As the coming Lunar Year of the Wood Sheep is blessed with all five feng shui elements — metal, wood, water, fire and earth — everyone will have the opportunity to make money, achieve success and attain their goals, according to renowned feng shui expert and grandmaster Lillian Too.
At a one-day seminar on Jan 11, the founder of the World of Feng Shui said, "The presence of all five elements indicates a year that is well balanced. Goodwill can take seed and help overcome the conflicts of the year.
"This is also a year with plenty of big auspicious chi (energy), so there is also the luck for making big things happen that bring wealth and income flows."
Addressing a packed audience at a local hotel, she however predicted the first half of the lunar year to be full of conflicts as the Wood and Earth elements are seen clashing in the first six months of the year. "There is sure to be an outbreak of war in the first half of year in Europe as it is in the centre of the Star of War and Hostility, but it will be short-lived," said Too.
"But good sense will prevail at the end of the year. The sheep, being a docile and kind animal, will bring about compromise. Skilful diplomacy will improve relationships in the second half of the year."
According to the bazi chart, there will be a lot of personal hostility and misunderstandings, and lawyers are expected to do well this year, she said.
On the stock market, Too said "the middle of the year" is the time to buy shares as the market is expected to rise by the end of the year. "Though the first half of the year can be dangerous, the second half is very good. Prospects for making gains from short-term investments are high."
This feng shui expert, with an MBA from Harvard University and who is credited for popularising feng shui in the US and Europe, advised investors to go slow on property purchases in the first half of the year.
On business, Too said the year should bring excellent business opportunities and the second half of the year is a good time to start business. "Despite hostility, there is stability. As the year progresses, the air of conciliation catches on. There is a powerful Mentor Star bringing wisdom and experience to the table."
Too, who is a Buddhist, said the best business in the Year of the Wood Sheep is metal and advised her female audience to buy gold and jewellery this year instead of hand bags. "This is the year of metal industry. Car, travel, air and electronic sectors are good," she said, aided by her display of feng shui charts and tables.
She forecast that oil prices would hit a low of US$40 a barrel.
On politics, she said people born in the Year of the Snake "will have very strong energy and will be very difficult to shake". She noted that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was born in the Year of the Snake.
On travel, she advised people to select China as a destination as "it is very safe" and to skip Europe and the Middle East. She said those who often go to the casino in Genting Highlands should enter Genting by the garage rather than by the front door, as the lucky chi at the entrance has been absorbed by the operator.
"Wear red this lunar year as the colour will provide a feng shui cure," she added.