By Krissy Jesy Pison, Eirene Figueroa
UPB interns

FOR the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, the date is determined by the cycle of the moon. The dates are usually between Jan. 21 and Feb. 19.

February 14 is the Chinese New Year determined by the lunar calendar for this year. Each year is named from one of the 12 animal signs based on Chinese astrology. This year is the year of the tiger.

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According to Wayang Times.com, “Drama, intensity, change and travel will be the keywords for 2010.

Unfortunately, world conflicts and disasters tend to feature during Tiger years also, so it won’t be a dull 12 months for anyone. Also it has been predicted that new inventions and incredible technological advances have a good chance of occurring.”

The other symbolic animals in the Chinese astrology are the rat, ox, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

According to Antonette Cristobal, feng shui consultant of Sheng Chi, the forecast for the various animal signs are based on the flying stars.

“Every year,” explained Cristobal, “the stars will rotate into different astrological forms that are represented by the 12 animal signs.”

Feng shui is not new to some of us especially for those who desire luck. In the Chinese dictionary, “feng” means wind and “shui” means water pertaining to the belief that the two powerful sources of nature affect our well being. But basically, feng shui refers to the positioning of objects in a room, office, grave so as to have a good flow of energy based on the yin and yang belief of the Chinese.

Feng shui is a not a simple way of predicting the fortunes of these animal signs, said Cristobal. It is also a way to teach people how to amplify or avoid 3 these fortunes by the proper placement of furniture and things in the house.

Chinese zodiac forecast for 2010

Rat

(1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

For people who are born in the year of the rat, they will experience academic excellence, good relationship and luck in travels. To trigger the feng shui of this potential, the room or the bed must be placed facing the north.

Ox

(1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

Tiger

(1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

People who are born under the year of the ox and the tiger will be prone to illnesses especially stomach and digestive problems. To avoid this, you must be extra careful in handling your health. Position your room or your bed away from the north east.

Rabbit

(1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999)

Career advancement and recognition will greet rabbit people for this year. To trigger this potential, place your room or bed in the east.

Dragon

(1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)

Snake

(1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)

People born under the dragon and the snake must be very careful with their belongings. These people will be prone to robbers and violence. To counter this potential, you must place your bed away from the south east or put something blue in your living place.

Horse

(1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)

People from the horse sign will experience a lot of arguments and a couple of lawsuits because of their hot tempers. They must relax and cool down whenever an argument crops up. To undermine this, the placement of their beds or room must be away from the south decorated with color red stuff –pillows, lamp, curtain, blanket, and the like.

Goat

(1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)

Monkey

(1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)

The misfortune star is on these two signs. People who are born under the goat and the monkey can experience major problems in various aspects of life. Place the beds or the room away from the south east.

Rooster

(1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

New beginnings will be given to those people under the rooster sign. People under this sign can experience new opportunities and establish a good name. The placement of the bed or the room must be in the west to trigger this potential.

Dog

(1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

Pig

(1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

People’s talent and skills under these two signs will be rewarded with potential wealth. To trigger this fortune, beds or rooms must be placed in the northwest.

These forecasts from Cristobal are only potentials and tendencies – it may or may not happen.

“It is the people who are most powerful than the stars,” said Cristobal.

“The purpose of the forecast,” said Cristobal, “will be to inform people what is their potentials or tendencies for the year. After informing them, it is their move to avoid or prevent these tendencies from happening.”

It is our prerogative to believe or not in this forecast. Awareness can save us from a lot of danger.

Awareness can also bring us into the spotlight. Awareness is all these forecast is asking us to do in preparation for the good or the bad tendencies of the year.