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Delicate

This vivid hibiscus grew in my front yard.

Unfortunately the tree has died since but

this photo I took is a testament to the loveliness

of the flowers this tree produced.

The beauty of nature is a spiritual wonder.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Forecasts for Year of the Black Water Snake (2013)

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Black Water Snake! Find out what this year means for you, with forecasts for every animal sign in Chinese Astrology.

The Year of the Black Water Snake begins on February 4th (though the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th) and marks a phase of sound progress and the need to pay careful consideration to details. Determination, focus and consistent effort will be qualities required in order to achieve the objectives you have set yourself; and quiet persistence, resilience, studiousness, and contemplation will provide you with the winning hand during the Year of the Snake.
Years of the Snake
1/23/1917 – 2/10/1918; 2/10/1929 – 1/29/1930; 1/27/1941 – 2/14/1942; 2/14/1953 – 2/2/1954; 2/2/1965 – 1/20/1966; 2/18/1977 – 2/6/1978; 2/6/1989 – 1/26/1990; 1/24/2001-2/11/2002; 2/10/2013-1/30/2014

Snakes represent mystery, prophecy, and healing. During the Chinese Spring Festival, people often decorate their windows and doors with paper “Fu” characters, depicting a snake encircling a rabbit symbolizing wealth.
Snake Positive Traits: Good Tempered; Communicate well but with as few words as possible; Typically careful with money, Snakes often achieve a secure financial position; Sympathetic and often motivated to help others; On the surface a Snake may seem calm but they are passionate and intense; Determined to succeed; Inspired and often creative or musical or both. Excellent healers; When in negative mode, snakes can be secretive, mistrustful, fickle, vain, proud, or manipulative; However generally Snakes are interesting, contemplative and on a quest to fulful their greatest potential.
Energy: Yin
Star Sign Counterpart - Taurus



The Year of the Black Water Snake General Overview for All Signs. (For Specific Forecasts for Each Sign, just scroll down.)

Be prepared to deal with situations changing without warning, and periods of instability intermittently this year; these surprising circumstances providing two of the most important life lessons, acceptance and adaptability. There will be also be times of enormous revelations, both on personal and societal levels.

This year may bring a larger work load, so ensure you also make time to relax and enjoy your important relationships. Pay careful attention to details regarding documents, particularly legal or contractual, before signing. The Year of the Snake is likely to be a favourable year for those involved in fields of work, or business, that relies on precision or minute details, especially investigation and research. Feelings of ambition may surface this year, pushing individuals to work harder at making their dreams a reality. The Year of the Snake also marks a period of increased responsibilities, and feelings of duty, experiencing a willingness, not only to do what is needed to enhance their own lives, but make a greater contribution to the wider society.

Self-transformation, personal healing and prophetic insights are also highlighted by the energy of the snake, with vivid dreams bringing deep messages and guidance; you feel the urge to improve yourself and your understanding of the part you play in existence, be rewarded by a sense of growing self-awareness. If you have been on a journey to heal past hurts, this year will bring the opportunities to recognize what needs to be changed, and what needs to be done, to remedy the situation.

Year of the Snake correlates to the colours of black, green, light blue, and the water element represents changeability, adaptability, and dynamism. The Year of the Black Water Snake 2013 provides the opportunity to make genuine progress, travelling slowly, but steadily, in a productive direction. The Year of the Black Water Snake will continue until the 31st of January, 2014.

SNAKE


Sixth sign of Chinese Zodiac
Element: Fire
Polarity: Negative
Astrological Sign Counterpart: Virgo

People born under the animal sign of the Snake are multifaceted individuals, intelligent and often very intuitive. “Snakes” tend to be people of few words, preferring the quiet, and contemplative or creative atmospheres. Often possessing notable business skills, and a desire to hold on to their money rather than spend it; with the notable exception of spending money to further their career or pursuits related to important aspirations. Snakes often possess noticeable self-confidence, with a few exhibiting an inflated ego. Snakes do not like loud noise or interruptions. People under this sign are often good with their hands, many being gifted artists, musicians, artisans, handymen and builders. They tend to be passionate and very active people. Snakes are believed to be most compatible with signs of the Ox and Rooster. (Just scroll down for more information on what this year means to those under the sign of The Snake.)

The RAT


Rats are highly intelligent, quick, sensitive, loving, and typically good at "squirreling" away their money. Those under the animal sign of the Rat will find this year full of change and interesting twists and turns. Some shifts will provide the foundation for future success. The Year of the Snake will be an important period for those Rats who are studying, or planning to study, with personal accomplishment likely, but only if you are willing to work hard this year.

This is a wonderful year to explore your potential and interests, and find you possess new talents. Excitement and good fortune are likely in the Year of the Black Water Snake for all Rats.

Love and The Rat

The Year of the Black Water Snake will see Rats contemplating the direction of their relationships, most looking to improve, or heal, current connections, while others will be considering whether it is best to move on. 2013 holds great potential for love and harmony for Rats in love. Single Rats will also be enjoying their alone-time this year, thought still keeping their life open to a possible new love. Both partnered and single Rats will experience changes in their romantic unions, family relationships, or friendships, but change can be a positive force as long as the choices are well-considered and acted on with compassion and care. It is also an excellent year for improving your relationship to yourself too, as you learn to recognize and embrace your gifts and abilities, and giving yourself positive feedback on a job well-done. The opportunity to find lasting love presents itself for some single Rats this year, with a chance meeting with someone special who brings out the Rats’ best qualities, providing the opportunity to build a very different connection to previous romantic relationships.

Work and The Rat

Those Rats already in jobs will enjoy either be given the opportunity to try out a different role, or accept added duties. The Year of the Black Water Snake will provide interesting options for those under the animal sign of the Rat to rise up the career ladder. Be open to change in the work or business environment, and you open yourself up to some exciting new offers and work experience. Rats seeking employment will find training or formal study will assist them in getting that new job, if not in their chosen field, in another role that will eventually lead to that desired position. The chance to shine at work will present itself more than once during the year, so make sure you take advantage of the opportunities when they turn up, rather than holding back due to a fear of failure or lack of confidence. If you put your best foot forward, Mr/Mrs/Ms Rat are likely to achieve some important work-related goals this year.

Good luck abounds for Rats this year, so make the most of the favourable influence of the Year of the Black Water Snake and get to work on all those goals that are close to your heart and reap in those rewards.

The Ox


The hardworking Ox will be busy as usual this year. Ox’s are known for pushing themselves; even when they have accomplished their goals, they follow it up with more work to better their last best. The year of the Black Water Snake looks promising for the Ox, excitement, achievement, and for many of the sign of the Ox, love.

Love and The Ox

The Year of the Black Water Snake holds promise of love for those seeking new romance. An attraction will not only be distracting, but bring to mind thoughts of pursuing a deeper love. For Ox’s who have considered carefully whether there is a genuine compatibility of personality, values and goals, this could be the one; but if it is simply chemistry, perhaps being open to another option later in the year, may be wiser.

The very sensitive Ox loves to love, but often spends so much time helping out others in need of support and encouragement, they often don’t find much time for their own love-life. However, this year, most single Ox’s will feel motivated to open their lives to that special someone and enjoy quality time getting to know each another. For a change, the career-minded Ox will be happy to make time to immerse themselves in a loving connection and explore this relationship’s potential for a forever, fulfilling bond.


Work and The Ox

Though Ox’s always find the strength to deal with whatever life throws at them, this year, Ox’s need to avoid a tendency to take on more than is sensible or healthy. Delegate what you can, consider how to adjust your work load and time spent toiling, and do not allow others to fill your inbox with their work. Focus on what is definitely necessary, and make sure you fill your life with a little more “chill”. Ox’s are productive and could not be lazy even if they tried, but this year, it is all about working towards your dreams without forgetting to live and enjoy the simple things of life in the meantime.

Ox’s working in management or supervisor roles will find doors opening, enjoying a sense of greater things to come. Increasing popularity at work or business will also result in an improving financial position. By managing your energy wisely and nurturing positive business relationships, The Year of the Black Snake holds great potential for achievement for those under the sign of the Ox; success in the work place, or in business, are within your grasp this year, Ox; just don’t forget to stop and smell the roses along the way.


TIGER

Tigers are quick-minded, charismatic, forthright, and known for their ability to take speedy action to get things done. During the Year of the Black Water Snake these qualities will assist them on their way to accomplishing their important goals. This year, the message for the Tiger is to take time to consider when to express those Tiger traits and when it will be best to tone down your Tiger characteristics and approach to life.

Love and the Tiger

The passionate, intense Tiger are confident and magnetic, and often flirtatious. However, Tigers are also known to let out their less appealing traits at inappropriate moments, at times blocking their path to success, whether it be love or work.

Although Tigers are vibrant and fun, they usually say exactly what they think, whenever they think it, and that can make some people unsure of how to deal with Mr/Mrs/Ms Tiger. But beneath all that strength, the Tiger is extremely sensitive; a cuddly kitty just wanting someone to show them affection…and maybe rub their tummy.  Tiger’s may seem impervious to criticism but they take everything to heart, and remember hurtful comments with a memory that an elephant would envy. Despite these challenges, the Tiger is feeling warm and cuddly this year, single Tigers reaching out to possible love, and partnered Tigers working hard to enhance their existing relationship. Don’t change those wonderful qualities you possess, simply consider when, and how strong you wish to express yourself, and with who, and those who are compatible with your genuine, majesty personality, will be suitably impressed.

The way to love this year, is reserve your romantic attention for only those who accept you for who you are, and share similar values and goals. Tigers need a strong partner who is willing to challenge the Tiger’s strong ideas and choices if they do not agree, not a doormat, or I suppose in the Tiger’s case “prey”. Tigers also need a partner who is open to plenty of passion and spontaneity.


Work and the Tiger

The Tiger’s strengths of quick-mindedness and swift action will provide the perfect energy for success at work or business in the Year of the Black Water Snake. Drawing from your positive attributes will put you in the front of your competition this year, but trying out a little tact and calmness will also occasionally work wonders. You have great ideas, but not everyone will be open to them, and struggling with them over small issues will only waste your energy and not move you any further to your desired goals.

For Tigers wanting a new suitable job, showing your innovative and studious side will work wonders.

Not a particularly smooth year for Tigers, but one filled with interesting twists and turns, and a number of promising opportunities. But Tigers never like dull anyway, so maybe it is just the sort of year, as long as you don’t step on too many toes, in which you can thrive.

The Rabbit or Cat


Year of the Rabbit, or Cat, if you align yourself to the Vietnamese Zodiac alternative to the same period
A year of high energy for Rabbits/Cats, giving you that added bounce (excuse the pun) needed to make your year productive, and an excellent foundation for a successful, following year.


Love and the Rabbit/Cat



Happy, happy, happy…that is how you will be feeling if you have established an important love relationship last year which has continued into the Year of the Black Water Snake. This is also a fortuitous year for those aiming to start a new relationship in 2013, particularly if you have learnt your lessons from previous liaisons and do not just choose another version of former partners. Take your time to decide whether you will offer your heart or not, and you will give yourself the space to make a wiser and happier decision. Don’t simply choose to fall into a love relationship because someone seems interested in you, or that you are bored or lonely. And as Rabbits and Cats have a tendency to be dreamers, don’t allow yourself to simply fall in love with the idea of love, rather than the person on offer. You are looking for your best friend, not just someone whom you are attracted to. If you want genuine love, consider how they treat you over an extended period, and if they offer you respect and affection, your warm and caring heart is likely to receive a love that you have been waiting for.

Work and the Rabbit/Cat

Feel like trying something new in your professional field? Well this is the year to explore the possibilities, or expand your qualifications and understanding, to discover what you are capable of achieving. For those interested in creative or musical endeavours, this year provides the mindset and enthusiasm to make great things happen.

To make the best choice when considering a new job or business, ask yourself what you really want to do, why, and how to make it happen, instead of focussing on possible blocks along the road to your success. If you are interested in a job that may require skills or knowledge you do not as yet have, this could be a prime time to learn what you need to know in order to move further up the ladder of success. However, don’t be impulsive. Make sure you are not giving up job and financial security on a whim. If you truly want a change work-wise, make the transition slowly and carefully in order to ensure you have enough funds coming in, to make the shift as harmonious as possible. Your goal for the Year of the Black Water Snake is to find a balance between your head and heart, and between contemplation and action.

A vibrant, though sometimes challenging year; the Year of the Black Water Snake is a one in which you need to maintain their health through positive lifestyle choices and action, ensuring you get enough sleep and relaxation to enjoy the simple pleasures that life will bring you along the way if you are taking the time out to notice them.


The Dragon


Dragons are known for their courage and determination, and also their love of spending quiet time in their own company. Without those moments of solitude and self-nurturing, Dragons tend to get tense, sometimes causing disruptions in the flow of their own chi and that their immediate environment. Those born in the year of the Dragon who wish to make the most of this Year of the Black Water Snake, would be advised to take those quiet moments to relax and reflect regularly, to restore their inner harmony, in order to arrive at the best outcome by the close of 2013.

Love and the Dragon

Year of the Black Water Snake will find the Dragon developing ways to create greater harmony in established relationships and finding new ways to enhance your interactions with loved ones. Dragons are known for being able to stand up for themselves when it comes to love, but sometimes they overlook how they assertive attitude may be affecting their partner or loved ones. This year, Dragons will become more aware of how, and what, they say and do, impacts on others and adjusting their approach to a more sensitive, compassionate one. Negotiation and compromise will be the order of the day…or year, with Dragons willing to be more accepting of others’ idiosyncrasies rather than “it’s my way of the highway”. Dragons appreciate strong individuals, but often choose partners who are quieter, less able to assert themselves, and then can become frustrated at their lack of backbone; but this year, the Dragon may see the partner’s softer nature as complimentary and enjoy the dynamic of differences more than before. For Dragon with determined, straightforward partners, this year is about travel, or making your house more homely, either in appearance or vibe which will not only improve the feng shui of your house but make everyone who enters the home “feel the love”. Single Dragons will be feeling the urge to take a risk with love, and choose someone quite different to previous suitors. As long as they treat you with genuine respect and equality, this could be a “keeper”. Don’t just trust your instincts when it comes to love, consider your previous love-life history and former loves before considering whether this new person is a change for the better or not. Following the heart is crucial in love, but the head has some wonderful insights into love and compatibility as well.



Work and the Dragon

Persistence, diplomacy, and enthusiasm will be important for Dragons during the Year of the Black Water Snake, if you want to take advantage of opportunities in the work environment.

Opportunities for advancement will present themselves this year, and even though the competition may be stiff, you have the confidence and ability to succeed, as long as you put the necessary action behind your goal to go up the ladder in your career. A completely new role or job is highlighted during the Year of the Black Water Snake, so if you are keen to make a job change, this is an excellent time to put in the efforts to make it happen.

An extremely busy year for Dragons, filled with opportunities to improve your life and lucky moments that also hold great potential to enhance your chances to succeed.

Year of the Snake

Snakes are intuitive, sensitive, graceful, mysterious, and often gifted at the healing arts. A year of surprises for those born under the sign of the Snake, and your emotions are likely to inspire you to communicate your deepest feelings and thoughts which is uncharacteristic for the normally secretive snake. Due to the Snakes sensitivity, they often feel nervous about trusting others, and although it is sensible to require the integrity and respect of others, unsubstantiated suspicion may be a block that Snakes need to overcome this year in order to achieve their greatest success and happiness. Success in work or business will be likely due to your openness this year, and a willingness to get things done rather than just dream about it.

Snakes in Love
Your great sensitivity means you either love passionately, or keep a distinct wall between yourself and others; which may be positive trait as long as you do not put those who could potentially be a wonderful partner, on the other side of that Snake wall. During this Year of the Black Water Snake, single Snakes will be more willing than usual to give someone a chance to prove they are trustworthy and a great option for a loving, long term relationship. Openness is the key to happiness for Snakes this year, but this certainly does not mean becoming gullible. Allow others to prove they respect you and are worthy of your trust, giving them a chance in the first place rather than making a rushed decision about a possible new love, before you have really got to know them. Avoid hiding your true self in order to win over a desired object of your affection. If a relationship is going to be happy and last, it needs to be a relationship based on two people valuing the real nature and personality in one another, not being lured in by a fake “perfect” fa├žade. You are lovely just the way you are; just give someone the chance to fall in love with the real you! And if they don’t, they do not value the magnificence that is you, and you deserve an authentic love. Be patient, be you, and a genuine love will eventually cross your path. Partnered Snakes are likely to hear a deep secret or thought by their loved one, which they would rather not have heard, but recognize this is their way of showing their trust and respect for you. This may be a wonderful opportunity for you both to draw closer towards one another, rather than being adversely-affected by this frank discussion. Change is on the horizon, love-wise, for all Snakes; just point your heart in the direction you want to go, and a partnered love will grow, or for single Snakes, change will arrive in the form of a new person with whom you could share a great deal of happiness and fun, perhaps even a life-time together.



Snakes at Work

Your drive to succeed will be showing this year Snakes, and you will be applying your tenacity to your advantage in the work place. The chance to achieve a great deal is on offering, and your willingness to work hard to accomplish your goals will provide the foundation for success, however there is a need to balance your time, and make sure you are not overloading your work schedule to get things done. Work hard, but don’t work yourself into the ground. Make sure you are taking time to spend with your loved ones and follow your non-work related dreams too. This balanced approach to life will give you the energy and determination to see your work or business goals through to their successful completion, otherwise you might be tempted to give up just before you are due to reap your rewards. With this strategy your personal life and work life will support each other, rather than being at odds. Your fascinating personality and intriguing intellect will shine at work this year, Snakes, and new work friendships and connections could provide extra job satisfaction, perhaps even assisting you on your way to the top. A good year for Snakes in the work place overall, as long as you give yourself plenty of time to restore yourself away from the job, and enjoy what makes your life wonderful, aside from your career and financial goals.


Year of the Horse

Those of the sign of the Horse love spontaneity, the wind in their hair, and revelling in their sense of exploration and freedom. However, this year, Horses will feel the need to enjoy their “home pastures” and enjoying a feeling of stability, nurturing and connectedness to others.


Horses in Love

Horses can often be changeable in nature, what they love today may not be the case tomorrow, but when it comes to love, Horses have great potential for faithfulness and ability to remain happily with a partner, as long as they do not feel restricted by someone else’s harsh or trivial demands. Horses always need a healthy dose of fun and spontaneity in their relationships, but are quite capable of also being responsible and hardworking if the situation requires it. When it comes to love, Horses must resist the temptation to believe that the “grass is always greener” if they had made another choice, but luckily Horses usually grow out of this attitude when they become a little older and wiser. During the Year of the Black Water Snake, Horses with partners will be making the effort to tend their special relationship, arranging their schedule to ensure quality time is enjoyed with their loved ones, some arranging a journey to a wonderful holiday destination with their partner or family. Many Horses will be “downsizing” their connections, leaving only the associations that they feel are genuine and nurturing this year, and more time to spend with the important people in their lives. Single Horses are likely to find a special someone who they can share fun or adventures together, enlivening their lives, and giving them a sense of stability in the Horse’s life at the same time. The Year of the Black Water Snake holds wonderful potential for love and happiness for those born under the sign of the Horse.


Work and the Horse

The Horse’s characteristic flexibility, and the ability to see situations and work challenges from different perspectives, can be a great assistance at work, or in business, this year. Last year saw many big changes at work for Horses but now you will be ready to enjoy a more settled, satisfying atmosphere in the workplace. Any Horse not happy with their current job will be moving into a new position, but most Horses will be making great strides at their current employment, showing off their skills and expertise to great advantage. The need to improve, or add to your work-related abilities, will inspire many Horses to apply themselves to a course of study. A new person at work will provide a great sounding board for some of the Horse’s great ideas, helping to make these concepts a reality. Think big! Keep within a sensible budget, apply your wonderful talents, and you can make this a great year for your career or business this year.


Year of the Sheep /Goat

Sheep/Goats have a wonderful sense of humour, and this year, people under this sign will be drawing from this quality to enhance the highs and deal with the lows. This year also marks a time of letting go of that which has out-lived its usefulness in your life, so clearing out cupboards, moving house, jobs, or perhaps even moving on from a connection, are highlighted.


Love and Sheep/Goats

The Year of the Black Water Snake, marks a time which may be rather surprising, and at times, confusing for those under the sign of the Sheep/Goats. There will be obvious shifts in the Sheep/Goats life, followed by periods of reflection in which preparation is made for the next step. Partnered Sheep/Goats will be taking time to review how best to improve their love and interactions; while single people under this sign will searching for a love that special love that will have similar values and visions of what is important in life. Some of the confusion in your life this year will arise from trying to fit too much into your day, and also trying to find a way to make room for your relationships with loved ones. Do what you can to get things done, but remember, sharing times of genuine affection with those important in our lives, needs to be a top of priority in our lives. It may not be a completely smooth year for love life, but is certainly will not be dull, with exhilarating, exciting times offsetting the challenging moments. Those with supportive partners will find any difficulties life poses this year will bring you even closer together with your partner.

Work and Sheep/Goats
The Year of the Black Water Snake will require Sheep/Goats to work diligently to retain the position they have already achieved. You will have to prove your abilities in the early part of the year, but by working diligently, you will put yourself in a prime position to take a step up the career ladder, with many stepping into a new position instructing or managing others. The uncertainty of this year for Sheep/Goats, means that you need to keep your skills up-to-date, try to maintain positive relations with co-workers and those in charge, and keep focussed on what you would like to achieve in the your chosen field, or if indeed consider whether you would prefer to move into a entirely new field. Despite the challenges of this year, it could prove beneficial in what you learn along the way, and provide the foundation for great levels of career, or business, achievement in the year to follow.

Year of the Monkey

Excellent communicators, socially-active and interested, and intelligent, those of under the sign of the Monkey will find The Year of the Black Water Snake to be an extraordinarily good one. Your motto for this year will be “Shoot for the moon and land among the stars”.

Love and The Monkey

Though the beginning of this year could be rather changeable and uncertain, by the end of The Year of the Black Water Snake, you are likely to feel satisfied and happy about progress made in your love-life. Those Monkeys in difficult relationships will weigh up the benefits of staying or going, and possess the courage to move on from those associations that have proven toxic and restrictive.
Trusting your gut feelings about love will pay off this year, with an attraction to a person whom you may not have been usually attracted to, giving you a chance at the sort of love you have always hoped for. You will be extremely popular this year, which may lead to too many options love-wise, and for this reason it may be best not to rush into commitment. Positive vibes abound you this year, so improving current, nurturing relationships will have wonderful results, while single Monkeys will be ready and able to attract a lovely person into their lives who could enhance their lives, potentially long term. You will be one happy Monkey!


Work and The Monkey

Decisions, decisions! Those under the sign of The Monkey will find themselves making lots of work-direction-related decisions this year. To stay or not to stay? To change your work field or not? To start up your own venture or not? If you choose to remain in your current position, your career path will be satisfying, but those who choose to move on, although success is also likely, will question themselves further about what could possibly be achieved if they open themselves up to the potential paths available. Ultimately, The Year of the Black Water Snake is a successful career year for the Monkey, as long as you do not scatter yourself too thinly, or run off in too many directions at once. You will be feeling the urge to work hard and achieve big this year, with the energy and the ability to make it happen. A highly promising year career-wise for the Monkey.


Year of the Rooster


Proud, strong, with a great deal of integrity, Roosters are known to stick their principles no matter what, and support others who are in need of assistance even if it is an inconvenient or untimely. Roosters will be feeling the urge this year to make a huge contribution, either to a person, organization or ideal. Their inspiration will be “to make a real difference”.

Love and The Rooster

Loyalty and stability are keywords for The Rooster, and both these qualities mean they are reliable partners when they have chosen to commit to love. These wonderful characteristics will help to bring new love into the lives of single Roosters this year; while partnered Roosters will find that by the end of the year, they will be enjoying a reinvigorated relationship enhanced by their efforts to add more spontaneity and passion in the love life, a happy outcome heightened by the positive influence of the Year of the Black Water Snake. This year will find single Roosters exuding a magnetic energy, and with this increased popularity and a range of interested parties, a wonderful, potential partner will be found. If you are looking for love, someone who holds to your high standards of loyalty and integrity will cross your path this year.

Work and The Rooster


You may not be the centre of attention at work this year, but the Year of the Black Water Snake is one in which you can achieve more than you have for a number of years. Working quietly in the background is not usually “your thing”; but once in a while, it can give you the freedom to get things done without commentary or interference from others, and allow you to cover much more ground, quicker than expected. Although others may not be listening to your innovative ideas, keep them written down so you can draw from them at a later date, to greater effect. You have the capacity for accomplishing great things, but timing is everything. This is a foundation year in preparation for a big year next year in which all your plans start to come to fruition. “Slowly but surely wins the race.” This is a good year for progress, reflection, and establishing the base on which to build your dreams. Just point yourself in the direction of your aspirations and get started…


Year of the Dog

Generous, kind, thoughtful, and friendly, those under the sign of The Dog are always there to lend a hand to others whenever it is needed. It is difficult not to like Dogs for they are interesting, amiable, and fun, but pushed too far, for too long, they do known to nip. Since you are inclined to give and give, your only fault may be that you do not always ask for help when you need it, and feel a little unsure of accepting others support when it is offered without you asking for it. The Year of the Black Water Snake marks a time in which Dogs will move beyond their familiar territory into new fields of interest or affection that will ignite fresh passion or meaning in their lives.

Love and The Dog

Known for giving everything your one-hundred percent effort and enthusiasm, Dogs will be ready to immerse themselves into a special love this year. For those already attached, if the relationship is not fulfilling, you are likely to be assessing the viability of the relationship. Maybe there is enough affection and connection to work on the relationship and find that initial spark, but if not, you may find yourself considering what to do next to live your authentic life. Single Dogs will be feeling happy and open to love, making the effort needed to find that special someone, and you may be very surprised as to where you will find that wonderful person. They are unlike anyone you have ever been involved, possessing skills and insights from a distinctly different field; though still sharing a similar joy for life, understanding, and set of valued principles. This new love union could also provide the basis for a shared venture or concept in the years to come, an innovative vision which could be both fascinating and satisfying.

Work and The Dog

You work well in teams and groups, but also love your quiet alone time, having a tremendous capacity to learn and develop your talents and interests on your own. During the Year of the Black Water Snake you are likely to spend time improving your knowledge and expertise in your own company with a vision to achieve great things in the future, aligned to your career or interests. Although you are a team-player, ensure that you only share your most innovative work ideas with those in a position to recognize and reward your contributions, rather than allowing others to take credit for your hard work. Many Dogs will find themselves in teaching or training roles this year, while others will go back to a field or job they thought they had finished with, but will provide them with new. surprising opportunities this year.

Year of the Pig/Boar

Nurturing, empathic, joyful and clever, those under the sign of the Pig/Boar are a joy to be around. Pigs care about their family, friends and the community in which they reside. Pigs often feel inspired to contribute to society by volunteering their time to worthy causes, or at the very least, donating money to help people or animals in need. Your capacity for love and compassion will always be one of your greatest gifts and traits but this year, it may be wise to consider to whom you give your time, energy and love. You have been neglecting yourself in order to make sure everyone else is okay, and this year, you are being guided to prioritize yourself and your needs, and then to do what you can for others. Putting some time into your own well being will not make you selfish but give you the added strength and ability to enhance your own life as well as those your life touches. You deserve appreciation and gratitude as much as anyone else, and this year, you will be giving yourself that appreciation and gratitude, so others can follow your example.

Love and The Pig/Boar

Pigs are probably the most generous of all the signs, and although it is their greatest gift, it can also be their downfall, resulting in them being taken for granted, giving too much and having trouble saying “no” when they need to, or want to. This year will see Pigs defining their boundaries better, and giving themselves a little of that love that often dole out to everyone else, forgetting themselves. This change will actually improve their existing relationships, reinvigorating the Pigs zest for life, and enthusiasm for love. If those under the sign of the Pig have chosen a manipulative, selfish partner, this year could spell the end to that relationship; but also bring a more nurturing connection into the Pig’s life, if not a new romantic love, a trustworthy, supportive, spiritual friendship. Nurture yourself first, “fill your well” and you can then draw from your emotional well to feed the needs of others. You deserve love and respect too. Show the world how you want to be treated, and love, nourishing love, will enter your life in unexpected ways.

Work and The Pig/Boar



Pigs are caring and lots of fun, but they are also very hard workers. Give them a task to do, and they will do their own job well and probably also take on someone else’s tasks as well, just to help out. This year, you will find the confidence and strength to define your role at work, no longer taking on the work of someone who is too lazy or inept to fulfil their own job description, unless, of course, you receive recognition and extra pay. Luckily Pigs are diplomatic, which will help you to rid yourself of these additional tasks offloaded by a co-worker, without causing any real ruffles in the work environment. With more time to concentrate on your own work, your great intelligence will have a real chance to shine and be appreciated, and perhaps even rewarded. This fresh approach will provide those under the sign of the Pig, the opportunity to be more successful than ever before, and well on their way, to achieving even greater things in the years ahead.



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