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East Meets West
by Syndicated Astrologer Eugenia Last




I know my boundaries

     But prefer to reach for the stars

     The excitement of playing the game

     Gives way to my show of wizardry

     I do not accept failure or fear challenge

     I leave no room for error or opposition

     My unstoppable ego leads the way

     With no thought of looking back

     For I am the maker of magic

     And the master of disguise

    
     I AM THE FIRE MONKEY

The Monkey is coming to town, bringing with him a spark that will have the whole world watching and discussing as he invents, persuades and lures everyone to follow him and celebrate his victory. Not that the Monkey wants to share, it's the audience and applause he demands.

     His competitive, stubborn and undeniable need to get what he wants is often well concealed, making the Monkey extremely difficult to read when sparring with him.

     So what does that tell us about the upcoming year? It's likely to be filled with selfies and "me-first" attitudes and actions. Not a year for the less beguiling or those who don't have their sales pitch well rehearsed.

     The Year of the Monkey is one of self-promotion coupled with temptation. As easy as it is for the Monkey to blow his own horn, the person willing to offer a unique challenge will intrigue and attract the Monkey's attention.

     The United States Chart
     The U.S. will thrive during the year of the Monkey internally, but outside its borders trouble is likely to brew if time isn't taken to nurture foreign relations in order to create a better world economy. Sharing and building strong alliances will be the determining factors when all is said and done. Trying to rule with a big stick will be seen as being self-absorbed, shortsighted and bullish. During this fast-paced, exciting year as elections determine the U.S. fate, the most versatile candidate should be favored to represent and work alongside other world leaders. Now is not the time to puff up and use brawn when sound solutions need to be brought to the table with consideration for the planet as a whole.

     The United Kingdom will experience benefits from unexpected sources, however, caution will be necessary if this nation wants to avoid being caught in the middle of a situation that is ridden with secrets and uncertainties. The ability of the political powers that run this nation to outmaneuver others using clever intellect will clearly help this nation avoid getting into situations that are costly or leave them indebted to others. It's a cautious and opportune year for the United Kingdom that will put them in a powerful yet neutral position worldwide.

     Canada will face some financial uncertainty and setbacks. A need to reinvent Canada's place in the world will be necessary due to a change in the way this nation addresses its position on terror and aggressive action. A change in the rules and regulations will be set to be more advantageous for its people, and will favor forming greater alliances with nations vying for peace and worldwide continuity. It's a time of change, but also one that is likely built on false pretense.

     Overview
     Overall, the Year of the Monkey will be good for self-starters and those who want to build a strong and stable future. It will be a year to strive to achieve personal happiness. A time to clear debt and ease stress so the playful Monkey has more time for entertainment, culture and getting back to life's little pleasures. The frisky Monkey will not be satisfied with pie-in-the-sky dreams of grandeur that are impossible to obtain let alone maintain. The Monkey will favor romance, physical activity and socializing along with using intellectual wit to outdo and outsmart any opponent, or meet any challenge. The Monkey is self-assured, eager to play games and definitely intent on winning.

 ZODIAC SIGNS ARE MATCHED WITH EASTERN COUNTERPARTS
 ARIES (West) DRAGON (East) (Mar 21-Apr 19)

Your charm and chatter will help you help you excel, but it's hard work, dedication and discipline that will help you achieve the status that you desire both personally and professionally. Plenty of uncertainty and change can be expected, and for the Ram ready to compromise and take advantage of opportunities, this can turn into a memorable year.  

     Love: settle down or rekindle the flame.
     Money: brutal budgeting, greater stability.
     Health: difficult to diagnose, discipline required.
     Best months of the year: April, September, October, November, December.
     What you should strive for: picking up skills, experience, knowledge.
     Fashion: bright colorful and playful.
     Your lucky numbers: 3, 10, 16, 21, 29, 36, 40.

 
 TAURUS (West) SNAKE (East) (Apr. 20-May 20)

You'll have no trouble drumming up support and help this year. Unusual prospects will pique your imagination, and a zealous attitude to learn and take advantage of what's being made available will keep you busy and out of trouble. Your practical, conservative attitude will keep you from being lured into investments and proposals that are tempting but unrealistic.

     Love: abundance, contentment and stability.
     Money: hidden assets and uncertainty.
     Health: greater strength and stamina.
     Best months of the year: January, March, July, August, September.
     What you should strive for: openness and productivity.
     Fashion: added flare, make a statement.
     Your lucky numbers: 9, 15, 22, 27, 38, 45, 48.

 
 GEMINI (West) HORSE (East) (May 21-June 20)

Unexpected gains will come your way from an unusual source if you participate and wheel and deal. However, limitations will also be an issue should you overextend, overdo or overindulge. Modesty coupled with moderation will help ward off criticism and loss. Expanding your awareness and focusing on physical health and fitness will be your passage to greater opportunities.

     Love: understanding and patience.
     Money: budgeting, banking and thriftiness.
     Health: indulgence, mishaps and exhaustion.
     Best months of the year: February, April, September, October, December.
     What you should strive for: honesty, moderation and mindfulness.
     Fashion: casual, clean cut and sporty.
     Your lucky numbers: 1, 13, 18, 23, 34, 39, 44.

 
 CANCER (West) SHEEP (East) (June 21-July 22nd)

Put a little backbone and ingenuity into your plans and you will come out a winner. A chance to fix up, expand your family or surroundings and strengthen important relationships will turn this into a rewarding year. Don't sit back patiently waiting for someone else to make the first move, start the ball rolling and enjoy the ride.

     Love: magical, secure and satisfying.
     Money: unexpected gains and unique investments.
     Health: strong and physically fit.
     Best months of the year: January, March, May, June, August.
     What you should strive for: new interests and positive attitude.
     Fashion: flowing, soft and comfortable.
     Your lucky numbers: 7, 10, 16, 27, 34, 40, 47.

 
 LEO (West) MONKEY (East) (July 23rd-Aug 22nd)

Your wit, intelligence and ability to persuade others to jump on board and help you make your dreams come true will turn 2016 into an adventurous, high-profile year. Expect problems to arise if you let your big ideas go over budget, falling short of your expectations and leaving you open to disgruntled lenders and suppliers. Reliability, reasonability and responsibility will be required.
     Love: rekindle and commit.

     Money: unusual prospects and found money.
     Health: positive change through diet and fitness.
     Best months of the year: April, June, September, October, December.
     What you should strive for: security, status and recognition.
     Fashion: simplicity with trendy accessories.
     Your lucky numbers: 9, 14, 24, 28, 33, 42, 46.

 
 VIRGO (West) ROOSTER (East) (Aug 23rd-Sept 22nd)

Don't be fooled by appearances, false information or empty promises. Be ferocious in your search for the truth and put together a plan that is doable regardless of unforeseen delays. Expect others to mislead, misinterpret and embellish, and be prepared to counter such antics by personally handling important details and ignoring the temptation to take on unreasonable tasks
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     Love: disillusionment, excessiveness.
     Money: overspending, unexpected costs.
     Health: fatigue, anxiety, misinformed.
     Best months of the year: February, May, July, October.
     What you should strive for: reduce responsibilities and overhead.
     Fashion: plaids, prints and subtle colors.
     Your lucky numbers: 8, 11, 18, 27, 30, 32, 43.

 
 LIBRA (West) DOG (East) (Sept 23rd-Oct 22nd)

Another year of change, some good, some not, but overall achieving greater stability and security. Travel will be on the rise along with gaining experience, knowledge and replenishing your skills with new techniques that better suit the current economic climate. A year of new beginnings and putting an end to the baggage and deadweight you've been lugging around.

     Love: desire, commitment and new beginnings
     Money: invest in yourself, your qualifications and presentation.
     Health: stable, prone to physical mishaps.
     Best months of the year: March, April, August, November
     What you should strive for: peace of mind and a happy home.
     Fashion: fun, eye-catching and versatile.
     Your lucky numbers: 5, 12, 19, 25, 36,41, 47.

 
 SCORPIO (West) BOAR (East) (Oct 23rd-Nov 21)

Your intuition will not let you down. You will have an insane ability to visualize and produce unique and masterful plans and projects that will dazzle those less creative, passionate and intense. This is a year of advancement as well as securing a remarkably exquisite connection to someone who lights your fire and brings out your best qualities.

     Love: hot, intense and magnetic.
     Money: steady gains from unusual sources.
     Health: positive state of mind and proper diet.
     Best months of the year: January, March, June, August, September.
     What you should strive for: recognition, expansion and promising connections.
     Fashion: set the trends rather than follow them.
     Your lucky numbers: 5, 13, 19, 23, 35, 41, 47

 
 SAGITTARIUS (West) RAT (East) (Nov 22nd-Dec 21)

Greater stability should be your aim. You may thrive on change, but what you want and what you get will not be one and the same. Temptation, indulgence and pie-in-the-sky schemes that end in fruitless pursuits will haunt you if you are indulgent, unreasonable or wasteful. Make the right choices, cut corners and gain security.

     Love: opportunity and temptation.
     Money: extravagance and wheeling and dealing.
     Health: mental and physical limitations.
     Best months of the year: February, April, July, October, December.
     What you should strive for: completion and objectivity.
     Fashion: wild and crazy art deco.
     Your lucky numbers: 3, 16, 21, 27, 30, 32, 48.

 
 CAPRICORN (West) OX (East) (Dec 22nd-Jan 19)

Don't let the changes going on around you alter your game plan. You've got the best instincts and the ability to use what you have already to get ahead. Unusual opportunities will drop in your lap, bringing you good luck and an interesting platform to promote what you have to offer. Contracts and legal or financial settlements will favor you.

     Love: stable, truthful and gratifying.
     Money: Opportunity, payoff and celebration.
     Health: strength-building, minor injuries.
     Best months of the year: March, May, July, August, September.
     What you should strive for: resolutions, new connections and satisfaction.
     Fashion: dark, intimidating and noticeably a cut above.
     Your lucky numbers: 1, 9, 14, 24, 26, 39, 44.

 
 AQUARIUS (West) TIGER (East) (Jan 20-Feb 18)

Acceptance along with an intellectual approach to whatever comes your way will spare you from getting involved in unwanted battles. Focus on what’s important and do your best to stabilize your domestic scene and financial situation. Love is highlighted along with personal growth and self-improvement. Maintain a healthy and happy attitude and prosperous opportunities will arise.  

           Love: changeable, exciting and new beginnings.
           Money: serious and steady climb.
            Health: balance, coordination and staying within limits.
            Best months of the year: April, June, September, October, December.
            What you should strive for: stability, security and happiness.
            Fashion: set your own standard and own your look.
            Your lucky numbers: 6, 10, 17, 25, 38, 41, 47. 

 
 PISCES (West) RABBIT (East) (Feb 19-Mar 20)

Both good and bad circle you. Empty promises and betrayal are likely if you are too trusting. Believe in your abilities and let your imagination lead the way, and you will unleash ideas that turn into profits. Take the time to tend to every detail yourself. A slow and steady build will support something that will last forever.

     Love: tread carefully, and protect your heart and your reputation.
     Money: what you put in, you will get out.
     Health: injury and accidents prevail.
     Best months of the year: January, February, May, July, October.
     What you should strive for: maintaining integrity and good faith.
     Fashion: practical, simple and fitted.
     Your lucky numbers: 4, 9, 17, 23, 27, 31, 46.





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