Chinese Zodiac 2013 Forecast for Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)

Years of Birth

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

 

General Predictions for Pig

This year you are adversely affected by the current year’s Tai Shui, so you could experience more changes.  There are no good stars that could help, so you would need to count on your own.

Chinese Zodiac 2013 - Pig

 

Wealth Predictions for Pig

If you run your own business, this is a year when you would need to work hard and long hours without earning much.  This is also a bad year for investment, so please stay away from speculative investments.  Also beware of loss of money due to lending to friends and relatives.

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Feng Shui Almanac 2013 – Auspicious Days for Wedding, Business, Travel, etc.

In this 2013 Feng Shui Almanac, you will find the luckiest days to prepare for the new year, make big decisions, open new shops, getting married, travel, etc. in the Year of Snake.  Chinese Feng Shui examines the interaction among time, space and people, this Feng Shui Almanac reveals the linkage between time and people.

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Chinese Zodiac 2013 Forecast – Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)

Years of Birth

1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

 

General Predictions for Dog in 2013

2012 should be a so-so year for Dogs, due to the effects of some bad stars and the bad effects of the Tai Shui star.  Compared to last year, you should have fortune in 2013.  Due to the positive effects of the current year’s Tai Shui, things should be fairly smooth.

Chinese Zodiac 2013 Predictions for Dog

Wealth Predictions for Dog in 2013

Your fortune in investment is fair, do not make big or speculative investments.  You should also avoid doing business or investment in joint hands with other people.  You should be very cautious when working with other people.  This year, you should also expect higher daily expenses, so plan your cash flow carefully.

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Chinese Zodiac 2013 Predictions – Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)

Years of Birth

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

 

General Predictions

To conclude Monkey’s fortune in the Year of Snake, a fair way of saying it is the good and bad going hand in hand.  There would be noble people helping you, as well as people who are determined to bring trouble to you.  So, one advice to you is to stay calm and focused, think twice before making decisions.

Chinese Zodiac 2013 Forecast - Monkey

 

Wealth Predictions

This year your luck in investment and making money is not bad, there are chances that you can make money in joint hands with others.  However, there are also chances that due to disagreements in allocation of interest there may be disputes.  To get rid of troubles, make sure you handle accounts and money carefully.

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Chinese Zodiac 2013 Forecast – Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

Years of Birth

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

 

2013 General Predictions for Rooster

Snake is always a good companion of Rooster.  Since this is the Year of Snake, you could get support from this year’s Tai Shui.  There will be good chances that you should take, and there is a good chance of getting support from others.

Chinese Zodiac 2013 Predictions for Rooster

2013 Wealth Predictions for Rooster

You could expect to grow your wealth steadily this year.  However, there is also a sign of spending big money.  So, a word of advice is to spend wise.  Try to spend money on valuable things that could maintain value in the long term.

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Outside Your House – External Feng Shui Principles (2) [Master Class Lesson 4]

Welcome back!  This is the fourth lesson of the Feng Shui Master Class.  We shall continue our study of external Feng Shui.  In the last lesson we talked about the natural environment, trees, hills, rivers and other natural objects.  In this lesson, we shall look at artificial objects outside the building.

In ancient times there are not so many artificial objects that may affect Feng Shui.  So when modern Feng Shui masters need to apply Feng Shui, they need to think of ways to interpret the artificial objects using the old Feng Shui theories.  How do we do this?  We compare things by analogy.

Let’s see how we compare the man-made things with the natural objects.

 

Buildings

In Chinese Feng Shui theories, “with one inch higher it is the mountain, with one inch lower it is the water” (高一寸即是山,低一寸即是水).  Even if there is no mountain around your home, if there is a taller building nearby, we treat it as a mountain for Feng Shui’s sake.

Remember in the last lesson we mentioned that it is preferred to have a mountain / hill behind your house?  We used the Forbidden City in Beijing, China to explain this.  If you live in a city where it is a large flatland, chances are your house does not have a mountain/hill behind.  In this case, the second best choice is to have a building behind your building.

There are two things to remember.  Firstly, we consider everything in front of the main entrance of your building as “in the front”, “behind” is the opposite.  What if there are more than one entrances?  In the past most houses in China has a main entrance and a few side doors.  The side doors were only used for delivery of garbage and ingress/egress of the servants.  The owner of the house and his family, who are the master of the house, goes in and out via the main entrance door.  Nowadays, we consider the mostly used entrance as the main entrance, and certainly we ignore those back doors used for delivery only.

Secondly, not all buildings are useful as an artificial hill behind your house.  Only those which are taller count.  In other words, if the building immediately behind is lower than your own building, this is bad Feng Shui.  It means no support by others.

Then, how about buildings in front of and on both sides of your own building?

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As we said last time, we do not want a hill  in front of our own house, so we certainly don’t want a building in the front.  Of course, in modern cities it is very hard that you have a house with no buildings in front, unless you live at the seafront.  So our next best choice is to have no buildings “immediately in front”, and preferably have a small space there.

On the left and right, we want things on both sides, something higher than the ground but not as high as the back.  If I have to make an analogy, I would say something just like the arms of a chair.  High at the back, support on both sides and nothing in front.

The photo below was downloaded from the Hong Kong Public Library web site.  It shows the Hong Kong central business district in the early 20th century.  The big white building in the middle is the old HSBC headquarters (now demolished).  HSBC is one of the biggest banks in Asia, it is also a multinational bank with presence in all continents except the Antarctica.  I’m not sure if those architects at that time know Feng Shui (probably not), but it so happen the location of the building and it’s design was a good demonstration.

Firstly, there is a hill at the back.  Secondly, there is no building in front.  What you can find in the photo is a garden in front of the main entrance of the HSBC building.  And further in the front is the sea.  On left and right are two buildings, none of them taller than the HSBC building nor the hill at the back.  This is a perfect Feng Shui example.

HSBC Feng Shui

After knowing some good buildings around your home, let’s see the bad ones.  Look at the picture below which shows the top view of some buildings, your house faces a narrow slit between two buildings (it must be narrow to constitute a bad Feng Shui).

Slit outside

What’s wrong with it?  Please looking at the flow of Chi, a narrow slit creates a strong movement of the intangible Chi that comes to your house like a sword.  This is bad Chi.  Besides, if there is light shining through the slit, the light would be so bright that makes everybody seeing it uncomfortable.  All in all, it is not good for the health of the occupiers of the house.

The case below is another innocent crime that could be caused by buildings across the street.  The sharp angle of the opposite building looks like a knife pointing to your house.  The narrower the angle the sharper the knife and the greater harm caused to the health of the occupier of the house.  If you find this situation in your house, you could hang a convex mirror facing the sharp angle to neutralize the adverse effect.

Sharp angles outside

Any more?  Yes, as I mentioned before, you can use analogy to analyse Feng Shui.  Imagine the window/door of your house as your face, what you don’t want to see immediately in front of you are not good Feng Shui.  Use your imagination, you can find lots of bad (and good) Feng Shu examples!

Apart from shapes of outside buildings, the types of building also have impacts on your house.  The worst type of community to live in is nearby cemeteries.  Besides, it is also not good to live near a power station (and sub-station), fire station and police station.  The former is pure Yin while the latter is pure Yang.  Both Yin and Yang to the extreme are not good according to Feng Shui theories.

 

Roads

We said “with one inch lower it is the water”, therefore roads are usually considered by modern Feng Shui masters as water streams.  So the good and bad Feng Shui originated from natural rivers could also be applied to roads.

Remember the image below we saw in the last lesson?  Consider the river as a curved road and the two farmlands as two houses.  You can easily figure out that the Feng Shui of house A is better than house B, applying the principle I taught you in the last lesson.  In fact, we have two terms specifically used to call these two situations.  A is “環抱水” or “玉環帶腰” (“embraced by water” or “jade belt around one’s belly”) and B is “反弓水” (“convex water”).

River around farmland

In traditional Feng Shui, water means wealth (水為財).  However, if there is a long and straight road pointing directly to the entrance of your house, it is not good.

Imagine a water hose with strong running water pointing to your face.  You won’t feel comfortable since the splash of water goes into your mouth and nose.  For the same reason, a long and straight road/water stream creates a movement of Chi which is too strong to the occupiers of the house.

A road is not limited to one on the ground.  Flyover (or overpass) also counts.  Look at the photo below, you will see that the buildings fronting the blue circled area have bad Feng Shui due to convex water (just like the Farmland B).

Flyover Bridge

(Photo source: http://kxcyg.blog.163.com/blog/static/59492764201010795324443/)

Besides, even if a flyover is not curved, if it passes right outside your window, it is not good.  Firstly, it will block the natural light and ventilation.  Secondly, the view outside would look very tense.  Finally, the traffic outside may bring sound and air pollution.

Straight Flyover

 

Lighting

Having sufficient lighting is good, but if there is strong light from outside it is bad.  The image below, which shows a real situation in China, is a good demonstration of bad Feng Shui due to strong light from outside.  On the right hand side is a residential building and on the left there is a giant signboard.  Do you think you can sleep well if you live in this building?  Certainly not.

Light pollution

(Photo source: http://www.hj.cn/html/200710/09/098266510.shtml)

Another common source of strong light is the sunlight reflection from glass wall of the opposite building.  Although the light would only exist in daytime, the annoyance it brings is not to be under-looked.

On the other hand, if your house is surrounded by buildings that shade the natural sunlight, it is also a bad Feng Shui situation.  Sunlight is Yang, without sufficient sunlight the house would be heavily inclined to Yin, which is a source of bad luck.

 

Sound

Just now we mentioned how roads could affect Feng Shui.  No matter the shape of the road, if the traffic is heavy and the road is close, there is chance of noise pollution.  You don’t need to ask a Feng Shui master to tell how bad living in a noisy place is.

Similarly, if unfortunately you live in a community with many pubs that operate overnight, chances are you had the experience of annoyed by noise (from strong music and the drunk men who yell).

I has the experience of living on the second floor of a building which faces a garbage collection station.  Everyday at 6am garbage trucks come to that station to collect the garbage, while producing lots of noise.  It worked like an alarm, I could wake up everyday at 6.  This experience told me that I should never live nearby a source of noise again.

 

Other Objects

Remember the image below that I showed you in the last lesson?  Imagine it is not a tree but a light pole.  The bad effect is the same.  Basically, we don’t want any think similar to a flag pole that goes directly into the heart of a building.

Tree in front of door

Other artificial objects outside your home that could cause bad Feng Shui include electricity pylon (transmission tower), chimney and any other things that looks bad.  Just use your imagination and you could find out more.

 

Human Actions

We studied the effects of artificial objects.  How about our actions?  Would what we do affects Feng Shui?  Sure.

Years ago I examined the Feng Shui of an office.  The company that occupies that office ran into trouble.  I tried Ba Gua and Flying Star Feng Shui but found no reason of that problem.  Later, I found that the trouble was caused by the fault of the gardener.

What did the gardener do?  He trimmed a tree right outside the office entrance!  The tree originally looked like a big umbrella that shelters rain and wind.  Now with much less branches and leaves, it became a bad-looking fork!  A folk that is pointing towards the office!  Now you see why the company experienced a bad time since the tree was trimmed.

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Takeaway Feng Shui

In traditional Feng Shui we call the above bad Feng Shui designs “Sha” (煞).  Usually Feng Shui practitioners in Chinese society recommend hanging a Feng Shui compass on where the Sha exists.  The rationale is that a Chinese Feng Shui compass has all kinds symbols representing all elements in the universe.  No matter which type of Sha there must be one or more symbols that could neutralize the Sha effects, like acid neutralizing alkali.  Knowing that Feng Shui compass is less common outside China, an alternative is to print out the graphics of a Feng Shui compass.

Another common Feng Shui items for Sha neutralization is calabash.  According to traditional Feng Shui theories, calabash can absorb negative Chi and Sha and trap them inside.  Therefore, if you want hang a calabash facing a source of Sha, make sure it is opened.  A top-sealed calabash does not neutralize Sha.  If you live in places reachable by Amazon online store, you can easily purchase one by searching for “Feng Shui Calabash“.

Or you can hang a convex mirror out, facing the Sha direction.  It reflects the Sha and decentralize its effects.  However, since the mirror may accidentally reflects the Sha to the building opposite to you, I usually would not recommend this method unless there are no other choices.


Chinese Zodiac Predictions 2013 – Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)

Years of Birth

1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

 

General Predictions – Sheep

This year your fortune is weaker because of the absence of good stars an a few bad stars.  You would feel frustrated due to obstacles hindering your achievement of goals in the workplace, study, family and daily life.  You may feel greater pressure, so you should be prepared to adjust your mind to get through this year.

Chinese Zodiac 2013 Predictions for Sheep

 

Wealth Predictions – Sheep

Due to the bad star Xang-mun, you should not make big or speculative investment in this year.  And although there may be friends or relatives giving you recommendations, think twice before following any of these suggestions because you may lose money.  You should be prepared to accept that the actual  wealth you make would be less than you expected.

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Chinese Zodiac 2013 Forecast – Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)

Years of Birth

1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

 

General Forecast for Horse in 2013

The general fortune of Horse in 2013 is fine, although there is a bad star coming, it would basically create hiccups and minor obstacles only.  As long as you work hard and with the help of nobel people around you, you can solve the problems easily.

Chinese Zodiac 2013 Predictions for Horse

 

Wealth Forecast for Horse in 2013

Your overall luck in wealth is OK in 2013, you may find more help from male, so if your work or business requires you to work with male, you could expect a fairly good income or revenue.  For Pian-chai (money not earned from regular job or business, e.g. gambling and investment), you could expect moderate earning, remember not to make big speculative investments.

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Chinese Zodiac 2013 Predictions – Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)

Years of Birth

1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

 

2013 General Predictions for Snake

You probably know that if the year’s zodiac sign is the same as your own zodiac sign, this is not a good year for you.  We call this kind of year as your Tai Shui year.  Tai Shui year is meant to bring changes.  So to curb the bad effects, it is best to bring changes by yourself, e.g. getting married, having a new baby, change your job, etc.  Due to the ever-changing situation, you may feel mental and physical tiredness.

Chinese Zodiac 2013 Predictions for Snake

 

2013 Wealth Predictions for Snake

Given the uncertainty in this year, you are advised not to go for completely new projects or investments.  Try to focus on what you are working on or investing on and maintain it.  Otherwise there is chance of loss in wealth.

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2013 Monthly Feng Shui Cures – February

Welcome to this regular column, 2013 Monthly Feng Shui Cures.  In this article we shall see the particular Feng Shui cures that are required to fix Feng Shui problems of this month.  Apart from getting rid of bad luck, you will also learn how to implement good Feng Shui for good luck.

Do you know Feng Shui changes every month?  Yes, Feng Shui is about the interaction among time, space and people.  As the time changes Feng Shui changes as well.  Other than the 2013 Feng Shui plan I introduced in the FREE Feng Shui 2013 guide, you are suggested to follow the Feng Shui cures in this article to fine-tune the Feng Shui of your home.

In general, South, Southwest, West, Northwest, North, Northeast and Center are where Feng Shui cures should be implemented, particularly for Southwest, Northeast and Center that are not good for health.  Check out the instructions below for cures.

The instructions below are valid from 4 February 2013 to 5 March 2013, which is the first Feng Shui month of the Year of Snake.

 

February 2013 Feng Shui Cures

 

East

East is where the yearly Flying Star 3 meets the monthly Flying Star 9, the bad effects of Flying Star 3 (quarrels, disputes) are naturally reduced by the Flying Star 9 (happiness).  You could maximize the good effects by placing something red, pink or purple here.  A generally good direction if the entrance door, bed or kitchen is here.

 

Southeast

Southeast is a good direction for study, because the Flying Stars 1 and 4 meets here.  This direction is best used for placing the desk here for students, as well as people who work at home.  If your cubicle/seat/desk is located in the Southeast of the whole office, this is also a good direction of the month.

 

South

This is a direction where “fire” fights against “metal”, so it is not good for health, particularly related to head, stomach, digestive system and lung.  To solve this problem, you should place a big stone in this direction.

 

Southwest

This is a direction of “double earth” in this month, however, both sickness and wealth would become stronger.  I’m sure that you only want wealth but not sickness, so if the entrance door, bed or kitchen is located here, you should place a metallic music box here, and make it sound often.  Alternatively, you can place a metallic wind chime here with six tubes.

 

West

The monthly Flying Star 4 is attacked by the yearly Flying Star 7, you should place a glass of water here to enhance your finance as well as improve study (for students) or work (for white-collars).

 

Northwest

This is a direction not good for health because of injury or accident.  If the entrance door, bed or kitchen is located here, you should place a glass of water here.

 

North

The yearly “water” Flying Star is enhanced by the monthly “metal” star, which is good for wealth as well as happiness.  There could be good things to happen if the entrance door or bedroom is located in this direction.

 

Northeast

Similar to Southwest, this direction is also a “double earth” one that would make wealth and sickness goes up at the same time.  The Feng Shui cure is the same, put a metallic music box or wind chime here.

 

Center

Again, a “double earth” place in this month.  Avoid having any construction/building/repair works here, so that the bad effects would not be triggered.

 

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Outside Your House – External Feng Shui Principles (1) [Master Class Lesson 3]

Welcome to the third lesson of the Feng Shui Master Class.  This time we’ll look at external Feng Shui, things that surround your house but affects you.  Although they are not inside the house, their impact to occupants in the house could be as great as the internal Feng Shui.  This is why all authentic Feng Shui masters must check the external environment in the first place when commissioned to do a Feng Shui diagnosis.

There are lots of things that you should check when examining the external Feng Shui.  We’ll split this topic into two lessons.  In this lesson, we shall look at the natural environment and objects, i.e. mountains, trees, rivers, etc.  The next lesson will be completely focused on artificial objects such as roads and buildings.

 

Mountain / Hill

Is it good to have a mountain / hill outside your house?  Well, it depends.  Generally speaking, we love mountains and hills behind your house, and dislike those in the front.  By saying “front”, I mean the location where your house’s entrance door faces.  “Behind”, would mean the opposite.

Why a mountain / hill at the back is good?  Because the back is supposed to be the support, and with an object bigger and taller than your house is effectively a good support.  It means you could get support in real life when you are in trouble.

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The photo below shows the model of the Forbidden City in Beijing China, which was the palace of 24 ancient emperors in two dynasties.  I downloaded this image from Wikipedia.  The blue arrow I added points to the front of the working place of the emperors.  The red arrow points to a hill, which is located behind the palace.  You probably know that Feng Shui was used by ancient Chinese emperors as a tool to strengthen their power.  So you know why when they chose the location of their palace, they selected such as place with a hill behind.

Forbidden City with hill behind

So if you work in the office, you’d better have a seat where there is a wall behind you, because the wall is just like an artificial hill.  If you cannot find a wall, at least you should get yourself a high cabinet to create this effect.

On the other hand, a mountain / hill in front is not good, because it blocks the view of your house.  It is always good to have a large space without obstruction in front of the house.  This makes the accumulation of wealth more easy.  Besides, it is also good to health.

How about a mountain / hill on the left / right of the house?  In this case, usually we prefer a mountain / hill on the left than the right.  It is believed that, generally speaking, the left is a good position while the right is not.

 

River / Stream

In traditional Feng Shui, water means wealth (水為財).  Generally speaking a house with water  nearby should have good Feng Shui.  However, if there is a long and straight river/stream pointing directly to the entrance of your house, it is not good.

Imagine a water hose with strong running water pointing to your face.  You won’t feel comfortable since the splash of water goes into your mouth and nose.  For the same reason, a long and straight water stream creates a movement of Chi (氣的流動) which is too strong to the occupiers of the house.

How about water going in front of your house?  Well, it depends.  If the water stream does not go straightly but bend to embrace your house, it is good Feng Shui.  On the other hand, if the water runs like a sickle against your house, it is bad.

Let’s have a look at two parcels of farmland, A and B.  With the river running in this shape, A and B receive “embracing water” (環抱水) and “sickle water” (反弓水) respectively.

River around farmland

As time goes by, sediments in the water naturally accumulate along the perimeter of A while the soil of B would gradually be washed away by the movement of water.  It turns out the farm land size of A would grow and that of B would shrink.  In the past farmland is the source of income, so the income generated from A would increase while that from B would drop.  Now you know why a house with an embracing road is good!

If you want some proof about this natural phenomenon, the following photo downloaded from Wikipedia shows the accumulation of sand and mud on only one side of the river at Mississippi River.  The soil on one side is eroded by water while the other side has a sand bar formed.

Mississippi River

 

Trees

Similar to modern living science, in traditional Feng Shui trees are considered good for people in general.  However, trees are not always good in Feng Shui.

The location of vegetation in relation to your house could have significant impact on the occupiers.  For example, Flying Star 3, when meeting “wood” elements, would cause interpersonal disputes.  If there is a tree outside your house in a direction where the Flying Star 3 occupies, you may have quarrels with people or even get involved in lawsuits easily.  We will learn Flying Star Feng Shui in this course soon, you’ll know what how trees could affect Feng Shui in detail.

For now, you should remember that trees are not always good.  When trees are in close proximity to windows and doors, they shelter natural sunlight.  Houses with insufficient daylight are believed to attract spirit of the departed easily.

Trees outside building

You may not believe in the existence of ghost.  Let’s say “seeing dead people” is simply a psychological phenomenon.  Modern science has already proven that always living in a dark environment could cause depression more easily.  No matter what, if your house is blocked from access to sunlight due to trees, it is definitely not good.

So does it mean that my house must be very bright inside?  No.  If your house does not have sufficient shading and the windows are large, the sun light may go directly into the house through windows.  The interior may be too bright, which is not good.  Bright is Yang (陽) and dark is Yin (陰), we do not want the two extremes but a balanced condition.  People living in a house with over-strong natural lighting may have anger easily.  It is also not good for health.  So a house should not be too dark or too bright.  Sometimes trees are good to provide some shading to your house.

Another case you need to beware of is tree outside entrance door of your house.  In the following top view, you could see that there is a tree right in front of the main entrance door of a house.  Is this good?  No, certainly bad.

Tree in front of door

Why?  To have a tree in front of the door is like a gun pointing to your mouth.  You won’t feel good if this actually happens.  Besides, this may also bring bad health according to Feng Shui theories.

 

Wind

Is wind good?  What if my house is located up on a hilltop where it is windy?  Same as lighting, we want a house in balance.  It is not good to live in a house without natural wind.  However, a windy place is not a good place for living.

Wind and Feng Shui

The first problem with wind is sound.  In windy places you can hear the annoying sound of the wind blowing through windows, tree leaves and other objects.  The constant noise is not good for health.

The second problem with wind is temperature.  Usually when wind blows over a house it takes away the heat.  This makes the house cooler.  It would be nice if the house is located in hot and humid places, but not so good if the place is already cold.

What if I live in a windy place?  Should I move?  Well, if you cannot afford moving, the best thing to do is to build a fence or plant some trees in the yard as wind shield.

 

Smell

Odor is definitely bad Feng Shui.  If you live in a place with bad smell, your health is in threat no only according to medical science but Feng Shui as well.

Usually the origin of bad smell is man-made.  We will cover these locations in more detail in the next lesson.  However, there are some places that are natural odor generators.  For example, some dried streams may have sludge accumulated.  The sludge is a good place for microorganisms to breed, and bad smell may be generated easily.  Avoid living in such places.

 

Sound

Similarly, noise is not good for health.  Living in a noisy place is not easy, I had this experience before.  It would be difficult to fall asleep.  Insufficient sleep could make you feel drowsy during the day (of course), besides it also means losing temper easily and poor concentration.

What are the natural sources of sound?  Well, it certainly depends on the sound level.  If you live at a distance from a water stream you may think it is nice to hear the sound of the water.  But if you live right next to a river, the sound may be too loud.

It also depends on the quality of the sound.  High pitch sound produced by wind blowing through a narrow slit is definitely bad.  It takes some judgment to decide, but the rule of thumb is if an ordinary man would hate the sound.

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Takeaway Feng Shui

In the “Trees” section above, we mentioned having a tree right in front of the entrance door is bad, because it looks like a gun pointing right towards the mouth.  In fact, personification is commonly found in Feng Shui theories.  Just consider your house as a person, you could easily think of many Feng Shui principles by analogy.

If you say the facade of your house/flat is the face of a person, than having a lift (elevator) right in front of the door is just like looking at a pair of scissors everyday.  In ancient times there is no lift, so no Feng Shui master in the past would imagine any Feng Shui theories about lifts.

Lift doors

By analogy, you may consider the lift doors as medical scissors that are used in medical operations.  Believe it or not, according to my observation over the years, for flats in a multi-storey building which faces a lift directly, the occupants may have bad health conditions easily.  Many of them may need to have operation.

Another interesting observation I made over the years is the impact of air ducts and air conditioning louvres.  Some residential flats, especially those in the densely populated areas in Hong Kong, faces the air duct openings and air conditioning louvres of the opposite buildings.  It is already not so good to see one or two of these, but what if you see many of them right outside your window?

My find is that, since these openings looks like mouths, it seems like there are many opened mouths in front of you.  In Chinese we call quarrels “口舌” which literally means “mouth and tongue”.  People living in such a place may have disputes with people easily.  The problem would be aggravated if there is a blowing fan inside the air duct or behind the louvre.

These are just a few of the examples of personification in Feng Shui.  We will come across some other examples in this Feng Shui course.  In fact, if you can imagine, you can think of some other Feng Shui principles.  Everyone could be a Feng Shui master!


What Do 8 Directions Represent in Feng Shui? [Master Class Lesson 2]


In the first lesson we have seen what Feng Shui means and what are the different systems.  From this lesson onwards, we will begin to learn some real things, things that you can use and apply to your house.

We know that Feng Shui is about the “space” we live in.  No matter which system or school of Feng Shui, the major element must be “directions”.  Back in elementary schools we learnt that there are 8 directions, namely North, East, South, West, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest.

Twenty Four Hills

But in Flying Feng Shui, which is the system we will mainly learn in this e-course, there could be 24 directions and each direction could be further divided into 3 sections.  You see how complex Feng Shui could be.  But in this course and for the time being, let us focus on the 8 directions first.  The reason is not that I want to keep the advanced skills to myself, but since we don’t need to know that for now.  We’ll certainly study in detail how the 24 directions could affect us.

 

The Meaning of 8 Directions

The 8 directions of Feng Shui correspond to the 8 Guas (卦 in Chinese) of the I-Ching (易經 in Chinese), one of the most mysterious books and philosophies in Chinese society.  It is believed that everything in the world could be categorized under one of the eight Guas.  For example, each person in a family is represented by a Gua.  Each part of your body is also represented by an individual Gua.

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So this is how we could use the meanings of the 8 directions to interpret your house’s Feng Shui.  If there is a problem in a certain direction, a particular person in a family who corresponds to that Gua and direction may be more affected by the problem than the other family members.  Besides, there is a higher chance that the corresponding health problem may be more probable to happen in that family.

Below are brief explanations of what the 8 directions mean.

East

East belongs to the “wood” element, with the meaning of patience, kindness, self-motivation and self-esteem. It also represents the oldest boy or son, or male of approximately 31-45 years old. For health, it is related to arms, legs and the nerves.

Southeast

Southeast also belongs to “wood”, it means stretching ability, benevolence, compassion and patience. It represents the oldest girl or daughter in a family, or female of approximately 31-45 years old. Bed Feng Shui in this direction may trigger health problems in liver, gallbladder, eyes, nerves, limbs and skin, as well as stroke for elderly and alopecia other occupants.

South

South means the girl or daughter in the middle or female of approximately 15-30 years old, it has “fire” characteristic and is related to fashion, culture, punctuality, sports and self-discipline. For health, it is about heart, eyes, blood, small intestine, tongue and brain.

Southwest

Southwest represents old lady or the mother, or female above 45, “earth” element, inclusiveness, tolerance, frugality and credibility. For health, it means the belly, stomach, skin, lips, tumors and the back.

West

West is the youngest girl or female below 15, “metal” element, social skills, creativity, sense of humor, financial management skills and recreation. It represents lung, larynx, colon, ridge, nasal bone, articulate, chest, breasts, vocal cords, bones in the health aspect.

Northwest

Northwest means old man or the father, or male above 45. It carries the meaning of leadership, management, courage and perseverance. For health, it means bones, head, face, brain and joint disease.

North

North belongs to “water”, with the meaning of integrity, strategy, resilience and lust. It relates to kidney, blood, bladder, ear, uterus and urinary system. It represents the boy or son in the middle or male of approximately 15-30 year old.

Northeast

Northeast is “earth”, religion, inclusiveness and speed of action.  For health, it means nose, back, stomach, muscle. It is the youngest son or boy in a family or male below 15.

 

Interpreting Feng Shui Problems

So how do we use these meanings of the 8 directions?  Good Feng Shui in a direction is a positive sign for the corresponding characteristics and vice versa.  So if there is bad Feng Shui in the East, the occupants of this apartment may lose patience easier, have lower self-motivation and kindness, etc.  The problems would more easily happen on the oldest son or boy in the family.

What does it mean by a Feng Shui problem?  Most Feng Shui problems we are talking about are “Form” problems.  In other words, they are mostly related to the shape, size and disposition of objects.  An easily found situation is a recessed corner or projection.

Missing corner

A good apartment should usually be in rectangular shape, if there is a large recess or projection in a direction, it is not good Feng Shui, corresponding bad effects may happen and the corresponding person in a family may suffer the most.  Please note that in modern days building are usually not in perfect square so minor recessions and projections aren’t big issues.

For missing corner/recess, which is a common Feng Shui problem, the solution is to put a piece of specific ornament in that direction to neutralize the bad effect.  You need to use the specific shape of ornament mentioned below because that shape serves as a supplement to “complete” the missing corner.

2-Missing Corner Solutions

There are other “Form” Feng Shui problems that are commonly found in and around modern buildings.  There will be separate lessons when we talk about them in much more detail.

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Take-away Feng Shui

This lesson’s practical tip is how to use compass.  What? I need to learn using compass? Isn’t it something that everyone already knows?  Well, if you talk about using compass for way-finding, yes I assume you know how to use it.  But using compass for Feng Shui purpose is different.  For advanced Feng Shui calculation, we need to carefully find out in which region your house face, because every region could have its own Flying Star Pan (星盤 in Chinese).

In this Feng Shui e-course, I don’t intend to go into such details. We’ll instead use some basic yet effective systems to check your house.  However, it is always good for all Feng Shui beginners to learn using compass.

 

Measure from Outside First!

To begin a Feng Shui measurement, we need to find out the orientation of a house.  Remember!  The first thing to do is NOT going into the house.  This is a mistake that not only beginners make.  Some “Feng Shui practitioners” make this mistake too.

Instead of going straight into the house, you should find out the directions outside.  If you have a compass in hand, let’s do a test now.  Stand in the middle of your house, note the direction shown on the compass and where the magnet points to.  Now move around inside your house, try approaching the walls, columns and electrical appliances.  Did you find any unusual movement of the magnet?

Modern houses are built with concrete and steel reinforcement.  Concrete may contain minerals and steel reinforcement bars are metal, these are things that could interfere with the compass’s interaction with the earth’s magnetic field.  In the experiment above you were effectively walking in a big cage made of metal bars and magnetic materials.  I have seen cases where the magnet moved over 30 degrees within the same house.  Now do you think you can find out the correct directions by just measuring in the house?

And please switch off your electrical devices, including cell phone and iPod, or hand them to somebody else while you use the compass.  I don’t want to scare you but if you do not eliminate all sources of interference, chances are you may mistake a good Feng Shui house as a bad one or vice versa.  A wrong determination could have serious impact on the occupiers.

The proper way of measurement is to hold the compass in front of your waist, keep it horizontal and align it so that it is parallel to the house.  All authentic Chinese Feng Shui compasses are in square shape.  Unfortunately most common compasses are not.  If you only have a common circular compass, imagine there is an intangible line normal to the facade of your house.  Make sure this line runs through you and your compass.

Then, turn the compass so that the N mark aligns to the magnet’s North pointer.  Make sure you got it right but not the reverse.  If you do not know which side of the magnet points to North, try calibrating the compass by facing the sun in the morning.  North should be roughly on your left hand side.

OK, now you should be able to tell in which direction your house faces.  If your house has more than one doors, consider the main entrance which is the most frequently used one.  Mark down not only the eight directions but the degree as well.  It may be less useful for Ba Gua Feng Shui, but you may need this information if you study advanced Flying Star Feng Shui.

 

Back to the House

“You just said we should measure from outside, now you are asking us to go back to our house?”  You may ask.  Well, I did say you should do the measurement outdoor FIRST, but I did not say you should only do it outdoor.  You should go back to the house, do a measurement and check if there is significant variation of the results.

The next step is to overlay the direction plan you got from outside the house onto the internal layout.  In this way you find out in which direction the rooms and doors are located.

Superimposing directions on layout plan

2-Superimposing Directions on Layout Plan

To do this you must find out the center point of your house.  Knowing that many modern houses are not rectangular, I have prepared some examples below for your reference.

Measuring the Center

This is a practical knowledge you should know if you want to use Feng Shui in the right way.  Most Feng Shui books teach you what to put in what direction, but they seldom tell you how to properly find out the directions.