Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Chinese Fortune Sticks
I think of a wish and then shake the container until one stick falls out, then read the corresponding number in the book that came with the sticks. My daughter has made a habit of it as well. The function of the sticks seem to be more of a focusing task. I think about my goal or wish. I focus on what I want. When it's unreasonable the sticks usually claim that I won't get that wish. Sometimes I don't get a yes or no answer. I never say my wish out loud, being superstitious and all.
Today I threw #16. It reads, "Sixteen," a number only fair And means for you a day of care.
Your Fortune- Success in wealth and legal things, Your fortune is the best; The fates regret (I'm going to leave this part out because I usually dismiss the unproductive thoughts.)
A sudden journey with a pleasant traveller. You will get your wish but only with hard work.
Okay, so I don't take it all that seriously, but it's nice to wish. In a tunnels I always wish, I wish to the moon and with my Chinese fortune sticks. It's like a little prayer. But like my fortune said...make a wish and work for it.
The above painting is from a series I did using the sticks as a jumping board. I'd shake the sticks and give the portrait a fate.