You meet people in life for a certain reason. Probably you have heard this phrase a million of times, but there is something true about it. In 2015, Mr. Margarito Zarmora and I met for the first time in Greenville, South Carolina. He is the owner of a cabel manufacture with offices in the United States and Mexico. He had directly contacted my office for a Feng Shui study. So, on the day of our meeting I was prepared with my Luo Pan, the floor plans of his office and a couple of preliminary notes. There is no real greeting, but a quick Q & R between us.:
“What is this wodden thing you brought? “
“It’s my Luo Pan, a Chinese compass!”
“Did you bring your cards?”
“The Tarot, Lenormand, Baraja Española or whatever you use. Forget about the Luo pan. We don’t need that”
Who is Margarito Zarmora? Fifty years ago, he was born in Chihuahua, Ciudad Carmargo. He likes it, when you call him “Don Margarito. He has four brothers and one sister. Two brothers already passed away. As the youngest child, he declared himself as the most rebel one. Not very attached to his family. His mother had to use quite often the “chancla voladora” (flying pantofle).
In High School, he was a leader in his class. But sometimes the schoolmates were afraid of his impulsiveness and his eagerness for a good fight. Then, they admired him again, for always being available, to defend for a good cause. On the other hand, they loved to have him around, especially when he was the best DJ of the whole school and of his generation in this little town.
His grandmother, Doña Chuchis, is an eminence back in Carmargo City. She plays an important role in his life and he defines her as his “real” mother. He proudly commented that with 81 years she is still famous for her excellent card readings. Neighbors and friends would make a space to check-in with the “brujita”, how they call her with respect.
Doña Chuchis is still his secret adviser. But now she is getting older and lately her tips have brought severe financial loss to him.
“You remember that you ordered a Feng Shui study with me? I will use the antique technique and art of this Chinese tool to help you harmonizing your office. We will discover the negative and positive aspects, once I have defined the facing direction and established the Lo Shu Square of your building and office”, is the next I still remember to have answered.
“So, the “Feng Shui’ thing you are talking about, are these cards?
“Okay, then we have a problem. Let’s go to my office, I need to show you something.”
Don Margarito is without any doubt, an absolute fan of the seventies dress code. He is the second person I know, who, still nowadays, opts for this satin-gold-black shirts and wide-leg pants.
He is a charmer and talking to him is opening the Pandora-box. On the way to his office, we talked about parties, his love for the tarot, his music taste. Surprisingly all his playlists have top hits of the eighties.
His office was impressive. We were greeted by an elder woman in a very serious skirt-blazer suit. Her hair was fixed to a ponytail. There was an oversized wood-metal desk. a telephone, a small yucca palm, an antique console and that was all. Just his four white walls and there was no art. Don Margarito already showed off his weakness for the seventies and eighties and you would expect something more ‘stylish”. His office is the example of the minimalistic tendency. There he took a key from his table, his business headquarter. The panorama view to the Fall Park Downtown was astonishing.
The key opened the antique console. He called it his secret treasure. Over two shelfs, there were piles of different oracle cards. Karma cards, witch decks, Lenormand, different seizes and brands, tarot decks, old and new ones, even one his grandmother, Doña Chuchis, was not using anymore. He had Runes and a blue-white talavera pot, his emergency-cleansing –salt. Don Margarito proudly shared, that many of these decks are travel souvenirs.
He doesn’t know to read and interpret them all, but he loves to pull every day three or more cards to find orientation for his business decisions. Whenever he has the opportunity he flys to Carmargo City to have a reading with his grandmother. He doesn’t like to have an internet consultation, as this is not “personal”. Feeling the energy and the vibes during a reading makes it so special, he admits. The Lenormand are his favorites. When he is doubting about a partner, signing contract or if he should buy or sell some property he asks his grandmother and his own decks. According to him, the Lenormand give quick, clear and precise answers. Definitely, he had no idea about Feng Shui.
But can Feng Shui, this over 5000-year-old Chinese technique, really be considered a metaphysical tool?
For decades, the traditional metaphysical tools have been clairvoyance and fortunetelling with coffee, palmistry and all kind of oracle cards. The Gitanas are also still active. Later on, and still up to date it became fashion to have a fusion of numerology, astrology and oracle cards. The Feng Shui has also a spiritual part, where the Chinese astrology Paht-Chee-Chart -Reading ( birth chart) plays an important role. Nevertheless, the classical Feng Shui is not at all accepted and known as a metaphysical tool. Yes, there is a split in opinions. Some say it is one and others say it forms part of the “Five Arts”. ( Four Pillar of Destiny, Xing Xang, Bazi…) The Chinese call this “physiognomy”, the observations of appearances, wind and water, spaces, ambiences, landscapes through calculations and formulas. Although Feng Shui is not considered a science, but a pseudoscience. Here, you work with exact data, starting with the person’s date-of-birth, calculating the KUA number, defining the auspicious and less auspicious direction.
The Luo Pan is the top-notch tool to work with. A good Chinese compass is a real jewel. It’s pricy, but you can use it for 40 years. The outer and inner circle correspond to the twenty years of each period. Currently, we are still in period eight and it has all the information at a glance. Once you set the exact facing direction of the 24-mountain -directions, the nine – flying – star combination is right there. The astrological signs corresponding to the facing direction are easy to identity. All you need to do is to transport then this data to the floor plan. Despite many opinions, the floor plan is absolutely indispensable. The most important of all this information is the facing direction of your main entrance. Sometimes defining the main entrance can be a problem. Especially, if there is a mouth-of-chi area or other space making you doubt of a clear decision. An inexact reading could have a very bad impact on elaborating a report of remedies, enhancer or blocker for the space. Doing a good Feng Shui implies real responsibility.
Don Margerito has experienced several financial loss and betrayal in the last six months. He thinks that his grandmother, now, is really getting old and that her insights are not helping him anymore. Although she told him about some problems. But what he actually is experiencing is not just “some problem”. A Master-To-Do plan is required and he knows that. Therefor he contacted me. His table needs to be moved, as he is sitting in his total-loss-direction (the Chueng Ming direction) . As a Kua number two, he needs to be facing the southwest, which this year has the Flying Star number six. Also, he needs to put some moving metal to subdue the very unfortunate number two/five combination or even better move his office to a number eight area. There is so much more to do.
Margarito Zarmora used to have long, straight hair, always with bangles covering his left eye. In the photo collection, he shared with me in one of our long talks, he always appears with suspender. His collection is impressive. You find a pair of red ones with strips, all rainbow colors, polka dots in green, yellow, rosa Mexicana, red, orange, all in all something for every day. A very extravagant look for a teenager and College student later on. Of course he had to mention several times, that the girls thought of him as “ a hot chico” (a hot boy). Also, he wanted to distinguish himself from the common dress-code, but even more from the way of thinking. Since the young age, he had a very determining and also progressive way of life. His oracle collection and cleansing methods are certainly part of this. Men and Women are equally interested in metaphysical tools. Also, it is still a taboo and people laugh about horoscopes, tarot spreads, Lenormand readings, angel messages. Who doesn’t love to get a quick sneak peek from the Universe?
When he was eight, his family moved to Tequisquiapan and later to Queretaro, Qro. Mexico. During sometime his father was the secretary of agriculture over there. By then, Don Margarito was decided to stand out from his family. The school, his friends and the daily routine were simply too boring. He always had attracted attention in everything he has done after college. He doesn’t want to change that. There is still a long way to go.
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