Ladies, your luck is in your hand — your handbag, to be precise. As the lunar Chinese New Year approaches, Asians are trying to court good fortune in various ways, and a Singaporean feng shui expert advises women not to neglect their totes.
“Handbags are very personal,” John Lok, principle consultant at Feng Shui 0011 (www.fengshui0011.com), says. “Their color, how women hold them and what goes in them can all affect your luck,” he added.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese knowledge of geomancy or natural energies. According to Lok, for optimum luck and wealth, hold your bag on the left: this increases what goes into it and decreases what goes out.
The right side of the body is a strong “white tiger,” while the left is a “green dragon” and brings power. Be careful where you lay down your bag. If you're sitting down, it's best to rest it on the left, unless you're with friends as people give more strength than objects.
Charms such as three coins tied together and objects in lucky colors are fortune magnets. Forget fashion if it's luck you're after. Chinese geomancy is based on the elements of fire, earth, water, metal and wood.
Lok says red, pink, purple and angular shapes are ‘fire.’ So choose a bag that incorporates these if you're after a promotion at work since they radiate confidence. Square shapes and yellow, orange and brown are ‘earth’ and are good for days when you want to appear approachable.
Round white, silver, gold, chrome, bronze or gray bags are ‘metal’ and can inspire purity of thought and strength.
Curvy shapes, black and dark blue are ‘water’ and improve prosperity as well as tell the world that the owner of the bag must be treated with respect.
As for size, feng shui says, bigger is better, especially when you go shopping as it ‘captures’ more of what you set off to buy.