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ART: LYDIA VANASSE

The *NEW MOON* on February 18th / 19th  kicks of the Chinese New Year as well as the Tibetan New Year celebration of Losar which herald the astrological year of the Wood Sheep!
The Wood Sheep brings a feminine Yin energy of togetherness which strengthens relations and inspires community-building as collective/group consciousness comes to the fore.  All acts of kindness, cooperation, healing and creativity are encouraged!
Here are the  MYSTIC MAMMA Astral Insights of what we can expect energetically. First, a very insightful explanation from Susan Levitt :
“Sheep correlates to the Western sign Cancer, the sign of the mother and nurturer.
“So what is of value in Sheep year is intimacy, family, and close friendships. We can be more caring, gentle, and sensitive with each other.
“This is the year to develop a wild heart, open to love and acceptance on all levels.
“Another theme of Sheep year is to express your creative side. Now is the time for artistic development and cultivation of beauty. 
“People born in Sheep years (2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967,1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907) are artistic, kind, inspired, very empathetic, and naturally creative. They appreciate beauty in all its forms, and are connoisseurs of the best life has to offer.
“They can find success in artistic fields, especially the healing arts. With a tendency to be introspective, Sheep require solitary peaceful moments to replenish. Sheep often struggle in youth until their first Saturn return at age 28 – 30, but as they age become stronger and discover their true calling. The most fortunate part of a Sheep’s life is when they are an elder.
“The mildness of Sheep can hide an independent streak. In the wild, Sheep are surprisingly tough and able to tolerate sever weather and scarcity of food.
“Sheep have this natural ability to survive when one must, and are far stronger than they appear. A Sheep can be calm and charming, yet is very focused and determined….”
Interesting to note, Susan explains…
SHEEP, GOAT, OR RAM?
“Some translations refer to Sheep as Ram or Goat. This can be misleading. Ram is a yang symbol of masculinity, but Sheep is essentially yin. Ram could be confused with the western sign Aries the Ram, but Sheep has little of Aries’ fiery combativeness.
“Aries correlates to the Chinese sign Dragon. Goat may bring to mind the western sign Capricorn the Goat, but Sheep rarely possess the drive and ambition to ascend to the mountaintop like Capricorn who correlates to the Chinese sign Ox. Sheep correlates to the western sign Cancer, the sign of the mother and nurturer.” 
Copyright 2015 Susan Levitt All Rights Reserved
And from Lillian Pearl Bridges from the Lotus Institute:
“The sheep….signifies good human relationships. It is a very Yin animal and considered somewhat passive. Since this is also a Yin Wood year, it is considered a good year for women and families and for all Yin actions that include such things as kindness, caring and creativity.
“…On a larger scale, this year will increase Human Kindness or Humanitarianism, as that is the higher vibration of the Wood Element and people will seek to cease the suffering in others. Spirituality will become more important and religions will become more welcoming, gain members and there will be more tolerance for those of different faiths.”
“…This is a year of forgiveness and reconciliation. There will be more harmony amongst people and people will be more likely to keep their promises. What looked like crises last year will have solutions.
“People will do better when they act assertively instead of aggressively. Revenge, hate and violence will not be supported. Abuse of women and children will not be tolerated. But beware of hidden passive aggressiveness in those that were formerly outward with their anger.
“However, there will also be many examples of good deeds and compassionate actions. People will band together to do good things and will want to change things for the better. “
“…This is a great year for family because sheep like to be together in a flock…Make more of an effort to be with loved ones this year and create more family harmony.”
Copyright 2015 Lillian Pearl Bridges All Rights Reserved
From the wonderful Molly Hall from Astrology.About.com:
“Looks like a year to cultivate contentment, and find refuge from the chaos, in the harmony found in nature
“The Year of the 2015 Sheep starts February 18-19th and goes to February 7th, 2016.  It coincides with the second New Moon after the Winter solstice.
“In Sheep years, there’s a return to hearth and home — this Chinese Zodiac animal and year are associated with the Western Zodiac sign of Cancer.”
“…Another way to look at the Sheep archetype is that it’s a rooted and family-oriented creature. 
“A powerful trend in the Sheep year, then, can be to bloom where planted, and grow hardy with rich sustenance.
“It’s a yin energy, which fosters growth from giving and receiving true care. We grow strong when we’re aligned with the power of nature and the Earth, and each other in community. 
“A strong current to ally with in the Sheep year is that of slowing down and being rooted. This seems auspicious when things seem to be speeding up, and some sadly grow more disconnected to the real, in favor of the virtual. 
“The Sheep Year is a remedy for mania, as we take our time, eat slow food, come to our senses, and disengage from what numbs us from our emotions.  There can be a revival of the arts, and a special focus on what’s beautiful.  This is a time to nurture close friendships and family. 
“The strong side of the Sheep is its ability to hang tough and persevere.  In nature, Sheep are out in the elements, some in harsh conditions.  The male Sheep, the Ram, is synonymous with tenacity, pushing through obstacles, scaling heights…”
“So a complement to the homey grounding of the Sheep, is the fortitude of an animal that climbs mountains.  This is a year to patiently forge ahead, and when necessary push against obstacles. 
“It can also be a time to hold your ground, and take a stand in your right to live in abundance and peace.
“And there’s a message too, in the element for the year… In Chinese astrology ‘Wood feeds fire’ — there’s a chance to find the fuel (substance) for our inspirations in 2015. 
“So symbolically, we can declare 2015 one to plant the seeds of inspiration into fertile ground.  The wild energies of the last few years take root, and bloom into tangible, beautiful and harmonious expressions of that passion. “
Copyright 2015 Molly Hall  All Rights Reserved
All together now!
Love and Blessings~
~MM

 

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