Forecasts for 2018

Year of the Dog

In the Lunar Calendar, each year is associated with one of the 12 zodiac animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. You can gain insight into your personal character through your zodiac animal, which is determined by your lunar year of birth. It is tradition to annually consult your zodiac forecast for an overview of what is to come in the new year. This helps you to prepare yourself to achieve your goals.

Keep in mind that these zodiac forecasts are general information for the masses as they are based on your lunar year of birth only. For a personalized 2018 forecast, the Zi Wei Dou Shu Life Map provides a detailed and accurate reading specific to you as it is based on your month, day, year, and hour of birth.


The Prudent Dog gets rewarded

Birth Years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Photo of a Dog
Dolphins Release Tai Shui Challenges
"Dolphins Release Tai Shui Challenges"

Dogs should play it safe this year and keep things simple. This is not the time for major renovations, moving or expansion. Take this year to reflect, evaluate and make plans for next year. Be conservative with money matters. Unexpected troubles arise at work and your abilities will be tested. Due to your efforts, you are likely to gain the favor of your superiors; however, there may be jealous colleagues who try to sabotage your achievements.

Emotions can be aggravated by work stress so be careful not to take this out on your significant other. Take time to decompress from work and practice being more patient with your partner.

In health, avoid injuries and cuts to your limbs by warming up before exercise and by being cautious with sharp tools. Avoid distractions such as phone calls and texting when driving to prevent getting into accidents. Attend to your elderly loved ones as they are more prone to health problems.

Dogs should carry a full set of personal Mantra Charms for protection and to release the challenging energies of Dog Year. At home and at work, dogs should avoid the directions associated to their zodiac sign; dogs should also avoid the directions associated to the dragon (which is the opposing zodiac). These are the northwest and southeast directions. Place the Fish Series art, “Dolphin Release Tai Shui Challenges,” in these directions if your door, office, or bedroom is located there.


The Moral Pig gains respect

Birth Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Photo of a pig
72 Protection Mantra Charms
"72 Protection Mantra Charms"

Pigs should not take anything for granted this year. By keeping your integrity and work ethics, the people you work with will respect and back you. Fathers, uncles and other senior male helpers and supporters will provide opportunities. Working with male partners and customers will bring favorable results. Pigs in creative and artistic fields are fruitful.

Single pigs may hear wedding bells. Married pigs feel lonely and a new partner may enter their lives. This can lead to changes or challenges in marriage.

Pigs’ health will be stable with regular exercise and nutritious diet. Organize your pantry and refrigerator to stock organic foods and throw away expired and junk foods. It is important to keep an eye on your male elders’ health. Be sure to get check up right away if anything feels suspicious. Do not drive when you are upset to avoid accident. If you have a north, east or west door, they can bring problems such as theft, injury or illness. Place the Mantra Charm Series art, “72 Protection Mantra Charms Scroll,” facing the door to release negative energies.


The Ambitious Rat does well to be mindful

Birth Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Photo of a domesticated Rat
Forest of Rejuvenation
"Forest of Rejuvenation"

Rats who are clear-minded can avoid unexpected financial losses. At work, choose your battles wisely. Do not let peer pressure get you involved in inconsequential activities or projects. Be very careful near large bodies of water.

More energy is needed in love relationships and for the elders in your life.

Rats benefit to have a fresh environment to maintain a clear and focused mindset. Decluttering and a Home Blessing to dissolve old energy activates flow and releases blockages. If you have a north door, office or bedroom, it is important to neutralize the negative effects of the annual Star 5. Place plants and strong wood element images such as the Forest Series art, “Forest of Rejuvenation,” in the north room. Groundbreaking in this area is not recommended.


The Busy Ox remains calm and carries on

Birth Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Photo of an Ox
Mountain Meditation
"Mountain Meditation"

It is a busy year for the Oxen but diligent efforts and female friends keep them sane. Avoid emotionally draining activities such as hospital visits and funerals. Money loss and dispute can come from doing business with unreliable people. Be patient at work. This is not the time to make drastic changes.

Taking a trip with your friends or loved ones can rejuvenate you. Connecting with nature will help decrease moodiness caused by stress. Review your Life Map to see your auspicious times and the best places for you to travel.

Oxens need to get massages and take retreats to balance their busy schedules. Adjust your feng shui to create a meditation space and place the Forest Series art, “Mountain Meditation,” there to gather peaceful success. You need at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Moderate your exercise to avoid pulling any muscles and to prevent suffering any injuries to your back or joints. Drive with caution. Oxen should carry personal Mantra Charms for protection.


The Composed Tiger enjoys wealth

Birth Years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Photo of a Tiger
Rolling Coins and Longevity Turtle
"Rolling Coins and Longevity Turtle"

Wealth opportunities come knocking on the Tiger’s door. It is important to take your time and be diligent in business dealings. Tigers should be prudent but not come across as suspicious as this may unintentionally offend others. Until steady profits justify growth, do not invest in expansion you cannot afford. Observe those you work with and share your ideas selectively lest they steal your credit.

Tigers will find little time for or interest in love this year.

Tigers’ work pressure can cause constipation and insomnia. Yoga and qi gong exercises that target the intestines, liver and spleen, will ease the digestive tract. Tigers can enhance their wealth and health sectors by placing the Coin Series art, “Rolling Coins and Longevity Turtle,” in their home.


The Talented Rabbit is supported

Birth Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Photo of a Lop Rabbit
Happiness Longevity Luck Coin
"Happiness Longevity Luck Coin"

Rabbits shine in their talents. From work to love relationships, Rabbits enjoy the support of many. Popular among customers as well as superiors and co-workers, Rabbits are recognized for their efforts with a raise or promotion. With extra money, it is tempting to buy more things. To truly enjoy prosperity, it is a good idea to watch your spending and limit extra expenses.

In love, your social connections will help you meet a wonderful partner.

Having a busy work and social life can mean Rabbits eat out more often or do not have time to maintain a balanced diet. Watch your sweet tooth as it can create health issues that slow you down. Rabbits benefit from organizing and taking inventory of their belongings to avoid unnecessary purchases. Place the Coin Series art, “Happiness Longevity Luck Coin,” in your home or office to attract blessings all year long.


The Content Dragon keeps things simple

Birth Years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Photo of a Lizzard
Quan Yin Protects You
"Quan Yin Protects You"

Dragons face their year of challenge as their zodiac is opposite the year of the Dog. During a year of obstacles, rather than taking action with poor results, it is better to do less and keep your life simple. There is likely to be money loss so avoid risky investments, lending and overspending. Take extra care with your job. Making errors can cause your superior to reprimand you. Be humble and willing to learn from your mistakes. Avoid gossiping female colleagues.

In relationships, think before you speak or you can inadvertently make matters worse.

A rollercoaster of emotions can take a toll on Dragons’ health. Be vigilant of your heart and intestines. Dragons will benefit from practicing meditation. It releases stress and increases mental focus. To prevent accidents, do not drive when you are upset. Dragons should carry a full set of personal Mantra Charms for protection. Avoid working or sleeping in the southeast direction. Place the Buddha Series art, “Quan Yin Protects You,” in your office or bedroom.


The Flexible Snake reaches goals

Birth Years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Photo of a Green-Yellow Snake
Vegan Lifestyle Leads to Health
"Vegan Lifestyle Leads to Health"

Things are looking up for Snakes. Your passion at work earns you a good reputation that comes with financial gains. Even if you make mistakes, you will find people ready to forgive or help you out. Be sure to give credit where it is due to avoid finger-pointing. Adapting to customer demands and market trends gives you the edge over your competitors. Be sure to do research before you make an investment.

Romance for Snakes comes easily so they should take time to make the wise choice. You may find your life partner this year.

Snakes tend to have sensitive constitutions. Health issues are easily triggered by emotional stress. When upset, you can be prone to dizziness and bloating. Relief comes by breathing exercises and eating foods high in enzymes and probiotics such as pineapple, yogurt and ginger. It is important to surround yourself with meaningful art that encourages you to make nourishment a priority, such as the Mantra Charm Series art, “Vegan Lifestyle Leads to Health.”


The Happy Horse balances work and play

Birth Years: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Photo of a Horse
Fantasy Love
"Fantasy Love"

Horses work hard and play harder this year. Many opportunities for developing your career overseas will arise. Traveling for business and pleasure fills your calendar. The urge to splurge and indulge can increase excessive spending especially on social activities such as drinking and dining.

Horses encounter temptations in love. This is great if you are single, but troublesome if married. Be cautious of sexual diseases or complications in pregnancy.

Horses need to communicate carefully and not mislead others, especially those of the opposite sex. Horses should carry a personal Mantra Charm for preventing adultery. Display items in the bedroom as pairs. Placing the Fish Series art, “Fantasy Love,” in your bedroom can help enhance the harmony in your marriage.


The Positive Sheep prospers

Birth Years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Two Young Sheep
Sacred Bamboo Forest
"Sacred Bamboo Forest"

As long as Sheeps keep a positive attitude, they will invite good opportunities and overcome troubles. People may give you a hard time this year, but if it is over trivial matters letting go of things will minimize conflict. Place your energy on collaborating with your superiors. Your hard work flourishes with great results. There are opportunities abroad so do not hesitate to travel or explore all your work options.

In love, watch what you say and try not to be picky or your significant other may cause you heartache. In relationships, there is no need to add oil to the flame because you may get burned.

Sheep persons enjoy company but this can expose them to germs. Keep away from sick people as you can be prone to catching colds. Boost your immunity with daily supplements of vitamin C and garlic. Wash your hands often and pay attention to hygiene at home. Place the Forest Series art, “Sacred Bamboo Forest,” over your desk to release stress and enhance positive relationships. Surround yourself with inspirational quotes that motivate you.


The Wise Monkey makes plans

Birth Years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Face of a Monkey
Karma Coin
"Karma Coin"

Monkeys do well to look before they leap this year. Good planning is the key to accomplishing your goals. This is especially true for travel. Be sure to check the weather, road and political conditions before embarking on your trips. Keep away from negative places such as construction sites, ruins, hospitals and memorial grounds. When increasing your wealth is difficult, it may be better to establish a tighter budget and save money instead. Monkeys will benefit from keeping an open mind to others’ ideas and traveling for inspiration.

Admirers can bring drama to your existing relationship. Honest communication will maintain harmony.

Monkeys are very active but sometimes too much for their own good. An old injury or chronic health issue can flare up if you do not listen to your body. Monkeys benefit from moderation, regular check-ups and properly warming up (and cooling down) when exercising. Carry a protective Mantra Charm for safe travels. Place the Coin Series art, “Karma Coin,” in your office to deflect challenging energies.


The Diligent Rooster achieves harmony

Birth Years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Photo of a Rooster
Incense of Wealth
"Incense of Wealth"

Roosters’ challenges are not quite over yet. It is best not to take any financial risks and make large investments this year. Keep working diligently at your job so your income can remain stable and even increase. It is important to maintain harmony with your boss and co-workers.

Having their support makes work easier and brings you good repute and promotion. Roosters may need to relocate their business -- things may be difficult in the beginning but will stabilize over time.

Married Roosters enjoy being cared for by their partner when they are feeling down.

Roosters benefit from strengthening their immunity so they can avoid getting sick. Taking up a hobby, sport or recreation will balance out any extra funds, and make the daily grind at work feel less tedious. Place the Coin Series art, “Incense of Wealth,” in your office to enhance financial stability.