Saddle up for a bumpy Year of the Horse, warn HK astrologers

Conflicts, disasters, record high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bieber - the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, say Hong Kong feng shui masters.

With the Year of the Snake slithering into history, they say that the incoming Lunar New Year beginning tomorrow is going to be the kind of horse that you shouldn't stand behind - because it incorporates the volatile element of fire.

"With this being the Year of the Wood Horse, and with wood being very combustible, there will be a lot of scandals, conflicts, explosions and arguments," celebrity feng-shui master Alion Yeo told AFP.

Feng shui - literally meaning "wind-water" - is influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives and even renovate offices and homes based on its edicts to maximise their luck and wealth.

Yeo says that conflict in the new year could be defined by anything from diplomatic tension to armed engagement, particularly in the first, fourth and seventh lunar months - February, May and August.

"The most likely thing that could lead to a physical war would be the Diaoyu Islands," Yeo said, referring to acute tensions between Japan and China over the Japanese-controlled islets that Tokyo calls the Senkaku islands.

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