Ba Gua Feng Shui Essentials (1) – Eight Xing-yaos and Choosing Ceiling Light [Feng Shui Master Class 8]

We’ll start learning Ba Gua Feng Shui in this lesson.

If we have to classify Chi calculation Feng Shui systems, Ba Gua Feng Shui should be belong entry level.  According to this system, houses are categorized into 8 types.  All people are divided into 8 groups as well.  The basic requirement of Ba Gua Feng Shui is to match the house type with the type that the occupiers belong to.

Ba Gua means eight different Guas.  A Gua is a symbol consisting of three lines, either broken or complete.  Eight Guas represent eight directions.  To have a serious study of Ba Gua requires knowledge of Chinese Taoism and the concepts of Taiji (太極), Yin (陰) and Yang (陽).  But for this Master Class, we’ll skip these difficult concepts and let you know only those necessary ideas.

Ba Gua Feng Shui

 

Not only do the eight Guas represent eight members in a family, they also represent virtually everything on earth, such as colors, body parts, shapes, stages of a process, etc.  We have already seen the meaning of the eight directions, which is in fact originated from the Ba Gua theories.  We shall see more about the meaning of the Ba Guas in the coming lessons.

 

What is Ba Gua Feng Shui

Ba Gua Feng Shui examines the qualities of different directions according to what Xing-yao falls on different directions in a house.  There are four good and four bad Xing-yaos.  The location of these Xing-yaos depends on the orientation of a house.

 

The Best Ba Gua Feng Shui

But only knowing the disposition of the Xing-yaos in your house is not enough.  The second level of Ba Gua Feng Shui is to find out the whereabouts of your own Xing-yaos.  In fact, you personally also have the Xing-yaos in eight directions.  The most desirable situation we want to achieve is to have the Xing-yaos of your house matching exactly your own Xing-yaos.  For example, if the Tien-yi (天醫) direction of your house is the same as the Tien-yi direction of your own, this is the best Feng Shui, because by using your house’s good direction your own good direction is also triggered, thus doubling the lucky effects.

 

The Second Best Ba Gua Feng Shui

The second best situation is to have the four good Xing-yaos of your house the same as your personal four good Xing-yaos in a collective way.  For example, if the four good Xing-yaos of your house is in North, East, South and West, even if the exact four Xing-yaos of yours are not in exactly the same four corners (e.g. the house’s Tien-yi in North while your personal Tien-yi is also in North), as long as they also occupy North, East, South and West (e.g. the house’s Tien-yi in North while your another personal good Xing-yao such as Yien-nian is in North), this is good Ba Gua Feng Shui too.

 

The Worst Ba Gua Feng Shui

The worst scenario is certainly the total mismatch of the house’s Xing-yaos and your own.  Why?  For example, if according to the house’s Xing-yaos the bed room should be located in South, but South is your bad direction according to your own Xing-yao, no matter you put the bedroom in South or not there is one set of Xing-yaos that could not be satisfied.  In this case you should consider relocating.

 

The Eight Xing-yaos of Ba Gua Feng Shui

Let us first learn what the eight Xing-yaos are and what meanings/effects they carry.

 

Sheng-chi (生氣)

It means success.  It is the best Xing-yao among all, which brings good health, wealth and luck.  It would be very best if the critical elements in your house are located here, such as entrance door and bedroom.

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Feng Shui Floor Numbers, Building Shapes and Colors [Master Class Lesson 7]

Hello!  Welcome back to the Feng Shui Master Class.  We have studied the internal environment in the last two lessons.  The internal Feng Shui is what you could control via interior design.  In this week we will look at things you cannot control after buying the flat.  They are the floor number and shape and color of your apartment.

Yes, the floor number and building shape could affect Feng Shui.  Usually when I check the Feng Shui of an apartment, I would firstly check if the floor numbering is good.  I would also look at the shape of the whole building.  The reason is simple, you can change the interior design to whatever style as long as the structure of the building so allows.  But you cannot change the floor number nor the shape or color of the building unless you relocate.  These are what many people overlook but actually quite important Feng Shui elements.

 

Your Five-Element Characteristic

To check whether the floor number of your apartment and the shape and color of the building fit you, we need to know which of the five elements you belong to.  This could be very complicated because usually we need to check your actual birthday.  An easier way to do so is to check your year of birth and thus the zodiac sign.  Below is a list of zodiac signs according to the year of birth.

Rat: 1924, 1926, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032

Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033

Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034

Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035

Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036

Snake: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037

Horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038

Sheep: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039

Monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040

Rooster: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041

Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042

Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

There is a trick here.  If you were born before 4 February of a year, you should treat yourself as born in the previous year when finding out your zodiac sign.  For example, if you were born in 20 January 1981, you should be a “monkey” instead of “rooster”.  Why?  According to Chinese Feng Shui principles a year begins in Spring, and Spring usually begins on 4 February.  Before 4 February the new year is not actually arrived.

Five Elements
(Image source: Wikipedia)

OK, by knowing your zodiac sign, we could tell which one of the five elements’ characteristics you have:

Pig, Rat: Water

Snake, Horse: Fire

Tiger, Rabbit: Wood

Monkey, Rooster: Metal

Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep: Earth

 

Should I Live on High or Low Level?

Not all people are suitable to live on high levels.  Some people would be more suitable to live in low-rise buildings or the lower floors of a high-rise building.  There is no exact definition for “high” and “low”, it really depends on the general situations of the place you live.

For example, in the city where I live in, Hong Kong, most residential buildings are over 30-storey high.  So we are used to count the 10th floor and below as lower floors, and 21st floor and above as high.  But in cities where the population density is lower, the buildings are usually lower.  A general rule of thumb is to divide the building into three portions, the lowest 1/3 being the lower floors, than the middle floors and the rest 1/3 are the high levels.

 

Pig, Rat

Lower levels are more suitable to you for residential purpose.

 

Snake, Horse

If possible, you should choose to live on high levels.

 

Tiger, Rabbit

High levels are most suitable for you to live.

 

Monkey, Rooster

Same as Snake, Horse, Tiger and Rabbit, high levels are most suitable for you to live.

 

Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep

You are most suitable to live in low to medium floors.

 

Your Lucky Floor Numbers

7-Floor numbering

(Photo by Gideon Tsang, CC License)

With the knowledge of your zodiac sign and the five-element characteristic you possess, we could find out the floor numbers that are good for you:

 
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Feng Shui Interior Design (2) – Study Room, Toilet and Living Room [Master Class Lesson 6]

Hello!  This is the second Feng Shui Interior Design lesson, also the sixth lesson of the Master Class.  In the last class we learned the three critical elements of Feng Shui interior design – door, bedroom and kitchen.  This time we shall learn the principles governing the interior design of other parts of your house/flat.  Do you want to know how to design your study room/home office?  Where should you pay attention to when designing the toilet?  How to decorate the living room?  We shall look at these topics in this lesson.

 

Feng Shui Interior Design – Study Room/Home Office

It is quite common nowadays to have home office in residential units.  Many people who work freelance or even full time prefer and have the luxury to work at home. Even not, if you have a kid at home who goes to school, the study room is where you need to put a lot of efforts in when doing Feng Shui interior design for your house/flat.

To fully explain the requirements of a study room/home office, it would take the length of a whole book (in fact I have an e-book in this topic: Feng Shui Office – Your Quick Start Guide).  Here we look at the essential elements that all Feng Shui masters consider when looking at the Feng Shui of a study or working place.

 

6-Feng Shui study room home office

 

The above is a perfect setting of a desk for study or work.  Because it conforms with all requirements.  In regardless of directions and calculations, this is how an office should look like.

Firstly, there should be a solid backing support.  Just like what we studied in the external Feng Shui lesson, it is preferred to have support at the back.  The full height solid wall in the figure above meets this requirement.  If the back of your seat is not firm and stable, e.g. an aisle, the sign of “flow” and “movement” would affect your career life.

Secondly, the left hand side is higher than the right hand side since the computer / cabinet is on the left.  Why is this important?  According to Form Feng Shui theory, left means benefactors (support) while right is bad person (challenge).  In the past, when people find a location to build a house, they look for places where the mountain on the left is higher than the right.

We re-create the same in the office.  The best situation is you have a full-height cabinet on the left hand side of the desk.  If not, put the desktop computer or piles of documents on the left hand side of the desk.  The ultimate goal is to have a higher-left and lower-right.

It is not difficult to achieve the second requirement, because you usually can decide what to put on your desk.  But what if the back of my seating is not a wall?  What could I do?  Read the paragraph below.
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Feng Shui Interior Design (1) – Door, Bedroom and Kitchen [Master Class Lesson 5]

Welcome back to the Feng Shui Master Class, this is your lesson 5, Feng Shui Interior Design.  In this lesson, we’ll look at how the general layout of your house affects all people living in it.

 

Feng Shui Interior Design Critical Elements

There is a traditional saying about Form Feng Shui: “The 3 most important elements of Feng Shui are door, bedroom and stove” (陽宅三要門、房、灶).  We shall have a look at the guiding principles around them, with particular focus on the modern society, i.e. how these principles about the door, bedroom and stove could affect Feng Shui interior design for a modern house.

 

Door to Door

Architects like symmetrical designs and sometimes this cause troubles.  Door-to-door is one of the most commonly found bad Feng Shui interior design in modern buildings.  In apartments, if the entrance door of your flat faces straightly to the door of another flat, it is a bad Feng Shui.  According to traditional Feng Shui theory, it looks like two people confronting face to face.  People living in both flats are prone to having quarrels with others.

5-Feng Shui Interior Design - Door to Door

Remember in the last lesson we said that Feng Shui theories contain a lot of analogies?  The reason of door facing door being bad Feng Shui is because it looks like two people confronting each other face to face.

The same also applies to door within the same flat, say, bedroom’s door facing the main entrance door.  The person who occupies that bedroom has a higher chance of having quarrels with people around him/her.  In the following example, bedroom 2 and bedroom 2 suffer from this problem, occupiers of both rooms would have higher chance of having disputes with others.

Feng-Shui-Interior-Design-In-House-Door-to-Door

What if the doors are not in exact opposite but only overlaps partially?  Well, in this case, if we door a straight line passing through the center of both doors, we would get a line not exactly in 90 degree (i.e. not normal to) either side, but somehow an inclined line.  You may think that this is a weaker “sha”, but unfortunately it is not.  In fact, this is an even worse situation, meaning that the magnitude of dispute would be greater.

Another variation is door facing the door of kitchen or toilet.  So it is not simply door to door but door to kitchen/toilet in effect.  What’s wrong with it?  Well, in these cases the bad effects would mostly be about bad temper and/or health.

If this is the case of your house, don’t worry. Try putting something in between two doors, say a tall plant, fence or cupboard.  For entrance door to entrance door case, hang a curtain or blind in front of your door.  It works like covering your mouth by a mask, thereby reducing the chance of direct confrontation.

 

Door to Window

According to traditional Feng Shui, it is not good to have the entrance door of a flat faces a window opening into the external air.  It may be difficult to understand but let me explain.

5-Feng Shui Interior Design-Door to Window

Feng Shui is about managing Chi.  The ultimate aim is to bring in good Chi and store it (聚氣) in your house. This gives energy and wealth to all people in the house.  Doors and windows are openings that could let Chi go in and go out.  Door and window along the same line means the Chi flowing in could leave immediately.  It’s like a company that makes a lot of money but soon spend it all.  Money comes and go and nothing is left.

Of course, in the eyes of modern architects cross-ventilation is good for health.  Therefore, to have the best of both worlds (health and wealth) it is better to have door and window on opposite planes of a house but NOT directly face to face.
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Outside Your House – External Feng Shui Principles (2) [Master Class Lesson 4]

Welcome back!  This is the fourth lesson of the Feng Shui Master Class.  We shall continue our study of external Feng Shui.  In the last lesson we talked about the natural environment, trees, hills, rivers and other natural objects.  In this lesson, we shall look at artificial objects outside the building. In ancient times there are not so many artificial objects that may affect Feng Shui.  So when modern Feng Shui masters need to apply Feng Shui, they need to think of ways to interpret the artificial objects using the old Feng Shui theories.  How do we do this?  We compare things by analogy. Let's see how we compare the man-made things with the natural objects.  

Buildings

In Chinese Feng Shui theories, “with one inch higher it is the mountain, with one inch lower it is the water” (高一寸即是山,低一寸即是水).  Even if there is no mountain around your home, if there is a taller building nearby, we treat it as a mountain for Feng Shui’s sake. Remember in the last lesson we mentioned that it is preferred to have a mountain / hill behind your house?  We used the Forbidden City in Beijing, China to explain this.  If you live in a city where it is a large flatland, chances are your house does not have a mountain/hill behind.  In this case, the second best choice is to have a building behind your building. There are two things to remember.  Firstly, we consider everything in front of the main entrance of your building as "in the front", "behind" is the opposite.  What if there are more than one entrances?  In the past most houses in China has a main entrance and a few side doors.  The side doors were only used for delivery of garbage and ingress/egress of the servants.  The owner of the house and his family, who are the master of the house, goes in and out via the main entrance door.  Nowadays, we consider the mostly used entrance as the main entrance, and certainly we ignore those back doors used for delivery only. Secondly, not all buildings are useful as an artificial hill behind your house.  Only those which are taller count.  In other words, if the building immediately behind is lower than your own building, this is bad Feng Shui.  It means no support by others. Then, how about buildings in front of and on both sides of your own building? [contentbox width="550" borderwidth="0" borderstyle="none" bordercolor="000000" dropshadow="0" backgroundcolor="F5C9C9" radius="0"]Preview of this article ends here, more information about external Feng Shui could be found below. Members please log-in to view. Not a member yet? Sign up now![/contentbox]
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