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Pretty in Peach Blossom

February 09, 2008

Pretty in Peach Blossom

Clint Holton P. Potestas is bedazzled by the signs of fortune.

The auspicious comes from a sewerage inhabitant.  “It’s the Year of the Rat,” pointed out Marites Allen, feng shui expert.  Let these fortune-bearers dwell in the household, really.

“In feng shui (pronounced “fung shwee”), the prettier (the rat), the better… To those who’re born in the year of the rat, 2008 is a good year,” she said, divulging the rituals inducing good fortune at home, in the office, and in romance during the Feb. 5 Tea of Spring lunch hosted by Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. Marites was the special guest.

Marites is the chief executive offier of the “World of Feng Shui,” launched last Nov. 18, 2004.  One of her shops is at the ground floor of SM City Cebu.  Her self-titled TV show on ANC features more of her feng shui expertise every Saturday at 4-5 p.m. It premiered last January 26.  She also writes a column for the Manila Standard.

For 2008, Marites advises peach blossom s the preferable color for anyone who decides to buy an auspicious rat figurine.  “Blossoming!  In the year of the Rat, it’s a start of new beginnings; it’s the first in the order of the signs.”

Decorating the household with fresh flowers can also invite good luck and health.  “Lime trees,” she suggested for the garden.

The Rat, possessing a cunning ability to sniff, shares the fortune of the Dragon.  “The Rat, the Dragon, and the Rooster are friends.  Those who are born under these animal signs are lucky,” she explained.

She crossed her fingers, though, for what may come to those born under the sign of the Horse.  “The Horse is the Rat’s worst enemy.”

Alongside predictions of the animal signs, she also revealed what the five Chinese elements will bring.  Establishments under the Metal, Earth, and Fire elements are heading for the briht side.  “Businesses like entertainment, restaurants, food, goldsmiths, (manufacturing of) high-tech gadgets, and event he stock market would boom, she said.

Lie low, however, if you’re marketing under the Wood and the Water signs:  “Establishments like traveling agencies, media and communication, publishing, transportation, and fashion wouldn’t be at their peak.”

The clashing of the elements Water and Earth will cause stomach ailments this year.  She said that the “Earth controlling Water” is not a good omen in feng shui.

Luck is sensitive to signatures.  Signing checks and other documents must trace a pattern.  She tipped off:  “Start in upward (stroke); end in upward… like Corazon Aquino and Gloria Arroyo.”

With numbers, fortune resides.  Marites never stays in a hotel room ending in 5, 3, 7, and 2.  “I don’t know with you,” she addressed the Shangri-La guests, “But I’ll see to it that my room number never ends (with these digits).”  Fortune goes to the numbers 1,6, 4, 8, and 9.  She further noted that 9 is a multiplying number – multiplying the good fortune you have while 8 symbolizes money.

You don’t have to follow the rising of the sun.  A compass guides you route the chi or the positive energy.  And avoid three directions:  the west brings “hostility and arguments” in the household of office; the northwest threatens the health of anyone who “heads the state or organization;” and burglary settles in the southwest.

East and southeast, however, keep the fortunre.  She suggested: “Make these directions the most activated part of your house or office.  Make it your entrance, living room, or a place where you stay longer,”  Or you may decorate the east of your room with a water fountain for “it brings money.”

Ang pao, a red envelope with three gold-plated coins tied with a red thread, must be carried in the pocket as this brings “abundant wealth.”  But an imitation of it may discourage the positive energy.

Feng Shui is only the science of living in harmony.  “It’s not a religion,” she said.  “In fact, it’s only 1/3 of the luck we already have.  But we bring fun, fortune and feng shui.”

Three Folds of Luck

Marites urges belief in:
1. Heavenly Luck that one is born with
2. Mankind Luck created through hard work
3. Earthly Luck residing in the environment:  “How you arrange the things harmoniously”

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