GROUND HOG DAY

WILL THE YEAR OF THE EARTH PIG BRING RICHES, RO­MANCE OR A RE­AL­ITY CHECK? RE­SPECTED FENG SHUI MASTER PERRIE BUR­TON DE­LIV­ERS YOUR CHI­NESE NEW YEAR FORE­CAST

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We may have al­ready marked the mid­night count­down, but if you’re won­der­ing what the next 12 months hold, feng shui master Perrie Bur­ton says it’s the Chi­nese cal­en­dar we should con­sult.

“In Chi­nese time­keep­ing, there is a Yin cal­en­dar (lu­nar cal­en­dar) and a

Yang cal­en­dar (so­lar cal­en­dar),” she says. “The lu­nar cal­en­dar is per­haps the best known and most pop­u­lar of the two. Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year is when all the cel­e­bra­tions are hap­pen­ing all over the world.

“The first day of 2019 Lu­nar New Year is on Fe­bru­ary 5.

“The so­lar cal­en­dar is less well known, but is used in clas­si­cal feng shui.

“Fe­bru­ary 4 is the first day of 2019 Year of the Pig ac­cord­ing to the so­lar cal­en­dar.”

The Earth Pig rules 2019, but that isn’t al­ways good news for swine in the spot­light.

“There are 12 an­i­mals in the Chi­nese Zo­diac and each an­i­mal takes it turn to rule for a year in the 12-year cy­cle,” Perrie says.

“There are five dif­fer­ent types of Pig year — fire, earth, metal, wa­ter and wood.

“(Spoiler alert!) The Horse, Rat and Rab­bit have the best luck in 2019.”

Your birth­date de­ter­mines your an­i­mal — read on for Perrie’s Chi­nese New Year fore­cast:

PIG 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

The Pig will find that for 2019 to be a peace­ful year they will need to col­lab­o­rate in­stead of lead. There will be some ob­sta­cles to over­come. Look out for petty peo­ple. It’s a year to be hum­ble, keep a low pro­file and be mind­ful with your words. Fi­nances will be up and down. In re­la­tion­ships, the Pig may feel im­pa­tient and emo­tional. There will also be some vic­to­ries and suc­cesses, but mostly for those in the lime­light, such as ac­tors, singers and per­form­ers. 2019 is a good year for learn­ing new sub­jects and the in­for­ma­tion will feel easy to ab­sorb. The Pig should make sure the area in the north­west of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck in 2019. Best month: June 6 to July 6. You will feel like you are in the right place at the right time.

RAT 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

For the Rat 2019 is look­ing like a win­ning year. The lucky Rat will face min­i­mal ob­sta­cles and feel cheer­ful and happy. It will be a year on the move with a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel for busi­ness and plea­sure. 2019 will also be a time of pro­mo­tion and busi­ness ex­pan­sion. Rats work­ing for them­selves will have even more op­por­tu­ni­ties while trav­el­ling. Just be care­ful of ex­haus­tion due to over­work. It’s not the best year for ro­mance ei­ther. The Rat should make sure the area in the north of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for even bet­ter luck. Best month: Au­gust 8 to Septem­ber 7. Pos­i­tive luck for money and start­ing any­thing new.

OX 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

The Ox will have a year of ups and downs with some sur­prises … not all of them good. It’s an emo­tional year with some frus­tra­tions. The Ox should keep their own coun­sel and keep their cards close to their chest. Their luck will im­prove when on the move while trav­el­ling for work or plea­sure. Ro­mance is not on the cards — to avoid feel­ing lonely, reach out so­cially. Those that are mar­ried will need to prac­tice pa­tience and kind­ness this year. 2019’s a great year for theox to get in touch with their spir­i­tu­al­ity to give them strength and com­fort. Make sure the area in the north­east of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck.

Best month: April 5 to May 5. Hard work will be re­warded with fi­nan­cial gain.

TIGER 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

It’s go­ing to be an eas­ier flow­ing year. There will be help­ful peo­ple to lend sup­port. It’s a good year for joint ven­tures. The good and bright light will be shin­ing on the Tiger and their rep­u­ta­tion will in­crease for the bet­ter. The Tiger’s mind will be clear and they will do well in ex­ams. With pa­tience, even times of frus­tra­tion will all work out OK in the end. The Tiger needs to be wise with their money and should re­frain from at­tend­ing funer­als. They should not mis­take friend­li­ness for love in 2019. Make sure the area in the north­east of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck. Best month: June 6 to July 6. Your ef­forts will be re­warded.

RAB­BIT 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

2019 is an­other aus­pi­cious year for the Rab­bit. Peo­ple will no­tice their tal­ents and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. This good for­tune should not be wasted — it’s time to make those am­bi­tions hap­pen. It’s not a year to boast, but a year to do. Even ro­mance is pos­i­tive for the sin­gle Rab­bit. Avoid break­ing the rules (speed­ing, tax or with late pay­ments) as it could get you in trou­ble. Make sure the area in the east of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck. Best month: May 6 to June 5. Strong money

luck.

DRAGON 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Af­ter a stress­ful year, the Dragon can breathe eas­ier. 2019 is go­ing to be a lot smoother and you will feel back to your old self: con­fi­dent and strong. Share good for­tune as it will be a bless­ing in re­turn. The Dragon will no­tice the at­ten­tion com­ing their way and feel like they are ex­ud­ing all the charm in the world. Don’t leave things to luck and make sure you put in the ef­fort. Be con­ser­va­tive with money. 2019 is a great year for ro­mance for sin­gle Drag­ons, while for mar­ried Drag­ons it’s a good year to nur­ture your re­la­tion­ship. Make sure the area in the south­east of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck.

Best month: April 5 to May 5. A fi­nan­cially re­ward­ing month.

SNAKE 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

It will not be an overly op­ti­mistic year for the Snake. You may feel like you are not in con­trol, so con­trol what you can — things like your spend­ing and tak­ing care of your self. Be care­ful with le­gal is­sues. Don’t even think about break­ing the law or you will face the con­se­quences. Un­for­tu­nately, ro­mance is weak for the sin­gle snake. Mar­ried snakes should be mind­ful with their part­ner to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ings. Be­ing on the move and trav­el­ling will bring bet­ter luck in work and re­la­tion­ships. Make sure the area in the south­east of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck.

Best month: July 7 to Au­gust 7. Good for­tune puts you in the right place at the right time.

HORSE 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

2019 is go­ing to be an aus­pi­cious year for the Horse, who can look for­ward to suc­cess in their ca­reer, rep­u­ta­tion and money.

Be brave and make things hap­pen. It’s time to put your ideas and dreams into ac­tion. If you have tried in the past and didn’t suc­ceed, this year will be dif­fer­ent — try again and you will be sur­prised. Even ob­sta­cles can turn into good tid­ings. Joint ven­tures with peo­ple born in the Rab­bit or Tiger year will be great in 2019. When con­flict arises, be hum­ble and peace will be the re­sult. It’s a good year for sin­gle Horses and some may even get mar­ried. For those want­ing a baby, it will be a good year to have one. Make sure the area in the south of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck. Best month: Fe­bru­ary 4 to March 5. A great month for busi­ness prospects.

GOAT 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

The Goat will have a good 2019 if it treads care­fully. Pop­u­lar­ity will in­crease and your pos­i­tive at­tributes will be no­ticed. Fol­low your in­tu­ition and your heart and you will do well. The Goat will feel smarter and clearer in 2019, but not all is so great. The fi­nan­cial en­ergy is weak and if you’re not care­ful you may ex­pe­ri­ence losses. There may be some petty peo­ple try­ing to bring you down. Turn away and ig­nore them. You may feel sen­ti­men­tal this year, so reach out to good friends. Ro­mance will be com­pli­cated. Make sure the area in the south­west of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck.

Best month: Oc­to­ber 8 — Novem­ber 7. Good re­wards for your hard work

MON­KEY 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

The Mon­key will find the Pig year com­ing as a re­prieve. There will be good news from your fam­ily. Be­ware of petty-minded peo­ple. You will do well on your own. This is a good year for ro­mance and mar­riage for fe­males. Ro­mance for males will not be as smooth sail­ing — it will have its chal­lenges. Those who are mar­ried should nur­ture their re­la­tion­ships. 2019 is a year of three bless­ings: sta­tus, pros­per­ity and longevity. There may be some ob­sta­cles to your plans and projects, but they will be re­solved. The Mon­key should make sure the area in the south­west of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck.

Best month: Septem­ber 8 to Oc­to­ber 7. Aus­pi­cious for new projects.

ROOSTER 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

The Rooster may have some chal­lenges ahead in 2019, how­ever, it will be an im­prove­ment on last year. Take care of your­self and be pos­i­tive. You will han­dle any chal­lenges bet­ter with a pos­i­tive mind.

Check every­thing be­fore you sign on the dot­ted line. Lower your ex­pec­ta­tions and you will not be dis­ap­pointed. 2019 is a year of some bless­ing as well, such as great meals and gifts from your loved ones. It’s a good year to be on the move and travel as it will im­prove your luck. There will be some un­ex­pected wind­falls. Ro­mance is strong; keep a clear line not mix­ing busi­ness with plea­sure. The Rooster should make sure the area in the west of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck.

Best month: Au­gust 8 to Septem­ber 7. Your ef­forts will be highly re­warded.

DOG 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

2019 is a mod­er­ate year for the Dog with­out ma­jor break­throughs. Some con­flicts may arise from tan­gled re­la­tion­ships. It’s a good year to keep a low pro­file to keep out of trou­ble. A joint ven­ture with the Rab­bit or Horse will be good. Avoid stress brought on by over­work. Ro­mance is hot and cold. Those mar­ried should be care­ful with ar­gu­ments that can eas­ily hap­pen. In 2019 there is not much that the Dog can’t han­dle as long as they keep calm. Dogs will be part of happy events and cel­e­bra­tions. Make sure the area in the north­west of the home or busi­ness is clean and clear for bet­ter luck.

Best month: April 5 to May 5. Pos­i­tive re­sults on all your ef­forts.

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