# 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”.

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For the time being, let’s first assume that each of the nine boxes in the Flying Star Map is an individual house.  There should be a facing direction and a mountain (backing) direction.  We represent each with a Flying Star.  So there will be a Facing Star and a Mountain Star.

The two Flying Stars on the top are the Mountain and Facing Stars.  We usually put the Mountain Star on the left, and the Facing Stars on the right.  So in the following example, 2 is the Mountain Star of the central box and 3 is the Facing Star in this box.

 9　4 6 6　8 2 8　6 4 9　5 5 2　3 7 4　1 9 5　9 1 7　7 3 3　2 8

There are a few things you need to remember.  Firstly, all the Mountain Flying Stars of the same Map follow the Flying Star Sequence, in either ascending or descending order, so they would not repeat.  In other words, if Flying Star 7 appeared as the Mountain Star in East, it would not appear as Mountain Star again elsewhere in the same Map.  If you find that there are two identical Mountain Stars in two different boxes of a Flying Star Map, you must have wrongly drawn the Map. The same principle also applies to the Facing Star, i.e. Stars do not repeat as Facing Stars in the same Flying Star Map.

Secondly, the Mountain and Facing Stars in the same box do not necessarily need to be the same.  In fact, for most of the time they are different.  Even if in a box the Mountain and Facing Stars are the same, in other boxes of the same Flying Star Map they may be different.

Why?  Because for Mountain and Facing Stars, they could be allocated either in ascending or descending order.

Thirdly, it is an accustomed way to present the Mountain, Facing and Period Stars in the 2 on top and 1 at the bottom manner.  Whenever you see a Flying Star Map in this manner, you can confidently say that the left Star is Mountain, right Star is Facing and bottom Star is Period.  And if you draw a Flying Star Map, try to follow this tradition so that you and other Feng Shui masters could follow easily.

Finally, if you read Chinese Feng Shui book or web sites you may come across Flying Star Maps in which the Period Stars are not arabic numerals.  Usually in this situation the Period Star is presented in Chinese words.  This is a very common way for Chinese Feng Shui masters to draw Flying Star Maps.  To allow you to read easily, let me list out the Chinese words for the nine Flying Stars:

1: 一

2: 二

3: 三

4: 四

5: 五

6: 六

7: 七

8: 八

9: 九

## The Interpretation of the Stars

In Chinese Feng Shui there are two basic methods (and a few advanced ones too) of interpreting the Flying Stars.  We will go into these details in later classes.  Today let us first have a glance of what we might do with the Stars.  Let’s look at this Flying Star Map again:

 9　4 6 6　8 2 8　6 4 9　5 5 2　3 7 4　1 9 5　9 1 7　7 3 3　2 8

Our first focus are on the Facing Stars.  The Facing Stars are sometimes called “Water Stars” 水星 in Chinese, and water means money.  So by utilizing the good Facing Stars, we can bring in good money to the occupiers.

Remember you have learnt that the current Period’s Flying Star is the best.  So in the above example, since the house was built in the seventh Period, Flying Star 7 was the luckiest Star from 1984 to 2003.  You can see that in the North the Facing Star is 7.  In other words, North is a direction for money for this house from 1984 to 2003.

However, in 2004 the eighth Period arrived, from 2004 to 2023 Flying Star 8 became the luckiest Star and 7 lost its glory.  South, where the Facing Star is 8, became the luckiest direction for wealth generation.  If you bought a house before 2004 and enjoyed a period of good luck, chances are the luck faded out since 2004 because the lucky Flying Star changed.  It is the Feng Shui master’s job to adjust the interior design to maximize the use of the prevailing lucky Flying Star.

For Mountain Star, we usually consider it as a Star for health.  Using the principle outlined in the last two paragraphs, Flying Star 8 in the Mountain position is good for health in eighth Period (2004 to 2023).  So Southwest is the healthy direction during this Period.

If you were a Feng Shui master, you would ask your client who owns this house to sleep in the Southwest corner of the house, and if possible have the entrance door in South.  Alternatively, place a water feature in South to capture the lucky energy for money.

The above is the (over-)simplified explanation of how Feng Shui masters draw and interpret a Flying Star Map.  But we haven’t learnt how to find out the Mountain Stars and Facing Stars right?  We shall learnt these in the coming lessons.