The auspicious number nine versus ET
General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the Army chief, led a successful coup to topple the Thaksin government. His destiny hinged heavily on the auspicious number nine. The coup occurred on September (the ninth month of the year) 19, in the year 2549. It was the number nine all the way.
The following day General Sonthi led his Council for Democratic Reform under Constitutional Monarchy (CDRM) to declare victory. General Sonthi and the CDRM appeared before the public at 9.39am, a very auspicious time indeed including as it does double nines, to announce the dawn of Thai-style democracy.
What would happen on September 21 when the financial markets resumed normal operations? Would the stock market crash? Would the baht sink like a stone? One analyst predicted that the SET index could tumble by 5 per cent.
As it turned out, the power of the number nine came to the rescue. The Thai market fell only slightly - the SET index shed 9.99 points. It was a triple-nine play.
DBS Group Research was not worried about the coup at all. It still maintained its earlier forecast that the Thai economy would grow at, well, you guessed it, 4.9 per cent. Only the power of the auspicious number nine could prevail over the dark forces represented by Thaksin Shinawatra. After an astrological reading of the stars, Thaksin had known all along that his fortunes would hit rock bottom in September and October.
We aren't sure how E Thi, the Burmese astrologer commonly known as ET, fit into the equation, but rumours swirling around the capital have it that she must have played a part in issuing a warning signal. Thaksin's fortunes were sandwiched between two eclipses - a bad omen for him - between September 8 and 22. Thaksin had been warned about this interval and told that if he were able to weather it, his political fortunes would shine again like a bright star.
Both Thaksin and his wife Khunying Pojaman hate eclipses. Their star forces coincide with the dark moon or chan dap. This means that the dark moon always stands in their way and they are destined not to be loved by those who associate with them. Thaksin did indeed travel abroad during this interval to avoid this bad omen. But he could not escape his fate, which had been written in the sky and dictated by the stars: he was toppled on 19/9/2549.