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.