## 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.

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

## 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:

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.

## 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:

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.

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.

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.

## 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”.

## 2013 Monthly Feng Shui Cures – May

Time to implement Feng Shui Cures for May!  Every month as the Monthly Flying Stars relocate, new problems and opportunities arise.  In this article I shall share with you where the problematic directions are.  I’ll also point out where the monthly wealthy and study directions are, so that you can maximize the use of them to bring luck in money, study and job promotion. The following Feng Shui cures are valid from 5 May to 5 June 2013.  We consider these days as in the same ‘Feng Shui month’ which is different from the Gregorian Calendar.  If you are interested to know about the rationale behind, plus other practical Feng Shui skills that you can do at home, please consider joining the Feng Shui Master Class.

## May Feng Shui Cures

### East

This is where the Yearly Flying Star 3 and Monthly Flying Star 6 meet, the metal and wood nature in conflict, there may be injury or health problems if you sleep in this direction of the house, or the entrance door is located here.  You should place a glass of water here to help to reduce the bad effects.

### Southeast

This is yet another direction where metal and wood meet, because the Yearly Flying Star 4 (wood) and Monthly Flying Star 7 (metal) are co-located in this month.  Similarly, you need to put a glass of water here if either the entrance door or the bedroom is here.

### South

The Yearly lucky Flying Star 9 in South is supported by the Monthly Flying Star 3, so this direction could bring happiness if the entrance door or bed room is here.  There is no need to put anything here to fix, because this direction is already quite good in this month.

### Southwest

This is a double-sickness direction in this month.  Both bad Flying Stars, 2 and 5, are located here (one is the Yearly and one is the Monthly bad star).  If the entrance door is in this direction, or the bed or bedroom is in this corner of the flat, there would be high chance of getting sick in this month.  You should place a metallic music box here and make it sound often.  Alternatively, a metallic wind chime (preferably with 6 tubes) would also help, if there is a windows with blowing wind in this direction.

### West

This is a good direction for wealth growth.  Thanks to the Yearly Flying Star 7 and Monthly Flying Star 1, if the entrance door or the desk where you do your home office or investment (in other words, all money-generating activities) is in this direction, you could have good luck in wealth.

### Northwest

Stay away from this direction if you have problems with your lung, stomach, throat or respiratory system, since there is a conflict between “fire” and “metal” here, between the Flying Stars 6 and 9.  You should place a stone here if it is where the entrance door or bedroom location.  Even if this is only where the living room situates, you should stay less frequently here.

### North

Good news for students or office employees who want a promotion.  This is a direction that brings good luck in examination and interview, because of the Flying Stars 1 and 4.  You should move your desk here if possible, or place a vase with 4 luck bamboos (or any plant in green color).

### Northeast

This is a direction of dilemma, on one hand the Flying Stars could bring wealth, on the other hand they also bring sickness, because both Monthly and Yearly Stars are of “earth” nature.  You should place a metallic music box or metallic wind chime here.

### Center

The center is a yearly sickness location, the Monthly Flying Star 8 aggravates the situation in this month.  The solution is to place a metallic music box here and make it sound often.  Besides, do not carry out any building/repair works.

## 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.

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.

## 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 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.

## 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:

## 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:

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.

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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Besides, I’ll also teach you how to use Feng Shui to achieve specific goals, such as:

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• Finding love with Feng Shui
• Feng Shui office for the best career
• Wealth expansion Feng Shui
• Feng Shui for health and children
• Feng Shui for study and examination
• … and other goals you desperate to achieve!

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If you are eager to shape your life in a better way, if you want to earn more, if you want better health, or if you want a sweet relationship, you should join this e-course.  I will equip you with everything you need to achieve these goals using proven Feng Shui techniques.  Trust me, Feng Shui is not that difficult.  You can do it!  Join now!!!

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## 2013 Monthly Feng Shui Cures – April

This article explains the monthly Feng Shui cures for April.  Feng Shui is not static but changes every month.  Even if you have downloaded my 2013 Feng Shui guide and acted accordingly, you need to fine tune the Feng Shui of your home every month to ensure your family is fully protected against bad Feng Shui and enjoy the best Feng Shui throughout the year.

The following Feng Shui cures are valid from 4 April to 5 May 2013.  Why these odd dates?  Because Feng Shui changes according to Chinese Feng Shui calendar, not the gregorian calendar.

## April 2013 Feng Shui Cures

### East

Since the monthly Flying Star 3 flies to this direction and interact with the yearly Flying Star, there is a higher chance that accident and injury may occur if this direction is where the entrance door or bedroom of your home is located here.  You should place a glass of water here to mitigate the bad effect.

### Southeast

The monthly Flying Star 8 with has an earth characteristic meets the yearly Flying Star 4 of wooden characteristic.  The conflict between wood and earth would cause trouble.  It is better to place something red here.

### South

This is a lucky direction in this month because the monthly Flying Star 4 meets the yearly Flying Star 9.  If the entrance door or bed is located here, there may be happy things that happen.

### Southwest

Although this is a yearly sickness direction, the monthly Flying Star 6 of metallic characteristic could help to reduce the bad effect.  This is not much you need to do here.

### West

The monthly Flying Star 2 which is a sickness star comes, to ensure better health if your home’s entrance door or bedroom is located here, you should put something metallic here, such as a metallic music box.

### Northwest

The monthly and yearly Flying Stars are of water and metallic characteristics.  This is good for both interpersonal relationship (plus relationship) and health.  This is a lucky direction you can utilize by placing a vase with a colorful flower here.

### North

The monthly sickness Flying Star 5 comes here, so this is not a good direction for health if the entrance door or bedroom is here.  The respiratory system, kidney or urinary bladder may be affected.  It is better to place a metallic music box here.

### Northeast

You should put a big red thing here since there is a conflict of wood and earth.  The monthly Flying Star 3 conflicts with the yearly Flying Star 8.

### Center

The center is a yearly sickness location and the situation is worsened by the coming of the monthly Flying Star 9.  To protect the health of your family, you should put a glass of water and a metallic music box here.

## Feng Shui Analysis – How to Do Ba Gua Feng Shui? [Feng Shui Master Class 11]

This is a lesson in which I’ll show you how to do a complete Feng Shui analysis using the Feng Shui knowledge you learnt in the last 10 lessons.  In the first lesson I have shown you what the different Feng Shui systems are.  Since then, we have learnt how to examine the external and internal environments.  We dealt with the interpretation of Feng Shui problems in different directions.  We also spent three lessons in learning the essentials of Ba Gua Feng Shui.

With all the things you learnt, you should by now have a fairly good knowledge in Feng Shui.  You should be capable to do a basic Feng Shui analysis.  What you do not have may be practical experience.  This is why I would like to use this lesson to demonstrate the correct procedures of a Feng Shui analysis.  We will do Ba Gua Feng Shui because it is the basic system that you easily master.  When we finished learning more advanced Feng Shui systems such as Flying Star Feng Shui, we will do a similar demonstration here.

Here is today’s rundown.  I’ll first explain step by step what needs to be checked.  Then, I’ll use a real life case to explain what could be achieved during a Feng Shui analysis.  We would also learn the methods to cure Feng Shui problems.

## Feng Shui Analysis (1) – Read the Map

The first step to take in a Feng Shui analysis is to read the map.  If you have been expecting to go all the way to the site, no, sorry, this is not what a Feng Shui master would do.  We always do background research before going to the site.

In the past this could be quite difficult because most required information is not publicly available.  Nowadays, with the advancement of technology we could easily retrieve the required information via the internet.  The first tool you are going to use is Google Maps.

The use of Google Maps is to check the surrounding environment of the site.  You could certainly walk around the site, but nothing beats the satellite view Google Maps provides that shows everything around the site.

What you need to check are the location of everything that projects from the ground level, such as hills and buildings, and the source of water such as rivers, streams, lakes, water ponds (even artificial ones count) and fountain.  We also need to mark down the location and routing of roads, highways and flyovers.  If there are any special objects outside, such as street light pole, you should also take note of them.

Then, you compare the external environment with the house according to the principles outlined in Lesson 3 (natural objects) and Lesson 4 (artificial objects).

## Feng Shui Analysis (2) – Find the Layout Plan

In the past, Feng Shui masters had to draw out the layout plan after actually measuring the dimensions on site.  Nowadays, you can easy get the layout plan of your house through your real estate agent.  Even if you have to measure and draw by yourself, the tools available to you are much more than the ancient times.

No matter you get the floor plan from the agent or you draw it out, the next step is to find out the center point of your house.  We need to do this because we’ll find out the different directions by standing right in the center of the house and use a compass to measure.  Without knowing the center point you cannot find out the correct directions.

One extra thing you could do in this step is to check the floor number and building shape.  In Lesson 7 we had discussed what are the lucky floor numbers and building shapes for different kinds of people.

## Feng Shui Analysis (3) – Check the Interior Design

If you are examining the Feng Shui of an existing occupied house, you need to check and mark down the interior design.  You need to record the whereabouts of the main entrance, kitchen (and the stove), bathroom, bedrooms, bed, desk, couch, flower vase, aquarium, clock, mirror, etc.

If the flat is completely new (and vacant), you have greater flexibility to design.  I recently helped a guy to re-design his house.  I found that the master bedroom his wife and him occupy was not good.  The bad Feng Shui affects their health (and the couple really had a bad time in the recent months).  The problem was that if they do not sleep in the master bedroom, they could only choose to sleep in a much smaller bedroom.  And they have to remove everything in the smaller bedroom and tailor made a double bed.  This caused a lot of troubles.  So if you have a choice, please carefully design the Feng Shui of your house before you move-in.

The principles of interior Feng Shui design are explained in Lesson 5 (door, bedroom and kitchen) and Lesson 6 (study room, toilet and living room).

## Feng Shui Analysis (4) – Check the Gua of Occupants

In Lesson 9 we have learnt how to find out the Gua of a person according to the year of birth.  We could base on a person’s Gua to find out the lucky and unlucky directions of him/her.  This is a critical step because we must do Feng Shui according to the actual “likes” and “dislikes” of his/her fate.  If we know that having a bedroom in East is good for a person we should definitely do so.  Go and re-read Lesson 9 if you forgot how to find out the personal Gua.

## Feng Shui Analysis (5) – Check the Gua of the House

Similarly, we should also find out the Gua of a house, and subsequently the lucky and unlucky directions inside.  The method is explained in Lesson 10.  Of the eight directions, which are lucky and which are unlucky?  I have a detailed explanation in Lesson 8 about the meanings of the eight Xing-yaos.

## Feng Shui Analysis (6) – Combining Everything Together

The last step of the Ba Gua Feng Shui analysis is to combine everything mentioned above.  After knowing where we should put the bedrooms, kitchen, toilet, entrance door etc in a house according to the personal Gua and the house’s Gua, we could design the interior following the form Feng Shui principles.

On the other hand, if there is bad Feng Shui in a particular direction, you could follow the method explained in Lesson 2 to find out who in the family may be affected and the nature of the effect.  Each of the eight directions represent one family member and particular parts of the body.  Simply refer to the list in Lesson 2 you could easily figure out the impact of the Feng Shui problem.

## Example

This is a real life case where I have actually gone there and inspected the Feng Shui.  The location of this apartment is in Tai Po, Hong Kong, the city where I live.