60s quick read:
- It is not really necessary to do anything specific for feng shui in the year 2018. Practicality comes first.
- There is a proper, structured way of applying feng shui. In general, it is more important to take a macro view of things first, rather than to go straight into the micro details.
- The 8 Mansions feng shui method describes the structure of your house and its the foundation, or the base, which gives your house a certain quality.
- The Flying Stars feng shui method lends the ability to go into more detail how things will unfold for people living in the house. Stars (both auspicious and inauspicious) will land in certain sectors of the house and brings with it a certain quality.
- The 20-year feng shui Period is the most important factor to consider if you’re in the midst of property hunting.
- If you’re looking to apply feng shui to your next home, plan ahead for Period 9 with your feng shui consultant if you’re looking to stay far beyond 2024.
Hello everyone! Happy New Year! I hope 2017 was a spectacular year for you and that 2018 will be filled with even more abundance and happiness. I know everyone’s excited about the Chinese zodiac forecasts for 2018 but our focus today shall be on feng shui. We are going to talk about another popular feng shui technique aside from 8 Mansions mentioned in my previous post.
I’ve been receiving many questions on whether there’s a need to do anything specific for feng shui in the year 2018, and my answer to that would be – not really. I know it’s not something you would typically hear, but read on and hear my thoughts as a practitioner.
When feng shui doesn’t work
It’s common that everyone wishes to fully utilise metaphysics and feng shui, but while we do that, let’s not forget to take a step back and think about practical wisdom and proper application, and not be misled by the myths that have been perpetuated for the longest time. It’s simply not possible to be making changes to your home or shifting rooms for your family every single year and there is no point – this is not the best application of feng shui. I have friends and clients who practise that despite being advised against it, and it has brought nothing but frustration and inconvenience. Feng shui is also never about placing items around the house to ‘enhance’ certain areas – it has and will always be about astronomy and geography, how nature’s laws unfold and how we’re able to observe that on Earth.
To further my efforts in dispelling the myths surrounding this field, and also help everyone benefit from feng shui the right way, let’s first understand a bit about the theory and history. I know it’s boring, but it will save you from a lot of headaches in future!
8 Mansions vs Flying Stars
These are two very fundamentally different techniques, with Flying Stars being the more advanced technique which came at a later stage. It will take me a thesis lengthed essay to give a full breakdown of the differences, but to put it generally: 8 Mansions focuses on the fundamental laws of nature built around the theory of the 8 Trigrams (八卦) and applies it to feng shui. This method views your home as a small universe on it’s own. 8 Mansions is an interpretation of the laws that are ‘fixed’ and won’t change, and this method describes the structure of your house and its the foundation, or the base which gives your house a certain quality.
To make alterations to a house under the 8 Mansions method is often difficult, because it will involve shifting the main door, master bedroom and kitchen which we all know is close to impossible when you’re living in an apartment. That’s not saying that making alterations based on Flying Stars is easy – it’s just as difficult. A true remedy requires a lot of flexibility which a modern day apartment does not have. The demographics of the people who can fully utilise feng shui are those who are wealthy enough to build a landed property from ground up, giving them full control of the property’s layout. This is the reason why I encourage people to check the feng shui of the apartment before committing to the purchase, because most of us don’t have that luxury of altering our home’s layout.
Flying Stars goes into describing the process and unfolding of these laws from the foundation established by the 8 Mansions method, and this is what gives Flying Stars the ability to go into more detail on how things will unfold for the people living in the house. There are certain stars that are considered auspicious, and some which aren’t, and each of them will land in a certain sector of the house. I’ll touch more on this in the next section below.
Both methods has its merits, and modern day practitioners often combine both schools of feng shui when assessing a house’s quality and suitability for the client.
An introduction to feng shui periods and annual flying stars
Metaphysics and feng shui was built on astronomy, and astronomy was the basis of timekeeping. There are nine Periods in feng shui, each lasting 20 years, and we are currently in Period 8 which runs from 4th February 2004 to 3rd February 2024. These 20-year Periods are a way of keeping time by observing the position of the planets. If you’re a mahjong hobbyist, you’ve probably heard of 大三元 (dà sān yuán). This term is actually related to feng shui, where three Periods represent one 元, and one 元 represents three Periods or 60 years, which is the sexagenary cycle you often hear in metaphysics. You might be asking, why 20 years? The logic is the same as why there are 12 Zodiacs because Jupiter takes 12 years to circle Earth and our ancestors wanted to figure out how long a year lasted – they did this by looking at the ‘clock’ in the sky, which is the Big Dipper as it swings around the Polaris star. The 20 year period is taken from the conjunction (when planets meet!) of Jupiter and Saturn and it has been traditionally marked a period of great change by both Western and Eastern astrologists.
The 9 Flying Stars that you keep hearing of are from the Big Dipper, which holds 7 stars, with the remaining 2 stars being Mizar and Alcor, also known as 左輔右弼 (zuǒ fǔ yòu bì) which represent the Emperor’s personal officials and are extremely auspicious stars to have in one’s astrological chart. These 9 Flying Stars are known to ‘shift’ every year, and this is what unnerves most people because they are worried that a negative star might end up in an important sector like their master bedroom or their children’s bedroom.
The mistake made here is that most people only look at the Annual Flying Stars, and they completely overlook the macro-view and fail to take the current 20-year feng shui Period into account first. This concept is very similar to analyzing your BaZi (八字), in that there’s no point looking at your yearly ‘luck’ (流年运) if you don’t get your 10-year ‘luck’ (大运) right first. This is also the reason why I always tell people not to be too absorbed by the Chinese zodiac forecasts you see every year because it lacks rigour and it isn’t the right way of doing things.
The ideal way of tapping into feng shui
The ‘quality’ of a house’ in terms of feng shui will change whenever we enter into a new Period. Many feng shui enthusiasts tend to focus only on the Annual Flying Stars, which assesses the house’s feng shui for that particular year, and are either completely unaware or fail to realize the importance of the macro-view of things, which is the 20-year Period Flying Stars which I mentioned above. I know we’ve all been trained to be attentive to detail in the corporate world, but when it comes to feng shui, it’s a must to get the big picture and macro view of things right first. In other words, we need to take care of the house’s 20-year ‘luck’ cycle, before we we go into the annual ‘luck’.
You may have read that certain stars are auspicious and some aren’t, which is true but it isn’t the full picture. The ‘auspiciousness’ of the stars will change according to which Period we are in. In other words, a star that is auspicious in Period 8 may be less so in Period 9, whereas a negative star in Period 8 will slowly start to manifest its good qualities as we move towards other Periods. That being said, 20 years is a long time, and given that we only switch into Period 9 in 2024, there’s sufficient time for some of us to tap into the auspicious stars for Period 8. If not, you can always just hunt for a house which is considered auspicious in Period 9.
The stars that everyone wishes to tap into during Period 8 and Period 9 would be Star 1 (一白贪狼星), Star 8 (八白左辅星) and 9 (九紫右弼星). Star 1 and 8 are the stars generally associated with wealth and fame, whereas Star 9 is associated with career achievements and status. The rule of thumb is that you would want these stars to be areas of your house which you spend a lot of time in, which naturally means you have to declutter it first. Hopefully, these Stars don’t end up in the toilet. Note that this is just a very superficial level of application, and there’s a lot more one could go into, such as the effects of the Mountain Stars and Water Stars which is a subset of Flying Stars. Let’s not forget you need to get the facing direction of the unit right as well to tap into certain special Flying Star arrangements, and it’s not as simple as looking at where your main door is facing!
How long it takes for feng shui to take effect
The effects of a house’s feng shui typically take around 3 years to come into full effect based on case studies, so give it a bit of time if you happened to find yourself an auspicious house recently under the guidance of a feng shui practitioner. It is a widely held misconception that a feng shui master can come into your house and remedy all the flaws by placing a few items around the house and shifting furniture around. Feng shui should also never been seen as a miracle cure to life’s problems or challenges.
A true feng shui remedy involves a lot of work, which is often not possible for apartments these days because its layout is almost impossible to alter. Often, the most one can do is to combine rooms which alters the house’s structure under the 8 Mansions method but even that is not always applicable. Unless you have a plot of land and wish to build a landed property, you can forget about shifting the Sitting & Facing Direction of your home. Tilting the door isn’t going to work and it’s a farce invented to appease people who are hell-bent on convincing themselves that their property’s Sitting & Facing Direction has changed.
In conclusion, if you’re looking to apply feng shui to your next home, my personal suggestion would be to plan ahead for Period 9 if you’re looking to stay far beyond 2024. If you think you might upgrade or shift homes again before 2024, you can consider getting a house with Period 8 as the focus. Yes, feng shui can enhance well-being and it pays to give it some attention, but expect the hunt for a good house to be a long and arduous one. It doesn’t come easy. Trust me.
Don’t end up wasting too much time worrying about 2018. Focus on planning ahead and I’m sure you’ll find a good home for you and your family in no time!
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This article was written by Sean Chan. Born in Taiwan and raised in Singapore, Sean Chan is an old soul and a modern day Feng Shui Master. He works in a tech unicorn by day and as a Chinese metaphysics consultant specialising in BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu and Feng Shui by night. Through his blog, he hopes to dispel the myths and superstitions surrounding this field, and help people from all walks of life benefit from metaphysics the way its founders intended.