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THE FOUR KEY FACTORS OF FENG SHUI 1

Introduction
Classical Feng Shui is a field of depth, complexity and many
layers of knowledge preserved and passed on by generations.
At the same time, it is also simple, engaging and practical. So
what do you need to know in the effort to learn this timeless
art? An insight on the big picture, as well as the minute details
of formulas.

FOUR KEY FACTORS OF FENG SHUI


The foundation of Feng Shui is the four key factors that
make up and determine the outcome of an analysis.

FACTOR 1: ENVIRONMENT
• Qi
•The Internal Environment
• The External Environment

FACTOR 2: BUILDING DESIGN


• Main Door
• Kitchen
• Master Bedroom

FACTOR 3: RESIDENTS
• Career
• Health

FACTOR 4: TIME
• The Feng Shui Time
Period

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Qi

Factor 1
Environment

The The
External Internal
Environment Environment

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Environment : Qi
Generally, where Feng Shui is concerned, every Qi that flow into a
property comes from the environment. The rule is simple. Qi is created
by natural environment, therefore it has to come from the mountains
and the like. So what is Qi? Simply said, it is the energy that is emitted
by the natural environment, through the fusion of Yin (Mountain) and
Yang (Water).

Qi is referred as the blood of the Feng Shui, where its flow and direction
matters in order to ensure the prosperity of a place. In other words, if
Qi is tapped and managed efficiently, the benefits are obvious.

The basic is simple: you must first have Qi circulation to be able to tap
it into the environment. At the very basic, there are two types of Qi:
Sheng Qi (Growth Qi) and Sha Qi (Killing Qi). In normal situations,
Sheng Qi is preferred over Sha Qi. So the action plan for a Feng Shui
analysis is win the Sheng Qi over and avoid the Sha Qi.
But as said before, it is important to know that Qi is created and
circulated by natural formations only. There is no way artificial or
man-made structures can emit Qi. But to err on modernisation,
evolution of mankind has brought in the existence of more man-made
structures than natural ones. Therefore classical Feng Shui has slightly
taken into accounts the man-made objects that may affect Qi flow.

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Classical Feng Shui only considers large objects; not in the size of the
decorative rocks at your lawn, but in the size of a skyscraper. To
identify the movement of Qi, we first look at the natural mountains and
waters; before taking into account man-made structures.

The attributes of Qi is easy, actually. All you have to do is think


of the characteristics of water. Qi is akin to water:
• It moves from high to low
• It can move slowly like a stream or ferociously like a gushing river
• Qi can be accumulated or distributed
• It can be compressed or expanded
• Slow moving Qi is known as the ‘sentimental Qi’’ or the Sheng Qi; and
• the forceful Qi is the Sha Qi or the ‘Merciless Qi’.

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Environment : The External Environment


External formation is linked with landforms. It is what you see outside
of your property, in the forms of nature, like real mountains and real
water. The external environment is the source of Qi in a place. It is
literally where the Qi is born. Therefore, if there is no external formation
or lack of it, the Qi would be either stagnant or non-existent.

But almost every places in the world has some form of contours in the
land. Even if there is no obvious mountains or hills at the vicinity, the
uphill and downhill of the roads are also considered as landforms. So
all you have to do is go for a drive and you will surely notice some ups
and downs on the roads.

In order to effectively assess the mountain forms, the concerned


information are the locations, the classifications, and the identification
of the Gua; the number that governs your favourable direction. For the
Water formations; the locations, the type and the Gua they accumulate
at are calculated. Mountains are considered Yin whereas water is Yang.
The harmony between both aspects must be achieved so as to receive
a holistic Qi.

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Environment : The Internal Environment


Internal landforms relate to the sharp corners, beams and features in
the interior of a property. Or in other words, the attributes of the
interior of your house.

Inside a house or a unit, what we look for is missing Gua, possibilities of


additional features, weak areas, the residents’ affinity to certain areas
or the property as whole and the location of the doors. But as the
‘outside-in’ concept go, it is important to analyse the external forms of
a property first before assessing the interior. After all, you first need to
know the Qi that flows in before you attempt to tap into it.

The three key internal factors that Feng Shui consultants prioritise in
their assessment are the Main Door, Bedroom and the Kitchen. What is
of utmost concern is the flow and accumulation of Qi in all those areas.
In modern days, the study room is also included as many people either
bring in their work to home or actually work from home.

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Environment

What can you do?

RULE NO. 1

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RULE NO. 2

Qi are always descending. This is why active areas like living


rooms are located in the ground floor where Qi is more active and
the bedrooms are located upstairs where Qi is passive.

RULE NO. 3

Having a good Internal Bright Hall (the area right after the Main
Door) in your house doesn’t mean putting lots of lights in the
area. It actually means ensuring the area is broad and spacious
for the accumulation of Qi.

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Building Design
Now that you know where to find the Qi in your vicinity, the next step is
to bring the positive ones in and the negative ones out of your
property. But remember, every property, regardless of its functions and
purposes, is unique in its own way. By plotting the Natal Chart of the
property, the viability can be deduced and applied. To plot the chart,
the needed information are the time the property commenced or
occupied, the Facing Direction and the location.
As mentioned before, the most important parts of a property that need
to be paid foremost attention are:

MAIN DOOR

KITCHEN

The most important part


of a property that needs to be
paid foremost attention

BEDROOM

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Building Design : Main Door


The main door is the primary entrance of the property. Because of this,
it is also the Qi mouth, or in other words, the path where Qi from the
external factors flow into the property. Therefore as a rule of thumb, a
property facing the right direction and located at its best place would
receive positive Qi into the house via the main door.

It is important to identify and analyse the internal and the external


forms from both sides of the door. This could either show that your
main door as favourable or otherwise. By now, you know that there
should be an open spacious area or a Bright Hall just outside your door
to accumulate Qi. But did you know that it is equally vital to have a
Bright Hall on the interior side of the Main Door so that you can pull in
the accumulated Qi from outside? To summarise this, any obstructions
of the outside view would disrupt Qi flow into the house.

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Building Design : Kitchen


So what happens in the kitchen? Food, of course! Having nutritional
and nourished food supply is important because it gives the occupants
of a property the strength and energy to go about their lives. Therefore
having a favourable kitchen is of utmost priority.

Remember the ‘outside-in concept’? The same rule occurs here as


well. First check the external forms. These include pylons, huge trees or
junctions that can harm the flow of Qi in the kitchen. As the kitchen is
a Yin structure, any Yang features like busy roads should be avoided.

Two important parts of


a kitchen are:
Sink Stove

The location of the stove is also in relative with the position of the sink.
The stove is represented by Fire and the sink is water; therefore,
placing the sink and stove side by side would ‘Fire and Water Clash’ or
Shui Huao Xiang Chong. You can avoid this by not placing them
opposite or adjacent to each other; or by placing an obstruction
between both features.

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Building Design : Bedroom


Research indicates that an average person spends a third of his life in
a bedroom; either sleeping or resting. Therefore it could be said as one
of the most important parts of a property.

The bed should not be aligned to the door, or underneath a decorative


beam. This will bring in Sha Qi, or the Killing Qi, and disrupt the
occupants’ rest and subsequently health. Instead placing it against a
hard surface like the wall would allow a perfect balance between Yin
and Yang in the space.

A few rules to play by:

RULE NO. 1

Avoid having negative forms such as lamp posts, pylons etc. facing
your house as the Qi flow could be obstructed.

RULE NO. 2

If you have to position the sink and the stove opposite of each other,
place a barrier between them to reduce the effect of the clash.

RULE NO. 3

Avoid many windows or doors in your bedrooms. The bedroom is a


Yin Structure; therefore having too many windows and doors will
increase the effects of Yang.

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Residents
Every individuals are uniquely represented by his/her Life Gua
(Ming), in the context of Feng Shui. The trigram is calculated based
on the person’s date of birth and gender. It is largely used to
identify career and health prospects of the person, among other
things.

Career
To have better prospects in career related endeavours,
activation of the Facing Stars is required. The Facing Stars
represents wealth and career, and is the mastermind behind
the type of jobs and industries each of us should be looking
into for better prospects.

Health
As for health related issues, the Sitting Star is employed.
This is because this star comes under the category of
‘People’. One of the important stars is the Tian Yi Star, which
is the Earth element. It represents noblemen, people of
status; and health related concerns. That being said, the
Tian Yi star is commonly used to facilitate rest and ensure
healthy lifestyle. It also helps with the power of speech and
persuasiveness, subsequently their charisma and respect.

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Residents

A few rules to play by:

RULE NO. 1

Identify the Sheng Qi RULE NO. 2


(Growth Qi) in your
property and its Facing
Star. If it is at the right Put a body of water at
time and positive, you can that sector, as water
tap into it to generate stimulate Facing Stars.
prosperity.

RESIDENTS

A FEW RULES TO
PLAY BY

RULE NO. 3 RULE NO. 4

Tapping into the Tian Yi if it is Place a water feature in the


present in the bedroom is area with negative Sitting
advisable. This would give the Star, as this will weaken the
double effects of a good effects of the negativity.
location and direction.

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Time
Perhaps one of the key determining factor of Feng Shui is the time
factor. What does the time factor means? In Xuan Kong Flying Star, qi
moves in cycles of twenty years. There are nine periods involved,
therefore they are named Period 1, Period 2 and so on. After period 9,
period 1 is repeated. Simply said, Period luck is a classification of Qi
movement in a property since its inception. Below is the time period
cycle in use now:

THE FENG SHUI TIME PERIOD

PERIOD 1 1864-1883

PERIOD 2 1884-1903

PERIOD 3 1904-1923

PERIOD 4 1924-1943

PERIOD 5 1944-1963

PERIOD 6 1964-1983

PERIOD 7 1984-2003

PERIOD 8 2004-2023

PERIOD 9 2024-2043

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Qi pattern changes in relation to time. Perhaps that is why


time is considered a deciding emphasis of Feng Shui. The
flying star chart for each of the 24 Mountains is different for
every cycle. Here is how it works. With regards to classical
Feng Shui and the flying star charts, the construction date
of the house doesn’t matter; the moving in date matters.
Technically, two different houses on the same row, built at
the same time, but first had residents moving in at different
times would have completely different Flying Star Charts.

The move in date is the date the building was first occupied.
This also includes apartments and any other sort of high
rise residency buildings. An apartment is counted as one
building instead of many different units. Therefore, the
move in date is the date the first unit was occupied.

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A few rules to play by:


RULE NO. 1

If a house has been occupied and vacated within a single


luck period, the flying stars do not change.

RULE NO. 2

If the house has been left vacant for more than six month
in which the periods have changed, then the flying stars
chart would change as well.

RULE NO. 3

If a house is occupied by the same owner since inception,


but major renovations have taken place in the span of the
years, a period change might have occurred as well.

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In a nutshell...
Feng Shui is a body of knowledge that explores nature and how
it needs to be obtained (or in some cases, avoided) to derive the
best results in health, wealth, relationships, business, career and
generally, life.

All in all, it would be an enlightening and engrossing experience


as learning Feng Shui isn’t only about your property; it is
ultimately knowledge about you and your affinity to your
immediate environment.

Here is what you will need to remember throughout your journey


to learn and master Feng Shui. What matters when it comes to
practising the art of Feng Shui is the ability to engage to the
energy in the environment. If this is made possible, one is all set
to reap the benefit of positive Qi in his property; and eventually in
life.

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About Joey Yap


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