There are always changes that can be done in any space. For example, even if we cannot put down walls and change the construction of a space, we can still place furniture in a different way, or even use shapes, materials and colours.
Feng Shui talks about the influence of environment on human wellbeing. It is based on calculations and we always use a compass that pinpoints the magnetic influences of North, South etc. Even if we live in a western country, as long as we are living on planet earth and we are influenced by the magnetic fields of the 8 directions, we can use Feng Shui also in the West. Anyway, acupuncture, Qi Qong and Chinese medicine also come from China but they all have results in the west. If you are living on planet earth, regardless if you want it or not, you do receive influence of your environment which has nothing to do with China.
I am not into symbolic objects and I will never turn any home or business into a Chinese looking space. I will never recommend to you to place a pair of Chinese ducks in your love corner, because there is not such a thing as a love corner. I believe that the power of symbols come from our own human consciousness and mental powers, this means a western person cannot align to an object of Chinese culture. I am using traditional Feng Shui which has to do nothing with symbolic “Feng Shui” objects.
Feng Shui starts working from the moment a change is made, because when the environment is changing this has immediately an effect. Of course there are important changes that can bring drastic results, and other changes can be less important so they create slower results. A good Feng Shui expert can say the type of result and how strong and fast it will be, considering also the astrology chart of the person
Flying Stars Feng Shui is a school of Feng Shui that talks about time. It can tell us what happens to a house, when and who is affected mostly.
Flying Stars are invisible Feng Shui energies located in each direction of any space. There are 9 Flying Stars expressed by numbers from 1 to 9, each Flying Star has a meaning related to the trigrams of the I Ching.
Each home or business has a unique Flying Star chart, as the chart’s calculation is based on the year of construction and first occupation, and the exact facing of the building that is measured by the use of a Luo Pan compass.
A Feng Shui chart has 3 numbers that occupy each direction/sector. The top left number is called mountain star and influences human harmony (love, health, stability). The top right number is called water star and influences money. The bottom number is called base number and has little influence.
As Flying Stars talk about time, during each period that lasts 20 years, there are good Flying Stars and bad Flying Stars.
We can improve human harmony by using the good mountain stars. We try to sleep there, keep those areas quiet (yin) without activity, have high objects, have bedrooms or storage at that area, or even better to have real mountains and tall buildings outside the house at that sector.
We can improve money by using the good mountain stars. We try to be active (yang) there, to have TV or music, have low objects and open space such as low area outside or even water features such as swimming pools and real water.
We also improve harmony and money by reducing the effect of any activated negative Flying Stars. We increase good Flying Stars and decrease bad Flying Stars by using shape, material, number and colour. We locate people to sectors that are good for them using their Kua Number using theory of Flying Star Feng Shui.
No. Eight Mansion Feng Shui is a Feng Shui School that became well known to the West because of Lilian Too.
According to this school, depending on your Kua number (which is derived from a person’s year of birth), there are 4 good directions and 4 bad directions, people belong to east group and west group. You place yourself and good rooms like bedrooms, main door and offices at the good sectors, and you place bad rooms such as toilets, staircases and storages at the bad sectors.
Although on the surface there is a logic in this school and its very easy to use, it is not always effective and many times it contradicts Flying Stars Feng Shui which is always effective. It is practically impossible to combine the 2 schools without compromising one of them, if you consider that you also need to take into consideration the Form School Feng Shui and other types of Feng Shui, combining too many things together is like mission impossible.
Master Sam Chuk Yin (1848-1906 AD) claimed that the Eight Mansion Feng Shui is actually a formula that was described in the “Killing the Barbarians” book. This book does not exist any more. It was written from a Feng Shui Master that was ordered and forced by a Tang Dynasty Emperor, as the emperor was alarmed by the true power of Feng Shui and did not want everybody to know how to use powerful Feng Shui and create future Emperors that would challenge his family’s power. He gave this title to the book, as he wanted the Japanese, Koreans and Mongoleans to know through this book the wrong use Feng Shui.
Unfortunately, this school is now used by some Chinese today. What goes around comes around. The greatest Masters of Honk Kong and Taiwan do not use Eight Mansion Feng Shui at all.
The personal element can give us vital information about a person. It helps us understand anyone in terms of character, relationships, career, money etc. The personal element is also known as Day Master or heavenly stem of the day of birth.
Most people know already their Chinese animal that derives from the year of birth. However the personal element is much more important and says much more about the person, because its calculation is based on the specific day of the specific month of the specific year of birth. Not everyone born on the same year has the same character, but everyone that belongs to the same personal element has many characteristics in common.
In technical terms, the personal element is the element that appears at the heavenly stem position of the day of birth (using the system of Chinese Astrology called Four Pillars of Destiny).
There are 10 Personal Elements or Day Masters: yang wood, yin wood, yang fire, yin fire, yang earth, yin earth, yang metal, yin metal, yang water, yin water.
Each one of the Day Masters can be seen in nature. Yang wood is like a tree, so a yang wood person has a character like a tree. Yin wood is like a flower, so a yin wood person has a character like a flower. And so on.
Yes. Usually when we are into a good period of our lives from astrology point of view, we also attract for some reason the same type of space. For example, if we are in a successful money period of our life, we have good chances to live in a house during that period with good Feng Shui for money. People that are in bad luck, if they are living in a bad house they will be having the most problems.
Myself, when I want to move house, I never look for apartments during difficult years or months of my life, as there are few chances to find a good space then or its difficult to make real improvements to that space.
There are also many Feng Shui formulas that come from 4 Pillars of Destiny, for example you don’t choose a house that has its back (sitting) at a Chinese animal that clashes with your year Chinese animal.
We cannot change destiny but we can change other things. According to the Chinese, there are 5 factors that influence what happens in our lives: destiny (our 4 pillars that is like a footprint that never changes, it is the character and potential), luck (calculated by our luck pillars of chinese astrology, this is similar to the transits of western astrology, it is the changing influence of elements and chinese animals during periods of our life), Feng Shui (the influence of the environment), good deeds and education (mentality and what we learn from school, parents, other people). We cannot change destiny as we already have a birthday and we are already born with a certain chart and luck pillars, but we can influence the Feng Shui and Education up to a certain level. The so called “dentiny management” belongs to the Education category
We cannot change destiny, but we can manipulate it up to a certain level. We can manage destiny only if we know it, so it is important that someone knows 4 Pillars himself or consults a specialist. How does Destiny Management work?
For example, we know that eg in the year of the horse there is a clash in our “house of spouse” area, this influences our relationship with our love partner that year. We can let the clash happen, this means that that year we have fights at home and we might even separate. But if we know 4 Pillars and we want to minimize the clash, we can be patient during that year, and fulfil that clash by making a change such as moving house or job or making a trip, or donate blood (for the horse rat clash), this way you fulfil the destiny in a different way.
One can also wear certain colours or carry the image of an animal to take away the clash. Destiny management is a dynamic way to influence the outcome of things but needs our commitment and focus. Do not let the elements control your life, “play” with them.
A specialist can calculate the best day and hour of birth, as the year and month is decided. However he can never play God. I have a good example for this, many years ago two pregnant women want to give birth to their baby boy (as calculated) at the same good day and hour. Only one woman managed to give birth then, the other woman (as her doctor was not available then) “decided” not to do the caesarean at that time. Not everybody is destined to have the life that we humans calculate, unless it is meant to be.
Human life is not passive and is not out of our control. 4 Pillars of destiny shows trends and potentials. This is why 2 people with exactly the same 4 pillars and luck pillars do not have identical life. 4 Pillars can show quality but not quantity, for example it can never tell you how rich you will be, but it can show you are good in business and that you make money in your life. This happens because there are also other factors that influence our life. This is good effort, hard work, good choice in career, the right decision at the right moment, good Feng Shui at home and business, suitable location for that kind of business, the right parents, partners, wife etc. All these together can contribute to the success of a person.