Year of the Snake could spell disaster, say Asian Astrologers

February 7, 2013

Year of the Snake could spell disaster, say Asian Astrologers

by Beh Yi Li, AFP @

snakeA 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 Harbour 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 told 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 – symbolising 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 psy2most 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 favourable 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.


17 thoughts on “Year of the Snake could spell disaster, say Asian Astrologers

  1. snake or no snake….life have to go on..if the prediction is true what can we do…just accept our faith line and our destiny are decided by our almighty god…

  2. The Chinese zodiac is just like any other form of astrology. Bunkum.
    It’s interesting to hear out of curiosity, but certainly not something anyone would bet their life on. The problem with such ‘forecasts’ is that it’s so broad and nonspecific, that we tend to pick up some of the generalized predictions and make it a self-fulfilling SNAFU. Witness the failure to ‘predict’ the Mega-Tsunami 2004, Malaysian GE-12 in 2008 and Japan horror in Tohoku earthquake and tsunami 2011?

    A miracle is divinely inspired and extra-natural. Magic, astrology and divination are self enforced delusions due to false hope and natural mimetic ‘superstition’. The problem is that it’s easier to believe in the latter rubbish – than to do something positive about it.

    So I’d rather GE-13 be a miracle, than plain old black magic.

  3. One bank will do very well. The UAB United Asian Bank or Ular Ada Banyak.
    Plenty of kutty there.

    Ops….got swallowed by bigger snake

  4. Kepada mereka yg beragama Islam, apabila mereka percaya hal feng sui ini, maka jadi kafir. Tiada satu pun manusia yg akan tahu hal masa depan kerana itu adalah perkara ghaib yg hanya Allah swt saja yg tahu. Nabi saw tahu akan masa depan itu pun hanya apabila diberitakan kepada beliau oleh Allah swt melalui Jibril as.

  5. A year match that of zodiac has higher probability of bad omen so Najib better watch out. Najib is a snake but his birthday on wiki is NOT real so we cant tell. Kutty birthday also not real on wiki.

  6. Najib was born in the year of snake(23/7/1953) and Anwar was born in the year of pig(8/81947).Any Chinese astrolger who can make a prediction what will happen to them in 2013.?

  7. my astrologer tells me umno-bn is going to get mampus this year and Malaysia will finally see positive changes. the May ’13 won’t happen because malaysians have become apathetic to everything.
    since malaysians compare indians with the snake, 2013 may become the Year of the Indians.
    astrologers are there to make predictions, yes they live from telling fortune. it is one of the oldest trade in the world next to prostitution. to be fair both should be subjected to taxation, customers to GST and traders to income tax.

    Greek, Indian and Mayan civilisations are also old and older than the chinese so shouldn’t they be more accurate in their predictions?
    true, the world ended in 21st Dec 2012!

    I personally prefer the Year of the Cat:

  8. Well, its already ominous for Najib with a key figure willing to testify about Scorpene. If the testimony is completed and disclosed before the GE, Najib and UMNO/BN goose is as good as cooked EVEN with their illegal immigrant votes..

  9. The snake is a cold blooded animal. It is only such one in the Chinese Zodiac if one sees the mythical dragon as warm blooded. What do cold-blooded animals do?

  10. CLF should have known that it was the serpent that seduced Eve into eating the apple. In turn, Eve seduced Adam into committing the crime together with Eve. Come to think of it…..Women are much smarter than men in this sense…….Hahahaha

    Just read chinese magazine article about Najib’s feng shui prospect…..Very very good…..sure?

  11. Serpent, looes? I thought it was a Dragon as any good sinophile, suffering from terminal PAPitis would be partial to. You still reading the Good Book in a literal sense? Good luck, er providence.., to you.

    What i can tell you is that there are lots of local folks who claim to belong to Monotheistic religions, yet dabble in the occult and believe as their ancestral cultures do. There are definite injunctions among the Muslims and Christians against such practices, but still.. Imagine Feng-shui bumpkins (they call themselves numenistic scientists), bomohs, pawangs and Mona Fandi wannabes ruling the roost in Putrajaya. It would seem that spiritual warfare takes on a arcane mist and casts a pall over Malaysian politics.

    Every time, it threatens to rain on Jibs One activity, they go into a fugue state. And besides sweeping for electronic bugs, the lackeys also have a bomoh do a pantang sweep – specifically for fetishes within their own ranks.. Who says the Establishment is Progressive?

  12. CLF,
    Again when are you going to debate with ktemoc? It’s very strange because both of you, self opinionated & overegoistic b residing in australia…..Come on, be a good sport…..Just fight
    Anyway that feng shui master says that selangor MB may have big trouble. Perhaps, Din may agree.

    P.S : China used to control 40% GDP of the world. Admit it! It will rise again. Guess what! Napoleon Bonaparte said so

  13. one scientist said that the ‘man is a bundle of old bones’. the influence of the changing environment contributed to the development of our cultures based on empirical values, superstitions, belief, humanly hope and restrictions laid out by our leaders – which are the real ingredients of a culture (if not for these we won’t be here, now).
    these ingredients though obsolete are still with us, the bundle of old bones, making us susceptible to such predictions and practices.

    my prediction is that we(the earth) might get walloped by a big chunk of rock, about 45m diameter hurtling towards us at high speed, very very soon. Feng Shui or King Kong can’t help us. or did the mayans miss their end of the world prediction by a couple of months?

  14. Opinionated? Of course. Why else would you want to comment? You must be an idiot not to see that.
    Overegoistic? First of all i don’t understand the word. Is it a colloquialism or psychoanalysis? If it means hubris – I’m not, otherwise i’ll not use that moniker.
    In Oz? Yup. Sometimes, to visit my kid and his puppies.
    As for the personality you mentioned, i have no idea who who it is, nor am i interested. Keep it to yourself and have wet-dreams.

    Napoleon B. was a failed megalomaniac who besides being short in stature was short of ideas. Failed miserably to see the Chi-Ro in the sky. Do you really want to use his name, when you talk of PRC? I probably have met more top honchos from China, than you can dream of. And none of them are enamoured by superstition and the Zodiac, like you. Kum cheng, yes.

    As for the MB of Selangor, he’s probably not running for a State seat. Perak should go back to PR and the MB will definitely not be a Chinapek. Try your luck, in Malacca. So please don’t drink so much Ipoh white-coffee. Makes you fat and ugly.

  15. CLF,
    I thought the anemo says Nizar is more or less a cinapek. Do you know that his mumy is a chinese. Khalid not running for selangor MB. You mean you are indeed Azmin Ali’s sucker. Besides sucking up to ang mohs particularly in aussie land……where once upon a time introduce white australia that exclude your arses from being part of aussie society
    Napoleon, failed megalomaniac…….Go & ask Din Merican……..The codified law in europe besides one & only UK based on Napoleonic code of law. It forms the basis of law in EU……..The flow of traffic that go against UK started because of Napoleon……Just wonder are you a banana? White outside, yellow inside…….Continue to suck up your ang mo la

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