Ken Leung, a Chinese metaphysicist in Kelowna, holds up items related to the Year of the Horse, which begins today. In an interview, Leung offered a series of predictions for Chinese New Year.
So says a Chinese metaphysicist and I-Ching feng shui master in Kelowna. Chinese New Year is today, and Ken Leung said in an interview that the feng shui for 2014 is favourable to Canada.
Leung bases his predictions on the ancient Chinese system that uses symbols, birthdays, natural elements and other methods to determine what may happen in the coming year.
He said Canada's financial system may be slower in 2014 than that of the United States, but it will be more stable. Because of that stability, Canada will become a popular place to invest, he said.
The U.S. stock market will show an increase, but Leung warns people not to be fooled by the temporary upturn in the Dow Jones, saying there may be rocky days ahead and investment is risky. The Canadian stock market, although impacted by the American financial exchange, will be more stable.
Real estate in Canada will be a good investment area, he said.
While he does not necessarily think there will be a boom in the real estate market such as which occurred last decade, he does see real estate increasing in value and being a solid investment.
"It will grow, but I cannot say by how much," said Leung, adding the feng shui symbol for the north this year, which includes Canada, is water - one of the most vital and favourable elements.
The economy will grow in 2014, but Leung said "next year is better than this year. It will be really strong."
Leung also sees 2014 as a good year to get married.
"This is the best year for a marriage," he said. "It also means marriages in the business world and with countries. Lots of businesses will merge."
But families will also face strife in 2014, and it will be a bad year for divorce.
"We must protect our families," he said, adding a "sick star" symbol means the male leader of the home, or the oldest or youngest sons, may face difficulties.
He also believes sex and sex scandals will make headlines in Canada and that it will "be a big year for prostitution."
Fire is also a strong element this year, and Leung, who predicted fires in 2003 - the year of the Kelowna firestorm - said it is a concern this year as well. People should watch for house fires and brush fires, he said.
Fire can also represent war, and Leung believes there will be even more armed conflict throughout the world in the coming months. Mass demonstrations, natural disasters and confrontations are all going to happen on a global scale, he predicts.
The Year of the Horse also means weak leadership in government and business.
"I think the workers will have tremendous power this year and a lot of leadership will fall," he said, adding that includes Canada.
"The power of the people is very big this year."
Leung cautions a new bacteria or bug of some sort could emerge in B.C. this year and "attack people's health."