With the coming of Chinese New Year on Jan 28, 2017, red is the predominant colour. Those celebrating the occasion adore red clothing, red lanterns, red spring couplets with auspicious words, and of course ang pows!
But purple – or “dzi sik” in Cantonese – is also a popular colour. In fact, feng shui masters often recommend that we place purple objects or wear purple clothing as an auspicious hue for the moment. They say the colour purple attracts luck, wealth and fame.
Purple is an admired hue in feng shui, and is often used to tap into good energy – or “qi” – if we’re looking to bring abundance and prosperity into our lives. The colour is linked to spiritual awareness, as well as mental and physical healing.
In ancient China, purple was connected to Polaris, also known as the North Star or “Ziwei”. In Chinese astrology, Polaris is believed to be the abode of the Celestial Emperor.
On top of all that, purple is a calming and soothing colour. Some will even associate the hue to personal intuition and spirituality. It is also symbolic of nobility and dignity.
In 2017, the Year Of The Fire Rooster, Hong Kong feng shui master Mak Ling Ling says everyone should use more red or purple coloured items to create good fortune – it’s as simple as that she emphasises.
The Wealth Star flies to the East this year, so it is particularly favourable to place red or purple objects in the East or Wealth sector of our home.
Conversely, she says arrange a few potted plants with big leaves to draw more prosperity towards us, and money will come. Some masters also claim the placement of these plants in the East also helps to maintain the wealth.
Meanwhile, in the Year Of The Fire Rooster, those born under the Dog, Rabbit, Rat and Rooster signs of the Chinese zodiac is believed to “offend” the Grand Commander Of The Year, also known as the Grand Duke Of Jupiter or “Tai Sui”
Tai Sui is one of the most feared deities in Chinese astrology. Zodiac signs that clash with the Grand Duke are said to be an affront to him, and bad luck will befall those born under those signs unless you pay your respects to him. If remedial measures are taken, you can avert misfortune and enjoy a peaceful year.
In Chinese astrology, 60 heavenly generals rotate in a 60-year cycle to command as Tai Sui, a position in the celestial heavens under the rule of the Jade Emperor. Every year, a new Tai Sui will reign over the world’s affairs and determine the happiness, health and fortunes of mortal beings. In 2017, the ruling Tai Sui is General Tang Jie.
Watch out for the location of the Tai Sui. You do not want to disturb or upset him, or you will incur his wrath and suffer bad luck all year long. Do not sleep your head pointing West in the direction of the Grand Duke Jupiter. Don’t sit facing that way either.
And avoid construction work like renovations in the Tai Sui location because he does not like noise and disturbance. Make sure you offer prayers at the temple to pacify Tai Sui and get his blessing – as well as his protection.
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