KUALA LUMPUR: The water and construction industries will flourish in the Year of the Rat, predicts feng shui master Joey Yap.
He said the year would prove auspicious for these sectors as the elements of water and wood (construction) were predominantly strong.
However, Yap added that a person's performance in these two fields would depend on his or her's BaZi (astrology) readings.
“One's BaZi and face reading are determining factors as to whether this would be a good year for the person.
“Every year there is a 'good luck and bad luck' face. For instance, this year, generally those with big mouths and long chins will be luckier,” he said.
Yap cautioned that the image of the Earth Rat is portrayed as one of confusion, and because of this, people should opt for long-term decisions rather than rash ones.
He was addressing more than 3,000 participants at the Feng Shui and Astrology Seminar – “Good to Great 2008” – at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) yesterday.
The sell-out event was opened by UTAR Council chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.
Yap, who writes a feng shui column for Sunday Star, advised those born in the Year of the Horse to be careful as the year ahead would prove ominous for them.
“Even those born in the hour, day or month of the horse (according to their BaZi) should be wary and look at ways to evade bad luck,” he said, adding that those born in the Year of the Pig would also be more susceptible to illness.
Yap evaluated all 12 animal zodiac signs with the participants, emphasising the “pros and cons”.
He also illustrated ways to enable positive chi to flow through one's home by rearranging furniture and using alternate entrances.
Yap invited three of his students – Jayne Goodwick from Britain, Diane Grobler from South Africa and Sherry Merchant from India – to participate in the event.
They had been captivated by Yap when he visited their respective countries six years ago, and have since become the best of friends due to their interest in feng shui.
“It's a little harder for us because in Western countries the people are sceptical of the power of feng shui, but now they are slowly seeing its benefits and uses,” said Goodwick, a former paramedic.
Former Maths teacher Grobler and Merchant, an interior designer, concurred, explaining that feng shui was a teaching based on Chinese metaphysics and not religion – the main factor that drove many people away.
The trio will also be guest speakers at the National Feng Shui Congress 2008 at the same convention centre on Sept 13 and 14.
There will be more than 100 exhibition booths on display, with 12 workshops planned.
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