9 Feb 2013

The Year Of The Snake In Tasmania

Sunday February 10 is the beginning of the Chinese year of the water snake. This is from the ancient Chinese astrological calendar based on the orbits of the two gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.
How will this effect Tasmania? Unlike the previous year of the dragon, snakes make slow and steady progress rather than abrupt movements. Like the dragon the snake is considered wise and auspicious.
There will be steady economic progress and increased liquidity in global markets. Expect a shock during the year and probably flooding or even a tsunami. The snake can be deadly. Previous years of the snake saw the 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre and the 1989 Tienanmen Square pro-democracy crack down. The incoming Chinese leader Xi Jinping is himself born in the year of the snake (1953). As a 60 year old he has lived for one orbit of Saturn around the sun and five orbits of Jupiter. This forms the basis of Chinese astrology. China is very important to the Tasmanian and Australian economies yet few Australians understand Chinese thought and philosophy. Totalitarianism has been a part of Chinese history for at least 2 thousand years. China is also at the forefront of the global digital communications revolution and the two forces have now collided. In a nutshell, the 'Great Firewall of China' designed to protect the central regime is also bad for business because it blocks many secure financial transactions on the net.

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