Animal charms

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 February, 2009, 12:00am

To avoid misfortune and bad luck during a lunar year, you should wear an animal pendant that will complement the animal of your birth year.

Those born in the Year of the Rat should carry an image of an ox and vice versa. Tigers will benefit from wearing a pig pendant, while rabbits should match up with dogs. Other pairs include the dragon and rooster, the snake and monkey and the horse and sheep.

The pairs are derived from the Eight Characters of Birth (paht chee) school of Chinese astrology. There are other, more complex, calculations involved in this school of astrology that will identify animals that can improve your love life, wealth or luck or have the potential to be your mentor.

Even though the practice of wearing pendants is popular, it has aroused controversy. Some modern fung shui practitioners feel that it is a marketing tool that takes advantage of the trust and gullibility of believers. Such criticism is unfair as this practice has a long history and is undeniably ingrained in the culture and psyche of the Chinese people.