Find colours that can work for you

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 March, 2011, 12:00am

While most of us would have been decked out in red during the Lunar New Year festivities, be warned that red might not be the most auspicious colour for everyone. For instance, wearing a red dress or skirt to work a few times a week may not necessarily bring you promotion or a pay rise.

In Chinese metaphysics, colours are subdivided into five groups, each representing the five elements - water, wood, fire, earth and metal.

Red belongs to the fire element, together with orange, magenta, vermilion, fuchsia, violet, purple and pink. Shades of green symbolise the wood element, black and blue represent water, while grey and white signify metal. Finally, brown and yellow belong to the earth element.

The time and day of birth need to be analysed to obtain the eight characters that represent one's Chinese astrological chart, consisting of the four groups of two characters that each symbolise the hour, day, month and year of birth.

An experienced astrologer will be able to ascertain which element and colour are the most appropriate for an individual. For instance, if the metal element is the most auspicious, then wearing white or grey or using accessories of these colours at work would be beneficial. If wood is the inauspicious element, then wearing or using green items will result in frustrations or setbacks at work.

Your personal preferences can give you an idea. If you are always drawn to black and blue and avoid wearing red and orange, chances are the water element is favourable for you and the fire element less so.