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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New York, New York!

Hi Everyone,

I recently visited New York again, which is certainly the most dynamic city that I visit on my yearly world tour. It has enormous energy, partly due to the very long, straight avenues and streets. The environmental chi whizzes up and down these long straight lines and makes the city very yang. In fact you have to be pretty yang yourself to handle it. Hence the line, ‘If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’!

It is a powerful, vibrant city but it took a terrible blow to its confidence after the shocking attacks of September 11th 2001 and that trauma continues even now. The energy at the ‘ground zero’ site is very disturbing. It still requires a lot of prayer. Also, it has taken too long to deal with the redevelopment of the site and the sooner the ‘Freedom Tower’ is built the more quickly New Yorkers will be able to move on from this awful event.

Sadly, from the Feng Shui point of view it was not entirely unpredictable as I wrote in my book ‘Seeing is Believing’ as follows –

Twin Towers

During courses I gave in February 2001 I advised my students of the dangers of twin towers. I told them to watch what happened with the various twin towers around the world. The disaster in New York some six months later was not totally unpredictable. It is well known in geomancy that having two identical large towers together is very negative. Indeed there had already been a bombing at the World Trade Centre. Students told me of other twin towers that had had various problems.

The Chinese are superstitious about twin towers because they look like the two joss sticks that they offer to ancestors but there may be more subtle reasons to avoid them. If you look at the table of the trigrams and their characteristics you can see that the number two is associated with kun which is the most yin of the trigrams. This number has a negative connotation in Flying Star geomancy, usually foreboding sickness. It is also associated with the element ‘big earth’. In addition, the towers of the World Trade Centre had square shaped bases. This shape is also associated with the earth element. Earth is generally considered to be yin in nature. The time that the attacks took place was ‘between’ summer and autumn, which is also associated with kun. It seems that this extremely heavy combination of very yin influences was too much for the buildings to sustain.

Also, the corners of the towers were pointing directly at each other creating very powerful ‘poison arrows’. The negative energy of the site, now known as ‘ground zero’ is palpable years after the terrible event. It will take a long time and many prayers to help improve the environment. Years later, real estate is still much cheaper in the vicinity than in other parts of Manhattan.

The twin towers of Kuala Lumpur

I am sometimes asked if the same fate awaits the famous twin towers of Kuala Lumpur – the world’s tallest buildings.* The prognosis is a bit more optimistic in this case. Indeed there are two towers, but they are joined by a bridge at about one-third of the height which may help. The footprint shape of the towers is based on the eight-sided ba gua or octagon. This shape is well known to have protective properties, as I will explain later. In addition, the towers are mostly clad in metal; in the cycle of elements metal exhausts earth, so the heavy earth influence is somewhat reduced. ‘Big metal’ is associated with Qian, which is the most yang trigram and in this way the yin and yang influences of the towers are balanced. On the negative side, the towers have a lot of corners that are firing poison arrows in all directions and also at each other. So from this analysis there seems to be less danger to the K.L. towers than there was to the New York ones. Would I live anywhere near them? No way!

* They were the world’s highest buildings at the time of writing – now overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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Terrapinn and Feng Shui

Hi, everyone.

I have been giving advice to the media company Terrapinn for the last 12 years – so long that I really feel part of the team there. They have been major supporters of my work for the whole of that period and I am extremely grateful to them for helping me to help others around the world. Their great success gives me enormous pleasure.

Their CEO Greg Hitchen posted this article on his blog – Feng Shui @ Terrapinn

Check out Terrapinn here.

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Check out this newspaper article from last December

This article was published in the Sunshine Coast Daily in beautiful Queensland last December.

Click here for the article…..

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Some nice feedback this week

Hi everyone. It is always good to hear from my clients and there have been some great messages this week that I would like to share with you:

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Hi Jampa,
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help and feng shui advice.
Particularly i am writing to say thanks for the personal advice here.  I moved my bed around so my head faces west (SW is my best direction, but can’t put the bed that way) as you advised, and over the last week, I have had progressively better and deeper sleeps and after a year or so of not having proper or deep sleep, I feel sooooo much better now.

So really want to thank you.  I feel like a new person now.

Many, many thanks Jampa.  You are very kind and generous with your feng shui advice and help and I really appreciate it so much.

Take care,

Love,

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Namaste Jampa,

…..  Did you know that I’m seven months pregnant with a boy? The chimes and the fountain worked!

Love,

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Hi Jampa

I hope all is well, just wanted to let you know that Phil ‘s fountain worked, after the nine days he received an unexpected sum of money not only that but has kept working. Late May he was offered a contract job for 9 months, it’s the type of job that he has been looking for many years and never thought he would get an opportunity. He still cannot believe it and if all works out well he wont have to go back to struggle and work for himself.

Please let me know when you are next in Sydney so we can make a booking as we want to be ready for the changes in 2011.
Thank you for all your help and wisdom.

Regards

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Feedback on my ‘Wind and Water – The Wonderful World of Feng Shui’ talk at Harvard University:

“Your lecture (with great graphics and photographs) was really informative.  Thank you for your in depth introduction to a very vast subject Jampa la!  ”

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This message came from the monks of Drati Khangtsen (college) of Sera Je Monastery who I have been advising regarding their very large temple project, which was recently completed:

“Day before yesterday new temple project community sponsored the puja and in Puja our disciplinarian told in brief story about how the new temple project started and all prayers dedicated to benefactors. Dedication start from  Lama zopa Rinpoche to Kusho Tengyur then your name to Hup cheng, Henry Lau to Catherine then to Jayabalan then to all the Singaporean and Malaysian dharma friends because disciplinary know very well about how Kushola and you and Hup Cheng discussed the new temple project.

Prayers from the monks of our Khantsen and Feng Shui, everything has been very result full even from the beginning when the new temple project started. At the old temple our Khantsen’s roof was taken off for some days and the door colour changed. Then water fountain in front, all these were very effective to our khangtsen so our disciplinarian requested the monks that still we have to follow and seek for advice from you on Feng Shui.”

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Versailles and Feng Shui

Wonderful stained glass in Chartres Cathedral

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to do a couple of consultations in Chartres and went to see the wonderful medieval cathedral with its miraculous stained glass windows. It is well worth a visit, especially as it is undergoing comprehensive renovation.

I also took the opportunity to visit the appalling Palace of Versailles but there the interest was not in the rather gross architecture and decoration but in the layout from a Feng Shui point of view and the effect it had on the occupants.

The palace was built by King Louis XIV – the Sun King – as the best way to concentrate his power over his nobles and the population in general. He converted what was originally a fairly humble hunting lodge into the largest palace in Europe. It took from 1664 to 1710. Louis was king for 72 years but died soon after the palace was finished.

In Chinese Feng Shui it is important that a building is a regular rectangle or square shape in order to enjoy the best energy and therefore fortune. Louis’ grand design added huge wings to the original building. When you apply the ‘Lo Shu’ square to the floor plan it shows that four ‘missing corners’ were produced. These are in the northwest, the southwest, the east and the centre.

The Palace of Versailles - Lots of missing corners!

The northwest governs the fortune of the patriarch, the head and the likelihood of people helping you. So at Versailles this luck is missing as the northwest corner is missing. The southwest governs the luck of the matriarch and relationships in general – this corner is also missing. The east sector governs the fortune of the eldest son and health and is also missing. The centre governs support for the family as a whole and is missing.

Let me remind you of a little French history of the occupants of this house……

Louis XIV had the longest life of any of the Kings of Europe but he died five years after Versailles was completed. His eldest son (the Dauphin) died before he could become King. The Dauphin’s eldest son also died prematurely – as did his eldest son. So Louis XIVs great-grandson became King Louis XV at the age of five.

Louis XV’s marriage to Princess Marie of Poland led to the five year war of Polish Succession. He was unfaithful to his wife and had many mistresses, the most famous of whom was Madame Pompadour. He also brought France into the eight year war of Austrian Succession and the Seven Year War in which most of the French colonies were lost to Britain. He survived an assassination attempt in 1757.

Louis XV’s death at the age of 64 saw the French monarchy at its lowest point. He died hated by his people. His eldest son died nine years before him and so the Kingship passed to his conventional and unimaginative grandson who became Louis XVI in 1774.

Louis XVI was liked generally at first but soon became a symbol of the tyranny of the French nobility. He and his wife, Marie Antoinette became more and more divorced from the reality of life in France. The Palace grounds have a fake village with a grocery and a bakery so that Marie Antoinette could pretend to have some kind of normal life. She is the one who, when told that the people had no bread to eat, famously suggested, ‘Let them eat cake’. They were among the first to be beheaded during the French Revolution.

The Emperor Napoleon did not fare much better when he occupied the house.

The east sector is missing – the luck of the eldest son is missing and none of them became King. The northwest sector is missing – the luck of the patriarch and things to do with the head is missing. All the Kings had big problems and Louis XVI literally lost his head. The southwest sector is missing – the luck of the matriarch and relationships is missing. The Queens had problems too. Marie of Poland was neglected in favour of mistresses and Marie Antoinette was beheaded. The central sector is missing – support for the whole family is missing. Say no more.

The Feng Shui moral of this story is – make sure your house, apartment or business premises have a regular square or rectangular floor plan.

Good Luck!

Jampa

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