Feng Shui – Debunking the myth and legend of the Wealth God

According to Chinese culture, every lunar Chinese New Year ushers in the God of Wealth who is prayed upon to bring prosperity
and monetary rewards to residents celebrating its arrival at their door steps on the eve of Chinese New Year. Prayers and
offerings were made to the God of Wealth with an assortment of vegetables, meats and beverages hoping that the ritual will
bestow upon the faithful good tidings for the coming year. This cultural practice gains significance in Chinese custom and
tradition during the olden days when Feng Shui found its way into the life of the peasants and rural folks in ancient China. Feng
Shui is an ancient Chinese Art of Geomancy which studies the movement of energy in the form of wind and water. This art
originated with the Chinese scholars over 3,000 years ago and was mostly used by the emperors and intellectuals to amass
wealth and power. However, the common folks had inadvertently associated the art with the religious practice of praying to a
deity or god, rather than tapping into a body of energy known to the Chinese as Qi. This ritual slowly took root among the
masses and later turned into a mythical and religious fascination with the God of Wealth. Thus was born the practice of praying
to and receiving the God of Wealth on the eve of Chinese New Year. Fire crackers will be released at the end of the prayer
session to welcome his arrival with joy and merriment.

The God of Wealth is no legend at all. In Feng Shui, the body of energy renews itself every year and change directions and
locations within a dwelling. This body of energy is influenced by the planetary movement in the constellation and it wax and
wane over time, day, month and year. This body of energy or auxiliary star is given a name based on its auspiciousness or
misfortune such as the Star of Wealth (a.k.a God of Wealth), Star of Death, Star of Happiness, Star of Nobility etc. It is this Star
of Wealth that the Chinese equate it with the God of Wealth and look forward to for an auspicious start to the year. The trick is to
tap into the energy of this auspicious star in its right direction and location when it arrives on the eve of Chinese New Year. The
Lunar Chinese New Year for 2008 starts on February 7th and the Star of Wealth comes from the West direction and settles in
the west sector of a dwelling. Unfortunately, the Star of Death happens to be located in the same sector this year. As such, it is
not advisable to receive the God of Wealth this year.

However, there are other auspicious stars such as the Star of Nobility which resides in the Northwest and the Star of Happiness
in the South. Try tapping into these stars in their respective locations for better luck. Timing of tapping into these stars is also
crucial. The correct time is at the Rat hour of 11.00 pm – 1.00 am or to be precise at 12.30 am on February 7th, 2008. How do
you tap into these stars? You can let off fire crackers, play loud music or simply make some noise and be there at the right hour
to activate the stars!

Whichever the stars you tapped, these are only auxiliary stars meaning, the effect only last for the day in question and not the
entire year. Notwithstanding, it is always better to start the year with the blessing of the veritable God of Wealth for a want of
optimisms and mirth.
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