Tomorrow marks the start of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake. New year celebrations are colourful, elaborate and exciting, as people welcome in the new year and usher out the old. It is a time to turn over a new leaf, a time of new beginnings.
As the Year of the Dragon gives way to the Year of the Snake, let’s take a sneak peek at what this new year has in store for you.
Predictions are taken from the definitive book on Chinese astrology, THE HANDBOOK OF CHINESE HOROSCOPES, seventh edition, by Theodora Lau and Laura Lau, which contains predictions that will take you right through to 2014.
If you were born in the Year of the Rat:
This year will not be as productive as others for the Rat. The Snake will not have a good sense of direction, casting a shadow on its year… Things will not come easy to the Rat in the Year of the Snake.
If you were born in the Year of the Ox:
The Snake brings many rewards to the hardworking Ox this year. It will be a good time for beginnings in the Ox’s life, whether that involves starting a new romance or close friendship or starting a new job.
If you were born in the Year of the Tiger:
A relatively fair year for the Tiger born. Career and finances should be quiet, with no big changes in store for this year. The Tiger should play it cool this year by letting people come to him, rather than pushing his agenda too heavily.
If you were born in the Year of the Rabbit:
The Rabbit will find a year where work will be done, but not much will progress. The Snake will test the Rabbit’s patience and educate him in being more open to change. The Rabbit will find that a positive approach can be the key to a better outcome.
If you were born in the Year of the Dragon:
This will be a fortunate year for the Dragon career-wise and financially, but it will be a balancing act for the Dragon between work and home life. The Dragon should not start new romantic relationships, unless he can make a commitment to carry his weight in the partnership.
If you were born in the Year of the Snake:
While this will be a less productive year for the Snake, here will be opportunities for him to come out ahead. The Snake must avoid becoming too consumed by this year’s distractions.
If you were born in the Year of the Horse:
The Horse faces an uncertain journey in the Year of the Snake. The Horse will be thankful for good friends and family, as he will be calling on them to give him some much needed pep talks when he feels discouraged by setbacks.
If you were born in the Year of the Sheep:
The Sheep will make strong and memorable gains in the year of the Snake. The Sheep will be fortunate to expand his network of personal and professional contacts. The Sheep’s efforts will pay off professionally, with public acknowledgement and even a promotion.
If you were born in the Year of the Monkey:
The Year of the Snake is one in which the Monkey should stay inside of the lines. The monkey often thinks that he can get out of any sticky situation with his creative mind, but he should play it by the book this year.
If you were born in the Year of the Rooster:
It will be a year of stops and starts that will challenge the Rooster, who prefers maximum efficiency. The Rooster’s observant nature can help him avoid problems and allow him to finish the year relatively unscathed.
If you were born in the Year of the Dog:
The Dog will achieve a great deal in the Year of the Snake. By keeping his nose to the grindstone and summoning a great deal of patience, the Dog will find success. With all the prosperity that comes to the Dog’s door this year, he should be thankful for his blessings.
If you were born in the Year of the Boar:
By the end of the year, the Boar will find that he has more than he started with. However, these gains are hard won. The Boar must keep his house ordered in the Year of the Snake by minding his budget and minimizing personal risks to support his loved ones, who need more help than he does.
© THE HANDBOOK OF CHINESE HOROSCOPES, seventh edition, by Theodora Lau and Laura Lau, published by Souvenir Press.