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Goat energy is good energy—positive, discerning, intelligent, and adventurous. An encounter with a goat, even in our dreams, can turn our focus to facing challenges and drive our determination to rise to the next level in life. Whether you live in a city or a rural area, you are likely to encounter goats more than once in your lifetime; however, even if you’ve never experienced a goat sighting, you can still call on goat energy when you’re ready to take that necessary next step or make a decisive move.
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What are Goats?
Goats are a species of mammal closely related to sheep, though there are significant differences between the two. Goats are known for being intelligent, sure-footed, and their ability to eat and digest a range of foods, including some plants that are poisonous to other species. While there are many wild goats around the world, goats can also be domesticated as agricultural animals and even as pets. When you encounter a goat, either in your dreams or in day-to-day life, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the nature of the goat: Is it a wild or domestic animal?
It is also true that goats are considered to be stubborn, even belligerent at times. While its cousin, the sheep, is considered to be docile and easily led, the goat is temperamentally very different. When we use the term “butting heads” with someone, we refer to the practice of head-butting among goats, who do this as a way of asserting dominance over other goats.
Recent research points to the fact that goats are interested in humans and can develop bonds with their caregivers. As a result, a goat encounter may, in fact, point to a very deep and urgent need to commune with Spirit.
It should be noted that while goats may resemble animals such as elk or deer, goats are of a different family. Still, it can be interesting to compare these animals with each other, particularly in the context of Spirit-guided sightings or dreams. Keeping a journal of your encounters with animals can help you discern the differences and similarities between the encounters and the impact they’ve had on your life.
Some of the goat’s most noted traits are balance, curiosity, patience, accomplishment, sure-footedness, and confidence. When we need to summon these types of energies, we can tap into goat energy through meditation and level-headed concentration. Some people have the goat as one of their spirit animals; however, goat energy is available to everyone who cares to tap into that energy. If you are willing to connect with goat energy, Spirit can make that energy available to you.
A goat encounter can also remind us of the need to set boundaries with others and to not just fall in with the rest of the crowd. While there are times for blending in with others, there are also times to stand firm and, if necessary, walk away from a situation, even if there is a lot of social pressure to conform.
Ties to Astrology and Tarot
Think of the sign of Capricorn, ruler of the astrological tenth house of careers. Although originally depicted as the mythological sea goat, we most associate the sign of Capricorn with an actual goat. In careers, Capricorns are usually striving to get the best title, make the best salary, and get to the coveted top of their game. Sure, not everyone wants or needs that but those born under the sign of Capricorn are typically in some sort of leadership position or striving to get there—even if it’s just living life on their own terms.
In Tarot, the Devil card represents Capricorn and the devil is often represented as a goat. This usually refers to a type of bondage or burden, though this isn’t always a bad thing. For example, seeing the Devil card in a Tarot reading might indicate overwhelming debt or an obsession with a former lover. On the flip side, however, it may just indicate taking on a major responsibility, such as getting a mortgage for a new home or investing heavily in a start-up business.
Even in Chinese astrology, we have the Year of the Goat. Under the five elements in Chinese astrology, people born under the year of the goat are one of five:
- Metal goats, with a tough exterior and a fragile interior.
- Water goats, who are fun-loving, carefree, and moody when they don’t get their way.
- Wood goats, who are generous and sociable.
- Fire goats, who are determined, have a small, close-knit group of associates, and almost always put themselves first.
- Earth goats, who are practical, conservative, and have their feet firmly planted on the ground.
Totem Animals, Spirit Guide, and Power Animals
Those who focus on abundance and comfort by way of career or investments likely have the goat as their totem animal. They are prepared and often focused on achievements too. Someone looking to rise to the top would call upon the energy of the goat climbing the mountain all the way to the top. It is the spirit of the goat that comes through when someone is looking for balance and sure-footedness.
When it’s time to step off a perch or step down from a cliff, it’s a good time to call upon the energy of the goat—this time as a power animal. Goat energy is resilient and patient. It will study a situation and move at just the precise time that seems primed for success. The goat will not quit or back away. Therefore, the goat’s energy gives us determination. Will you feel it the next time you have a goat sighting?
Goat Associations and Mythology
Goats and their horns are part of mythology. The Satyrs of Greek mythology were half goat/half man. Zeus has an association with a goat named Amalthea, whose name means “nourishing goddess,” and one of her horns became the Cornucopia that provides unending nourishment. Each of these stories gives us the association between goats and abundance, plenty, and male virility.
To the Chinese, who believe that energy comes in the form of yin or yang, the male goat is yang energy, representing harmony, happiness, and a positive force. While Thor, the Norse god of Thunder, chose goats to lead his battle chariots, as goats were fearless.
In general, there’s a connection between goats and sensuality, fertility, health, and vitality. You may call upon the goat’s best traits when determination is needed in finishing a project or accomplishing a goal. Also, going after your goals at the most beneficial time (rather than just jumping right in on a whim) would be another steadying, balanced approach you can borrow from the goat.
Now that you know more about the goat, are you looking forward to your next goat sighting?
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