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2010 Feng Shui Annual Flying Chart!

For those who are not yet familiar with it. Flying Star is base on the Lo Shu Feng Shui.

The Lo Shu is compose of a square with 9 small square with a corresponding numbers which are numbers 1-9. The numbers are always in such a way that when you add them whether vertically or horizontally it will always add up to the sum of 15. It is very much the same with Sudoku. Only the Lo Shu was discovered and formulated more than 7,000 years ago.

It is believed that the Lo Shu was revealed by a Mystical Dragon Tortoise to a revered Monk. This became one of the basis or theoretical guide of Feng Shui. Each number is has a designated star that corresponds to a certain luck or affliction which is called flying star.

It’s important for us to be familiar with this so that we’ll know whether we benefit from a specific auspicious star or we are afflicted with a negative star.

Let me present to you the 2010 Metal tiger Annual Flying Chart:

1. The Number One (1) which is also know as the White Star/Victory Star/Mentor Star flies to the West.

This star bring good career luck and helps you overcome obstacles. This also brings in the opportunity and mentor luck. If your room/office/work area is in the west, it will be good for you to enhance this luck by putting a picture of a successful person that you admire, or by putting an image of the Great Happy Buddha.

2. The Number Two (2) Star plagues the Northeast.

I say plagues the Northeast because the Number Two Star brings in a lot of health problems, that’s why its also called the Illness Star. People whose bedroom, or office, or work area is in the Northeast section had to be careful. This star is specially bad for the bedroom. To counter this star it will help to put Wu Lou/Holy Gourd beside your bed. While its not as bad in the office it will still help if you can also place a smaller Wu Lou or Holy Gourd on your table. You have to know also that while your office or work table is not in the Northeast section but while working you face Northeast, it will be very good if you can also place a Wu Lou or wear the Sau word, or a Peach Fruit pendant.

3. The Number Three (3) Star which is also known as the Quarrelsome Star lands on the South.

What does it mean? It means that if your bedroom happens to be on the South part of the house, you’ll find yourself getting into more arguments and/or people who are backbiting/back fighting you. To counter this it will be nice for you have a Fireball in your bedroom and also it will help a lot if you wear a Fireball pendant. In the office it will be good to have a Fireball on your table and a image of a Rooster on your table. The Rooster is to help you from office politicking.

4. The Number Four (4) Stars flies to the North section.

If your bedroom is in the North section of the house, you’ll definitely have a blooming love life. This is because the Number Four Star is also known as the Romance Star. However, this may also bring in a third party into the relationship if you’re a couple whose bedroom is in the North section of the house. For single people, to enhance this luck, get a pair of Mandarin Ducks, preferably in pink and place it in your room. For married couple to prevent a third party in your relationship get an image of a Rooster w/ Fan, or if you can’t find this, get an image of a Rooster and buy a wood fun and place it at the foot of the Rooster. In the office this would mean that your relationship with your officemates will be more harmonious. To enhance this in the office it will be nice for you to pink crystal point on your table.

5. The Number Five (5) Stars flies into the Southwest.

This is the most fear star of all, because this brings in the Five Yellow Star! For those who are not familiar with this star please refer to my blog last Janury 21, 2010 entitled ‘Understanding Tai Sui/Grand Duke Jupiter, Five Yellow Star and San Sha/3 Killings’. Briefly put this star brings severe misfortune. So if your bedroom, office, work area happens to be in the Southwest my first recommendation is for you to vacate this area, don’t make any renovations, and avoid playing loud music, or having parties in this area. If vacating the area/room is not possible make sure you place a Five-Element Pagoda. If you can get one that has a mantra on it the better. For people whose bedroom, office, work area or even if you are working facing the Southwest it will be nice to wear a 5-Element Pagoda pendant or carry the Five-Element Pagoda keychain. As mentioned in my previous blogs I prefer the pendant over the keychain.

6. The Number Six (6) Star also known as the Big Auspicious or Heaven Star flies to the East.

The stars brings in a lot of windfall luck or unexpected luck, on top of that it brings in the star of authority luck which manifest by making the person who benefits in this luck being more powerful and enjoying respect. For houses whose main door faces the East will also greatly benefit from this star. To enhance this luck place the image of the Eight (8) Immortal Gods in the East section of your house, and office or work area if they are in the East section of the building. It is not advisable to put the image of the Eight Immortal Gods in your bedroom. However, in replacement of the 8 Immortal Gods one can instead place the 8 Auspicious Objects or Ruyi, both as an item place in the bedroom or worn as a pendant.

7. The Number Seven (7) Star known as the Robbery Star afflicts the Southeast.

All the Southeast bedroom, offices, work area, and specially houses whose main door faces the Southeast is afflicted with this the number 7 or robbery star which brings loss, violence, and bloodshed. People who are in these rooms or house may be vulnerable to being robbed off from idea, opportunity, or maybe cheated which may result to financial loss. At its worst, the star may even bring physical danger. It is very important to counter this star by placing a double – horned rhinoceros or rhinoceros with elephant in the afflicted areas. People who stays in these rooms or houses can also wear a double-horned rhinoceros pendant.

8. The Number Eight (8) Star also known as the Prosperity or Wealth Star lands in the center of the home or office.

If your room or office is in the center, expect a lot of wealth or prosperity luck specially if you enhance this star properly. It will be nice to put 9 Crystals Balls in this area or an auspicious water fall. However, you have to make sure that this area doesn’t house the kitchen, wash area, or toilet because it will draw away all the auspiciousness that the star brings and makes it really bad for you.

9. Lastly the Number Nine (9) Star, which is also known Sovereign Prosperity Star, flies into the Northwest.

This star brings recognition and permanent wealth to the people whose rooms, office, or workplace are in the Northwest. If the main door of your house is also in the Northwest it will bring recognition and permanent wealth luck. Permanent wealth luck means this is the time for you to look for a job or change career, or put up your own business. It is not something that you get overnight, but it is something that’s may help generate regular income or bigger income. To enhance this luck it will be nice to display images of the Wealth deities. You can also wear the mystic knot to enhance this luck if you are occupying a room in this section of the house or office.

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Bring Sping into Your Home this 2010 Chinese New Year!

In my previous blog I talked about the absence of ‘spring’ this coming Chinese New Year! This means that there will be an absence of wealth luck because there’s no renewing of cycle.

I also mentioned that we could recreate Spring by inviting the Dragon into our home.

However, today, I would like to share another ritual that you can do to ‘invite’ Spring into your home thereby activating your wealth luck.

On Feb. 4, 2010 the day of the Lap Chun put flowers that signifies spring in your house. If you can get some Cherry Blossoms or Plum Blossoms that would work really well. However, it might be a little difficult to get them here in the Philippines, so instead you can use any flowers that you fancy and like, unless that flower happens to be a rose. In fact, you should make it a point that you don’t put any flowers that has thorns. Make sure you put these flowers in all sections/rooms of your house except the garage and toilet.

The more variety or color that you can have the better.

Then on the 13th put 7 different flower bulbs into a jar of water. Do this around 7am. Invite the energy of the sun by putting the jar outside of your house, and expose to the sunlight the whole day and night until 7am the following day, Feb. 14, 2010 that is the 1st day of the Chinese New Year!

Put a teaspoon of rock salt or sea salt into the Flower Water and sprinkle it around the house. This will bless and cleanse your house and imbue the power of Spring into your house.

Beautiful flower arrangements like the one in the picture which is specifically designed to show the beauty of spring are very powerful Feng Shui tool to signify that you brought in 'Spring' into your house.

Get some real Plum Blossom if you can.

Cherry Blossoms are the best. If its not available, any other flowers without thorns will do. Pictures are fine and will work as well but nothing beats the real thing.

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Understanding Tai Sui/Grand Duke Jupiter, Wu Wang/Five Yellow Star, and San Sha/3 Killings!

Every year we hear Feng Shui experts talking about Tai Sui or Grand Duke Jupiter, Wu Wang/Five Yellow Star (also called Five Yellow Killing Star or Five Killing Star) and San Sha or 3 Killings, but very few really understand what are these.

You’ll hear people say you should be careful and make sure that you don’t offend the Tai Sui or the Grand Duke Jupiter; the 3 Killings is in your corner this year therefore you need to be careful and protect yourself; this is really going to be a bad year for you before you have the Five Yellow.

Basically, you know that you have to be careful, you know that you have to wear some kind of charm but what does these 3 really mean?

FIRST, THE TAI SUI.

Tai Sui or Grand Duke Jupiter has nothing to do with the planet Jupiter.

In the Chinese zodiac, there are sixty heavenly generals who assist the Jade Emperor in taking charge of the well-being of the Mortal World. Each of them takes turn to be in charge for a year. Due to most of them having a military background, they are normally known as the Military Generals, or as the Cycle Gods. Each of their features and weapons signifies the well-being of that year. For example, if the Tai Sui of the year is one who holds a pen, it signifies political unrest for that particular year. On the other hand, if the Tai Sui of the year holds a spear or sword it signifies the need to work hard and excel for that year.

In Taoism, those whose Chinese Zodiac is offended, or by their sign conflict or clashes with the Tai Sui of the year are advised to go through a prayer session with a Taoist Priest to ask for blessing in obtaining Peace and Good Fortune throughout the year. Talismans that are designed to protect us from Tai Sui are also specially designed every year to help us appease the Tai Sui. I personally design a Tai Sui Protection Charm, however, the Pi Yao is also a very good Tai Sui Charm.

Pi Yao, a Celestial Animal, is a Good Tai Sui Charm.

For those whose animal sign are in direct conflict with the Tai Sui, wear a Pi Yao pendant. Choose one that's really nice. My personal favorite is the one that's made of jade. However, the metal and other semi-precious stones are good as well. But don't ever get something that's made of plastic.

A Pi Yao bracelet enhanced with semi-precious stones will work as well. However, I personally prefer the pendant.

Personally I don't like the Piyao that's shown in the picture. This is what I term as a 'Lazy Piyao' . A Piyao should be defending us from Tai Sui by appeasing it how can a 'lazy' thing appease a god.

In Feng Shui, the area of the house corresponding with the position of that year’s Tai Sui is to be left undisturbed or misfortune will befall the residence.

The 2010 Tai Sui God is General Wu Huan.

SECOND, THE WU WANG OR FIVE YELLOW STAR.
Wu Wang or the Five Yellow Star or the Five Yellow Killing Star is one of the most dreaded flying star. It is said that it affects all the five elements luck of the sign that is affected by the Wu Wang. You’ll never know where the Wu Wang will really strike you. It can be illness, accident, wealth loss, or it can be just about any kind of bad luck.

One of the most effective cure of the Wu Wang or 5 Yellow Star is the Five Element Pagoda. Thus if you’re also affected by the Five Yellow it will be nice to wear the Five Element Pagoda Pendant, or always carry the Five Element Pagoda key chain. Personally I like the pendant better than the key chain.

Five Element Pagoda. One should put an 'earth'/soil from the garden of your residence, inside the Five Element Pagoda and place it at the sector affected by the Wu Wang.

This is Lillian Too's '5 Element Pagoda' Necklace. It can be a little pricey though. At the time of this writing its price at above US$450.00. After much thought I designed my own 'Five Element Pagoda' Pendant which is very similar to this one but priced much less. I was able to get it down by putting less gold but it works as well.

THIRD, THE SAN SHA OR THREE KILLINGS STAR.
Probably the reason behind the name is because three earthly branches are involved. In bazi twelve animals have a triplicity formation called the frames, grouping three earthly branches to represent a particular element. The frames constitute of one cardinal sign, one mutable or traveling (as called by the Chinese) sign and one fixed or earth sign, The Chinese astrological triplicity/frames are as follows – Monkey, Rat and Dragon form the water frame; Pig, Rabbit and Goat form the wood frame; Tiger, Horse and Dog forms the fire frame and finally Snake, Rooster and Ox form the metal frame.

To understand this further one needs a little understanding of the Chinese seasons. The Tiger marks the beginning of spring and ends at the Dragon, therefore Tiger, Rabbit (cardinal direction – East) and Dragon represent the entire spring season. In the same manner Snake, Horse (cardinal direction – South) and Goat represent summer; Monkey, Rooster (Cardinal direction – West) and Dog represent autumn and Pig, Rat (Cardinal direction – North) and Ox represents winter.

The triplicity frame denotes the year, opposite to the frames cardinal direction lies the San Sha location for eg. in the year of the Monkey(Shen), Rat (Cardinal direction North) or Dragon (Chen), the San Sha’s location is Horse (Wu). San Sha is always located in the cardinal directions. Now, Horse belongs to the summer season whereby we take into account Snake and Goat. For making it simple in the year of the Monkey, Rat or Dragon we say that San Sha is in South.

Disturbing the San Sha can cause betrayal, robbery, and loss of money, injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The degree of ill effect however varies ranging from a small amount of money loss to bankruptcy or a common flu to major illness.

Avoid digging, construction, any form of earth works in the San Sha area for that particular year. If it is absolutely essential to do renovation and repair works then it is advisable to consult the Chinese Almanac (Tong Shu) or Feng Shui Consultant like me for appropriate date selection.

The ancient texts do mention that it is acceptable to have your house facing San Sha but it is quite detrimental to sit (house behind) on San Sha. This is said probably because one of the names of San Sha is Robbery Sha and robbers do have a tendency to attack from behind then the front of the property.

One of the most effective way to counter the ill effects of the San Sha is to put the Three Celestial Guardians facing the direction of the San Sha. If the 3 Killings is in the corner of your animal sign, the best way to confront this is to wear the 3 Celestial Guardians pendant or charm, or you can the 3 Gods pendant or charm namely Fuk Luk Sau.

The Three Celestial Guardians are very powerful tool to porotect us the San Sha or 3 Killings.

Fuk Luk Sau are not worshipped but they are very powerful charms also that can defend us from the ill effects of San Sha or Three Killings.

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Marlene Aguilar Practices Feng Shui. What Happened?

I got a call from one of my client. She said, ‘I know Marlene Aguilar, she believes in Feng Shui, and she has several Kuan Yin(s) and other protection deities in her house. What happened? How could this happen to Jason Ivler?’

I’m not sure whether it’s proper for me to even answer her question publicly. It’s one thing to give unsolicited advice to celebrities or politicians who are ‘public figures’ but it’s another thing to give unsolicited advice to private citizens like Marlene Aguilar and Jason Ivler who was only forced into being public figures because of unfortunate incidents.

But I also would like to take this opportunity to clarify some thing. Feng Shui is just one aspect of our luck or fate. It actually involves three things, which is called Tien Ti Ren or Heaven’s Luck, Earth’s Luck, and Man’s Luck.

Tien or Heaven’s Luck is something that is already pre-destined when we are born. I believe that there’s always to path for this and that would depend on us which of the two paths we go through in life.

Ti or Earth’s Luck is Feng Shui. This is something that is within our control. This include our time of birth, name, place we live-in, and even colors we like.

Lastly, Ren or Man’s Luck is the things we do with our life. It is the karma we make for ourselves. This is something that’s within our control. No matter how much we believe in Feng Shui it’s useless if we don’t work, or if we continue to engage in negative things and earn negative karma.

I’m not here to judge either Marlene Aguilar or Jason Ivler, because I’m sure there are a lot more things that we don’t see on TV. To add to this, I was also told that Marlene Aguilar loves antiques and that in fact her door was from old church or house. This could have contributed to the negative things that are happening to them because antiques carried a lot of negative chi unless we conduct a cleansing ritual to it. Furthermore, I also heard in the news that Jason Ivler’s bedroom is in the basement of their house, and in Feng Shui this is really bad place. Basement is usually devoid of positive chi unless specifically cured with Feng Shui.

Just when I was about to finish writing this blog article, I got a call from a friend in ABS-CBN telling me about Shaina Magdayao and John Lloyd Cruz and that they are dating each other. For a while I thought she’d ask me to do a Feng Shui reading on them. Hmmm…I’m glad she didn’t. ☺

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5 Important 2010 Feng Shui Must Haves/To Do to Maximize Good Luck!

1. INVITE THE DRAGON INTO YOUR HOUSE!

In my previous blogs I mentioned about the fact that there is a total absence of the Water element in 2010 Feng Shui Bazi/Paht Chee chart. This signifies drying up of resources. However, as I always tell my friends and clients, it’s useless to know something if one can’t do something about it.

Dragon is also a symbol of luck and wealth. So one of the easiest way to address this concern is for us to invite the Dragon. The Dragon also combined with the Tiger and the Rabbit which both appears in the 2010 Bazi/Paht Chee Chart will signify Spring, which is also a wealth component.

First, if you can afford it, or if you know somebody that can help arrange it for you, it will be nice to have the Dragon dance in your house on Feb. 4, 2010. Why Feb. 4, 2010? That is because that’s the Lap Chun. (MORE ON LAP CHUN ON MY SUCCEEDING BLOGS.)

Invite the Dragon into your house thru a Dragon Dance on Feb. 4, 2010 to help bring wealth luck.

Because Chinese New Year this year happens after the Lap Chun w/c always happens on Feb. 4, this indicates that we will miss out on the Lap Chun, and missing out on a Lap Chun is a serious affliction that can cause strife and tremendous disagreements. This means a house that miss out the Lap Chun will find its residents experiencing strife and disagreements.

If you can’t afford to have the Dragon Dance it will also be nice if you place a Dragon Water Fountain in your living room. If you can place an image of the Yellow Dzambala under the water it will help further enhance your wealth luck.

Choose a Dragon Water Fountain that looks fierce but yet friendly. This one is has negative look.

2. MAKE THE DRAGON AN ALLY!
It will also benefit all of us if we’re to wear a Dragon pendant, be it either made of metal (gold), semi-precious stone like jade, or wood. But whatever happens avoid wearing something that’s made of plastic.

A word of caution. The Dog is in direct conflict with the Dragon as an animal sign but not as a Feng Shui symbol so even the Dog can wear a Dragon pendant. However, while all the animal sign can wear any Dragon pendant design they like, as long as its an image that makes them feel the yang or positive chi, the Dog should make it a point to only wear a small Dragon pendant to avoid too much yang Dragon energy.

Dragon Pendants made of metal, precious or semi-precious stones, wood are good but never use anything that's made of plastic. People born under the sign of the Dog should choose a smaller pendant.

3. CARRY OR WEAR THE WATER!
What do I mean by this? It will be nice if all of us can carry the water with us all the time. This can be easily done by simple carrying a small bottled water. We can even be drinking it. But if you don’t want the discomfort or the hassle of always carrying a bottled water, you can also come and see me and I can make a special Water Wealth Charm for you. This will have to be specifically design for you base on your birthday. This will include your wealth enhancing crystal and a Taoist Paper Amulet of a Wealth God.

Lillian Too also has designed a charm that she calls Blue Water Globe. I have only seen this in picture but base on the principle that it has a ‘blue water’ inside, I think it will be an effective tool to ‘carry the water’.

You can also ‘wear the water’ by always wearing blue or black. However, let me clarify that ‘carrying the water’ is far more effective.

4. TAKE NOTE OF HIGHLY PRESENT GOOD STAR AND ENHANCE THEM! There’s a very highly present good star this year and that is the Mentor Star.

Mentor Star basically indicates that although this year might be a little challenging when it comes to the wealth aspect, we will not be lacking people who would be willing to help, and a lot of growth in our life will come from people who may act as our teacher or mentor. To activate or further enhance the luck brought about by the Mentor Star it will be good if you can wear a Big Man Dzi Bead enhanced with Amethyst.

5. Take Note of the Appearance of a Negative Star or Neutral Star!
Most important of the five recommendations is to check and work on the appearance of a negative star and/or a neutral star.

This year we find ourselves confronting a special star which is called the Hostile Sword Star. This is brought about by the fact that the Heavenly Stem this Year with an intrinsically wood animal sign which is the Tiger. On top of that the Tiger appears twice in a highly metal year thus it created the Hostile Sword Star. This may bring about issues/concerns regarding our personal and family safety, career, personal and family health, wealth.

To counter the Hostile Sword Star, we need to wear a 9-Rings Sword Pendant made of gold. As mentioned in my previous blogs this could be very expensive, an alternative for this one is to wear a Tibetan Prayer Wheel pendant and/or Om Mani Padme Hum Pendant/Bracelet coupled with a Four-Faced Buddha. Among the three I prefer the 9-Rings Sword Pendant and the Tibetan Prayer Wheel more than Om Mani Padme Hum Pendant/Bracelet coupled with Four Faced Buddha..

Tibetan Prayer Wheels are powerful protection and luck/blessing enhancement charm.

Authentic and/or Good Tibetan Prayer Wheel can be a little pricey. But if you can invest on one it will surely be a good investment because it also serves as a very good protection charm.

Four-Faced Buddha is a popular deity in Thailand.

Another thing that we have to watch out for is the neutral star. Neutral Stars are star that have a potential to do both good and harm. This year we have the neutral Romance Star. As mentioned in my previous blogs the Romance may be beneficial to some people but it also maybe harmful. This is specially true for the people born under the year of the rat.

The Romance Star which brings internal romance to singles may also bring external romance to engaged or married couple. (TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ROMANCE, PLEASE REFER TO ‘2010 CHINESE ANIMAL SIGN GENERAL FENG SHUI FORECAST PART 1.)

For singles who wishes to enhance this luck you can wear Mandarin Ducks charm. For couples who wish to make sure that their relationship doesn’t get affected with the External Romance you can wear as a couple a 2-Eye Dzi Bead enhanced with Rose Quartz/Prehnite/Onyx/Black Tourmaline/Amethyst. If you’re already married aside from wearing the 2-Eye Dzi Bead you can also place an amethyst geode tied with red string under your bed.

Amethyst Geode with Red String is a very good cure for married couples who are experiencing problems with infidelity. Place it under your bed. If there's no hallow space under the bed place one on each side of the bed.

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2010 Chinese Animal Sign General Feng Shui Forecast! (Part 2)

As mentioned in my previous blogs the year is sorely lacking of the water element, therefore, wealth might be elusive. In fact, I seem to get an affirmation of this matter when this morning I was going around shopping for a bank that can give me a good interest rate for my dollar savings. It proved to be really a tiring task, the only one who was able to give me an interesting rate is when I went to Citibank Philippines in T. Morato, but even them suggested that I bring and deposit my money in Citibank Singapore, which at the moment, base on my scouting, has the most competitive rate. Nevertheless, let me clarify, that as mentioned, wealth will be on hand with the people who are creative, hardworking, and aggressive.

My last blog discuss the general Feng Shui forecast for the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon and Horse. Let me talk about the other six animal sign.

THE SNAKE:
This year heaven smiles upon the people born under the sign of the Snake. This means that compared to the other signs, Snake born people will find it relatively easy to get anything that they truly aspire for. However, the Robbery and Quarrelsome star also affects the Snake. This means that Snake born people will need to be extra careful not only with their material things but also with their ideas. On top of that, they should also try to be more patient because they also have the propensity to get in to a fight, whether this is verbal or actual physical fight. But this happens to a lesser degree as compared with that of the people born under the sign of the Horse.

This year it will be nice if Snake born people will display the Double Horned Rhinoceros in the Southeast section of their house, or room, or office. The Snake can also benefit from carrying an Night Protection Amulet. I have something that I personally design depending on the year and month of birth. However, for those who doesn’t know me or unable to personally consult me, it will also be helpful if you can get a Kuan Kong pendant, it can be made of gold (as a jewelry), natural stones, wood, but don’t get anything that’s made of plastic. For Catholics or Christians who prefer not to wear anything that’s of Buddhist-Taoist symbols, you can get an image of St. James or Senor Santiago or St. Bede. St. Michael, who is also famous for protection, I believe, base on my research, works best against sickness and evil spirits.

THE GOAT/SHEEP:
Sheep born people finds themselves in direct conflict with the Tiger and they are also afflicted with the Five Yellow Killing Star. This is going to be a very challenging year for all Sheep born people. They will also find themselves trying to work harder just to maintain what they already have. People born under the sign of the Sheep will also have to be careful about their health and safety, this is still due to the effects of Five Yellow.

I highly recommend that all people born under the sign of the Goat/Sheep carry a Five-Element Pagoda keychain and/or wear the Five-Element Pagoda pendant. It will also be very good for them to put a Five-Element Pagoda on the Southwest sector of their home or room. For those who has the opportunity to consult with me, I can make a Tai Sui Protection Charm that will be specifically design base on the person’s birthday. It will also be nice if one can wear an Om Mani Pad Me Hum pendant or bracelet. Lastly, carrying a Tibetan Prayer Wheel either as a pendant will also be very beneficial.

THE MONKEY:
Being in direct conflict with the Tai Sui is really bad, and for this year, unfortunately, the Monkey finds itself in such a position. This will prove to be a very challenging year for people born under the sign of the Monkey. But luckily for Monkey born people, their inner chi are naturally strong therefore Monkey born people will be able to cope and go through the hardship brought about by being in direct conflict with the Tai Sui, they just have to make sure that they continuously try to be positive about things.

Those born under the sign of the Monkey who are also into business should be extra careful, because some people would naturally want to ‘steal’ their business. Also they should try to be more careful in what they say as not to offend other people which might also lead to problems.

One of the most powerful amulet against this concerns is the Tai Sui Protection Charm. Again if its not available it will also be nice if they can wear a Chong Kwei pendant and the 5-Element Pagoda pendant. It will also be nice if they can wear a Kuan Yin charm.

THE DOG:
This year the auspicious stars finds its way to the sector of the Dog. However, because the life essence of the Dog is weak, they will only benefit from this star in a very minimal way. However, because of this dog born people will have a series of small but very meaningful success or celebrations and because the Tiger is the Dog’s ally, the year will be nice to the people born under the sign of the Dog, just as long as you don’t get overcome by the Dog’s weak life essence. To help counter this it will be nice if Dog born people wear the 9-Eye DZI charm that helps gain ‘windfall luck’. Wearing it as a bracelet with citrine or clear quartz or jade/green stone will be great, but it will be better if one wears it as a pendant, and if this made of metal (gold/silver) with semi-precious stones even if only zircons as long as its really shiny it will be so much the better.

It might be also good if one can wear a mystic knot charm or pendant. If this is made of gold/silver with semi-precious stones or even shiny high grade zircon it will be better. Mystic Knot helps ‘activate’ lucks that may be a little elusive.

THE ROOSTER:
One of the luckiest sign this year is the Rooster. Rooster born people can look forward to a very auspicious year filled with achievements both in their personal and professional aspects of their life. If a Rooster continues to be humble, they will get the recognition that they deserve, on top of that, they will see advancement with their career.

To make sure that luck will continuously be showered upon the Rooster, it will be nice if they can make an offering to Kuan Yin every month. For non-Buddhist or non-Taoist Rooster they can offer flowers to the Virgin Mary every month and/or donate a small amount of money to charity. It will also be good if they can carry a Tibetan Prayer Wheel to continue to enhance their luck.

THE PIG/BOAR:
Kris Aquino is one of the most famous Filipino celebrity born under the sign of the Pig. So I guess a lot of you will be asking what’s in store for the Pig this year considering that it seems like Kris Aquino started her personal life with so much negative chi that even brought her some controversy involving Mayen Austria, and that also lead to what, as of the time of this writing, she termed as temporary separation with legal husband James Yap.

I need to be able to see Kris Aquino’s Bazi Chart for me to be able to make a complete and more accurate reading for what’s in store with her, and to be able to shed some insight as to why she seems to always get into personal problems like her husband’s involvement with Hope Centeno.

However, if you are to base it on my general forecast, this also seems to be a very good year for people born under the sign of the Pig. They will experience enormous satisfaction and fulfillment both in their personal and professional/career life, this is also largely because the Tiger is an ally of the Pig.

However, the Pig will have to take care of its reputation. They have the possibility to get into some sort of a ‘scandal’ or reputation concern this year. This might be a little align with what’s happening to Kris Aquino this year, on a side note, only time can tell whether her appearance on The Buzz will help her or destroy her reputation and make the Philippine Entertainment industry a little bit more interesting.

To help counter this reputation concern it will be really good if people born under the sign of the Pig will place a 9-Rings Sword in the Northwest sector of your home, office, or bedroom. Further to that it will also be good if you can wear a 9-Rings Sword pendant, but this can be a little challenging and it took me 2 years to find one and it cost me more about forty thousand pesos. As a replacement, one can also wear an Om Mani Padme Hum charm.

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2010 Chinese Animal Sign General Feng Shui Forecast (Part 1)

Other than the general Feng Shui annual forecast that the public anticipates whenever Chinese New Year is approaching, people also seek out what’s in store for their specific Chinese zodiac or animal sign.

Let me share with you the general forecast for each sign. However, let me clarify that this is only base on the general luck for each of the animal sign base on their order of appearance in the Ba Gua and also base on where the Tai Sui/Grand Duke Jupiter/Year God, Five Yellow Killings Star/Five Killings Star, the Three Killings, and the different Flying Stars positions for the year of the Metal Tiger.

(I’ll discuss Tai Sui/Grand Duke Jupiter/Year God, Five Yellow Killings Star/Five Killings Star/Five Yellow Star, Three Killings, and Flying Stars further in my future blogs.)

While this is accurate for a general forecast, if you really want to have specific forecast for yourself it will help to do your Bazi/Paht Chee Feng Shui reading.

But in the meantime to serve as your basic guide here’s the 2010 Metal Tiger general forecast for each of the animal sign.

THE RAT:
The Romance Star has find its way to the people born under the sign of the rat. What this means is that your love luck will be blooming this year. However, one must also be careful with external romance, because while the romance star affects the internal romance, it also has the same effect to the external romance.

External romance here refers to extra marital affairs and/or even love for other people, other than your partner or members of the family. This also refers to the physical ‘shallow’ kind of love.

Internal romance refers to all love pertaining to families, friendship and the romantic love that a lot of us aspire for.

For the rat, you’ll find your love life really blooming, but because of this might cause some unwanted distraction in the work/career front.

For celebrity fans that wants to know about whether their favorite stars are going to make it through the year. Especially for Kimerald fans, the answer is for this year a lot of people will find themselves getting involved with External Romance, but if your favorite celebrities are born under the year of the rat it will be extra challenging.

Because of this it is highly recommended for married couples to have a picture or image of ‘married swans’ in their bedroom. It will also help if they’ll have a couple of Mandarin Ducks in their living room.

For singles, it will be nice to have a Dragon and Phoenix in harmony charm.

However, unfortunately, the rat also has the Three Killings and the Natural Disaster Star, and this might create several problems to the rat, maybe even sickness. For this I highly recommend for people born under the sign of the rat to have the 3-Celestial Guardians or the 3-Tiger Taming Deities in the North side of your living room. It will also help if you carry an image of a Dragon or wear a pendant with the image of a Dragon.

The Rat also gains the education luck. This means for Rat born students with diligence it may be easy for you to pass any exams. Just a few weeks ago I got a call from Rat born person wanting me to check whether he’ll pass the UPCAT. While technically speaking we haven’t entered the year of the Metal Tiger (in terms of Chinese New Year) I know that by this time he would already have benefited from this luck. So even if the UPCAT 2010 results has not been released yet I told him that I believe he will pass the test.

THE OX:
This is going to be a challenging year for the people born under the sign of Ox of we are to talk about health. Except maybe for the 61 year old Ox. But more on that later.

The Sickness/Accident stars flies to the corner of the Ox this year and to make things worst the Ox is in side conflict with the Tai Sui which will naturally make the life energy or life chi of the Ox feel low.

Therefore all Ox people should be take extra care of their health this year. It will be advisable to get an executive medical check-up and it would help a lot if a person born under the sign of the Ox to be extra careful in what they eat and in how they treat their body. This means that it would be nice to keep it in balance in terms of work and play. Avoid stressful things and learn how to relax, but as I said it has to be balance. If an Ox born person is overly relax this might also lead to high blood or being over weight.

To avoid or to help counter health problems it will be nice for Ox born people to wear a Holy Gourd that’s made of Jade or Metal. It also helps to have a Holy Gourd made of metal or wood place beside the bed. It will be better if this Holy Gourd is something that can be open. I do perform a special blessing for this and put some joss stick powder/ashes that came from a temple in China. But if you can’t find anything that can be open that is also perfectly fine.

As mentioned the Ox is also in side conflict with the Tai Sui and because of this even if the Wealth Star flies to the corner of the Ox this year, they might not completely feel its benefit. To manage this it will be advisable for you to place a pair of Pi Yao in the Northeast sector of your house or room. You can also carry the Tai Sui Protection Charm which I normally design depending who is your Tai Sui ally. I give this for free for every consultation and if I think there is a need for you to carry one. This Tai Sui Protector Charm includes joss stick ashes/powder from Tibet and some crystals. If you can’t see me it will be nice if you can carry a Pi Yao charm or pendant with and the Great Happy Buddha pendant.

The successful, hardworking, and creative Ox, especially the 37-year-old Ox, might suffer from intense politicking from Horse and Dragon born people. To counter this problems have a Rhinoceros charm or wear a cicada pendant or charm to protect you from intense negative energy of politicking. Ox born people should also be careful with back stabbers who might try to steal some of their ideas.

THE TIGER:
The biggest misconception is that a person if he/she is born under the ruling sign of the year. That’s totally wrong!

Like the Ox, people born under the sign of the Tiger should take extra care of their health. They need to avoid overly stressful situation and don’t ever get involved with high-risk sports. Because Tiger born people also has the Sickness/Accident Star. The Tiger born person would greatly benefit from the healing effects of a Holy Gourd. Wear it as a pendant or as charm. It can be made from jade, any kind of semi-precious or precious stone, or gold. Placing a Holy Gourd beside the bed will also be very beneficial. Again if you can get one that can be opened it will be great. You can put some crystals and herbal medicines inside it.

And because the Tai Sui is in your corner this year. It will also be nice if you can carry the Tai Sui Protection Charm. I do make this specifically for the person and it’s for free fro every Feng Shui consultation. However, if you can’t see me you can also get a pair of Pi Yao and the Great Happy Buddha charm.

The Tiger born people will also find themselves involved in competitive pressures and intense politicking. Unfortunately, like the Ox, you might experience this intense politicking from people born under the sign of the Horse, which will be delivered under the guise of concern and clarification. They might say, “I just want to clarify what I heard…” but it’s very possible that they didn’t actually heard it from anybody but they might just be making it up. Be assured that before going to you they would have already talk to other people about it. To counter this negative chi wear a Cicada charm and place a 3-Horned Rhinoceros on your table or bedroom.

THE RABBIT:
It’s good news for the Rabbit. If the past two years has been bad for you, this coming year of the Metal Tiger is going to be a good for Rabbit born people. The Heaven Stars flies into your corner this year so it is going to be generally smooth, peaceful, and productive year for Rabbit born people. You’ll be successful this year but you because of the lack of water in the Bazi or Paht Chee chart for this year, you will have to creative for you to be able to attain your wealth luck.

To continue to enhance this luck it will be nice for the Rabbit born people to wear a Kuan Yin pendant or charm. If worn us a bracelet use the rutilated quartz and/or a clear quartz as the enhancing stone.

THE DRAGON:
The Dragon is the most auspicious sign of the twelve. Nevertheless, Dragon born people will find their luck reduced this year. This is mostly due to troublesome people, which again MIGHT be coming from people born under the sign of the Horse. (There is an explanation to this. Don’t think that Horse born people are bad.) As a boss or colleague they might not like your aura of self-confidence and positive chi. As an employee the ‘troublesome person’ might back stabbed you with false politeness and with their false aura of loyalty. They might also consciously or unconsciously spread discontentment among your other employees and even partners or clients. They might even steal your client away and destroy everything from within. To counter this it will be nice for you to have the Hum syllable pendant, preferable made of metal, and you can also place a Thousand Hand Kuan Yin on your work table. It will also be very beneficial if your carry with you a 3-Horned Rhinoceros with you all the time.

THE HORSE:
People born under the sign of the Horse will enter the year of the Metal Tiger with their head help up high! This is a strong year for the people born under the sign of the Horse. Horse people will find themselves plenty of self-confidence and natural positive chi. But because of this horse born people will find themselves becoming louder, more hotheaded because they’ll start to think that they’re perfect and they’ll find themselves impatient with other people. People born under the sign of the Ox will be your favorite target, only because they seem to be the embodiment of what you are not. You will put extra attention to Ox born people who may be equally successful or more successful than you are.

To top it off, you have the argument star in your sector this year, so this might lead to a court case or even a physical fight.

To help counter all these negative chi, it will be nice for you to wear a Lotus charm to help you have mental clarity and to help you be more humble. You can also wear a Fireball charm to help counter the argument star. You can have this either as pendant or you can place it inside your room or office. You can also wear the Great Happy Buddha charm to help maintain peace and harmony.

I just want to share that just this morning a client from Cebu gave me a call. She said her Horse born husband is starting to be hot headed. Upon checking her husband’s Bazi chart I recommended for him to wear an amethyst ring. I know it’ll work for him, but an amethyst is not something I’ll recommend to all Horse born people. It will depend on their Bazi chart.

This is just the first part of my general animal sign forecast. I’ll share the forecast about the next six animal signs on my next blog. But I just would like to share something about charms that are made of metal. When I say metal charms that you wear on your body, more often than not, I refer to gold jewelry. The Chinese believes that wearing gold enhances the positive chi of a Feng Shui charm. If this charm is embellished with diamonds or other precious or semi-precious stones all the better, because the natural shine and chi of the stones will add positive chi to the power of the charm. Let me clarify though that it’s not a must to have your Feng Shui charm in gold but it’s more of a nice to have for its added benefit.

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2010 Year of the Metal Tiger Feng Shui Forecast

Checking the yearly forecast has been customary for a lot of us, especially for those who believes in Feng Shui.

As early as November, I’ve been getting a lot text messages and email inquiring about what the year of the Tiger has in store for us. I would like to share with you a text message sent to me by one of my client.

She asks: “Since it is the Year of the Metal Tiger, some Chinese would consider it to be the Year of the Golden Tiger, suggesting wealth, while others would call it the Year of the White Tiger, denoting bad luck. What do you have to say on this matter? Will it be a good year or a bad one?”

The reason I’m sharing here question is because I think she pose two of the most common question, but before I answer it I would like to clarify that the 2010 Metal Tiger doesn’t start until Feb 14, 2010 which is the date of the Chinese New Year this year, but we will start feeling the effects of the Metal Tiger starting on Feb. 4.

Now to answer her question…

If you look at the Feng Shui chart and element you’ll notice that it only consists of 5 elements, which are Metal, Fire, Wood, Water, and Earth. There is no such thing as Gold or White; therefore technically speaking there is no such thing as Golden Tiger or White Tiger. However, Chinese normally associate metal with gold because of their belief, which is also widely accepted in Feng Shui, that gold enhances a person’s luck or adds to the ‘potency’ of a lucky object. On the other hand, White, which is also sometimes associated with Metal, was used by Chinese to connote a bad year ahead because White is the color of death for Chinese.

It’s not easy to answer the question whether it is going to be a good or bad year, because the 2010 Paht Chee Chart of the Metal Tiger is extremely interesting, at first glance one will say that it is an extremely difficult year because the Tiger whose earthly branch represents the wood is in direct conflict with the heavenly branch of the year which is metal. Those who are familiar with Feng Shui knows that these two elements are in direct contrast with each other. To further add to the problem the whole Paht Chee chart for the year lacks the element of water, even the hidden heavenly stems of the year lacks water. If the water element is missing this could only mean that there is a complete drying up of resources. Growth in all aspect of life should not be expected or will prove to be very challenging.

Nevertheless, there are two heavenly stems that are of the earth element that shows that the year does not lack wealth opportunities. This may seem conflicting with the first statement but what this says is that wealth will be present to those who are creative, aggressive, and hard working. However, this is not like a new kind of wealth but more wealth that stems from what you already have.

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What is Feng Shui?

I think Feng Shui is synonymous to Chinese New year or the Lunar New year, and it is also synonymous to the Chinese. I once heard a Filipino friend said that Feng Shui must work because a lot of his Chinese friends are really rich. The statement is not exactly accurate because most rich Filipino-Chinese do work hard for their money and there are Filipino-Chinese who are not financially rich, but I do know that a lot of Filipino-Chinese do practice Feng Shui thus it helps them with their everyday lives.

Feng Shui has reach a certain popularity and a lot of people has some understanding of what Feng Shui really is but to be quite honest its difficult to say what Feng Shui really is.

Nevertheless, in the years I’ve studied about Feng Shui I came to describe Feng Shui as an art of ancient science that has its roots in Mainland China. It is a study of how the Chinese view the Universe, where all things here on Earth are categorized into five elements (water, earth, wood, fire, metal) that take on an implication with energy or chi, w/c in turn can be categorized as positive or negative chi.

Feng Shui’s literal translation is wind and water.

While certain mysticism surrounds the practice of Feng Shui, I only attribute this to the fact that a lot of things involve in the practice of Feng Shui has been lost. A lot of the books either didn’t survive time and/or were intentionally destroyed, especially, since a lot of Emperors would like Feng Shui to be exclusive to them. On top of that, Mao Zedong also banned the practice of Feng Shui and had a number of books destroyed and Feng Shui experts killed.

Nevertheless, a lot of symbolism is involve in the practice of Feng Shui that may help affect the chi of our surroundings that in turn will have an effect on the different facets of our life.

While Feng Shui promises much in terms of bringing physical/mental/emotional and material balance or blessing to those practice and follow its ‘rules’, we must all remember that Feng Shui is not magic. Although it brings miracles to our lives its still a ‘science’ unto its own.

Feng Shui may have miraculous effects in our lives but its only one face of our life. The Chinese believe that our life is composed of 3 Branches: Tien Ti Ren or Heaven, Earth, and Man. Tien or Heaven’s Luck is something that we cannot change, it is believe that once a person is born his/her life is already pre-destined. But we are always given 2 paths and this is where Ti or Earth’s Luck and Ren or Man’s Luck comes in. Ti refers to the practice of Feng Shui and this is something that we can control by making sure that we are in constant harmony with our surroundings and with this planet. Lastly, Ren refers to the things that we do to our life. This refers to how we manage or on how we control our life. Thus this explains that we cannot completely rely on Feng Shui. We cannot be carrying all the Feng Shui tools/charms available in the market and be lazy. Ren is the luck you create for yourself.

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Hello world!

Who among us haven’t heard of the words Feng Shui? I think a lot of us are familiar with it, but may not be totally clear as to what Feng Shui really is. My blog hopes to be able to answer some of the most common questions about Feng Shui and it also hopes to empower people to be more familiar with it and perhaps incorporate it with their/your lives.

But first who am I.

My name is Jeffrey Co, friends calls me Jeff. I am usually introduced by my friends and/or clients as a Feng Shui expert or consultant, but the truth is that I see myself more as a Feng Shui student who happens to give consultation to people who are in need of Feng Shui help, maybe because they are experiencing some difficulties in some aspect of their life. I only happen to be able to do this because this is something I know, much like a political adviser to a politician, a marketing consultant to a businessman, and life consultant to a person looking for some help.

I practically ‘grew up’ with Feng Shui. My parents are staunch believers of Feng Shui and they seldom buy a property, move into a new house or office, and make big business/life decisions without consulting a Feng Shui expert. These were my very first exposure and lesson in Feng Shui because I would normally join them for these Feng Shui sessions.

However, even if I grew up with ‘Feng Shui’ at one point I came to doubt whether it was true or not, whether it really works or not. I totally attribute this to the fact that as a teenager we all have natural tendency to question the things that we believe while we’re growing up. But during my college years something happened that really made me believe in Feng Shui, and that prompted me to become a serious student of Feng Shui.

After college, I decided to pursue and study more about Feng Shui, I read all the books that I can read and attend all the Feng Shui seminars that I can attend. However, I realized that these things are not enough; I need to learn from a real Feng Shui master. My search for Feng Shui master proved to be a big task! The search went on for about 4 months, until my father’s friend saw one in China, but he has one major requirement. For him to take me in as his student, I have to live in China and be his student for 6 months.  My career was doing quite well by then and thought that I’m giving up a lot of things just to pursue a passion that I have no interest making a career of. I said no and declined the generous ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity/offer.

But as fate would have it, somebody invited that particular Feng Shui master to the Philippines and we had the chance to meet him. At that particular time, one of my uncles was having a difficulty with his business and the sad news he also lost one of his sons a month before that particular meeting. Over lunch we shared this with the Feng Shui master and he conducted a diagnosis of the house of my Uncle without even stepping into his house! He described the possible Feng Shui errors in his house for that problem to happen. Surprisingly, he was accurate. He clarified that its not fortune telling and/or psychic reading. He simply said what would normally cause that kind of problem.

That again arouses my interest to become a serious student of Feng Shui. With the push from my parents and their financial support I decided to go to China from this particular Feng Shui master. I started calling him Si Hu or Master Teacher.

Si Hu taught me all the theories and principle of Feng Shui. He was a strict teacher but more than that he also believes in practical learning so he would bring me to his clients and let me learn things from experience. Through Si Hu I also got the opportunity to meet some of the most revered Buddhist and Taoist monks in China and Taiwan. He also introduced me several Tibetan Lamas, one of these eventually provided me the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama.

After 6 months of training, I went back to the Philippines and started incorporating all the things that I’ve learned with my family, our properties, and businesses. I also started ‘professionalizing’ my Feng Shui practice but I never commercial. Meaning I never went on TV or advertises myself. However, through the years, I can see that there is a renewed interest in Feng Shui and I thought much of what is being said on TV or print are either very general or not very accurate. With the ‘pressure’ from my friends and clients I decided to start this blog to help people who are interested in Feng Shui to become more equipped to understand and discern which one are true and which one of the numerous things that they read and see on TV are not exactly accurate.

My biggest apprehension in starting this blog is that I’m not a writer. My written English skill is not average they’re bad. But I realized that if I do well in the content part even if the structure is weak people would in the end understand what Feng Shui really is.

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