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FUNG SHUI GUA monthly information in the year of RAT, 2008

NICE - Wealth, romance, affairs, fame, traveling & celebration
EARTH - Bad health, illness, sickness, miscarriage & loneliness.
WOOD - Usable Star in cycle 8 (Prosperity)
WOOD - Divorce, extramarital affairs & romance
GOLD (METAL) - Usable Star in cycle (Achievement & leadership)
GOLD (METAL) - robbery, disputes, fire, injury, isolation, even imprisonment
EARTH - Success, money, wealth, fame & great for real estate
FIRE - Achievement, frowth, sucess, celebration & money
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The history of Fung Shui is association with ancient literature, symbols and tools used today. Fung Shui is the Chinese ancient art, theory of design and placement to achieve harmony and balance in our environment and to enhance our lives. Fung Shui was derived from the observations that people are affected by their surroundings either positively or negatively. Certain places are perceived as being happier, luckier, healthier or more serene than others.

Applying good fung shui principles at home helps create harmonious family relationships, fosters good health, revives energy and enthusiasm and even encourages fertility. In your business or work environment it helps attract prosperity and success. By modifying your surroundings for good fung shui allows you to improve or change your life for the better.

There are many elements present in your environment. Applying fung shui may seem like a difficult task but there are some basic outlines which are inexpensive to implement and does not take a great deal of effort. In some cases, applying fung shui can be as simple as changing the colors of your décor, hanging wind chimes and mirrors, in certain strategic places in your home, or placing green plants at your home’s entrance.

Fung shui is not a practice that always brings immediate results. It may take some time for it to take effect and it may require more than a single implementation.

NOTE – Today’s Fung Shui

1.      Applying good fung shui principles at home helps create a harmonious and balanced home ensuring a happy family structure.

2.      A harmonious environment ion in balance with nature is good fung shui.



Fung Shui is used to achieve harmony and balance in your home.

Fung Shui takes into consideration the many different elements affecting your environment. The position of y our house, its surrounds, the shape of the land, the shape of your house, the directions your rooms face, the location of each room in the house, the shape of your furniture and its placement, the décor of your home and the landscaping an your garden. Each of these items is evaluated in terms of the balance of yin or yang and their association with the fire elements of earth, fire, metal, water or wood.

The basic concepts of practicing fung shui gives you some general “cures” and tips where it may help create a better and harmonious environment.

The cures that are available are likely to have different effects – some will have more impact than others. Installing a skylight in a dim windowless room has more effect than placing a mirror there to bring reflected light into the room. The skylight is a physical and structural solution while the mirror is a cure.

NOTE – How Fung Shui Works?

Fung shui is about achieving harmony and balance in your home.


A universal cosmic energy called chi flows constantly through all life forms. This energy or chi flows through the universe, the earth and through the human body. Changes occurring in nature or man-made changes in the environment will vary its strength and alter its cou8rse.

Fung Shui literally means (the flow of) “wind” and “water”. The wind disperses the invisible life energy and the water contains it. When you practice good fung shui you attract and cultivate positive energy called sheng chi and dispel or eliminate negative energy or shard chi.

NOTE – Chi or Life Force

1.      A balanced environment is good fung shui that attracts and cultivates positive chi.

2.      The chi flows through everything on earth.

3.      In nature, sheng chi flows along curved lines and thrives in this environment.

4          THE FLOW OF CHI

Negative sha chi strikes in straight lines where as positive sheng chi flows along curved lines. To obtain the benefit of the chi there needs to be a balance whereby the chi should not move too quickly or too slowly. Like nature, sheng chi emulates curved lines, but straight lines that produce sharp corners and known as secret arrows.

Chi needs to be attracted to enter your home and garden. Its requirement is to be able to flow at a good pace throughout the landscape. Having elements in your environment that blocks the flow of chi is not good as this makes the chi stagnate and becomes destructive.

NOTE – The Flow of Chi

1.      Negative shar chi strikes in a straight line.

2.      Sharp corners of buildings are also known as prison or secret arrows.

3.      Positive Chi flows along curved lines.

4.      Chi flows through the front door of this house and straight through the back sliding door without circulating the rest of the house is a negative chi.

5          YIN AND YANG

The Chinese believe that everything has chi, therefore everything that has chi has yin and yang qualities. Yin and yang are both opposites and complimentary.

Yin is earth, moonlight, night time, winter, quiet, death, stillness, soft, and cold. Yang is sunlight, brightness, daylight, summer, noise, life, motion, hard and heat.

Good fung shui is where harmony is achieved by the balance of yin and yang. For example, a completely flat landscape is too yin. An extremely hilly and undulating landscape is too yang. A gently undulating landscape represents a yin yang balance.

NOTE – Yin and Yang

TAI CHI is also called TAO is the symbol of Yin and Yang balance. In the balance the earth or moon is considered the yin when compared to the sun.

6          COLORS

Fung shui masters use colors to create balance. There are several philosophies regarding the use of colors, but they are all based on the principle that every color has its own vibration frequency. All the colors in the spectrum should be present in a room. The walls in a room can be of a single color and balanced by other colored objects including carpets, beds, chairs, tables, etc. Avoid a singular color range for the whole room, for example white for all the wall, ceiling, furniture, etc.

One way to use colors is to ensure all the colors of the five elements are present, Green for wood, Red for fire, Yellow for earth, White for metal and Black for water. Use picture frames, bed covers, etc, to represent there colors.

NOTE - Colors

1.      The dark red color is used for festivities and is decorated in yang tones.

2.      The gloomy blue color is designed in a yin décor to suit the couple who require a cool environment.


Fung Shui groups everything in a constant state of change between the five elements or forces of nature. The five elements are wood, metal, fire, water and earth.

There are two major cycles that govern the interactivity of these elements. The productive and destructive cycles are either complementing or destroying each other in a continuous cycle. The productive cycle is where the elements have a harmonious relationship, wood fuels fire, fire burns to ash and generate earth, earth gives birth to minerals or metal, when heated, metal flows like water, and water nourishes wood.

The destructive cycle is where the elements are in direct conflict with each other wood removes nutrients from the earth, earth destroys water, water extinguishes fire, fire destroys metal, and metal destroys wood.

NOTE – Five Elements

1.      The Productive Cycle: Wood fuels fire – fire burns to ashes/earth – earth produces metal – metal gives rise to water – water nourishes wood or trees.

2.      The Destructive Cycle: Wood extracts nutrients from earth – earth absorbs water – water extinguishes or kills fire – fire melts metal – metal/steel chops down trees.


Chi can be classified into three types. The first is TIEN chi or heaven chi, second, on earth there is TE chi or earth, and third, in us there is REN chi or human chi.

Heaven chi is made up of forces that heavenly bodies exert on earth such as son and rain. It is something humans have little or no control of.

Earth chi is affected by heaven chi = too much rain will cause flooding; too much sun will cause plants to die. Each person has his or her own individual chi. The function of good fung shui is to keep harmony and balance between heaven, earth and human chi.

NOTE – Heaven, Earth and Human Chi

Temple is where people pray to improve their heaven chi.


The tortoise, dragon, tiger and phoenix are important symbols of form or landscape fung shui. Understanding their significance enables sound home locations to be chosen for a dwelling.

The black tortoise symbolizes support. The ground or any modern structure behind your dwelling should be higher than the land in front. In the garden you can create a small mound that symbolizes a tortoise. Otherwise hang a picture of a tortoise or keep either a small tortoise or turtle at the back of the home.

The green dragon is the good luck symbol. The landscape that resembles a dragon is that of undulating hills. The dragon should be left of the ideal dwelling site. The site must be alive with plant life and smell sweet of growth of grass and flowers.

The white tiger is as important as the dragon. The tiger is also represented by a landscape of undulating hills but that is lower than the dragon. The tiger landscape is to be kept to the right of the ideal dwelling. The dragon on the left must be higher than the tiger hills on the right.

The red phoenix symbolizes the area in front of your dwelling. This part of the home should be lower than the back, the left and right of the home. The view from the front of the home should not be obstructed.

In modern cityscape your dwelling should be flanked by a higher. Building towards the back, a higher building than your dwelling on the left and a building lower than the dragon buildings on the right. The front of the dwelling should not have a taller building so that the red phoenix can fly unobstructed I front.

In the suburb, a similar rule applies where the building on the left can be higher but not higher than the one on the right. The land on the one on the right. The land on the left of the house can be filled so that it is higher than the right. The tortoise at the back garden can be in the form of a fill to form a mound. The phoenix in front is often represented by the nature strip which from a small mound.

NOTE – The Celestial Animals

1.      The tortoise is a symbol of support and longevity.

2.      The tiger represents the right side of your home or building.

3.      The dragon represents the left side of your home or building.

4.      The phoenix or red bird represents the front of your building.


The Lou pan is the geomancer’s compass which is used to determine the orientation of buildings or tombstones. There are several types of Lou pan, some being more complicated than others. The instructions on how to use a Lou pan depends on its master’s design. It is usually made of wood and painted red. It contains concentric rings of Chinese words which are used as reference during a reading.

The standard Lou pan contains the basic references for fung shui. The concentric rings contains words referring to trigrams, the elements, yin and yang attributes, stems, the Chinese horoscope, lo Shu numbers, ect.

In the centre of the Lou pan is a compass which allows a practitioner to get his her orientations.  An ordinary compass can be used to determine the orientation of a building. The concentric rings of words used as a reference for on-site interpretation can be read from book references once the orientation is known. Computer software exists to speed up the process of interpretation by processing the basic elements quickly.

NOTE - Lou Pans or Geomancer’s Compass

1.      The concentric rings of words used as a reference during a reading.

2.      There is a compass at the centre of the lou pan.

11        I CHING

The I Ching or Book of Changes is used by the Chinese for many centuries to give solutions to problems. The key to the I Ching is the trigrams which indicate degrees of yin and yang as well as the concept of a constant cyclical change.

The I-ching was formulated about 4,500 years ago by the Chinese ruler Fu His. He discovered the relationship between the laws of nature and the influence of the cosmic forces on life on earth. Fung Shui was influenced by the philosophy and text of the I-ching. The relationship between man and nature must be harmonious and represented by the balance of positive and negative forces. These positive and negative forces or yin and yang must exist in harmony.

NOTE – I Ching

Trigrams which indicates degrees of yin and yang.

12        PA KUA

The Pa Kua is an octagonal shaped symbol which shows the eight orientations of North, South, East, West, NE, NW, SE and SW. It also contains trigrams arrangements on each of the eight sides. There are two types of pa kua, the Early Heaven Arrangement and the Later Heaven Arrangement.

The Early Heaven Arrangement is used in a Protection Pa Kua, the pa kua that is used to hang outside your home to counter any shar chi caused by poison arrows directed at your front door. A pa kua must never be hung inside a house as the pa kua itself becomes a source of bad yin energy.

The Later Heaven Arrangement is used in fung shui practice and analysis. The arrangements are usually used on the concentric rings on the Lou Pan.

NOTE - Later Heaven Pa Kua

1.      The mirror at the center is usually convex. A pa kua must never used inside a house.

2.      The Early Heaven Arrangement I-ching trigrams is used to counter any shar chi.

3.      The Early Heaven Pa Kua is usually made of wood.


The Lo Shu is also known as the Magic Square. Fu His, the Chinese ruler who was responsible for formulating the I-ching discovered the magic square when he saw a turtle climb out of the River Lo. The turtle carries patterns on its back in each of the nine sectors of the shell. The numbers as seen by Fu Hsi forms an magic square and forms the functions of both a map and timetable of energy charts for times of the day, mouth and year.

The Lo Shu number is from 1 to 9. The numbers of the Lo Shu square are arranged so that any three numbers added up to 15. The Lo Shu square is used in fortune telling and the compass fung shui.

NOTE – The Lo Shu Square

1.      The I-ching magic square was found markings on a giant turtle on the River Lo.

2.      The sum of any 3 Lo Shu Square number on a straight line is equal 15.

3.      The numbers in the Pa Kua are from 1 to 9 and each number represents a direction.


The opposite of good chi is a bad chi also known as shar chi or killing breath. The practice of fung shui includes deflecting dispersing this shar chi. It is important in fung shui to identify and deal with the shar chi before any enhancement is to be considered.

Shar chi can be caused by landscape orientations, harmful structures pointing or facing the home incorrect arrangements of furniture inside a house.

Poison arrows include; Corners of neighboring buildings facing directly at your building a single tree or post facing your front door blocking good chi from entering your home. A cross on a church facing your front door or in view from your windows.

NOTES – Poison Arrows

1.      A cross facing your front door is inauspicious.

2.      The Eiffel Tower is an example of a poison arrow and is a harmful structure to its neighbors.

3.      The tree’s shadow acts as a secret arrow.





YEAR OF RAT (2/4/2008, 5:03 pm to 2/4/2009, 12:52 am)


++Central – 1 White

This year of 2008, the Central Palace will be a beehive of activity! This area is fertile grounds for family-related endeavors – couples who are trying to conceive should make full use of this location for your romantic endeavors!

Enhance the benevolent properties of the Central location with some romance- and fertility-friendly Feng Shui cures. The adorable cicada insect is believed to be a good symbol of childbearing luck.

Jade Cicada Tassel

Brass Cicada on Bamboo


++North – 6 White

The North Palace is wonderful grounds for accumulation of your Future Wealth! Future Wealth denotes to the annual star #9 Purple – so, couple this star and the auspicious monthly star #6 White, you’ll be receiving plenty of wealth luck in the near future if you conduct your work-related activities in this location!

++Southwest – 7 Red

This year, expect the Southwest Palace to possibly be bombarded with all kinds of negative doings, such as robberies and thefts. Do try to avoid this area from any activities related to career, wealth or even creative projects – your ideas might get stolen by others!

If this is not a feasible option for you, you can cure this area with the Water element – this can weaken the Metal element of the #7 Red. No, you do not need to flood your Southwest location with a dousing of water! Simply place an aquarium or a desktop fountain in this location for the month of September and the negative effects will be lessened considerably.

++Northwest – 2 Black

Take note: the Northwest Palace is the most inauspicious location for the year of 2008! The arrival of Sickness Star #2 Black, coupled with the residence annual star #5 ‘Accident Star’ Yellow, promises all kinds of mayhem for you and other dwellers such as illnesses, mishaps and misfortune. I would strongly urge you to ignore this location for thiis year and to not conduct any activities, however mundane, in this particular area.

++Northeast – 4 Green

Though this year denotes to good Academic luck for the Northeast with the arrival of the benevolent #4 Green Star, its good effects are moot due to the annual residents of the #7 Robbery Star.

You can still enjoy the Academic benefits by enhancing this location with suitable Feng Shui cures. Place these items on tables, preferably among photo-frames for the best luck.

Crystal Etched Globe

Crystal Etched Globe (with Stand)

A Carp Trio and A Crystal Globe

++South – 5 Yellow

Those of you who sleep or dwell a lot in the South Palace, take note – this year of 2008, the arrival of the #5 Yellow Star denotes to accidents, mishaps and misfortune to the physique of your body as well as other dwellers of your home. Stay away from the South, or conduct as little activity as possible in this location for the month.

If this is not possible for you, you can weaken the Earth element of the #5 Yellow with some Metal cures – the best and strongest weapon against this malignant star.

Gigantic Chinese Coin (brass)

Brass Dragon with Pearl Globe

The Petite Brass Pagoda

++West – 3 Jade

The West Palace is visited by the negative star #3 Jade, known for its abilities in conjuring up all kinds of problems that will lead to fights, arguments and mini-battles even among the most mild-mannered of people! To weaken this bad-boy star, you can make use of the Fire element to weaken its inherent Wood element. Incense is the easiest, most pleasant symbol of the Fire element – it produces the smoke needed, and it can scent up your home at the same time! Sandalwood incense would be your most auspicious option.

Brass Phoenix Incense Burner

Buddha Incense Burner

Lotus Incense Burner

++Southeast – 9 White

This year, the Southeast Palace will be a wonderful place for wealth accumulation and other career endeavors! With the Future Star’s luck on your side, try to make use of the Southeast as much as possible. You do need to check your temper when working in this location, though – try not to give in to any negative feelings, since this will lead to arguments that will definitely be blown way out of proportion. Control your anger and you will do wonderfully in this location.

++East – 8 White

Though the East should be a good place for you this year, the negative effects of the annual #2 Black Star, also known as the Sickness Star, might cloud the benevolence of the # 8 White. You can still conduct your work or other important activities in this location, but remember to cure this area with Metal Feng Shui items. You’ll be able to enjoy the benevolence of the #8 White this way!


  1. FEB 4, 2008 to MAR 6, 2008 - GUA # 8 in Cente
  2. MAR 6, 2008 to APR 5, 2008 - GUA # 7 in Center
  3. APR 5, 2008 to MAY 6, 2008 - GUA # 6 in Center
  4. MAY 6, 2008 to JUN 6, 2008 - GUA # 5 in Center
  5. JUN 6, 2008 to JUL 8, 2008 - GUA # 4 in Center
  6. JUL 8, 2008 to AUG 8, 2008 - GUA # 3 in Center
  7. AUG 8, 2008 to SEP 8, 2008 - GUA # 2 in Center
  8. SEP 8, 2008 to OCT 8, 2008 - GUA # 1 in Center
  9. OCT 8, 2008 to NOV 8, 2008 - GUA # 9 in Center

  10. NOV 8, 2008 to DEC 7, 2008 -GUA # 8 in Center

  11. DEC 7, 2008 to JAN 6, 2009 -GUA # 7 in Center

  12. JAN 6, 2009 TO FEB 4, 2009 - GUA # 6 in Center
  13. FEB 4, 2009 TO MAR 6, 2009 - GUA # 5 in Center

Basic Fung Shui Theory

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Feng Shui

So, your friends have been telling you that you have to check out this Feng Shui stuff, "it's just magic" they say. "Put a plant in the back left hand corner of your home and you'll get more wealth" the magazines say. "Put a pair of wooden ducks in the back right hand corner and you'll finally get that man riding up on his white stallion to sweep you off your feet" the person on the radio says. "Paint your front door Red to promote yourself" the New Age books say. Right? Or is it?

Well, the above is not Traditional Chinese Feng Shui, it's actually closer to Witchcraft because it is solely based upon your powers of belief. You will get some results whilst being focused upon your desires, but when you start relaxing this focus, it all falls apart. I've met countless folk that have had some results for a week or two, but then....... nothing! Apart from the really odd looking decorations left around their homes and workplaces!

There are a great deal of people out there who will gladly sell you a "Lucky Feng Shui 8 Fingered-Doosey-What's-It's" without a care in the world, and unfortunately here in the West, anything that seems even remotely mystical or intriguing, we have a habit of falling for hook-line-and-sinker! My recommendation to you if you must persist with this line of thought is that you use your own heritage for these sorts of items or rituals. What's the point of telling a person of Jewish ancestry that they must have a statue of Buddha in their living room? It goes against the grain, doesn't it?

Feng Shui is really concerned with balancing the energies of your place through the use of the Five Chinese Transformations (commonly known as "Elements") and Yin/Yang theories. As such, there are no Feng Shui items to sell, only knowledge, which I am more than happy to be freely passing on to you.

The influence of the ever changing Universe upon your place (Flying Stars Feng Shui), the observance of your surroundings, the layout of your place, and the people within it are actually the things that need to be analyzed before any recommendations can be made, so that your life then progresses in a smooth manner, allowing what should be, to be.

We are not all destined to be millionaires, or rocket scientists! So the results will be different for us all, but rest assured that what we have come to this Earthly plane to do, will become a synchronous and much easier endeavor after correct application of Traditional Chinese Feng Shui! In simple terms, we have less distraction and deviance from our true life path by living in harmony with our place.

Through parts 1 to 10 of this simple series of lessons about Traditional Chinese Compass Feng Shui, you will end up being able to interpret your Ming Gua (or lucky directions) and the Ba Zhai (intrinsic energies present) for your place! The next sections - parts 11 and on - will enable you to draw up, analyse and interpret the Feng Shui Flying Star Chart for your own premises!

Yin and Yang

Welcome folks! You made it through my preamble, so let's get right down to it!

In this first part we will be looking at the concept of Yin and Yang.

You've all seen folks walking around with those black and white swirls that look like two tadpoles within a circle on surfboards, necklaces, rings, ear-rings, back-packs, stickers, etc..... right? Well, let's have a good look at what that symbol is actually about, OK? It's not really the lucky amulet type device that we Westerners think of it as.......

Here is the Tai Ji symbol, referred to as the Yin/Yang symbol by most folks.

First things first, alright? This is not a 2 dimensional (flat) symbol, it is actually 3 dimensional. Think of a tennis ball with its two sections, imagine one part being white, and the other part being black. The white part is Yang, whilst the black section is Yin. Notice how there is always a part of Yin within the Yang half of the Tai Ji symbol, and vice-versa through the use of those little dots? Why is this drawn so?

Well.... things change constantly. There is no absolutely correct way to draw the Tai Ji symbol, feel free to orient it however you like. Let's grab that tennis ball again. Now throw it up into the air and catch it. Look at it briefly. Quick, throw the ball in the air and catch it again, look at it briefly, then repeat this over and over until the reality sets in that there is not always the perfect balance of the 2 dimensional figure we are used to seeing.

Now take the ball and turn it so that you are staring at the largest proportion of the Yang side, you can still see a little bit of Yin there can't you? There is no absolute Yang or absolute Yin. That's all that the dots are telling you in the 2 dimensional drawing. That there is always the seed of Yin within Yang, and vice-versa. We'll come back to this in a moment, let me digress for just a little bit....

How does this apply to life? Go outside on a bright sunny day (Yang) is there just light? No, of course not, there is darkness in the shadows (Yin), is there not? But which is the greatest proportion, the Sun or Shade? Well that all depends upon the weather, the local areas landscape, etc.... doesn't it? And guess what, it's constantly changing isn't it?

So what is Yin and Yang used for, and how, you ask? Well, Yin and Yang is merely a comparison of two things. Sort of like the ratio symbol in math, physics and chemistry. It is always used to compare something against its counterpart.
Day (Yang) and Night (Yin),
Summer (Yang) and Winter (Yin).

Now let's go back to my comment about there being no absolute Yin or Yang. Lets take water as an example. Compare water to fire, water is Yin, and fire is Yang. Now lets look at a mountain with a waterfall, the water is Yang, and the mountain is Yin. So in the first comparison, water was Yin, but in the second comparison water was Yang. So no one thing can ever be absolutely Yin or Yang. Think about it laterally and you'll find millions of examples throughout your daily life.

In Feng Shui we use Yin and Yang to help balance the energies of a place, here is a short list of Yin and Yang qualities to use, add your own qualities on to this as you progress.

















Where would we want Yang energies? In a fast food restaurant or cafe, but definitely not in a high class intimate restaurant. In a living space, but not in a bedroom. In an office, but not in a funeral home. Starting to get the idea?

OK, so how can you use this knowledge? Have a look at the rooms in your home, start with the entry-way, is it over-crowded with coats, bags, hats, rubbish, all sorts of stuff from the car, or over-shadowed by large trees so that it appears gloomy? This would be excessively Yin, and hopefully none of you out there have this situation. Tch, tch, tch if you do! The entry to your home, referred to as the Ming Tang or Bright Hall, should ideally be a Yang area. Take a look at your lounge or living space, is it too Yin, with thick heavy drapes, soft lounge covers, piles of cushions, thick soft carpet, etc.... Take a look at the size of this room, is there too much furniture shoved in there reducing free movement throughout the room?

Do you find that you come home collapse into the lounge and just veg. out? Chances are the room is excessively Yin. Add more hard surfaces, or expose them for those of you with mountains of clutter, tch, tch, tch...... Of course if you work in a job where you are talking and on the go all day long you will be wanting a more relaxing space, so look at your job and whether it is Yin or Yang natured also, when trying to balance your lounge room.

We can look at people in the same way, the Yin natured person is the timid one who apologises for everything, the Yang natured person is the gregarious loud-mouth who can never admit they are in the wrong!

Look at your bedroom, what don't we want an excess of here? I've got an elephant stamp for you if you answered Yang! What happens if there is an excess of Yang surfaces in your bedroom? Difficulty sleeping right through the night, constant headaches, waking up tired instead of refreshed are just a few of the ailments that may be suffered from by living in an excessively Yang bedroom. What can you do about an excessively Yang bedroom? Soften it. Cover all those hard surfaces, use nice thick material runners on top of your side tables and dresser, hang a tapestry on a wall, use thick luxurious curtains instead of cold, hard blinds on the windows. Place soft, warm rugs on the floor, covering over those hard tiles and wooden floorboards. I can't think of anything worse than having cold tootsies first thing in the morning! Look at the Yin clues given above; soft, quiet, still, dark.... think laterally about how you can achieve this. If using green for example don't use fluorescent green, go for a nice refreshing pale green colour on your walls, if using yellow we would avoid canary yellow and go for a more muted yellow nearing the ochre tones.

Get the idea? Good, now spend the next week looking at Yin and Yang in your place, achieving the right balance for you. Don't go painting just yet though..... we've got a ways to go before we're even close to getting out the colour swatches!

Qi and the Transformation Cycles (WuXing)

In some books it is spelt as Chi, and should be pronounced as "Chee."

So just what is Qi? Well it's a tough concept for us Westerners to grasp, but try to imagine an invisible spider web that keeps the Universe in order. OK, you've got that? Now think of the concept of Karma, where every thing that we do has a reaction with the Universe, where every thing is interconnected, and at the same time individual. I said it was a difficult concept for us Westerners to grasp!

Qi is everything, yet is nothing.

Confused yet? OK, basically Qi is energy, and initially comes in two forms. Sheng Qi which is positive natured, and Sha Qi which is negative natured. These two forms can then be broken down into a further five types, known as the Five Transformations, which are all too often incorrectly referred to as the Five Elements. An element is fixed in nature, whereas a transformation is in a constant state of transition. These five Transformations are named Water, Tree, Fire, Soil and Metal.

Let's see what J. Needham wrote about these Transformations in his book
"Science and Civilisation in China" Cambridge University Press, 1956, Vol. II, p. 243.

"The conception of the elements was not so much one of a series of five sorts of fundamental matter.... as of five sorts of fundamental processes. Chinese thought here characteristically avoided substance and clung to relation."

Which leads me to the WuXing or "Five Transformations." Think of them as small children. Let's see how they relate to each other, how they interact, how they behave if you like.

There are four energetic interactions that you need to be aware of, and the Chinese were the ones who worked out the patterns here that form the underlying relationship between everything in the Universe. If you can learn these off by heart, you will breeze through the rest of this series. At the very least print up or write out your own cycles, so that you can refer to them as is needed further on down the track.

 The Enhancing Cycle

Tree is enhanced by Water
Fire is enhanced by Tree
Soil is enhanced by Fire
Metal is enhanced by Soil
Water is enhanced by Metal

Water enhances Tree enhances Fire enhances Soil enhances Metal enhances Water.... and so on.

So, if Tree is enhanced by Water, what enhances Metal?

I have an Angel stamp for those of you that answered "Soil." 

 The Weakening Cycle

Metal is weakened by Water
Soil is weakened by Metal
Fire is weakened by Soil
Tree is weakened by Fire
Water is weakened by Tree

Water weakens Metal weakens Soil weakens Fire weakens Tree weakens Water.... and so on.

Notice a pattern here? These two energetic cycles are merely the opposite flow to each other!

So, if Water is weakened by Tree, what is weakened by Soil?

Another Angel stamp for those who said "Fire." Well done!

Think of a fireplace, with the Tree becoming Fire and then Soil. Seeing the picture?
Getting the idea of why they are referred to as Transformations now?

 The Controlling Cycle

Fire is controlled by Water
Metal is controlled by Fire
Tree is controlled by Metal
Soil is controlled by Tree
Water is controlled by Soil

Water controls Fire controls Metal controls Tree controls Soil controls Water.... and so on.

So, if Metal is controlled by Fire, what controls Tree?

A Butterfly stamp for those who said "Metal." Smarty pants!

Picture an axe chopping down a tall tree.

 The Insulting Cycle

Soil is insulted by Water
Tree is insulted by Soil
Metal is insulted by Tree
Fire is insulted by Metal
Water is insulted by Fire

Water insults Soil insults Tree insults Metal insults Fire insults Water.... and so on.

Again, notice a pattern here? Yup, the above two cycles are the reverse of each other.

Don't get too caught up on trying to picture this last cycle, it only happens on occasions when an element is really weak and vulnerable. Picture what would happen if you threw a bucket of water on a house fire, in all likelihood you'd get scalded. Or picture a flash flood wiping away the coastline. Try to cut down a Gum tree with a razor blade, what happens?

OK, by now you're asking yourself "what in the heck has this to do with Feng Shui?" Well through the observation of these cycles over millennia the Chinese were able to actually nut out a couple of Feng Shui methods for predicting what would happen to whom and when, just from knowing the direction your home is facing, and when it was built. These methods of Feng Shui are known as "The 8 Houses" and "The Flying Stars." They also did similar things for our physical bodies through acupuncture, massage and herbalism. Smart, hey?

The Transformations!

When do we use the interactions of the Transformations and how, I hear you asking.

Well, say we have an excess of a particular type of negative energy, how do we reduce it? Hang a mirror or crystal and hope for the best? Not on your nelly! We need to identify exactly what we have an excess of, or what is creating the problem, and then use the appropriate Transformation and cycle to reduce or nullify the impact within our place.

Let's look at an example;
Take a house positioned at the end of a dead-end street, or directly opposite a T-junction.
We have a potential Tree Sha being omitted towards the house. How do I know it's a Tree Sha? Through the shape of the Sha. (The shapes of the Transformations are covered a little lower, as well as colours and some other attributes.) How do we weaken a Tree Sha? Think back to the Transformation Cycles.... what weakens Tree? A white chocolate Tim-Tam is yours if you said Fire! (Sorry, I ran out of stamps!)

Say we want to strengthen a particular positive natured Qi form, let's use Soil as an example. What enhances Soil? It's Fire isn't it?

How do we know what particular energy we want to enhance or suppress? Through the use of the Flying Stars form of Feng Shui, and that is what this entire series is about. Teaching you how to draw up your charts and interpret them correctly, but before we get to that you need to understand these basics first. If this series were a baby, we'd still be lying on our backs at the present moment gazing around the room at the shapes and movement! We haven't even got on to our hands and knees yet!

Let's have a look at the following attributes of the Five Transformations, colour, form and objects.


 Blue and Black

 Wave-like shapes, combinations of multiple shapes which create a wave-like pattern

 Aquariums, fish tanks, fish ponds, fountains, drinking water-wells, large open spaces



 Rectangular, upright shapes (think of a Tree trunk)

 Plants, flowers, trees, bamboo wind-chimes (note that wooden furniture is dead and doesn't get included here)


 Red, Purple, Maroon, Pink

 Pointy, sharp, conical shapes

 Real Fire objects, candles, oil burners, open fireplaces, bon-fire, the Sun


 Brown, Orange, Terracotta, Ochre, Yellow

 Square, cubic, flat shapes

 River pebbles, ceramic products, earthen-wares, tiles, pots, sand, bricks, agate stones


 Gold, Silver, White

 Round, circular, spherical shapes

 Metal wind-chimes, gold, silver, bronze, copper, steel, aluminium, quartz crystals

A special note about not confusing Tree and Soil shaped buildings:
A Tree shaped building is tall, lay it on its side and it is looked at as Soil.

A special note about looking at colours:
When looking at colours, the Fire tones are the only ones that can easily set off problems.

Let's get a little more complicated now.
Say that we have a house with a red painted front door opposite an extremely busy T-junction and we require Metal Qi at the front for wealth, as ascertained through the use of the advanced Flying Stars Feng Shui method. Just to throw a spanner in the works, the owner refuses point blank to change the colour of the front door because they read that it was good luck in a Feng Shui book somewhere, what do we use here?

In this example we would use Soil for three reasons;
1 - Soil weakens the Fire of the front doors red colour, which is actually fairly strong Fire because of the Tree Sha from the road hitting it (Tree enhancing Fire). This Fire is against/controlling the Metal, isn't it?
2 - Soil enhances the Metal that we so desire for wealth.
3 - Tree controls Soil, give the source of Sha Qi (Tree in this case) a little something to control and it is going to take its mind off of creating mischief with the front of the house. It's sort of like giving a boisterous child something engrossing to do.

Don't worry if this seems too complicated at the moment, there will be lots of examples along the way in the following parts for you.

Over the next weeks, start looking at the things in your home, suburb and city, such as buildings, cars, houses, people, and learn the shapes and colours of the Five Transformations.

Also start looking at what you would use if you had to balance out the following situations:

1.      Metal controlling Tree
2. Fire weakening Tree
3. Water being controlled by Soil
4. Water against Fire
5. A house opposite a T-junction, where we actually want to have Water Qi according to the Flying Stars
6. A Mosque with a dome shaped roof directly across from where we want Tree energy at the front door

The Transformations at work!

In the last session I asked you to start looking at what you would use if you had to balance out the following situations:

1. Metal controlling Tree

 For this situation all we need is to use Water as a bridge between Metal and Tree

 The Water weakens the Metal and at the same time supports Tree

2. Fire weakening Tree

 Here I suggest the use of moist Soil

 Water and Soil combined weakens/controls the Fire
and gives the Tree something to grow its roots in, doesn't it?

3. Water being controlled by Soil

 The use of Metal here will be the correct bridge between Soil and Water

 The Soil is weakened by Metal, which in turn supports Water

4. Water against Fire

 Here we should use Tree as a bridge between the Water and Fire

 The Water is weakened by Tree, which supports Fire

5. A house opposite a T-junction, where we actually want to have Water Qi according to the Flying Stars

 This is the only time that we should actually use the Controlling Cycle;
through the addition of Metal in this situation

 Metal controls the Tree Sha of the T-junction, and supports Water

Why have we not used Fire here? you ask. Well have a look at the Controlloing Cycle again on the previous page, how do Water and Fire get along? There is always the chance that you may place too much Fire there, and Insult the Water also!

6. A Mosque with a dome shaped roof directly across from where we want Tree energy at the front door

 Here we have Metal against Tree, simply insert Water as the bridge

 Water weakens the Metallic effect of the Mosques roof shape, and supports Tree

Starting to get the idea of how to use the Transformations?

Good, let's move on to some more qualities of the Transformations through the use of the BaGua.

The BaGua is really a reference tool, that enables us to see qualities of compass directions and areas, people, family members, body parts, and even offers cryptic clues for more advanced interpretations of Flying Star Feng Shui. All this, through the use of 8 simple symbols, and a good memory of course.

What does BaGua mean?

 Ba = Eight

 Gua = Trigrams

So what is a Trigram you ask?

A trigram is made up of three lines, each of these lines is known as a Yao.
These Yao can be either broken and Yin (Female), or solid and Yang (Male).

Through the arrangement of these lines and dashes, we can tell which family member any trigram represents, simply by knowing that :

 The top line represents the third born or youngest child.

 The middle line represents the second born or middle child.

 The bottom line represents the first born.

To work out whether we are looking at a Male or Female trigram, and which family member it represents, all we need do is look at the odd line in the trigram, and its location.

In the following trigram example the odd line is the middle one and it is Yang (Male), so we have the trigram representing the Middle Son or a Middle Aged Man.

The Mother and Father trigrams will have three lines all the same.

Three Yin lines for the Mother,

and three Yang lines for the Father.

Each trigram has a home position on the Chinese Feng Shui Compass known as the LuoPan, and also has a Transformation quality associated with it. For example; the trigram of Xun is in the Southeast between 112.5 and 157.5 degrees. Xun is the oldest/first born daughter, and has a transformation quality of Yin Tree (the seedling or small bush). One of Xuns' cryptic clues taken from the I-Ching is "triple the profits". This trigram is also associated with learning and romance.

 It is an extremely common mistake, made by those who have not actually learned the advanced Flying Stars method from a Master of Feng Shui to refer to the Southeast (Xun) as the "Prosperity Point". How this mistake was made is plainly evident through the I-Chings' cryptic clue of "triple the profit". These mistaken individuals would have you enhance this area with Water or Tree always. But, rest assured that it is not always the case that we want to do this, you have the odds of 9:1 that you are going to get it right, not very good is it?

 In the advanced Flying Star Feng Shui method we read a chart so that we can see how we are being affected in regard of two major aspects of life - Health and Wealth.

 There is always the chance that you may actually have the other Tree star present in the Southeast at your place, and if this is the case, you definitely do NOT want to enhance it. Some of the qualities of the other Tree star are: legal problems, contractual problems, bankruptcy, anger, disputes, gossip, short temperedness, asthma, leg problems, and the list goes on...

So, from the above we can see that Feng Shui is not as simple as putting a plant or fish-pond in the Southeast for wealth, or Fire in the South for fame, etc.... It is not until you can draw up and interpret your 8 Houses or Flying Star chart that you should even contemplate what to place where, or what colours to use where.

Following is a list of the trigrams, with their most basic Feng Shui attributes present.
Print these out and keep them handy for when we cover the Stars themselves later on.

You will be able to see who is being affected through this template when it comes to your place in regard of the 8 Houses and Flying Stars methods. This is as easy as looking to the South for information on how a middle aged lady is going to be affected, or looking to the NW for the Patriarch or Father, etc....



Family Member


Compass Degrees


Li  (S)



Middle Daughter

Middle Aged Lady

South 157.5 - 202.5

Fire (Yin)

Kun (SW)




The Mother

Elderly Lady

SW 202.5 - 247.5

Soil (Yin)

Dui (W)


Youngest Daughter

Young Lady

West 247.5 - 292.5

Metal (Yin)

Qian  (NW)

The Father

Elderly Man

NW 292.5 - 337.5

Metal (Yang)

Kan (N)



Middle Son

Middle Aged Man

North 337.5 - 22.5

Water (Yang)

Gen (NE)



Youngest Son

Young Man

NE 22.5 - 67.5

Soil (Yang)

Zhen (E)



Eldest Son


East 67.5 - 112.5

Tree (Yang)

Xun (SE)


Eldest Daughter


SE 112.5 - 157.5

Tree (Yin)

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