We’re reaching the midpoint of the year and it is a good time to look back at the first quarter of the year and also look ahead to the coming summer. The Dragon Year is certainly bringing love and marriage to those born in Rabbit years – the most famous celebrity lovers being Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and both are Rabbits, and the latest is that they just got engaged and will marry later this year; all you Rabbits reading this looking for love, this could be your year!
But there are darker stars that concern us too in the Dragon Year and already so much drama is playing out at country leadership level on the world stage even as we go to print. Survival at the top and retention of power and position depends on how one rides the Dragon and whether the feng shui winds favour you. The ghastly 7 which brings betrayal, bloodshed and violent loss of name and position is in the NORTHWEST, and here it afflicts the luck of leaders.
In our feature Clash of the Political Titans
, we see the number 7 “fighting” star playing havoc at the top echelons of power. Honey Lim
brings us a savvy account of the sensational saga unfolding in China, where Earth Ox Bo XiLai
, the Chongqing Communist Party Chief, seems to be losing out in a fierce political battle. He has been arrested, and reports of a huge scandal involving murder, torture and extortion are whirling around him; is he the victim or aggressor whose time ran out? Obviously he has been directly afflicted by the number 7 star!
In Hong Kong, the wealthy Kwok brothers of powerful Sun Hung Kai property group (Raymond, also an Earth Ox, was classmates with Lillian Too at Harvard Business School) have been arrested on charges of corruption; again, is political payback the reason
? Lillian recalls her working days in the colony when fraternizing with the Kwoks was part and parcel of corporate Hong Kong... making recent events all the more personally shocking. Both Bo XiLai and Raymond Kwok are Earth Ox; were they hit by the number 7 in the Ox sector this past March? Read Honey’s analysis!
It really is so important to protect oneself with the correct cures and remedies - especially if you have something to lose! Knowing your luck map beforehand enables you do something to shelter against feng shui afflictions - to be safeguarded from sudden reversals of fortune; how do you do this? The easiest way is to read your animal sign in our Feng Shui and Fortune astrology books; these are small, handy, affordable, and a totally invaluable guide on how to stay lucky and protected through the whole Dragon Year!
But sometimes simple remedies are simply not enough, and this is why Lillian keeps stressing the importance of the Third Dimension in Feng Shui
practice. This is the spiritual dimension. When the odds are against us, it is always so important to have the cosmic forces on our side. This is easily invoked if you know how. Truly, some of the secrets and rituals are so effective and quick-to-work they are just mind-blowing. Lillian will share more of these secrets with you at her event in Singapore in July of this year. Book your tickets online at www.wofs.com
Meanwhile on the entertainment scene, we are simply awed by two back-to-back movies re-telling an age-old classic fairytale with two glaringly different takes. Mirror Mirror
starring Julia Roberts
takes a whimsical, comedic approach, while Snow White and the Hunstman
brings us our broody vampire girl Kristen Stewart
fighting the evil forces of wicked witch Charlize Theron
in a much darker drama. Both tales centre on the magic mirror, a tool not unfamiliar to feng shui practitioners. We are already aware of the great power of the mirror, and in this issue, we remind readers of its incredible potency to protect and also to enhance and manifest wishes like magic.
Fashion is taking a walk on the wild side with a profusion of skulls
appearing on celebrities, designer tees, jewellery and accessories. Is the skull a symbol of death or does it hold much more meaning?
A matter of debate and a good dinner-table discussion topic... but you'd be surprised to learn the feng shui take, which presents the skull as much more than merely a symbol of pirates or rebellious teen rockers...
When it comes to prestige, highend property development projects in China are courting the Sport of Kings. The Metropolitan Goldin
in Tianjin recently won the bid from the world governing body of polo (FIP) to host the world's first Snow Polo World Cup. Peter Abishegenadan
who travelled there to officiate as Tournament Director letter from the editorcame back enthralled not just at the level of polo played but also by the depth and breadth of Feng Shui that went into the planning of this brand new development
. The ambitious project, which includes luxury homes, apartments, high-rise buildings, a polo club, and an entire new township, has been designed to form what their official Feng Shui Engineer Li Kui-ming
terms a "Treasure Basin"
. This Polo Club is most definitely on my list of next feng shui destinations to visit!
Speaking of travel, Lillian Too's Feng Shui Spectacular around Latin America is seriously taking shape, with most of the host venues for the 9 cities now confirmed. She is eagerly waiting to connect again many of her students there, so those of you wanting to meet up with her, do get your your tickets soon. The halls are filling up fast, so do visit www.tuticket.com
Have a great summer, a great read and hope to see you at one of our events! May the Dragon Year continue to be great for you!