How geomancer Paul Ng predicts your Chinese horoscope for 2019
The Star’s Chinese zodiac predictions for the year of the pig got a lot of traction on social media this week. Unlike western horoscopes that deal with personality characteristics, these zodiacs deal with specifics for the year ahead depending on year of birth — as reader Joyce Montrose noted, “I am advised not to gamble or get married this year.”
We asked the geomancer, Richmond Hill-based Paul Ng, how he comes up with his often blunt and direct predictions and about the universal appeal of horoscopes.
What is a geomancer?
Geomancy means harmonizing the earth and man. Feng shui is the term for it in Chinese. Feng (wind) shui (water) was created in the 4th or 5th century. The Book of Burial, written during that time, says the energies of the world will be carried away by the wind and collected by the water. Feng shui is more complicated than just moving furniture. Time is also a factor. I calculate the timing and the different kinds of energies. When I enter a house, I see the kind of energies that centre on things like health and wealth, so I help capture that energy using mathematical calculations. I’ve been doing this part-time since 1985 and full-time since 1993.
How does that translate to horoscopes?
It’s another set of mathematical equations and formulas that are based on three things. At its simplest, the first is a the Book of Changes, I Ching in Chinese, that’s used as a book of wisdom and help to provide guidance. The second is the Flying Stars Method that looks at how the stars’ positions works for different people. The third is a chart that looks at the whole year. It can take me a whole week to calculate everything if I don’t take breaks. This isn’t something anyone can do, and it’s not for the faint of heart.
How do Chinese horoscopes differ from western horoscopes?
The western ones are based on the galaxy. Mine are based on the earth signs and the way the earth works in terms of energies. Western horoscopes emphasizes a lot of the personality characteristics of the signs, which I appreciate but the ups and downs, the details of the happenings throughout the year might not be sufficient. Feng shui emphasizes how things work and relate to each other.
Why do you think people are interested in the zodiac, even if they don’t really believe in them?
It’s a good reference for what you want to do. People might not buy into it 100 per cent, but any kind of guidance doesn’t hurt.
Karon Liu is the Star’s food writer and is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @karonliu