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DVB interviews renowned Burmese astrologer San Zarni Bo about what he predicts for the year ahead in Burma.
Q: First of all, what do you foresee on Burma’s political horizon in the year 2014?
A: A significant change will definitely take place within the political arena in 2014. I see a positive change taking place between 12 July and 5 November – during that period, we will be seeing big changes on the country’s constitution and political moves ahead of the next general election – the whole structure of the government will change.
Q: And how about the country’s economy?
A: The economy will be an issue in 2014 that may cause commotion among the general public on a large scale. We are coming into the Year of the Horse; overspending of budgets by many governments around the world will make people more wary of their governments’ fiscal sense and will culminate in governments overtaxing their people.
In Burma, despite this being the Year of the Horse, the political changes in the country will cause consumer demand to rise. The Burmese public will gain more confidence in the country’s economy, but I still don’t see any major investments coming in the year 2014.
Meanwhile, many people in Burma will still struggle in their livelihoods – they will suffer from a hike in the Burmese kyat which will in turn affect the middle-class. The rich will become richer and the gap between the rich and the middle-class will widen.
Q: Will there be any more communal violence in Burma?
A: The violence could well be triggered between 21 January and 19 February, 20 May and 20 June, and 20 October and 20 November in 2014.
What we should be concerned about is that Rahu will fall in the Constellation of Libra along with Saturn at these times while the trajectory of the moon will shift by 10 degrees – the change of the moon’s angle will disrupt the mental balance of many people, leading them to behave erratically, and to make matters worse, Burma will enter the zodiac of the moon on 13 April while Rahu will remain in Libra until 12 July.
So we need to be mindful about people’s erratic state of mind during the said periods as people are likely to commit psychopathic crimes out of character, such as robbery, rape and other forms of violence. They may resort to settling sensitive arguments such as social and religious issues through physical violence instead of dialogue.