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“I think Filipinos started to become interested in feng shui when it first became a part of the larger consciousness or zeitgeist,” says feng shui master Patrick Rey Lim Fernandez to Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “I think Filipinos are naturally superstitious, and that’s what initially drew them to feng shui. It is something that seems like magic because they don’t understand it. As people learn more about it, it becomes less of a superstition, more like a science.”

Feng shui, also known as Chinese geomancy, is a way of harmonizing one’s environment into an auspicious setup. Literally translating in English as “wind water,” feng shui uses the five Chinese elements of earth, wind, water, wood, fire, and metal, in holistically predicting one’s career, relationship, and wellbeing.

For this year, the Lunar New Year ushers in the Year of the Metal Rat. “This Year of the Rat, 2020, is pretty exciting. This is the start of the new decade, and for the Chinese, it coincides with the start of the new 12-year cycle,” says Patrick. “What does this mean for us? This means a period of new beginnings. There’s a lot of fresh energy, optimism, and excitement. That’s something we can capitalize on. It’s something that we can draw from. It can inspire us to do new things.”

The Lunar New Year is the perfect time to celebrate old traditions, new beginnings, and mend broken bonds. Let’s welcome the new year by starting with ourselves, donning lucky colors, gilded charms, scents, and mouse insignias in celebration of the Golden Rat.

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Source: Manila Bulletin

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