Now, those of you who have followed my past few videos you’d know that I refer very often to this term called fast food feng shui. What I mean by fast food feng shui is.. it’s almost like when you go into a fast food joint, you order your combo all the while thinking you’re putting, ordering something and putting food in your body.But is it really food? You know, with the recent exposes with regards to what goes in our burgers and chicken fingers and things like that, are we really putting nutrients into our body?
So fast food feng shui is very much similar to that. It’s simpler, easier feng shui to practice, and they’re made to make you think that you’re doing feng shui but it’s actually not. Where classical feng shui is concerned, the best description of feng shui especially how it was done classically is the examination of the external and the internal environment, and with an added layer of the time dimension. That is how the Masters did it before. So… especially if you want to apply a more modern version of feng shui, it doesn’t mean that you need to put a three-legged toad or a sailing ship or the 5 element pagoda or lucky coins. Or even the Happy Buddha, the Laughing Buddha. You don’t need to put all these items in your space in order to do feng shui.
Now, to be absolutely transparent with you, these fast food feng shui or what’s also known as symbolic feng shui is how I got started as well. And… results were hit and miss and it wasn’t until I got myself fully certified in classical feng shui that I realized, “You know what? If a person wants to feng shui their space from top to bottom, it doesn’t need to involve Asian-looking objects at all”.
And definitely that is a concern that some of my clients have because my clients come from all different backgrounds. All different religion in fact and most of the time they don’t want their friends and family to come into the house and know that they’ve fengshui-ed, start looking at them weird after that.
Especially my retail, commercial as well as corporate clients, they can’t have these symbolic feng shui items lying around their space because it would be hard to explain to people why they’re there in the first place. Because, as much as feng shui is mainstream nowadays, not everyone is still open to the idea.
And… especially as the businessperson you don’t necessarily want people to know what you’re doing to give yourself that competitive advantage as well. It’s nice to have some secrets up your sleeves.
So I’m just going to show to you some of the feng shui items that are very, very popular.
I have a couple of them just lying around. So…. you know, fishes. This is the arowana fish. Very very popular. Of course, in Asian culture, fish is always a symbol of wealth, a symbol of abundance, of having more than you need. Because in Mandarin, fish is called ‘yu’. And especially in Chinese New Year, you would hear very often people would wish each other “nian nian you yu” and direct translation it means every year you have ‘fish’, but remember fish means more than you need. So they’re really wishing each other, every year wishing you every year you have more than you need. So that became, translated into feng shui, it’s become a symbol of always having more than you need. But really, classical feng shui, you don’t need this to tap into the wealth energies.
And the same thing for this one too. This is a heavy little guy. Solid metal, probably about… even though it’s small it’s probably at least two pounds in terms of its weight.
So this is two fishes with a little gate here. I don’t know if you can see it, there’s this gate. And this is… this is, in symbolic feng shui, it’s usually used for someone who wants to progress in their career or for students who want to pass their exams. Because as myths have it, these fishes, when they… cos’ they swim upriver right? They face the challenges head on and they’re strong enough, if they’re strong enough to leap over this little gate, then the fishes turn into dragons. ‘Cheng long’. So that’s considered a progress, it’s considered success. So again in symbolic feng shui this is used very very often for career as well as academic progression.
And… ships. Sailing ships, especially. So these, you know, there’s… You’ve probably read that if you have your sailing ship sailing a certain direction that meant you’re bringing in good wealth energies specifically with you. So that’s another symbolic feng shui that’s very very common that you see a lot.
As well as…. Let me see what else I have here. There’s this little wu lu ( wu lou ). Again it’s painted in gold and symbolically wu lu is known as a feng shui item to boost health. Because back in China this is what they use in order to carry medicine, this is actually a gourd. Not this one but in olden China, they use the gourd as a bottle, really, and then they put the medicine in there. Which is why now in terms of symbolic feng shui if you want to boost your health, this is usually what’s recommended to boost it up.
And some of you guys are probably aware of this one as well. Maybe not as mainstream, or maybe it is, I have been out of the symbolic feng shui world for quite a while now but this definitely was something that was highly recommended when I first started out. So this is… especially if you’re familiar with Flying Star Feng Shui, the five element pagoda is usually what’s recommended to reduce the #5 Five Yellow energy which is the strongest negative energy when it comes to Flying Star Feng Shui, and that usually gives you challenges overall really, in terms of health, wealth, relationships. And also to reduce the #2 Illness Star which illness and stress. So usually in symbolic feng shui, this is what’s usually recommended to quell the Number 5 and theNumber 2.
Now, you’ve probably caught on that I call it symbolic feng shui very very often. It’s not wrong if you want to place it. I mean, a lot of the times when I go into my client’s space, they show me a whole bunch of stuff that they’ve already bought. If you already have it, I usually just help my clients incorporate that if they want, but if they don’t have it, most of the time the feng shui items that I recommend are actually things that they can get in regular home decorating stores, or even in Wal-Mart or a garden store.
So you don’t necessarily need feng shui items. So again, it’s really preferance. If you like these Asian-looking objects and you don’t mind people asking, by all means go ahead with that. But as part of my recommendations for my clients, I actually don’t have them, I don’t ask them to spend any money on these items. So a lot of the things just blend in to whatever interior, whatever decor that they already have in place.
Now, these are what I… I mean other people may have different opinions and I’m maybe putting myself out there and making a lot of people upset, but this is what I call fast food feng shui. You don’t just place a fish and think that you’re going to progress in your career. You don’t just place a ship thinking that the wealth energies is just going to sail into your space. Of course it’s easier for the mind to wrap around and to digest, but classically, in terms of how the feng shui masters used to do it decades and decades and hundreds of years and even thousands of years ago, this is not how it was done.
Now, I’m going to confuse you a little bit. Because I just spent all this time telling you that all these items here and the fish… and this fish… these are just a handful of examples that I have lying around here.
I just spent the last few minutes telling you that these are fast food feng shui. Which is not classical feng shui. Now I’m going to turn around and say ” you CAN actually use this for feng shui”. Have I stumped you? Probably. Why am I backtracking right now? The reason why I’m saying you CAN use this for feng shui is not because of the shape or what the animals are, it’s more in terms of the material. So where these items are concerned, this is actually like… I think it’s brass and it’s solid. It’s really heavy.
And all these other items, well they’re not solid metal, they ARE painted in metal colors like, well obviously for these guys they’re painted in gold. The reason why I’m not saying that you CAN actually use these for feng shui is because of their metal element. Especially if you want to remedy the Number 5 and the Number 2, what you need is to place more metal.
Now what that really means is, it can be a metal statue, it can be a cat statue for all you want. It could be a metal bookcase or you know, if your bedroom just happens to have the #5 or the #2 sitting in your bedroom, it could even be a metal bed. And that’s your feng shui remedy. That’s your feng shui item placement. You don’t need the wu lou, you don’t need the ship, you don’t need the galloping horse to be successful, you don’t need certain kinds of paintings. It’s not the symbol of it that makes it good feng shui, it’s actually the colour, the element, and maybe the shape of it that can help you boost certain energies in certain spaces.
So especially if your, you know, you’re new to feng shui and you’re not too sure about bringing in all these symbolic things into your space, or you’re going through Chinatown or whatever trying to get objects to ‘properly feng shui’ your place and you can’t find the things that are recommended for you, fear not. You really need to just figure out what kind of elements you need to place and then just do it that way. If you need more wood in a certain area look for let’s say a wood furniture or go for something that’s green.
Maybe green curtains and things like that.
If you need more fire then in terms of colour placements you use more reds and yellows and oranges if you need to boost up the fire element somewhere. So if you don’t have a feng shui store near you, or if you don’t want to have to order feng shui items online, let’s say, it doesn’t matter what it is that’s holding you back. I am here to let you know that all is not lost. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do feng shui. And in fact I would say as long as you have the correct element in the correct space, doing feng shui actually is easy peasy and again it’ll blend into your decor, you don’t have to worry about people asking you. Like “Uhm, what is this dragon doing here?” So I hope, I’m going to keep my video today fairly short so I hope that this video has been a value to you and if you haven’t subscribed to my Youtube channel, please subscribe so that you get notifications of my future videos. I will be coming up with a 2015 New Year updates very very soon so definitely keep your eye out on that.
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2014 Flying Star Feng Shui Update
For a lot of you feng shui enthusiasts out there, especially those who have been following flying star feng shui, this is something we always want to keep in mind during Chinese New Year because we know the energy is going to start shifting and you want to make sure your front door, your bedroom and your kitchen aren’t affected by these negative elements. And if they are, that’s when you deploy specific remedies to reduce the affliction. It may not take away the affliction completely but it will at least reduce it.
On the flip side, if the auspicious energy for 2014 actually visits your front door, your kitchen and your bedroom, then you’re good to go. That’s when you know that just by using those areas, you don’t even need to employ placements to activate this prosperous energy.
One of the first few things that we look at is where the Grand Duke is sitting for 2014. The Grand Duke energy sits on South 2 (172.6 degrees to 187.5 degrees in your compass). What does this mean in terms of feng shui? You want to avoid angering or triggering the Grand Duke, therefore no digging, no hammering, no sawing, no ground breaking, no renovations in the south 2 this year, unless you want to invite misfortune. If you wish to renovate, push it off to 2015 if you can. I highly, highly recommend this although I know it inconveniences a lot of people who plan on getting work done. Believe me, it will be well worth the wait.
However, if your office is sitting in South 2 whether you’re in an actual corporate office or if you have a home office, see if there’s a different room you can use. It might be a hassle to move everything over to a different space, but again believe me, if you want to make sure your career and your business doesn’t stall, then using a different space would be highly, highly recommended.
If you’re in the South 2 area, either your bed or your home office or your office and you can’t move it, then at the very least, position your back against this sector.
So for 2014, if you want to rearrange your work space, the key thing is of course don’t be in the South 2 position but failing that at the very least don’t sit facing South 2. Because that will mean the whole year you’re absorbing the grand duke opposition energy. Not good.
Earth Star #8
The good news is, if your front door actually sits on the South 2, it is very very prosperous – not because of the Grand Duke, but because of the #8 star that occupies the whole south area this year. The #8 star is the most prosperous energy in terms of all 9 stars. So if your front door is in the South (especially South 1 and South 3), great! Like I mentioned before, just by going in and out you’re already activating the prosperous energy there.
However if you want to make it even stronger then you can place any yang items. By yang items I’m talking about things that are constantly moving. It can be a clock (especially a pendulum clock), a fan, or your entertainment system (electronics are considered fire element).
The Three Killings sits in the North this year (337.6 degrees to 22.5 degrees – looking at your compass, that’s pretty much pointing dead north). The Three Killings generally means loss of loved one, loss of good name and loss of wealth. Other things that might happen if it’s provoked are theft, burglary, mishaps and accidents. Clearly, the Three Killings energy is definitely something you want to make a note of.
So what do you need to do for the north this year? Keep this area quiet. No loud music! If your living room happens to be in the north, that unfortunately means perhaps less entertaining. If your bedroom’s in the north this is fine if you keep it quiet. As well, no renovating. Pretty much keep this area quiet with low key activities only.
Wu Huang ( Five Yellow )
The Five Yellow Star, or the Wu Huang, based on flying star feng shui is the thing feng shui consultants look for first and foremost. You need to worry about this especially if your front door and your bedroom sits in the northwest this year. If your front door, kitchen or bedroom are in the northwest, you need to place more metal there. Why? Because the wu huang is an earth element. Going back to the relationship between all 5 elements, you weaken the earth element by placing more metal there. If you think about a pregnant woman, her body is at its weakest right after giving birth to a child. And if you think about that analogy in terms of the five elements, the earth gets weakened when it ‘produces’ metal. So in this way just by placing metal in the northwest this year, you would be reducing the inauspicious earth energy in the sector. It won’t take it away completely, but at least it will be weaker.
I also recommend that you keep this area quiet and dark especially if this is your front door. I would even put an all-metal wind chime outside your door so that when the wu huang energy gets to your front door, the wind chime weakens it a little so it’s in a slightly diminished state by the time it goes into the house. Don’t linger around the door either, and don’t leave the light on all night. If this is a security issue then see if there’s a different way around it. I know a lot of my clients like to have the light on outside their front door through the night. Perhaps invest in a motion-sensor porch light as an alternative.
If your kitchen is in the northwest, it will be rough because in using the stove and oven you’re activating the wu huang even more. I know it’s not very realistic or logical for you to cook less, so the best thing you can do, if your kitchen is in the northwest, is try to prepare simpler meals. No elaborate 4-hour turkeys. If you’re entertaining, order in. In short, reduce your kitchen usage as much as possible. I realize this is hard because people love to congregate in the kitchen, maybe the kitchen table is where the kids do their homework and so on. If there’s a different room you can use for these purposes, definitely go that route.
As with doing renovations in the south, if you wish to renovate in the northwest, you’re going to have to put it off until 2015. I’m sorry, but if you don’t want to activate any mishaps in the household then it’s highly, highly recommended that no renovations at all are done to the northwest. Especially so for the months June, August and September of 2014 when the northwest will be doubly afflicted. So note this on your calendar and try to protect the area as best as you can.
Year Breaker ( Sui Po )
Now, the Year Breaker is the North which is 325.6 to 7.5 degrees in 2014. What does the Year Breaker mean? It’s usually the location that directly faces the Grand Duke. Again, the Grand Duke is in the south, therefore the Year Breaker is in the north.
As I’ve mentioned, the north is a little weak this year because it has the 3 Killing in addition to the Year Breaker. This is a bit of a ‘double whammy’ for the north. However, there IS wealth luck there as well. I know it’s contradictory but every space can have positive energy for one thing and at the same time have negative consequences for other things as well. So in this case, the north actually has wealth luck, more so in terms of future wealth luck which is also great for you to activate. Couples considering marriage or starting a family, if you have your bedroom in the north sector this actually boosts your chances of success in those areas.
Wood Star #3
Among the other annual stars I want to talk about is the #3 Star which sits in the southeast. While #3 usually means conflicts and arguments on a minimal level, if it’s really strong (again depending on the flying star chart of your actual space), if the permanent energy there already has the conflict energy then I would urge you to be extra careful. I see potential legal entanglements there. It could mean contracts going bad, it could even be someone suing you, or bringing you to court. One way to mitigate this is to place something red here. It doesn’t have to be anything big, you don’t have to paint the walls red, just a red accent that pops up. As long as you know when someone goes into that southeast room that they see the red. That’s all. It doesn’t have to be anything that overtakes the whole space.
Wood Star #4
The #4 Star sits in the center this year. This one is kind of a double-edged sword. The #4 is great for academics and students, but at the same time it’s also a Peach Blossom Star. The Peach Blossom is great for single people and you can definitely activate the center. On the other hand, if you’re in a relationship the Peach Blossom Star might actually be a bit of a pain because it could bring romance and sexual scandals to the household. In fact, going back to a global platform, the number that’s sitting in the center for the year in terms of the flying star chart has very strong energy. Think of your heart being the center, the thing that powers your body. If your heart is strong then your body is strong. So the center is the #4 and with the Peach Blossom, as I mentioned, don’t be surprised it the media starts picking up on more sexual scandals and the like. In terms of the gossip columns, 2014 promises a juicy year.
Metal Star #6
The #6 sits in the west. If your front door or your bedroom is here then this is a really good year to tap into career opportunities. I usually tell my clients the #6 is a great star to have on your side when you’re trying to network. Again if your front door, your bedroom, or your office are here then definitely get ‘out there’. Go online! Go offline! Meet with people because you’re likely to meet someone who can help you in your career.
Water Star #1
The annual #1 star is in the southwest. Mothers, heave a huge sigh of relief because I know 2013 wasn’t great for many of us. Last year was draining energetically, and quite stressful for mothers generally. Now with the #1 flying to the southwest, we’re going to see a better year in 2014. Again this is great for a career boost as well as wealth luck.
Talking about parents, the southwest is the palace of the mother, the northwest is the palace of the father. Remember when I mentioned that the northwest is severely afflicted? Well, that unfortunately afflicts fathers a bit more. It means a year where, if progress is made it will be two steps forward, one step back. That would be one of the better scenarios. A more unfortunate scenario would be constant blockages in terms of moving forward, whether career-wise, financially, relationship-wise and so on. So you definitely want to make sure your remedies are in place so that the wu huang doesn’t affect fathers to its full degree in 2014.
Earth Star #2
The #2 star sits in the east this year and the #2 means stress and illness. If, for instance, your front door is here you’re going to see the household being more lethargic, not being able to manage stress very well in 2014. Pregnant women and elderly people, if your room is in the east, see about moving to a different room because this will not be a great space to be in. Again, one remedy is to put a lot of metal in there. If it’s a bedroom, you could use a metal bed frame. If this is the door, you could hang pictures with large metal frames. Or perhaps a metal vase, or something like that placed by the front door. Brainstorm in terms of what metal elements you could introduce to your bedrooms, your front door, your kitchen if they’re in the east to reduce the illness energy there as best you can.
Metal Star #7
The annual star #7 is in the northeast this year and the #7 usually means an emotional roller coaster in terms of internal qi energy. If your main door is here then you’ve got higher possibilities of burglary and theft, so I would suggest that if you don’t have a security system in place, definitely think about installing one this year. In terms of finances and career, the #7 star also means opportunities being taken away from you. For example, there’s an opportunity for a promotion and you’re one of the more qualified candidates but somehow it’s given to someone else. This is a broader sense of ‘theft’. If your bedroom is here in the northeast the main energy would be that of acrimony. If your office is here this means backstabbing, office politics, jealousy surrounding you. How do you address the #7? One way to reduce its unsavoury energy is to place 3 lucky bamboos in a round glass vase.
Well, there you have it, a quick run-down of the energies for 2014. Keep in mind that even if your space has a strong affliction it doesn’t mean it will be a bad year. Awareness is key. Use this to your advantage now that you know what the energetic patterns bode for your space. Place your remedies accordingly and always try to make sure that your actions align with the best possible outcome.
Here’s to a wonderful Horse year ahead for everyone!!!
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Now that the Gregorian calendar has celebrated its new year, feng shui enthusiasts and Asians all over the world now turn their attention to the Chinese Farmer’s Calendar, also known as the Hsia calendar, to prepare for the new lunar year. The Hsia calendar is a very interesting and a very accurate system and it’s been used for thousands of years as a means of forecasting the years ahead.
If you look at the Chinese calendar you’ll realize that it incorporates all the twelve astrological animals as well as the five elements of fire, metal, water, wood and earth. Therefore, it’s more than just a mere calendar that charts time. Those who are familiar with the calendar will study the interaction between these astrological animal signs and elements and derive fairly accurate forecasts on the outlook for a certain time period.
The information on the 2014 update here is very GENERAL, but if you want to do a more in-depth feng shui-ing for your space I would suggest that you seek out a classically-trained feng shui consultant (who knows feng shui the way it was meant to be practised, not the watered-down feng shui that’s more readily available nowadays). There are far too many nuances and feng shui needs for each space that do-it-yourselfers can’t even comprehend…
2014 Hsia Calendar Outlook
2014 is the year of the Jia Wood Horse. Jia is yang wood, so the imagery or the visual that we normally use for a yang wood element is a tall tree. One that is straight, strong and unmovable unless of course you cut it down. Even then it takes a lot of energy to cut down let’s say a 300 year-old tree. Its roots are deep into the ground, another characteristic of the yang wood that denotes stubbornness. So in the Chinese Hsia calendar for 2014, the yang wood sits on top and the horse which is the year sits at the bottom:
So think about the strong wood on top and then the horse which is a fire element sitting at the bottom. What usually happens when fire comes in contact with wood? The fire burns the wood and the wood produces more fire (that is the destructive and productive cycle in Chinese metaphysics).
And because of this wood sitting on top of fire, that then means we’re going to see really strong fire element here. Taking into consideration that the wood is so strong in its principles and is not easy to move, combining that with the explosive fire, we’re going to see more threats of conflict and even war among nations. I know there have always been wars and conflicts but expect to see even more disruptions globally this year. If you’ve been following the media you may know that tensions are brewing between China and Japan.
Again, when you think about horses, they’re very strong animals. With the horse being a very strong fire element it is undoubtedly a very powerful energy going into 2014. In terms of business, the energy of the year will infuse businesses that are more aligned with this energy – air travel, sports, exercise, entertainment, restaurants – and the infusion of energy is generally one of optimism. One example is the FIFA World Cup happening this year. Another aspect that will start seeing things moving positively is the broader economy and the stock market (hit hard in 2008, associated with a lack in the fire element). If we look back at 2008, the main element for the year was water. Generally speaking, in terms of emotion, water is usually fear-based and very depressed. In financial markets that usually translates into worry and fear which definitely was felt worldwide.
So this year, we can definitely expect some relief in terms of the global financial outlook. Certain parts of the world (namely those in southern regions) are going to gain the fire energy a little more than others.
Let’s take a deeper look at the financial sector. In the five elements of Chinese metaphysics, banking/finance is a metal element industry. If you think about silver coins, gold bullion and all that, the financial industry is a metal element industry. So if you think about say, a big chunk of gold, on its own it already has value, but what makes it even more valuable is if we can mold it into something more usable. What’s needed to mold metal and make it usable? Fire. And since the fire element is so abundant this year, then from a feng shui and Chinese calendar perspective this is a good sign for the financial sector.
Another bonus? This optimism will actually carry into 2015 as well.
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Do you want to learn how to feng shui for love and relationships? Here are the subjects that I’ve covered on this video:
1 ) Feng shui myth of the universal love corner – there’s no such thing!!! Each space is different, and each space also MORE THAN JUST ONE love / romance corner – based on classical feng shui you can have up to 3 usable love corners!
2 ) feng shui guidelines for the bedroom:
– mirrors and television
– plants and fountains
– work or fitness area
3 ) Bed positioning – under window, under beams and under slanted ceilings
4 ) How to tap into your relationship direction based on your kua number ( yan nian direction )
5 ) My second round of 3-week Feng Shui For Love Programme that is kicking off on January 22nd, 2014!!!
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