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By Sharon Gomes Thomas

It’s the year of the Rat, the first sign of the Chinese zodiac and signifies new beginnings. Predicted for everyone, it’ll be a year of new ventures, ideas, directions, and relationships. It’s also a good year for intellectual endeavors. Always wanted to write a book, or sell your handcrafted purses? Then sign up for an online class at The New School. Immerse in courses on everything from fiction, poetry, photography and fashion. www.NewSchool.edu/online

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The Rat: Born in 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
The Rat is charming and humorous, honest and meticulous. A party girl, you’re very sociable. You’re also a shopaholic, spending lavishly, so watch those credit cards!

This is the year to stay calm and be flexible. There’ll be few hiccups at work. Keep a low profile. This is a year of change – jobs, apartments, boyfriends. Love is in the air and full of romance. But apparently a mean person is in the way, be careful of gossip and rumors. Instead, relax with the Gossip Girl season 1 DVD series, or the books by Cecily von Ziegesar www.GossipGirl.net

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The Ox: Born in 1961 1973 1985 1997
You are intelligent and self-confident, helpful and hardworking. The Ox is very much a family person, and because you’re fair-minded and a good listener, you’re usually the peacekeeper.

Your career will take an upward turn, with promotions and recognition. Undertakings shouldn’t be hasty; rather, you should plan carefully. Network this year, make new friends. A mentor or life coach will play a significant role, especially if they’re from overseas. Keep all your addresses of out of town friends organized with the Coach Leather Turnlock Agenda www.Coach.com

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The Tiger: Born in 1962 1974 1986 1998
Courageous, active, self-assured, passionate, that’s the Tiger. You love being the center of attention. 2008 is a year of tests, especially to control your temper and rashness.

May and October are going to be romantic months for you. But take things slowly with your relationships, and watch your fiery temper. Strangely, anything to do is fire is going to be detrimental for you – better check your fireplace and extinguishers! And bring the romance and fire into your home with the Pixie Candleholder from Crate And Barrel www.crateandbarrel.com

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The Rabbit: Born in 1963 1975 1987 1999
Peace loving, with a creative mind, reserved, artistic and possesses good judgment. The Rabbit will be a good candidate for political life.

Romance is going to be pretty stable, no big upsets but no big gestures either. This is a year of excellent luck, whether in business, career, politics, or education. Perhaps it’s your time to get involved in this year’s elections? You never know, you could be the next Jackie or Hillary! Get your political fashion sense inspired by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum and their special Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Year – Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

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The Dragon: Born in 1964 1976 1988 2000
The Dragon is shrewd, intuitive, artistic and very lucky. Full of vitality, self assured, bright and master of success. Somewhat quick-tempered, the Dragon personality is always attractive. It’s all flash!

Better to stay put and be on the defensive side this year in your career. It’s not a year for risky moves or conflicts. Cherish and improve your current relationships, being tolerant, caring and understanding. There is a real danger that romance may go awry. When heartbroken, the best antidote is See’s Sugar Free Almond Clusters www.Sees.com

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The Snake: Born in 1965 1977 1989 2001
Philosophical, calm and understanding, the Snake is elegant and charming. She is fortunate in wealth throughout her life. Lucky you!

Those born in the year of Snake have the hope of starting a new career path, and together with the aid of a significant person, you will have a very successful investment. You may even inherit something this year. Romantically, couples will have a stronger bond and singles will find “The One”, maybe even get married! If you do, pick up the Real Simple Weddings book www.RealSimple.com

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The Horse: Born in 1966 1978 1990 2002
You are cheerful, quick-witted and popular, with a happy outlook, independent, and warmly appealing. The Horse loves exercise both physical and mental.

Your patience will be tried this year. This hectic year will exhaust you, and that will affect the relationship with your loved ones. Work can have setbacks. Be tolerant and calm when reacting to it; so it’s wise to eradicate your spendthrift habits now. Save your pennies in your Mayan Riveria Ava Clutch by Kate Spade www.KateSpade.com

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The Goat: 1967 1979 1991 2003
The Goat has a mind for business. Good natured and generous with fantastic luck in her life. You are likely to be mild-mannered, even shy. You are also artistic and fashionable.

It is definitely a smooth year for you. Career will be good, and investments gain value. So, pay raises and promotions are expected. As for your love life, there’ll be a new addition – a new boyfriend if single: a new baby or pet if attached. Enjoy your new bliss with a weekend at The Little Creek Inn in Dover, Delaware – a dog friendly Bed and Breakfast. www.LittleCreekInn.com

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The Monkey: Born in 1968 1980 1992 2004
Lively, witty, inventive and intelligent, a fast learner with good memory, that’s the Monkey. This is the sign of the inventor and the motivator in the Chinese zodiac; you feel they can do anything

In general, the year is smooth, with little setback in your luck. Wealth comes in abundance, from distant lands, so accumulate when you have the chance. Maybe it’s time to pay a visit with your long lost relatives! Don’t forget to bring the Juicy Couture Velour Travel Set www.JuicyCouture.com

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The Rooster: Born in 1969 1981 1993 2005
Hardworking, resourceful, talented and confident, that’s the crowing Rooster. Vivacious and popular, you love to attract attention. Always takes good care of your family and can handle money well.

This year is fabulous. It’ll seem you are always in the right place at the right time. Great opportunities do not occur often, so seize the moment. Carpe Diem! In your career, this is the year to rely on your own accomplishments and not be part of a team. Keep your lips sealed with the Mini Mocktail Bar liploss set from Lorac www.Lorac.com

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The Dog: Born in 1970 1982 1994 2006
Honest, faithful and possessing deep loyalty and responsibility, like man’s best friend. You are practical and realistic. The Dog is also trustworthy and generous to people and has a deep sense of justice.

Before doing anything, think thrice and do not be hasty this year. Be sensible in managing your finances or you will face difficulties. Love luck is all right — show tolerance and care to loved ones. And you’re advised to rest and don’t let worries trouble your mind and soul. Book yourself a yoga session at Laughing Lotus at 59 W. 19th St. New York, 212-414-2903

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The Pig: Born in 1971 1983 1995 2007
People born in the Year of the Pig are honest and frank. You have a calm appearance and strong heart, and don’t like to talk in a roundabout way. Straightforward, that’s your style.

Last year was your year, so this year is going to be uneventful with your career and love life. The only concern you may have is with your health. Things as simple as 8 hours sleep and drinking lots of water will make a big difference. Don’t forget your vitamins, from outside and within. Indulge your hair with J. F. Lazartigue’s Revitilizing Hair Vitamins www.jflazartigue.com

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Whatever the Year of the Rat has in store for you, just have fun with your inner animal!

Originally published February 2008
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