January 16, 2012
Forecasts for the Year of the Water Dragon
The Chinese Lunar Calendar identifies 2012 as the Year of the Water Dragon. Commencing January 23 and ending on February 3, the year bodes well for those born under the sign of the Dragon, Dog, Ox, Goat or Rabbit. The lucky colors this year are quite plenty, including gold, silver, white, sky blue, green, red, pink, violet, peach, orange, beige, yellow and brown
Celebrations are afoot, of course, and one of the most anticipated is the one at The Mandarin Oriental Manila. The hotel's celebration on January 22, Chinese New Year's Eve, kicks off with cocktails preceding a spectacular outdoor show of a grand eye-dotting ceremony, a majestic dragon and lion dance, dazzling fireworks and auspicious rituals by renowned geomancer Master Joseph Chau to augur luck in 2012—leading to a thrilling countdown to midnight. A sumptuous lauriat dinner in the stylishly adorned ballroom caps the night's festivities. Tickets to the hotel's iconic Chinese New Year celebration, which has become the biggest midnight festivity outside Binondo (Chinatown) over the past 15 years, are available.
Access to this grand festivity can be through here, which starts at Php6,888 for a Superior or Deluxe room, and includes international buffet breakfast, Php1,000 dining credit in any of the hotel's restaurants and a Php500 Spa voucher for an à la carte pampering treatment at the relaxing Spa.
Here are Master Chau's forecasts of what's in store for you in the Year of the Water Dragon:
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Zodiacs Nature: Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, zealous, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.
2012 is the year of the Water Dragon. People born in the year of the Dragon are said to be offending the Grand Duke (Tai Suey Pang Tai) of the year, which will usher in periodic inauspicious and difficult periods throughout the year. . They will be under stress and will face many obstacles, challenges, persecutions and problems. They should be very careful in handling their work or business and do things step by step. They must remember to work more and talk less, to avoid unnecessary rumors and jealousy. "Think before you act" is a key phrase to remember, for them to be successful within the year. They have to keep a low profile, be patient, do their best to maintain good relationships, and avoid being involved in personal disputes.
Financially, it is not a fortunate year for Dragons, because of so many antagonistic stars gathered under their sign; money will be easy come-easy go. They should cut down their expenditures and do their best to save money. On love affairs: this is not a fortunate year. Single Dragons should not expect too much this year. Lovers should be patient with each other to reach mutual understanding. They must be careful with the way they handle their relationship to avoid any conflict. On health: because of the existence of the antagonistic stars, Dragons should pay special attention to road safety, keep away from sharp objects and beware of spleen, gall bladder and stomach problems. Moreover, they have to watch over their diet.
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Zodiacs Nature: Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be a loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold.
Although there are so many antagonistic stars under the sign this year, they will not be affected too much because Snakes are flexible and changeable in character. They can cope easily with sudden changes and they can utilize their talents to reap the opportunities that come along. Snakes will have a step ahead this year. They have to maintain good relationships with people to avoid isolation, or else the operation of their work or business will be affected. Financially, money luck is quite fortunate this year for Snakes. On love affairs, two romantic stars appear under the sign. They indicate that romantic sparks are easily ignited. Love life will blossom into permanent relationships. On health, the existence of the "Sickness Star" signifies that Snakes will easily get sick. They have to pay special attention to their lungs and respiratory problems.
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Zodiacs Nature: Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile both mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.
This is a stable year for Horses in the year of the Dragon. In order to succeed this year, they have to be more conservative in handling their work or business. They absolutely cannot take any shortcuts for fast success. They will also have many chances to exhibit their skills and talents and show off their working ability. So, they have to work hard, be more creative and take initiative at work. Financially, the year is good and optimistic. Money comes from all sources and never ends. On love affairs, this will be a pretty dull year for the Horses; it is because of the influence of the Lonely Star. Lovers will experience communication gaps and misunderstandings. To prevent this situation from happening, they should pay more attention and give more affection to their loved ones. On health, it may be possible for Horses to have an operation this year. They should keep away from dangerous water activities and pay special attention to road safety.
1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Zodiacs Nature: Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer, weak-willed.
Goats will be blessed by the Grace Star, so it is lucky for them to explore their business in overseas markets. Working employees should open their eyes to opportunities around the world. They should have the guts to challenge themselves, and grasp the good opportunities to work abroad. It is also lucky for Goats to explore studying abroad or migrating. Financially, money is easy come and easy go. Goats should try their best to save money for the rainy days. Most important of all, they should be wary of money traps since they can easily be cheated. They must be extremely careful when engaging in contract signing. On love affairs, female Goats will have better luck than the males. Goats should not indulge too much in nightlife. On health, due to the appearance of the “Kaau Sat” unlucky star within the sign, Goats must pay attention to heart, liver and lung problems. So, precautions should be taken regarding their diet. Don't take too much oily food, and have a medical checkup in the beginning of the year.
1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Zodiacs Nature: Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious.
This is not a favorable year for Monkeys in the year of the Dragon. There are so many unlucky stars gathered under the sign. So, they easily get into trouble and experience problems, especially related to business ventures, rumors and court cases. However, constant hard work and humility will bring success to Monkeys. Financially, money is fluctuating. It is crucial that they avoid being too greedy or they will lose everything. On love affairs, the Romantic Star shines bright. It is beneficial for lovers, and is especially auspicious for weddings. Single Monkeys should consider getting married within the year. On health, since there is the appearance of the unlucky stars, Monkeys should avoid going to funerals or visiting the sick people in the hospital. They also have to watch their diet and hygiene. They should not take too much oily food and beware of glung, intestine, stomach and digestive problems.
1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Zodiacs Nature: Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated, given to empty bravado.
Luck of the Roosters is fluctuating. Roosters will face many obstacles or problems ahead, but they should not be too worried about that as these problems will eventually get solved. The lucky stars will change their bad luck into good fortune. "Change" is a must for Roosters. They have to look for a new job, new market and new direction to explore their business. They should be ready for the sudden changes and try their best to cope with them. It is important that Roosters work hard constantly and have no fear in any unfavorable situations. Moreover, they have to build good relationships with people, so that they are able to work efficiently and achieve their target easily. Financially, Roosters will have stable incomes, but they should try their best to save money for the rainy day. There will be many chances for them to join ventures. However, they should be wary of swindlers. On love affairs, this will be a very romantic year for Roosters. They are very attractive and popular in social gatherings. However, they have to avoid indulging too much in love affairs and neglecting their work. On health, Roosters should have enough rest and must pay special attention to their diet and hygiene to avoid liver problems.
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Zodiacs Nature: Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.
Dogs are directly clashing with the Dragon sign this year. They are clashing with the Tai Suey (Grand Duke). So, they should be extremely careful in handling their work or business. this is not an ideal year for Dogs to change jobs or expand their business. They will be under stress and will face many problems such as personal disputes, rumors, jealousy, and backstabbing. Their work progress will be seriously affected. , to avoid unexpected problems from happening, they must be patient and keep a low profile. They must also try their best to keep away from disputes. Money luck is not so optimistic. They have to be very careful in handling their wealth. They must try to broaden their sources of income and reduce unnecessary expenditures. Aside from this, they should not act as a guarantor for others. On love affairs, this is not a fortunate year for Dogs in romance. They should not expect too much this year. The more they expect, they more disappointed they will be. On health, they must try to have enough rest to avoid exhaustion.
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Zodiacs Nature: Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naïve, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.
It is a prosperous year for Pigs and things go quite smoothly. It is especially lucky for those who are in the field of management as they will have good opportunities for them to expand their business and show their talents, skills and working abilities. Both career and business luck are stable, if they are able to handle their work cautiously and without any major mistake. It is important that they make a clear distinction between public and private interests when handling their work, and understand that work and friendship do not mix well. Financially, this is a pretty good year. Pigs will have many opportunities to change jobs or have better prospects. However, they should treasure their luck and should not let their chances go. On love affairs, this is a romantic year for Pigs. They will enjoy harmonious relationships with those around them this year. Single Pigs can expect romance to flourish, and they will have the chance to find a partner. Married Pigs should avoid heavy engagements and socializing. On health, Pigs have to try to keep fit this year. Most importantly, they should have enough rest to avoid exhaustion.
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Zodiacs Nature: Forthright, tenacious, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, mendacious, venal, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.
This is a fortunate year for Rats. They will have the chance to get a promotion and change jobs. They can consider either starting their own business or expanding their current business. Both fame and reputation will be popular for Rats this year, especially for those involved in politics, media and TV business. So, for their popularity and success in career development, they should consider doing some good for the society in order to get support from the public. Financially, this is a fortunate year for Rats. They will have a steady income and profits and they will have the chance to exhibit their talents. However, they should avoid becoming greedy and losing more than they gain. On love affairs, it will be quite an unsteady year for Rats. They will face many obstacles and problems and may end up with separation. Therefore, lovers should be more understanding with each other to avoid conflict. On health, Rats will have a hectic work schedule this year, so they should have enough rest to avoid exhaustion. Most important of all, they should watch out for the health and safety of their elder family members at home.
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Zodiacs Nature: Dependable, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.
Due to the influence of the unlucky stars "Koon Sok" and "Kuen Sit", Oxen have to be careful when it comes to the way they handle their relationships with their people this year. They must talk cautiously and think before they act, or else they will easily create conflicts which can result in a legal case. Luckily, this is an auspicious year for Oxen in business. The lucky stars shining brightly and everything is going smoothly. However, they have to understand that humility and patience are the positive attitudes needed when treating people in order to win full support of others in business. They have to keep in mind that they should not be moody and arrogant. Otherwise, they will suffer a big defeat by their competitors. Most important of all, they have to keep in mind the Chinese motto that says: "Don't do to others what you don't want others to do unto you." Financially, Oxen will be quite fortunate because they will have a steady income from different sources. Love lacks richness, but it is still stable. Oxen should be alert of love traps and avoid indulging in too much nightlife. Health is moderate. They have to pay attention to their diet and hygiene. Exercise more, as this will be helpful in keeping away from sickness.
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Zodiacs Nature: Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive.
This is a tough and busy year for Tigers. They have to work very hard to survive in business. On the other hand, they have to be patient, keep a low profile and keep away from disputes, so that their career development will not be hindered. "Silence" is the keyword for them towards their path to success during this year. They must think before they act and avoid being too talkative or they will suffer numerous troubles. They have to be more conservative in handling their money matters. It is important that they pay special attention when signing contracts. On love affairs, the romantic star is weak. It is full of complications and love life is definitely not going smooth. So, they should not expect too much or they will be deeply disappointed. Lovers should be patient with each other and maintain their relationship with care to avoid problems. On health, they have to relax more and do more soft exercise to keep fit.
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Zodiacs Nature: Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn.
Rabbits will have better luck this year. Career luck is promising and they are able to change their bad luck into good fortune. However, they have to work step by step and stand on solid ground in order to succeed. It is important that they avoid dreaming and aiming too high. Their arrogance will be their biggest obstacle at work, so they must be humble and open themselves up to accept opinions of others. Financially, money luck is prosperous, but they have to prevent the problems that will be created from the wealth. So, they should not be greedy. They must avoid corruption or they will put themselves in jeopardizing situations. On love affairs, it is easy to get into romantic involvements with the opposite gender and romantic sparks are ignited easily. On health, it is not too good for Rabbits. They have to exercise more to strengthen their immune system to prevent getting sick. Try to relax more and make sure to have enough rest to avoid exhaustion or sudden collapse.