You may be depressed about the future, and Chinese Feng Shui masters are too. Feng Shui is part of everyday life in China, used to predict everything from the weather to stock prices to the best day for a funeral, and 2012 is no exception. China’s Feng Shui masters expect trouble in Europe, scandals in China, bad weather in Southeast Asia but–oddly–good news from the US toward the end of the year.

Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it. This involves elaborate placement of windows when building a house, and of furniture and mirrors after the house is built.

Feng means "wind" and shui "means" water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, so good feng shui brings good fortune. Feng shui’s original purpose was to locate auspicious burial spots, not to predict the stock market (the way it’s being used in China now).

In Yahoo News, Joyce Woo quotes Hong Kong feng shui master Anthony Cheng as saying, "The world economy will be unstable in the Year of the Dragon, because the economies in Europe and the US are still suffering from the effects of the recession."

Woo quotes famous Chinese astrologer Peter So as saying, "Europe will not recover so soon–it is expected to suffer at least until 2014. But what I can say is this, a recovery for the US economy is possible in 2013."

And the election? Woo quotes So as saying, "For the US, they are starting to have luck on their side again, so it is going to be a good year no matter who’s elected." And he doesn’t buy the Mayan end-of-the-world predictions (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). He says, "Doomsday is just a bunch of make-believe."

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