Feng Shui advice for the Chinese Year of the Monkey 2016

MonkeyLosar Tashi Delek and Happy New Year!

The Chinese and Tibetan New Year coincided this year and friends and fellow monks are celebrating the year of the Fire Monkey all around the world.

In the Chinese traditions this means travelling for family reunions and in the Tibet communities it is the start of a month of festivals and prayers. In Tibetan monasteries they are enjoying a few days of holiday followed by special pujas to set up the following year.

 

This is the year of the Monkey, which is playful and hard to pin down. In Buddhism we often talk about the ‘monkey mind’ – the tendency for the mind to flit between one idea and another and the difficulty of focussing on the here and now in a meaningful way. Science has started to discover good reasons why we should try mindfulness meditation to overcome mental and physical challenges and the research is well established.

The stories of the Monkey King are beloved in the Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist traditions. Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy’s adventures as they lead the monk Tripitaka to India to receive the Mahayana teachings from Lord Buddha are wonderful stories loved by youngsters and adults alike. It always seems to be King Monkey who gets them out of their various scrapes but only when his actions are controlled by the wise young monk.

Maybe this year is one in which it would be good to give mindfulness meditation a try in order to overcome the Monkey nature that will prevail.

It should be an especially good year if you were born in the year of the Monkey and also for Dragons and Rats. Don’t expect a good year if you were born in the year of the Tiger.

You can check here to find your animal sign and your Gua number in my blog – ‘Time to get a good direction for your life’ (check the tables to get your directions).

As I have often mentioned, it is very important to know your Gua number because it determines your lucky and unlucky directions. These Feng Shui directions are yours for life and are always very useful and powerful. However, there are yearly changes that you have to be aware of otherwise you may not realise that one or two of your good directions have become bad for one year.

There are three negative yearly influences to watch out for every year – the Grand Duke, the Three Killings and the Five Yellows:

The Grand Duke is a negative yearly influence that you should not sit facing even if it is usually a good direction for you. This year it is in the southwest so avoid facing this direction at all this year. To be precise, it is in the west-southwest in the 15 degrees between 233 and 247, but it is probably easier to avoid the whole of the southwest, as you did last year. Don’t confront the Grand Duke so do not sit facing him. It may also be advisable to not sleep with the top of your head towards the Grand Duke. And, do not start renovations in the southwest. It is ok to start elsewhere and then you can continue to the southwest area later in your renovations.

The Three Killings is another negative influence that affects your directions. With this one, it is important not to sit with your back to it, otherwise there is a danger of negative criticism and being undermined. This has gone round 90 degrees, to the south. So this year do not sit facing north.

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Lastly, the Five Yellows is a negative influence that affects a particular location in your home and workplace, rather than a direction. This year the northeast is afflicted. It can cause sickness and general misfortune so it is better to avoid spending a lot of time in this location in your place. However, it can be controlled by hanging a wind chime with six hollow metal tubes in the area. This is especially important if your bedroom is located in the northeast sector and you cannot move to another bedroom for the year. It is also very important to hang the wind chime close to your front door if it is located in the northeast of your home. Wind chimes do not have to make a sound in order to be effective. It is the presence of the metal tubes that helps to suck up the negative earth element influence associated with the Five Yellows. The most likely problems would be for the luck of education and knowledge , especially the youngest son.

The northeast is also associated with the fortunes of young men and in general we are in a good twenty year period for young men, right up until 2024. However, this year is not good and so whereas it was easy to predict success for Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections the same may not be true for the youngest male candidate this time around, Marco Rubio, whose problems seemed to have started immediately on the movement of the five yellows to the northeast at the beginning of the new year on February 9th.

The very best way to avoid bad luck is to always perform good actions with the best possible intentions. This creates the seeds of good fortune. Then when negative conditions arise, like the ones I just outlined, you are much less likely to experience negative results. Implementing the cures I have suggested makes it even more unlikely that bad things will happen.

It is not always easy to implement these Feng Shui recommendations. Just do your best and forget about it afterwards. The great Buddhist saint, Shantideva said, ‘Worry doesn’t help. If there is something you can do, do it, and then there is no need to worry. If there is nothing you can do, why worry?

So please enjoy life with a good heart, Always work on the balance between mind, body and your environment. Do your best to help others and at least try not to harm them. That way the Year of the Monkey will take care of itself and you.

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Feng Shui advice for the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram/Ewe?

EweLosar Tashi Delek and Happy New Year!

February 19th 2015 is the start of the Chinese and Tibetan New Year but what animal sign is it? It is variously described as the Year of the Sheep, or the Year of the Goat or the Ram. The Chinese tend to go for the Goat and the Tibetans for Sheep. Indeed, there is a close genetic relationship between these animals. Sheep years are ‘yin’, which is considered feminine. So perhaps it would be more accurate to describe it as the Year of the Ewe – and certainly not the Year of the Ram.

The element for this year is Wood and this represents growth. The Sheep is associated with the southwest, so this year you can expect some new relationships to begin. This is most likely for people born in the year of the Horse.

It should be an especially good year if you were born in the year of the Pig (Boar) and also for Rabbits. Don’t expect a good year if you were born in the year of the Ox.

You can check here to find your animal sign and your Gua number in my blog – ‘Time to get a good direction for your life’ (check the tables to get your directions).

It is very important to know your Gua number because it determines your lucky and unlucky directions. These Feng Shui directions are yours for life and are always very useful and powerful. However, there are yearly changes that you have to be aware of otherwise you may not realise that one or two of your good directions have become bad for one year.

There are three negative yearly influences to watch out for each year – the Grand Duke, the Three Killings and the Five Yellows:

The Grand Duke is a negative yearly influence that you should not sit facing even if it is usually a good direction for you. This year it is in the southwest so avoid facing this direction at all this year. To be precise, it is in the south-southwest in the 15 degrees between 203 and 217, but it is probably easier to avoid the whole of the southwest. The Grand Duke is like a grumpy old general and you should not confront him in any way, so do not sit facing him. It is advisable to not sleep with the top of your head towards the Grand Duke. Also, do not start renovations in the direction where he is located. It is ok to start elsewhere and then you can continue to the southwest area later in your renovations.

The Three Killings is another negative influence that affects your directions. With this one, it is important not to sit with your back to it, otherwise there is a danger of negative criticism and being undermined. This is in the west this year so do not sit facing east.

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Lastly, the Five Yellows is a negative influence that affects a particular location in your home and workplace, rather than a direction. This year the west is afflicted. It can cause sickness and general misfortune so it is better to avoid spending a lot of time in this location in your place. However, it can be controlled by hanging a wind chime with six hollow metal tubes in the area. This is especially important if your bedroom is located in the west sector and you cannot move to another bedroom for the year. It is also very important to hang the wind chime close to your front door if it is located in the west of your home. Wind chimes do not have to make a sound in order to be effective. It is the presence of the metal tubes that helps to suck up the negative earth element influence associated with the Five Yellows. The most likely problems would be for the luck of children in general, especially the youngest daughter.

Remember that the best way to avoid bad luck is to always perform good actions with the best possible intentions. This creates the seeds of good fortune. Then when negative conditions arise, like the ones I just outlined, you are much less likely to experience negative results. Implementing the cures I have suggested makes it even more unlikely that bad things will happen.

Whatever you do, there is no use worrying about it. So please enjoy life with a good heart, keep your life grounded and in balance, and as much as you can help others and at least try not to harm them. That way you will create a cycle of good fortune that will make the Year of the Sheep a very successful one for you.

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Happy New Year of the Horse – Here is some Feng Shui advice

Feng Shui advice for the Year of the Horse 2014

Gino

Dear Friends,

Last year was a bit of a roller-coaster ride for many people. I had an amazing year with a huge step forward in terms of career. I started a film production company called Alpine Style Productions and with the help of my excellent team we completed filming eight episodes of a thirteen-part series on Feng Shui, called ‘Wind and Water’. You can see the trailer for this ground-breaking TV series using this link.

Sales of my book, ‘Feng Shui – Seeing is Believing’ have also been going well. And a new book, on Flying Star Feng Shui, is one of my priorities for 2014.

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I have also found a manufacturer interested in making the Feng Shui enhancers that I designed with the sculptor, Olivier Massange. Keep an eye on my website for availability later this year.

The year of the Snake brought its ups and downs and now we move into the year of the Horse. The horse is characterised by strength, reliability and hard work. So that is what you can expect this year as well as more travel. People born in the year of the Horse should practice more patience this year and take a more softly, softly approach to their work.

In general though, I think that we can start to be more confident about business, career and projects. They will need hard work but we should start to reap the benefits of the necessary soul-searching and re-orientation that we have been through in recent years. Period Eight (2004 to 2024) was always predicted to be a prosperous one and now that we are halfway through we can move forward with more confidence for the next eight to ten years.

However, as usual, there are yearly influences that we must take note of and control.

A wind chime with six hollow metal tubesThe principal negative influence, which is called the ‘Five Yellows’ moves from the centre this year to the north-west of your building. It is always important to have metal where the Five Yellows is located for the year – so hang a fairly large wind chime with six hollow metal tubes.

The wind chime can be inside your place or outside and it doesn’t have to make a noise. Metal exhausts the negative earth influence. Otherwise there would be problems for men in senior positions and in getting help from mentors, teachers and guides.

If you have been practicing Feng Shui, you may well have a wind chime in the north-west of your place already and it will certainly not harm to place an additional one. It may even attract more people to help you in your life.

Two other major negative yearly influences for 2014 affect your sitting directions and there is a double dose of bad energy when facing the south. I already explained the great importance of personal good and bad directions in an earlier blog called  ‘Time to get a good direction in your life’.  You should check out this extremely helpful information if you have not done so already.

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The first is called the ‘Grand Duke’ and you must not sit facing this way even if it is a good personal direction for you. In 2014 it is due south so avoid having your desk facing this direction or sitting watching TV facing this way. You may even prefer to not have the head of your bed towards the south this year.

The second direction is called the ‘Three Killings’ and it is important to not sit with your back to this one. In 2014 it is in the north so again you should not sit facing south, otherwise you may suffer from unnecessary criticism.

Remember that good luck does not grow on trees.  You must first create the cause of good fortune by performing good actions with good intentions. What goes around, comes around. Feng Shui can help to create good conditions so that good luck can become manifest but it is up to you to make your own luck by being a good-hearted, patient and generous person, and also to recognise and seize the opportunities when they arise. Then again use that good fortune to help others. That way, you will create a never-ending cycle of abundance.

2014 will be a crucial year for my TV project and I will need all the help I can get! Wishing you all the very best of luck in the year of the Wood Horse!

Love,

Jampa

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Feng Shui advice for the Year of the Snake 2013

Feng Shui advice for the Year of the Snake 2013

Wonderful Snake Dear Friends, Another year over and it was a difficult one for wealth for many people. But the well-made plans and developments of last year will bear fruit in this one. This year the focus changes to support and stability for your family and business. It was a very big year for me personally when my book ‘Feng Shui – Seeing is Believing’ was published by Wisdom Publications of Boston, U.S.A. It is available in both hard copy and ebook versions from Amazon and other good outlets. Check it out at: http://www.wisdompubs.org/pages/display.lasso?-KeyValue=33182&-Token.Action=&image=1 I also made the pilot episode of my TV series – ‘Wind and Water’ in Florence and I have already filmed one of the 13 episodes which is set in India (on attracting the luck of Mentors) in full HD quality. The other 12 episodes will be filmed all around the world this year for release in 2014. If you would like to invest in this unique and highly beneficial project let me know. Keep an eye on my website for developments. http://www.jlgeomancy.com Now it is time to look at the Feng Shui tips for the year of the Water Snake. Will it be a lucky year for you? The principal negative influence this year is in the centre of your home and business premises. It is important to have metal in the centre of your building this year. This is necessary to control the ‘Five Yellows’. It is a year when you may have problems finding support and you should take care that the central sector of your place is well set up. As I mentioned before, you should be aware that Feng Shui recommendations do not make up the entirety of your luck. You must first create the cause of good fortune by performing good actions with good intentions. Any major moral philosophy will explain how to do this. Then the seeds of potential good fortune are created. For example, the seeds of wealth come from generosity and the seeds of health come from not harming but helping (even insects). What goes around, comes around. Feng Shui techniques explain how to create the right environmental conditions so that these seeds can ripen and opportunities for good fortune arise. Then it up to you to make the most of those opportunities. Using your good directions is a major part of creating conducive environmental conditions. In last year’s blog I mentioned the great importance of using your good directions (and avoiding your bad ones). Everybody has four good directions and four bad ones and I explained these in some detail. If you missed that information I highly recommend that you familiarise yourself with it before you do anything else. It can change your life! https://jampaludrup.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/time-to-get-a-good-direction-for-your-life/ However, you must also be aware of the  yearly influences, which sometimes render even your good directions negative. These negative yearly influences are called the ‘Grand Duke’ and the ‘Three Killings’. This year the direction of the Grand Duke is still the southeast. The precise compass bearing is from 143 to 157 degrees. He is like a grumpy old general and it is not good to sit facing him even if the southeast is one of your good directions. You can sit with your back to him no problem. I also recommend that you do not sleep with your head toward this negative influence. If you are planning renovations, do not start them in the southeast. The direction of the Three Killings is the east. It is important that you do not sit with your back to this direction. In other words, you should not sit facing the west this year. If you do, there is a danger of criticism or ‘back-stabbing’. You can sit facing the east with no problem. The third negative influence is the ‘Five Yellows’. This corresponds to a location within your building and not the direction. This year the Five Yellows is in the central sector of your place. This brings a condition for sickness, money problems and general bad luck for anyone who spends a lot of time in this location. It is a heavy earth energy influence and it is cured by hanging a metal wind chime with six hollow tubes in the central sector. If your bedroom is in this sector of the house or apartment you should consider sleeping in another room for the year. If you were born in the year of the Snake this should be a good year for you anyway. If you were born in the year of the Pig it may be difficult. Wishing you all the very best of luck in the year of the Snake!

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Time to get a good direction for your life!

Dear Friends,

As you probably already know, everybody has four good directions and four bad ones. There are three basic ways to use these directions. Firstly, sleep with the top of your head towards a good direction. Secondly, sit facing a good direction when eating, working, studying and at meetings or interviews. Thirdly, use doors that face a good direction (from the inside looking out). This includes the front door to the building, bedroom door, apartment front door and office doors. It is difficult to have all the doors facing good directions but try to get as many as possible.

These directions always work.

That may seem like a sweeping statement to make but in the many hundreds of consultations I have done, over more than 15 years, I have never found one exception. Learning and using your directions is one of the most important things you can do for success in your life! I will give you tables to check your directions at the end of this blog.

The directions are for your whole life, so they are very important to know. It is very important to understand these directions well and in order to do that you need some skill with a compass. Some of us are ‘directionally challenged’ so if you have no sense of direction and get lost driving or on a walk you need to practice using a compass. For a quick check you can use a smart phone compass. The Apple iPhone seems to be fairly accurate under most circumstances. Others, such as the Nokia smart phones should not be trusted. It is better to get a good quality compass from an outdoor activities store.

Now, to find out your good and bad directions, first you need to find your ‘Gua’ number from the list below. As you can see, the Gua number depends on your year of birth and whether you are male or female. The Gua number is for your whole life and some people regard this as their lucky number.

Birth date                      Animal   Gua Number
                                       Male   Female
Feb 18, 1912 – Feb 5,  1913     Mouse   7       8
Feb 6,  1913 – Jan 25, 1914     Ox      6       9
Jan 26, 1914 – Feb 13, 1915     Tiger   5       1
Feb 14, 1915 – Feb 2,  1916     Rabbit  4       2
Feb 3,  1916 – Jan 22, 1917     Dragon  3       3
Jan 23, 1917 – Feb 10, 1918     Snake   2       4
Feb 11, 1918 – Jan 31, 1919     Horse   1       5
Feb 1,  1919 – Feb 19, 1920     Sheep   9       6
Feb 20, 1920 – Feb 7,  1921     Monkey  8       7
Feb 8,  1921 – Jan 27, 1922     Bird    7       8
Jan 28, 1922 – Feb 15, 1923     Dog     6       9
Feb 16, 1923 – Feb 4,  1924     Pig     5       1
Feb 5,  1924 – Jan 23, 1925     Mouse   4       2
Jan 24, 1925 – Feb 12, 1926     Ox      3       3
Feb 13, 1926 – Feb 1,  1927     Tiger   2       4
Feb 2,  1927 – Jan 22, 1928     Rabbit  1       5
Jan 23, 1928 – Feb 9,  1929     Dragon  9       6
Feb 10, 1929 – Jan 29, 1930     Snake   8       7
Jan 30, 1930 – Feb 16, 1931     Horse   7       8
Feb 17, 1931 – Feb 5,  1932     Sheep   6       9
Feb 6,  1932 – Jan 25, 1933     Monkey  5       1
Jan 26, 1933 – Feb 13, 1934     Bird    4       2
Feb 14, 1934 – Feb 3,  1935     Dog     3       3
Feb 4,  1935 – Jan 23, 1936     Pig     2       4
Jan 24, 1936 – Feb 10, 1937     Mouse   1       5
Feb 11, 1937 – Jan 30, 1938     Ox      9       6
Jan 31, 1938 – Feb 18, 1939     Tiger   8       7
Feb 19, 1939 – Feb 7,  1940     Rabbit  7       8
Feb 8,  1940 – Jan 26, 1941     Dragon  6       9
Jan 27, 1941 – Feb 14, 1942     Snake   5       1
Feb 15, 1942 – Feb 4,  1943     Horse   4       2
Feb 5,  1943 – Jan 24, 1944     Sheep   3       3
Jan 25, 1944 – Feb 12, 1945     Monkey  2       4
Feb 13, 1945 – Feb 1,  1946     Bird    1       5
Feb 2,  1946 – Jan 21, 1947     Dog     9       6
Jan 22, 1947 – Feb 9,  1948     Pig     8       7
Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949     Mouse   7       8
Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950     Ox      6       9
Feb 17, 1950 – Feb 5,  1951     Tiger   5       1
Feb 6,  1951 – Jan 26, 1952     Rabbit  4       2
Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953     Dragon  3       3
Feb 14, 1953 – Feb 2,  1954     Snake   2       4
Feb 3,  1954 – Jan 23, 1955     Horse   1       5
Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956     Sheep   9       6
Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30, 1957     Monkey  8       7
Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958     Bird    7       8
Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 7,  1959     Dog     6       9
Feb 8,  1959 – Jan 27, 1960     Pig     5       1
Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961     Mouse   4       2
Feb 15, 1961 – Feb 4,  1962     Ox      3       3
Feb 5,  1962 – Jan 24, 1963     Tiger   2       4
Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964     Rabbit  1       5
Feb 13, 1964 – Feb 1,  1965     Dragon  9       6
Feb 2,  1965 – Jan 20, 1966     Snake   8       7
Jan 21, 1966 – Feb 8,  1967     Horse   7       8
Feb 9,  1967 – Jan 29, 1968     Sheep   6       9
Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969     Monkey  5       1
Feb 17, 1969 – Feb 5,  1970     Bird    4       2
Feb 6,  1970 – Jan 26, 1971     Dog     3       3
Jan 27, 1971 – Feb 14, 1972     Pig     2       4
Feb 15, 1972 – Feb 2,  1973     Mouse   1       5
Feb 3,  1973 – Jan 22, 1974     Ox      9       6
Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975     Tiger   8       7
Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976     Rabbit  7       8
Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977     Dragon  6       9
Feb 18, 1977 – Feb 6,  1978     Snake   5       1
Feb 7,  1978 – Jan 27, 1979     Horse   4       2
Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980     Sheep   3       3
Feb 16, 1980 – Feb 4,  1981     Monkey  2       4
Feb 5,  1981 – Jan 24, 1982     Bird    1       5
Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983     Dog     9       6
Feb 13, 1983 – Feb 1,  1984     Pig     8       7
Feb 2,  1984 – Feb 19, 1985     Mouse   7       8
Feb 20, 1985 – Feb 8,  1986     Ox      6       9
Feb 9,  1986 – Jan 28, 1987     Tiger   5       1
Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988     Rabbit  4       2
Feb 17, 1988 – Feb 5,  1989     Dragon  3       3
Feb 6,  1989 – Jan 26, 1990     Snake   2       4
Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991     Horse   1       5
Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3,  1992     Sheep   9       6
Feb 4,  1992 – Jan 22, 1993     Monkey  8       7
Jan 23, 1993 – Feb 9,  1994     Bird    7       8
Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995     Dog     6       9
Jan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996     Pig     5       1
Feb 19, 1996 – Feb 6,  1997     Mouse   4       2
Feb 7,  1997 – Jan 27, 1998     Ox      3       3
Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999     Tiger   2       4
Feb 16, 1999 – Feb 4,  2000     Rabbit  1       5
Feb 5,  2000 – Jan 23, 2001     Dragon  9       6
Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2001     Snake   8       7
Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003     Horse   7       8
Feb 1,  2003 – Jan 21, 2004     Sheep   6       9
Jan 22, 2004 – Feb 8,  2005     Monkey  5       1
Feb 9,  2005 – Jan 28, 2006     Bird    4       2
Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007     Dog     3       3
Feb 18, 2007 – Feb 6,  2008     Pig     2       4
Feb 7,  2008 – Jan 25, 2009     Mouse   1       5
Jan 26, 2009 - Feb 13, 2010     Ox      9       6
Feb 14, 2010 - Feb 2,  2011     Tiger   8       7
Feb 3,  2011 - Jan 22, 2012     Rabbit  7       8
Jan 23, 2012 - Feb 9,  2013     Dragon  6       9
Feb 10, 2013 - Jan 30, 2014     Snake   5       1
Jan 31, 2014 - Feb 18, 2015     Horse   4       2
Feb 19, 2015 - Feb 7,  2016     Sheep   3       3
Feb 8,  2016 - Jan 27, 2017     Monkey  2       4
Jan 28, 2017 - Feb 15, 2018     Bird    1       5

Your Gua number corresponds to four good directions and four bad ones as shown in the table below. To reiterate; sleep with the top of your head towards a good direction. Sit facing a good direction when eating, working, studying and at meetings or interviews. Use doors that face a good direction (from the inside looking out). The ‘Development’ direction is the best one for children. Avoid using bad directions, especially the ‘Total Loss’ direction.

'East group' directions
                     Gua no.
	 	1	3	4       9
Wealth 	 	SE	S	N       E
Health 	 	E	N	S       SE
Relationship 	S	SE	E	N
Development 	N	E	SE	S
Little unlucky 	W	SW	NW	NE
More unlucky 	NE	NW	SW	W
Very unlucky 	NW	NE	W	SW
Total loss 	SW	W	NE	NW

'West group' directions
                    Gua no.
             5 Male  5 Female	2	6	7	8
Wealth 	        NE	SW	NE	W	NW	SW
Health 	        W	NW	W	NE	SW	NW
Relationship 	NW	W	NW	SW	NE	W
Development 	SW	NE	SW	NW	W	NE
Little unlucky 	E	S	E	SE	N	S
More unlucky 	SE	N	SE	E	S	N
Very unlucky	S	E	S	N	SE	E
Total loss 	N	SE	N	S	E	SE

Have a great time experimenting with your directions. Wishing you all the very best of luck!

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Happy New Year! Feng Shui for 2011

Happy New Year everyone!

The Chinese year of the Rabbit begins on the 3rd February and there are a couple of new conditions that you should be aware of. The main problems this year are to do with the East.

Firstly, there is problem for those of you who usually sit facing the East direction. This will be extremely negative in 2011 due to the presence of a negative influence called the ‘Grand Duke’, which is due East this year. He is like a grumpy old general who you must not sit facing. You can sit with your back to him with no problem and it is generally agreed that you can sleep with your head towards this direction but you might like to check this for yourself. If you currently sleep with the top of your head towards the East and you feel you suddenly are not sleeping well and have new problems after February 3rd then change the bed direction as well.

The other negative directional influence is called the ‘Three Killings’ and it is the West this year. It is very important to not sit with your back to this one in 2011. If you do, you are likely to have a lot of criticism and ill-will from others. You can face the West with no problem. Also, if you sit with your back to the West you will be facing the East and you will get a double dose of negative energy.

So please check the direction of your seat in the workplace and at home. You can move it so you are facing any of the other directions – for example, South-East, South and so on.

The other main problem this year is a locational negative influence called the ‘Five Yellows’. It is a condition for all kind of problems, especially sickness. Last year it was located in the South-West of your house and workplace. In 2011 it is located in the East sector of your place where it is likely to bring sickness, especially for the eldest son and problems with the legs and feet. The cure for the ‘Five Yellows’ is to hang a large wind chime with six hollow metal tubes anywhere in the East sector. This is especially important if the East sector contains your front door, your bedroom or any other room where you spend a lot of time.

Last year, the ‘Five Yellows’ was located in the South-West sector and negatively affected the woman of the house, relationships and the stomach and womb. If I visited your place last year I recommended that you have a six-rod wind chime in the South-West. It is now time to remove that wind chime and place it in the East sector. You can replace any crystals and bright lights that you may have removed from the South-West for last year. This negative influence moves each year according to the ‘Flying Star pattern’ so next year (2012) it will be located in the South-East.

It is always better to use a good quality trekking compass to check directions. The sun does not alway rise directly in the East. In the higher latitudes it is coming up more in the South-East at the moment. To find the East location in your building, stand in the centre of the whole place and check for the East direction with your compass. If you are still confused, consult an expert! 🙂

In my next blog I will give you more detail about the very best sitting and sleeping directions. There is a wonderful formula which is easy to implement, doesn’t cost anything and works 100 per cent of the time!

In the meantime, here’s wishing you a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2011 and Year of the Rabbit.

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Lucky 8, Barack Obama and the race that stops a nation.

Hi Everyone.

Have you wondered why shops are selling goods at $8.88 instead of $9.99 and so many people like 8 in their phone numbers and car number plates? Why did the Beijing Olympics start on the 8th of August 2008 at 8 p.m? In part, it is a Chinese superstition because the number 8 looks like their character for ‘happiness’. It is also like the ‘infinity’ symbol. But the Feng Shui reason is in the advanced system called ‘Flying Star’.

Flying Star is the time dimension of Feng Shui. It charts changes in the subtle environmental energies that affect our fortunes over 20 year, one year and even monthly time periods. Since 2004 we have been in the 20 year Flying Star period 8 and this is the main reason that the number is considered lucky up until 2024.

Period 8 is related to the ‘Gen’ trigram of the I Ching, which is associated with certain characteristics including knowledge, mountain, keeping still, the northeast, young men, hands and fingers and, of course, the number 8. So if we interpret the probable conditions arising from this we see that this 20-year period is a good time for keeping still like a mountain to acquire new knowledge – meditating on what has gone on before and moving on with new knowledge. And the best people to trust to do this are young men.

With this in mind in 2004 I started to look out for young up-and-coming politicians and when I spotted Barack Obama in 2006 with the other Democratic hopefuls I said to myself, ‘There he is – that is the next American President’. When I told my friends in New York about him they said, ‘Obama Bin who’? I said, ‘He will be the next US President’. They said, ‘Oh. We had better vote for him!’. Even when he was so close with Hilary Clinton in the Democrat race I knew he would win, because period 8 is a time for young men. Her time was period 7 (1984 to 2004), which was a time for young women. He is the 44th President and 4+4=8!

Period 8 also represents ‘current prosperity’ and therefore it is good to use it as much as possible for house and business addresses, telephone numbers, car number plates, prices of goods – and any other way you can think of. Is it any wonder that this year’s winner of the ‘race that stops a nation’ in Australia – the horse race called the Melbourne Cup – was number 8, Americain.

Number 8, Americain won the 2010 Melbourne Cup

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