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Lunar New Year
Page 14 n THE ASIAN REPORTER
February 1, 2016
Year of the Monkey forecasts
To find out what sign and element apply to you,
turn to page 20 and look up your date of birth.
By Madame Mingmei
Special to The Asian Reporter
Things are looking rosy for Rats this year. After running
through a maze of difficulties in the Years of the Sheep
and Horse, Rats will see a vast improvement in fortune
during the Monkey’s reign. Carpe Diem!
n Metal Rat: The year
looks promising to form new
and significant relationships
and strengthen existing ones,
Metal Rat. Start a new hobby,
join a gym, or take a class to
maximize this potential and
enjoy going where it takes
n Water Rat: Pay attention to your health, Water Rat,
and don’t neglect yourself in this exciting year. Staying
physically and mentally active is crucial to a happy year.
Yoga, meditation, and spending time with friends are
good ways to keep stress levels in check.
n Wood Rat: Your professional life will blossom,
provided you stay alert to new opportunities and seize
them as they arise. Someone in your circle of friends may
be able to steer you in the right direction, provided you let
them know your desires.
n Fire Rat: Set your goals, Fire Rat, as this is the year
to achieve them! Once you have decided where you want to
go, start taking the steps needed to get there. Taking
classes or specialized training or consulting with an
expert may be a good place to start.
n Earth Rat: After a couple of lean years, your fiscal
fortunes are set to improve dramatically. Though it is
tempting, unchecked spending will lead to disaster. Save
some of your largess and make judicious and diversified
investments to keep yourself in the black.
The wild rollercoaster ride that was the Year of the
Sheep is coming to an end, and the Year of the Monkey
promises to be a much more sedate and smooth one, just
the way you like it. The increased stability the year brings
makes it a good one to make important life decisions, as
your mind will be clear and undistracted.
n Metal Ox: Dial back your
desire to control the actions of
others and your relation-
ships will be much stronger
for it. Listening with an open
mind and compromise are the
keys to a harmonious year.
n Water Ox: While financ-
es appear to be fairly stable
this year, avoid gambling and risky ventures as they are
likely to deplete your savings and put you on shaky
ground. Living within your means and fiscal
responsibility will preserve your hard-won money and
n Wood Ox: All your efforts should pay off this year,
Wood Ox, as those around you begin to take notice. Take
advantage of opportunities that arise, but remember to
maintain good relationships and don’t burn any bridges,
lest your good fortune go sour.
n Fire Ox: The Year of the Monkey is looking good for
you, Fire Ox! Take advantage by investing in yourself
with training or education. Cultivating relationships with
those in your chosen field will help you achieve your goals.
n Earth Ox: Your diligence will lead you to success this
year, but don’t forget to take time off to recharge and
nurture relationships with loved ones. Their support will
enable you to go far.
2015 was a great year for Tigers, but difficulties lie
ahead in the Year of the Monkey. Your hardworking and
determined nature will help see you through the tough
times. Don’t be afraid to rely on loved ones when needed;
they have your back, as you have always had theirs.
n Metal Tiger: Watch out
for those whose actions don’t
match their friendly words,
Metal Tiger. Recognizing and
avoiding their machinations
will put you at an advantage
and lead to an improved
n Water Tiger: The best
way to ride out this year’s troubles is through flexibility,
Water Tiger. Trying new and creative solutions and
switching strategies when needed are surefire ways to
tackle seemingly insurmountable problems.
n Wood Tiger: During this Year of the Monkey, it is
best to ease up on frivolous spending and save your money
for lean times. Use your discerning nature to suss out wise
choices and be careful of well-meant but unsound advice.
n Fire Tiger: Avoid getting swept up into the melo-
drama of friends. Becoming involved will only lead to
heartache and rob you of valuable time. Instead, spend
time with those who truly value your friendship.
n Earth Tiger: Though the year may bring its share of
troubles, you will discover who your true friends are. This
valuable information and their support will guide you to
Fortunes may prove rough for Rabbit this year.
Working hard and compromising will get you through the
Year of the Monkey’s difficulties. Consider forming
alliances with those who have similar goals; there is
strength in numbers.
n Metal Rabbit: The year may prove disastrous
financially, Metal Rabbit, if you are unable to control your
spending. Hold off on extravagant purchases and make
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