Hey there! How’s about that title up there, eh? The hell is an aquarian protagonist goat in the year of the rooster, you ask? Well I am, of course, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
So my birthday and the Lunar/Chinese New Year happened last week, which obviously means it’s the season of looking towards the future and accomplishing some goals. That’s what I took from it, anyway…
Birthdays always feels like a spring of sorts – a renewal of conviction to accomplish everything this life has to offer and a chance to wipe the slate clean and leave the past where it belongs. What great inspiration for a post about predictions for the new year!
Being an aquarian protagonist goat in the year of the rooster, I’m thinking I should probably break that down and show you where we’re going with this, right?
Ok, so the Aquarius part is the easy bit. I told you guys I’m an Aquarius and what that means for me in this post. A dreaming, over-alanlytical, make my own rules sort of gal – that’s me! I really believe I’m a true Aquarian, and so there’s that.
As for the protagonist portion of the story, it comes from the classic Myers-Briggs personality test. I’ve taken this personality test several times in my life (I’ve always been fascinated with psychology) so it’s totally normal for me to know I’m an ENFJ. For those of you who haven’t discovered your personality type yet, I highly recommend taking the test. Go now! We’ll wait…
My results over the years have always returned an ENFJ personality type, which means The Protagonist. And this is where I laugh nervously and change the subject. Because even though a protagonist is the main character in a story, I don’t like all that attention. *ahem*
Seriously, though, ENFJ personalities only make up about 2% of the population. They’re usually the group leader, teacher, politician or coach – someone who inspires others to be the best version of themselves. They’re intuitive and understand what motivates other’s feelings or actions; they look at disconnected events and perceive their relationships to each other.
However, they can also be insecure and have fluctuating self esteem, which leads to tearing themselves down while they build everyone around them up. Maybe it helps to know that ENFJ stands for Extraverted INtuitive Feeling Judging. Pretty much sums it up, really. And yeah, I see myself very clearly within this label, whether I like it or not.
In Chinese culture, there is an animal assigned to every year within each twelve year period. Based on my birth date, I’m considered a goat. Which seems unfortunate, because I’d rather be something much cuter, but hey. Not like you can choose these things. Goats are deemed tender, timid, considerate, persistent, thrifty, indecisive, vain and moody. Yeah, that took a turn, didn’t it? Coincidentally, goats are regarded as one of the animals that people like most, so heeay. They are generally seen as happy, social and outgoing, which probably makes up for the vain and moody bits.
Year of the Rooster
Alright, alright. If you feel like you’re sitting in the backseat mumbling “Are we there yet?” to yourself, here’s the part where it all comes together. I find similarities in the Aquarius, the Protagonist and the Goat. Don’t you? I mean, my zodiac sign claims me to be honest, fair and affectionate, yet aloof. The Protagonist personality type promises I’m a catalyst and an inspiration but am often found beating myself up. And the Goat portion makes me out to be a really great friend when I’m not obsessed with how I see myself. I’m definitely summarizing here, but all three appear pretty comparable and fair assessments of my personality.
So what the hell does that mean for the year of the Rooster? Well, thanks for coming but that’s where things start to get sketchy. I’m either about to have a really great year, or a terrible one. I like this forecast, so I’m going to set my sights about having a year as they predict:
“The 2017 cycle will be a positive one for Goat people… busy, energetic and there will be many changes to cope with. This person will be supremely confident in his abilities to succeed.” (George Tang Chinese Astrology)
Ignoring the term “Goat people,” because I snicker like a kid hearing a cuss word when I imagine it, the rest seems pretty damn exciting. And hopeful. And that’s where I’m at this year, so I’ll take it.
aquarian protagonist goat in the year of the rooster
Listen, I know that horoscopes, astrology and personality tests are all subjective, and lots of people don’t agree with their assessments. Or they only agree with the parts that make them feel good about themselves or offer an excuse for bad habits. While I don’t put a ton of stock into what the “experts” say will happen in the coming months, I do love me a good, positive message. Especially when it happens to be in my favor. Obviously.
So here’s my prediction for fellow aquarian protagonist goats in the year of the rooster (or really, for anyone): It’s going to be an epic year if you make it so, regardless of any BS that seems to stand in your way – you got this. Be true to YOU and honor your heart, because its just as important as the hearts of those you love.
And with that, my birthday wish is made. Cheers!
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