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How will you fare in the Year of the Dog? Check the experts’ predictions

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Contrary to what some Westerners think about Rats, those who are born under this zodiac sign are believed to be highly intelligent and witty. With strong intuition and quick responses, Rats (1960, 1972, 1984 or any 12 years before or after) can easily adapt to new environments. They are also reckoned to be very imaginative and observant, which renders them particularly suitable for careers like writing (William Shakespeare and Leo Tolstoy were both Rats, for instance). Well known Rats from China include famed investor Zhang Lei and female volleyball legend Lang Ping.

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reckons that with not one but four lucky stars shining upon them during the Year of the Dog, Rats will likely enjoy a smooth – albeit somewhat uneventful – year ahead.

When it comes to personal wealth, Lee Shing-Chak, a feng shui master, believes that Rats may find some of their investments paying off. To enhance their overall fortune, however, he suggests that they donate part of their wealth to charity this year. After all, in order to get what you want you sometimes need to give first.

Professionally, Rats will find their hard work paying off this year. Those who are entrepreneurs or self-employed will watch their business thrive. Nevertheless, Chen Junrong, a Singapore-based feng shui expert, reckons that Rats should watch what they eat and avoid eating too much, which could affect their health.

Relationship-wise, Lee suggests that Rats should learn to control their temper and avoid erratic mood swings, which could drive their loved ones away. Since Rats will also run into the star of taohua, which is in charge of love, those who are in a relationship or married should watch out for a ‘little third’ — a Chinese term for a third party in a relationship.

Thankfully, Chen believes that this is a good year for those who are in a relationship to tie the knot, which certainly bodes well for the royal couple Prince Harry, a Rat, and Meghan Markle, a Rooster.

Overall luck: 3 out of 5

Oxen (1961, 1973, 1985 or any 12 years before or after) are hard and conscientious workers. They set about every task they attempt in the same resolute and methodical manner. They are also natural-born leaders thanks to their strong and uncompromising personality. On the flip side, Oxen can be very stubborn and obstinate, which render them not the easiest people to work with. Some of the most famous Oxen are Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, Walt Disney, WB Yeats, Princess Diana, Johann Sebastian Bach, Chinese rock star Cui Jian and actor Andy Lau from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reckons that Oxen will find themselves surrounded by plenty of lucky stars throughout the year, and any challenges and difficulties will quickly fizzle away. There will be also good luck with finding love this year though Oxen should be watch out for temptations.

Nevertheless, work will likely cause them a bit of stress. The future is unclear and there are many pitfalls. So Oxen must stay clearheaded and plan each step they take this year. Those who are in middle management should consider updating their wardrobes or even getting a new haircut to make a fresher and more powerful impression on their superiors.

However, Apple Daily warns that Oxen should be careful in handling troubles and disputes this year. If they mishandle them, it could lead to legal hassles.

Overall luck: 3 out of 5

In Chinese culture, a Tiger (1962, 1974, 1986 or any 12 years before or after) is a symbol of bravery and power. Small wonder then, those who are born under this zodiac sign are believed to be bold, competitive and very charismatic. Nevertheless, Tigers can also be annoyingly stubborn and have a tendency to assert their authority at all times. Some of the most famous Tigers are Dwight Eisenhower, Queen Elizabeth II, Agatha Christie, Marilyn Monroe, and in China Li Zhanshu (the third most powerful member of the Party’s Politburo Standing Committee) and JD.com’s Richard Liu.

With just one lucky star shining upon them in the Year of the Dog, Lee Shing-Chak, a feng shui master, believes that Tigers can create good fortune before the start of the Lunar New Year by offering to help those who are in need, whether they are family members or strangers on the street. Whatever they do will bring good will and enhance their overall luck for the remainder of the year.

Lee suggests Tigers try their luck at the casino or else buy lottery tickets. Su Minfeng, another feng shui expert, reckons that they should stick with long-term investments where their portfolios are concerned.

Their careers could take up a lot of their time this year, says Lee. Tigers will likely find themselves travelling quite a bit for work during the year. Since their careers will keep them busy, Tigers who are single will find it hard to date, while those who are in relationships may neglect their partners. Shin Min Daily News suggests that Tigers should learn to find a balance between work and personal life.

Overall luck: 2 out of 5

Rabbits (1963, 1975, 1987 or any 12 years before or after) are gentle, quiet and astute. They are also efficient and have an extremely good memory. They are natural team players thanks to their calming but powerful presence. Famous Rabbits are Queen Victoria, Albert Einstein, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Bezos, Novak Djokovic, Angelina Jolie, and in China the politician Wang Qishan and business tycoon Pan Shiyi.

With all the lucky stars in line, Rabbits are positioned for a smooth and productive year ahead. Su Minfeng, a feng shui expert, reckons that those born under this zodiac sign will navigate the year with barely any bumps on the road.

Financially, their investments will pay off. Their careers will also progress quickly. Even though some disputes may crop up in their daily lives, Rabbits should be able to solve problems easily. Nevertheless, even the most seasoned investors should not be too aggressive. Rather than risky actions, go for steady and stable investments.

Meanwhile, on the relationship front, Lee Shing-Chak, another Hong Kong feng shui expert, suggests that Rabbits communicate freely with their significant others to avoid misunderstanding and arguments. Those who are married should also watch out for temptation. And for those who are single, they should be careful not to develop relationships too quickly.

Rabbits will need to pay more attention to their health in the Year of the Dog to avoid minor injuries and illnesses. They should also be careful not to flaunt their wealth. Bezos, a Rabbit and also the world’s richest man, should take note.

Overall luck: 4 out of 5

Among all the Chinese zodiac signs, the Dragon (1964, 1976, 1988 or any 12 years before or after) is the only one not based on a real animal. The reason it was included is because Chinese people believed that the mythical creature is not only auspicious but also powerful and highly intelligent. Legend has it dragons could control wind, water and rainfall.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that those born in the Year of the Dragon are usually proud and dominating in personality. They are also very ambitious, aggressive and hold themselves to high standards. However, they can also be judgemental and demanding. One of the most famous living Dragons is Vladimir Putin, who rules Russia like a tsar. Other Dragons, both historical and contemporary include: Abraham Lincoln, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Martin Luther King, Boris Johnson and among Chinese Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma and tycoon Li Ka-shing.

This year is going to be a period of major changes for those born under this zodiac sign. That’s because the Dragon and the Dog are the least compatible. The year of the Dog is unlucky for Dragons as well. But Lee Shing-Chak, a feng shui master, believes that changes may not be a bad thing: “Even though changes mean that initially you will be very uncomfortable, if you always stand still and worry about this and that, or even walk the same old path, then you will never be ready for the challenges in the New Year,” he wrote.

From a career perspective, those who are born under this zodiac sign may be in conflict with their superiors so they should learn to hold their tongue and not act impulsively. Their wealth outlook is not so positive either. Shin Min Daily News reckons that Dragons should be very conservative with their investments this year to avoid significant losses of wealth. For those who have never been one to budget, this is a good year to start.

2018 is not the healthiest year for Dragons. They will constantly be suffering from various illnesses. Although nothing life threatening, they should not neglect their bodies.

Overall luck: 2 out of 5

Contrary to what Westerners think of this reptile, people born in the Year of the Snake (1965, 1977, 1989 or any 12 years before or after) are believed to be lucky and insightful since snakes represent the symbol of wisdom in Chinese culture.

Although their characteristics can include a scheming mind, they are usually charming and likeable. In addition to being calculating, they are quiet and reticent at times. Some of the most famous Snakes are Mao Zedong, Franklin D Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, Xi Jinping, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Hawking, Audrey Hepburn, JK Rowling and Chinese female business tycoon Zhang Xin.

In the Year of the Dog, Snakes will be mostly unrattled. For a start, they can expect a modest increase in their personal wealth with some of their investments paying off, says Chen Junrong, a Singapore-based feng shui master. However, he also warns that they should listen to their own instincts and avoid making risky bets.

Professionally, Lee Shing-Chak, another feng shui expert, says there will be a lot of personnel changes around them. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is a Snake, perhaps has already sought feng shui advice because he decided to bring back his most trusted ally Wang Qishan, who retired from top Communist Party posts last year, to public office in January.

Snakes should remember to maintain healthy diets and exercise regularly. Lee also suggests that those who are born under this zodiac sign travel less this year, as their immune system is weakest when they are in foreign and unfamiliar environments.

Overall luck: 3 out of 5

It is a sign associated with elegance in China, and Horses (1966, 1978, 1990 or any 12 years before or after) have an engaging and charming personality that makes them very popular in social circles. They also possess many leadership qualities and are generally admired for their honesty and straightforward approach. However, they have a short-fuse so they can get into trouble for saying things that they later regret. Some of the most famous Horses are Isaac Newton, Theodore Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel Joe Biden. Famed Chinese Horses include actor Jackie Chan, and business leaders Wang Jianlin (Wanda Group) and Jean Liu (Didi Chuxing)

Even though Horses and Dogs are generally compatible it doesn’t mean this year is going to be a smooth ride for Horses. Shin Min Daily News reckons that this year Horses will have to work harder than anyone to advance their careers and gain the recognition of coworkers.

Financially, Horses can afford to make riskier bets, says Su Minfeng, a feng shui master. In fact, they are believed to have the Midas touch this year – whether it is in the stock market or at the gambling table. However, as the saying has it: easy come, easy goes. So Lee Shing-Chak, another feng shui practitioner, suggests that they donate a portion of their wealth to charity.

Professionally, Chen Junrong, a Singaporean feng shui expert, warns that while an irresistible opportunity to start a new business may present itself, Horses shouldn’t be hasty. He suggests Horses consult with family relatives and friends to weigh the pros and cons of the opportunity before jumping in.

Meanwhile, for those who are looking for new romantic connections, this is going to be a good year to do that. Those who are in a stable relationship will find the year even more rewarding. Nevertheless, given how easily they make friends, Lee warns Horses to be careful of temptations. Healthwise, those born under this zodiac sign could be weighed down by small ailments throughout the year. Lee suggests Horses floss regularly and indulge in massages from time to time to increase the flow of qi in the body.

Overall luck: 3 out of 5

Those who are born under this zodiac sign (1967, 1979, 1991 or any 12 years before or after) are imaginative and creative. They are also calm, dependable and intelligent. They enjoy being part of a large group, though they prefer being on the sidelines rather than becoming the centre of attention. It should hardly come as a surprise that some of the most famous Goats were artists or writers. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Michelangelo and Coco Chanel were all born in the Year of the Goat. So was Steve Jobs (admittedly he was someone who liked attention rather than shunned it) as are Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch. Famed Chinese Goats include Premier Li Keqiang and Ping An boss Peter Ma.

Even though feng shui masters think Goats will offend the Heavenly God in the year ahead, the presence of a few lucky stars will likely turn some of the disasters into blessings. In fact, Su Minfeng, a feng shui master, suggests that Goats should relax this year and not do so much. “The more you do, the more mistakes you make,” he warns.

However, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reckons they could be the victims of gossip. And in their professional lives, those who are looking to try new things should think thoroughly before committing. Chen Junrong, a Singapore feng shui practitioner, believes too that Goats should avoid office politics, which will only be detrimental to their careers

Lee Shing-Chak, another feng shui master, warns that those who are born under this zodiac sign should consider meditation this year to release some of the stress and pressures of the workplace. He also encourages them to “make peace” with whatever comes their way and not get too hung up when things don’t go their way.

Meanwhile, those who are already married and are looking to have children will likely receive good news in the latter part of the year, says Chen. Similarly, for those who are already in a relationship, August is an auspicious month to tie the knot.

Overall luck: 3 out of 5

Monkeys (1968, 1980, 1992 or any 12 years before or after) are generally imaginative, curious and highly intelligent. They are also naturally charming and chatty, which renders them very popular in social circles. Nevertheless, Monkeys are known for mischief so those born under this zodiac sign often find themselves in trouble. Famous Monkeys are Leonardo Da Vinci, Ian Fleming, F Scott Fitzgerald, Theresa May, Tom Hanks and from China the boss of Baidu, Robin Li and Lenovo founder Liu Chuanzhi.

Good news: there is plenty for Monkeys to go bananas about in the Year of the Dog. From a career perspective, even though the year will start off a bit slow, says Shin Min Daily News, a promotion looks extremely promising in the second half of the year. At the end of the day, their hard work will not go unnoticed, it promises. Perhaps Theresa May, a Monkey who has been struggling to navigate Brexit, could find comfort in this advice?

Meanwhile, for those who are already in a stable relationship this is the year to consider moving in together or even tying the knot, says Hong Kong feng shui master Lee Shing-Chak. However, for those in new relationship, this is not the year to rush into things. In fact, with a lucky star shining upon them, this may not be a bad time to cut their losses if they are in a loveless relationship and look for a new romantic spark, says Chen Junrong, a Singapore-based feng shui master.

Nevertheless, Monkeys should be careful because they are particularly accident-prone this year.

Overall luck: 4 out of 5

Character-wise Roosters (1969, 1981, 1993 or any 12 years before or after) are flamboyant and confident. They are also highly intelligent and very well read. They have a good sense of humour and are effective and persuasive speakers. However, their cockiness can rub some people the wrong way. Some of the most famous Roosters are Benjamin Franklin, Prince Philip (famous for rubbing people the wrong way with his remarks), Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Roger Federer and Britney Spears. China’s most famed celebrity Rooster is Fan Bingbing.

Sadly, Roosters are out of luck in the New Year. According to Lee Shing-Chak, a Hong Kong feng shui master, they are likely going to struggle with their career, health as well as relationships. The problem, says Lee, is that all the lucky stars are visibly missing this year. Worse, a lot of stars that are related to loneliness have surfaced.

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, too, believe that Roosters are going to have to face the obstacles in the year ahead on their own. But more importantly, they need to pay attention to their health and not let the mounting pressure take a toll on their body. Chen Junrong, a Singapore-based feng shui master, warns that they should not ignore seemingly minor ailments because they could be symptoms of much bigger health issues.

To boost their fortune, Su Minfeng, a feng shui practitioner, suggests that those who are looking to marry tie the knot; those who are married this is a good year to have children. Future ‘princess’ Meghan Markle, a Rooster, couldn’t have picked a better time to be married.

Lee suggests that where finances are concerned Roosters should listen to experts or relatives that have experience in investing before putting all their fortune into an investment. Similarly, they should have a back-up plan in case the investment goes south.

Overall luck: 2 out of 5

While most people would associate Pigs with characteristics like laziness and greed, in Chinese culture those born under this zodiac sign (1971, 1983, 1995 or any 12 years before or after) are believed to be not only highly intelligent but also hardworking. They are also respected for their reliability and integrity. They enjoy helping people and are always willing to lend a hand. Nevertheless, Pigs tend to be big spenders, as they enjoy indulging in the finer things in life. Still, they are usually quite wise with financial matters and there are many Pigs who have become wealthy. Some of the most famous Pigs are Henry VIII, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Ronald Reagan, Steven Spielberg and Hillary Clinton. Tencent’s founder Pony Ma is also a Pig (in spite of his equestrian name).

Those who are born in the Year of the Pig will find not one, but three lucky stars, shining upon them. Feng shui master Lee Shing-chak believes that in terms of health, fortune and career, Pigs will reap plenty of rewards in the year ahead.

With the star of taohua, which is in charge of relationships, shining upon them, those born under this zodiac sign should take advantage of the auspicious timing by attending more social events to meet their prospective partner, says Su Minfeng, a feng shui practitioner.

Professionally, Pigs will receive a boost from the lucky stars and see their careers reach new heights. However, they should be wary of those who envy their success, as they might spread malicious rumours about them, warns Lee Shing-Chak, another feng shui master.

Out of all the 12 zodiac signs, Pigs will have the best luck when it comes to financial fortune this year, says Su. Those who are running their own company will see their business take off while employees could also find themselves positioned for a promotion.

Nevertheless, Su suggests that Pigs should avoid lending their friends money to avoid losses and conflict. They should also exercise more and get enough sleep to keep up with all their obligations.

Overall Luck: 4 out of 5

Predictions for Dogs can be found in the main article here.

Overall luck: 2 out of 5


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