Feng Shui tips for the Year of the Iron Mouse

Iron Mouse

Hello everyone,

Greetings from Sydney.

The Chinese New Year is here! Let’s take a look at the yearly changes to your Feng Shui for the year of the Iron Mouse 2020, which starts on January 25th, one lunar month before  the Tibetan New Year. The Year of the Mouse is the first of a new 12 year cycle of the animal signs.

In general Rat years are good for those born in the year of the Dragon and the year of the Monkey. They are negative for Horses. So what are the things to look out for in 2020?

In Brief:

  1. Do not sit facing the North this year
  2. Do not sit with your back to the South this year but it is ok to sit facing it
  3. Put a large wind chime with six hollow metal tubes in the East sector, especially if your front door or bedroom is located there and remove any crystals
  4. Similarly, put a six-rod wind chime in the South sector this year
  5. A fountain located in the Northwest sector (and flowing towards the centre of your place) is good for wealth
  6. Have a wind chime in the Northwest for help from mentors
  7. Put a ceramic pot with still water in the central sector and change the water every week to counter the increased condition for robbery and accidents.

In Detail:


Firstly, check out your good and bad personal directions, which I explained in my blog – ‘Time to get a good direction in your life‘. This is one of the most important things you can possibly know.  Everyone has four good and four bad directions. They are easy to put into effect and can change your life. Especially, make sure you sleep with the crown of your head towards one of your good directions.

There are two negative yearly influences that affect those good directions and you have to take them into account at the beginning of each Chinese year. The first is called the ‘Grand Duke’ and it affects the direction that you sit facing. This year it is in the North direction (specifically the 15 degrees between the compass bearings of 353 and 7 degrees known as N2). Do not to sit facing this direction at all this year. Some people also choose not to sleep with the crown of their heads towards this direction. As I mentioned last year, my personal view is that sleeping with your head towards the Grand Duke is not as ‘confrontational’ as sitting facing him. The negative effect is bureaucratic problems and general obstacles getting things moving in your life, especially in your career. Also, do not start any renovations in the North sector. You can start elsewhere and get round to this sector later.

The second negative influence with regard to your directions is called the ‘Three Killings’ and you should not sit with your back to it. It is in the Southern direction this year so do not sit facing North or you will get a double-dose of negative energy from both the Grand Duke and the Three Killings.

These first two recommendations are about ‘directions’ and all the following ones are about ‘locations’ or ‘sectors’ within your place. You can use your directions anywhere within any building for your whole life – just beware of those two negative yearly ones that I just mentioned. To figure out the ‘locations’ you need to draw a tic-tac-toe grid on your floor plan of nine equal sectors – simply divide each side of the floor plan into three and join the lines to make a grid of square or rectangular sectors (this is called the ‘Lo Shu’ square). Use a good quality compass to figure out which sector is which. Then place the recommended enhancements in each sector.


Firstly, you should remove the enhancements that I recommended for last year.

The most negative influence that you must check every year is the location of the ‘Five Yellows’. It was in the Southwest last year and was a condition for problems with relationships. This year this heavy earth influence moves to the East location where it negatively affects health of all family members. The problem will be worse if your front door is located in this sector or your bedroom is there. Some people prefer not to sleep in this sector for the whole year.

Remove any crystals in the East sector to avoid problems with health. You can replace any crystals that you removed from the South-west sector of your home this year and that will help your relationship luck. It is important to hang a large wind chime with six hollow metal tubes in the East sector to counter the ‘Five’ Yellows’. You can use the one that was located in the Southwest sector in 2019.  It can be inside or outside and does not have to make any sound. Metal is not a very good element for the East sector but it is necessary to control the Five Yellows.

The yearly eight star is located in the Northwest sector this year and place a metal fountain here with the water flowing in towards the centre. With this in place, you can expect some additional income.

A negative influence called the ‘7 yearly star’ is located in the central sector, which increases the conditions for robbery, violence and accidents involving metal (such as car bingles). Pay attention to the security of your place this year. To dampen down the 7 star place a large ceramic bowl with still water in this sector (at least two litres). This will help to absorb the negative energy. Change the water every week and do not let pets drink it.

A  six-rod wind chime is recommended in the South sector for controlling the possibility of sickness for anyone whose bedroom or study is located in that area. As usual, it does not have to make a sound in order for it to work.

These Feng Shui recommendation are an integrated package and it is best to do ALL of them. They may contradict some of the general 20-year recommendations but it is very important to check every year and make these adjustments. My most successful clients are the ones who diligently check these yearly changes, especially if I visit them yearly as I often do.

My predictions for President Trump were pretty accurate and he has been impeached as I foretold in my blog in 2016. It seems unlikely that he will be dismissed however. It is interesting that he has changed his official address to Mar El Lago in Palm Beach from Trump Tower in New York City. The Feng Shui energy that he has been riding all the way to the White House comes from having Trump Tower as his main home. He says that he always feel comfortable in Mar El Lago and indeed the Feng Shui directions are good for him but I am not sure if the excellent Feng Shui that was done for him in Trump Tower has also been done at his new address.

He famously said, ‘I do Feng Shui because it makes me money but I don’t believe in it’. Well, that’s fine because you don’t have to believe in it for it to work but you do have to do it on your primary residence. If the main door to his new home faces East and Feng Shui has not been taken care of for this year then he is likely to experience some major problems. And as his desk in the Oval Office faces North, he is going to get the double-dose of negative energy from the ‘Grand Duke’ and the ‘Three Killings’ all year. That means problems with authority figures and (even more) criticism and back-stabbing.

If you want to know the Feng Shui reasoning behind these predictions and how to improve all areas of your life you can check out my beginner’s book – Feng Shui -Seeing is Believing from Wisdom Publications and my in-depth online Feng Shui courses from Wisdom Academy.

Wishing you the very best of Feng Shui fortune in 2020!

About Jampa Ludrup

Jampa Ludrup is an Australian monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He has been studying, teaching and giving consultations in Feng Shui since 2001 in all parts of the world. Jampa aims to help people find maximum happiness in their lives through the application of Buddhist and Feng Shui techniques.
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1 Response to Feng Shui tips for the Year of the Iron Mouse

  1. Nanette Moseley says:

    Gua #9 Female. My only lucky direction this years seems to be SE. Yikes! Am I reading this right?

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