The Year of the Horse is apparently going to be a year of shattered promises, unstable politics, and huge disruptions, according to a random assortment of feng shui masters who are trying to get everyone riled up.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed one “Master Koon,” who sells his feng shui services in Hong Kong, and whose bullshit knows no bounds:
The “wood horse,” which is up this year, represents “instability and disruption,” Master Koon said. A previous wood horse year, 1894, saw war break out between China and Japan – hardly an auspicious sign.
“Property, the stock market, the economy, politics—they’re all unstable,” said Master Koon. “So investments need to be conservative.”
Master Koon’s analysis flatly contradicts that of brokerage CLSA, which argued in a recent report that the Year of the Horse would be a good one for stocks. Based on its own survey of five feng shui diviners, CLSA calculates the Hong Kong stock market’s benchmark Hang Seng index will likely rise 28% over the next year. […]
“It is pretty common for feng shui masters to have different views,” said Mariana Kou, a CLSA stock analyst who worked on the firm’s report. “It’s more of an art than a science.”
“More of an art than a science” is, undoubtedly, one of the most generous ways to describe the modern practice of spouting random attention-seeking platitudes, for money, while exploiting people’s credulity towards an ancient tradition.
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