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Welcome to the Year of the Monkey

A year of considerable scope and possibility. During 2016 a lot is set to happen, but how will you fare over the next 12 months? 

Chinese New Year

Monday, February 8 2016

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.

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    Your Chinese Horoscope For 2016

    Syndicated column by Neil Somerville


    1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

    With charm, style and a friendly manner, Rats get on well with most. They are great at spotting opportunities and have good skills and judgment. Rats like company and particularly value family and social life.

    Rats will soon sense change and opportunities are in the air and will set about activities with renewed determination. Prospects are good this year and, in work, Rats can make important advances and put strengths to good use. March, June, and October can see encouraging developments but chances need to be actively pursued. This is also an excellent year for personal development and with new skills and interests benefiting. Income can improve but, with expensive plans and possibility of travel, outgoings need to be watched. Social life will see an increase in activity and with new friends and, for some, romance potentially significant. With ambitious plans for home and busy lifestyles, there needs to be good communication and support between family members. The more that can .....

    Neil Somerville is the author of Your Chinese Horoscope 2016, published by Thorsons


    1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015



    1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016



    1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005



    1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006



    1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007


    1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009



    1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010



    1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011



    1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012



    1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013



    1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

    About Neil Somerville
    Neil Somerville is one of the leading writers in the West on Chinese horoscopes. He is the author of the successful and widely translated annual Your Chinese Horoscope series published by HarperElement every year since 1987.

    Neil has been interested in Eastern forms of divination for a great many years and believes that much can be learnt from the ancient wisdom and practices of the East. His other books include Chinese Success Signs, which shows the reader how to unlock the potential of their Chinese sign, and Chinese Love Signs. He is also author of the 2004 bestseller The Answers.

    Neil Somerville lives in Berkshire, is married, has two children and is a keen traveller and walker.