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How Will You Fare in the Year of the Fire Monkey?

Read up on your Chinese horoscope and other helpful tips


After welcoming 2016 with a bang, it’s time to officially start the Year of the Fire Monkey on Monday, February 8. If you always look forward to your yearly forecast and other helpful reminders, we asked Feng Shui expert Master Hanz Cua for a list of predictions per Chinese zodiac. Keep in mind though, that life is what you make it and that these forecasts should only serve as guides:

Rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)

Aside from being a year of opportunities for good romance, 2016 might bring a couple of challenges on the career side so best to have lots of patience. Take time to strengthen your social and professional relationships, too.

Keep the positivity flowing at home and create a space that’s ideal for work. Give your work area an upgrade by scheduling a decluttering session. Craft a DIY memo board to help you keep track of your deadlines and reward yourself with a new lamp.

Photo from The Every Girl.

Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

This is a good year to explore! Do something new, surprise yourself, and take time to travel to places you’ve never been. If you’ve been planning to switch jobs, 2016 is the year to do it.

Before planning trips and scheduling a well-deserved vacation, make sure that your closet is organized so that you can pack minus the stress. Need help to pack for a trip? Click here.

Tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

The tiger is said to be in opposing forces with the Monkey so you need to be more patient and smart this year.  Do not make decisions without reviewing all factors involved. Avoid high-risk investments and be careful of deceptive people.

Planning to buy a new home or invest in a new project? Don’t say yes without consulting with professionals and experts. For those who are planning to apply for a loan, visit your bank and discuss the options with a representative. If you’re in talks with a design professional about your dream home, set a meeting and review his or her portfolio to avoid problems and delays.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Rabbit  (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

This year will bring plenty of opportunities. If you’re into any creative occupation, take time to participate in art fairs and bazaars. An improvement in income may come in the form of a new job offer or promotion. Word of caution though: since you’ll be very busy, you need to find time to relax and avoid getting overworked.

Give importance to rest and relaxation by transforming your bedroom into a hotel-like space. No need for major makeovers! Start by investing in quality sheets and adding refreshing touches to your room. Consider placing scented candles on the side table and potted plants, too.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Dragon (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Success is rolling for you, just be careful of jealous officemates or business associates. Aside from being extra cautious at work, you also need to be mindful about the things you eat. Practice a healthy diet and do mediation to reduce stress.

To kickstart your healthy lifestyle, invest in kitchen must-haves that can help you toward a better diet. Explore the benefits of juicing and detox regularly. Planning to practice yoga at home? Clear out a space at home where you can exercise and enjoy some quiet time.

Snake (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

Career and finances will be on the upswing this year. However, you may experience challenges from associates and workmates who will feel you are a threat. Practice diplomacy to maintain good relations.

How do you foster teamwork? Find something that you enjoy doing together! It can be a new hobby or working on crafts. You can also schedule weekly team building exercises.

Horse (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

Expect new business opportunities and a chance for better investments. There will be a chance to travel and your financial luck may lie in a job opportunity abroad.

Enhance the positive vibes this year by keeping the home a happy place. Work on simple home improvement projects, update soft furnishings, and make sure it’s always clean and organized.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Sheep (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)

Money management is said to be your weakness so take extra caution when it comes to spending and investing in different endeavors. Feel free to reward yourself from time to time, but it’s important that you save a part of your income for future use.

Discover ways on how you can do more with less. Check your drawers and cabinets for items that you can recycle and repurpose as these habits can help you save money. There are also budget-friendly ways to decorate the home and update its look too.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)

According to Master Hanz, your sense of adventure will be most rewarded by Fire’s yang energy. It’s best not to slack off and maximize the first half of the year. The second half of 2016 looks promising–especially if you’re planning to get your projects off the ground.

Since you will be working on different endeavors this year, it’s important that you stay inspired at home. How do you keep the fire burning? Display photos that remind you of your goals, hang prints that motivate you, and decorate your space with your favorite things.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

Roosters don’t vibe with the Monkey because they have contradicting personas.  Some of the things that you need to focus on include: making the right decisions in terms of career development, building contacts, and proper financial management. Your hectic schedule can be overwhelming, making you prone to exhaustion.

Enjoy your well-deserved rest by scheduling a day for complete relaxation. Invest in your bedroom by turning it into a calming haven. How about transforming it into a sea-inspired space? Touches of blue, white, and other nature-inspired details create a tranquil space.

Photo from DigsDigs.

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

The hardworking Dog will thrive this year. There will be plenty of inspiration for projects and expect a lot of opportunities to come your way. Your money luck will also improve this year but be careful when taking on projects. Make sure that you only accept those that you can work on and accomplish.

Stay productive by keeping a schedule of all your must-dos. Feel free to work on your hobbies minus the fuss by staying organized. You can also craft different pieces to help you keep things in place.

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

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

You have good income prospects this year but don’t get carried away in the spending department. Pigs are known to be generous souls, but don’t let others take advantage of your goodness.  Maximize your time and resources carefully.

When spending your hard-earned money, it’s important that you make smart choices. For the home, choose quality investment pieces that can stand the test of time. You can also get a condo unit that you can rent out to get extra income.

You may contact Master Hanz Cua, tarot card reader and Feng Shui consultant, through 0922-8290382 or You can also find him at Level 1, EDSA Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City.

Photo by Louie Aguinaldo and Paolo Feliciano.

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