## 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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## Different Feng Shui Systems and the Best Place to Live in this Decade [Master Class Lesson 1]

Welcome to the first lesson of the Feng Shui DIY Master Class!  In this lesson I want to lay a good foundation for your learning, so I’ll explain to you what Feng Shui is and how it affects us.

The theories may seem boring but no worry, I have included a practical Feng Shui tips in this article.  Feng Shui is not simply about the interior design of your house, the place where you live also matters.  Even in the same country, there are some regions / counties / provinces / communities that are far better than others.  The first practical Feng Shui tips I’m going to giveaway is the method to choose such a good place to live, not for today only, but fot the coming 10+ years.  Do you want to learn it?  Yes, I bet you want.  So let us begin the lesson!

## The “4 Schools of Feng Shui”

If you have attended any Feng Shui classes or read any Feng Shui books before, chances are you heard of anyone or more of the following so-called Feng Shui theories.  These are the most popular way people categorize Feng Shui systems:

• Form Feng Shui
• A system that disregard or pay little attention to directions.  More focus is put on the look, color and form (巒頭) of the external and internal environment of the house.
• Compass (Ba Gua) Feng Shui
• A system that divides a house into 8 sections, each has a Gua (卦) number.
• Classical (Flying Star) Feng Shui
• A system that assigns 9 flying stars to 8 directions and the center of a house.
• Western (Spiritual) Feng Shui
• A system that puts a Ba Gua (八卦) – a grid with 8 cells, onto the house without aligning it with actual directions.

You may have seen discussions about which system works or not on the internet.  I say these discussions did not get to the point.  Why?

A simple answer is, the above is simply not what’s written in Chinese Feng Shui theories!  We do not categorize Feng Shui systems this way.

## Feng Shui As An Integrated System

If I have to “categorize” these Feng Shui “theories”, I would do it this way:

In fact, no authentic Chinese Feng Shui practitioner would use only one of the above systems.  The first system (in red), Form Feng Shui is a school that requires little to no mathematical calculations.  This system simply examines the shapes and relative locations of objects, lighting, sound, movement of air, etc.  If you learn more about this system, you will know it is quite a common-sense science.  For example, Form Feng Shui requires that there should be sufficient lighting in the living space.

The second group (in orange), which includes Ba Gua Feng Shui, Flying Star Feng Shui and some other systems, is a group of theories that requires mathematical calculations.  These systems recognize the characteristics of different Guas (卦) or Flying Stars (飛星) and their impacts on occupants of a house.  By knowing they whereabouts, we know what to do and what to avoid at particular directions.

The third type above (in blue) is almost absent in Chinese society (because it is a contemporary system with a more spiritual focus, in other words, not quite supported by Feng Shui calculations).  In this e-book I also introduces authentic Chinese Feng Shui, we will not look at this fourth system.

There is a saying in traditional Feng Shui theories that “Form and Calculation, none of them is dispensable” (巒頭理氣，缺一不可).  All these factors affect your interaction with your house, so as your house with the environment.  Ba Gua and Flying star Feng Shui systems require lots of Calculations, but without the appreciation of Form, you do not completely understand your house and its effects on you.

After all, Feng Shui is all about identifying a dwelling with good living environment.  Even if you get a house with the best orientation (with Gua or Flying Star support) but situated in a bad location and has bad lighting and color design, you won’t feel comfortable living in this house.

So, an experienced Feng Shui practitioner would look at:

This is why Feng Shui is an integrated system.

## How Does Feng Shui Affect Us?

Feng Shui studies three basic elements, time (時), space (地) and people (人).  Time is usually dynamic while the space is basically static.  People are in between time and location, affected by both of them.

Time changes, so as Feng Shui.  Good Feng shui for a specific time could turn bad later.  A typical example is Flying Star Feng Shui, which put much emphasis on changes according to time.  According this system, there are 9 flying stars changing their locations every hour, day, month, year… different Flying Stars have different characteristics in different time period, sometimes they are good sometimes they bring bad luck.  The study of Flying Star Feng shui is to find out the prevailing Flying Stars and maximize the use of them to boost good luck.

Space is static.  East is East forever.  A red rug is a red rug, if red color is not good for you the bad effect would be here forever unless you remove it from your living room.

This is why we say the Feng Shui of a house affects you only if you live in that house.  I explained this in a previous email newsletter by quoting a real story.  Basically, Feng Shui is all about the interaction of the environment with the people living inside.  You may have a luxury holiday house in Asia but you are only affected by the house in New Jersey where you sleep in everyday.  The prevailing Feng Shui of a specific time and the environment of a particular location affect you, because you so happen appear at that time and space.  Does it make sense?

## So How Do We Begin?

Now you know the basis of Feng Shui.  From now on, don’t be fooled by misleading Feng Shui talks.  If somebody say red is absolutely bad for living room in whatever situation, I believe he does not know the essence of Feng Shui.  Perhaps the prevailing Feng Shui color is red, perhaps the occupant’s lucky color is red, how can we be so sure that red is bad?

In this e-course, you will learn both Form and Calculation Feng Shui.  You will see how you can find out the best Feng Shui for the particular time, space and people.

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## Takeaway Feng Shui

At the end of each lesson, I’ll include a practical Feng Shui tip that you can take away.  Especially in the early stage of your learning, you’ll come across quite some theories, and theories are usually plain.  I don’t want you to be frustrated by the boring theories, so I’ll give you one premium Feng Shui tip that you can use instantly.

The tip of this lesson is choosing a place of residence for 10+ years of luck.  You will soon learn the 9 periods of Feng Shui, for now, please simply remember that we are now experiencing the 8th period (八運 in Chinese).  This period began already in 2004 and will end in 2023 (to be precise, until 3 February 2024).  So we still have 10+ years to go before the 9th period comes.

In this 8th period, it is highly favorable Feng Shui if there is running water in the Southwest side of your living place.  If you need to find a place to live, you should try very best to find such a place.  I know it may be a bit hard to understand, let’s see an example.

The satellite image above was downloaded from Google Maps.  It shows the metro area of the city I live in, Hong Kong (if you don’t know where Hong Kong is, it is a city with over 7 million population in Southern Asia).  Blue color denotes the sea and green is the rural area where mountains and trees are.

The red-shaded area is a reclaimed land created by land fill.  Since year 2000, big residential estates, mega shopping malls, the tallest building in Hong Kong (an office tower) and hotels ran by famous operators were gradually built and opened.  This parcel of land has changed into one of the most expensive area in the city (residential flat prices more than doubled in the last 10 years)!  The largest theatre-exhibition-gallery mix in town, called West Kowloon Cultural District, will also be built here and is scheduled to open in 2015 (the first phase).

A major reason that this area became so flourishing is it location.  You can see in the satellite image above that there is a big sea in its Southwest!

So, if you ever need to choose a place to live, you should find a place where it has a sea frontage in the Southwest.  Or, at least you can see the sea in the Southwest direction!

This is the end of your first Feng Shui Master Class.  I hope you find this lesson useful.  Come back for the next lesson to learn more!