The SHEEP - Chinese name: YÁNG
Ranking Order - Eighth
Hours ruled by the Sheep: 1pm to 3pm
Direction of this sign - South-Southwest
Season and principle month: Summer - July
Fixed Element: Fire
Socially, domestically and politically, people belonging to the Ram 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 Rams 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 Rams are concerned.
Endowed with innate intelligence and artistic talent, the Ram will fare well in business. Rams 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 Rams 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, Rams are extremely combative and put up a ferocious battle. Life's circumstances influence the Ram'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 Rams take advantage of others, sometimes even living entirely at their expense.
Rams 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 Rams are often drawn to the fantastic, the supernatural, occultism and the reading of horoscopes.
Generally, those born in the Year of the Ram 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 Ram-born people are gifted craftsmen and women. With their strong artistic inclinations, it is not surprising that Ram-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.
Thanks to others, the Ram 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 Ram through the door -- with his love of creature comforts, you may never be able to get rid of him!
The second phase of the Ram's life will be tempestuous romantically, but there will be a lot of luck in the other two phases.