January 26, 2019
Earlier this week, while shopping for some foodstuff for the coming Lunar New Year at the Bugis area, I decided to stroll along the street stalls that sold many festive decorations.
I was looking for four Chinese words in particular:
as it is one of the prophetic words given for 2019.
I saw a couple of nice ones but hesitated as I felt there was something else beckoning me. I had a lot of other errands to run but nevertheless had to let the Holy Spirit lead. Going further down the road to another stall, I chanced upon a strange one - a Chinese fan decoration, atypical of the usual festive greetings and style.
While attracted by the words 花开富贵 on the fan (top left), which was a wee bit tiny, I was puzzled by the huge words “中国年” (”China’s year”) at the bottom (thinking how inappropriate it was to sell this in Singapore).
A Strange Poem for the Chinese New Year
I was also stumped by a Chinese poem on the top right. I tried reading it a couple of times but it was way out of my command of the Chinese language.
It certainly is not the usual happy and prosperous greeting for the New Year.
A Demon Too!
I spotted a Chinese word for “demon” in it! “This is rather strange,” I thought to myself.
That was when I heard V said:
I bought it, took a picture to send to the team, wondering if I should put this on my basement entrance door at all, with the demon word inside, and knowing it would challenge my husband’s aesthetic eye. True enough, he asked why I put a strange fan on the door when he came home from work.
A Puzzling Tang Poem
I whatsapped the picture to the Chinese speaking team in Singapore to find out the meaning of the poem. No one could tell me.
Today, after our worship meeting, XJ (from China) shares her research on the poem, a 9th century Tang poem she has never even heard before, which compares 3 flowers – the shaoyao, the lotus and the mudan flowers as follows:
China’s National Flower
The poet is basically singing the praise of the 牡丹 “mudan” (the peony), the national flower of China, which incidentally, XJ explains, is also known as 富贵花 (“fugui hua”). Yanli points us to the huge painting of peonies hung on the wall by her late mother. We laughed at the coincidence.
JT: (XJ’s husband) adds, ‘The Mudan flower is associated with outstanding women in Chinese history, most notable Empress Wu, the only female emperor in China’s history.”
What the Three Flowers Represent
I thought for a moment:
"CHINA... A BIGGER ROLE IN THE GEOPOLITICAL LANDSCAPE?"
"2019: ABUNDANT BLOOM OF RICHES AND HONOUR..."
Rise of Women or Chinese Women
The three flowers - could be three women or three types of women, particularly Chinese women, who will rise in leadership or prominence in China or in the world - the Haughty/Self Righteous, the Seductive and the Godly.
"WOMEN, GOOD AND EVIL WILL RISE IN LEADERSHIP AND PROMINENCE."
I brace myself for an epic clash between the spirit of religion and seduction against godly women in the body of God.
The men better be ready for what is coming at them, since the seductive and evil women are very much in action, and also the seemingly holy ones where they worship.
In any case,
China will be a country to watch this year.
It is their year.
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