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RIDDLES | ANAGRAMS | THE REBUS | QUIRKY FACTS
The riddle is one of the oldest teasers and is a mystery often involving contradictory statements, with a hidden meaning designed as a guessing game. It can involve a shrewd or witty observation. It also has a home in the groan-worthy Christmas cracker-type of wit and playground humour.
The oldest known riddles come from Babylon - the area around modern Iraq. A rare 3,500 year-old cuneiform tablet has been translated to reveal a series of riddles about daily life and politics in ancient Mesopotamia. One of the riddles appears to rely on a metaphor to get its point across. The tower is high - it is high, but nonetheless has no shade. What is it? The answer is sunlight, because a shaft of light hitting the ground looks like a tower, but it gives no shade as it is light itself.
Another riddle attributed to the Babylonians is : What becomes fat without eating and pregnant without conceiving? Answer : a rain cloud
Although the riddle or enigma itself pre-dates the Greeks, they were the first to apply names to a variety of brainteasers, which we still use.
The ainigma, or as we call it, the enigma meant ‘dark saying’ or ‘riddle’. The most common word for a riddle was griphos, which originally meant a fishing net or basket, made of rushes. It was then applied to anything intricate, such as a riddle.
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What does your birthday say about you?
In this fascinating series, best selling writer Neil Somerville gives a birthday reading for every day of the year. Based on astrology and numerology, each entry describes strengths and weaknesses and special qualities for those born on that day. Revealing, insightful and often surprising, Birthday Meanings is different and could make a popular and regular feature.
THE MONA LISA
Q. Which famous artist was suspected of the 1911 theft of The Mona Lisa? (read on for the answer)
The Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda or La Joconde, is an early 16th century work by Leonardo da Vinci. It is on permanent display in The Louvre museum in Paris. It is an oil painting on poplar wood, and 30 x 20 inches in size.
Due to a documented margin note found in 2005, we know that the model is called Lisa Gherardini, from an Italian farming family.
She has no visible eyebrows nor eyelashes, but the latter may have disappeared due to over-cleaning. The landscape behind her is imaginary. It is an early example of sfumato, where light and shade are blended together to give a smoky appearance rather than using hard lines.
In 1911, it was stolen, with Pablo Picasso among the suspects. People still queued up to look at the blank space where it used to hang. It was found two years later in the possession of Vincenzo Perugia, an Italian-born Louvre employee who was trying to repatriate the painting.
Over the years, attackers have hurled acid, red paint, a rock and a teacup at it. It is currently behind bulletproof glass to deter vandals.
In 1919, Marcel Duchamp created the parody ‘L.H.O.O.Q’., which roughly means ‘she has a hot ass’ in French when the letters are said aloud. It is a postcard of the Mona Lisa with a moustache and goatee beard added in pencil. A version by Salvador Dali replaces the model’s face with his
The old saying is true – blood is 6 times thicker than water.
Everybody produces more than 1,000 pounds of red blood cells in a lifetime. These cells live for four months on average; travelling between the lungs and other tissues 75,000 times. Then they return to the bone marrow to die.
Karl Landsteiner discovered the different blood types in 1900.
One heartbeat pumps about five tablespoons of blood, and this amounts to 2,000 gallons of blood each day. You receive a complete new bloodstream every three months, and the amount of blood within your body, about 7% of your body weight, is essentially constant.
In terms of chemical composition, human blood most closely resembles seawater.
Since the different blood types were discovered, Type A-H, the rarest type, has been found in less than a dozen people. Type O is the most common blood type.
Every square inch of human skin consists of an astonishing twenty feet of blood vessels.
Having picked up carbon dioxide and other wastes from the body’s cells as it circulates, blood is a purplish, blue colour in the veins as it returns to the heart. It is red only in the arteries when it is full of oxygen when leaving the heart. This means that blood is red in only half your body, but wherever cut yourself you will bleed red because the blood is instantly exposed to oxygen.
Friends and friendship
A fool and her money are soon courted.
Helen Rowland(1875-1950) British-US writer
All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
Spike Milligan (1918-2002) Indian-born Irish comedian/writer/actor.
I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money.
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) US author, poet, journalist and humorist
I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need if I die by four o’clock this afternoon.
Henny Youngman (1906-98) US comedian
Match the correct year with the event
1960 – 1912 – 1922 – 1935 – 1939 – 1913 – 1957 – 1904 – 1936 – 1977
1. The building of the Aswan dam in Egypt commenced in which year?
2. In which year did the liner the Titanic sink?
3. The discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb took place in the Valley of Kings near Luxor in Egypt in which year?
4. Singer Elvis Presley was born on January 8th in which year?
5. General Franco became dictator of Spain in which year?
6. The 37th president of the United States of America Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9th in which year?
7. In what year did a dog called Laika become the first space traveller?
8. Anton Chekhov’s the “Cherry Orchard” premièred at the Moscow Art Theatre on January 17th in which year?
9. Author Rudyard Kipling died on January 18th in which year?
10. On August 19th of which year did actor and wit Groucho Marx die?
A weekly column exploring some of the wonders of the psychic sciences. Whether telling of incredible things that have happened or looking at the meaning behind some of the things we do, Psychic Corner is fascinating, different and often inspiring.
About the author
Neil Somerville is one of Britain’s top Mind Body and Spirit writers. He is author of over 30 books including the long running series Your Chinese Horoscope and bestseller The Answers. His works have been widely translated and he has contributed to many magazines and newspapers both in Britain and overseas. His outlook and approach has enabled him to build a large readership and with some of his observations and thoughts now included in quote collections.
In addition to his writing, Neil is a keen traveller, regularly presents talks as well as enjoys compiling word puzzles, including Sudoku Word.
Chinese New Year
BY HOLIDAY MATHIS
The heart-focused Leo moon reminds us that often "being in love" is more akin to infatuation than it is to higher states of love. There is still a value in this type of passion. A fascination with one person makes all of life spring into vivid declaration. Noticing the grandeur in one person allows the ability to see the beauty in everything.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are some paths you step onto that feel so right, you suspect they are unavoidable. Predestined. The wind carries you chariot style and simultaneously rushes in your face.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are people out there who could potentially resonate with you, like you, love you -- if they could only get to you. Put yourself in the public eye in a bigger way.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Investigate the options -- there are so many different ways to accomplish your goal. You will be so much more productive than you thought you could be once you find the right system.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Because you live inside your mind, you don't realize how special it really is. That's why you need people around you like that Pisces and that Capricorn you know who remind you who you are.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You respect your deadlines. Not only that, but you appreciate how the limit pushes and concentrates your talents. Today you'll deliver a powerful presentation and do it on time.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Just because you enjoy it doesn't mean it's not work. You'll sweat and toil and smile. To be tired at the end of a day of enjoyment feels so much better than the kind of exhaustion that comes from a joyless day.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Today's realization will come like a wakeup call in a five-star hotel: polite and effective. You'll get up and do things differently than you did when you were "asleep."
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your charisma is turned up, and most people can't help but say yes to even your craziest ideas. That means it will be important to keep "no" people around you to keep you grounded and reasonable.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The secret to happiness is simple today. At work, work. When not at work, enjoy your family or have fun doing your own thing -- as long as it's not working!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Some of the fun will have to do with a live performance. If you're not up to it, make yourself go anyway. Everything will be vivid and memorable in person, so don't cheat yourself by staying in with the remote.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Judging by certain comments that are aimed at you, it might be hard to tell that family members are actually on your side. The only way to get past this gracefully is to take the high road.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Pay back old debt, or give back by teaching an intern or mentoring a lower-level employee. Your best wins come when you are merely showing others how to be successful.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 13). There's wild fun at first, but in the weeks to come, this solar return also brings lessons in patience, compassion and kindness. Relationships will grow in tenderness through the end of the year. Your whimsical idea in September will be a moneymaker. Family members will help one another reach success -- you taught them this. Cancer and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 50, 14, 39 and 48.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I've spent the past 34 years in what seems like a parade of endlessly bad relationships, and the only common element in all of them is ME! According to my natal chart, I am supposed to be challenged in the marriage/relationship sector of my life, but I have no idea how to overcome it. Any help you can provide on the topic of actually applying this knowledge would be wonderful, especially as it relates to the future of my love life! I was born on Sept. 17, 1973, at 2:07 p.m. in Clearwater Beach, Fla."
Even with a body of astrological knowledge, it's still hard to be objective when looking at ourselves. When I'm stumped by ME, I'll ask the stars their opinion as to what's going on, as though they were real characters with needs and wants, which they are! Your 7th house Saturn in Cancer could say, in an authoritative baritone: "I absolutely need a responsible partner who is emotionally mature and can handle my occasional freak-outs." Your Mercury in Libra squaring Saturn chimes in: "Well, I don't need all that; I love a good-looking intellectual." When you give your planets a voice, you'll be surprised how much they'll tell you.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was referred to as "the master of suspense" for his manner of delivering psychological thrills and chills. Born when the sun and Venus were both in Leo, the sign of entertainment, it should not come as a surprise that Hitchcock's moon was in Scorpio, the sign associated with the spooky side of life.
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BY PETRA DU PREEZ
Libra Sep 23 – Oct 22
Since the focus is on your hopes, dreams and wishes, turn your attention to future prospects, whether in terms of your professional or private life. Weighing up the pros and cons of certain aspects of your life may warrant a need for change. Allowing for different circumstances and/or people to enter your life could be stimulating. Above all, don’t drag your feet when opportunities for new experiences present themselves.
Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 21
With your resourcefulness fuelled, you’re likely to be in a striving mood, ready to take on the world. You’re in a favourable position to expand your business and/or enlarge your professional portfolio. Fees and costs may escalate, but you may also be presented with exciting opportunities which could have financial spin-offs. Since it’s a matter of balancing the books, your financial acumen will stand you in good stead.
Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 20
With your professional horoscope star-studded, it’s no time to let grass grow under your feet in terms of furthering your career goals. Commitment and making an effort is bound to pay off. You might want to draw up your CV, speak to the boss about your prospects and/or enrol on a study course or develop a skill in your chosen field. Whether for a business appointment or an interview, take care that you don’t run late.
Capricorn Dec 21 – Jan 20
As a Capricorn, you’re probably a responsible family member and pillar of strength in your community, with springing surprises few and far between. Your behaviour this week, however, may catch even you by surprise, as your desire to let your hair down could overthrow your circumspect nature. Fear not, this is a passing phase and may just do you the world of good. One should not always take life so seriously.
Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 18
This week your love life can give you all the excitement you need or be downright disruptive. It all depends on how you play the game. Chances are if you’re too distant you might get the cold shoulder in return. Since you have to be present to win the prize, why not sweep him/her away on a weekend escape for two. Unpredictability can be both appealing and stimulating, as long as you include him/her in your plans.
Pisces Feb 19 – Mar 20
The Sun joins Jupiter in your love horoscope this week, magnifying the importance of your most intimate relationship. In fact, relationships on all levels of your life may come to the fore, some in need of review. Whilst it’s normal to sometimes make sacrifices to accommodate loved ones, friends and co-workers, make sure this does not become the norm. Stand up for yourself and demand the treatment you deserve.
Aries Mar 21 – Apr 19
It’s a week where the young ones in your life come to the fore and in one way or another demand time and attention. If you have children you could have your hands full, since they might be up to mischief. Best is to keep them busy and/or join in their fun. There’s also the possibility that you may have to put their interests above yours, which you can find annoying. The upside is that they’re bound to keep you amused and young at heart.
Taurus Apr 20 - May 20
With your planet, Venus, currently going retrograde, it’s an appropriate time to re-evaluate different aspects of your life. It’s time to do a reality check on what you deem important, which could involve the value of certain people, possessions or life structures and their contribution to your happiness. Don’t only focus on your outer world, though, but also pay attention to your inner reality and fundamental values.
Gemini May 21 – Jun 20
Family concerns and domestic chores could tie you down this week, which may be a bit of a bother for a Gemini who likes to flit around. It’s however a week when you’re likely to have good relations with your loved ones, so the joy of their company should outweigh the demand on your time. If you have a sibling, this is a great time to catch up, especially if he/she lives in a faraway place. Surprise him/her with a visit or a call.
Cancer Jun 21 – Jul 21
Due to unexpected matters in both your professional life and in your social circle that need to be taken care of, the tempo of your life could pick up considerably. Although this may leave little room for the much needed time by yourself, you’re bound to be rewarded with a sense of achievement. When it comes to money matters, be careful with your cash. It’s a time when financial risk-taking could be tempting, but futile.
Leo Jul 22 – Aug 22
Wanting to see more of the world and/or seeking new experiences may take you places this week. As it is, it’s a great time to travel, not only for fun, but also to broaden your horizons. Interaction with a foreigner could make for an inspiring time and put a whole new spin on your life. On another tack, it’s a good time to be pro-active about your goals and work hard at achieving them, even if you don’t get the deserved pat on the back.
Virgo Aug 23 – Sep 22
With the Sun moving into your sign, it’s time to turn your attention to yourself and promote your own interests. Chances are, as a Virgo, that you want to be helpful and of service to others, but this is the time to be kind to yourself. The focus is on self-development and growth, enlarging your life experience and furthering your ideals. Rather than allowing little things to hold you back, spread your wings and fly high.
Copyright 2015 Petra Du Preez
BY PETRA DU PREEZ
ARIES (15 Mar – 19 Apr)
High levels of ambition and drive ups the potential of achieving your goals. In the process you may however meet resistance and/or bump heads with others, especially during mid-July. It’s good to be assertive, but try to avoid steamrolling others.
This month’s memo: Be considerate.
TAURUS (20 Apr – 20 May)
It’s time to evaluate your personal relationships, with your life partner as well as family members. Remember that love stretches beyond providing material security and financial support. Spending quality time together is a winning recipe for stable relationships.
This month’s memo: Value your loved ones.
GEMINI (21 May – 20 Jun)
With the spotlight on financial matters, use your business acumen to balance the books. Nevertheless, be careful of underhand schemes and impulsive decisions, mainly during mid-July. One way of making money is to save it.
This month’s memo: Stick to your budget.
CANCER (21 Jun – 22 Jul)
Use the Full Moon of the 2nd to reflect on what’s needed to make you feel safe and secure. Take care of these needs, be they on an emotional or physical level. Mood swings might cause relationship difficulties, and vice versa.
This month’s memo: Nurture yourself.
LEO (23 Jul – 22 Aug)
Self-transformation is an important theme, particularly during mid-July. With personal growth currently key, make time to mull over possible beneficial changes in your life. This applies not only on the egoic, but also on a spiritual level.
This month’s memo: Time to soul search.
VIRGO (23 Aug – 22 Sep)
Your friends play an important role in your life. Without nagging, you may want to share your worries with them. Providing you open yourself up to wider perspectives, their input may be insightful and of practical value.
This month’s memo: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
LIBRA (23 Sep – 22 Oct)
Assess your life direction and focus on your goals, particularly those of a professional nature. Don’t let conflicting interests between your career and your private life throw you off balance. Endeavour to thwart all notions of procrastination.
This month’s memo: Be pro-active.
SCORPIO (23 Oct – 21 Nov)
You’re in a powerful phase, in need of a healthy outlet for your passion. Expend your energy on mastering a personal feat or a challenging project, rather than getting involved in power struggles. As it is, relationships could be tricky.
This month’s memo: Use your energy well.
SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov – 21 Dec)
Being in an optimistic and boisterous frame of mind, you may want to throw all caution to the wind and set off on an adventure trip. Hold your horses, though. It’s time for you and your partner to pay attention to your resources.
This month’s memo: Exercise discipline.
CAPRICORN (22 Dec – 19 Jan)
Relationships on all levels may go through a bumpy ride. The higher your expectations and the more you try to control things, the tougher it gets. The reward is likely to be a couple of valuable lessons in the art of relating.
This month’s memo: Give and take.
AQUARIUS (20 Jan – 18 Feb)
The routine of working life might set your pace. In fact, as someone who wants to march to the beat of his own drum, it’s more likely to cramp your style. Yet, though living with your head in the clouds, you’ve still got a body to feed.
This month’s memo: Get down to business.
PISCES (19 Feb – 20 Mar)
It’s playtime. You’re probably more in the mood for leisure activities and fun than buckling down to get some work done. You can however put your artistic and creative talents to good use and even turn a hobby into a lucrative business.
This month’s memo: Let your creativity flow.
Copyright 2015 Petra Du Preez
Your Forecast for the Year Ahead 2015
BY LIBERTY FORREST
Aries - March 20-April 20
General: This is bound to be a dynamic year, loaded with energy and opportunity! You'll feel inspired to turn your ideas into reality. It's a year of freedom and the pursuit of dreams. Mars boosts your ability to move forward, leaving your fears in the dust.
Work and finances: This will be a year of great change in terms of career but Saturn and Jupiter work together to stabilise your position. You'll need an extra dose of discipline and commitment to yield better results. If you're thinking of career change, this is a perfect year to do it.
Finances look good this year but there is likely to be a large, unexpected expense related to friends or possibly family, so leave a little room for this in the budget.
Love and relationships: Love life and relationships in general are positive this year. Be creative in expressing your feelings. You could be extra sensitive this year; don't overreact. Be sure you do not dominate your partner.
Health and Happiness: You might be prone to depression and exhaustion until about June so take extra good care of yourself. Be more mindful of diet and rest, and especially be sure to get some exercise.
Taurus: April 21 - May21
General: Your natural stability and patience will help you work hard and achieve well-earned rewards. This is a time to create dreams, even though you are likely to feel more withdrawn than usual.
Work and Finances: This year, you are planting seeds. It is a year of plodding along with hard work but it will pay off in time. Team efforts will be more productive than anything you can do on your own this year. It is not a good year for spending. Focus on saving instead.
Love and Relationships: Relationships will be more fulfilling than ever before, whether romantic, family or friendship. Home takes on new importance for you this year but you must remember to check your Ego at the door. Old lessons take on new meaning.
Health and Happiness: Health is likely to be up and down a lot this year. Do your best to mind your lifestyle choices so you can try to level out the roller coaster. You may be more prone to infections than usual this year, so take extra good care of yourself to boost your immunity.
Gemini: May 21-June 21
General: This is likely to be a year of great change in your personal life. After several years of trials and tribulations, the hardships begin to ease and this year allows you some forward movement, both personally and professionally.
Work and Finances: Where work is involved, expect this year to be intense. Long term goals become increasingly important but do not forget the more immediate ones. You might find yourself butting heads with colleagues or bosses. Yes, integrity is essential, but think before you speak.
Love and Relationships: Romantic relationships thrive this year, with new stability and depth. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and reach a new level of closeness. Singles need to be extra cautious in choosing partners this year. Best time to find love is mid-year.
Health and Happiness: The first half of the year might be more demanding than usual on all levels. Do your best to relax and find some balance. It is an important time to develop spiritual pursuits, such as meditation, yoga or related studies and practices. Good fortune is yours near the end of the year.
Cancer: June 21 - July 23
General: This is a year of renewed energy and vitality. You will be shown numerous opportunities for growth and happiness. Keep recreational activities to a minimum and focus on your personal journey and development. You will be susceptible to making rash decisions. Try not to succumb.
Work and Finances: Career is very much supported by the planets this year, allowing you to move even closer to your goals. You will be noticed by authorities when you've been overlooked in the past. It is also a year of good luck regarding finances. But be especially aware of your spending in the second half of the year. Mind your budget.
Love and Relationships: If you are single, this year should give you lots of time and opportunity to find love. If you are in a relationship, old issues show promise of disappearing into new growth.
Health and Happiness: You will find great happiness in being creative this year. Energy levels will be high, allowing you to be more dynamic than ever. Emotionally, you might feel drained but you should stay quite strong physically, and easily be able to accomplish even more than usual.
Leo: July 23 - August 23
General: You're on fire this year, Leo. Watch for loads of opportunities for new projects and change in all areas of your life. If you have a new goal or dream, now is the time to begin to implement it, as Jupiter is all set to help you make it happen.
Work and Finances: Finances could be more difficult this year so do not spend unless you must. You will be especially prone to get-rich-quick schemes but you must listen to your gut and be cautious. Career shows great promise and you'll have loads of great ideas but might have to fight for your position.
Love and Relationships: Relationships flow quite nicely this year. Speak up if there is something nagging at you and be very sure to pay attention to anything that doesn't feel quite right. For singles, it's a great year to find love.
Health and Happiness: It is time to bury old grievances. Let them go now, and allow your unusually strong creative streak to flourish. It is a good year to begin a new health regimen. Take stock, rethink and adjust accordingly.
Virgo: August 23 - September 23
General: You can expect major change in your personal life and in your finances, with success being right there for you to grab. But don't become cocky. Over-confidence will be your undoing. Be ready to help others more than usual this year.
Work and Finances: There are lots of opportunities for you in career this year, so do whatever you can to consolidate your position. It is time to get serious about defining and pursuing exactly what it is you want.
Love and Relationships: Relationships might be more challenging than usual this year. The first half of the year is most conducive to your displays of affection and expressions of emotion. You might be more sensitive than usual so be careful not to overreact. The second half of the year should be more serene.
Health and Happiness: The planets encourage you toward intellectual growth now. You should also have good health on all levels for the most part, although the second half of the year could find you having an unexpected concern. Along with this, digestive and nervous systems might go off the rails so do your best to look after yourself in all respects.
Libra: September 23 - October 23
General: You couldn't ask for a better year. You should be able to move forward in any areas to which you direct your energies. You will be particularly creative this year but need to be mindful of keeping your feet on the ground. You will be prone to too much impatience and it will only create delays. Relax.
Work and Finances: You might find people pushing against you in your career. You must be firm yet cautious in how you respond to this. Finances should generally be okay this year but be mindful of your spending around the middle of the year, as you could create unnecessary problems.
Love and Relationships: Communication flows more freely this year and relationships deepen. Let go of your insecurities and trust in what you know, rather than in what you fear. Love is in the air for singles, too, so get out and mingle.
Health and Happiness: This is likely to be an emotional year that might leave you more tired than usual. Although there is lots of opportunity to advance this year in many ways, it does come at a price. Look after yourself so you stay on top of your game.
Scorpio: October 23 - November 22
General: This is a perfect year for you to review your life's goals and ambitions, then seize them by the throat and make them happen. You will probably find that your personal life will overlap with your professional life but try to avoid this wherever possible. It won't work well this year.
Work and Finances: Career is more important to you this year. New contacts will be made, helping to move you forward in some way. This is no time to sit back and relax. Use this powerful energy to advance. Reassess your budget and understand that you will need to be frugal and save your money this year.
Love and Relationships: Relationship changes are likely this year. You will feel the need to be more open and honest, which can only be of benefit. Singles have better prospects for long-term relationships to develop this year.
Health and Happiness: You will need to put forth a lot of hard work this year in all areas of your life but you will be rewarded for it. Make sure you take time for family and friends, and be aware that mid-year might see you more tired than usual. Be sure you take good care of yourself.
Sagittarius: November 22 - December 22
General: The coming year will see you having more confidence in yourself and in your abilities than ever before. This will help you achieve more than you anticipated, too, but you must be focused and clear about where you're going. This should be a very lucky year for you.
Work and Finances: Finances should be great this year, but this does not mean you should throw caution to the wind. You will need some financial stability thisyear. Although money seems to flow in, there is the potential for it to flow out at least as easily. Career will be about a lot of teamwork. Artistic fields see opportunity for growth.
Love and Relationships: You will be more attractive than usual to romantic interests this year. But avoid being impulsive in this area; it will not serve you well. Relationships need patience and tolerance this year more than ever.
Health and Happiness: Overall, your health should be stable this year. Mid-year, you might have some nervous or muscular issues, so do take care of yourself to avoid these concerns. Social and charity work will figure prominently in your life this year. Avoid pessimism in all areas of life.
Capricorn: December 22 - January 20
General: Your talent and creativity should see you in the spotlight this year. You will have lots of freedom to show the world just what you can do - if you take those opportunities to do it. Do not lose sight of your goals.
Work and Finances: Your hard work begins to pay off this year, but it doesn't mean you can rest just yet. It will be a busy period, requiring your dedication and commitment. Finances look good, too, thanks to Jupiter. Just be sure you don't spend like there's no tomorrow, just because you're on a financial high. Budget budget budget.
Love and Relationships: Relationship takes a back seat for now and things should be rather quiet. Good thing, with all this energy and focus on work. Whatever was bothering you about your love life seems to disappear, and you've found a place of better understanding between you and your partner.
Health and Happiness: You will have a lot of responsibility both personally and professionally this year, but make sure you do not deprive yourself of the simple pleasures in life. You should have good health and vitality most of the year, but do not take advantage of this by making foolish lifestyle choices.
Aquarius: January 20 - February 18
General: Buckle up. This could be an intense year in all respects. You will need to make sure you are at your best so you can keep on top of things. Make sure you show your confidence to the world and seize any opportunities that are presented to you and that serve you. The world is your oyster.
Work and Finances: Career takes a back seat for now, so be prepared not to make major moves forward. This does not mean that nothing is happening. In fact, you stand to be noticed and to gain much-needed experience this year. Just keep moving forward one step at a time.
Love and Relationships: Overall, your relationship should be fairly stable this year but there might be some bumpy periods that could involve temporary separations or "glitches". Improved communication is essential for both of you now. The second half of the year offers your relationship more stability, even for the very long-term.
Health and Happiness: Things will become more quiet, perhaps even a bit lonely by year's end but after an intense year, you can use this period to go inward, and recharge your batteries. Overall, your health should be fine this year. That doesn't mean you should abuse it.
Pisces: February 18 - March 20
General: Be sure that you remain focused and constructive throughout this year of demands. Don't put things off; you will only become more frustrated. You might have to work at being patient this year. You will enjoy a lot of growth both personally and professionally.
Work and Finances: Career should hold steady this year, with professional growth continuing. If you are in services, your patience will be rewarded. Finances could go either way; there are equal opportunities for income to flow to you and to flow away from you, so choose wisely and save money where possible.
Love and Relationships: Your love life should be excellent this year. You will find yourself better able to express yourself to your partner. Relationships deepen. If you are single, this is a great time to find that special someone and it is likely to be a friend or neighbour, someone you know already.
Health and Happiness: Health should be okay this year, but you must be mindful of not letting your emotional nature create unnecessary ailments, exhaustion or depression. You know you need to take of yourself before you can take of of others, but you do tend to forget this. Stop that.
©2014 Liberty Forrest
BY NEIL SOMERVILLE
The Chinese New Year is always a time of great celebration and this year the celebrations will be tinged with a sense of wonder. Snake years have a capacity to intrigue and can contain dramatic and far reaching events. Much will happen during this active and surprising year but how will you fare over the next 12 months? To find your sign and prospects, look up the animal ruling your year of birth. As each Chinese year begins late in January or early February, if you were born around this time do check the actual year dates to find out which sign you were born under.
1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Born under the sign of charm, Rats are friendly, outgoing and persuasive. They have a good way with words and are most resourceful. Rats enjoy company and particularly value their family and home life.
Rats like to be busy and see the results of their actions coming through fast. But the Snake year does not favour haste and Rats could find some months frustrating. Although progress may be slow, Rats should use chances to add to skills and look at ways to develop. Whether with work or personal interests, much good can follow on from what is now learnt or undertaken. With many plans and commitments, spending needs to be carefully controlled and risks avoided. Rats can be greatly helped by the support of family and friends this year, although to fully benefit, they do need to be open and forthcoming. March, May and August could see good social opportunities. Interesting romantic prospects but, as with much this year, Rats need to remain attentive and aware.
Tip for the year: Be patient and take advantage of chances to add to skills. What is achieved can have long-term significance.
Famous Rats: Hugh Grant, Sean Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Prince of Wales.
1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Determined, reliable and hard-working, Oxen put much energy in what they do. They are thorough and well-organised and do not like to leave things to chance. Loyal to loved ones, Oxen are admired for their dependable, no-nonsense ways.
A year of interesting possibility and, by acting well on chance, good progress can be made. In work Oxen will be well placed to take advantage of openings and can successfully advance their position or take on something different and new. February, April and November could see encouraging developments. Also an excellent year for furthering skills and personal interests. What is undertaken can lead on to other possibilities and benefits. Progress made can help financially. Home life will be busy with some special family occasions to enjoy although, with much happening, Oxen need to be forthcoming and share thoughts and plans. New friends and romance can be significant and, by making much of the current time, Oxen can enjoy and do well in this encouraging year.
Tip for the year: Use strengths and opportunities well. This is a year favouring advance as well as having personally pleasing prospects.
Famous Oxen: Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Richie.
1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Tigers have a keen, enthusiastic nature and enjoy a wide variety of interests, including socialising and travel. They have an inventive mind and are good at coming up with ideas. Tigers enjoy an active lifestyle and set about much with great energy and zest.
A reasonable year ahead and, while progress may be modest, this can still be a satisfying and constructive time. In work, Tigers should use skills well and adapt as situations and chances arise. What is achieved and experience gained can help future prospects. Finances can improve but, with travel and other plans, making early provision for large expenses would be helpful. Tigers will enjoy the many social opportunities of the year with March, July and August particularly busy. However a problem with a friend may concern and needs care and tact. In home life Tigers also need to be attentive and give quality time to those special and important. With increased awareness and good co-operation, much can be enjoyed and some ambitious plans carried out.
Tip for the year: Avoid rush. By working steadily on objectives, results will not only be more satisfying but often have lasting value.
Famous Tigers: Queen Elizabeth 11, Tom Cruise, Leonardo Di Caprio, Demi Moore.
1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Observant and aware, Rabbits are careful in their undertakings and are good at judging situations. They have refined taste and are all for an agreeable lifestyle. Enjoying company and conversation, Rabbits attach much importance to their home and social life.
A good year ahead and with some important opportunities arising. However to fully benefit, Rabbits will need to be active and put themselves forward. Fortune will favour the bold this year. In work, Rabbits will be encouraged to use their strengths well and with chance of a greater role or to take on something different. March, June and November could see interesting developments and with this also a good year to build contacts and raise profile. Progress can help financially, but with many ambitious plans, spending needs to be watched. Rabbits will enjoy their many social opportunities, although gossip or rumour may sometimes concern and needs to be kept in perspective. Much activity in home life and with family achievements and practical projects special and meaningful. Overall, a favourable year and with successes and progress well deserved.
Tip for the year: Act well on hopes and plans. With determination and skill, much can become possible this year.
Famous Rabbits: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, David Beckham.
1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Born under the sign of luck, Dragons are active, ambitious and determined. They have great style and use their strengths and personality well. Outgoing and sociable, Dragons also value their independence.
A successful year ahead and with some important chances now arising. In work, Dragons will be able to develop and add to their skills and with many taking on a new and greater role. Opportunities should be acted upon quickly and with April, May and November important months. What is achieved can also have a significant bearing on future prospects. Progress can help financially, and by keeping alert, Dragons could make some good purchasing decisions. Personal interests are also favoured and with ideas and projects satisfying. Social life will be lively and with Dragons having chance to extend their social circle. Home life will be active, but with much happening, quality time should be set aside for loved ones and with shared activities encouraged. A year of good possibility.
Tip for the year: With much to do and good chances arising, do keep lifestyle in balance, preserving time for self, interests and loved ones.
Famous Dragons: Russell Crowe, Adele, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney.
1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Born under the sign of wisdom, Snakes may seem quiet and reserved but are watchful, alert and ambitious. Snakes are also patient and choose their time and moments well. Snakes have wide interests and are loyal to those close to them.
Snakes will be keen to make the most of their own year and with their prospects good. This is a year favouring advance and for actively pursuing ideas and aims. In work, Snakes need to make their presence and strengths count. By looking to advance, some excellent opportunities can be found and with March, July and September seeing encouraging developments. Ideas and creative ventures can be well received and with time spent on interests benefiting in several different ways. In money matters Snakes should avoid risk and rush. Home life can see some special family events and with Snakes encouraged by support and assistance of those around. Social life can also become busier, and for the unattached, a romance could become significant. Snakes can enjoy their year but need to seize the initiative.
Tip for the year: Make dreams come true. Take action. With belief, determination and resolve, much can become possible.
Famous Snakes: JK Rowling, Paul Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan.
1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Strong-willed and hard-working, Horses have considerable style. They enjoy activity and have an adventurous, outgoing nature. They like company and conversation and present themselves well, but being independent-minded, set about much in their own individual way.
A mixed year and with the more action-oriented finding progress slow and chances limited. But while headway may not be easy, this is an excellent year for furthering skills and personal development. In work what is undertaken now together with experience Horses can gain can widen their options for later. April, June and September could be important months. Horses should also consider furthering personal interests and with some new activities started bringing unexpected benefits. In money matters Horses need to be thorough and make early allowance for plans, including travel. With home life busy and much practical activity, there needs to be good co-operation and openness between family members. Also when socialising Horses need to be attentive. Preoccupation or lapses could cause problems. A sometimes tricky year but with valuable lessons and potential gains.
Tip for the year: Look to develop and broaden skills. What is achieved can have future value. Use this year well.
Famous Horses: Sir Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Billy Connolly, John Travolta.
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Born under the sign of art, Goats are creative, observant and have a good understanding of human nature. They are sociable and particularly value the support they receive for their various activities. Goats also appreciate the good things in life and attach much importance to their home life.
It is said, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’ This year Goats should venture for there is now a great deal to be gained. In much Goats will be supported well and, when making decisions or considering ideas, others may be able to assist in significant ways. Home and social life will be busy and, for the unattached, romantic prospects are excellent. March, April and August could see much social opportunity. Personal interests and creative activities can be especially satisfying with ideas and talents rewarding Goats well. Work prospects are good and with prospects of advance, but to fully benefit, Goats will need to act on quickly openings and remain determined. With travel possibilities and a busy lifestyle, spending needs to be watched. A significant year.
Tip for the year: Seize the initiative. Much can be achieved this year but Goats need to act determinedly and use talents to good effect.
Famous Goats: Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg.
1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Resourceful and good at spotting opportunities, Monkeys like to keep active and are interested in much. They have good memories and, with their sense of fun, enjoy company and an often
busy home and social life.
Monkeys can do well this year but need to be patient. Although keen and enthusiastic, results will take time to filter through and with this no time for rush. Instead Monkeys should look to build on skills and with this an excellent year for personal development. In work, Monkeys will need to be disciplined and focus on objectives. By using skills well, many will take on new duties and with April, July and September seeing encouraging developments. Financially Monkeys can fare well but need to be thorough when entering transactions. Monkeys should also give time to personal interests, and with much happening and being decided upon, share thoughts, ideas and concerns with others. Family and friends will be supportive, but Monkeys need to listen and consult. Single-mindedness could bring problems. Overall, a satisfying year but one to be aware and avoid haste.
Tip for the year: Add to skills and strengths and also value relations with others. Extra attention will make a difference.
Famous Monkeys: Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston.
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
Roosters have considerable style and dignity. They enjoy company and conversation and are interested and informed about much. Roosters also like to be well organised and to think and plan ahead.
A favourable year and with good opportunities arising. In work Roosters will have chance to use their strengths well and with many making important progress including, for some, taking on new and more fulfilling duties. Creative activities are especially favoured and with ideas put forward often well received. March, April and July could see important developments but openings do need to be followed up quickly. With some expensive plans, spending needs careful control. Social life will be active and with new friends and contacts helpful and romantic prospects good. At home Roosters will attend to much, including assisting and advising loved ones. However with many plans, there needs to be good co-operation between all and frequentdiscussion. Quality time together will be important and with shared interests appreciated. A satisfying year, but with much happening, Roosters do need to strike a good lifestyle balance.
Tip for the year: Act upon hopes and plans and look to develop ideas. This is an encouraging year.
Famous Roosters: Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Zeta Jones, Britney Spears, Cate Blanchett.
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Loyal, caring and dependable, Dogs are prepared to stand up for what they want and believe in. They take their commitments and responsibilities seriously and are thorough in what they do. Dogs are alsoprotective and caring to loved ones.
A year of exciting developments and with Dogs finding their determination and skills bringing excellent results. In work Dogs should look to progress and actively pursue openings that interest, including promotion possibilities. With effort important headway can be made, new positions taken on and notable successes enjoyed. Income can improve, but with costly plans, spending needs to be watched. New interests can bring much pleasure as well as often having social opportunity. Some friends and contacts made could be especially helpful and with March, May and November seeing good social opportunity. Home life will bring some proud and special moments although, with busy lifestyles, domestic plans and projects should be spread out during the year and with shared activities favoured. A rewarding year, and by preserving, a great deal can be accomplished.
Tip for the year: Be bold and use skills and chances well for there is now much to be gained.
Famous Dogs: Duke of Cambridge, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey.
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Kindly and trusting, Pigs are born under the sign of honesty. Good at spotting opportunities, they are hardworking and enterprising. They also particularly value their home and social life as well as enjoy their pleasures.
A mixed year and during it Pigs will need to proceed carefully. In relations with others, Pigs should take time to consult and be aware of viewpoints. If anything concerns good discussion will help. In home life quality time with loved ones will be important. Also as situations change and plans alter, some flexibility will be required and greater patience shown. Pigs will welcome the many social opportunities with March, April and December active and interesting months. In work, a demanding year but with Pigs having chance to add to skills and sometimes vary their role. What is achieved can be successfully built on. With some expensive plans and good travel prospects careful budgeting will allow much to go ahead. A busy and challenging year but with chance for Pigs to show their strengths and add to experience.
Tip for the year: Be attentive and prepared to adapt as situations require. Quality time spent with others will be important and helpful.
Famous Pigs: Sir Elton John, Simon Cowell, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen.
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