Since I started writing for the newspapers, my e-mail box has been flooded with questions from readers of the column and also viewers of my television program. Some people are curious to learn more about Feng Shui in general, others are looking for specific answers to their Feng Shui questions, and yet many are only looking for consolation or confirmation of superstitions, stories of old women, and myths.
This week, I thought, for a change, I should open my mailbag and give my readers some of the most common (and most interesting) requests I've received and the answers to those questions. Some of these questions can be a bit technical, others are straightforward. But most of them share the common property of being questions that most people would have thought or thought about when it came to Feng Shui.
I used the services of a Feng Shui Master (a friend of mine) when we moved to our new home in June last year. According to her, our house faces north-east (main door faces north-east) and an earth house. She had told us that we should not use colors like red, blue, purple for our house, but colors like beige, white, brown and light yellow. However, in the recent annual review we asked her to do for the house, she told us that we can't use green. I had already bought green material for my curtain and sofa set because it hadn't mentioned not using green the first time. Now she says that green, a wood color, will destroy the earth house. I still remember her saying that colors only affect 10% of Feng Shui, but when I asked her if it was okay if I had a green sofa set and a curtain, she definitely didn't say so. I am very confused now. I don't want to get rid of the green materials that I spent quite a bit of money on, but on the other hand I'm afraid that it will be bad feng shui. There are other things she said that seem contradictory, but since she is a friend, it is difficult for us to question her too much. Is it true that I cannot use the green materials? Can you please tell me which colors are good and which are bad for the house? Is it true that I can only set certain colors for certain years?
In the basic study of Feng Shui, a building can be of a certain element due to its general shape. For example, a building with a sharp, pointed roof is a form of fire. Round or designed buildings consist of metal elements. In Eight Mansions Feng Shui, the element of a house is based on the seating direction of the house. However, the element of your home has no influence on your personal decisions regarding the interior.
Her Feng Shui consultant appears to have based her interior recommendations on New Age Feng Shui rather than classic Feng Shui. The elementary quality of a building does not determine your choice of interior. It simply tells us what the building is more suitable from a functional point of view. Just because you have a fire-shaped house does not mean that you cannot have blue sofas or blue curtains for the simplistic notion that "water and fire collide". If you like your green curtains and your green sofa, keep them. The operative word here is "how". Frankly, colors don't have much to do with Feng Shui, and their effects are largely psychological in nature.
Defining your feng shui by colors based on elementary considerations seems highly illogical and impractical, as this means that you have to repaint your house every year and change all of your furniture, as the elemental energies are constantly changing. Classic Feng Shui does not require anything of the kind (and in the old days of the Tang Dynasty most houses looked the same and had the same colors!). There are no good or bad colors, only colors you like and colors you don't like!
We recently bought a house. Is there a special date selection for moving in?
Date selection is important if we want to maximize the benefits and enjoy the long-lasting effects of a good Feng Shui. For an important activity like moving, choosing a suitable date is highly recommended.
The purpose of choosing dates is to do the right thing at the right time. In this case, the right time means that we should choose a specific date on which the energies of the day correspond to the Qi pattern that we are trying to activate and a specific time at which the positive energies in our environment are for the Action are optimal or activity to be initiated.
The Tong Shu, or Chinese almanac, which has been a common household item for most Chinese families for the past hundred years, contains some generic data suitable for moving to a new house. However, these are only for general use.
The date selection is a specialized field of study in itself. There are numerous methods available for selecting suitable data, including the Dong Gong method, the Xuan Kong Da Gua, the Qi Men, the Shen Sha and the Tian Xing method, to name just a few. A really good date for an activity (be it moving house or opening a new store) is a date that is tailored to the person or people involved in the activity. The date is compared with the BaZi (or Destiny Code) of the people involved.
I had a black car but had two accidents in 8 months. I was born in the year of the dragon and I am now 31 years old. I have a feeling that the black color is not for me and I decided to change the color this weekend. Please let me know which color is more suitable for me.
This reminds me of a recent article my student in England sent me on how to drive your Feng Shui car and avoid accidents, reducing your insurance payments! Unlike a house, your car has no fixed direction or location. You don't sleep or live in your car. Accordingly, your car has no feng shui effect on you. So it is not because of the "feng shui of the car" that you have experienced accidents. Neither the color of your car (nor the license plate) nor the type of car have anything to do with the number of accidents you have experienced. Paint your car in any color you like. As for the problem of accidents, it is more likely that there is a problem in your BaZi, or maybe it is your driving that is causing the problem and not your car!
I would like to know if it is not good for a couple born in the same year to be together. My friend and I were born in the dragon year and we are always told that we cannot be together! They said it was "Zhong" (collision). Is it true?
In the BaZi study, there are six earthly branches that are in conflict with one another. The dragon is in conflict with the dog. To answer the question first, there is no dragon-dragon conflict.
The clash relationships in the BaZi study have led to some creative interpretations that lead to the conclusion that individuals should not date or marry, or enter into joint ventures or partnerships with people whose year Branch collides with their year Branch. For example, a person born in the year of the pig should not partner or marry a person born in the year of the snake. It's just not quite right!
The compatibility between people is not determined solely by the year branch, but by the comparison of the entire BaZi (or fate codes) of both people. However, is it surely illogical to have to cut off or rule out a relationship with someone, or to meet someone or do business with someone just because they happen to be an animal sign that collides with our own? We need to look at the full BaZi diagrams of the people to get a more accurate conclusion.
Is it true that with your exact date and time of birth, black magic can be applied to you? If it's true, isn't it dangerous to share this information?
BaZi consultants or Destiny analysts are unable to hex or perform black magic. Unfortunately, this fear stems from the old days when there were a number of Feng Shui masters who doubled as spiritual masters. Nowadays, most Feng Shui and BaZi consultants are only masters of their field and omit spiritual practices, including ghost destruction activities that are not primarily part of classic Feng Shui or Chinese astrology.
The trend of advisors from Feng Shui and BaZi is already increasingly shifting back to pure classic Feng Shui and Chinese astrology, which are strictly based on the study of the natural environment (i.e. capacity of earth energy) and the analysis of fate (capacity of humans ) concentrated. In addition, most Feng Shui and BaZi consultants today are very professional based on today's expectations, and information such as dates of birth or house details are usually kept strictly confidential. So there is, so to speak, no "danger".
Of course, despite the discussions, you can be one of those who are still concerned and nervous about revealing such information. There is actually a way to overcome this. Many of you may not be aware that every Chinese hour actually includes two Western hours - as in the dragon lesson (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) or the rooster hour (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.). So if you want to have a little rest when you use the services of a Feng Shui and BaZi consultant, simply tell the consultant your time of birth according to the Chinese hour!
My company intends to buy a new building, but we have 5 directors. If I want to choose the direction of view based on a person's gua number, which director's gua number should i follow?
This is a common question when it comes to feng shui for business premises. Using a director's personal gua to find business premises is fine for a small business or a one-man business, but doesn't work entirely for large companies or companies that have many directors and aren't all in the same personal gua group - im ...