## Prediction by Date of Birth – Predicting Your Luck in a Year, Month, Day and Hour

In the last article in this “Prediction by Date of Birth” series, we have seen how you can find out your representing star by checking your date of birth.  The significance of the first day of spring was also introduced to you.  This time, I will move on to introduce how you can predict your luck in a given year and a given month.

## Prediction by Date of Birth – Your Yearly Luck

Now you know you have a representing star.  In fact, there is a representing star for any given year.  For example, the representing star of 2015 is “3”.

By knowing this, you can do simple prediction using your own representing star and that of the current year.  We do this by examining the interactions between the five-elements of these two stars.  The basic principle is, if the two five-element characteristics are compatible, this year is good for you.  But if they are not, this may be a bad year.

## Prediction by Date of Birth – Your Monthly Luck

Similar to Yearly representing star, there is also a monthly representing star for every month.  The logic is the same, if the monthly star is good for you, that should be a lucky month for you, and vice versa.

## The Five-element Theories

So the critical question is, what are the five-element characteristics of the 9 representing stars:

• Star 1 – Water
• Star 2 – Earth
• Star 3 – Wood
• Star 4 – Wood
• Star 5 – Earth
• Star 6 – Metal
• Star 7 – Metal
• Star 8 – Earth
• Star 9 – Fire

Next, you need to know the interactions among these five elements.  These could be described in words, but a picture is certainly better than a thousand words, so I shall use the following diagram instead.  This is a nice diagram I found in Wikipedia.

## Fortune-telling, the Simple Way

For example, if your representing star is 2, your five-element characteristic is earth.  Unfortunately, the representing star of 2015 is “3” (wood), which is incompatible with earth.  Therefore, 2015 may be a less fortunate year for you in general.  However, it does not mean that you will have bad luck in all 365 days in this year.  It simply means that you have a relatively higher chance of encountering bad luck in this year.  DO NOT lose your confidence in the future simply because you found that the current year is not good for you.  The 9 Star Ki analysis is not intended to work this way.

The same applies to monthly divination.  The representing star of the seventh Feng Shui month of 2015 is “8”, which belongs to earth.  Since both you and the month are of earth characteristic, this should be a good month for you!

See?  It is not difficult to tell your fortune in a given year and month.  Only if you know how to find out the representing star of any year and any month.  There are a set of complicated formulas behind, but to save your time, I recommend that you go to the following web site, where you can find an online calculator to find out the representing star for any given year and month:

http://www.fourpillars.net/online9Ki.php

Fairly simple, right?  In fact, you can also use the same method to predict your luck in any given day and bi-hourly period.  What you need to do is to find out the representing star of that day or bi-hourly period.

Unfortunately, there is no simple way to find out the representing star of a year or bi-hourly period.  You need to calculate every time you want to find out these stars.  The formula is not very difficult but I certainly would not call it simple.  Being a lazy guy, I choose to copy what’s already been explained in Wikipedia (all credits go to Wikipedia and those who contributed to it):

### Daily Flying Star

Daily and bihourly flying stars are usually applied to predict the time of a happening. Daily Flying Stars are governed by,

RULE 1: From the onset of Winter Solstice until Summer Solstice in the following year, the daily stars progress in ascending order (… 7,8,9,1, 2, 3, …). The stars are distributed around the nine palaces following Lo Shu path.

On the very first Yang Wood Rat day or Jia-zi day after Winter Solstice, daily Star 1 presides the center palace.

RULE 2: From the onset of Summer Solstice until the next Winter Solstice, the daily stars progress in a descending order (… 3,2,1,9,8,7,…). The stars are distributed around the nine palaces fleeing Lo Shu path.

On the very first Yang Wood Rat day or Jia-zi day after Summer Solstice, daily Star 9 presides the center palace.

### Bihourly Flying Star

Bi-hourly Flying Stars are ruled by,

RULE 1: From the onset of Winter Solstice until Summer Solstice in the following year, the bi-hourly stars are distributed around the nine palaces following Lo Shu path. The stars progress in ascending order every bi-hourly.

On Rat, Rabbit, Horse, and Rooster days, star 1 occupies the center sector at Rat hour (11 pm of previous day – 1 am). On Ox, Dragon, Goat, and Dog days, star 4 occupies the center sector at Rat hour. On Tiger, Snake, Monkey, Pig days, star 7 occupies the center sector at Rat hour.

RULE 2: From the onset of Summer Solstice until next Winter Solstice, the bi-hourly stars are distributed around the nine palaces fleeing Lo Shu path. The stars progress in descending order every bi-hourly.

On Rat, Rabbit, Horse, and Rooster days, star 9 occupies the center sector at Rat hour. On Ox, Dragon, Goat, and Dog days, star 6 occupies the center sector at Rat hour. On Tiger, Snake, Monkey, Pig days, star 3 occupies the center sector at Rat hour.

The reason that I chose not to explain the day and bi-hourly star formula in details is that, besides the formula you also need an almanac which tells you the dates of Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice, as well as the date of the twelve Chinese sodiac signs.  Otherwise, you cannot determine the order of allocating the stars.  And I guess not so many of you would have an almanac in hand that gives these dates.  This kind of almanac is usually used by Feng Shui practitioners only.

Luckily, the technology is so advanced nowadays that we no longer need to own the paper almanac or memorize the formula.  Try to search “9 star ki” or “nine star ki” in the iOS Appstore and Google Play Store, you can find lots of apps that tells you the representing stars of the current day and time.  Some apps can even point you to your daily good directions!  The best of all, some of these apps are free of charge!

## Feng Shui 2016 – The Good Directions with Great Power

In the previous Feng Shui 2016 article, we have briefly looked at the bad directions to avoid in 2016 Year of Monkey. This time, we shall learn what are the good Feng Shui directions in the coming year.  Please read until the end of this post to know a special point to note regarding when you should make the Feng Shui changes in your house for 2016.

## Feng Shui 2016 – Wealth

The most important direction where every Feng Shui practitioner would pay attention to is the Flying Star 8 direction. In 2016, this Feng Shui direction is in Southwest. This flying star is famous for bringing wealth. The simplest way to leverage its power is to put something related to water here. As simple as that. A mild yet effective method is to place a glass or vest here and fill with water. If you want a bigger kick, place a water column here.

Please, however, beware that while the above Feng Shui strategy works in many houses, some houses may not be suitable because the water may also bring negative impact to health to some of your family members. Wealth does not come free of charge, if you earn more chances are you pay by having worst health. So I suggest not to put a big Feng Shui tower or water fountain like what other Feng Shui masters would recommend. You need a balance of health and wealth, always.

## Feng Shui 2016 – Happiness

Another good direction to check is the East where the Flying Star 9 occupies in 2016 Year of Monkey. This flying star is associated with every thing happy, such as marriage and new baby. If you are single, you may try to put a vest with flower in purple color here. Make sure the flower is real (no plastic flower please) and you regularly replace the water and the flower.

## Feng Shui 2016 – Career and Study

If you want better luck in study and job promotion, you may try the West direction where Flying Star 4 locates. Place a vest with four green plant here. People commonly choose lucky bamboos but as long as the plant is green it is good enough (so your good choice is green plant without flower).

Read (and re-read) the above and my last Feng Shui 2016 article if you don’t understand. In fact, these are all simple advices that you should find no difficulty to understand. Lastly, do not forget that, Chinese Feng Shui always has a year begin in Spring. The first day of Spring in 2016 Year of Monkey is 4 February 2016. You don’t need to implement the Feng Shui strategies in this and my last Feng Shui 2016 article until that day.

(The above advices are made based on the Yearly Flying Star Map only. The Feng Shui strategy of different houses may differ, depending on the actual location and design of each house. If in doubt, you are advised to consult your local Feng Shui masters.)

## Feng Shui 2016 – The Bad Directions that Bring Bad Luck

Year 2016 is coming, same as previous years, I am going to provide some Feng Shui ideas for you to live a lucky new year. In this first article in this Feng Shui 2016 series, we shall look at the bad directions, so that you know where to stay away from. We shall examine the good directions in the next article.

## Feng Shui 2016 – Sickness Directions

Firstly, let’s talk about the directions that may bring you sickness. Every year, Feng Shui practitioners search for the Flying Star 5 on the Yearly Star Map. Flying Star 5 is an extremely bad star which is associated with illness, disaster and troubles. In 2016 Year of Monkey, this flying star occupies the Northeast corner.

For this flying star, the advice is simple. DO NOT carry out any building works in this direction inside your house. Building works include not only new construction, but alterations and repairs too. For example, you certainly should not form new openings on the walls or replace the floor tiles in this direction. Basically, anything that touches on the building structure should be avoided.

Besides, you should try not to place red, purple or orange stuff here. Of course, a very small red cup in the Northeast corner in your house would not harm, but please never place any such big things here. Try also keep this direction stable, do not put any dynamic things like water fountain here. These are all things that would trigger the negative energy of the Flying Star 5.

Next, the Flying Star 2 which also brings sickness. This star occupies the center of your house in 2016 Year of Monkey. So, you should have the same precautionary measures as Flying Star 5 in the center. Do not carry out building works or place any dynamic or red stuff in the center of your house.

## Feng Shui 2016 – Building Works

There are a few more directions where you should avoid carrying out building works in the coming year. They are Southwest, Northeast, South and Northwest. These are the Tai Shui (the Yearly God), Shui Puo (the Yearly Sha – negative energy), San Sha (three killings) and Li Shi directions of the year. They are notorious for bringing bad luck in you touch them in a bad way.

The above devices may seem a bit crazy because if you want to follow them through, there is basically no possibility for you to repair your house. So many directions are untouchable!

Yes, this is the unfortunate truth. But it does not mean that you cannot repair the roof of your house even if it is serious leaking water. What you need to do is to begin your repair works in the good directions first, and gradually extend your works to the bad directions. The fundamental idea is to attract good luck from good directions first before you fight against the monsters.

The good news is, we now know what not to do to keep your risk exposure low. We shall find out the good directions in the next post in this Feng Shui 2016 series. Stay tuned!
(The above advices are made based on the Yearly Flying Star Map only. The Feng Shui strategy of different houses may differ, depending on the actual location and design of each house. If in doubt, you are advised to consult your local Feng Shui masters.)

## Prediction by Date of Birth – The Myth of Year of Birth

In the last article in this prediction by date of birth series, I have introduced how to find out your representing star by referring to your date of birth. Although the representing star changes once a year, you cannot simply find out your representing star by looking at your year of birth. The date of birth also matters.

## The Myth of Year of Birth Explained

According to Chinese Feng Shui theories, a year ends on the last day of winter and the following year begins on the following day, i.e. the first day of spring. The first day of spring is NOT equal to the first day of Chinese New Year. This is an interesting fact but unfortunately not many Feng Shui practitioners know it.

Chinese Calendar is a mixture of Yang and Yin calendars. Yang Calender is based on the relative position of the sun and the earth. The Yin Calendar is based on the location of the moon in relation to the earth. The Chinese New Year we usually celebrates is based on the Yin Calendar, this is why some people would call it the Chinese Lunar New Year. This Yin Calendar has been in place for thousands of years.

However, Chinese Feng Shui is related to the flow and cycling of energy. All planets in the solar system, including the earth, is affected by the sun. As for the earth, summer is the hottest season in a year, because during summer the earth is the closest to the sun in a year. On the other hand, it is the coolest in winter because the earth is far away from the sun in its orbit. The four seasons are the “products of the sun”. The kind of energy that Feng Shui examines is that brought by the sun. So, for Feng Shui purpose, we use the relative position of the earth to the sun to determine the time in a year.

## Prediction by Date of Birth – Introduction to 9 Star Ki

The method of prediction by date of birth that I am going to introduce is 9 Star Ki.  Most of you should have heard of its name before, but chances are you don’t know what it actually means.

Some people think 9 Star Ki is a Feng Shui tool, some think it is a destiny analysis tool, but very few people know that it could be used for divinatory purpose to tell the future.

Before learning how the future telling actually works, let us first know the basics.

## Prediction by Date of Birth – Lo Shu Square

9 Star Ki is an ancient way of fortune telling that could be traced back to thousand years ago.  It is based on the Lo Shu Square (洛書 in Chinese), a.k.a. Nine Halls Diagram (九宮圖 in Chinese).  There is a story related to this diagram.  It was said that, when a legendary hero, Xia Yu (夏禹 in Chinese), was travelling around the territory to treat flooding, one day a giant turtle emerged from a river.  The shell of the turtle shown the following pattern, which are nine numbers presented in dots linked by lines:

If you think about it, you will find that this is actually a magical square.  The sum of all numbers in each row, column or diagonal line is 15.  Since the central number is 5, so the sum of the two numbers in opposite corners or sides must be 10.  How interesting it is!

This Luo Shu Square has been widely used in different aspects of Chinese numerology, including Feng Shui, destiny analysis and future prediction.  In this series of articles related to prediction by date of birth, I will tell you how to utilize Lo Shu Square to do future prediction.

## Prediction by Date of Birth – 9 Star Ki

The theory behind 9 Star Ki is exactly Lo Shu Square.  There are nine boxes in the Nine Halls Diagram, each with a number.  You can consider these nine numbers “nine stars”.  Each Star has different characteristics.

According to 9 Star Ki theory, each person is represented by one of these nine Stars, from one to nine.  For example, if you belongs to the Ninth Qua (九命卦 in Chinese), you more or less have some of the characteristics of the Star Nine.

Once your representing Star is known, you know if a particular year, month, date or hour is a lucky one for you, by checking the compatibility of your own Star and the prevailing Star of that particular moment of time.  This is the foundation of 9 Star Ki future prediction.

Since this method of prediction by date of birth is related to your year of birth, basically all you need to know to do the divination is your date of birth and the prevailing Star of the time.

The tables below show the representing Star of people born in different years.  Please note that in the same year, male and female could have different representing stars.

Try to find your representing Star (Gua) by referring to the above table.  Know it and we shall move on to the next lesson of prediction by date of birth in the next article.  See you!

## Introduction to Divination

Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology has long been the major focus of this web site, but on and off there are readers writing to me inquiring about other aspects of numerology, including fortune telling, destiny analysis, face and palm reading and date selection.  To meet these demands, I am going to expand the scope of my writing to include other topics that readers are interested to know.

The first topic I would like to cover is divination, i.e. the prediction of the outcome of an event.  Some people call it fortune telling.  Although there is a fine difference between the two terms, let’s just use them interchangeably.  There are lots of different methods of divination in Chinese numerology (or metaphysics, as some people say).

## Three Types of Divination

The most commonly used divination methods, such as Qi Men Dun Jia (奇門遁甲 in Chinese) and Liu Ren (六壬 in Chinese), rely on the exact time that the prediction is made.  For example, if you ask me to predict the result of the job interview, I’ll use the time when you asked me, say, 4:06pm, to draw out a Map (盤栻 in Chinese), to interpret the likely result.  This kind of divination could produce highly accurate result due to the fact that you are examining the prevailing state of the energy in the prevailing time and space and how the energy would affect the questioner.

However, it is not without drawbacks.  Since Chinese numerology divide a day into 12 sections only, each section equals to two hours, there would only be 12 Maps for a day.  If there are more than one people asking you to do the prediction in the same section of the day, you will have to base your analysis on the same Map.  Imagine you have five friends coming to you together to ask for prediction, you would wonder if your prediction result is still correct.  Of course, there are some advanced techniques that help us in this situation, I have seen a maximum of seven people’s case being analysed using the same Map.

Another kind of divination does not base the analysis on time but the action taken every time when the prediction is done.  These methods include I-ching divination (易經占卜 in Chinese), Word Prediction (測字 in Chinese), etc.  When using these methods, you perform a series of actions to draw out a Qua (卦 in Chinese) every time.  Literally, you can draw out infinite number of Quas in an hour.  These methods could also produce accurate results but usually tools such as coins and cards are required.

There is also a third kind of divination which is basically “asking the god”.  Since this web site is not for the examination of religious belief, I would not go into details of this kind of divination.

## What Can be Predicted through Divination?

People usually use divination as a means to probe into the possible outcome of some important events, such as:

• Job interview
• Examination
• Relationship
• Marriage
• Career
• Health
• Lost of property (i.e. can I find it and where to find it)

Basically, what you could imagine could be the subject of divination.

## You Learn Divination

Feng Shui DIY is a web site for enabling people to do Feng Shui by themselves.  The same belief applies to other aspects of numerology.  In the coming articles, I am going to introduce to you a very simple way of divination, i.e. Nine Star Ki (my version).

You may have heard of Nine Star Ki before.  It is commonly known as originated from Japan and is usually used for destiny analysis.  In fact, it is originated from ancient Chinese society!  And it could be used for fortune telling!

You can learn my simplified version of Nine Star Ki quickly and begin to apply it to your daily life.  Although it cannot provide the same amount of details as other destiny analysis and fortune telling methods, it is easy to learn yet good for daily use.

## I Do Divination for You

But if you are still not sure if you can master the Simple Nine Star Ki, here is a good news.  I am going to offer to do divination for the readers of this blog and my fans on the Facebook Fan Page, all for FREE.  You don’t need to pay a cent, just let me know the background of your case, I can do it for you.  More details will be announced soon.

So, let’s get yourself ready.  You journey to Divination will soon begin.  Stay tuned!

## Feng Shui 2015 – What Colors and Accessories to Use?

This article explains what Feng Shui colors and accessories to use for your home and office Feng Shui in year 2015.

A word of caution here.  The guidelines below are general advices only, you should consult a professional consultant if you need in-depth advice.

This is an important message about Feng Shui DIY.  If you have been following my posts, you would have noticed that this site has rarely been updated in the last few weeks.  I must apologize for not updating this blog as frequently as I should.

There are a lot more to do at this moment of time.  In the city where I live, Hong Kong, a large civil disobedience movement is undergoing.  Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have rallied along major streets at various locations across the territory, including the central business district, and outside the Central Government Office.  These people, most of whom are students, uphold just one request, i.e. universal suffrage, after the Beijing Government denied Hong Kong people to freely elect their top leader, the Chief Executive.  Despite all protesters are unarmed and largely peaceful, the Hong Kong Police used tear gas to evade them, making hundreds of people injured.

(Source: udn.com.tw)

At the moment of writing this post, the protests are still going on but the situation is getting worse.  The pro-democracy protesters have clashed with the police as well as pro-China protesters whose violent acts have caused injuries.  Many pro-democracy protesters were arrested, including a student leader of a pro-democracy group who is just 17 years old.  Many Hong Kong residents, including me, are doing whatever we could to support these protesters.  For this reason, I am unable to regularly update this blog and send out e-newsletters as usual.  The release of my yearly Feng Shui guide will also be delayed.

(Source: oclp.hk)

My city is the getting through the toughest time ever.  Please pray for us, for democracy, and peace.

Over the years, I have heard so many rumours about how bad Feng Shui at home could cause bad relationship.  These rumours sound very reliable because they are usually supported by Feng Shui theories that seem to be correct.  In this article, I am going to explain whether these rumours are correct or not.

## Feng Shui Myth 1: Wall Cracks = Bad Marriage?

A very commonly heard Feng Shui myth is that if you found cracks on the walls of your house, your marriage would be bad.  The advocates of this theory suggest that since cracks mean breakage and separation, more cracks at home means higher chance of divorce.

This is absolutely wrong.

If you know a little bit of home decoration, you would know that the plastering on wall is prone to cracks due to natural shrinkage.  And if your house is more than 10 years old, most probably there would be one or two cracks on the wall, not to mention those on the ceiling and floor.  Basically, it is impossible to find a house without any cracks.

So cracks by themselves would not cause bad marriage.  But if the cracks are the result of defects in the building structure, say ground settlement, the defect itself may cause Feng Shui problems.  And certainly, even if you don’t believe in Feng Shui, you would not want to live in a house with structural problems, right?

## Feng Shui Myth 2: Bad Kitchen Design Brings Two Wives?

Traditionally we believe the Feng Shui of the kitchen affects the housewife of a family.  This is why many Feng Shui myths related to bad marriage concern the kitchen design.

A very common Feng Shui rumour is that if there are two stoves the husband may have an affair with someone else, because the stove means the housewife, and if there are two stoves there would be two housewives in this family, meaning that the husband would fall in love with someone else.

A similar rumour is that if there are mirrors in the kitchen, when the housewife works in the kitchen the mirror would produce a duplicated image of the housewife.  There would, again, mean that there are more than one housewives in this family.

You may also have heard of that if there are two refrigerators in a kitchen, the chance of the husband having an affair would be high.  Basically, all these rumours are supported by a fundamental belief, that there should be only one kitchen and everything in the kitchen should be the only set in that kitchen.  Following this principle, you may even say that there should not be two ovens or wash basins in a kitchen.

These are all nonsense.

Firstly, it is not uncommon to have two housewives in a house.  If there are three generations living in the same house, it is just normal to have two or three housewives under the same roof!  And you can tell by common sense that, unless you live alone there are usually more than one stoves in your kitchen!  Don’t believe in these bullshxt theories!

## Feng Shui Myth 3: Ivy Causes Bad Marriage

Some people believe that ivy, or hedera, hedera helix, etc., planted inside a house may cause bad marriage.  The idea behind may be that ivy is a climbing plant that is attached to a base structure, so it carries the meaning of having a third person clinging to a family member’s marriage.  And the stems of ivy is not straight but curved, so it may mean hiccups in a marriage.

Again, this myth is totally wrong.  In contrast, ivy is a good Feng Shui plant that may bring wealth if used properly.  While analogy is widely used in Feng Shui, it does not mean that you can arbitrarily make a conclusion simply because the shape of something looks like something else.

To conclude, Feng Shui has an effect on relationship and marriage but it is not the only factor.  The key to a successful marriage is the efforts that the couple made to maintain a good relationship.  If the love is real, it is unlikely that a plant or two stoves at home could cause any damage.

## How to Choose a Feng Shui Hotel Room?

For most of the time people study Feng Shui for their homes or offices.  The topic of this article is a bit different.  I would not tell you what constitutes a good Feng Shui home or office.  Instead, I will teach you how to choose a Feng Shui hotel room.  In other words, after reading this article, you would know how to select a hotel room with good Feng Shui when you are on vacation or business trip.

Does it really matter to find a Feng Shui hotel room?  It depends.  If you have just a short stay for one or two nights, the Feng Shui of the hotel room does not really matter.  But if you have a long stay or you are having a business trip for an important business meeting, a good Feng Shui room could how to bring good luck.

“Ace Hotel NYC guest room interior” by Jeremy Pelley

## Feng Shui Hotel Floor Level

If you studied my Feng Shui Master Class, you would know how to choose lucky floor level.  Even if you don’t, here is a quick tip.

In 2014, the luckiest floor levels are those ending with 6, i.e. 6, 16, 26, 36, 46, etc.  If possible, when you check in at the concierge, tell the hotel staff that you want a floor level ending with 6.  Unless the hotel is really fully booked, usually the hotel staff would be able to fulfill your requirement.

There is one thing to note.  We need to count the actual floor number.  Sometimes the floor levels are not in simple 1, 2, 3, 4… sequence.  Instead, the floor levels may be G, UG, Podium, L1, L2, etc.  In Feng Shui, we count the real floor number only.  So the ground level is 1/F, 2/F is one floor above, 3/F is next… all the way to the highest floor.  We do not skip unlucky floor numbers like 13.  The 6, 16, 26, 36, floors here refer to the real floor number.

## Feng Shui Hotel Room

Now that the first requirement is met, it is time to examine the hotel room.  Firstly, avoid choosing the last room in the corridor, i.e. the room at the dead end.  We believe that the energy, a.k.a. Chi, needs to flow.  The Chi at the end of a corridor is stagnant, so a room located there is usually not preferred.

We also do not prefer a door to door situation.  This happens when the door of your room faces the door of the opposite room.  Nowadays hotel doors are usually positioned alternatively for better circulation so this should not be a big problem.

Preferably, your hotel room should not be adjacent or directly opposite to the elevator.  The first reason of this requirement is that the elevator could be noisy, either due to the mechanics (doors opening and closing) or the elevator passengers who produce noise.  Secondly, the Chi around elevators could be messy.

Finally, the directions of the hotel room must be good.  For this, you should refer to my free Feng Shui guide, which explains the good and bad directions in this year.  In 2014, South is the best direction, so if the door of the hotel room opens to South, the room is not bad.  Besides, the bed is preferably be in a good direction as well, such as South, North, Southwest or West.

With all these criteria met, the hotel room should be a Feng Shui place to stay for a few nights.

## Home Finder’s Guide to Feng Shui (1) – Compass Test

Thank you for reading this article.  If you are a loyal reader, you would have noticed that I haven’t updated this blog for at least two months.  Why was I so lazy?

Well, In the last two months, I visited over 50 flats. However, I didn’t do it for my clients and I earned \$0 from the visits.  All because I visited all these flats to find a new home for my family!

It is really not easy to find a Feng Shui home, especially when I know Feng Shui. The possession of Feng Shui knowledge means that I would not compromise my requirements. If I found that the flat has bad Feng Shui, even if it is very affordable I would definitely say NO to it.

## Home Finder’s Feng Shui Guide

After this long journey of flat hunting, I had an idea to write a series of articles to help home finders to find their Feng Shui homes. Although you may not have studied Feng Shui before, or have never tried my online “Feng Shui Master Class” (trial available!), it does not mean that you cannot pick a Feng Shui flat. There are some simple things you can do, all by yourself, to filter out bad Feng Shui flats.

Here, I want to share with you a simple tip first.  All you need is a compass. It does not have to be a Feng Shui compass. And you don’t even need to know how to use a compass. What I ask you to do is, when you inspect a flat, hold the compass in hand and check if any irregular movement of the pointer.

The theory behind this simple compass check is that, Feng Shui examines the energy (a.k.a. Chi) inside the living space. If the energy inside a flat is not pure or is negative, chances are the movement of the pointer should reflect such a problem. I have been to a flat where the pointer swings from one side to another in a range of over 30 degrees. There extent of movement is certainly not within acceptable tolerance.

Please note that, however, the electronic appliances inside a flat may affect the compass. If the compass pointer swings a lot, try to walk to another location inside the flat and observe the pointer again. If the compass pointer swings irregularly at a few locations inside the flat, you should probably give up on this flat.

There is one thing to note.  I found that many people use their smartphone’s compass app.  It is not bad as a basic tool for ordinary purpose, but for Feng Shui use you cannot use a smartphone to determine the directions.  The result is not reliable at all.  If you go more advanced in Feng Shui, you would know that even a one degree error in direction could result in big difference in Feng Shui.

There are certainly much more Feng Shui home finding skills.  Stay tuned!

## Feng Shui Mirrors – What Do They Do?

Mirror is a common furniture in almost everybody’s home.  We usually have a mirror in the toilet, a mirror in the wardrobe and sometimes even one in the kiving room.  If mirror has an impact on Feng Shui, its effect would inevitably be felt by almost everyone of us.

## Feng Shui Mirrors – What Do They Do?

A few weeks ago I came across a term called Feng Shui mirror.  Somebody was selling such kind of thing in a local market.  The seller claimed that by hanging the mirror on the wall you would get better luck.

Does Feng Shui mirror ever exists?  Before I answer this question I should explain the effects of mirror in Feng Shui.

We all know mirror reflects light.  If you switch on a torch and point it to a mirror, you will see the light being reflected back to you.  The stronger the light of the torch, the stronger the reflected light.

Mirror has the function of a reflector in Feng Shui.  If there is good Chi in a particular corner of your house, it reflects the good Chi.  On the other hand, if there is bad Chi it brings it out.  The stronger the Chi the bigger the impact.  If there is a mirror in a sickness direction, the mirror will bring out the bad energy.

You may consider mirror a amplifier of energy.  It does not filter the energy, i.e. it would not block out bad energy or convert bad energy into good.  So in practice there is no such thing as Feng Shui mirror because every ordinary mirror can do everything a Feng Shui mirror can do.

## The Best Practice of Using Feng Shui Mirrors

So the truth about Feng Shui mirror is that it has good effect only if you place it in  he right place.  If you are not sure where the good / bad directions of your house is, my recommendation is to avoid putting mirrors at unnecessary locations.  Only put them in the toilet and where you make up and dress.

If you can get an expert’s help, mirror could really be used for good Feng Shui.  For example, many Feng Shui masters use Feng Shui to magnify the positive effects of the good Flying Stars in good directions.

Besides, sometimes Feng Shui masters would use convex mirrors to reduce the bad effects of external “Sha”.  “Sha” is something bad in shape that could constitute a threat to the Feng Shui of your house.  A typical example of external “Sha” is a sharp angle pointing to your house’s door or window.  In this case, some Feng Shui masters would hang a convex mirror facing the “Sha” in hope of reducing the bad effects experienced.

If in doubt, ask a local Feng Shui master!