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THE year of the dog will accordingly bring fortune to those born in the Years of the Rabbit, Tiger, and Horse.

However, nothing beats patience, determination, smart habits and personal discipline. Also, a strong faith in the Father will never go wrong.

According to Marites Allen, the Philippines’ acknowledged feng shui queen, “The year 2018 means very good sales; wood means influence… you also have to see whether the hour, the day, the month, and the year is compatible with you.”

Allen says the year also represents a big boulder or mountain. The last Year of the Earth Dog occurred six decades ago and was marked with significant political events, numerous innovations in science and technology, and phenomenal episodes in the entertainment industry. Interestingly, 1898, which Allen also cited as a year of the dog, played a momentous role in the liberation of the Philippines from its prime colonizer, Spain.

The current year, meanwhile, should be a flourishing one for the country, owing to the occurrence of the prosperity star borne by number 9 -- the center of the chart for 2018, Allen says. “More and more Filipinos will be interested in making their own things going,” she adds. “There’s going to be a lot of self-awareness, self-discovery, changes to their lifestyle, starting a new hobby.” The transition period for this year, she explains, was set at 5 a.m., February 4, as 2017’s transition period fell on February 3.

Allen's other forecasts include the following:

The overall operations in crop cultivation, which involves animal husbandry, aquaculture, agro-forestry and horticulture, will also sail smoothly this year. In the international frame, a transfer of large portion of farm to younger producers is expected soon, as the trend toward larger farms will also hit equilibrium.

The fashion industry will continue to grow on a daily basis. Fashion designing, particularly, will make a gold mine for aspiring entrepreneurs this year.

For the educators, the 2018 trend includes the augmented reality, which uses sensors and smartphone cameras, and then render digital objects in a real environment on the user’s screen.

The fire industries will plenty of opportunities for this year; the same goes for the other industries that utilize heat or light, such as fuel, entertainment, restaurants, food processing, fireworks, gas, oil, petroleum, laser, solar energy, electricity, lightning, and movie production.

There are also good prospects for the earth industries, such as pawnshops, building materials, ceramics, marble, pottery, landfill, recycling, storage and warehousing, construction, hospitality, real-estate development, and those that have to do with earth or soil like car park and rental. As the second best element in the chart, earth also brings positive activities for the property or real-estate business.

The water industries like marine, naval business, spa, firefighting, aquarium, cold beverages, tourism, air-con producers, travel business, transportation business, trains, railways, cleaning services, recruitment agencies, healing businesses, beauty industry, water-related businesses like shipping and hauling will have average luck.

The metal industries will face heavy challenges during the year. Thus, businesses like hardware, molding, banking, financial or accounting, mechanical engineering, gold, mining, machining, government offices, and architectural companies must be extra careful in their operations.

Whatever your zodiac sign, your "luck" will still be dependent on how you respond to the things that will come your way in 2018.

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Ability is of little account without opportunity” ~ Napoléon Bonaparte
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