Celebrating Chinese New Year has somewhat become part of Filipino tradition. So much so that Filipinos are even the first ones in the supermarkets buying round fruits to bring their homes good luck when this day arrives, even partaking of tikoy (glutinous rice) to promote unity among family members and friends.
President Aquino has even declared the day a holiday owing to the number of the Filipino Chinese community in various parts of the country.
Filipinos have embraced Chinese customs and traditions for the Lunar New Year, and for good reason. Filipinos, like the Chinese share common values like love for family, religiosity and belief in starting the year right to inspire many happy returns.
This is why Pinoys are increasingly fascinated by feng shui, which translates to wind and water – the art of harmonizing one’s life with the elements to encourage positive things in life.
2015 is the year of the wooden goat. According to Feng Shui Master Joseph Chau Kam Shing, the year is filled with both positive and negative elements. It is helpful for believers to sport lucky charms to counteract the negative forces and channel them into positive energy.
In his book Feng Shui Essentials, Master Chau warns people who are born in the years of the goat, ox, rat and dog to be extra careful as they are offending the Tai Suey, or the star opposite Jupiter. While some difficulties await them, all hope is not lost as there are means to protect them from the negative elements.
Those born under the dragon (wood, gold), goat (metal), ox (water, earth) and dog (water) signs are also asked to refrain from going to funerals and burials this year.
According to Master Chau, the Master Protection Pendant should be worn by those who were born in the year of the rat, horse, rabbit, and ox and people whose surname are beginning in C, M, N, K, S and Y in order to counter the negative energy surrounding them this year.
He says this is one of the best all round ways to remove bad luck, conflict and accidents.
For travelers, he advised the Safety Medallion to avoid road mishaps, and avoid evil spirits.
Females are in need of the Health Medallion this year because of the prevalence of the Serious Sickness Star in the Southeast. Master Chau advises women to carry the medallion in their wallets or put one in the Southeast area of their homes, bedrooms or offices.
Master Chau shares a variety of charms to enhance money luck this year.
First, there is the Wealth Bucket, which symbolizes steady wealth and prosperity to the bearer. This item should be placed in one’s safety box, house or office to ensure stable income.
There is also the classic Jade Pei Yau, which is considered a money catcher. This animal is said to have a voracious appetite for money and encourages money to flow freely into the home.
For those having trouble collecting a debt, the Pay Back Collection Set may prove to be helpful. As part of the Financial Acquisition of Treasure (FAT) charm, this helps people collect on debts owed to them in the past.
People having problems collecting on debts or stating out businesses, on the other hand, should place the Trend Eight Antique Coins, inside one’s wallet, checkbook, passbook or record book.
For couples, the Brass Happy Couple encourages partners to have a faithful and harmonious relationship while the Brass Antique Pumpkin, which has carvings depicting long life, conjugal bliss, wealth and other positive relationship traits help couples have good luck and smooth sailing relationships.
The Jade Mandarin Ducks on Plate also depicts harmonious relationships that usher in prosperity.
The Jade Dragonhead Fish or pendant is one the most effective lucky charms for those who are starting out in their careers or needing help with their studies. A caveat is that the jade needs to be of good quality for it to be effective. A Cicada charm on the other hand, helps children concentrate on their studies.
All the charms should be energized and blessed by a qualified person so that the positive chi within the ornaments will be activated. If not, the items will not serve its purpose and will only be decorative, Master Chau concludes.
Photos by Joel C. Paredes, Ralline Mojica and “The Goat is Coming!” by Aural Asia is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Illustration by BoyLuna.