The calamity 5 Yellow Sha Star and the Sickness Star for the year 2010

>> Friday, December 18, 2009

The No. 5 Yellow Sha Star is visiting the SW sector and the No. 2 Sickness Star is visiting the NE sector this year. The 5 Yellow Sha is considered as one of the most dangerous visiting star in Xuan Kong Feng Flying Star Shui. So just do some checkings on your premise...

Element for both Stars: Earth
Nature: Unfriendly

Effects for Yellow Sha:
Accident, injuries or even death.

Effects for Sickness Star:
Betrayal, gossip, illness and obstacles in personal life and work.

Check if there is any items in both the NE and SW sector, that is either triangular in shape or red, purple, brown or orange in colors. (Don't paranoid) I mean items that look relatively big and significant, that usually a is a display item.

Metal; metal is associate the colors gold, metallic, white, bronze and the number 6. Metal is also associate with round or dome shape.

I am blogging on a DIY Feng Shui Blog and I believe that a good Feng Shui cure should not cost anything so the most effective and practical cures for both the annual Yellow Sha and sickness star is to keep the area tidy and quiet. Minimize the usage of electronics items, (e.g. radios) in the NE and SW sector. In fact it is best to totally remove the electronics gadgets away from the NE and SW sector. It is not necessary to shift your room to another room if you are already occupying them in the NE or SW sectors. Don’t occupy the NE or SW sector and make it your bedroom or make any major constructions in that sector after the Chinese New Year. Do everything you need to do before the Chinese New Year. (Base on the Chinese Solar Calendar)

There is also items for sales in the market to counter the two calamity stars and the more common and popular one is the calabash and the 6 Chinese bronze round coins. Just go shopping in Chinatown and get some beautiful Feng Shui calabash and display them in the NE and SW sector.

One the most popular cure for this star is to place water with 6 bronze Chinese coins in the sector. As suggested by practitioners, the water is stagnant in this manner, thus by adding salt into the water will bring live into it. I have heard that (but I am not certain) the more the water turn yellow color the better it is the benefits. This is because if the water turn yellow it means that it is ‘absorbing the Sha’ for you.


Xuan Kong Feng Shui Part 16 - The Floor Layout

>> Monday, December 14, 2009

Xuan Kong Flying Star Feng Shui free tutorials

Part 16
Flying star chart and the floor layout
There are two methods to impose the flying star chart which you have just created onto the actual floor layout of a property. The traditional method is to divide your floor plan into 9 squares of 3 rows times’ 3 columns square. The more modernize and westernize method is to divide your floor plan into 8 equal sectors resembling a pie chart. There is no method that is more superior to the others; both methods have its pros and cons. If you have watched some Kung Fu movies, you would have realized that the traditional Chinese house is very squarish in design with its rooms separated into squarish cubicles. That, I believe is the reasons why the traditional method of imposing the flying star chart had came along.

The 8 Pie Sector Method
I want to describe only the 8 pie sector method because I prefer this method over the other and the reason is because this method is more scientifically satisfying. This method also eliminates a lot of debating question mark. The 8 sector method does have its cons but I would personally classify them as very minimal.

Center of the property
First of all, you will need to determine the center of your property. If the layout of the property to be audit is squarish, we would just draw two lines from across the corners of the layout and take the intersections of the lines as the center. As the architects and designers all have ideas of their own and wanted to distinguish them from each another, we have many irregular floor plans today. Many people including me have pondered over the question of ‘what do you mean center?’ My preferred method is simple; the center of the property is the gravitational center. Here is how I do it.

You need your floor plan of course, for those who doesn’t have a ready floor plan, get yourself a measuring tape, pencils, and some papers and do the sketching yourself. The precision of the measuring tape is measured in centimeters, which is good enough. Some practitioner use laser meter and there are some very sophisticated practitioners using very advanced equipments like total station and theodolite. (They are not primary designed for Feng Shui) Well, do people have all this equipments in the past? So just get to work with a measuring tape and a compass. If you are sketching for your own floor plan, just be sure that it is drawn to scale.

After you obtain an architect drawing or a self sketch floor plan, cut them out following the perimeter of your floor plan. Glue your floor plan cut out onto a cardboard. Cut the cardboard to shape by following the shape of your floor plan. (Or simply just sketch the floor plan onto the cardboard itself and cut it to shape.) Suspend your cardboard with a plum line (a string tie with a weight on one end) on each corner or edge of the cut out. (Or at least with two corners) There will only be one intersection where these lines meet and that is your gravitational center. Refer to the diagrams below.

Aligning with the Magnetic North
Now you have located your center of your floor plan, you will need to divide them into 8 equal sectors. What we have just done is only to locate the center of your property. We now step away from the paper craft that you have just created. Physically, you need to locate that center of your property. There are a few methods, usually a traditional Feng Shui compass will have a square base, and practitioners can directly align the compass against the walls or doors to locate their directions. Assuming that you are using a normal compass, so one method is to locate a datum corner with some references corner and tape that corner to the center or your property. Refer to diagram below.

After you have physically crawl the floor plan, now we come back to the paper cut out, place your compass on the center of the paper cut out that was derived earlier on and align them with the datum angle. (The reference angle is for counter checking) Divide them into 8 sectors of 45 degrees equally. Fill the numbers of the flying star chart into the floor plan. Here you go, it’s done. Refer to the diagram below.

Some common thoughts on the 8 pie method
This 8 pie method is more popular in Western countries and also in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Many practitioners are also starting to adopt this method. This method marks out the exact sector evenly base on angles thus is seem more logical in thoughts.

The most problematic thing about this method is that it usually divides an area of a property into 3 or 4 pieces, making it very hard arrange the furniture. This method cannot, or make it unrealistic to perform small ‘Taiji’ (a micro view on each room) on each sector. This method creates 8 sectors rather then the traditional 9 squares, thus making the amount of the covered area in the center palace inconsistent.


Don’t Ruin Your Feng Shui and Your Destiny Like Michael Jackson

>> Monday, November 30, 2009

Author: Amy Lee

It is a tragedy that we lost our King of Pop without seeing him on stage for at least one last time. Was his life simply a path he had to take based on his destiny? Was there something he could have done (or not done) to live a happier, more fulfilling life? To answer these questions from a Chinese Metaphysics perspective, we will look at the three factors of Chinese Destiny: Heaven, Earth and Humanity. Heaven Luck is governed by a person’s Chinese Astrology chart or BaZi. Earth luck is how the Feng Shui of our living environment affects us. Man luck or Humanity represents the actions we take. In Michael Jackson’s case, I think it will be interesting to examine how he changed his own destiny by altering his facial features.

First of all, let’s take a look at Michael Jackson’s BaZi chart - Male born 29 August 1958 at 8:47am:

The structure of this chart is called Eating God structure. Eating God represents artistic talent, creativity and intelligence. This chart belongs to someone who truly believes in art and creates art for art’s sake. People with Eating God structure are perfectionists. Their art tends to last through time. They are proud of themselves, like to do their own thing and do not care about what others think. Because of that, they tend to be viewed as eccentric by the public. Gianni Versace is another example of Eating God structure.

While Eating God people are artists, they are best at working behind the scenes. They are not the performing types and should stay away from the limelight. I am not saying that Michael Jackson was not a good performer. I am saying that he would have found more satisfaction working as a song writer or producer and mentoring the next generation of musicians. The fact that he had to come out into the spotlight and perform again must have created a lot of pressure and anxiety for him. As for timing, this year is simply not the best year for him to return to the stage. This year is Ji Chou which is stacking earth. Earth covers up metal which represents his talents. If he was looking for any new ideas and breakthroughs in either his music or his performance, he would have had a very difficult time.

You will notice that this chart is almost all Yang. In Chinese Metaphysics, we prefer balance. This chart is clearly imbalanced. A person whose chart has more Yang than Yin is more of an extrovert. However, when Yang becomes extreme then it reverts to the opposite. This chart tells us that while Michael Jackson could have been a talkative person, he liked his solidarity. He was born in the autumn season with metal being the strongest element in this chart. When metal becomes very strong, it means depression and loneliness. It is clear that he had a tendency to become depressed. To bring balance to a chart that is cold, we will prescribe fire element to warm up the chart. Western medicine is an example of fire element. However, a more effective fire element recommendation would have been spiritual studies. If Michael Jackson had pursued some spiritual studies (not necessarily in the religious sense) such as Buddhism, he may have found more peace with himself and would been able to appreciate more of what he had accomplished.

In addition to the basic BaZi chart, we all go through life cycles in ten-year blocks. Michael Jackson entered one of these ten-year life cycles back in 2000 and was about to enter a new ten-year life cycle. During the last ten years, his creativity and artistic abilities were affected. In other words, he suffered from artist’s block. The sad thing was he was about to get out of this writer’s block and rediscover his creativity. 2009 is a transition point for him going from one ten-year life cycle to the next. We all tend to be a little more fragile during our transition points. Heath Ledger also died of sudden death as he was moving from one ten-year life cycle to the next. While not all of us will suffer from sudden death or serious illness at our transition points, it is worthwhile to note these transition points so we can take extra care of ourselves during these sensitive times.

Even after a person dies, his BaZi chart lives on. Michael Jackson was plagued with legal problems throughout his life. His BaZi chart indicates more legal problems in the next ten years. Therefore, we can expect a long legal process as far as the resolution of his estate is concerned.

Next let’s take a quick look at the Feng Shui of Neverland Ranch. From Google Maps, we can see that Neverland Ranch is located at a point which two rivers merge into one, creating a Y-shape. In Feng Shui, a Y-shaped river is called “Open Feet Water.” It is not desirable to live in areas with a Y-shaped river or road. In less severe cases, it creates relationship or marital problems. In more serious cases, it means sex scandals. Another undesirable Feng Shui feature we can see from Google Maps is the straight long stair cases running down the Neverland Train Station. Straight long stair cases are called “Pulling Nose Water,” which drains the wealth of the residents of the property.

Our face also governs our destiny. By altering our faces, we are altering our destinies. Generally speaking, we prefer a fleshy face. There should not be any sunken parts except for the philtrum (the groove between the nose and the upper lip.) Michael Jackson had a series of plastic surgeries. Photos of the young Michael Jackson shows he had a chubby face and a big nose with a fleshy tip. In face reading, that is considered a good face. The nose, in particular, is the wealth palace. Notice that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and other wealthy individuals all have a fleshy nose. By making his nose smaller and pointier, Michael Jackson sabotaged his own wealth luck. As the flesh of his face thinned out, so did his happiness. His philtrum also appeared to have been flattened. The philtrum represents age 50. A flat philtrum denotes challenges and troubles at age 50. Even if Michael Jackson had made it through this year and moved on into his fifties, he would have had a very challenging time ahead because he made his lips thinner and he put a cleft in this chin. How our lips and chin look tells us how well our lives are going to be in our fifties. The lesson to learn here is that if you are going to perform plastic surgery, make your face better. Generally speaking, it is desirable to make your face fleshier, not skinnier.

Contrary to rumors and speculation, I do not believe that Michael Jackson bleached his skin. Based on his BaZi, he was supposed to have some kind of skin problem. Therefore, I believe that his pale look and heavy makeup was really the result of his skin illness rather than an effort to “look white.”

Michael Jackson was born with a decent BaZi, with a wealth of talent and creativity. It was sad to see that he did not live up to the full potential of his BaZi. If he had pursued some spiritual studies, avoided the bad Feng Shui house and not altered his face, his fans would likely have benefited greatly by enjoying more of his music which I am sure would have brought him a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

© Amy Lee Feng Shui Consultations 2009

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Ba Zhai Feng Shui Part 4 - Ba Zhai Feng Shui Example

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Part 4
Welcomes to part 4 of Ba Zhai Feng Shui tutorial, this session discuss Ba Zhai with an example. The two most common misconceptions about Ba Zhai Feng Shui will also be address.

Below is a diagram elaborating an example of Ba Zhai Feng Shui in practice, with the following configurations;

This is a Kun house facing NE and sitting SW.

The owner of the house is a lady name Judy born in the year of dog with a Ming Kua of 6.


The master bed room was located in the West and South West sectors of the house. Judging by the orientation of the master bedroom, I believe that the architect intended to have the bed install in the West sector with the headboard facing North and footboard facing south.

Base on Ba Zhai Feng Shui;
The bed is located in the Tian Yi (Divine Cures) sector.

Base on Xuan Kong Feng Shui on the location of the bed;
There are 2 timely stars 8 and 9, which support each other in the current period of 8. The timely and auspicious star no. 8 is the both the water and period star. There is one combination, 6 and 9, which is a minor setback for this setting.

This setup will enhance the health and wealth for the bedroom master. However, due to the combination of 6 and 9, it is not good Feng Shui to share the room between two male. If the room is occupied by a couple, then the 6 and 9 combinations should not be a big issue. The West sector is generally considered as a good spot for the master's bed.

Before we proceed further, there are some misconceptions on Ba Zhai Feng Shui that need to be address first. Refer to the below diagram.

Every property has 4 auspicious and 4 inauspicious locations base on the facing and seating directions of the property. Every individual also have 4 auspicious and 4 inauspicious directions based on their Ming Kua. The locations of the property and directions of an individual is two different issues not to be confuse. The orientations may or may not be the same, in the above example, it is different. You should sleep in the auspicious directions base on your personal Ming Kua. The second common misconception is that when we talk about the facing of the bed to an auspicious direction base on Ba Zhai. It is measure base on the headboard of the bed or where the head is facing. Refer to the below diagram. In the below example, the headboard is facing Liu Sha and not facing Jue Ming.

Okay now back to the Ba Zhai configurations of the house. We can see that Judy was sleeping in a good location but she is facing an inauspicious direction. (Sleeping with the head facing Liu Sha) We just tweak the bed a bit to face a new direction. (Note that there is always more then one auspicious direction and cures for any Feng Shui remedy) Refer to the diagram below.

Now, Judy is sleeping facing an auspicious direction. (Sleep with the head facing Sheng Qi) However, she is sleeping with her foot directly facing the door. This setting is the popular Feng Shui taboo, often name as the 'coffin' position. This is one of the worst settings in Feng Shui bed terminology. I personally don't think it is just a taboo as it actually make sense, cause I never feel comfortable with my foot exposed facing everything, not to mention the feeling of an up skirt. An alternate solution is to include a partition between the bedroom's door and the footboard of the bed. You can also sacrifice your master bedroom and switch into other room. I hope that I have delivered a message on how to DIY your property base on traditional Feng Shui. There are many alternate solutions which I have not mentioned. The bottom line is to be creative and comfortable with your arrangement and design. The next session will discuss the technique to harmonize the earlier trigram and later trigram in Ba Kua for Ba Zhai Feng Shui.


Understanding The History Of Feng Shui

>> Sunday, November 29, 2009

Author: Mike Selvon

Feng shui has been around for centuries. Those who believe in its power are usually more in balance with their surrounding and exhibit a positive energy. However, this chinese philosophy is not something that can be understood overnight.

This is a complicated and confusing philosophy. However, if one is truly devoted to its knowledge and historical meaning, then a person can truly achieve harmony within and with their surroundings.

This Chinese philosophy began in ancient China around the third century B.C. with the West Han dynasty. According to feng shui design, a belief exists that the earth is a being with life that has an energy surrounding it.

That energy in Chinese is called "chi". Chi is determined by the placement of an object and the actual physical surroundings placed around that object. The site around an object, usually a building, is believed to have either positive or negative energy.

In ancient China feng shui design was practiced by rich and poor alike. According to the website Indobase who gives a wonderful detailed explanation of the history of this chinese philosophy, "In ancient China a city was planned in concentric rectangles surrounded by walls surrounded by lakes, hills, valley, gardens, courtyards and parks."

The Chinese tried to ensure that both the manmade and the natural environment were planned to promote and enhance positive energy. Then they were landscaped using the Yin and Yang ideas.

Good feng shui was ensured by the ancients when they constructed the buildings to enhance harmonious relationships between members of a family and between the family and country.

According to feng shui design, "the left of the building represented Yang or male force and was connected to the forces of heaven and the right of the building represented Yin or the female force and was connected with the energies of the earth." The Yang forces were represented in sun lit roofs and elevation in the front.

Yin forces were represented in structures that had shadowed eaves and elevations in the back. If a structure was not balanced and leaned more toward either Yin or Yang forces then this would be considered improper and unbalanced.

Ancient emperors built their palaces based on this feng shui guide and this was thought to be very favorable to power.

Feng shui needs to be fully researched in order to be understood. The ancient Chinese were looking for a way to promote a more harmonious environment when they began to use this chinese philosophy. In today's society, lives are becoming more and more hectic.

If a person can find tranquility and peace by using feng shui, then more should try this unique and life altering philosophy.

Mike Selvon has some informative feng shui articles for the creative mind. Find out more about the history of feng shui at his resourceful site. We appreciate your feedback at our feng shui blog.

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