## Mountain, Facing and Period Stars [Master Class 17]

In the last lesson we learnt how to determine the Period (Yun) of a house, this time let’s begin going deeper into Flying Star Feng Shui.

Do you remember the image I showed you last time?  In this image you can find a Flying Star Map.  There are nine boxes in this map aligned in 3 x 3 grid.  In each box there are three numbers, two on top and one at the bottom.  This is the typical Flying Star Map that most Feng Shui masters deal with everyday.

At first this kind of Flying Star Maps may seem difficult to understand, but as your skills grow you will find them easy to read and draw.  There will be a few lessons spent on how to “draw” a Flying Star Map like this, followed by a few more lessons on interpreting the Map.

Why do you need to learn this complicated Flying Star Map?  After 16 lessons, you should now understand Feng Shui is much much more than putting which color in which direction, or which zodiac sign likes which shape of house.  In Feng Shui there involves a lot of calculations.  You must know which three Flying Stars are in which direction, then know the chemistry (interaction) among the three, before interpreting the good and bad of the directions.  So, knowing how to draw the map is the first step of learning Flying Star Feng Shui.

## The Period Star (a.k.a. Yun Star)

Among the three stars in each box, the bottom star is the easiest to understand.  It is called the Period Star, or Yun Star in which “Yun” means 運 in Chinese.  Remember there are nine Periods (Yuns) in three cycles and they repeat endlessly?

Yes, the Period (Yun) referred to here is the Period of the “nine Periods”.  I said the Period Star is the simplest to understand, because it is very simple to determine.  As long as you know the Period (Yun) of a house, you can find out all nine Period Stars in the Flying Star Map.

For a house built in the first Period, Flying Star 1 will occupy the central box as the Period Star.  For a house built in the second Period, the central Period Star is 2.  It follows naturally that 3 is the Period Star in the central box for a house build in the third Period, and so on.  Finally, Flying Star 9 is the Period Star in the center of houses built in the ninth Period.

Then we need to allocate the remaining eight Flying Stars to the remaining eight boxes as the Period Stars in these eight boxes.  The method is again very simple.  You only need to follow the Flying Star Sequence you learnt in Lesson 14.  Can’t remember?  Here you go:

Simply put, you should assign the Flying Stars in ascending order following the arrows above, starting from the center box.  In the above example, Flying Star 6 occupies the central box as the Period Star, so it should be the Flying Star Map of a house built in the sixth Period (Yun).

For example, for a house built in the seventh Period, Flying Star 7 will be the central Period Star.  The Period Star of the Northwest box will be 8, 9 in West, 1 in Northeast, 2 in South, 3in North, 4 in Southwest, 5 in East and 6 in Southeast.

Try practicing the above sequence until you can remember and do it by yourself.

## The Mountain and Facing Stars

Mountain Star, 山星 in Chinese, carries exactly the literal meaning.  It is the “mountain” in a particular box.

In Chinese Feng Shui, we need to check the directions of a house.  We do this by finding out the center point of the house, then find out the locations of the eight directions.  We especially concern the direction where the house backs and the direction where the house faces.  The direction that a house has at the back is the “mountain direction”.  The direction the house’s door faces is the “facing direction”.

## 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:

The whereabout of these Flying Stars is not random.  There is a sequence (the Flying Star Sequence) in it.  We begin from the center, which is 6 in this year.  The next Flying Star, 7, is in the Northwest corner.  Then 8 in the West and 9 in the Northeast.  From 9 we come back to 1 which is in South.  The following Stars 2, 3, 4 and 5 are in North, Southwest, East and Southeast.  If you jot down the sequence you will get this:

Center -> Northwest -> West -> Northeast -> South -> North -> Southwest -> East -> Southeast

To represent it in graphical format:

Follow the rainbow sequence + Gray in the end, i.e. Red -> Orange -> Yellow -> Green -> Light Green -> Blue -> Purple -> Gray, you would see that the numbers are in descending sequence.  This is the “Flying Star Sequence” that all Feng Shui practitioners must memorize.  Please repeat it again and again until you really memorize it and would never forget.

This sequence is definite and won’t be changed.  We only change the Flying Star at the starting point (the Center) and whether the Stars are allocated in ascending or descending order in different situations, but the sequence itself won’t change.

In fact, this Flying Star Sequence is not only used for drawing out the Yearly and Monthly Feng Shui Charts, it is also critical to finding out the Flying Star locations for all houses.  You’ll learn this method in the coming lessons.

## Yearly Flying Star Charts

After knowing the Flying Star Sequence, your next learning point is the Flying Star Charts.  This is not difficult at all once you mastered the Flying Star Sequence.  Here is how we do it: