Feb 07

Kung Hei Fat Choi — Welcome the Year of the Rat

Today ushers the start of the Year of the Earth Rat. It marks the end of the Fire Pig which is the last sign in the Chinese Zodiac. This means that it is now the beginning of another 12-year cycle. According to the Chinese culture, people born under the Year of the Rat tend to be straightforward, generous and easy going. They usually have happy, lively personalities and are very outgoing, although they can get very edgy when upset. During a crisis, rats are independent and reliable because they are level headed and intuitive. The Year of the Rat also brings good prospects and better opportunities since those born on this year generally love money and hate waste and idleness. They are also known for their charm and attraction to the opposite sex. They are hardworking, love material possessions and are likely to be perfectionists. Unfortunately, they can be thrifty and hot-tempered.

According to some analysts, this year would see women rising to power. I don’t know if this is their way of saying that Hillary Clinton will win over Barack Obama in November, but it sure sounds like it. They also predict that there might be several water problems worldwide, such as flooding and mudslides. But on the bright side, it will be a good year for economic recoveries. All those worrying about the US recession, which affects so many countries around the globe, can breathe a little easier. Maybe the forecasted US recession will not become full blown after all.

On the business side, it has been foretold that companies involving energy and technology would do well this year while those involved in the metal industry will have a bit of difficulty. Overall, the world economy will be better than the previous year, especially in the oriental countries such as China and Japan.

I don’t really go gaga over horoscopes or predictions. It is interesting to read though. But I have yet to see a major prediction coming true. I would rather call them calculated deductions. Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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