Feng Shui for Modern Living https://www.fengshui.net Health, Wealth and Happiness Sat, 14 Mar 2020 05:12:07 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/fsml.main.media/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/05085045/Feng-Shui-Wind-and-Water-100x100.png Feng Shui for Modern Living https://www.fengshui.net 32 32 2020 Year of the Metal Rat – General Outlook https://www.fengshui.net/news/2020-year-of-the-metal-rat-general-outlook-7404/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2020-year-of-the-metal-rat-general-outlook https://www.fengshui.net/news/2020-year-of-the-metal-rat-general-outlook-7404/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 10:03:13 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=7404 The new zodiac animal of the Chinese horoscope, the new ruler of the world, who will hold office for twelve months is the Metal Rat; or in the ba zi system (Four Pillars of Destiny) it is called Geng Zi. This is not the only name for this animal however, as we can also call […]

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The new zodiac animal of the Chinese horoscope, the new ruler of the world, who will hold office for twelve months is the Metal Rat; or in the ba zi system (Four Pillars of Destiny) it is called Geng Zi. This is not the only name for this animal however, as we can also call the coming year ‘A Rat on a Beam’ or ‘A Golden Rat’. Under the rule of this animal, we will rejoice or mourn from Saturday, January the 25th, 2020 at 12.59, until February the 11th, 2021 at 18.45 (so says the lunar Chinese, thousand-year calendar) not only for Beijing time, but certainly ours, too.

 

As well as a lunar calendar, the Chinese also use a solar calendar (or Farmer’s Calendar). For that calendar the beginning of the New Year is on the 4th February beginning of the New Year on the 4th of February, 17.05 (the first day of the first lunar month, which is the month of the Tiger, Rooster hour), and for its end February the 3rd, 2021, at 18.46.

The start date of the solar year falling on 3rd, 4th or 5th of February is a fixed date for all years and makes all kinds of calculations much easier, which is the basis for various predictions, in particular ba zi and feng shui predictions. Chinese Astrologers usually use a lunar moving date, falling between January the 19th and February the 20th of any year, only as a kind of social or family event, as a day to thank for the old and celebrate the arrival of a new one. You can even say that this is a date associated with folk holidays.

The current year of Geng Zi is 4717th year of the lunar calendar, that is, consistently, the thirty-seventh year of the seventy-ninth cycle of the lunar astrology, a cycle that will end on February the 3rd, 2044. The span of its duration shows that the data, all values, trends and activities presented here will be valid not only from February the 4th till the end of 2020, but also for almost four weeks of 2021.

In Chinese Astrology, the symbol of each year consists of a zodiac animal and one of the elements. As we already know, in the coming year there will be a Rat, plus the element of yang Metal. Since the natural element of the Rat in the ba zi system is yang Water, at first glance it seems that the coming year should be without special problems, since the element of the year Metal is in good relations with the element of the Rat sign, which is Water (Metal nourishes Water).

This is a very promising relationship, but does not mean that there cannot be any trouble or dramatic situations, because other hidden tendencies will also come to the fore. Each year has its ups and downs, so this year will everyone’s life is likely to swing like a pendulum, regardless of their zodiac sign.

Looking at the time span of the reign of Metal Rat, it can be seen that this is a much longer year than last year, as it will last as long as 384 days, i.e. it will be a leap year. Some people say it will have thirteen months, but it is more accurate to say that one of the months, or more precisely the fourth month, which is the Snake period in Chinese lunar astrology, will be a double month from April the 23rd to June the 20th, 2020.

In the span of 2020, there will be two days of lin chun, i.e. two days of the beginning of spring, also known as lovers’ days (4/02/2020 and 3/02/2021). From this it follows that it is a great year for romance, marriage or seeking a child.

 This is the theory associated with the first day of spring, while another, relating to the very sign of the Rat, and especially to the elements of the year, is also optimistic about possible marital happiness. In the year of Geng Zi we will have many favourable opportunities to fall in love, which bodes well for lonely people or looking for a partner.

 Therefore, in the year of the Rat one should expect a clear increase in heart rate records, which may also mean a greater number of various moral scandals on the one hand, and spectacular collective weddings on the other.

The Rat himself likes to take care of family matters, although it is certainly not a sign that throws himself into the arms of Cupid without hesitation. Rats always and in every situation leave a safe escape route. Nevertheless, generally speaking, it should be recognized that 2020 will be an optimal year for entering into marriages, as well as for applying for a child. More so the Rat is one of the so-called characters of Peach Blossom, which additionally associates with eroticism.

As for marriage, feng shui experts say that in all circumstances, favourable or not, it is worth asking a specialist who will take into account the personal data of future spouses, and the value of Tong Shu (almanac), which additionally indicates a favourable day to start a new way of life. Not only when getting married, it is worth taking care of the time aspect, in a shortened form presented at the end of our forecast.

It is also worth adding that a double month is not the best month for entering into relationships or any other significant activities. One could even say that this is a defective month in which special laws apply, because it causes problems in various calculations.

As I have already mentioned, in Chinese, the Rat is called (after the Branch) Zi in the ba zi system, while in classical astrology it is called Shu (literally the animal the rat), and is a completely different ideogram. The Rat is marked with the number 1 (the first sign of the cycle), corresponding to Sagittarius in solar Astrology, the geographical direction north (N2, i.e. the section between 352.5o – 7.5o on the compass), the month December (this is the Chinese eleventh month) and a double hour from 23.01 to 1.00 (except that the first hour is the so-called early Rat and the second is the late Rat).

This sign is also attributed to many other values, events and objects whose increase in significance should be predicted with high probability. All these data are of great importance for determining what counts in the coming year, what to expect, etc. So, the following countries are associated with the Rat: South Africa, China, Japan, Tibet, Greece, Turkey, Albania, former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Congo. It can therefore be assumed that many interesting, or rather surprising things will happen in these countries or in connection with them.

Some precious and decorative gemstones are associated with individual years under the influence of Chinese zodiac animals. Garnet, diamond and amethyst are associated with the Rat. This means that these starting materials may prove to be the best for the “production” of pendants, ornaments, talismans or sculptures. Not because of the current fashion, but because of this year’s vibrations that will be in harmony with the vibrations of the entire universe.

You can also look at it slightly differently, stating that this year’s human need will be “charging” with this type of energy. This statement also applies to the Metal Rat colours, which are red, yellow, orange (this is associated with the so-called melodic element of the year) and green, as well as to painting, weaving, construction blocks and car gadgets, favoured by this sign.

Also inventions or civilization gains are associated with the signs of the zodiac. The Rat is credited with inventing or constructing transistors, long-playing discs, CDs, communication satellites, laser, stainless steel, gasoline, self-winding watches, cellophane, quantum theory, nuclear physics, X-ray crystallography, gamma radiation, uranium release or even “inventing” means of contraception.

It was in the year of the Rat that the Apple Macintosh personal computer, the first computer mouse or the first home video game, Magnavox Odyssey, was first introduced to the market. It is these things that the Rat is interested in and such or similar things should be expected from him in 2020. Let our imagination work in this and other areas, and maybe we will become excellent interpreters of the principles of astrology ourselves.

In turn, general activities related to the Rat are collecting, interior design, basketball, volleyball and everything related to construction. Therefore, some accomplishments should also be expected in these fields, although one must remember that nothing happens twice, and the only constant thing in the universe is Change.

To better understand what kind of surprises the new ruler is preparing for us, it is worth looking at the previous periods of the reign of the Rat. The years of the Rat were: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924 or 1912, with Metal Rat being 1960 and earlier 1900.

Here are some events from previous years of the Rat. They were always “interesting” for various monarchies, or in other words, they turned out to be significant for royal families: in England, Edward VII abdicated in favour of George VI, the Dutch queen Wilhelmina abdicated in favour of Queen Juliana, and recently, in 1960, Metal Rat Princess Margaret the family married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, and in 1996 Princess Diana divorced Prince Charles. Perhaps the year of the Metal Rat will become extremely important for Prince William, who, as never before, has a great chance to take over the throne from Queen Elizabeth II.

Of course, it is necessary to follow the spirit of time and extend the affairs of royal families to the political events. Look: in 1900 the Boxer revolution broke out in China, in 1972 there were evictions of 40,000 Asians from Uganda by Idi Amin, Greece declared itself a Republic, and in the USA Richard Nixon was elected president. According to the textbooks, the most significant changes, which does not mean that they will be accompanied by bloodshed, should be expected in countries that have been assigned the Rat mark.

To best feel the atmosphere of the coming year, it is worth imposing on the events of previous years of the Rat some original artistic vision. In this vision, active Metal yang, or GREAT SWORD, is located above the yang Water, or GREAT WATER. This is best illustrated by a drawing in which a powerful weapon protrudes from a powerful rough ocean.

 This image can be created not only by the elements of the year, but also by the elements of the month, day and even hour. Looking at the different years of Rat, we can see that in the history of many countries they were not very friendly to people. For example, when “the land sat on the water,” the transatlantic Titanic sank (14/04/1912), in 1228, 100,000 people died after the sinking of the Netherlands, in 1588 the Spanish armada in the area of ​​Ireland encountered storms, which resulted in damage to people and equipment. Meanwhile, in 1888, storms on the US East Coast claimed 400 lives.

Unfortunately, despite the lack of conflict between the element and the sign of the year, it will not be a calm year. If we add that on the compass, on the opposite side of the Rat, there is a Horse, whose element is Fire, we can expect many catastrophes, both natural and resulting from human activities, related not only to water, but also to fire.

Since the natural element of the Rat is Water, and this represents transport, any trouble can manifest itself in accidents in this very important area of ​​modern human life. Let’s look at 1996, the year of the Fire Rat (Water destroys Fire). A lot of aviation accidents happened at that time, including the one in July when the 747 TWA Boeing crashed, resulting in 230 deaths. We will return to air accidents. Therefore, pay attention to both air and sea accidents, but also to: earthquakes, landslides, collapse of buildings, intensification of the greenhouse effect, on the one hand floods (spring / summer) and storms (autumn / winter), on the other drought and fires, further on volcanic eruptions, severe climate change, ecological disasters primarily related to water in general and drinking water in particular.

Let’s go back to the years of the Metal Rat, and the last was 1960, not to frighten, but to look at the action of elements connected by Nature. In that fateful year, on May 22 in Chile, one of the most serious earthquakes and a giant tsunami occurred, which caused more than 1,600 people killed and about 2 million homeless. Another earthquake in Morocco that took place on February 29 killed more than 12,000 people, which is still a record today in terms of the country’s disasters.

As I mentioned earlier on the luo pan compass, you find a Horse on the opposite side of the Rat, whose natural element is Yang Fire. Therefore, in 2020 there will be a huge conflict between Water and Fire. Because air transport belongs to Fire, we return to air accidents. In 1960, to be exact on February 26, Alitalia crashed in Ireland, March 17 and the state of Indiana Northwest Orient Airlines, on October 24 in Nedelin in the USSR, 92 people were killed in a rocket crash, on December 16 there was an air collision in New York. In January 1961 (January is the last month of Rat), a passenger airliner in Finland and a B-52 military bomber in North Carolina crashed, that I will list only some of the most characteristic events.

And you have to remember that the same energies will also affect other areas of human life. Attempts to combine Water and Fire may, for example, relate to state or social life. Still in 1960, 17 African countries declared independence, Cyprus freed itself from British dominance, and in the US there were powerful social protests related to the activities of the Civil Rights Movement.

There was also a lot of tension between various countries, including powers. Let us also remember that in the year of the Metal Rat there is no nobility associated with the year, which means that during conflicts there will be no “angels from heaven” to protect people. We can therefore expect many victims, not individual ones.

Let’s look back to 1900, which was also the year of the Metal Rat. As I mentioned in China, there was a Boxer revolution that was very brutal. Last year, representatives of eight nations, Japan, Russia, France, the United States, Italy, Germany and Austria-Hungary were embroiled in this conflict in China, which still raises many emotions. As a historical curiosity you can mention here the year 1600 (Metal Rat) when Russia invaded Manchuria, and in Japan it was probably the most famous skirmish between the Eastern Army of Tokugawa and the Western Army of Ishida deciding to take control of this country.

Complementing the threats of the year of Rat is to pay attention to road accidents. Again, this has to do with the Horse, whose destroyer is the Rat. The symbol of the horse is a travel star. What else can mean the destruction of a travel sign except traffic accidents? While addressing the subject of 1900, it is extremely inspiring and easy to understand the year of the Metal Rat to present this period in one of the older French textbooks of Chinese astrology as the most typical cluster of elements Metal / Water:

“La Belle Époque

Frenchmen known for xenophobia adore France so much that, although they do not like each other very much, they agree to a political ceasefire to admire the charm of the World Exhibition. Foreigners and people from different parts of France fall into ecstasy at the sight of this sum of ages. The first metro line starts, films are shown, the tape length reaches up to 200 meters, and the dictionary of the French Academy begins with the slogan “automobile”.

All the spheres of Paris shine with the brightest light. The characters who will later serve as role models for Proust give an extraordinary reception, while the red banner of the revolution and the black flag of anarchy flap at the funeral of old insurgent Pierre Lavrof. The famous singer Bruant takes his place on the right, but Montebus’s reforms offend the army, L’Aiglon Nationalist Writing takes Edmond Rostand to the pedestal: Tomorrow, if he wants, he will become king of France! – writes one of his admirers bravely.

At the same time, the “civilized” world bloodily suppresses the “nationalist” Chinese rebellion and plunders Beijing. Jaures is probably the only one who will be indignant: The expedition to China seems to be opening the era of fighting between continents. There is no indication that Europe is dealing only with China, perhaps one day all of Asia will experience such a shock.

Meanwhile, the French, raising their savings to the rank of the highest virtue, feel safe, because “Marseilles” is played alternately with the Russian anthem and each year they lend Russia two billion in gold, from which they will not see a single cent.

 In essence, la belle époque. “

 (after Catherine Aubier)

 

At this point, one could ask a question, which readers often ask: why do we pay so much attention to all threats that may or may not appear in any year? The answer is very obvious. Knowing that it is likely to rain, we usually arm ourselves with an umbrella and thus avoid getting wet, and instead of the beautiful nature of children sent to school, we remind you of possible dangers lurking on the road, somehow strangely trusting that they will cope with them. So why not try to deal with the threats of the coming year? One should not fall into exaggerated pessimism, but take a defensive attitude and try to anticipate the impending failure.

As has been said, the Rat is always the first sign of any astrological cycle. This means that his periods of rule are accompanied by the spirit of pioneers, i.e. people who like to start everything from the beginning. Many of us dare to start something new, to say goodbye to the old one, and make significant progress. The spirit of pioneers is also great expectations, a good deal of hope, excitement and mood changes, from euphoria to breakdowns. So let’s get ready for a quick year, a lot of changes and try to be very plastic so that changes do not leave us behind. Only such an attitude favours inventiveness (in almost every field), modifications and progress that should be the domain of the year of the Rat.

The worst this year may be for many that you will have to make decisions in the blink of an eye, which in turn may contribute to an increase in general chaos, but more local than global. Making quick decisions has no patience at all, and this may prove to be the key to a collision-free year of the Rat. Let us remember that, despite its imperfections, the year of the Metal Rat will also carry the promises of a better tomorrow and many favourable circumstances to improve the quality of life. The problem is that not everyone will be able to catch them and take advantage of their benefits. You want to make the most of this year, don’t get irritated, don’t get nervous, try to be patient and everything will work out.

Each year, the Rat carries many promises for television, communication, science and show business. After all, it was in 1936, the year of the Fire Rat, that the BBC began regular broadcasts for the first time, and sixty years after that, cable television started. Therefore, one should expect almost complete abandonment of analogue television in favour of digital as well as generally understood communication and scientific progress. Scientific in the simplest and most general sense of the word. Simply, we and our children and grandchildren will be more eager to search for something new and usual, read books and learn both valuable and trivial things.

The rat is a family sign and, despite many threats, will always find time to take care of loved ones. Unfortunately, Rat’s family feelings are not selfless. Each of us will feel, more or less clearly, that you must pay back in one form or another for the sense of security that a family gives. Nevertheless, during the most difficult periods, the family will be a consolation, which cannot always be said about friends, peer group or social groups.

We learned the values ​​that are associated with the sign of the Rat, including its active Water. So it’s time to get to know the features of the element of the year, and this element is Metal in the yang characteristic. As you might guess, this element is more aggressive than other elements. In ba zi if someone by birth is Metal yang it means that he is a true warrior, which means leader at work.

In the image of the GREAT SWORD, the whole characteristics of this element appear. It can defend people, but it is also an extraordinary threat. When it comes to the features of an ordinary person, Metal yang symbolizes loyalty, honesty, reliability and a deep sense of justice. On the other hand, it is a symbol of war, a tendency to solve problems by force, and can even be a symbol of brutal murder.

In the company of the Water of the Rat mark, such a cold and unheated relationship can lead to ideological conflicts, to protests and demonstrations, to riots related to social injustice and lack of equality. Because autumn is associated with the Metal element, it may be quite the escalation of the problems mentioned here in its months.

Every year, and not just the one where the elemental conflict occurs, there are threats to loss of health and vitality. In the year of the Metal Rat, and Metal in traditional Chinese medicine is attributed to the lungs, skin and nose, and Water kidneys, urinary and genital system, the most common health problems will include: kidney problems, genitals, mental issues and breathing. The lack of a strong fire and, above all, supporting Metal Earth in the birth chart can also result in problems with the circulation and digestive system. It will not be a health year, and climate change can only reinforce the emerging periodic threats.

Let’s finish the passage about health with something positive. Despite, or perhaps thanks to, various health complications, however, medicine or health care should benefit the most in Geng Zi in a year. According to the textbooks, one of the most important and most significant health conventions in the world took place in Singapore in the year of the Rat. Let us hope that this positive aspect of the Metal Rat year will be fully realized in the coming year, solving the important problem facing modern civilization.

When it comes to economic matters, one should expect a year in which a lot will happen but rather with a downward trend. The speed of the year can help some people make a fortune (not always fairly), but smaller and larger falls will dominate. The problem, and even more so than it was last year, will be the lack of the element of Fire, which is simply ordinary optimism. The Metal and Water Union that is taking place this year cools all activities, the culmination of which we will see in autumn and winter. Summer (Fire) will spare us a bit, but we will not get Fire from the sixty-year cycle until 2025, when the rule of the Snake will come (the natural element Fire yin). Therefore, this is not a year for extravaganza and ill-considered actions, although the general trends resulting from the beginning of the new cycle and the atmosphere of pioneering, at least on the surface, seem to be optimistic. The Metal Rat has more to offer to industries and activities associated with Fire, Earth and Metal (aviation, IT, finance, electronics, medicine, advertising, insurance, media, work on stage, metallurgy, jewellery) than those that belong to Wood or Water (animal husbandry, agriculture, sea fishing, antique trade, and religious “industry”).

Summing up the forecasts for the year of Metal Rat, it should be emphasized that it will be a variable year, once we will be on the top, once at the bottom. It will be a year of mental trouble, stress, disappointed expectations and lost excellent opportunities. A year of somewhat secretive optimism, but a return to life in the family and broadly understood. If you want to be tempted to show an effective remedy that would make our lives easier, they would be symbolic figurines or images of Buffaloes, because Buffalo is a secret friend of the Rat.

In second place one should use skilful manipulation of the element Earth (porcelain products, natural stones, crystals, glass products), which will limit and balance Metal-assisted Water power. Many Chinese textbooks for 2020 also mention the miraculous effects of jade or gold taels (Chinese gold unit), but these Chinese gold bars if made of other material, and even painted, are also supposed to have extraordinary impact.

 

 

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Welcome Cai Shen at Lunar New Year https://www.fengshui.net/news/welcome-cai-shen-at-lunar-new-year-7358/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=welcome-cai-shen-at-lunar-new-year https://www.fengshui.net/news/welcome-cai-shen-at-lunar-new-year-7358/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:53:22 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=7358 With preparations well under way for the Chinese New Year I thought it was time to share my annual article on one of the practices which I like to observe.  Li Chun or the beginning of the spring season for the Year of the Metal Rat (庚子) falls on February 4th. However welcoming Cai Shen […]

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With preparations well under way for the Chinese New Year I thought it was time to share my annual article on one of the practices which I like to observe.  Li Chun or the beginning of the spring season for the Year of the Metal Rat (庚子) falls on February 4th. However welcoming Cai Shen or the `God of Wealth` at the Lunar New Year is another particularly important event in the Chinese New Year Festival. The Chinese believe that welcoming Cai Shen into your home on the first day of the first lunar month ushers in good wealth luck for the year.

 

The time and direction varies each year and people whose Zodiac sign conflicts with the day should not participate in the ceremony; which this year affects those who are born in the Rabbit (卯) or Rooster (酉).

In 2020 the first day of the first Lunar Month commences on January 25th, but Cai Shen arrives from the West (257.5°) on the evening of January 24th between 11.00 pm and 1.00 am (LST).

The most auspicious time to receive Cai Shen is actually 11.40 pm LST or 12.40 am if you live in those parts of Australia which observe DST.

If you would like to invite Cai Shen into your home then follow these steps and may you enjoy much happiness, health, success and prosperity in the Year of the Metal Rat!

The first thing you must do is to clean your home, paying particular attention to all the main ch’i openings (windows and doors) that are located in the West, as this is the direction that Cai Shen arrives from.

Start at the main entrance and work your way around in a clockwise direction. Ideally kaffir lime juice and leaves should be added to your bucket of water for extra cleansing properties, but this is up to you.

Please note that this type of spring cleaning can be undertaken at any time, but is really best done during auspicious days leading up to the Lunar New Year and those remaining dates are:

• January 18 – Avoid cleaning if born in Tiger Year
• January 19 – Avoid cleaning if born in Rabbit Year
• January 20 – Avoid cleaning if born in Dragon Year
• January 22 – Avoid cleaning if born in Horse Year
• January 24 – Avoid cleaning if born in Monkey Year

Just before 11.40 pm LST (or 12.40 am Australian Eastern Daylight Time or EADT ) you should shower and change into fresh clothes in order to demonstrate your sincerity.

Then open all West facing windows or doors in order to receive the auspicious ch’i into your home.

Following this light 3 tea-light candles and place them in the West sector of your home. Please do so safely and do not leave them unattended.

At 11.40 pm LST or 12.40 am EADT stand (or sit) next to the open window or in the door way and face towards the West.

Inhale the prosperous influences, welcome them into your home and visualize the positive goals you wish to achieve this year in both your professional and personal life.

Alternately you can burn 3 sticks of incense in the West sector of your home, bow three times and sincerely pray for well wishes, whilst inviting Cai Shen into your home.

You may even like to take a nap due to the early arrival of Cai Shen; as long as everything is in readiness beforehand and you remember to set your alarm so that you wake up in time!

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The Chinese Year ‘Geng Zi’ or the Metal Rat. https://www.fengshui.net/well-being/year-of-the-metal-rat-7333/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=year-of-the-metal-rat https://www.fengshui.net/well-being/year-of-the-metal-rat-7333/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:22:27 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=7333 It is the Chinese Year ‘Geng Zi’, often referred to as the Metal Rat.  In the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine there is an ancient Chinese system of calculation known as the Five Movements and Six Qi (Chi).  ith this, ancient physicians were able to forecast the climate and as a result of that, potential […]

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It is the Chinese Year ‘Geng Zi’, often referred to as the Metal Rat.  In the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine there is an ancient Chinese system of calculation known as the Five Movements and Six Qi (Chi).  With this, ancient physicians were able to forecast the climate and as a result of that, potential illnesses for the year ahead.  This article will give a brief description of the method and a simplified explanation how it applies this year, 2020.

The Five Movements

There are two parts to the equation, the first is called the Yearly Movement.  This is like an underlying tendency for the whole year – for example a windy year, a hot year or a rainy year etc.  There are five Yearly Movements based on the Five Elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  This year is a Geng/Metal year, and the Yearly Movement is also Metal (see the centre of the chart in grey).  According to the Classic, Metal generates dryness and is cooling, causing drought, withering and falling down of trees, as well as fog and dew.  Something like a whole year of Autumn.  Chinese Medical theory states that this affects the Lungs and the structures that correlate to the Lungs, the skin and body hair.  This underlying influence can trigger pre-existing illnesses that include coughing, wheezing and fullness in the chest.  Making it potentially a bad year for sufferers of chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

The Six Qi

The second part of the equation is called the Guest Qi.  This is a visiting climatic influence that is extraordinary or uncharacteristic for that time of the year.  There is a Guest Qi in the first half of the year and a Guest Qi in the second half of the year.  From Chinese New Year on February 4th until the Beginning of Autumn on August 8th is known as the Heaven Qi’ and from August 8th until the following Chinese New Year is known as the Earth Qi.  Each governs its respective half of the year bringing its own weather patterns and health concerns. 

According to the Classic, the Heaven Qi visiting for the first half of 2020 is ‘Lesser Yin Imperial Fire’ (see the upper left of the chart in red).  Imperial Fire, the Fire of the Emperor, generates heat and brings great warmth.  Heat affects the Fire of the body, the Heart, and its correlating substances and structures, the blood and vessels.  Excess heat can cause acute infections in the body or allow infectious diseases to spread. The symptoms it can cause include sores, fever, bleeding, red eyes, chest pain, and as the Heart correlates with the mind in Chinese Medicine – mental emotional symptoms such as mania and delirium. 

The Earth Qi visiting in the second half of the 2020 is ‘Bright Yang Dryness’ (see the lower right of the chart in grey).  Like the Yearly Movement above, this is the Metal element generating dryness and coolness.  It also affects the Lungs, skin and body hair.  As a Guest Qi though, the illnesses will tend to be more acute infections or diseases.  Symptoms include stuffy nose, sneezing and dry skin problems. 

Movement and Qi

Of the Yearly Movement and the Guest Qi, the strongest factor in determining the forecast is the Guest Qi.  Of the two Guest Qi, the more dominant is the Heaven Qi.  In analysis it can be seen that Fire controls (melts) Metal in the Five Element cycle (see pictured).  Therefore, the meteorological conditions and ailments of Fire controlling Metal are the most likely to present this year.  This means based on the calculation of the Five Movements and Six Qi we can predict a hot year, with heat drying out the environment, possible droughts, and the equivalent happening in our bodies.  In the body this could be heat conditions of the skin and lungs – rashes, hay fever, sinus and other allergic responses.

The Yellow Emperor advises use of specific flavoured herbs and foods to balance our bodies with nature.  This year it is appropriate to eat Sweet Cool foods to moderate the excessive Fire and Sour Warm foods to nourish the oppressed Metal.  Some examples include; Sweet – Rice, Millet, Beef, Eggs, Dates, Grapes, Mallow, Sunflower, Malt, Honey, Liquorice; Sour – Sesame, Liver, Plum, Raspberry, Chives, Garlic. 

Whilst treatment is beyond the scope of this article, and indeed any Chinese Medical treatment (much like Feng Shui) should only be conducted by a trained professional, there are a few Chinese folk remedies that may be helpful this year.  The ingredients can easily be purchased online or at the Chinese grocery store.

Pearl Barley Wash

Chinese Pearl Barley (also known as Job’s Tears or Coix Seed) can make an excellent wash for skin conditions.  Simmer 1 handful of Pearl Barley in 2 cups of water for 20 mins, strain away the herbs and allow the liquid to cool.  The herbs can be cooked again to make a second batch.  Bathe the affected area warm, twice daily.  Cools and nourishes the skin to alleviate rashes.

Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum flowers make a delicious tea that is beneficial for the eyes.  Add 2-3 dried flowers to boiling water and allow to steep for 5 mins.  Sweeten to taste with honey and drink the tea warm, 2-3 times daily.  The cooked flowers can also be placed on the eyes when lukewarm.  Cools heat to clear the eyes and benefit vision.

Ginger Steam Bath

The steam from fresh ginger root can help clear the lungs.  Slice and pulverise 3 slices of fresh ginger, bring to the boil then remove from heat.  Being careful not to burn, inhale the steam by placing a cloth over the head and pot.  Opens the airways to stop cough and benefit the nose. 

Red Date and Liquorice Congee

Rice porridge made with Chinese Red Dates and Liquorice root can help quiet the mind.  Boil 1 cup of rice 10 dates and 15 pieces of Liquorice root in 8 cups of water.  Heat over a low flame for 2-3 hours adding additional water when needed.  Serve warm, daily.  Nourishes the heart to calm the spirit and eliminate anxiety.

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The Long and Winding Road of Feng Shui https://www.fengshui.net/case-study/the-long-and-winding-road-of-feng-shui-7313/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-long-and-winding-road-of-feng-shui https://www.fengshui.net/case-study/the-long-and-winding-road-of-feng-shui-7313/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2020 12:36:02 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=7313 One of the more peculiar questions I occasionally get asked from a prospective client is “Does Feng Shui really work?” Of course this could be on the mind of anyone who had not yet experienced a Feng Shui audit or the results which can be achieved by following the recommendations.  But the bluntness of the […]

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One of the more peculiar questions I occasionally get asked from a prospective client is “Does Feng Shui really work?” Of course this could be on the mind of anyone who had not yet experienced a Feng Shui audit or the results which can be achieved by following the recommendations.  But the bluntness of the question, put to me directly, always seems unintentionally abrasive.  What am I supposed to say in response?  “Oh no, not at all, ma’am, I’m just selling snake oil here.” Instead of shocking the prospective client with such a sarcastic answer, instead I launch into a more diplomatic explanation about how feng shui is as real as gravity. I also briefly highlight the various influences we have in our lives, such as destiny and luck, just to put the influence of feng shui in perspective.

 

After nearly three decades in doing professional audits, I can say with integrity that Feng Shui does work, for most of the people, most of the time.  When consulting or teaching, I often use anonymous but real examples to illustrate a concept or a solution.

Now with this opportunity to write for Feng Shui for Modern Living, where these words will be read by fellow practitioners or advanced students, I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my own personal experiences, where the flying stars in my own homes have been very accurate and revealing.

My First Home – Divorce

The home I lived in when I first started studying feng shui was also the home I divorced in. My ex-husband also divorced his second wife while living in that house and things got rocky fairly quickly with his third marriage also.  The flying stars in the bedroom were the 7-3 combination. Another couple we were friends with jokingly referred to us as “The Bickersons.”  For those who have not committed the flying star combinations to memory, the 7-3 combination can cause arguments, bickering, theft or legal problems.   Just before I started studying feng shui in earnest, that same house had two attempted break-ins and through the window of the very bedroom with the 7-3 stars.

Just before I learned about monthly stars, I also had a miscarriage when the monthly 2 star was in our bedroom. Could I have used feng shui remedies to save my marriage?  Well, I used to joke about that in my classes, noting that some remedies which support relationships may not support financial luck. And I wanted my husband to be rich when I divorced him. Kidding!  This was in Period 7 and we had a neighbor put in a Jacuzzi to the southwest of our house. Normally, a Jacuzzi is not a great water remedy because they are covered most of the time.  But this neighbor of ours was in the hot tub nightly and she also left the cover off. It wasn’t more than thirty feet from our house and I noticed that my husband’s income went up when the neighbor’s Jacuzzi went in.

The Apartment with Great Feng Shui

After divorcing, I wanted to make sure I had good feng shui to support me. I found a Northeast-2 sitting Period 7 apartment, with my bedroom in the 8-6 west sector and my son’s bedroom in the 6-8 south sector.

I also used part of his bedroom as my office, justifying that since I only had him with me 50% of the time. I did really well in that apartment and launched my full-time feng shui business. This flying star chart also had the 1-4 stars in the center palace.  Let’s just say I was dating up a storm when I lived there. I was also writing quite a bit, both articles and the manuscript for my first feng shui book.

I only lived in that apartment for 18 months and I was doing so well there that I almost hated to leave it, but I had my sights set on a larger living space, so I rented a condo which sat SW-2, Period 6.   It was still Period 7 and the master bedroom was in the 1-7 stars. I continued to do well financially, sleeping in the wang water dragon.  The 1 mountain star had not yet become sheng and I can see in retrospect how that manifested in some very bizarre romantic partners. The 1-7 stars have a number of interpretations and I have seen over and over how this combination can feed addictions and compulsions.  What I found amusing about this condo was that guests came over with bottles of wine in tow.  I was not much of a drinker, but it seemed as though the gods were encouraging me to drink!  My drug of choice is chocolate and it was in that condo where I resumed eating chocolate after having abstained from it for nearly two decades.

The flying star chart had the 3-9 stars in the center which can attract legal or contractual issues, as well as gossip.  During that time, I was mostly unaware of the fact that a lot of people were gossiping about me. I actually had people in my life who I thought of as friends since they were fellow feng shui practitioners and I would have parties and invite other consultants over to “talk shop.”  I later found out that some of these folks had a hard time hiding their jealousy and said things about me that were neither true nor kind.   

My son was sleeping in the SE bedroom with the 4-1 flying stars. Without any prompting from me, he expressed a desire to become an actor and he asked me to take him to some auditions for commercials. He was only 10 years old and we didn’t have any family members in the entertainment industry so I was really surprised and figured the 4 star was influencing my son in that way. Right after we moved from that condo, he lost interest in acting.

In that same condo I ended up in a custody issue dispute with my ex-husband. I was victorious in court, the judge was very sympathetic I and actually got more than what I expected.  Since that time, I have had a healthy respect for the power of the 3 star! I ended up buying that condo, but turned around and sold it just a couple years later. I then bought a house that I lived in for 17 years.

The new Zhen House

This next house, sitting East-1, Period 5, had the same flying star chart as my childhood home. And this is a feng shui detail which other practitioners may have noticed as well, which is that we and our clients sometimes gravitate toward similar feng shui environments. It’s almost like the way we choose life partners who are similar to our own parents. Karma needs to work itself out.

As a Zhen person living in a Zhen house, this was actually the first time in all my years of practicing feng shui, that I found myself compatible with my own house, according the Ba Zhai School. I even thought it was possible I might live the rest of my life in that house, but alas, it was not meant to be.

That house had the 3-7 stars in the center palace and I learned for once and for all that you cannot adjust the center stars. They are not residing in any physical center of space.  I moved in with a security system in place, but there were three attempted break-ins within the first five years I lived there.

Nothing was stolen in those attempts because the alarm scared the burglars off. But each time it happened, I beefed up the security a little more. With locked gates and security cameras, I had the place zipped up like Fort Knox. I even bought a second car, which I called my “Decoy” car, so that it looked like someone was always home since there was no garage and just an open carport.  That home had a side door in the 4-8 stars and I really feel I benefitted from that entrance, financially and creatively.

I have many other stories to tell about how the flying stars have made their presence known in my own life and personal environments. I’ve also experienced both gradual and immediate changes when feng shui remedies were installed. Because of my own experiences, as well as feedback from thousands of clients, I find myself a perpetual student in awe of the flying stars. They are truly a road map to our destiny, our spiritual growth, our connection to this Earth and to each other.

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Travelling is considered the most beneficial aspect of life. It can both broaden your mind and nourish your soul in ways that you have never imagined.  Eva William takes a look at what essentials to pack on your next trip. Whether you are visiting your family or want to have an adventurous trip to the turquoise oceans and Thai islands.  It will all be worthy, and you will learn new things, gain wisdom, experience the original meaning of joy and understand the importance of little things that matter as much as any other luxuries in your life.

 

According to a wise Chinese Philosopher, Confucius:

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

 

But before all these expectations come true, there is a minor struggle that you might face. So, If you are a frequent traveler or it is your first trip to someplace you were planning to go for a long time, the most immediate thing that pops up into the mind is what essentials I should pack?  And trust me it is not just you who is jangled up in these ruminations. All of us go through a similar phase where a never-ending list of things storm right into our heads and it is almost impossible to narrow it down to a place where it can be squeezed in our luggage.

Where, on the one hand, we are all pumped up and excited about our journey. On the other, it is not less than a stressed roller coaster to put our packing in order.  Many tourists, traveler and rubberneckers have come up with different stances of what would be the best picks to take while travelling. And some of them turned out to be quite useful as well. So keeping that in mind, today I am going to pitch five most essential things that you can take while travelling anywhere in the world.

Medicines

Before we get to the part where I tell you to put what kind of medications just keep in mind that every country has their own rules and regulations in terms of which medications are legal, and you are allowed to carry. So, yes, prepare your first aid box and keep all the necessary prescribed medicine along with their prescriptions but make sure to confirm all the guidelines of your destination. Moreover, don’t forget to keep a pack of painkillers, a thermometer, anti allergies, tampons, some pain-relieving balms and mosquito repellent that might help you in your daily outings adventurous routes. Plus, if you are going at a place where you are expecting a bumpy ride then pick some band-aids and antiseptics for any emergencies.

Gadgets

In today’s day and age, there are so many travel gadgets for modern traveller, and usually, these things occupy a whole space of your backpack or sometimes even a duffle bag. This might sound over the edge, but you can’t know unless you are at a place where you want to capture that exact moment into the camera or record your whole journey with a Go-pro. Few of these gadgets has undoubtedly become a necessity when you are carrying a phone or a tablet with you. These might include power bank, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB drive and even a selfie stick which can come handy at many times when your camera is not around, or you want to be a part of that moment.

Backup for Snacks

No matter where in the world you are about to land but keeping your basic needs in check should be your topmost priority. So, remember to slide in some granola bars into the side pockets of your bag pack and also keep some oatmeal, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, salad dressing and other instant foods. All of these things will help you in some crucial times, and in case you didn’t like the local cuisines then it will definitely prevent you from any kind of starvation.

Tool Kit

Among all the things that I have mentioned today, this is the most compact yet useful elemental that you do not want to miss out on. A tool kit can help you or I should say that it can “save” you in every step of the way in your travelling journey. When packing your luggage, you must consider keeping things like binder clips, a slotted screwdriver, some ropes, foldable bags and bungee cords which are very useful when you want to tie things. Additionally, the one thing that I personally recommend my travelling friend to tuck in your pockets is the multipurpose pocket knife that comes in handy when you need it the most.

Multi-Pocket Jacket

It is nice to pack everything in your suitcase and handbags so that you can easily walk around, but there are various things that you might need in an instant, and you do not have the time to hunt it under your stuffed bags. For that reason, the best option for you is to take a multi-pocket travel jacket which will help you I keeping your passport, credit cards, phone, medicines, glasses and some protein bars close to you. If you don’t own one right now, then do consider buying one before taking off to your trip.

To Conclude

As we have creamed off these five essentials to take while travelling now, it is much more comfortable for you to select your belongings to pack and board the plane without any hassle or worries. If you are going any time soon, then make sure to pack these things along with you and have a pleasant voyage.

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GM Dr. Stephen Skinner interviewed by Master Janene Laird https://www.fengshui.net/interview/gm-dr-stephen-skinner-interviewed-by-master-janene-laird-7227/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gm-dr-stephen-skinner-interviewed-by-master-janene-laird https://www.fengshui.net/interview/gm-dr-stephen-skinner-interviewed-by-master-janene-laird-7227/#respond Sat, 23 Nov 2019 03:57:22 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=7227 The 16th annual  International Feng Shui Convention (IFSC) was recently held in Singapore from November 8-12.  The theme for this year was The Book of Changes – One Tradition, Various Applications.   FSML was there for this five-day event; we also had an opportunity to sit down with GM Dr. Stephen Skinner and discuss the history […]

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The 16th annual  International Feng Shui Convention (IFSC) was recently held in Singapore from November 8-12.  The theme for this year was The Book of Changes – One Tradition, Various Applications.  

FSML was there for this five-day event; we also had an opportunity to sit down with GM Dr. Stephen Skinner and discuss the history of FSML from its paper glossy launch in April 1998 through to its re-launch online in April 2018.

 
 
 
UPDATE: GM Dr. Stephen Skinner has since published the full Guide to the Chinese Almanac in 8.5 x 11 inch paperback, please visit: https://amzn.to/2DwFDVs
 
Just released in time for the Year of the Rat 2020

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International Feng Shui Convention 2019 – Singapore https://www.fengshui.net/news/international-feng-shui-convention-2019-singapore-6970/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=international-feng-shui-convention-2019-singapore https://www.fengshui.net/news/international-feng-shui-convention-2019-singapore-6970/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:04:58 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=6970 The 16th annual  International Feng Shui Convention (IFSC) was recently held in Singapore.  The theme for this year was The Book of Changes – One Tradition, Various Applications FSML was there for this 2 day event and we were on hand to capture some of the highlights for our readers astern culture has been flourishing […]

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The 16th annual  International Feng Shui Convention (IFSC) was recently held in Singapore.  The theme for this year was The Book of Changes – One Tradition, Various Applications

FSML was there for this 2 day event and we were on hand to capture some of the highlights for our readers

Eastern culture has been flourishing and evolving since time immemorial, as has its rich heritage of literary works, immortalized by the flow of time. Amongst the most famous of these, is the I-Ching (Yijing) – a Classic which has been hailed as the epitome of the category, and one of the foundations of Chinese culture. The I-Ching is based on simple concepts like Yin and Yang, but incorporates great complexity, comprising the dynamic theory of change which governs our lives and the flow of events.
IFSC 2019 PDF Program
IFSC 2019 PDF Program

The apparent simplicity of the I-Ching has allowed its reach to be extensive, while its complexity has allowed for limitless variations and interpretations. We could even say that Qi gong, San Yuan Feng Shui, Bazi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mei Hua Yi Shu (Plum Blossom divination), Qi Men Dun Jia, and even modern computing technology – all stem from the knowledge of I-Ching. As such, the convention this year shall revolve around the exploration of the I-Ching, and how it has naturally developed into such a complex, malleable form of practical knowledge.

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The True Nature of Untimely Earth Stars https://www.fengshui.net/cures-and-enhancers/the-true-nature-of-untimely-earth-stars-6843/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-true-nature-of-untimely-earth-stars https://www.fengshui.net/cures-and-enhancers/the-true-nature-of-untimely-earth-stars-6843/#respond Sun, 27 Oct 2019 14:00:19 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=6843 When it comes to Feng Shui remedies or cures, many practitioners would agree that certain stars (such as #2 and #5) are not particularly easy to manage.  In some cases, they are almost impossible to do anything about. Especially, when the landform configuration is not auspicious, or when it is disturbed. et us ask, what […]

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When it comes to Feng Shui remedies or cures, many practitioners would agree that certain stars (such as #2 and #5) are not particularly easy to manage.  In some cases, they are almost impossible to do anything about. Especially, when the landform configuration is not auspicious, or when it is disturbed. Let us ask, what is so special about these stars? What do they have in common and why do some people fear them to such a degree, that they are willing to sleep in the toilet instead of their own bed?

 

To give an answer, we need to look into the ancient origins of the Chinese metaphysics.

Xuan Kong Flying Stars, as we all know, relate to trigrams. Each trigram represents a family member, element, colour, a number and a direction. It is less known, however, that there are many other attributes assigned to the trigrams, completely unrelated to elements, directions, numbers, etc. What do they relate to?

The attributes of the star#2 is a good example. While being interpreted as a star of sickness in Feng Shui context, in divination, it symbolizes a school, studying or students (in addition to indicating an illness). How come, that a single star’s attributes could have such seemingly unrelated meanings? 

If we look into the meaning of the 坤 Kun #2 ☷ trigram, it is about the Matriarch or a Mother of a family, it is about caring, healing and hospital. It is not hard to imagine that, school could also be seen as the place of nurturing and being cared for, but how about studying? How does ‘studying’ equal ‘healing’? It doesn’t, unless we look into where the trigrams come from.

The ancient scholars who came up with all the incredible concepts of the Chinese metaphysics, which we are using today, have actually looked at the real stars. They have observed the movements of the real planets.

The order of Universe when one physically looks at it, is quite simple. It is easy to understand. However, when it is translated into the concepts and theories, and then it is further developed into methods and applications, things may get very complex indeed.

This happened such a long time ago, that it is easy to forget that the trigrams and consequently, the Flying Stars, derive their meanings from the real planets and their characteristics. From this perspective, it is strange to divide them into two camps: the good guys and the bad guys.  Every planet is an integral part of our Solar system and it is there in the sky to play its role.

This is how the Flying Stars relate to the planets.

1 White – Mercury

2 Black – Saturn

3 Jade – Jupiter

4 Green – Jupiter

5 Yellow – Saturn

6 White – Venus

7 Red – Venus

8 White – Saturn

9 Purple – Mars

As above, so below. What happens in our lives, including what happens in our houses, is a reflection of perpetual cosmic motion.  The ultimate goal for us as a species is to evolve and expand, and the planets are there to show us – how.

The time cycles have their own logic, which is what the movement of the Flying Stars across the chart represents. Flying Star chart is a map.

As we can see, ## 2-5-8 are associated with Saturn. We like the #8, but not the #2 and #5. So, why not, if they are all related to the same ‘malefic’ planet? This is probably why some schools believe that #8, as good as it is, should never be activated. Best to leave it alone, as it is behaving itself during the current period. But what happens when it becomes untimely? It will still deliver prosperity, but with strings attached. We just have to accept that Saturn is not a Santa Claus.

In both, Vedic and Western astrological systems, Saturn is considered to be the powerful force which we must obey. We can choose to ignore the impacts of the Jupiter or Venus. Even Mars, but not Saturn. Its presence is very real, and its impact is strong.

Saturn is a judge. It is a teacher, a guru. Its job is to make sure that we progress further in life, so that we realise our potential. It is a karmic force. If we get things right, we get rewarded. If we don’t, we will have to go back and do another round. Saturn is FAIR. No wonder we don’t like it.

Given that Saturn represents the transformational force, it makes total sense, that in order to transform, one needs to overcome the weakness and rise to face up to the challenges. It is about learning to transform.

This is not by accident that in 奇門遁甲 Qi Men Dun Jia,坤 Kun #2 ☷ is a place of 死 Si Men (Death door). The door of transformation.

Things fall into place when we consider that Saturn teaches us to do what needs to be done. In every instance, whether we deal with ##2, 5 or 8, something needs to be done. Out of the nine stars set, one third has to do with Saturn. We have no choice but to take Saturn seriously.

The star #5 is a Creator. It has no trigram or direction associated with it, as it comes from another dimension. It is the most powerful force of the chart and it is about becoming a master of your own destiny. It is about living by your own set of rules.

The star #8 is about a Spiritual journey. It is about ethics and it represents being rewarded for the good deeds and for being humble. It is about sharing the abundance, similarly to how the Earth initiates the growth at the beginning of spring.  

If we take into account the true nature of the ‘inauspicious’ stars, we may treat them differently. We may be able to better explain to our clients what these stars are and what is their capacity.

Yes, Saturn is a force capable of punishing, but the punishment is only a consequence. If we don’t learn the easy way, we learn the hard way, but we do learn. This is what we are here for.

In Feng Shui, remedying these stars does not exclude the necessity of taking steps in the right direction by a client, be that improving health or mental capacity, creativity or ethics. Regardless of the type and the size of the remedies used, the full proof protective shield against Saturn does not exist.

However, we can still make things better. There are numerous ways in which things can be improved.  No matter what we do, it is still important to determine what exactly needs to be done by a client in addition to any cures or solutions used.

Whenever the remedies are accompanied by transformation of the human Qi, the results are positive and long lasting. Being in the dialogue with the cosmic forces, rather than fighting them is a more potent approach to remedying the most powerful Flying Stars.

 

 

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Edgar Lok Tin Yung explains Killing Yellow Spring Sha and provides a case study of the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland Killing Yellow Spring Sha, or Shārén huángquán shā (殺人黃泉煞), is it from the Sanhe (三合) school, is it from the Najia (納甲) school, or is it from the Sanyuan (三元) school?  Well, each of these schools has their own explanation to this technique.

It is a pity that the modern Xuankong flying star and other Feng Shui methods such Eight Mansions make little mention of the Killing Yellow Spring Sha formula.

As one of the 39th generation Yang Gong San Yuan Yuan Gua Feng Shui holders, I learnt that the Killing Yellow Spring Sha Formula is one the many feng shui techniques taught by Great Grand Master Yang Yunsong.

The Killing Yellow Spring Sha formula is important and is engraved on many Feng Shui Luopans. 

Killing Yellow Spring Sha (殺人黃泉煞) Formula comes with an example. The Killing Yellow Spring Sha is engraved on most Feng Shui Compasses or Luo pans.

Feng Shui Luopan or Feng Shui Compass is one of the most important tools for any Feng Shui Consultant.

A Feng Shui compass is engraved with at least one Feng Shui formula in each ring. The number of rings on a Luo pan varies from one Feng Shui Shui school or different Luopan manufacturer to another.

A decent Luopan should contain about 28 rings. Among those rings, there is a ring called “Killing Yellow Spring Sha” Ring<<殺人黃泉煞>>.

The Killing Yellow Spring Sha formula is written into eight sentences.  This is also called the Stems’ Yellow Spring Sha. There is a formula for the Earthly Branch Killing Yellow Spring Sha too but it is not engraved on the LuoPan, so not discussed here.

The Stems Killing Yellow Spring Sha Formula

庚丁坤上是黃泉,坤向庚丁不可言:

Sitting or facing Geng or Ding, Kun water* is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi.
Sitting or facing Kun, Geng or Ding water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi.

乙丙須防巽水先,巽向乙丙流不吉:

Sitting or facing Yi or Bing, Xun Water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi,
Sitting or facing Xun, Yi or Bing Water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi,

甲癸向中憂見艮,艮逢甲癸禍綿綿:

Sitting or Facing Jia or Gui, the Gen water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi,
Sitting or Facing Jia or Gui, the Gen water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi,

辛壬水路怕當乾,乾向辛壬行不得:

Sitting or Facing Xin or Ren, the Qian Water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi.
Sitting or Facing Qian, the Xin or Ren Water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi.

*Water can be real water or a street.

Yellow Spring Sha

“Yellow Spring Sha”is a term borrowed from traditional Chinese culture.

Yellow Spring (黃泉), In Chinese traditional culture, means the land of the dead. The place we all go after death.  When a well is bored deep down into the ground, initially yellow water flows out.  It becomes a yellow spring.

When someone passed away, they were buried underground. Yellow Spring is used to describe the land of the dead or Hell.

The main effect of the Killing Yellow Spring Sha relates to health, accidents, life and death issues.  Depending on the location and its element of the Yellow Spring Sha Qi, it can be mapped with the five elements of our body. In addition, it also relates to certain animal signs of the occupants of a household.

The Yellow Spring Sha formula, engraved on a Luo pan.

Let’s look at how it works from the Luo pan point of view.

The Yellow Spring Sha formula, engraved on a Luopan
The Yellow Spring Sha formula, engraved on a Luopan

The Earth ring is for measuring direction.  The Earth Ring Xin (辛) and Ren (壬) directions are shown in purple. These correspond on the Yellow Spring Sha ring, to Qian (乾) in green circles, in both cases.

This reminds us that “Sitting or Facing Xin or Ren, the Qian Water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi.”

On the other hand, look at the Earth Ring Qian (marked in Blue), its Yellow Spring Sha ring shows Xin and Ren together marked in Green. This reminds us that “Sitting or Facing Qian, the Xin or Ren Water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi.”

The other sectors in this formula follow the same principle in explanation and application.

Let’s look at an example of Yellow Spring Sha

I was visiting the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2019 to check out its Feng Shui configurations.  I discovered there is a Stem Killing Yellow Spring Sha configuration.

This configuration is: Sitting or facing Geng or Ding, Kun water is the Yellow Spring Sha Qi. 庚丁坤上是黃泉.

The facing of the UN headquarters is measured by where the 193 flags are. It faces Ding at 201 Degrees. There is also a road coming and going at the Kun sector, marked in Blue.

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Based on this information, we need to find out the years it may trigger tragedy. In the “Heaven Jade Classic” by楊筠松 (Yang Yunsong 834-906) it says:

 “但看太歲是何神,立地見分明, 成敗定斷何公位,三合年中是”

In English it merely means: The years to trigger the feng shui configuration good and bad are the Tai Sui year, the clash year and the triple combination years.

The years trigger feng shui configuration will be: Pig(亥), Rabbit(卯), Goat(未), and Ox(丑) in this case.

The Stems are also important. The Stems Ding (丁), Gui(癸), Yi(乙) and Xin(辛) also should add to the equation.

Then, we verify what happened in those years in the past, whether it is coincident or it is bad feng shui. you be the judge. However, we are talking about major accidents.

Here is the list of incidents which happened in those years:

In a nutshell, these accidents all happened in the: Pig(亥), Rabbit(卯), Goat(未), and Ox(丑). Ding (丁), Gui (癸), Yi (乙) and Xin (辛) years.  

(Not included in the research for this article is a recent report by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which highlights road crashes as the leading cause of death and serious injury to United Nations personnel all over the world.   The report lists over 600 fatalities and injuries of U.N. personnel related to road crashes between 2013 and 2017.)

Feng Shui is about Yin and Yang, so there are techniques to change the Killing Yellow Spring Sha to Savings the poor Yellow Spring Sha and Yellow Spring Sha for Speed up one’s career. If the Feng Shui Yellow Spring Sheng Qi is implemented correctly, it can bring wealth and promotion into a house for the occupants in a very short time. These techniques are only passed on one on one in my Australian Feng Shui course.

In our lineage, the San Yuan Yuan Gua System, there is also the Branch Yellow Spring Sha Qi formula. If there are Branch and Stem Yellow Spring Sha overlap together, it creates DOUBLE Killing Yellow Spring Sha Qi.  This can be extremely bad for the occupants of the house or an organization if they have such Feng Shui configurations.

The above example of the UN headquarters also has the configuration of the Branch Killing Yellow Spring Sha.

 

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GM Dr. Stephen Skinner interviewed by Master Jen Stone https://www.fengshui.net/interview/gm-dr-stephen-skinner-interviewed-by-master-jen-stone-6766/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gm-dr-stephen-skinner-interviewed-by-master-jen-stone https://www.fengshui.net/interview/gm-dr-stephen-skinner-interviewed-by-master-jen-stone-6766/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2019 09:06:26 +0000 https://www.fengshui.net/?p=6766 We are pleased to publish this extract of an interview conducted between Grand Master Dr. Stephen Skinner and Master Jen Stone in March 2019.   rand Master Dr. Stephen Skinner wrote the first English book on Feng Shui in the 20th century, the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui. This book first brought Feng Shui to […]

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We are pleased to publish this extract of an interview conducted between Grand Master Dr. Stephen Skinner and Master Jen Stone in March 2019.   Grand Master Dr. Stephen Skinner wrote the first English book on Feng Shui in the 20th century, the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui. This book first brought Feng Shui to the attention of the Western world. In 1998 he launched the Feng Shui for Modern Living monthly magazine. Its first issue sold 121,000 copies, more than Elle Décor or Wallpaper magazines in the UK. With distribution in 41 countries, this magazine helped popularise Feng Shui around the world. Grand Master Skinner launched the ‘London International Feng Shui Conference’ in 1999, the largest Feng Shui conference ever held in UK/Europe. Today, he is the author of over 46 books that have been translated into more than 20 different languages. In October 2015, he was conferred the title of Grand Master by the IFSA

 

This Q&A interview was published in Feng Shui Journal Volume 2 , April 2019 Edition.

Stone: You have dedicated much of your work and time researching, writing, and teaching traditional Feng Shui. As a westerner, how did you come to learn Feng Shui and what attracted you to this discipline?

Skinner: When I first encountered feng shui there were no classes conducted in English anywhere. I learned the practical side of feng shui from an old master in Hong Kong in 1976, followed up by reading the theory in some of the feng shui classics in SOAS in London. My first career was a geography lecturer. I was fascinated by physical geography and was surprised to see many features of landform feng shui lining up with what I knew about physical geography (like the concept of interfluves tying up with the theory behind Yang Yun Sung’s 72 Mountain-Piercing Dragon ring on the luopan).

Stone: Feng Shui is not easy to learn, particularly in the U.S. where the teachings and practice of traditional Feng Shui is not easily accessible. What recommendations do you have for those embarking on the journey to learning and practicing Feng Shui?

Skinner: Attend as many classes as you can on Classical feng shui, compare what each teacher says. Read a few good books on Classical feng shui by authors like Master Jen Stone, GM Raymond Lo, GM Vincent Koh and maybe some by myself. Avoid reading New Age or Black hat Sect books on feng shui. Figure out the feng shui layout of your own home. Make just one change at a time, and see what happens over the next 10 days or so. Learn to look at the surrounding landscape. Avoid offering to ‘do’ the feng shui of friends/relative’s homes until you really feel comfortable with it, and can see the results turning out as projected. Keep a case book and record as much as possible: it will be invaluable when you later look back at your work.

Stone: I am featuring your book, Feng Shui History, in the current volume of the magazine (page X). It’s been almost 6 years since the release of the second edition. Have you discovered anything new or different since then? Do you think you’ll release a third edition?

Skinner: No, I don’t think I will release a third volume, but if I did, I would reduce the amount of space devoted to early beginnings in the US, and increase the coverage of its development in SE Asia, and maybe Eastern Europe.

Stone: In Feng Shui History and throughout your lectures and conversations, you are quite adamant about the term “Master.” Traditionally, Masters were acknowledged by common consent based on their lineage or skills. Unfortunately, today, the term is somewhat devalued by the proliferation, self-appointments, and fancy marketing gimmicks. Do you think this behaviour has tainted the image and prestige that traditional Feng Shui once had since the dynasty times? If so, how we can repair the damage?

Skinner: The idea of lineage has much to recommend it in an Asian context, because potential clients can see a track record of successful work, and incompetent practitioners are soon outed by word of mouth. This applies to any subject be it medicine, astrology or carpentry. In the West the idea of apprenticeship still carried some inbuilt guarantees, but this system is being replaced by classroom teaching. The virtue of lineage or apprenticeship is that students got exposed to the practical side of the art very early on in their careers. However, in the West, the US, Europe, Australia, etc. reputations are built on advertising or who shouts loudest, with no element of verbal community quality control. Sadly, self-proclaimed masters of various degrees of competence are now the norm. This is particularly toxic in a subject like feng shui, where there are no university degrees to act as some kind of a guaranty of knowledge if not skill. Over the last 15 years there have been some attempts at providing a solid basis to feng shui learning, such as accreditation by organisations like the International Feng Shui Association, based in Singapore but extending worldwide. But much more needs to be done.

Stone: I deeply appreciate your support in my work, especially since you do genuinely understand the struggles of practicing Classical Feng Shui in the West. In your opinion, do you think this will ever change when Classical Feng Shui becomes the norm rather than the exception? And why?

Skinner: Any practice which is finally seen to work and produce viable and beneficial results will eventually establish itself. Just as Chinese martial arts were initially greeted with total disbelief in the West, are now firmly established, appearing in many films. Likewise, acupuncture has taken maybe 50 years to gather serious support from Western medical practitioners. So, Classical feng shui will, by its results, gradually win itself a place where its qualities will be valued. Neither martial arts nor acupuncture can explain themselves in materialistic terms, but rely upon the theory of qi (ch’i) to explain how they act, so feng shui must also explain itself this way. Meanwhile other forms of faux feng shui will gradually fall by the wayside.

Stone: You encouraged me to bring the topic of Feng Shui Fallacies to the platform during the 14th annual Feng Shui convention in Manila in 2017. The presentation touched on some controversial subjects that provoked some heated—and much needed—conversations between experts and newbies and among practicing consultants. Why is this an important dialogue that needs to be echoed over and over again? What was the experience like for you when you were part of the “Debunking Feng Shu Fallacies” movement in the 90’s?

Skinner: Debunking fallacies is an important part of any art or science, but it must be repeated with every new crop of newbies. I created the magazine Feng Shui for Modern Living, around 1998 with just this in mind, but also to introduce feng shui to the Western world. We succeeded with sales of over 100,000 copies a month and publishing 30 Editions, but it was an uphill battle. We worked very hard just to get distributors to accept that there might be interest in the subject. On one hand we had arch materialists with no interest in anything they couldn’t touch and on the other side people trying to promote feng shui as a spiritual practice.

Stone: Any advice or wisdom you want to share to those joining the movement today?

Skinner: Attend classes given by accredited practitioners/masters. Find a feng shui practitioner who is achieving good outcomes, and ask if you can ‘ride along’ to see how they do it.

Stone: I hear a lot of Feng Shui “funnies” that disguise themselves as legitimate Feng Shui “tips.” Mostly, they have no basis of truth or proof and only create more confusion and misunderstanding to what Feng Shui is all about. These funnies are things like covering your toilet seat cover to increase money prosperity or incorporating more feminine colours in the bedroom to promote love and human harmony. I’m sure you have heard them all. Any one in particular that comes to mind that you’d like to share and debunk?

Skinner: There are far too many out there to choose just one.

Stone: What are you up to these days? Writing any new books?

Skinner: Yes, I am still writing books, my most recent being an edition of Splendor Solis, the most famous alchemy manuscript written in 1582. I have another feng shui book planned, but so far no time to write it.

Stone:If you could time travel back in time, which  dynastic would you go back to for Feng Shui, and why?

Skinner: The Qing (Ching) dynasty would probably be the most comfortable to travel to, as feng shui texts and knowledge were well spread and available to commoners, plus Westerners were there in China, and on the Colonial fringes. However, the end of the Tang dynasty would be the most interesting, if one had access to the Imperial library, because it was from that library that Yang Yun Sung derived the most famous textbooks of feng shui.

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