Archive for August, 2006

Objects and the put Theory

One of the most popular questions I get asked, in emails, as well as at public events, is this: Joey - what do you PUT in your office? Of course, the answer that I don’t ‘put’ anything in my office is a bit of a surprise to them. How can I not have anything in my office for wealth enhancement, or health improvement or warding off the 5 yellow star?

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Indeed, visitors to my office are often surprised at my unlikely collection of ‘Feng Shui charms and cures’ - they include a piece of abstract art (which I have absolutely no idea what it means!), Spiderman figures, a collector’s edition Darth Vader figurine and collectible figures from my favourite Japanese anime, Naruto. And no, before you go out and buy some on eBay, these are not Qi-collecting or Sha Qi-defusing objects. I have them because I like them and I get some amusement from looking at them sometimes in my office.

Clients are often perturbed when I have no specific recommendations on colours, objects to be placed in certain places and items to ward off negative Qi. But the truth is the practice of classical Feng Shui entails very little ‘putting’ if you like. A classical Feng Shui practitioner will rarely ask you put something in your room or wear something. Indeed, if they ask you to do this and promptly open up their car boot to reveal their ‘feng shui’ wares in six colours (to match your sofa) or usher you into a storeroom with ornaments in every size and incarnation, you should be a little suspicious.

Real Classical Feng Shui is Invisible Feng Shui

I do not advocate ‘putting objects’ as part of Feng Shui for several reasons. Firstly, classical Feng Shui, practiced at its highest level, is completely subtle and nuanced. If you, the average layperson, enter a building and you KNOW it’s been Feng Shui-ed, then the Feng Shui practitioner has probably failed in his/her job. The purpose of Feng Shui is to enable natural energies in the environment to be tapped for beneficial, productive use by the residents of the building or the area. It is not to turn your home into a Chinese restaurant and it certainly does not involve strange interior decoration ideas.

In classical Feng Shui practice, the goal is to make use of the good areas, and reduce the usage of the negative areas, while ensuring there is good Qi collection and distribution. Those of you who have been following my articles will know that this does not necessarily require a mountain-load of doohickeys and objects.

The essence of classical Feng Shui practice in the 21st century involves understanding modern life and then integrating Feng Shui into that. For example, in the old days, artwork or perhaps, a fine vase or antique would draw people into a room in someone’s house. The Feng Shui practitioner would advice the house owner to place this object in a certain room so that more people would enter and mingle about the room. Now, the Feng Shui practitioner’s objective is to encourage greater usage of the room, and to achieve that, he used something subtle like the beautiful vase, knowing that if he told the house owner to just ‘use the room more’ he would get a blank look. Unfortunately, people then assumed that it was the vase which was supplying the Feng Shui, instead of the room.

In modern times, to encourage greater use of certain rooms, Feng Shui practitioners might suggest a client use the room for television viewing, or perhaps as a living room or entertainment area.

Secondly, if you are to utilise Feng Shui for a business advantage, obviously, you do not want too many people to know you have this advantage, correct? Now, logically, when your office screams ‘Feng Shui’, not only will other parties know that the business or person is using Feng Shui, but technically, they would also be able to ‘defeat’ or nullify that Feng Shui advantage. You can just imagine it now - business rivals nullifying or countering each other’s Feng Shui with their own cures, or going into a business negotiation and getting an upper advantage by wearing a cure that ‘defeats’ the other side’s Feng Shui. If this boggles the mind, and sounds downright ludicrous, it is! That is why object-based Feng Shui does not really make sense.

Put Theory Breeds Paranoia

Another reason why I am not a proponent of the Put Theory is because it encourages people to be paranoid, and unjustifiably place inordinate amounts of faith in an object. Classical Feng Shui does not involve being afraid, nor does it involve worshiping an object. It is about the natural energies in the environment, pure and simple.

Check the ancient classics if you have doubt, none of these books prescribe the need to use an artefact to ward off bad Qi or to generate wealth out of thin air. Many ancient classics like Qing Nang Jing (Green Satchel), Di Li Bian Zheng (Discerning Truth of Earth Principles) and Ru Di Yan (Entering Earth Eye) are reproduced in their original texts by many Hong Kong and Taiwanese researchers. You can find them in many Chinese bookstores. These books document the practice and study of Feng Shui since the Tang Dynasty. Read them and you’d discover that these books don’t mention anything about the Put Theory.

When people objectify Feng Shui, they become ruled by the object that they believe encapsulates their good luck or bad luck as it were. This encourages superstition and a closed-mind. A person can’t move out of a house because, oh, it’s been good for 20 years, so let’s not move, even if the new place is better from a classical Feng Shui standpoint. Similarly, by letting an object become the basis for a person’s success, it encourages people to believe that there is a stairway to riches, as long as they have the right object, and not with good old fashioned hard work. No need to work hard, or think about whether you are doing the right thing, or in the right line. Just place [insert favourite wealth-making object] in your personal Wealth or Lucky corner and watch the money grow.

There is no ‘one object that rules them all’ when it comes to classical Feng Shui. Tapping into Qi can be done through a variety of subtle means, depending on what technique the Feng Shui practitioner wants to employ, and what options the area and environment, as well as the forms, indicate can be used. Sometimes it involves the placement of Water in certain locations, more often than not, it is about avoiding the use of areas with strong Sha Qi or afflicted by Sha Qi and using the areas with positive Qi.

Sometimes, a problem is not related to Feng Shui, but just the luck cycle the person is in, based on his/her Destiny Chart. If that is the case, than an object is even more unlikely to be able to help the person. Think about it: how can a pendant with a dragon or a rooster, help prevent a problem that is caused by the shifts in energy, brought upon by the planetary movements? Are we saying that a mere pendant can change the course of the planetary influence or alter the magnetic pull of the planets on the Earth? Obviously not. Nothing is going to shift the energies, but your own actions can help reduce the impact of whatever influence the energies are creating. For example, if as a result of the elemental energies of the Bing Xu (Fire Dog) year, you are having problems with your boss, then you need to either moderate your behaviour towards your superior, or keep a low profile this year to avoid making the situation worse. Wearing a pendant or keeping a rooster on your table is not going to work unless these objects remind you to mind your manners with your boss!

What about the Hu Lu and Windchime?

In select and rare instances, specific items, which have a clear elemental connection, are sometimes used by some classical Feng Shui practitioners to resolve certain problems. One form of cure, which actually has a proper basis in classical Feng Shui, is the use of the Hu Lu, commonly known as the Calabash in English. It is a real fruit (a Gourd, to be exact) and was originally used by Chinese herbalists as a container for medicine. Being a fruit that exists in nature, it is regarded as having natural Qi and so is sometimes used by Feng Shui practitioners. The fruit itself has two sections and has an opening on top. The dual-sections represent Heaven and Earth while the opening on top means that it belongs to the Trigram Dui.

In the study of classical Feng Shui, Dui Gua or Dui Trigram, belongs to the element of Metal and also is the #7 star. Typically you hear people using the calabash to help with illness but most people don’t know why. #2 is the sickness or illness star, and in He Tu numerology, #7 and #2 combines. Hence, the use of the Hu Lu to defuse the negative Qi of the #2 star. However, this technique can only be utilised when an actual real grown by Mother Nature gourd is used, and not a resin or plastic version! While this is not my preferred technique generally, I am not opposed to its use.

Another acceptable ‘object’ that is typically used in some classical Feng Shui practice is the windchime. It is used to introduce the element of Metal into an area. Again, this is fine as long as it is a windchime that is actually made from Metal. However, if you find you don’t like the noise, you can actually use anything metal – pewter ware or your old sports trophies for example. I know some practitioner friends who insist on using real 24 carat gold items to utilise the real effects of Metal Qi! I personally would prefer not to resort to the use of elemental cures and try to keep things as ‘natural’ as possible. If the Qi flow is already good, often, no cure or object is needed.

All classical Feng Shui practitioners have their own style and pet methods. There is nothing wrong with using a Hu Lu or windchime, as long as it’s clear why it is being used and it relates to the true elemental nature of the item, and not just the imagery and pure ‘put theory’!


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The way of Yi Jing

Let’s get the facts right first as always, so that we have a proper context for the conversation. The Yi Jing (often mis-pronounced as I-Ching) originally started out as a book about the philosophy of life and behaviour. Written during the Shang Dynasty (1766-1050 BC), it is about the way of life, or if you’re more Zen-inclined, the Tao of Life. The Yi Jing tells you, based on your rank or position in society, how you should behave and go about your daily life, as a wife, as a general, as a king, as a Minister. The word “Yi Jing” means sutra or classics of change. Strictly speaking, it has nothing to do with Feng Shui per se.

The Yi Jing in its original form, is very much a form of pictorial philosophy, as represented by trigrams (the dual polarities of Yin and Yang, depicted in three lines) or hexagrams (six lines of Yin and Yang combinations). The ancient sages used the Yi Jing to depict the universe as man knew it and derive philosophical conclusions from it. These trigram and hexagram images were later used by a philosopher called Jing Fang to develop the science of probability, and to develop a means to compute outcomes and events, through understanding causality, time, space and the universe, known as Yi Gua.

Yi Jing and Feng Shui: Connected yet Disparate

Often, people misunderstand the connection between the Yi Jing and Feng Shui. There is indeed a connection between the “Yi” in Yi Jing (Yi being Change) because Feng Shui draws upon the concepts of changing lines, duality of polarity and the Five Elements, the Eight Trigrams, which are components of the Yi aspect of the Yi Jing. But Feng Shui systems involve taking the basic “Yi” information, and deriving a process and method, to use that information in an environmental context.

This means that you cannot import something from the Yi Jing’s text directly into Feng Shui and call it Feng Shui. A very good example of this liberal interpretation of the Yi Jing’s original text is the importing of the imagery of the Guas (Hexagrams) into Feng Shui by way of man made figurines. Some New Age Feng Shui practitioners claim that placing a figurine of a Dragon Flying Towards the Sky creates the power of Qian Gua (the Heaven Hexagram) because Qian Gua is described in the Yi Jing’s texts as ‘A Dragon Flying Towards the Sky’. From here, it is expanded to mean that a person with such a figurine can have the power of a King or Emperor, as that is what Qian Gua stands for, amongst other things.

That is taking the Yi Jing not just literally, but with substantial quantities of liberal and highly subjective interpretation. With this kind of approach, you can read just about anything into everything when in actual fact, the concept of Qian Gua as ‘A Dragon Flying Towards the Sky’ is actually a form of mnemonic, to help sages and students remember that Qian Gua is actually upward moving pure Yang energy. Also, there are 6 Yaos (lines) in the Hexagram with each giving a different meaning to the entire reading.

Yi Gua, which is a form of science of probability, or as the Chinese philosophers called it, the science of divination, is derived from the concept of “Yi” in Yi Jing and was later developed by King Wen (Wen Wang) but technically, it is not Feng Shui. It is a complementary discipline for many Feng Shui and BaZi practitioners, but it is a completely different and separate field of study. It still falls under the broader umbrella of Chinese Metaphysics but it is not Feng Shui. We can only say that fundamental concepts of the Yi are assimilated in the formulas of the Feng Shui practice.

So what then is Yi Gua you might be wondering?

Coin tossing, yarrow sticks and turtle shells

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Yi Gua, which is a method of probability science, derived from Yi Jing, has three principle methods. The first method is the method pioneered by King Wen (Wen Wang) which is the turtle shell method. Now, almost everyone is familiar with this or has seen it some time or another in a TVB serial show. You put coins inside a turtle shell, shake it and pour out the coins. The pattern of the coins enables the derivation of a Gua or Hexagram image, which then provides the answer to the query. Of course, nowadays, and probably due to the protection against needless killing of turtles for their shell, most people practice this method without the turtle shell. In the old days, the turtle was used because of the perceived connection to the He Tu, and because it was thought that the turtle’s shell depicts the 10 stems, 12 branches and 24 mountains. Hence, it was thought that the turtle had a special connection with the universe.

The second method involves using yarrow sticks - through a method of picking and selecting the sticks, a yin and yang image is derived.

The third method is known as the Plum Blossom (Mei Hua Yi Shu) method. It involves deriving or plucking a Gua based on observation of events and time occurring after the question is asked - for example, a ringing telephone, the colour of the shirt the person is wearing when they asked the question.

I must stress at this point that none of these formats entail superstition. You don’t have to pray or make a plea to the gods or anything like that. Which is why I find the word divination is sometimes misleading to use, because it suggests something religious or somehow superstitious. The science of probability and affinity is a better term to use to describe Yi Gua. The practice of Yi Gua is entirely agnostic in nature. Rather, they deal with the method of asking the question, and involve an academic understanding of the Guas and using the right methods to derive the Gua imagery.

The Universe, in a Nutshell (or your subconscious)

Yi Gua in essence is premised upon the theory that the subconscious and the universe are in-tune with each other. The Chinese, through the Metaphysical fields of study, have always subscribed to the concepts of synchronicity, destiny, life and the subconscious. The underlying premise of Yi Gua is that we have all the answers, but we simply do not know how to get to the answers. Our subconscious is in fact, the path to all knowledge.

The trick is being able to get one’s subconscious (or the universe if you like) to volunteer the answer or somehow extract the information from our subconscious. And this is what the ancient Chinese sages were looking to achieve, when they pioneered the science of divination, or probability.

Now, I realise that some readers might feel this is stretching the case a little or is way too far on the alternative side of the alternative! But the study of the power of the subconscious is in fact something that Western scientists have always been curious about. Why do people buy Self-Help books? Because they believe in the power of mind over matter. People who use Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is now all the rage amongst the corporate set, and who believe Anthony Robbins can help you change your life, are subscribing to the power of the subconscious. Freud and Jung, two very famous Western psychoanalysts and psychologists, believed in the power of the subconscious to tell us about ourselves, and what we didn’t know about ourselves. In fact Carl G. Jung was known to be a strong proponent of Yi Jing studies.

Freud and Jung believed that dreams offered an insight into the subconscious. If you think about it, it’s not that far from the Yi Gua method. Most people remember the images in their dreams, and rarely do they remember the words. In Yi Gua, we are looking at the answer to a question afforded by an image - a Gua or a set of lines. Now, I’m not saying that it has been scientifically proven that dreaming involves accessing the subconscious. Not everyone believes that the subconscious exists! But certainly, scientists are studying dreaming and in fact, there is a new scientific field of study, known as oneirology, or the study of dreams. So, it’s worth giving some thought and opening one’s mind to the possibility. Think about it - why is it that we say, let’s sleep on it, when we have to think about something? Could it be because we subconsciously know that the answer will come then? Have you ever had the same dream several times over? Is that the subconscious trying to give you an image or an answer, but you simply do not know what it means?

Still sounds suspect?

One of the reasons why New Age Feng Shui practitioners lean so hard on the Yi Jing to provide basis for their interpretations or theories is that it is extremely difficult, unless you have studied the Yi Jing, learnt Yi Gua or have a strong understanding of Chinese Metaphysics, to tell what’s real, from what’s flim-flam.

The truth and real practice are very difficult to separate from those who are being economical with the truth. Unfortunately therefore, this makes the public very vulnerable to all kinds of claims, which can in theory, be linked back to the Yi Jing. Hence, this is the reason why I have chosen to write about the Yi Jing and how Feng Shui co-relates to the Yi Jing and what is Yi Gua. The idea is for the public to understand and appreciate the two are somewhat related, yet disparate by practice. The less mystique there is about Yi Jing and Yi Gua, the less likely people will be taken in for a ride.

As for Yi Gua and the method the Chinese developed for computing probabilities, it is not something easy for very rigid minded people to accept or buy in to. I simply ask that you give it some thought. Perhaps sleep on it. Or cast a question to the universe. Perhaps the universe, or your subconscious can offer up an answer!


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Tread not on the Dark Side

I hope since last week’s article, you have managed to find the mountain in your neighbourhood and have had some fun identifying the types of mountains in your area and looking at how they relate to your property. This week, I am going to talk about the other aspect of the equation: Water.

Water is the Yang aspect of the environment because Water is always moving; hence it is regarded as Yang. As I indicated last week, for an ideal Feng Shui environment, there must be Yin and Yang in balance. So if you have Mountain, you must also have Water. Likewise, if you have Water, you must also have Mountain. Remember, the goal in Feng Shui is Yin and Yang in balance.

Despite the importance of this simple basic principle of Yin and Yang in balance and the importance of having both Mountain and Water, many people unfortunately are not aware of this Feng Shui fundamental. They only remember the 2nd part of the saying ‘Water governs Wealth’ and forget the first part, “Mountains Govern People”. This has led to not only an unhealthy fixation of just going with Water when it comes to the Feng Shui of their property, but resorting to artificial means to get the Water.

Now, the first thing to realise about Feng Shui (and I know I am going to disappoint a lot of people with this statement) is you can’t fake it. You cannot make it, and it follows by extension that you cannot fake it. It has to be au naturale. Present in the environment, naturally, be it the Water, or the Mountain. Now, you can ‘improve’ what you have present in the environment to a certain degree but this is more applicable to large scale developments where they can undertake mass-scale landscaping, rather than residential properties. But even a property developer cannot ‘make’ a mountain, or create a true river.

The reason why I want to emphasise this point about Water is because many many people have unwittingly trod down the path of ‘the Dark Side’, lured solely by the promise of immense and great wealth. What is this ‘Dark Side’ you might ask? It goes by the name of ‘Water Dragon’.

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Separating real Dragon from the ‘Lizards’

What is this Water Dragon you might ask? It is supposedly a ‘secret’ formula from an old book called Di Li Wu Jue (Earthly Principles, Five Verses) that states that if Water enters at a certain direction, and exits at another direction, the property will create great wealth and immense riches for the occupants. There are countless classes and courses out there which offer these ‘secret’ Water Dragon Formulas, often at exorbitant prices. Unfortunately, this is really a case of paying for a Dragon, but getting a lizard. Why is that?

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Firstly, many people are not aware that this formula is actually not really a secret formula but one that is freely available in most Chinese bookstores. So this ‘secret water Dragon’ is really nothing special.

Secondly, this book is actually a compilation of environmental factors based on the alternative principles of San He, written during the Qing Dynasty. It has to be used very carefully, with the chapters read in totality and entirety, and not looking at the formulas in isolation. Furthermore, the formulas have to be qualified by the presence of certain environmental features, as is clearly stated in the text.

Thirdly, taking a formula from the text and assuming it is gospel is always dangerous because it is not just about the formula, but what circumstances it can (or can’t) be used in. As I always emphasise to my students - the formula in itself is worth nothing if there is no understanding of how it is to be used, when it should and more importantly, should not be used. If you must pay for knowledge, then you would rather pay for the understanding and not just the formula. If you just want a formula, buy the book. If you are interested in the Water Dragon formulas, I have reproduced some here. Pay to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the formula because this formula comes with certain side effects. After all, you do not take drugs without knowing what is going to happen to you, right?

A formula is like a recipe - anybody can get a recipe, but a skilled cook is what makes the difference between the cake coming out like in the picture in the cookbook, and a tasteless product not fit for consumption. The moral of the story? Feng Shui is not about paying for a formula. A true Feng Shui consultation is personalised to the individual - so if all you are getting is a standard formula (or a list of formulas), then you are not using Feng Shui because it is not personalised to you.

Drains for Wealth or Draining Wealth?

The most recent incarnation of the ‘Water Dragon Formula’ that I have seen and heard off involves drains and koi ponds. I have had clients who have asked me to align the pumps in their koi ponds to follow the secret Water Dragon formula by having the pump pouring water into the koi pond at a certain direction, and another pump, that drains water, at another direction. I have also seen clients who in their desire to achieve a Water Dragon in their property dig a drain around their property so that water enters and exits at certain directions.

Now, this is not at all what the text envisaged. How can a drain make you rich? If that’s the case, everyone should be rich because all houses have drains in Malaysia. And they don’t call it a ‘drain’ for nothing! Also, the formation of water in the manner of a drain running directly across the Main Door ends up creating Sha Qi such as Cutting Feet Water, rather than ushering in positive Qi. (need diagram from FSHB)

Di Li Wu Jue contains only a few of the many Water Formulas found in Classical Feng Shui. True application of Water involves the availability of mountain formations because mountain formations generate the Qi and Water harnesses the Qi. One yin, one yang. You cannot have one without the other. When it comes to making use of a Water Dragon formula, one must use the right Water Formation based on the existing Mountain formation, and then select an appropriate door or house facing.

Unfortunately today, the approach is to build the Water, based on the existing door of the house. The formulas have been diluted and bastardised to apply to drains and koi ponds, and has been modified to the extent that the environmental formation is ignored, and only the Main Door or facing is used to determine what the Water Dragon should be. This is incorrect.

Dragons, in the language and terminology of Feng Shui, refers to Water and it is Water that brings vibrant Qi, according to the old saying. So it is not wrong that Water indeed governs Wealth aspects. But, the classics, when they refer to ‘Dragon’, are referring to natural water - creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds that are naturally present in the environment.

It is for this reason that you cannot ‘make’ a Water Dragon in your house and indeed, you should not because you may find you make the situation worse, and not better. But the most important thing to remember about Dragons is that you must have them in tandem with Mountains. One Yin, One Yang is needed in order to achieve balance. So do not be fixated with just water, and ignore the mountain.


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Matters of Mountain and Man

One of the frequent requests that I get from the public is for me to simplify, simplify, simplify. Complex theories and long formulas do not appeal to many people - they just want to know what is the crux of the whole subject, preferably in as short a sentence as possible.

Well, that’s quite a challenge but I think there are very few fields of study that can rival Feng Shui when it comes to brevity and elegant short sentences that are loaded with meaning. Of course, the ancient Chinese sages like being cryptic. They deliberately wanted to be brief and to the point. This is because brevity in the case of the Chinese language adds an air of mystery and actually complicates the understanding and interpretation of the subject!

Take for example, the famous saying [山管人丁水管財]. Translated, this means ‘Mountains Govern People, Water Governs Wealth’. Now, if you have absolutely no knowledge of Feng Shui, this would mean about as much sense to you in English, as it would in Greek. Looks simple, but is in fact not all that simple if you don’t know the context. Is mountain actually mountain? Does it refer to boulders? What about that fake rock mountain in your backyard?

This phrase, aside from the obvious references to Mountains and Rivers, in fact reiterates an important principle in Feng Shui - Feng Shui is about Yin and Yang and you need both to be in perfect balance and equilibrium before you can achieve success in life. It tells us that Wealth Luck, without People Luck, is not the key to success in life. It is common for people to fixate on the Water (i.e. Wealth Luck) aspect of Feng Shui, and neglect the Mountain (i.e. People Luck) matters. You cannot have the one without the other - mountain is just as important as water, and thus, People Luck, is just as important as Wealth Luck. See, so much in just one sentence (or 7 characters, if you count it in Chinese)

Now, this week, I will be talking about the Mountain aspect of Feng Shui and giving you a simple guide to Mountains and Feng Shui. Next week, I will talk about Water. At the end of the two articles, you should have a clearer idea of how and why Mountain and Water need to be present together, in order for an area to be said to have good Feng Shui.

The Unmoving Mountains

Many people incorrectly interpret mountains as a Yang force in the Yin Yang equilibrium. In fact, Mountain is a Yin feature because Yin is unmoving, still and quiet. When was the last time you saw a mountain move?

When the saying talks about ‘Mountains Governing People”, it does not just mean descendants or relationships, it encompasses health, attitude and most importantly, status. You can have all the money in the world, but if you’re too sick to spend it, what’s the point? And all the money in the world will not matter, if you are not accepted at the upper echelons of society or if you are not recognised in society for who you are. When you have arrived, wealth is not the issue. Quality of life is. And the biggest contributor towards quality of life today is good health.

Why are you looking at Mountains? Again, many people incorrectly think that Qi in the environment comes from Water. It is the mountains that are the source of Qi because they are in effect, living star forms, created by the magnetic pull of the planetary formations, and generating the Qi in the natural environment. Qi comes from the mountains, and is collected at the boundaries of Water. So an area with no mountains and only Water is actually a case of nice to see, but not much substance. The Water is there to collect Qi, but as there are no mountains in the area, there’s no Qi generated in the first place.

This is why a classical Feng Shui practitioner will judge the quality of the Qi and potential of the land for land development projects or Yin House projects, by examining and exploring the capacity, potential and outcomes of the land, as is indicated by the source of Qi in the area, namely, the mountain formations. As a lay person, if you already have your house or are going to buy a house, what you want to do is to check the quality of Qi in the area by looking at the mountains (or hills) in the vicinity of your home.

People often tell me, I see no mountains. If you live in Klang Valley, you are living in a hilly area. Most people don’t notice the mountains because they don’t really look. Pantai Hills, Bangsar, One Utama, Damansara Heights, Taman Tun - all these areas have very prominent hill formations. Hills and contours in the land are everywhere and these are considered as Mountains in Feng Shui.

So, now that we have established the importance of mountains, the question is where should the mountains be and what shape are they?

Getting to know your Mountain

At practitioner level, there are 81 basic mountain shapes, and further transforming formations, known as Dragon Formations. But at beginner level, focus on finding the mountain, knowing where it is in relation to your property direction-wise, and then, check what shape it is.

Where do we want to see mountains? This is a dynamic factor that depends heavily on the particular period of luck. The general principle for Period 8, which is the luck period we are currently in, is we want to see mountains in the Northeast, South, Northwest and West of the property. How do you know whether the mountain is in the right direction? Using a house plan, demarcate your house according to a 8 sector pie chart, and then ascertain where the mountains are.

Assuming you have a mountain in any of these directions, you now need to decide if the mountain is a good or bad mountain. Good mountains (also known as Healthy Dragons) are lush, green and exude nobility. Bad mountains (also known as Sick Dragons) are rocky, balding, with sharp rocks protruding out.

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If you see a Sick Dragon in the area, then that tells you that the quality of the Qi in the area is aggressive and fierce and merciless, which indicates that the people in the area have difficult relationships and health issues as well. In contrast, if the mountains are Healthy Dragons, the people are more pleasant, have better quality relationships and are in better health, thus being in a better position to create wealth.

It is also important to consider the shape of the mountain. Wood element shapes bring nobility, elegance, statute and status, Metal element mountains relate to power, influence and authority. Earth shaped mountains co-relate to wealth. By knowing the shape of the mountain, and looking at your personal life goals, you will be able determine if an area is supportive towards your goals or less suitable towards supporting your goals.

Now, you probably think: everyone will rush to live in the area with Earth shaped mountains! However, there are other considerations as well to take into account: the mountain’s distance from your property, its location in relation to your property and whether or not you can use it, based on the quality of land that your house is located on. Also, mountain is only half the equation - remember, you need to consider where the Water is located, to complete the puzzle and ensure Yin and Yang are in balance and harmony.

Generally, as long as you have good Dragons located in the preferred sectors, an area can be said to be reasonably good. Next week, I will talk about the Yang aspect of Feng Shui, Water.


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