Year of the Sheep

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On these pages you will find articles and research on the healing effects of Tai Chi, Chi Kung (qigong), Taoist Meditation, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Doctors and medical researchers continue to investigate the effects of these arts on conditions including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, pain, and stress management. This page presents a selection of health articles along with others on Chinese philosophy and culture.

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Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.

The Year of the Fire Sheep begins February 3, 2027

The gentle Sheep brings relief, reflection and success. It is a time to heal after the chaos of the past and reap the benefits of your hard work. It is a time for intimacy, family and close relationships: a chance to be kind and sensitive and for acceptance and love: a time for art, creativity and the cultivation of beauty. Because of its desirable 8th place in the Chinese zodiac and the association of green with trees, growth and spring, the Green Sheep year is considered particularly auspicious. Its mantra is steady progress, generosity and peace.

Sheep People are creative and elegant. They are generous, caring and loyal, naturally friendly and empathic. They are good listeners who can remain neutral in disputes and have a deep easily touched kindness. Sheep prefer to be in groups and are happiest when those around them are, too. They have deep friendships and can count on them when things are tough. The sheep is also called the goat, or the ram. Sturdy goats bring opportunity and success, rams, diligence and prosperity, sheep happiness and peace and are considered aspects of the same idea.

People born in the Year of the Sheep (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 or 2015) Mark Twain, Rachel Carson, Orville Wright, Chow Yun-Fat,  Michelangelo, Julia Roberts, James Stewart, George Burns and Grandma Moses.

New Year is  one of the most important holidays in China. It lasts 2 weeks; friends and relatives are visited and festivities abound: there are parades with Lion dances and firecracker displays - and favorite foods to end the day.

The Lion Dance has its roots in antiquity yet is still performed today. In this dance an enormous Lion puppet, manned by two martial artists, marches, slinks and cavorts through the streets to the accompaniment of rhythmic drumming, noise and firecrackers in a parade that simultaneously brings good fortune and frightens evil spirits. The dance combines art, history, acrobatics and martial arts. Each move and mannerism is choreographed, every color is symbolic. Students practice for the entire year and compete for the privilege of being a Lion Dancer. To this day Lion Dances are performed wherever people celebrate the Lunar New Year and although they have changed with the centuries, their fundamental nature remains the same.

Another thing that has retained its essence while changing with the times is the Chinese proverb “Three sheep bring harmony and prosperity" which has been turned into a texting meme for the younger generation - and the ancient phrase is sent from phone to phone - with three sheep emoji as their message.

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