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Chinese New Year 2016 Monday 8, February
Welcome to the Year of the Monkey – a year of considerable scope and possibility.
During it a lot is set to happen, 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.
1924, 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, 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 is 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 be shared and undertaken together the better. A lively and rewarding year.
Tip for the year: Seize the moment, acting on plans and key wants. With determination, a great deal can happen and be started upon.
Famous Rats: Hugh Grant, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Prince of Wales.
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Determined, reliable and hard-working, Oxen put much energy into 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.
Oxen may not always feel comfortable with the fast pace of this Monkey year but it can open up some good opportunities. It is a year to move with the times and act well on chance. In work, new positions taken on and changes taking place can be significant, both in furthering skills and preparing the way for later successes. April, May, September and November could see encouraging developments. Progress made can help finances and with carefully considered purchases pleasing. With a busy lifestyle, Oxen need to spread out commitments, preserving time for self and to enjoy interests. Social life can also benefit, with Oxen gaining from support and goodwill received, with new friends and contacts helpful. Domestically an active year with many decisions, plans and home improvements to carry through. Here Oxen will be central to much. A busy and personally rewarding year.
Tip for the year. Build on skills. By advancing self and knowledge, more chances and opportunities can follow on.
Famous Oxen: Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen, Keira Knightley.
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Active, enthusiastic and interested in much, Tigers set about their activities with considerable energy. Full of ideas, they are creative and inventive. They are also prepared to take chances to get what they want. Tigers enjoy socialising and have widespread interests.
Tigers will enjoy the activity and opportunities the Monkey year will bring but do need to keep their wits about them. To rush or risk could lead to problems and, to benefit this year, it is a case of adapting and making the most of situations as they are. In work, Tigers should focus on objectives, using chances to develop and raise profile. Commitment can reward well with April, July and September seeing potentially important opportunities to develop. Finances could improve, with Tigers enjoying the chance to update equipment and add to home. Travel too could tempt as will new interests. A friendship issue may concern and, in relations with others, Tigers need to remain mindful and attentive. Shared domestic activities can be especially appreciated and with family successes to celebrate. With care, an active and encouraging year.
Tip for the year: Value relations with those around, building support and remaining aware of viewpoints.
Famous Tigers: Queen Elizabeth 11, Tom Cruise, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga.
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Rabbits have a quiet, easygoing manner. They enjoy company and conversation, as well as an appreciation of the finer things in life. Rabbits are observant and careful and good at judging situations. Their views and advice are often highly valued.
A reasonable although sometimes tricky year. With swift moving developments, Rabbits may sometimes find themselves outside their comfort zone, but amid all the activity can be important benefits. In work, changing situations or new positions taken on could bring added pressure but give Rabbits an excellent chance to develop in new ways. May, September and October could see encouraging developments, with successes to build on. Money matters need careful handling and Rabbits should give extra attention to self, diet and fitness levels. Home life will be busy and, with key decisions, there needs to be good dialogue and flexibility over domestic arrangements. Socially Rabbits will be in demand and with a pleasing mix of things to do, although a difference with another may concern. Rabbits need to be alert and despite the year's challenges it can offer some good opportunities, with successes well deserved.
Tip for the year: Be forthcoming at times of concern and with worries shared, worries are often considerably eased.
Famous Rabbits: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Will.i.am.
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Born under the sign of luck, Dragons have great determination. They are resourceful, active and use their personality and strengths well. Dragons also have style, are sociable, enjoy many interests and have a mind of their own.
A year of good opportunity although, while much can go well, Dragons need to watch their independent tendencies. This is year for joining with others and building support. In work, prospects are encouraging, with many progressing and taking on new roles. May, August and November could see key developments. Personal interests can also develop well, with new ideas inspiring and adding variety to the lifestyles of many. With travel possibilities, an active social life and good romantic prospects, Dragons will be kept busy and with celebrations also to enjoy. Much practical activity will be seen in many a home although, while enthusiastic, Dragons need to be careful not to over commit, ideally tackling one project at a time. Spending needs to be watched but, with so much to do and enjoy, this can be a full and rewarding year.
Tip for the year: Make and act on plans. With purpose and drawing on support much can be accomplished and enjoyed.
Famous Dragons: Russell Crowe, Adele, Rihanna, George Clooney.
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Snakes are quietly ambitious. They know what they want and are prepared to work hard and wait patiently for the right moment. Snakes can be quiet and reserved, but they enjoy wide interests and are loyal to those close to them.
Interesting times ahead, although Snakes will need to be thorough in their various activities. Risks or acting without support could lead to disappointment. Home life will be busy, especially with relations to assist and plans to arrange. Snakes should also take up social opportunities, with some contacts helpful to current undertakings. A good year to extend personal interests, with new activities furthering skills and knowledge. In work, developments can move swiftly, with openings encouraging Snakes to progress or leading to an ideal opportunity elsewhere. March, September and October could be potentially significant. Improving income will allow many to go ahead with key plans, especially accommodation-wise. With much to do, Snakes need to pace themselves and spread out commitments but, with care, a fulfilling year and one encouraging personal growth.
Tip for the year: Give quality time to others, talking over plans and any concerns. Support and good dialogue will make a difference to much.
Famous Snakes: JK Rowling, Paul Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan.
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
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 year of fine opportunity. Horses will enjoy the vitality and chances the Monkey year offers, with their efforts bringing good results. In work, their strengths can lead to many taking on a greater role or transferring to something different. These can be encouraging times when Horses can impress. March, May and June could see important developments. While income can increase, outgoings will be high and Horses should watch spending levels. Horses will value the support and friendship of many, with shared activities favoured. Inspired and supported well, a lot is set to happen, with some major hopes realised. Home life too could see ambitious plans going ahead, including some moving although, with much being decided upon, the more that can be planned and agreed on in advance, the better. A busy and often lucky year.
Tip for the year: Act on hopes and plans. With resolve, a great deal can be accomplished and a lot enjoyed.
Famous Horses: Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, R Kelly, Jennifer Lawrence.
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Observant, caring and sociable, Goats like company and have a good understanding of human nature. They also attach much importance to home life. Born under the sign of art, Goats are creative and enjoy the finer things in life.
A busy year and, while pressures will be considerable, there is much for Goats to do and gain. However to get the best from the year, Goats need to liaise with those around them, talking over plans and seeking advice. The better the communication, the better many an outcome. In work, fast moving developments can create some interesting openings, with chances to advance and broaden skills. With an active lifestyle, outgoings will be high and need watching. Also with ambitious home plans, these need to be costed and talked through, with combined effort leading to a lot going ahead. Creative projects can also bring pleasure this year, with new ideas and activities inspiring. April, July and December could see much social activity and a chance to extend their network of friends. Drawing on support available, Goats can do well this year, enjoying much that happens and opens up.
Tip for the year: Further skills and interests. With commitment, this can be a constructive and potentially important time.
Famous Goats: Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg.
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
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, conversation, and an often busy home and social life.
Excited and inspired that this is their own year, Monkeys will set about much with great enthusiasm. And, with luck and goodwill on their side, this can be a special year. On a personal level, Monkeys will find themselves in demand with activities and good times to enjoy and, for the unattached, romantic prospects are excellent. Interests can also have a good social element, as well as helping develop talents and ideas. Travel chances will also tempt and in many Monkey homes there will be successes and occasions to celebrate. In work, some exciting possibilities can arise and, by acting determinedly, Monkeys can make the advances and changes they have long been wanting. February, April and May could see encouraging developments. Monkeys can fare well financially, often bettering their position and making some useful buys, especially equipment-wise. A successful year with the chance for Monkeys to use talents and qualities well.
Tip for the year: Stay focused. With determination, there is much to do and be gained and with fortune favouring the bold.
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 challenging year, with the year's fast-moving developments bringing times of concern and pressure. Roosters like structure, and could find activities and plans altering as situations change. In work, Roosters need to be flexible and adapt as required. Also, by using chances to further skills, current prospects can be helped, with the progress made an important stepping stone to later advances. In view of considerable outgoings and spending on home, finances need good management. During the year, Roosters will have many demands on time and should balance out activities: preserving time for loved ones, socialising and to spend on interests. Also by joining with others, useful assistance can be given and more appreciated. April, August and September could be personally rewarding months. A demanding year but one which can leave a significant legacy, with skills and chances to take further.
Tip for the year: Allow time for interests and consider ways to improve lifestyle balance. Positive changes can have important and sometimes surprising impact.
Famous Roosters: Duchess of Cambridge, Cate Blanchett, Dolly Parton, Beyoncé.
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Loyal and caring, Dogs are very protective of loved ones. They are also direct and straightforward in manner, and prepared to stand up for their beliefs. Dogs have a tendency to worry but are dependable and much respected.
An encouraging year with good chances emerging. To do well, Dogs need to act determinedly on aims and respond quickly to chances. Monkey years favour action and initiative. The Dog's personal life could see an upturn in activity, with key plans progressing well and much to share with others. New interests and friendships are favoured and, similarly in home life, there will be much to do and decide on, including some ambitious projects. Here good discussion and early planning will help. In work, the Dog's skills may be put to greater use, with the chance of new responsibilities. Also an excellent year to build contacts and raise profile with April, September and November seeing encouraging developments. In view of general busyness, attention to lifestyle balance can benefit and, with many outgoings, spending needs careful control. A year of good possibility.
Tip for the year: Act determinedly, holding faith with yourself and key wants. With resolve, much can become possible and get to open up.
Famous Dogs: Duke of Cambridge, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez.
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Outgoing, kindly and trusting, Pigs enjoy good relations with many, with their home and social life especially important. They also like their pleasures and the finer things in life. Pigs are hardworking, and use their skills and opportunities well.
A reasonable year and while situations may not always be straightforward, the Monkey year will have its enjoyable elements. In work, delays, problems and changes could affect many but, by rising to challenges, Pigs can gain valuable experience, prove themselves in new ways and good headway is possible. May, July and November could see important developments. Pigs need to be careful in money matters and wary of risk. Also when in company, Pigs should be attentive taking note of views of others. A lapse or misunderstanding could embarrass. Despite the cautionary aspects, Monkey years favour activity, with Pigs enjoying an often lively lifestyle and the chance to try new interests. For the unattached, romantic prospects are promising. In home life, practical projects could be time consuming but with the outcomes and quality time together appreciated. An active and varied year.
Tip for the year: Take note of developing situations and be prepared to adapt. With flexibility and willingness, important benefits and gains can be enjoyed.
Famous Pigs: Sir Elton John, James Patterson, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen.
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