With Lunar New Year beginning on Friday, Vancouver realtor Grace Kwok smiles and notes that this year’s zodiac figure — it’s the Year of the Dog — carries with it advice that she would follow year in and year out in the world of real estate: Consider your needs first before consulting the stars.
Under Chinese zodiac lore, if you were born in a Year of the Dog, one of the 12-year cycle of signs, you possess the best traits of human nature. According to the website, www.yourchineseastrology.com, you are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, and you have a strong sense of responsibility.
The same website predicts that those born under the dog sign will experience ups and downs this year when it comes to wealth and should be wary of the promise of “high interest or high return.” It also forecasts that your lucky numbers this year are three, four and nine, with the unlucky ones being one, six and seven. Lucky colours are green, red and purple, while the unlucky ones are blue, white and golden. Those born in the Year of the Dog are in good company, sharing the same birth year sign as Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton and Madonna, among other notables.
But Kwok cautions against taking the animal signs and forecasts too literally, as there appear to be some years when people under a particular animal sign fare better than in other years.