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A Healthy Wealth Qi

Sunday, July 16, 2006
By: Joey Yap

In last week's article, I talk about the basic misconceptions about using Feng Shui for Wealth and how Feng Shui should be understood when it comes to helping you improve your Wealth. I also talked about how Wealth in Feng Shui is not about money, or lottery winnings or windfall wealth. It is about opportunities and finding an environment to locate your home or office in, which lets you capitalise effectively on opportunities, to improve your wealth, achieve status or just, live well.

This week, I am going to talk about some simple basic techniques that you can use to help improve your Wealth opportunities. I will be introducing a system of Feng Shui known as Fei Xing or Flying Stars and showing you how to use the Flying Star chart of your house or office, to improve your Wealth opportunities.

Flying Stars is one of the most popular systems used by most Feng Shui consultants. Professionally, it is regarded as a fairly basic and simple technique so is suitable for most lay persons to make use of. Also, many people are quite well-informed these days about Feng Shui and so it is something that is quite manageable for most laypeople.

An important aspect of Flying Stars Feng Shui is the element of time. Time, in Flying Stars Feng Shui, is divided into cycles of Qi, with each cycle lasting 20 years. Under this system, no house or location is ever permanently good or bad. It changes with the passing of time and the shifting of Qi. The goal of the Flying Stars technique is to identify the most prosperous Wealth Qi or People Luck areas at a given point in time, bearing in mind the 20 year Qi cycle. It is a system for short-term and quick results, and is often used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Now, before we can delve into the Flying Star charts, first, I need to talk a little about how to take a direction. The Facing Direction of your property is needed in order to plot the Flying Star chart of your property.

Finding the Facing

With a luo pan or Feng Shui compass (you can use a normal compass if you want but it requires you taking an additional step to identify the degrees according to the 24 Mountains), stand at the center of your property's facing direction. The facing direction is the direction in which the house is built to face or where the main façade is located. Do not just assume that your Main Door is the facing direction of your property. This is a common mistake that many people make. Always use the façade of the house, or the direction the house has been built to face, to take the Facing Direction.

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Once you have a Facing Direction, you need to know if it is a Period 7 or Period 8 Flying Star chart. If you moved into your house between 2004 and 2023, then your property is considered a Period 8 house. If you moved into your house between 1984 and up to February 4 2004, then you have a Period 7 house. Now, based on the Facing Direction of your house and the Period of your house, find the Flying Star chart that matches your property, using the charts below. You now have the Qi map for your property.

Once you have established your property's Flying Star chart, transfer the Star numbers of the corresponding sectors, onto a plan of your house. Follow the example below on how to transfer the Star numbers. This method will enable you to identify which part of the house the various Stars reside in.

The third piece of information you need to have is to understand the difference between Facing Stars and Sitting Stars. The diagram below tells you which is the Facing Star and which is the Sitting Star on a Flying Star chart.

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Facing Stars govern the wealth capacities of each sector whilst the Sitting Star governs the people or health capacity of the sector.

Three ways to improve your wealth opportunities

Once you have the Flying Star chart of your property or office, you need to find the Facing Star #8. Look at the example below. In this House, the Facing Star #8 is located in the Southwest.

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Now, let's say that for this property, there is a door located in this sector, as per the diagram below.

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Remember that in my articles, I have repeatedly stressed the importance of the 3 factors in Feng Shui? Make it your mantra: Main Door, Kitchen and Bedroom. As this property already has the Main Door located in the Wealth Qi location for Period 8, there's no need to enhance the house any further. Now, all we have to do is make sure that the surrounding environmental forms are supportive of this Main Door.

So, what if your property does not have a Main Door at the Facing Star #8 location? There are still a few tricks you can try. First, keep the area uncluttered and unobstructed, so that the Qi can flow and the Prosperous Qi the #8 star brings can move and circulate around the property.

In case you do not have a door at this sector, you can also try placing an aquarium or water feature outside the location of the Facing Star #8 or in a location that is convenient. In the study of Feng Shui, Water is a Yang form and thus is suitable for the stimulation of Qi at this location. As for how much water you will need, well, it depends on the size of the house or office. Obviously, if you have a large house, a goldfish bowl is not going to do you much good. However, if you have a small house, a 3-4 foot aquarium should be fine. Remember, use common sense and proportionality to guide your decision.

A quick point on what kind of water features you can use, aside from an aquarium. Generally, I do not advocate the use of table fountains. This is because these types of water feature usually only contain at most, 3-4 small mineral water bottles worth of water, which is usually not quite enough to stimulate the Qi.

Let's say for some reason, you cannot use the Facing Star #8. Perhaps it is located in a storeroom. Or in a location that does not permit the placement of Water. In that case, look for the Facing Star #9 and either locate the Main Door there, or place a water feature or aquarium in that location. Using the Prosperous Qi of the next period, which is Period 9, will not bring immediate results, but will enable you to lay the foundations for wealth in the future.

Thinking beyond the #8 Star

A few weeks back, I discussed the importance of appreciating how BaZi and Feng Shui are inter-related disciplines that need to be used together to help a person achieve his/her full potential in life. Some of you who have already been activating the Facing Star #8 in your property might be wondering why nothing seems to have happened. Typically, a professional Classical Feng Shui practitioner will always check a person's BaZi before making a Feng Shui prescription. Contrary to popular misconception, 'enhance the #8' is not the only trick of the trade. It is just one of the very basic techniques, in the armoury of the Feng Shui practitioner. But it is always important to establish the 'diagnosis' before we proceed with a 'prescription'.

Sometimes, the #8 star does not bring results because there is something standing in the way of wealth opportunities that the #8 star does not address. A person may be going through Rob Wealth (Jie Chai) luck, and so the problem is not that he/she is not making money, but that a joint-venture or partnership or perhaps family members, are draining his/her financial resources.

Look for the #8, but look beyond the #8 too. Forms for example, play an important part in determining if the environment is supportive of your endeavours, or just barely helping you out. So, it may be that the immediate environment around your property, is not supportive of the #8 star, or is not conducive to Qi collection so activating the #8 doesn't bring about significant results. In the ancient classics, it is said 'There are no fake forms, and no real formulas'. What is around you, and where you are located, must also be taken into consideration.

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