Interpretation of Double Stars (1) [Master Class 23]

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.

Flying Star Map Illustrated

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.

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Double Stars to Water – Good Wealth Bad Health [Master Class 22]

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.

Double Stars to Mountain

And below is an example of Double Stars to Water.  Do you see the difference?

Double Stars to Water

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?

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Double Stars to Mountain – Good Health Bad Wealth [Master Class 21]

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.

Mountain-Facing-Good-Stars

“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.

Double Stars to Mountain

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The Opposite to Jewelry Orientations [Master Class 20]

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.

Mountain-Facing-Good-Stars

Now consider the following Flying Star Map, do you see any differences from the Jewelry Orientations?

Opposite to Jewelry Orientations

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The Best Feng Shui Setting – Jewelry Orientations [Master Class 19]

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.

>>Download the Flying Star Maps for 7th and 8th Periods (Master Class Members Only)<<

This is how you read the Flying Star Map:

Flying Star Map Illustrated

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.

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24 Mountains, Trigram, Yin and Yang [Master Class 18]

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.

North

  • Ren (壬) – 337.6 to 352.5
  • Zi (子) – 352.6 to 7.5
  • Gui (癸) – 7.6 to 22.5

Northeast

  • Chou (丑) – 22.6 to 37.5
  • Gen (艮) – 37.6 to 52.5
  • Yin (寅) – 52.6 to 67.5

East

  • Jia (甲) – 67.6 to 82.5
  • Mao (卯) – 82.6 to 97.5
  • Yi (乙) – 97.6 to 112.5

Southeast

  • Chen (辰) – 112.6 to 127.5
  • Xun (巽) – 127.6 to 142.5
  • Si (巳) – 142.6 to 157.5

South

  • Bing (丙) – 157.6 to 172.5
  • Wu (午) – 172.6 to 187.5
  • Ding (丁) – 187.6 to 202.5

Southwest

  • Wei (未) – 202.6 to 217.5
  • Kun (坤) – 217. to 232.5
  • Shen (申) – 232.6 to 247.5

West

  • Geng (庚) – 247.6 to 262.5
  • You (酉) – 262.6 to 277.5
  • Xin (辛) – 277.6 to 292.5

Northwest

  • 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:

24 Mountains

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.

18-Feng Shui Compass

If you want to buy a Feng Shui compass, you can easily get one at an affordable price from Amazon. Just click this link to search for one you like.

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.

Measuring the Center

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.

 
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How to Determine the Period (Yun) of a House [Master Class 16]

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.

A Typical Flying Star Map

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.

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Feng Shui Aquarium [Master Class 15]

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

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

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.

 

Northeast

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

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

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.

 

Water Flow

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.

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Yearly and Monthly Flying Star Charts & Flying Star Sequence [Master Class Lesson 14]

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:

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:

Flying Star Sequence

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:

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Five Elements and Flying Star Feng Shui [Master Class Lesson 13]

I bet most people who study Feng Shui should have heard of Five Elements (五行), a.k.a. Wu Xing.  These five elements, namely Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, are critical to examining the Feng Shui of a living space.

The Flying Star Feng Shui theory is heavily based on the theory of Five Elements.  The promotion of good effects of good Flying Stars and the dilution of the bad effects of bad Flying Stars require your understanding of the Five Elements.  This is why in this second lesson of Flying Star Feng Shui, we shall study Five Elements in details.

I know that many of you may have learnt Five Elements from various sources, such as this Five Elements page on Wikipedia.  Here in this lesson, we shall learn not only what Five Elements are, we would also know exactly how they could be applied in Flying Star Feng Shui.  You would also see examples showing the actual application of the theories.

 

The Five Elements

The Five Elements are Wood (木), Fire (火), Earth (土), Metal (金) and Water (水).  The colors, shapes and Flying Stars of these Five Elements are:

Wood

  • Green
  • Long rectangular / Stripes / Linear
  • Flying Stars 3 and 4

Fire

  • Red / Orange / Purple
  • Triangle / Irregular and pointed shape
  • Flying Star 9

Earth

  • Yellow / Brown
  • Square
  • Flying Stars 2, 5 and 8

Metal

  • White / Golden / Silver
  • Round
  • Flying Stars 6 and 7

Water

  • Black / Blue
  • Curve / Wave
  • Flying Star 1

 

The Interactions between Five Elements

The Five Elements are not standalone substances.  They have interactions among them.  There are two basic types of interactions, generating (生) and overcoming (剋).

 

Generating

Generating means the creation of one substance by using another substance.  Below are the generating rules:

  • Wood generates Fire
  • Fire generates Earth
  • Earth generates Metal
  • Metal generates Water
  • Water generates Wood

Try drawing out the generating path by pointing an arrow from the original substance to the substance being generated.  You would find out that you have drawn a circle.  Yes, the generation of substances is a cycle without end.  In the list above, the Wood being generated could further generates Fire.  In fact, there is no beginning as well.  I started the list in Wood simply because this is how I memorize the Five Elements.  You can start drawing out the cycle by Fire, Earth, Metal or Water first, and the cycle will be the same.

Some people find it difficult to memorize the generating cycle.  You can visualize the cycle by using the following analogy:

  • You drill Wood to make Fire
  • When you burn something to generate Fire, there would be ashes (Earth) produced
  • Earth (underground) is where Metal ore is hidden and created
  • When Metal melts it turns into liquid form (or Metal is where water is condensed on)
  • Water feeds vegetation (Wood)

 

Overcoming

On the other hand, the overcoming interaction means the consumption / reduction / destruction of a substance by another.  The overcoming interactions are:

  • Wood overcomes Earth
  • Earth overcomes Water
  • Water overcomes Fire
  • Fire overcomes Metal
  • Metal overcomes Wood

Again, the overcoming interactions could be drawn in an endless cycle.  However, the cycle is not a simply reversal of the generating cycle.  If you draw out the overcoming arrows right on the generating cycle graph, you would result in a star shaped cycle.  Below is a graph I downloaded from Wikipedia showing the situation:

Five Elements To memorize the overcoming interactions, you could use analogies as well:

  • The roots of Wood penetrates (and damage the integrity) the Earth
  • We create dam using soil (Earth) to block the flow of Water
  • Water could put out Fire
  • Fire melts Metal
  • Axe (Metal) could cut Wood

 

Application of Five Elements in Flying Star Feng Shui

Now we begin the most critical part of this lesson.  The Five Element Theory itself is a complete philosophical system, but when it is applied to Feng Shui, we need to know how to use it in the Feng Shui context.

I’ll devote the whole of the following section to explaining how to use Five Elements to d Flying Star Feng Shui.  After reading this, you would fully understand why in my free Feng Shui 2013 guide I would ask you to do this or that in a particular direction (in other words, you can do Feng Shui yourself and know why so).  In brief, we use the generating / overcoming interactions to maximize the good effects and minimize the bad effects.

Ready to learn this powerful skill?  Read on!
Continue reading “Five Elements and Flying Star Feng Shui [Master Class Lesson 13]”

Flying Star Feng Shui Fundamentals [Master Class Lesson 12]

Welcome to Feng Shui Master Class Lesson 12, this is a lesson about Flying Star Feng Shui.  After 10 lessons of basic Form Feng Shui and Ba Gua Feng Shui, plus a revision lesson last week, we will begin the second part of this Feng Shui Master Class, Flying Star Feng Shui.  In this part, which consists of a number of lessons, is a core section of this e-course.

Flying Star Feng Shui is used by almost all Feng Shui masters in Chinese society.  It is famous for its powerful and fast effects.  Flying Star Feng Shui involves a number of factors that we shall tackle one by one.

 

Time and Its Ever-changing Nature

Time is of essence in Flying Star Feng Shui, not because time is precious but since it is a driving factor.  Here I shall explain the different layers of time in Flying Star Feng Shui.  The theory below may sound a little bit boring, but it is very important to understand.

The first layer is a Yuan (元 in Chinese).  There are 3 Yuans, namely the Upper, Middle and Lower Yuans.  Each Yuan consists of 60 years.  The Upper Yuan comes first, after it finished the Middle Yuan comes, and finally the Lower Yuan, totally 180 years for the 3 Yuans.  The cycle repeats, i.e., after the end of the Lower Yuan, the Upper Yuan comes again and a new cycle begins.  There is no ending of the cycles.  They simply repeat and repeat.

The next layer of time is Yun (運 in Chinese).  Each Yuan is divided into 3 Yuns.  During the Upper Yuan there are the First Yun, Second Yun and the Third Yun.  During the Middle Yuan there are the Fourth Yun, Fifth Yun and the Sixth Yun.  Finally, during the Lower Yuan there are the Seventh Yun, Eighth Yun and the Ninth Yun.  Each Yun lasts for 20 years.

In layered bullet form, the Yuans and Yuns could be presented like this:

  • Upper Yuan
    • First Yun
    • Second Yun
    • Third Yun
  • Middle Yuan
    • Fourth Yun
    • Fifth Yun
    • Sixth Yun
  • Lower Yuan
    • Seventh Yun
    • Eighth Yun
    • Ninth Yun
  • Upper Yuan
    • First Yun
    • Second Yun
    • Third Yun

And then the Middle Yuan comes again, followed by the Lower Yuan.  The cycle is endless.

Each Yun consists of 20 years, from 2004 to 2023 it is the Eighth Yun.  The next Yun, the Ninth Yun, will begin in 2024 and last until 2043.  After that, this Lower Yuan will complete and the new Upper Yuan will begin on 2044.

Difficult to understand/remember?  No problem, for now just remember that 2004 to 2023 is the Eighth Yuan.

The third layer of time factor in Flying Star Feng Shui is Year.  So as each Yuan and each Yun, Feng Shui changes every Year.

The third layer is Month.  The sixth layer is day.  The seventh layer is Shi Chen (時辰), i.e. every 2 hours… 

To sum up, Feng Shui changes over time.  Every 2 hours Feng Shui changes.  It is certainly good to follow the Flying Star disposition and change the Feng Shui design in your house every 2 hours, but it won’t be practical to do so.  We also do not think that it is wise to change the Feng Shui design every day.  So for most Feng Shui masters, we only care about the Feng Shui design that meets the requirements of a given Yuan, Yun and Year, with minor adjustments to be made every month as necessary.

 

The Flying Stars

There are totally 9 Yuns, and equally there are 9 Flying Stars.  Each of them has a particular Chinese name, which I do not bother to list out here because they could mean nothing to you if you do not know Chinese.  I would simply list out the 9 Flying Stars and their meanings.

 

Flying Star 1

The representing number of this Flying Star is 1 (one).  Its color is white and it has a “water” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

When the Flying Star 1 is prevailing and triggered positively, it brings good effects in interpersonal relationship and love.

 

Flying Star 2

The representing number of this Flying Star is 2 (two).  Its color is black and it has an “earth” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

This Flying Star is for most of the time associated with sickness and bad luck.  Its effects are lower in magnitude than the Flying Star 5 which is also a sickness Flying Star.

 

Flying Star 3

The representing number of this Flying Star is 3 (three).  Its color is jade (you may consider it light green) and it has a “wood” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

This Flying Star could be associated with quarrels and disputes.  It also means bad luck in interpersonal relationship.

 

Flying Star 4

The representing number of this Flying Star is 4 (four).  Its color is green and it has a “wood” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

This Flying Star brings good luck in examination, job promotion for the white collar and government officials.

 

Flying Star 5

The representing number of this Flying Star is 5 (five).  Its color is yellow and it has an “earth” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

This is another sickness and bad luck Flying Star other than Flying Star 2.  It is usually regarded as stronger in magnitude than the Flying Star 2.

 

Flying Star 6

The representing number of this Flying Star is 6 (six).  Its color is white and it has a “metal” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

Flying Star 6 means movement and change.  It also carries the effect of wealth growth.

 

Flying Star 7

The representing number of this Flying Star is 7 (seven).  Its color is red and it has a “metal” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

This Flying Star has the bad effect of bringing loss in wealth and property if negatively triggered.

 

Flying Star 8

The representing number of this Flying Star is 8 (eight).  Its color is white and it has an “earth” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

This Flying Star brings wealth, good luck and good health as the prevailing Flying Star in the Eighth Yun.

 

Flying Star 9

The representing number of this Flying Star is 9 (nine).  Its color is purple and it has a “fire” characteristic according to the Five-element Theory.

This Flying Star means happiness, it brings happy things such as marriage, new baby, new business, etc.  Besides, it is also a Flying Star that brings good relationship.

 

The Prevailing Flying Stars

In each Yun, there are prevailing Flying Stars that has the strongest effects.  The strongest Flying Star in a Yun is definitely the Flying Star of the corresponding number.  For example, in the Eighth Yun the prevailing Flying Star is 8.

We usually say that the coming Flying Star of the next Yun is also lucky.  So in Eighth Yun the Flying Star 9 is also good, although not as strong as Flying Star 8.  The next coming Flying Star 1 (which comes after Flying Star 9) is also a good one, with even lower effects (but it is still good).

On the other hand, the representing Flying Star of the immediate past Yun is bad.  So in the current Eighth Yun the Flying Star 7 is unlucky.  Despite this, since it has just lapsed, the bad effect is not strong.  The Flying Star 6 and Flying Star 5 (in this order of ascending bad luck) are two other unlucky Flying Stars in the current Eighth Yun too.

Simply put, we should maximize the use of Flying Stars 8, 9 and 1 in this current Yun (until end of year 2023) to enjoy the best luck.  Besides, if we know how to, we could trigger the good effects of the other Flying Stars.

 

How to Trigger Flying Stars

The simplest way to trigger a Flying Star is to use its representing number, color and five-element characteristic.  For example, to make good use of the prevailing Flying Star 8, we should put 8 pieces of items of “earth” nature in white color.  To use Flying Star 9, we should put 9 pieces of items of “fire” nature in “red” color.

The above are certainly not absolute.  For example, we could simply put a big red thing to trigger the Flying Star 9, because the color itself could bring quite some power.  We shall judge in each case how strong we want the triggering effect to be, but the basic principle is always to follow the number, color and five-element characteristics.

If you have downloaded my Feng Shui 2013 guide, and compare the content with the information above, you would know why I told you to do this and that in certain directions.  For example, 4 green plants are used to trigger the good effect of the Flying Star 4 because its representing number, color and nature are 4, green and wood.

 

The above are the basic principles that you should know by the end of this lesson.  The information provided above are very critical and useful for Feng Shui design.  Please remember them all.  Most Feng Shui teachers change a lot of money simply for these fundamental principles.  I have seen a popular Feng Shui book sold for a few bucks simply containing the above information.  Now you have learnt the essential knowledge of Flying Star Feng Shui, we shall look at more advanced techniques in the next lesson!

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This article is part of my Feng Shui Master Class.  The Master Class is an online course designed for beginners to learnt everything they need to know to do Feng Shui for themselves and their friends.  In each class I shall disclose the secrets of some Feng Shui techniques that only the masters use.  

For example, in the previous lessons we have learnt how to use Ba Gua Feng Shui to design a lucky house for all family members.  We have also seen how the external and internal environments affect the occupiers of a flat, and how you could interpret and fix Feng Shui problems.

This article is a special lesson which I have decided to enable the public to view in full, because of the importance of the contents.  I have seen many Feng Shui web sites “teaching” Flying Star Feng Shui, but very few could provide useful information in such details.  I would very much like everyone could learn real authentic Feng Shui, so I hope that this lesson could enlighten as many people as people.

If you like this lesson, please consider to joint the Master Class.  NO, unlike most other online Feng Shui e-courses, you do not have to pay huge money.  I set up this Feng Shui DIY web site and the Master Class with an aim to make Feng Shui accessible to everyone.  You only have to pay a minimal tuition fee at the price of a burger or a cup of coffee to learn all the secrets of doing powerful Feng Shui.  The topics that are covered in this course are numerous, just to list out some:

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  • Different Feng Shui systems
  • How to use a compass – twists other masters didn’t tell you
  • External Feng Shui, e.g. trees, rivers, streams
  • External Feng Shui, e.g. roads, buildings, towers, etc.
  • Interior Feng Shui, e.g. door, window, corridor, furniture, etc.
  • Interior Feng Shui, e.g. rooms, kitchen, bathroom, etc.
  • Selection of your lucky floor number and house shape 
  • Feng Shui colors, lighting, crystals and ornaments
  • Interpretation of Feng Shui problems and cures
  • Meaning of Ba Gua and how to use Ba Gua Feng Shui
  • How to find out your Gua
  • How to find a house with a matching Gua
  • Ba Gua Feng Shui (a.k.a. 8 Mansions) design secrets
  • What is Flying Star Feng Shui
  • Meaning of Flying Stars, the good and bad
  • Yearly and monthly Flying Star Feng Shui
  • 24 Mountains Feng Shui theories
  • Allocation of Flying Stars
  • Interpreting relationships among Flying Stars
  • … and much more

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  • Wealth expansion Feng Shui
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  • Feng Shui for study and examination
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