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Interior Design Based off the Chinese Zodiac the Goat
The Goat is the 8th sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Sometimes the Goat is referred to as the Ram or Sheep.
The Goat is considered an auspicious animal. The Year of the Goat is considered to bring good fortune, prosperity, and promise. The Goat is also attributed to kindness and benevolence. They can be resistant to change.
A home that uses the Goat for interior design will have:
- A balance of yin and yang elements.
- Earth elements: terracotta, porcelain, brick, sand, rock, stone, crystal, ceramics, and pottery.
- Images related to summer.
- Relaxing furniture and comforting decor.
- Bright colors from summer energy.
The Year of the Goat occurs every 12 years. The Chinese Zodiac has 12 animals and each year is represented by a different animal. The Zodiac also cycles through 5 different elements, so you'll have the Year of the Earth Goat, the Year of the Metal Goat and so on. The full cycle takes 60 years to complete with all the animals with all the different elements.
The following are considered goat years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051, 2063, 2075, 2087, 2099.
Earth based elements function in a different way than the other four elements. Earth elements occur between new elements. Earth is used as a buffer to help seasons transition. The elements go in this pattern: water, water, earth, wood, wood, earth, fire, fire, earth, metal, metal, earth.
The other elements all have 2 animals. The earth element has four animals: the Ox, the Dragon, the Goat, and the Dog. Yin and yang is divided up among the elements. This means there are two yin earth elements and two yang earth elements.
Overall, earth is the most balanced element. It borrows from yin and yang the most generously. A home based on earth will strive to balance yin and yang and have both represented. Earth is used as a buffer between elements because it is more balanced than the others.
Since the Goat occurs during summer, I would argue their home should have elements mainly of: fire + earth + metal. Earth must be used to protect metal which can get destroyed by fire elements.
Yin and Yang
The Goat is very peaceful and amicable because it is so balanced. The animal is based in yin, but it also has summer energy (which is related to yang.)
For a home using the Goat as inspiration, I would make sure each room has yin and yang elements. If you feel like your energy is off then it may be time to rethink your layout.
How do you know if you have too much yin or yang? When you have too much of one energy or the other you may start to develop mental or physical symptoms. Here are some things that might happen.
- Too much yin: lethargy, sedentary, greasy skin or hair, extra water weight, trouble forming sentences, trouble remembering things, prone to sadness and depression, crying randomly, extra sensitive, trouble getting out of bed, procrastination, excessive snot, constant urination, always feeling cold, clammy feet or hands, muscle loss, hiding from others, avoiding daylight, anemic.
- Too much yang: bouts of anger, road rage, aggression, easily annoyed, cranky, irritable, high resting heart rate, high blood pressure, restless thoughts, restless leg syndrome, headaches, migraines, dry skin or hair, rapidly losing weight, insomnia, anxiety, can't sit still, loud, excessive internal monologue, overly passionate, constantly feeling hot, manic.
I recommend if you are dealing with serious health issues to see a doctor. Rearranging your house may relieve some symptoms, but Feng Shui and Yin and Yang can't be expected to alleviate all your problems. A doctor can help troubleshoot issues and get you on a path to healing.
Yin and Yang
Circles, Ovals, Spheres
Triangles, Squares, Rectangles, Stars, Diamonds, Prisms
Blue and Black
Red, Yellow, White
Sharp, Lines, Corners
Dark / Dim
Light / Bright
Wide / Short / Round
Long / Tall / Slim
Water / Earth
Fire / Air
Soft, Gentle, Smooth
Rough, Sharp, Jagged
Fall and Winter
Spring and Summer
Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Goat, Rooster, Pig
Rat, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Dog
Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces
Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius
The Jade Emperor
The legend goes that the Jade Emperor decided what animals got what positions in the Zodiac. He held a race to determine those positions. When the Goat and Deer got to a river, they both struggled to get across to the other side. There were no boats. The deer eventually gave up. The goat pressed forward. He earned the 8th position.
In China, the Goat is the symbol of purity and kindness. Xiè Zhì (獬豸) is a fictional one-horned goat. It was the assistant of Gāo Yáo (皋陶), the god of Justice.
Goats are described as observant, resilient, and gentle. They have high tolerance and are motivated to get their tasks done. Goats are natural nurturers: they love both children and animals.
Sometimes they get stubborn and can't see other viewpoints. They are great at making friends and are very communal. When threatened, they become defensive.
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Every home based on a Chinese Zodiac has special features. The Goat house should have an open design that's communal. It should be colorful and inviting. The Goat wants people to feel at ease.
Color theory: the Goat's lucky colors are green, red, and purple. They're advised to avoid gold, brown, and black. The Goat prefers colors that are saturated and exciting. They're not a big fan of neutrals. They like colorful earth tones. The Goat arrives during a time of explosive flora, extra heat, and sunlight. The grass is green and tall. You should pick colors that look healthy. You don't want your house looking old and nursing home like.
Emeralds and Crystals: the Goat likes gems in bright colors. They want their home to embrace green at every turn. Add bowls of crystals into rooms. They like the jagged material and it reminds them to be youthful. Crystals are often a symbol of peace and serenity, those are qualities the Goat wants to support in their home.
Wood Elements: the Goat is a fan of flowers, grass, plants, and the like. Their favorite flowers are carnations and primroses. The Goat is open to the wood element in their home, especially if they can mix it with earth elements. They like wooden floors with big yellow rugs on top. They like a mix of wood paneling and brick.
Fire Elements: the Goat embraces summer. They love everything about June, July, and August. To bring out fire Feng Shui in your home add stars and triangles to your design. Red is one of the Goat's favorite colors, so add it around your home. The Goat embraces technology and electricity. They always want there to be light in their home. The Goat represents the afternoon.
- Make sure you have plenty of windows for sunlight.
- A brick fireplace is marvelous.
- Add light fixtures around your home. Nothing should be too dim.
Metal elements: the Earth element supports metal in their homes. They like coins and jewelry to show that they're prosperous. You can have a mix of wood and metal furniture in your home, but use plenty of earth to protect the varying elements.
- Add metal in places where you want people to relax more and even sleep.
- Add metal in silver rather than gold. The Goat is turned off by gold because it is too egotistical. They want their home to be communal not competitive.
- Metal should be concealed from fire elements.
Water elements: these items will struggle the most in an earth based home because they're destroyed by earth. You can blend water elements with metal or wood. Glass and mirrors are considered a water element. You could have furniture with a glass top. Put mirrors in wooden or metal frames. The Goat isn't as picky about shapes as other animals.
Rugs and carpet: the Goat loves rugs and carpet, especially with earth elements. Carpet slows things down. It also reminds them of sheep wool. The carpets should be cleaned regularly, so they don't smell or look stained.
Pottery: the Goat loves pottery and it should be put on display. Use pottery items to store some of your jewelry and coins. Pottery looks nice in any room: the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom. Even better: pottery with images of goats or sheep.
Shape variety: the Goat wants a variety of shapes and colors in their home. Look for furniture that blends yin and yang: heart shaped tables, items that are square with rounded edges, pieces with an odd number of legs.
Summer imagery: the Goat is all about summer. They love the outdoors. They love sunshine. Their home should be open to windows. Their home should be environmentally friendly. They should have images on their walls of gardens, forests, parks, lakes, swimming pools, concerts, and the like.
- Berries and watermelon remind people of summer.
- Blue skies and white puffy clouds.
- Cacti and succulents in corners.
- Sports equipment: kayaks, bikes, climbing gear, baseballs, basketballs.
- Games for people to play.
- Cute bugs and critters.
I recommend that if you're basing your home, room, or space after the Goat to put direct reminders of the animal in your home. Have a collection in your library dedicated to Goats / Sheep.
- Shaun the Sheep Movie
- Sheep and Wolves
- Black Sheep
- Ringing Bell
- The Wild Sheep Chase
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
- Old Goats
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Earth nourishes metal by creating minerals in the soil.
Earth destroys water by drying it.
Metal nourishes water through condensation.
Metal destroys wood by chopping into it.
Water nourishes wood by helping plants to grow.
Water destroys fire by dowsing flames.
Wood nourishes fire by helping flames to grow.
Wood destroys earth by popping out of it and disheveling land.
Fire nourishes earth by turning into ashes. The ashes form land and help it to spread.
Fire destroys metal by melting it.
The Goat Living Room
The Goat living room should be communal. You should have plenty of seats and in different styles. The Goat likes variety, so your room should convey different shapes, colors, and even sizes.
You can pick just about any kind of flooring material for the Goat. This is an amicable and easy going sign, so they're not going to throw a fit at most things. I would add a circular rug into this room to bring things together, especially in yellow or green.
You want plenty of windows, so you can get some sunlight into your home. Lighting is a major plus to the Goat. They want to see everything; they don't want there to be misconceptions. This is someone who likes for things to be positive and cooperative.
The walls should be blended to some degree. A mix of wood and brick or a mix of paint and wallpaper. The Goat doesn't want everything to look seamless and the same color. They love accent walls.
Add pieces from every element: candles and triangles for fire; pottery and bricks for earth; coins and metallic furniture for metal; an aquarium or mirrors for water; and plants and trees for wood.
Your furniture shouldn't be too gentle nor too firm. You should have an even amount of space and furniture. It doesn't need to be too spacious; it definitely shouldn't feel cramped.
The Goat likes furniture in different sizes so that people of different heights and weights feel welcome. The Goat want to be accommodating to children too.
- Have a cabinet or display with loads of board games.
- Add a piano or other musical instrument that people can play with ease.
- Have a station for crafts, coloring books, or sewing materials.
- Hang up pictures related to your family and friends. The Goat likes to see people's faces.
The Goat Kitchen
The Goat kitchen is all about impressing people. The walls should be red. There should be hints of red everywhere. The kitchen is up to date and has the latest technology. The Goat is open to new trends and possibilities.
I would make the Goat kitchen based around the elements fire + earth + metal. You can throw wood in there too if you like, but restrict water elements.
Tile would look amazing in this room. Your cabinets could be wood or steel. The oven is a shrine to the Goat. They want to show-off that they can cook and bake for their family and friends.
For the kitchen table, select a long rectangular piece in wood or metal. It should have rounded edges. Place a vase of carnations on it. You could also add a bowl of crystals.
The kitchen should have a rug by the sink. The table may look nice with a rug underneath it.
The kitchen should have plenty of windows. The bigger the better. Put curtains on the windows that are thin and have busy patterns.
The Goat kitchen should be ready for a variety of dinner engagements. You should have items in your kitchen pertaining to the five food groups: wheat, dairy, meat, fruits, and vegetables.
The kitchen should smell like spring or summer, not fall or winter. The kitchen should feel alive, it should have a scent of citrus, and it should have hints of floral.
The Goat wants a kitchen that's cheerful and inviting. You should have a cabinet or chest dedicated to tea. You could have a collection of wines or scotches. You want to be a great host, not one who skimps on the fun.
Mixed patterns and colors are also great in the kitchen. I would bring out warm tones like red, orange, and yellow. Purple is another great choice.
Earthly Branches of Birth Year
Yin or Yang
2, 3, 4, 7, 9 (Avoid: 6 and 8)
Green, Red, Purple (Avoid Gold and Brown)
Time of Day
13:00 to 15:00
The Goat Bedroom
The bedroom should be a cozy retreat, it should be relaxing, it should be calm, and you should find yourself sleeping here with ease. The colors shouldn't be too bright. They should be more subdued than what was in the kitchen or living room.
You want a mattress that isn't too firm nor too gentle. Avoid having a white comforter or white sheets. Remember: white is the goat's unlucky color.
Wallpaper would look lovely in this room. You want images on the walls. You could add art or family pictures if your walls are a solid color. You want the room to be positive and approachable.
Have furniture in different sizes. You want chairs that are different styles, you want a nook where you can drink tea, you want a space where you can roll out a yoga mat, you want mirrors. For the bed, opt for a metal frame in silver or gray.
Make sure to add earth elements into this room:
- Add bowls of crystals or stones.
- Put gemstones on display. Especially emeralds.
- Rugs are your best friend.
- Add brick features.
- Porcelain tea cups on a shelf.
- Pottery bowls and figurines.
- Terracotta bowls.
- Bottles with sand.
- Landscapes showing off mountains, crag, forests, and plains.
Add a chest where you can store extra pillows and blankets. Storage is a good idea for the Goat who can have a large amount of property.
Do put on display sentimental objects, especially related to family. If something seems negative to you: dump it. The Goat wants a space where they can sleep and dream without fear. They don't like nightmares nor things related to ghosts and ghouls.
Add more color into your room. You want a rainbow of color, not something that looks drab and boring. Leave the neutrals for someone else. You want colors that remind you of a garden: add primroses to this room.
The Goat Bathroom
Tile floors, fluffy towels, and floral smells. The Goat bathroom should be an accommodating place where you can relax and maybe even fall asleep. You want this room to be a mix of all five elements.
Bathrooms naturally lend themselves to water and metal elements. It'll take more effort to bring in wood, fire, and earth. I would make this room a color related to the sun. The Goat would be happy if the white toilet and bathtub were more colorful: white is really disagreeable.
You want two sinks. You want multiple mirrors in wood frames. There should be happy images on the walls: landscapes with green foliage, sheep and goats, fields where shepherds tend.
Add a rubber ducky to the tub. This room would do well with some small decorations just like that. You could also add a bowls of stones, a vase of sticks, or some figurines of goats. The Goat should have everything they want and need in this room.
- A medium sized bathtub will accommodate more people. A big bathtub will scare children. A small bathtub won't work so well for many adults.
- Towels in different sizes and colors.
- Don't make all the walls the same color or pattern.
- Add a variety of flowers into the room.
- Opt for bars of soap instead of bottles of soap or body wash.
- The Goat wants to be environmentally friendly and animal cruelty free. Buy hygiene products that are humane. Buy products that also wouldn't bother your pets.
- Add lighting fixtures to the ceiling. The room shouldn't be too dim or dank. For a kids' bathroom, add glow-in-the-dark stars.
- Add toothbrushes in different colors.
- Add a bowl with marbles.
- Have an unusual ceiling made of beads.
- Hang up robes in a variety of different fabrics, patterns, and colors.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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