Will China’s new gang of 7 makes a good team?

Alia | November 15th, 2012 - 7:50 am

Astrology and Bagua fortune telling give an optimistic picture.

Xi Jinping, China’s new trinity President (the Party, the country and the military) is a Gemini which is known for being independent and talkative (which can already be seen  in his first speech as China’s President in which he didn’t mention anything about his predecessor Hu Jintao and was appraised for having perfect Mandarin and going for the people touch.)

According to Astrology Online, Gemini are “affectionate, courteous, kind, generous, and thoughtful towards the poor and suffering,” however, it’s “provided none of the activities resulting from expressing these traits interferes too greatly with their own lives and comforts.” On the dark side, Gemini are also “dual-natured, elusive, complex and contradictory. On the one hand it produces the virtue of versatility, and on the other the vices of two-facedness and flightiness.” No one, including himself, knows which of the twin will take lead. Childhood and youth cast long-lasting shadows over the lives of Gemini, which, in the case of Xi, means Culture Revolution. Not exactly the best childhood memory, but maybe one that he will try best to avoid happening again?

In one word, given Gemini’s typical characteristics of being intellectually-curious, quick-witted and logical, Xi will be a much eloquent and charismatic President than Hu. With China as a whole at a key crossroad (socially, economically and culturally), Xi, with a balanced twin inside, may be the most appropriate choice.

Li Keqiang, China’s new Premier, Liu Yunshan, who will oversea China’s propaganda department, and Wang Qishan, new head of the discipline department (the anti-corruption department), are all Cancer, known for being conservative, reliable and domestic. They are the least clear-cut of all zodiac signs, but one thing is sure, they love security and harmony, especially within their own “home,” which is much in line with what China needs and what the propaganda machines have been pushing right now.

The mascot of Cancer is crab, and like crabs, Cancer can be tenacious and strong-willed. Luckily, they are also very loving. Astrology Online says Cancer, from the outside, can “appear formidable – thick-skinned, unemotional, uncompromising, obstinately tenacious, purposeful, energetic, shrewd, intuitive and wise, sometimes with a philosophical profundity of thought verging on inspiration.” On the other hand, “their intimates may see a very different character, one with a sympathetic and kind sensitivity to other people, especially those they love. They are able to identify with the situations of others because of the keenness of their imaginations.”

Most important of all, if being a politician, a Cancer, though may change party affiliations (Not to worry because there is only one party in China), can “serve in departments of public affairs, especially those which involve looking after others – their own love of comfort and good living makes them an excellent chef or housekeeper.” That sounds like well-suited characteristics for a country’s Premier. And a “housekeeper” is exactly what the head of discipline department does – to clean up Party members who have “gone bad.” But for the head of China’s propaganda department…does it mean we will see tightened media environment and more censors? Judging by Liu’s past performance in overseeing China’s propaganda, there is definitely reason to worry…

Zhang Jiangde, new head of the National People’s Congress, and Zhang Gaoli, the executive vice premier who will help with the economy, are both Scorpio, a controversial zodiac sign know for being intense, passionate, fearless and full of dark powers and crave for success. They have penetrating eyes and a tremendous sense of intuition, which makes them perfect investigators. A Scorpio can be “demanding and unforgiving of faults in others,” however, “their strong reasoning powers tempered with imagination and intuition, together with critical perception and analytical capacity, can enable the Scorpions to penetrate to profundities beyond the average.” A Scorpio is good at professions dealing with “analysis, investigation, research and practicalities” and they suit “police and detective work, espionage and counterespionage, the law.” All sounds like we will have a pair of determined hands on the gear of China’s economic development.

Yu Zhengsheng, last but not the least in China’s Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC), is an Aries, the first sign of zodiac known for being energetic, aggressive and enthusiastic. An Aries is “a pioneer both in thought and action, very open to new ideas and a lover of freedom. They welcome challenges and will not be diverted from their purpose.” The good news is that an Aries makes “a courageous leader with a genuine concern for those they command, being responsible people, it is rare that they will use their subordinates to obtain their own objectives as leaders.” But on the flip side, “their immense energy makes them aggressive and restless, argumentative occasionally, headstrong, quick tempered, easily offended and capable of holding grudges if they feel themselves affronted.” Though often accused of being impulsive, an Aries is meant to initiate new things and lead new ways, which doesn’t sound bad at all during a time when reform is what China needs most.

Putting these guys together, 5 of the 7 PBSC members are water signs of the zodiac. Emotion, empathy and sensitivity are keywords for water signs. According to the famous astrologist Susan Miller, “torrents of passion well within water signs and they feel things deeply. However, water signs are always emotionally reserved, no matter what impression they might give on the surface. Still water, it as been said, runs deep, and the mystery about water pertains to this group,” which means we probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions of where the new PBSC will lead China to. Nevertheless  we seem to have reasons to be optimistic because “water cleanses us and sustains life on earth. Water is the universal solvent, breaking substances down–dissolving them–and taking on their qualities. Therefore, when you share a problem with a water sign, they take on your problem as if it were their own.” Let’s just hope that this “you” means the Chinese people.

Astrology aside, according to the Five Elements and Bagua, traditional Chinese fortune telling, water represents the North direction and symbolizes wisdom and prosperity. People affiliated with water are insightful, intelligent, resourceful and at the same time, unpredictable. The element of water is also a favorite of Chinese past leaders. There are “water” in both the names of Mao Zedong and Jiang Zemin.

For the lack of a better and more transparent way for the Chinese people to learn about their newly “elected” leaders, astrology and fortune telling are probably the best bet. Nownow, popular astrologist on Sina Weibo, has a post laying out the zodiac signs of all 7 PBSC members. In less than 2 hours, the post has already been reposted over 18k times and attracted over 3k comments. As always, Chinese netizens’ comments are fun to read.

小太阳-妙: “The time of river crabs has passed and the time of Crabs is here! I feel so assured that three Cancer will lead this country.” (River crab pronounces the same as harmony in Chinese. One of Hu’s biggest legacies is promoting a harmonious society in China, which, judging by the number of “mass incidences”, hasn’t been quite successful.)

落樱尘: “After some careful discussions with my friends, we all agree that the combo means China will undergo a period of turbulence and social uneasiness.”

莫项链: “Good choice! Cancer works best with Scorpio.”

柴火妞: “Cancer preserves, Scorpio schemes, Aries executes…and Gemini messes around with all.”

许小LISHA: “No Leo? Not powerful enough!”

super-罡: “Cancer are good housekeeping leaders.”

香木: “A country without a Leo leader can never rise to Renaissance again.” (Revival of a Chinese Renaissance was mentioned twice in Xi’s first speech as President.)

 Meet the new Men in Black…with red ties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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