Choosing not to believe what a geomancer told her that she should not marry the man she had fallen in love with for the second time—and in fact, not re-marry at all—Marites Allen took matters into her hands and vowed to learn the rudiments of feng shui herself. She even promised to surpass the knowledge of the “master” whom she felt had given her the wrong advice.
With love in her heart and determination in her gut, she then went on to study under the true masters of the craft in such countries as China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong among others. And with wisdom gained she proved the “phony master” wrong with her marriage to British husband Nicholas staying strong to this very day, not to mention a renowned profession in geomancy she pulled off along the way.
But while Allen’s practice continues to be a legitimate and flourishing business, the loving wife and mother tells The Sunday Times Magazine that at the end of the day, it is still the knowledge that she has helped others lead balanced, harmonious, healthier and more prosperous lives that truly brings her fulfilment.
“It is both a gift and advocacy. I have personally experienced the positive effects of feng shui in my life and I want to share it with as many people as I can, so they too can have the peace and prosperity that is there to enjoy,” Allen passionately stated in an interview at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.
Backed with a Master in Business Administration from the Ateneo De Manila University, Allen continues to shuffle between London and Manila to tend to her family and career. In 2012, she opened the Frigga Charmed Life boutique in several malls across Metro Manila, establishing a strong online presence via websites WealthLuck by Prosperity Mall and online shopping portal Lazada.
“Feng shui is simply about achieving balance in our daily lives. It is about balancing the energies and the natural elements that surround us. Once we are able to do this, we are well on our way to material well-being and happiness. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t want money and happiness in life,” she said.
The first Filipino to receive the prestigious title “Master in Feng Shui” from the world-renowned International Feng Shui Association, Allen stood proudly with four other masters when the global annual event of feng shui practitioners was held in the Philippines for the first time this year. She is also the only Filipino member of the Feng Shui Societies of London, Singapore and the World of Feng-Shui Malaysia.
She counts among her countless satisfied clients, prominent businessmen and showbiz celebrities as Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda and Ruffa Gutierrez. No matter a person’s stature in life, however, Allen is more than willing to help them prosper, thus releasing her annual forecast for the coming Chinese New Year below.
According to Allen, 2018 is a most stable and exciting year what with the configuration of the number 9 from the last two figures.
The eleventh animal in the Chinese zodiac, the Dog, will take over as the ruling animal for the coming year. And as the dominant element of the Dog is Earth, it indicates stability through the entire year, which should allow those who have the Earth element in their chart to organize their personal and professional lives more confidently and efficiently.
“2018 is exciting as it is the auspicious configuration of the number 9. Nine is the most supreme and most powerful number, and the only number in multiplication that results in itself again [when adding the digits of products]. We have 9 x 2 = 18 and 1 + 8 = 9; 9 x 4 = 36 and 3 + 6 = 9 and so on and so forth,” Allen elaborated.
The Year of Earth Dog commences on February 16, 2018.
Location and stars
According to Allen, it is important to know how each animal sign corresponds to the eight directions on the compass. There is the East – Rabbit, West – Rooster, North – Rat, South – Horse, Southwest – Sheep and Monkey, Northeast – Tiger and Ox, Northwest – Dog and Boar, and Southeast – Dragon and Snake.
Next, one also has to be aware of the nine flying stars and their meanings for specified times.
“The Flying Star School of feng shui is a system that uses time dimension to analyze the type of energy that dominates a particular compass direction. It changes yearly, monthly, daily, and even hourly. According to its principles, positive or negative energies may create harmony or conflict in a specific sector, and it pays to know how these stars affect different locations in the home or office,” Allen stressed.
The Lucky Stars, therefore, are as follows:
#1 White Star (Element: Water) brings new opportunities and financial gains. It also symbolizes good reputation, as well as career and academic success.
#4 Romance, Education and Travel Star (Element: Wood) is the star of romance, travel, and self-development. It governs academics and scholarly pursuits.
#6 Heaven Luck Star (Element: Metal) brings a nobleman’s luck or help from influential people and is also the star for overall good fortune and potential windfall.
#8 Prosperity Star (Element: Earth) is also known as the Primary Wealth Star and brings monetary gains from different sources of funds, as well as good health and career success.
#9 Magnifying Star (Element: Fire) symbolizes future expansion, fame, and prosperity. Its effects may not be immediate, but they provide long-term profits.
The Unlucky Stars on the other hand are:
#2 Illness Star (Element: Earth), which brings health issues wherever it has flown, that is, illness, stress, possible accidents, and feelings of lethargy.
#3 Conflict Star (Element: Wood) casts negative influence on personal relationships. It manifests in arguments, betrayal, gossips, and even legal problems.
#5 Misfortune Star (Element: Earth) is the most dreaded star because it brings many possible things that could go wrong with health, relationships, business, career, and finances.
#7 Violence, Injury, Robbery Star (Element: Metal) is another vicious star to be careful of as its negative nature causes burglary, violence, rivalry, loss of wealth, and possible lawsuits.
How do these locations and stars figure in one’s fortune, then? To cite an example, the Dragon and Snake,
which are in the Southeast location, have auspicious month in July with the Prosperity Star 8. It portends financial windfall, and is therefore the best time to buy into stocks, bet on the lottery and win in raffles. More specifically, July 22 is a triple lucky day for the Dragon and the Snake, happening only every nine years.
General forecast for the signs
Rat. Career is good. Good luck of 2017 continues to the first part of 2018. Being visited by the Misfortune Star throughout the year, it is important to do acts of charity (to fend off bad luck) before the start of the Chinese New Year. Be watchful of health and be careful whom to trust as well. Have a very positive outlook in life. Don’t make decisions by following other people’s intentions.
Ox. Arguments prone year. Take it easy. Try to have a lot of patience. Also need to be careful with what words to say as it may cause trouble.
Tiger. Advised to be cautious on words coming out of mouth. As Tigers become busy and argumentative, they could lose touch with their family, so it is advised that they take comfort with their family. It should be family first for the Tiger.
Rabbit. Wealth luck in 2017 may spill over a little bit more into 2018. Be careful with excessive scuba diving or going to park places. Bruises and accidents are bound to happen. Careful with things to carry. Don’t lend money as you may not get paid back.
Dragon. Although it may have the Wealth Luck for the year, it is also the enemy of the Dog. Be careful because it’s the conflict year. Take it easy and be cautious of the surroundings.
Snake. Has Wealth Star for the whole year. Opportunities to make money, expand network or business, or gain more wealth and opportunities is very high. Make good use of this year as it’s the best time to have a breakthrough.
Horse. Visited by Romance and Travel Stars. Might find love in faraway places, so take a chance and go travel.
Sheep. Blessed with the windfall luck, something unexpected, maybe commission that has been long overdue will come now or may sell something and gain money from it.
Monkey. Blessed with something unexpected. Some financial gains are in store so make it happen by taking chances in betting into lottery or sweepstakes. High chance to win, even simple raffle draws are going to be good.
Rooster. Intelligent animal but advised to take easy in 2018 as health issues are fragile. Sickness may come back. Advised to take easy and have annual medical check-up at the beginning of the year. Be careful what to eat. Avoid raw food.
Dog. Wealth cycle. Expect new beginnings. Something victorious is in store. You can ask for salary increase or move to a new place or begin something you had been inkling to do.
Boar. Very lucky in terms of wealth. Start of a new cycle. Victory luck is in store. If looking forward to shift in career or going back to school or start a new course or do something new, like writing, this is the perfect year.
COVER PHOTO BY JOHN MICAH SEBASTIAN