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.
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.
Lower levels are more suitable to you for residential purpose.
If possible, you should choose to live on high levels.
High levels are most suitable for you to live.
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
(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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The best floor numbers are those with 1 or 6 as the digit, e.g. first floor, 16th floor, 21st floor, etc. These are numbers of “water” so they are good for you who is also has “water” characteristic.
The best floor numbers are those with 2 or 7 as the digit. These are numbers of “fire” so they are good for you who is also has “fire” characteristic.
The best floor numbers are those with 3 or 8 as the digit. These are numbers of “wood” so they are good for you who is also has “wood” characteristic.
The best floor numbers are those with 4 or 9 as the digit. These are numbers of “metal” so they are good for you who is also has “metal” characteristic.
Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep
Lastly, for Dragon, Dog, Ox and Sheep the auspicious floor numbers are those ending with 5 and 0.
Your Unlucky Floor Numbers
As there are lucky floors, it is natural to have unlucky floors. These unlucky floor numbers are those with five-element characteristic opposite to your own.
If possible, do not live on floors ending 5 and 0, such as 15, 20, 30, etc. These are unlucky floor numbers for you.
If possible, do not live on floors ending 1 and 6. These are unlucky floor numbers for you.
If possible, do not live on floors ending 4 and 9. These are unlucky floor numbers for you.
If possible, do not live on floors ending 2 and 7. These are unlucky floor numbers for you.
Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep
The worst floor numbers all end with 3 and 8.
Floor Numbers Bringing Wealth
The floor number could also bring help for specific goals, such as better wealth.
If you want better wealth, you can consider floor numbers ending with 2 and 7. These are floor numbers that could bring better luck in you finance.
For better luck in wealth generation, you can consider floor numbers ending with 4 and 9. These are floor numbers that could bring better luck in you finance.
Floor numbers ending with 5 and 0 are the auspicious floor numbers for earning money for you.
You should choose floors ending with 3 and 8 as the last digit, such as 13th and 28th floor. What? 13? Yes, it may not be a lucky number in your region, but according to Chinese Feng Shui theories it is good for Monkey and Rooster.
Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep
Floor numbers with 1 and 6 as the last digit are good ones that could bring wealth to people of these four zodiac signs.
Floor Numbers Bringing Noble People (Support)
According to Chinese Feng Shui, there are some people who could bring support to you. We call them noble people (貴人). If you could find an apartment with a matching floor number, you would have higher chance to get support from other people.
Floor numbers ending in 4 and 9 could bring noble people to you. If you cannot find 1 and 6 floors, these two are good alternatives.
3 and 8 are the floor numbers you need to look for if you want noble people to help you in career, study, wealth and daily life.
1 and 6 floor numbers could bring good luck to you by bringing noble people to you.
If you need good support at work and in daily life, 5 and 0 floor numbers are good choices.
Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep
Floor numbers with 2 and 7 as the last digit are good ones for getting help from your supervisor at work, the elder at home or peers in your social circle.
Feng Shui Building Shapes and Colors
Another critical element to consider when finding an apartment that matches your own five-element characteristic is the shape of the building.
Fire shaped building are characterized by sharp angles and/or terraced shape, such as triangular buildings. And for color, buildings fully in red, orange and purple also have fire characteristic.
These buildings are mostly suitable for people of Sheep, Horse, Dragon, Dog, Ox and Sheep zodiac signs.
Metal buildings are in circle and semi-circle shapes. Besides, if a building is fully painted in gold, silver, yellow or white, it is also a metal building.
These buildings are suitable for people of Pig, Rat, Monkey and Rooster zodiac signs.
Water buildings are typically in wave-shape or black, grey and blue colors. They are suitable for Pig, Rat, Tiger and Rabbit.
Wood buildings (i.e. buildings with wood characteristic according to Chinese Feng Shui theories) are very common. In terms of shape, all long and rectangular (i.e. not square) buildings are wood buildings. The relevant color is green. This type of building is best occupied by Snake, Horse, Tiger and Rabbit.
All perfect square or hollow square shaped building are earth buildings. For color, the matching color is brown and anything earth-tone (except yellow). What does it mean by a hollow square shaped building? The above photo was taken in Hong Kong, showing the interior of a public housing estate. The shape of the building is square, but there is a big atrium inside. So if you view it from the sky, you could see a square box which is hollow inside.
This type of building is good for Monkey, Rooster, Dragon, Dog, Ox and Sheep.
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Takeaway Feng Shui
This time I shall share with you tips about the location of air conditioners. In Asia where I live, the climate is hot and humid, so we are used to installed air conditioners for cooling and de-humidification. The location of air conditioner could seriously affect the Feng Shui of your home. Let us have a look at the requirements.
If the air conditioner is so positioned that the wind will blow to the stove, this is bad Feng Shui. The cold air would reduce the heating effect of the stove as well as disturb the cooking process. So if possible you shouldn’t position the air conditioner to blow over the stove.
The dinning table is where we eat. For two reasons we do not want the air conditioner to blow air over the table. Firstly, the hot food would turn cold faster. Secondly, the people enjoying the meal would be hit by the air movement.
Every year there are two directions that are illness-related. They are those where the Flying Stars 2 and 5 locate. The air movement generated by the air conditioner would magnify the bad effects of these Flying Stars. You can find out the location of these two Stars in my yearly FREE Feng Shui guide.
Do not position the air conditioner in a way that the air would blow over the people laying on bed. Usually when people sleep their immunity would be lowered a bit. The cold air may bring common cold easier. Besides, the air movement above your face would also bring annoyance.