By Lowell Ponte

Chinese New Year, the “Year of the Rooster (or Chicken),” on Saturday kicked off more than two weeks of celebration across much of Asia.

It could, warn Chinese astrologers, bring economic and other major problems for President Donald Trump.

Few in the West believe in this ancient occultism – but our intelligence agencies should study it, because two billion people with historic links to China do in varying degrees believe. The portents of this new year can influence the investment decisions and other actions of almost a third of humankind.


The Chinese calendar is based on a 12-year cycle of a dozen animals, each with its own characteristics, and a 60-year cycle of influences such as fire, water, and gold. We are entering a lunar year of the “fire rooster,” shaped by earth and metal, usually gold. The year’s most lucky color will be gold, according to ancient Chinese divination.

The “Fire Rooster” influence is to be practical and plan carefully, while keeping its temper under careful control. President Trump will have a successful spring and summer, says Hong Kong Chinese zodiac diviner Priscilla Lam, who told CNN a year ago that he would win the 2016 election.

But as the Year of the Rooster cools this coming autumn and winter, fortune teller Lam warns that President Trump will “run into difficulties.”

January-February 2018 will begin a new “Year of the Dog.” President Trump was born June 14, 1946, in a Year of the Dog. According to Chinese astrology, people born under a particular animal sign tend to have serious difficulties during a year of their sign. The final three months of 2017 and all of 2018 could be bad news for President Trump.

At the same time, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin – born October 7, 1952 – is a “Water Dragon,” extremely incompatible with “Dog” Trump. “Putin’s going to have a good year,” says Lam’s divination. “The element of metal in the latter part of 2017 means money for Putin – and for Russia. The Russian economy will prosper.”

At the same time, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, is predicted to have a great Year of the Rooster. Xi, born June 15, 1953, under Western astrology, would seem quite compatible with fellow Gemini Donald Trump.

Both would be compatible with Putin, born under another air sign, Libra, the scales, which, as we discuss in our latest book Money, Morality & The Machine: Smith’s Law in an Unethical, Over-Governed Age, is the origin of the giant “L” symbol for the British Pound, £.

But in Chinese astrology, Xi was born in a Year of the Water Snake – as was the founder of Communist China Mao Zedong, born December 26, 1893. Snakes can be dishonest, deceptive, untrustworthy, and brutal.

Xi in recent years began a major crackdown on human rights in China and continued his policy of seizing and militarizing islands claimed by other nations in the South China Sea. According to Chinese astrology, he is far more compatible with fellow reptile Vladimir Putin than with dogged Donald Trump, who may find Xi hard to negotiate with.

“China, under Xi’s leadership, is going to make a lot of money” in the new Year of the Rooster, predicts Lam, despite China’s current economic difficulties.

And how will you do in this New Year? China keeps buying gold, as do the Chinese to give to their children in traditional red envelopes on Chinese New Year. It is surviving wisdom that has led the Chinese culture to celebration of this, their Year 4,714.

For a fascinating interview with Lowell Ponte, contact: Sandy Frazier at or call 516-735-5468.

For a media copy of Craig R. Smith’s and Lowell Ponte’s latest book, Money, Morality & The Machine: Smith’s Law in an Unethical, Over-Governed Age, contact: David Bradshaw at 602-918-3296.


Chieu Luu, “Year of the Rooster: What’s in Store for World’s Top Leaders?” CNN, January 26, 2017. URL:

Reiss Smith, “Chinese New Year 2017 Predictions: Year of the Rooster Could Bring War and Terror,” U.K. Express, January 27, 2017. URL:

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