A couple Sundays back marked the start of the Chinese New Year and it's a lucky one for those starting out in life. But the rest of us are apparantly in for a rough ride. Expect epidemics, disasters and violence in much of the world.
'The Year of the Pig will not be very peaceful,' said Hong Kong feng shui master Raymond Lo. Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of trying to achieve health, harmony and prosperity by using specific dates, numbers, building design and the placement of objects.
The pig is one of 12 animals (or mythical animals in the case of the dragon) on the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, which follows the lunar calendar. Pig years can be turbulent because they are dominated by fire and water, conflicting elements that tend to cause havoc, Lo said.
Hong Kong soothsayer Alion Yeo is predicting North Korea will undergo a power struggle that will bring leadership changes around May. Last year, Yeo warned that the North Korean nuclear crisis would worsen.