An auspicious year ahead for some

4 February 2011
A happy new year to those of you who celebrated the start of the year of the rabbit yesterday. Those born under the sign, who can prepare for an auspicious year, are said to be creative, compassionate and sensitive and enjoy the company of others. Having a risk-averse nature also makes them aim to avoid conflict where possible. It’s also said they are financially lucky and never back out of a contract – so perhaps finding out whether your supplier is one should be added to the questions on a PQQ. Astrologer Raymond Lo believes the year ahead could mean hidden agendas and plots. He says the pairing of a “metal” year with a “wood” rabbit means disharmony, which could lead to international conflicts. He also says the female influence on the year combined with wood’s association with spines will mean “back-stabbing and assassinations” (clearly the fallout from the Gray/Keyes-outrage hasn’t quite reached Hong Kong yet). Sectors such as mining, chemicals, insurance and hotels will prosper, but (ironically) wood industries, such as paper, textiles and timber, will struggle. Some other predictions and advice floating around the web include:
  • The weather will be extreme – either very hot, or very cold.
  • It will be a year of “unusual relationships” – including extra-marital affairs and partnerships with big age gaps.
  • Look after your lungs and liver. Last year was said to be bad for people with shoulder and neck problems.
  • It will be good year for investment in metals, such as zinc, nickel, aluminium and steel. But make sure you get out before the “water” year, which is bad for banking, in 2012.
  • Eat lots of pumpkins, oranges, white radishes, apples and, of course, carrots.
  • Prince William should avoid wearing red, and Kate Middleton needs to wear white, gold and black, says “China’s top fortune teller” Chen Shuaifu.
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