After the disaster that was 2020, one feng shui consultant takes a risk to predict which signs will be lucky — or not — in the Year of the Metal Ox.

WE’RE ALL still reeling a bit from 2020 (there is still a pandemic, after all), so it’s best to know what’s in store for all of us for 2021.

Resorts World Manila got the help of Feng Shui consultant Jean Yu Chua to predict what’s up for 2021, the Year of the Metal Ox. “The character is very mild, and also, you can see the character of the Ox is very hardworking. Very determined, focused on work and responsibility that goes to them,” said Ms. Chua during a webinar on the eve of the Lunar New Year, which started on Feb. 3 but was officially celebrated on Feb. 12.

“In terms of relationships and stability, we can trust the Metal Ox.”

“It’s a big transformation for all of us; to get new ideas,” she said in a mix of Filipino and English. “We’ll be very innovative this year: anything about digital marketing or online business.” She does warn that one can’t rush into things, and to have patience to seek and wait for better opportunities.

“This year is more about searching.”

Ms. Chua then gave a rundown of the luck prospects of each sign, placing them in groups based on their luck this year.

Ox — 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997

It may come as a surprise to some that the people born under the sign matching the current year will face problems. “When it’s your year, you have challenging stars where all eyes are on you,” said Ms. Chua. All the ideas and decisions are on your shoulders; and all their attention will be on you. “You can feel the pressure and stress on that part,” she said. When it comes to the Ox’s love life, they should avoid quarrels and negative thinking, and be more open to communication; avoiding secrecy. For the Ox’s career, while there are opportunities present, they must be seized with proper timing and preparation.

Sheep — 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991

Due to its status as one of the more unlucky signs this year, Ms. Chua advises against aggressive decision-making by those born in a Sheep year. The Sheep and Ox are in conflict, and in ideas and communication Sheep have may not be in favor of everyone. She advises avoiding quarrels and misunderstandings, and to practice openness and to prevent hypersensitivity. She advises they focus on goals and work towards them, but not to expect too much in return. There might be unexpected changes in finances, so a Sheep should take care when investing.

Dog — 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994

The Dog can expect conflicts when it comes to health problems and lowered energy and vitality. She cites the stomach, the digestive system, the head, and the immune system to be problem areas. Therefore, the Dog should plan ahead for quality time, and take lots of breaks.

Horse — 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990

Bad luck from 2020 might carry over to 2021; though there are some lucky stars present for this sign. A conflict star hurts decision-making skills, which might bring on indecision due to a lack of focus. She advises level-headedness in investments and decisions, though there are good chances for better relationships this year.

Dragon — 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

Inauspicious stars affect the Dragon’s finances, so Ms. Chua advises against aggressive expansion and investments. A Dragon must budget for essentials, and not to be so trusting with their personal information.

These signs can expect more luck due to their association with the Ox.

Rabbit — 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

The Rabbit will experience a moderately good year due to a good star. That star allows for a Rabbit’s learning skills to shine, allowing one to exert influence over others to work together through logic and communication. This might be a good year for networking and establishing communications. The Romance Star is with the Rabbit this year, but she advises against being over-confident and too trustful. This should warn the Rabbit against third parties in relationships and other external conflicts. Otherwise, Rabbits may enjoy good relationships with families and others, as long as they set healthy boundaries.

Pig — 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995

Those born in a Pig year should make use of their ideas, suggestions, and influence, due to an opportunity for a leadership role. There are good opportunities to excel in previously missed or new opportunities. A Traveling Star presents new opportunities for creative ideas and business — think franchising and outsourcing. Also, it literally means a likelihood of travel; an opportunity to meet new people.

Rat — 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996

The Rat should try to overcome their fears from 2020, as well as not bring those conflicts to the new year. The Ox and Rat are friends, signifying good luck in partnerships. She advises against negative thinking, due to the stress it might bring the Rat.

These signs are the luckiest this year, with many opportunities; though some signs are blessed with luck this year to prepare for the bad next year.

Monkey — 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992

Due to the presence of a Happiness Star, the Monkey can look for the opportunity to find the best business or path for them this year. Her suggestions include: strategy, online businesses, systems, technology, and design. This is also a good year for upgrades. As always, she advises against rushing into things, especially since next year would be a year of conflict for them.

Rooster — 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993

The Rooster is one of the luckiest signs this year due to its affinity with the Ox. Mentors can help with suggestions, influence, and ideas. There are opportunities for savings, acquisition of assets, and leadership roles. This is a year for reviewing and improving upon old projects, but the Rooster should take heed of bad intentions and untrustworthy people.

Tiger — 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

The Tiger and Ox are friends in business, so there’s luck in that field, especially in its social aspect (think networking). A Tiger should pounce on opportunities for money and investments, for they become seeds for future benefits — they will be needed for next year. This is a year to show off and develop talents.

Snake — 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989

Also a friend of the Ox, the Snake faces small successes and achievements. Outstanding performance in the workplace will lead to appreciation and recognition, and might allow for a little influence. The Snake should avoid overspending. — JL Garcia