If the crowds of people gaping at every shopping mall’s Chinese New Year “12 animal signs” zodiac display is anything to go by, no Singaporean can resist reading about their own Chinese zodiac predictions.
Whether you’re pantang to the max or a hardened skeptic, you, too, have landed on this page hoping to read about your wealth, career and money predictions for the Year of the Pig – right?
So we asked the fengshui master himself, Dato’ Joey Yap, for his predictions for the 12 Chinese zodiacs’ fortunes this year. All credit for the predictions go to him, but we’ve taken the liberty of doing amateur interpretations of some of his advice. (No disrespect meant to Joey Yap, his followers, and any other true believers of fengshui.)
What are your 2019 finances going to look like? What kind of investments should you go for? And will that annoying middle manager at your workplace finally get fired? Read on to (sort of) find out.
Disclaimer: We’re not fengshui masters, experts or even believers. This article is totally just for fun.
Which Chinese zodiac sign are you?
If you’ve forgotten which Chinese zodiac animal you were born under, here’s a handy summary table. Tap on the Chinese zodiac sign to jump straight to your predictions for 2019.
|Chinese zodiac||Birth year|
|Dog||1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018|
|Pig||1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007|
|Rat||1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008|
|Ox||1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009|
|Tiger||1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010|
|Rabbit||1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011|
|Dragon||1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012|
|Snake||1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013|
|Horse||1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014|
|Goat||1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015|
|Monkey||1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016|
|Rooster||1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017|
Year of the Dog
Birth year: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
According to fengshui master Joey Yap, those born in the Year of the Dog will get “good opportunities to increase your wealth and financial well-being” in 2019. Hooray!
BUT WAIT, before you rush to the nearest Singapore Pools and plunge your life savings into the annual Hong Bao Draw, he also emphasizes that you should “not be tempted to take shortcuts” and “be diligent in your research when it comes to your investments.”
Career-wise, it’s going to be a trying year for you. You’re probably going to face “challenges and frustrations […] that increase your desire for a change of career”, but it’s NOT a good year to quit your job to become an organic kale farmer.
Instead, Joey Yap advises you to “stay focused in your career goals” and “keep calm and avoid major confrontations”. (Easier said than done, right?)
Year of the Pig
Birth year: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
If you know anything about fengshui, you’ll know that if it’s your own zodiac sign this year, it’s not gonna be a good year. As expected, 2019 being the Year of the Pig, there are “inauspicious stars this year” for Piggies.
Money-wise, Pigs should “expect slower growth in wealth this year”. He recommends that you curb the expensive habits that are actually reducing your wealth. (Hey, sounds like us… looks like MoneySmart has more in common with fengshui masters than we though.)
2019 is also a great year for Pigs to learn to invest, so put some effort into that and your returns might just help to relieve the financial pinch.
For work, Joey Yap predicts that 2019 will be “momentous in terms of movement and progress” for you… but only if you stay focused and avoid the pitfalls of workplace politics.
Year of the Rat
Birth year: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
If you’re a Rat who has been stuck in a seemingly dead-end job for a while, here’s some good news: Joey Yap predicts that 2019 will be a successful year for your career.
He predicts that “your talents will propel you towards success at work” and there’s a good chance you’ll “rise up the corporate ladder”. On your end, you should be “proactive in your endeavours”, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from others.
Apart from career growth in 2019, you can also look forward to “good opportunities to grow your wealth”.
But you need to keep your appetite for risk in check, and “avoid risky and speculative investments”. So, uh, not a good time to try your luck at forex trading then.
Year of the Ox
Birth year: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
For those born in the Year of the Ox, Joey Yap’s prediction sounds like 2019 will be a very low-key year.
Wealth-wise, things don’t look great for Oxen; it’s not a year for big investments or monetary windfalls. In particular, you should “refrain from making unwise and hasty financial decisions.”
Joey Yap’s advice is to improve your saving habits while at the same time cutting your expenditure on material goods. 2019 will be a year in which you “balance your finances” and try to find equilibrium in your financial health.
You might also feel “stagnant in your career”, which can be frustrating and depressing, but Joey Yap says you shouldn’t try to fix that. Instead, simply focus on being “loyal and steadfast” to your boss and “deliver on what’s expected of you”.
Year of the Tiger
Birth year: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Great news for Tigers: According to Joey Yap, the “wealth stars are in your favour” this year.
2019 is an excellent time for Tigers to “sharpen up your skills in investments”. However, this doesn’t mean you should plunge in blindly. Instead, you should seek others’ advice before deciding on investments – the better for you to learn from others’ past mistakes.
Entrepreneur Tigers should also be looking to “invest in innovative technologies to take your venture to the next level” in 2019.
The main challenge for Tigers this year? Keeping those loose cannon tendencies in check. Joey Yap emphasizes that you should “be tactful with your words”, “respect the opinions of others” and “exercise tolerance and patience”. That’s 3 different ways to say “keep yo’ damn mouth shut.”
Year of the Rabbit
Birth year: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
The Year of the Pig is likely to be an auspicious year for Rabbits in terms of both career and wealth.
Joey Yap’s advice is for Rabbits to “take charge” of their finances and wealth pursuits this year, although you should always “seek counsel from financial advisors before making any investment decision”. (Just brush up on your knowledge of insurance types so you know what they’re selling.)
Rabbit career prospects look good as well, with “good career advancement opportunities” and the chance to “move into a bigger office space” (weirdly specific).
Year of the Dragon
Birth year: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Dragons never seem to have a bad year, and the Year of the Pig is no different. “The stars are in place for new beginnings,” according to Joey Yap, and the prognosis looks positive for both wealth and career in the year ahead.
In fact, you just might rolling in so much dough in 2019, that you need to watch out for jealous gossipmongers spreading rumours about you, along with pickpockets and petty thieves who want a slice of that pie.
No word on what exactly you should do to make your fortune, but hey, if the stars have decreed it, then I guess you just need to sit back and relax, right?
As for career, it sounds as though your “relationships with your superiors” will be on the rise, “prompting better promotion opportunities”. Therefore, “there’s no need to push yourself too hard with work commitments.”
Now, is that the best career advice ever or what?
Year of the Snake
Birth year: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
There are “trying times” ahead for those born in the Year of the Snake, according to Joey Yap. This is especially so in your career, where “you may experience stressful work constraints”.
As for money and investments, you should “avoid risky investment decisions” as “there’s a chance of monetary losses”.
So, instead of indulging your appetite for 4D or speculative investments, 2019 is a good time to work on your savings instead. Ultra-low-risk investments like Singapore Savings Bonds and fixed deposits are best.
Joey Yap suggests “spending wisely on things that may become more valuable and profitable over time”. Maybe it’s time to finally use up those SkillsFuture credits.
Year of the Horse
Birth year: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
2019 will be a good year for Horses – Joey Yap predicts that it’ll be “bountiful and exciting with positive energies likely to surround you in relationships, wealth and career.”
Horses should “keep an eye out for lucrative investment opportunities in property or shares.” (Yes, specific investment advice for once. You can read our 101 guides to investing in property and buying shares here.)
However, just because the stars are shining upon you doesn’t mean you can go crazy snapping up condo units like there’s no tomorrow. You’re still susceptible to losses, so “don’t be overly impulsive when making these decisions”. At the same time, you should “pay attention to your cash flow and avoid excessive spending.”
Assuming you don’t quit your job to be a property tycoon, Joey Yap expects Horses to have “good prospects on your career progression” this year. If you get an opportunity to take up a new role, don’t pass it up, or so the guru says.
Year of the Goat
Birth year: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
The Year of the Pig should be a favourable one for Goats in terms of both wealth and career.
For wealth, look towards “previously side-lined deals or projects” which may come into fruition this year. Goat artists might also get their lucky break this year as those in the creative arts are particularly lucky in wealth.
In your career, the Year of the Pig is a time to “showcase to your superiors your true talents and capabilities,” so you might want to consider taking on a different kind of project or something that’s challenging but high-profile.
At the same time, 2019 is also supposedly a “good year for you to rest and relax”, so… work hard, play hard? Don’t look at us like that leh – Master Yap say one.
Year of the Monkey
Birth year: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
This year, Monkeys have not just one but two “auspicious stars”! We have no idea what that means but it sure sounds good.
According to Joey Yap, it’s going to be a good year for Monkeys. Expect both professional and financial success – provided you take the initiative, take risks and prove yourself, that is.
Wealth-building opportunities abound in the Year of the Pig, and Monkeys should keep their eyes open for bold new investments. However, Joey Yap specifically says to “avoid risky setups like venture capitals and high-yielding bonds.”
2019 is also a good year for career progression. The Master’s advice for performance review season? “Be very clear about what you want in return for the value you bring to the table.”
Year of the Rooster
Birth year: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Finally, Roosters are said to face a challenging year ahead, in terms of both wealth and career.
2019 “may be a challenging year for you to grow your wealth”, and the Master’s advice is simply to “spend wisely and manage your finances diligently.” If you’ve no clue what those words even mean, here’s a basic guide to budgeting your income in Singapore.
In terms of career, Roosters have some “inauspicious stars” shining upon you, so you might run into work challenges this year. Joey Yap suggests: “Take some time off if work is taking a toll on you.” (Advice gladly accepted!)
It’s not all gloom and doom for Roosters, though – those who are in the arts, music or literature are likely to have better luck this year.
What do you think of your Chinese zodiac prediction for 2019? Tell us your opinion in the comments!