China Elevator Stories

A Dragon’s Fate

Everytime my husband travels somewhere or takes on an important task, it rains heavily.


Ruth Silbermayr
Ruth Silbermayr


Whenever this happens, he’ll ask me: “Do you believe now that I have the fate of a dragon? My mother came to believe it because it just always happens.”

Fortune Teller fate Hong Kong - Ruth Silbermayr

When my husband was a little boy, he had one dream that would repeat: “In my dream I saw snakes. Lots of them.” He had this dream so often that he decided to go to a Chinese fortune teller (算命). The fortune teller asked him: “Are the snakes small or big?” My husband replied: “They are huge.” The fortune teller says: “These aren’t snakes. These are dragons. You have the destiny of a dragon. That’s why every time you travel or take on an important task, it rains. Rain is connected to a dragon’s fate.”

It does indeed rain a lot whenever we travel somewhere. Big parts of Central Europe had floodings in 2013, with the rain starting on the evening of the day after our wedding.

My husband wasn’t born in the year of the dragon. What the fortune teller implicated seemed to relate to Chinese folklore or metaphysics.

Have you ever been to a fortune teller?

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