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Fake or Copycat Charms: Will They Work or Not? Will They Bring Bad Luck More Then Good Luck?

Published Nobyembre 22, 2017 by jptan2012

Since I started this blog, this is one of the most common question that I get from readers, largely because they are simply a lot of copycat charms or amulets in the market. This is true not only in the Philippines, where Greenhills and Ongpin has been the hotspot for these copycat charms, but this is also true in Singapore and Malaysia.

I have refused to answer this question only because some commercialized Feng Shui consultants who sells fake always take it against me when I comment about their fake items. But since Guru Lama released the Special Gold Piyao, copycats have since copied the design already. They sometimes even put 999 signifying that it is also 99.9% pure gold, while it’s actually not, and are only lower carat of gold, plated with pure gold to make the color look it’s really 99.9% gold.

But before we go any further let us differentiate first what are fake and what copycats charms or amulets.

Fake are basically items that are passed off as Feng Shui charms, or crystals, or amulets but are totally useless because they have no functions, sometimes they even bring harm. When I started this blog, readers would always email me about something they bought and are wearing for me to see whether they are real or not. Most of them did this when I wrote a series on identifying real crystals, or semi-precious stone, or even gems. Empowered with the information that I shared with them, they realized that what they’re wearing might be fakes and so they will email me and send me photos of a particular item. This item is usually a crystal, semi-precious stone or gem bracelets. If they have put the name of the Feng Shui consultant where they got the said gem or semi-precious stone bracelet, I will no longer answer the question, but if they didn’t put the name of the person or store where they got the said lucky bracelet made of crystal or gem or semi-precious stone, I will answer them truthfully. Unfortunately, a lot of these items that were shown to me are fake, and a lot of them I found later after telling the truth usually came from two sources. In fact, one of them eventually has to close shop and has since then blamed me for her ‘downfall’.

Copycats are basically a copy of an amulet or charms that is usually made by somebody else. Perhaps it is safe to say the Lillian Too’s designs are the most copied Feng Shui charms or amulets. Once she has released her designs, it is only a matter of days before a copycat version comes out in the market. And they are way more affordable that what Lillian Too sells. But of course, I know that the quality of Lillian Too’s items are far more superior than the copycats that are sold in Greenhills and Ongpin.

So the question is now do they work or not? I’ll answer this question straight to the point.

Fakes don’t work! Plain and simple they simply don’t work. A fake crystal made of breakable plastic, is simply just that plastic and it will not have any effect. There is also a proliferation of fake Prayer Wheels in Ongpin and some stores in Greenhills. For a prayer wheel to work you need to have sutras or mantras inside the prayer wheel, otherwise it is just a waste of time and energy to be spinning it if it doesn’t have any mantra, so still it doesn’t work.

Do copycats work? This is a bit more controversial and I would like to explain it clearly.

Lillian Too recently released a statement in her sites saying that buying these copycats in what she calls fakes can create bad luck. And in a way, I agree with her. Copying a Feng Shui charm or an amulet designed by a person is in a way stealing the person’s idea and there is no good thing that will come out from copying, and thus this creates bad luck. Also, more than that, in making these designs, one has to follow some guidelines, so for all you know in copying the design they might have unconsciously altered some of it and thus it brings more bad luck than good luck.

Having said that, when I released the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT and the WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT, I actually gave my blessing to my readers to copy the design if they have the means to make it or ask somebody to make it for them. My reasons are simple and it is in reality who actually owns these images or these designs. For me nobody really owns an image of Buddha or a Bodhisattva, the mantras are handed down by Buddha so who owns them? Nobody owns them, and if I’m lucky enough to know how to utilize them, which I am, then I will utilize it and bring it out to the public. If somebody decided to copy it then so be it. In a way, I have a blanket permission to allow anybody to copy it.

Which brings back us to the question whether Lillian Too was wrong in saying that it might bring more bad luck than good luck. I think Lillian Too in a way was right in saying that it might bring more bad luck, because the people who copies her amulets or Feng Shui charms uses low quality metal and it tarnish right away, so once it has started to tarnish, it will bring in bad luck, and it is not safe to use it anymore. Also, she has not given her permission, so in a way it is stealing her designs.

We then go back to the fact does she really own these mantras or images thus one cannot copy it? The answer to that question is that while she doesn’t own them, she was the one who came up with the idea of putting it together or using them, so making an exact replica of what she did or of her design is stealing, whether it is patented or copyrighted or not. If you take an inspiration from it and come up with a different design, then I think that draws the line of not being considered as stealing, because again nobody really owns it anyway. Buying this is akin to stealing it either because you know what you just bought are copycat. So this is one of the reasons why I do get a lot of readers emailing me asking why the amulet or charm that are copycats are not working.

The Special Gold Piyao(2) has been copied also, and will it work or not? When I ask my Guru Lama about this, all he said is that although he was the one who brought the different ideas or designs for a Piyao into one design that will make it more powerful, the designs are not his and thus he doesn’t hold any negative emotions to those who copied it. However, we all have to remember that the design is not what makes it truly special. What makes it truly special is that the gold used in making these gold Piyaos are empowered gold. For years they have received the energies or have been exposed to energies coming from the chanting of mantras, recitation of sutras, or pujas performed by Bhiksus, Bhiksunis, High Lamas like Guru Lama.

And so, I hope this answer your questions about fakes and copycats, fakes are a big no – no. Copycats may be fine if with blanket permission or blessing of the one who design it and if you are sure that the quality is a good or even better than the original.

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What Crystals or Semi – Precious Stones to Wear Base On Chinese Animal Zodiac (Chinese Horoscope)?

Published Enero 28, 2016 by jptan2012

semi precious stonesMost of you, my readers, are familiar with the birthstones base on Western Zodiac or Horoscope. But since I wrote about crystals, I have been barrage with questions as to what is the best stones base on their Chinese Animal Zodiac or Chinese Horoscope. So here it is, I’m sharing with you the best stone for each Chinese Animal Zodiac, however, you’ll notice that unlike the Western Zodiac, for the Chinese Horoscope there are usually more than one stone, this is because this is base on Feng Shui.

So here it is…

CHINESE ZODIAC PRIMARY STONES SECONDARY STONES
RAT DEEP RED STONES: GARNET, RUBY GREEN GARNET, BLACK TOURMALINE, ONYX, MALACHITE
OX LIGHT BLUE STONES: AQUAMARINE, LIGHT TANZANITE SUGILITE, AMETHYST, PINK TOURMALINE, RHODOCROSITE
TIGER DEEP BLUE STONES: SAPPHIRE, TANZANITE, LAPIZ LAZULI CITRINE, JADE, LARIMAR, DIAMOND, HERKIMER DIAMOND, CLEAR QUARTZ
RABBIT WHITISH STONE: MOONSTONE, WHITE JADE MOSS AGATE, AZURITE, SUPER SEVEN
DRAGON PURPLISH STONES: AMETHYST, SUGILITE, SUPER SEVEN RED TIGER’S EYE, CARNELIAN, KUNZITE HIDDENITE
SNAKE BLACK STONES: ONYX, BLACK TOURMALINE GARNET, RUBY, RED TIGER’S EYE, JASPER RHYOLITE
HORSE YELLOW STONE: CITRINE, TOPAZ CLEAR QUARTZ, RUTILATED QUARTZ
GOAT /SHEEP DEEP GREEN STONE: EMERALD, IMPERIAL JADE, DIOPTASE, MALACHITE PERIDOT, CHRYSOCOLLA, DUMORTIERITE, GOLD STONE, PYRITE
MONKEY GREEN STONES: PERIDOT, GREEN GARNET, JADE, MALACHITE RUTILATED QUARTZ, LABRADORITE, TURQUOISE, ANYOLITE
ROOSTER YELLOW STONES: CITRINE, TOPAZ SUPER SEVEN, KUNZITE, HERKIMER DIAMOND, DIAMOND, PERIDOT, MALACHITE
DOG CLEAR STONES: DIAMOND, HERKIMER DIAMOND, CLEAR QUARTZ, LEMURIAN QUARTZ RUTILATED QUARTZ, HEMATITE, TOURMALINE, CHAROITE, CARNELIAN
PIG RED STONES: RUBY, GARNET, RED TIGER’S EYE TANZANITE, LABRADORITE, LARIMAR, AMETHYST, SUPER SEVEN, ANGELITE

 

I usually get my stones when I travel or in some selected few retailers in Ongpin (Philippine’s Chinatown), they are usually the small ones from Mainland China and are not commercialized and has not come out on TV. However, even in Ongpin they sell fake. Recently though I came across an online seller who has a FB page. So far I have observed that their stones are really nice and relatively affordable. A lot of my readers who got their crystals or stones from them are quite happy with the quality that they got. You can check them out by clicking here.

Please note though that I’m in no way connected to them or know them personally.

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Rituals to Appease and Protect Oneself from the Hungry Ghosts

Published Hulyo 19, 2012 by jptan2012

In my last two posts, I talked about and introduced to you the DREADED HUNGRY GHOST MONTH and also talked about the EFFECTS OF THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

As I always said it is useless to know about all these things if we are unable to protect ourselves. It is because of this that I would like to share with you some rituals that we can do to help protect us from the ill effects of the Hungry Ghost Month and the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Some people will make more elaborate offerings liek the one depicted in the photo. However, simply offerings the ones that I’ve listed are good enough.

First, you must KEEP THE HUNGRY GHOSTS ‘HAPPY’, and you do this by feeding them. Some people say that you should do this every single day of the Hungry Ghost Month, but some say you should do this only on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival. Personally, I think this should be done every single day of the Hungry Ghost Month from the first day to the last.

What you need to do is quite simple. You need to put a bowl of cooked rice; a small cup of rice wine or any liquor; 3 different bowls of beans (red beans, chick peas, mung beans); a small slab of tofu or bean curd; a piece of any kind of fruit; a bowl of cooked peanuts; and a small portion of meat – any meat will do. Optional are lighting of 2 red candles and 2 incense sticks. However, I do these two as well. Also, you should put some Yin Money or Hell’s Money, which in the Philippines is available in Ongpin or any Chinatown. I also leave some real coins, which is considered as Yang Money, to balance the Yin energy of the Hell’s Money.

You should leave these things outside your main door. If you have a gate, you can also do this outside your gate, but if might cause some problems, just the main door of your house will do. I leave all these things outside the house for a full month of the Hungry Ghost Month, and only replacing some of the food if they start to spoil or rot.

Some people say that the bigger amount you put the better. But just follow your instincts and put just enough.

By doing this, you are preventing the Hungry Ghosts to enter your house to ‘look for food’, and sometime food can be your chi.

You can also do this in your office. If you happen to pass by an establishment or house that has this kind offering outside, it is customary to put some coins or small bills. It is like dropping and blessing the hungry ghosts with some yang energy to help them re-enter samsara (cycle of life).

At the end of Hungry Ghost Month, throw away the all the food and burn Hell’s Money. Donate the coins to a temple or church.

VISIT YOUR ANCESTORS’ grave or in the case of the Buddhist their spirit dwelling tablet. Light some incense and offer some food. It’s best to do this at the first 7 days of the Hungry Ghost Month.

VISIT A TAOIST OR BUDDHIST TEMPLE to ask for protection. Praying to any Buddha, Bodhisattva, Deity or Immortal is acceptable, but if possible visit a Taoist temple or Buddhist temple that has the images of the known protectors like Amitabha Buddha, Sun Wukong, Kuan Kong, Chung Kwei. Try to offer some fruits, flowers and incense.

LIGHT SOME LOTUS CANDLES. Lotus candles are simple candles made in the shape of a lotus, this is because lotus symbolizes purity and by lighting lotus candle you bless the hungry ghost with yang energy and purity. Two things that they need most to get out of hell.

Lotus Candles. You can also simply get candles in lotus shaped glass.

LIGHT SOME RED LANTERNS outside of your house (or window or balcony if living in a high rise) the whole month of the Hungry Ghost Month if you live near the ocean, river, lake or any body of water and if possible, let some lotus candle float on the body water on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Month.

PUT SALT ON YOUR DOORSTEP, WINDOWS, AND EVERY CORNER OF THE HOUSE. This is to ensure that the place is constantly cleansed of any form of Yin energy.

CONSTANTLY PLAY SOME MANTRA OR SUTRA in your house. You can do this by buying some CD or altar paraphernalia that constantly play different kinds of mantra or sutras. You do this not to drive them away, although it may drive them away, but more importantly to help them get the benefit of the mantra.

People watching the Chinese Opera. Notice the empty front chairs, they’re reserved for the Hungry Ghosts.

PLAY THE CHINESE OPERA on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival. In the olden time, Chinese Opera are played by actors on the street to an ‘empty’ audience. This is because it is believed that the Opera will distract the Hungry Ghosts and not wreak havoc. Nowadays, living people also watch these operas, but they usually leave the first one or two rows empty, because they’re reserved for the Hungry Ghosts.

Of course, it’s not practical for you to play the opera, what some people do is put a TV set or a radio and just leave it on to a ‘happy’ program. It is said that this will distract the hungry ghosts and make them believe that there are real people and therefore they won’t enter your house. The energy that you’re emitting by playing the radio or TV is also a yang energy that attracts them.

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

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