Your Chinese New Year horoscope can define everything over the next 12 months, from job prospects and love life, to more specifics, such as stock market tips and sock colour. Hong Kongers, generally being a superstitious bunch, put a lot of stock in their Chinese New Year horoscopes, and often use them to plan the year ahead. Sceptics should consider taking a look at our Famous Stars Born in the Chinese New Year of the Snake and see if the mystics and crystal ball holders have the likes of Bob Dylan, Charlie Sheen and Sarah Jessica Parker pegged right.
Chinese horoscopes are determined by the year you were born, with each year represented by an animal. Below is a light hearted look at what the wise old men say is in store for the Year of the Dragon.If you're interested in finding out more about Chinese New Year, see our Chinese New Year guide where we reveal the traditions and superstitions that surround the celebrations for the Year of the Snake.
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There is only so much and cheese one rat can eat. The last twelve months have been great for gorging on Gorgonzola but we all know you strive for better, you deserve better and that too much cheese gives you weird dreams; 2013 should deliver many of your hopes and dreams. Sick of sloping out the sewers, now is the time to strive for a pay rise and a promotion ‘Senior Disease and Biological Warfare Logistics Manager’ anyone? You shouldn’t need to put in any extra yards just ignore your inclination for modesty and soak up the applause for the work you’ve been doing when it comes your way. Unfortunately, while you might be wooing them in the boardroom there’s bad news in the bedroom and 2013 could prove tricky for meeting likeminded furry friends.
Much of 2012 was spent avoiding the constant menace of being turned into the McDonald’s menu – everyone had their knives out for you. Thankfully, your days of dodging the mincing machine menace are behind you and The Year of the Snake offers a fresh start and a farmyard full of opportunity. Now is the time to get noticed at work; be first to hoof it down to the milking machine in the morning and watch the rewards roll in. You’re good nature and laid back character means you make friends easily but it’s time for friends to moove over in 2013 if they’re holding you back. If you’re going to be lucky in love, you need to be confident and don’t let your shyness stop you showing you’re the cream of the crop.
You might be the world’s most popular animal but in 2013 the world is mostly interested in turning you into the business end of a rug. When it rains, it pours and down in the mangrove there are plenty of rivals jealous of the Tiger’s confidence and charm ready to make it a very soggy 2013. Your passion and quick temper are likely to land you in trouble and for every buffalo neck you get your teeth on there will be ten more lined up to stick their horns into your rump steak. It’s especially important to keep your cool with friends and partners because if you do try to flash your teeth you’re likely to end up needing the dentist. It could be a rocky year so avoid arguments and make sure the eye of the tiger is open for any potential problems.
There is not a lot of lettuce to go round in 2013 and rabbits may find themselves doing a lot of running for very little reward. Don’t give up; keep your ears open for opportunities in work and play and, when you see one, hit the turbo button and go at it like you’re stuffed with a four pack of Duracell. Attempts by others to dump more work on you may leave you hopping mad but you’re hard work will not go unrewarded. Unfortunately, even if you do win a bigger slice of the carrot cake you’re unlikely to find someone to share it with; loneliness and separation are in the stars for 2013 and you’ll need to be patient and understanding if you want to win in romance.
Warm up your wings, it’s going to be a busy 2013 for dragons. Friends, family and acquaintances will ask a lot of you in 2013 but the more you give the more your relationships will grow. You might have a reputation around the local village but stealing maidens have never really been your style and whether there’s a special scaly someone you want to walk down the aisle with or a damsel in distress who needs rescuing now is the time to swoop down and tie it up. The year won’t be without challenges and you’ll need to remain vigilant for self righteous white knights looking to mount your head on the end of a lance. Stay confident and anyone who tangles with you is likely to end on the wrong end of a BBQing.
Sick of slinking around on your belly? Tired of having to slip into a second skin? Well, tough, you’re a snake, but it is your year, the Year of the Snake and while the serpent’s cautious nature means you won’t enjoy the spectacular 12 months enjoyed by other animals in their banner year you can expect an auspicious 12 months. Perceived as cold and even calculating, in truth snakes prefer calm, considered decision making and plotting out a plan before striking. If, like many snakes, you’ve found relationships difficult now is the time for a fresh start, whether that means slipping out of a constricting affair or relationship or squeezing more out of an existing one. There’s also opportunities to advance you career. Reward won’t be without risk and there will be vipers who attempt to coil you into daring but reckless adventures. Ignore them. Stick to your plans and you should be able to build up a nice nest egg.
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