Archive for July, 2006

Putting It All Together

My earliest exposure to the field of Chinese Metaphysics came many years ago when I was in Hong Kong. I turned on the television and chanced upon a talk show, which featured a well-known Hong Kong Feng Shui master. The gentleman had been invited to the talk show to demonstrate his face-reading skills. Members of the audience were picked randomly and invited up onto the stage, where the Master would promptly read their faces, tell them about themselves, just by looking at their faces.

Face reading, aside from its obvious practical advantages it offers in business and daily dealings, is considered an important complementary discipline for Feng Shui practitioners. A handy back-up skill as it were that helps a Feng Shui consultant practice more effectively and efficiently.

Originally, Mian Xiang or Face Reading was developed for medical purposes. The famous Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor Classics, contains many references on how to make use of facial features to ascertain medical problems. Later on, the basic principles of Face Reading were extended beyond medical diagnosis, to support Destiny Analysis. Imperial advisors would use it often to vet candidates for Imperial positions. You see, in the olden days, a person didn’t submit his CV for an imperial position - instead he would submit his BaZi or Destiny Code.

Now, occasionally, a candidate might attempt to submit a false BaZi to improve his chances of securing a position on the Imperial payroll, which in those days, was a very desired job posting, since a person was more or less assured of what the Chinese call an ‘iron rice bowl’. So, the Imperial advisors would use Mian Xiang to confirm the BaZi, and make sure the candidate did actually have the skills he professed to have.

If you have been reading my past articles, most of you would probably be familiar with how BaZi and Feng Shui work together. As I have indicated in the past, a complete Feng Shui consultation usually involves the use of BaZi, which is a person’s Destiny Code, to determine the nature of the problem faced by the person at that particular point in time. The Feng Shui consultant then uses Feng Shui as a prescription, to help resolve or alleviate the problem, diagnosed using the help of the person’s Destiny Code.

However, there are some occasions where a person’s Destiny Code is not available or the client asks something on the spot, during the consultation, and the BaZi chart is not available. In such cases, a Feng Shui consultant who has studied face reading, can use Mian Xiang or Face Reading, as a back-up discipline to see where the client’s problems are, or what challenges he is facing at that particular point in time. This is because Mian Xiang represents what we call Later Heaven Luck - it tells us about the present, the outcome of current events as a result of the present state of mind, beliefs, character and virtues.

By examining Qi colour on the face, and the specific age point co-relating to the client’s age, and looking at the contours and features on the face at that particular age point, the consultant can get a concise snapshot of the person’s state of health or luck at that point in time. A person’s face, almost always will confirm, what is in his/her BaZi generally. So for example, if a person has a problem with holding on to money in his/her BaZi, what we call a Rob Wealth (Jie Cai) problem in BaZi consultant terminology, this will invariably show on his/her face, in the form of very thick eyebrows.

A case of Prevention is better than Cure

A good illustration of how useful Mian Xiang is, when combined with BaZi and Feng Shui is when it comes to a person’s health. I remember a client from a few years back, who had engaged me to audit his house, which was being built at the time.

The client met us at my office to show us the way to his property. When the client sat down in my office to show me the plans of the house, something on his face drew my attention: he had a distinct line crossing the lobe of both his ears (see attached diagram). In the study of Mian Xiang, this is usually one indication that the person has a risk of developing heart-related problems. I double-checked my concern by looking at his eyes. There was a distinct blue ring around the pupil of his eyes, another clear indication of heart-related problems.

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Now, often, a conclusion derived from one discipline, such as Mian Xiang, will be supported and confirmed through another discipline, like Feng Shui or BaZi. So, we proceeded to the gentleman’s house.

At his house, this is what we saw.

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The house was in the process of being constructed at the time but it was enough for me to ascertain where his Main Door would be located and the facing of this property. I also noticed that he had a lamp post directly in the part of his Main Door, a formation known in Feng Shui as Piercing Heart Sha. This is definitely an unfavourable formation to have at the Main Door. As you will recall, the Main Door is one of the three important factors that must always be considered when we are looking at the Feng Shui of a property. When the Main Door is affected, the Qi that enters the property is blocked or is transformed into negative or Sha Qi.

A simple check of the directions with the Luo Pan revealed that the lamp post was located in the South sector of his house. Now, the South sector of a property is governed by the Gua known as Li Gua. Li Gua, amongst other things, represents the eyes and the heart. Now, I think most people can pretty much figure out what it means if you have Piercing Heart Sha, located in the sector that is governed by the Gua that represents the heart and the eyes. Hence, it matched my initial concern from what I had seen on the client’s face, i.e. he may have a heart-related problem, especially if he were to also move into the house he was building with the environmental feature located where it was.

So what then was the outcome you might be thinking? How does the story end? Positively, I’m pleased to say! The client decided, that since he hadn’t been for a medical check up in a while, he would go for a thorough one. He also, decided to change the design of the house to move the location of the Main Door, which was not too difficult to rectify since the house had not been finished yet and he could still make changes to the design.

When I checked the gentleman’s BaZi, it revealed a clash between the Zi (Rat) and Wu (Horse), known in BaZi terminology as Shui Huo Xiang Cong or Fire and Water Clash. This is an explosive clash of the Fire and Water elements and is an indication of a heart problem also.

What the face and the BaZi reveals in this case is an area that is a cause for concern, but more importantly, action. Hence, I have always emphasised the importance of taking the right action, once you have been alerted to a potential problem.

I recently saw my client again, on a different matter, and I noticed that the lines on his earlobe had diminished significantly. He told me that since then, he has also been trying to eat better and had been exercising more, as the medical check-up revealed some problems which if he did not change his lifestyle, could lead to heart problems.

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Now, it’s not absolutely essential that your Feng Shui practitioner know Mian Xiang or practice it as a complementary discipline to his Feng Shui practice, but as you can see from this little story, it is a very helpful back-up discipline to have, as it helps the Feng Shui practitioner fine-tune and focus his efforts. By combining his knowledge of BaZi with Mian Xiang, a Feng Shui practitioner can zero in on not just long-term problems, but also short-term and more immediate, pressing issues at hand, such as health concerns.


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Behind the Face of a Football Genius

Although I can’t consider myself a football fan, it seems it is impossible to escape World Cup fever. Especially after that ‘head-butting’ incident involving Zinedine Zidane, which has dominated the sports pages, despite the tournament being over. Even someone like me, who isn’t really that interested in football, was drawn into the storyline that played out following the finals.

The dominant question on many people’s minds seemed to be this: why would an illustrious talented footballer ruin his curtain call and retirement from the world stage at the most prestigious event in football history, with an ignominious red card for a head-butt? Nevermind what was said to Zidane - the question many sports journalists, fans and non-fans alike must be wondering is: what on earth made him do it?

So, this week, we will look at the Destiny Code of the talismanic Zinedine Zidane, to see if we can understand why he saw red on Finals Day.

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Zidane the Enigma? Not really!

What a person is reluctant to reveal about himself can always be deciphered from his Destiny Code – the BaZi. A person’s BaZi tells us not just who we perceive him to be, but who he really is. The Heavenly Stems, which form the top half of a person’s Destiny Code, represent the immediate, the obvious, the surface personality, that which we perceive of the person, when we first meet him. But to truly know what a person is like, we must delve beyond the surface. So, let’s take a look at Zidane’s Destiny Code.

Zidane’s BaZi reveals a formation known as Shang Guan Qi Sha or Hurting Officer controls Seven Killings Formation. This is a formation that is typically found in outstanding martial artists (Bruce Lee’s chart for example has a similar formation) and also individuals with unique physical abilities. Since there are not that many martial artists today, this formation is usually applied in the context of sports, since sports is a physical art form. It is this structure that gives Zidane his magic touch with the football. The chart shows two types of Fire formations, indicating that he can strike the ball equally well with both his right and left legs. As his Day Master is seated on a Seven Killing star, this indicates quick reflexes, charisma, as well as the presence of a good ‘killer instinct’ - hence, his cool and calm demeanour when taking penalties! It also shows that he has strong leadership qualities.

The strong Hurting Officer star, which is represented by the element of Bing or Yang Fire, usually marks the individual as one who does not like to be controlled and is impulsive. Hence, it indicates challenges when it comes to playing in a team-based sport like football and challenges for coaches in controlling him. Persons with strong Hurting Officers are also highly individualistic, and have strong showmanship skills. In the study of BaZi, Bing Fire is the fire of the sun, and carries with it qualities such as beauty, passion, intensity, brilliance and magnanimity, all which are hallmarks of Zidane’s style of play - the little touches, the skilful dazzling he-makes-it-look-easy ball-acrobatics he pulls off, and his ability to not only score goals, but assist in goals being scored.

When one has Bing Fire as the Hurting Officer star, the person is typically short-tempered and impulsive. Furthermore, Zidane’s Hurting Officer star sits on Yang Ren or Goat Blade, which means it is a very intense, hot and explosive Hurting Officer star. Hence he has been sent off 14 times in his career, including once for stamping on a player during a World Cup match, and another time for head-butting while playing for Juventus. He is also one of the four players to have been sent off in a World Cup Final in the history of the World Cup.

Decoding the Head Butt

So what made Zidane see red at this World Cup, when he knew that it would be his last international match? This year being the year of Bing Xu or Fire Dog, the Fire is extremely hot. So, his Hurting Officer, which is already extremely strong, becomes excessively strong. When an element is overwhelmingly strong, its negative qualities usually come out. When a Hurting Officer star becomes negative, the person becomes petulant, rebellious and has too much fighting spirit.

Also, the interaction between his current 10 year luck pillar of Geng Xu and the annual pillar of Bing Xu reveals a formation known as Hurting Officer sees Officer (Shang Guan Jian Guan), which denotes chaos, irrational excessively emotional behaviour, problems with authority, and going against the accepted order of things. In addition, there is also a Harm formation between the Xu (Dog) of the year, the Xu (Dog) in his 10 year luck pillar, and the You (Rooster) in his BaZi. This Harm formation denotes a lack of peace or an inner anger.

His Yi Wood Day Master needs Gui Water to help it grow, and wet Ji Earth, found in the Chou (Ox), to pacify the heat, and enable the wood to grow. Gui Water is the Resource star, and also represents the Mother whilst Ji Earth is the Wealth Star, which also represents the wife. Both these elements are important to this Yi Wood Day Master. What exactly was said to him that provoked him remains the subject of debate but from Zidane’s BaZi, certainly any insult about his mother or his wife, would probably have triggered his temper, based on his BaZi!

This raises an important point about BaZi that often gets overlooked. In the past, BaZi was designed to reveal fate and destiny only. For many years, it had remained as such. The path that was laid out was essentially the path that would be walked. In modern days, we do not perceive BaZi in this way. Destiny is but one of the possible paths a person can walk. Destiny can, to some degree, be changed. In the old days, a heart attack was a death sentence. Today, if you know about it early enough, it can be prevented and treated. The power of free will, the advantage of informed choice, and the ability to make an informed decision, means that how a person lives his/her life, remains in his/her own hands.

What does this mean in the case of Zinedine Zidane? Admittedly, Zidane’s BaZi indicates how he would react to a provocation and that his reaction would bring about negative outcomes. But, at that moment, at the 110th minute on that pitch in Berlin, ultimately, Zidane held his destiny in his own hands (or head).

The Power of the Officer

Despite being sent-off, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball award and so far, there seems to be no vilification of him in his home country for what he did. Why?

His current 10 year luck pillar shows strong Officer Luck (Guan Xing) as a result of the combination between his Yi Wood Day Master, and Geng Metal, so he will still continue to command respect and honour as the Officer Star represents good status and reputation. This head-butt will not tarnish his reputation substantially, nor detract from his skills and talents. Xu (Dog) is the graveyard for Xin Metal, which is the Seven Killings star. Seven Killings represents critics, petty people and detractors. These will eventually go away as the year goes on so they will not prove to be a long-term problem. The indications of his chart are that he’ll probably get to keep the Golden Ball award as well.

According to Wikipedia, Zidane earned a 6.4 million euros salary at Real Madrid, and in 2005-2006, he earned 8.6 million euros from sponsorship and endorsement deals. This is also in tune with his 10 year luck pillar of Geng Xu, which he entered in 2005. Geng Metal and Yi Wood, which is his day Master, is combining with the Officer Star. This typically represents strong sponsorship and endorsement opportunities for a sportsman, whilst the Xu (Dog) brings strong Wealth Luck. In this luck pillar, an ambassadorial role for Zidane is ideal and he should also have no problems with endorsements. All he has to do is say yes, and his wealth should be secure until 2015. He will be wise to stay away from coaching or management opportunities as his BaZi indicates he lacks the patience to coach or manage a football team.

Charisma has a face

It is not uncommon for BaZi consultants and even Feng Shui consultants, to rely on face reading or Mian Xiang, as a back-up discipline. There have been times when I have used face-reading for quick or on the spot evaluations of a client’s luck, when a BaZi chart was not available. The face, almost always, confirms what we already know from the Destiny Code. So what story does Zidane’s face tell?

If you look closely at his face, you will notice that his eyebrows pierce upwards, at the ‘head’ (the end closer to the center of the face). In Mian Xiang, these are known as Spear-headed eyebrows and denote individuals who are highly opinionated and quick off the mark. Usually, individuals with Spear-headed eyebrows also have prominent or strong Hurting Officer (Shang Guan) nature.

Zidane has strong, high and outward growing cheekbones - these denote strong leadership and a charismatic nature. He has sharp, pointed eyes which indicate impatience, but an eye for detail, hence his ability to read the game and create possibilities on the football field, out of seemingly nothing.

In Mian Xiang, each year of a person’s life is represented by a single point on the face. The ages of 27-30 are represented by the temples, the life palace or Yin Tang, which is located between the eyebrows and the Forest, which is the area above the ear. On Zidane’s face, all these areas are sunken or the hairline crosses these areas, denoting that these years are less favourable. However, once Zidane entered eyebrow luck, at 31 years old (30 by Western age calculations), his luck clearly takes a turn for the better. His eyebrows are clear and charismatic, not too thick and upward growing. Indeed, in 2002, Zidane won the UEFA Champions League Most Valuable Player award, and transferred from Juventus to Real Madrid for a record 66 million euros. At 35, he has just finished eyebrow luck and entered eye luck - whilst his luck will still be good, the best is probably behind him so his decision to retire is a wise one indeed.


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A Healthy Wealth Qi

In last week’s article, I talk about the basic misconceptions about using Feng Shui for Wealth and how Feng Shui should be understood when it comes to helping you improve your Wealth. I also talked about how Wealth in Feng Shui is not about money, or lottery winnings or windfall wealth. It is about opportunities and finding an environment to locate your home or office in, which lets you capitalise effectively on opportunities, to improve your wealth, achieve status or just, live well.

This week, I am going to talk about some simple basic techniques that you can use to help improve your Wealth opportunities. I will be introducing a system of Feng Shui known as Fei Xing or Flying Stars and showing you how to use the Flying Star chart of your house or office, to improve your Wealth opportunities.

Flying Stars is one of the most popular systems used by most Feng Shui consultants. Professionally, it is regarded as a fairly basic and simple technique so is suitable for most lay persons to make use of. Also, many people are quite well-informed these days about Feng Shui and so it is something that is quite manageable for most laypeople.

An important aspect of Flying Stars Feng Shui is the element of time. Time, in Flying Stars Feng Shui, is divided into cycles of Qi, with each cycle lasting 20 years. Under this system, no house or location is ever permanently good or bad. It changes with the passing of time and the shifting of Qi. The goal of the Flying Stars technique is to identify the most prosperous Wealth Qi or People Luck areas at a given point in time, bearing in mind the 20 year Qi cycle. It is a system for short-term and quick results, and is often used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Now, before we can delve into the Flying Star charts, first, I need to talk a little about how to take a direction. The Facing Direction of your property is needed in order to plot the Flying Star chart of your property.

Finding the Facing

With a luo pan or Feng Shui compass (you can use a normal compass if you want but it requires you taking an additional step to identify the degrees according to the 24 Mountains), stand at the center of your property’s facing direction. The facing direction is the direction in which the house is built to face or where the main façade is located. Do not just assume that your Main Door is the facing direction of your property. This is a common mistake that many people make. Always use the façade of the house, or the direction the house has been built to face, to take the Facing Direction.

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Once you have a Facing Direction, you need to know if it is a Period 7 or Period 8 Flying Star chart. If you moved into your house between 2004 and 2023, then your property is considered a Period 8 house. If you moved into your house between 1984 and up to February 4 2004, then you have a Period 7 house. Now, based on the Facing Direction of your house and the Period of your house, find the Flying Star chart that matches your property, using the charts below. You now have the Qi map for your property.

Once you have established your property’s Flying Star chart, transfer the Star numbers of the corresponding sectors, onto a plan of your house. Follow the example below on how to transfer the Star numbers. This method will enable you to identify which part of the house the various Stars reside in.

The third piece of information you need to have is to understand the difference between Facing Stars and Sitting Stars. The diagram below tells you which is the Facing Star and which is the Sitting Star on a Flying Star chart.

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Facing Stars govern the wealth capacities of each sector whilst the Sitting Star governs the people or health capacity of the sector.

Three ways to improve your wealth opportunities

Once you have the Flying Star chart of your property or office, you need to find the Facing Star #8. Look at the example below. In this House, the Facing Star #8 is located in the Southwest.

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Now, let’s say that for this property, there is a door located in this sector, as per the diagram below.

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Remember that in my articles, I have repeatedly stressed the importance of the 3 factors in Feng Shui? Make it your mantra: Main Door, Kitchen and Bedroom. As this property already has the Main Door located in the Wealth Qi location for Period 8, there’s no need to enhance the house any further. Now, all we have to do is make sure that the surrounding environmental forms are supportive of this Main Door.

So, what if your property does not have a Main Door at the Facing Star #8 location? There are still a few tricks you can try. First, keep the area uncluttered and unobstructed, so that the Qi can flow and the Prosperous Qi the #8 star brings can move and circulate around the property.

In case you do not have a door at this sector, you can also try placing an aquarium or water feature outside the location of the Facing Star #8 or in a location that is convenient. In the study of Feng Shui, Water is a Yang form and thus is suitable for the stimulation of Qi at this location. As for how much water you will need, well, it depends on the size of the house or office. Obviously, if you have a large house, a goldfish bowl is not going to do you much good. However, if you have a small house, a 3-4 foot aquarium should be fine. Remember, use common sense and proportionality to guide your decision.

A quick point on what kind of water features you can use, aside from an aquarium. Generally, I do not advocate the use of table fountains. This is because these types of water feature usually only contain at most, 3-4 small mineral water bottles worth of water, which is usually not quite enough to stimulate the Qi.

Let’s say for some reason, you cannot use the Facing Star #8. Perhaps it is located in a storeroom. Or in a location that does not permit the placement of Water. In that case, look for the Facing Star #9 and either locate the Main Door there, or place a water feature or aquarium in that location. Using the Prosperous Qi of the next period, which is Period 9, will not bring immediate results, but will enable you to lay the foundations for wealth in the future.

Thinking beyond the #8 Star

A few weeks back, I discussed the importance of appreciating how BaZi and Feng Shui are inter-related disciplines that need to be used together to help a person achieve his/her full potential in life. Some of you who have already been activating the Facing Star #8 in your property might be wondering why nothing seems to have happened. Typically, a professional Classical Feng Shui practitioner will always check a person’s BaZi before making a Feng Shui prescription. Contrary to popular misconception, ‘enhance the #8’ is not the only trick of the trade. It is just one of the very basic techniques, in the armoury of the Feng Shui practitioner. But it is always important to establish the ‘diagnosis’ before we proceed with a ‘prescription’.

Sometimes, the #8 star does not bring results because there is something standing in the way of wealth opportunities that the #8 star does not address. A person may be going through Rob Wealth (Jie Chai) luck, and so the problem is not that he/she is not making money, but that a joint-venture or partnership or perhaps family members, are draining his/her financial resources.

Look for the #8, but look beyond the #8 too. Forms for example, play an important part in determining if the environment is supportive of your endeavours, or just barely helping you out. So, it may be that the immediate environment around your property, is not supportive of the #8 star, or is not conducive to Qi collection so activating the #8 doesn’t bring about significant results. In the ancient classics, it is said ‘There are no fake forms, and no real formulas’. What is around you, and where you are located, must also be taken into consideration.


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The Road to Riches

When I first started this column, one of the earliest issues I addressed was the misconception most people have about Feng Shui and Wealth. If there are two things in this world that can make people try anything, it is money and love. Feng Shui, unfortunately, has been used as a means to sell people all kinds of items, in the name of helping them acquire more of one and find the other.

So this week, I want to talk about what ‘wealth’ means in classical Feng Shui, and what is the rationale behind certain common practices that have become associated with ‘wealth enhancement’. By understanding these basic fundamentals and appreciating the philosophy of Feng Shui, I hope that people will then be able to understand how to respond when they are faced with a ‘Feng Shui’ wealth-enhancing claim, or offered a magic ‘Wealth’ formula.

Think Vibrant Qi, not Wealth

The word ‘Wealth’ has sort of crept into the technical vocabulary of Feng Shui. Feng Shui practitioners use it as a short-form to explain the outcome of using certain energies or sectors in a property. Rather than getting all technical, they cut to the chase. Somewhere along the way, the concept of ‘Wealth Sector’ turned up. As I have said in my previous article on this subject, Feng Shui doesn’t actually in any of the classics speak directly of ‘Wealth’ or ‘Money’. So a Feng Shui magic money-making formula is something that should definitely make you ask question rather than reach for your wallet.

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What then do the classics like Di Li Bian Zheng speak off? They speak of ‘Prosperous Qi’ (or Wang Qi) and means of identifying where Prosperous Qi resides. They speak of techniques and methods for gathering the Qi, and avoiding or transforming negative Sha Qi.

The Book of Burial (one of the oldest classics on Feng Shui), by Kuo Pu, which explores the central tenets of Feng Shui, says Qi gathers at the boundaries of water, and is dispersed by wind. It does not say, MONEY appears wherever there is an aquarium. It does not say, put 8 goldfish into the aquarium and you will inherit a thousand/million bucks. It does not say anything about ships of gold, paw-waving kitty cats above cash registers and building a fountain in your backyard.

Getting the Vibrant Qi

Feng Shui, like many Chinese Metaphysical sciences, is one of those practices in which complexity and simplicity are embedded within each other. You need to understand the basics to appreciate the complex formulas. But at the same time, mugging formulas and being able to recite them by heart, without understanding the fundamentals of Feng Shui, is of no benefit either. That is why formula books are not the answer to successfully applying Feng Shui, because without an understanding of the fundamentals, the formula is just a bunch of numbers. A cookie recipe doesn’t make much sense to a person who doesn’t know how to bake.

When it comes to using Feng Shui to enhance Wealth opportunities, first, we need to understand the type of Qi that can promote Wealth opportunities. In Feng Shui, we need to locate the ‘Prosperous Qi’. To the average lay person, this is usually called ‘Yang Qi’. However, Feng Shui practitioners refer to it by its more technical name, ‘Prosperous Qi’ or ‘Wang Qi’(in Chinese) because Qi can be classified into 5 types of Qi, according to its timeliness and at the professional level, it is important to know exactly what type of Qi and what stage of timeliness it is at.

I must dispel the notion that ‘Prosperous Qi’ can be somehow ‘created’. You cannot ‘create’ Prosperous Qi by making an area more ‘Yang’, say by putting red lights or bright lights in a certain area. The Qi has to have the Prosperous quality in the first place, based on the time period. Remember, in Feng Shui, it is about what is natural, and prevailing in the environment that we are interested in, not the artificial or the man-made. In any case, you cannot simply decide that you want your Front Door to be where the Prosperous Qi is located and try to force the situation. The location of the Prosperous Qi is not dictated by convenience, but by the Qi map, as derived from the calculations. The name of the game is to work with what you have, without having to make costly and needless aesthetic changes to your house that make it obvious you are trying to ‘Feng Shui’ the place!

The location of the Prosperous Qi is determined through two methods: through calculations based on the direction of the property, such as Eight Mansions or Xuan Kong Flying Stars and through evaluation of natural environmental features. Usually, calculation-based methods are used for Interior Feng Shui and the environmental features observation method, known as Forms, is used for External Feng Shui.

So for example, we want to locate the Prosperous Qi in a house that is facing the South 2 direction. The Prosperous Qi of the house is located where the Facing Star #8 position is, as you can see from the chart below. Each house of course will have its own Prosperous Qi location and the role of the practitioner is to locate this Prosperous Qi area.

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As the location of the Prosperous Qi is different, based on the Qi map of the property, as derived by the calculations, it is a fallacy to think that there is a standard universal ‘Wealth Direction’ for everyone. There isn’t - it depends on your house direction. Now, you might notice that not everyone living on the same row as you (with houses facing the same direction!) is equally rich and wealthy. In the Feng Shui context, the external forms still have to be taken in consideration. But there is also the Destiny context - a person who lives in a house with a direction personalised to his/her Destiny will definitely have an edge over a person’s with a house that is less in-tune with his/her BaZi.

Once the location of the Prosperous Qi has been pinpointed, the Qi must be activated. Locating an activity room (such as the television room or living room) in this sector is one way of stimulating the Prosperous Qi in a location. Placing a Main Door in the Prosperous Qi location is also a form of activating Prosperous Qi to a suitable area. Sometimes, for the purposes of activating the Qi, Feng Shui consultants recommend clients place Water in certain locations. It is purely to activate the Qi. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Water itself or fish in the water, but the Yang quality of the Water. Water, even when still, is always moving because the molecules continue to move. The fish just help to keep the Water active and also, provide some aesthetic appearance.

When you have the right type of Qi at hand, then you need to collect that Qi. There’s no point in having the Wealth stars in the right location on the Flying Star chart, or locating the sector of Prosperous Qi, if the Qi cannot collect. This is where the landform of the environment, and the internal forms of the property, make all the difference. An extremely important aspect of Qi collection is having a good Bright Hall or Ming Tang as it is known in Chinese.

A Bright Hall is not a hallway with a lot of lights. Nor is it present because your porch happens to be well-lit or you have a 100 bulb chandelier in your house. If this is what a Bright Hall is, all the shops selling lights would be minting it! Instead, a Bright Hall is a broad spacious and open area that enables Qi to settle and collect. Ideally, a property should have three Bright Halls, in tandem with the principle of Three Divide, Three Harmony (the San Fen San He formation).

Having it, making it and keeping it

Making more money and having more wealth opportunities is not just a case of fixing your Feng Shui. Your personal Destiny Code comes into the equation as well. Feng Shui cannot fix or give you what you do not have (in your Destiny) in the first place. So, you may need to re-align or moderate your goals, adjust your perspective, change your attitude, and see how Feng Shui can help you, within the path that Destiny has laid out for you. Sometimes that means having realistic expectations. Sometimes, that means being prepared for hardship or be willing to take on certain challenges. Sometimes, that means adjusting the timing of your plans.

I might add, being rich does not mean you have great wealth. It means you have the capacity to make money, and keep it for long enough to enjoy it. And even where people have the capacity and destiny for great wealth, that does not guarantee that they will actually become rich, or fulfil their destiny.

Yes, you read it right. Some people actually do not fulfil their Destiny!

A Destiny chart may show a tremendous capacity for wealth or opportunity for wealth, but it will not become a reality if the person is unwilling to do what it takes to achieve his/her Destiny. BaZi tells you that you can be rich, but it does not always also say, it will come easy. There are no short-cuts in life!

Why does Bill Gates still go to work every day? Has being the richest man in Asia stopped Li Ka Shing from continuing to pursue business opportunities? Destiny is but one part of the equation. Being willing to take the chance, make the sacrifice, face the challenges - that is the other component. Some people have a Destiny that demands hardship, great personal sacrifice, even going through bankruptcy, divorce, bad relationships, bitter family ties, before they can emerge to see the pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow.

Next week, I will show you how to use Flying Stars Feng Shui to identify and tap into the Wang Qi in your property and unlock Wealth opportunities.


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Selection of Land

Recently, a student told me some enterprising individuals have thought of an “easy and fast way” of selecting property for investment – just follow the feng shui guys, buy where they buy! It seems having a Feng Shui practitioner as your neighbour is the best way to be sure you’re buying in a good neighbourhood!

Now, I can appreciate why this idea comes about - as knowledge of Feng Shui grows, people are beginning to realise that getting a head start or an edge these days, extends to living in an area with good Feng Shui. However, because many people are uncertain of how to select a suitable location or place, they logically conclude that just “buy where the Feng Shui guys buy” and it should be okay.

My philosophy has always been that we should not give the fish, but we should instead show people how to fish. This way, everyone can try to find a place with good Feng Shui rather than just following the Feng Shui guys. Hence, Land Selection 101 is the subject of my article this week.

Personally, I have always been an advocate of knowledge, not as an end in itself, but as a means to an end. It is always better to know ‘why’ rather than ‘it just is’. Many of the students who come to my classes are not there because they want to practice Feng Shui. Rather, they are there because they want to be able to find and select a good piece of property or land, either for investment or just to give themselves that Feng Shui edge in their home or workplace.
However, I do appreciate that many people also, due to time constraints or personal commitments, cannot always take a class. So I hope you will find this week’s article beneficial to helping you gain some general insight and basic understanding about Land Selection using Feng Shui and how to approach finding and selecting property in an informed manner.

In professional Feng Shui practice, Land Selection is a highly specialised field of Feng Shui practice, requiring a strong foundation in Luan Tou or Landform Feng Shui and a good grasp of the key classics on Landform such as Ru Di Yan or Entering Earth Eye classics. And of course, a really good piece of property should ideally be a piece of land that is in tune with the individual’s personal needs and requirements (based on his/her BaZi) and the property is built to specifications and conforming with Feng Shui principles. But that is the gold standard when it comes to Land Selection and is of course, not practical and feasible for every one out there.

So from a practical standpoint, how does the average person go about finding a place to stay with what I call, good Feng Shui Quotient (FSQ)?

Eyes Wide Open Please

Feng Shui is considered part of the field of physiognomy or the study of land through observation, in the Chinese Five Arts. Hence, when it comes to selecting land or a good piece of property, you need to have your eyes wide open and observe what is in the environment, so that you can understand what is the quality and nature of the area you are considering. For example, if a location is extremely windy, this indicates the Qi is easily dispersed and so it is not a very good location. If the land is particularly rocky, this is an indication of a poor quality Dragon Vein and unstable Qi. If the land has muddy, sticky soil, this indicates it is waterlogged and Qi is trapped.

When it comes to a more substantive evaluation, we are concerned with Mountain and Water. At the absolute basic level of selecting land or property, you need to look for these two features. If you find the area that you are considering has no mountains and no water, it might be a good idea to look elsewhere! I might add that there is a principle known as Flat Land Dragon (Ping Yang Long) that also applies to very flat areas, but you need to have highly specialised knowledge of Luan Tou Feng Shui to be able to identify the Mountains and Water in such areas. So for practicality sake, if there are no Dragons and no Water in the area, you need to look at other options.

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But of course, merely having the presence of Mountain and Water is an extremely elementary level of Feng Shui. In Feng Shui, we are always interested in the quality of the area (not just the mere presence of Mountains and Water) and also, to qualify the Mountains and Water in the area.

Are the Dragon Veins (or in layman’s terms, mountain ranges) coming from the right direction for this particular period of time? Remember, Feng Shui has a dynamic quality and that Qi changes and shifts over time. For the next twenty years, ideally, you want to have Dragon Veins to be incoming from the Northwest, Northeast, West or South. However, if it is people luck that you need, then specifically look for an incoming extension of the mountains from the Northeast.

You also need to look at the type of star that the Mountain is originating from because this will tell you what the potential the area affords and you will be able to determine if this is in line with what you want to achieve. ‘Star’ here refers to the “form” of the mountain. For example, if reputation, status and recognition are what you want, then you need to find an area with a good Wood star like the Tang Lang or Greedy Wolf Star. If it is Business and Wealth Luck that you’re interested in, then the Dragon in the area should be powered by a good quality Ju Men or Huge Door star. The correct mountains must arrive from the correct directions, and be located in the right sector, when measured from the property in question. Only then is the property considered truly good.

After observing the Mountains, it is essential to then see if the location of Water in the environment conforms with the formulas and principles. The junctions of the rivers and streams, and the convergence of water, known as the Qi Mouth, needs to be at the right sectors. In Period 8, ideally, the Qi Mouth should be in the Southwest. Of course, if you could strive for a specific degree on the compass measurement, it would be desirable to have the Qi Mouth at certain Xuan Kong Da Gua directions. But water in the South East, East and North is also considered good for Period 8

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Finally, once you have made sure that the environment is right, the property itself must be designed to be a Qi conduit and receive Qi from the environment, as well as circulating it throughout the structure. But if you are already located in an area with good Qi, supported by the right incoming Dragons, and Water in the right locations, you already have a head start!

Chasing the Dragon and your Dream House

Some developers do make it easier for property buyers because they have done their Feng Shui homework, and taken the requisite steps to select suitable areas for their developments. This is usually a good choice because then, a house owner simply needs to make minor modifications or adjustments, usually without too much renovation, to personalise the Feng Shui to their own needs. Remember, when it comes to finding a good piece of land or property in Feng Shui, the goal should be to find a place that you can renovate to improve and fine tune the Feng Shui, not a place that you have to fix to make the Feng Shui vaguely decent in the first place, before then renovating to make the Feng Shui better.

How do you know if a developer has done the Feng Shui homework? Well, one easy way to find out is to see if they have developed the property or area in conformity with some of the criteria and principles I have discussed above. I must of course add that these are not the ONLY formulas that would be used by a Feng Shui professional - there are a lot of other formulas and techniques that a professional Feng Shui consultant may make use of, because often, the Feng Shui consultant will have to see what type of land they are asked to work on. So use the above criteria as a general guide, but more importantly, as a means to ask the right questions, should the developer affirm that their survey and development of the property is along Feng Shui principles.

Now, it may seem like a lot of hard work but to be honest, finding good land or a good piece of property is not a matter of opening the classifieds and picking the cheapest spot available. But equally, finding a good piece of land does not always entail paying through your nose. Like any good bargain, you need to invest time and effort into finding the right place. I do think it is worth the effort and the legwork although I suppose in this day and age of instant everything, people are sometimes reluctant to do the homework and legwork just to find the right house. But if you are going to invest in a dream house, surely you should make sure it is also a house that supports your dreams and goals too.


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