The year 2010 marks the bright optimistic dawn of a new decade - a time of peace, prosperity, productivity, happiness, and health - for some. Much depends, of course, on what the stars determine. If you would like to know what the next 12 months hold for your zodiac sign, read on - if you dare.

Capricorn (December 21 - January 19)

Happy New Year, you old goat. As a Capricorn, you enjoy your material goods and the pleasures of life. This is unfortunate because in 2010 those things will be hard to come by. A steep rise in rent early in the year will be offset later by a deep cut in salary. Frankly you may as well sell the BMW now. You shortly won't be able to afford to park it.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Your endearing Aquarian stubbornness will serve you well in business negotiations. Consistent refusal to yield so much as an inch on the most trivial points of difference will earn you the respect and co-operation of the opposite side. Don't be afraid to make forthright critical remarks about your boss's personal appearance. Face is not important in modern Hong Kong.

Pisces (February 19 - March 19)


As a Pisces, you tend towards oversensitivity, even paranoia. Nevertheless, your longstanding fear that your colleagues are out to get you is well founded. The conspiracy started some time ago, and will come to full fruition later this year. Hoard your air miles. You are going to need them to get out of town - hurriedly.

Aries (March 20 - April 18)

Your sign makes you impulsive, and there is no reason to rein that characteristic in. This will be a good year in which to bet heavily on unproven horses ridden by novice jockeys. You have been needlessly reticent about propositioning the colleague who brought the sexual harassment suit against your boss last year. Go on, live dangerously.

Taurus (April 19 - May 19)


If not a bull in a China shop, you are certainly a 'bull' in China. Just because the chairman of a mainland company is under arrest and his family has fled the country, why should that affect the stock price? You will be lucky playing roulette in Macau - if your winning streak is slow to show, accept the offer of a high interest loan from a friendly fellow patron.

Gemini (May 20 - June 19)


It is important to be yourself this year. Geminis are known for having a great sense of humour and, in 2010, your ready wit will open many doors - one of them to an interrogation room in a third-world airport. Feel free to make jokes about their country to sour-faced immigration officers. Obviously they need to be cheered up.

Cancer (June 20 - July 21)

You are loyal, dependable and caring and can always be counted on in a crisis. That is probably why your salary hasn't gone up since it was slashed during Sars. Have you even looked at the Hang Seng Index lately? Assert yourself for God's sake. You have subordinates who make bigger bonuses than you do.


Leo (July 22 - August 21)

This could be the year to tackle your drinking problem - just like last year was. Dream on. It might be wise to reduce your epic lunch breaks to around three hours a time, a couple of days a week, though. Even the cleaners are beginning to talk. As they will if you keep leaving empty vodka bottles in your wastepaper basket.

Virgo (August 22 - September 21)


Mortgages are not generally extended to people without autopaid monthly salaries, but if you get your application approved before the Lunar New Year the bank won't know that for the rest of 2010 you are not going to have one. You should have an interesting time trying to make the repayments, particularly in view of the way your shares are going to tank. Life without a credit card will be more difficult than you think.

Libra (September 22 - October 22)

Librans are natural diplomats and your effortless charm and ability to tell people what they want to hear have won you a well-earned reputation for shiftiness and unreliability. Say what you really think in clear and emphatic terms, particularly at breakfast meetings. People are most receptive to plain speaking at that time of day.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 20)

Frankly it is hardly worth your while getting up on New Year's Day. January is the month when the calamitously bad judgment calls you made last year come back to bite you, and you are ostracised by clients and colleagues alike. The one consolation is that your family will stand by you. Probably.

Sagittarius (November 21 - December 20)

It's a shame about your MPF, but at least you have your health. Sagittarians will find that all their investments perform poorly this year, and that their careers more or less stall. Beware office politics during your absences from town. You should be OK if you avoid business travel, or would if you had any choice about undertaking it ... in economy. Oh, and about your health? Sorry. Only joking.