This article published on Digital Journal by John Thomas Didymus heralds the Lunar New Year of the “black water snake.” Didymus writes:
According to AFP, feng shui astrologers are pointing to the fact that previous Snake years have been characterized by upheavals, examples being the September 11, 2001 terror attack, the 1983 Tienanmen pro-democracy protests and the Pearl Harbor incident in 1941 that heralded the escalation of World War II in the Far East.
The fortune tellers also recall the 1929 stock market crash that heralded the Great Depression as another of the type of events that mark the character of Snake years as stormy. They point out that as far as the stock market is considered the three most recent Snake years saw Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index down.
AFP reports that one of Hong Kong’s top feng shui masters Mak Ling-ling, predicts that the stock market will see a smooth first-half before running into turbulent waters in the second half. The turbulence, the feng shui master says, is linked to the twisty, tricky and evasive character of snakes. AFP reports Mak said: “It’s just like the movement of snakes — fast, aggressive and sharp, but cunning and tricky at the same time.”