The Chinese are funny about words and numbers. Certain combinations lead to instant prosperity, while others doom you to misery. Although I studied Mandarin and Chinese culture full time for four years, there are certain things I will never understand about the language…
Today, according to the Chinese, I enter my Double Death Year. The Chinese word for “four” is the same word as for “death” (though not the same tone). This is considered a very unlucky number. In fact, the mother of my Chinese friend J– stayed in bed the entire day of April 4, 2004, and urged all her children to do the same. The fact that they had jobs to go to devastated her; she was convinced they would all meet with certain disaster.
But even though this is supposedly a bad year for me, I remain, nonetheless, a Fire Horse in the Chinese zodiac. Big Trouble, especially for a girl. Fire horses are cunning, hard workers – headstrong, independent and possibly even a little selfish (what, me????) They are passionate and prone to excesses when in love. But typically they can take care of themselves, whatever the obstacle.
Thus, I vow that this coming year will mean death only for bad things in my life! Double death? OK, death to all negative things in my work like, and death to all negative things in my personal life. I have a year to do it… seems reasonable… I’ll set my Fire Horse tenacity to it right now!