Thursday, August 30, 2012

How to Change the House Period in Xuan Kong Fei Xing feng shui


In Xuan Kong Flying Star feng shui, the most important factor to consider when we are calculating the natal chart of a house is the construction period; because this will define the natal chart or the chi pattern captured when the house was erected. There are times that someone might want to change the house period. For instance, a Period Five house's luck will only last for 20 years (1944 - 1963), now the owner want to change the luck period to the current Eight Period (2004 - 2023) which has a more favourable natal chart, how can he do it?

We can apply a procedure which referred as "Replacing the Heart of the Heven" (換天心) in Xuan Kong Flying Star feng shui that enabled us to do this. The proper procedures are as follow:

1.  The family first move out from the house,

2. Dismantle the front door,

3. Replace new floor finishes at the center area (中宮) of the house,

4. Replace the interior ceiling at the center of the house if any, or replace a new roof (shingles),

5. Carry out major renovation works like painting the whole house, dismantle of walls etc.,

6. Pick an auspicious date to re-install or replace the front door,

7. The family move back in to the house.

 The house will now become a Period Eight house with a new natal chart accordingly.

Note:  In real practice, this may be a good option to improve the feng shui of the house if someone doesn't want to or afford to move to a new house.




Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fu Yuan Feng Shui

Fu Yuan Feng Shui [福元地支三合局]
Let say you have been following some kind of feng shui, have spent a lot of hard-earned money buying books or taking on-line courses from the so-called “celebrities feng shui masters”;  faithfully following their advice and tips, making the house looking like a feng shui artifact’s museum; and at the end of the day, things still doesn’t improve!  So, besides frustration, you decided to give up feng shui and believe it is just another Chinese superstition.
If you are one of these poor victims, let me show you another type of feng shui that might work for you…J This type of feng shui is known as “Fu Yuan” feng shui and had been practised since the Han Dynasty (206BCE-220CE).  As we all know, twelve of the 24 Mountains (directions) on the Lo Pan are represented by the 12 Earthly Branches, with each Branch associates with a Chinese zodiac animals (see below diagram).

Fu Yuan feng shui is simply to find the directions that represents our Chinese zodiac animal’s birth sign, then add and subtract 120 degree. The resulting two Mountains will be the auspicious directions for us.

For example, let us look at the example for a people born in the year of the monkey (shen).  From the Lo Pan or compass, the shen Mountain shows 240 degree. So, we add 120 degrees and subtract 120 degrees from 240 degrees, the results are 360 degree and 120 degree respectively, therefore:

360 degree = tzu Mountain represents the rat

120 degree = chen Mountain represents the dragon

Simply put, this type of feng shui is just applying the concept of the “three compatible formation of the Earthly Branches” [地支三合局] from the Four Pillars System or Ba Zi. 

Using the above example, the person born in the year of the monkey can place a rat figurine at the tzu Mountain (360 degree) and a dragon figurine at the chen Mountain (120 degree). These two compatible Chinese zodiac animals will help to create a favourable feng shui environment for this person.

In fact, besides finding the auspicious directions, Fu Yuan feng shui can also use to find the right partners in business operation. Using the above example, a person born in the year of the monkey, shall look for people born in the year of the rat and the dragon as business partners.

The Directions of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals (12 Earthly Branches) on the Ba Gua

Rat            352.5 - 7.5
Cow          22.5 - 37.5
Tiger         52.5 - 67.5
Rabbit      82.5 - 97.5
Dragon    112.5 - 127.5
Snake      142.5 - 157.5
Horse      172.5 - 187.5
Goat        202.5 - 217.5
Monkey  232.5 - 247.5
Rooster  262.5 - 277.5
Dog         292.5 - 307.5
Pig           322.5 - 337.5









Is Wind Turbine bad feng shui or good feng shui?

Wind Turbines – Is it Good Feng Shui or Bad Feng Shui?
Wind turbines have become one of the popular means of green energy in recently years, wind farms are popping up in many parts of the world. As more wind turbines are being built near to the living communities, objections and even law suits are started to emerge. Most of them are from the anti-wind turbines groups and the “not-in-my-back-yard” reactionary property owners near to the wind farms. The main complains they have are people living close to the wind farms are exposed to health risks, many people claimed they are suffering from the so-called “wind turbine syndrome” like heart disease, tinnitus, vertigo, panic attacks, migraines and sleep deprivation. As from the property owners, they are concerned that their property value will be affected.

There has been a lot of scientific studies and research done by both the anti- wind farm groups and the wind energy industry’s lobbyist, each claiming they are right. Recently, as reported from the Toronto Star dated July 11, 2012, Health Canada says it will launch a national study into the possible relationship between wind-turbine noise and health problems as reported by people living near wind power development. I have been following closely to the above development with a lot of interest, since there are still no concrete scientific proofs regarding its effects on the health of people living near to them; I have decided to present my thinking of the wind turbine from the perspective of feng shui.

In authentic feng shui, external physical objects are referred as “ luan tao (外巒頭)” which will affect the feng shui of the house, especially if the entrance door or windows are facing at them.  In general, when it is considered an unfavorable “luan tao”, it is referred as “luan tao sha (巒頭煞)”.  Accordingly to the guidelines of the “form school” of feng shui, wind turbine is considered as a wood element due to its tall structure and shape, rather than fire element as some people may think, as they envision that the wind turbines are generating electric power.  Furthermore, the turning (movement) of the blades of the wind turbine is considered as “agitator” to the phenomenon of the “wood element sha chi” generated by the wind turbine.

Let us now look at some of the possible health problems of the people living near to the wind turbine. As reported on the Toronto Star‘s article, many people  in Kingston, Ontario  living near to the wind turbines  are reporting suffering from symptoms of tinnitus and trouble in sleeping. 

Well,  it is just common sense and easy to comprehend that living very close to the wind turbine will affected by its noise and shadows of lights casted on the house. This is demonstrated in the article  that an elderly couple living just 1 kilometer away from three wind turbines are experiencing the “ wind turbine syndrome”.

This phenomenon can be explained by  the theory of Xuan Kong Flying Star feng shui.  When the entrance door or windows are facing an outside “luan tao sha”, in this case the wind turbine, it will acts as an enforcer of the ill effects to the house. For example, if there is an untimely flying star combination, for instance [6, 4] at the sector, it will cause health issue like tinnitus and vertigo, which is the common complaint from the people living close to the wind turbine. Another scenario causing the above health issues is most likely when the NW sector (metal element) of the house is facing the wind turbine (wood element), and at the same time the annual and monthly #2 star fly to the  NW sector.  In short, I believe the critical factor that is causing all the health problems is the distance between the house and the wind turbine.  In fact, an Ontario government commissioned study conducted a review in 2012 that look at more than 100 papers and reports; and concluded that there was no health risk posed by wind turbine sound if the structures are located at least 550 meters away from people’s house; which is the Ontario’s regulated setback distance. Looking from the perspective of feng shui, it does make sense because based on the authentic feng shui principles, "chi got scattered in open air". Simply put, the sha chi of the wind turbine get dispersed when it is far away from the houses and thus will not affect the occupants of the house.
So, what is the feng shui cure for this problem? Well, there are a few things that the onwer of the house can do to counteract its effects:

1. Install curtains or blinds on the windows or keep the windows closed which are facing the wind turbine. This is based on the feng shui idea that “if you do not see the sha, you will not affect by it”.

2. As we captioned above that wind turbine is considered as wood element, therefore, placing metal element objects on the doors and windows is also a very effective feng shui cure against the wind turbine. This is based on the destructive cycle of the Five Elements – metal chops wood.  Examples of metal element objects which can be used as cure are 6 old Chinese coins or a pair of metal Chi Lin. Furthermore, if the wind turbine itself is painted with white or silver colors (metal element), it will further reduce the energy of the sha chi from the wind turbine.

3. Fire element objects are also good feng shui cure to counteract the sha chi of the wind turbine, as fire element  will dissipate wood element. Example is painting the door in red color which is facing the wind turbine (s).

To conclude, the critical factor that we shall concentrate on is the finding of the safety distance between wind turbines and the houses.  The further away it is from the houses , the less chance that it will  cause any health issues. I believe this can be justified by the ongoing scientific studies. Hopefully the results that will soon come out will put to rest a lot of the objective voices on wind turbine!

One last thing I want to point our is under the Xuan Kong Flying Star feng shui, in some scenario the moving energy generated by the wind turbine will serve as an enhancement to the auspicious flying star combinations of the house facing them. In light of all the negative things being said about the wind turbine, after all, it might be a good thing for some!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Good Architecture Bad Feng Shui

Sexy Architecture, Bad Feng Shui

Recently, there is an article in the Toronto Star reporting that the Mississauga’s Absolute Towers building project were awarded the prize of Best Tall Buildings in the Americans by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a non-profit group of architects and engineers.  This is based mostly on the merits of its unique high curves design of the façade of the building; which has a “sexy” appeal; and even compared it with the late Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe!

I really have no objection to their taste and judgement of the aesthetic appeals on the buildings itself because they are all well trained architects and engineers. However, since the buildings are supposed to be a habitat for humans, I do not see any detailed explanation of the excellence in the interior layout that justified for the award. Function follows form, anyone? Does it provide a comfortable and auspicious living environment to the occupants? Well, judging from the authentic feng shui perspective, I do not think so!

First of all, a tall building is considered a wood element structure, but with its curving façade, it is also associated with the water element. In feng shui, this means the chi of the building is not “pure”.  Furthermore, because of the round shape of the structure, it means most of the rooms in the building will most likely in irregular shape, which creates one of the common deficiencies in feng shui”: missing corners. This indicates the possibilities of unstable luck for the occupants and they have difficulties in furniture arrangement.

Another important factor for high-rise condominium units is the entrance door of each unit is located inside the building, most of the time in a long and enclosed corridor. Therefore, the overall feng shui of the unit is very much depends on the exposure to the sun and air through the windows or balcony; where the outside chi can enter into the unit. In feng shui, every direction of the ba gua is associated with an element and chi pattern, and it has significant implications on the feng shui of the room.  Since it is really difficult to identify the proper facing direction in a curved façade; this constitutes the same problem of “the chi is not pure” as mentioned above.

Under the Form school of feng shui, people living in a tall building (in this case 50 storeys and 56 storeys tall) while the surrounding buildings are much lower, this indicates that they will have little support from others! As a matter of fact, there are many examples that when a city has erected a tallest building in its region, the economy will start to decline. A good example is Dubai. Ironically as reported in the article, many buyers of this building project are from Dubai!

Anyway, based on the above, in contrast to what one councillor of the city of Mississauga, who boast that the city is "not afraid to try something different and daring";  I will predict that the economy of the city of Mississauga will start to decline after the project is completed.

Of course, if I can able to study in details about the design and layout of the buildings, I am certain that I will find some more feng shui deficiencies in this project. Another concern I have is its effect to the surrounding buildings. Just imagine what will happen if a "massive curve mirror" is facing at your unit! The reflection of heat and light from the curve glass will form a "luan tao sha chi" to the surrounding buildings.

Another concern I have is the safety of the pedestrian below. As recently, there are many instances in Toronto that the glass panels from a few of the high-rise condominium buildings shattered and fell to the streets below. Luckily, so far there are no serious injury reported.  Due to the curvature design of the buildings, it is  become a real engineering challenge to make certain that the glass from the exterior curtain wall is reinforced and secured that it will not fell to the streets below!

Meanwhile, this building project is definitely not on my recommendation list to my feng shui clients!