Career: Career and business opportunities abound. You may be offered a promotion to a position of authority, increasing your wealth for this year. You need to be cautious signing contracts but overall when it comes to financial matters this is a good year. Rat’s ability to scurry about gathering food and resources help them survive the troubling economic news. As a Rat your talent is to gather what wealth you can, even the crumbs. But this year to succeed in business Rats must look for where money and time are being wasted and remedy it. They must streamline their businesses and conservatively expand from a position of solid strength (no going out on a limb).
Love: This is a more challenging year on the romantic side for those born in the year of the rat. There can be problems with romantic relationships that require effort on your part otherwise you may end up looking for new love. Be careful not to neglect your partner (which can happen during successful career years) or else you may find your partner is jealous. In relationships, Rats generally don’t pay that much attention, they are too busy with business. This year you need to take the time to consider your partners and friends because they won’t be able to do everything alone. It is also a good year to cultivate new friendships.
Health: This year you must be reminded to spend the time and money to take care of yourself because now you must rely on your energy more than ever. So having good food and taking time to exercise is important. Beware of getting run down.
General: During the leisure hours is not recommended that Rats engage in any risky activities such as rock climbing, parachuting, bull riding, etc. All dangerous sports and activities should be avoided this year.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Rat’s ideally this would be to protect money like the “Gather & Protect Wealth” bell. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such as a nugget of actual gold or gold flakes. Like attracts like and so a symbol of wealth in this area will attract more wealth. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: This is a good money year for Ox when you keep your spending in check. Contracts should be read carefully to not let yourself be tied to something that is not your benefit. There is also more support and recognition this year, and a better chance of progress and development in career, but hard work is still needed to ensure this. In business you need to consider that no matter how hard you work your job may not be secure and so taking the time to make the contacts, update the resume and visualize a better job would help considerably.
Love: This is a romance year for Oxen, and auspicious time for marriage and new partnerships. And there can be pregnancies this year. In relationships Oxen are steadfast and loyal but you need to ask yourself whether that loyalty and love is being returned and if not, take steps to meet new people and move forward.
Health: This year you in need to protect your stomach, so eat well and drink plenty of water. Ox tend to take care of others first. This year, for a change, put yourself first.
General: This is the year of the Ox, a year you will look back on happy with the results. This is the year you plant the seeds for the great years to come. The best and the most challenging times are when you are in your own year. During the year many things can change. Figure out what you don’t like about your life and take steps to change that. Oxen, in general, don’t like a lot of change, they are too busy. Your workload is great but the changes that you need to make can be done in small steps between jobs. And this year take special care with your vehicles, keep them in good working order to help avoid accidents.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Oxen ideally this cure would be to protect your job so consider the Success Buddha. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such as a pair of lucky Fish. The Chinese word for Fish is similar to the word for abundance and so fish represent having so much money you have leftover money. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: In business, investments and career Tigers will see some improvement over last year . But Tigers need to keep their impulsive energy in check. Watch overspending which can lead to credit problems. And you should be aware of backstabbing people, especially colleagues. Tigers can get very angry when they’ve been wronged but this year you may have to pull in your claws and hold on to your temper. Keep the bigger picture in mind.
Love: There is lots of opportunities for romance this year for Tigers, even extracurricular romance. It’s important that you look at the big picture and not let your emotions rule your life. This year find new friends and look up friends from the past and build a big circle of contacts.
Health: This year Tigers need to relax more and watch their blood pressure. But in general your health is good this year.
General: A pretty good year for the Tigers, for when you need help others will come to your aid. Tigers have a lot of respect for the slow, plodding Ox energy but they don’t usually copy it. The Tiger stays perfectly still until they see something they want or need and then they pounce. There is much thought and timing that goes into Tiger action. So during the Ox year (the year before the Tiger year) the you need to consider what you want and start making plans. The bigger the goal the better because the slow moving Ox energy gives lots of time to plan. Tigers often share some qualities with the famous Tigger the Tiger and his bouncing energy. Try to be patient this year while the rest of the world takes slow, deliberate steps.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Tigers ideally this cure would be to guard your goals so consider a Diamond Energy Crystal to represent a big, important goal (your prey). Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such as lucky Money Cat. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: Financially the picture looks pretty good although risks or gambling with stocks can bring big losses. Financially you will have opportunities that make you richer by the end of the year. Consider in business trying to make your current situation better rather than hopping off to a new situation. Rabbits share some qualities with Bugs Bunny, the playful smart-aleck, which may not go over well during a conservative Ox year. So watch what you say in business situations, or you may find yourself under the gun.
Love: Romance is favorable this year. You will be seen as more attractive and charming and this will attract attention. Avoid love triangles, someone always gets hurt. Look to improve existing relationships through your talent at thoughtfulness and generosity.
Health: This is a challenging year for Rabbits in the area of health. A change in lifestyle is needed. Try to give up smoking, do more exercise, and have a better diet, etc. Even little steps could lead to a better life in years to come.
General: This is a good year to learn a new skill or hobby. Don’t let yourself stagnate this year and try to stop worrying so much about others. This is a good year to travel. Rabbits and Oxen have very little in common. Their methods are quite different and so Ox years can be challenging times for the soft spoken, peace loving Rabbit. Rabbits need to exercise a lot of caution in their choices and so this year it is wise to give projects a great deal of thought before investing in them. In years where lots of hard work is needed, as in Ox years, you don’t want to waste your resources on impulsive ideas.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Rabbits ideally this cure would be to protect your health so consider adding the Three Immortals to your dining room. The Three Immortals were three great men of China who represent health, wealth and love. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such a lucky Money Frog. This frog is set by the front door to welcome wealth. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: While your desire will be to leap into new projects remember it is an Ox year and slow and steady wins the race. Dragon’s are know for their creativity and vision. But in an Ox year it is important to get down into the thick of it and put your ideas to the test. Then you can concentrate on what is really viable and have some strong, measurable success. This year you may buy a house, get a promotion, get a new job, and these sort of changes can bring you lots of luck and success.
Love: This is the year you may get married and/or get pregnant. This is a year of change and you can expect lots of it.
Health: Your health looks good this year. Dragon’s can improve their health this year through conscious eating. That is tasting your food, chewing it thoroughly and dining with good company.
General: This is a fortunate year for Dragon, lots and lots of changes are coming. You will be more productive if you keep in motion. However it is best to avoid gambling this year so take only calculated risks. Avoid people who gossip. The powerful, changeable Dragon understands the quiet strength of the Ox. But as the Ox plows one field the Dragon wonders why he doesn’t plow them all…at the same time. Dragons fly high and so they can see the big picture but often they don’t take the practical steps necessary to bring them what they want. This year it is important to embrace the practical, to manifest on earth whatever vision is floating in your mind.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Dragons ideally this cure would be to protect themselves during change so consider a wind chime that has a yin/yang symbol for balance. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such as a string of eight coins. The number eight is very lucky, it’s shape looks like the Chinese word for happiness. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: Influential people will create career opportunities for you. This year use your Snake charm to attract new contacts and supporters for your business success. You need to keep in mind that many people will be changing jobs and starting businesses and they may be of help to you if you stay in touch.
Love: This is a positive romance year, Snakes who have been in relationships for a long time will now finally be able to get married, and Snakes that have been single for a long time will meet someone special for an opportunity of love.
Health: With all this busyness it will be important to take some time to relax, and consider exercises that unite the mind and body such as tai chi and yoga.
General: It is a pretty good year for the prudent Snake as Ox years tend to be years that favor the cautious. There are plenty of opportunities for the person who is working hard and avoiding distractions. Generally you would rather use your mind than sweat through a job and so the methods of the Ox are not always to a Snake’s liking but the loyalty and dependability of the Ox energy is certainly appreciated. The Snake is often misunderstood and people, sensing the Snake’s power, can make life difficult for the poor Snake. But in Ox year’s when so many are having hard times the Snake is a source of strength and wisdom to many and so you can prosper this year.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Snake ideally this cure would be to protect your energy so consider a Chi Energy Boost in the form of an attractive, eye catching charm. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such a Shower of Coins wind chime. Like attracts like and coins attract more coins. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: This will be a much better year than last but beware of overindulgence (especially in spending money). There is the possibility of a new house or a real estate opportunity this year. And while confidence is great to have, make sure that you have done the work too. In Ox years it is the one who gets the field plowed first and best that is honored above the others.
Love: There are romance opportunities but Horses must fight their natural tendency to sacrifice everything to please others. Try something new, try letting others do something for you for a change. And whenever possible strive for balance in the relationship where both parties feel they have given an equal amount. This will lead to happiness.
Health: Generally a good year for health but be cautious around animals that bite.
General: Horses get some relief after the very trying year of 2008. There is still hard work ahead but you will have much more power over your own situation this year. Problems this year tend to come from children and subordinates. Though Horse and Ox live in the same world their experience of the world is quite different. The proud, beautiful Horse is admired for just being while the Ox has to work for his admiration. Because success some years seems to come so easily to the Horse you forget sometimes how much effort you must put forth. Also beware of your schedule. Horses can have an erratic sense of time, unlike the Ox who works sun up to sun down, a Horse might be called to work at midnight to take someone 20 miles and then not used again for days. In conservative times such as these the Horses great sense of business and problem solving can lead it to great success.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Horses ideally this cure would be to protect your power so consider the Power Crystal. Cut glass crystals focus and balance energy. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such as a Pagoda Money Bell. Pagodas are symbols of peace and of a sacred space. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Goat (aka Ram)
Career: This year be cautious with money, avoid gambling, avoid speculative financial instruments, be cautious in legal affairs, and keep on the right side of the law. This is a tough year for Goats as their sign sits opposite of the Ox. It will take sure footed steps to keep out of challenges this year. Take extra care to secure your home and your personal property. Make sure to lock doors and windows when you leave, and shred personal information before putting it in the trash.
Love: It’s a pretty good year for romance, there is much harmony between partners, though there may be some physical separation for a business reason. For those Rams looking for love avoid feelings of desperation as they scare away potential suitors.
Health: Health is okay this year, which will be strengthened by having a harmonious home.
General: A challenging year for Goats. Patience will help you avoid problems this year. Things can turn out well in the end if you plant the right seeds, keep your goals in mind and take actions that will lead to those outcomes. The gentle soul of the Ram is always ready to listen, tissue in hand, to those around you who are sad or afraid. You can be so touched by the misfortunes of others that you sometimes can’t rally yourself to push forward. At other times the Goat can be so irritated with others that you end up banging your head against blocks and people. The Goat only wishes for a clear day, a green pasture and time to connect with those he loves. So all this focus on plowing fields will not make much sense to the Goats. This year it is important for the you to balance work with the things you loves to do, so that no day goes by without a few smiles.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Goats ideally this cure would be to protect yourself in this difficult year so consider a Power Dragon. Dragons represent both power and good health. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such a burning a Bee’s Wax Candle. Bee’s Wax Candles represent connecting and being helped by the community. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: Monkeys this year have better luck in career and education, and there is great luck in careers involving education, or in getting promotions that require an examination. There are lots of travel opportunities this year. There may even be career opportunities in a distant place. But be cautious while signing papers as there could be errors not in your favor.
Love: Romance is good this year, especially with people who were born in foreign countries. Also consider traveling to foreign countries for romantic getaways.
Health: Monkeys do need to be a little cautious about overeating and take care of their stomach and intestines.
General: A pretty good year for Monkey, while some of the fun will seem a little restricted, things go fairly smooth this year. The Monkey doesn’t need the Ox as much as the Ox needs him. His intelligence and creativity could save Ox countless hours in the field but the Monkey can also shun the hard work which is the key to prospering in an Ox year. As a Monkey you want excitement where the Ox wants the familiar. The Monkey wants a strategy where the Ox wants to follow the proven path. There is much opportunity for the clever Monkey this year if he remembers that you can’t push an Ox unless he already wants to go that direction.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Monkeys ideally this cure would be to protect creativity so consider burning incense in this area. The rising smoke of the incense is a connection between earth and heaven. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such a Wish Box that contains your handwritten wishes. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: You will find someone of great influence who goes out of their way to take care of you. There may be a chance for an import/export business partnership or promotion through a company merger.
Love: There is opportunity to get married, to get pregnant and to move or you may do all three. This is a really good year for romance and so try not to hide.
Health: Your health looks good though there is a tendency to overwork. Meditation and other relaxation techniques will benefit you greatly this year.
General: This is a year of recuperation. You can regain your lost power, lost ground and lost income. You’ll work extra hard this year but there’ll be many joyful events. It is important to face challenges decisively and confidently. Your natural passion and drive will take you to new heights in 2009, you will look back on this year and smile. Both Rooster and Ox are born in the barnyard and yet could not be more different. The Rooster is the king of management, setting the time table, the budget and rounding up the stragglers. He is thinking of a million things while the Ox is focused on one goal at a time. This year is Roosters opportunity to get caught up, to get organized again and to start mapping out the details of the next big project. And Rooster’s tendency towards perfectionism will serve him well in a conservative year like this for when you have less to work with it is best to do it right.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Roosters ideally this cure would be to protect your energy so consider a Lucky Energy Crystal. Cut glass crystals help focus and balance energy. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such as a lucky Elephant (with trunk up). Elephants represent the easy removal of all obstacles. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Career: Introduce yourself to lots of new people, go to new places, even consider renovating a house. This is a creative year for Dogs and creativity will bring lots of luck to career. All the good work you did in regards to your business over previous years will now begin to blossom. That doesn’t mean you can sit back and do nothing but it does mean that with hard work you can grow a tree from a tiny seed.
Love: Married Dogs must be reminded to spend quality time with their partners while unmarried dogs may rekindle old relationships with good success.
Health: Health looks good but avoid the junk food. Ox years are stomach years. Consider that it is better to eat wisely rather than spending money on antacids.
General: Dogs need to be somewhat cautious this year, as hasty decisions will cause you to make concessions. It is best for Dogs to stay flexible and mobile and to leave some time for play. Dog’s can find it challenging during an Ox year. The likeable, social Dog can rub the serious, solitary Ox the wrong way. Both can be stubborn and willful but the Dog needs to remember that he has far more energy and more bounce than any Ox. It is important to use your influence to make the changes in your life that you wish. A few thoughtful words and a gentle nudge will get friends to support what you are planning and you can turn a difficult year into one of your best.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Dgos ideally this cure would be to protect decisions in this difficult year so consider an Angel charm like our Brass Angel with Crystal. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such as hanging a Brass Wind Chime. The color brass, like gold, attract large sums of money. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
Pig (aka Boar)
Career: This is a good year to start a business and even take risks. But avoid boasting to colleagues and competitors as they may gang up against you to make you look bad. This is a good money year but it will take extra efforts to get the money into the savings account instead are running to the mall with it.
Love: Pigs may elope this year or find themselves pregnant. Try to look before you leap. If you have been searching for a relationship try to expand where you’re looking. It is likely you will develop a long-term relationship this year.
Health: Health looks good, try to avoid eating for emotional reasons. Or try to be comforted with a nice salad rather than a slice of cake.
General: Pigs have good prospects this year and the ability to tap hidden resources. While the luxury and home loving Pig may not understand what the Ox is doing out in the hot sun all day the Pig does admire his determination and will welcome the Ox’s return with open arms. The Pig’s energy is about creating a peaceful, supportive home and so as the Pig goes into this hard working Ox year it is important to make changes to the home so the Pig can return to a place of comfort. Pigs will find more harmony if they mirror the attitude of the Ox this year, that less is better and work brings contentment and a quiet dinner and movie at home is far better than an expensive night on the town.
Cures: Add a protection cure to the East part of the house, for Goats ideally this cure would be to protect your home so consider a Protection Mirror. Mirrors reflect negative energy. Add a prosperity cure to the Northeast such a lucky Gold Piggybank and keep feeding that pig. And to balance the home energy sprinkle a bit of sea salt outside the home in the Southwest corner. Ask that all negativity be cleared from this area.
The article is by Donna Stellhorn of fengshuiform.com. If you have questions please email me at email@example.com