When Feng Shui Period 9 Starts: Why Every Feng Shui Master Got It Wrong

Posted On Last updated Jun 1, 2020 | Published on May 10, 2020

Feng Shui Period 9 is a term you’ll hear getting thrown around a lot these days because 2024 is around the corner, but I’ve recently made a discovery that will change not only the way people look at feng shui, but also the industry and this field as a whole.

The Importance Of Going Into The Theory Behind Chinese Metaphysics

Bear in mind, this is not a critique on other feng shui masters per se, but it’s something more systemic in the Chinese metaphysics field.

Most of my readers and clients would know by now that I always say that if one wants to be a practitioner or an expert in just about any other field, you cannot just be focusing on the application – you must know the underlying theories and building blocks of that application. It’s only normal to assume that someone who bothers to go deep into the subject will be the true expert.

This is precisely the problem in the Chinese metaphysics field because a lot of newcomers to this field are satisfied just knowing the application and are eager to turn this into a career. They read up a bit on feng shui application and suddenly they are a “feng shui master” without knowing a single thing about astronomy and not even the astronomical names of the stars we use in Chinese metaphysics.

For example, one very common mistake is that a lot of practitioners do not adjust for solar time for BaZi readings because they don’t even know what solar time is, or they do not appreciate how BaZi was developed in the past. As a result, a lot of people’s charts are actually plotted wrongly. I’ll leave this for another post.

What Is A Feng Shui Period?

A feng shui period is not something that most layman will know. This is something I eventually repeat to every client so I’ll just put it here.

The first thing everyone needs to know is that Chinese metaphysics would not be possible if you are not able to measure time. The 10 Heavenly Stems, 12 Earthly Branches and the 9 Stars you always hear in feng shui – they are all used to measure time.

Imagine a time when clocks were not invented yet – how would you know how long a year is? Or a month, week or day? You look to the sun, the planets and the stars. An easy example: The 9 Stars are the Big Dipper, and depending on where the Big Dipper is pointing, we’ll know what time of the year and the season it is.

A Feng Shui Period is a 20-year cycle, but this 20-year cycle is just one part of an even bigger cycle. You can consider one “Period” as one minor-cycle.

180-Year Feng Shui Mega-Cycle

You’ll hear of the term san yuan jiu yun (三元九运) often in feng shui which refers to the three major-cycles and 9-minor cycles.

One major cycle, yuan (元), is made up of three minor cycles. One major cycle is 60 years. One minor cycle, yun (运), is 20 years. One full cycle is 180 years.

The 60-year major cycle represents the conjunction between Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury.

Whenever you see a number in Chinese metaphysics, there is always a reason and it always falls back down to measuring time.

The 20-year cycle is a result of Jupiter and Saturn aligning. In Western astrology, they call it a major or grand conjunction. It’s fascinating, isn’t it? Because sages from different civilizations looked to the stars and came up with the same thing.

What All Feng Shui Masters Got Wrong – Including Me

The belief is that feng shui Period 9 starts in 2024 and the current mega-cycle we are in started in 1864. This was what was written down in the Chinese classics. However, there is something wrong with this.

I assumed that the system that our ancestors came up with was perfect and did not go into the nuances, but what I found out eventually did make me feel ashamed as a practitioner. What I found out eventually was did get me thinking about how far back the Chinese metaphysics field has fallen back and how more there is to learn. This is what I mean:

Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction Table. Find me another feng shui master who went this far.

If you’re following me on Facebook, you would have seen me post the above image a few weeks back.

I was spending time revising Chinese metaphysics stuff and it eventually brought me back to the topic of feng shui periods and whatever else I could get my hands on. I have to thank Wester astrology for this because there is a lot of buzz going on about the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction that’s going to be happening at the end of this year – 21st December 2020 to be exact. I even downloaded an app just to play around:

The moment I heard this, something sprang. Isn’t a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction a feng shui concept too? Why is it almost four years early?

I went to dig up the exact times when Jupiter and Saturn meet – you’ll see that in the first three columns. The “Chinese Year” column is that that was written down in the Chinese classics where Period 1 started way back in 1864.

The long time went, the bigger the discrepancy between the two systems. It’s expected because the 20-year cycle are not exact years but an approximation, which is why there are certain years where it only takes 19 years. The small discrepancies add up over time and you’ll see that by the time we reach 2119, the difference will increase to 5 years. You’ll see that in 2024, Jupiter and Saturn’s is already way off alignment.

Jupiter and Saturn in 2024.

The end of a major cycle happens in 2044 which is the end of Period 9. A major cycle is when Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury align. According to the ancient Chinese, it’s supposed to happen in 2044, but the next one is actually on 8th September 2040. The Chinese system is about 4 years late.

I initially thought it was due to our ancestors using a different system and it had something to do with the 9 Palaces and 9 Stars, but there was no conclusive evidence of that. The feng shui period will always represent the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction because that’s how our ancestors measured time. You can tell from the image above that Jupiter and Saturn are already way out of alignment by 2024.

I feel ashamed because this is something that I should have found out earlier instead of waiting for 2024 to be close or for another form of astrology to point this out to me. The numbers 3 and 4 might be small, but 3 to 4 years is a really long time and a lot of things can happen in one’s life. If there’s one rule in Chinese metaphysics, it’s to not discount even the smallest details, so we can’t say these 3 to 4 years difference isn’t going to make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Feng Shui Period 9 Comes Early: What Does This Mean For Me?

Layman or practitioner, we all know that feng shui changes and it’s a cycle, so it’s natural to assume that major changes are coming and everyone will feel it. The biggest hiccup is that all of us thought this was going to happen in 2024, but it turns out it’s going to be December 2020 instead.

The feng shui quality of all houses will change. There’s no such thing as a house being stuck in a certain feng shui period and is able to tap into good ‘qi’ forever till the end of time – this goes against all theory and Chinese belief.

The houses which were good in Period 8 may not remain good in Period 9, and similarly, houses that aren’t so good in Period 8 might see some improvements. Theoretically, our houses are going to start to have a different effect on us, but please don’t panic because our astrological charts will come first before feng shui does.

A 20-year cycle is a long time, so it doesn’t mean everyone’s lives start crashing down the moment we hit Period 9. Remember that everything in Chinese metaphysics is a process of unfolding, so these changes will take time to come into effect just like how you’d feel the changes of an upcoming 10-year phase a few years prior to the official change.

These changes will have tangible effects on a lot of people. For example, if you invested in real estate hoping you can sell it for a profit when Period 9 comes, then I really hope you did your math correctly. Those in the right industries will also benefit.

Changes In Feng Shui Period 9: Trends, Industries, Society

I usually try not to blog about things I don’t fully understand, which is why there are a lot less feng shui articles on my blog. I need to see and experience something for myself before I’m confident in writing about it. But I guess I Me studying Qi Men Dun Jia has also made a lot of things in feng shui much clearer because the 9 Palaces (九宫) are integral to both Qi Men Dun Jia and feng shui.

The 9 Stars you see in Qi Men Dun Jia are the same 9 Stars in feng shui, but they use different names. For example, Star 8 (八白左辅) is also known as 天任 in Qi Men Dun Jia which is an Earth star, hence you’ll hear a lot about Earth-related industries doing well once Period 9 arrives.

Whenever a feng shui period changes, it is believed that society will change. Trends, leading industries etc will all change. This is something Western astrology believes in too because major conjunctions are considered huge events.

You will hear that Period 9 is associated with the ‘li‘ Trigram (离卦) because the original position of Star 9 (representing Period 9) is in the South (top-middle box in the image below). Bear in mind this is the Later Heaven Trigram (后天八卦):

Basically, everything that is associated with the li Trigram will get a lot more attention. The li Trigram can represent things like technology computers, technology, media, art, just to name a few. The list is long.

Star 8 (八白) from Period 8 will be known as the receding star (退运星),meaning its effects and what it stands for will start to take a back seat. Industries representing that will also not do as well. The industries that are most representative of Period 8 are finance and real estate which you can already see trending down.

Star 9 is also known as the Purple 9 Star (九紫星) which known as the ‘You Bi‘ (右弼) star. Its astronomical name is the Alcor star which is a binary star, so you’ll always hear of ‘Zuo Fu You Bi‘ (左辅右弼) because they are meant to be a pair. They’re very auspicious stars in Zi Wei Dou Shu. It’s known as an amplifier star, meaning the good will be even better, and the bad gets worse. Whether you get to tap on the positive side of this star really depends on your house layout and its feng shui implications. Health-wise, it can represent the heart, eyes and blood so you may start seeing health trends related to these.

Sometimes I wonder if COVID-19 is a signal and progenitor for this major change. I know for a fact that some people, my clients included, are already struggling with their condo mortgages. This pandemic might just shock the system into a more balanced state and get people thinking more about how they manage their money. Not to mention, technology has really come to the forefront during this period too. We’ll just have to wait and see.

What Can I Do Now That Period 9 Is Coming?

Some of my clients and friends have been asking me what they can do to prepare for Period 9 because it sounds like a huge deal. Personally, and from what I’ve studied, I think it is a big deal, but a lot of us are going to be experience it for the first time while being aware of the changing of periods mean.

Here are some of the things I feel everyone can do:

  • Definitely think about whether the industry you are in is still relevant. Being stuck in an industry that is not growing puts your long term trajectory to a halt. Your career and financial progress will definitely be impeded.
  • Go back and look at your investments, especially real-estate investment ones.
  • Try to have a sense of whether any part of your life will have some form of fundamental change. For example, is the company you’re in doing well. How is your parents’ health? Do you still have any relationship issues you’ve not sorted out? Are you burdened by debt?

The list goes on, but basically, take this time to really look through things in your life.

What Facing Directions Are The Best In Period 9?

There will always be a so-called “best” or “worst” Facing Direction in every feng shui period, and I’ve been getting my clients to make house purchases that take Period 9 into account.

I’ll, of course, know what the so-called best facing directions are, but I’m not going to state the directions here not because I don’t wish to share, but because there are really too many other things to take into account when purchasing a home, such as your house feng shui layout rather than just your facing direction. I don’t want anyone rushing to buy a house with a good facing direction without considering other factors. Secondly, most people are measuring their facing directions wrong.

At this juncture, I think what worries me most is the fact that a lot of houses that are “OK” in Period 8 will fall under “worst Facing Direction” in Period 9. I guess this a reflection of the direction society will go once the world changes. I’ve not written anything about this yet because I don’t want to get too hasty posting an article like that as it will likely affect people and I’m still collecting case studies. I will blog about this eventually when December 2020 is nearer.

Whatever it is, you should be planning your real estate decisions extremely carefully at this point.

How Feng Shui & Chinese Metaphysics Can Improve

Chinese metaphysics will have to evolve along with the times. No doubt our ancestors were amazing to come up with all these without technology, but I don’t think it hurts to apply what we know today and build on what our ancestors have passed down to us.

Perhaps the simplest way to put it is this: Astrologers are not astronomers. I always believed that you have to be a bit of an astronomer if you wish to be an astrologer, but I have to admit it’s an acutely painful process to learn astronomy. Knowing astronomy really opens up a whole new perspective and it really helps one appreciate just how amazing our ancestors came up with all this without telescopes or technology.

The feng shui period conundrum is a very good example of how the system is not perfect and it has to adapt and adjust. It’s been 159 years after all. Another example would be interpreting BaZi charts for gay couples – you won’t find anything about homosexuals in the Chinese classics. Chinese metaphysics will have to adapt and try to come up with new observations.

I’ll always be the first to admit that I don’t know everything. Pretending that I do is only going to harm others. There’s still much to learn and I make mistakes too, but I’ll always make it a point to keep reading and getting better at what I do.

If you have any friends who are interested in feng shui and make their life decisions based on it, do share this post with them. I hope everyone understands why I always say feng shui is not about furniture arrangement and colours – that’s new age nonsense that originated from Heavens knows where.

I’ll end off this somewhat technical post on a personal note.

For my new readers, I hope you believe me when I say I’m a self-taught practitioner, and that I studied straight from the Chinese classics. It’s not difficult for me to pick up a new method like Qi Men Dun Jia because it’s whatever I’ve studied already, but applied differently. I’m not someone who will be satisfied with just knowing the application – I’m the kind that needs to understand how things work and I’m always trying to put myself in the shoes of our ancestors. If I wasn’t, I would have gotten so far in my career as a practitioner at my age.

I think everyone knows how strongly I feel about this field and I often speak up of the malpractices and everything that is wrong with this field. I do get a bit peeved when I know an unethical practitioner reads my blog, copies and learns from it, and then continues to do things I’m against. Everything that I write about is suddenly adapted into his business. This fact fuels a lot of the displeasure my regular readers can detect from my blog.

So far, there is no other feng shui master or practitioner who has come out to say that Period 9 starts in on 21st December 2020 and everyone is sticking to 2024. I know I’ll be copied eventually and it has happened many times, but I guess I’ll have to put down my ego and see that this will be valuable information for everyone, even if it’s just the application of theory. I always write about how our BaZi charts are our karma, so I guess I’ll just let things play out according to Heaven’s will and trust that the unethical practitioners will get their karma.

Moving forward, I’m going to try my best to let go of any negative feelings and just focus on you guys – the reader. I really hope you guys enjoy my blog. If you wish to see more of such posts, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter too.

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P.S. To the pseudo-practitioners thinking of copying this. I dare you. Don’t make me expose everything wrong and unethical you did. I know you’re reading this.

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  1. Ilona

    “Basically, everything that is associated with the li Trigram will get a lot more attention. The li Trigram can represent things like technology computers, technology, media, art, just to name a few. The list is long”.

    Master Chan, please could you unfold the list. I am very interested.
    Thanks 🙂

  2. Sls

    Interesting blog post then i Googled and found this.

    December 21, 2020 – A “great conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn: on the the exact date of the winter solstice, the two planets will appear just 0.06º apart right after sunset. It’s not happened since the year 2000 and won’t happen again until 2040.

  3. Zen

    Hi Master Chan,

    Thanks for this article, this means that houses that are built after Dec 2020 should be considered as Period 9 houses.
    I noticed that the mountain and water stars for each sector add up to 9 for all facing directions in period 9. Why is that so and what does that mean?

  4. Maria DeArman

    Hi Master Sean,
    I’m new to your blog and I just subscribe too. Anyway, I have a little problem reading some parts of your blog most especially towards the bottom. Something is blocking this screen as I am writing this comment. It’s the window that pops up from the right side asking us to subscribe. If some of my words are spelled wrong, it is because I cannot see some of the words I typed because of that window that refused to close =(

  5. Bobby Chin

    Interesting article, thank you for sharing! If the Jupiter-Saturn great conjuncts occur approximately every 20 years or so, it could be possible to extrapolate backwards the time to determine when the great conjuncts relate directly with the periods of the 三元九运 20 year cycle in the past? Right now it is stated period 1 starts from 1864, so presumably every period 1 started in 1684, 1504, 1324, and so on. I used to have a friend who lived in a house that were built in the early 14th century (in 1312 to be exact, year of construction is written outside the house!), and that these old (wooden) buildings still stand, are maintained, and remain habitable! So I had the interesting challenge at one time of trying to find the correct flying star chart for one of these old houses where a friend used to live, but I could never find out when these houses were renovated in the past etc, so I could not determine which period these houses belonged to, and I gave up trying. But a 1312 building should theoretically belong to a period 9 building right? And would the Period 9 characteristics of Qi apply to this old building as well? It was a simple brain teaser question previously because the great conjunct aspect was never really considered, until your article came about. So given this Jupiter-Saturn great conjunct for that time, would this really be a period 9 building?

    • Sean Chan

      I personally don’t believe that a building/house can stay ‘stuck’ in a certain period. If this logic were true, then malls and shops will always be bustling but we know this isn’t the case. To have a building that is independent of nature’s influences doesn’t really make sense to me. So yes, this house you’re speaking of will be under the influence of Period 9. =)

      The Chinese sages didn’t have the means to measure the conjunctions as accurately as we can know, which is why I believe some adjustments have to be made now that we know more.

      • TravelTalkTea

        Hi Master Chan… thanks for this article — it was super insightful!

        Also, please pardon my ignorance in advance.

        I’ve always thought of the building’s natal chart as like the “BaZi” of the structure… it’s born and so it’s “pillars” remain the same all through out it’s existence… the periods are like the Luck Pillars that the house goes through and so while the natal chart stays the same and is “stuck” the waxing and waning of the stars in different rooms or at the front or back of the house changes. So in turn the behavior of the house changes even if the natal chart is the same.

        would that be a fair analogy?

  6. Chloe

    Really appreciate your take on this and your sharing. I like to understand why. I found Your view and your study of
    this subject very interesting, it ‘s opening new considerations. Thank you very very much!

    Concerning baZi solar hour : my experience is that’s not always accurate. For my own chart the solar hour
    doesn’t seems to fit, but for other person it seems… In a quantum physics or meta physics universe, the hour we are born in
    is considered a personal “code” right?. Why the universe would make a children born at a certain hour at one region of the
    globe if the code wasn’t the good one? That’s still questionning to me;) If Time and space are only existing in relation
    to the other : man being the link that makes time and space moving or existing. Why not considering the “code” = the hour in the
    country one’s is born not the right one? Because in meta physics all are synchronicities and every info is the “good” one for a person at for a person, at this moment in time… Lots of questions not answered, lol

  7. Vincent

    Does this mean we are not in geng zi year?

  8. Ian

    Half-way through reading your post Master Sean…a bit of an epiphany on the discrepancies on Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

    • Sean Chan

      A bit of an epiphany meaning you’re surprised too?

      • Ian

        Yea, quite a bit. But come to think of it – we are already in ‘地九小運’, so perhaps it’s only normal to already feel the effect of Period 9?

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