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Myth Buster 19: Friday the 13th

Published February 13, 2015 by jptan2012
Photo uploaded from Google Images

Photo uploaded from Google Images

The title needs no more explanation because ‘Friday the 13th’ says it all, both in Westerners or Easterners knows about the belief the Friday the 13th is such a bad day.

But is there truth to it?

Base on Buddhist, Taoist, and Feng Shui perspective there is no truth to the belief that Friday the 13th is a bad day. But why is it so many people believe that when the 13th day of the Western calendar falls on a Friday it creates a bad luck? Well, there are actually two explanations to it; one was discussed by Dan Brown in his book ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Let’s discuss that first.

The Knights Templar used to be a very powerful secret order. At that time King Philip IV of France feared their power and decided to order some key personnel of the Knights Templar and the slaughtering of the rest of its members. Base on Dan Brown’s book it is said that it was Pope Clement V who instigated this, but a number of historians believes that it was King Philip IV who made the order and that Pope Clement V initially vehemently protested the king’s decision. The slaughtering of the Knights Templar happened on October 13, 1307 and it was on a Friday.

Another story has something to do with the belief about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is said Jesus’ sacrificed happened between Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday, and that there were 13 people on the Last Supper.

Please note that the belief in ‘Friday the 13th’ started on the 20th century. And it is said that charlatans to make themselves popular used these.

So don’t worry, it is quite safe to go out on a Friday the 13th!

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Myth Buster 18: You’ll Have Bad Luck If Your Chinese Animal Zodiac is the Opposing Ruling Animal Zodiac of the Year

Published December 31, 2014 by jptan2012

The husband of DU, my friend and reader, asked DU whether he’ll have a difficult year in 2015 because he was born under the sign of the Ox, and for those who are familiar with Feng Shui they know that Ox in the Chinese Animal Zodiac chart is right across the Sheep, which makes the Ox an ‘opposing’ sign of the Sheep.

The animal adjacent to your particular animal sign is usually considered as the opposing sign. This is usually because you have character traits that are totally opposite each other. It'll be harder for you to get along. However, I believe that relationships are work on so I personally don't subscribe to this so much, but I do acknowledge that it can be a little bit harder. However, the belief that you are going to be bad luck if your sign is the opposing sign really stems out from the Chinese government's meddling with Feng Shui practice.

The animal adjacent to your particular animal sign is usually considered as the opposing sign. This is usually because you have character traits that are totally opposite each other. It’ll be harder for you to get along. However, I believe that relationships are work on so I personally don’t subscribe to this so much, but I do acknowledge that it can be a little bit harder. However, the belief that you are going to be bad luck if your sign is the opposing sign really stems out from the Chinese government’s meddling with Feng Shui practice.

This is a very common misconception, which stems out from two factors. One, although I always say that relationships are worked on, the truth is its more difficult for people with opposing sign to get along harmoniously. They have to work on the relationship harder. For example, Ox is going to be more difficult to get along with a Sheep, a Rat with a Horse, and Pig with a Snake, so on and so forth. Please refer to the image. So taking this into consideration a lot of people believe that if you have an opposing sign you’ll naturally have a bad year ahead of you. However, this is not always the case. In fact, my own analysis for the year shows that for this year, most Ox born people will still have a good year ahead of them. You can read my previous posts about the forecast for the year.


 


 

The second factor why this belief came about is because of the communism of China. Mao ZeDong and his successors like Deng XiaoPing, strictly banned the use of Feng Shui, in fact, Feng Shui masters and/or experts are sent to hard labor. But, belief in Feng Shui is ingrained amongst Chinese, so like Buddhism and Taoism, the Chinese government was unable to totally repress it. So when the government realized that they couldn’t eradicate Feng Shui in people’s lives, they decided to control it instead.

It is said that although officially he has banned Feng Shui, Mao Zedong himself has continuously employ the services of Feng Shui masters for himself and for top government officials. This practice has been followed by Deng Xiaoping and up to the present leaders of China.

It is said that although officially he has banned Feng Shui, Mao Zedong himself has continuously employ the services of Feng Shui masters for himself and for top government officials. This practice has been followed by Deng Xiaoping and up to the present leaders of China.

Communist China did to Feng Shui what they did to religion. They can’t take away Buddhism, Taoism, and Catholicism is the country so they controlled it instead. Most of you know about the religions in China having the official and unofficial version. Depending on whom you ask, the Chinese government believes that they have the official version, and the official religions whose leaders are mostly abroad to avoid being kidnapped by the government and put into forced ‘vacation’, are considered the unofficial version. But elsewhere, outside Mainland China, obviously the official version is the Church ‘controlled’ (for the lack of term) religion, and the unofficial is the Chinese government controlled religion. The control is so strict that the government names their own bishops or archbishops, and in the case of Tibetan Buddhism they kidnapped the real Panchen Lama and installed their own Panchen Lama. The 11th Panchen Lama was kidnapped last May 17, 1995 together with his whole family. Nobody has seen them since and the Chinese government has installed a fake 11th Panchen Lama!

Going back to Feng Shui, although the government doesn’t allow Feng Shui experts or masters to continue doing Feng Shui, it is said that they continue to practice Feng Shui under strict control of the Chinese government. They’re only allowed to do Feng Shui for high-ranking officials of the government. As a result a lot of them sneak out and practiced Feng Shui in Hong Kong and Taiwan. For the general public, the Chinese government then gave licenses for ‘illegitimate’ Feng Shui masters to do Feng Shui for the people. Thus a lot of Feng Shui misconception has arise from these government – controlled Feng Shui masters.

A lot these government – controlled Feng Shui masters knows only some very basic rules about Feng Shui, thus they will say that if the ruling animal sign is your opposing sign then you’ll have bad luck, and they were also the ones who said that North is really bad.

They may be considered correct if that’s the only thing you should consider, but Feng Shui is not a simple formula of opposing and friendly signs, because Feng Shui is about animal signs, bazi/Paht Chee, elemental formula, 8 trigrams formula, flying stars, 24 mountains, Ho – Tu, auxiliary stars, and a lot more. All these formula should not be taken as a stand alone, they should be a combination and their relation to each other should be considered!

It’s true that if your sign is the opposing sign of the ruling sign of the year, in this case for 2015 the Ox is the opposing sign of the Sheep, and if you only consider that formula then the sure answer is you’ll have a bad year. However, I remember the FM radio DJ, Chico Garcia, saying on radio once that he was told that he will have a bad year because his sign is a conflicting (opposing) sign of the year but then Chico Garcia said it turn out to be one of the best year of his life. Why? Because that’s not the only thing that should be considered. You have to consider all the other formulas; all the other factors that’s need to be considered.

Pi Yao is a Celestial Being that pleases the Tai Suey God.

Pi Yao is a Celestial Being that pleases the Tai Suey God.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun or Goddess of the North Star is a powerful Deity to counter the effects of Tai Suey. She is said to be the creator of all the Tai Suey Gods does has the power to rule or control over them.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun or Goddess of the North Star is a powerful Deity to counter the effects of Tai Suey. She is said to be the creator of all the Tai Suey Gods does has the power to rule or control over them.

Of course, you have to remember but if you’re sign is the opposing sign of the year, then you’ll definitely face the God of the Year or Tai Sui (also spelled as Tai Suey) or Grand Duke Jupiter. This is easily addressed by wearing or carrying an image of a Piyao (also spelled as Pi Yao, Pi Xiu, Pixiu) that will help appease the Tai Suey. Wearing an image of the Goddess of the North Star or Dou Mu Yuan Jun is also a very effective cure because she is the mother of all the Tai Sui Gods and is said to be the only one who can subdue them.

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Myth Buster 17: Feng Shui Charms and Buddhist Amulets Given as Gifts are More Potent

Published November 28, 2014 by jptan2012

fengshuigiftRecently a reader, KT, asked me whether Feng Shui charms and Buddhist amulets given as a gift are more potent than the one that was personally bought. This is a very common misconception. The truth is Feng Shui charms and Buddhist amulets whether given or bought have the same amount of potency. However, if it was given as a gift, you do get a spurt of good chi because of the good and thoughtful act of the person sincerely wanting you to have good luck and the love that comes with it. This is a entirely different luck and has no effect on the efficacy of the charm or amulet.

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Myth Buster 16: Taking Home a Starfish Can Bring You Wealth Luck

Published May 20, 2014 by jptan2012

boracay-pic-3In my recent trip to the world famous resort island of Boracay, while me and my friends were just relaxing at one of the Casitas of Ariel’s Pointe, I came across a Finnish woman who I noticed was holding a starfish and was putting it in a plastic container.

While I cannot say that I’m a hardcore environmentalist, the truth is being a Feng Shui practitioner and a Buddhist, it’s impossible not to be a little environmentalist. It is simply part of the practice. So I decided to intervene put on a smile and nicely ask her what is she doing with the starfish. She smiled back at me and told me that there is a Finnish belief that when you accidentally step on a starfish and you decide to keep it, it will surely bring you a lot of good luck.

I first appreciated the starfish and told her that it is illegal to bring the starfish home and that she might be apprehended at the port. The truth is I’m really not sure whether there is such a law; I just decided to tell her the most logical thing. Explaining that bringing the starfish home is not good for the environmentalist, much more for the starfish, will be a tough job because she’s already on her 40s and she should know that already, so I decided to take the most effective route which is about her personal safety and that it being illegal. While I don’t know whether there is such a law in the country, I believe that it is the most logical thing to have. I’m glad she listened and decided to throw it back to the water.starfish

This is the first time I heard about starfish bringing wealth luck, but this is my take on it. If you came across a starfish on the shore, it is really good to throw it back to the water because on the shore for a long time without water, the starfish will surely die. By throwing it back (and yes you throw it back as far as you can so that it will not be washed ashore again, and no it won’t hurt the starfish) you would have saved the starfish from its eventual death, thus creating some good karma for yourself which might bring you some luck. However, bringing it home will surely kill the starfish, with a dead starfish not only did you create a tremendous amount of negative karma for yourself but also keeping a dead starfish is literally keeping a yin or negative energy. Both the negative karma and the yin energy will definitely bring a lot of bad luck for you.

So the next time you see a starfish on the shore, appreciate it a little and throw it back to the water to create some good karma for yourself.

Myth Buster 15: The North is Really Bad

Published April 25, 2014 by jptan2012

northA few weeks ago I went to do a Feng Shui audit of a place of a reader. I don’t really remember the context of what we are talking about but the subject of the conversation went into discussing the effects of the North. The head of the family asked me how come older generations believes that the North is really bad, and he even quoted the Chinese saying that says, “I will rather go homeless than have a free house that’s facing North!”

Being a Chinese myself, I’m familiar with this saying, and the truth is there is no truth to this saying. But where did this belief come from.

During the time of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiao Ping, the practice of real Feng Shui was banned, because they’re afraid that this might be used against them. Nevertheless, a lot of Chinese even some government officials still believe in Feng Shui and want to use this to their advantage. Because real Feng Shui experts are afraid to come out, this gave rise to charlatans and fake Feng Shui practitioners. They function under the supervision of the government, and were given some instructions. To make things easy, East has always been the best direction, and north is the worst direction.

But if you’ve been reading my blog, the truth is there is no such thing as the completely bad direction or completely good direction. It all depends on the yearly flying stars and on the Kua number of the person, or even the physical Feng Shui.

Myth Buster 14: Feng Shui Works 100% of the Time

Published September 1, 2013 by jptan2012

I recently got an email asking whether Feng Shui works 100% of the time. This got me thinking, whether Feng Shui really works 100% of the time. The truth is I’ve already written about WHY FENG SHUI DON’T ALWAYS WORK more than a year ago.

However, I believe that it is worth writing about it again, this time I would like to stress two of the major reasons that I have observed why Feng Shui don’t always work. The reasons I’m writing about now is an expounding of the last reason that I’ve written in WHY FENG SHUI DON’T ALWAYS WORK which is BEING TOO NEGATIVE.

A number of emails that I receive are from women who looking for love or wants to have the ‘love of their life’ return to them. Modesty aside, I’m happy to share that there are a number of them who got their lover/partner back, and that’s because they either got the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT or thru asking them to fix something in their room or house, or one which is through a powerful amulet pendant from Thailand.

Nevertheless, recently one of them got separated again, and she came to me complaining that Feng Shui only worked for her for a while. Since I already got to know them pretty well, I’ve already formed some ideas as to why they got separated again, but, I thought I’d still talk to the husband as to why he left her again for the 3rd time.

The husband who is also a believer and practice Feng Shui said that no amount of Feng Shui can help his wife. He said, she simply was not the woman she married. She has become very negative, often times very offensive and downright disrespectful to everybody. He said, all their money has gotten to her head and that she no longer sees the poor woman she married that’s very loving and caring with everybody.

This confirmed my belief that the woman has become very negative that the husband decided to leave. He also added that he still loves her but she should start helping herself and change herself.good_or_bad_attitude

I totally agree. I know for a fact that this woman will make a person suffer just because she didn’t like what that person did. One time, she even bragged that she sent a former friend some threatening messages just because the former friend failed to deliver on time the things the woman requested her to buy. She said that she send it anonymously using a different number so that her former friend will not be able to send her negative thoughts. WRONG! Karma is in the act that one did not in the thoughts sent by another person.

I have already warned her about attracting too much negative energy, but since she continuously gets good financial luck, she just ignored my warnings. However, the negative energy that she’s accumulating is attacking her through her personal life. She still hasn’t conceived even her Bazi / Paht Chee shows that she has descendant luck. Now her husband has left her for the third time.

Writing this now, because I notice this to be true with a lot of people, they want all the luck but they remain to be very negative. Not only negative in terms of being pessimistic but also negative in a bad attitude way. The bad news is Feng Shui can only do so much. One has to learn to change also.

Myth Buster 13: A Child Who Goes Under a Woman’s Skirt Will Have a Bad Luck

Published August 29, 2013 by jptan2012

Often times, especially for Chinese, we hear that if a child, again most specially for a boy, who goes or ‘hide’ under their mom’s skirt will have bad luck.baby under skirt

Feng Shui experts are divided on this. Some Feng Shui consultants like Lillian Too believes that this is true. I’m not sure what is her explanation. As for me, I believe that this is a myth, most probably started when older woman gets uncomfortable when they see their grandsons or granddaughters hiding under their mom’s skirt. Most likely, this is simply uttered out due to the uncomfortable and unpleasant sight of a child hiding under their mom’s skirt. Remember, back in those days, Chinese are pretty conservative.

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