By: Stephenie “Remedi” Lai, Staff Writer

According to Chinese Zodiac, 2012 brings the Year of the Dragon. More specifically, the Water Dragon.

The Water Dragon is expected to give the Chinese Five Blessings – harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity.

The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, a sign of good fortune and intense power. Those born in the year of the Dragon are known to be fearless leaders and innovators.

The element of water can soothe the Dragon’s temper, enabling them to make decisions without ego. Since 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon, you can expect this year to be more balanced between the extremes of achievements and disasters. The Year of the Water Dragon is believed to bring more successes than failures.

Read below to find your Zodiac forecast for the Year of the Dragon. (Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/)

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Prepare to make interesting and life-altering changes. The limitations of the past are lifting, and it’s vital that you position yourself strategically to take advantage of opportunities that arise. It’s what you do during the first half of the year that will determine the end results. A new job, a higher earning potential and love are all highlighted during the second half of the year.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As the year progresses, you will find it increasingly easier to fix any mistakes or situations that were problematic. The effective use of your networking skills during the first half of the year will pay off in terms of experience and knowledge you accumulate. Don’t be afraid to use a little muscle to get what you want. Accept the inevitable and you can make it work to your advantage.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t be slowed down by the little aggravations that challenge you. Discipline and hard work will bring greater rewards, peace of mind and sweet revenge. Love is highlighted, along with expanding your plans for the future. Nothing is impossible if you express your goals knowledgeably and implement them with moderation. Success will be the result if you allow your imagination to be the conduit for your willpower.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You will have to exert your will if you want to get things accomplished. Put a little extra muscle behind your every move and you will make a convincing argument that will help raise the support you need to achieve your goals. Change will be inevitable, and the sooner you accept and move on, the easier it will be to get your own plans up and running. Live life and be a participant, not a spectator.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your thirst for knowledge and lifestyle change will lead you in a new direction. Reinventing who you are and what you do will bring you up to date and put you where the action is. Helping others will expand your interests as well as your friendships. Greater stability will come from chaos, followed by transformation. Expect the unexpected and accept the inevitable. You will master moderate extremism.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Consider what you have to accomplish and stick to your game plan. As the year progresses, you will be tempted to take on unrealistic ventures that could end up costing you emotionally, financially or physically. Use your creativity wisely and keep what you do simple, moderate and perfectly balanced. Focus your energy on work and family to ensure that both are protected from outside influences.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your insight and hard work will start to pay off. What you have learned from experience will pave the way to your success. The tables are turning, and you will finally get your chance to explore the benefits of being the flavour of choice. Prepare to pursue those long-awaited changes with fervour. Fear of failure is the enemy; bravery is your friend.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t be fooled by what others do or say. Your intuition is kicking in, and you must follow your gut when it comes to personal decisions that can affect your lifestyle and financial investments. It’s your turn to call the shots and to put pressure on those you feel owe you. A strong alliance with an old friend or partner will make your goals easier to obtain.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be careful what you wish for. Change can be a two-way street. Confusion is likely to lead you down the wrong path. Talk to a trusted friend before you make a move you cannot reverse. Excessive behaviour and financial, physical or emotional temptation will be your downfall. Bide your time, observe, listen to good advice and make the smart choice. Patience will be your saving grace.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take stock of your assets and liabilities so you can add the finishing touches that will bring your situation greater stability. Being responsible and using unique methods will grab attention and make an impression that leads to success. Do your due diligence during the first half of the year, and once everything is in place, you will be able to coast along and enjoy the ride.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Prepare to reassess, review and redo. A serious look at your past, present and future will help you put your life in perspective and set realistic goals. You will advance quickly once your direction is clear. New beginnings and projects will confirm that you are on the right track. Greater success will unfold as you take advantage of the opportunities that are offered to you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Work and personal partnerships must be looked at carefully. Consider what you give and what you get back from the people you deal with daily. Cut your emotional, physical and financial losses in order to move on to more rewarding times. Too much of anything will work against you. Find ways to get the most for the least. You must put your own needs first.

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