Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Year Of The "Black Water Snake"



Graphic showing past events and famous people born in the Year of the Snake. As they bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon, 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

A woman pushes a loaded cart past a billboard set up for the Chinese New Year, in Hong Kong, on February 5, 2013

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

A man exits a shop selling Chinese New Year decorations, in Hong Kong, on February 5, 2013

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

A man walks past New Year's calligraphy in Hong Kong on February 5, 2013

A stock market slide, possible 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

Asian astrologers warn of stormy Year of Snake 

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.

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