Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Call me superstitious; I consult the Chinese Almanac (Tong Shu) before a haircut

A copy of Tong Shu
The Chinese Almanac or Tong Shu or Tung Shing (通胜) has been used for centuries by the Chinese as the source of date and time selection for almost every occasion or activities in everyday life. For those who believe in selecting the right date and time to enhance one’s luck, as per the saying of doing the right thing at the right timing, the Tong Shu is a must to have before the beginning of a new year. The advice for date selection ranges from the right date to get married to the right day to meet friends to getting a haircut.  
I have to confess that I do not know much about the origin of Tong Shu is said to be originated from the Hsia dynasty around 2200 BC while some rumored it to be written by the Yellow Emperor. Regardless, it is taken seriously by the Chinese to the extent that there is there is an online Tung Shing on the corporate website of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong’s largest property developer controlled by the Kwok family.
Although I was exposed to Chinese Metaphysics since young, I only started to get serious in studying the Tong Shu in 2005 and it has since become one of my daily habits. Thanks to feng shui masters like Lilian Too and Joey Yap, Tong Shu calendar and diary is now available in English to assist those who are not able to read the original version in Chinese. Like all Metaphysics things, it is up to you to believe the importance of date and time selection but consulting the Tong Shu certainly helps me in getting things done smoothly.

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