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Year of the Yang Earth Dog

2018 is the year of the Yang Earth Dog or Brown Dog.
16th February2018 until 4th Februrary 2019 according to the Lunar calendar.
4th February 2018 is the beginning of the solar Chinese calendar year.

The foundation of the Chinese Horoscope is the Yin Yang Five Elements system, Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. 2018 is the Earth element and is associated with brown, orange and yellow colours.

Good Relationships: Secret Friend - Rabbit; Allies - Tiger and Horse
Conflicts with: Dragon, Ram/Sheep and Rooster

Forecast for the Year of the Yang Earth Dog Symbol - Flying Stars (Generalised):

Chinese New Year is celebrated on 16th February 2018 BUT you make your Flying Star changes on February 4th.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Feng Shui is called the Flying Stars system. Each year energies change bringing in good & bad influences & are identified as “Flying Stars”
Good stars are Romance, Luck, Wealth, Good Fortune, Future Prosperity & the aim is to enhance & strengthen them to achieve the most benefit from them by supporting them with the appropriate colours & elements. Likewise we avoid colours & elements that weaken them.
Bad or malevolent stars are Illness, Arguments, Robbery, Misfortune & we make changes to weaken their effect & reduce their impact.
The Stars are likely to be felt more if that particular Star targets a bedroom, your front door or office.

2018 is likely to be a year of natural disasters as the Future Prosperity star is in the Centre thus triggering problems. It may be a year of hardship for many, so it is important that the correct Feng Shui cures are placed in the appropriate sectors of your home/business.

Everyone needs to be financially cautious this year.
As stated in previous years, there is always going to be good & bad in any year but by observing the principles of Feng Shui, particularly the Flying Stars you can minimise the bad stuff & enhance the good stuff.

To determine the areas in your house / workplace, stand in the centre of your home/office with a compass & determine which sector is in the North, South, East, West & so on. The bit in the middle is the Centre.

The Illness Star will reside in the WEST direction this year, so it is important that this area (particularly bedroom, living room and front door) has minimal disruptions. Cures should be placed on February 4th (solar calendar) whereas Chinese New Year is celebrated on 16th February (lunar calendar).

In any year, the correct use & placement of the cures will minimise the negative affect of the “bad” stars & increase the positive attributes of the ”good” ones.


NORTH WEST #1 LUCK STAR
The Luck star, brings success in business & competitive pursuits, particularly if your main door or bedroom is in the N.W.

Especially good for the Patriarch/ eldest male in the house & for Dogs & Boars in 2018.
Keep the area quiet, do not undertake renovations in the NW this year.
To increase the benefits in 2018, display a Victory Banner, bejewelled windhorse, and an Arowana (to protect your wealth). Water colours are good here. Display a Wu Lu if your bedroom.

Hang a Bagwa mirror outside if the NW is affected by poison arrows.
Increase Metal objects (bowls, bells, vases etc) & metal colours (gold, silver, bronze, white). Also increase water colours (blue, black)
Avoid Fire colours (red, purple, pink), candles, bright lights.
The Grand Duke resides in the South East in 2018 so you need to display a Pi Yao in the North West facing the South East.


WEST #2 ILLNESS STAR
Always a nasty star bringing sickness, temperamental behaviour & hidden dangers especially if your front door, living room or bedroom are here.
If your front door keep lighting in the foyer as dim as possible. Whilst all in the house are affected, Roosters & youngest female are most vulnerable.
There is the potential for fire here this year so check your smoke alarms, avoid candles.
To protect yourself display a statue of Quan Yin, Medicine Buddha, gold 3 legged toad. Hang a Wu Lu, 6 coins & a protection bell etc. Place a Tsai Shen figurine to protect your wealth.
Keep the area quiet. Avoid Fire symbols & colours ((red, purple, pink), increase metal colours (gold, silver, white)


SOUTH WEST #6 GOOD FORTUNE STAR
If your front door faces or your bedroom is in this sector you are most likely to experience increased good fortune, maybe even a financial windfall. Sheep, Monkeys & the Matriach are most likely to benefit.
If your bedroom, increase Blues & other water colours otherwise enhance this area with earth colours (yellow, orange, ochre), crystals, suncatchers.
Avoid Fire symbols & colours (red, pink, purple)


NORTH #5 MISFORTUNE STAR
Brings havoc, danger, business loss, health issues, accidents & potential legal issues in 2018 particularly if your bedroom is here or your front door or desk faces the north.
Avoid noise, renovations etc so as to not trigger the bad luck this star can bring.
Rats & the middle son are most susceptible.
Place a 5 Element pagoda (or wear a pendant or carry a key chain with this on it). Display 6 I Ching coins, 6 rod metal wind chime, Wu Lu, gold Tsai Shen.
Avoid fire symbols & colours (red, pink, purple) & Earth symbols & colours (yellow, orange, ochre, clay & crystal objects).
Increase Metal objects (bowls, bells etc) & colours (silver, gold, bronze, white)
The Three Killings are also in this sector in 2018 (loss of reputation, loss of wealth, loss of a loved one) which makes this star even more volatile. It’s important to place cures here this year along with a set of the 3 Celestial Animals.


CENTRE #9 FUTURE PROSPERITY STAR
The star of great promise, enhance to protect your wealth, luck & romance energy.
Place Wu Lu, gold Ingots, 8 gold coins, Mandarin Ducks, hugging couples, double happiness symbols, victory banner, Rose Quartz.
Increase Fire symbols & colours (red, pink, purple). Keep area well lit.


SOUTH #4 ROMANCE STAR
A good star especially likely to benefit Horses & the middle daughter & if your front door faces South. Also increases the chance of travel. Keep the area clean & clutter free especially if your office or bedroom.

Increase Water colours here (blue, black, grey)

Avoid Fire colours (red, pink, purple) & Metal colours (gold, silver ,white) & associated objects & symbols.

Display Mandarin Ducks, hugging couples, Quan Yin, double happiness symbols. Rose Quartz & relationship crystals are good here.

A Dragon headed turtle will increase relationship opportunities, a 7 level Pagoda will increase academic success.


NORTH EAST #3 ARGUMENTS STAR
This star causes arguments, misunderstandings, legal action, disputes & violence. Check legal documents thoroughly, check security.

Most vulnerable if your house or front door face the North East. Ox’s, Tigers & the youngest male are most susceptible.

Protect yourself by keeping the area well lit, paint the door red (or place a red door mat). Hang a Wu Lu & a peace/harmony amulet.
Increase fire symbols & colours (red,pink,purple). Avoid water near the front door, avoid metal symbols & colours (gold, silver, white). No windchimes.


EAST #7 ROBBERY & VIOLENCE STAR
Particularly lethal in this position, causes robbery, burgulary, deceit, backstabbing particularly from people you thought you could trust if left unattended this year. Rabbits & eldest son most vulnerable & if your front door faces or bedroom is in the East.

Check your security & smoke alarms especially if your front door is here. Can also cause health issues & arguments in this position.
Keep the area as quiet as possible, increase Water symbols & colours (blue, black, grey). Place a blue Rhino & blue Elephant here along with anti burgulary talismans.
Avoid Earth objects (clay items, crystals etc), & colours (yellow, orange, ochre). Likewise avoid Fire symbols & colours (red, purple, pink). NO metal wind chimes.


SOUTH EAST #8 WEALTH STAR
A good star increasing your chance of improved wealth, success & happiness. Especially good for Snakes & Dragons, the eldest female & if your front door faces the South East.

Keep the area active (music etc), increase Fire symbols & colours (red, purple, pink) BUT avoid metal objects & colours (gold, silver, bronze) at all costs.

Place wealth stones here, Citrine, Cinnabar, jade etc. Rose Quartz hearts & other relationship symbols to capture the romance aspect of this sector in 2018 (mandarin ducks, hugging couples etc)
Display 6 gold I Ching coins, jade mystic knot, 3 legged Toad, Tsai Shen & faceted suncatchers

Information - Courtesy of Graham Todd, www.crystals-toombul.com

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Chinese Zodiac Horoscope Forecast of Your Life, Love and Fortune

The zodiac of twelve animal signs represents twelve different types of personality. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, and there are many stories about the Origins of the Chinese Zodiac which explains why this is so (see below). The following are the twelve zodiac signs in order and their characteristics.

Each of the 12 animals are (followed by the year of birth):


Rat 2020,2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900
Ox 2021,2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913, 1901
Tiger 2021, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914, 1902
Rabbit 2023,2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915, 1903
Dragon 2024,2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916, 1904
Snake 2025,2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917, 1905
Horse 2026,2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906
Goat 2027,2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907
Monkey 2028,2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908
Rooster 2029,2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909
Dog 2030,2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922, 1910
Pig 2042,2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911


The Rat

Rats are charming, elegant and clever. They can be a bit gossipy and prone to being distracted. They're also thrifty and very good with handling money. Family and close friends are exceptionally important to them. The Rat is charming beyond words and throughout his undoubtedly long life he will always be popular and will have many friends.

Interesting Rat Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Garnet
Special Flower: Narcissus
Best Hours: 11 pm -1 am
Season: Winter
Good Relationship: between Rat, Dragon, Monkey
Conflicts with: Horse, Rabbit, Ram


The Ox

Sturdy, earthy, no-nonsense - that's the Ox. Affectionate and easy-going, the Ox can show a fierce temper when agitated. He is neat, tidy, quiet and studious, with a great love of his home. Music can be a great love. Family life and a loving partner are high on the Ox's priorities. A wonderful loyal friend.

Interesting Ox Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Aquamarine
Special Flower: Carnation
Best Hours: 1-3 am
Season: Winter
Horoscope Colors: Green, Yellow, Black
Good Relationship: between Rat, Rabbit, Monkey
Conflicts with: Horse, Dragon, Ram


The Tiger

Magnetic, passionate and grand! When the Tiger does anything, it's noticed! Indecisiveness and stubbornness can mar the sparkle of the Tiger personality. On the one hand generous, on the other hand a little mean, it's sometimes hard to know where one stands with the Tiger. Flexible, honest and truly entertaining, one has a friend for life with a Tiger.

Interesting Tiger Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Sapphire
Special Flower: Violet
Best Hours: 3-5 am
Season: Winter
Horoscope Colors: Green, Blue, Yellow
Good Relationship: between Horse, Dog, Dragon
Conflicts with: Snake, Ox, Monkey, Rabbit


The Rabbit

Cuddly, warm and affectionate are the attributes of the Rabbit. Mysterious and a great party-giver and host, the Rabbit enjoys being the centre of attention once in a while. The Rabbit is occasionally over cautious and can be a bit boring. He is also one of the luckiest signs in the Chinese Astrology chart.

Interesting Rabbit Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Pearl
Special Flower: Jonquil
Best Hours: 5-7 am
Season: Spring
Horoscope Colors: Grey, White
Good Relationship: between Ram, Dog, Dragon, Pig
Conflicts with: Rooster, Rat, Tiger


The Dragon

Assertive, energetic and talented are all words to describe the Dragon
personality. On the other hand, the Dragon has a tendency to be
condescending and tactless without realising it. They generally enjoy robust
health and tend to be very successful in anything they turn their hand to.

Interesting Dragon Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Amethyst
Special Flower: Sweet Pea
Best Hours: 7-9 am
Season: Spring
Horoscope Colors: Black, Gold
Good Relationship: between Rat, Rooster, Monkey
Conflicts with: Tiger Ox, Dog

The Snake

Intelligent and highly intuitive are two of the Snake's many fine qualities.
He makes an amusing and romantic friend with a definite flirtatious streak.
When challenged or criticised he can be a sore loser. The Snake is very
lucky with money and is fond of the odd bet or two. He is quick-witted and
enjoys reading, music and occasionally the paranormal side of life.

Interesting Snake Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Opal
Special Flower: Passionflower
Best Hours: 9-11 am
Season: Spring
Horoscope Colors: Brown Gold, Green
Good Relationship: between Rooster, Ox
Conflicts with: Tiger, Snake, Pig


The Horse

Fun, charming and attractive sums up the Horse's traits perfectly. They love
parties and crowds and being the centre of attention. They can also be
egotistical, hot-headed and impatient. The Horse is a considerate and
protective friend and partner and when in his company, there will always be
excitement around the next corner.

Interesting Horse Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Golden Topaz
Special Flower: Rose
Best Hours: 11am-1pm
Season: Summer
Horoscope Colors: Orange, White, Yellow
Good Relationship: between Ram, Tiger, Dog
Conflicts with: Rat, Monkey, Ox, Horse

The Goat

Graceful and optimistic, kind and easy going, would describe a Goat
personality. They can also be petulant and discontented, likely to throw the
towel in at the beginning of a problem. They can be charming without
revealing their true feelings. The Goat is very talented and imaginative and
can turn his hand to most creative pursuits.


Interesting Goat Facts
Zodiac Stone: Emerald
Special Flower: Larkspur
Best Hours: 1-3 pm
Season: Summer
Horoscope Colors: Green, Blue
Good Relationship: between Rabbit, Horse, Pig
Conflicts with: Rat, Ox, Dog

The Monkey

The Monkey is playful, lively, fun and a quick thinker. They get bored very
easily and find it hard to settle down to doing any one thing. The Monkey
can also be vain and offhand. They are ambitious and usually very good with
investing money. With their quick wit and wonderful sense of humour, they
are a great party guest. The Monkey's life will never be dull and
predictable!

Interesting Monkey Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Peridot
Special Flower: Gladiola
Best Hours: 3-5 pm
Season: Summer
Horoscope Colors: White, Violet, Green
Good Relationship: between Dragon, Rat
Conflicts with: Tiger, Horse

The Rooster

The Rooster is always popular, extravagant and creative.. They can be
brutally honest and generally like being showered with attention. They are
wonderfully loyal friends and also give advice freely - whether they are
asked for it or not! Family means the world to the Rooster and they are
fiercely loyal to those they care about.

Interesting Rooster Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Citrine
Special Flower: Aster
Best Hours: 5-7 pm
Season: Autumn
Horoscope Colors: Orange, Green
Good Relationship: between Ox, Snake, Dragon
Conflicts with: Rabbit, Dog, Rooster


The Dog

The Dog is wonderfully hard worker, a perfectionist and someone who loves
the small details. He is also a bit anti-social, pessimistic and stubborn.
They are one of the most honest and loyal signs of the Chinese zodiac and
will always go to bat for a worthy cause. The Dog is a fantastic listener
and his advice is usually very intuitive.

Interesting Dog Facts:
Zodiac Stone: Diamond
Special Flower: Marigold
Best Hours of the day 7-9 pm
Season: Autumn
Horoscope Colors: Silver and Red
Good Relationship: between Tiger, Rabbit, Horse
Conflicts with: Dragon, Ram, Rooster

The Pig

The Pig is an innocent, sweet and lovable personality. They can also be
quite melancholy and over-sensitive. The Pig loves the company of others,
and adores parties, gossip and chit chat. They are highly intelligent, but
prefer to keep this side of their nature under wraps. The Pig does not care
that much for money, but is one of the zodiac signs that is very lucky.

Interesting Pig Facts
Zodiac Stone: Ruby
Special Flower: Chrysanthemum
Best Hours: 9-11 pm
Season: Autumn
Horoscope Colors: Purple, Red, White
Good Relationship: between Rabbit, Ram
Conflicts with: Snake, Monkey


Feng Shui Friends and Allies

Animal Sign:------ Friends and Allies
The RAT ----- Ox, Dragon and Monkey
The OX----- Rat, Snake and Rooster
The TIGER----- Pig, Horse and Dog
The RABBIT ----- Dog, Goat and Pig
The DRAGON----- Rooster, Rat and Monkey
The SNAKE ----- Monkey, Rooster and Ox
The HORSE ----- Goat, Tiger and Dog
The GOAT----- Horse, Pig and Rabbit
The MONKEY----- Snake, Dragon and Rat
The ROOSTER----- Dragon, Snake and Ox
The DOG----- Rabbit, Horse and Tiger
The PIG/BOAR----- Tiger, Rabbot and Goat

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