Work,health and pros­per­ity

You can­not dis­count the in­her­ent con­nec­tion be­tween these three things. So find out what’s in store for you and how you can make the most of this year

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As per the Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar, the year of the wooden horse brings changes in the for­tunes of all zo­diac signs. In this six­part se­ries, I will take you through the for­tunes of each one of them. Should you sit on the fence and tread care­fully or gam­ble and gal­lop ahead fear­lessly? Check out what’s in store for you and how you should make the most of this year:

MON­KEY

Ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar, your zo­diac sign is dragon if you are born af­ter Fe­bru­ary 4 in the fol­low­ing years: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004,2016. (If you were born on the fourth or be­fore, your sign is sheep and not mon­key)

The in­tel­li­gent, quirky and fun-lov­ing mon­key hates rou­tines and mo­not­o­nous work. How­ever, pres­sures are on the rise. They are dealt best with dis­ci­pline and dili­gence. Your mis­chievous an­tics and play­ful na­ture will take a back seat as you stay busy and work hard.

CA­REER : T r ave l l i n g brings in op­por­tu­ni­ties so ride the horse and ac­cept what­ever chal­lenges come your way. In face of stiff com­pe­ti­tion, be re­al­is­tic and lower your ex­pec­ta­tions. This is the year to co­op­er­ate and col­lab­o­rate in team work rather than tak­ing in­de­pen­dent strides.

MONEY: Gam­bling is high- ly danger­ous, even lethal this year. So, avoid share mar­kets and other risky ad­ven­tures and take wise, well-thought de­ci­sions while spend­ing. Be­ware of scams and fraud­u­lent deals as chances of get­ting duped are high. Read the fine print, terms and con­di­tions and main­tain your poise be­fore jump­ing into any­thing new.

HEALTH TIP: Work- life bal­ance takes a hit as mon­keys tend to bite more than they can chew. Bur­den and over ex­haus­tion take a toll on your health, es­pe­cially dur­ing win­ter. So learn to de-stress. This is a good time to join the gym /sign up for a new ex­er­cise pro­gramme.

ROOSTER/CHICKEN

Ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese lu­nar cal­en­dar, your zo­diac sign is rooster, if you are born af­ter Fe­bru­ary 4 in the fol­low­ing years: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005.

( If you were born on the fourth or be­fore your sign is mon­key and not rooster)

The pru­dent and metic­u­lous chicken be­longs to the metal el­e­ment while the im­pul­sive and spon­ta­neous horse is a strong fire sign.

As per the Chi­nese de­struc­tive cy­cle of the five el­e­ment t heory, f i re melts metal. Although both horse and chicken are farm an­i­mals, the lat­ter is scared of the wild and spir­ited horse. Thus, the or­gan­ised rooster pros­pers by adapt­ing his best-laid plans to the whim­si­cal and fast-paced year of the horse. By tak­ing some snap de­ci­sions and a leap of faith, rooster peo­ple can work their plan un­ex­pect­edly well and excel.

CA­REER: Job op­por­tu­ni­ties are on the rise but so are re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ex­pec­ta­tions. Avoid rooster fights as the urge for one-up­man­ship is strong. When it comes to the work­place, ditch your ego and strive to cul­ti­vate friends. Be­ing the ‘ big­ger person’ while re­solv­ing petty is­sues wins you the favour of those who mat­ter. In the Chi­nese year of the wooden ( green) horse where wood sym­bol­ises growth, so­cial­is­ing and net­work­ing re­wards roost­ers who aim to climb up the cor­po­rate lad­der.

MONEY: You are a money mag­net this year. But your so­cial out­ings in­crease, burn­ing a hole in your pocket. This year, think twice be­fore lend­ing/gift­ing money. Your benev­o­lent na­ture makes you a soft tar­get to be taken for a ride.

HEALTH TIP: Pay at­ten­tion to your res­pi­ra­tory track. Yoga and morn­ing walks are ben­e­fi­cial.

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