Since the simplified process of changing name in 2005, more than 150,000 cases have been reported. In other words, changing one’s name is no more a thing to hide in our society. People change their names for bad sound, confused sound and better expression. However, the majority of them still change their names as they believe that their name might be the cause for bad luck in what they do.
“The four pillars of destiny are still widely practiced in South Korea. The year, month, day and time of one’s birth can affect the person’s life and everybody is born with his or her unique four pillars of destiny. Naming, on the other hand, plays the role to fill up the gap where the four pillars of destiny lack in explanation. Changing one’s name doesn’t mean one can change the bad luck to good luck in a day but it surely serves as a turning point” explains Jiyoon Lee, Director of Ji Yoon Naming Center.
“Naming varies depending on how we interpret the name. Some gives 100% accuracy in seeing the difference and some 30 to 40%. What is important is that a professional name giver must look into not only the elements of the name but also the four pillars of destiny as well as environmental factors surrounding the client. I have this habit of looking carefully into the photo of a new born baby. This is because for me naming is like making a dress with hands. In other words, one must give a new name after thorough interpretations and analysis.”
“Everything in the world has name whether it is a living thing or an object. And the name is made in accordance with its use, purpose, character etcetera. So a name is not made like a lightning flashes but it takes time. In the same respect, I limit the number of names I make in a day.”
Lee adds that naming is a prediction. The prediction based on scientific analysis that comes out, for example, someone is suitable for real estate agent. Then the person better prepare for the path in advance to avoid waste of time in things that had nothing to do with the person.
When asked for a helpful tip, Lee said that it is important to pay attention and show respect to the name giver you have visited for counseling. At the end of the day, it is two to make better sound when communicate better. She added that the current social distancing campaign due to the virus situation can be better used for self-development. It is highly likely that one with clear dream and vision to make a success.
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