This year is definitely an improvement over last, thanks to the fixed element of Wood. In fact, there are actually nine favorable months for you. So let yourself have fun and enjoy any excitement that comes your way. But on the flipside, remember to use the reins during the Year of the Horse so things don’t wander off-track or get out of control. Learn to be aware of your emotions. Don’t jump into the fray simply because other people are doing it. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Meditate more than usual. With these tools by your side, you can keep it together and come out ahead.
You’re down-to-earth, agreeable and hard-working. This year, you can reach unexpected pinnacles of fortune and success, so start having bigger dreams. Allow yourself to acknowledge your true desires when it comes to your career. Stop settling for the average. Also, it’s time to learn how to stand up for yourself once and for all. Don’t let other folks steal your thunder or get credit for your ideas and efforts. Claim your power, whether it’s in the boardroom or the classroom. Big, dramatic moves won’t work for you this year, but slow and steady progress will. You’re really in the process of building the foundation for something great, and that means being able to have the career and life of your dreams. There is still work to be done, but you’ll have the energy and stamina to get off to a good start this year.
It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief and lower your dukes. Any conflict you experienced in your love life should be at an end. While things may not be perfect, you’re in a much better place. Whether you’re single or attached, now is the time to remember that fun and laughter really are the spice of life. Favor action over analysis, movement over stagnation and intuition over logic. And remind yourself that you don’t have to be in control of everything. Being a little more outgoing and spending more time playing helps you feel relaxed and approachable. And don’t be afraid to fly solo, whether that means spending time away from your sweetie or embracing the single life. You’re on a good path where romance is concerned.
Pick yourself up and dust yourself off from last year. Right now is a time of cleansing, recalibrating your energy and refining your health habits until they’re squeaky-clean. No one is asking you to be perfect, but make a concerted effort to do better. Hire a personal trainer. Join a dance class. Get back into that childhood sport you loved so much. This year is all about physical movement, so stay active, but don’t overdo it. Take the proper precautions. If you see that your diet is healthy and you get enough sleep, you should get through this year with flying colors.
This year you manage to capture that elusive feeling known as ‘financial security.’ You’re incredibly good at working quietly in the background, slowly building a nest egg or a company. The trick is to cash in when the time is right. Chances are good this can happen for you if you develop your sense of timing. In other words, take calculated risks and move on worthwhile opportunities. Map out a plan to buy that new home, car or business. It’s really possible. The Year of the Horse invites you to push beyond the boundaries of what you thought was possible, so think better and act bigger. And along the way, be smart about your money. You’re already good at that.
This year, the secret to coming out on top is to keep a cool head and make the most of what you are given. Rats are independent and like to do things their way, are unafraid of risk and think of the world as their playground. Usually, that attitude gets you what you want. The Year of the Horse asks you to be more flexible and adapt your style to changing circumstances. Challenging everyone and everything in your path is not a good idea, but going with the flow is. Taking it easy will also help. Game-changing ventures, big plans: let these ideas sit and come to fruition before you start taking action. Slow and steady is the name of the game. Yes, this feels different to your usual method of operation, and it might feel uncomfortable at first, but you’ll like the results.
Uh-oh. You’re having one of those moments where work seems boring. ‘It’s time for a change!’ you think. But then doubts start to arise: are you making a rash decision? Pay attention to these types of questions this year, because you’re going to have the urge to switch things up one minute, only to change your mind the next. Quitting your job at the law firm and starting an organic vegetable farm in the middle of nowhere seem really appealing — or is it that you want to go to medical school instead? This is the year to take a few well-calculated risks rather than acting on impulse. Stay in the planning phase and think about long-term strategy. The good news is that your ideas will almost certainly be brilliant. Take notes, keep good records and stay on track.
This year emphasizes change and the thrill of the chase, but you tend to do better in solid partnerships. That means there may be moments when you really aren’t sure what you want. Are you meant to be single and live it up? Or should you stay put and make things work with your sweetheart? If you can find a sense of balance, you may just find the perfect balance in love. But if you’re really ready for change, this year’s energy might give you the gusto to make it happen. Just make sure your choice is based on something real, not a whim. Sleep on it for a few months. If you’re single, you might meet someone who prizes his or her independence as much as you do. The challenge here is figuring out how to become a couple without losing your sense of self.
‘Burning the midnight oil’ is a phrase that will become familiar this year. You’re up, out, about and all over the place. And while this might be a good strategy for your career, it’s not the best plan for your health. Fortunately, with some careful planning and awareness, exhaustion is avoidable. Remember to slow down, breathe and schedule in time for self-care. That way you can avoid respiratory problems, achy joints or injuries that might otherwise occur. Go easy in that Pilates class. Drink more water. Eat clean, healthy foods. It sounds simple, but small tweaks to your daily behavior will go a long way. You’ll really have to find the balance between work, play and rest. If you start a diet or a health regimen, stick with it. You’ll reap the benefits if you see it through for a significant amount of time.
Staying on task is what’s important when it comes to your net worth. You can also learn to detach from what your bank statement says. Do numbers really dictate who you are as a person? Let go of the money-ego thing and learn to live in the moment. Money can’t buy happiness, so be sure to take that lesson to heart. When you’re presented with the opportunity to take a risk this year (and you will be), just make sure you know what’s involved. The outcome can’t be predicted, but having a backup plan is an element you can control. An overall good strategy this year? Save as much as you spend — or more.