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Sunday, February 6, 2011

IT'S Chinese New Year again!

February 3, 2011, and the days before that, are when "tikoy," that sticky Chinese delicacy, is given away by many Chinese to their friends and business associates. It's also the time, when "ang paos" (red envelopes with cash) are given to children when they greet their elders and close relatives.

It's also the time when the dragon dancers go around and celebrate the new year with drums and gongs, hopefully to bring good fortune to people and business establishments.


So much has been written, and will annually be written about a new year. Many people will be speculating on what a new year will bring. We wonder what the year of the rabbit will bring forth.

Geomancers and feng shui experts have a field day being interviewed and being consulted; and frequently, for a price. Of course, the fees would depend on their "track record" for accuracy.

Even "Paul," the octopus (yes, that sea animal with eight arms) that "correctly predicted" World Cup victories last year, has been back in the front page! Its handlers must be raking it in! I wonder what type of crystal ball or computer chip it has for a "brain"!

Many people believe in feng shui. In fact, even many successful U.S. educated Filipino-Chinese businessmen are firm believers. And with their success records, they would swear by it. I know one taipan who had his offices and that of his top managers remodeled to follow the layout instructions of his "personal expert." His top people would have to wear a particular color of clothes whenever they attend a new store opening!

I once asked Mr. Henry Sy, Sr. if he believed in feng shui. His reply to me was that a feng shiu expert once told him that he (Mr. Sy) was THE feng shui. The expert must have meant that he attracted good fortune. And who could deny that fact! He turns almost everything he touches into "gold"!

I know a lot of people who read their horoscopes every day. Their daily lives would be guided by what is written and predicted. Caution or prudence is set aside when they are told to move aggressively. In a way, their minds are "set" towards expecting what is written. Sometimes, the events become self-fulfilling.

Let me share with you an article entitled "Zodiac crisis: Abrupt dawning of the age of Ophiuchus". I read it on page 1 of the "Phil. Star" dated January 16, 2011. I quote some portions herein:

"Thousands of people woke up to the realization this week that they aren't who they thought they were. Worse still, neither was that partner they always thought they were so compatible with based on their astrological signs ... the right one."

Why? Everyone was reading the WRONG horoscope!

"Over the 2,500 years or so since the zodiac was established, your sign has moved about a month relative to the sun and the stars," wrote Robert Britt, "triggering the zodiac panic.

You're no longer what you think you are, and so if you're an astrology buff, know that you're actually following observations, predictions and advice aimed at another person entirely.

The shift, which has come about because the Earth has been wobbling on its axis for millennia, means most people go back a sign. Warm-hearted, patient Taurus becomes selfish, quick-tempered Aries. Eminently practical and prudent Capricorns are now blindly optimistic and careless Sagittarians. And many Sagittarians are now Ophiuchus.

News of the shift and of Ophiuchus's resurrection sent astrology buffs reeling."

Imagine having to remove your permanent Scorpion tattoo because you are actually a Libra!

And a 2009 survey says that 25% of Americans believe in astrology!

Didn't they just get their lives all "mixed up"?

My Dearest Catholics and Christians, now, I am no longer a Gemini, and all the traits said about me might not be true!

What does the Bible have to say about horoscopes, crystal balls, fortune card, and palm reading predictions?

2 KINGS 21:6 "He (Manasseh king of Judah) sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord provoking Him to anger."

Wouldn't it be better to trust in the Lord than in the horoscopes?

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and don't lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 06, 2011.


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