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With Lips Gone, Teeth are exposed to Cold

With Lips Gone, Teeth are exposed to Cold

(From: Spring and Autumn Annals)

 Re-written by BoSt

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Long ago, Duke Xian of the state of Jin wished to expand his realm and power; the Duke hence, bade Xun Xi to launch an expedition against the powerful State of Guo. The great distance however was of some concern and the campaign’s success depended on traversing the State of Yu. At the time there was a tentative alliance with Yu so Duke Xian asked Xun Xi for his counsel on this matter.

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“In order to secure Duke Yu’s promise to let our army pass …. Hmm…” Xun Xi remained hesitant for a moment, before resuming, “The surest way My Lord, would be to present Duke Yu with our Chuji Jade and good number of Quchan steeds.”

(Note: Xhuji in Xhanxi Province was famous at the time for producing excellent jade stones and Quxhan in Shanxi Province was renowned for its fine breed of horses.)

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“Is there no other way?” The Duke Xian was displeased with the suggestion. “The stone is an inherited treasure and should remain so for the next generations. And the idea of losing my steeds to that loathsome, pompous Lord is quite unacceptable. “Duke Xian grumbled, “Perchance, what if Duke Yu accepted our gift but refused our request, what then?”

Xun Xi braved Lord’s fury with this quick riposte: “Well my Lord, if Lord Yu refuses the fine gifts, we can be certain of his veiled hostility and look elsewhere for the safe passage. If however, his Lordship does accept it, we’d only be allowing his Lordship temporary custody of the treasures. What is there to be worried about?”

Duke Xian nodded with approval and soon after sent Xun Xi to the State of Yu to negotiate the army’s safe passage.  

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Xun Xi was quick to gain admittance to the Yu court.  He presented a splendid figure in his fineries holding the large precious stone before him.  Many courtiers gasped witnessing the magnificent steeds that were corralled into the courtyard, dazzling everyone. 

Duke Yu greedy for the fine gifts, was about to make the emissary of Jin Xun Xi a rash promise when one of his loyal subjects, Gong Ziyi, came forward to protest: “My Lord, I beg a private council with you, if you please.”

“What, now?” Duke Yu was annoyed.

“How preposterous an intrusion! Has propriety and good sense left Gong Ziyi” Many courtiers grumbled under their breath.

Nevertheless Guo Ziyi was a well respected, loyal minister and Lord Yu was bit intrigued. He signalled Guo to advance and gave him permission to speak his mind.

Guo Ziyi was most direct. “There shall be no promise of any kind, your Grace.” His strong, resounding voice simply ripped through the stone cold silence that had enveloped the court.

“What Yu is to Guo is like gums to the cheeks. Gums are closely related to cheeks and cheeks to gums; which is exactly the present situation of Yu in relation to Guo. As the old ancestral saying goes, ‘If the lips are gone, the teeth will be exposed to cold.’  The fact that Guo is able to exist depends on Yu while Yu’s ability to survive hinges on Guo.  This inter-dependency will be jeopardized, if we make way for Jin army, allowing Guo to perish.  Their demise will transpire in the morning to be followed by Yu in the evening.”

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Guo again spoke in good strong voice: “Why should we ever let Jin pass?  Why seek a small gain, only to harm vital interests?”

Duke Yu, however refused to listen to reason and, blinded by greed, in the end still gave the Jin army convenient access to Guo.

Thus Xun Xi attacked Guo and conquered it, and on the way back attacked Yu and conquered it too.

Xun Xi then triumphantly returned to Jin. The jade and the horses were once again restored to Duke Xian who, greatly pleased, said in good humor: “The jade remains the same, but he horses have got some more teeth!”

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Animal Predictions for 2014 – Year of the Yang Wood Horse (Jia Wu)

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Animal Predictions for 2014

Year of the Yang Wood Horse (Jia Wu) 

Chinese astrology and western astrology differ in that Chinese astrology is used as a preventive measure.  A reader has the sense that armed with this knowledge they can be joyous or cautious. They can rest easy having the tools to now control or amend the course of the forecasted events of the coming year.

Rat Portrait Framed

2014 Predictions for the Rat

The Rat will have a few ups and downs in 2014, but the good news is that all the work they’ve put in during 2013, with their career and social life in particular, could start to pay off right at the beginning of the Horse year.

In 2014 the Rat’s popularity will soar, however, they should  keep in mind that this will not be the greatest of years, as the Rat is in conflict with the  Horse.  All the same they should utilize their social skills, but only as far as good finances and solid lifestyle allows.  They should seize any advantage, as this is a great time for networking with new people and this will also be a great opportunity to foster new friends.  Keep in mind that April 2014 should be a good month for socialising. Meanwhile, existing relationships will be strengthened and the Rat will attract more good stuff if they seek and take advice from others, as well as sharing good news with those around them.

This year, the Rat would be wise not to try to go it alone or be too independent for it may lead to certain isolation especially if they do not accept the assistance or companionship available.

The Rat needs to be particularly considerate of their existing friends and family in 2014 as this year can be a great year to spend time with loved ones and to reinforce relationships.  2014 could also be a positive year for a family vacation which the Rat would do well to organise.

The Rat will need to keep an eye out for new opportunities which can help further his/her career in the coming year.   All Rats should advance their knowledge and skill during the year in order to put it to good use.

Where risks are concerned, the Rat native would be wise to weigh all the pros and cons before initiating any big decisions in their career, as there is a risk of this backfiring if it is not thought out thoroughly.  It’s also advisable to always read the small print and check over terms and conditions.  Rats should not exclude good advice from others when in doubt. Because of this the Rat must be diligent in keeping a close eye on their finances throughout the year. Therefore, it is imperative the Rats are thorough with their research when making a big investment and taking out loans. With their increased social life, it would be also wise to save whenever possible. Later on some of these savings could be used to give gifts to loved ones, go on trips and splurge on social events with friends and family. Even then the Rat should exercise caution in their spending spree and, whenever possible, seek out the best possible deals.

There may be stiff competition for the Rat who is seeking a promotion at work in 2014. This is not to say they should forgo a promotion, only that the Rat should be well aware of the opposition and study their strengths and weaknesses in order to gain the advantage over them.

2014 is a fantastic year for the Rat to acquire new skills and to further their education. It can really be of benefit to them if they are so motivated.  Some plans may go awry or be replaced entirely with new opportunities that can actually work out to the Rat’s advantage in the end.

In summary; 2014 will be a good year for the Rat to build relations and to seize good opportunities provided they keep their wits about them, focus on what really matters in life and always read the small print before signing.  This year can also be a good one for relationships for the Rat provided they follow this advice:  With the hectic schedule of studies and socialising in 2014 the Rat should reserve some time for their significant other, as there is a risk of overworking and becoming too self- absorbed therefore, through negligence,  causing the relationship to dissipate.  Alternatively, the relationship will be strengthened if they are allowed to share in Rat’s increased social life. The forecast for single Rats meanwhile is; they are poised to attract good relationships.

As a Rat you are in affinity with the Ox. For your protection, you should have a key chain pendant of an Ox with you at all times throughout the year in 2014.

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2014 Predictions for the Ox

2014 will be an eventful year for the Ox. In order to derive full benefit of the available opportunities however, they need to be both flexible and readily accommodating to all the changes right from the start of the New Year.

Career opportunities will be good and with the furthering of their career they’ll have an increased income. There are ample opportunities throughout 2014 for the Oxen that are seeking a change in their vocation. The only requisite would be that they seek a position that they are qualified for, otherwise this could easily backfire on them.

The forecast for the overall finances will be good for the Ox so long as they are careful with their spending and investments. Also they do need to be thorough with the terms and conditions and seek professional advice when making sizeable purchases if they wish to avoid the risk of unforeseen problems or hefty financial loss.

Oxen should keep an eye on their health this year: stress levels should be managed, exhaustion avoided, and they should be on the lookout for minor illnesses that could take their toll on them.  This being said, the Ox needs to stay as active as possible in the year of the Horse.  Good health could be maintained by joining a gym, adopting a moderate (regular) workout routine such as walking, cycling or jogging. A sensible diet is also an important factor in achieving a good state of fitness; the occasional fast food meal is forgiven so long as they, on average, consume healthy food.

Social life for the Ox will be particularly good this year. Increased social events shared with comrades will help strengthen bonds of friendship at present and also in the future. There will be many memorable moments to be had in 2014 and these lasting memories could bring unending joy for the Ox in years to come.  Some commemorative parties and celebrations will be in order to enumerate their successes either at home or at work.  Keep up with the championship of excellence and reap the plentiful rewards.  The Ox should remember to reserve some time to themselves so as not to tire too much and therefore become susceptible to illness.

 Family vacations will also be most beneficial in 2014 for all.

Romances are not the greatest for the Ox in the year of the Horse although this does not mean that there will be no chance of finding new relationships or strengthening existing ones.  Relations of the heart will require some diligence in 2014 and the Ox will need to stay committed to making this work if they wish to perpetuate the good rapport. If they are in a long term relationship with someone, it would be a good idea to take a romantic trip in 2014 although only if they can afford it.

Overall the year of the Horse will be a successful one for the Ox.  Oxen are in affinity with the Rat; for their protection, therefore, they should have a key chain pendant of a Rat with them at all times throughout the year.

Tiger Portrait Framed 

2014 Predictions for the Tiger

The year of the Horse will be a very fortunate year for the Tiger and they will achieve plenty in 2014. Tigers ending the year of the Snake with problems need not worry as it will be short lived and the Tiger’s luck should turn for the better as the year of the Horse progresses.  The Tiger should expend more effort into their actions during the year, however, to achieve greater success. Any and all effort will be beneficial in the long run.

Tigers looking for new employment should be well prepared for the interview and during the course of it strive to create a strong impression in order to outpace all their competition. Good news; career opportunities for the Tiger will be excellent this year and there are even predictions of them climbing the corporate ladder and achieving new connections with important people that will be instrumental in furthering their future goals. As it is the Tiger may have noticed that those in higher positions in their work have already begun placing their trust in them and assigning them more responsibility. Tigers should seize this opportunity to acquire new skills and to furthering their education. New opportunities should bring about an increased income for the Tiger in 2014. An employer’s trust in the Tiger would translate into an increased salary and a good fiscal year for the Tiger. Additionally there could be added unexpected sums of money as well down the road in the form of a gift, lottery win or other windfall. Use caution however and don’t rush out and purchase tons of lottery tickets, better to reserve those funds for practical use throughout the year.

Hobbies and new skills will be beneficial to the Tiger during the year of the Horse, particularly if they are interested in sports or fitness. The only thing is that they need to stay committed to derive greater benefits and increased levels of fitness.

The Tigers social life will be quite active throughout the year and can be a great way to celebrate their new business opportunities with friends and loved ones. The year of the Horse is a great time for the Tiger to enjoy what they already have in their life and that also includes their spouse or partners. Romance is looking very good for the Tiger in 2014 and they will have many opportunities to strengthen romantic bonds with their loved one. To enhance romance and career in 2014, they should introduce some water colours like shades of blue, black, grey in the centre of home or office. These could be in the form of an accent piece such as a doormat, rug, cushion cover, sofa throw, curtains etc.

 Single Tigers will also see a rise in interest from the opposite sex this year.

Overall, the year of the Horse is a very favourable year for the Tiger and they can accomplish a great deal this year.  Tigers are in affinity with the Pig/Boar. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Pig with them.

 Rabbit Portrait Framed

2014 Predictions for the Rabbit

The year of the Horse will be a good one for the Rabbit with many career opportunities and exciting times ahead. Their social life will be filled with numerous events which provide them with the opportunity to make new acquaintances and important connections especially in the financial sector.  The Rabbit has many skills and they will be sought after for favours during the year of the Horse. Consequently, there will be many social events for the Rabbit and there are predictions that the Rabbits would do rather well if they are organising any events this year. The only drawback is that they may get bit flustered at times with the fast paced, abundant activity of 2014. 

Career opportunities are quite favorable for the Rabbit in 2014 and typically, during the course of the year the workload could get bit too hectic for the Rabbit to handle. They should persevere, for there is a light at end of tunnel. 

Then there will be those times when it will be best to abandon the slow steady pace of work for the sake of speed in order to derive full benefit from a current situation. Overall the Rabbit should shy away from overworking, however, as this could cause a lot of undue stress.

Good fortune will smile on Rabbits that are unsatisfied in their current positions and are seeking new employment.  Key opportunities will be made available for that ideal vocation during the Horse year; however the Rabbit needs to stay finely honed in his/her job hunt for assured success.

The Rabbit’s new career opportunities and rise in income could entice them to compulsive spending. A note of caution is warranted, therefore, in order for the Rabbit to remain financially stable.

The elevated social status with its associated demands and risks could see the money leaving as soon as it manifests. Therefore Rabbits need to manage their spending well and know their limits, especially during key social events, in order to avoid any undue debts.

The forecast for Romance is good for the Rabbits, especially the single Rabbits, what with their increased social status. Rabbits that are already in a serious relationship should be wary and avoid harmless flirting however, to avoid unwarranted problems in 2014. Meanwhile, there will be many opportunities for the married Rabbit to share moments with their loved one and it would be a good idea to spend lots of time together whenever possible to strengthen existing bonds.

The Rabbit’s home life meanwhile will be rather peaceful and relaxed one this year although they will need to make sure that everyone at home has input to the important decisions as ignoring this could cause problems. Furthermore, Rabbits need to spend a lot of quality time sharing family activities such as a day excursion, a short jaunt or a simple movie night at home.

In summary, the year of the Horse is a promising one for the Rabbit but they will need to keep an eye on their spending and be sure not to tire themselves out from the stress of added work and too many social events. This said; they should enjoy a fantastic year of the Horse.

Rabbits are in affinity with the Dog. For your protection, you should have a key chain pendant of a Dog.

Dragon Portrait Framed 

2014 Predictions for the Dragon

The year of the Horse can be a propitious one for the Dragon provided they are careful and avoid taking too many risks. There will be some aspects of the Dragon’s life that will be harder but, with some determination and perseverance, they should fare well and make the year of the Horse a successful and satisfactory one.

The Career of the Dragon has predictions of growth in the workplace and this opportunity could manifest from a colleague or an associate vacating their position. In addition, there could be a lot of new projects in the workplace that could provide the Dragon with more recognition and greater trust by the senior staff. Overall the year of the Horse should be considered a year of persistence and progress through small steps. Dragons should avoid haste, as recklessness and imprudence could trigger problems for them in 2014. Should any Dragon take shortcuts or risks or ignore the guidelines, problems will be certain to manifest. The Horse year, after all, calls for meticulous attentiveness. Dragons seeking a new position or work during the year of the Horse could face challenges. It could be a tricky process but their innate fortitude and skills could go a long way to impressing their future employer and securing that ideal job. 

March, May July and October could see some encouraging developments, but the determined Dragon can benefit from opportunities at almost any other time of the year as well.

Progress at work can help the dragon’s financial position too, although they may find that their expenditures are quite high this year; therefore, they should strive to eliminate unnecessary expenses where possible. Even though Dragon’s outgoings will be considerable, they could fare well in some important transactions. Faced with the possibility of large acquisitions, a Dragon should shop around and seek an appropriate advice to secure the best value.  At any rate, the Dragon’s natural aptitude for budgeting and saving should benefit them.  Likewise with travel plans; by planning ahead and investigating options Dragons could profit from some particularly attractive offers. But while they may enjoy some luck in financial matters this year, Dragon should not tempt fate by taking unnecessary chances or ignoring the fine print. At the risk of being redundant; the Dragon should remember that this is not a year for diving head long into financial decisions; vigilance is warranted, especially when checking out terms and conditions, before signing any contracts.

In 2014, the Dragon’s social life will be improved. Many enjoyable moments with friends and family are in the forecast for the Dragon and, as for this partygoer and keen socialiser; this can be a boost and an electrifying time.  April, May, September and December could see the most activity. There are also predictions of new people entering the Dragon’s life during the year of the Horse and some of these can even lead to lasting relationships. Just be mindful to keep an eye on the expenditures.

When at work, Dragons should sit with their backs to the North or they may find unscrupulous people working against them or encounter undue gossip and back stabbing during the year. There is also a possibility of disturbing news in the year of the Horse.  At such instance the Dragons should first check out the facts for themselves rather than take it at face value and fly off the handle. Better that the Dragon be composed and avoid emotional upset, for it will pass fairly quickly.

Another thing to remember is that when encountering such problems or dilemmas rather than keep it all in the Dragon should confide in people he trusts. Sometimes worries could easily be dispelled or certain concerns prove groundless; as well, a worry shared is often a worry halved.

This requirement for openness also applies to Dragon’s home life. With the Dragon and their household in general leading a busy life this year there should be a good liaison and co-operation, greater understanding and assistance particularly at those hectic times. Good communications are paramount as well; the Dragon should curb his independent tendencies and eschew going it alone.  Another smart thing to do, is to apportion the practical projects during the course of year leaving ample room for preparation so as to obtain the desired satisfactory results. While the Dragon’s domestic life will be generally good, but busy, it will also contain few interesting quirks and oddities, leading the way for many fun family times.

Romance is looking promising for the Dragon although they will have to work on their communication skills with their partner for their relationship to thrive. This is not something to worry about but is just more of a way to strengthen their relationship.

For the unattached Dragons they should see important and promising developments during 2014, although circumstances may not always make things easy. With care and time new relationship can often become meaningful.

 If it can be managed Dragons should aim to preserve some quality time for their own interests as well as give some consideration to their general lifestyle. Personal interests and hobbies can be a good way to relax as well as provide the Dragon with an outlet for his talents and ideas.  Dragons can also achieve good health by keeping an eye on their diet and by getting plenty of exercise.  Adapting a well balanced and nutritious diet could go a long way to providing them with high energy levels. They must remember to keep active.

Dragons need to exercise caution during the months of April & June 2014, especially if they are not in good health or very stressed. Meanwhile whether at home or in the office, Dragons should be wary of the North direction and remember not to have any ground breaking work, renovations or any noisy activities there. If disturbed, this area can, and normally will, cause immediate health problems especially for the elderly. If the Dragon can’t get out of doing some emergency repairs then they should place a six hollow metal rod wind chime between their building and the location where the work is to be carried out.

Overall, the year of the Horse should be a steady paced year for the Dragon but they can achieve a great deal by taking it easy. They must remember to remain vigilant for risks and carelessness which could cause problems. Fortunately, though, the Dragon is perceptive and his firm resolve will enable him to gain a lot from this full and interesting year.

Dragons are in affinity with the Rooster. For good fortune they should keep a key chain pendant of a Rooster on them.

Snake Portrait Framed 

2014 Predictions for the Snake

The year of the Horse can be a mixed year for the Snake. The fast paced Horse year can sometimes rattle the pace of the Snake and cause them to feel isolated from everything going on around them. Even though this year may not be the greatest in every aspect, still it does not mean that there will not be some successes for the Snake throughout 2014.

The career sector could see the Snake making fair progress throughout the year. Snakes should be mindful however and not spend too much time only on one project, for the fast paced Horse year could swell the other work that had been set aside or ignored. There will be opportunities for the Snake to further their skills in 2014 and they should note that, because of the Snake’s valued input, senior workers that are in higher positions are starting to place a lot more trust in them.

Snakes that are looking to change jobs or are currently unemployed and  looking will need to keep up with the fast pace of the Horse year, as they may find a job one day only to discover it has gone the subsequent day. Snakes looking for employment fare better if they detail their many skills and experience in their portfolio in order to impress their potential future employers.

The Snakes finances will be good in 2014; moreover, they should be able to save a fare amount of money this year, provided they are budget conscious and not rush in to any big acquisitions. The Snake’s tendency would be to see something and want it but this year would be better for them if they spent some time researching for the best price and checking over the terms and conditions.

Horse year being so fast paced however, the Snake needs to take some time off to relax and perhaps go on that well deserved vacation. If the Snake is working too hard in 2014, they may be prone to minor illnesses like the common cold. In addition the Snake needs to keep an eye on their diet.

Social life is also good for the Snake in the year of the horse. The Snake should not abort an event because of limited funds; the thing for the Snake to do is to budget their spending and have fun, meet a lot of new people and really get some beneficial results.

Home life for the Snake is promising this year.  They should try to spend as much time as possible with loved ones this year as this will help them build a strong bond with each other. Romance and relationships will require some care during the year of the Horse. The Snake may find that arguments are on the rise in 2014, chiefly due to minor things. In that instance it would be advisable for the Snake to remain calm and avoid saying anything that they may later regret, as this could have a long term effect on the relationship. They should try to be the bigger person and diffuse the situation without upsetting each other.

Single Snakes may not have the best of luck this year for finding a partner but they should still notice an increase in interest from the opposite sex although these relations may be short lived if they rush things.

Snakes are in affinity with the Monkey. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Monkey.

 Horse PortraitFramed

2014 Predictions for the Horse

This year will be a very memorable one for the Horse and they will be able to accomplish a great deal in 2014.  However the Horse must not take others’ good nature for granted as there is a possibility of problems arising later still when those very people throw these presumptions back into the Horse’s face.

The career for the Horse will be very good this year.  In 2014 they will receive recognition and accolades for their previous hard work and dedication in the workplace.  There are strong possibilities also of promotion for the Horse. This may mean advancement to a few levels up from their current position, creating a big financial gain in their income.

Horses that are unsatisfied in their current position or those that are unemployed and seeking work could really benefit from the luck of the Horse year backing them.  By being proactive in seeking a job and pursuing openings in good companies the Horse could land a really good contract of employment in 2014. This will gain them greater opportunities during this year and the subsequent years to continue to work on their skills and make the most of their potential.

On the whole, the forecast for finances is very good for the Horse in 2014. They should see a sizeable sum of money accrued by the end of the year mainly due to their higher income and position in the workplace. The Horse can also be highly successful in investments and with purchases in 2014. If they are ever unsure about their investments it would be prudent to consult with a professional. The Horse’s finances could be adversely affected if they are in a rush with their acquisitions; therefore they should always evaluate prices, shop around and weigh the pros and cons before purchasing expensive items or make large investments. 

A good place to spend those extra funds on this year would be a vacation. The destination could be anywhere around the world or simply within the local vicinity. The Horse need not spend a fortune on a trip; any place of interest would suffice. It would also be beneficial for the Horse to take their partner or loved ones along on vacation, as this will fortify and reinvigorate their bond. The Horse’s home life will be good this year. They should also see many opportunities throughout 2014 for self improvement and attaining life experience.  It will be a busy but an enjoyable year for the Horse and one where they can accomplish plenty and absorb all that the world has to offer.

 In 2014 Horse needs to pay particular attention to their general well-being by adapting a healthier lifestyle and maintaining an adequate level of fitness through exercise.

This year romance is very good for the Horse and their social life will also be very rewarding. The Horse native will have many occasions to spend time with friends and loved ones over the year which will help bolster relationships. The single Horse will find a great deal of attention forthcoming from the opposite sex. The important thing for the Horse to remember is to be grateful and express proper appreciation for everything others do for them.  The Horse will have many opportunities to meet new people during the numerous social events in 2014 and some of these people could be quite important.

Horses are in affinity with the Sheep/Goat. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Goat.

Overall, 2014 will be a very pleasant and enjoyable year for the Horse with plenty to do and much to learn. Have a fantastic year.

 Sheep PortraitFramed 

2014 Predictions for the Sheep/Goat

The year of the Horse holds many opportunities for the Sheep/Goat in 2014. This will be a year where they have the option of making this either a very satisfying and an exciting year or a tranquil, comfortable and hassle-free one.

The career forecast for the Sheep/Goat Career is a particularly good and a rewarding one. All will go rather smoothly for the Sheep/Goat in 2014 provided they are able to take on a lot more responsibility by using their previous years’ experiences. The year of the Horse is also a good time to set plans in motion by adapting a more authoritative stance towards their career.  Sheep/Goats who are looking to change their career path or seek employment should find that their search will avail them many options that they have never before considered. This could go rather well for the Sheep/Goat that are motivated and are up for the challenge.

Home life will require a fair bit of organization and planning this year in terms of getting things done. The Sheep/Goat will have the opportunity to do a lot of do it yourself fixes in the home during 2014 and, if successful, they will be rewarded with ample savings.

There will be many enjoyable family times both at home or outside for the Sheep/Goat this year, therefore they should organize as many Family functions or trips as possible. On the down side there is a risk of conflict within the family for the Goat in 2014. This could cause problems if it is not addressed early on in the year. The best thing to do is to try talking to each other and resolve any differences that you may have.

Romance will be very an enjoyable aspect of the Sheep/Goat’s life during the year of the Horse. It can further strengthen relationship ties that will be everlasting. Increased social activity could take a lot of Sheep/Goat’s time and attention, so it is best they include their partner along whenever possible.

Single Sheep/Goats looking for a relationship should find it very easy to find new romance this year and there is also the possibility of this becoming a lifelong relationship.

As we mentioned earlier, the social life of Sheep/Goat will be the key focal point all during the year of the Horse and this can avail the Sheep/Goat a significant amount of opportunities to meet new people and experience new things. The Sheep/Goat’s innate understanding and helpful manner will help them to really connect with different people over the year and they will derive definite benefits from their increased social calendar. Often they will find themselves helping others and this will provide the Sheep/Goat infinite joy. Go ahead, share the joy  with others by offering advice or lending  a helping hand to further augment this great feeling and make it last. Moreover, the karmic law will return the favour in the future.

How the year of the Horse is played out is entirely up to the Sheep/Goat. If they are after success and wealth, they should work as hard as possible and attain  what they want out of the year but they can also take the year at an easy, nice pace and enjoy the things in life that they may not have previously had the time for.

Sheep/Goats are in affinity with the Horse. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Horse.

 Monkey Portrait framed

2014 Predictions for the Monkey

The motivated Monkey will want to make the most of the year of the Horse and, fortunately for them, some career aspects to excel in are at hand. There may not be any promotions for the Monkey in 2014 though that doesn’t mean that they will not be able to take on new responsibilities that will be carry their own reward. Then there are the risks of overworking themselves in 2014 or deceiving themselves into thinking that they are doing far better than they actually are.  Meanwhile, the Monkey will gain ample opportunity to shine from immediately perceiving changes in their company and adapting to them far quicker than their colleagues will. Keep in mind however; the Monkey must not set their expectations too high in 2014, such as setting their sights on becoming CEO of the company, while overlooking or dismissing the true value of the personal growth they have already attained.

For those Monkeys looking to change their career or seeking employment in 2014; this is a year that holds the potential of kick-starting a whole new vocation for them. Getting a job will be very easy for the Monkey, however they would be wise to first take a stock of their abilities and make certain the position they seek is what they want. Monkeys should also be prepared to deliberate on career options previously not considered.

Finances are good for the Monkey in 2014 and they could possible see a bonus coming their way in the year of the Horse. Money could also come by way of a lottery winning. This does not mean, however, that they should rush out and spend thousands on lottery tickets as the return may not be as high as anticipated. I’ll risk reiteration and repeat: the Monkey should not be setting their sights too high in 2014 and forsaking reality. Similarly, when making expensive purchases in 2014 the Monkey must not rush into it, as there is a risk of paying too.

The Monkeys’ health on the whole will good, although they should keep an eye on their diet during the Horse year and try to get some exercise whenever possible in order to stay fit, particularly in the colder months. Travel is a good idea for the Monkey this year as they could gain a lot of insight through taking time out to relax and think about their life.

Home life will also be good for the Monkey. There will be many opportunities for the Monkey to enjoy social events, to spend quality time with existing or new friends and loved ones and the Monkey is sure to get ample pleasure from all of this. A word of caution, however, during the year of the Horse their social life will require a bit of care, as there is a risk of upsetting others. Meanwhile it would be to the Monkey’s advantage to place their confidence in others concerning problems and to reciprocate vice versa, as this will greatly benefit them.

Romance is looking good for the Monkey in 2014 and there will be plenty of loving moments shared with loved ones throughout the year. Mutual plans with their partner will be very beneficial to the Monkey this year as this could further strengthen the existing bonds. For single Monkeys, this can be a time of new love and the Monkey would do well to get out there and look for a partner, although they will need to be very open with them, for the new found relationship to progress.

Monkeys are in affinity with the Snake. For their protection, you should have a key chain pendant of a Snake.

 Rooster Portrait Framed

2014 Predictions for the Rooster

The Rooster’s amazing organisational skills will be beneficial in the year of the Horse. A great way for the Rooster to advance this year would be to write a wish list of what they hope to achieve during the year and follow it, check back on the list regularly, and perhaps add to it.

Career aspects for the Rooster will be good in 2014. Roosters that are fully prepared for any contingencies and any required modifications for the year ahead will advance a lot further than can be imagined. For Roosters seeking to be employed or simply looking to change their profession this may prove to be a challenging year and they need to apply themselves 100% to get the desired results.

The rooster likes to prepare for everything beforehand and this is a good thing. However, the Horse year being fast paced. The Rooster, on occasion, may be caught off guard. The thing they must do then would be to act with the impulse and swiftly seize the opportunity, as this will turn out quite well in the end.

Ultimately throughout 2014 there will be a great deal no end to progress for the Rooster and the subsequent climb of the social ladder will augment their gladness. Correspondingly the Rooster’s social life will thrive and they will see many opportunities to attended events and spend time with friends and loved ones throughout the Horse year. One key recommendation would be to step away from jealous feelings and arguments during this year, as there is a risk of these causing problems for the Rooster. Finally; a positive attitude and becoming the bigger person will save the Rooster a lot of grief.

Finance is an area that warrants caution. The Rooster needs to keep a close eye on their expenses as debts could easily accrue during the year of the Horse. It is also a good idea for the Rooster to always check over terms and conditions carefully and make sure that what they are signing up for is a to their advantage. If they are able to closely monitor their outgoings they should do rather well with finances this year

Home life is good for the Rooster in 2014. There will be many opportunities to engage in family fun activities and create some really memorable moments. The Rooster’s hobbies and interests will come to light this year and many activities they partake of will be gratifyingly pleasurable. It would be wise for the Rooster not to take on too much work at home, however, as they could tire themselves out. They must learn to delegate chores.

Romance will be favorable for the Rooster although they will have to avoid feeling jealous if possible and also remain well composed at moments of stress and anger as this could quickly dissolve a strong relationship. The best thing for the Rooster to do in 2014 with regards to a relationship is to fill their time together with loving affection and good experiences to avoid any arguments. Single Roosters looking for love should be able to attract attention from the opposite sex but they will need to maintain a very nonchalant attitude with their new partner if they are to succeed.

Roosters are in affinity with the Dragon. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Dragon.

 Dog Portrait Framed

2014 Predictions for the Dog

The Dog has acquired ample learning and experience in the last few years and this will become evident in their actions, manners and performance all during the year of the Horse. 2014 is poised therefore to be an extremely satisfactory and proactive year for the Dog where they can achieve a great deal with ease. It will come with many gratifying rewards, both emotionally and physically.

The forecast for the Dog’s career is also good with lots of great opportunities coming to them throughout the year. Dogs seeking a career change or Dogs looking for employment in the year of the Horse should see a great deal of progress in their search, which may be long overdue. Meanwhile, it would be beneficial for the Dog to broaden their horizons in their search for work as something they may have previously overlooked, or never considered, could turn out to be a really promising position for the Dog’s career.

Employed Dogs will have a great deal of progress in terms of growth and gains in their respective jobs. The Dogs commitment in the work place will be well valued this year. They will make a lot of advancements by reaching new levels in their position and in due course securing a lot of respect from higher members of staff.

Due to the Dog’s efforts at work they will enjoy a good income and therefore have accrued funds at their disposal for future events and goals. Even so, it would be wise for the Dog to try and reduce the outlays as much as possible this year in order to help maximise savings for big purchases and renovations throughout 2014.

The home life for the Dog will be very good in 2014, although they should look in to updating their security system during the year of the Horse, as there is risk of theft. It’s also imperative that Dogs take good care of their health, get plenty of exercise and keep a close eye on their diet during all of 2014.

Social life will be good and there will be many times where, swamped with plans, Dogs will have to decide on which to pursue. Dogs will make a lot of new acquaintances in 2014 and, owing to the Dog’s faithful nature; some of these can become a long-lasting intimate relationships. Single Dogs will attract many new partners this year and this could be an ideal time for settling down with someone special. Dogs already in a relationship will go through the year fairly trouble free with little arguments or problems. Meanwhile romance will flourish and both single and spoken-for Dogs will enjoy many beautiful moments. The year of the Horse can also be an excellent time for the Dog to travel and see the world. What better way than, if budgeted for, for the Dog to take along their loved ones on a trip in order to further boost their relationship.

Dogs are in affinity with the Rabbit. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Rabbit.

 Pig Portrait Framed

2014 Predictions for the Pig

The Pig will do extremely well during the year of the Horse and enjoy ample great moments and opportunities to further themselves. This can be a very fruitful and rewarding year for the Pig with many accomplishments and various beneficial connections in the forecast.

Suffice it to say, career aspects will be very propitious for the Pig and 2014 will be a year where the Pig will find it very easy to gain skills and knowledge in the work place. The Pig should seize any opportunities made available to them, as it would propel their career to the next level for still greater advantage. For Pigs looking to change career or Pigs looking for work, the year of the Horse brings great many opportunities and, through the Pigs vast range of skills and good business sense, they should do very well in securing a lucrative position with a very good company.

Home life will be good for the Pig throughout the year of the Horse but there are a few things that the Pig will need to do to make the most of the year. All through 2014, Pig must reserve some time out for themselves; making sure that they get plenty of rest and relaxation in order to contemplate what they want out of this year and also in life.  There is a risk of neglecting their own personal health, so it would be wiser for the Pig to keep a steady eye on their diet and get plenty of exercise.

Family members will sometimes seek advice from the Pig in 2014 and the Pig will do well to land a hand and their invaluable assistance to friends and family.

Finances will be good for the Pig in 2014 although they will need to be somewhat strict on their spending, as there is risk of them overspending a lot of money fast. If the Pig is able to budget their spending and curb unnecessary expenses throughout the year they should do rather well. Pigs must check over contracts carefully during the year of the Horse, as this could be the source of money going out fast with high interest rates or something similar.

Social life is particularly favorably for the Pig in 2014 and this can be a very good year for acquiring new acquaintances and establishing new business connections to augment the Pigs’ standing and financial interests during the subsequent years. There will be many great social events all during 2014 for the Pig and these could prove to be the most memorable times; therefore, Pigs should embrace any new activities, have a fantastic time, and enjoy fully what comes their way.

Romance is looking extremely hopeful for the Pig during the year of the Horse and this is looking to be a year of great success for single Pigs that are on the lookout for love. This could be a great year for the Pig to find their soul-mate and really bond with that person. There will be strong Peach Blossom luck for the Pig this year and this will give them some great opportunities for finding new love. Those single Pigs that strike out with their new found love, should take heart in knowing that there will be plenty more opportunities around the corner. All in all, Pigs in a relationship should see a very good year ahead and one where they will be able to cure any previous problems and thrive this year.

Pigs are in affinity with the Tiger. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Tiger.

Best of Luck to you all.

 

 

 

 

 

Ai Weiwei Sculptures at City Hall

Ai Weiwei Sculptures at City Hall

Ai Weiwe

Ai Weiwei ‘s 12 bronze animal heads are each a solid piece of bronze that weigh anywhere from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds. They stand at the top of a bronze pole roughly 10 feet high set into a marble base. They are intended to be a unique interpretation of the original statues of the Chinese zodiac that were looted from the gardens of the Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness, Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat in Beijing.

01 Rat

02 Rat

03 Ox

04 Ox

Ai Weiwei, in reinterpreting these objects on an oversized scale as his Circle of Animal Zodiac Heads, focuses our attention on questions of looting and repatriation while continuing his ongoing exploration of the fake or copy in relation to the original. 

05 Tiger

06 Tiger

07 Rabbit

08 Rabbit

 

Die hard Chinese historians persist in the belief that the original versions were a national treasure; after all, they mark a specific time, albeit a dark period, in Chinese history. The fact that the originals were designed in the 1700s by two European Jesuits as a garden decoration for court of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) is of little consequence.

09 Dragon

10 Dragon

11 Snake

12 Snake

 

 The 12 zodiac animal heads were originally fashioned to serve as an elaborate water clock-fountain in the magnificent European-styled gardens. In 1860 during the Opium Wars, a grievous period in Chinese history, the palace was ransacked by the French and British troops and the zodiac heads, torn off of their original bodies, were looted.

13 Horse

14 Horse

15 Goat

16 Goat

 

 Some were hauled off to the French and English courts; others were auctioned off to private collectors in London and Beijing. Presently only seven of the 12 figures are known to have survived the ravages. Five were repatriated back to China, but ownership of the remaining two remains uncertain and obtuse.

17 Monkey

18 Monkey

19 Rooster

20 Rooster

 

Ai Weiwei is exhibiting and staging his new Zodiac heads in western fountains as a comment on the pretensions of the art historians, collectors and media of both the West and China. However, times have changed since the Opium Wars and now the western world not only tolerates this reprimand but also actively supports the exhibit.

21 Dog

22 Dog

23 Pig

24 Pig

 

Ai Weiwei’s interpretations of these heads are wonderfully crafted and are worthy of viewing. Hope you’ve enjoyed the few shown above.

The End.

2013 – Year of the Water Snake Horoscopes

Year of the Water Snake Horoscopes

Year-of-the-Snake

On February 10th 2013 (year 4711 in the Chinese calendar) we entered the year of the Yin Water Snake (Gui Si). The last time we had a Yin Water Snake year was back in 1953 and this is the cycle of 60 years which will be found in a traditional “ten thousand year” calendar.

Snake

General Predictions for 2013: the Year of the Water Snake

The year of the water Snake will be another year of variation, for the Snake year normally brings good and bad consequences as well as new power structures in various countries.

Once more there will be many transformations in the Middle East. New regimes in some areas will initially seem very good but there is long struggle ahead to cement these advancements for the better.

Regrettably 2013 will mean that finances will be tight again and the slightest problems could bring stock markets the world over tumbling down.

2013 could be a year of conflict for people born in the year of the Tiger or the Pig, particularly those aged 66, born in the year of the Earth Tiger, 1938. If this is you, in this year of the Snake look after your health and do not overexert yourself.

Rat Portrait Framed

Predictions for the Rat in 2013

The year of the Snake, starting on the 10th of Feb. 2013, should be another positive year for the Rat.  Rats will find that things in their career and business will go rather well this year. There is also a good chance for promotion throughout the year. However, they should guard against being overconfident and slack off or be remiss in their efforts, as Rats still have to work for their benefits. Rats that are looking for employment in 2013 may find that their luck will take a turn for the better as long as they are persistent and are affable when dealing with future employers.

For the Rat 2013 should be deemed as the year of saving for future pay offs. Naturally, you can still treat yourself in 2013 but try to resist over-extravagant ventures, the fancy car on finance or expensive jewellery, unless it is well within your means. Also remember to check the terms and conditions of any contract or legal documents before signing it in this year.

Rats, being quite active, need to stay as healthy and fit as possible throughout 2013. This could be achieved by reserving some time for relaxation and adapting a good regimen of healthy exercise and a proper, nutritious diet.  Rats born in 1972 should take a steady approach in 2013 and should remember to take a break whenever possible throughout the year. A regular respite is important as stress can be an issue this year along with some depression. Whatever is on your mind right now however, know that it will pass and you are on or soon will be on the right path. Meanwhile enjoy your year and remember things are not as bad as you think; leave a little leeway on your side, too. If you don’t know what I am talking about you will soon.

With their outgoing and curious nature, Rats can look forward to some enjoyable social occasions this year.  It will be a productive year for the Rat native and they should also spend a lot of time in planning and character building. The Rat will find that they have the ability to set a good foundation and get far in 2013 if they reserve some time to securing their future. Younger Rats born in 1996 should allocate as much time as possible to studying, as the amount of effort expanded now will benefit them in later life.

Remember; March, May, August and December could be particularly active months. In April Rats could see some interesting developments but, as a rule, the second half of the year starting with mid-September to early December will be more positive time for them.

The Rat’s home life is important and during the year they will come to value the support and advice of those around them.  They need only to be more communicative, more open and attentive and be mindful of the feelings of those closest to them.   When under pressure or making what could be an important decision, the insights of their loved ones will be both reassuring and invaluable.  Domestically the year favors good planning, that is: setting aside time for mutual interests and special occasions. The closing months of the year could see some additional travel opportunities and memorable, joyous family occasions.

Single Rats, especially those born in 1948, can expect steady times for romance this year and can even expect wedding plans. If the Rat is married or committed, they should be prepared to spend a lot of time with their partner throughout this year and show affection when needed. Make lots of time to spoil them.

Overall, for the Rat, 2013 will be a great year but they must be careful with finances and do not splurge with their spending unless they are certain that it will be well reciprocated or is a good deal. The Rat must always make sure to read the small print. Keep in mind that this year favours carefully considered actions instead of haste.

As a Rat you are in affinity with the Ox. For protection, have a key chain pendant of an Ox with you at all times throughout the year of 2013.

Bull-PortraitFramed

Predictions for the Ox in 2013

2013 is to be a year of progress and fresh start for the Ox, with much advancement in the workplace and with relationships. With regards to employment many Oxen will find that they are progressing well in 2013 and there is a great chance of advancement in the workplace this year.  Oxen can expect good news in 2013 but they must be careful with paperwork and work matters throughout the year. Oxen born in 1985 must try to make the most of the situation when given the chance to prove themselves, as this will pay off. This will also be a great year for the Ox to learn new skills, especially young Oxen born in 1997.  Money luck will be good. This year will also be a good year to finance hobbies able to do so but please be sure to avoid impulse purchases as the Ox still needs to be save for bills and financial commitments and, of course, for the great social year awaiting them. In particular, Oxen will find themselves climbing the social ladder this year, especially with work related events and groups of new friends. Please be careful with spending in 2013 as the increase in social events can lead to overspending. Only spend what you can afford.

Indeed, 2013 offers good opportunities for the Ox, who can expect new relationships and even a rekindling of existing ones. With an increased social life in 2012, it is imperative to find a good balance between home and social life. Be careful not to neglect loved ones and make sure to spend a lot of time with close and extended family as well as friends all throughout the year. The year will be busy but leave some time for play and make sure you take plenty of rest.

Your busy lifestyle can cause your diet to go a bit wild in 2013 so please make sure to eat sensibly, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Get plenty of exercise throughout the year.

It may be a mixed year but whatever has been unresolved in the last few years will come to a head in 2013 and I’m sure you will like the news.

As an Ox you are in affinity with the Rat. For protection have a key chain pendant of a Rat with you at all times throughout the year.

Tiger Portrait Framed

Predictions for the Tiger  in 2013

The Snake year can slow down the Tiger’s progress during 2013 but they should not let this deter them as this year can still be very rewarding one if the Tiger knows what to expect and plan for the year ahead. All the same, Tigers should start 2013 with a steady approach and not jump in to any big projects or expenses.

If the Tiger is looking to advance in their career it would be a good idea to consider all the different options that are available in the workplace as this will help to learn new skills and, by taking on new projects, prove yourself at work. Moreover, it will set the foundations for the upcoming years as this will work to Tiger’s advantage later on in the year or during the early months of 2014. Young Earth Tigers born 1998 should spend the time studying throughout the year as this will greatly benefit them in the next few years!

For Tigers seeking employment, be sure to keep your head up, as great things will come to those who wait. Keep in mind also that it may seem very hard finding work during this year but there are a lot of new employment opportunities waiting just around the bend for the Tiger native.

For Tigers that are in a relationship or ones that are married, they need to spend lot of time with the family and friends. Their social calendar should be very full in 2013 despite the risk of personality clashes in this year.  During such times Tigers must be prepared to keep the peace.

Single Tigers will discover new love in the most unexpected of places during 2013. Its best to try avoiding arguments or disagreements in order to ensure a long lasting relationship with any potential new romances. Also, the Tiger must be sure to take things slow and not jump straight into a relationship in 2013 as this could burn out quite fast if they mix arguments and quick commitment.

Tigers born in 1950 should make time to relax and spend time on their hobbies in 2013 as this can bring a great deal of pleasure to the Metal Tiger this year.

The Tiger is in affinity with the Pig/Boar. For protection, be sure to carry a key chain pendant of a Pig.

Rabbit Portrait Framed

Predictions For the Rabbit/Hare in 2013

This is a great year and a time for advancement in a lot of aspects in the Rabbit’s life. It is a good year for learning and self-development as the Rabbit will find study and learning a lot easier to take in, especially Rabbits born in 1999. This is therefore the perfect time to learn new skills, acquire hobbies and take exams as it can lead to a change in career that the Rabbit will benefit from.

In the workplace the employer may be putting a lot more trust in the Rabbit; there is also a lot of luck on their side should they wish to change careers. Expectantly, finances will be good, particularly if a promotion comes their way. For advance at work, March, May, June and November are the best months to go for a new position. Money luck is very good for the Rabbit this year. When making big purchases comparison shop so as not to waste money. The Rabbit will notice a great deal of social events over the year with a lot of chances to meet new people, especially during April and August. The Rabbit’s rise in social interaction will help single Rabbits tremendously in finding new love; these new relationships will have strong chances of being long lasting.

Those Rabbits in relationships or married will enjoy a great home life with their partner and family with a happy and home throughout the year. 2013 has the opportunity to be a great year for the Rabbit. Rabbits born in 1963 should take action this year with anything they wish to achieve.

You are in affinity with the Dog. For protection, have a key chain pendant of a Dog.

Dragon Portrait Framed

Predictions for the Dragon in 2013

The fortunate Dragon has another good year to look forward to in 2013.  If the Dragon native is keen to do well in 2013, and initiate plans fairly early in the year, then they can get a great deal accomplished. There will be many opportunities for the Dragon to work their way up in their profession this year and this has the possibility of big advancements in the work place especially if they are able to act on their ideas and plan well. There is the possibility that doors they thought had closed a long time ago will open. The most important thing for the Dragon to remember is do not overlook the small print of any offer and spot a good opportunity when it arrives.

Dragons seeking work should look forward to opportunities to secure a good job this year as long as they aren’t afraid to start somewhere small then work their way up.  Keep in mind that every artist was once an amateur. The best times to search for work this year are February, April, May and November. The Snake year is famous for study and new aptitudes, therefore the Dragon should seize this opportunity to strengthen their forte by acquiring a new ability as well as some training. The end result could be an accumulation of good finances and money rewards in the way of a bonus at work. That is so long as the Dragon does not slack off, sit back, and let things slide. Dragons should also keep an eye on their finances this year as the Snake year is a very fast paced on and overspending can easily happen.

Dragons can look forward to a good and rewarding year with many new friends coming to them in 2013. This year Dragon should strengthen existing friendships and be mindful not to neglect loved ones when their social circle vastly increases. Dragons already in relationships can anticipate rather good progress in their affiliations. For those Dragons that are still unattached, their enlarged social life could foster a new love this year, though they need to maintain their composure and not rush in to relationships too fast.

Dragons born in 1940 should try to stay as active as possible and be sure to get together with family whenever possible. Dragons born in 1964 should take opportunity whenever it arises but be careful to know the conditions attached.

The Dragon’s lucky sector is the Southeast (112.5º – 127.5º) of the home or office. Nevertheless they need to be wary if a main door, bedroom or office or any other important room is located in the southwest, east, or west in 2013, especially during the months of February, April & August 2013.  It will help in these months to remedy some of the ill effects, particularly if they are not in good health or very stressed, if the Dragon places a golden Wu Lou and set of six Chinese coins tied in a row with red ribbon in these rooms.

Romance can be improved in the northeast, north and southeast of the Dragon’s home although they have to be careful in the southeast. Having a door in the southeast can bring in new opportunities and lots of travel. To enhance Dragon romance and career in 2013 place some dark blue objects in the southeast and the north Introduce these colours with a doormat, rug, cushion cover, sofa throw, curtains or similar material. To dissipate the negative effects in 2013, hang a set of six Chinese coins tied with red ribbon and place a salt water cure in the southwest and centre of your home or office.

It is imperative not to undertake any form of noisy renovations or re-decorative work in the east part of the house or office between February 3rd 2013 and February 3rd 2014. Nor should the Dragon disturb the ground in the east by digging holes, building foundations or conduct any maintenance work with any noisy equipment in this area inside or outside their property or garden. Once disturbed, it can bring three types of misfortunes: financial loss, sickness and arguments. If they have to carry out work or emergency repairs in the east, the Dragon should place a six hollow metal rod wind chime between the buildings and the direction where the work is being carried out. It may be of some help.

Apart from not disturbing its ground, there are two other rules to follow: if the Dragon is moving a desk around this year, never place it to sit with their back to the east; it is far better to face towards the east. If the front door of the Dragon’s home or business faces east in 2013 they should place a pair of Fu Dogs just inside looking outwards to act as protective guardians for the year. Also place a golden coloured Pi Yao in the west looking towards the east.

There are also two other directions that the Dragon needs to be wary of. These being the Southeast and Northwest, avoid these at all cost: do not disturb the ground, no renovations, or any noisy activity here. When disturbed this area can, and normally will, cause immediate health problems especially for the elderly or sick; so please be very careful. Suffice it to say if you have to carry out work or emergency repairs in the northwest you may place a six hollow metal rod wind chime between your building and the area where the work is being carried out.         Southeast facing properties with front doors to the southeast must be careful not to allow the doors to slam and do not renovate or dig in this part for 2013.

Dragons are in affinity with the Rooster; for enhancement keep a key chain pendant of a Rooster.

Snake Portrait Framed

Predictions for the Snake in 2013

2013 will be a great year for the Snake and they should start the year off with a fresh, positive attitude! It would be to the Snake’s advantage to forget any prior problems that may have occurred during 2012 and forgive the people for their wrong doings.

The Snake furthers quite a bit in all aspects of life this year. There are plenty of opportunities for success in the workplace during 2013 with the Snakes’ efforts being recognised for their input and hard work. If a Snake native feels as though they have been stifled or stuck in the same job for too long, well, 2013 is a good year to make that move to different departments or a different job. 2013 is also a good year for Snakes to become self-employed, especially if they do so during the months of March, June, July and September.

Snakes seeking work will have a great deal of luck this year with many positions being opened to them although they should still be alert and search rather than wait for something to come to them.

Finances will be good in 2013 for the Snake so long as they are careful with their money and not be too frivolous in their spending. Snakes should be sure to put money in to savings whenever possible and always be sure to check the terms and conditions.

This will be a busy year and whilst all should go well with career and finance the Snake native can easily overlook their partner’s needs. They should make sure, therefore, to allocate some time for loved ones whether it is a wife, boyfriend, Mother, Sister or best friend.  Snakes should also reserve some time for themselves and try to relax more, as stress can be an issue this year and the Snake may feel down and depressed at times. Whatever is on the Snake’s mind right now however, it will pass.

Overall, the Snakes year can be very good with many social outings and a great home life. Snakes born in 1941 and 2001 should be open to new possibilities and embrace change with a positive attitude. Snakes born in 1989 will accomplish a lot this year and should try to remain as active as possible.

Snakes are in affinity with the Monkey. For protection have a key chain pendant of a Monkey.

Horse PortraitFramed

Predictions for the Horse in 2013

For the Horse native the forecast for the 2013 is very similar to last year. Once more it will be a mixed year and all Horses need to be careful throughout 2013. There is one variation however; along with all the downs, there are upsides to 2013 for the Horse.

Horses that have recently changed jobs or are in the process of doing so will benefit from 2013 by becoming quickly settled in their new environment. This also applies for schools. If any Horse is striving to advance in the workplace, they should do so with a calm pace and should not rush in to anything.

Horses seeking a new job or wishing to change their profession should try to do so early on in the year as, even though the Horse is endowed with strong will and persistent character, there will be a lot of competition this year.

Horses need to be very careful with their finances in 2013 as there is a risk of overspending by not checking contracts or filling forms in properly. Therefore they need to be extra careful, double check everything and avoid large purchases unless they are necessary or a good value. This is a year for saving rather than acquiring.

This is a year for caution for Horses; avoid risks both physically and financially. In March, May, October and December, the Horse native will notice their social life increasing and they will enjoy a great number of social events. Even so, the Horse needs to periodically make sure to reserve some time for relaxation with their family at home. The Horse needs to make the most of the good times as there are some months they will need to stay strong and persevere.  They needs to stay focused this year; there is nothing for the Horse to worry about, just be cautious and mindful of all their actions. Horse born in 1942 and 1990 should try to stay as focused as possible during 2013 as their efforts will pay off.

Horses are in affinity with the Sheep/Goat. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Goat.

Sheep PortraitFramed

Predictions for the Goat/ Ram/ Sheep in 2013

2013 will be a year of financial increases for the Sheep but they should still try to save when possible throughout this year. If the Sheep follows this advice and work hard and smart, he or she could accumulate large sums of money.

Work wise, there could be a lot of activity this year. Sheep will find that a project that has previously caused them a lot of stress and taken up a lot of their time will bring out many of their positive qualities to the attention to persons around them. If the Sheep is bent on taking on a new responsibility they should be forewarned that they will need to learn new skills at a fast speed.  This will end up being very beneficial to the Sheep, however, especially if they are given the chance to go on a training course. Sheep will definitely benefit from learning new skills in the Snake year. This could be anything from reading a new book to studying a new talent. 2013 is a great time for using initiative and going ahead with new opportunities.

The Sheep consistently likes to take a lot of pride in their material objects. This year they will have an ample opportunity to add to their collection but they should remember to not make too many impulsive purchases and should not rush into buying something, as it may turn out somewhat disappointing That the new convertible is not the best investment they could make.

Sheep will find themselves meeting a lot of new people in 2013 and they will find that they win a lot of them over with their ability to relate to others. Sheep could build strong friendships including a romantic relationship that could lead to a serious commitment. Single Sheep may see new relationships blooming this year with possibilities of a good future relationship. There is a very strong possibility of marriage for Sheep that have been in a long relationship this year. At home this year, Sheep will have a happy and calm life and will receive a great deal of support from family for their efforts.

If possible, Sheep should take a holiday with a loved one this year. They will benefit from the change of scenery even if they do not go very far. Those born in 1967 should remain alert for opportunities and act on them. Those born in 1979 should keep a close eye on their spending during 2013.

Sheep are in affinity with the Horse. For protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Horse.

Monkey Portrait framed

Predictions for the Monkey in 2013

The Year of the Snake can be a rewarding time for the Monkey so long as they are prepared to take things slow this year, apply themselves to work in earnest,  plan things out in advance and assess the benefits and risks of all their actions. It sounds daunting but following these steps will reward the Monkey with a very positive year in 2013. The Monkey’s success at work this year chiefly depends on staying focused, avoiding being sidetracked and employing their tenacity by staying with tasks until their completion.

It will be most advantageous for the Monkey to make sure that they are constantly in the know of recent developments, so as to utilize their skill in assuring greater gains and procuring future promotions. Unemployed Monkeys may find themselves in a position where they are struggling to find a job although if they stay determined and keep a positive attitude they could end up in a strong new position in a job especially during April, June, July and September.

Even though finances are very good for the Monkey this year, they still need to be cautious. It is a good idea perhaps to put some money aside in an interest bearing account to assure good returns.

Romance and relationships are very good for single and the committed Monkeys this year. One thing to remember however, the Monkey should not be neglectful and reserve ample quality time with their partner.

Monkey’s may have felt that the last few years had been somewhat difficult, with so many ups and downs but remember “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”. Monkeys should take heart, for these past experiences have been the building blocks of the person they are today.

Monkeys born in 1968 should find that swift action is very rewarding this year.

Monkeys are in affinity with the Snake. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Snake.

Rooster Portrait Framed

Predictions for the Rooster in 2013

2013 will be a very positive and pleasing year for The Rooster as an increased social life and new finances await them throughout the year. This is a favorable time for the Rooster to aim for a promotion and advancement in the workplace where great many opportunities will be available. Consider it well, Rooster, and if overwhelmed, consult with a trusted friend or partner for an appropriate guidance. Those already employed should try to maintain close relations with work mates as much as possible. March, April, July and October are the months that could bring a promotion the Rooster.

Though luck is with the Rooster, they still need to take good care of their health for there is a tendency to overwork themselves in 2013. They should reserve some time for well earned respite. Perhaps the Rooster should look into some lifestyle changes, for health always seems much more valuable after it is lost.  Remember also that the well being of an individual depends on the healthy state of the mind as well as the body.  As the mind plays a huge part, Roosters should keep their composure and maintain state of tranquility particularly in moments of stress. They should take up walking, exercise; anything that is different to what they’ve been doing. The Rooster needs to be careful with their diet this year, making sure to eat sensibly and not to neglect the proper amount of physical exercise.  This may also be a good year for the Rooster to learn how to meditate. The Message for the Rooster in 2013 is: “Don’t worry all will be well with that problem”.

Roosters should also try spending a lot of time with family and friends throughout the year as their busy schedule could cause them to become neglectful.  Those born in 1945 should be very careful when making large purchases and always be sure to check the small print this year.

Roosters are in affinity with the Dragon. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Dragon.

Dog Portrait Framed

Predictions for the Dog in 2013

The year of the Snake has great prospects for the Dog and can be a very good year. With regards to wealth, business and career, 2013 can be a year where which Dogs reap the benefits of seeds they’ve sown over the previous few years.  So make the most of this year as the wind is behind the Dog native with regards to wealth. They must not think, however, that they can now just sit back and let the good times happen, for hard work is still required of the Dog.

Dog should avoid risky investments however, and definitely avoid lending money to anyone. A good advice for the Dogs this year is for them to take it easy and look before they leap, especially with large purchases.

On the other hand the Dog should be more charitable and make some donations to a good cause for good gestures and deeds will not go unrewarded.

Single or unattached Dogs can expect new relationships on the horizon or the rekindling of an existing one. Dogs need to be careful in relationships, however, especially if they are married.  They should spend more time with their spouse, as the potential success of the year could cause them to be negligent with the people that are most important to them; with disastrous results.

Work may be over stressful and Dogs need to take extra care with their health by eating sensibly and getting plenty of exercise.  Avoid the easy options and take-out food, particularly on those late nights, when mired in a heavy workload.  The Dog must watch what they eat and if their lifestyle is quick TV dinners, they must allow for this and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Dogs are in affinity with the Rabbit. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Rabbit.

Pig Portrait Framed

Predictions for Boar/Pig in 2013

Some websites or books are predicting that 2013 would be a very bad and unfortunate year for the Pig, but this is not necessarily so. Of course there will be some things the Pig needs to be forewarned of:  for instance, the amount of work Pig puts in at work will not be proportional to the results they will get, so they need to  think things through before they go ahead with them. Furthermore, if the Pig keeps a positive attitude and puts in that extra effort into their work they could make 2013 a much more pleasant year.

Pigs need to be careful with their finances this year, especially towards the middle of the year. The secret for all Pigs this year is “money will come in”, but they will have to make sure they can keep hold of it. They may find the year brings a few challenges but they will overcome them and the problems they had in 2012 will be resolved even though new problems may take their place. Then the Pig will look at the year in November 2013 and say, “it really wasn’t that bad”. They must also, remember to say “thank you”; these are two small words but have such a big impact on people’s lives.

During the summer months, Pigs must exercise caution and avoid taking too many risks such as extreme sports or dangerous activities. The Pig’s health will be average throughout 2013, although they could suffer from minor illnesses or accidents. That is why Pig is being forewarned to avoid dangerous sports and activities. Do take extra care with health by eating sensibly and getting plenty of sedate exercise. Watch the diet and if quick TV dinners or takeout cannot be avoided, incorporate a good dose of fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet. Another thing to remember is that Pigs should moderate their intake of alcohol and avoid excessive gambling. A glass of wine or two with their dinner shouldn’t hurt!

The Pig’s romantic life will have its setbacks if they are looking for long term relationships; they will go on many dates but will find it difficult to develop a strong bond with a partner. Arguments will take place with married couples this year so try and keep peace around the home.

Pigs are in affinity with the Tiger. For their protection, they should have a key chain pendant of a Tiger.

Good luck to you all.

Rural Vistas

Rural Vistas

Most North Americans live in antiseptic climate controlled environments inset into vibrant concrete jungles that meet all our needs: education, livelihood, and entertainment. To gratify our insatiable need for the nature we miss, we crowd into cars that take us to the carefully designed and strategically placed recreational facilities where we may purchase simulations of aquatic or land-based nature. Or we seek a measure of solitude by walking, running, rollerblading, biking or hiking within the secure environment of the manicured urban parks. We follow along on deliberately pristine, snaking trails, feasting our eyes on the variety of fauna dotting the path, the bushes trees and flowers on the periphery as well as ponds or trickling streams that intersect our sojourn. When we tire we take respite under a gigantic tree and chew on a nature bar before heading back to the car and home, back to our concrete, steel and wood layered habitats furnished with electronic gadgets that allow us to forget time, entertained by flat representations of nature and a one dimensional imitation of interaction with other human beings.

Then, occasionally, we brave the countryside; taking refuge at the cottage or some other wilderness retreat. Half the fun is getting there for along the way our eyes are treated to marvellous open spaces as far as the eye could see, odd farm buildings, silos, tractors and combines, colourful fields with hay-rolls and a variety of live animals; cows, ponies, sheep and horses. At times we crinkle our nose when the smell of fertilizer wafts through the air. We quickly close the window and turn the air-conditioning on until we feel adventurous enough to try breathing this strange country air again.  That is, if we don’t fall prey to the video games or movies on those ever so convenient tablets, iPhones or handheld gaming consoles.  Hah, those pervasive electronic gadgets still follow us here to countryside; for some of us would be lost otherwise. It takes a conscious effort to put all that aside and enrich our experience by observing firsthand the natural wonders that surround us.

Some Artistic Impressions of the Countryside may be instrumental in demonstrating this vast open space we are missing in our urban lives:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing you good times for the rest of the summer.

 

 

What Does the Year of the Dragon Have in Store for You?

What Does the Year of the Yang Dragon, 2012, Have in Store for Your Animal Sign?

There are a number of legendary accounts of the source of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. One version mentions that the Jade Emperor invited all the animals to come to see him in Heaven. Of all the animals invited, only the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep/Ram, Monkey, Rooster and Dog complied. In honour of their arrival, the Emperor named a year after each of these animals whose characteristics are thought to be shared by anyone born in that year. Another popular version states that it was Buddha who bade the animals to enter his presence. Each of the animals that obeyed were given a year to be named after them. Their characteristics, and the elements they were connected with, would henceforth determine the outcome of events for the people of the corresponding year.

The following predictions for the 2012 Dragon Year (based on your birth year as determined by the Chinese zodiac signs*):

 

Rat

The fast paced year of the Dragon 2012 will be a very sociable year for the Rat. The Rat will have the ability to easily impress and get along well with new people throughout 2012. Single Rats, particularly those born in 1924 and 1984 (the wood Rat) can expect exciting romances and there may even be a wedding in store for them. If married or in a permanent relationship, these Rats must be careful not to neglect their mate and they should reserve time to spoil their partner.

Overall 2012 will be a superb year for the Rat although they need to be careful with their health. Rats born in 1924 should get plenty of rest whenever possible and those Rats born in 1960 need to be careful with their diets and be sure to get plenty of exercise. If you are a water Rat born in 1972 make sure your diet is particularly good and you drink plenty of water as problems with the stomach may arise. Leave time for yourself and do try to relax more, as stress can be an issue and you may feel depressed at times. Take heart, for whatever is on your mind right now, it will soon pass and you will be on the right path. Even younger Rats, those born in 1996, should be energetic when studying as the effort expended now affects them later in life.

Personal Qualities:

Forthright, tenacious, intense, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, intellectual, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, and shrewd

Ox

In the Year of the Dragon 2012 events happen quickly, and the luck it brings is mixed. The Ox can advance their career, wealth and general good fortune in this turbulent time if they work hard, be careful and make the right decisions. There will be lots of opportunities for the Ox to prosper and many chances to begin new friendships or reanimate present relationships. It is a good year for a single Ox to find a good partner. This means a flood of social events but you should keep a close eye on expenditures for them. Money news is favourable, though, and a promotion at work may be in store as long as the Ox can demonstrate their value to those in control. The Ox should reserve time for recreational exercise and rest during this busy year in order to avoid a burn out.

If you were born in 1949 be careful with paperwork, especially at work and be ready for some good news in the Dragon year. Health problems may loom for the 1973 Ox and they should look towards improving their diet and general health and pay special attention to their spending, especially on holidays. Drink plenty of water. 1973 Oxen, as well as those born in 1961, may find their busy schedule takes them away from their relationships and should set aside some quality time to spend with those close to them.

Whatever the Ox has left undone in the previous years will resurface in 2012 but the outcome bodes well.

Personal Qualities:

Dependable, ambitious, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious

Tiger

The dragon year 2012 can be a very fulfilling year for the Tiger so long as they can curb the impulsive nature that keeps getting them into trouble. For Tigers seeking employment it may appear that it’s hard finding work during this year, but be persevering as there are a lot of good opportunities arising for the Tiger in 2012. Employed Tigers will have a lot more say and opportunities for contribution in their work place this year where their bright and promising ideas gain notice. The ideas and the extra effort will work in their favour and may even lead to a promotion.

Tigers born 1938 must exercise caution when signing contracts; always read the fine print as there is a real possibility of money loss. Tigers born in 1950 should reserve some time for recreation with friends and family to deter these working Metal Tigers from being overtaxed in 2012.

Earth Tigers born in 1962 celebrate their 50th Birthday in the Year of the Dragons and should take the helm in marking the event, perhaps with a trip in the company of your loved ones. In any case this promises to be a memorable event but, a word of caution: spend only the amount you can afford.

Romance features prominently in the Tigers life in 2012 with many unattached and single Tigers discovering new love in the most unexpected of places this year. Just be sure to take things slow and do not rush into any precarious relationships in 2012.

Personal Qualities:

Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous

Rabbit/Hare

For the Rabbit the fast paced Dragon year will prove to be a mixed year with quite a few ups and downs. The Rabbit will need to be well prepared otherwise they will face problems in their business, relationships and career. Rabbits should keep a close eye on their finances in 2012 and must be careful of taking risks or gambling especially with stocks. Exercise due caution and make certain that you know exactly what you are doing before committing yourself to contracts or relationships. In business and career the Rabbit should focus on what they have already instead of looking for greener grass elsewhere. It is not the time for the Rabbit to start any new big projects or leave their current job for another seemingly more promising new job or career. That being said; this is also a good year for discovering new hobbies, for studying, taking exams or simply learning new skills as it may pave the way for a promising future job or career path.

Rabbits should try to take better care of their health and diet this year.  Health problems may arise that relate to the heart and joints, so be careful and remember to maintain a good sensible diet, be active, get plenty of exercise, and if you are a smoker try your best to give it up. Work hard without affecting your health and, if you are in a position to do so, try and spend some time travelling for business or pleasure. At the moment you are fatigued but things will get better very soon as ample good times are in store for you in 2012. Last but not least, Rabbits born in 1951 will be in for a good year when it comes to home life. This year can be a great time for renovating or refurbishing your home. If you were born in 1975 a great year is in store for you; just be careful when making any big decisions in 2012.

Personal Qualities:

Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky, flexible

Dragon

 

This is the Yang water Dragon’s year and Dragons will have a good start to 2012 buoyed by their innately positive attitude.

Commence your plans fairly early on in the year so as to get even more accomplished. Events will transpire fast and furious in 2012 and it is best to be at the ready, able to seize those great opportunities when they appear. These may came in the form of learning new skills or expanding your existing ones, even training through a hands-on approach. If you commit to something it may come back to reward you with a monetary gift or bonus at work.  Dragons have a real good chance of accruing abundant wealth this year as long as they do not sit back and let things slide.  There will be many opportunities for serious advancement in the Dragon’s chosen profession this year and a number of doors opening that they had thought closed a long time ago. The most important thing to remember is to spot a good opportunity when it comes and not overlook the small print of any offer. Dragons must be mindful of their finances in 2012, for in this fast paced year the lure of overspending is a real possibility.

Dragons born in 1940 should consider all conceivable outcomes when signing contracts in 2012 and discuss it with professionals and loved ones before signing anything. Those Dragons born in 1952 may feel that their talents are overlooked and not of much use to them but they have serious recognition waiting for them this year. Utilize your skills in 2012 and be prepared to reap the ample rewards.

Dragons born in 1964 should try to relax during the year and, when possible, take a vacation and unwind from this busy but rewarding year.

You can anticipate a pleasant and gratifying year with many new friends coming into your life in 2012. Loyalty is an innate characteristic of the Dragon and a small effort will go a long way in bolstering those existing friendships that have been neglected and effectively expanding their reach into a wider social circle. For single Dragons, this expanded social life should provide you with many opportunities to attain new love. For Dragons already in a committed relationship 2012 can be a most gratifying year.

Health-wise; Dragons should be mindful of their diet in 2012 as the fast paced year could lead them into some bad habits. Be sure to eat sensible, healthy foods and exercise as much as possible.

Personal Qualities:

Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal

 

 

Snake

 

The Snake should slide through this year with only a few bumps. With a little hard work and discipline they should be able to make the most of the many opportunities that will present themselves. The Snake’s natural foresight and intelligence will lead them if they do not let success steer them off the correct path and distractions will force the Snake to focus on the task at hand. The Dragon year will still demand hard work but if the Snake works it will take its toll unless they take some time to relax and exercise (like Tai Chi). Mind and body will need looking after in 2012.

The Snake may even feel like shedding the old skin of their present employment and set off on a new career, they should expect to confront these kinds of feelings this year. Advancement may come to those settled in a career through an opportunity to work closely with mentors or people in higher positions. Take this chance if it will make you happy.

2012 is a good year for finances and investments for the Snake but make sure you read the small print as the annual stars suggest legal issues and back stabbing. Be careful. Take extra care with investments this year and, while money luck is strong, you should be careful with shares or any other form of risky investment. Do not invest more than you can afford to lose and make sure all documents are checked over many times before signing, you have risk of having a fraud attempted on you.

With all this activity in their business and finances, the Year of the Dragon will prove to be a busy year for Snakes, but they must also take some time to spend with those they love. Whether it is your wife, boyfriend, Mother, Sister or BFF, do something to make them feel special. Also, leave time for yourself and try to relax more as stress can be an issue, bringing on the blues at times. Rest assured, whatever it is that troubles your mind right now will pass.

Be sure to keep an eye on your diet in 2012 and get plenty of exercise as Snakes can become lazy this year if they do not pay attention to their personal health.

Personal Qualities:

Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful

Horse

 

2012 could be a great year for the Horse but this is tempered with less favourable news that requires the Horse to be careful in their endeavours. If the competitive Horse follows his instinct to run ahead of the herd they could lose money in a new business venture. A calm, unrushed approach added to concentration on the task at hand and hard work will reward the Horse with success. Despite the ups and downs the Horse will be just fine.

There is a danger of over-doing it in 2012, whether it is indulgence in unhealthy foods, or overspending. Keep to a healthy diet and a prudent budget and you will receive the best this year has to offer. Be sure to exercise regularly to bolster your health this year. This is a year for the Horse to save the wealth they have rather than going out to seek more.

Both your work life and your home life will experience rough patches this year. Do not make hasty judgements about your coworkers and be patient, especially with those you live with at home. Opportunities for advancement and professional development will present themselves at work but, if you cannot remain calm in the face of deadlines and the stress of producing good work, you may engender arguments with your coworkers and cripple your attempts to gallop on ahead. Approach your work with caution and care and an avoidance of physical and financial risks is definitely called for.

The spring months of April and May could bring some good news and you should make the most of the good opportunities that appear, there will be other times when you will need the strength and resources you have built up. Be mindful of your actions and the results they could have and you will get along fine.

If you were born in the Horse year of 1942 you can expect a windfall in 2012, but risks to your health are higher than normal. The 1990 horse should take extra care of their health as well. Lung problems are a danger to the Horse born in 1954, especially if you smoke, live in a bad environment or follow an unhealthy diet. This year is a good year to give up smoking.

Personal Qualities:

Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded

 

 

Sheep/Goat

 

The Sheep will gain both financially and career-wise in 2012 and by working hard and smart you will attract money and, by accumulating as much as you can in your savings, you could build up a respectably large sum. Your work life will be busy and those long hours and hard work you put into a stressful project will pay off by attracting the attention of others to your positive qualities. This may lead to the assumption of greater responsibility for which you will need training. You will have to learn quickly and well, and will benefit greatly by attending a training course. New skills, be it reading a new book or honing a new talent will rebound to your benefit and 2012 is the year to embrace new opportunities.

The Year of the Dragon will bring you in contact with a lot of new people and give you a chance to impress them with you ability to relate to others. Strong friendships will develop and possibly a romantic relationship that could lead to a serious commitment.

Impulsive purchases should be avoided but, if you spend your money wisely and don’t rush in to a deal, your acquisitions will be a point of pride for you. Do your research before you buy otherwise you may go overboard in your expenditures. Seek the financial advice of others if you have any doubts about your finances in 2012, it could end up saving you a lot of money and effort.

Your home life will progress rapidly in the Dragon year with a lot of last-minute changes to your plans. Remain flexible and escape your hectic home on holidays with a loved one. The change of scenery, even if it is in the same country, will do you a lot of good and may even lead to stronger romance. The Sheep will do well in their romances in 2012, love is strong. An unmarried Sheep has a good chance of finding that special someone and even the married Sheep might find a whirlwind romance this year.

The Sheep born in 1991 will be plunged into a social melee later in the year and should take time in the winter and spring to prepare. The 1943 Sheep will benefit from sharing their wisdom and advice with friends and loved ones and those born in 1979 should also spend more time with those closest to them and grab the opportunities that appear. There will be a wealth of opportunities for those born in 1955 and they should be alert for them. The Sheep born in the Love Summer of 1967 may want to hold on to the past but they should not linger as moving on to greener pastures will bode well for them.

Sheep should keep an eye out for good news coming from a lost friend or neglected family member; it is a good year for reconciliation and mending those burnt bridges.

Personal Qualities:

Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, mothering, peaceful, generous, seeks security

Monkey

 

The success the Monkey will achieve in the Year of the Dragon all depends on how hard they will work for it. The opportunities are there for the taking in the realms of romance, career, wealth and other opportunities.

Keep up with the recent developments in your profession and apply them with the skills you have learned in the ups and downs of the past few years as there will be many rewards available to you at work this year. Unemployed Monkeys, or those looking for promotion, stand a very good chance of winning a good position in a new workplace if they maintain a positive attitude in the interviews and proceed with determination.

Monkey romance promises good things for this year and this should carry over into your work and business.

There will be a few drawbacks that you need to be aware of; there is a risk of monetary loss for the Monkey in 2012. You should take extra care with your finances this year and save your money instead of making unnecessary purchases. Your health may decline as well as you rush through all the opportunities the Dragon Year has to offer you. Exercise regularly and pay close attention to what you eat.

Personal Qualities:

Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual

Rooster

 

The Rooster has an affinity for the Dragon and in this year this will turn out to their advantage. Those plans you set in motion during your year in 2011 bear fruit and opportunities and success will lay themselves out in front of you this year. Your natural passion and drive will take you to great heights because luck is with you. Make a sincere effort in what you do and keep your positive outlook. You will meet difficult times and face obstacles; but if you face each one head-on you will be surprised at how easily they fall before your confidence. As you reap the rewards of your endeavours, do not forget to be charitable to those less fortunate.

Promotions and achievements will come to the Rooster this year and you may find it a bit overwhelming and confusing. Consider your moves carefully and include your partner or friend in your decisions, they will give you good advice.

There may be a temptation to overwork in order to grab more of the rewards that are coming in, but this should be tempered with common sense. Get plenty of rest and exercise and maintain a healthy, nutritious diet. This is a good year to learn to meditate, do yoga or just relax and take a bit of time to pamper your-self and recover from those occasional blahs that will come between the recurring successes.

Roosters born in 1945 should be more risk-averse than normal this year. It is time to make some changes and watch out for your health. A big part of a happy and successful life is a mind that can deal with stress and worry. Walk more, exercise more often, do something different and get out of those old, unhealthy, habits.

Personal Qualities:

Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible

Dog

 

Maintaining the same lifestyle year after year, persisting in bad habits and not paying attention to the warning signs will eventually catch up to you. The Year of the Dragon is nothing if it is not a rapid succession of ups and downs, but being aware of the pitfalls and doing something about them will lead to success.

Risky investments are to be avoided this year as well as loans to others. Charity, on the other hand, will rebound to your favour and reward you for your goodwill.

Dogs may find themselves beset by worries this year, but sharing their concerns with a friend or loved one will reveal that the trouble is not as severe as it seems and problems will be easier to solve. Communicating with others will work to your advantage.

The stress of work and career may just be one of those things that worry you but healthy eating and good exercise will take the edge off. When you burn the midnight oil wrapping up a work assignment don’t go for the processed food or TV dinners, have some vegetables and fruit for snacks to keep you energized. Be careful of what you eat this year, and watch for food that has been spoiled by being left out for too long. This is especially important if you find yourself in a hot country where refrigeration is not always used as much as it should be.

When arguments spring up stay calm and collected, rash responses will bring regret. Look before you leap.

Dogs stand a good chance of finding a new love in the Dragon year so you should keep your eyes open.

The measures you took in your business, career and finances over the last few years will mature this year. Make the most of the wind at your back as it pushes your ship ahead of it. Don’t just sit back for the ride, though, get your hand on the rudder, trim the sails and steer your own way to success.

Personal Qualities:

Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going

Pig/Boar

 

For those in the sign of the Pig the Year of the Dragon will require more attention from you than other years. Those seeds that you sowed in the past years are now sprouting, so get ready to gather up your rewards. Business and career show promise as long as you remain positive and willing to put in the extra work needed to get things done. The money will come in to you but you have to be sure to tuck it away safely in the piggy bank. A positive note will be struck when you may be offered a partnership or managerial role. The contracts involved may prove tricky and you would be well advised to have them double checked by a trusted professional or a loved one before signing them.

Relationships with your loved ones will be enhanced by the Dragon year, especially if you take time out from your busy schedule to spend time alone with them. A vacation away from home is just the thing to rekindle a romance but be careful of your expenditures. Single Pigs have a good chance of finding a new relationship this year as well.

The challenges the Year of the Dragon brings you will be overcome. The problems of 2011 will be resolved and be replaced by less worrisome concerns. If you were born in 1971 you should be especially wary of big equipment, whether using it or driving beside it on the highway. Try to avoid it as much as you can.

Make a resolution this year to be more thankful for what you have and for the things other people do for you. Don’t be afraid to tell people how much you appreciate them and say “Thank you” to someone at least every day.

Personal Qualities:

Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent

*If you are not sure what animal sign you are, please consult the list below:

Between This Date and   This Date

February 05 1924 and January 23 1925        Rat

January 24 1925 and February 12 1926        Ox

February 13 1926 and February 01 1927      Tiger

February 02 1927 and January 22 1928         Rabbit

January 23 1928 and February 09 1929         Dragon

February 10 1929 and January 29 1930          Snake

January 30 1930 and February 16 1931          Horse

February 17 1931 and February 05 1932        Ram

February 06 1932 and January 25 1933          Monkey

January 26 1933 and February 13 1934          Rooster

February 14 1934 and February 03 1935        Dog

February 04 1935 and January 23 1936          Boar

January 24 1936 and February 10 1937          Rat

February 11 1937 and January 30 1938          Ox

January 31 1938 and February 18 1939          Tiger

February 19 1939 and February 07 1940        Rabbit

February 08 1940 and January 26 1941          Dragon

January 27 1941 and February 14 1942          Snake

February 15 1942 and February 04 1943        Horse

February 05 1943 and January 24 1944          Ram

January 25 1944 and February 12 1945          Monkey

February 13 1945 and February 01 1946        Rooster

February 02 1946 and January 21 1947          Dog

January 22 1947 and February 09 1948          Boar

February 10 1948 and January 28 1949          Rat

January 29 1949 and February 16 1950          Ox

February 17 1950 and February 05 1951        Tiger

February 06 1951 and January 26 1952          Rabbit

January 27 1952 and February 13 1953          Dragon

February 14 1953 and February 02 1954        Snake

February 03 1954 and January 23 1955          Horse

January 24 1955 and February 11 1956          Ram

February 12 1956 and January 30 1957          Monkey

January 31 1957 and February 17 1958          Rooster

February 18 1958 and February 07 1959        Dog

February 08 1959 and January 27 1960          Boar

January 28 1960 and February 14 1961          Rat

February 15 1961  and  February 04 1962      Ox

February 05 1962 and January 24 1963          Tiger

January 25 1963 and February 12 1964          Rabbit

February 13 1964 and February 01 1965        Dragon

February 02 1965 and January 20 1966          Snake

January 21 1966 and February 08 1967          Horse

February 09 1967 and January 29 1968          Ram

January 30 1968 and February 16 1969          Monkey

February 17 1969 and February 05 1970        Rooster

February 15 1972 and February 02 1973        Rat

February 03 1973 and January 22 1974          Ox

January 23 1974 and February 10 1975          Tiger

February 11 1975 and January 30 1976          Rabbit

January 31 1976 and February 17 1977          Dragon

February 18 1977 and February 06 1978        Snake

February 07 1978 and January 27 1979          Horse

January 28 1979 and February 15 1980          Ram

February 16 1980 and February 04 1981        Monkey

February 05 1981 and January 24 1982          Rooster

January 25 1982 and February 12 1983          Dog

February 13 1983 and February 01 1984        Boar

February 02 1984 and February 19 1985        Rat

February 20 1985 and February 08 1986        Ox

February 09 1986 and January 28 1987          Tiger

January 29 1987 and February 16 1988          Rabbit

February 17 1988 and February 05 1989        Dragon

February 06 1989 and January 26 1990          Snake

January 27 1990 and February 14 1991          Horse

February 15 1991 and February 03 1992        Ram

February 04 1992 and January 22 1993          Monkey

January 23 1993 and February 09 1994          Rooster

February 10 1994  and  January 30 1995        Dog

January 31 1995  and  February 18 1996        Boar

February 19 1996  and  February 06 1997      Rat

February 07 1997  and  January 27 1998        Ox

January 28 1998  and  February 15 1999        Tiger

February 16 1999  and  February 04 2000      Rabbit

February 05 2000  and  January 23 2001        Dragon

January 24 2001  and  February 11 2002        Snake

February 12 2002  and  January 31 2003        Horse

February 01 2003  and  January 21 2004        Ram

January 22 2004  and  February 08 2005        Monkey

February 09 2005  and  January 28 2006        Rooster

January 29 2006  and  February 17 2007        Dog

February 18 2007  and  February 06 2008      Boar

February 07 2008  and  January 25 2009        Rat

January 26 2009  and  February 13 2010        Ox

February 14 2010  and  February 02 2011      Tiger

February 03 2011  and  January 22 2012        Rabbit

January 23 2012  and  February 09 2013        Dragon

February 10 2013  and  January 30 2014        Snake

January 31 2014  and  February 18 2015        Horse

February 19 2015  and  February 07 2016      Ram

February 08 2016  and  January 27 2017        Monkey

January 28 2017  and  February 18 2018        Rooster

February 19 2018  and  February 04 2019      Dog

February 05 2019  and  January 24 2020        Boar

Weather Augury by Animals, Insects, Fish and Plants

Weather Augury by Animals, Insects, fish and Plants

Weather Augury  by Animals, Insect and Fish

As we live in heavily populated areas, towns and cities, dotted with the well intentioned nature habitats, rooftop gardens and parks, we are still considered disadvantaged when it comes to wilderness nature and its bountiful riches. Think back to simpler times without the advent of satellites or computers and ask yourself how the weather was determined back then. There once was a lost art, some of which I shall strive to resurrect for you now.

First, it is a generally accepted belief that animals are good indicators of weather patterns, since one can determine the approaching changes in the weather by closely studying the habits and behaviour of animals.  A likely explanation would be that some delicately attuned mechanism that forms part of the nervous system in animals enables this gift of prophesy. Don’t feel left out however; some humans do possess this particular instinct also, though they do not generally advertise it as it is frowned up by technologically advanced society.  Only practiced spiritualists are allowed some leeway.

Here are some light-hearted instances of animal and insect augury:

Spiders:  It’s a known fact that spiders are particularly accurate little weather prophets.  Those of us who are knowledgeable or keen observers can note the variations of webs, as the hard working spiders regulate the construction of their web to suit daily or even hourly weather patterns.  When they are sure that it’s going to be fine day spiders build actively, extending their webs in all directions; however, when adverse weather such as rain or storms are in the forecast these tenacious operators  confine their  effort to just strengthening and  solidifying their dwellings.  This is our cue to determining the weather:

  • If the threads of the spider’s web that are anchored to surrounding objects are long a fine day is in the forecast; however if the little weavers begin to shorten the threads the weather will be wet and active.
  • If the spiders begin building or extending the webs in the morning the day will be sunny and fine.
  • If spiders begin to alter or rebuild their webs in the evening hours calm clear night is indicated.
  • If the spiders break down their webs and take refuge in crevices and under eves or under leaves the forecast will be bad.

Cats:  Cats rubbing their paws behind their ears indicates that wet weather is in store.

  Dogs: When dogs roll on the ground and scratch at themselves it forecasts that rain is imminent.

Gnats:  When colonies of gnats disport themselves in the evening sunshine the morrow will be warm and sunny.  Also, when large numbers of gnats are seen in spring it augurs that the latter part of the year will be mild.

Bees:  when the bees appear reluctant to leave the hive it is a sure indication that rain will soon be in the forecast.

Frogs and Toads: When frogs and toads are quite evident and their croaking is incessant and loud heavy rain is forecast.

Bats:  When many bats or nocturnal beetles fly about it’s an indication that the subsequent day will be a good, sunny day.

Mole Hills:   An appearance of many freshly-thrown up mole hills indicates that a lengthy spell of wet and cold weather is in store.

Horses, Cattle and Sheep:  When grazing animals grow restless or frisky and chase one another or stretch out their necks and sniff out the air you can be sure that it will rain soon.  Other indications of impending rain are when the sheep turn their backs to the wind or when horses, cattle and sheep all gather in the corner of a field or gather close to hedges.

Birds:  Birds are quite accurate in weather prophesy.

  • If birds become silent and hushed, as though with fear and foreboding, it’s a sure sign of approaching bad weather, lightning and thunder.
  • When rooks and crows croak noisily and fly excitedly about their nests for no apparent reason or if they sail with motionless wings much like kites it’s a sure sign of approaching bad weather and rain.
  • Owls have been noted to hoot and screech more vociferously than normal when a change of weather is in the forecast; then again when they grow particularly noisy in wet weather a fine spell is in the forecast.
  • When robins hop about near the house for scraps of food adverse, cold weather with much snow and frost is augured.

Fish:   Let’s not rule out the fish, as they are very responsive to weather changes also. When they swim about just below the surface and come up readily to feed rain is not far off; but when they shun the light and lurk at the bottom of deep pools it will be some time before the grey skies and rain manifest.

Weather Augury by Plants

Plants are also responsive to the changes in the weather.  When the scent of flowers seems to be far stronger and heavier than usual it augurs approaching rain.

If you observe the leaves of clover drawn closely together it denotes an impending downpour and thunder. The bindweed and twining convolvulus share a common trait with scarlet pimpernel, which by the way is known as the “farmer’s weather-glass” for good reason, for it always closes its petals before a pending rainfall.

When trees are observed to rustle their leaves in relatively calm, still weather it is a sure indication of an approaching rain.

Weather Augury through other means

When the atmosphere is dense with moisture, it is usually a good indication of approaching wet weather.  At such times salt becomes damp and cakes together.  Painted walls and metallic surfaces of objects become covered with a film of dew and the distant hills and far away scenery seems nearer.

Oftentimes people with rheumatic condition complain of pain in the joints.  Pain also occurs in old wounds when rain is about to manifest.