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:
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Remember I said the Sequence begins from the center? The trick is here. In 2012 the center is occupied by Flying Star 6. In 2013 the center Flying Star would be 5. And one year later (i.e. 2014), Flying Star 4 will come to the center. See? It is in a descending order. When it reaches 9, in the next year it will become 1 again. The cycle repeats in this way.
After knowing the center Flying Star of a particular year, we can assign the remaining Flying Stars following the Flying Star Sequence. That’s why the 2013 Flying Star Chart should look like this:
When Flying Star 5 comes to center, Flying Star 6 occupies Northwest, 7 in West, 8 in Northeast, and so on. Once you learnt the Flying Star Sequence and you know which Flying Star is in the center, you can draw out that year’s Flying Star Chart.
Flying Star Chart Quick Formula
What if you want to find out the Flying Star Chart of 2019? Do you need to count and find out the central Flying Stars of years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 all the way through 2019? No you don’t. For your convenience you can use a quick formula (here’s the calculation part):
- Add all digits of the year. If the result is larger than 10 (i.e. 11 and onward), add the two digits together again.
- Subtract the result from 11
- The answer is the central Flying Star of that year
For example, for 2019 the first formula would be 2+0+1+9 = 12. We further add the two digits together, i.e. 1+2 = 3.
Then, we deduct 3 from 11, i.e. 11-3 = 8, according to the second formula.
The result is 8, so the central Flying Star of 2019 is 8.
Let’s do another example. What’s the central Flying Star of 2016? 2+0+1+6 = 9. Then, 11-9 = 2, so the central Flying Star of 2016 is 2. Very simple, isn’t it?
Monthly Flying Star Charts
Apart from Yearly Flying Star Charts, there are also Monthly Flying Star Charts. In other words, apart from Yearly Flying Stars that change their locations once a year, there is another set of Flying Stars that relocates every month. Remember, they are two sets of Flying Stars. By saying Flying Stars relocate every month, we mean that the Monthly Flying Star set relocates, not the Yearly Flying Stars. (You may not easily understand what I meant here, many Feng Shui learners find it uneasy to understand. To explain from another angle, there are two groups of Flying Stars, one group changes once a year, another group changes every month. They work independently.)
The easiest way to adjust your home’s Feng Shui every month, in accordance with the Monthly Flying Star Charts, is certainly follow my instructions in the Monthly Feng Shui Cures series. It is available to you as a Master Class member. But if you want to learn the principles behind, read on.
We need to firstly know the year’s zodiac sign. For example, 2013 is the Year of Snake and 2014 is Year of Horse. The central Flying Star of the first Feng Shui month is decided according to the zodiac sign.
Here is a list of zodiac signs according to year:
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
After knowing the year’s zodiac sign, we could then decide the first Feng Shui month’s central Flying Star. Wait… what does it mean by Feng Shui month?
Every time when I teach Feng Shui and say “the first month”, most students would think it means January. Some who believe they are smarter would say it’s the first lunar month, i.e. the first month according to Chinese calendar. Unfortunately, both answers are incorrect.
If you have been following my blog posts and books, you should know that I always say a year begins in spring, and spring usually begins on 4 February. This is because 4 Feb is when the Li-chun (立春) solar term (節氣) occurs. Li-chun literally means the start of spring, so it marks the beginning of a year. There are 24 solar terms in total. According to Chinese Feng Shui theories, each month’s beginning is marked by a solar term. In other words, of the 24 solar terms, 12 of them mark the beginning of a month.
There is actually no such term as “Feng Shui month” in ancient Feng Shui books, but for your easy reference I call each month, for Feng Shui purposes, as a Feng Shui month. Here are the beginning of each Feng Shui month:
4 Feb: Li-chun (立春), which literally means “spring comes” – the first month begins
6 Mar: Jing-zhe (驚蟄) – the second month begins
5 Apr: Qing-ming (清明) – the third month begins
6 May: Li-xia (立夏), which literally means “summer comes” – the fourth month begins
6 Jun: Mang-zhong (芒種), the fifth month begins
7 Jul: Xiao-shu (小暑), the sixth month begins
8 Aug: Li-qiu (立秋), which literally means “autumn comes” – the seventh month begins
8 Sept: Bai-lu (白露), the eighth month begins
8 Oct: Han-lu (寒露), the ninth month begins
7 Nov: Li-dong (立冬), which literally means “winter comes” – the tenth month begins
7 Dec: Da-xue (大雪), the eleventh month begins
6 Jan: Xiao-han (小寒), the twelve month begins
The cycle repeats every year.
According to the year’s zodiac sign, we can know the central Flying Star of every Feng Shui month:
Rat, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster
- Flying Star 8 for the first month
- 7 for the second month
- 6 for the third month
- 5 for the fourth month
- 6 for the twelve month
Ox, Dragon, Sheep, Dog
- Flying Star 5 for the first month
- 4 for the second month
- 3 for the third month
- 2 for the fourth month
- 3 for the twelve month
Tiger, Snake, Monkey, Pig
- Flying Star 2 for the first month
- 1 for the second month
- 9 for the third month
- 8 for the fourth month
- 9 for the twelve month
For example in this Year of Snake, the following Flying Stars will occupy these directions in the third Feng Shui month (5 Apr to 6 May), according to the Flying Star Sequence in ascending order:
- Flying Star 9 in the center
- Flying Star 1 in the Northwest
- Flying Star 2 in the West
- Flying Star 3 in the Northeast
- Flying Star 4 in the South
- Flying Star 5 in the North
- Flying Star 6 in the Southwest
- Flying Star 7 in the East
- Flying Star 8 in the Southeast
Got it? If not, re-read the above again and again. Practice to assign the Flying Stars to different months in different years. It certainly requires practice and practice makes perfect.
How to Use the Flying Star Charts
It’s easy. Remember what I taught you in the last lesson? Once you know the whereabouts of different Flying Stars, use the method explained in the last lesson to boost the use of the good Flying Stars and reduce the effects of the bad Flying Stars. It is as simple as that!
Of course, you can simply read to my Monthly Feng Shui Cures column, which is published monthly before the Feng Shui month begins. There I will explain what to do and what not to do (if any) in a particular direction in that month. It is offered to all Master Class students for free! Enroll now if you are not yet a member!
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