Kung Hei Fat Choi: Feng Shui 101

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Thursday, February 7, 2013


DO YOU believe in Feng Shui? When you hear that word, you immediately think of Chinese zodiac, horoscopes, and amulets. But the truth is Feng Shui, which literally means wind-water, is an ancient art that relies on the arrangement of things to achieve harmony and balance in order to improve one’s life. This Chinese system from 6, 000 years ago uses different theories such as the Yin Yang theory, Five Elements, Flying Stars and many more.

With the Chinese New Year just a few days away, everyone is surely excited to get their fortunes told in hopes of hearing that they will be lucky this year. So what is the forecast for the year 2013?

February 10, 2013 will be the time we say goodbye to the Year of the Dragon and welcome the Year of the Water Snake. Unlike the superstition that all things with the number 13 will be bad luck, 2013 will be the opposite. Heads up, there will be a lot of good things happening this year. Occurrence of natural and man-made disasters will decrease compared to the previous year. It will also be a good time for the leaders (and would-be leaders) of our country as diplomacy and peace will be present this time around.

For the people born under the Year of the Rat, 2013 will be a good year because new opportunities will come their way. However, be wary of health issues as it will be a hindrance to their success.

2013 will also be a favorable year for the people born under the Year of the Ox. It will be better than 2012 so this is a chance to think big and grab anything that comes to your way.

A different fortune will befall for the people born under the Year of Tiger. Because tigers are naturally in conflict with snakes, they will experience a challenging year ahead. Expect a couple of misunderstandings and conflicts heading your way. Don’t fret; success will still be around the corner. With careful planning, you will be able to bring it to your side.

2013 will also be tough for the people born under the Year of the Rabbit. Success will be low, but use this time to have a break and relax. Take this chance to replenish your energy and resources to avoid ill health. With that in mind, you will be full of energy to take on challenges and welcome the next year with a bang.

As for those who are born under the Year of the Dragon, this will be a good year for you as well. Your artistic quality will be at its best as doors, even windows, of opportunities will be opening for you. This will be a year to dream big and start 2013 with high spirits.

For the people born under the Year of the Snake, leave the bad moments of 2012 behind and look forward to a fair year ahead. With hard work and talent, you will be sure to make your own year favorable to you.

For the people born under the Year of the Horse, you will be kicking off towards a good year. 2013 will be the time to manage your resources and plan your strategies well. Do not take risks and decide impulsively, because these may reap undesirable results.

A mixture of good and bad will be coming to the people born under the Year of the Sheep. Obstacles will block your way towards the path of success, but add a little dose of confidence and enthusiasm and you will be daaa-shing towards your goal.

There will be a lot to be happy about for the people born under the Year of the Monkey. 2013 will be a flourishing year that climbing the path to success is effortless. This may be the moment to go for that promotion you are eyeing for or to pursue the business you’ve been planning to have.

A lucky year will be once again encountered by the Year of the Rooster. Your success will be determined by how hard you reap for it. With determination and perseverance, success will be on your tail.

For the people born under the Year of the Dog, there will be no time to be lazy. 2013 will be throwing good fortune, so get busy fetching and catching them all year round. Conflicts and obstacles will be blocking your road to success but use your high energy and stamina and you will be breezing through them in no time.

And lastly, for the people born under the Year of the Pig, this is the time to change for the better. 2012 may have left you feeling tired but be positive to the upcoming year ahead. More responsibilities and setbacks will be at your doorstep, but remember to be in high spirits so that even success will come along as well.

If you’re not feeling happy about your fortune this year, there is still a way to bring good luck in and bad luck out of the picture. Namaste Arts and Charms owner Andria Shakya and Elizabeth’s Charms owner Elizabeth Villarey show how to manipulate your surroundings to have a more positive year. Amulets, figurines, bracelets and other Feng Shui items could help increase harmony between yourself and your surroundings. If you are lacking in an aspect like romance or health, you could fill the void by using healing charms to bring luck on that side. On the other hand, if you want to boost your luck in business or career even further, then you can use enhancing charms to multiply the luck you’re getting. If you are looking for enhancing and healing charms, stores like Namaste Arts and Charms and Elizabeth’s Charms in Porta Vaga can customize Feng Shui items that will fit to your needs.

Preparations for the Chinese New Year is already on the go – from reviving old superstitions to changing the colors of the house to fit the lucky color of the year. But no matter how hard you abide to the rules of Feng Shui, always remember that it is only a guide. For some people who believe purely on luck and chance in hopes of getting a better life, Shakya advises, “People fail to realized that Feng Shui is JUST good luck. You have to work hard to get what you want.” Villarey also added, “The most important thing of all is PRAYER.”

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 08, 2013.

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