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Year of the Earth Dog will bring chaos and market volatility

The year 2018 will be filled with highs and lows, but have no fear, as the economy should improve by Labor Day, according to astrologer and feng shui master Y.C. Sun.

To mark Chinese New Year and the Year of the Earth Dog, Sun recently shared his forecast with members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Sun told realtors that protectionism will be on the rise this year, a “classic pullback and comeback story.” There will be violent ground movement – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and mudslides, he said, resulting in the rebuilding of aging infrastructure including roads, levees and bridges, and in line with dry earth, drought, flooding, fire, traffic and accidents.

The stock market will experience some volatility, according to Sun, but expect a comeback by Labor Day. The country’s gross domestic product will rise to 4 percent by the end of the year, but there will be lots of chaos before that, the astrologer noted. April will be a disaster-ridden month, particularly April 5 through May 4, he said, “because the karma between the Month of the Fire Dragon and Year of the Earth Dog will be in big conflict.”

Sun predicted that President Donald Trump will face challenges regarding his health and politics this year, encountering chaotic issues in March, in the second half of April, two weeks in June and in October. Trump, he added, was born in the Year of the Fire Dog, and the fire dog does not get along with the earth dog.

The real estate market will be solid, but it will slow down because of much competition due to the housing shortage, Sun said. Young professionals, while paid well, lack the down payment for a home, but they will soon be receiving their stock options and will need help and guidance from realtors down the road, he added.

This year, Dallas, San Antonio, Stockton, Las Vegas, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Tulsa, Nashville, Houston and Tampa are the top U.S. real estate markets. In the Bay Area, the top markets are San Jose, South San Francisco, Daly City, San Bruno, Hayward, Concord, Vallejo, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa.

Touching on feng shui and the home, Sun said “good” locations this year are the center (happiness, celebration - keep this area free from clutter), southeast (money/fame), south (best energy for writing, studying, research), northwest (tender loving care, family values, promotes romance) and southwest (change, travel, relocation). “Bad” locations, he noted, include the north (disaster, misfortune), northeast (arguments), east (decline of energy, loss of money, robbery) and west (sickness).

In homes facing any of these “bad” locations, Sun suggested placing six copper coins under a mat, placing a copper bell by the entrance and adding a peace lily. In homes that face east, he recommended adding a large glass of water or a blue decoration. Homes facing northeast should add a red decoration.

The year 2018 is a time for “meeting real people to get connected, getting in shape, eating healthier food, spending less time on social media/games, learning a new skill, being kind, being proactive or becoming the barking dogs (that) seldom bite,” Sun said.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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