HONG KONG – U.S. President Donald Trump will strut through the Year of the Rooster thriving, as Hong Kong geomancers predict 2017 will be marked by arguments and aggression — characteristics attributed to the animal.
With Trump at the top of the pecking order, the volatile traits of the rooster — combined with the year’s signature element of fire — mean rocky times ahead, particularly in the western world, feng shui masters say.
“The rooster likes to pick fights, loves to have verbal arguments and is combative,” Hong Kong soothsayer Thierry Chow said.
Trump’s inauguration was met with mass protests in the U.S. and he has already riled China, prompting fears of a trade war between the world’s top two economies.
Chow predicted he would ruffle more feathers in his first year as president.
“There will be a lot of strikes and even riots,” Chow said.
Although born in the Year of the Dog, Trump can afford to be cocky due to his flock of faithful followers and his personal “bazi” element of earth, which is compatible with the fire element defining 2017.
According to the philosophy of feng shui, all events are dictated by the varying balances in the five elements that make up the universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
“Bazi” are fate-setting traits linked to the exact time and date of a person’s birth.
“The year will have all these elements, these people, these things and environment which will help him personally as a president,” Chow said.
Celebrity feng shui master Alion Yeo said the U.S. economy would benefit due to the rooster’s signature element of metal, which also represents money and stocks.
“Trump’s ‘bazi’ shows he will be prosperous, so the U.S. stock market will perform well in 2017,” Yeo said.
But he said Trump’s good luck will only be temporary as the elements turn against him in future years.
“He will have a good run in 2017, but this won’t be the case for 2018 (the Year of the Dog),” Yeo said.
Feng shui — literally meaning “wind-water” — is influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives and carefully position items such as a cup of wine or pieces of ivory in offices and homes to maximize their luck and wealth.
Those who proctice the ancient philosophy were highly sought-after by Chinese dynastic rulers as far back as 1,000 years ago.
“We were government workers in the past and would help the emperors ask the heavens whether the year was going to be a good one or not,” Yeo said.
One traditional method was to shake three coins in a turtle shell and see which way they fell in order to judge important topics, including picking dates for marriage or how to fight a major battle.
Yeo still rolls coins to make predictions but uses a cup not a turtle shell. Others use a metal shell replica.
To divine the future, Yeo said the geomancer’s heart must be “very quiet.”
“Whether or not you can communicate with the heavens is a gift,” he said.
Yeo said the world will be like a “sick ox” in 2017, with an even less favorable outlook than tumultuous 2016.
“It can barely even get up to eat the grass around it,” he said, adding that Europe will fare particularly badly.
The rooster’s metal element signifies western countries, especially Europe, and will come under pressure from the year’s fire element, Yeo said.
Brexit and the refugee crisis will drive more chaos for the continent in 2017, said Chow, who uses the “flying star” system to make her predictions based on constellation positions.
“I wouldn’t say things are calming down,” she said. “It will be a year of very heated arguments.”