable when they want to, more often Sheep take advantage of others, sometimes even living entirely at their expense. Though their perseverance and impeccability are admirable, Sheep must be careful not to let determination turn into stubbornness, and independence into isolation.
Sheep are frequently religious, but whatever religion it is, it will only be practiced to the point where it interferes with their comfort and everyday routine. They are not prepared to put themselves out for it, although Sheep are often drawn to the fantastic, the supernatural, occultism and the reading of horoscopes.
Generally, those born in the Year of the Sheep are attracted to the Arts and many are highly creative. But they are practical too, so that for them Art must also be functional and, conversely, everyday functional objects must also reflect inherent beauty. Couple their talents to their manual dexterity and it is not difficult to see why so many Sheep-born people are gifted craftsmen and women. With their strong artistic inclinations, it is not surprising that Sheep-folk have a keen eye for beauty and that they simply adore exquisite things. Just as psychologically they need peace and harmony, so physically they need to be surrounded by beauty both in their living and working environment. Without pleasant or conducive surroundings these people could so easily become depressed and dispirited. Because of this one negative Sheep trait is a tendency to overindulge in beautiful things. There is a saying “Sheep eat paper,” meaning that the Sheep spends more than he earns. Sheep don’t believe in saving money and would rather overspend on luxuries.
Thanks to others, the Sheep will generally land on his feet. So great is his talent for knocking on the right door, he will have no problems with what the Japanese call
I-Shoku-Ju, the life of the senses. If you have a nice country home full of good things and good conversation, frequented by artists, don’t ever let a Sheep through the door — with his love of creature comforts, you may never be able to get rid of him!
The Sheep often struggles in youth. The second phase of the Sheep’s life will be tempestuous romantically, but there will be a lot of luck in old age. This is because all the good deeds that the kind-hearted Sheep does for others return to him.