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Auspicious Days to Commence Work after the Chinese New Year Holidays in 2021

Here are some auspicious days to commence business after the Chinese New Year break in the Year of the Ox (2021).

Saturday 13th Feb 2021 (2nd Lunar Day)

This is a Full day. It is a good day to commence business and good for those involved in construction activities. Try to start work between 9 am and 11 am. Those born in the year of the Dog should avoid using this date.

Monday 15th Feb 2021 (4th Lunar Day)

This is a Set day. This is a very auspicious day and is good for most activities. Try to start work between 1 pm and 3 pm. Those born in the year of the Rat should avoid using this date.

Sunday 21 February 2021 (10th Lunar Day)

This is an Open Day. This is a very auspicious day and is good for most activities. Since the following Monday is not auspicious, you can do a symbolic start on this day. Try to start work between 11 am and 1 pm. Those born in the year of the Horse should avoid using this date.

Tuesday 23 February 2021 (12th Lunar Day)

This is an Establish Day. It is a good day to commence business and good for those involved in construction activities. Try to start work between 11 am and 1 pm. Those born in the year of the Monkey should avoid using this date.

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Thursday 18 February 2021 (7th Lunar Day) – Acceptable

You may notice that there is big gap between the 4th and 10 Lunar Day. If you must start work in-between, I suggest Thursday Feb 18 or Lunar Day 7. It is a Danger day and normally not quite suitable but the presence of auspicious stars especially the Year Wealth star makes it acceptable. Try to start work between 11 am and 1 pm. Those born in the year of the Rabbit should avoid using this date.

Feng Shui 2021

Qi comes from 8 directions and they influence the 8 sectors of a house or business premise . The annual qi changes every year and it affects the sectors differently. To find out how these qi affects you, first map out the sectors of a property. Locate the center of the property, place a compass there and mark out the 8 sectors.

Some of the Qi are beneficial and we call them auspicious qi. Some are not and we call them inauspicious qi. These annual qi are often call stars and they are labelled from 1 to 9.

Stars 8, 9 and 1 are auspicious and they influence the W, NE and S sectors in 2021. Stars 2, 5, and 7 are inauspicious and they influence the N, SE and NW sectors. Star 2 (N sector) relates to illness, Star 5 (SE sector) is a bad for everything while Star 7 (NW) relates to losses and injuries.

If the sectors, where you normally spend a lot of time in are located in the auspicious sectors, then you are bath in auspicious Qi and your luck will be enhanced.

For most people, these include the main door, bedroom, kitchen, living and study. Simplilistically speaking the Star 8 (W sector) brings forth money luck, Star 9 (NE sector) brings forth happy events and fame while Star1 (S sector) brings forth recognition and opportunities.

So spend time in these sectors as much as you can.

But what if you find that you are mostly in the inauspicious sectors. If you can, you should relocated to an auspicious sector. For example if your study is in an inauspicious sector but your dining table is not, then consider working at the dining. Or move out and sleep in a bedroom that has auspicious qi.

But what if you cannot? Then you need to moderate these auspicious qi but placing elements of the right elements. You see our forefathers believe that qi is comprised of 5 element type namely metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The annual qi also has an element type. Furthermore there is a mitigating interaction between elements. For example metal energy can minimize earth energy. Therefore if a sector is influence by inauspicious qi of earth type, then placing an item made of metal can minimize the inauspicious earth qi.

Back to if you cannot move out. To minimise the inauspicious energy of Star 2 in the SE sector, place a metal Wu Lou. To minimise the inauspicious energy of Star 5 in the SE sector, place a decent size metal decorative item there. Finally to minimise the inauspicious energy of Star 7 in the NW sector, place a bowl of still water. Please don’t forget to change the water now and then. I heard the mosquitoes can go up to the 12 floor using the lift!

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What about the remaining Star 4 and Star 6? In my opinion, there is no need to worry too much about them. Just let them be but focus your attention on Stars 2 (N), 5 (SE) and 7 (NW).

Feng Shui Renovation Rules 2021

If you plan to renovate a portion of your house without moving out in 2021, here are some things you should know.

Caring out major renovations in the wrong sectors of the house can create all kinds of problems for the occupants.

Reno Rules 2021

If you are born in the year of the Goat, you should try your very best to defer any major renovations to another year.

The rest of us can renovate but by following some rules.

First, let me explain what constitute major renovations. It include an ground breaking work such as digging a new drain, floor tiling works and so on as well as tearing down walls and pillars.

In 2021, Tai Sui or the Grand Duke Jupiter affects the NE1 sector. The opposite sector SW1 also known as Po Sui is also affected. So try your very best not to renovate these two sector.

Three Killings influences the East sector. If you renovate the sector, you may activate it and cause robbery (or losses), disaster and obstacles in 2021.

Finally you should also avoid renovating the South East sector as this is where the annual Five Yellow star reside which can cause all kinds of problem if activated.

To identify the sectors, use a compass and standing in the center of the house to mark them out.

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The above rules are for major renovations and if you continue to live in the house during the renovation works. If you move out during the renovation then it is fine.

So what if you must renovate? You should seek the advice of a Feng Shui Consultant who will then select special highly auspicious dates to carry out these renovations with minimal negative effect!

The Most Effective Feng Shui Method.

A very common question that my client ask me is what system of Feng Shui do I practice and is it the most effective?

I would like answer this question using our health as an example. How many ways are there to be healthy?

Many I suppose. Of the top of my head, I can think of a healthy diet, brisk walking or jungle tracking, Yoga or Qi Gong, taking supplements, going to bed early and so on.

If you ask a health guru chances are your will get a combination of the above. One may prescribe a healthy diet with exercise and supplements while another may prescribe a healthy vegetarian diet, coupled with Yoga etc.

Each of them have arrived a set of recommendations based on their learning and experience and what they deem to be the more effective way to be healthy.

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So how do we Feng Shui consultants do it?

Some consultant practice a single system only. For example the Eight Mansions. Most others however use a combination. For example Form and Flying Star. 

I fall into the second category. There are many things to learn in Chinese Metaphysics. I have been practicing professionally for over 18 years and I am still learning. Like most consultants these days, I have learn the a few Feng Shui systems, a few Forms Methods, a few Water Formulas, a few Date Selection methods etc.

What I have discovered is that some techniques within a particular system is more effective in others. Other techniques within the same system appear to be less effective.

Therefore, like many other consultants today, I deploy a number of techniques from different systems that based on our experience and learning gives the best result and prescribe it to our clients.

In addition, just like there are many ways to be healthy, there are many ways to good Feng Shui! 

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Fortune Street at Sentosa Singapore 2018

In this year of the Earth Dog, I spent my first 10 days of the Chinese Lunar Year participating in an event in Singapore. It is called Fortune Street and is organized by Resorts World at Sentosa.

It is a one stop center where you can get your fortune read by Chinese Astrologers, Palmists, Tarots, Energy Readers etc. For me it was a 10 days grueling session running from 12 noon to 10 pm with breaks.

Each session was limited to 10 minutes. For me you have a choice of learning your current year luck or your current 10 years luck in the area of career, wealth, relationships and health both mental and physical. Or you can ask a specific question and I will dwell as far inside as I can within the 10 minutes.

Though it was very tough, it was a good learning experience for me as a Chinese Astrology especially in speed reading using Zi Wei Dou Shu! And it gave me the opportunity to re-establish relationship with some old friends as well as make some new ones.

Here are some photos.

My Workstation
In Action
Scooby Chin (Tarot)
Master Judith Eugenio, Master Kevin Foong and Master CK
Jackie Chin in Action
Master Tham and sister from Ipoh
Registrar Crystal-belle and Lu
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And not forgetting the other Masters who participated in the event such Master Paul, Master Kalpana, Master Khor, Master Hilary, the team from the Golden Spaces etc

And other registrars such as Lina, Nafa who Amelia helped to register and schedule the endless stream of customers!

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Water and Wealth

(This is an article that I wrote in a column for the Sun Daily newspaper).

To the Chinese people, water is associated with wealth. When cash is tight, it is not uncommon to hear the phrase, “Water is tight” to describe the dire cash flow situation!

Water and Wealth
Water and Wealth

In Feng Shui, water is also associated with wealth. Hence the belief that water in the right places or approaching from the right directions brings wealth. Conversely, if your water is all wrong, then the consequence is dire. This is of course an over-simplification and in this article I will explain the usage of water in Feng Shui.

Water can be large e.g. pond, lake or river or small e.g. indoor aquarium, water fountain or drains. As we would expect, large water has a greater impact on our luck and this is why Feng Shui practitioners pay a lot of attention to rivers and lakes in the vicinity of the house. For water to be effective, it must be clean and not stagnated. In the case of flowing water like a river, the flow should also be slow and meandering. A fast flowing river and especially one that runs straight can be considered a sha!

The potential of a house can be enhanced by having the appropriate forms at the facing and sitting. Most houses will benefit from having water at the facing side (and mountain at the sitting side). Water in the form of a river or lake can enhance the wealth potential of a house. Even pseudo water form like a field or playground at the facing side works which is why a house with a lake view or facing a playground is more in demand Feng Shui wise.

Prosperous Mountain Prosperous Water
Prosperous Mountain Prosperous Water

Water is primarily used as an activator. In Feng Shui theory the “qi” and its quality within and outside the house can be computed using a formula. For example a sector may be good for wealth luck, another good for celebrations or happy events. Yet another may be good for career luck. Activating these sectors with water will increase the luck of the occupants of the house in these areas.

Conversely there are sectors influenced by bad energy. Activating these areas will activate the negative energy and cause bad luck for the occupants. This is why water in the wrong place can cause dire consequence.

From my observations, small water inside the house like an indoor water fountains are rarely the culprit. The problem is more likely caused by the large water body outside the house e.g. river, lake or swimming pool.

In Feng Shui theory, it is favorable if water e.g. river flows in from an auspicious sector and flows out from an inauspicious sector. These auspicious and auspicious sectors are determine from the house facing direction and sometimes other factors such as time.

In urban areas, roads take over the role of rivers and Feng Shui practitioners have to take the flow and traffic of the roads around a house into consideration. The application is the same as for rivers. If there is steady traffic, then there is activation – positive or negative. If there is hardly any traffic, then little activation. If traffic is very heavy and fast flowing like a busy highway, it becomes a sha!

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In the Xuan Kong school of Feng Shui, it is highly auspicious in this period to have water in the south-west. Other sectors such as north, east and south-east are also acceptable. So if you are planning to build a huge swimming pool and not planning to seek the services of a practitioner, I would suggest you locate it in one of the above sectors!

What is the Five Elements?

The ancient Chinese divide energy or “qi” into five types namely Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth “qi”. They are collectively known as “Wu Xing” or more commonly in the English speaking circle as the Five Elements.

The ancient Chinese believe that qi and matter are interchangeable. Hence a wooden table is essentially wood qi at rest while steam is water qi in an agitated or unstable state.

“Wu Xing” roughly translates to the Five Ways or Five Transformations which suggest some kind of relationship between them.

Five Element Productive Cycle
Five Element Productive Cycle

In fact there exist a productive and controlling relationships between these elements.

In the productive relationship, Wood produce Fire which in turn produce Earth. Earth then produce Metal which produce Water. Water produce Wood and the cycles repeats itself. This productive relationship is commonly known as the Productive Cycle.

Five Elements Controlling Cycle
Five Elements Controlling Cycle

In the controlling relationship, Wood control Earth which in turn control Water. Water then control Fire which control Metal. Metal control wood and the cycle repeats itself. This controlling relationship is commonly known as the Controlling Cycle.

Tips to remembering the relationships.

First the productive relationship.

Wood produce Fire – Picture an old fashion wood fire stove.
Fire produce Earth – Picture fire burning leaving ash behind.
Earth produce Metal – Picture an mining iron ore from the ground.
Metal produce Water – Picture water condensing on a cold metal cup.
Water produce Wood. Picture water nourishing a plant.

Next the controlling relationship.

Wood control earth – Picture trees extracting nutrients from the earth.
Earth control water – Picture bags of sand holding back flood water.
Water control fire – Picture firemen putting out fire with water hoses.
Fire control metal – Picture an iron foundry and molten metal.
Metal control wood – Picture an axe cutting down a tree.

The concept of the Five Elements is pervasive in Chinese metaphysics and is the founding principles in many disciplines such as Feng Shui, Astrology, Chinese Medicine, Face Reading, Martial Arts and even in Chinese Music.

For example, in Chinese Medicine, the heart is Fire while the liver is Wood. As you have learnt earlier, Wood produces Fire. Therefore if the heart is weak you can strengthen it by strengthening the liver!

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Aside from associations with the organs in the body, the Fire Elements has association with direction, colour, the seasons, emotion, flavour etc.

For example, for colours, fire is red, pink, orange or purple while wood is green and water is blue or black. And for seasons, winter is north, spring is east, summer is south while autumn is west.

Rules Governing the Placement of the Altar

“What are the rules governing the placement of the altar?”

Strictly speaking, the placement of the altar is not within the realms of Feng Shui. However in Chinese culture, Feng Shui and the religions that the ancient Chinese practices – namely Taoism and Buddhism are so closely inter-twined that it is difficult to draw the line. Feng Shui consultants that practice in locales with a significant Chinese population are as a norm expected to provide advice on the placement of the altar in the house.

So where should the altar be? As a best practice the altar should be placed in the living area and either facing the main door or facing the front part of the house. One of the functions of the deities is to “protect” the occupants of the house. Thus it is appropriate to place them in the “entrance” portion of the house.

Can you place the altar in the kitchen or bedroom? The answer is absolutely not unless it is the kitchen god whose rightful position is in the kitchen. But why not? The Buddha, Bodhisattva and Heavenly Deities are of a compassionate nature. One of the precepts is no killing and it is therefore it is incorrect to place them in the kitchen where meat such as pork, beef and chicken are present. Placing them in the bedroom is also not appropriate as it is disrespectful. Imagine running around naked or performing the love act in front of them!

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Other than the kitchen and bedroom, other place that are not suitable for the altar include places that are unhygienic or dirty such as the toilet/bath and store room.

The Buddha, Bodhisattva such as Guan Yin and Deities such as Guan Di or Monk Ji Gong are considered to be equal. Your ancestors represented by their ancestor’s tablets are not. Therefore in an altar, your ancestor tablets should be place at a lower level. If you have single level altar, the deities should be raised so that they are higher than the ancestor tablets. A piece or a block of wood would do the job.

For a Feng Shui perspective, what are the things that you should consider when it comes to the placement of the altar?

You can start by looking upwards. The altar should not be placed under a beam or under the stairs. There should not be a toilet upstairs either. Neither should the altar face a toilet or kitchen.

It should also not be place against the wall that is shared with the kitchen or toilet. It should also not be placed on a spot where there is an underground water pipe or drain.

Although the best place for the altar is in the living room looking out of the front of the house, it should not be too close to the door or to the windows.

Ideally it should also be in a quiet location. So placing the hi-fi or piano next to the altar is out. So is playing mah jong session in front of the altar! The air conditioner should also not be placed above or next to the altar.

To save on space, some people place the aquarium underneath the altar. This is not recommended as there is a “water-fire” clash between the aquarium (water) and the altar (fire).

How high should the altar be and what is the best colour? There is only one condition on the height of the altar. The top level for the positioning of the heavenly beings should be the worshippers head and not lower than the mouth. Looking up at the deities suggest respect. If the altar is lower then you will be looking down and it suggests disrespect for the deities.

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The best colour for the altar is red as in signifies auspiciousness. It does not have to be solid red. A wooden altar stained in some shade of red will do very well. Black is not suitable as it signifies inauspiciousness.

Finally do remember to pick an auspicious date to move in and set up the altar.