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Feng Shui Tips for Travelling Safe this Holiday Season
Anyone who has travelled in the months of December and January will
know how busy this period can be! One of my readers wrote to me about
her panic that her husband could not get a seat on an auspicious date.
So what was she to do, she asked! Well, since this is such a busy
period, I can imagine that it will be highly unlikely that you'll find
yourself a seat on the travel date which is auspicious for you so here
are some feng shui tips on how to remedy the situation.
by Honey Lim (December 2002)
Feng shui Precautions
Symbols of Protection at home
you're away, place symbols of protection facing your main door AND back
door to protect your home from being burglarised. Symbols of protection
can be images of warriors or religious statues. Examples are the Kwan
Kung, Buddha, Green Tara, Kwan Yin, Maori Warior Gods, Virgin Mary or
an image of Jesus Christ. Perhaps the image of Jesus that you use
should be of Him looking strong and regal rather than crucified on the
cross. You can also paste Mantras from your own religion be it Buddhist
mantras, Christian proverbs or Islamic inscriptions above the door
outside as added protection as well.
Yang Energy At Home
A house left with no occupants for more than 1 week starts to
attract YIN energies which include burglary, theft, spirits, illnesses
and many undesirable things. This is why many people who come back to
an empty home immediately get sick especially since the body is already
so tired from the holiday! You need to keep the Yang energy inside the
home alive and on-going even while you are away. Do this by leaving the
radio on as sounds keep yang energy alive at home. Purchase an
electronic timer and hook it up to your lights so that they turn on at
night. One of the nicest lamps I purchased while I was at Michigan was
a light sensitive halogen stand lamp. They're relatively affordable
(less than USD 30.00) - when it become dark, the light automatically
turned on. The most effective solution is of course to get your
relatives to house-sit for you!
Travel on your Auspicious date
up the almanac at WOFS to find an auspicious date to travel. Try to
find a date suitable for both husband and wife. Good or average dates
will do but avoid Bad dates. Both husband and wife should travel
separately if the dates don't suit either one of them. For example, if
Tuesday is good for the wife but bad for the husband, then the wife
should travel on Tuesday, and the husband should find another date to
travel. Children should travel with their mother and follow their
mother's auspicious date. If they are travelling by themselves, travel
following their own personal auspicious dates. If you ABSOLUTELY cannot
travel separately, please read the section on travelling cures for
things you can do to remedy the situation before you leave.
Wash away Bad Chi Before Travelling
you are embarking on a long journey, take a shower or a bath before
leaving. If you don't have enough time to bathe, wash your hands and
feet before leaving the house and preferably before getting on the
plane. Washing the feet is particularly symbolic as the feet symbolises
travel. This is done to wash away any bad energy clinging and
symbolically washes bad chi coming your way.
Warnings of Dangerous Travel
Tibetan and Taoist feng shui gives us some clues to warnings that
we should not travel. These are pretty serious warnings so if you do
encounter them, do not take them lightly.
Use Elements of Direction to Overcome
If on a car journey you have a
flat tire or small accident, change your clothes immediately. A small
accident means that a really serious misfortune has been avoided but
the change of clothes completes the passing of the misfortune.
you see a lame or limping dog on the way to the airport, railway
station or bus station, this is a sign that the trip or the flight/ride
will bring you misfortune. Use the travelling cure outlined below. If
you happen to pass a person carrying a heavy load on his/her back,
change your time of travel. This symbolises that the outcome of the
trip may be more burden on your back either financially, emotionally or
in areas of social or family responsibility.
you dream of dangerous and fierce animals such as tigers and lions the
night before the travel, this is a warning that the trip might be
dangerous for you. Either postpone the day of travel or use the
travelling cure below.
you see a funeral proccesion on the way to the airport, change the day
of travel. If you cannot postpone the date, use the travelling cure.
The travelling cure recommended here is both a Chinese and Tibetan
Feng Shui cure. Use this cure if you just can't select an auspicious
date for travel, or encounter some of the warning signs outlined above.
First, determine the direction of your destination. For example, if you
are travelling from Malaysia to Singapore, the direction is South. If
from Auckland to Melbourne, you'll be flying West. Then use the
destructive element of the direction's intrinsic element to destroy the
bad luck coming from that direction.
|Direction of Travel
||How to cure
||Throw 1 or 3 mounds of earth/soil towards north
||Drink a glass of water before leaving or throw a glass of water towards South before leaving
a curved knife and swipe it in the air towards East or Southeast three
times. You can also ring a bell in the East or Southeast 6 or 7 times
(leave the bell at home), or hang a metal windchime on the East or
Southeast while you're away. Remember to remove the windchime when you
||Burn some incense sticks towards West or Northwest, or burn a red candle and point it towards the West or Northwest.
the air three times with a bamboo stick tied with red thread towards
the Southwest or Northeast. The bamboo is a very powerful protective
symbol against misfortune from injuries and also represents wood
For averting bad luck from 10 directions
a curved knife in front of you and swipe it left to right 3 times. This
overcomes bad luck from 10 directions which are: luck from 8 compass
directions + luck from top + luck from bottom.
Say some mantras/prayers before leaving
Whether you are a Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, Catholic, Christian or
Hindu, each religion has their own prayers and mantras which you can
recite before a journey. While still at home, stand at each cardinal
location and direction i.e. - North, South, Easth and West, and recite
these mantras/prayers. You should also place some bushy or leafy
branches in these locations/directions while you recite your prayers.
Note: Tibetan Buddhist mantras usually need to be recited 108 times at
each corner. The buddhist mantra for travelling is: MAMA PUTAH PUTAH
YEH SO HAR
After observing all the feng shui precautions, do remember all the
usual practical precautions which are told to you by travel guides as
Check in early to avoid missing your flight - holiday queues are maddeningly long!
not be overweight (luggage) unless you're prepared to pay for it. Most
planes are full so chances of leniency for luggage excess is pretty
all your bags to avoid undesirable items smuggled through your bags
especially if you're travelling to Asian countries as the penalty for
smuggling drugs into Asian countries are usually very severe. In
Malaysia and Singapore, it is death by hanging so do be very careful.
something bright and easily recognizable on your bags so that other
passengers won't mistake them as their own - many luggage bags look
alike! This reduces the chances of your bag getting lost.
Keep your ticket luggage tags with you so that you so that the airline can track your luggage.
2 address tags on your bag - one with your home address & phone
number and one with your destination address and phone number. This
will enable the airline to send them to either address depending on
which is closer to you at the time if they get lost.
your neighbours to keep an eye on your home if they're going to be
around this holiday season. If you've got security patrol, alert them
that you'll be away and tell them how long.
Have your mail diverted and newspapers temporarily stopped so as not to present an image empty house.
Lim is a graduate of the MCC (Distinction) from the Lillian Too
Institute of Feng Shui. She provides consultations, seminars, workshops
and pre-purchase site inspections.
You can reach Honey at Fortune Space Consultants, PO BOX 12101, Wellington;
Mob: ++ 6421 48 11 88 (anytime before 10pm);
for more info on Honey Lim.