Saturday, 9 April 2016

Dragons and the Spring Thaw


Dragons and the Spring Thaw







Although the origin of Dragon Myths is not clear, their supposed existence can be traced as far back as 400 B.C. Some speculate that dinosaur fossil discoveries had a lot to do with advancing this belief. In any case the exciting stories of dragons can be found on every continent throughout history with the exception of Antarctica, for the climate there is an impediment for these creatures that like fire, live in water, but not ice water. 








And now the big question where Dragon does live?

A mythical creature, they are believed to live in wet, damp caves, at the centre of the earth, in forests, or in the middle of the ocean; preferably far, far away from any civilized settlement. If, on occasion, a castle is long since abandoned and permanently forsaken by any human beings, the Dragon my take up residence there and that’s how the legend of Dragons occupying certain castles came into being. But I digress; whether Dragons are viewed as villains or as benevolent creatures depends on the geographical location and the culture. Unfortunately in western civilization Dragons are always meant to perish. Dragons are perpetually represented as villains that are to be bested and killed by the indomitable hero that goes on a quest to rid this scourge of society (a terrible beast that breaths fire, has poisonous claws and guards great treasure) and is rewarded in the end by being granted the hand of a beautiful princess.

In Greek mythology the story of Perseus and the Dragon of Poseidon tells of a vain queen who almost sacrificed her daughter to the Dragon, had it not been for Perseus. We all have seen that movie.

At least the ancient Romans considering Dragons as mystical beasts that held the secrets of the earth, they looked to Dragons as a source of knowledge and used them as symbols of strength for their military.

Meanwhile, in England, stories are full of accounts of Dragons and how anyone who killed these terrible monsters was awarded with knighthood. In one such story there was a young man who fought a Dragon for the reward of bringing the king's daughter to his master for marriage. But Tristan was tricked by another man who coveted the princess’s hand. In the end Tristan cut off the Dragon's tongue as proof of his accomplishment and the lies of the other man were uncovered.







And let us not forget, during Christopher Columbus’ time, when the world was believed to be flat, Dragons were assumed to inhabit the oceans especially at the edge of earth, waiting to devour anyone who dared to trespass into the Dragon’ territory and sail that far into the ocean. Needless to say, this false belief deterred much sea exploration. Ancient maps furthered this belief marking the place where these Dragons supposedly lived, that is at the edge of the map, with an imprint,” Here Be Dragons”. 







Having said this, I cannot resist mentioning one more fable: “A Norseman fights off a sea dragon.” This story comes to us from Norway.

There was once a powerful King, who loved his daughter very much but had to leave her behind in the castle while he went away (probably warring) on a long trip. He left her in the care of a tiny Dragon who was to be her guardian. The princess was skeptical of the tiny creatures’ prowess, fearing that if danger manifested it could not protect her. However, the Dragon soon grew into a tremendous size. He grew so large in fact that he was able to wrap his body all around the castle and not let anyone in or out of it. When the king finally returned home, even he was not permitted inside the castle. The only recourse now was to kill this beast of a dragon. Even the mightiest warriors however remained hesitant to undertake this perilous task. As an incentive the desperate King offered his daughter’s hand in marriage to anyone capable of killing this dreaded monster. A few brazen souls went forth to encounter the Dragon but unfortunately no man in Norway was capable of this feat and all forfeited their lives prematurely. Eventually a youth from Sweden succeeded in this task and as his reward he married the princess and they returned to Sweden together to live happily ever after.

I favor the Asian view of the Dragon. Here they are celestial, spiritual beings that have religious and cultural importance. Dragons, endowed with supernatural or magical powers, possess certain wisdom and represent long-life. And Dragons most predominantly play a vital role in the outcome of the weather. This brings my narrative back to spring thaw, with lightning in the sky and the spring showers or the melting of ice. My thoughts naturally turn to the concept of Dragons big and small. Celebrating spring, I celebrate the Dragon.

Here are some pictures of spring thaw 2016:





















Fini













Saturday, 20 February 2016

Dragon's Animal Predictions for 2016 - The Year of the Monkey


Dragon's Animal Predictions for 2016 The Year of the Monkey




2016 Dragon’s Predictions for the Rat




Born: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Lucky Numbers: 2

Lucky Colours: Grey, Brown



The year of the Goat was a busy year for the Rat and it came with both highs and lows. It’s wiser however, to focus on the highs and build on them while using lows as necessary life lessons that had to be learned.

The Rat will be very active socially in the closing months of the year of the Goat and must be diligent in order to avoid embarrassing double bookings. Swarmed with invites, Rats should also reserve some time to spend with the family and close friends and gain some of the best memories. It goes without saying the end of the year could also be an expensive time for the Rats therefore they are cautioned to be vigilant with their finances, especially with big expenditures. As work will also be just as hectic the Rat should avoid unnecessary distractions and focus on meeting deadlines in the closing months of the year of the Goat.

The year of the Monkey can be a promising and rewarding one for the Rat and it can bring Rats lots of new opportunities. Rats are poised to receive most valuable help and support from family and friends in order to correctly make some pretty big decisions over the course of the next twelve months.

Rats who feel stymied in their current work position and are looking for a whole new path could have some encouraging prospects and see new opportunities to train in different fields this year. With plenty of changes coming their way throughout the year, especially in the workplace, the Rat can look forward to rewarding and positive outcomes with plenty of recognition and success this year. In order for the Rat to make the most of the Year of the Monkey, however, they need to broaden their horizons, focus on expanding self-development and train in developing new skills. Rat should express enthusiasm in any new role as this can help further them.

Travel opportunities are looking promising for the Rat as well this year, especially in the workplace if they are in a field where long distance meetings are required or there is possibility of relocation.

Finances will also be promising for the Rat this year and any advancement in employment may mean additional money. Monkey years favor care and planning and so it would be wise for the Rat to be mindful of their spending and plan ahead for any future big purchases. Saving money early on in the year can alleviate any impending stress.

Monkey years in general favour relationships and as a result the Rat’s love life will be propitious, particularly for the unattached Rat. Being immersed in social activities throughout the year and remaining sociable, Rats will acquire new acquaintances, new friends and even form a stronger bond with some.

Rats that are in a relationship that is relatively new can find their relationship becoming more significant with milestones such as moving in together and even fostering the possibility of marriage.

For the married Rats their home life will be very busy and will see a lot of joyous events with family members and changes to their dwelling if they wish to make improvements. The Rat will need to consult with other family members on changes in the home however and ensure that everyone will be on board with new ideas.

Typically, as the Rat will be quite busy with scores of activities this year, they need to prioritize their time and reserve some of it to unwind, relax and recharge, indulge in hobbies or, enjoy leisurely, recreational pursuits. Rats really need to relax, as their chi body constitution is very weak this year. Summer time is a great time for the Rat native to take a short trip or long holiday. A thing to remember is that these trips can be a lot more enjoyable when the Rat researches the area they are visiting.

Overall, the year of the Monkey is looking to be very good for the Rat and they will have a lot of encouraging prospects to look forward to in 2016. Sitting on ideas and plans can bring problems to the Rat so they will need to put their plans in motion as soon as possible and focus on completing pending projects. Be careful whom you trust as those with ulterior motives loiter around you, and be careful when signing contracts. Romance luck is good if you put in a little extra effort this year.

And finally, Rats are in affinity with the Ox. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of an Ox or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of an Ox with them at all times throughout 2016.

Have an amazing year of the Monkey.

Fini 




 2016 Dragon’s Predictions for the Ox 






Born: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Lucky Numbers: 6, 10

Lucky Colours: Red, Orange, White, Gold

The year of the Monkey will be an interesting year for the Ox. The speed at which certain things transpire may be little unsettling at first but, adapting to this change quickly, the Ox will be able to accomplish great things and derive benefit from the abundant opportunities that come their way this year.

The Monkey Year is famous for fostering creativity and self-development. Whether in their work or personal life, Oxen would be wise to take advantage of available training programs and acquire new skills. These accomplishments can be a huge benefit to the Ox not only this year but in the coming years as well.

In general work life in 2016 will be a good one for the Ox. Granted, there will be a lot of happenings this year, a few not to the Ox's liking and there may even be some problems arising from time to time in the workplace. If the Ox learns to correctly utilize training and their newly acquired skills they will be able to enjoy both success and advancement in the work place. Hence, if offered the chance to train or learn a new skill, the Ox should quickly seize this opportunity and commit to it 100% for this will also serve them well in the coming years.

Those Oxen seeking a new employment or changing a career may find things also transpiring rapidly in 2016. Best to stay alert for any possible openings that are of particular interest then act swiftly on it to secure that coveted position. It also helps to be completely prepared for interviews by having proper training and being in possession of prior information on the company in which they wish to be employed.

Finances are looking very promising for the Ox in 2016 and much of this will be due to their progress at work. The year of the Monkey encourages challenges and trying new things. The Ox therefore should immerse themselves in hobbies and challenges whenever possible. In fact it will be most advisable for the Ox to take some time off to recharge and to unwind. By involving friends and loved ones with their time off they can bond with each other in a like-minded activity. Meanwhile, with their cautious planning and innate bartering skills, the Ox should feel free to spend his/her money on acquiring new gadgets, trips etc. Still, putting some money aside for the future can be beneficial to the Ox.

The Ox’s character is usually reserved and they can be quite particular with people they meet until they know them better. Because things happen quickly in Monkey years, the Ox should be ready to enjoy some surprising and fantastic times with new people in new situations.

The Ox can look forward to stronger relationship with their partner this year. Home life will require some care though; as this is a fast paced year and certain problems may arise that require delicate action. Ox needs to resolve any rising unexpected problems swiftly before they get out of hand. Remember to be mindful of the feelings of others. A direct approach to the problem will be the best way to diffuse any dangerous situation and satisfactorily resolve conflicts.

This is a year of major transformations in the Ox’s life. Throughout the year, unexpected plans will rise randomly but the Ox need not fret as these can often bring good results. Even though the fast pace of the year may sometimes be worrisome, the Ox can still look forward to exciting times ahead in 2016 and, as well, enjoy the support of family and friends. The love compatibility between singles will blossom and it is a good year for getting married and having children. This year, it is easy for the Ox to have accidents and get sick, so they need to exercise caution. The Ox should also be careful while dealing with finances in 2016.

The Ox is in affinity with the Rat; for their protection therefore, they should have a key chain pendant of a Rat or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Rat with them at all times throughout the year.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini



2016 Dragon’s Predictions for the Tiger







Born: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Lucky Numbers: 4, 12

Lucky Colours: Green, Blue, Black

The year of the Yang Fire Monkey begins on the 8th February 2016. The year will not be smooth sailing unfortunately; it will require some care and planning for the Tiger. Bracing for what’s to come should make things easier. This year the Tiger will have a better idea about what they want out of life; however they need to concentrate more on details rather than solely focusing only the big picture.

The Tigers work life can see some progress this year and those who are well established in their career can see growth and new responsibilities; provided they take a hands-on approach at the appropriate time. Networking will also be favorable for the Tiger.

There may be a lot of Tigers looking for a fresh start in their career this year. Those looking for new employment should brace themselves for the possibility of ample rejections before they see positive results as the job seeking process will be rather tough in 2016. Additionally, any progress may fall short of what the Tiger had expected. All the same, with due diligence and persistence in utilizing their innate resources, they could still land a good position in a good company and even excel in the later part of the year. The thing to remember is that, when the Tiger finds employment, they should take on a very committed approach and show determination to their new employer.

Tigers should think twice before making any investments or executing important decisions this year. They should not take any shortcuts to wealth; any illegal venture this year will certainly result in imprisonment. Nevertheless, finances are looking steady for the Tiger provided they apply some care and research when making big purchases. There will be a lot of Tigers looking to buy some new technology and equipment for their home. Tigers have a good eye for style and this can help them over the year to make some nifty and worthwhile acquisitions. The Tiger is going to have to stay on top of paperwork this year and make sure that they meticulously read through everything before signing papers and make sure that everything is handed in on time. This can seem boring, though spending the time to ensure accuracy now could save the Tiger any potential mistakes, fines and added costs in the future.

The Tiger’s relationship with others is going to require some caution this year. They should treasure their partner in order to avoid strained relationship or possible separation.

If the Tiger handles projects too frequently on their own, excluding others, they risk not receiving any support when they need it. If any disagreements and problems arise with friends and colleagues in the work place this year it should be dealt with quickly and effectively. The Tiger will need to liaise well with a measure of sensitivity in order to minimize, or avoid, lasting upset. On the whole the Tiger should learn to keep their mouth shut as it won't be a good time to settle accounts.

The Tiger enjoys being kept busy and in the year of the Monkey, there will be plenty of things to do. The Tiger will get plenty joy from local events this year and should join a group or sports team as well as pursue any solitary activities or hobbies. This is also an opportune time for the Tiger to initiate a new hobby or activity as the Year of the Monkey fosters the development of new skills. Travel opportunities are looking very good for the Tiger and they are poised to take advantage from any last minute deals to visit places they’ve always aspired to see.

The Tiger's home life will be fast paced with a great deal of activity, family events and celebrations in 2016. The Tiger can come up with some very good ideas and a lot of exciting developments that will benefit their home. The Tiger however needs to hone good communication skills with family members and prioritize quality time together to prevent any future disputes.

The Tigers in general have plenty of friends; however they may find that, as the year goes on, they could grow aloof with certain people. They need to allocate some time to see friends and to evaluate relationships in order to weed out unnecessary ties and to discover true and enduring friends. As mentioned before, during the course of the year the Tiger could find themselves embroiled in disagreements with friends; when this happens and it is it is justified, they should try diffusing the situation as quickly as possible. They can also be given the chance to meet new people. Overall, the year of the Monkey may come with its problems for the Tiger but this is nothing that they can’t resolve and besides, there is still a lot to achieve and to anticipate.

Tigers are in affinity with the Pig/Boar. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Pig or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Pig with them at all times. Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini



2016 Dragon's Animal Predictions for the Rabbit



 


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

Lucky Numbers: 4

Lucky Colours: Green



The year of the Monkey is going to be a mixed year for the Rabbit with both high and low points throughout the year. Fortunately the Rabbit has a good disposition and a very good rapport with others and this will serve them well this year. It’s important to note that when faced with problems and difficult situations, the Rabbit's attitude can help them receive the right kind of support, advice and lucidity to solve any problems.

The Rabbit’s work life will be challenging and somewhat disruptive this year with additional new staff in the work place. To fare well the Rabbits need to adapt to this circumstance quickly and get accustomed to their new roles and tasks in the early part of the year for these changes may be permanent. Those Rabbits that can acclimatize fast and show the initiative and desire for betterment can utilize this to their advantage and gain esteem from their peers.

Those looking to change career or who are seeking employment should find that their hard work will pay off this year. The Rabbit could gain that lucrative position by remaining positive and diligent in their job search.

The Fire Monkey year being auspicious for earnings and finances, 2016 can also be a good return on investment period for Rabbits. However they could still misread contracts and make errors with paperwork. Documents must be checked with meticulous attention to detail before signing this year and professional advice sought to clarify rules and regulations before any agreement is reached. The Rabbit should also strive be well organized with invoices and bills this year in order to avoid paying late fees for missed deadlines. There is also the risk that some of their employees may decide to betray them. Of course Rabbits always land squarely back on their feet and get their due but all the same they should be cautious and be on the lookout for losers among their friends.

Even though the Rabbit is good with financial matters, the Rabbits home life can see plenty of changes in 2016. This could result in disruptions to the overall flow of things creating unwarranted problems. To avoid disharmony and to strengthen family bonds the Rabbit and other members of the family should work in unison, as a team, this year. They can collectively set realistic goals and, in sync, complete a great many changes and home improvements.

The Rabbit should allocate some time for hobbies and interests as the year of Monkey is most favorable for these sorts of endeavors. Therefore it’s a green light for all those Rabbits that might have something they wanted to learn or try their hand at but have procrastinated till now.

The Rabbit should start the year of the Monkey looking for ways to improve their diet as this can prevent lot of minor afflictions throughout the year. Staying healthy and getting regular exercise is recommended for the Rabbit this year and if they can involve their family this would be a great way to enjoy time together. Sorry, but now comes the bad news: the Rabbit may find that either they or someone close to them suffers from an illness this year. When this happens, they should do their research to ease or to alleviate serious worry. Seek professional help for any problems with health and fitness concerns this year, as this is not a time to brave it alone, simply soldier on then hope for the best.

The Rabbit’s social life will be active, though problems are still very much in the forecast. The Rabbit will have differences of opinion with friends over the course of the year. Best to avoid any confrontation, especially when one is angry, as this could quickly turn into serious arguments.

The Rabbit’s love life is looking very hopeful this year and those in a relationship, especially a new one, can see a lot of progress. There may even be engagement proposals in the forecast. Single Rabbits and those who have recently experienced heartbreak can look forward to meeting a new partner and this may come completely by chance through a fateful encounter or introduction by a friend.

Overall, the Rabbit have the best luck this year. There will be lots of progress, abundant wealth and copious business opportunities, therefore, lots to look forward to. Rabbits shouldn’t get carried away though or they might lose their wealth, and they also need to watch out for their health. This may be a good time for them rethink their personal habits in order to improve their self and to attain strength. Rabbits also have soaring romance luck and singles will meet their ideal partners.

Rabbits are in affinity with the Dog. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of Dog or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Dog with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini



2016 Dragon’s Predictions for the Dragon








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

Lucky Numbers: 8

Lucky Colours: Blue, Black, White, Gold



The Dragon may begin the year of the Monkey with scores of plans to make this year as successful as possible and accomplish great many things. Monkey years however are known to bring sudden changes which could lead to mistakes and unexpected results.

People born under the sign of the Dragon do not have the best of luck this year but, if they maintain optimism and persevere, they can sail through all challenges. The Dragon should avoid making investments this year and definitely resist gambling. They should lie low and plan ahead for the long term. Dragons also need to be discerning about potential partners and be sure to identify those with good intentions. People in relationships might have problems with their families.

The Dragons work life on the other hand, is poised to have plenty of exciting developments this year as Monkey years favor innovation, new schemes and enterprise. This is an exciting year for the Dragon’s career and with their resourcefulness they can achieve a great many things involving new projects. It goes without saying that many Dragons will be promoted to higher positions in 2016.

Some Dragons may feel that their skills can be better put to use in another company and then there are those that are seeking first time employment. In any case there will be many exciting opportunities available to Dragons and many will be advanced to better positions. The Dragon in the year of the Monkey may even find that job they’ve long aspired to. Careful planning and risk assessment can be a big help to the Dragon in their work life, especially when they are looking for new employment. To avoid potential problems the Dragon should not rush head long into anything at work without taking the time to adequately prepare for it.

Dragons should not discount different fields of employment where their innate skills can be put to good use. Training can be an essential tool in areas where they are not familiar, for eventually the newly acquired skills will prove to be a boon by bringing them up to date and laying open possibilities for many good positions. Dragons should also be willing to accept any help they require. 2016 might be considered a hectic year for some Dragons who may face many trials that might force them to swallow their over-sized ego as it is best to remain calm under these circumstances. Dragons that are unwilling to accept certain compromises during the course of the year could see much of what they have built so far tumbling down. It’s a hard pill to swallow but Dragons should learn to control their rigidity if they don't want to find themselves in unfavorable situations.

The Dragon should also remember not to rejoice too quickly at significant increases in their financial situation for unexpected changes can suddenly put an additional damper on the Dragon’s finances. In this very active year, the Dragon needs to keep a close eye on their monthly spending or they could soon find themselves running low on funds and, as a result, miss out on key events. Prudent planning and a good budget will be necessary to keep finances in good order. Caution is warranted when signing contracts or entering into agreements. The Dragon should read the fine print meticulously and make sure that they fully understand the terms.

The Dragon’s social life will be demanding and at times rather hectic this year. During the year of the Monkey the Dragon will have lots of opportunities to get out and about and learn new skills. There will be many new things that would interest and excite the Dragon and they should try their hand at new hobbies where they will find they excel. Travel is also favored, especially if there is a place which the Dragon has long wished to visit.

The Dragon’s home life will be very active this year as well. Dragons will need to work well with others and practice good communication skills in order to accomplish their many ambitious projects and plans. The Dragon may also risks losing interest shortly after starting a project in their home so they should stick to set timetables.

Single Dragons could find that the year of the Monkey turns out to be a significant year for them although this will depend on what type of Dragon they are.

In general 2016 should be a happy and rewarding year for the Dragon, with lots to do and a lot to see. With so many goings on they need to be mindful of others thoughts and needs however, as conflicts and disagreements could easily arise if they’re not careful. The affable Dragon can get some good, useful advice from those close to them and they should stay open to criticism and opinions. As painful as it may seem, some Dragons may be faced with a possibility of separation, which might have beneficial consequences in the end. Dragons shall then be able to resume their flight to greener pastures.

Dragons are in affinity with the Rooster. For enhancement they should keep a key chain pendant of a Rooster or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Rooster with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini 


2016 Dragon's Animal Predictions for the Snake









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

Lucky Numbers: 2, 6 and 10

Lucky Colours: Grey, Brown, Red, Orange, White, Gold

The year of the Monkey starts on the 8th February 2016. People born under the sign of the snake will have an excellent luck this year. On the whole 2016 will be a smooth sailing year and a good one to make suitable investments. It is also a good year for getting married and having children. The Snake needs to slow down their pace however when in dealing with finances and career choices.

Most Snakes will be quite content in their current work place despite the fact that lots of changes will be in effect in 2016. Some Snakes could perceive changes as a threat to their accustomed ways of doing business but they shouldn’t worry, for they will soon realize that changes and their ensuing challenges can actually be a boon. It could pave the way for scores of opportunities and rewards. Respectively the Snake could be well suited to fill the post and take on a greater role in the company when key positions become available due to people leaving the company or senior members retiring. Interested Snakes should act fast though and express interest in the position that has just become available, as this is not a year to dawdle. The snake that is interested in self-development and strives to further their skills or learn new ones can go a long way winning them esteemed recognition from their peers.

Snakes that are seeking new employment will be happy to know that circumstances will be fair; provided that the Snake remains persistent and researches different avenues. This would allow them to use their skills and qualifications, and result in attaining good positions. There is the possibility that some snakes could suffer a few setbacks at the start but, with their unyielding determination and positive attitude, they should still succeed.

The resulting benefits of a good position will be a high salary and the financial gain. Should this not be enough some Snakes will find other ways, perhaps through a hobby or ideas, to augment their income. If the Snake is able to budget their money wisely they could accumulate a hefty sum by the end of the year.

The Snakes personal interests and hobbies can bring a lot of joy, relaxation and even rejuvenation to their life. Usually the Snake is attracted to varied activities and hobbies, however the year of Monkey encourages change, therefore Snakes should explore different activities to see how best to improve. Care should be taken when the Snake is involved in dangerous activities and for good measure they should adopt sound safety tips and skills, as there is a risk of minor injury with this sort of physical activity.

Snakes usually have a small group of close-knit associates and this year they will enjoy good rapport with their friends and can receive good support with their varied ventures. The Snake should however be circumspect and watch out for looming disagreements so as to avoid the risk of losing a close friend. Clear communication, a tolerant nature and a forgiving attitude can go a long way towards diffusing any trouble.

Love life will be confusing. But sexually it might be satisfying with even news of pregnancy. The Snakes home life meanwhile will be a busy and eventful this year with ample things to do in and around the house. There will be many causes for celebrations and family members delighting in sharing their achievements with the Snake. Shared activities can help the Snake’s family to strengthen their original bonds. This being the case especially with travel, a family trip should be considered, if and when time and finances permit it.

When upgrades and renovation are carried out in and around the home the Snake should stick to one task at a time and avoid taking on too many projects as the results could be disastrous. Its imperative the Snake practice good communication skills when interacting with members of the family and friends in order to keep potential disagreements at bay this year. Any problems that the Snake experiences should be discussed without delay and with a measure of sensitivity.

Single Snakes could meet a potential partner from a chance meeting this year; therefore, they should adopt a more relaxed manner when encountering new acquaintances or groups.

In general the year of the Monkey will be a less damaging year to Snakes than usual. 2016 Snakes' initial force being the Fire element, this year will be relatively consistent for them, as it is also dominated by Fire. Therefore during the year, Snakes can get the help they desire more often than usual. They could even receive help from unexpected sources when these problem areas are properly and accurately identified. Meanwhile the Snake needs to maintain maximum neutrality in crisis situations, and try to be less curious on certain topics that don't concern them directly if they don't want to get embroiled in this gulf of tensions.

The Snake is in affinity with the Monkey. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Monkey or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Monkey with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini.



2016 Dragon's Predictions for the Horse






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

Lucky Numbers: 6

Lucky Colours: Red, Orange



The year of the Monkey begins on the 8th February 2016. People born under the sign of the horse will have a bit worse luck than last year; however if they remain optimistic there is nothing that they cannot handle.

The Horse could fare well provided they use their skills wisely, be disciplined and avoid taking on too many concurrent projects. Juggling too many tasks simultaneously will work against the Horse as plans can suddenly vary in Monkey years. Be that as it may, the creativity of the Horse is very strong, which will attract envy during 2016. The horse could be plagued with stupid accidents and hindrances all through the year; they should therefore be discerning in social settings and identify the people plotting against them. Horses are also likely to hear bad news during the course of the year. Not to worry however, for it will not be a direct concern to them.

The Horse’s career life will be an eventful and demanding one. The Horse’s horoscope for 2016 foretells that they will need to keep in check their hyperactivity and, instead, put it to good use to assure success in future years. There will be many self-development opportunities available in 2016. Horses that are motivated to climb the ladder of success may do so with good hard work and determination. The horses should also broaden their skills and, by giving 100% to their duties, validate their worth in the office.

2016 will see a lot of senior staff retiring and this will as well provide the ambitious Horse an ample opportunity to demonstrate their ability and land those coveted positions before they are snatched or outsourced.

In the Year of the Monkey the Horse will be introduced to lot of new people who could be beneficial connections in the future. The horse can look forward to a good rapport with their colleagues in the workplace; even those who are newly employed can quickly establish rapport with others with their outgoing nature and interest in what’s going on around them.

Horses who feel that their talents will be better suited elsewhere and those unemployed looking for work in general should apply for a wide array of positions as initiatives are rewarded in the year of the Monkey. This will require the Horse searching for openings on a daily basis.

There is a real possibility of transfer to another locale within the workforce this year. If this happens, the Horse should first consult family members and professionals before committing to such a big step.

The Horses’ finances bode well with the possibility of additional income this year. Even so, as wealth luck is unstable in 2016, the Horse needs to exercise caution with their spending and conserve their resources, or the additional income will be as quickly depleted on many unnecessary and frivolous items. When considering a big purchase, the Horse should do their homework first and shun impulse buying. They should carefully examine the terms and conditions and read the fine print or they could find themselves entering into an agreement with unfair consequences. If in doubt, have a friend or family member study it or seek professional advice.

Personal interests and hobbies, especially where recreational pursuits are concerned, can play an important role in the Horse’s life during the year of the Monkey. Why not explore new activities and hobbies, as this will be amply rewarded in a Monkey year?

The Horse’s home life will be quite active this year and there will be a lot of Horses taking on big projects around the home in the way of renovations or re-designing. These plans will require many changes, hard work and some ingenuity on the part of the Horse, but it will be well worth it in the end. The Horse will enjoy harmonious relationship with the family members this year provided they all communicate well on concerns, problems and plans. The Horse wishing to change residence or purchasing a new home can do rather well this year, with the proviso that they seek professional advice in all legal matters.

Horses who are single and those who have recently fallen in love are in for an exciting and hopeful time. Love, dating and marriage are very high on the cards. Singles need to be patient though and for those who are attached the support of their partner will be an invaluable asset in getting through this year. Those Horses that have ended a relationship recently and are feeling particularly dismayed should be comforted with knowledge that 2016 will still be a more positive year.

Overall 2016 will be a rewarding year for the Horse. Like the Snake, the Horse also holds the Fire element as a primary element. The general atmosphere of 2016 is still very beneficial to the Horse. They will have ample gains and success in business; enjoy great liaisons and be triumphant in all their endeavors.

They should maintain a balanced lifestyle however in order to keep their health in check. Those Horses who are dormant for the majority of the day, such as those who are employed in an office, must partake in regular exercises to foster good health.

Horses are in affinity with the Sheep/Goat. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Sheep/Goat or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Goat with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini



2016 Dragon's Predictions for the Goat/Sheep









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

Lucky Numbers: 4, 12

Lucky Colours: Green, Blue, Black

The Year of the Monkey which starts on the 8th February 2016 will be a good one for the Goat with lots to do and see. People born under the sign of the Sheep/Goat will be financially and emotionally stable, with far better luck than last year. Goats are poised to improve their reputation and receive rewards and promotions this year. They actually have strong windfall and romance luck in 2016. Big projects will come the Sheep/Goat’s way and so will significant increase in earnings and profits, as their confidence is boosted from this year onwards. Long term investments should be considered and singles will have plenty of choices. The Goat should be careful however, and not rush head-long into projects or take unwarranted risks with certain aspects of their life, which could later on cause them problems. They should take particular care with their health and safety as they could have accidents and illnesses.

The Goats work life will be an active and stimulating one, with lots of changes taking place because of new positions opening up as senior members leave the company in 2016. Many motivated Goats will be able put their innate ability and strengths to good use early on in the year to ensure future advancements while staying on with their current employer. Now is the time for any Goats who feel stagnated by their current position and those looking for work in general to consider the possibility of retraining and learning new skills. Those that are employed should show interest in new work posts opening up with the assurance that it will go very well for them and that it can also lead to gainful career advances in future years.

The Goat’s relations with others will require particular care and attention this year. Clear communication is a must if they wish to avoid consistent disagreements with others. Goats should strive to maintain frequent bouts of openness and higher sensitivity to others’ feelings then offer help and advice accordingly. If offered advice they should make time to hear what others have to say as this could work well in their favor this year.

The Goat's home life will also require good communication with the family members. There will be changes happening in and around the house this year, including daily household chores that would require everyone’s ready cooperation. When dealing with the handling of these projects, the Goat should remember that in Monkey years plans can unexpectedly change and different options can suddenly become available at the last moment. It’s best therefore to undertake each project one at a time to avoid wasting effort, time and money.

The Goat's social life will be interesting and joyful, with the Monkey years favoring joint activities in 2016. Plenty of good times are in store as long as Goat remembers to be mindful of other's feelings and needs.

Another area of the Goats life that warrants attention in 2016 is their lifestyle. The Goat should consider their personal well-being and adapt a healthier routine with nutrition, exercise or sports. But there will be a lot of demands on their time this year and they need to manage it well in order to make sure that they do not miss out on furthering their own personal interests and enjoyment.

Despite the windfall of money, the Goat must manage their finances well this year, as there will be a lot of demands on their spending with a great many expenditures, projects for home improvements, social events, hobbies and more. They should also not be remiss in carefully scrutinizing contracts, lease agreements and do the paperwork well before signing or finalizing any transactions to avoid financial problems down the line.

Overall, things will go exceptionally well for the Goat this year with many areas providing fulfillment and joy for their life and only a small fraction warrants care. More autonomous and, above all, more selective in their choices, whether sentimental or professional, Goats should emerge successful from most bad situations they face during 2016 and spend a wonderful year. For singles it isn't time yet to be thinking about moving into a serious relationship. Goats in couples are at risk of experiencing passing tensions with their partner, but nothing serious.

Goat/ Sheep are in affinity with the Horse. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Horse or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Horse with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini.


2016 Dragon's Predictions for the Monkey








Born: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

Lucky Numbers: 1, 6

Lucky Colours: Blue, Black, Red, Orange

The Monkey year begins on the 8th February 2016. Monkeys who have been feeling rather dissatisfied with their progress in recent years can rest assured that things will soon be turning around for them. In this Year of the Red Fire Monkey, which favors new business ventures and changing of career, everything the Monkey has dreamt of can be achieved, making this a fantastic year for them. If any Monkeys are thinking of marriage, then this is the right time for them to tie the knot.

The year in general bodes well for the people born under the sign of the Monkey, only there is one hitch, the existence of few unlucky stars that may put a damper on things. It is a good idea for the Monkey therefore, to exercise caution with their finances and not to make serious investments. Monkeys wishing to try their luck during the year should think twice and properly assess the situation first. Results from their ventures could bring Monkeys both success and failures. But not to worry! Monkeys are always masterful tacticians in avoiding conflict and strife and with their endurance and patience they will receive invigorating energies in 2016.

During 2016, political tensions are robust as conservative governments and financial markets encounter harder times. People and money are moving around the planet at an even faster rate, and only the most resourceful and risk-taking individuals amongst the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac are promised great success in 2016. This said; there will be some highly motivated Monkeys who will decide on starting their own business this year. They will be wise to accept professional advice and spend time scrutinizing paperwork and contracts before signing anything. Monkeys should also make sure to get associated with the right business partners, as wayward energies also mean risks of failure. Monkeys that are quick witted, focused, employ the right people and have a trustworthy partner, might last through the takeoff of the business. They will also get all the support from family and friends and fulfill their wildest ambitions. The Monkey should be open to the criticism and advice of others however, as this can work in their favor. The Monkey should also employ good communication skills for to go it alone could make the Monkey feel isolated and unproductive.

The Year of the Fire Monkey is also the right time for families and couples to reconsider their relationships and break from the routine. 2016 is not for habitual practices and negative energies are quickly repelled. This fire Monkey fosters vitality and innovation to both business and personal relationships The Monkeys in the employ of others can see a lot of opportunities in their job and there will be many Monkeys who have been long overdue for a promotion that of which will come true this year. Some Monkeys may be given the offer to move to another branch this year and if they feel this is of interest to them, they should consider it, as a new location could help them advance quickly in the work place. Motivated Monkeys will have ample opportunities to develop their skills and advance in their career. Those who feel that this is a year for change in the workplace and feel their talents would be put to better use elsewhere and also those who are looking for new work should have no trouble securing a good job this year

The progress at work will have great financial benefits and there will be some Monkeys who use their personal skills to further earnings. Moreover, an unexpected fortune should befall the Monkey that will set them comfortably off in life. The best months for them to make their fortune will be the second and twelfth Chinese lunar months, during which they should make full use of their time to invest and cash in. Armed with additional income, the Monkey can now negotiate a good price for some purchases that they have been putting off for a while. They should avoid gambling, speculating, and collecting illegal or greedy gains however, or they will lose everything they have, especially in the third Chinese lunar month. They should also guard against poverty due to greed. This is a good year for the Monkey to set aside some money for the future as the Monkey year’s influence can help them get the ball rolling. Also, Monkeys should resist showing off their wealth or they will be persecuted by others.

2016 is a great year full of optimism, cheerfulness and happy family gatherings. The Monkey’s social life will be particularly active one with great demands being placed on their time; they should therefore, reserve some free time to pursue personal interests and hobbies that will develop at a satisfactory rate this year. They must control their temper so as not to scare off any potential mate and, if in a relationship already, put in an extra effort to strengthen the bond.

Single Monkeys should be able to find a partner if they are seeking one; they may find that this could happen in the most unexpected place. Any Monkeys who have recently suffered heartbreak have a strong chance of finding someone this year. The Monkey’s close relationship star will be rather elusive in 2016; the more they long for a mate, the harder it will be for them to attain it. They may encounter romantic rapport if it happens naturally, especially in the seventh and twelfth Chinese lunar months. They will have a happy ending if they seize the right opportunities. This may be a perfect time to test the Monkey’s organization and communicative skills as some friends may suddenly behave more bitter and jealous, leaving the Monkey disappointed and disengaged.

This year the Monkey may be faced with a close friend needing assistance; this is a great opportunity for the Monkey to utilize their innate wisdom and provide good, sound advice with their understanding nature. Similarly, when need arises and they are unsure of something, the Monkey should seek help and advice from others, as this will help solve a lot of problems this year.

The Monkeys home life will also see a great deal of activity with many Monkeys looking to achieve some ambitious projects around the household although they will need to apply good communicational skills for the smooth transition of their plans. Travel is also a good activity for the Monkey this year and any Monkeys who have been looking to take a trip somewhere in particular should try to achieve this if possible. Remember, early planning can help the Monkey to achieve a lot.

Monkeys should rest more, take frequent naps and pay close attention to their health. They can adopt a moderate exercise programme alongside a healthier diet /nutrition plan. Great attention should also be paid to food safety to avoid illness. This is a year of risks, especially traffic accidents. They should keep in mind traffic safety as they go about their daily routine, and never take risks. Monkeys will suffer from minor illnesses; however, they will not come to much harm if they are careful. If they take their medicine, the symptoms will lessen. The Monkey needs to take care of their health, especially their nervous system. The outlook for Monkey’s health may be worse in the fourth and tenth Chinese lunar months

Overall, 2016 will be an exciting and eventful year for the Monkey with lots to see and do. Some care and caution is warranted when dealing with finances and health concerns.

Monkeys are in affinity with the Snake. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Snake or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Snake with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini



2016 Dragon's Predictions for the Rooster







Born: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

Lucky Numbers: 2, 6

Lucky Colours: Grey, Brown, Red, Orange

The year of the Fire Monkey begins on the 8th February 2016. People born under the sign of the Rooster have much improved luck compared to last year. But it will still be a somewhat demanding year with certain areas requiring care.

The Rooster likes to plan ahead and be in the know about of what is going on around them. Many changes this year could make them uneasy. The Rooster should realize that not all transformations are bad however; some can pave the way to promising opportunities and good things to come.

Similarly, many happenings in 2016 may seem gloomy to the Rooster although they can still turn things around and use it to their advantage. There will be certain modifications taking place at Rooster’s work place as the year progresses, things like new staff and new procedures; the Rooster will need to adapt to these changes at an early stage in order to keep up with new developments.

The Rooster should concentrate on the task at hand this year and make sure to not lose sight of the main goal. If offered the chance to train for a new position, the Rooster should seize this opportunity as this could bring amazing results in future years.

It is a good time to excel in academics or career. Roosters who are feeling unfulfilled in their present position and those looking for new employment will have many opportunities available to them in 2016. They should utilize their contacts by informing them of their job search, as well as, keep an eye on any openings in different fields in their company or elsewhere. They should not discount retraining for the new position that could prove invaluable down the line.

The first few months of the Year of the Monkey will be an extremely auspicious time for the Rooster’s finances; nevertheless, the Rooster should consider setting up a budget in anticipation of a rainy day. Roosters will be glad to have set aside some money earlier on with many unexpected expenditures and general purchases cropping up later on in the year. For some Roosters 2016 will be a year of great agitation hidden under a mask of perfect happiness. Finances issues could even jeopardize or question the course of their career. Also, when entering contract or signing paperwork, the Rooster should carefully read through terms and conditions and make certain that they fully understand what they are signing. Professional advice can help the Rooster with good financial decisions.

Fortunately, there is no health threat for the Rooster sign this year. The Rooster needs to take time to relax however, and reserve some time to enjoy the things that make them fulfilled. It is always a good habit to get some exercise and adopt a healthier diet, if the Rooster has not done so already, as this will prove to be a great investment in their future well-being. Moreover, the Rooster needs to reserve some time for fun activities or a plan a trip with the family this year. By taking better care and preserving their energies, Roosters can reap full benefits of their efforts.

At any rate, the Rooster’s first priority during 2016 should be to care for the well-being of their family and home. The Monkey year being predictably busy, there is risk of the Rooster neglecting their home life without even realising it. The Rooster will need to practise good communicational skills with other family members this year especially when unexpected expenditures due to broken equipment or other household repairs arise. To avoid undue stress, the Rooster should check over the home and make sure everything is as it should be and take care to servicing overdue items. Unexpected repairs and purchases can lead to nice upgrades this year.

During the 2016 year when facing difficulties, Roosters must refrain, as much as possible, from giving in to anger. It might be a good idea to take the help of a few alternative healing techniques to reduce the stress. Also, whenever the Rooster gets into an argument with close family member they should rely on their own observations rather than listening to advice from the outside.

The Rooster’s social life meanwhile will bring plenty of joy to their life and it can be a welcome break from the stresses of the year. There will be opportunities for the Rooster to meet new people and form good friendships as the year goes on. Single Roosters with a partner in mind will have success; they could find love through a contact of theirs.

Roosters are in affinity with the Dragon. For their protection, Roosters should have a key chain pendant of a Dragon or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Dragon with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini



2016 Dragon's Predictions for the Dog







Born: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Lucky Numbers: 4

Lucky Colours: Green

The year of the Fire Monkey begins on the 8th February 2016. People born under the sign of the Dog will have a challenging but not altogether bad time this year. Dogs need to be cautious in all matters, particularly in wealth and business. They should trust their natural instincts so as to put this to good use in the year of the Monkey. Remember- if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

The Dog’s horoscope in 2016 foretells that they will have a chance to live life the way they want it this year. Dogs may find themselves too preoccupied with other issues to have much time for romance; however, they need to put in a little extra effort to liven up the existing relationship. Moreover, they should not let fights with their spouse spoil their marriage.

The Dog’s perseverance and dedication will be the secret to their success. Dogs should not discount potential opportunities if they are single. Any Dogs who have recently suffered sorrow or heartbreak should be encouraged in knowing that the Monkey year furthers change, motivation and a positive mood. Indeed, 2016 could be a promising year for the Dog provided they stay motivated.

In 2016 the Dogs that smartly utilize their skills and talents will receive appropriate recognition from their peers. Dogs that are well established in their current positions should therefore seize all opportunities to be involved in different areas and to gain promotions or assume larger responsibilities in their work place. One proviso, all the Dog’s career decisions will have to be made with a calm and clear mind. The Dog who is established in a large company could be offered a transfer to another branch this year. They should welcome the recommendation; but they should first discuss this with close family members to avoid potential problems.

Any Dogs who wants a change and feel that they would be better suited in another company or ones seeking new employment should find that Monkey years favour self-development. Once they set the wheel in motion and begin making enquiries many good positions could soon be well within their reach. Employment agencies can also be very beneficial to the Dog this year; they should sign up and stay up to date with progress. The Dog would be wise to dedicate some time to networking as this could lead to recommendations and recognition in their work.

Mostly, 2016 is a time of instability regarding the life of the Dog. They are usually more at ease in a home environment. Normally happy and comfortable in their job, Dogs don't like to stray too far from their home. But this year is special and, following good news, they shall encounter new and joyful adventures outside of their perimeter. One stipulation is required; that they make sure they monitor their savings and expenses.

Indeed, the Dog’s finances will require some care as 2016 is poised to be an expensive year for them. A Dog who decides to relocate or finalise the stages of moving into a new home in the year of the Monkey will have to budget carefully. Even for those that are staying put there will be requirements for upgrades and repairs to the home which could use a lot of funds. These expenditures and upgrades will go smoothly if they talk things over first with other household members. The Dog’s opinion and help will be valued by others this year and they can enjoy a good rapport in the home. The Dog will delight in all the support in different areas of their life they will receive from family, friends and co-workers.

The Dog will need to give some consideration to their personal well-being this year and should consider dedicating some time to an exercise programme and healthier eating. If the Dog is lacking motivation or energy they will have to take time out to recharge their batteries, as there is a risk of overworking and suffering minor illnesses in the year of the Monkey. Personal interests and hobbies are typically a vital part of the Dog’s life and can bring a lot of joy and relaxation. The Dog should allocate some time to pursuing these and other new interests as it can excel to levels higher than expected in the year of the Monkey.

Travel is also looking to be very promising for the Dog this year and they should set aside some money for this. The Dog will still be able to enjoy their money and can make some good purchases when they shop around for a better price.

Dogs are sociable in nature and like to frequently spend time with close circle of friends. They should be open to the idea of meeting new people, however, as some new acquaintances could end up becoming quite significant later on in the year. Furthermore, any Dogs who have suffered recent upset, could find their spirits uplifted through interaction with fresh contacts, especially single Dogs.

Overall, 2016 is looking to be a productive and encouraging year for the Dog with some good memories in store. Even though things might not really live up to their expectations, Dogs find consolation by spending quality time with new and influential friends, or enjoying family gatherings during the week-ends.

Dogs are in affinity with the Rabbit. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Rabbit or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Rabbit with them at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini



2016 Dragon's Predictions for the Pig








Born: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Lucky Numbers: 4

Lucky Colours: Green

The year of the Monkey began on the 8th February 2016. People born under the sign of the pig have a slight improvement in luck from the previous year. Wealth luck is stable, life and personal hobbies and interests are favorable.

The Pig is very clear about their goals and provided they work hard and face the challenges in their life with optimism and independence, they should succeed in all their endeavours. There are a few other requirements to the Pig’s success in 2016: the Pig should prioritize their personal interests rather than just rushing in to it. The Pig may also encounter delays throughout the year of the Monkey and they will need to be able to work around any interruptions in order to achieve their goals. The Pig is quick-witted and will be able to adapt to new situations although the year of the Monkey will still be a year of care.

The Pig’s work life can see a lot of activity, new staff and lot of changes in the workplace in 2016. Fresh routines and all these modifications can provide the Pig with many prospects. Those Pigs that are looking to advance in their career should stay alert for the internal jobs, seize the initiative and the opportunity to take on greater responsibilities and move to a new area of their work if need be. Pigs who are looking to change careers, as well as those looking for new employment in general should utilize employment agencies and websites.

The Pig runs the risk of being disappointed by others during the year of the Monkey and there may be times when they forget that others are not as motivated as they are, which can, in turn, be a downer. The Pig will still get a lot of support from colleagues during the year of the Monkey although they need to accept that not everyone is as hard working.

The Pig will have a good financial year and will want to make the most of their money by attending events, buying new equipment and making upgrades in their home and other areas of their life, all of which will require fastidious planning. Periodically in 2016 some unexpected expenditures may crop up but the Pig’s financial proficiency will alleviate lot of the stresses. The Pig should have no trouble in obtaining the necessary funding for all these projects; nevertheless, some caution and discretion is warranted and they need to shop around before making any commitment as they could save a good sum and avoid disappointment later on if they find it at cheaper price. As good as their finances are this is not the time for the Pig to make fast business transactions or obtain purchases in haste.

The year of the Monkey will be a somewhat demanding time for the Pig and they will need to make sure that this does not adversely affect their home life. Leisure activities will be beneficial for the Pig this year and they should utilize their talents and skills and dedicate some time to their personal hobbies. Benefiting from the Monkey year’s influence, this will bring lots of joy and relaxation to the Pig, furthering their interests to much higher levels. In addition, these hobbies will bring about opportunities to meet likeminded people, enlarging their circle of friends. However it’s imperative that the Pig allocate equal leisure time to spend with their family or they could find problems arising if they are too preoccupied with their personal interests. More often than usual necessary repairs and replacements in and around the home could be the basis for all that tension. Pigs need to be mindful therefore of this fact and not take it out on other members of the household. Good communication with other members of their family should help. Also, consider taking a trip if finances and time permits it, as travel is highly favoured in Monkey years.

Single Pigs can have a lot of opportunities to find a love which can become significant as the year progresses. They may be involved in a highly passionate and sexually stimulating relationship. When in love, the Pig will look at the year of the Monkey In a completely different way. Female Pigs can get an occasional windfall in the romance department due to a lucky star, but it is imperative they control their emotions. Relationship entanglements could be a sticking point however, and the Pigs should shun them to avoid unwarranted trouble.

The Pig that is in a dissatisfactory relationship must persevere and opt for comfort and security rather than consider a break-up; in the end they will be rewarded for their courage and loyalty. Those that are not in a relationship should be warned that most new potential mates are unsuitable this year.

Overall, this will be a demanding year for the Pig although they should find that the stresses and struggles of the year are not as bad as it could be and can even be minimized with the right attitude.

Pigs are in affinity with the Tiger. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Tiger or a Gold plated Chinese Animal protection Talisman of a Tiger with you at all times.

Have a fantastic year of the Monkey.

Fini







Have A Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Dragon’s General Predictions for the Year of the Monkey- 2016

Dragon’s General Predictions for the Year of the Monkey- 2016






The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey began on February 8, 2016, on the second New Moon after the Solstice. The Monkey is the 9th animal in the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Predictions for the year are made in accordance with the characteristics of the animal that rules the year. For instance, the main attributes of the Monkey are intelligence, wit and inventiveness. Monkeys have irrepressible curiosity and creative energy; they are certainly playful and youthful in nature with minds free from any inhibitions and guilt. They are also problem solvers, working within a group while simultaneously demonstrating an independent streak associated with all achievers. Being a sly and opportunistic tactician, they tend to be untrustworthy. Though worshiped to some extent by the Buddhists, the Monkey is generally regarded as the emblem of trickery: for the youthfulness of the Monkey conceals the unscrupulous adolescent, and the eccentric nature can suddenly turn into unlawfulness. Henceforth, this year will reward individual effort and those who place their trust in the group or collective might face disappointment.







From a Feng Shui point of view, the Fire Monkey Years have both Metal and Water elements. Metal is linked to gold. Water is associated with the characteristics of wisdom and danger; with this in mind we can safely predict that there will be a certainty of volatility within the financial markets.

On the whole 2016 will see a big slide in the world economy. The global economic situation will be dreadful, as lots of companies will go bankrupt. Postponement of crucial financial decisions is therefore recommended. The year will be marked with unpredictable changes and, or, sudden stimulus. Even though the Year of Monkey will be an energetic, optimistic and progressive year with potential growth in real-estate, finances and politics, there will also be unpleasant side effects of uncertainty and the prevalent undercurrent of deceit dogging the year. Be warned that many businesses will apply the shrewdest angle and structure their transactions for the greatest gain. Problems abound, politically, financially, professionally, domestically or emotionally, nothing should be taken for granted. 







The Monkey is alert, smart, wily and devious and so outwitting the Monkey will be one way to assure a good return on financial investments. Keep in mind that metal is also connected to the Wind and that implies quick change. The positive and negative characteristics of the Monkey meanwhile translate into “anything is possible” in 2016.

Those looking to grow families or resolve questions of the heart shouldn't wait. The Year of the Monkey favors falling in love and is also considered a good year for procreating. Babies born at this time will be regarded as very hardworking and lucky.

Some may even profess that there’s little point in being prepared, as the influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. All the same, careful planning and prudence have always been a good rule of thumb, where possible, when bearing in mind finances, career, and social endeavors this year. Increased communication, humor and wit will, meanwhile, help resolve the stress of these times. 







On the individual level it is best to move forward, make strides, and embrace what may lie ahead. The Year of the Monkey 2016 is a time for risky business, and herein lays the seeds of unplanned success. Run with ideas, embrace the change, be creative and don’t look back. The Year of the Monkey is a particularly auspicious time for new inventions and taking risks. It’s a year where agile, inventive minds, sheer guts and bravado will win out in the end. Only be on the lookout for deceptions. Those who can persevere and outsmart the trickster Monkey will succeed, sure enough, but those who are dull or slow witted, who can’t handle the stress, will go down.

Naturally with so much ambiguity in this year one needs to incorporate some form of regular physical activity (such as workouts, swimming, yoga, water aerobics, dance, martial arts, team sports, tennis or long walks), adopt a sound diet and a healthy lifestyle. After all, the body was designed to move and stress should to be burned off.





Chinese New Year's Day Taboos



(Things to avoid on Chinese New Year)

-Avoid using knives and scissors on the first day of the Chinese New Year. Put them away and out of sight. It’s self explanatory really; besides the possibility of accidents that would lead to inauspicious things, it also means cutting your wealth.

­- No Killing things: Blood is considered an ill omen which will cause misfortunes such as a knife wound, or a bloody disaster.

- Do not vacuum or use the broom: If you sweep on this day then your wealth will be swept away too.

­-Money should not be lent on New Year’s Day, and all debts should be paid prior to New Year’s Eve. If there is someone who owes you money, do not go to his or her home to demand it or you’ll bring misfortune on yourself and your luck will suffer the rest of the year.

-An empty rice jar or a depleted supply is considered to be an ill omen.

-No Porridge for breakfast; as it is considered poor people’s food, therefore is a bad omen for the start the year.

-Hair must not be washed on the first day of the lunar year. In the Chinese language, hair has the same pronunciation and character as 'fa' in facai , which means ’to become wealthy’. Therefore, it would mean, “washing one’s fortune away”.

-Avoid washing clothes on the first and second day, because these two days are celebrated as the birthday of Shuishen (the Water God).

- Wearing threadbare items can cause more bad luck for the year.

- White or black clothes are barred, as these two colours are traditionally associated with mourning.

-Do not give gifts of clocks, watches, scissors or pears at New Year’s as they all have a bad meaning.

-If possible avoid taking any medicine on the first day of the lunar year, for it means one will need it for the whole year.

-A woman may not leave her house; otherwise she will be plagued with bad luck for the entire coming year. A married daughter is not allowed to visit the house of her parents, as this is believed to bring bad luck to the parents, causing economic hardship for the family.

- No crying children- The cry of a child is believed to bring bad luck to the family, so parents do their best to keep children as happy as possible.

-Having your pocket picked is believed to portend your whole wealth being stolen in the coming year.

-Traditionally its best to stay up late on New Year’s Eve to welcome the New Year, and then to make noise and let off firecrackers and fireworks to scare off inauspicious spirits and Nian, the New Year monster.





Some important people born in the Year of the Monkey


Leonardo da Vinci, Federico Fellini, Pope John Paul II, Harry S. Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Milton, Paul Gauguin, Lyndon B. Johnson, Nelson Rockefeller, Charles Dickens, Arthur Hailey, Queen Sirkit of Thailand, Amadeo Modigliani, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Danny De Vito, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jacques Tati, Salvador Allende, Simone de Beauvoir, Gustav Mahler, Annie Oakley, Charlie Parker, Howard Cosell, Isaac Stern, Macauley Culkin, Aubrey Beardsley,Fran├žois Truffaut, Elizabeth Taylor,Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Mel Gibson, James Stewart, Omar Sharif, Anouk Aimee, Peter O’Toole, Louis Malle and Little Richard.




Have a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.



Note: The next post will be the predictions for all animal horoscopes for the Year of the Monkey, 2016



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