WARNING! This is a very long post, but if you want to know...
1) three important tips to win at the casino,
2) which VIP's life will be in danger in 2010 and
3) which month you should stay away from the stock market,
....then you might want to continue reading : )
I have written about Feng Shui 2010 according to Joey Yap. Now it's Lillian Too's turn!
I attended Lillian Too's Feng Shui Extravaganza 2010 which was a whole day affair held at Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre on January 10th 2010. Her feng shui talk was one week ahead of Joey's and it had been like that every year.
This year however, I noticed that the hall was only about three quarter full. I was not sure what happened but it seemed as if she's getting less popular now. Maybe some of her long time fans are switching over to Joey Yap?
Well, despite the drop in attendance, I still enjoyed her talk nevertheless. She had always been a good speaker and she still is. Her talk was so funny it was practically a laugh a minute! It's no wonder that my friend who did not believe in feng shui attended her talk every year without fail! Just to enjoy a full day entertainment, she told me. Haha!
Before Lillian started her talk, there was a lion dance performance all around the large hall and on stage. I took a few pictures but only this one turned out well.
Lillian then came out and went round the hall to shake hands with her audiences. I didn't get to shake her hands as I was sitting somewhere in the middle where she could not reach.
When she started her talk, I was amused to see that those lion dance workers had to stand there holding the dragon until the first part of her speech was over. That must be really tiring!
By the way, that giant book you see on stage is Lillian's latest book called Living With Good Feng Shui that she is no doubt promoting. The book gives readers an in-depth look into Lillian's home and office, which should make interesting reading!
So what did Lillian Too predicted for the year 2010, the year of the metal tiger? Of course she is no fortune teller. What she predicted was based on her analysis and interpretation of this year's Bazi. (or Paht Chee in Cantonese)
2010 Bazi Chart courtesy of Bazi Buzz
Lillian joked a lot about Tiger Woods this year. Look at Bazi Chart for 2010 above. Can you see Tiger Woods? There's Rabbit Wood, Rooster Metal, and then there are two Tiger Woods! Haha!
Oh, she also asked this question which I could not remember the answer to. The question was "What is the difference between a tiger and a lion?"
It was obviously a joke about Tiger Woods but I could not remember the answer although I remember laughing out loud! Anyone of you attended her talk and remember this joke? Do let me know the answer, please : )
And do you know what has 2012, Avatar and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon got to do with feng shui?
Nothing much really, except that Lillian mentioned about them during the seminar, haha! She had high praises for 2012 and Avatar and recommended both movies highly.
As for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, I learnt it had something to do with the Bazi Chart this year! If you refer to the chart above, you can see the presence of rabbit and tiger. These two animals are symbols of Spring and when combined with the Dragon would create a trinity that produces a very strong seasonal combination of spring.
OK, you may not understand fully (neither do I, haha!) but according to Lillian Too, this Crouching Tiger can cause the Hidden Dragon to surface producing auspicious new beginnings! This is the actual source that gave birth to the phrase "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". Interesting!
OK, back to more serious stuff. Looking at the Bazi Chart above, you will notice that it is not a balanced chart. When I say not balanced, I mean some elements are missing. In Chinese metaphysics, the world is made up of 5 elements, namely Earth, Metal, Wood, Water and Fire. A balanced Bazi Chart would have all these 5 elements present.
(FYI, the Bazi is made up of four pillars. From the left to right is the Hour, Day, Month and Year pillar respectively. Each pillar has 2 characters, the top character is known as heavenly stem and the bottom character is earthly branch. Below the earthly branches, are the hidden heavenly stems.)
However, in the 2010 Bazi Chart, there is missing fire and water elements although there is hidden fire under the month and year pillar. What does this mean?
According to Lillian Too, missing fire indicates a lacking of creativity and intelligence in 2010. You know, like burning churches and mosques, riots, political backstabbings and things like that.
And the hidden fire in the month and year pillar (not shown in English in the Chart above), indicates fire disasters like forest fires and volcano eruptions. So you are living near an active volcano? Be on the alert then for that volcano would most likely erupt this year!
If you look at the Year pillar, there is a metal and a wood element there. In Chinese metaphysics, metal is said to destroy wood (refer to diagram below) indicating health problems pertaining to lungs and respiratory problems. So if you think that the H1N1 epidemic is over, you may be wrong. Beware of H1N1's second wave!
(For Cycle OF Elements 101, please read here)
Of course, Lillian Too has a preventive cure for H1N1 - wear her 4 Heavenly Kings scarf which contains powerful healing mantras!
The metal and wood conflict also means that war and fierce fightings will continue in 2010. International conflict and disharmony will go on and there will be political instability in many countries, especially in Southeast Asia.
With metal from the heavenly stem destroying the earthly branch wood, coupled with lack of water elements, it is going to be a very dry year. A dry year does not mean no rain. It simply means a year full of burglaries, fire hazards, pollution and car accidents. So there is a higher chance of road accidents in 2010. And I can just imagine the haze from Indonesia coming back again to haunt us in Malaysia! Not very good news!
Now take a look at the 2010 Bazi Chart again. To prevent you the hassles of scrolling up and down, I'm reproducing the Chart below for your convenience.
2010 Bazi Chart courtesy of Bazi Buzz
Do you see that the wood element makes up most of all the elements? There are also wood elements in the hidden stems. This dominant wood indicates strong competition. Lillian Too warned that even friends can become devious in the interests of surviving through a tough time, so be extra careful!
Now we all know wood needs water to grow. Since there is plenty of wood this year, but no water element at all, this means all the woods will be rotting woods! This indicates that anyone dealing in the wood industry (eg plantation, agriculture, publishing) will be in for lots of competitive pressures and a tough time!
In Chinese metaphysics, wood is said to destroy earth. Since wood element is dominant this year, that means earth energy will be unstable. Unstable earth energy leads to earthquakes! According to Lillian Too, earthquakes are likely to happen in the Northeast (China) and Southwest (South America) areas of the world.
Wow! Didn't the Haiti earthquake came a bit early? Perhaps that's an indication of more earthquakes to come throughout the year?
Earthquake aftermath in Haiti
The absence of water in the Bazi Chart means that we desperately need water elements this year. So anyone with water elements in his or her personal Bazi Chart will do better than those without. And water element businesses (eg banking, shipping, transport, fishing) will do well and therefore owners of such businesses can afford to take calculated risk.
If you are into stock market, Lillian said that water element stocks (eg oil, banks etc) will do well. Do take note of this!
To cure this absence of water, Lillian Too suggested that we surround ourselves with water! Wearing blue and black colour (which signifies water) clothings do help in changing the energy level so wear more of such colours this year. Guess I have no problem with this as blue is my favourite colour and it matches well with black!
Lillian also mentioned about the river from the Kunlun mountains in China which is believed to be the source of most rivers in South East Asian countries. It seemed that this river in Kun Lun was blocked thereby affecting the feng shui of South East Asian countries.
Kunlun Mountains courtesy of Cultural China
However, Singapore and Indonesia are spared as they are not connected to the river and besides, these two countries are surrounded by water! Now isn't that interesting!
Besides water industries, fire industries will also be doing well. This means most restaurants will be doing brisk business, entertainment industry will be reaping in the profits and the stock market looks promising for quick gains.
Talking about the stock market, the first half of the year will be better than the second half. Lillian Too warned that we should be careful during September and October when things would not look so good and advised us to stay away from the stock market during these two months. Western markets will do better than Asian markets, it seems.
Metal industries (eg jewellery, computers, airlines, mining) outlook is average for this year. Business approach would need creative strategies.
Earth industries (eg property, real estate, construction, hotels) does not look too good this year. There will be little wealth or profits, so there is a need to think at least of the medium term.
I have already mentioned about the Flying Stars in my post on Joey Yap's seminar, so I will not repeat it here. As most of you who are into feng shui would probably know by now, Joey Yap and Lillian Too differs in that Joey Yap is into classical feng shui whilst Lillian is more into new age feng shui. New age feng shui involves placing objects to cure afflictions or to activate good stars.
It will make this post too long if I mention about the cures so you may want to check out Lillian's recommendation here.
Now I have reach the exciting part. The part where Lillian reveals which VIP's life will be threatened in 2010. To do that, let's take a look at the Flying Star Chart 2010 below.
2010 Flying Stars Chart courtesy of wofs.com
Notice the number 9 at the Northwest sector. In Flying Stars, number 9 represents fire. The Northwest sector represents heaven's gate. This combination means fire at heaven's gate which is not auspicious.
According to Lillian Too, this combination also means danger to a leader. And since it's the Northwest sector (if you look at the world map, USA is at the Northwest sector), the leader in question would be none other than the current President of USA Barack Obama!
Lillian went one step further to check on Obama's life force and spirit essence. She was dismayed to find that Obama, whose astrological animal is Ox, has low life force and spirit essence this year!
For the uninitiated, life force indicates danger to one's life. If one has low life force, this means the danger to one's life is high. As for spirit essence, this indicates one's personal cosmic strength whether one will encounter spiritual obstacles. If your spirit essence is low, it is easy for you to be hurt by bad spiritual energies.
So will anything happen to Obama in 2010? Your guess is as good as mine.
But Lillian had this hope that Obama knew a little about feng shui and would probably have in his possession a few talismans or cures to protect himself from his life threatening afflictions. She even mentioned (or probably boasted a little) that he actually owned a talisman that came from her online feng shui mall! How about that!
Finally, the tips on how to win at casinos! Most casinos especially in Asia are heavily feng shui-ed to give advantage to the casino owners. In other words, once you go in there, you are almost guaranteed to lose money to them! Lillian gave us 3 tips. Now read carefully...
Tips #1 - DO NOT ENTER THROUGH THE FRONT MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE CASINO. You will most probably notice the fu dogs statues placed at the front entrance - these giant fu dogs are meant to eat you up! Lillian advised to enter via other entrances probably from the back. So if you take a cab to the casino, make sure you tell the cab driver not to drop you off at the main entrance. Instead instruct him to drop you at the parking area.
Tips #2 - When you gamble, DO NOT SIT DOWN! If you notice, the chairs inside casinos have holes at the back. This signifies no proper support. And the holes allow money to flow out! So when you gamble, stand up!
Tips #3 - Face your personal best direction. To know your good directions, you will need to know your KUA number. You can get your KUA number here. Your best direction is usually your success direction. In other words, when you go to the casino, please bring along a compass so that you know which direction to face when gambling!
So there you have it, 3 tips on how to win at casinos. However, Lillian gave us one last tip. Do you want to know what is her last tip? She called it bonus tip : )
Here it is....
Tips #4 (bonus tip) - The moment you win.......RUN!!! Haha.
Most gamblers continue to gamble even after winning hoping to win even more. However this rarely happens so leave the casino as soon as you win big. Good advice indeed.