Monday, March 25, 2019

40. Significance of The Year of the Boar

Okay dear readers. Are you ready? Are you eager to learn about what the Year of the Boar has in store for us? Are you psyched to discover what influence the Year of the Boar will have over the other 11 Chinese zodiac signs?

Some of you may wonder I chose to discuss the Year of the Boar now as opposed to the beginning of the Lunar New Year back in February. True, the year of Boar started on February 4th, but all the emerging energies of this new year -- good and bad -- will not be in full strength after March, which according to the Lunar Calendar is actually April. We will start to notice significant changes then. As for now, it's still not too late to prepare.

Based on the predictions of the world-renowned Feng Shui practitioner Master So, this year is what is known as a big water year.  It starts in 2019 but its influence will be felt up through 2021 for a total of three years.

Hmmmm, what does this mean?

The past three years, 2016 to 2018, were big fire years. This was good for those born in autumn and winter. It brought our energy up so that we were better while we were up and not that bad when we were low. For those born in  the summer, the energy slowed down -- for example, reaching a goal might have taken more effort and that effort may not have actually paid off.

From now on, though, what's up is down and vice versa. For those born in the summer, go ahead with what you want to achieve and start any plan you've been thinking about. Your luck energy is going into high gear and will last for the coming three years.

Conversely, if you're an autumn or winter baby, might we suggest you slow down the pace in the upcoming three years. Don't be too aggressive, be careful with risky investments, and exhibit patience in everything. This won't be easy, but, really, it's only three years. Right?

Over the last couple of years, there have been many natural disasters around the world. Unfortunately, this will still be the case and manmade disasters will also be fairly common. India and the Middle East region will be especially susceptible, but disasters will not be contained to just these areas.

Political and economic upheaval could occur in countries located in Southeast Asia. Deadly transportation accidents could happen with more frequency. And, strongman politics will continue to dominate in countries located in eastern parts on the world map. Western Europe may face severe flooding; and Northern Europe and West Russia could suffer from widespread fires. 

For those who live in the central area of a country the Year of the Boar is a good time to develop and extend business  -- but, only those who are truly working hard will find a fruitful reward.

It certainly seems like another period full of challenges between us humans and the natural world. As well as people versus people. But let's strive to start each day with a hopeful attitude. That alone could help to shift the outlook for many of us.

Want to learn what will happen with your own birth zodiac? Follow my next post on Monday, April 1st, for a detailed forecast about each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs

Monday, March 18, 2019

39. Love Energy Turned Bad

The death of the high-profile, television tycoon was big news at the time with blaring headlines in local newspapers. He was just 46-years-old -- young and healthy -- but then suddenly dead under mysterious circumstances that didn't make sense. Speculation was running wild throughout the city of Hong Kong with Feng Shui and energy specialists proposing his death might have been the result of the dark arts -- witchcraft.

Investigations were launched into his background to track down more details. He was from a wealthy and famous family. His grandfather had made a huge fortune with businesses in Malaysia, Singapore as well as Hong Kong. This meant the young executive travelled between the three visiting with close family ties and taking care of their businesses.

Rumors suggested that he had a secret Malaysian mistress -- possibly more than one or even two -- who was very jealous that he did not spent enough quality time with her. After some broken promises, the mistress's love turned to hate. It was alleged that she asked a witch doctor to help cast black magic on the lover she lost.

How does this black magic work? According to some experts, many ancient tribes still living in remote forests and mountainous regions have skilled practitioners sometimes referred to as witch doctors. Their knowledge of herbal potions, energy exchanges and the mystery of life enables them to heal people. But it also gives them the skill to punish people who have betrayed their tribe.

One of their methods  is to insert seeds from certain plants or the eggs of worms into the betrayer's body. After a gestation period where medicine has not been prescribed, the seeds will start sprouting or the fertilized eggs will start developing inside the intestinal tract. If left unchecked for too long, these organisms will prove fatal to the host body.

The theory is that the tycoon promised his mistress something he couldn't actually meet.  Feeling betrayed, it was thought that the mistress put a black magic potion from a witch doctor into a beverage or meal that she served him. Never making it back to the mistress in Malaysia, the tycoon succumbed to the poisonous worms found inside his body during the autopsy.

I have several Malaysian friends and have visited them in their country a few times. On a trip to the Malaysian east coast, friends told me there's a tribe with exceptional skills living deep inside the mountains not too far away. Supposedly they have the ability to shrink a human skull into the size of an apple which they will hang outside their door to show off their power.

These days it is told that a witch doctor doesn't even need to cast a spell with poisoned food or drink. Now they can conduct their business by connecting with the intended victim through hair or nail clippings, or a piece of unwashed clothing. And then once they have the victim's birth date they can easily invoke the spell through energy no matter where in the world they are or the victim is.

Scared yet? People from my parents' generation have told me similar stories about people they knew. One story was actually about one of our relatives. Their advice was not to take any drink or food from strangers when traveling in a Southeast Asia. My Malaysian friends told me that if you are an honest person, have behaved well and not played with other's emotions, you should be fine. But, those who ask for witchcraft to be performed on someone will actually pay for it in the future one way or another.  Can you say karma?

Consider how taking an energy as beautiful and positive as love and turning it into a negative energy as ugly as hate would manifest in the world. Certainly a price must be paid for this misuse of the connective energies that exist in our world.

Maybe it's time for us to focus on keeping our energy positive and, when possible, to transform the bad energies that inevitably will come our way into something positive. Think about it.

Monday, March 11, 2019

38. To Live and Die for Love

What is love?

It is said to be a feeling, an emotion, the hope of life, or simply a chemical reaction in the brain.  Or, is it an energy? Perhaps a connective energy?

For thousands of years humans have perpetually sought love everywhere. People spend their entire lives searching for the one and only, true and perfect love match. Over the centuries magic potions and spells have been devised to capture another's heart, align it with ours and lock two of us together. Forever.

This is the nature of humans, once they've found love they do not want to let it go. Maybe it's because life is short and we worry that our partner, our love, might vanish as quickly as they came into our life.

Ah, but the opposite of love is hate. One hates when love no longer belongs to you. Jealousy arises when the object of one's love finds someone else. Some spurned lovers turn to the dark side thinking they can get their love back, control it, or even destroy it. That's when black magic, supernatural powers and evil energies can be put to use.

In 1976, a high-profile tycoon and boss of a Hong Kong television company suddenly felt a sharp, debilitating pain in his abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital. After a full check-up he was found to be fine and sent home. Two months later he was back in the emergency room; and not long after he was pronounced dead at age of 46.

His death is a mystery to this day. During his stay in the hospital, his family spent huge sums of money hiring specialist doctors from the US and UK, but they were unsuccessful at diagnosing his illness. An autopsy was conducted and the official report revealed an infestation of hundreds of parasitic worms inside his digestive tract. This was assumed to be from eating improperly cleaned seafood while on a trip in Southeast Asia. The autopsy claimed this was the cause of the tycoon's death.

But then a number of unofficial press reports told another story. Stay tuned for the next installment of this mysterious tale.

Monday, March 4, 2019

37. The Red String of True Love

A teenager was hanging out in the market  on Lantern Festival when he saw a little old man running among the crowd and acting very peculiar. Then he observed the odd man quietly following behind people and tying a red string to their feet without them knowing it.

The teenager was so curious that he eventually sidled up to the old man and asked him what he was doing. The old man was taken aback to realize that he was being watched, but he looked into the eyes of the teenager, smiled and boasted that he's the matchmaker fairy. The one who ties young couples together with a little red string.

The teenager was highly doubtful of this claim and thought he would test the matchmaker fairy about who might become his future wife. The old man smiled and pointed across the crowd to the other side of the market. There a middle aged woman was holding a little girl in her arms as she walked among the stalls.

The teenager asked if it the child would become his bride and the fairy said yes. The young man insisted that he would prove him wrong. Without hesitation he picked up a knife and ran to the woman with the little girl. Not saying a word, he slashed the girl in the face. The woman screamed, the young man threw away the knife and then escaped without ever turning back.

After 15 years, the teenager was now of an age to find a wife. During the feudal era in China, marriages were arranged between two families. The husband would be shown a portrait of his future bride on the day they became engaged, but he would only see her face-to-face on the night of their wedding.

The man was very happy with his beautiful young wife who was perfect in every way except for a tiny scar near her left eyebrow. He asked what happened and she told him, at the age of three, she and her nanny were at the market when all of a sudden a young guy went crazy threatening people with a knife. The nanny tried to protect the child, but just as she turned to get them away the sharp blade cut into the child's face.

This is the myth about the matchmaker fairy. To this day, Chinese believe there's an invisible red string tied to their feet that connects them to their love -- no matter how far away.

For those ambitious individuals who are overly eager to make love happen for themselves no matter what, there are other ways to invigorate relationship energies. Kind of like casting a love spell or mixing up a love potion.  Could this be the right way to go about finding love for oneself?  Really. What could possibly go wrong?