Hello! Welcome back to the Feng Shui Master Class. We have studied the internal environment in the last two lessons. The internal Feng Shui is what you could control via interior design. In this week we will look at things you cannot control after buying the flat. They are the floor number and shape and color of your apartment.
Yes, the floor number and building shape could affect Feng Shui. Usually when I check the Feng Shui of an apartment, I would firstly check if the floor numbering is good. I would also look at the shape of the whole building. The reason is simple, you can change the interior design to whatever style as long as the structure of the building so allows. But you cannot change the floor number nor the shape or color of the building unless you relocate. These are what many people overlook but actually quite important Feng Shui elements.
Your Five-Element Characteristic
To check whether the floor number of your apartment and the shape and color of the building fit you, we need to know which of the five elements you belong to. This could be very complicated because usually we need to check your actual birthday. An easier way to do so is to check your year of birth and thus the zodiac sign. Below is a list of zodiac signs according to the year of birth.
Rat: 1924, 1926, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033
Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034
Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035
Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036
Snake: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037
Horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038
Sheep: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039
Monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040
Rooster: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041
Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042
Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043
There is a trick here. If you were born before 4 February of a year, you should treat yourself as born in the previous year when finding out your zodiac sign. For example, if you were born in 20 January 1981, you should be a “monkey” instead of “rooster”. Why? According to Chinese Feng Shui principles a year begins in Spring, and Spring usually begins on 4 February. Before 4 February the new year is not actually arrived.
OK, by knowing your zodiac sign, we could tell which one of the five elements’ characteristics you have:
Pig, Rat: Water
Snake, Horse: Fire
Tiger, Rabbit: Wood
Monkey, Rooster: Metal
Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep: Earth
Should I Live on High or Low Level?
Not all people are suitable to live on high levels. Some people would be more suitable to live in low-rise buildings or the lower floors of a high-rise building. There is no exact definition for “high” and “low”, it really depends on the general situations of the place you live.
For example, in the city where I live in, Hong Kong, most residential buildings are over 30-storey high. So we are used to count the 10th floor and below as lower floors, and 21st floor and above as high. But in cities where the population density is lower, the buildings are usually lower. A general rule of thumb is to divide the building into three portions, the lowest 1/3 being the lower floors, than the middle floors and the rest 1/3 are the high levels.
Lower levels are more suitable to you for residential purpose.
If possible, you should choose to live on high levels.
High levels are most suitable for you to live.
Same as Snake, Horse, Tiger and Rabbit, high levels are most suitable for you to live.
Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep
You are most suitable to live in low to medium floors.
Your Lucky Floor Numbers
(Photo by Gideon Tsang, CC License)
With the knowledge of your zodiac sign and the five-element characteristic you possess, we could find out the floor numbers that are good for you: