BY NEIL SOMERVILLE
The Chinese New Year is always a time of great celebration and this year the celebrations will be tinged with a sense of wonder. Snake years have a capacity to intrigue and can contain dramatic and far reaching events. Much will happen during this active and surprising year but how will you fare over the next 12 months? To find your sign and prospects, look up the animal ruling your year of birth. As each Chinese year begins late in January or early February, if you were born around this time do check the actual year dates to find out which sign you were born under.
1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Born under the sign of charm, Rats are friendly, outgoing and persuasive. They have a good way with words and are most resourceful. Rats enjoy company and particularly value their family and home life.
Rats like to be busy and see the results of their actions coming through fast. But the Snake year does not favour haste and Rats could find some months frustrating. Although progress may be slow, Rats should use chances to add to skills and look at ways to develop. Whether with work or personal interests, much good can follow on from what is now learnt or undertaken. With many plans and commitments, spending needs to be carefully controlled and risks avoided. Rats can be greatly helped by the support of family and friends this year, although to fully benefit, they do need to be open and forthcoming. March, May and August could see good social opportunities. Interesting romantic prospects but, as with much this year, Rats need to remain attentive and aware.
Tip for the year: Be patient and take advantage of chances to add to skills. What is achieved can have long-term significance.
Famous Rats: Hugh Grant, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Prince of Wales.
1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Determined, reliable and hard-working, Oxen put much energy in what they do. They are thorough and well-organised and do not like to leave things to chance. Loyal to loved ones, Oxen are admired for their dependable, no-nonsense ways.
A year of interesting possibility and, by acting well on chance, good progress can be made. In work Oxen will be well placed to take advantage of openings and can successfully advance their position or take on something different and new. February, April and November could see encouraging developments. Also an excellent year for furthering skills and personal interests. What is undertaken can lead on to other possibilities and benefits. Progress made can help financially. Home life will be busy with some special family occasions to enjoy although, with much happening, Oxen need to be forthcoming and share thoughts and plans. New friends and romance can be significant and, by making much of the current time, Oxen can enjoy and do well in this encouraging year.
Tip for the year: Use strengths and opportunities well. This is a year favouring advance as well as having personally pleasing prospects.
Famous Oxen: Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Richie.
1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Tigers have a keen, enthusiastic nature and enjoy a wide variety of interests, including socialising and travel. They have an inventive mind and are good at coming up with ideas. Tigers enjoy an active lifestyle and set about much with great energy and zest.
A reasonable year ahead and, while progress may be modest, this can still be a satisfying and constructive time. In work, Tigers should use skills well and adapt as situations and chances arise. What is achieved and experience gained can help future prospects. Finances can improve but, with travel and other plans, making early provision for large expenses would be helpful. Tigers will enjoy the many social opportunities of the year with March, July and August particularly busy. However a problem with a friend may concern and needs care and tact. In home life Tigers also need to be attentive and give quality time to those special and important. With increased awareness and good co-operation, much can be enjoyed and some ambitious plans carried out.
Tip for the year: Avoid rush. By working steadily on objectives, results will not only be more satisfying but often have lasting value.
Famous Tigers: Queen Elizabeth 11, Tom Cruise, Leonardo Di Caprio, Demi Moore.
1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Observant and aware, Rabbits are careful in their undertakings and are good at judging situations. They have refined taste and are all for an agreeable lifestyle. Enjoying company and conversation, Rabbits attach much importance to their home and social life.
A good year ahead and with some important opportunities arising. However to fully benefit, Rabbits will need to be active and put themselves forward. Fortune will favour the bold this year. In work, Rabbits will be encouraged to use their strengths well and with chance of a greater role or to take on something different. March, June and November could see interesting developments and with this also a good year to build contacts and raise profile. Progress can help financially, but with many ambitious plans, spending needs to be watched. Rabbits will enjoy their many social opportunities, although gossip or rumour may sometimes concern and needs to be kept in perspective. Much activity in home life and with family achievements and practical projects special and meaningful. Overall, a favourable year and with successes and progress well deserved.
Tip for the year: Act well on hopes and plans. With determination and skill, much can become possible this year.
Famous Rabbits: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, David Beckham.
1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Born under the sign of luck, Dragons are active, ambitious and determined. They have great style and use their strengths and personality well. Outgoing and sociable, Dragons also value their independence.
A successful year ahead and with some important chances now arising. In work, Dragons will be able to develop and add to their skills and with many taking on a new and greater role. Opportunities should be acted upon quickly and with April, May and November important months. What is achieved can also have a significant bearing on future prospects. Progress can help financially, and by keeping alert, Dragons could make some good purchasing decisions. Personal interests are also favoured and with ideas and projects satisfying. Social life will be lively and with Dragons having chance to extend their social circle. Home life will be active, but with much happening, quality time should be set aside for loved ones and with shared activities encouraged. A year of good possibility.
Tip for the year: With much to do and good chances arising, do keep lifestyle in balance, preserving time for self, interests and loved ones.
Famous Dragons: Russell Crowe, Adele, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney.
1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Born under the sign of wisdom, Snakes may seem quiet and reserved but are watchful, alert and ambitious. Snakes are also patient and choose their time and moments well. Snakes have wide interests and are loyal to those close to them.
Snakes will be keen to make the most of their own year and with their prospects good. This is a year favouring advance and for actively pursuing ideas and aims. In work, Snakes need to make their presence and strengths count. By looking to advance, some excellent opportunities can be found and with March, July and September seeing encouraging developments. Ideas and creative ventures can be well received and with time spent on interests benefiting in several different ways. In money matters Snakes should avoid risk and rush. Home life can see some special family events and with Snakes encouraged by support and assistance of those around. Social life can also become busier, and for the unattached, a romance could become significant. Snakes can enjoy their year but need to seize the initiative.
Tip for the year: Make dreams come true. Take action. With belief, determination and resolve, much can become possible.
Famous Snakes: JK Rowling, Paul Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan.
1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Strong-willed and hard-working, Horses have considerable style. They enjoy activity and have an adventurous, outgoing nature. They like company and conversation and present themselves well, but being independent-minded, set about much in their own individual way.
A mixed year and with the more action-oriented finding progress slow and chances limited. But while headway may not be easy, this is an excellent year for furthering skills and personal development. In work what is undertaken now together with experience Horses can gain can widen their options for later. April, June and September could be important months. Horses should also consider furthering personal interests and with some new activities started bringing unexpected benefits. In money matters Horses need to be thorough and make early allowance for plans, including travel. With home life busy and much practical activity, there needs to be good co-operation and openness between family members. Also when socialising Horses need to be attentive. Preoccupation or lapses could cause problems. A sometimes tricky year but with valuable lessons and potential gains.
Tip for the year: Look to develop and broaden skills. What is achieved can have future value. Use this year well.
Famous Horses: Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Billy Connolly, John Travolta.
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Born under the sign of art, Goats are creative, observant and have a good understanding of human nature. They are sociable and particularly value the support they receive for their various activities. Goats also appreciate the good things in life and attach much importance to their home life.
It is said, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’ This year Goats should venture for there is now a great deal to be gained. In much Goats will be supported well and, when making decisions or considering ideas, others may be able to assist in significant ways. Home and social life will be busy and, for the unattached, romantic prospects are excellent. March, April and August could see much social opportunity. Personal interests and creative activities can be especially satisfying with ideas and talents rewarding Goats well. Work prospects are good and with prospects of advance, but to fully benefit, Goats will need to act on quickly openings and remain determined. With travel possibilities and a busy lifestyle, spending needs to be watched. A significant year.
Tip for the year: Seize the initiative. Much can be achieved this year but Goats need to act determinedly and use talents to good effect.
Famous Goats: Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg.
1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Resourceful and good at spotting opportunities, Monkeys like to keep active and are interested in much. They have good memories and, with their sense of fun, enjoy company and an often
busy home and social life.
Monkeys can do well this year but need to be patient. Although keen and enthusiastic, results will take time to filter through and with this no time for rush. Instead Monkeys should look to build on skills and with this an excellent year for personal development. In work, Monkeys will need to be disciplined and focus on objectives. By using skills well, many will take on new duties and with April, July and September seeing encouraging developments. Financially Monkeys can fare well but need to be thorough when entering transactions. Monkeys should also give time to personal interests, and with much happening and being decided upon, share thoughts, ideas and concerns with others. Family and friends will be supportive, but Monkeys need to listen and consult. Single-mindedness could bring problems. Overall, a satisfying year but one to be aware and avoid haste.
Tip for the year: Add to skills and strengths and also value relations with others. Extra attention will make a difference.
Famous Monkeys: Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston.
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Roosters have considerable style and dignity. They enjoy company and conversation and are interested and informed about much. Roosters also like to be well organised and to think and plan ahead.
A favourable year and with good opportunities arising. In work Roosters will have chance to use their strengths well and with many making important progress including, for some, taking on new and more fulfilling duties. Creative activities are especially favoured and with ideas put forward often well received. March, April and July could see important developments but openings do need to be followed up quickly. With some expensive plans, spending needs careful control. Social life will be active and with new friends and contacts helpful and romantic prospects good. At home Roosters will attend to much, including assisting and advising loved ones. However with many plans, there needs to be good co-operation between all and frequentdiscussion. Quality time together will be important and with shared interests appreciated. A satisfying year, but with much happening, Roosters do need to strike a good lifestyle balance.
Tip for the year: Act upon hopes and plans and look to develop ideas. This is an encouraging year.
Famous Roosters: Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Zeta Jones, Britney Spears, Cate Blanchett.
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Loyal, caring and dependable, Dogs are prepared to stand up for what they want and believe in. They take their commitments and responsibilities seriously and are thorough in what they do. Dogs are alsoprotective and caring to loved ones.
A year of exciting developments and with Dogs finding their determination and skills bringing excellent results. In work Dogs should look to progress and actively pursue openings that interest, including promotion possibilities. With effort important headway can be made, new positions taken on and notable successes enjoyed. Income can improve, but with costly plans, spending needs to be watched. New interests can bring much pleasure as well as often having social opportunity. Some friends and contacts made could be especially helpful and with March, May and November seeing good social opportunity. Home life will bring some proud and special moments although, with busy lifestyles, domestic plans and projects should be spread out during the year and with shared activities favoured. A rewarding year, and by preserving, a great deal can be accomplished.
Tip for the year: Be bold and use skills and chances well for there is now much to be gained.
Famous Dogs: Duke of Cambridge, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey.
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Kindly and trusting, Pigs are born under the sign of honesty. Good at spotting opportunities, they are hardworking and enterprising. They also particularly value their home and social life as well as enjoy their pleasures.
A mixed year and during it Pigs will need to proceed carefully. In relations with others, Pigs should take time to consult and be aware of viewpoints. If anything concerns good discussion will help. In home life quality time with loved ones will be important. Also as situations change and plans alter, some flexibility will be required and greater patience shown. Pigs will welcome the many social opportunities with March, April and December active and interesting months. In work, a demanding year but with Pigs having chance to add to skills and sometimes vary their role. What is achieved can be successfully built on. With some expensive plans and good travel prospects careful budgeting will allow much to go ahead. A busy and challenging year but with chance for Pigs to show their strengths and add to experience.
Tip for the year: Be attentive and prepared to adapt as situations require. Quality time spent with others will be important and helpful.
Famous Pigs: Sir Elton John, Simon Cowell, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen.
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