Goat (zodiac)

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"Goat" in regular Chinese characters

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Goat", while also bearing the following elemental sign:

Start dateEnd dateHeavenly branch
13 February 19071 February 1908 Fire Goat
1 February 191919 February 1920 Earth Goat
17 February 19315 February 1932 Metal Goat
5 February 194324 January 1944 Water Goat
24 January 195511 February 1956 Wood Goat
9 February 196729 January 1968 Fire Goat
28 January 197915 February 1980 Earth Goat
15 February 19913 February 1992 Metal Goat
1 February 200321 January 2004 Water Goat
19 February 20157 February 2016 Wood Goat
6 February 202725 January 2028 Fire Goat
24 January 203911 February 2040 Earth Goat
11 February 205131 January 2052 Metal Goat
29 January 206316 February 2064 Water Goat
15 February 20754 February 2076 Wood Goat
3 February 208723 January 2088 Fire Goat
21 January 209908 February 2100 Earth Goat

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branches of Birth Year:Wei
The Five Elements: Earth
Yin Yang:Yin
Lunar Month:Sixth
Lucky Numbers:2, 3, 4, 7, 9; Avoid: 6, 8
Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose
Lucky Colors:green, red, purple; Avoid: gold, brown

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