Year of the Goat – Set


  • Issue Date: 19.02.2015
  • Designer: Ariadne Faries
  • Size: 36 x 26.1 mm
  • Values: 177c, 183c, 205c, 535c


About Year of the Goat
The Chinese animal zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year represented by ananimal and its reputed attributes. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit. Dragon,Snake. Horse, Goat, Monkey. Rooster. Dog and Pig.
2015 is the Year of the Goat. This series is inspired by the symbolic meaning of the Goat in theChinese zodiac. The modern and abstract design style of the stamps is a perfect way to reflectthe profoundness of each symbolic meaning. Also the intense colors are a way to give meaningto the descriptions of the Goat’s personality.

Stamp 1 (177c)
The goat is a powerful animal totem. Goats aren’t particularly communal, often grazing alone
and spreading themselves far apart. This is not to say goats are anti-social, symbolically speaking
– but it does evoke a sense of independence. Often times, the solitary path leads us to greatdiscovery. Goats respect distance and space. They also encourage independent adventures andexplorations.
Stamp 2 (1830)
Goats love great heights and this symbolizes spiritual ambition. Goats also love to climb and climbingspeaks to us of progress and achievement. The goat will travel and live up in cliffs and mountains atimpossible angles and elevations. Goats approach a precipice with ease and enthusiasm.
This is encouragement to search your soul in places high and inaccessible for your sustenance.
You can get there!
Stamp 3 (305s)
Symbolic goat meaning also deals with curiosity and inquiry. Goats are insatiably curious. They willpoke and prod at everything within their environment. Often this prodding comes in the form of lookingfor weak links in their enclosures (if domesticated). Goats encourage us to engage and entertain ourown sense of curiosity. These creatures are also amazingly intelligent. The goat is a grand reminderof this, and urges us to be inquisitive.
Stamp 4 (535c)
It is a misconception that goats will eat just about anything. It is true they will browse through allmanners of debris and paper products but they are in fact, quite picky. What is viewed as over-consumption of any and everything. is actually a form of sensory perception. Goats have highlysensitive lips and tongues, and use these in identifying the world around them. This aspect of thegoat talks to us about sampling a little bit of everything to know more deeply the world around us.
It speaks of discrimination and a willingness to explore and hold out for that which is desired.