It’s been a while since I wrote on the 99.co blog and it’s good to get in touch with everyone again – a very happy Chinese New Year in advance! It’s that time of the year where our plans and resolutions, at least for some of us, need to be reaffirmed by our zodiac forecasts. I’m here to offer a different perspective though.
I’ve been a Chinese astrologer on a mission for a while now, and I often speak about how annual zodiac forecasts are not a proper application of Chinese astrology. Each year, I will put up a blog post on my website as a reminder to not be misled by the annual zodiac forecasts you see on television or in shopping malls.
Don’t get me wrong. Chinese astrology can forecast someone’s life, but there is a proper way to do it. Categorizing everyone by the zodiacs and doing a generic forecast is not the right way of doing things and it causes a lot of unnecessary panic, which often drives people to make the wrong decisions.
I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few important things and some things I’ve learned along the way as a Chinese astrologer and metaphysician.
Treat Annual Zodiac Forecasts You See On Media As Entertainment
The beginning of any zodiac forecast always starts off with the listing of the auxiliary stars we call 神煞，some of which bearing ominous names like 丧门 (Death Door)，亡神 (Death God)，孤辰 (Solitude/Hermit) etc. If you find your zodiac under the affliction of the negative stars, please do not panic because it does not always apply to you.
Although the listing of these auxiliary stars in zodiac forecasts are correct from a technical perspective, in real practice, a Chinese astrologer is supposed to do a deep dive on your full chart (not just the year you were born) to determine what elements your chart needs. It is only with this information that we go into the auxiliary stars and determine its influence is on us.
Clashing With The Grand Duke (太岁) Is Not Always A Bad Thing
Most people cower in fear when they hear that their zodiac offends or clashes with the Grand Duke this year. You’ll often hear this term 犯太岁 or 冲 太岁.You will not hear this often because it makes things less exciting, but just because your zodiac offends the Grand Duke does not necessarily mean you will have a bad year.
Clashing with the Grand Duke can be a positive thing sometimes. In essence, clashing with the Grand Duke brings about change, but sometimes change can be positive. No doubt your year will be tiring, for the price of progress in your life sometimes comes with a little effort and going through a period of change and uncertainty.
Do not panic unnecessarily just because your zodiac sign offends the Grand Duke this year. Similarly, just because your zodiac sign does not offend the Grand Duke does not mean you are safe either.
Buying A Condo Is Not Always A Good Thing
I’ve been seeing a lot more discussions on whether buying a condo is a good idea recently, and I’m glad that people are starting to see the other side of the coin.
I’ve assessed many houses in the course of my work and met many condo-buyers. One of the things I’ve noticed in the astrological charts of many condo-buyers is that some of them will go through financial difficulty, or their charts are not charts that are meant to be wealthy. Speaking to some of these condo-owners, I realised some of them have difficulties servicing the mortgage and they feel burdened by the house instead of feeling a sense of fulfillment from owning a home. They are unable to take a break from work, and some cannot afford a holiday because they are hardly able to save up. It’s not a good position to be in.
I can validate from a Chinese metaphysics perspective that owning a condominium is not always a good thing. Your true wealth is not measured by owning a condominium. Like zodiac forecasts, do not buy into the hype. Do your own research and financial planning, and decide what’s best for yourself.
There Will Always Be Good And Bad Stacks/Units In Property Developments
Not all units and stacks within the same development are the same. If you remember one of my older blog posts on 99.co, the layout of the units and building orientation matters. You may occasionally find a practitioner appearing at a launch event trying to pitch a property development as a good buy from a feng shui perspective, but please remember they are often obliged to leave the negative things out in their pitches.
There is a saying that we are fated to be in the houses we are in, so do not see it as though a house can put a curse on you if you happened to end up in a less-than-ideal unit. When a practitioner assesses your house, the house paints a story of how your life unfolds – very much like reading an astrological chart.
Stay Woke & Informed
A lot of myths and misconceptions get perpetuated during Chinese New Year, often to generate hype and cater to the mass market. Always put on a critical thinking cap and ask questions so that you don’t end up making the wrong decision.
Do not start a business, jump into marriage for the sake of a BTO or purchase a property just because someone on television or signboard in a mall told you to. There are a lot more depth and nuances to this field than you can imagine.
2020’s Chinese New Year is special because it is also the start of a new decade. My wish for everyone is that we can start applying the wisdom of our ancestors properly.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
This article was written by Sean Chan. Born in Taiwan and raised in Singapore, Sean Chan is an old soul and a modern day Feng Shui Master. He’s a Chinese metaphysics consultant specialising in BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu and Feng Shui. Through his blog, he hopes to dispel the myths and superstitions surrounding this field, and help people from all walks of life benefit from metaphysics the way its founders intended.