Your fortune in the Year of the Water Snake

The animal signs in the Chinese zodiac (Thinkstock Photo)

A lot of people are looking forward to their impending fortunes and maybe bracing themselves for possible hardships and challenges in the Year of the water Snake. Will they acquire wealth? Is this a good year to make a career move? What health issues should they keep an eye on? And most importantly for some, will romance be in their horizon?

Feng shui expert Joseph Chau Kam Shing gives a forecast to people for the year of the water snake. Master Chau is self-proclaimed geomancer who gives his annual forecast to the Chinese Lunar New Year in Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

He recently gave a talk as well as provided a written guide to selected members of the press where he breaks down what each members of the Chinese zodiac can expect this year.

Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
Master Joseph Chau says that people born under the year of the Snake will have a fortunate year. They are to expect stable income however at work, they must avoid office politics. In the love department, it is a flat line for them and can be unstable in some instances. For their safety they must be careful whenever they are on the road and must be wary of sharp objects.

Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)
According to Master Chau’s written guide, this year is a "challenging" year for people born under the year of the Horse. They should be careful with money as it will be ‘easy come and easy go’ for them. On the brighter side, romance is in the air for them especially for single horses but married people under the Horse sign should steer clear from temptation.

Goat (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991)
People born under the Goat sign will have more opportunities in career development according to Master Joseph Chau Kam Shing that is why he advises them to work hard. They will be prosperous in terms of money and will be lucky in love. However, they are reminded to give special attention to their diet and hygiene to avoid getting ill.

Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)
The feng shui expert says that this year is a compatible year for people under the sign of the Monkey and their luck has improved from last year. Money is pretty good for them according to Master Chau but they must be extra cautious in business matters especially when it comes to contracts. On love, Monkeys are easy to get involved with the opposite sex which can be a good thing for single people but may be treacherous for married couples. For health they are advised to take care of their digestive system.

Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)
Roosters will have an easier time this year as the year of the water snake is compatible with them. Just like those of the Monkeys, people under the sign of rooster are advised to be cautious in their business affairs. Master Chau advises them against borrowing money. He also adds that this is a good romantic year for roosters although married ones should be careful from succumbing to temptations. Roosters should be on the look out for signs of high blood pressure, stroke and even other digestive problems.

Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

This is a good opportunity for Dogs to show their skills in work and business. In fact, they may even explore business in other countries. Abundant profits and promotion are in their forecast for the year of the water snake. However luck is not on their side in terms of their health. They are advised to keep their personal safety in check at all times and to avoid dangerous sports activities during the months of March, July, September, and October.

Pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

People born under the sign of the Pig may not be so lucky this year as they are said to clash with the Snake. They must prepare themselves for frustration. Master Chau’s guide even says that it is not the right time for them start a business and if they still want to proceed, they must do so with extreme caution. Romance is not good either as love affairs will be hard to spark.

Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
This is a good year for money for people born under this sign as wealth will come. However, they are reminded to be aware of their spending. Not much good news on their love lives as their "romantic star is dim." Married monkeys should be careful of being trapped in extramarital affairs.

Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
People born under the year of the Ox face a lot of pressure and stress from work hence they should be humble and patient. Money-wise, they will receive profits from their business endeavors. They may be unlucky in love for the Year of the Water Snake. Lovers need understanding to avoid quarrels and they should avoid temptation so they will not destroy even their careers.

Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
Master Chau’s guide lists tigers as ‘in conflict’ with the snake thus their year may not be so easy but they can be prosperous with hard work. They are advised to save money and are cautioned from being too trustful of other people. There is a silver lining on their love lives. They are expected to have ‘smooth-sailing relationships’ and may even tie the knot the Year of the Water Snake.
Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
People under the sign of the rabbit are in for one heck of a busy year. Work may result in a promotion or business trip. Money is expected to be good but they are advised to place all transactions in proper documentation to avoid problems. Love is somewhat "fluctuating" for rabbits. Single people should be cautious of love traps while married rabbits must stay away from temptations.

Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
The luck of people under this sign has improved. They must be calm to stay away from troubles. In terms of money, they are expected to have a stable income although they are warned against ‘speculative investments and gambling.’ Love is good for Dragons. Single people born under this sign may the opportunity to have blossoming love affairs. In fact it is even considered lucky for them to plan their marriage if they have an exclusive partner for quite some time.

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