My earliest experience in Chinese metaphysics was many years ago when I was in Hong Kong. I turned on the TV and came across a talk show with a famous Hong Kong master of Feng Shui. The gentleman had been invited to the talk show to demonstrate his ability to read faces. The members of the audience were randomly selected and invited to the stage, where Master immediately read their faces and told them about them by just looking at their faces.
Facial reading is seen as an important complementary discipline for Feng Shui practitioners in addition to the obvious practical benefits it offers in business and business dealings. A handy backup skill that helps a Feng Shui consultant practice more effectively and efficiently.
Mian Xiang or Face Reading was originally developed for medical purposes. The famous Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor Classics, contains many pointers on how facial features can be used to identify medical problems. Later, the basic principles of face reading were extended beyond medical diagnosis to support fate analysis. Imperial advisors often used it to screen candidates for imperial positions. You see, in the old days, a person didn't submit their resume for an imperial position - instead, they submitted their BaZi or fate code.
Now, a candidate could occasionally try to submit a false BaZi to improve their chances of finding a position on the imperial payroll, which was a very desirable job advertisement in those days, as one person was more or less sure of what the Chinese were doing an "iron rice bowl". The imperial advisers would use Mian Xiang to confirm the BaZi and ensure that the candidate actually has the skills that they claim to have.
If you've read my previous articles, most of you are probably familiar with the collaboration between BaZi and Feng Shui. As I indicated in the past, a full Feng Shui consultation usually involves using BaZi, a person's fate code, to determine the type of problem the person is facing at that particular point in time. The Feng Shui consultant then uses Feng Shui as a prescription to solve or alleviate the problem that was diagnosed using the person's fate code.
However, there are cases in which a person's fate code is not available or the customer asks something during the on-site consultation and the BaZi table is not available. In such cases, a Feng Shui consultant who has studied facial reading can use Mian Xiang or facial reading as a substitute discipline to determine where the customer's problems are or what challenges they are facing at that particular time. This is because Mian Xiang represents what we call Later Heaven Luck - it tells us about the present, the result of current events as a result of the current state of mind, beliefs, character and virtues.
By examining the qi color on the face and the specific age point in relation to the age of the customer and looking at the contours and features on the face at this specific age point, the advisor can get a precise snapshot of the person's health status or happiness at that time. A person's face will almost always confirm what is in general in their BaZi. For example, if a person has a problem with holding on to their BaZi, which we call the Rob Wealth (Jie Cai) problem in the terminology of the BaZi consultant, this is always shown in the form on your face with very thick eyebrows .
A case of prevention is better than a cure
A good example of how useful Mian Xiang in combination with BaZi and Feng Shui is when it comes to human health. I remember a customer a few years ago who asked me to inspect his house that was being built.
The customer met us in my office to show us the way to his property. When the customer sat in my office to show me the plans of the house, something on his face caught my attention: he had a clear line that crossed the rag of his two ears (see attached picture). In Mian Xiang's study, this is usually an indication that the person is at risk of developing heart problems. I checked my concern again by looking at his eyes. There was a clear blue ring around the pupil of his eyes, another clear indication of heart problems.
Now a conclusion from a discipline like Mian Xiang is often supported and confirmed by another discipline like Feng Shui or BaZi. So we went to the house of the Lord.
The house was under construction at the time, but it was enough for me to determine where its main door and cladding would be. I also noticed that he had a lamppost right in the part of his main door, a formation known in Feng Shui as Piercing Heart Sha. This is definitely an awkward formation on the main door. As you will remember, the main door is one of the three important factors that must always be considered when looking at the feng shui of a property. When the main door is affected, the qi entering the property is blocked or converted to negative or sha-qi.
A simple check of the instructions with the Luo Pan revealed that the lamppost was in the southern part of his house. Now the southern sector of a property is ruled by the Gua known as Li Gua. Among other things, Li Gua represents the eyes and the heart. I think most people can pretty much figure out what it means if you have Piercing Heart Sha, which is in the sector that is governed by the Gua, which represents the heart and eyes. Therefore, it was in line with my initial concern about what I saw on the customer's face, i.e. H. He could have a heart problem, especially if he also moved into the house he built with the environmental feature in which it was located.
Then what was the result you might think of? How does the story end? Positive, I am happy to say! The client decided that he would undergo a thorough examination because he had not gone to the medical examination for some time. He also decided to change the design of the house to move the location of the main door, which wasn't too difficult to correct since the house was not ready and he could still make changes to the design.
When I checked the gentleman's BaZi, there was a clash between Zi (rat) and Wu (horse), known in BaZi terminology as Shui Huo Xiang Cong or fire and water clash. This is an explosive collision of the fire and water elements and an indication of a heart problem.
What the face and the BaZi reveal in this case is an area of concern, but above all measures. So I've always stressed the importance of taking the right action once you've been alerted to a potential problem.
I recently saw my client on another matter and found that the lines on his earlobe have decreased significantly. He told me that since then, he has also tried to eat better and exercise more because the medical exam has revealed some problems that could lead to heart problems if he did not change his lifestyle.
Now, it is not absolutely necessary that your Feng Shui practitioner knows Mian Xiang or does it as a complementary discipline to his Feng Shui practice, but as you can see from this little story, it is a very helpful support discipline. It helps the Feng Shui practitioner. Practitioners refine and focus their efforts. By combining his knowledge of BaZi with Mian Xiang, a feng shui practitioner can examine not only long-term problems, but also short-term and more immediate, urgent problems such as health concerns.