I hope you all are getting a dose of Chinese food (we'll be doing takeout here -- I can't do the tradition of not lifting a knife for five days, but one day should be doable) and celebrating the coming of the year of the Ox. Well, according to some astrologers, we apparently should be hiding and preparing for disaster:
Chinese soothsayers see a deepening recession, millions more losing their jobs, and stocks and home prices continuing to fall. That's more or less in line with what some economists are predicting, but some fortunetellers are throwing in other dire predictions — massive earthquakes, rising U.S.-Russian tensions and trouble for President Barack Obama.Joy. I hope that Obama's also paying attention to this, because apparently he's in a world of hurt, according to predictions:
"The new U.S. president is not having good luck this year. His honeymoon will only be short-lived," said fortuneteller Alion Yeo, predicting Obama may even face impeachment in his first year in office. "The Year of the Ox looks slightly better and less dire than last year, but it will still be bumpy."Wow. Instead of celebrating, I have a feeling that we should be ducking and covering by these predictions. Never mind the fact that as a Dragon, Ox years are rarely kind to me.
At least there's some optimism. Raymond Lo, a Feng Shui practitioner, interviewed for the article said that this year is a year for healing from the previous turbulent years.
I hope the man's right.