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Asian astrologers warn of sss-stormy Year of Snake



Pedestrians walk past a billboard set up for the Chinese New Year of the snake in Hong Kong on February 5, 2013. AFP

HONG KONG—A stock market slide, escalated conflict between Japan and China and more Gangnam-styled success for South Korean singer Psy will shape the incoming Year of the Snake, say Asian soothsayers.

Those who make predictions according to the study of feng shui — or literally “wind-water” — are influential in many parts of Asia where people adjust their lives or renovate houses and offices based on the advice.

As they bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon, the fortune tellers warn that the “black water snake” that emerges to replace it on February 10 — the first day of the Lunar New Year — could be a venomous one that brings disaster.

Previous Snake years have been marked by the September 11, 2001 terror strikes that killed nearly 3,000 people, the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The 1929 stock market plunge that heralded the Great Depression also occurred in a snake year.

Hong Kong’s celebrity feng shui master Mak Ling-ling predicts the stock markets will enjoy a smooth first-half before becoming turbulent in the second half of the year, which she links to the characteristics of the reptile.

“It’s just like the movement of snakes — fast, aggressive and sharp, but cunning and tricky at the same time,” she tells AFP.

Mak warned that despite early market optimism there would be no full recovery in the crisis-hit eurozone, while the economy of the United States would not gather a strong pace until 2014.

She added that President Barack Obama needed to “be less conservative” in his attempts to revive the economy.

Astrologers say this year’s snake is identified with the element of water — symbolizing fear — that sits on top of the fire element, representing joy and optimism. They say conflict between the two will bring turbulence in May.

“This is a disaster year… a lot of things will not go smoothly,” said Singapore’s “Grand Master” Tan Khoon Yong of geomancy consultancy Way OnNet Group.

“The European Union may split, the euro may be in trouble,” the 59-year-old said, adding that the bloc would be threatened by division in May.

Hong Kong astrologer Chow Hon-ming said a disharmonious May would see an ongoing dispute between Japan and China possibly escalate into a “brief” war, as two “snakes” are going to clash according to his reading of the Chinese almanac.

“May is known as the ‘snake month’ and it’s the Year of the Snake so between May 5 and June 6, these two snakes will meet.

“This is why things will be very intense between Japan and China. Tensions will rise to a peak and they will possibly go to war.”

Snake style

Chinese fortune telling is based on ancient philosophy and belief dating back thousands of years that events are dictated by the different balances in the five elements that make up the universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

A person’s fortune can be calculated by using the exact time and date of his birth, with the relationship of each of the elements.

The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and associates each of the 12 years forming a rotating cycle with an animal — with the snake assuming the sixth position out of the 12 animal signs.

China’s new leader Xi Jinping and “Gangnam Style” singer Psy, two of the most famous people born in the Year of the Snake, will see success despite entering a year matching their Chinese zodiac, usually considered to be a bad thing.

But China’s Xi, born in 1953, and 36-year-old South Korean pop sensation ‘Psy’ Park Jae-Sang will be spared, due to their favorable birth dates and elements.

While the 60-year-old Chinese leader is set to see a smooth leadership transition in March from predecessor President Hu Jintao, there may however be the odd bump in the road.

“He needs to watch out for his health. He might suffer a fall in November if he travels,” Chow said, recommending Xi avoids “Europe or Russia” that month.

CLSA, one of Asia’s leading brokerages, creates its own tongue-in-cheek annual “feng shui index”. This year it states that while stock markets will be volatile in the second-half, the presence of the market-driving “fire” element gave reason for optimism.

“We’ve got the fire element so we’re pretty hopeful,” CLSA analyst Mariana Kou said, predicting this year markets will have a “decent finish” this year.

Past Snake years give little encouragement, with the three most recent ones seeing Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index finish down, falling 33.5 percent in 2001.

“As befits “skin-shedders”, Snake years are marked by major transformation and change — and sometimes great upheaval,” CLSA said.


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  • WeAry_Bat

    They seem to know more of history, politics and climate  to mix with eh, magic.  And if nothing dramatic happens, then it was the year of the relaxing snake. But really, every year has something dramatic. You just need to cherry pick the event which suits your prophecy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    wHAT SNAKE THESE BUNCH OF PEOPLE ARE TALKING? THESE BELEIFS DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL! NEXT YEAR WHAT? YEAR OF THE PAROT? WHEN WILL BE YEAR OF A DINOSOURS?

    NONSENSE RIGHT?

  • i_am_filipino

    THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE OLDEST HISTORY. TOTALLY FAKE. NONE OF THE CHINESE DISCOVERED THE PLANETS. THEY BELIEVE THAT THE SUN IS BEING SWALLOWED BY THE DRAGON AND BECOMES A MOON. THEY BELIEVE THAT IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND, EVERYONE WAS FLYING LIKE KUNG FU. SHT CHINKS INTSIK LOW CLASS BELIEF. PHILIPPINE WILL REMAIN CHRISTIAN AND CHRISTIAN DO NOT AND WILL NOT BELIEVE IN THIS TYPE OF SHT NON SENSE. IN INTSIK ANCIENT HISTORY, MOST OF THEIR WRITERS WERE HIGH ON HERBS BELIEVE TO BE MORE ACTIVE ON WRITING HISTORY BUT DID NOT KNOW IT WAS CANNABIS AND WROTE SOMETHING IN THEIR HISTORY WHAT HALLUCINATED THEM. THE LOW CLASS INTSIK DIDNT KNIW ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECT OF THIS HIGH TOXIC IRREVERSIBLE HERBAL MEDICINE.

  • parefrank

    to JEO and others

    Do not blame the Chinese now just because there is a rift now between CH and RP.
    Their beliefs may be wrong in our view but we look at it with our minds. At least, Chin, like India, Egypt and other ancient societies, had already a high culture and science when many recently favored societies still lived in the wild forests.
    And about the snake, they have their cosmology like others have the LEO, sCORPION etc. for astrologic names of months.
    Regarding to future predictions, just look at the countless predictions about end of the world made by Christians, from short after Jesus’ death until now. Not one was true, no matter it came from sects, an individua; scientist or from a pope.
    For last December, it was predicted “due to the Maya calendar”. It did not happen, simply because the calendar was read and interpreted in our view and mathematic, not that of the Mayas.
    It is much easier to “foresee” the outcome of elections if you can tamper ith the electroniic and the programs of automated polls. And then, the “foreseen” result would even be true.

  • Emil Hila

    All of this is a lie, deceit base on hearsay
    it is prohibited by the Bible!!!

    Col 2:8

    See to it that no one enslaves you through
    philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the
    basic principles of the word, and not according to the Messiah,

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    1907 – The Great Panic of Wall Street
    1929 – The Crash of 29
    1987 – Black Monday
    1997 – The Asian Financial Crisis
    2000 – The Crash of the Dotcom Bubble
    2001 – The 9/11 Attacks
    2007 – The Unraveling of Subprime Mortgage-backed Securities & Credit Crunch
    2008 – The Fall of Lehman Brothers & Global Financial Meltdown
    2009 – The Great Recession
    2010 – The Flash Crash of High-Frequency Trading

    Of all the catastrophic events in the world of finance, Mr. Asian Astrologer only got (1) one right– the Crash of 29. Maybe (2) two if we include the 9/11 attacks which consequently caused a recession. The rest did not occur during the year of the snake. I´m sure Mr. Asian Astrologer will find some other explanation for them, retrospectively.

     



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