Attract Positive Opportunities with Yang Water, A Feng Shui Article by Derelle Ball
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"Chi rides with the wind and is dispersed, but it is retained when it encounters water."
- Guo Po, Burial Book -
Understanding where to place yang/active water features inside and around your home is a valuable part of Flying Star Feng Shui. If placed in the correct location, yang water has the ability to attract positive opportunities your way. If placed in the wrong location, yang water can effectively drown your health and relationship potential.
Why do we use water? The term “Feng Shui” literally translates as “Wind Water” and it represents the concept that chi (ie unseen energy) travels along magnetic currents and is dispersed by the wind, while being attracted to and retained by water. The whole point of the exercise here is to attract positive chi in a positive location – preferably with a yang/active water feature, activity from people, an active road, water mouth and/or a low flat open area of land that is protected around its outer edge, where positive chi can settle and accumulate, (ideally without too much dispersing wind or landform blockages which may prevent a harmonious flow of energy).
Xuan Kong (Time/Space) Fei Xing (Flying Star) Feng Shui is all about understanding and balancing certain probability factors and time cycles in and around your home. The mathematical computations that formulate the natal number chart for your home, are derived from precise compass orientations and time dimensional aspects which then enable us to ascertain which compass sectors of your home contain a higher probability of experiencing positive or negative factors concerning health, relationships, legal issues, abundance potential, quarrelling, accidents, career direction etc, depending on the strength of water and mountain features in the surrounding landscape.
First of all, let’s clear up some confusion about your ‘prosperity’ or ‘abundance’ location. You may have read elsewhere that your ‘prosperity point’ is always located in the far left hand corner of your home, (regardless of the compass orientation of your home), with recommendations to place active water or ‘prosperity symbols’ in this particular location. This concept is known as the Fixed Bagwa method.
The Fixed Bagwa method basically assumes all houses contain exactly the same chi (energy) flow according to a simplified version of the Lo Shu in which 'Aspiration sectors' are set in place by a 9 grid map that is orientated via the main door into the dwelling. It involves positive aspirations, clearing clutter, focusing on intention, and may also involve certain rituals, chants and other New-Age rights attached to this particular method.
The Fixed Bagwa method does not utilise a compass at all. It applies more to your Ren Chai/Mankind Luck by focusing on your intentions and aspirations. It's a feel-good, easy and fun method that was invented around the 1970’s - 1980's and has very little to do with the ancient practice of Kan Yu (Feng Shui) which encompasses San He and San Yuan methodologies (both employing the use of a Luo Pan Compass).
You may also have read that your ‘abundance point’ is located in the Southeast sector of your home, regardless of the magnetic orientation of your home itself. This theory belongs to the simplified ‘8 Aspirations’ concept, (also invented around the early 1980's), that is loosely based on the Trigrams. The Trigram belonging to the Southeast sector (Xun) is the Small Wood element which is fed and enhanced by the water element. The chi associated with the Wood element is an outwardly growing and expanding energy which some practitioners believe indicates abundance potential. If the flying star energy in your Southeast sector is positive, then water may well be an enhancing factor, however, if the energy in this sector contains for example, a Timely Chor Sin/Mountain star energy, then adding a large active water feature, large expanse of windows or large door inside or just outside the Southeast exterior wall could be detrimental to the health and relationship potential of the household.
For example, a house that was built during the Period of 7, (ie constructed any time from 4th Feb 1984 until 3rd Feb 2004), which faces towards Jia/East 1 (67.5 – 82.5 degrees) will contain a Chor Sin 8 energy in the Southeast sector. If you place a large water feature such as a fountain or pool here, the health and relationship chi of the entire household could be negatively affected as a direct result of a large body of water being placed in this location.
OK, you should now have a better idea as to some of the potential problems associated with applying the simplified ‘New Age’ fenging methods for enhancing your abundance potential. We'll now examine how you can fine tune your feng shui to attract positive opportunities to your home by utilising the probability factors of Xuan Kong Fei Xing/Flying Star Feng Shui, which benefits from over 4000 years of careful statistical observation of landform, mathematical patterns, magnetic orientation and time cycles.
First, we look at the current 20 year Time Period and locate the Direct and Indirect Spirit locations. This type of landform feng shui is particularly useful when choosing a block of land to build on. During the Period of 7, (which began 4th Feb 1984 and ended on Feb 3, 2004) the Direct Spirit location (ie the compass sector whose Lo Shu number corresponded with the current Time Period number) was the West sector. The Indirect Spirit location is always opposite the Direct Spirit, so during the Period of 7, the Indirect Spirit location was East. On 4th Feb 2004, we entered a whole new 20 year time period called The Period of 8. From then until 3rd Feb 2024, the Direct Spirit location will be Northeast and the Indirect Spirit location will be Southwest.
Feng Shui is all about balance and harmony, and in order to balance the chi belonging to the Direct and Indirect Spirit locations according to the 20 year time period, we add a ‘mountain’ feature (ie higher ground and/or heavy, solid features) to the Direct Spirit location and a ‘water’ feature to the Indirect Spirit location. So, from now until 3rd Feb 2024, having water views in the Southwest is deemed to be in harmony with the current Indirect Spirit location. If looking for a block of land to build on, land that has higher ground or a mountain feature in the Northeast and lower ground or a view of water in the Southwest is deemed to be harmonious landform according to the Direct and indirect Spirit locations for the Period of 8.
Note: the general positive location for water during a 20 year Time Period can also be examined via the He Tu combination of numbers by locating the 'Subdirect Spirit' location. During the Period of 7, the positive sector for water was thus deemed to be the Southwest, and during the Period of 8, the positive sector for water is the East sector. If you also happen to have a Siang Sin 8 (explained below) in your current Indirect Spirit or He Tu Water location, then placing a large active water feature, large windows and doorways in this location can improve your positive opportunities for abundance.
In addition to the above Time Period considerations, there are also different types of sitting/facing charts which can benefit greatly by orientating the appropriate mountain and water features in the surrounding landform according to the timely facing and sitting Siang Sin and Chor Sin combinations.
The second consideration for the placement of active water, is to examine the Flying Star numbers belonging to each compass sector within the Natal chart of the home. There are 3 numbers existing within each compass sector which represent a Chor Sin/Mountain energy, Main Star/Time energy and Siang Sin/Water energy. The many different combinations and element cycle interactions of these 3 numbers within each compass sector, (in conjunction with surrounding landform), provide probability factors which then help us determine which compass sectors are inherently positive or negative for health, abundance potential, relationships and so on.
Ideally, the best place to locate a yang (active) water feature in order to attract positive opportunities to your home is the location of the Timely Siang Sin/Water Star 8 energy. The Water Stars 9 and 1 are also positive, but not as potent as the 8. During the Period of 7, the Siang Sin 7 was deemed positive due to its ‘timeliness’, however, it’s positive effects began waning during the last few years of the Period of 7 and the inherent negative qualities of the 7 star are now beginning to emerge. You should now be concentrating on activating your Siang Sin 8 sector as a positive location for regular movement and activity, exterior doors and windows and active water features.
To locate your lucky Siang Sin 8 location, you first need to determine the facing direction of your home with a compass. You cannot guess the compass sectors of your home simply from your observation of the orientation of the sun where it rises and sets. The seasonal variation of the sun’s rising and setting position varies greatly from winter to summer, and the 24 mountain locations (consisting of 24 x 15 degree intervals of the compass) which orientate your building’s natal flying star chart, need to be precisely located within 1 degree increments in order to be accurate and effective.
The Facing Wall of the building is ALWAYS located directly on the opposite side to the back (sitting location) of the building. Sometimes the Main Door is located on the side of the building, while the Facing Wall is on another side, facing towards the front yard, an expansive view or open area of land. The side of your home that contains the most windows and balconies thus letting in the most light; the side where the main living areas are located and/or the side facing towards a busy main road or an expansive water view is usually the Facing Wall.
Once you have located the Facing Wall, stand outside, in the centre of this wall (with your back to the wall), facing straight out away from the wall. If the Main Door is also located along your Facing Wall, stand in front of the Main Door and walk 5-10 steps out from the door (keeping your back to the door and facing wall, and avoid standing too close to a car or metallic fence or directly under a power line as this can distort the compass reading). Remove all metallic jewellery etc from your body that may interfere with the compass reading. Hold your compass at waist level in front of you, making sure that you have your back to the Facing Wall, and you are facing directly out away from this wall.
If using a compass with a movable face plate, you will first need to orientate your compass so that the needle is correctly aligned with the north/south axis (usually indicated by lining up the coloured end of the needle, which indicates North, within a red arrow on the fixed part of the compass). Record the bearing number that is facing directly out from you (ie the direction you are looking directly towards). For example, if you are facing towards the Northeast, then the compass bearing will be somewhere between 022.5 – 067.5 degrees. If using a compass that has no movable face plate and is filled with fluid, you simply need to stand with your back to the wall, facing straight out, and record the compass bearing that is in line with the direction you are facing directly towards.
Now go to the back of the building and stand near the centre of the back wall, (which is directly opposite the Facing Wall) and stand facing directly towards the back wall. Take another compass bearing showing the compass degree facing straight out in front of you. It should be similar to the first compass bearing you took.
If you have never used a compass before, and really don't have a clue - then purchase one from a camping store and ask the store owner to show you exactly how to use it.
If you live in an apartment or unit with a large balcony or a large expanse of windows, that lets in the most light etc, (that does not correspond with the facing wall of the entire building), then you should take your compass reading using that wall as your facing wall. You'll still need to stand outside with your back to the wall, down below, to get an accurate compass reading.
Look at the following charts to find the Siang Sin 8 location for your building according to its facing direction. Note: the Period of 7 Chart applies to ‘Period of 7 Dwellings’ (ie any building that was built or substantially renovated from 4 Feb 1984 until 3 Feb 2004) and the Period of 8 Chart applies to ‘Period of 8 Dwellings’ (ie any building that will be built or substantially renovated from 4 Feb 2004 – 3 Feb 2024). This is a handy chart for planning future renovations into the new Period of 8. Make sure you look up the correct Time Chart depending on which time period your house was built or substantially renovated into.
Note: Simply repainting the house or internally renovating the Kitchen or Bathroom etc while still living in the dwelling won't necessarily change the Time Period of your home. To begin with, you must first move out of the dwelling as it is renovated and remove all your furniture as well. In order for the new time chi to flow in and take effect, there must first be adequate space for it to flow. The act of moving back into your home after the renovations, including moving all your furniture back in, helps with the changeover process. There needs to be substantial banging, hammering, changed flooring and alteration to the walls and main door, (in addition to all the furniture and the people living in the home being removed while the renovation occurs), during a different time period to when it was first built, to constitute a time period changeover in the Natal Xuan Kong Chart of the home.
Some buildings change time period easier than others. Period of 5 homes are usually the most stubborn. To make sure your home has definately changed time period, you can also open up a 2m x 2m section of the roof so that you can see into the home from the outside for a few days while the renovations are being conducted (and while the occupants and furniture are vacant from the building). If you live in a unit and wish to change the time period, obviously you can't open up the roof to the sky if there's another unit above you. However it's still possible to change the time period by moving the occupants and furniture out of the unit, then completely repainting the interior, cleaning, polishing and/or changing all the flooring, and then once the renovations are completed, moving the occupants and furniture back into the unit.
Each compass sector radiates out from the centre of your home like 8 giant pieces of pie. The compass sector of your home and property containing the lucky Siang Sin 8 is the area most potent for attracting abundance chi to your home. Exterior walls in the siang sin 8 sector should ideally contain a frequently used door, windows, a yang water feature and a room full of regular activity.
PERIOD OF 7 TABLE (4 Feb 1984 – 3 Feb 2004)
Facing Compass Measurement & Siang Sin 8 Location
022.5 – 037.5 degrees NE1: siang sin 8 in the East sector
037.5 – 067.5 degrees NE2&3: siang sin 8 in the West sector
067.5 – 082.5 degrees E1: siang sin 8 in the Northeast sector
082.5 – 112.5 degrees E2&3: siang sin 8 in the Southwest sector
112.5 – 127.5 degrees SE1: siang sin 8 in the East sector
127.5 – 157.5 degrees SE2&3: siang sin 8 in the West sector
157.5 – 172.5 degrees S1: siang sin 8 in the Northeast sector
172.5 – 202.5 degrees S2&3: siang sin 8 in the Southwest sector
202.5 – 217.5 degrees SW1: siang sin 8 in the North sector
217.5 – 247.5 degrees SW2&3: siang sin 8 in the South sector
247.5 – 262.5 degrees W1: siang sin 8 in the Southeast sector
262.5 – 292.5 degrees W2&3: siang sin 8 in the Northwest sector
292.5 – 307.5 degrees NW1: siang sin 8 in the *Centre
307.5 – 337.5 degrees NW2&3: siang sin 8 in the *Centre
337.5 – 352.5 degrees N1: siang sin 8 in the North sector
352.5 – 022.5 degrees N2&3: siang sin 8 in the South sector
* Note: If your Siang Sin 8 is located in the Centre sector of your home, then it’s possible that it is locked in, now that we have entered the Period of 8, and you may need to examine your overall floor plan and the pathway from the centre to the Siang Sin 5 and facing locations to determine the best path to open up so that chi can flow through to the centre. In this case, you may need the advice of a qualified Xuan Kong Feng Shui Consultant, via a Consultation. Ideally, homes with the Siang Sin 8 in the Centre should have an open, central courtyard with a beautiful water feature and surrounding windows and doors opening onto the courtyard.
PERIOD OF 8 TABLE (4 Feb 2004 – 3 Feb 2024)
Facing Compass Measurement & Siang Sin 8 Location
022.5 – 037.5 degrees NE1: siang sin 8 in the Northeast sector
037.5 – 067.5 degrees NE2&3: siang sin 8 in the Southwest sector
067.5 – 082.5 degrees E1: siang sin 8 in the East* sector
082.5 – 112.5 degrees E2&3: siang sin 8 in the West* sector
112.5 – 127.5 degrees SE1: siang sin 8 in the Northwest sector
127.5 – 157.5 degrees SE2&3: siang sin 8 in the Southeast sector
157.5 – 172.5 degrees S1: siang sin 8 in the North* sector
172.5 – 202.5 degrees S2&3: siang sin 8 in the South* sector
202.5 – 217.5 degrees SW1: siang sin 8 in the Southwest sector
217.5 – 247.5 degrees SW2&3: siang sin 8 in the Northeast sector
247.5 – 262.5 degrees W1: siang sin 8 in the East* sector
262.5 – 292.5 degrees W2&3: siang sin 8 in the West* sector
292.5 – 307.5 degrees NW1: siang sin 8 in the Southeast sector
307.5 – 337.5 degrees NW2&3: siang sin 8 in the Northwest sector
337.5 – 352.5 degrees N1: siang sin 8 in the North* sector
352.5 – 022.5 degrees N2&3: siang sin 8 in the South* sector
*NB: The sectors marked by an "*" in the Table above indicate the sector also contains a lucky chor sin 8, (ie siang sin/water star 8 plus chor sin/mountain star 8 in the same compass sector). This means you will need to carefully energise both the siang sin 8 and the chor sin 8 without drowning your health and relationship potential (governed by the chor sin 8). Ideally, you should seek the guidance of a qualified Xuan Kong consultant to help you tap into both lucky energy sources simultaneously within this lucky compass sector of the home.
Within each lucky Siang Sin 8 compass sector, it is possible to further fine tune the placement of lucky external door locations within a particular compass sector via water dragon formulae and timely hexagram orientation.
There are also various other techniques for fine tuning the placement of active water. The most important consideration when dealing with your auspicious Siang Sin 8 location is to have exterior water features, frequently used windows and doors on the exterior wall within this lucky sector, open space and pathways for the chi to flow to your home, and lots of activity and movement inside the sector.
Auspicious symbols and objects help focus your thoughts and intentions for positive aspirations of prosperity and success when placed in an area already earmarked for abundance potential. Positive symbols enhance your ‘mankind’ luck by helping you consciously focus on positive goals and aspirations, so that when opportunities do arrive, you are more likely to respond to them positively and recognise their potential. It’s no good energising your home for abundance if you refuse to acknowledge and embrace the opportunities as they arrive.
Simply placing a 3 legged toad or coin ball within your home will not magically make money appear (I wish!). The purpose of these symbols is to focus your mind and its intentions on a specific goal and works on a subconscious level to help you remain positively focused on your personal goals and aspirations for abundance. Ideally, to make the most out of your favourite abundance symbol/object, you should place it near a window or doorway belonging to an exterior wall containing the lucky Siang Sin 8. Every day, you should frequently open the window or door so the positive chi flows in and surrounds your lucky object as you hold it, then take the symbol/object for a sacred abundance journey to all the other rooms in your home. This helps bring the lucky abundance chi to all the other sectors, thus energising them with abundance potential from the Timely 8 Siang Sin star. When you finish, return your lucky symbol/object back to its original location.
For example, you could have an indoor water feature near a window or doorway that is in the same exterior wall containing the lucky Siang Sin 8, and placing a lucky dragon (or any other positive aspiration talisman that represents abundance to you) in or beside the water feature. Take the lucky talisman with you on your sacred walk. Other positive symbols are 8 Dragon coins kept in a red purse, a wealth vase, money frog, 3 legged toad, prosperity calligraphy symbol etc etc. It simply needs to be something you personally relate to as a strong symbol of abundance and prosperity. Remember, the use of symbolic objects is a separate practice to xuan kong feng shui. It is simply a way in which you can tie in your thoughts with an object symbolising your positive aspirations for abundance, which can then be placed in a positive location according to the feng shui of your dwelling.
Make sure the Siang Sin 8 location is kept clutter-free, well ventilated and decorated with positive and inspirational objects and artworks.
Important Note: If your facing direction falls precisely on a ‘Line of Emptiness’ (ie the exact point at which two compass sectors converge), then I strongly recommend you seek the services of a professional Xuan Kong Feng Shui Consultant via a Consultation to investigate the use of Replacement Stars in the Natal Chart. Lines of Emptiness can indicate weakness and confused energy around the home. If planning to build a new home, carefully check your facing direction and try to avoid having your home facing directly towards a Line of Emptiness. The Lines of Emptiness compass bearings are:
22.5 degrees, 67.5 degrees, 157.5 degrees, 112.5 degrees, 202.5 degrees, 247.5 degrees, 292.5 degrees and 337.5 degrees.
If the facing side of your home does not contain a positive siang sin energy, you might be able to tap into a hidden Castle Gate entrance instead. A qualified Xuan Kong Fei Xing Feng Shui Consultant can guide you further in this area of advanced feng shui.
As you are probably beginning to realise, Fei Xing/Flying Stars Feng Shui is pretty complex. I have covered the preliminary information necessary to start fenging for abundance opportunities in and around your home. There are of course, many other special house types and complex formulae to further fine tune and balance exterior landform features, water entry and exit formulae and so on. The information covered so far, represents the most basic knowledge that all authentic Xuan Kong Fei Xing Feng Shui Practitioners and Consultants must possess in order to correctly seek the abundance potential of your home.
If you come across a Consultant who does not possess a Luo Pan Compass, and prefers to intuitively ‘feel’ the vibrations, works from a fixed map of aspiration points and/or performs strange rituals, then by all means enjoy the show, but try to understand that there is no real mathematical or scientific basis behind their claims. If you are seeking real results based on the application of over 1500 years of statistical observation and carefully recorded mathematical probability factors associated with cyclic number patterns, time dimensional formulae, individual birth formulae and precise compass orientation, then you should seek the services of a qualified Xuan Kong Fei Xing Feng Shui professional.
There are three more important considerations that you should take into account when fenging for abundance potential in and around your home. First, you can orientate your work/study desk according to your Kua, (ie apply 8 Mansions Feng Shui). If you don’t know what your Kua is, please press the Kua Analysis button on the left hand side of your screen. Note: a professional feng shui consultant can ascertain if you are also able to access positive mountain and water star combinations in and around your work space with some exceptions to the 8 mansions positive/negative directions rule via bridging the chor sin energy in the wall behind you to your Kua.
The second consideration is the Trinity of Luck. There are three types of luck, and Feng Shui represents a third of your overall luck potential. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, please take a look at our Articles section and search for the Article titled “The Trinity of Luck”.
Finally, be aware of the Annual Feng Shui Energy Influences and their remedies each year. Our Mail Order Catalogue contains this information each year, and you will also find reference to the annual energy influences in many of our previous Articles.
(Feng Shui Article by Derelle Ball www.fengshui1689.com providing Feng Shui Consultations for Brisbane, Cleveland, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast QLD)
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