Happy Lunar New Year, Now Here’s How To Make The Most Of It

Today marks the start of the Lunar New Year, a time for quiet contemplation, constant vigilance against bad luck and watching the mail for the hong bao that my mom still sends me, even though I am well beyond the age where that is acceptable. Eat some oranges for good luck! Go get some dim sum but be prepared to fight the crowds. If your Asian parents still make you kowtow before you get your red envelope, like my mom did that one year, go with it. Celebrate!

2015 is the year of the sheep, and if that coincides with your Chinese astrological sign, don’t get excited. For all you kids born in the year of the sheep — like Amelia, who was born in 1979 — be careful! Your year is generally an unlucky one, so be extra cautious, wear a lot of red for good luck, and watch your back. For everyone else, here’s a little bit of what you can expect from this year, courtesy of someone named Suzanne White, who purports to be the “high priestess” of Chinese and Western astrology.:

A Sheep year is not about ambition, success, or money. Instead, it’s about people and their essential needs. Efforts to relieve poverty and stamp out rampant illness will be favored. Those who invent and innovate can expect to be given time and even funds; money-hungry folks, meanwhile, will ride a bumpy road ahead. Why? Sheep don’t care about accumulating cash. They care about musing in fertile fields, making and building things, and they care about routine — a safe, unchanging routine they can be guided by, and which allows them to do more of what they are passionate about.

Okay. So, take that to heart. Be creative, hunker down, be good to yourself and to the people who you care about. And, if you were born in the year of the sheep follow the advice of my mother: “Be extra cautious. Wear red underwear.” Xin Nian Quai Le! [Refinery29] [Photo via Getty Images]