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By: Ting-Foon Chik, 
Chinese Astrology & Feng Shui 
(@fengshuifoon, www.fengshuibritain.co.uk)

Ting-Foon Chik is a Chinese astrologer and international feng shui master. Foon studied, and continues to learn the art of Chinese astrology, under the auspices of Master Joseph Yu, the founder of the world renowned Feng Shui Research Center with a global reach of more than 50 countries.

This year Lunar New Year celebrations start the night before the new moon on the 16th of February. All over the world, people will be celebrating the start of the lunar Year of the Dog. Did you know that the Chinese calendar has a solar new year as well as a lunar new year? The Solar Year of the Dog starts on February 4th.

Astrologers and feng shui masters use the Solar New Year on February 4th to note the change of luck. A new year brings new luck.

How will the year of the Earth Dog, 2018, be for you?

Find your zodiac year animal sign and check out your year ahead.

1RAT   1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

When the Dog is ruling the year, it brings you opportunities to win friends and influence people. If you have been staying in the background, it’s time for you to be bold about stepping out and making an impact in the world. Being aware of the political maneuvers of those in the corridors of power means you can navigate through tricky situations. Be prepared to go back and forth a few times to negotiate a deal which is win-win. Use some of your Rat charms when others are being insistent, and persuade them gently. Organising your time with your beloved might seem to be a little complicated because you have a busy schedule. Being comfortable in your own company and enjoying yourself will mean you have a lot to talk about when you’re together. September is a lucky month for romance. Spending on health and well-being is a worthwhile investment. Your Rat personality is shrewd around finances, and you love a bargain. Remember to get value for money rather than focusing on cutting costs.

2BUFFALO/ OX  1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Collaborating with others is far better than petty competition. Still, it would be wise to watch out for those who are being over-friendly because their smiles might be a cover for a sinister plot. You don’t believe in working to a hidden agenda, yet others might be doing just that. Be careful of who you trust without letting them get any idea that you have suspicions about their motives. The middle of the year brings joyful events. When good fortune is around, your Ox personality counts your blessings. Spread around some of your feel good vibrations with those who need some of your down-to-earth advice. Volunteering to do good deeds, or popping some change into a charity tin, leave you feeling upbeat. Most of the time you like to let your other half do things their way, yet you’re going to stand firm on a practical matter. Think about how you can give way on something else and convince them that they talked you into it.

3TIGER   1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

What would you do if you won the lottery? Wait, this is not a prediction! It’s a question you want to ask yourself about your dreams for the year ahead. Your Tiger personality enjoys pursuing your goals with a lot of enthusiasm. Before you get ready for your adventures in Dog year, think about what you want to do, who you want to do it with, and when you are going to do it. There are many things that money can buy, and there are some things which enrich your life without you reaching for your wallet.  Take a view of professional and personal plans and how you want to balance the different areas of your life. Are you going to chase after success in your career? Do you want to carve out more time for relaxation? Planning your time and your finances will give you a feeling of control over your own destiny. If you want to win the lottery, remember to buy a ticket.

4CAT/ RABBIT     1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Do you want to be more charismatic? During this Dog year, you’ll find yourself in situations where others are drawn towards you, without you having to do anything different. When you’re naturally alluring, you’ll find new admirers vying for your attention. If you’re an unattached Rabbit make the most of these flirtatious moments. Paired-off Rabbits, you might find that your beloved will want to shower you with more affection if you’re being noticed by strangers. In business and career, it works to your advantage if you’re attracting the sort of people who can help you grow professionally. Dog years usually bring opportunities for Rabbits to enhance your reputation or to see improvements in your financial situation. When luck is on your side, you still want to keep doing those things you normally do to keep moving forward.

5DRAGON 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

When the Dog rules the year, do not be surprised when life is disrupted by changes. Are you instigating some of the changes yourself? If you have plans to move house, or to change jobs then be prepared to be patient. Resist the temptation to compare your life to what’s happening to others. More often, than not, you don’t get to witness their emotional upheavals. In those moments when you feel a little baffled by the course of events, remember that things will work out in the end. There’s a part of your Dragon personality that rather enjoys the thrill of the unexpected. Choose to be open to learning through some unconventional experiences. In matters of the heart, think over your words before speaking them. Some careful communications will mean that misunderstandings can be overcome or even avoided.

6SNAKE 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Following through on your creative ideas brings you a sense of accomplishment. During this Dog year, it serves you well to be quite practical in your thinking. Be mindful not to over-think about situations and the people involved. You have your own plans, and other people have theirs. If it works well for you to be doing something together then you know you can make it happen. If others have their own ideas, do you want to get involved? Spending time with your family and friends brings you a lot of pleasure. Give encouragement to close ones who are looking for a boost in morale. You inspire them to do greater things when you set an example with what you’re doing, rather than just talking about it. When it comes to your love life, plan some trips to inspiring new places. Sharing new experiences together strengthens the bonds in your relationship.

7HORSE  1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Are you galloping into Dog year? Many of those born under the sign of the Horse like to be quick off the mark and to dash for the finishing line. Take some time to pause and reflect on your journey in 2017, and to be clear about the goals you’re pursuing in 2018. The Dog ruling the year brings you allies. Re-invigorate existing ties and make some new connections. Choose to surround yourself with inspiring people. Great company brings out the best in your Horse personality. When making financial decisions, take some time to weigh your options. Slow down before you sign on the dotted line or hand over your cash. The energies of the Dog remind you of the importance of friendship. At the same time, you want to keep an eye on those who might be faking affection. Lessons in life are not always taught in the classroom. New experiences lead you to discover you have some hidden talents. Put them to good use.

8GOAT    1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Thinking before speaking comes naturally to your Goat personality. You lift the atmosphere with your thoughtful words. During Dog year, there are going to be occasions where you say it best by saying nothing at all. When you don’t reveal too much about what’s on your mind, you gain insights into how those around you are seeing the same situation. Speak up when the time is right. Borrow some of the ‘guard dog’ qualities and be vigilant. Some people hide jealous eyes behind a smiling mask. It’s not your style to remove their masks. You’ll have far more fun waiting to see when they drop their façade. In matters of the heart, speaking sooner rather than later will make life easier. You know how to present a difficult conversation as a cozy chat. Seeking out the best deal when it comes to making a major purchase will take time. You’re going to persevere until you find something just right!

9MONKEY  1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Do you have travel plans for 2018? The Dog ruling the year leads you towards heading overseas. Going to new places, meeting new people, tasting different foods opens your mind. You get to know yourself on a deeper level when you step out of familiar surroundings. Your inner world is full of resources you have yet to fully utilize. Tap into the power of your unconscious mind and explore your thoughts and philosophies about life. A small shift in your approach to romantic relationships leads to greater joy. Do you want to be more sentimental? Talking about your feelings, both positive and negative, builds a deeper, more satisfying connection. If you’re an unattached Monkey, prepare for romance. Dress to impress and put on a big smile. Being careful with your money means you’ll have something in the bank for unexpected spending.

10ROOSTER 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

How was your own year, Rooster year, in 2017? Did you take time to take stock of your life? Introspection gives you some insights into how you truly feel about events. Quite often it makes sense not to dwell on what happened. You would gain from understanding the lessons learned from how well something turned out, or how you can do better next time. A new year is a good time to make a fresh start. You want to let go of those things which no longer suit you, yet it’s important for you to accept that you went through that part of the journey. Looking ahead, what do you want for you in Dog year? Do you want to learn new skills? For career advancement or for the fun of discovering more about the world? In relationships, are you enjoying the time you spend together? If you’re seeking new love in 2018, the summer months, especially June could prove to be thrilling. In money matters, if you look after the cents, you’ll find it easy to look after the dollars.

11DOG  1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

This is your year, Dog year. Some astrologers say that encountering your own sign is not such a great thing. Meeting your own sign is a time for you to get to know yourself a little better and to be more loving to all the different parts of your Dog personality. Be aware of how you can learn and grow from dealing with tricky characters you encounter this year. If you get a sense of déjà vu, could it be that a lesson is being repeated because there’s something else you need to learn? Be open to making new discoveries about yourself, and others. What seems challenging in the beginning could turn out to be an opportunity for you to unearth a new talent. In your romantic life, remember to cherish the simple moments of good companionship. When it comes to financial decisions, take time to compare all the options open to you. Dog year is your year to be your own best friend.

12PIG    1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Big plans are on your mind. Self-discipline means you’ll get organized and do the things you need to do. Take some time to plot out all the steps you want to take in 2018. Remember to be patient with yourself, and others, when things don’t go according to plan. You’ll soon get back on track because you know that it takes determination to make things happen. When you have a sense that you’re moving ahead one step at a time, you’ll know that success is around the corner. Life would not be nearly as interesting if you didn’t encounter some trials and tribulations. You get a greater sense of satisfaction when a victory is hard-won. Stay in control of finances and keep a close eye on expenditure to help you feel that money is a source of joy. Be mindful of trying to win arguments with your other half, when it would be wiser to let them win because it’s far more important to them than it is to you. Choosing not to be right will work some magic.