The showed picture is called Spring Cow Chart <春牛图> (ha ha, not sure can translate like this or not :). It's used to describe or predict the weather of the year. Mainly used by farmer due to most of them are illiteracy.
How to read this chart? There is a poem showed at the below of the chart.
There are lot of informations embedded in the poem (please don't ask me to translate, I'm not a Fung Shui master), mainly are on season informations.
Here I show you how to read the chart. But before that, the man is call Mang God <芒神> and the cow is Spring Cow <春牛>.
- The Mang God is standing at the right of the spring Cow.
- It's mean the beginning of spring is earlier than the new year.
- It's mean this year will be a less raining year.
- It's mean quantity of rain will be more on winter (month 3rd) and less on summer (month 9th), it is adnormal.
- It's mean there will be epidemic happen on humans and animals.
According to NASA, there will be El Nino effect for the year 2007. So whether this year is a summer year or a raining year, only time will tell. I will let you know by next year.
Some how, both also predict a serious pandemic this year, I really hope they all wrongly predict it.
Once again happy Chinese New Year to all.