ōng xǐ fā cái !
[Chinese New Year's greeting: "May prosperity be with you!"]
I could have written these predictions for the upcoming year without any knowledge of feng shui whatsoever.
.... 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....
.... 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...
.... "As befits "skin-shedders", Snake years are marked by major transformation and change -- and sometimes great upheaval," CLSA said.
This greeting card company advises us: "Saving money and being thrifty should be your top priorities" this year. "Delusion and deception are common in the year of water Snake."