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The Year of the Goat — 2003
The Year of the Goat, 2003, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements –
with water sitting on top of earth. According to the cycle of birth and destruction,
which governs the inter-relationship between elements, earth will destroy water.
Therefore, water sitting on its destroyer – earth, is a symbol of disharmony and this
may lead to international conflicts.
In my last year’s prediction, I also forecast a year
of international conflict in 2002, a year of water
sitting on fire. This prediction is quite accurate, as
soon as we got into the year of Horse, President
Bush had taken a hawkish attitude in foreign
relationship and declared North Korea, Iraq and
Iran as the axis of evil. There had been serious
conflict between Israel and Palestine, disharmony
between Pakistan and India …etc.
As such, the conflict between water and fire in
2002 had brought serious consequences.
However, I am a little optimistic about 2003. The
water fire is a pair of elements seriously in conflict.
In 2002, the water is yang water, powerful water of
the ocean. But the fire is not weak as it is in the
Earthly Branch – symbolizing the foundation. So
the fire can resist the water and fight back. But in
2003, the water is yin , the very weak small drop
of morning dew water. This water cannot resist the
powerful earth at the Earthly Branches. So I do not expect 2003 will bring a large-
scale war. The nature of yin water is humble, tolerate, patient and accommodating.
So there will be disharmony, but the situation is generally under control, and world
leaders will be more patient to negotiate peach settlements on various important
issues. According to feng shui flying stars, the bad star 5 Yellow will be present in the
Southeast in 2003.
As such, tension areas are China and Taiwan, South east Asia, Eastern Europe,
Middle East, or even South East Coast of USA.
The Chinese calendar year goes on 60-year cycle. This means that we had
experienced the same year of yin water on earth in 1943 when the world is deep in
trouble at war. However, the tide began to turn as Hitler began to suffer defeat in
several battlefields, leading to the Allies counter attack on D –day in 1944. 2003,
sixty years after, the same pair of elements water on earth may not bring such
serous trouble, and we should see improvement in world peace compared against
2002, but conflicts and skirmishes here and there will be inevitable.
The Goat – in the system of Four Pillars of Destiny, is the strongest earth element
appearing in summer and supported by summer fire, according to our experience, is
the driving force behind economic activities. This earth is dry without water content.
So the water standing on top of such dry earth will be extremely weak. As such, we
expect this year will experience dry weather, and drought in many areas will occur. In
the Chinese Almanac, there is a "Mother Earth’s Poem" for each year and for the
year of Yin water goat, it says " There will be poverty and one hundred family has to
share one water well". It also follows that fire disasters will be more frequent.
Furthermore, a year of strong earth usually brings earth disasters such as serious
earthquakes, landslides and collapse of buildings. Dry earth could also mean desert.
As such, more events may occur in desert area. Take for example, the "Desert
Storm" of the Gulf War in 1991, happened to be a year of the goat also.
The elements appearing in each year in the Chinese calendar is a signal revealing
areas that we should pay attention during the year. With the strong appearance of
earth in 2003, it is a warning that there could be problem in earth area. Besides
natural disasters like earthquake and drought, we can project that troubles may also
emerge in area of agriculture, forestry area, as the Goat is also considered as
"Grave of wood".
In 2002 the strong fire brought about some recovery in the US and Asian economy.
In 2003, the goat is continuation of a fire cycle so international economy will continue
to improve and stabilize.
The five basic elements also represent different parts of our body, water is the
kidney, and earth is the stomach, muscles and cells. As earth is very strong this
year, it means it will easily trigger diseases related to the cells, which means cancer .
It will not be surprising that more celebrities or famous people suffer from cancer in
the year of the goat. As the water is weak this year, it could symbolize sickness
related to kidney as well. As such, it is good to include more fresh fruit and
vegetables in ones diet this year. The yin water this year is in clash against yin fire,
which is a symbol of heart, nerve system of blood circulation. Therefore, the other
area to be careful will be sicknesses related to heart, blood circulation and nerve
system, and mental problem. It will not be surprising that cases of psycho killer and
suicide will be on the rise in the year of the goat.
Regarding the economy, the year of the Horse brings strong fire element, which is
the driving force behind the old economy. This is particularly important for Asia, as
the economic powers in South East Asia are close to the equator – in an area of fire
element. The 1997 Asian currency crisis was actually brought to Asia by the demise
of fire element. In 2003, the goat - being the last stage of the fire cycle, will continue
to give momentum for economic activities and the stock market in the first half of the
year. However, as this is the last fire year in the current cycle, the fire element will
demise and give way to metal monkey in 2004. Therefore, a more serious setback in
stock market may occur when autumn arrives in August.
Property industry is classified as Earth element, as earth conquers water, the water
appearing on top in the year of the Goat symbolizes some money prospect for the
property industry. As such, property industry will continue to be active, but the water
element is quite weak this year. The also signifies that competition is so keen that
there is not much money gain in property industry. The other industry related to
Earth elements are insurance, mining, chemical, computer software …etc. I am more
optimistic about industries related to wood element – this includes flowers, plants,
agriculture, textile, fashion, hair, food, and many consumer products. As wood
conquers earth, so strong earth coming up in the year of the Goat symbolize money
gain in these industries. Another favourable element this year will be fire. Fire
industries are energy, electricity, entertainment, restaurant, and electronic goods….
It seems there will be more activities in fire industries as fire produces earth, so a
strong earth year means a productive year for the fire industries. This favours oil
With respect to the new hi-tech economy, as represented by the NASDAQ, I have
postulated that this industry is mainly represented by metal element. So I have
accurately predicted that the NASDAQ will fall during metal months of 2000, a year
of strong metal, and will also not do well in 2001, a year when metal showed up
again. This was true in August 2001 when the metal month brought a drastic fall in
NASDAQ. In 2003, the water element symbolizes the creativity and output of the
metal industry. This is positive. But the earth underneath will support more metal;
this will bring more competitors into the hi-tech industry to erode the money profit.
However, the optimistic view is that the Goat –even though it is a strong earth
element, is considered as "storage of wood " and wood is the money to metal
industry. As such, I am more optimistic about hi-tech industry this year. I will expect
there could be a mini boom in this sector in the first half of the year. However, one
has to be careful about the stock market setback anticipated by autumn of 2003. As
the months of August, September, and October are very strong in metal and earth
this year, I anticipate the hi-tech industry will be leading the nosedive in this year
In summary, the industries that will perform well in the year of the Goat will be
industry related to wood, earth and fire elements – Wood industries include fashion,
retail, textile, paper, publication, agriculture, food. Earth industries including property,
insurance, mining, and chemicals. Fire industries are energy, electricity and
entertainment. On the other hand, industries related to water element – such as
transport, travel, shipping, communication, bars, drinks, spa….. may not do well this
year, as both fire and wood, symbolizing money and productivity to the water
industry are missing. Metal industry such as engineering, heavy machinery,
computer, and banking. is better off in the first half of the year but may suffer set
back in the second half.
In general, the yin water goat is symbol of patience, Torrance, accommodating and
acceptance. So it will be a year good for peace settlement, compromising, resolving
differences, and come to terms with reality. There will be conflict and disharmony in
international relationship but there are good chances of peaceful settlement. The
animal sign, which are not so favorable, is the Ox, which is into a year of clash
against the Goat. Such clash usually bring about movements. So people born in the
year of the Ox will anticipate more changes and moves this year, such as traveling,
moving house, changing job…etc. It is necessary to carry a pendant of Horse as
protection to attract the Goat away. For the Ox people, it is also recommended not to
travel so much directly to the Southwest especially in the month of July, as
southwest is the position of the Grand Duke of the Goat year.
The other animal sign under negative influences is the Goat, which is offending the
year. Also the Dog is having a penalty relationship with the year. Penalty is related to
hidden danger, hidden sickness. So people born in year of Dog, Ox, or Goat should
also be careful of their health this year, as excessive earth element may bring
stomach problem, and even cancer if it gets more serious. Also it is not advisable for
people having too much earth elements, Dog, Ox or Goat to travel to desert area, or
to travel to mountainous area, to avoid any danger related to the earth element.
The better animals signs in the year of the Goat are the Horse, the Pig, and the
Rabbit, as they are in combine relationship with the Goat, so will be into a more
harmonious year. There is some good news for people born in the year of the Rat,
they will be into a year favorable for romance. However, such animal astrology is not
totally reliable as the system is not recognized as formal kind of fortune-telling. It
requires more information than just the birth year to determine a person’ s luck.
Feng Shui energies also changes from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to
watch out for the reallocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each
year, so that we can take necessary precautions if some bad energy happens to
arrive at important locations of our residence or office. In the year of the Goat, the
bad energy called "Five Yellow" – symbolizing obstacles and misfortune, arrives at
the Southeast. If your bedroom or entrance happen to be in the Southeast of your
house, it is recommended to hang a metal wind chime there to dissolve this bad
energy. The worst months will be in April and October. Another bad star number 2,
symbolizing sickness, will arrive at the North in 2003. The traditional method to
dissolve is to hang a string of 6 metal coins in the affected area in the North of the
house. The Grand Duke this year is in the Southwest, hence it is not favorable to
"Move earth" or making substantial construction work in the Southwest. It is also not
suitable to sit with back against exact West as you will be sitting against the
unfavorable energy called "Three shars" or "Three Killings".
Copyright © 2003 Raymond Lo. All rights reserved.
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