In spite of being the biggest Christian and Catholic country in Asia, the Philippines still enjoys its share of superstitious practices. The New Year festivities is among them.
MANILA, Philippines – What are the lucky colors for the year 2010 or the year of the metal tiger?
According to a feng shui consultant, [in a Catholic country! Some fellow church workers are guilty of going gaga over feng shui!] they are blue and light yellow. Blue symbolizes water while light yellow symbolizes peace.
“Ang 2010 chart natin kulang sa tubig, kelangan natin maglaay ng tubig para nourishment… lalakas productivity and money purposes,” said Johnson Chua, a feng shui adviser. [ In English "Our 2010 chart says we lack water, so we need to offer water as nourishment...productivity and money purposes would prosper.]
Moreover, there are lucky colors for the Chinese animal zodiac signs. Blue is the lucky color for those born on the year of the rat, rabbit, dragon, snake and rooster.
White or light yellow, meantime, is said to bring luck to those born on the year of the ox, tiger, sheep and monkey.
Violet is the lucky color for those born on the year of the dog and pig while red and violet are the colors for those born on the year of the horse.
As early as now, figurines of metal or golden tigers are displayed in Binondo, Manila, such as the tiger with gourd (for good health) and tiger with Chinese cabbage and golden coins (for more money to come in). [how in the world were they able to determine this, who knows? They just want you to believe, hook line and sinker to what they tell you. Of course, you need to buy their wares before you get the good luck you want. Now who gets the good luck? I think the one who sells these stupid items get the fast one over the gullible one.]
“Maraming pera pasok kaso, pero kelangan ingat sa mga investment,” said feng shui practitioner Jean Chua. “Year of the tiger kasi pag once na marami ka na-invest, mahihirapan ibalik.” ["A lot of money will come in but we have to be careful of investments."]
Serving 5 round fruits on the dinner table during New Year’s Eve will also bring luck for the whole year.
But besides the lucky charms and lucky colors, feng shui consultant and counseling astrologer Paloma believes that people should look at the signs of the times wherein there have already been precursors to election-related violence. [And you need fortune telling for that?!]
“Marami nagsusuot ng purple. Purple means deep spiritual energy… Saan ba galing ‘yon? Sa trying times o traumatic events,” noted Paloma.
“May precursor na sa Maguindanao ng matter of execution… nag-fa-file pa lang ng candidacy,” she added, pertaining to the November 23 Maguindanao massacre which claimed 57 lives. [And why did they not predict this massacre would happen?]
Meanwhile, one of the predictions is that there will be disasters not only in the Philippines but in several other countries. [Wow. As if disasters do not happen every year. Now that is fortune telling for you.]
Despite the difference in the predictions of the geomancers, [now are they looking at the same stars to make the predictions or the other one is superior than the other or... geomancy is really all about making a quick buck out of those desperate to find a quick way to earn money by using charms instead of sweating it out, eh?] they are all relaying a message on change and preparation for any disaster.
THE STUPIDITY OF GEOMANCY!
If you are a man of faith, why put your trust in these geomancers and their charms?
Will the Lord be not enough?
As written in Proverbs, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths".
And as Abraham said "God will provide."
Now that can save you your faith and some money!