Following article is based on a translation from a video from a popular Taiwanese variety show about Singapore’s fengshui & the dollar coin. These video show how Singapore’s then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, was rumoured to be a firm believer in Fengshui. During the 1997 financial crisis, it was said that a renowned Fengshui master Lin Pei Pei told him that Singapore was going down a path of bad luck and the only way to turn her luck around was that if everyone in the country carried a bagua with them.
Today we’re going to look at Singapore’s one-dollar coin. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the coin is shaped with a bagua (also known as an octagon).
To understand the main reason why this is so, we must look at the map of Singapore. Fengshui masters have said that Singapore’s layout is such that of a golden pot of gems- it is where the 5 dragons come together.
How Fengshui Is Actually With Singaporean
Now Singapore’s then Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, was rumoured to be a firm believer in Fengshui. During the 1987 financial crisis, it was said that a renowned Fengshui master Lin Pei Pei told him that Singapore was going down a path of bad luck and the only way to turn her luck around was that if everyone in the country carried a bagua with them.
This was a challenge as Singapore is a multi-racial country and not everyone was open to accepting such beliefs- especially those of other religion and races. Singapore has four ethnic groups that make up her population, so it was almost impossible for everyone to actually accept the concept of fengshui and having to carry a bagua around.
So what Mr Lee Kuan Yew did was to recall back all the one-dollar notes and coins around the island and had new ones created- specifically golden coins which were shaped with a bagua around both sides of the coin. This way, people all over Singapore would have the bagua symbol carried around which would help with the country’s fengshui.
Iceland’s Change of Fate by Changing Their Coin
Another example of currency changing the fate of countries is Iceland. Before 1984, Iceland suffered countless volcanic eruptions which devastated the country to great extents.
When they changed their coins to fit in symbols of four saints; namely Matthew, Mark, Luck and John- the country witnessed a change. Iceland stopped having such frequent volcanic eruptions and her people enjoyed more peaceful days from then on. Even those occasional volcanic eruptions dropped in their level of intensity whereby they were no long considered a disaster.
Singapore Feng Shui- the Greatest Dragon’s Pearl
Looking back at Singapore Feng - Singapore’s fortune hasn’t been stable, rather it has been fluctuating. The reason behind this is that Singapore is a dragon’s pearl, and pearls are considered to reflect the highest level of fortune. When it comes to the pearl, good fortune is more important than being wealthy. Just like Hong Kong, which is also a dragon’s pearl.
However the special thing about Singapore is that she has a lion’s head and a fish’s tail, therefore it is evident that she isn’t the common dragon’s pearl. Many people from a place called Jin Men immigrated over to Singapore, allowing both of places to share their good fortune.
If you look carefully at Singapore’s layout, it consists of five dragons. Being so, it is seen that the five dragons are there to fight over who gets the pearl. Since five dragons are fighting over this particular dragon’s pearl- Singapore, it can be said that she is the most valuable pearl in the world.
Taipei & Her Own History with Fengshui
Looking at Taipei, another bustling city in Asia- a very integral part of a dragon’s pulse is located in a place called Yuan Shan. When a restaurant was built on top of it, the then President of the Republic of China Mr Chiang Kai Shi’s health steadily declined. Fengshui masters believe that Mr Chiang Kai Shi was actually a reincarnation of a tortoise and so the restaurant was built right on its back. This thus disallowed the tortoise to breathe properly.
While this was going on, the front structure of the president’s building was very constricted and was a place of many vehicle accidents. So it was suggested to Mr Chiang Kai Shi to build the place into a flower bed, but he soon felt that the weeds were too ugly. Then he was recommended to build fountains instead; fountains that rotated with five colours to be exact. When the construction was complete, the two fountains sat on the sides of his doorstep. At night, it almost looked like two candles with his door resembling the likes of a tombstone. When it was evident that Mr Chiang Kai Shi had not much time left to live, it was decided that the area be entirely cleared off of any construction. After the removal of all objects, the death of Mr Chiang Kai Shi followed closely after.