Hi everyone! Hope you all have been well! There’s been a topic that I didn’t manage to touch on in my blog, and it’s a rather important topic if you’re looking to buy a new house. I’ve realized that a lot of my clients are unaware of the different Periods in feng shui, which in Chinese we call 三元九運。Feng shui Period 9 is just around the corner, and it’s important that take not of what’s about to come, and take the necessary steps to accommodate to these changes.
To summarize what it means briefly, the Flying Star arrangement of a house changes every 20 years, and the next Period, which is Period 9, starts in 2024. In my opinion, it’s paramount that you plan ahead and get ready for Period 9. That’s not to say that you won’t be able to get a good house during Period 8. It’s worth knowing that in Period 9, there won’t be the 旺山旺向 which is the best Flying Star arrangement of the house based on the Sitting and Facing direction. There will still be the 雙星會坐 and 雙星會向 that you can tap on, so there will be certain facing directions that are more favourable. Of course, you’ll still need to take into account the individual sectors and which stars end up in those sectors because those play a huge factor as well. Star 5 is still the most destructive star in Period 9, and steps should be taken to make sure your master bedroom or anywhere you’ll be spending a lot of time is does not fall into the sector with Star 5 in it. If you are looking to purchase a new house, do make sure you take Period 9 into account. The full effects of a house usually take around 3 years to start manifesting, so technically speaking one would only get to fully enjoy a positive Period 8 house structure from 2020 to February of 2024.
Is There A Best Facing Direction In Period 9?
旺山旺向 has always been known to be the best Feng Shui Flying Star structure, but this won’t appear in Period 9. That’s not to say that there won’t be a ‘best-facing direction’ in Period 9. There will definitely still be a few particular directions that are considered ‘the best’. We do have technical names for them such as 夫妇合十，and there are even some extremely complex ones such as 七星打劫 or 父母三般卦 which you hardly hear about in contemporary feng shui.
We will definitely still have auspicious structures like 雙星會坐 and 雙星會向 which both have very different effects on a house.
Generally speaking, a good house won’t bring too much negative impact on someone, but to really tap into the benefits of feng shui, it’s advisable to zoom into the details and match it according to the person’s Kua number and their unique individual needs. Some people would require more health in acquiring wealth, whereas some others need emphasis on their health and emotional well-being – feng shui is able to cater do that if you really wish to customize it to that extent.
The reason why each feng shui Period lasts 20 years is due to the movement of Saturn and Jupiter, in that they take 20 years to align with each other, and it is believed that each them Saturn and Jupiter align, major changes will occur. I’m very curious how this transition into Period 9 will impact everyone, especially when I was too young to appreciate what the transition into Period 8 was like way back in 2004. The study of astronomy was not just for the practical purpose of time measurement, but also because of the Chinese belief of 天人合一 or unison with the Heavens. The Chinese ancestors have always felt that whatever happened in the stars will manifest on Earth, so there has always been close observation of the movement of the stars.
Houses That Transition From Period 8 To Period 9
I recently did a conducted an audit for a BaZi (八字) client of mine that takes into account Period 9’s Flying Star arrangements (refer to the image at the top). Under Period 8, this unit is excellent. The quality of this house does dip a little in Period 9, but only because Period 9 doesn’t have the 旺山旺向 arrangement which this unit has for Period 8. As mentioned, no houses will have the 旺山旺向 structure which promises wealth and well-being in Period 9.
Under 《陽宅三要》，this house belongs to 坎門巽主離灶, which states:
I know I’ve said this a thousand times, but again, but there is a link between someone’s astrological chart and the quality of one’s house. The analysis of the couple’s BaZi (八字) and the house they bought point towards the same conclusion. The quality of the husband’s chart increases with time due to his favourable 大運 while the wife’s starts to decline a little, but all in all, this is still a really good house. The main flaw of this house is that it is meant for a couple where the wife will suffer from poorer health, but it can be remedied with proper care and attention. Feng shui is deemed to able to help transcend one’s astrological chart, which is why it was given so much emphasis in the past and even till today. This belief has been held since the flourishing era of feng shui, as seen from the saying『人之生命不同，宅之宜忌各异』from the Chinese classic 《八宅明镜》 as mentioned in my previous blog post here.
I’ve noticed that there are websites which mention that the kitchen shouldn’t be near the main door. I personally find that utterly baseless and it’s one of those false beliefs that are propagated blindly.
Are There Facing Directions Which Are Considered The ‘Worst Directions’
Yes, there definitely would be and this applies for all Periods. Practitioners usually term them “大凶格局” which refers to an extremely inauspicious Flying Star structure. We do have a technical term for them which we call them 反吟伏吟 in feng shui. Do note that 反吟 and 伏吟 are two separate structures, and there are some cases whereby both can appear at the same time. These houses would be labeled the worst of the worst houses.
The Chinese classics do talk about remedies for structures, but I can’t bring myself to say that they are applicable in this day and age. Such Flying Star structures require an alteration of the landscape to remedy, but I think we can all agree that it’s not possible in modern day context. We cannot expect a source of water of a mountain to just suddenly appear like that.
The bottom line is this: Everyone, both current and eventual homeowners, will have to take moving into Period 9 into account. A house or building does not stay stuck in Period 8 just because it was built in Period 8. There are some sources and practitioners who advocate this, but it’s only a minority. I personally don’t believe that a building can stay stuck within a certain feng shui Period because that’s assuming that the environment has no effect on us which goes against the fundamentals of Chinese metaphysics.
Whatever it is, prepare for Period 9 and take it into account in your next real estate decision.
Feng Shui For Landed Property – Building From Ground Up
As for my other major project: I’ve been working closely with my client’s architect to get the design of a landed property up. The Sitting and Facing direction of the house is impossible to change, so a lot of attention has been put into making sure the internal layout of the house is designed optimally to tap not just into the positive Flying Stars of Period 8 and Period 9, but that the key rooms (master bedroom, main door and kitchen) are in the right sectors as well.
The previous design was horrendous, and the quality of life of the previous tenants went on a slow downward spiral which ended up with financial struggles and marital woes which eventually led to separation.
Do note that the ‘auspiciousness levels’ of the 9 stars change according to the Period we are in, so a star that is auspicious in Period 8 may not be necessarily so in Period 9. The same logic applies for the inauspicious stars. For example, Star 2 is known to be a negative star in Period 8, but for Period 9 it starts to exhibit some of its positive traits. It’s just that it takes a full 20-year cycle for these effects to come into effect, so the effects are less salient and it’s harder to put a benchmark on the differences.
A few of the key things proposed for this landed property are the shifting of the main door and kitchen and adjusting for better structure under 《陽宅三要》。The master bedrooms are also relocated to tap into the auspicious stars under the Flying Stars method. This project has also given me the rare opportunity to practice 楊公水法, which looks at the direction flow of water and where it enters and exits the compound. It is a landscape feng shui method which most people don’t get the opportunity to apply as most of us live in apartments.
Some of the things that you ought to look out for before you developed a landed property include:
1) How to adjust the Sitting and Facing direction of the house?
2) Placement of the main door, kitchen and master bedroom to ensure a good house structure under 8-Mansions.
3) Ensuring the important rooms are in the sectors where the auspicious stars land in the current and next Period for long term planning.
4) Opportunities to enhance the house using landscape feng shui methods
This client of mine happens to be my age. He and his family has worked hard to acquire their level of wealth and it’s a real honour and privilege to have their trust in such an important task. I can’t wait to see how this house and enhance their well-being in the long run!
As always, if you have any questions, don’t be shy to reach out!