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”.