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2018 – What Will the Year of the Dog Bring?

January 2018

What’s Ahead for 2018 — The Year of the Dog


Happy New Year!  The Chinese New Year 2018 starts on February 16, 2018.  It’s the Year of the Dog – a time to show tolerance and empathy towards people.

Want to quit smoking?  Start a new venture?  Change your place of residence?  2018 would be a great time to explore such lifestyle transformations.  Know, however, that the year of the Earth Dog also brings brief periods of alone time, which will cause short-term despondency for some, while others will discover its nourishing benefits.

Those with strong Earth elements in their Chinese life horoscope, will enjoy a unique steadiness through 2018.  This stability will allow you to organize your life – both personally and professionally — more assuredly and effectively.

5 elements of Chinese Astrology (wood, fire, earth, metal, air) and the Wu Xing principals inform us that Earth creates Metal. To gain positive achievement, it’s best to practice camaraderie throughout this year, so that the honorable and honest Earth Dog energy can be transformed into material and spiritual prosperity.

The impulses and peculiarities of last year’s Rooster are now long gone. In fact, Dog Years do not condone frivolous or excessive expenses. Realization this year — in love and in work — depends largely on the quality of people’s ability to communicate with one another. Understanding and a selflessness towards one another will reap humanity’s best harvest.

What changes and adventures will you create this year?

Next month we’ll explore 2018 and how the Year of The Dog individually affects each of the 12 horoscopes.



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2016 Chinese Horoscope: Year of the Monkey


February 2016


2016: Year of the Fire Monkey

Fasten your seatbelt! According to https://www.horoscope.com, February 8, 2016 to January 27, 2017 — the Year of the Fire Monkey – brings the assertive and spontaneous energy of Fire to join the Monkey’s jubilant, curious, and innovative nature. Monkey, Rat, and Dragon natives nearly have to be nailed down in this exciting time. Opportunities and encouragement are everywhere. Big dreams are within grasp. This year’s energy ignites heated rivalry. Detailed preparation attracts success. Be prepared to work vigorously and stand up for what you deserve. The powerful March 8 Solar Eclipse inspires and affects many in a positive way, particularly Rabbit, Goat, and Pig natives, to dust off old dreams and reevaluate what’s possible. The more willing you are to courageously reconsider your comfort zone, make new friends, and put yourself out there, the better your returns, as the confident and impulsive Fire power meets the Monkey’s happy, inquisitive, and inventive nature. Check below to see how the year’s outlook can work to your benefit and for more detailed readings, go to https://www.horoscope.com.



Your animal’s year, is lucky for you, clear and straightforward. A Monkey with definite goals for the future set in February will enjoy greater achievement by year’s end. Fire can make you anxious. Be prepared for delays, or the necessity to revise your tactics between March and August. Hard work and attentiveness to detail will draw opportunities. March 8 and September 1 are important dates for any new start. Fire energy encourages exciting ideas and fervent confrontations. Expect surprising turns of fortune come October. Teamwork supports your interests. Displaying confidence and humility gets you noticed.



In the Year of Fire Monkey, the Rooster in a solid position to inspire others. March 8 is your power day for creating any fresh start. The Rooster represents rules, order, and common sense. You shine by upholding and sustaining these structures, particularly from March through August. Pioneering Monkey years can be stressful. It may seem that those around you are more irresponsible than usual. Monkey increases your ability to, organize, improvise, and prioritize, especially from October through January 2017. You’ll find diplomacy, teamwork, and an inclination to compromise will invite more opportunities than upholding the status quo.



The honest Dog enjoys an upsurge of self-assurance that elevates you into a natural leader during the year of the Monkey. The Dog radiates a positive energy others admire. This powerful magnetism makes a Dog unstoppable if you, or yours, are threatened. “Never met a problem I cannot overcome”… this kind of Monkey energy has the Dog bolting this way and that. You’ll be full of creative ideas and solutions, not all of which will be effective. Older guides will be especially helpful in steering your choices. March 8 and September 1 are Dog’s power days for a fresh start.



The year of the Fire Monkey for the Pig imparts an abundance of blessings on the sensual, honest, and strong-willed person born under this sign. Your determination, emotions, and yearnings are stronger than ever. You may feel as the year begins that anything is possible, and it is. The Monkey helps you pursue your dreams with a refusal to stop that puts others to shame. In a year when Monkey tricks are all around, the Pig will more easily recognize who is honest and who is not. March 8 and September 1 are both power days for a Pig to set a goal or make any fresh start.



The Rat and Monkey are great friends so teamwork and innovative ideas will open possibilities. Your well-deserved status as someone worthy of respect persists and grows. The March 8 New Moon/Total Eclipse can be a crossroads that demands a choice. Ambitious goals may stall in June. Rat natives may need to concede to what’s unfolding. Noticeable roadblocks are necessary teachings to help create a better future. By August some of your highest hopes seem more probable. Be flexible October through December as Monkey ingenuity ignites some real breakthroughs.



Ox and Monkey are opposite signs so the Ox will see periodic delays and unexpected challenges this year. The Monkey strengthens the Ox’s reliability, integrity, and independence. You’ll be impressive as Fire increases your already considerable confidence. Be malleable and amenable toward whatever comes your direction. Others’ shortcuts, schemes, deflections, and complications and appear with a Monkey year. Ox’s fixed element, Water, has authority over Fire. Have faith in yourself not go overboard or get crazy. Cautious good sense helps the Ox measure ideas matching to their practical applications. You’ll know the difference between friendly fantasy and life-transforming inspiration.



A Tiger’s roar and fearsome influence are on show this year. A Tiger enjoying a Monkey influence has amplified his or her charms and fortitude to win. You’ll eat challenges for lunch, and then come back for more. It’s your year to boldly carry out plans to save the world. March 8 and September 1 are particularly powerful days for any fresh start. It’s also an outstanding year for travel, if you’re interested. Joining forces with compatible friends will help give you a sense of proportion and outlook.



This year promises Rabbits an extra share of good luck, along with a few surprises. Popular Rabbits are known for their respectable manners and self-discipline. Chinese astrology considers your sign a luck magnet. No matter the task, have faith you’ll land on your feet. Rabbit’s calm exterior covers a complicated inner life. With the super-confident Monkey whispering in your ear, you may be tempted to excesses. Your best success will come through hard work and stamina in the face of frustration. Things really start to flow in your direction after the September 22 Equinox.



The Dragon and Monkey are great friends so with the Monkey energy in play, everything about the Fire-loving Dragon will be enhanced. Keep domineering tendencies in check or you may impair yourself, especially near the energy -packed March 8 Total Eclipse. Even magnificent ideas need teamwork to succeed. Luckily, the lively Monkey is nothing if not practical. With the Monkey helping, you’ll see things with more clarity. After some delays through July and August you’ll begin to sense you have really turned a corner after the September 1 New Moon. After that, delight in the ride!



For the snake, this Monkey year encourages you to be a nicer, gentler person. No matter how tightly coiled you feel, you’ll give the impression of calm… and that’s highly attractive to others. Snake’s ruling element, Fire, in a Fire year, means it’s time for a personal makeover. Monkey eases your guarded self-reliance. You’ll discover real gratification in opening up to people. The ambitious Monkey is practical like you, but much more outgoing. As part of a working unit, especially in the second half of the year, dreams actually can come true.



Horse natives will be especially dynamic and inventive this year. The March 8 Eclipse is your power day for new beginnings or a commitment to build a better future. Almost instantaneously after this, the Horse will be challenged to be persevering and mature when facing delays or frustrations over which you have little control. The Fire Monkey helps you control your temper and impatience. If you persevere and refuse to quit, things will open up by September 1. Expect the last quarter of the year to be especially rewarding!



This year, goats will have less reason to worry and any disappointments will seem more manageable. Busy Monkey cuts through vulnerable feelings with a flurry of forward-thinking, practical ideas. Your growing confidence and optimism opens doors and attracts new friends. March 8 and September 1 are especially lucky days to ask for help or start something new. Goats hate impulsive decisions, yet the quickness of Fire years requires more spontaneous thinking on your part. October may be particularly challenging… remember that a calm mind eases stress and brings health benefits as well.

How does your year ahead look?  Has anything happened so far, to confirm your Chinese Horoscope?

I’d love to hear your experiences or thoughts!


Year of the Horse


Happy New Year!

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones much joy, good health and prosperity in 2014.

I have much to share about this exciting Year of the Wood Horse, but first, I’d like to let you know about some fun upcoming events!


booked in burbankOn Thursday evening, January 16th I’ll be speaking at Book’d in Burbank.  Doors open at 7:30pm at Theater Banshee, 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank CA 91505.  General Admission is $10 (Tickets can be purchased at the door – cash only).


Then Sunday January 26th @ 4pm, I’ll be at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena for Local Author Day!  Admission is FREE.  Come join us for a lively talk and discussion.  Address:  695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91001.  Bonus FYI:  Vroman’s now carries Shanghai Love!


green horse  According to the Chinese Calendar, a new moon on January 30 at 11:20PST (listed as January 31st on most calendars) marks the start of the Year of the Wood Horse.  How does this play into the universe?  And more importantly, what does it mean for you?  We depart from the slower energy of 2013’s Water Snake, and launch into a period of fast victories, unexpected adventure and surprising romance.  A hero in Chinese folklore, the Horse brings with him good fortune and luck.  Decisive action and high energy brings victory.  Production is rewarded!

Events move quickly though, so be sure not to gallop off in the wrong direction.  The Horse symbolizes nobility, class, swiftness and determination.  There is no midfield with the Horse’s fierce inspiration.

chinese zodiac  2014In Eastern philosophy, wood relates to green trees, which is why the cycle is sometimes referred to as the Year of the Green Horse.   The Horse is the strongest Fire animal of the 12 zodiac signs.  Since 2014 is year of Wooden Horse, Wood can help Fire to burn and last longer.   The last time the Wood Horse appeared was 60 years ago in 1954.

What does the Year of the Horse mean for you?  Check out your birth year below for more:

Paul Ng, a professional feng shui master based in Toronto, evaluates how the Chinese zodiac will affect us — from the global political climate to what the world’s health will look like in the coming months. And most importantly, he tells us how our birth sign will affect us in 2014.

green horseHorse: Born in 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918
The Year of the Horse means there is leadership linked with this sign this year, so your authority might grow. However, a horse’s hasty conduct can lead to irresponsibility, so take caution when gambling and/or fielding speculations.
Work: Those in positions of authority will do well, but unstable businesses, like the stock market, should be avoided.
Wealth: Don’t anticipate making a great deal money, and appreciate the revenue you do have coming to you.
Relationships: There won’t be a lot of excitement in your love life this year.  If you’re engaged, you might want to postpone your marriage until the following year.
Health: Watch your health this year — you could tired and can catch bugs easily. Make physical exercise and rest an important part of your life.

goat3Sheep or Goat: Born in 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919
This is a “linking” year for you. Benefit from your good relationships with other people, especially if you’re a male sheep.
Work: Those who work in the automobile industry, analysis, public relations, entertainment, surgery, and police work should expect to do well this year.
Wealth: Anticipate stability, with a slender growth in income this year. Streamline your investment portfolio.
Relationships: You’ll be loved this year, in fact, watch out for love triangles. If you’re married, make sure to exhibit lots of fondness to your partner.
Health: You’ll be healthier this year than last, but watch out for minor accidents. Drive protectively and take your time.

monkeyMonkey: Born in 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920
It’s important for the monkey to widen their reach–either travelling or moving–to increase success this year.
Work: Businesses that are good include areas based around movement—sales, marketing, travel, education, law, and finances.

Wealth: Money is poised to be good, including prospects for promotions and strong investment returns.
Relationships: If you’re single, this won’t be a promising time for finding love, but those who are married should feel assured in the continuance of their bond.
Health: Your overall health is good; but like the goat, be careful of accidents especially when driving.

roosterRooster: Born in 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921
This is revving up to be an extensive year for roosters. There are many opportunities for work and business, but your personal relationships could be unstable. Rely on friends for support.
Work: You do better outside an office than inside.  Look for positions in police work, law and politics.
Wealth: Be cautious with your money—don’t gamble this year.
Relationships: There’s love headed your way, but look out for struggles in your relationships. Take a moment to think things over before continuing to quarrel or it could end.
Health: Small accidents could be an concern for you, and be aware of your heart and lungs.

dogDog: Born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922
This is a lucky year for dogs. Everything from work and funds to relationships are on the upswing.
Work: Work within your innate creativity–the arts, music, architecture and writing. Even theater, TV and movies are great for you.
Wealth: Use instincts, rather than logic, rule when building an investment portfolio — it will help keep your money secure.
Relationships: Consider proposing if you haven’t already. If married, express more love toward your partner. Be humble when relating with others.
Health: Enjoy your good health, but be careful of overindulging.

pigBoar or Pig: Born in 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923
You’ll need energy at the start but be prepared for a great year— you’ll cultivate friends, experience breakthroughs and be supported in business.
Work: Good environments for you–metaphysics, religion, public relations, human resources, media and politics.
Wealth: Money will be secure for you this year, but don’t wager or invest in speculative markets.
Relationships: Nothing exciting, but nothing bad here either.  Your relationships stay flat but stable.
Health: You’ll feel better than last year.  Even if you do become ill, you’ll recuperate swiftly.

red ratRat: Born in 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924
The rat is in opposition this year, so this could mean losing some money.  Still, the rat sign is generally lucky, which will aid in keeping you out of trouble.
Work: Show business is great for you, including things like pageants and the arts.

Wealth: If not greedy, you’ll hang onto your money. Stay away from gambling though.

Relationships: Be quiet and patient this year.  If not, many of your relationships will involve arguments and conflict.
Health: Be sure to get lots of exercise and rest.  Body areas to watch for: the lungs, kidney and waist.

oxOx: Born in 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925
The ox is in conflict with the horse, which could mean arguments with other people.  However, the ox is a sign of authority, which potentially means promotions.
Work: Good environments include politics, the army or police work, where a promotion might be waiting for you. But watch out for enemies.
Wealth: Don’t expect a lot of money, but your income is proportional to your authority level.
Relationships: There isn’t a lot of romance expected for you this year. Be patient with the people in your life.
Health: Your health is fine, just watch out for small accidents.

tiger1Tiger: Born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926
This should be a good year for tigers. Be on the lookout for luck, joy, romance, spirituality and learning opportunities.
Work: You’ll do well in businesses that have to do with medicine (particularly surgery),  the military, teaching, and philosophy. If you’re self-employed, expand your business.
Wealth: This will be a year of financial stability.
Relationships: Romance is in the air. If the opportunity arises, consider marriage. If you’re married though, be wary of temptation and extramarital affairs.
Health: Watch out for accidents, and be especially careful around sharp objects.

rabbitRabbit: Born 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
This is a year of romance, controversy, and lots of happiness. Just be watchful about your non-romantic relationships with others.
Work: Entertainment, speaking and sales all suit you — mental work is better for you than physical.
Wealth: This year the more you work, the more you’ll make.
Relationships: Romantic entanglements await, but watch out for love triangles.
Health: There’s a minor concern about sharp objects, so be mindful.

orange dragonDragon: Born in 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
This will be a good year for dragons, as horses and dragons together have great energy. Also, health and wealth abound.
Work: You’ll do well in surgery and the military, as well as spirituality—philosophy and religion.

Wealth: Trust your intuition on investments.  You would do well in travel or trading businesses.
Relationships: Not a particularly romantic year for dragons.
Health: You have a general tendency towards accidents, but, you’ll be very healthy this year.

blue snakeSnake: Born in 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
Last year was a year of conflict for the snake, so this year is a money year.
Work: Since this is your money year, finance and the stocks work well for you. Entertainment is another good area.
Wealth: Both your fixed and speculative incomes look good.
Relationships: If single, think about marriage.  If already hitched, be sure to express love toward your partner.
Health: You’re prone to colds and flus this year so keep your immune system boosted.  Exercise and get plenty of rest.

Whatever your sign and prediction, be sure to make the most of your year!