THERE will always be opposing views on feng shui. Some believe that this ancient Chinese tradition really improves lives, while others remain clouded and doubtful about it. But for the Philippines’ Queen of Feng Shui Marites Allen, the attitude one must have is simply,
“There’s no loss in trying.” And try if you must, especially from July 31 to August 28, when the Hungry Ghost Month begins. According to feng shui, the Hungry Ghost Month happens every seventh lunar month of the year. This is the time when yin (the dark energy) is a stronger than yang.
Because of this imbalance in which yin dominates, ghosts and local spirits feel comfortable and wander around on earth. These roaming hungry ghosts cause misfortune by feeding on people’s energies and fears.
The Hungry Ghost Month is also the Asian equivalent of Halloween in Western cultures. Meanwhile, the Hungry Ghost Day falls on the 13th of August. On this day, the Chinese believe that the Gates of Hell will open and release more hungry ghosts. Feng shui believers or not, Allen advises the public to take extra care during this time.
Proof For feng shui skeptics, Allen has a lot to share about the Hungry Ghost Month. In 2010 alone, Philippines experienced a lot of tragedies during the same period. The worst tragedy was the hostage-taking crisis that took place on August 23, 2010—the Hungry Ghost Day—at the Quirino Grandstand killing several Hong Kong tourists. A retired policeman, Rolando Mendoza, hijacked a busload of tourists in a standoff that lasted for hours.
Eventually, Mendoza went mad and killed eight hostages. He was then taken down by the police. Another sad loss was the death of 2009 Binibining Pilipinas-International Melody Gerbach from a car accident in Camarines Sur on August 21. A string of bus accidents also happened in different provinces of the Philippines.
A bus fell from a cliff in Benguet killing 41, and another one in Quezon killing five. Eight Don Bosco students were further killed in Cebu when the bus they were riding hit a pine tree. All these incidents took place within the Hungry Ghost Month. Allen firmly believes they are all connected and concluded that people are more prone to untimely deaths and accidents.
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