Trump’s luck gets bet­ter as ’19 ages

Pres­i­dent must get by bad March, say feng shui masters

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NATION & WORLD - By Gerry Shih and Mary Hui

BEI­JING — Years ago be­fore the pres­i­dency, Don­ald Trump once con­sulted a mas­ter of feng shui — the an­cient Chi­nese sys­tem of ge­o­mancy and sooth­say­ing — for a de­vel­op­ment project in New York.

Now — as pun­dits parse Trump’s State of the Union — feng shui masters in China and else­where are busy of­fer­ing Lu­nar New Year prog­nos­ti­ca­tions on what the next 12 months will bring in busi­ness, love and, of course, pol­i­tics.

And what, we asked, does the freshly minted Year of the Pig have in store for Trump?

It’s a mixed bag.

Some say Trump will get his border wall funded by Au­gust. But, then again, he could face im­peach­ment in the in­aus­pi­cious month of March.

He should take an­tiox­i­dants to purge “earth” — one of the five univer­sal el­e­ments in feng shui — that makes him stub­born and vin­dic­tive, oth­ers note.

But his re-elec­tion bid for 2020 couldn’t come at a bet­ter time for his feng shui for­tunes: His year of wa­ter and gold.

With so many fate­ful ques­tions swirling over the White House, The Wash­ing­ton Post con­sulted prac­ti­tion­ers in three cities, in­clud­ing Pun Yin, a sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion sage of New York’s Chi­na­town, who coun­seled Trump in the mid-1990s.

But first, the pre­dic­tions. “Last year couldn’t be worse for strong earth like Trump, but things will turn around for him,” said Ray­mond Lo, a feng shui grand­mas­ter and fre­quent me­dia com­men­ta­tor in Hong Kong, who is feted for cor­rectly pre­dict­ing the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011 — and the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes breakup in 2012.

“He’ll still face lots of ob­sta­cles and chal­lenges through spring and sum­mer un­til Au­gust, when wa­ter and metal rise,” Lo said. “But his en­e­mies can for­get about im­peach­ing — best time to do that was last year.”

Why? The pres­i­dent’s for­tunes are bound to im­prove be­cause his earth­heavy na­ture will bal­ance with the ar­rival in 2019 of the very el­e­ments he lacks, Lo ex­plained.

Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ples of feng shui — which means “wind wa­ter” in Chi­nese — the for­tunes of peo­ple, events and places are gov­erned by whether the five univer­sal el­e­ments — fire, wa­ter, wood, metal and earth — can at­tain equi­lib­rium.

Us­ing birth dates, as­tro­log­i­cal cal­en­dars and com­pass-like de­vices called the lu­opan, feng shui prac­ti­tion­ers cal­cu­late the dis­po­si­tion of in­di­vid­u­als and pe­ri­ods when they can ex­pect up­swings and re­ver­sals in luck.

That’s why Trump, who was born June 14, 1946, dur­ing the Year of the Dog with an un­usual pre­pon­der­ance of earth, had a cri­sis­mired 2018, a year also over­abun­dant in not just earth, but “sink­ing earth.”

That’s also why Democrats may be dis­mayed to hear Trump’s luck will surge go­ing into 2020 — pre­cisely “a year of wa­ter and gold,” said Lo, who urged the pres­i­dent to pay at­ten­tion to his blood cir­cu­la­tion and up his an­tiox­i­dant in­take.

Out­side the Qing Dy­nasty Lama Tem­ple in Bei­jing, Mas­ter Rong Xia, con­curred that it might be best for Democrats to strike be­fore Au­gust and prefer­ably in March, a bad time for Year of the Dog-born peo­ple such as Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a “very for­mi­da­ble” dragon born March 26, 1940, will ex­pe­ri­ence more dif­fi­cul­ties in Septem­ber.

On the top floor of a com­mer­cial build­ing in Hong Kong’s Cause­way Bay, Mas­ter Yeo Tin Ming — mean­ing Heaven’s Destiny — laid out a bit of a tru­ism that’s nev­er­the­less backed up by feng shui.

“Dogs and drag­ons are op­posed. They clash,” Yeo said. “They have prob­lems com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other. It’s very hard for them to come to any agree­ment.”

But Ye­ung pre­dicted that as the year wears on, Democrats will re­lent on build­ing a border wall.

ISAAC LAWRENCE/GETTY-AFP

A feng shui mas­ter checks a lu­opan — or Chi­nese com­pass — to see what is in store for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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