(Published in The Manila Times, February 8, 2013; and posted on Health News Online, February 10, 2013)
WITH easy access to information, more and people are becoming increasingly proactive about the pursuit of better health and well-being. The ancient practice of feng shui offers many ways to increase one’s chances of enjoying good health and quality of life by harmonizing the energies surrounding our environment. These unseen but powerful energies are important for our well-being, and feng shui tells us that we can make them work for our best interests.
At the start of the lunar year, the Flying Star system of feng shui indicates where favorable or unfavorable energies have flown to guide us in our efforts to achieve balance and harmony throughout the year. Among these stars, the one that affects our health is the so-called Black Star No. 2 or the Illness Star, which brings with it not only illness but also sadness, tension and stress, accidents, and other health-related issues. It is important to note that this star has flown in the Southwest sector. It also shifts positions every month, and the combination of the annual and monthly positions creates distinct health prospects for each animal sign.
Following is a summary of the health forecast for each animal sign.
RAT (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
Except for the Earth Rat (65 years old), who has weak health indications, all other Rat categories enjoy good health luck in 2013. Other indications show, however, that while the Earth Rat needs to be extra careful about health, other Rat-born people must make an effort to protect their wellness.
Be particularly on guard on the third month (April 5-May 5, 2013) and sixth month (July 7-Aug. 7, 2013).
OX (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
The Earth Ox (64 years) should consider placing Wood element energy nearby this year. The Wood Ox (28 years) should also be careful with their health, but all other Ox-born people will enjoy good health. Be extra mindful of your health condition from May 6-June 5, 2013.
TIGER (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
In 2013, only the 27-year-old Fire Tiger shows weakness in health luck. The 63-year-old Metal Tiger enjoys robust health this coming year. All others born in the Tiger year should have a good year in terms of health. The combination of stars on the fourth month (May 6-June 5, 2013) creates some illness vibes, so it pays to be careful.
RABBIT (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999)
The 26-year-old Fire Rabbit suffers weak physical health, while the 62-year-old Metal Rabbit will have robust health in 2013. All other Rabbit-born people will experience a good year, healthwise. Watch out on the eighth month (Sept. 8-Oct. 7, 2013) when stress could lower your resistance levels and bring on illness energies.
DRAGON (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000)
The Wood Dragon (49 years) manifests serious weakness in health luck and is advised to strengthen the Wood element at all times. The other Dragon-born people have no such cause for worry. Still, the prospect of getting sick and feeling out of sorts on the ninth month (Oct. 8-Nov. 6, 2013) looms for Dragons. It pays to get protected from the effects of the Illness Star.
SNAKE (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)
The 48-year-old Wood Snake must be careful and watch his or her health this year. Good health is indicated for the other Snake-born people; still, all Snakes are advised to slow down on the ninth month (Oct. 8-Nov. 6, 2013) when the Illness Star visits your chart and could cause even minor ailments to develop into something more serious.
HORSE (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)
The 71-year-old Water Horse will have the best health prospects, in contrast to the 35-year-old Earth Horse who could suffer from waning health luck in 2013. All Horse-born people should take good care of their health especially on the fifth month (June 6-July 6, 2013) when the Illness Star could cause lack of energy and exhaustion making them more susceptible to getting sick.
SHEEP (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)
There is an indication of serious weakness in health luck for the Earth Sheep (34 years) who is advised to be careful in 2013. All other Sheep-born will enjoy good health, but it is beneficial to be extra careful especially on the seventh month (Aug. 8-Sept. 7, 2013) when risks of illness and injury manifest in your chart. Avoid hospitals, graveyards and attending funerals as the yin energies of these places could prove too strong for you.
MONKEY (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)
The best health luck is in store for the Metal Monkey (33 years), but the Fire Monkey (57 years) should watch out in 2013. For the other Monkey-born people, it is necessary to place the correct remedy in the Southwest to subdue the Illness Star. There is risk of getting sick or meeting accidents on the fourth month (May 6-June 5, 2013) and on the seventh month (Aug. 8-Sept. 7, 2013). Avoid staying in the Southwest sector during these periods.
ROOSTER (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)
Only the Fire Rooster (56 years) is at risk of experiencing serious health issues in 2013 and must consider placing Earth element nearby. All other Roosters won’t have the same problem, but towards the twelfth month (Jan. 6-Feb. 3, 2014) it would be wise to avoid too much partying as waning energy levels could cause them to succumb to illness more easily.
DOG (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
The Illness Star appears in the Dog’s chart on the eleventh month (Dec. 7, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014), which could cause health concerns. Avoid stressful situations and give more attention to your health by striking a balance in your life. In 2013, the Wood Dog (79 and 19 years) need to be very careful and must take all necessary precautions and install remedies, especially Wood energies near them.
BOAR (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
The Wood Boar (78 and 18 years) may have serious weakness in health luck. It will help to have Wood element energy near you. Other Boars enjoy good health luck this year. Inauspicious energies on the second month (March 6-April 4, 2013) and on the eleventh month (Dec. 7, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014) could prove too much for the Boar as the Illness Star figures in their chart. When this star manifests itself, even small ailments could become more serious if not looked after immediately.
Suggested health luck charms for 2013
1. The Illness Star No. 2 has flown in the Southwest direction. Avoid too much noise or activities here that may affect the wellness of family members staying in this sector. Subdue this afflicted energy by placing a Longevity Vase in silver or gold and filled with long-life mantras. It will help maintain good health especially for the elder family members.
2. Aside from getting enough sleep, eating well and doing some exercises each day, you should also place a Wu Lou by your bedside. You may also wear or carry the Wu Lou pendant or amulet to counter the illness vibes.
3. A fashionable way to enhance health luck is by wearing clothes designed with the wu lou or antakahrana symbols available in different styles and colors only at WOFS Philippines boutiques.
Antahkarana-designed dress from the Frigga collection
4. Wear the Medicine Buddha script pendant or the Medicine Buddha moving mantra watch to improve your health luck and boost your energy level. They work not only for physical ailments but also ease out mental worries.
Medicine Buddha script
5. For those whose health luck is at an all-time low, it is recommended to increase Wood energy around you in the form of leafy plants on your desk. You can also wear the Green White Umbrella scarf to help prevent your health from further degenerating.
6. When your energies are weak, you feel depressed and demotivated about almost everything. You need to increase the presence of earth element, which in turn strengthens metal energy. Place crystal balls near you, on your work desk, or in the Southwest sector. Crystal balls etched with powerful images are ideal, like the White Umbrella Goddess, who protects against illnesses.
White umbrella crystal ball with lotus stand
(Source: Lillian Too & Jennifer Too Fortune & Feng Shui 2013, personalized horoscope books for the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, available at all WOFS Phils. boutiques)