Welcome back to Feng Shui Master Class, in this week we shall begin to learn the interpretation of double stars. Here, the term “double stars” carries a different meaning from the one we have seen in the last two lessons about “Double Stars to Mountain/Water”. The “double stars” here simply means any two stars in a given direction in a Flying Star Map.
In Flying Star Feng Shui, there are some typical scenarios with special effects. We have covered the most common four cases, namely the Jewelry Line, the opposite to Jewelry Line, Double Stars to Water and Double Stars to Mountain. In the real world, these case are only a fraction of all possible situations. There are many more cases not falling into any one of these four. How do we interpret the Feng Shui in these cases?
The tips I gave at the end of the last lesson are the basic steps all Feng Shui masters take but they are not exhaustive. Starting this lesson we shall learn the other ways to interpret a Flying Star Map, even it does not fall into any one of the special categories.
Interpreting the Double Stars
Remember there are three stars in every box in Flying Star Map? There are two on top, which are the Mountain and Water Stars, and one at the bottom which is the Period (Yun) Star. Below is a typical Flying Star Map.
When interpreting a Flying Star Map, we examine the interactions between the stars in the same box, and sometimes across different boxes (we may also add a fourth star, the current year’s Star, but let’s talk about this later). ”Double Stars Interpretation” is the way we analyse the relationship between any two of the three stars in a box. For most of the time, this method is used to interpret the Mountain and Water Stars (the two stars on top), but occasionally we apply the same principles between the Period Star and either one of the two stars on the top.
The rationale behind the analysis is the interactions of the five elements. For example, if the Mountain Star has a “Fire” characteristic and the Water Star is of “Earth”, we say that the Mountain Star is good for the Water Star (“Fire” generates “Earth”). So the Water Star is benefited. The effects of the Water Star would be magnified.
On the other hand, if the two stars are in conflict, we shall see which one is being attacked by which. For example, if the Mountain Star is weaker in a given situation, and that Mountain Star represents the eyes, blood vessel and heart in this situation, then it may mean that the occupiers of this house may suffer from problems in these parts of the body.
Status of the Stars
Another factor that influences the result of the interpretation is whether the stars are prevailing. For example, if both stars are 8 then the situation is good during the Eighth Period. However, the same 8-8 combination would be bad in the First Period, because in the First Period Flying Star 8 has already losen its positive power.
So when you read the interpretations below, you could see in many cases I tell you the effects in both the prevailing and non-prevailing situations. Depending on the current Period, the same Flying Star combination may result in totally different interpretations.
Last week we studied a scenario, Double Stars to Mountain, it follows naturally we learn the opposite of it, the Double Stars to Water scenario. If you understand the Double Stars to Mountain case well enough, you should not have any difficulty to understand Double Stars to Water and what effects it brings.
Double Stars to Water, same as Double Stars to Mountain, is an important concept to know when studying Flying Star Feng Shui. Not only because you may come across these orientations easily when doing Feng Shui, but also since the principle behind is applicable to other orientations as well. In the last part of this lesson, I will explain in more detail how you could use the prevailing water and mountain stars for all kinds of Flying Star Maps. Even for a house not having Jewelry Orientation, the opposite to Jewelry, Double Stars to Mountain or Double Stars to Water orientations, the same principles could be used.
Double Stars to Water, What is It?
So, what the xxx is Double Stars to Water?
Below is the Flying Star Map I took out last week to explain what Double Stars to Mountain is.
And below is an example of Double Stars to Water. Do you see the difference?
Try to compare the Stars in the blue and red circle and the location of the blue arrow and the red “T”. Could you find anything special?
June has come! Time to have new Feng Shui cures for your home!
Yes, Feng Shui is not static. It changes every year, month and day. Even if you have followed my instructions in the Feng Shui 2013 free e-book, you are advised to slightly adjust the Feng Shui settings at home / office every month for the best protection and luck.
This is why I have this monthly Feng Shui cures column in this blog. Simply follow the guidelines below, you could keep the Feng Shui setting of your home/office up to date.
The following Feng Shui cures are valid from 5 June to 7 July 2013, according to the Feng Shui month. This is why the duration is not the same as a Gregorian month.
June Feng Shui Cures
There is a Flying Star 3 here for this whole year, while in this month the Flying Star 5 comes. The latter is a sickness Flying Star and the Flying Stars are not compatible. If the main entrance of your home or the bed is located in the East, you should place a metallic music box here and make it sound often to reduce the adverse effect of the sickness Flying Star.
There is a conflict of “metal” and “wood” here due to the co-location of Flying Stars 4 and 6. You should place a glass of water or a steady water feature here. Do not put a dynamic water feature such as a water fountain with running water.
The monthly Flying Star 2, which is a sickness star, is boosted by the yearly Flying Star 9. So if your home’s entrance door or bed room is in this corner, you should place a metallic music box and a glass of water here.
Welcome back to the Feng Shui Master Class, this time we shall study another Flying Star combination, the Double Stars to Mountain scenario.
In the last two weeks we have examined two combinations, the Jewelry Orientations and the opposite, which are extremely good and bad orientations. After studying the two extremes, let us talk about things in the middle, i.e. orientations that are not bad but not to be called excellent. These are orientations with advantages as well as drawbacks.
And the end of this lesson, I’ll also provide the Flying Star Maps for all 24 orientations x 2 Periods, the 3rd and 4th Periods, totally 48 Flying Star Maps. Again, they are exclusively available to Master Class members only. Join now if you haven’t to enjoy many exclusive contents!
What is “Double Stars to Mountain”?
In the last two lessons we have seen scenarios in where the prevailing Mountain Star and prevailing Water (Facing) Star are in opposite boxes (directions). Such as in the below case, the red and blue circles denote the prevailing Mountain Star and prevailing Water Star respectively.
“Double Stars” scenarios are cases where both the prevailing Mountain Star and prevailing Water Star are in the same box. The two stars are co-located in the same direction. Below is a Flying Star Map of such case for a building built in the 7th Period. Two Flying Star 7 are in the Mountain direction.
Last time we introduced the Jewelry Orientations, the best Feng Shui orientations that bring health and wealth. In this lesson we shall look at some orientations which are the opposite to the Jewelry Orientations.
If Jewelry Orientations are good, these opposite orientations should naturally be bad, right? Yes, they are bad according to traditional Feng Shui theories. I will tell you exactly what these bad orientations are and why they are bad.
Mountain Star Sank in the Water
Last time we mentioned that the Jewelry Orientations are good because the prevailing Mountain Star is in the Mountain Direction and the prevailing Facing Star is in the Facing Direction. The advantage is that the Mountain is in the Mountain and the Water is in the Water, i.e. things are at their best places. The following is an example of Jewelry Orientation.
Now consider the following Flying Star Map, do you see any differences from the Jewelry Orientations?
In the last lesson we have discussed how to assign the Mountain Stars and Facing Stars to the nine boxes of a Flying Star Map. Trust that you have practiced and memorized the procedures. It is not easy to memorize them all, but it is a critical requirement for all people who want to learn Flying Star Feng Shui.
Despite this, from time to time I am being asked by students on whether there is any simple solutions. Can we skip the difficult Flying Star allocation process and all the things to remember while still could do Flying Star Feng Shui?
In the past, Feng Shui masters all calculate the Flying Star Maps by themselves. Nowadays, we think there are simply easier methods to do so. One of them is to do it by computer. There are computer softwares in the market that do the maths for you, you simply need to input the year the building was built and the facing and mountain directions, the software could generate the Flying Star Maps for you immediately.
However, this kind of software is usually not cheap and most of them have Chinese user interface only. To help you all to get through the difficulties, I have prepared a special gift. It is a compilation of all Flying Star Maps of the 24 Mountains in all 9 Periods!!!
With this information, you will never need to memorize the principles or use any computer software. The 24 Flying Star Maps x 9 Periods = 216 combinations are all ready for use!
I’ll release the Flying Star Maps progressively, this week you can download those for the most commonly used Periods – the 7th and 8th Periods. Usually when we do Feng Shui nowadays the subject houses were built in either one of these two Periods. So I have chosen them to be the first batch of Maps to release. In the coming weeks you will see other Flying Star Maps of the remaining Periods.
This is how you read the Flying Star Map:
In each box (direction) there are three numbers. The two on the top are Mountain and Facing Stars. The one at the bottom is the Period Star. Please note that in a Flying Star Map North is always at the bottom, which is 180 degrees rotated when compared with the traditional “scientific” view.
The Best Feng Shui Orientations
Now, let’s go back to the main theme of this lesson. Now you have the power to draw out a Flying Star Map, shouldn’t you also have the ability to interpret it? You definitely should. Let’s learn how to do so in this and the coming lessons.
A frequently asked question is whether there is a “best” Feng Shui direction? To know the answer of this question, let’s learn what is a good Mountain Star and what is a good Facing Star.
In a given Period, the best Flying Star is the Star of the corresponding Period’s number, so in the 1st Period the best Flying Star is 1. In the 7th Period, the best thing you could get is Flying Star 7.
It follows naturally that if a direction (i.e. one of the nine boxes on the Flying Star Map) has the current Period’s best Flying Star, it is a good direction.
Last week we had an overview of the constitution of the full Flying Star Map, which comprises of the Mountain Star, Facing (Water) Star and the Period (Yun) Star. In particular I taught you how to find out the Period Stars. This week, I’ll equip you with the necessary knowledge to find out the Mountain Stars and Facing Stars.
To do this, we need to have the 24 Mountains concept in mind. It is the way we Feng Shui masters use the measure the orientation of a house. Most of you learnt the four directions, i.e. North, East, South and West when you were very young. When you grew older, you would learn the other four directions in between, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. These eight directions are pretty enough in daily life to differentiate different directions.
Now I’m telling you that there are 24 directions according to Chinese Feng Shui theories, that we called the 24 Mountains. If you divide 360 degrees into 24 portions, each will be merely 15 degrees. The narrow width of each portion means that there is not much toleration for error. (And in fact if you study Feng Shui in advanced level, you will know that each 15-degree portion is further divided into 3 sub-portions, in a 3-9-3 degrees manner. Isn’t it crazy? In a way yes, but such complicated calculation could also be seen as a signal of how advanced Feng Shui is.
For now, we’ll just focus on the 24 Mountains.
24 Mountains: Using Compass to Find Out
There are eight directions and in each direction there are three smaller portions. Each portion is called a Mountain, three portions in each of the eight directions, i.e. 3 x 8 = 24 Mountains. Here I list out the degrees of all 24 Mountains.
- Ren (壬) – 337.6 to 352.5
- Zi (子) – 352.6 to 7.5
- Gui (癸) – 7.6 to 22.5
- Chou (丑) – 22.6 to 37.5
- Gen (艮) – 37.6 to 52.5
- Yin (寅) – 52.6 to 67.5
- Jia (甲) – 67.6 to 82.5
- Mao (卯) – 82.6 to 97.5
- Yi (乙) – 97.6 to 112.5
- Chen (辰) – 112.6 to 127.5
- Xun (巽) – 127.6 to 142.5
- Si (巳) – 142.6 to 157.5
- Bing (丙) – 157.6 to 172.5
- Wu (午) – 172.6 to 187.5
- Ding (丁) – 187.6 to 202.5
- Wei (未) – 202.6 to 217.5
- Kun (坤) – 217. to 232.5
- Shen (申) – 232.6 to 247.5
- Geng (庚) – 247.6 to 262.5
- You (酉) – 262.6 to 277.5
- Xin (辛) – 277.6 to 292.5
- Xu (戌) – 292.6 to 307.5
- Qian (乾) – 307.6 to 322.5
- Hai (亥) – 322.6 to 337.5
If we write down the 24 mountains around the circumvent of a compass, you would get something like this:
Image Courtesy: Ray Langley (via this site)
The best tool to measure a house’s orientation is certainly a Chinese Feng Shui compass, which usually looks like the following photo. The advantage of using Feng Shui compass is that the 24 Mountains are already printed around the compass, so you don’t need to refer to the above list. There is another advantage that I’ll cover later when we talk about assigning the Stars in ascending or descending order.
But if you do not have a Feng Shui compass, you still could an ordinary compass to do Feng Shui. Simply refer to the above list after you measured the directions.
Sitting and Facing Directions
We have learnt a bit about finding out the sitting (backing) direction and facing direction of a house. Let’s re-cap and see how we could do it for finding out which of the 24 Mountains the house belongs to.
Firstly, you need to find the center point of the house. It is usually the point where the diagonal lines intersect if the house is a simple square or rectangle. The image below shows the center points of common shapes of houses.
But usually modern houses would not be such regular, the shapes of modern houses usually look like the combination of a few rectangles, sometimes with triangles and circles as well. In these cases, we find out the center points by cutting out small projections and filling up small recessions, so that the overall shapes become more regular.
Then, we measure the directions when standing in the center point of the house. The direction where the entrance door locates is the facing direction. For example, if the entrance door is in the Zi (子) direction, we call this house facing Zi. We call this the Facing Direction.
In Chinese Feng Shui we do not only use the facing direction to name a house, we also use the direction where the house “backs”. How to find out the backing direction? Easy. Just find out the direction opposite to the facing direction on the compass. So if the facing direction is Zi, the backing direction must be Wu (午). We call the backing direction as the Mountain direction.
This is a hard rule, we always use the opposite of the Facing Direction as the Mountain Direction, and vice versa. When Feng Shui masters talk to each other, they 100% use this system of nomenclature, there is no exception. We always combine the Facing and Mountain Directions and say a house is Wu Mountain Zi Facing (午山子向). The direct translation is grammatically wrong, but let’s just live with it for now.
Knowing the Mountain and Facing directions are important, because we need these two directions to find out the Mountain and Facing Flying Stars in the nine boxes of the Flying Star Map.
In the last lesson we learnt how to determine the Period (Yun) of a house, this time let’s begin going deeper into Flying Star Feng Shui.
Do you remember the image I showed you last time? In this image you can find a Flying Star Map. There are nine boxes in this map aligned in 3 x 3 grid. In each box there are three numbers, two on top and one at the bottom. This is the typical Flying Star Map that most Feng Shui masters deal with everyday.
At first this kind of Flying Star Maps may seem difficult to understand, but as your skills grow you will find them easy to read and draw. There will be a few lessons spent on how to “draw” a Flying Star Map like this, followed by a few more lessons on interpreting the Map.
Why do you need to learn this complicated Flying Star Map? After 16 lessons, you should now understand Feng Shui is much much more than putting which color in which direction, or which zodiac sign likes which shape of house. In Feng Shui there involves a lot of calculations. You must know which three Flying Stars are in which direction, then know the chemistry (interaction) among the three, before interpreting the good and bad of the directions. So, knowing how to draw the map is the first step of learning Flying Star Feng Shui.
The Period Star (a.k.a. Yun Star)
Among the three stars in each box, the bottom star is the easiest to understand. It is called the Period Star, or Yun Star in which “Yun” means 運 in Chinese. Remember there are nine Periods (Yuns) in three cycles and they repeat endlessly?
Yes, the Period (Yun) referred to here is the Period of the “nine Periods”. I said the Period Star is the simplest to understand, because it is very simple to determine. As long as you know the Period (Yun) of a house, you can find out all nine Period Stars in the Flying Star Map.
For a house built in the first Period, Flying Star 1 will occupy the central box as the Period Star. For a house built in the second Period, the central Period Star is 2. It follows naturally that 3 is the Period Star in the central box for a house build in the third Period, and so on. Finally, Flying Star 9 is the Period Star in the center of houses built in the ninth Period.
Then we need to allocate the remaining eight Flying Stars to the remaining eight boxes as the Period Stars in these eight boxes. The method is again very simple. You only need to follow the Flying Star Sequence you learnt in Lesson 14. Can’t remember? Here you go:
Simply put, you should assign the Flying Stars in ascending order following the arrows above, starting from the center box. In the above example, Flying Star 6 occupies the central box as the Period Star, so it should be the Flying Star Map of a house built in the sixth Period (Yun).
For example, for a house built in the seventh Period, Flying Star 7 will be the central Period Star. The Period Star of the Northwest box will be 8, 9 in West, 1 in Northeast, 2 in South, 3in North, 4 in Southwest, 5 in East and 6 in Southeast.
Try practicing the above sequence until you can remember and do it by yourself.
The Mountain and Facing Stars
Mountain Star, 山星 in Chinese, carries exactly the literal meaning. It is the “mountain” in a particular box.
In Chinese Feng Shui, we need to check the directions of a house. We do this by finding out the center point of the house, then find out the locations of the eight directions. We especially concern the direction where the house backs and the direction where the house faces. The direction that a house has at the back is the “mountain direction”. The direction the house’s door faces is the “facing direction”.
Time to implement Feng Shui Cures for May! Every month as the Monthly Flying Stars relocate, new problems and opportunities arise. In this article I shall share with you where the problematic directions are. I’ll also point out where the monthly wealthy and study directions are, so that you can maximize the use of them to bring luck in money, study and job promotion. The following Feng Shui cures are valid from 5 May to 5 June 2013. We consider these days as in the same ‘Feng Shui month’ which is different from the Gregorian Calendar. If you are interested to know about the rationale behind, plus other practical Feng Shui skills that you can do at home, please consider joining the Feng Shui Master Class.
May Feng Shui Cures
This is where the Yearly Flying Star 3 and Monthly Flying Star 6 meet, the metal and wood nature in conflict, there may be injury or health problems if you sleep in this direction of the house, or the entrance door is located here. You should place a glass of water here to help to reduce the bad effects.
This is yet another direction where metal and wood meet, because the Yearly Flying Star 4 (wood) and Monthly Flying Star 7 (metal) are co-located in this month. Similarly, you need to put a glass of water here if either the entrance door or the bedroom is here.
The Yearly lucky Flying Star 9 in South is supported by the Monthly Flying Star 3, so this direction could bring happiness if the entrance door or bed room is here. There is no need to put anything here to fix, because this direction is already quite good in this month.
This is a double-sickness direction in this month. Both bad Flying Stars, 2 and 5, are located here (one is the Yearly and one is the Monthly bad star). If the entrance door is in this direction, or the bed or bedroom is in this corner of the flat, there would be high chance of getting sick in this month. You should place a metallic music box here and make it sound often. Alternatively, a metallic wind chime (preferably with 6 tubes) would also help, if there is a windows with blowing wind in this direction.
This is a good direction for wealth growth. Thanks to the Yearly Flying Star 7 and Monthly Flying Star 1, if the entrance door or the desk where you do your home office or investment (in other words, all money-generating activities) is in this direction, you could have good luck in wealth.
Stay away from this direction if you have problems with your lung, stomach, throat or respiratory system, since there is a conflict between “fire” and “metal” here, between the Flying Stars 6 and 9. You should place a stone here if it is where the entrance door or bedroom location. Even if this is only where the living room situates, you should stay less frequently here.
Good news for students or office employees who want a promotion. This is a direction that brings good luck in examination and interview, because of the Flying Stars 1 and 4. You should move your desk here if possible, or place a vase with 4 luck bamboos (or any plant in green color).
This is a direction of dilemma, on one hand the Flying Stars could bring wealth, on the other hand they also bring sickness, because both Monthly and Yearly Stars are of “earth” nature. You should place a metallic music box or metallic wind chime here.
The center is a yearly sickness location, the Monthly Flying Star 8 aggravates the situation in this month. The solution is to place a metallic music box here and make it sound often. Besides, do not carry out any building/repair works.
Welcome back to Feng Shui Master Class, this is the 16th lesson. This time I am going to teach you how to determine the period, a.k.a. (運), of a house or flat. This is an important step in doing Flying Star Feng Shui.
The following is a typical Flying Star Map of a house. You can see that there are 3 numbers in each box instead of 1 that you find in the Yearly Flying Star Map or Monthly Flying Star Map. The yearly and monthly maps are just the first level of usage of Flying Star Feng Shui. Ultimately you need to draw out a Flying Star Map like the one below in order to do Feng Shui for a house. And to do this, determining the period (Yun) is the first step.
You will learn how to draw out a Flying Star Map like this in the coming weeks, but for today lets first get to know how to find out the exact Yun when a house was built.
9 Periods (Yun’s)
In Lesson 12 I have explained the basic concepts of the three Yuan’s and nine Yun’s (三元九運). Some people like to use the direct translation of the Chinese 運 as Yun, some other people prefer saying the meaning, i.e. Period. Some members told me that they’d rather know the meaning than the pronunciation, so in this lesson I shall use the term ‘Period’, which is the same as the ‘Yun’ explained in Lesson 12.
A Period Lasts for 20 Years
The 9 Periods repeat the cycle endlessly. The current Period is the eighth, which began in 2004 and will end in 2023. So the last Period, the seventh, began in 1984 and ended in 2003. It follows naturally that the sixth Period commenced in 1964 and ended in 1983; and the fifth Period commenced in 1944 and ended in 1963.
Usually for doing Feng Shui for modern buildings, we only need to know the timing of the fifth to the eighth Periods, because most modern buildings were built during these Periods. Especially in places affected by the Second World War, most pre-War buildings were already gone. However, if the building you want to examine was built before the fifth Period, you could do the calculation yourself because each Period lasts for 20 years. So you can easily find out in which Period the building was built by counting how many multiples of 20 years the building was built before the current year.
A Period Does Not Begin on 1 January
I think most followers of this blog knows that for Feng Shui purpose a year does not begin on 1 January. And it does not begin on the first day of the Chinese new year. It begins in Spring, which for most of the time happens on 4 February.
The same applies to the beginning of a Period. When we say the eighth Period began in 2004, we mean it began on 4 February 2004. If a building was built on 7 January 2004, it was not built in the eighth Period but the Seventh. Even if the building was built on 28 January 2004, which is the seventh day of the Chinese New Year, it was still not considered as a eighth Period building. The reason is that the Gregorian Calendar, Chinese Calendar and ‘Feng Shui Calendar’ are three sets of systems.
As I said, Spring ‘usually’ comes on 4 February but not always. Sometimes it comes on the 5th and sometimes the 3rd. For example, in 2017 spring will begin on 3rd February. You can rely on the internet to find out the exact date (and hour and second) of Spring in a particular year. In Chinese we call Sping as ‘Li Chun’, you can search for phrases like ‘Li chun in 1978′ in search engine to find out the date of Li Chun in that year.
To help you to determine the beginning time of the last few Periods, I listed them out below:
- Fifth Period – 06:22, 5 February 1944
- Sixth Period - 03:05, 5 February 1964
- Seventh Period - 11:19, 4 February 1984
- Eighth Period - 19:58, 4 February 2004
When was a Building Built?
The real problem that deserves a whole lesson to discuss is how to determine the time when a building was built. There are several schools of theories, let me explain one by one.
This is the 15th lesson of the Feng Shui Master Class, after the last 14 weeks you have learnt a great deal of Feng Shui theories, this week we shift our focus from theories to application. We’ll see how to design a Feng Shui aquarium for your house or workplace.
Feng Shui aquarium is a hot topic in the Feng Shui field. An aquarium can serve decorative as well as Feng Shui purposes. Besides, it is the simplest way of “raising pets”. Compared with have a dog or cat, it is less troublesome to keep an aquarium. This is why many Feng Shui masters recommend their clients to use Feng Shui aquarium, and may Feng Shui DIYers want to design their own.
After finishing this lesson, you will know almost everything you need to design a Feng Shui aquarium. It requires knowledge of Flying Star Feng Shui, Five Elements Theory, Form Feng Shui and most important of all, common sense. I will help you to pull these things together to form the best Feng Shui strategy using the tank, water and fishes!
Feng Shui Aquarium Locations
Where should I put the aquarium? This is always the first question people ask about placing an aquarium at home. There are does and don’ts for the choice of location.
Water means wealth (水為財) is a very common saying in Chinese Feng Shui theory. If we could properly use the aquarium, which contains lots of flowing water, it is very likely it could bring wealth. The advantage of flowing water is that it’s “live” and moving, it means non-stop flow of money.
Southwest is a universal direction to place the aquarium until 2023. Why? In the first lesson I have told you that from 2004 to 2023 it is favorable to have water in the Southwest direction. During this period it is the eighth Yun (運) a.k.a. the eighth period, so it’s good to have an aquarium in this direction inside your house to create artificial source of water.
In 2013 Northeast is a good direction for Feng Shui aquarium. It is where the Flying Star 8 locates in this year. This Flying Star carries the meaning of wealth and money, the best way to trigger its good effects is to use water.
How about the coming years? Just follow my instructions in the last lesson to find out the Flying Star 8 location in the coming year. Alternatively, follow my blog to know once I published the next year’s FREE Feng Shui guide! (Blog post RSS feeds, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter)
Beside the Entrance Door
If the above two directions are not available in your house or workplace, you can choose to place the aquarium beside the entrance door. According to Feng Shui theories this is where the Cheng Mun Location is. This location could be used to boost wealth.
Bedroom is where we should not place the aquarium. The flowing water is dynamic but we need a static environment for the place where we sleep. So you should not place a Feng Shui aquarium in the bedroom.
Kitchen is another place you should not place the aquarium in. Kitchen is a “fire” place according to the Five Elements Theory. On the other hand, aquarium has “water” characteristic. In Lesson 13 we mentioned the conflict between water and fire. You should not co-locate these two elements.
There is a general rule that if the water flow of your aquarium is in one direction, it should never be flowing out of your home. The reason is that water flowing out looks like losing money. On the other hand, it is preferred to have water flowing into the house.
For speed, the water flow should be gentle, not too fast nor too slow. Remember not to use a static tank. The water inside a Feng Shui aquarium must always be live. Similarly, do not use fake plastic fishes. We need real fish to make it work.
Height and Size of Aquarium
The height and size of aquarium also matter. For height, you should always place the aquarium at the waist level. It is good if you consider it using common sense – it’s easy for you to maintain the aquarium. And you can see the fishes swimming easily.
You should not put the aquarium too high or too low. Not only would it be too difficult to clean it or see it, a high aquarium means “water following from height” (淋頭水) in Feng Shui, which is not good for health. For a low aquarium that is placed near the level of your feet, it constitutes “water flooding your feet” (割腳水), which is not good for health as well.
For size, there is no definite lucky size in square inch, the only principle is to in proportion to the house or the living room it is located. If the living room is big, you should not place a tiny Feng Shui aquarium. Similarly, a small house cannot have a big aquarium inside. Just use your common sense to judge.
Feng Shui Aquarium Shape, Color and Quantity
After deciding on the location of aquarium, we need to choose the right tank and the correct color and quantity of fishes. We use Flying Star Feng Shui and Five-element Theory to find out all the answers.
Welcome back to the Feng Shui Master Class, in this lesson 14 we will learn how to draw out the Flying Star Charts for a particular year and month. Some people call the “Charts” as “Maps” (sometimes I do too), for consistency I will use the term “Charts” in this article.
As you may know, the Flying Stars change there positions every year and month. Flying Star Feng Shui studies the whereabouts of these stars and match with your house’s interior design to determine how good or bad the Feng Shui of your house is in a particular year or month. This is why drawing out the Flying Star Charts are critical to studying Feng Shui.
If you remember in the first lesson I have briefly introduced the different Feng Shui systems. I grouped the methods into two types, namely “Form Feng Shui” and “Calculation Feng Shui”. Flying Star Feng Shui is the major Calculation Feng Shui system being implemented on earth. As the word “Caluclation” implies, you need to do maths when using this Feng Shui system. Yes, even for drawing out the Yearly and Monthly Flying Star Charts you are required to calculate.
Flying Star Sequence
Before you know the calculation formula, you need to know the Flying Star Sequence (a.k.a. Flying Star Flight Sequence). It governs how the Flying Stars change locations. Below is the 2012 Flying Star Chart:
The whereabout of these Flying Stars is not random. There is a sequence (the Flying Star Sequence) in it. We begin from the center, which is 6 in this year. The next Flying Star, 7, is in the Northwest corner. Then 8 in the West and 9 in the Northeast. From 9 we come back to 1 which is in South. The following Stars 2, 3, 4 and 5 are in North, Southwest, East and Southeast. If you jot down the sequence you will get this:
Center -> Northwest -> West -> Northeast -> South -> North -> Southwest -> East -> Southeast
To represent it in graphical format:
Follow the rainbow sequence + Gray in the end, i.e. Red -> Orange -> Yellow -> Green -> Light Green -> Blue -> Purple -> Gray, you would see that the numbers are in descending sequence. This is the “Flying Star Sequence” that all Feng Shui practitioners must memorize. Please repeat it again and again until you really memorize it and would never forget.
This sequence is definite and won’t be changed. We only change the Flying Star at the starting point (the Center) and whether the Stars are allocated in ascending or descending order in different situations, but the sequence itself won’t change.
In fact, this Flying Star Sequence is not only used for drawing out the Yearly and Monthly Feng Shui Charts, it is also critical to finding out the Flying Star locations for all houses. You’ll learn this method in the coming lessons.
Yearly Flying Star Charts
After knowing the Flying Star Sequence, your next learning point is the Flying Star Charts. This is not difficult at all once you mastered the Flying Star Sequence. Here is how we do it: