With the coming of a new year, we Filipinos often become seized with a renewed spirit when it comes to improving our lives. While some aspects can be steered to produce good results by working on them, such as personal relationships and career, there are also things that are undoubtedly beyond our control.
Given the reality of uncertainties in life, the dawn of a new year often puts the spotlight on astrology experts who can “see into the future”. Smartparenting.com.ph consulted two experts to give us an idea of how 2014 will be, namely:
Resti H. Santiago, Western medieval astrologist and author of the book “Medieval Astro-Clock 2014”, he is also the founder of Astrology Friends Philippines, a group of astrology enthusiasts;
Master Aldric Dalumpines, a famous feng shui teacher and geomancer, who also appears on Philstar.com’s lifestyle page every Wednesday.
Read on to learn about their fearless forecasts and words of advice:
The general outlook for 2014
According to Western Astrology:
On peace and order:
“Based on this system, we are ruled now by the planet Mars in the Philippines. That was from July last year up to July this year. Mars, in mythology, is the planet of conflict, so that is the keyword for the first half of the year. Conflict. On the negative side, there can be peace and order problems. We have to increase the security of our homes and offices.
“On the positive side, this can mean strengthening of the military capability of the Philippines.
On success and prosperity:
“On the second half [of the year], the planet ruling the Philippines will be Venus. Venus is a better planet. Basically, women will be more prominent in the second half onwards. In a way, we can say that they will be the one who will bring success or prosperity either in the workplace, the home or the country. Venus is also connected with the arts and beauty.”
On the Philippine economy:
“On the economic level, the peso might still be low in value. This is bad for the OFWs but this can be good for the exporters. This year is a good one for exporters. The peso will be weak so it can mean inflation. Most likely, there will be more Filipinos going abroad to work.
On Philippine politics:
“It’s a given [that there will be plenty of politicking] because election [time] is near. The focus of intrigues will be among the lawmakers or the Congress in general. This is also the time where the leaders of the country should take extra caution.”
On natural calamities:
“I’m also doing astro-meterology—that’s using astrology to predict the weather. I’ve been doing it successfully for the past three years. It’s already a given that there will be major typhoons in the Philippines so my contribution is to pinpoint these dates.”
Santiago indicates several dates around which typhoons may hit the Philippines. He advises to avoid scheduling trips and major events around these indicated dates.
• February 12 – same influence as “Enteng” (2012 typhoon)
• June 13
• August 1 – same influence as that of “Dante” (June 2013 typhoon)
• August 9 – same influence as that of “Jolina” (August 2013 typhoon)
• August 26 – same influence as that of “Habagat” (2012 typhoon)
• September 21 – same influence as that of “Jolina”
• November 13 – same influence as that of “Odette” (September 2013 typhoon)
• December 2
How will each ascendant sign fare in 2014?
Santiago: “My forecasts are based on one’s ascendant sign, which is determined by the combination of [your] birthdate and time of birth.” Find out yours when you go to alabe.biz/freechart.
“I will be discussing only one planet, the positive planet, Jupiter. In general, we use Jupiter to predict the lucky influences on one’s life, because Jupiter is the big planet; it is the planet of expansion and luck in general.
“Jupiter is in the fourth house of home and family, so his luck will be coming from the family members. There can be positive developments regarding his home, residence in general. There might even be a need to expand or to relocate.
“On the first half of the year, luck will be coming from siblings. Travel and learning [will be] prominent. On the second half of the year, it is the time to concentrate on family matters.
“The first half of the year is good for money matters. There will be more profit if they are in business. If they are not in business, this might be a good period to start a business, especially from March to May.
“This is a very good year for Cancerians because the first half of the year is the beginning of the 12-year cycle for them, which means they can start a new life—either a new job, a new relationship or anything new. It’s alright for them to explore.
“The same [forecast as Cancer] goes [as well] for ascendant Leos, but [instead for] the second half of the year. [In particular,] luck on career or relationship on the second half of the year.
“This is a good time for them to go out, join organizations and be with friends. Luck will be coming from their friends.
“This is a good year for them in their careers, there will be recognition for those with ascendant sign Libra and also a good time to start a business. The best time is on the second half of the year, from August onwards.
“There are many influences on Scorpio. There can be a form of limitation and generally speaking, imitation in their careers. But then, as the year progresses, there can be opportunities abroad or from somebody abroad. Towards the end of the year, there will also be recognition for Scorpio ascendants.
“This is a good time to enter in a business partnership. The banks will trust them. They can maximize or use the resources of others.
“It’s the best time for love. If they are single, it’s a good time to get into a relationship on the second quarter of the year. This is also a good time to get married.
“For Aquarius, it’s the same thing, [but a better time for] love and marriage on the second half of the year.”
“This is a good time for creativity or if they are married couples, it’s a good time to have a child.
On family life:
“There is a need for parents to address the emotions—the emotional needs of their children in the first half of the year. In the second half of the year, they should focus on their children’s needs when it comes to creativity and confidence.”
According to Feng Shui:
“[It is the] year of the green horse this 2014! It is the greenest year ever to come by or the most outrageously prosperous year for all! As green is the color of prosperity and growth, individual personal growth is in order. [A] horse depicts progress.
On how the year of the Horse will affect Filipinos in general:
“Filipinos in the year of the horse will have a common hunger for national and individual good in the name of progression or moving forward from the tragedies of the past year. They will have the desire to reconstruct their lives with determination and discipline, like a horse with one-way blinders in the race of life. ”
How will each Chinese zodiac sign fare in the year of the horse?
RAT (born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008):
Dalumpines: “It will be full of conflict. Expect poor relations or broken relationships. [There will be] challenging cash flow problems. Envy and intrigue reign even amongst loved ones. There will be diminishing returns in the career front. All that glitters is not gold. Loss of position and income should be guarded against.”
OX (born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009):
There will be conflict in his relationships and he will encounter financial problems.
TIGER (born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010):
“Excellent year! Luck smiles with prosperity in all fronts: marriage, love life, finances, and career.”
RABBIT (born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011):
[Being a fellow rodent], those born in the year of the Rabbit will encounter problems when it comes to handling relationships and their money.
DRAGON (born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012):
The dragon will have similar problems as that of the rat. He will undergo conflicts in his relationships and when it comes to money matters.
SNAKE (born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013):
“Being the tiger’s soul mate, those born in the year of the snake have the same fortunes and misfortunes. It will be an excellent year! Luck smiles with prosperity in all fronts: marriage, love life, finances [and on his] career.”
HORSE (born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002):
“Being the same year sign as 2014 isn’t good. Bad fortune awaits horses except those born as Water and Wood Horses. Horses in general will suffer the same misfortunes as the Rat.”
SHEEP / GOAT (born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003):
“Like the Tiger, those born in the year of the sheep will have an excellent year until the ‘ghost month’ (ed: the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar, considered to be inauspicious because it is said to be the month wherein the gates of hell are opened and ghosts of ancestors roam the land) in September. Luck smiles with prosperity in all fronts: marriage, love life, finances, career.”
MONKEY (born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004):
Those born in the year of the monkey will experience conflict in his relationships and difficulty with his finances.
ROOSTER (born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005):
“Like sheep, those born in the year of the rooster will have excellent year and luck as well as prosperity in marriage, love life, finances and career.”
DOG (born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006):
“Similar to Sheep, but beware of loss of fortune in illegal affairs.”
PIG (born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007):
“Like Tigers, it will be an excellent year in terms of luck and prosperity.”
On family life: “2014 is a most challenging year for the male head of the family, especially because their health will be threatened by stress and sickness. All fathers are advised to take care of their health, and for their partners and families to support them.
“The best way is to apply the principles of feng shui to the home and the office in order to avert bad health. The lucky color can superficially help temporarily until feng shui is done. Wear teal green or any shade of green.”
Whether or not to believe what the stars say is entirely a personal decision. As Santiago puts it, “Astrology is not really fatalistic. We recognize the combination of fate and free will. What is fated is written in the natal or birthday astrological chart. Free will is strengthened by proper timing because with astrological timing, you are given choices.”
Medieval astrologist and astro-metereologist Resti H. Santiago’s book “Medieval Astro-Clock 2014” is available at Echostore branches in Serendra and The Podium for P365.
Aside from being a feng shui expert and geomancer, Master Aldric Dalumpines is a resident feng shui columnist for a local design magazine The Freeman, Cebu’s oldest English language newspaper. He is often consulted by OFWs for their first home investments.
Photos courtesy of Dalumpines and Shanti Isla (Santiago); main photo from flickr.com