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Posted Date: November 28, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Prof. Joe
Selecting an Auspicious Date
Let us take a look at just how important it is to select an auspicious date for major events in our lives in Feng Shui practice.

At every moment in time, the cosmos is in a unique configuration and different parts of the world are experiencing different climates, seasons and weather. These diverse factors exert all kinds of forces or energies on the land and people.

At certain times, the resulting forces are in harmony with each other. This creates good and auspicious moments when conditions are highly favourable for success and also ideal for a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.

That is why, since time immemorial, people have sought the help of experts to choose a good and auspicious day and time for all kinds of projects and ventures. Some parents even pick a specific date and time for their children’s birth because, in Life Profiling or Bazi, a person’s date and time of birth will determine his life path and future.

The basic theories and practical application for choosing good and auspicious dates for yourself, your family and friends, for important events include:

• House or office renovation
• Moving to a new house or office
• Marriage registration
• Attending to important legal matters, such as signing agreements, initiating or responding to lawsuits, etc
• Ideal day and time for a Caesarean delivery, and much more

There are several methods to select auspicious dates for these important events. The most common method is by referring to the Chinese Almanac (Tong-shu/Tong-Shin)(通书/通胜). A copy of this book can be bought from any bookstore, yet not many people understand the jargons used and, furthermore, it may not always prove to be practical nowadays.

The Chinese Almanac is a guidebook that consists of a calendar based on the Chinese lunar year, which is rumoured to have been written by the Yellow Emperor (皇帝). It has changed form numerous times throughout the dynasties. If we were to translate Tong-shu literally, it would mean ‘For All Purposes Book’.

Most of the contents in the book deal with the activities that are suitable for each day. Some Chinese families still refer to the book to pick suitable days to hold wedding ceremonies, funerals and other major events. However, the book also contains peculiar remarks; certain days, it is not suitable to wash one’s hair, take a shower, cut hair and fingernails, and many more.

Understandably, this book was written in ancient times in China where there are 4 seasons minus the modern amenities. Do you think such advice is suitable for our modern life, especially in tropical countries such as Malaysia?

Being in a hot climate country like Malaysia, we shower daily to keep ourselves clean because water supply is not an issue. Moreover, such recommendations do not apply to a specific person but to everyone.

In order to be specific in selecting an auspicious date for a person, the best way to do it is to base it on the person’s date of birth. With the world’s population at 7 billion, we cannot all be living the same way or doing the same thing from day to day. Therefore, the calculation on the basis of the date of birth is more accurate.

Throughout my years of practicing Feng Shui and selecting auspicious dates for various events, there is a certain truth to its impact although there are no modern instruments to measure it as such. In spite of this, its probability of success is high, and produces results when the method being used is consistent.

While we can use the selection of auspicious dates to maximise desired results, at the same time, it can also be used to minimise unwanted risks. To achieve the best results, we always emphasis on the 4R, which is: the right people, the right word, the right place and, lastly, the right time.

Prof Joe Choo was elected the President of the Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (“MINGS”) in 2008, a post which she currently holds. She was recently awarded a professorship by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. She acts as consultant to various development projects and is frequently invited as speaker at many government and private property functions. Joe also conducts classes for the Persatuan Architect Malaysia (“PAM”) and the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (“MIEA”).

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Posted Date: November 20, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Overseas Property Assessment Made Easy
Buying a property overseas is no longer such a daunting task nowadays with the availability of various online tools to assess the potential of your purchase right from the comfort of home.

Buying a house overseas has never been easier. It could be anywhere: a hillside bungalow overlooking the vast beaches of Los Angeles or a state-of-the-art pristine white apartment in Tokyo; as long as it tickles your fancy, it could be yours. With the ubiquity of property trade sites on the Internet, lower airfare and the rising prices of local properties, people are driven to broaden their options for a second home purchase by including properties in foreign countries as well.

If you are thinking of such a move yourself, do bear in mind that despite the widespread convenience, purchasing a property overseas does entail far more complex processes as opposed to buying a house locally. And we are not even referring to the suitability of the property from a Feng Shui perspective. It is amazing how people would rush into the decision to snap up a property overseas without a good deal of research and analysis beforehand.

So how, as a potential property owner, do we evaluate a property for good Feng Shui values when the property is located 2,000 miles away on the other side of the globe? There is no need to scratch your head; here are some guidelines to ensure that your property evaluation effort remains a walk in the park.

With technology, everything is easier

One of the most glaring loopholes found in general property research is the omission of a complete analysis of the landform surrounding the property. Such an easy task this is with the help of the World Wide Web. With an influx of easy-to-use and accurate geographical navigation sites such as Google Earth, Wikimapia and Yahoo! Maps, you do not have to be present in Tokyo to personally assess the surrounding natural features yourself.

Good Qi always flow from good external landforms. Look for the existence and proximity of favourable natural formations such as mountains, hillside or higher ground around the area. This is to ensure you have good sources of Qi around your property. Also, find out where does the water naturally flow to, and ensure that it is towards an auspicious direction. A flat terrain allows Qi to meander before being redistributed to the property, so make sure one is in close proximity to your house.

Information is power

Always demand for more information from the developers. We are not talking about the blueprint of your unit alone as it takes more than that for a comprehensive Feng Shui assessment to be made off-site. So if possible, get the neighbourhood’s housing plan, floor level arrangement and location of the property in relation to the town. Bear in mind that it is your right as a buyer to know more about the property, so do not be shy to exercise this right.

Make a comprehensive analysis of the information provided. Find out the location of the door to your property, the road formation around your property, the floor level of your unit, your neighbour’s house, and also if there are any glaring negative features outside your property. Sometimes, this information needs to be cross-referenced with your BaZi – an art of personality analysis from your date of birth – to derive more accurate and ‘tailor-made’ results.

Catch a flight

If all those assessments do not render sufficient information to your liking, you can always board the next flight and head over to perform a Feng Shui assessment personally at the physical location. Although this may seem to consume a little more resources and time, it is undoubtedly the most effective way to gauge the Feng Shui and Qi flow of your property.

Gauge your personal compatibility – yes, it does play an important role – with the property, find out the positive features available within the unit, and other minor or glaring potential problems inside or outside the property. All in all, your trip will not be wasted, as you will have a clearer idea of the suitability of this property to you as a potential occupant.

So if you are contemplating about expanding your property portfolio, why not include the possibility of buying a property overseas in the mix? With a little research, things may not be daunting as they seem.

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Posted Date: August 28, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Water Features: Not Merely For Decoration

It is safe to say that water tends to invoke a feeling of happiness in most people. Ever find yourself singing blithely in the shower, playing under the rain or having a good time frolicking at the beach?

While the ability for water to create these fleeting moments of gaiety is inspiring, try pondering over this – will more water features, especially in the outdoor space, inspire a bigger laughter or smile on the occupants’ face?

We all know that water plays a major role in Feng Shui. As the Yang counterpart, water helps collect and gather auspicious Qi to create a harmonious balance on your property, from the exterior to the interior.

However, each water feature, whether internal or external, has its own set of pros and cons. Thus, water is often noted in Feng Shui as being a tricky element to meddle with.

Undeniably, many of us would crave for simple DIY methods to Feng Shui. The truth is that it is not always as easy as it seems. If only Feng Shui is as straightforward as appropriately placing as many glasses of water as possible all over your house!

As such, depending on your personality and the property’s location, each external water feature, types or formations may or may not have its positive or negative effect on the overall Qi.

Look at the Location

Just like picking a spot for your bed, location is of the utmost importance for water placement as well. Water can be located in a number of possible locations and directions from your home. Different positions can evoke different Qi and values for different residents.

• Water in front of the property is generally considered good as long as it satisfies the other criteria of the water’s location.
• If you want to stay on the safe side, it is best to avoid water behind your property. Water at the back does not necessarily equals to bad Feng Shui, but in most cases, it signifies it.
• Water on the left dictates the wealth and prosperity of the house in general.
• Water on the right symbolises the ability to wield great power. And no, it does not relate to extramarital affair.

The Different Types

It is important to realise that water exists in many, many forms. Yes, water is clearly the shape-shifting mystique of Mother Nature. Water appears in the raging sea, a calm pond and even in a man-made drain. If you love the sea and dream of staying near it, make sure the sea is calm with gently lapping waves.

Another important pointer: ensure that you can see ‘mountains’ in the distance or beyond the horizon of the sea. An island, to be precise; if case you were wondering what sort of floating mountain I am talking about.

Thinking of putting a waterfall in your garden? Think again. Waterfall emits a thunderous sound, which is considered a negative feature in Feng Shui. Qi cannot collect in such an area and you might end up with negative Qi or Sha Qi. Go for lakes or ponds instead. Serene and sentimental, a lake or pond helps to collect Qi for your property.

Man-made features such as drains and manholes should be avoided (or, at least concealed) as they block or puncture positive Qi from your property. If you have a visible constant-flowing drain or manhole near your property, it is best for you to conceal it to avoid disruption to the flow of Qi.

Formation, Formation, Formation

Why is water formation important when we talk about Feng Shui? Well, specifically because a good water formation pulls in the positive Qi and siphons out the negative ones. It is for this reason that you want to avoid areas with negative water formation.

If you want to look for a very good water formation, you may want to consider the Jade Belt Formation. This is where water curves and circulates around the property. Face this formation directly and you will have the features of both protective water and directional water in your property.

Bow Formation, however, exists as the negative counterpart to the Jade Belt Formation. This formation directs Qi straight to your property and cuts into it, causing damage to the Qi.

Another prized formation is the Nine Curve Formation. This is when water curves and meanders, producing Nine Curves. This is an extremely auspicious formation as it denotes Wealth Qi that compounds and collects over the years in a smooth manner.

In Feng Shui, there are many interpretations, personal factors and external influences to consider when you are making an assessment or conclusion. Remember these phrases: there are no dead mountains, only dead water. There is no dead water, only wrong direction.

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Posted Date: August 28, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Prof. Joe
Where do ‘Wind’ & ‘Water’ come from?

‘Feng Shui’ is commonly translated as ‘wind’ and ‘water’. Before this knowledge was known as ‘Feng Shui’, it was named ‘Kan Yu’. It was represented in the form of a bronze man standing on a cart and he pointed out directions to soldiers during the war. During the Shang dynasty, it was called ‘ching-nang’ means green sling bag simply because every trade had its own attire then.

It was later called ‘ching-wu’ or knowledge, because there was a famous Feng Shui master by the name of Ching-wu Sze. It was finally known by its current name when the word appeared in a well-known Feng Shui classical text.

Feng Shui is an art of knowledge to understand nature, mimic nature and live with nature harmoniously. There are 3 main forces, namely, cosmic, earth and human. To be a Feng Shui practitioner in ancient times, a strong understanding of the 3 subjects was necessary.

Nowadays, you can find a lot of information on the solar system, which is a contributor towards cosmic energy. The second force is the earth energy, which is emphasised through mountains and rivers. Lastly, there is the human force.

It is important to observe the landform around a property development or premise before determining its direction. There are two main criteria that we are always searching for – a river and a mountain.

There is a famous Feng Shui saying that a mountain determines the descendants, while the river determines the wealth (山管人丁水管财). So which one should come first, the mountain or the river?

Landform energy is transferred via solid objects. It can be stopped and barricaded by a water course and dispersed by wind. Ancient people understood how this energy transfer worked, thus they made sure the forces were accumulated and not dispersed. Thus the river is more important than the mountain when choosing your choice property.

The river has several characters; the most widely known and seen is the concave of the river, but not the convex of the river. Energy is collected at the concave but is dispersed at the convex.

It is even better and stronger if the development or the premise is at the confluence of the river(合水). The confluence of the river is where the 2 rivers join to become one river. Masjid Jamek is where the Klang River and the Gombak River meet and join to become one, and this is why Kuala Lumpur is such a colourful city.

Another good example is Beijing where it has many confluences of the river, yet Shanghai and Tianjin do not carry it. The wider the confluence of the river, the better it is, as it is able to hold more energy and benefit the surroundings areas.

On the opposite side where one river splits into 2(分水), it is not an ideal place for any development because the energy is being dispersed but not collected.

In ancient Feng Shui text, the flow of the river is important as well. It is good that the house is running parallel with the flow of the river if the river is next to it or nearby, but not against it. What happens if the front of the house is against the flow of the river?

It has been recorded that those who stay in those properties may have mental problems. To support the statement, we have done some studies around several towns in Malaysia which have such a landform. Such a landform can be found in Nibong Tebal and Tapah in Perak.

There are many more characters of the river that can be observed, and each one of them carries a different effect and consequence. In the next article, I shall introduce an observation on the dragon – mountain.

Prof Joe Choo was elected the President of the Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (“MINGS”) in 2008, a post which she currently holds. She was recently awarded a professorship by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. She acts as consultant to various development projects and is frequently invited as speaker at many government and private property functions. Joe also conducts classes for the Persatuan Architect Malaysia (“PAM”) and the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (“MIEA”).

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Posted Date: July 26, 2012 12:00 AM, By:
Embracing Water with Feng Shui

In this issue, let us take a look at the common internal features to observe when evaluating the Feng Shui of a property with the placement of Water or interior Water. One general rule for any unfavorable internal form: We must determine if it is a curable situation, though not every situation needs curing, and in some cases, passing up on the property may be your best bet. The idea is to find a place that already has a good Feng Shui Quotient where you can spend money on improving, not fixing.

It is not uncommon to find houses with water features such as a small pond or an aquarium built into the interior of the property. The placement of Water is an important aspect of a Feng Shui consultation and is something that should be left to the professionals as incorrect placement could create serious problems for the occupants. Water substantially affects the flow of Qi in a property and is something that should always be given serious consideration. When done right, Water will encourage positive Qi flow.

Pools and Ponds

Avoid a property with a pool cutting into it – meaning: a pool built almost ‘into’ the house, where part of it is indoors and the rest, outdoors. The kind of problems the occupants will experience will depend on the sector this pool
is located.

Steer clear of properties with a pond or body of water in the centre. The centre is the heart of the house and the central palace should always be Yin, where it is stable and quiet. Also avoid building a pond underneath the staircase, especially if the staircase is close to the centre of the property.

Do not choose a property with a pool above the main door or porch as it is an extremely detrimental formation that can cause significant loss of wealth.

Waterfall in the Property

Waterfall, either inside or outside the property, is a negative feature, depending on the sound it generates. However, if the waterfall creates a pleasant sound - gently rippling or gurgling noise - then it is fine. Even so, you still need to consider if it is located in a suitable sector for Water in the house.


Take this into consideration only when a substantial sized tank (anything more than five feet in length) is involved, as it will invariably assert some Feng Shui effect. If you plan for this, it is best to consult a Feng Shui master first. The types and number of fish in the aquarium is not relevant in Feng Shui. Finding the right location to collect and stimulate Qi, which is the purpose of employing the aquarium solution, is more pertinent.


Toilets do not flush away wealth or emit negative Qi. This is the wrong impression. But this is not to say that the location of toilets is not significant in Feng Shui. It is a consideration, if the property has a toilet – or specifically, the actual toilet bowl or bathtub itself, and not referring to the toilet room – squarely above the main door. It is advisable to either move the main door inwards, outwards, or relocate the toilet bowl. Do note that if the ceiling at the main door area is high, this is not a problem. The same applies if you have a toilet bowl directly above the kitchen stove or bed.

As mentioned earlier, it is highly recommended to consult a Feng Shui professional to do a proper evaluation for Water placement. That way, you can be rest assured it is done right for your benefit.

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Posted Date: June 08, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Property Developers & Feng Shui
It is a fact well-known that most people associate feng shui with homes as many come to appreciate the positive impacts of feng shui to the lives of its practitioners. Among some of the benefits include prosperity, well-being and overall success in life. This time, Joey Yap unearths the reason why environology is so common among developers.

While feng shui benefits have immensely contributed to homes and office spaces, the application of feng shui in significantly large property developments may have escaped our notice. Recent reports have also shown that there have been an increasing number of property developers turning to Environology, otherwise known as feng shui or Geomancy. This is because developers strategise urban planning in tandem with feng shui values in an effort to build better homes and offices and produce a win-win situation for them and the buyers. This also goes to show that property developers see a boost of feng shui into their project development as a support to accrue higher revenues.

Using feng shui Everywhere

Aside from using feng shui as a decision-making tool for their potential clients to evaluate the environment, feng shui also bridges the gap of interpersonal and human relationships, optimising the chance to achieve overall harmony. Property developers also believe that applying feng shui ideals during construction promotes the compatibility of an individual’s specific goals with the direction they would like the space to reflect.

It is an understandable business strategy for property developers to set a certain target market for their projects. Even with high-networth individuals as a target market, property developers like to adapt the right feng shui concept in accordance to achieving their target goals. This is complimentary to their aim of magnifying their chances of success by creating a more dynamic, productive and profitable real estate development with the use of feng shui.

Besides, the majority of property buyers these days consider feng shui an essential factor in determining their final decision to purchasing a certain property. Therefore, developers take into account the paramount motivator of injecting feng shui ideals into the development of a project that meets the approval of the consumers’ needs. After all, the success – and downfalls – of their projects truly reflect their portfolio, which will be the reference point that could resonate throughout the developers’ entire corporate profile.

Portfolio Enhancement

Speaking of portfolio, property developers also use feng shui as their brand’s enhancement tool to upgrade their products and services, through the quality of their development projects. It is valid of them to do so as feng shui has been known to influence the maximising of business prospects, cultivating personal and business relationships as well as growing wealth for over 5,000 years!

Despite increasing their potential to create a successful development using feng shui’s tricks of the trade, common real estate design’s pitfalls leading to difficulty in sales, management problems, vacancies, maintenance issues or accidents on the construction site could also be hindered. It is this aspect that has the most potential to harness powerful benefits.

Through feng shui, property developers get to increase their pre-sales, becoming more aware of any “bad luck” energy that could make their project slow, stagnant or unprofitable, as well as harnessing the best possible “good luck” and success energy right from the start. Apart from that, they also use feng shui as an essential guideline in selecting the best locations or maximize an existing one, as well as enhancing the building’s energy flow so that it is conducive in addition to being aesthetically pleasing from a design standpoint. What is of paramount importance is that a lot can be in done upon large-scale properties to bring in maximum prosperity to all parties involved.

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Posted Date: March 15, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Cultivating a High Appreciation Property
Amidst fluctuating local and global property prices, the property market is said to be a catalyst to Malaysia’s High-Income Nation Goal according to the Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung. We take a look at the environology factors that shape a high appreciation property.

Property investment is more than just the fundamental faade of purchasing any property, beyond examining every aspect, whether good or bad, and all the factors that affect us in the short and long term.

Determining the Property

So how do we search for the best high appreciation properties? From feng shui principles, hilltop and mountainside properties are highly valued as mountains govern the overall qi in the environment. They are even related to producing ‘wealth qi’, something that everyone looking to bank on prosperity in life would want to seize.

Man didn’t shape the mountains, but the forces of nature and the gravitational force of the stars did, hence, they are regarded as Yin because they are stationary or immovable and represent stillness and quietness as well. Mountains generate qi in the surrounding areas and are often referred to in ancient feng shui as ‘Dragons’. (Hence my book, Walking
the Dragons)

The natural appearance of mountains connotes the type of qi released to the immediate surrounds and environment around the mountain. Therefore, it is important to determine the type of qi in the environment before understanding what type of and how much qi a property can receive. To tap into the qi of an area, the type and quality of mountains in the area must first be observed.

Keep in mind though that it doesn’t really take a trained pair of eyes to ‘see’ the mountains in a certain area. Especially in Malaysia, mountains and hills are vast throughout, even in areas that look flat or are heavily developed, there are many small hills and contours around. Just keep your eyes peeled.

According to San He classics, good mountains are green, lush and gentle in appearance, with rounded tops. Such mountains are healthy and growing Dragons (Sheng Long), emitting benevolent qi. Bad mountains, in contrast, are steep, sharp and have pointy tops, like that of a witch’s hat.

Mountains that have naturally collapsed, known as broken mountains, which are rocky or have been blasted with dynamite, mined or quarried are also bad news. Even those with greenery and rock together are considered detrimental as they are identified as Sick Dragon (Bing Long), they peak the qi that doesn’t flow well as mentioned in the classics.

Positioning for Success

Now let’s take a look at the favorable positions of mountains around a property. Mountains at the back of a house are said to be supportive as they herald security and stability in the home, as well as the family harmony. A mountain on the left of a property is known as the Green Door Embrace (Qing Long Sha) – not to be confused with sha qi. This sha, however, protects the property from violent qi. Usually governing male prosperity in the house, you must ensure that it’s not too near to the property; otherwise, instead of functioning as a protective presence, it becomes suppressive. As such, mountains on the right, also known as the White Tiger Embrace, protects the property from any violent qi. Still, they should be of a moderate distance, and not any higher than the Green Dragon.

In terms of directional position, any hill or mountain in the Northeast and Southeast sides of the property will do well as its value increases with time. However, the mountain(s) in the Northeast has faster effect than the one in the South, which takes a longer term of 10-20 years to take full effect. Another important point to take note of is, big buildings are not considered mountains, hence not producing any
qi whatsoever.

Conclusively, a high-valued property is one that harnesses, sustains and circulates its life force or qi from and throughout its environment. Therefore, know the environment, know your property. Only then will you know the type of qi in your area, because if you don’t know the type of qi in your surrounding, how are you going to tap into the qi?

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Posted Date: March 15, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Prof. Joe
Singapore The Lion City- Part II
Mention the island nation of Singapore and a whole gamut of emotions spring to mind. We join Prof Joe Choo as she investigates the feng shui elements behind the success and affluence of our neighbor in the South.

The Johor-Singapore Causeway is connected to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and the Seletar Expressway and these two expressways hug the contour of Bukit Panjang and Bukit Timah respectively. The Seletar Expressway stops at Yio Chu Kang to join the Tampines Expressway that leads to the Changi Airport, with the Central Expressway leading to the CBD and the Raffles district.

Meanwhile, the Tuas Second Link is connected to the Ayer Rajah Expressway that goes to CBD and the Raffles district, besides the West Coast and East Coast Highways that are directed to these 2 districts as well. After this study, we found that all the main trunks are channeling energy from all the directions to these two districts, is this a coincidence or is there more?

River of Wealth

Now, let us trace the Singapore River to see if and how it could influence the fortunes of the CBD. The location of CBD is exactly on the convex of the Singapore River, as mentioned earlier, the convex part is where the earth energy dissipated. The Barings Bank scandal of 1995 put the CBD in the international spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The oldest merchant bank founded by Sir Francis Barings from London in 1762, the Barings Bank survived both World Wars, but was brought down in 1995 due to unauthorised trading by its head derivatives trader in Singapore – Mr Nick Leeson. Due to commercial decisions, the commercial and banking offices had no choice but to locate their offices on the convex part of the river. According to feng shui principles, the entrance of the building should ideally face the river to tap the earth energy to benefit the dweller. Nonetheless, offices with entrances facing the river do better than those with their backs to the river.

The Raffles district sits on the concave part of the river, one of the strongest pools of homogenous earth energy. This district was used by the British colonial administrator for European settlement, hence it was better shaped with good drainage systems and no landfill required too. This is the part of Singapore that has the most human impact and change over the years, whereby land reclamation has pushed the sea boundary further out. A series of construction programmes were completed in 1990s to give the district a futuristic cityscape, such as the New Parliament House, the New Supreme Court, the Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay and the Marina.

Where Is The Pearl of The Dragon?

Singapore consists of 63 islands, including mainland Singapore – shaped like a lozenge; Pulau Jurong, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Sentosa are the largest of Singapore’s many smaller islands.

Pulau Jurong is derived from the Malay word means ‘shark’, but it used to be infested with crocodiles, not sharks. It is a backdrop of the industrial parks, petrochemical works, housing estates and some attractions. In previous articles, we mentioned that to provide further protection from strong winds and rain, we can erect a screen or barrier in front of the opening. In this case, Pulau Jurong is the screen or barrier for one of the world busiest port – Jurong Port, situated opposite this island.

The boomerang-shape Pulau Ubin is off the northeastern part of mainland Singapore and near Pulau Ketam and Pulau Sekudu, originally called Pulau Batu Jubin (‘Island of Granite Stones’) for its granite hills. The more interesting tale is a legend of how a pig, an elephant and a frog raced to reach Johor from the island. The loser would turn into stone and eventually the elephant and the pig lost. The frog, however did not turn up any better but turned into Pulau Sekudu (‘Frog Island’). The granite mines that supported the settlements in the early days left scars and the grasslands for the nature lover. There isn’t any high land mass to supply earth energy, except for plans from the government to link it to the mainland with bridges.

Among the islands, Pulau Sentosa is the only island has benefited from an extreme makeover. Previously known as Pulau Blakang Mati (‘Island of Death from the Back’), no one knows the reasoning behind the grim former name although it is believed to have been a pirates’ camp prior to the arrival of the British. Pulau Sentosa has aimed to become the Monaco of Asia and today it has lived up to its lofty aims with the most expensive residential properties with a minimum S$3,000 psf, a marina and a destination theme park opened in 2010. Just look at the shape of this island, don’t you think this is a mini Singapore in its landform? Pulau Sentosa also serves as a screen for the Singapore Port, one of the busiest ports in the world.

In between the Keppel Harbour and Pulau Sentosa is an island which is used as a cargo terminal, Pulau Brani. This island is connected to the mainland and Pulau Sentosa with Sentosa Avenue and it is protected by the mainland and Pulau Sentosa. If the government built another bridge to link this island to mainland, this is going to be a very precious island, like the pearl of the dragon.

Prof Joe Choo was elected the President of the Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (“MINGS”) in 2008, a post which she currently holds. She was recently awarded a professorship by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. She acts as consultant to various development projects and is frequently invited as speaker at many government and private property functions. Joe also conducts classes for the Persatuan Architect Malaysia (“PAM”) and the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (“MIEA”).

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Posted Date: February 13, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
How Much Does Your Property Value?
These days, a property is no longer a unit we maximise for our personal residence; it has become an investment with high returns and long-term profits as well. This kind of investment relates not only to the concept of buy-and-sell but also rental yield.

Regardless of whether a purchased property is utilised as personal living quarters, we all seek immediate effects to boost our property’s value. While the property market has been at its highest high and lowest low, there are still smart ways we can invest in to propel the value of our property, whether you are selling it now, or in the future.

Elemental Alchemy

There are four elements that usher in plus points, which are Natural Water, Annual Flying Stars, Bright Hall and the Main Door. As mentioned in ancient classic books, “Water is the blood of the Dragon”, Water is yang, demarcating and collecting qi in a certain area. Accordingly, an area with good water placement and formations can foster auspicious convergence and collection of qi. The water of lakes and ponds are regarded as peaceful and sentimental, for this reason, a property with a lake facing Southwest or North is reckoned to be the best, as the property with this feature is said to be potentially uprising on the market rapidly, with its effects lasting up to two years.

While lakes and ponds usually originate from natural sources, manmade lakes are considered to be beneficial as well. However, drains are downright bad and a tropical climate like Malaysia’s commonly has rain and drainage systems. Therefore, a property facing the constant flow of drains is considered to exude Killing qi as it carries the unfavourable Cutting Feet Water. Occupants of properties with such formations should beware of the afflicting effects on their health and wealth as it is considered to be one of the most dangerous negative water formations that block out all positive qi from entering the property.

The Annual Flying Stars vary from time to time, as different year positions different stars in place. Understanding the location and functions of these stars not only guides us in how best to utilise the different sectors of our property, it also assists us in identifying the potential and setbacks within those sectors.

Major aspects in life that we wish to tackle are governed by different sectors of our property, depending on the direction of these Flying Stars. For example, for the year of 2012, the Wealth Sectors of a property are the Northeast and West, whereby the East will be the Academic sector. However, keep in mind that the negative sectors of the Southeast and North will also be afflicted. Since the effect can last for a year, you may buy this kind of property and sell it within a year for maximum returns.

Having a Bright Hall

Another factor that helps multiply the added value of your property is the Bright Hall, a feng shui term that essentially refers to the space directly in front of the property. An internal Bright Hall is essential in allowing qi to gather around within the property. This is where qi is being collected and circulated around.

However, having multiple lights in front of your house doesn’t make your hall ‘bright’. The term ‘Bright Hall’ refers to a spacious area in front of the Main Door that helps garner in favourable qi. Therefore, keep it clear, spacious and broad because an effective Bright Hall not only gathers good qi, it helps to skyrocket the value of the property as well. In addition, properties facing a field or a playground also have the same effects.

The significance of the Main Door cannot be emphasised enough. Essentially the Qi’s Mouth of the House, the Main Door is the primary entrance for qi from the environment. It is extremely important that the Main Door is not adversely affected by forms in any way that will affect the ability of the property to secure qi from the environment. Therefore, a nurturing environment must be accompanied by a substantial Main Door.

You certainly do not want any external (or internal) forms affecting the Main Door that might repel, expel or block qi. The Main Door of a building should not be too small, relative to the size of the entire house. It should not be hidden away and must be seen from the front. It should also not be obstructed by walls, pillars and such, with the minimum distance being 10 feet away.

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Posted Date: January 11, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
The Ups of 2012’s Downs (Joey Yap)

The Ups of 2012’s Downs

Looking to boost of your commercial endeavours early in 2012? Then, just face in the right direction when working as your workstation’s location matters greatly in business. If you’ve been following the Flying Stars’ annual updates, you would be familiar with the periodic afflictions that feng shui brings. It is very unfortunate that these afflictions only aggravate illness, misfortune and bring a great deal of hostility manifested by bad qi.

To prevent any mishaps or hazards you should cease any activity within the Southeast, South and Northwest sections of your premises throughout this year. The most dangerous sector is reckoned to be the Southeast, where for the most part, the #5 Yellow Star will be flying over. Forget any renovation plans, or only carry it out on a good date. You can counter the negative qi by placing metal items made of brass, copper or iron in this sector.

The Grand Duke’s Effect

Behold the Grand Duke that resides within a minor area of the Southeast. It threatens to perturb your professional negotiations and career endeavors. You can regain better control and authority in your work surroundings by preventing yourself from facing this direction. Moreover, other forms of calamities and pitfalls can be further prevented and it even takes cares of any potential medical setbacks too.

Even its name, the Three Killings, is suggestive enough of its nature. Thus, let’s not kill any potential for your business growth and leave the South area of your premises undisturbed, shall we? There should not be any ground breaking or renovation of any scale whatsoever within this sector so you don’t further provoke the harmful qi with negative consequences to both your property and its occupants. Bear in mind that failure to do so will lead to misfortunes and accidents, thefts, loss of wealth and material possessions. Don’t even get me started on the persistent health problems.

Conclusively, the final sector to be avoided is the Northwest. The Year Breaker, also known as the ‘Wrath of the Grand Duke’, spells serious consequences with outcomes that could be much worse than those triggered by the Grand Duke. Ask yourself this, do you want to continue activating the luck sectors we wish for, knowing that they are afflicted by bad luck stars during this particular year?

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Posted Date: January 11, 2012 12:00 AM, By: Prof. Joe
Feng Shui vs Cultural Belief - Part III (Prof. Joe)
When discussing the main misconceptions surrounding feng shui, there is plenty of ground to cover with some of them being correct but not many understanding the scientific reason behind it.

Is there a Dragon?

Mountains are often described as dragons in feng shui and it is not surprising to see how an undulating highland resembles a mythical Chinese dragon, with many feng shui practitioners looking for the ‘dragon’ when they evaluate properties. Ideally, the mountains should branch out to form embracing arms which have different lengths, appearing like a thumb and forefinger encircling a flat piece of land from outer space.

Embracing arms have the tendency to act as parabolic dish that pools energy in the middle and shield the area from strong winds that dissipate this energy pool. Dragon energy flows non-stop until it hits a medium of different rigidity, like water. Thus, in selecting a favourable location, there must be a body of water present, be it a river or sea. The location and shape of the waterfront has the ability to deflect, reflect, disperse or gather this energy.

A meandering river that curves inwards as if embracing the land is considered good and it bears a resemblance to a dragon. Hence, a C-shaped curve is sometimes referred to as a dragon looking back longingly, as it moves towards the sea. In any case, such a landform also suggests a plain and lowlands, for rivers do not meander in the highlands.

Will number ‘8’ bring me wealth?

Many are obsessed with the number ‘8’ but will avoid the number ‘4’ at all costs but is there logic behind this? We must understand that numbers are used to signify value and is used in calculations. The number ‘8’ in some Chinese dialects sounds like prosperity and to those who are more superstitious, it has come to denote a ‘prosperous’ life, by the same token, the number ‘4’ sounds like death in certain Chinese dialects, leading the superstitious to believe that number 4 denotes bad luck and should be avoided at all costs.

However, looking around, we discover that those living in houses with more than one number 4 or drive cars that have more than one number 4 still live good lives. Hence, numbers are for nothing more than counting purposes. In fact, lately there is an anti-number ‘2’ movement which in Mandarin sounds like hungry, however if the numbers 2 and 4 are not good, what shall we replace them with?

Should I ask the feng shui master for measurement of items like main entrance, table height and others?

In feng shui, the emphasis is on the positioning of the main entrance, master bedroom and kitchen(门主灶). The main entrance is calibrated according to the gua number of the master of the house, and the reference point of the master bedroom and kitchen is the gua number of the lady of the house. After this, the placement of the furnishings come into the picture and these can be as detailed as the measurement of the items. However, do we have to follow this?

Take for example, the main entrance, if the measurement is given to the contractor and the contractor gets the job done by telling the foreign workers about the measurement given, which they then complete without the considering when the cement is wet or dry. The difference of the measurement may be as much as 1 inch, which is quite significant. Then, when it comes to putting up the wooden door; again it is done by foreign labour, it could cause a 2-inch difference which doesn’t serve the original purpose anymore.

There are many more cultural beliefs linked to feng shui which has led to some feng shui practitioners selling display ornaments such as peacock feathers, wind chimes, ‘pi-xiu’ (dragon-like figurines) and others. However, as educated people, we need to analyse the situation intelligently with those engaging feng shui masters to calibrate properties having the right to ask for the reason behind it. While feng shui, if practiced accurately, can improve your life it certainly cannot change your life. In a nutshell, we may believe in feng shui but our life is not dictated by it.

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Posted Date: December 15, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Flying Stars Feng Shui For 2012 - Joey Yap
Believe it or not, time flies so fast that we are nearing the end of 2011. As we get motivated towards achieving our personal goals, let’s find out where the Flying Stars for the Year of the Water Dragon will gravitate, shall we?

I hate to rain on your parade, but let’s bring out the negatives before the positive points for a start. The most dangerous sector of the year is reckoned to be the Southeast as the #5 Yellow Star descends upon it throughout the year. Any important activities should not commence within this sector of your residence or office whatsoever as it is best to keep it inactive.

Likewise, if you plan to deter constant arguments, heated disagreements or even legal complications brought on by the #3 Jade Star, you will want to avoid roaming around the Southwest area of your residence and workplace.

As such, avoid temperamental emotions and possible arguments by staying away from the Northwest area of your house or office. It is not assuring that the #7 Red Star in this area could also contribute to the possibility of a hospitalisation or surgery for those who already have existing medical complications.

For health is a major concern in our daily life, setting boundaries over the North side of the home and office is paramount. The #2 Black Star will unfortunately not be flying in our favour as it brings about persistent illnesses and health troubles, it’s best to avoid this sector, especially pregnant women.

Flying Start to 2012

Now comes the bright side of 2012’s Flying Stars. Wealth equals Intrigue, doesn’t it? Then you will favour the #8 White Star shining brightly over the West side of your residence or office. The Main Door located here will bring in good financial returns along with a strong potential for career advancement. However, if you do not have a Door in this sector, awaken your Wealth Qi by simply placing a Yang-natured object such as fans, clocks and televisions.

For those striving towards their academic and scholarly pursuits, you may find the East sector of your home and office welcoming. Not forgetting the creative, artistic and literary brains who will appreciate the benefits that the #4 Green Star brings in this sector. Expect some travelling and better relationships in 2012 when you frequent this area.

Similarly, another vibrant section that is contributive for career- and wealth-related pursuits is the South section as the #1 White Star can also propel you to good name and reputation, as well as nobility.

Embrace the #9 Purple Star within the Northeast section of your residence and office as it may lead you to promotions, new ventures and beginnings, and other generally happy events. Couples who plan to tie the knot or start a family will find this section advantageous too. Boost your income by particularly starting a permanent job or taking on long-term endeavours within this Secondary Wealth sector.

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Posted Date: December 15, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Prof. Joe
Feng Shui vs Cultural Belief - Part II (Prof. Joe)
Sages and scholars of the past recognised the presence of energy surrounding us and attempted to catalogue it. The result would be the same as if we were describing mobile technology to one who lived 100 years ago. While we accept the scientific theory behind it, we may not have seen or grasped electromagnetic currents that drive the technology. In contrast, little is done to confirm or debunk feng shui as a science.

It is possible that it was way ahead of its time as there were no scientific methods then to prove its efficacy and literacy and knowledge were restricted to the elite. First and foremost I would need to clear up some of the most common feng shui beliefs.

It is the best to buy a house/property that is facing the south, is it true?

This principle is applicable in China only due to the geography and weather.

Firstly, the position of the mountain ranges in China are in the north. According to feng shui principles, a house or property should not face the mountain or higher landmass. While feng shui principles apply anywhere at any time, we cannot assume Malaysia has the same landform as China.

Basically, the main mountain range of Peninsular Malaysia is in the centre; therefore, if you are living in the East Coast, the mountain is in the west and vice versa.

Secondly, we must understand the movement of the earth throughout the year. As China lies between latitudes 18° and 54° North, most of the country is at or north of the Tropic of Cancer. During winter in China, the furthest point that sunlight could reach it is the Tropic of Cancer, which is at the southern part of China. Hence, having a house or property that faces south to get maximum heat was practical. As Malaysia is a tropical country, we have more than enough sunlight throughout the year.

If the left side is the ‘Green Dragon’ and right is the ‘White Tiger’, will these animals harm me?

In actual fact, these two animals are used to represent the direction and there should be four in total to explain the four directions and the elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). ‘Green Dragon’ represents the East, ‘Phoenix’ represents the South, ‘White Tiger’ represents the West and ‘Turtle’ represents the North.

Why did they use animals to represent the four directions? We must understand that in ancient society, most people were illiterate and couldn’t understand the meaning of directions and the five elements. Therefore the easiest way to tell them was to link it pictorially and then relate it to their daily life, naturally, animals were chosen.

Currently, feng shui practitioners may not understand the reasons behind it and advice on not placing the living hall or bed at the right-hand side because the tiger will eat you up.

If I don’t have a solid wall behind my seat, would hanging a picture or painting of mountain work the same way?

Land masses have energy and we know this through our understanding of gravitational effect: the higher and bigger the mountain, the greater the force it exerts downwards and sideways. This exertion of energy is inexhaustible, continuous and cumulative and as it pushes downwards and sideways, the energy is transferred through solid matter in the mountain. This energy transfer is conducted through a matter of similar rigidity and according to the Law of Thermodynamics – energy travels from a higher energy level to a lower energy level. Therefore, the live energy will stop or disperse when it meets a matter of a different rigidity such as water (refer to picture below).

Now, this scientific theory can be applied when there is a natural highland mass to exert the earth energy. The earth energy will stop when it meets a river and this reflected energy is a form of homogenous energy which we should tap. Would a picture or painting of mountain be able to produce the same earth energy to benefit you?

The literal translation of Feng Shui is Wind and Water, must I have a water feature at home?

As the ancient texts by Guo Pu mentions, this energy is affected by wind and water. Thus, rivers stop and deflect it and the energy then travels sideways or backwards. Water has a different rigidity to solid ground and thus does not transfer the energy across. Imagine holding the end of a 12-inch ruler to your ear and tapping the ruler on the other end. You can hear the tapping loudly and clearly. The energy moves rapidly through the solid form of the ruler. Hold the ruler further from your ear and the tapping drops audibly as air has a different rigidity with the energy not transferring as readily.

In valleys, rivers tend meander and wind. When earth energy reaches this natural barrier, it will either pool and collect or be dissipated, depending on the curvature of the river. If the river embraces the land (we call it the “concave side”), the energy pools. On the opposite side, the energy dissipates.

We can see the effects on the fertility of the soil with vegetation on the concave side typically greener and lush compared to the convex side. Geologists argue that soil fertility is due to the deposit of nutrients and minerals from upstream on the concave side but is that all there is to it?

Villages usually have their humble beginnings along rivers, which makes sense as rivers are important for irrigation and transportation. As villages grow into towns and cities, an interesting trait is seen, the concave side is more prosperous and better developed with cities moving business and commerce.

It makes sense that somehow, there are beneficial energies here and the buildings have managed to tap into it to make it a harmonious living space.

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Posted Date: September 15, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Home Feng Shui

This month, let’s take a closer look at the abode that we’re already living in and the effects of our home on our current well-being and endeavours.

Where do we start? In our day-to-day living, the best reference point for the NOW is of course the annual flying stars. If you haven’t already, check what the annual flying star at your main door is and you’ll have a picture of what’s generally in store for all the occupants in your house this year. For example, if your main door is located in the South this year, then you’ll be experiencing bouts of sickness, excessive worrying and over-thinking since Star 2 flew into this sector for this year. However, since Star 2 is also a wealth star, we can also surmise that there are also increased opportunities for wealth and it’s likely that these opportunities are partly to blame for the less-than-rosy health outlook of your home’s occupants for the year.

As Feng Shui concepts work like layers of an onion, check also what star is visiting your bedroom this year. This will give you additional information that relate only to occupants to that room. Not everyone who lives in the same house will experience the same exact luck, right? Let’s assume your bedroom is happily located in the Northwest sector this year. Hence, the star that has flown into your room is Star 8 which brings increased income that comes from a regular salary. Putting 2 and 8 together (pardon the pun) now gives us 10... and voila, we get the scenario of a good year for generally routine hard-work that results in a slow and steady increase in wealth. Of course the health issues from having a South main door are still there but we do know that life isn’t perfect, right?

If you work from home either by default or at least partially, then you can add on the effects of the visiting annual star where you do your work as well. Your home business will be affected by not just only the annual star at your main door but also the annual star(s) affecting your home office that you work in.

Interaction with stars

You can also read the effect of the annual stars on the natal flying stars of your home. As usual, don’t fret interpreting all the sectors of your home; just focus on the interaction of the annual flying stars with the natal stars of your main door, bedroom, home office/study and perhaps, the kitchen.

The annual flying stars are, after all, the triggers to the potential of your home as determined by the fixed, natal flying stars. Lastly, don’t forget that all of these effects are of course dependent upon the external forms surrounding your home so do a check on these as well.

What if you don’t like the outlook that you see for the rest of the year?

Well, use your “Man (Human) Luck” then! Change main doors if you can - closing up your actual main door and entering through the garden sliding door is an example. Or else, move bedrooms, sleep on the living room sofa, or even swap bedrooms with your maid for the year! Where really nothing can be done within the house, there’s always the option of putting up elsewhere to tide over the year.

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Posted Date: September 15, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Prof. Joe
Qi And The River Of Life

Believe it or not, geomancy or Feng Shui plays a role in economics, especially in the property market. It affects the decisions of prospective buyers. We can see over time, how some properties or areas thrive while others stagnate. Human factors undoubtedly play a role but could Feng Shui also have influenced it?

According to our understanding of geomancy science, there are 3 types of energy:

• Cosmic energy (from the heavens, meaning stars, planets, etc.)
• Human energy
• Earth energy

The interaction of these energies can create either a harmonious or disadvantageous space. We naturally gravitate towards places that have beneficial vibes, so to speak.

Live Qi

Land masses have energy. We know this through our understanding of gravitational effect, the higher and bigger the mountain, the greater the force it exerts downwards and sideways. This exertion of energy is inexhaustible, continuous and cumulative. As it pushes downwards and sideways, the energy gets transferred through solid matter in the mountain. This energy transference is conducted through matter of similar rigidity and according to one of the Laws of Thermodynamics – from a higher energy level to a lower energy level. The live energy will stop/disperse when it meets something that possesses different rigidity such as water.

Feng Shui literally means wind and water. The term ‘Feng Shui’ originates directly from the fundamental theory and is not mentioned anywhere else in ancient texts. The whole idea of Feng Shui revolves around conserving the Live Qi using our understanding of its behaviour and response to wind and water.

River of life

As energy travels from higher ground to lower ground, it is usually stopped by riverbanks. As a result, nutrient levels along the riverbank are the most fertile. The growth of vegetation along riverbanks exhibits this.

There is a Chinese saying that when you see 2 mountains, there must be a river and vice versa. In valleys, rivers tend to meander and make winding shapes. When earth energy reaches this natural barrier, it will either pool and collect or be dissipated, depending on the curvature of the river.

If the river embraces the land (we call it the ‘concave’), the energy will be collected. On the opposite side (we call it ‘convex’), the energy will be dispersed. We can see the effects from the fertility of the soil. The vegetation on the concave side is greener and lush compared to the convex side.

Ancient civilizations grew along the rivers, this makes sense as rivers are important as a source of life and transportation. As these villages grew into towns and cities over time, you will notice an interesting trait: the concave side is more prosperous and better developed. And these cities have all moved away from agriculture into business and commerce. It only makes sense that somehow there are beneficial energies here and the buildings have managed to tap into it to make it a harmonious (and prosperous) living space.

Note: We are specifically describing the practice of Chinese Geomancy here, although it is likely that other branches of geomancy would have similar, yet different approaches.

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Posted Date: July 12, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Common External Sha Qi

In Feng Shui, Sha Qi is defined as sharp, fierce, merciless Qi produced as a result of energies being focused by sharp corners, straight lines or narrow gaps - features that create energy that moves aggressively and quickly.

Translated as “Killing Qi”, it can come from a variety of sources - the most obvious being sharp and pointy objects like a roof-edge, pylon, sharp mountain peaks or straight roads – formations that can generate Sha Qi in an environment.

Here are four common external Sha Qi explained:


It is often misunderstood that this Feng Shui feature is unfavourable because it is ‘sharp’. In fact, the reason why a T-junction is considered an unfavourable feature to have near a house has more to do with the way Qi should and should not move or flow in Feng Shui. The focus is more on the Qi, as aggressive and fast moving Qi can cause it to crash into the property in a volatile manner. In Feng Shui, a meandering Qi is preferred.

The T-junction itself is not bad per se. It is negative in certain instances – ie. if the junction is a high traffic area as opposed to a relatively quiet one. A T-junction is a greater cause for concern if it is focused at the sector where the Main Door is located, or crashes right into the Main Door, more so than if it is hitting another sector of the property.

Sharp-roofed Neighbour

The corners of roofs from the neighbouring property can sometimes result in Qi being focused and angled at yours. Hence, this is something you want to look out for.

This feature should be a cause for concern if your neighbour’s sharp roof corner is visible from your Main Door. However, it does not affect your property if the sharp roof is on the second floor and your Main Door is on the ground; or if the sharp roof is located on a neighbour across a fairly wide street.

Lamp Post

In Feng Shui, a lamp post directly in front of the Main Door is definitely a problem, which is called a Piercing Heart Sha. However this is only applicable if the lamp post is within the boundaries of the Main Door (extend two lines out towards the road  and see if the lamp post is within  these lines). Otherwise, you have nothing to worry about.


Contrary to popular misconception, pylons are not necessarily considered bad because it is ‘sharp’.  In Feng Shui, ‘sharp’ is not the sole criterion to determine if it is good or bad.

With the case of pylon, if it is located very near – within immediate proximity, around 500 meters – to your property, then the pylon is a problem. Secondly, determine the sector it is located – ie. if it is located in the East Sector, then it is affecting the Zhen Gua, which relates to the eldest son (no worries if your family is all daughters). Pylons are regarded as a Fire Element. If it is located in a sector suitable for a Fire element, the pylon is not dangerous or negative.

When it comes to dealing with Sha Qi, always be practical. Understand what Sha Qi is and how it works, and you’ll be able to deal with it accordingly.

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Posted Date: May 12, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
High Rise Feng Shui

So you think Feng Shui is only applicable for landed property? That’s not true actually. In fact, applying Feng Shui to high rise residential buildings like apartments and condominiums is entirely doable - though it can be a challenge due to its limitations of space and flexibility to renovate.

Whether you plan to rent or purchase your own high rise unit, knowing some basic Feng Shui can work to your advantage and harness good Qi to your new home-sweet-home.

The first order of high rise Feng Shui is to get the Facing Direction right. Unlike landed property, all high rise residential properties can be confusing because the Facing Direction is usually not always obvious. What you need to keep in mind is this: Consider the whole building block as one house sharing a common roof. Therefore, the Facing Direction should be the direction of the façade of the block itself.

When the Facing Direction has been determined, plot the Flying Stars or Eights Mansions chart (whichever you feel comfortable) to obtain the Qi map of the unit. For the convenience of working out the Feng Shui math, you may use the calculators on my website, .

You must also consider that though all the units in the block share the same Facing Direction, none of them actually share the same Qi map as each unit is not located in the same location on a space continuum.

Once the Flying Stars or Eight Mansions chart of your block is determined, superimpose the chart over a copy of your unit’s floor plan. Use a compass to get the direction of the unit’s Main Door and superimpose the Flying Stars chart in the block’s Facing Direction onto the unit’s plan.

The stars at the unit’s Main Door will give you a general snapshot of the Qi affecting it. Remember: If it’s not good, what’s circulating in the unit isn’t good either. In general, if the unit’s Main Door have good stars or combinations, move to check the Bedroom sector. Ensure good Sitting Stars in the bedroom area as these help with health and relationship aspects in life.

External Forms

It’s also important to observe the external forms that influence the block’s Qi and the ones around the block’s Main Door as well. External forms must be checked first before we look inside.

Evaluate the external forms from the block’s Main Door and the unit’s balcony. Check for Water and Mountain formations. The building’s swimming pool should also be taken into consideration. Note the formations around the block itself and the area that it is located in as this will influence the Qi of each unit differently. Location of these forms will vary from unit to unit on the same floor and each unit on different floors.

Other things to consider: The corridors outside the unit are not cluttered or tight. The lift to your floor is considered an internal Qi mouth and must not be obstructed or blocked. Inside the unit, ensure there is an open space just beyond the unit’s Main Door.

Before you rent or buy the unit, make sure to determine the kitchen is at an acceptable location and how to place the stove in it. Ensure you can locate it in a place that has no negative forms in the kitchen such as opposite the kitchen door or the sink.

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Posted Date: April 13, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
‘Fencing’ Tips

Joey Yap gives tips on how to maximize chi from your house fence

Fences are the sentinels and protectors of your landed property. In Feng Shui, it helps to direct, transform or redirect Qi. T-junction roads, negative poles or sharp corners from your neighbour can be resolved through correctly placed or constructed fences.

There are a few matters to consider when considering the feng shui aspect of the fencing that surrounds your property:

Fence that Points Inwards

Other than marking the perimeter of your land, fences are also used to deter or prevent trespassers into your property. It is important to make sure that the tips of the fence do not point at your house or your neighbours’. Ideally, they should point upwards. However, these types of fences also denote a very aggressive and strong Fire Qi, so unless your personal element requires or can make use of Fire Qi, it is best not to have such fences at all.

Fence with Gap or Cracks

Gaps in the fence are usually deliberately placed there for aesthetic purposes. Cracks, however, are common due to damage or an actual crack that has appeared over the years. In landform, a gap or a crack is known as a wind-gap and it causes your property to be hit by wind in an aggressive manner. Generally, this is not good but again, it depends on which sector it hits and whether or not it actually affects any of the occupants in the property.

High Fences

So how high is high? As a rule of thumb, it is not good to have a fence that is the same height as your property. Though this ensures privacy from peeping toms in your neighbourhood, it also means the Qi in that sector is suppressed. When Qi is stagnant, there is a lack of growth and development amongst the occupants of the property.

Fence close to the Property

It is best to avoid a property where the fence is very tight to the side of the house. This denotes trapped Qi and Qi that cannot circulate. The occupants of the home will experience a lack of growth or an absence or lack of advancement in life.

Too Many Trees at the Gate and Fence Area

Though a small amount of shade is fine, properties heavily shadowed by high or tall trees growing in front or on either side of the property are not good because this blocks the Qi flow to the house. Solution for this problem: Trim the trees to let in a little more light and enable the Qi to come through.

Gates to your Home

The gate to your home is the Qi Mouth to the property. It should always be located in a sector that is conducive towards Qi flow. Direction of the gate opening is not important – as in whether it opens in or out – but where it is in the context of the piece of land is very important.

Also equally important is that there should always be only one main gate to the house. A property with two equal-sized gates indicates two Qi Mouths. This will cause an influx of Qi into the property and thus, confuses it. Resolve this problem by making sure the second gate is smaller.

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Posted Date: March 08, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Chan Ai Cheng
Feng Shui and Its Impact on Property Values’s contributing writer Chan Ai Cheng speaks to Professor Joe Choo, President of the Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (MINGS) on her insights on Feng Shui and its impact on Property Values.

What is Feng Shui? Why do we need to take it into consideration?

Feng Shui is the assessment and understanding of the environment’s energy and the rearrangement and calibration of these energies on one’s dwelling and office environment so that they can be harnessed to bring greater benefit and wellbeing to oneself.

Feng Shui is a Science. It is a study of natural sciences. A study of space and energy contained therein.

To apply Feng Shui correctly, one must understand the individual, his inherent strengths, his limitations and his needs and try to answer these needs within the limited parameters. 

A rough translation of the words “Feng Shui” means Wind and Water.  Hence, Feng Shui includes the study of nature and the movement of life forms.  All life forms and matters contain energy in one form or another.  Energy is categorized firstly into Cosmic Energy; secondly, Earth’s Living Energy and thirdly, Energy formed from the fusion of the first 2 forms which is known as Energy in Human and Space.

Cosmic energy comes from celestial bodies such as the sun, the moon, the major planets and the constellations.  These energies are complex and can be in the form of radio waves, light energy ranging from quasar to supernova, solar energy in the form of light, heat and so on.

Earth’s living energy includes Earth’s magnetic fields, gravitational pull, seismic waves and geological forces.  This may result in the formation of mountains and valleys and other such natural structures.

Humans themselves are energy forms. There are endless sources of energies.  The interactions between all these energies form the very complex environment in which we live today.

Like all sciences, Feng Shui is applicable whether one is aware of it or not.  Feng Shui is a scientific technique for reconciling human nature with the limitations imposed on it by settlement.

How do you go about setting the right Feng Shui for the home?

There are 4 basic steps in Feng Shui and they are the process of:

  1. Identification
  2. Selection
  3. Matching
  4. Ignition

1. Identification

It is very important to identify the Individual in order to best place the subject.   We know that the earth has 2 magnetic poles and the pull of the earth’s magnetic forces is strongest at the poles. We also know that like poles repel and opposite poles attract.  Hence a house with a north entrance or a south entrance will face or induce different energy.  In Feng Shui it is believed that every degree variation in orientation will have slightly different energy. 

From the year, month, day and time of birth of a person, we then determine the person’s Kua or element. From this Kua or element and from the season or the month of birth, one can study the person’s characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.  A person is then identified as a particular ‘Kua’.  There are basically eight ‘Kua’.  These ‘Kua’ can be further studied via the five elements.  Through these various representations, a person’s energy type can be determined.  One’s characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes could be known.

2. Selection

Selection is divided into 2 main areas, namely:

  • External environment (temperature and movements, traffic movements, standing objects)
  • Internal space distribution and orientation

External Environment

Example: A House is built on a slope of a mountain. 

The main entrance admits the bulk of the energy entering the house.  It is also the opening that the entire members of the family and guests walk in and out.  This traffic brings in the energy to the house. After determining that the main entrance is at a good location, one must consider the ventilation, the natural sunlight, the number of people in the unit, the kitchen, the bedrooms, the bathroom, dining and living areas, overhead beams, sharp objects, the colours and their effects and so on.

How to Determine the location of the door
Source: Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Science

Selection of the best orientation or location of a door – we can predict what will be encountered at a different door if he continues to stay in a building with an entrance unsuited to him.


Similarly, we also know that after the first 2 steps, we need to ensure that the construction, orientation and arrangement of internal components must be designed and placed in a manner that will create harmony.  This step is called matching.

Location and designs of a premises may not always be perfect. We therefore recommend to the subject the necessary orientation, placement or deletion of within and outside the building to match his requirements. This also follows the principles of logic.


Lastly, we have the process of ignition, which is a form of test to determine the accuracy of the calibration. This procedure doesn’t involve any ritual but merely uses any heating elements to bring up the temperature in the house in order to induce the cold air from outside to set the energy within which benefits the dwellers of the house.

What are the situations to avoid and why?

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but common ones :-

  • Building a house which faces a mountain
  • Building a house near a mountain with the front door facing the East
  • Building a house on the acute convex side of a river or a road
  • Building a house with the front and back door in direct alignment
  • Building a house which faces a road junction
  • Building at a dead-end road
  • Building with main door facing a lamp-post, or a tall obstruction or the outlet of a monsoon drain
  • Overhead beam
  • Low ceilings and nautilus point

How Feng Shui impacts property values?

I will just highlight three obvious impacts:

Firstly, your own home.  Are you in a home that is best suited for you?  It should be to promote harmony in your home.  When there is harmony in the home, the likelihood of success at work, outside the home increases; the spillover effects of a right home is tremendous.

Secondly, with the growing understanding and exposure of Feng Shui, you need to be aware of the kind of properties that will be considered inferior to another in the same locality. This affects your resale value – capital gains and also rental returns.  Though you may not be very in touch with Feng Shui, your tenants and purchasers may very well be.

Thirdly, selecting the right property also minimizes the problems of management. 

Chan Ai Cheng
General Manager, S. K. Brothers Realty (M) Sdn Bhd
Registered Estate Agent, Board of Valuers, Appraisers & Estate Agents
Certified Residential Specialist, NAR USA
Registered Financial Consultant , International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC)

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Posted Date: March 08, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Know Your Neighbourhood

When scouting for a dream home, it is a good idea to observe its surrounding area, its neighbourhood. Though this doesn’t literally mean the people who live next door to you, but rather, what is next door or in close proximity to your property. Similar to suffering the pain of having noisy real-life neighbours, having a negative ‘neighbour’ can negatively impact your property.

Here is what you need to look out for:


Burial areas are Yin areas and it is not good to have an overly Yin place near or next to your home. Though most graveyards are clean and beautiful these days, they do not necessarily embody negative Qi. Therefore, living near or next to a graveyard likely has a psychological rather than a Feng Shui effect. However, if there’s a busy road between the property and the graveyard, any Yin Qi from the graveyard will be dispersed.


Schools are considered Yang Qi because it is usually always busy and noisy. Living next to one is usually not detrimental or negative in Feng Shui but common sense will tell you that it may cause sleep disruption, which may not be good for the health of the occupants.


Temples are spiritual grounds and are considered Fire Qi. Employ the appropriate use of the Water element and/or Qi mouth (Main Door or Main Gate) to easily resolve the Fire Qi issue. But if the Fire Qi is good for the property, then having the temple there may even be beneficial.

Petrol/Gas Station

Petrol/gas stations are considered to be of Fire element. Much like temples, you need to check if the Fire element is beneficial to your property according to Xuan Kong or other Feng Shui calculations. In general, basic Feng Shui dictates that living too close to an overly strong Fire element denotes loneliness and lack of progress. The solution? Employ appropriate positioning of Water within the property’s compound.

Power Substation

Similarly to petrol/gas stations, the same also applies to power substations. If all is good, then there’s nothing wrong with living next to one. In Feng Shui, the concern is more on electric pylons than substations. Of course, electromagnetic fields from the substations may well be a cause for health concerns but substations themselves have no substantial Feng Shui impact.

LRT/Monorail Line

Likewise with highways, LRT/monorail lines are also of piercing merciless Qi. The main thing to consider is which sector it pierces and whether or not the station casts a shadow on your property, thereby blocking the Qi from entering. But to be on the safe side, better to avoid a property close to the LRT line or station.

Pedestrian Bridge

When a pedestrian bridge is very close to your property, it is a negative feature because the piercing Qi will hit the property. So it is best to avoid it. But no worries if it is far away.

For starters when looking for property, these useful tips should be able to guide you to narrow down which area to live in. Happy house-hunting!

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Posted Date: January 11, 2011 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Soil Quality in Feng Shui

Joey Yap deciphers the colour of soil

Did you know that the colour of the soil can tell us a lot about the land in Classical Feng Shui? By digging a few feet into the ground past the top soil, observe the colour as well as the quality of the soil. A good land which is normally soft and loamy is a sign that the land is filled with positive Qi. On the other hand if the soil consists mostly of rocks and pebbles, then this land does not circulate positive Qi. Why is that so?

Rocky lands indicate that the wind velocity is high in that area. Remember the Feng Shui description that ‘Qi is dispersed by the wind, and gathers at the boundaries of water’? If you think about it, windy areas mean that there are not many (or any) hills nearby to pacify or ‘protect’ the area. Hence, Qi cannot gather. Secondly, we all know that hills and mountains are the natural generators of Qi to its vicinity. Without these natural features, the quality of Qi is also meager. So if you are in an area that does not boast lush hills, what do you look for? As Qi gathers near water – look for natural water like lakes and streams. These are indicative of lower ground where Qi will coagulate. That being said, you do not want your land to be mushy and constantly water-soaked. This is indicative that the Qi is stagnant in that area – a good land is one that has natural waterways that allow Qi to circulate and flow.

Green Soil, Good Name

Now if your vicinity has a mountain or two, and you want to know what kind of energetic effect they have – the colour of the soil can tell you this. For starters, if the natural soil is green in colour (like jade) then this area is governed by the Wood element. Wood Qi prolongs life, sustains good health, and is known to bring nobility and good name to the people in that area. As Wood also represents growth, people living in this area will become more sentimental and benevolent in nature. Any professions that require a good name like writers and celebrities, benefit most from Wood Qi areas.

Yellow Soil, Wealth

When the colour of the soil is yellowish (not orange) then the area is governed by the Earth element star. In the study of the Five Phases of Qi (or Five Elements), Earth represents stability and wealth-creation. Hence, you will often find many banks thrive in these areas. Bankers and all types of business people normally benefit from Earth element Qi. Metal element, on the other hand, is the colour of pale white. Since Metal represents power and authority, you will find that Metal element lands are best-suited for politicians or CEOs or people in the military force.

Lands which belong to the elements of Wood, Earth, and Metal element are considered superior in Classical Feng Shui. These are normally sought-after for their benevolent positive effect on the occupants.

Black Soil, Tourism

Water element Qi is present when the soil is black in colour. While Water does govern intelligence, it also governs movement and leisurely pleasures. Such areas normally become well-known tourist sites! In other cases, the occupants tend to travel away from Water element lands to seek opportunities elsewhere. Water also governs instability.

Fire element, on the other hand, is present in red and purple-coloured soil. While Fire represents passion, its intensity sometimes causes people to become overbearing in character. These areas are best suited for religious or spiritual establishments.


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Posted Date: December 10, 2010 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Of Land & Building Shapes

Physical Container

The shape of the land as well as the house plays an important role in Feng Shui. After all, these represent the physical container of which Qi is contained. A land that is irregularly-shaped, for example, will cause Qi to be distributed in an irregular, disorganized, manner. Hence square or rectangular-shaped lands are always preferred as these allow for balanced and optimal flow of Qi.

A triangular piece of land is also not ideal in Feng Shui. Firstly, triangle represents the element of Fire in its harsh and destructive form. Secondly, when you superimpose the compass onto the triangle, you will notice that certain directional sectors will be missing – each of the 8 compass directions govern different aspects of human life and so it would be ideal if all 8 are present. In cases of triangular land, certain things have to be done to allow a more regular shape (even a four-sided trapezium is better), like building a wall to border and redefine the land shape. Water features may also be used (by a skilled practitioner) to negate the negative effects of the Fire-shaped land. And last but not least, do ensure that the property being built has a distinct square structure – the element of Earth.

Shape & Elements

Here’s why: In the study of the Five Elements/Phases of Qi, Wood produces Fire, and Fire produces Earth (Earth produces Metal, and so on). Since the land shape is Fire, the next best thing to do is for it to ‘support’ the property.

But how do shapes correspond to elements? The shape represents the capacity or quality of the container. If you have a container of Fire, it will attract that type of Qi. Or if your container (land or house) is Water-shaped, it will store Water Qi predominantly.

So, if your plot of land is irregularly shaped – that gives it the element of Water (shapelessness). So the next best thing to do is to ensure that your building is long and slender – the element of Wood. If you have deduced, Water produces Wood. If not, you might be able to find a way to redefine the shape of the land into a near square, as generally, Water represents instability and constant change.

Hence, the overall favoured shapes are square (Earth) and rectangular (Wood). Both of these elements are more stable in nature, allowing Qi to be distributed evenly. Circular shapes belong to the element of Metal. Rounded buildings, domes, and stadiums are all Metal element buildings, and tend to store Metal Qi after a few years.

Last but not least, there are also the ‘sunken’ and ‘protruding’ land types.

Somewhat like a shallow version of a bowl, the land dips slightly toward the centre – this allows Qi to gather near the centre (where your house should be built to receive all the incoming Qi flow!). Conversely, if the land protrudes up at the centre, Qi actually moves away from the middle. When the land gradient is too high, Qi can even slip away from the land! Not ideal. Bear in mind, the flow of Qi is somewhat like water – originating from the peaks of the highest mountains and travels down to its vicinity, and finally stopping where water converges (the lowest point).

So make sure that your land and your house lie in the path of Qi’s flow to receive it.


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Posted Date: July 15, 2010 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Feng Shui and Toilets

Toilet in Feng Shui

Toilet, washroom, WC, ladies, gentlemen, restroom, lavatory, loo – a toilet is a toilet by any other name. But in Feng Shui, its positioning matters, according to Joey Yap

Toilet in Feng Shui

The toilet has been given a lot of bad press in Feng Shui – is it true that it flushes away wealth, relationships and other good things in life? While some readily place little trinkets in their washrooms in hopes of ‘preventing money from being flushed away’, others go as far as to structurally relocate their toilets to another sector of the house. Which begs the question: Where is the best sector for toilets to go, if any?

Three Crucial Factors
Before we go into that matter, let us first get acquainted with some Feng Shui basics – the ‘Three Important Factors’ – when assessing the Feng Shui of any property. These three factors are the main door, kitchen, and bedroom.

  • Main Door is the threshold between Yin (internal) and Yang (external), and therefore acts as the ‘Mouth’ where Qi (energy) enters the property. A good Main Door ensures that the entire building receives a healthy amount of Qi.


  • Kitchen in fact refers to the stove. The stove is crucial because this is where food is cooked. When food is cooked, it transforms from one state (Yin) to another (Yang). A stove located in a prosperous sector of the house ensures the occupants are well-nourished and healthy.
  • Bedrooms are where most of our time is physically spent  to replenish our bodies (Yin) after a hard day’s work (Yang). As such, the location of the bedroom directly affects the health and emotional well-being of its occupants. Generally, a well-supported bedroom is one that ‘sees’ a hill or higher ground externally – this is where the Qi is stable and sentimental (versus fast-moving and aggressive).

Avoid Aligned Doors

How about the toilet? Well, it becomes a problem when the main door of a house is directly aligned with the bathroom door. What happens is that when Qi enters the property through the main door, it flows straight into the toilet – thus, not allowing it to meander and flow throughout the entire building. As such, occupants will not be able to benefit from any energy that enters the property. This is especially true when the distance after entering the main door to the toilet door is less than 10 feet apart. In the long run, this condition depletes the positive life force (Yang Qi) of the people in the house.  

Today, there are those who spend up to hundreds of thousands ringgit to beautify their lavatories. For as long it is kept clean, there should not be any Feng Shui fuss about toilets. After all, no one can live without it, so apply some common sense!

Joey Yap is the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics, a global organization devoted to the teaching of Feng Shui, BaZi, Mian Xiang and other Chinese Metaphysics subjects. He is also the bestselling author of over 30 books on Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Face Reading and Yi Jing, many of which have topped the Malaysian and Singaporean MPH bookstores’ bestseller lists.


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Posted Date: May 15, 2010 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
A Mountain Guide to Feng Shui-friendly House Hunting

A Mountain Guide to Feng Shui-friendly House Hunting

In Feng Shui, a “good” mountain releases positive Qi. Joey takes the lid off on how to spot “mountains”

An increasing number of us are learning to be friendly towards the environment we live in. In becoming more responsible for the Earth on which we live, we take proactive steps such as recycling and using energy efficiently in our everyday life. However, how do you first go about finding an environment which is friendly towards you – enough to make you want to set up your home there?

You can use Classical Feng Shui to help you look for a place with decent Feng Shui. Start by looking for natural features in the vicinity of your property such as a mountain or a body of water. In the study of land formations, mountains represent the Yin (unmoving) component of the Earth, which gives out Qi, while water (rivers, lakes) is the Yang (active) component which gathers Qi. Having both features present in the vicinity means that you have found the ideal balance, and this will make your property far more better than just decent!

How to spot a mountain

Now, spotting a mountain takes practice, what more recognizing mountains in towns or cities! One telltale clue is when an area has ‘hills’ or ‘heights’ as part of its name. This indicates the area is situated on a mountain or a hill at least. If you are an avid house-hunter, you may realize that residential areas that thrive are always in the vicinity of good mountains. Go for a weekend drive to check this out!

Having identified a peak in the vicinity, how can you tell if it is a ‘good’ mountain or hill? A mountain with lush green vegetation releases positive Qi whereas a rocky mountain with exposed ‘broken patches’ or cracks releases aggressive Qi. The ideal site of a house should be supported by hills at the back and a clear, uncluttered view in front. In addition, the land (or hill) on the left (looking out the facing direction of the house) should be higher than that on the right.

Four Celestial Animals

This formation is known as the Four Celestial Animals in Classical Feng Shui. The hill formation at the back of the property is called the Black Turtle. The clear, uncluttered area in front is known as the Red Phoenix, which should ideally be of the same level or slightly lower than the house. It should also include a slow meandering river, pond or lake or a low mountain (at eyebrow level in the distance). The hill formation on the left is called the Green Dragon while the formation on the right is known as the White Tiger.

In urban areas, the Black Turtle, Green Dragon and White Tiger can be represented by buildings or trees while the Red Phoenix can be an open field or a fountain. The Four Celestial Animals formation helps to accumulate life-sustaining Qi, which should flow gently into the house and its surrounding areas. Occupants of the house can then tap this beneficial Qi to enjoy better health and greater vitality in their lives.

Using Feng Shui compass

After finding the house that you like, and it has a clear view of a beautiful green hill, what’s next? This is when you need to get a little more technical. Use your Feng Shui compass to measure the direction of the mountain relative to your intended house. Is the mountain in the Northeast, West, Northwest or even South?

If it is in any one of these four directions, congratulations! The Feng Shui of your desired house can offer you and your family members good health, harmonious relationships and maybe even power and authority.  What if you do not get a mountain or hill in the above-mentioned directions? Check whether the ground level is significantly higher compared to the property. If it is, you can still receive a portion of the said benefits.

A word of caution, though: These mountain locations will only last you until about year 2043! (Period 1 in Feng Shui terms). For now, most will agree that the Feng Shui is decent enough to set up home.

Joey Yap
is the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics, a global organization devoted to the teaching of Feng Shui, BaZi, Mian Xiang and other Chinese Metaphysics subjects. He is also the bestselling author of over 30 books on Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Face Reading and Yi Jing, many of which have topped the Malaysian and Singaporean MPH bookstores’ bestseller lists.


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Posted Date: February 01, 2009 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo
Feng Shui for Commercial Properties

In the last issue, I shared how you could use Feng Shui to ‘enhance’ your house. This issue, I would like to talk about how the ancient art could be used to enhance your commercial properties.

However, before I go into detail, I would like to highlight that it is crucial you first ensure that the Feng Shui of the property is good or at least acceptable. This is because if the Feng Shui of the place is bad, the only thing that could be done is to suppress the bad Feng Shui rather than enhance it.

For example, if your home is next to a rubbish dump, you could end up spending a lot of time trying to get rid of the stench rather than beautify your house. The same applies in the practice of Feng Shui.

As a result, I would suggest that if you are planning to start a business or move into a new office; please ensure that the place is good. Otherwise, you could end up spending a lot of time, effort and money trying to overcome the bad Feng Shui.

Can you imagine starting a business where the Wealth Spot is located in the toilet? In such a circumstance, no matter how hard you work, you will lose money.

Indeed, whether you are starting a restaurant or opening a retail shop, the Feng Shui principles are the same.

The most important thing that you should be concerned about is the Main Door. In Flying Star Feng Shui, all Period Eight properties will have the auspicious Star Arrangement in the Middle Axis, which will affect it to enjoy good luck. It would be good if you could have your Main Door in the centre section of the front.

If the Wealth Spot of the shop or the good Water Star happen to be located in the Facing Palace, opening the Main Door in the middle will activate good wealth luck. This means that each time a customer enters your premise he will activate the wealth luck and bring you business. Isn’t that what every businessperson wants?

As I have mentioned before, the Main Door is very important in Feng Shui practice. You need to ensure that it is not afflicted. You need to determine if there is a poison arrow that is hitting the Main Door. This is especially crucial if the poison arrow is close to the Main Door.

Two years ago, I was engaged to carry out Feng Shui consultation for a restaurant in Hainan Island, China. The business for the restaurant was very bad because there is a huge column in the restaurant just four feet from the Main Door. This is a square column with a sharp edge is pointing to the main door. In effect, every customer who entered the restaurant felt like there was an arrow piercing them and this definitely affecting the restaurant’s business.

The best remedy for this problem is to ensure there is no sharp edge pointing towards the Main Door. Ever since the owners of the restaurant rectified the problem, their business has improved tremendously.

There are other remedy methods such as using a potted plant to block a sharp edge. You could also use a crystal ball to block the poison arrow. Other good methods are to place a bright light or fountain between the door and the poison arrow.

Like residential properties, you should not be able to see the Back Door from the Main Door. This is like the good Qi entering one way and going out the other. If it is not possible for you to relocate your Back Door; place a screen or some furniture between the doors so the Qi could move around the premises before going out. This is especially important for retail outlets as you do not want a customer walking in and immediately walking out without so much as glancing at your merchandise.

The entrance should also be bright and spacious. This is to give the impression that the shop is welcoming and attracting customers. If the Main Door is filled with merchandise that obstructs the way and the light is dim, customers will find difficulty making their way in or would not try to enter.

The other most important item is the cashier’s counter. In Flying Star Feng Shui, it is extremely important to place the counter in the Wealth Spot. This is to ensure that the business makes more money. You could also place a water feature at the counter to activate wealth luck. Each time you open and close the register, you would be enhancing your wealth luck.

Remember that in the Auspicious Water Star sector, you would need to make as much noise as possible, as movement and noise activate this particular Feng Shui. On the other hand, movement and noise in the Bad Water Star sector could activate loss of wealth.

For businesses where a feature is not possible, you could place other objects to create movement and noise, such as a neon light, a clock or a hi-fi set to activate your wealth luck.

To attract business, you could place a bright light or glitter lamps in the south corner of your business. You could also hang a painting of a hundred birds in the south to enhance business.

You would also need to counter bad mouthing, gossip and misunderstandings between you and your customers by placing a red-coloured decorative at the sector in line with the Annual Quarrelsome Star. For 2008, this is in the west while it will be north-east in 2009.

With regards to Feng Shui for the office, it is slightly different from a retail shop or restaurant’s, more so because the office is a place where staff and bosses work while a retail shop is mostly for customers.

An important aspect is the layout of the office – especially the boss’ and financial controller’s rooms. A director or the boss is the most important person in a company. If a director’s room is located in a sector that has Bad Feng Shui, he or she will be affected by the bad Qi and cause the company to suffer. The same applies to the financial controller, as he or she is the person who controls the company’s finances.

The best is to use Flying Star Feng Shui to locate the Wealth Spot as well as the good sectors of the office. Only then should you start designing the layout of the office by placing the director or boss’ room in an auspicious sector – possibly the Wealth Spot of the office. This is followed by the financial controller’s room, which should also be located in a Wealth Spot.

If it is a big company with many employees, then the Human Resource department is important too. The person who heads this department should be seated in a sector with the auspicious Mountain Star.

For the office, the Main Door and reception is basically restricted to the entrance, thus we may not have flexibility to choose the location. You would need to ensure that the entrance and reception is bright and spacious.

If possible, try to locate the store, filing, photocopy and pantry areas in the Bad Sector of the office – places where staff would not usually spend too much time in.

Once you have located the rooms for important personnel, the next thing to do is to locate the position of desks by using Eight Mansion Feng Shui to determine their auspicious direction.

For the top management, there should be a wall behind where they sit. The wall would act as a support for them. You would need to ensure that there is no toilet behind the wall. If there is toilet behind the wall, try to use another wall as support. If this is the only place that you could place your table, you could build a false wall in front of the wall to show that you do not share the same wall with the toilet.

You should not sit directly facing a door. This is because the Qi coming in through the door will directly hit you. This is also the same for the reception counter. Many companies arrange the reception counter directly in front of the Main Door – the poison arrow will hit the receptionist and she may not last long in the company.

An office’s layout is the most important aspect of Feng Shui practice. I have used this to design the layout the offices of many companies, including public-listed ones and they have all worked out well.

As most staff will be working in their work space for long hours, you should ensure that there are no lights, beams and sprinklers directly above where they sit. These items act as poison arrows that would continuously hit them.

The office should be bright and the colour scheme should enhance the Feng Shui arrangement. Passageways should be created so the movement of staff is smooth and unobstructed.

If there are columns that act like poison arrows, you can place plants to block the sharp edges. Plants also soften the atmosphere of the office.

Apart from using red/gold decorations to counter the Annual Quarrelsome Star, you can also place a rooster to counter office gossip. For those who want to enhance their Mentor Luck, they can place a Dragon Tortoise or lots of metal or gold coloured decorations in the north-west corner of their room or table. You can place a glitter lamp or a bright light in the south corner of the office to enhance Fame and Recognition Luck.

North is the place for career. You can place a tortoise in the north corner of your room or table to enhance your career luck.

This Lunar New Year is coming to an end. The next Lunar New Year begins on 26th Jan 2009. It is important for us to update the Feng Shui of our property annually so our lives would be smoother the whole year. We can also able to predict what the luck of the coming year could be so we are well prepared and able to overcome challenges.

In the next issue, I will share the Luck of 2009. I will also use the Flying Star Feng Shui to show you the Annual Stars for 2009, the luck of each direction and how to use the information to help you to have an auspicious year ahead.

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Posted Date: December 15, 2008 12:00 AM
Outlook for 2009, Part II

Outlook for 2009, Part II

This month, I would like to use Flying Star analysis to talk about luck in each sector of 2009. Flying Star analysis is ideal for looking into the luck of the eight sectors. It could be used to determine good and bad directions, and also to tell us how to enhance good luck.

The following is the annual Flying Star chart for 2009.

If you have this series, you would know that there are good and bad stars. The directions in blue constitute good sectors while the red, naturally, represents the bad sectors.

The most important thing in this analysis is the centre grid. For 2009, Purple Star Nine is located in the centre, and as mentioned before it could be a good or bad star.

Star Nine could bring about good news, prosperity and happiness. On the other hand, it could also cause illness and be a bearer of bad news. What I am going to share with you next is for houses that have good Mountain Star and Water Star in the Centre Sector. Houses that have bad star combinations in this sector ((like Period Seven or east, west, south and north-facing houses) should enhance the Centre Sector in 2009.

For houses that have good star combinations in the Centre Sector, Purple Star Nine will bring good luck if you are able to activate the star. What can you do?

Purple Star Nine is the only star that is Fire in element. In order to activate this star, you would need to place Fire and Wood Energy in the Centre Sector of the house. You could place red décor in the middle like a rug or a flower vase with red flowers on a console table in the Centre Sector. You could also place red candles in the middle of the dining or coffee table in the living hall. Indeed, the centre of any sector is fine. Naturally, the best would be the centre of the house.

The Best Sector is the south-east. This is because Wealth Star Eight is located in the south-east for 2009. This is very auspicious as south-east is also the Wealth Sector under the Eight Aspiration Feng Shui. Houses that have the Wealth Spot in the south-east could bring about tremendous Wealth Luck in 2009. You must activate the Wealth Spot with a water feature; the best is to build a fish pond or just a pond in the south-east sector.

For those whose south-east sector is not a Wealth Spot, you could place lots of water plants in this area to enhance your Wealth Luck. This is because the south-east is the wood sector, so placing a water element or plants would enhance it and bring wealth luck to you.

The other good sector is the south-west. Heaven Star Six is in the south-west for 2009. It could bring Heaven Luck as well as indirect Wealth Luck. Yes, you could strike the lottery or four-digit if you are lucky. A little secret: the best months would be July, March, April, May, December and January of the following year.

If this is also the Wealth Spot of your house, the star could also bring you Good Wealth Luck in 2009. You must activate Wealth Luck with a fish pond or water feature. Remember that south-west is also the direction of the Indirect Spirit of Period Eight, thus the wealth luck in this sector in 2009 could be even stronger. Do not miss this opportunity!

For a house where the south-west does not have a good water star, you could place a ‘wealth ship’ or gold ingots in this sector of the house to enhance your wealth luck. You could also place a bowl of water here. This sector also represents women, so ladies you could have better wealth luck in 2009.

The other good sector is the north-west, where the White Star One is located. This is also a good star; it could bring good Wealth Luck as well as political luck, more so for men with political aspirations. This is because the north-west represents the man of the house. Also expect to see better political stability around the world.

The north-west is also a metal sector, so place lots of metallic decorations in this corner to enhance Star One. As Earth produces metal, you could also place a crystal item in this sector in 2009. Remember, the more the better. At work, place lots of metal decorations or white paper (the colour also represents metal) on the north-west corner of your desk. Of course, the best Feng Shui item in this sector in 2009 will be a dragon tortoise.

The other good sector is the south though it went through a rather tough time in 2008, thanks in part to Five Yellow in this sector. But do not worry – good luck is coming your way. This is good news for those whose house faces south or was born in the Year of the Horse.

How this affects one’s luck for 2009 will have the Romance Star and Education Star Four in the south to thank for 2009. Star Four can bring about romance as well as education luck. For those who are looking for a partner, place some fresh flowers in water in the south corner of your house. But for those who are already married, doing so can create ‘external’ romance, which is naturally not welcomed in a husband-wife relationship. So, if you belong to the latter category, do not place too much water and definitely no fresh flowers in the south this year. Instead, place a pair of mandarin ducks in this spot to enhance your marital relationship.

Those studying or have school-going children (and especially those sitting for exams this year), the south sector is very important for you. Try to study in this sector in 2009. You could also place a globe or pagoda in the south to enhance your study luck.

For those seeking a better business year, (more so if you are in the sales line), the south sector is important too. Place some form of ‘Fire Energy’ in this sector to enhance sales and human relationship luck.

Knowing your Feng Shui is not merely about worrying whether your year is going to be good or bad. All you would need to do each year is update the Feng Shui of your house, shop or office. Having talked about the good sectors, here is how you can overcome the bad sectors.

The worst sector for 2009 is the north because the Five Yellow Star is located here. This could bring misfortune, severe illness, accidents and loss of wealth, especially to those who have property facing north.

What you must do in 2009 is to place a Five Element Pagoda in the north sector. If you are not able to do that, the next best thing is to place lots of metallic items in the north. Anything metallic that you could think of is good enough. Remember that you should not place a crystal in the north. You should also not paint any wall in the north in red, pink, purple, yellow or beige in 2009. In addition, try not to dig and cut tress in the north.

Do note that if your house faces North-east Two and South-west Two (Period Seven property), and East Two and West Two (Period Eight property), the north sector could bring severe illness that could be fatal – especially in the months of March, July, October and December. Try not to sleep in a room located in the north. If you cannot do that, at least do not sleep in the room during these months. Otherwise, place a Five Element pagoda, Six Emperor coins or lots of metallic items in the room.

The other bad sector is the west with the presence of Illness Star Two here. This too could bring illness to those in this sector. You would also need to place lots of metallic items in the west corner; and if your bedroom is in the west, be extra careful in the months of April, July, September and January.

The Robbery Star is in the East in 2009 and could cause possible break-ins and robberies through this sector, especially in properties that have their main or back doors in the east or facing east. You would need to place a rhino figurine facing the door, or blue rug or water plant in this sector to elicit some ‘protection’.

Another bad sector is the north-east. Quarrelsome Star Three is located here in 2009 and could cause misunderstandings and arguments. If a problem becomes serious, it could also bring about legal problems for you. To somewhat rectify this situation, place lots of red decorations in this sector to counter any afflictions. Remember not to place water or plants here as either could enhance the power of Quarrelsome Star Three.

There is no doubt that 2009 will be a challenging year. If you refer to recent financial reports, most of them have said a recession is on the horizon. There are two things you could do: one is to worry about it and the other is to be prepared. I believe Feng Shui could make a difference. If you know how to overcome the bad and enhance the good, you will be able to enjoy a relatively good year.

I do not believe property prices will go down. In fact, the prices in good areas could certainly increase. There will be more construction and development works in 2009 due to the strong earth element and I believe this will help other industries and provide the market a boost.

As this is my last article for Malaysia, I hope you have benefited from these articles. You can contact me if you require further information or clarification. I would like to take this opportunity to thank for giving me this opportunity and you, the reader, for following the series.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009.

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Posted Date: December 15, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo
Outlook for 2009, Part I

Outlook for 2009, Part I

It is almost the end of 2008. As we approach the New Year, you must be wondering what awaits you in 2009.

Those dabbling in the share and financial markets have gone through a challenging time this year, especially towards the fourth quarter. Will 2009 be better or worse? A number of financial reports have mentioned the advent of a recession next year. Will it occur? What awaits us?

I would like to have a look at the ‘luck’ of 2009 through Feng Shui principles. It could show us what awaits us; whether it will be a better or worse year, and how we could face it.

There are a number of methods to forecast what is termed as ‘Luck of the Year’. I will use what is known as the ‘Four-Pillar Analysis’ to forecast the luck of different industries, how good luck can be enhanced and bad luck overcome.

The above is the Four-Pillar chart for 2009. As it will be the Year of the Ox, the Earthy Branch and Heavenly Stem will both be Earth elements. This indicates that next year is expected to be smooth and harmonious with no conflicts and fewer natural disasters. This is definitely good news.

In addition, all the five elements are present in the chart – also making it a balanced one. There is expected to be political stability and fewer misunderstandings between people.

With regards to the Earthy Branch, the Ox and Rat are considered secret friends, while the Rat and Dragon are allies. This means that there will be mentors to help us in times of difficulty. This again is a good indicator as mentor luck is important, especially if financial difficulty and instabilities are looming.

The Self Element is a Metal element. As metal is weak, the Earth and Metal elements would be needed to help strengthen the Self element.

Wood represents Wealth in this chart. As there is a Yang Wood and a hidden Yin Wood in the chart, this indicates that there will be money luck. These are in the form of direct or indirect Wealth luck. Expect to see money in the market in 2009, especially in the second half of the year.

The only setback is the Wood element, also considered weak. As Wood needs Water to survive, we need to strengthen the Water element in order to capture Wealth luck. It is crucial to activate the Wealth spot of your property with a Water feature, such as a fish pond.

Earth is the most favourable element of this chart, indicating that industries related to development, construction and real estate will enjoy excellent luck in 2009.

Those in these industries should activate the Wealth spot of their offices to capture the right opportunities – more so if it is in the south-west sector. You would also need to strengthen the north-east corner with a crystal to strengthen your business’ Earth energy.

There are two Fire elements located next to the Metal element in the chart. This indicates that although Metal is a favourable element, industries related to metal may face strong competition internally and externally. However, thanks to the mentors, we can expect some recovery in the financial sector in the second half of 2009.

What is crucial for those involved in the Metal industry such as banking, shares and motoring should take care of their north-east, south-west, west, north-west and centre positions. The centre position relates to Flying Star Feng Shui where the ninth star is located.

This could likely cause problems to the metal-related industries. You would need to place lots of Earth energy such as crystals and stones in the centre of the office or shop to transform ‘deadly energy’ into one that strengthens metal. You could also place a metal decorative in the north-west corner to enhance your mentor luck and help see you through tough times.

Although Fire is not a favourable element in the 2009 chart, it remains strong. In Flying Star Feng Shui, Fire Star nine is located in the Centre sector, meaning it could be good news for those in the fire-related industries such as restaurants, cosmetics and wellness.

Companies that do not have a strong financial standing may have some problems in cash flow as expenditures rise for them next year. My advice is apart from working hard, try to improve your profit margin. This makes it important for you to activate the Wealth spot of your shop or office to generate Wealth luck.

The south represents fame and recognition luck and should not be affected in 2009, but do place warm and bright lighting in the South corner to enhance your fame and recognition luck. Also try to counter the Robbery Star by placing a blue decorative or water plant in the East corner of your business.

As mentioned previously, Wood is an element that represents Wealth in the 2009 chart. On the surface you may see money in the Wood related industry but there may be hidden dangers and problems. This is because the Wood energy in the chart is weak. Wood needs water to survive and there is only one Water element in the chart, which is also weak.

Based on the Flying Star analysis, there will be a shortage of water in 2009 as Fire Star 9 will govern the year. Those in Wood industries may face some obstacles; expenditure may increase and you may have cash flow problems.

Place a water feature such as a regular or fish pond in the Wealth spot to generate Wealth luck. Do also take care of the north, north-west and west corners. Place lots of metallic items in these areas to strengthen the Water energy.

Those in Wood related industries include those involved in education, publishing, printing, furniture, medicine and fashion.
Water will not be a favourable element in 2009, so those in related industries may be affected. Be cautious and conservative. Do not think of expanding or taking on new ventures.

Ensure that your shop or office is protected against bad influences and chi. You would need to suppress the north, east, west and north-east corners of your property. The crucial thing is to be able to locate the Wealth spot and activate your Wealth luck with a water feature. This will help you to generate income and profit. You would also need to place a ‘still’ water feature in the North corner, and some sort of metal decoration in the west and north-west corners of your property.

Those involved in Water industries include sales, promotions, hotels, tourism, travel agencies, show business, mobile business, transportation, the music industry, air-conditioning and the liquor business.

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Posted Date: December 01, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo


This issue, we share some simple Feng Shui elements to “enhance” the property you call home. As you may be aware, “Flying  Star” Feng Shui is a more advanced, powerful Feng Shui, as it encompasses the time dimension. But to practice Flying Star Feng Shui, you would need to determine the direction your house faces.

It is not easy to ascertain the direction of your house, but it is a very important aspect of this practice. If you get the direction wrong, the analysis could lead to more problems than solve them.

So, to practice Flying Star Feng Shui, I would recommend you get help from a professional Feng Shui consultant.

This issue, I would like to share how to use simpler Feng Shui to enhance your house.

The Entrance

Let’s start with the main door. It is one of the most important items in the practice of Feng Shui for homes. You would need to ensure that it is not “afflicted”; in that the Qi that enters through the main door is not affected. If the main door is afflicted, it could change good Qi into bad Qi.

A common problem in Malaysia – especially in two-storey link houses – is that a bathroom for one of the rooms upstairs is often located right above the main door. As the main door is where Qi enters the house, it could become “dirty” when it passes below the restroom.

If you have this problem, it would be difficult and costly to relocate the bathroom. The alternative is to relocate the main door towards the middle of the front. In fact, for Period 8 houses, the “Facing Palace” is an auspicious sector; having a door in this sector could help enhance the Feng Shui of the house. If you are unable to relocate the door or the bathroom, you could place a light that shines upwards. This could reduce the bad effects brought about by the bathroom.

The other thing you would need to determine is whether there are “poison arrows” at the main door. A poison arrow could be a lamp post or tree. The nearer the obstruction, the worse the effect could be.

It is best to relocate such poison arrows. If that is impossible, again, you may need to relocate the door. Alternatively, if there is space between the door and the poison arrow, you could place a water fountain to reduce the negative effects of the arrow.
Some interior designers fancy placing a mirror adjacent to the main door. According to them, the mirror creates a sense of additional space in the foyer. Although this is good, placing a mirror directly in front of the main door could reflect incoming Qi. A mirror could in fact “chase away” good Qi from the house. In this case, place the mirror on a side wall that does not face the main door; this way you could still get the same effect of creating additional space and satisfy the Feng Shui requirement.

In the same context, it would be bad to have the back door face the main door. If you are able to see the back door from the front, this could be likened to “wealth in, wealth out”. The Qi that enters the main door would immediately flow out the back door. To counter this affliction, you could relocate the back door so it would not face the main door. Otherwise, you could place some plants, furniture or a screen between the two doors. The idea is to have the Qi move around the house before it goes out the back door.

The Bedroom

Let’s look at the bedroom. This is an important sector as far as Feng Shui is concerned, because it is a place an owner spends time in.

The most common affliction in the bedroom is the position of the bed. Aside from using “Eight Mansion” Feng Shui to determine the auspicious direction of a bed, you would need to ensure that the room and bathroom doors do not face the bed – either directly in front or facing the side of the bed. This is because the door is an opening where Qi could enter the room.

If the bed is located right in front of the door, the Qi would act as a poison arrow that cuts through the bed. If you are unable to shift the bed, the next best thing to do is to hang a door curtain to block the door from the bed.

On the other hand, the bathroom is considered a dirty place. Dirty Qi from here would flow directly to the bed, which could affect the health of the occupant. So, it is not good if the bathroom door directly faces the bed. The best is to have a walk-in wardrobe that could “hide” the toilet. In any case, it is good to ensure that the toilet door is closed at all times.

It is also considered inauspicious to have the bed head next to a window. If you do so, the people who sleep on this bed would not have support or could fall sick easily. It is better to have a solid wall behind the bed head. The other thing that you would need to check is to make sure the bed head does not share the same wall with the toilet. There should not be a toilet behind the bed head. For a small room or for those living in a condominium, sometimes space constraints may not permit you to have the best arrangement. If there is no other direction that you could locate your bed and the bed head has to share a wall with the toilet, I would suggest building a dry wall between the wall and the bed head. This way, the bed head would not be sharing the same wall as the toilet. This is one of the simplest and cheapest methods to overcome the problem.

For married couples, you would need to ensure that there is no mirror that could reflect the bed. This can create marriage problems Even a TV screen could act as a mirror when turned off. If you need to place a TV in the room, cover it with a piece of cloth when turned off. The same goes for the wardrobe. There are many wardrobe designs that use glass as the door panel for the wardrobe. The glass could also reflect the bed. Use a wooden panel instead.

Another common problem creator in the bedroom is down lights. Though they are very common these days, they are a Feng Shui taboo. Down lights can create poison arrows, so try to ensure there are no light fittings above the bed.

Do remember not to place plants, flowers, a water feature or an aquarium in the bedroom. These can affect the occupants, especially married couples.

Many married couples like to hang their wedding photo on the wall above the bed head. This too is taboo, as it could create pressure for the photo or painting to “fall” on you. The best place to hang a wedding photo is the south-west sector. I have mentioned that the southwest is the Love Sector; placing a wedding photo here would enhance your relationship.

The other important sector is the kitchen. Do ensure that you don’t have your kitchen’s ‘fire’ clash with ‘water’. A stove, oven and microwave oven are fire elements, while the wash basin, fridge and washing machine represent water. The worst is to have a fire element directly opposite a water element. This is called ‘Direct Clash’. The second worst clash is to have the water and fire elements side by side less than two-feet gap between them.

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Posted Date: July 01, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo
Choosing a Property using Flying Star Feng Shui (Part 3)

In the last issue, you have learnt a little more about Flying Star Feng Shui. Now let’s go deeper into the art of practising Flying Star Feng Shui.

In Part 1, we have mentioned Mountain Star, Water Star, Base Star and Annual Star. Now let us superimpose these stars into place. We normally divide each property into nine equal grids, using the length of the front section of the property divided into three equal sectors and then using the length of the side divided by three. Finally we will have a rectangular table that covers the whole property, with nine grids inside.

We then place the Mountain Star (M) at the top left corner of the grid, Water Star (W) at the top right corner, Base Star (B) in the centre and Annual Star (A) at the bottom right corner. So a typical grid looks like this:

A typical Flying Star Natal Chart looks like the following:

The above is a Period 8, S2-Facing Flying Star Natal Chart. You can see that each grid represents one sector of the house. Now let’s look at the South sector. The Mountain Star is auspicious Star 8; this means that there are good human relationships in this sector. The Water Star is Star 8. This is a Wealth Star, thus this will be the Wealth Spot of the property. Having a Wealth Spot at the Facing Palace is a very auspicious arrangement. The Base Star, which is a Star 3, will reduce the effect of the good Mountain Star/Water Star Combination; but it will not make too much difference. Thus this property will enjoy very good Wealth Luck as well as good human relationship luck in the Facing Palace. In normal double houses in Malaysia, the Facing Palace is normally where the Living Hall is located on the ground floor and the Master Bedroom on the first floor. Thus if the garden in front can accommodate a fish pond or waterfall, this brings tremendous Wealth Luck to the house.

It is very important not just to look at the good sector; we also need to pay attention to the bad sector. Now, let’s look at the NW sector. You can see that the Mountain Star is Star 5 and the Water Star is Star 2. Remember that these two are bad stars. Star 5 will bring misfortune, accident and severe illness. As a Mountain Star, it will affect those who are staying in this sector. Star 2, the illness star, is a Water Star, thus bringing loss of wealth. The combination of these two stars will cause fatal illness. This is something that we must be aware of. Especially in a typical double-storey terrace house in Malaysia, this will be the bedroom on the first floor at the Bad Sector of the house. If we do not overcome this affliction, the severe illness that could be fatal will happen in the month where the month star is also either a Star 2 or Star 5. 

You can see that the Good Sectors; SE, S, SW and W are all located at the front of the house, while the Bad Sectors are all located at the back of the house. So important places like the Living Hall, Dining Hall and Master Bedroom would be located in the Auspicious Sectors, while the kitchen and toilet would be located at the Bad Sectors. This is the arrangement that we should be looking for.

Now let us look at the Flying Star Natal Chart for an S1-facing property:

From the above chart, you can see that the auspicious “double 8” sector is located at the North; which happens to be at the back of the property. Most of the double-storey terrace houses in Malaysia will have the toilet located at this sector. When you have the Wealth Spot of the house located in the toilet, you will be sure that Wealth Luck will not be good in this house. This is because all the Wealth Luck will be flushed away in the toilet. 

To make things worse, the Bad Sectors such as SE, S, SW and W are all located at the front of the house, where the Living Hall, Dining Hall and Master Bedroom are. You see, the house already has no wealth but to make it worse, the important sectors are the Bad Sectors that will bring severe, possibly fatal, illnesses. If you are living in this house, your luck will definitely be very bad.

The above example is to show you that even if they face the same direction, the luck of these two properties is totally different. So when you are choosing a property, it is not enough just to say that you want a South-facing property. You should be very specific that what you want is a South 2-facing property. 

Just to add for those seeking Semi-Detached or Bungalow houses, it is also important for you to see whether the garden is on the left or the right of the house. Again there is a difference in terms of the Wealth Luck of the property that has a garden on the left vs. on the right.

Let’s use the same example above. For the S2-facing house, the SW sector has Star 1 as a Mountain Star and Star 6 as a Water Star. This again is an auspicious sector that will bring tremendous Wealth Luck as well as Family Luck. If you have a garden in this sector, it will be very auspicious to have a fish pond in the sector. This is because Star 6 as a Water Star will also bring Wealth Luck. Moreover the SW is the direction of the Indirect Spirit of Period 8. It is said that if you have water at the Indirect Spirit sector, it will bring you tremendous Wealth Luck. So having a fish pond at the SW will be very auspicious.

Now the West sector also has the auspicious Mountain and Water Stars. Water Star 1 will bring Wealth Luck if it is activated with moving water. If you have a garden on the right, you will have space to build a fish pond or a water feature here to enhance the Wealth Luck. Moreover, the Dining Hall is likely to be located in this sector, thus it would be even more auspicious to have the Dining hall in the Auspicious Sector.

So if it is a S2-facing semi-D house and the garden is located on the right (inside looking out); you will enjoy more Wealth Luck than your next-door neighbour.

When we are choosing the property, it is important for us to know which sectors are auspicious and which sectors are inauspicious. It is important to have the Living Hall, Dining Hall and the Master Bedroom located in the auspicious sector and the kitchen, toilet and store room in the inauspicious sector.

In the next issue, I will be sharing with you the auspicious sectors and inauspicious sectors for all the 16 types of Flying Star Chart.


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Posted Date: June 01, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo
Choosing a Property using Flying Star Feng Shui (Part 2)

In the last issue, I have introduced Flying Star Feng Shui to you. This issue, we will go deeper in understanding Flying Star Feng Shui and how to use it to help us select property.

We know that in Flying Star Feng Shui, there are 24 Directions (we call them the 24 Mountains) instead of the eight directions that we normally know. So when you say your house faces South, this information is not accurate enough in Flying Star Feng Shui. This is because there are three sectors in the South, which we have simplified to be South 1, South 2 & South 3; or just S1, S2 & S3. Each sub-sector will cover 15 degrees. There is a different Flying Star Chart for each sub-sector. Please note that the Chart for the second sector is the same as the third sector. That is to say, S2 will have the same Chart as S3, and N2 will also having same Chart as N3, and so on. This means that there are actually two different Charts for each Main Direction. Thus there are 16 Charts altogether in Flying Star Feng Shui. We call these the Natal Charts.

So, each house will have its own Natal Chart. As you know, apart from the Direction, the
Time Dimension is also important in Flying Star Feng Shui. So an S1-facing Period 7 house will have a different Natal Chart compared to an S1-facing Period 8 house. This explains why houses facing the same direction but built in different periods will have different luck altogether. So in practicing Flying Star Feng Shui, we need to find out two pieces of information.

The first is when the property was built. This is to determine the period of the property. Thus you will need to know that Period 6 started on 5 February 1964 and ended on 3 February 1984. Period 7 started on 4 February 1984 and ended on 3 February 2004; Period 8 started on 4 February 2004 and will end on 3 February 2024. With this information, you will be able to determine which period the property belongs to.

The second piece of information that you need to find out is the facing direction of the property. This seems to be easy but it is actually the most difficult part of practicing Flying Star Feng Shui. This is because if you have determined the wrong facing direction, you will use the wrong Chart. This is the worst thing that could happen in practicing Flying Star Feng Shui. So, let me share with you a few examples on how to determine the Facing Direction of a particular property. There are actually different ways for determining the Facing Direction for a landed property, versus for a high-rise building like an apartment, condominium or office tower.

Let us start with the most common type of property in Malaysia; that is, the terrace houses. Terraces houses are very common in Malaysia. There are single-storey terrace houses, double-storey as well as three-storey terrace houses, but the way that we use them in determining the Facing Direction is the same. There are three things that we need to look at. First is the Gate that is always in front of the property. Some people actually use this to determine the Facing Direction of the property. This is not true. This is because the “qi” does not need to go through the gate in order to enter the house. The next thing we look at is the Main Door. This is an important opening that we use to enter the house. But a lot of houses in Malaysia do not have a Main Door facing the front of the house. That is, the Main Door is actually facing the side of the house; either the left side or the right side. Most of the time there is a wall which is located in front of the Main Door. This wall is actually blocking the “qi” from that direction, from entering the house. Thus for those houses that have the Main Door facing the side, this way is not to be used as the Facing Direction of the house. There are some houses which have the Main Door facing the front of the house. These are the ones where you can use this way to determine the Facing Direction of the house. So for terrace houses, the front of the house is the Facing Direction of the house.

For Semi-detached houses, we can also use the front of the house as the Facing Direction. If the Main Door is facing the side but there is an open space in front of the Main Door, then we could use this as the Facing Direction of the house.

As for Bungalow houses, we commonly use the Main Door as the Facing Direction of the house. Some bungalows have more than one door. It is thus very important to have one door which can be considered the main door. This has to be bigger than any other door in the house. Otherwise, this house will have the problem of not having a clear and distinctive Main Door; thus the Feng Shui of the house will also be affected.

Now let us look at high-rise buildings. Let us divide them into two categories. For those units located from the ground floor until the ninth floor, the Facing Direction of the unit depends on the Facing Direction of the Building. For this you need to look at the Main Entrance of the Building at the Ground Floor. This is actually not an easy task. This is because most buildings will have more than one entrance. In most cases the entrances look similar, so it is difficult to determine the Facing Direction. Here we need to use a little bit of common sense to see which entrance is the most prominent – that is, more people use it to enter the building – or which side has the name of the building placed on it. Most of you can see which entrance is the most prominent one; this will be considered the Facing Direction of the Building. For those units which are located on the 10th floor and above, we will take the balcony or the side with the biggest window as the Facing Direction of that unit. Please note that in both cases, we are not using the Main Door as the Facing Direction of the unit. This is because the Main Door is usually facing the inside of the building, and is thus not able to attract “qi” from that direction coming into the apartment. Sometimes it may be difficult if there is more than one side which has large windows. This is usually true for office spaces where all four sides seem similar. In this case, you may want to make one side more prominent than the others in order to make sure this particular side is the Facing Direction.

Once we have determined the Facing Direction of the property, the next step is to get the reading. This is also not an easy task. Please note that you do not need to use a “lou pan” (this is the special compass that the Feng Shui Consultant uses) to determine the direction. In most cases a normal compass is sufficient, but sometimes there is interference from the surroundings that may affect the reading. You need to be aware that electrical cables and metres as well as telecommunication systems may affect the reading of the compass. Thus you need to get away from such places. Always take the reading from inside the door, facing out. In the case of the building above the ninth floor, you could stand near the balcony or window and take the reading while looking out of the unit. The reading that you get will be the actual Facing Direction of the unit.

From the reading that we have obtained, we can determine the Facing Direction of the unit. The following is a table showing the compass reading and the corresponding direction for your reference.

In the next issue, I will share with you how to read the luck of the property using the Facing Direction that you have just learnt to determine. I will also show you how to locate the Wealth Spot of your property and how to enhance the Wealth Luck.

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Posted Date: May 01, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo
Choosing a Property using Flying Star Feng Shui (Part 1)

We have learnt how to use Eight Mansion Feng Shui and Landscape Feng Shui to select properties. This issue I will share with you how to use the more powerful Flying Star Feng Shui in selecting your properties.

As mentioned before, neither Eight Mansion Feng Shui nor Landscape Feng Shui have time dimension; while Time and Direction are important in Flying Star Feng Shui. So if you want to practice Flying Star Feng Shui, apart from knowing the direction of the property, you also need to know the time details; that is, the time the property was built and the time when the Feng Shui Survey is being carried out.  

So what is Flying Star Feng Shui? As the name has stated, it involves Stars. In Flying Star Feng Shui; there are 9 Stars. That is Star 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Each Star will have its own characteristic, direction as well as its element. In fact it is very easy to practice Flying Star Feng Shui as we are dealing with only 9 numbers.

First let us look at the Time Dimension. In Flying Star Feng Shui; we divide the Whole Duration into 9 Periods. This is because there are 9 Stars. Each Star will govern 20 years; this is what we call a “Period”. So there are 9 Periods; which make it 180 years for one Full Cycle. Each Period will be called according to the Star that is governing the Period. For example, the Period that is governed by Star 1 will be called Period 1, the Period governed by Star 2 will be called Period 2 and so on. The First Three Periods – that is Period 1, Period 2 and Period 3 – are called the Lower Period; while Period 4, Period 5 and Period 6 are called the Middle Period; and Period 7, Period 8 and Period 9 are called the Upper Period.
It is very important for us to know the Period as this will determine the Flying Star Chart of each direction. That is, properties having the same Direction but built in different Periods will have different Charts; thus bringing different kinds of luck. We can actually call this Chart the “Birth Certificate” of that property. So if your house faces North and was built in Period 7, it will have a “Birth Certificate” that is different from another North-facing house built in Period 8.

So what is the Period that we are in now? We are actually in Period 8 of the Flying Star Cycle. Period 8 started on 4th February 2004 and will end on 3rd February 2024. It is very important for us to know the present period as well as the previous period. This is because most of the properties in the market now are still Period 7 properties. So, Period 7 started on 4th February 1984 and ended on 3rd February 2004. These are the Important Dates that you must know if you are practicing Flying Star Feng Shui. This is because the Chi in those Period 7 properties are getting weaker and weaker as we entering deeper into Period 8. Moreover those properties that had brought tremendous Good Fortune in Period 7 may start to bring Bad Luck in Period 8. That is why a lot of people actually suffered a change of luck around the year 2004. This is very important as a lot of people are actually suffering because of the change in Periods but do not know why they are suffering, or how to overcome this problem. In the next issue I will be sharing with you the reason behind this and how to overcome this problem.

Now let us look at the Stars. Star 1 is called the White Star. Its element is Water. Its original direction is North. This is a Good Star. It will bring Wealth Luck as well as Scholastic and Political Luck. Star 2 is called the Illness Star. Its element is Earth. Its original direction is Southwest. This is a Bad Star. It will bring illness and bad luck. Star 3 is called the Quarrelsome Star. Its element is Wood. Its original direction is the East. This is also a Bad Star. It will bring quarrels and arguments. Star 4 is called the Romance and Scholastic Star. Its element is Wood. Its original direction is Southeast. This is a Good Star. It will bring Luck in Romance as well as Studies.

Star 5 is called the Five Yellow. Its element is Earth. Its original direction is in the Center. This is the Worst Star in Flying Star Feng Shui. Five Yellow will bring Severe Illness, Misfortune, Loss of Wealth and Accidents. This is the Star that you must be careful of. Star 6 is called the Heaven Star. Its element is Metal. Its original direction is Northwest. This is a Good Star. It will bring Heaven Luck as well as Indirect Wealth Luck. Star 7 is called the Robbery Star. Its element is Metal. Its original direction is the West. This is a Bad Star. It will bring Robbery and Bodily Injuries. Star 8 is called the Wealth Star. Its element is Earth. Its original direction is Northeast. This is a Good Star. It will bring tremendous Wealth Luck, especially in Period 8. Star 9 is called the Purple Star. Its element is Fire. Its original direction is the South. This is a special star. This is because it can be Good and it can be Bad. Its characteristic depends on the star that is associated with it. When it encounters a Good Star, it will make the Good Star better. But when it encounters a Bad Star, it will make the Bad Star worse.

Now that you know the Stars and their characteristics, let us now continue to learn how we position the stars. In Flying Star Feng Shui, we will divide each property into 9 sectors that correspond to the 9 Stars. In each sector, there is a Mountain Star (positioned at the top left corner); Water Star (positioned at the top right corner); Base Star (positioned at the center) and Annual Star (positioned at the bottom right corner).

The Mountain Star governs Human Relationship Luck. Water Star governs Wealth Luck. The Base Star is the Star that is controlling that particular sector. The Annual Star is the Star that visits that particular sector in that particular year. For any given property, once we have determined the Flying Star Chart (that is the birth certificate); the Mountain Star, Water Star and Base Star will be permanent and do not change with time. It is the Annual Star that will be changing each year. Thus when practicing Flying Star Feng Shui; we need to update the Luck of the property on a yearly basis. This is to see what is the Annual Star that will be visiting each of the 9 Sectors and what is the impact that will be brought by the Annual Star. It is this Time Dimension that makes the Flying Star Feng Shui so powerful that we can actually “predict” what will happen and when it will happen in that particular sector.

Before we go into details of the Chart; let us look at the Directions. In Eight Mansion Feng Shui, we have Eight Directions. This are also the directions that we are familiar with when we study geography. In Flying Star Feng Shui, the 8 Directions have been subdivided into 24 Directions; that is each direction will have three sub-directions. As you know each direction covers 45 degrees. In Flying Star Feng Shui, we divide the 45 degrees into three sub-sectors. Each sub-sector will cover 15 degrees. This is what we call the 24 Mountains. Each Mountain has a name, but it does not have any particular meaning. To simplify this, we shall name the sub-sector with sector 1, sector 2 and sector 3. Thus, for the direction of North, we will have North 1 (or N1), North 2 (N2) and North 3 (N3). And for South, we will have South 1 (S1); South 2 (S2) and South 3 (S3); and so on. So in Flying Star Feng Shui; it is not enough to say, “My house faces South.” This is because there are 3 different sectors in South. We need to be more precise in determining direction in Flying Star Feng Shui.

Since we have 24 Mountains; we should have 24 different Charts. But in actual fact, there are only 16 Charts in Flying Star Feng Shui. This is because the second and third sector are having the same chart. Thus S2 and S3 will have the same chart; N2 and N3 will have the same chart and so on. Once we understand this, it will be easier for us to practice Flying Star Feng Shui.

In the next issue, I will continue sharing with you on how we use Flying Star Feng Shui in selecting Good Properties; how to read the Luck based on the Annual Flying Star; what to do if you are having Period 7 properties that are bringing you bad luck; how to use Flying Star Feng Shui to enhance Wealth Luck and Human Relationship Luck, and also how to overcome sectors with bad stars.


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Posted Date: April 01, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo
How To Choose a Property

Whether you are buying property for your own occupation or investment, it is a big decision that warrants much deliberation and research.  Feng Shui is becoming an increasingly popular and important consideration; and a great majority of house purchasers consult a Feng Shui Consultant prior to making a purchase decision So how do you determine whether a particular house is suitable for you?

One of the basic methods of house selection is to choose a house with Facing Direction that is favourable to you. The Facing Direction is the direction in which the house faces. This is usually indicated by the facing direction of the Main Door. But for terrace houses in Malaysia, the Main Door facing sometimes does not face the same direction as the front of the house. In this case, you need to take the front of the house as the Facing Direction. It is a little bit more complicated for Apartment and Condominium. For high rise buildings, if the unit is located from the ground floor to the ninth floor, the Facing Direction of the building is taken as the Facing Direction of the unit. On the other hand, for units that are located on the 10th floor and above, the facing direction of the balcony or the biggest window is taken as the Facing Direction of the unit.  

According to Eight Mansion Feng Shui, people are divided into Two Groups; the East Group and the West Group. Each group has four directions which are favorable to them and four directions which are unfavourable to them. Once you know which group you belong to, you will be able to know which directions that are good for you. In fact this information can also be used for your sitting position as well as your sleeping directions.

How do you know which group you belong to? You could either pay for the services of a Feng Shui Consultant or, you can use this method, which I will be sharing with you for free. First of all, you need to calculate your Kua Number and then refer to the attached table. You will be able to determine your Favourable and Unfavourable Directions. Isn’t this simple?

First you need to know how to calculate your Kua Number. In order to calculate your Kua Number, you need your year of birth, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. You need to know whether you are born before or after the Chinese Lunar New Year. For example, for 2008, the Lunar New year is on 7th Feb 2008. So if you are born on or after 7th February 2008, you are considered born in 2008. But if you are born in before that date, your year of birth is considered to be 2007. If you do not know which is the Lunar New Year on the year you are born, you could refer to the attached table which shows the Lunar New Year for the past 50 years.

After you determine your year of birth according to the Lunar Calendar, what you need to do is to add the last two digits together until you get a single digit number. For example, if you are born in 1978; you will get 7 + 8 = 15; and then 1 + 5 = 6. If you are a male; you take 10 minus that number that you have just calculated; which is 10 - 6 = 4. Thus your Kua Number is 4. Isn’t this simple and easy.

For a female, take the number calculated from the year of birth and add5. Thus if you are a female born in 1978. You will get 7 + 8 = 15; 1 + 5 = 6; 5 + 6 = 11; 1 + 1 = 2. Thus your Kua Number is 2.   

Lets take another example. For a male born in the year of 1986. The calculation is 8 + 6 = 14; 1 + 4 = 5; 10 – 5 = 5. Thus his Kua Number is 5. Now, can you try to calculate the Kua Number of a female born in the year of 1986; her Kua Number is 1. Did you get it right?

Please note that the above formula is only valid for those who are born before year 2000. For those who are born in year 2000 and above, you need to use 9 (instead of 10) minus the remaining number from the year of birth if you are male. For females you need to add the number with 6 instead of 5.

So for a male born in 2002; you will get 0 + 2 = 2; 9 -2 = 7. Your Kua Number if 7. For a female born in 2002, her Kua Number is 8.

Once you know your Kua Number, you can refer to the attached table to determine what your Good Directions are and what are your Bad Directions.

Those with Kua Numbers 1, 3, 4 & 9 belong to the East Group. Those with Kua Numbers 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8 belong to the West Group. For an East Group person, North, South, Southeast and East are Good Directions; while West, Northwest, Northeast and Southwest are Bad Directions. On the other hand, West, Northwest, Northeast and Southwest are the Good Directions for a West Group person. While North, South, Southeast and East are Bad Directions.

When you want to purchase a house, you must find a house that faces one of your Good Direction. For example, if you are a Kua 1 person, you should buy a house which faces North, South, Southeast or East, as these are your Good Direction. It will be the best if you could get a house which faces your Wealth Direction. If the house is facing your Total Loss Direction or Six Killings Direction; this house would be deemed un-suitable for you.

Does this mean that a couple belonging to different groups will have to live in different houses? Of course not. What you should do is to ensure that the house does not face the Total Loss or the Six Killing Directions of either party. For example; if the husband is a Kua 1 person and wife is a Kua 8 person. Southwest is the husband’s Total Loss Direction and Northwest is his Six Killings Direction. On the other hand, Southeast is the Total Loss Direction of the wife and East is her Six Killings Direction. Thus this couple should not choose a house that faces Southwest, Northwest, Southeast and East. The directions that they should consider are South, North, West and Northeast. If a house faces the above directions, it will be more beneficial to one party than the other. But most importantly, it is not detrimental to either party as it does not face their respective Total Loss and Six Killings Direction.

This is just one of the methods we utilise for house selection. In next issue, I will be sharing with you other methods which you can use to select your home or investment property.

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Posted Date: March 06, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Richard Hoo
What is Feng Shui?

Nowadays, Feng Shui has become very popular amongst property investors.  It is becoming common practice for potential buyers to actually bring in a Feng Shui consultant to audit the property, before they actual commit to it.

So what is Feng Shui?  And why is it so important, so much so that property investors are prepared to spend substantial sums of money to obtain the `approval’ of their Feng Shui consultant, before they confirm the purchase?

Feng Shui has been in existence in China for more than a thousand years.  It is a ramification of metaphysics that studies how human beings are influenced by their environments.  In Chinese, “Feng” means “Wind”, while “Shui” means “Water”.  It is the interaction between Wind and Water that actually influences those who live under a particular environment.

In other words, Feng Shui is hence a scientific analysis that tells us how different environments affect their inhabitants.  So a place that suffers from `bad’ Feng Shui is a place that is not ideal to live in - unless cures and remedies are applied to overcome such negative circumstances.

Feng Shui Methodologies

There are a few types of Feng Shui: Landscape Feng Shui, Eight Mansions Feng Shui and Flying Stars Feng Shui.  Each type has its own rules and formulas.

Landscape Feng Shui does not have the dimensions of `direction’ and `time’.  It depends on landforms, such as the shape of mountains, rivers and lakes.  The most common terminologies used in Landscape Feng Shui are the Front Phoenix, Back Turtle, Green Dragon and White Tiger.  This simply means that a property will enjoy good Feng Shui if the front of the property is flat and unobstructed – we call this the Front Phoenix.  Meanwhile, the back of the property should have a mountain that is higher than the property - this is the Turtle Back.  The Left Side (inside looking out) of the property – also know as the Dragon Side - should be taller than the right side, the Tiger side.  These are amongst the commonest and simplest rules that a lot of purchasers follow when they choose properties.

The second most common type of Feng Shui is Eight Mansions Feng Shui.  This type of Feng Shui takes into account `direction’, but does not consider `time’.  Since we have eight different directions on the compass, we have eight different type of `luck’.  And contrary to popular belief, the `luck’ of a property does not change with time.

The most widely used Feng Shui method is Flying Stars Feng Shui.  Flying Stars Feng Shui, apart of taking into consideration `directions’, also factors in `time’.  In Flying Stars Feng Shui, there are 9 Stars altogether.  Each Star has its own characteristics; thereby exerting a certain influence on the environment.  It is these characteristics that will affect the `luck’ of those who are residing in that environment.  Since there are 9 Stars, each Star `controls’ a `Period’ of twenty years.  Hence, a full cycle is made up of a total of 180 years.

Time in Feng Shui

Time is a very important concept in Feng Shui, as a property will undergo different types of luck, during different periods.  For instance, we are now in the fifth year of Period 8.  Period 8 started from 4th February 2004 and will last twenty years until 3rd February 2024.  As such, properties built during this period are called Period 8 properties.  It therefore follows that properties completed between 4th February 1984 and 3rd February 2004 are Period 7 properties.

As you can see, we have just transited from Period 7 to Period 8.  The significance here is that in Period 7, Star 7 is the Governing Star; which means that it is the Auspicious Star for that Period.  In Period 8, Star 8 becomes the Auspicious Star and Star 7 will have to go back to its own `original position’, as the Robbery Star.  In other words, if we are still activating Star 7 in our property during current Period 8, we are actually activating the Robbery Star.  The effects of this Star that brought us wealth and fortune are now reversed.  So, it is important for us to mind the Flying Stars very closely in practicing Flying Stars Feng Shui.

Since Flying Stars Feng Shui takes into account `time’, we are actually able to predict what luck a particular property will undergo, and also what has happened in that property and when the event took place.  Applied correctly, the Flying Stars method is so powerful that we can actually sidestep fatal accidents or illnesses.


We have delved at length into the definition of Feng Shui.  But how does Feng Shui actually influence our environment?

First, we need to determine the Facing Direction of the property.   In Feng Shui, we believe that “Chi” (cosmic energies) from different directions have different effects.  And the “mouth” of the house is the opening that will allow the “Chi” to enter the property.  So, a house with its Main Door facing south will have “Chi” from the South entering it.  And this particular “Chi” will have a certain influence on the environment and residents of the house.

This is why it is very important for the Feng Shui consultant to determine the Facing Direction of the property.   It is also why potential house buyers should first ask what direction a house faces, before they actually inspect the property.

About Master Richard Hoo

Richard Hoo graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.  Richard began dabbling in Feng Shui more than ten years ago, studying under the tutelage of the renowned Feng Shui Master, Lillian Too, before eventually graduating as Top Student.  Master Richard Hoo uses modern remedies and enhancements in his Feng Shui practice.  He specialises in pre-renovation and pre-construction Feng Shui analyses for Offices, Homes, Shops and Industrial Complexes. He continues to receive invitations to give Feng Shui Talks to the public as well as selected organizations and community groups.  Richard also contributes articles in local newspapers and is presently a columnist for the New Life Post.


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Posted Date: January 01, 2008 12:00 AM, By: Joey Yap
Where Being Forewarned, is Indeed Forearmed

Living Life to the Fullest, with Classical Feng Shui

Contrary to popular belief nowadays, Feng Shui is not (only) about getting rich.  And Feng Shui sure has nothing to do with your hairstyle, ornaments, home decorations or the number of goldfish you have bobbing about in your aquarium. 

Far from being a hocus-pocus sort of `magical art’, Classical Feng Shui is an ancient, respectable science that studies how the natural energies of our environment, or Qi, can be harnessed to benefit our internal and external environments.  So, you can think of Feng Shui as a study of how we can improve our living conditions, our lives, the lives of our loved ones, and society in general.  It is one of the Five Arts (Wu Shu) of Chinese Metaphysics, and applied correctly, a powerful improvement tool as well.

Feng Shui is therefore about self-empowerment.  It’s about knowing what’s best for you and how you can realize your full potential in life.  And just to pique your interest, Feng Shui is often quoted as the prescription to the diagnosis made possible by BaZi (Four Pillars of Destiny); a branch of Chinese Astrology.

Put simply, Feng Shui is all about making the most of what you’re born with, to succeed in life.      

Watch out for these Afflictions…come the Year of the Earth Rat!

As implied, Afflictions are bodies of negative Qi that may affect your life adversely.  `May’, because whether they do actually affect you and your loved ones, depends pretty much on what you do – or do not.

Come 2008 - the Year of the Earth Rat - pay more attention the South and North sectors of your home.  And in particular, avoid using, renovating, drilling, or indeed, undertaking any sort of activity in the South, as this is where the Year Breaker, the Five Yellow and the Three Killings reside...simultaneously, throughout the year! 

Now, it goes without saying that health – both physical and mental - is indeed wealth, so avoid renovating the Year Breaker sector, which will be found in the South.  This Affliction bodes ill for health and relationships, and it is best not to cross its path.  Hence, in the best interests of ailing or elderly folk as well as harmony, leave the South sector alone, at least for 2008.
Similarly, any adverse affects of the Three Killings can be avoided or negated, by simply refraining from digging the ground in this sector, or undertaking any renovations there.  The Three Killings represent leakage, both literal and lateral.  And certainly, you’d agree that a leaking faucet or plumbing is annoying enough, without having to fall victim to robbery or burglary!  So bear in mind the preceding precautions, and take heart, as you need NOT even shift your bed or door positions facing this sector.

But above all, the Five Yellow must not be physically touched, and by that, we mean that not even walls may be struck or holes drilled into the walls of this sector, unless you wish to activate its harmful energies!  This is a negative star that brings about calamities, wealth loss, problematic relationships and health issues.  Where possible, avoid using any rooms in the Northeast sector for important activities.

Meanwhile, the Grand Duke, which resides in the North, spells mishaps and health problems for those who unwittingly unleash its malevolent energies.  Leave this body of Qi alone, and you will do just fine.

Flying Stars for 2008: The Good, The Bad, and The Miserable!

Your property’s divided into 9 sectors - also known as the 9 Palaces - with the North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West and Northwest sectors facing outwards from the Central Palace (which also counts as a sector).  And given the dynamic and ever-changing nature of Qi, the energies affecting each sector vary each year.  It is therefore important to identify the types of Qi prevalent in each sector, using Flying Stars Feng Shui.

The Good…

As far as 2008 is concerned, the positive sectors are the East, Southeast, North and Northeast.  The East, infused with the Qi of the auspicious #8 White Star, augurs well for all Wealth-related pursuits.  Meanwhile, those looking to climb the corporate ladder or seeking career advancement would do well to tap into the energies of the #6 White Star, present in the North.  Mind you, though, that the Qi of the North could also bring about illnesses if you neglect your health!

The #9 Purple Star flies into the Southeast in 2008, making it your property’s Secondary Wealth sector for the year.  So if you’re a businessperson or entrepreneur who intends to embark on a new venture, business expansion or simply garner more wealth, be sure to tap into the energies of the Southeast.

Now, students undertaking any sort of course and examination candidates…pay heed to this advisory!  If it’s academic luck you seek, use the Northeast more often in 2008.  This sector can also be utilized by those looking for romance, or who simply love to travel.

And the Bad and Miserable…

You will want to look out for these sectors: The Southwest, West, Northwest and South.

By now, you should at least be able to guess that with 3 types of Afflictions (i.e. the Year Breaker, Five Yellow and Three Killings) present in the South come 2008, it really will be the most negative sector of the year!  Best piece of advice: Stay clear of the South.

And if you have no choice but to use the Northwest, mind your health, as the #2 Black Star is the harbinger of ailments and disease.  The same predicament applies to those compelled to use the Southwest, where the #7 Red will be present.  However, worse still, Southwest users will also need to keep an eye open for disputes, relationship issues, and even armed robbery!

Last but not least, to minimize the risk of facing a lawsuit or legal complications, avoid using the West.  The inauspicious Qi of the #3 Jade also spells disagreements and misunderstandings for those using this sector.

To do - or not to do

To paraphrase Shakespeare, it’s all a simple matter of `To do, or not to do?’.  And it was also the Bard who once opined: “Nothing is truly good or bad, only thinking (and doing) makes it so.” 

Hence, this holds true as well, in Feng Shui.  Lest it slips your mind, Feng Shui is about making what’s already good, better…instead of remedying or solving problems arising from the detrimental effects of negative Qi. 

So as you can see, 2008 – or any other year for that matter - is not without its positive or prosperous aspects.  The trick is to learn what’s good for you, and identify the sector or direction that best serves your purpose.  Of course, you are now also equipped with the knowledge on which sectors should be avoided!

If you’d like to know more about what awaits you in 2008, do join me at my Feng Shui & Astrology for 2008 Seminar, themed 'Good to Great in 2008' on January 27th 2008, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

On this note, I’d like to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.  May you be blessed with a great Year of the Earth Rat ahead!


© 2008 Joey Yap & Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics Sdn Bhd.

Joey Yap is the Founder and CEO of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics, an academic institution represented in more than 30 countries worldwide.  The Mastery Academy specialises in propagating knowledge on ancient Chinese Metaphysical subjects, including Classical Feng Shui, BaZi (Chinese Astrology), Mian Xiang (Face Reading), Yi Jing (Science of Probability) and Ze Ri (Date Selection).  For more details on the Mastery Academy and courses offered, contact +603-2284 8080 or e-mail, or visit

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