What to expect in Year of the Water Snake

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Posted at Jan 31 2013 12:01 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2013 06:42 PM

Joseph Chau Kam Shing
MANILA, Philippines -- Feng shui master Joseph Chau Kam Shing gave his annual predictions for the upcoming Chinese New Year, which starts next month.

Chau, who has been practicing feng shui for over 30 years, has been personally involved in Mandarin Oriental Manila’s annual celebrations to welcome the new lunar year and other feng shui-related events since 2000.

According to Chau, the Year of the Yin Water Snake is a time of “challenges” and “conflicts.” Couples planning a wedding this year may want to postpone the date to next year.

Lucky colors for the year are gold, silver, white, beige, yellow, brown and red, while the unlucky colors are green, black, grey and blue.

Here are his forecast highlights for the upcoming year:

Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

People born in the year of the Snake will suffer inauspicious and difficult periods from time to time throughout the year. However, financially, it is a fortunate year for Snakes; they will have satisfactory stable incomes but never from gambling. Money comes from all sources, but it is easy come and easy go. It is not a good time to develop another new investment or business expansion. They have to watch their expenses to avoid being over budget.

They also have to pay attention to the relationships with their father, partners, friends and brothers or sisters. In doing business, it is important to have contracts in black and white to avoid any conflicts or regrets in the future.

Love affairs are in the flat line. They should not expect too much or they will be disappointed. Lovers should be patient and avoid being over-emotional with each other.

On health, Snakes should pay special attention to road safety, stay away from sharp objects and beware of problems with the liver, heart, high blood pressure and cardiovascular system. They have to watch their diet and do more proper exercise.

Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)

This is a challenging year for Horses. They will face many problems and obstacles within the year. It is important that they do not act rashly and blindly when handling their work or business.
Financially, it is in the flat line and money is easy come and easy go. They should be extremely careful in handling their expenses.

On love affairs, single Horses will have many chances to fall in love with the opposite gender. However, married Horses should be cool-headed and keep away from temptation; they have to be especially cautious in the lunar months of February, March, April, July, October and November.

On health, Horses should not over-indulge in sensual pursuits or their health condition will be badly affected. With the existence of the Sickness Star under the sign, they will easily get sick, so they should pay special attention to their diet and hygiene.

Goat (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991)

This is a good year for Goats and their fortune will see some improvement. That means Goats will have more opportunities in career or business development. It is important that they work hard if they wish to make important breakthroughs in their career since the presence of the two lucky stars shines brightly upon the Goats. Financially, it is lucky for Goats to start a new business and expand or explore their business.

On love affairs, because of the presence of lucky stars, Goats will enjoy good relations with others and romantic sparks with the opposite gender are ignited easily. However, they should not be double-minded; otherwise they will end up isolated or with regrets.

On health, due to the appearance of the unlucky stars within the sign, Goats must pay attention to their diet and hygiene to avoid sickness. It is most important that they exercise more and sleep earlier to avoid exhaustion. Elderly Goats have to pay attention to their blood pressure and back pain. The young generation must pay attention to road safety and watch the health of the eldest member in their family.

Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)

This is a compatible and conflicted year for Monkeys. They have to be careful in handling their business and work cautiously to avoid acting rashly. They must check and read carefully especially when they sign contracts—it is the only way to avoid being cheated by others or falling into a money trap. It is important that they keep in mind that “to be a winner, they have to work patiently and in a persistent way so that they will enjoy the fruitful results at the end.”

Financially, money luck is pretty good. They will surely have good profits in return.

On love affairs, Monkeys will enjoy good relations with others and get along well with friends and clients. They will easily get romantically involved with the opposite gender and romantic sparks are easily ignited. However, married Monkeys should keep away from temptation to avoid extramarital affairs, or they will suffer a separation.

On health, due to the appearance of the unlucky stars under the sign, Monkeys have to pay special attention to their diet to avoid digestive and stomach problems. Married ladies will have the chance to get pregnant, but they should be careful of their diet and pay special attention to their health to avoid miscarriage.

Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

The Rooster is compatible with the Snake this year. Their fortune will be better than last year and many opportunities are open for them. But they should not look for fast success or take any shortcuts at work. Businessmen should handle their work cautiously and consider their actual economic situation before they act; otherwise they will burden their debts if they make the wrong decisions.

Financially, it is stable and promising. They should consider buying property this year if they are able. It is important that they do not borrow money from others.

Love affairs are not too stable. Single Roosters should not expect too much this year; however, they should not be too disappointed. They will have a very good romantic year in the year of the Horse next year and will be sure to have a chance to get married. Married Roosters should keep away from temptation; otherwise they will face many problems that will affect both their family life and career.

On health, with the presence of the Sickness Star under the sign, they have to pay special attention to their hygiene and diet. Apart from this, they should make sure that they have enough rest and relax more.

Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

Luck of the Dog is much improved and smoother this year. It is a good year for them to exhibit their talents both at work and business. They should consider exploring their business in overseas markets. It is certain that they will have abundant profits in return, especially if they were born in either the autumn or winter season. Working employees will have the chance to get a promotion or migrate abroad.

Financially, it is smooth and promising. But they have to handle their wealth with extra care so that they will not be easily lost. It is important that that they are not too greedy, otherwise the loss will outweigh the gain.

On love affairs, this is a romantic year for Dogs but they should not over-indulge to prevent serious troubles later on. Single Dogs will have a chance to meet their dream lover and end up getting married.

Because of the influence of the unlucky stars, their health is seriously affected and vulnerable. So, they have to beware of their diet and hygiene. They have to pay attention to their personal safety to avoid accidents. It is important that they avoid any dangerous sports especially in the lunar months of March, July, September and October.

Pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

Pigs are directly clashing with the Snake this year. It is not the right time for Pigs to start their own business or have a business expansion. If they do so, they must consider it cautiously.

Financially, it is a fluctuating year for Pigs. Things will not be so smooth. Money luck is easy come and easy go. They have to be careful in handling their money matters to avoid financial problems.

On love affairs, this is not a fortunate year for Pigs in romance.

And on health, they should try to have enough rest to avoid exhaustion and try their best to give up their bad habits like smoking and alcohol. Pay attention to road safety and industrial accidents. It is crucial that they avoid going to funerals and having too much nightlife. They have to watch out for their diet, blood pressure, heart, respiratory system and digestive problem.

Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996)

This is a flat year for Rats. However, the characteristics of Rats are very strong. They can survive in the worst situations and they are flexible to cope with sudden change in any circumstance. People like them very much because they are positive and enthusiastic.

Financially, it is good and beneficial. Wealth comes from the proper means but they have to keep a close eye on their spending. Don’t be too greedy. They have to know when to advance and retreat.

On love affairs, it is weak. The romantic star is dim. Moreover, married Rats have to maintain their relationship closely and keep away from temptation to avoid extramarital affairs. They have to be cautious in the lunar months of January, May and September.

On health, Rats have to keep in mind that the Chinese motto says, “Sickness comes in through the mouth.” They have to pay special attention to their diet, hygiene and digestive problems, especially the eldest Rats.

Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

This is a fluctuating year for Oxen. They will experience many problems and obstacles in their work progress which brings them a lot of pressure and stress at work. Therefore to be a winner, Oxen must be patient and be humble to face their challenges. They have to observe the whole situation of the market trend before they act.

Financially, even though this is a tough year for Oxen, they will have pretty good profits in return from their hard work and investments. It is important that they refuse being a guarantor for friends to avoid creating problems.

On love affairs, they should keep away from temptation and not be double-minded; otherwise they will destroy both their career and financial luck. Love and romance for the dating lovers is dim. They should reach a common understanding to avoid quarrels.

On health, there is a tendency to have sudden anxiety. It is not lucky for them to travel this year. They have to beware of their liver and lung problems.

Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

Tigers are in conflict with the Snake this year, so the luck of the Tigers is affected. It is rough and tough. It is not a good year for starting a new business or for a business expansion. They have to be cautious when handling their work and business. But luck of the Tigers will be able to change from bad luck into good fortune. With their strength and hard work, they can be successful and avoid a sudden fall.

Financially, with the existence of the unlucky star in the life cycle, money is easy come and easy go. They should learn the Chinese habit of saving money for a rainy day. They should not be too greedy or they will put themselves into a jeopardized situation. They should not be overly trustful of others and they should not be a guarantor for friends and relatives.

On love affairs, the romantic star shines bright. Single Tigers will have the chance to meet people of the opposite gender and sparks are easily ignited. They will enjoy a smooth-sailing relationship. If they are born in the lunar April, May and June, they will have the possibility of getting married in the end of the year. Married couples should be ready for a newborn baby to come into the family.

With the existence of the Sickness Star hidden under the sign, they have to take good care of their health. They should pay attention to their diet and hygiene. Don’t eat too much deep-fried food. They have to do more exercise and get enough rest.

Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

This is a busy year for Rabbits. Working employees will have the opportunity to change jobs or receive a promotion. Businessmen should go out for a business trip. Students will be able to get excellent results in their academic studies. However, they have to be careful when handling their relationships with people. It is important to know that victory or defeat will lie in the relations with others.

Financially, Rabbits will have pretty good incomes this year. Moreover, they will have the chance to be in partnerships with others, but they have to keep in mind that everything should be in black and white on documents to avoid problems that may happen in the future.

On love affairs, it is a fluctuating year for Rabbits. Lovers should be patient with each other to reach a mutual understanding. However, married Rabbits should keep away from temptation or they will face many problems to come. Single Rabbits should be alert to avoid falling into love traps.

On health, it tends to get problematic easily. Rabbits should have enough rest and relax more to avoid a breakdown from mental and physical exhaustion. They have to pay close attention to the safety of their house to avoid robbery.

Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Dragons are slightly conflicted with the Snake this year. It is most important that they keep calm and be patient to avoid being over-emotional or they will easily get into trouble. They have to keep a low profile and try to build up good interpersonal relationships with others to avoid isolation.

Financially, it is good and they will have a stable income. They can get reasonable profits from their suitable investments but never from speculative investments and gambling.

On love affairs, this is a fortunate year for Dragons because the romantic star is shining brightly. They can get along extra well with people of the opposite gender with a potential of love blossoming. It is lucky for single Dragons to plan their marriage if they have been dating for a certain period of time. For those who are still single, they will have an opportunity to open up a new chapter of their love life and bear fruits of love.

On health, with the existence of the antagonistic stars under the sign, they will suffer from health problems. They have to relax more and should get enough rest. They have to be cautious in the lunar months of February, April, May, June, July and September.