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Before anyone go and spend a hefty sum of money on Feng Shui
gadgets, I must reiterate that Feng Shui is no magic. There are many seemingly
true but false Feng Shui remedies being thrown out by unscrupulous folks just
to fish out money from the unwary. For example, my pal Mr. Ooi spent MYR20K to
purchase a boulder to be located at the back of his house as the Feng Shui
master said Ooi’s house hasn’t the backing of a mountain (靠山).
Needless to say, this is indeed ridiculous if a boulder can take
the place of an actual mountain range. If it is true, then we can perhaps throw
all Feng Shui theories out of the window. There was no need then for the
previous masters to risk their lives and spent years tracking mountain ranges
in deep jungles just to seek for a good dragon knot (正龙结).
There is a term in Feng Shui called "attached onto
small land" (勾撘小地) that
means although the piece of land contains waters and hills; its chi still
considered as 'thin' (气势单薄).
Likewise if a boulder is used in lieu of a mountain and it is located too near
a house, then not only the chi is insufficient, it will create troubles when
the "yellow five" (五黄煞)
and "three killings" (三煞)
stars arrived at the location.
Similarly, small islands or group of islands also falls into
the small land category and that it would be extremely difficult to make a reasonable
living on small islands. Nothing can change this fact, unfortunately. If you
still don't believe me, open up a map of the world and look at places with
plenty of small islands and you will agree with what I have just said.
where Chinese community congregates, we can find various magazines on Chinese horoscopes
(运程书) starting from the 4th
quarter of every year flocking local newspaper stalls. Needless to say that
these types of publications bring lucrative profits to the authors while
increasing their fames and exposures to general public.
There is a
magazine stall just downstairs and the owner is my acquaintance. Once he asked
me to recommend a good forecast magazine but I only smiled and replied him
that: “I can’t comment as I never read such stuffs!”
lack of interest, at the beginning of every Chinese New Year, the Chinese people
will want to know if he/she is ‘in conflict’ with the yearly lord (犯太歲) and if
he/she does, what kind of amulets to wear and what kind of ritual to perform to
alleviate ill effects if any. To say this honestly, I never believe in this
type of thing as there are many factors affecting the luck of a person.
to original teachings, one is in conflict only with the yearly animal when
his/her year of birth (生肖) is directly opposite (冲太岁) to current yearly lord; such as
the rat is in conflict with the horse (子午冲); and when his/her year of birth is same as
current year, then it is termed ‘at the back’ of the yearly lord (伏太歲).
knows since when other unrelated issues were added to this conflicting aspect
with the yearly lord until such a stage that nearly a third of our Chinese population
is in conflict in any given year. The unrelated issues I meant are simply: hurt
(刑), union (合) ，harm (害) and break (破).
ingenious businesses minded folks wanted to market their amulets for profiting…
on second thought, if such gadgets can make people happy; so be it.
also makes use of yearly lord to determine if one should perform renovation at
a particular location. There is a saying that goes:
"It is alright to
sit on yearly lord but never face it."
so, for the experienced; one can certainly temper with yearly lord to get a
quick profit. This can be done by choosing one’s auspicious date to counter ill
effects of tempering with this yearly lord.
This person is possessed by a kid spirit and a crow spirit. See if you can notice both spirits? This is a reminder for people who like to temper with spirits! My pal complaint that there are voices call him to jump down from his balcony. No joking!
If you still can't see the spirits... Again, for your entertainment purposes only.
If you say
that the “science of names” (姓名学) is part of our occult treasure, then I would rather choose not to
believe in this practice. Even though there were and still are many people come
to me to ask for auspicious names; I only reply them:
names you opt will be fine provided that they’re not against the norm (犯忌)!”
you would ask: “What did you mean by ‘norm’?”
some examples would be in order…
is my German pal who was a proud owner of a restaurant in Penang. We were acquaintance
when we serve a German manufacturing company a few years ago. Fischer decided
to settle down in Penang and engage in his restaurant specialized in German
cuisine. Fischer’s business was extremely good and earned himself quite a small
fame within the German communities and some western food lovers in Penang in
relative short time.
success has made him ambitious and wanting to expand his restaurant business to
Ipoh in the central part of peninsula. Prior to the execution of Fisher’s plan,
we met in his restaurant to have a mug of beer as usual and I cautioned Fisher
on his ambitious move as Ipoh is not in sync with his name ‘Fischer’ or ‘fisher’.
Ipoh is known as a ‘town amongst hills’ (山城), there is practically no place for
a ‘fisherman’ to catch a fish on hills! If a fisherman stay put in Penang
Island, then there are certainly plenty fish to catch!
Fischer wasn’t a superstitious person and we bottom up on our last bear before
this gentleman opened his second restaurant near a shopping mall in Ipoh
Fischer’s Ipoh branch one night after my errant for a supper a year later only
to learn from the boss that his business wasn’t very good although the number
of customers were encouraging in the beginning. In fact, I was the only
customer on that night!
Xiang (香) are two
lawyers opened up a law firm in downtown Penang. They decided to name the law
firm “Xiang John” (香佐) associates. Well, the “Xiang John” means ‘kaput’ or ‘finish’ in
Cantonese. The best part of this story is that their law firm is facing a
florist parlor and a casket distributor!
We may call
it all attributed to their bad karma, the law firm ended business in a
relatively short time. This is really in line with ‘kaput’ as the meaning implies.
the failures of above two stories may or may not relate to their names; what I
am sure is that one can never change one’s luck by changing his/her names alone.
That I can assure you as I have personally consulted many people who has
altered their names and yet still faced with bankruptcy.
When a person has settled and sinks in the culture of a place
for quite a while, it would be extremely difficult to persuade him/her to migrate
to a totally foreign land. Someone would attribute this to culture shock; you
may call it fear of the unknown if you so wish desires. You would be surprised
that even a simple location change within a country would also be quite
traumatic to many folks so to speak. Only those who have moved frequently
understand what I meant.
There are many telltale signs in astrology if a person will
migrate to a foreign land or otherwise. If the stars for migration are good,
then the migration would be auspicious and if the stars are far from ideal;
then the migration spells disaster.
Some time ago a friend of mine migrated to the central part
of Canada. He came to me for an astrology consultation session but I advised him
to knock off the idea as his stars showed that his migration would be
disastrous. However, my pal said that his wife and he have made up their mind
for the benefit of their offspring. I had nothing else to say but bid them bon
voyage and asked him to take care.
A year later, I received an email from my pal saying that he
has settled down in Canada and that he has purchased a house facing true north;
and that the house was selected by his friend who was also well versed in the
art of Feng Shui. So I wished him good luck and glad that he has finally
settled down in a foreign land.
Another year lapsed, I received another mail from my pal
mentioning that he has suffered from some sort of brain cancer and had been
plying between his house and hospital for some time. He decided to send me a
mail as he has remembered that I had warned him of potential danger.
I asked my pal to send pictures of his house as I was
intrigued by the so called auspicious house chosen by the Feng Shui master. It
transpired from the pictures that even though the flying stars were good; the
geographical location was not:
The house was a 7th
period house but the front of the house was facing a hill while there was a
ravine at the back. This forms a condition called “up the mountain and down the
hill” (上山下水) and it is a big no-no to chose to stay in such a
house as anyone who stays in the house would face bankruptcy and loss of life.
I replied my pal’s mail and asked him to move house but I
didn’t received any respond. Things went quiet for a while until I heard the
news of my pal’s death from an email chain last year.
Apparently speaking, not everyone can benefit from a
migration. There is no secret about the whole situation as the secret is in
individual’s star chart. Call this one’s destination if you may.
Ordinary people view Feng Shui as the science of choosing a
dwelling and grave; the practitioner view Feng Shui as a science that combines
astrology with space planning. A not so auspicious place can be tackled by
choosing a good date. If a master doesn’t understand the technique of selecting
a good date, then he/she would find himself/herself in predicament because
frankly speaking, there aren’t too many good and auspicious places around in
Since I have come into contact with Feng Shui, there were
many, and still are many bizarre and unexplainable yet unfortunate cases continue
to happen such as the case of recently missing plane. For example one
experiences financial losses, ill health, injuries, affairs just to name a few.
Apparently these incidents have irritated those new house owners who were
supposed to enjoy their new properties.
It is indeed quite challenging at times to find out what
actually happened to the properties as most of the premises though wouldn’t
make the dwellers super rich; the place aren’t that bad either. Upon further
investigation, it normally transpired that the move in date was inauspicious:
it is either the date and time are conflicting or someone has disturbed ‘sha’ (犯煞).
While majority of good people out there choose inauspicious
dates by chance; there are others who purposely choose inauspicious dates just
to get rich such as that of the stories of “fighting with sha” (斗煞) and HK CTV posted earlier.
There is a Chinese saying about these types of practices:
(Anyone who want to become rich fast, then fight san-sha; whoever want
to be aristocrats, renovate direction of tai-sui)
Many secular masters thus encourage unwary folks
to renovate where the ‘sha’ and yearly animal are. I have seen many cases that
places of supposedly good Feng Shui didn’t bring good luck as anticipated but
troubles to the owners. The reason is the effect of time and space are the
fastest amongst all elemental forces.
This is clearly stated in “Doubting Dragon Sutra” <疑龙经>：
(Anyone who wanted to
do renovation or burial, he/she must perform star chart calculation first. Even
though the places are auspicious; troubles come first. This is called “discarding
corpses without due luck”.)
Basically, one must not choose a ‘san-sha’ year, month, date
and time whenever possible unless the time are pretty auspicious. Other than
that the ‘earth-sha’ (土煞) and
tai-sui (太岁) would best be avoided too
though there are many ways to go about to mitigate the ill effects caused by
Now, let me tell
you a story of ‘fight san-sha” as I know many friends will like to hear this
very interesting yet old folklore. I have provided the story in Chinese as well
as I felt some difficulties in the actual translation:
The Ming emperor Zhu-yuanzhang wanted to refurbish the
royal palace main hall so he ordered Liu-bowen to select an auspicious date.
After some calculations, Liu has finally selected a date and time to perform
the renovation work. However, the royal astrologer objected the date and time as
those were extremely inauspicious timings. But Liu-bowen told Zhu-yuanzhang: "It will be OK provided that your majesty order Li-shanzhang and Chang-yuchun to supervise the work."
The emperor Zhu-yuanzhang decided to follow Liu-bowen’s
On the commencement of the work, as it was anticipated
thick clouds congregated with lightings and thunders causing workers to panic
and wanted to stop working.
At this time Li-shanzhang and Chang-yuchun entered the
main hall as planned. The clouds dispersed while lightings and thunders
immediately ceased; seemed that the weather has immediately turned sunny again.
Later, the royal astrologer asked Liu-bowen and he answered:
“Since the green dragon and white tiger both entered together, why should I
fear of san-sha?”
As I am reading the bizarre
news of missing flight MH370, I remembered a story concerning HK CTV now ceased
operation. The Commercial Television (CTV) was the third free Hong Kong
commercial TV which started business on November 7, 1975 but closed on August
22, 1978. There is a rumor going about the proposed date selected for the
The below story
is as I heard from an old astrologer friend:
It was said that in 1975 (乙卯), the CTV management has selected a san-sha (三煞) month and
time for the TV station’s opening ceremony. According from an insider story
that the purpose of selecting such an inauspicious timing was because the
broadcasting industry in HK was like a war zone, since there were three TV
companies at that time; the management decided to ‘fight san-sha’ (斗三煞). It
seems like that the idea was taken from ‘the story of Liu-powen fight san-sha’
The opening ceremony was set at 4pm but rain started
to pour down heavily few hours earlier and the situation worsened during the HK
governor’s speech at that time. The rain continued through the night. That was
the first indication of very bad omen to CTV.
My pal has guessed that the CTV management at that
time wanted to mimic the san-sha fighting story so they invited the governor
and many VIPs to attend the opening ceremony in the hope that these VIPs can
overcome the san-sha.
However, things went quite unexpected as the governor
didn’t attend the ceremony and added to the extremely bad weather; the VIPs
were also absent! Frankly speaking, there weren’t anyone to fight the ‘sha’ so
In addition to the already bad omen was that one of the program
broadcasted was “the story of the three kingdoms” (三國志). In the
story of the three kingdoms, the kingdom of Shu (蜀國) where
the main heroes were from was destroyed first; more significantly the story was
handpicked by the general manager himself.
astrologers were being advised not to ‘fight san-sha’ unless one is super
confident. There are just too many bad examples around and one pretty recently
too! Personally I think the ‘the story of Liu-powen fight san-sha’ (劉伯溫斗三煞) is just a
folklore and cannot be trusted.
Date selection technique is generally practised to find an auspicious date.
I was asked this question: Where could it be?
Let’s refer to a case in date selection and try to do some
detective work ourselves:
First, just a disclaimer: this is
only a study and does not refer to any real case.
According to previous I
Ching prediction, the ‘thing’ is spread from the northeast of a mountain to southwest
side of that mountain on a piece of land along the path. It is possibly on the
northeast coastal area.
Now we will look into the date of the incident itself as
Basically, the time is
not an auspicious timing. First of all, the hour of water enhanced the ill effects of ‘shan-sha’
(三煞) which is also of water element. Then the month and
hour of the lower parts are in conflict (子卯刑) which means that it will not move far and that someone has done inappropriate actions; while the upper parts
fuse water and fire into the wood element (丁壬合木). This is the fusion of ‘lust’ in astrological terms.
The year part fell
into ‘emptiness’ (空亡) refers this may be a case of ‘air related
The day and hour fall
onto ‘death and lifeless’. I am not going to elaborate more as it is quite
apparent from the table above.
Let’s go back to
answer the question of: where is it?
The answer is pretty
obvious: it fell as fire into water at first and then being covered amongst
trees, hills and water. Hence, my guess is that it is hiding in some northeast
part of coastal area and the southeast part of that place.
Whatever situation is, only the time will reveal the truth.
We can only pray at this time for everyone involved. Again, let’s not speculate
but to wait patiently.
Disclaimer: This posting does not refer to any real situations. The discussion
is only meant to show how to use I Ching for performing predictions.
A friend of mine went missing while travelling far north for
a holiday trip a week ago and his family members have not heard from him since
so they asked me to check him out. I have no remote viewing ability so I used I
In 2014, the year Shan-sha (三煞)
are located at north and belong to water element. Since my pal travelled at
midnight, it was the hour of rat (子時: 2300hrs –
0059hrs). The rat is also belongs to water element hence added to the force of
Shan-sha. Now I am a little worry about the well being of my pal.
Let’s try to look at I Ching reading in mind:
The ‘host’ refers to
my pal while the ‘opponent’ refers to the person he was to visit.
If looks like that my pal
has not yet met his friend as he has changed his destination due to the
seduction of a lady. Now we can only wait for the news with much patience and
he would probably involve with lawsuits in due time.
So what is my pal’s
I would say his
condition is not good as nothing furthers on his side.
Now, let’s look at what my pal has experienced so far:
He started from east
moving forward in the air towards northeast direction. Suddenly there was a thunder
in the sky and he hit a mountain and falls to the ground on southwest.
I hope I have better news for my pal’s family; but let’s
pray for a miracle.
Fates of a
person can be predicted with various astrology systems; likewise the fates of
nations. For example, 2014 is the year of metal horse and 2015 is the year of
metal ram. As general rule, year of metal elements are pretty harsh in terms of
safety of nations, share market etc. Added to that 2008-2019 is the period
ruled by wood element. We all know that the metal besiege wood; hence during
this year and next, many accidents that will cause injuries or death around the
scorned at me if I say that from the day you are born, your illnesses are
already predefined; just like your fate is sealed when you first open your eyes
to see this world. Well, in modern medicine, the condition of our body is
determined by genes from our parents and our behaviors. However, in Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM), the conditions of our physical body are also determined
by the climate of the place and time when one is born.
speaking, when one is born in summer, then his/her body will tend to be hot
based; and when one is born in winter time, his/her body will be cold based. Let’s
take another example:
2014 (甲午) is ruled by earth element and it is an excessive year and according to
“Nei Jing” <黃帝內經>:
“The first half of the year will tend to bias
to hot while the second part of the year would be dry.”
that, people born in year of ‘earth’ such as 1959, 1964, 1969 etc. will have
“The person’s body tends to be moist, he/she
would have stomach bulging, loss of appetite, vomit, diarrhea, lethargic, poor digestive
system and the person tends to be overweight …”
identifying which type a person belongs to, proper treatment can be prescribed.
Again referring to the above example:
"This person must pay particular attention to
his/her diet such as he/she needs to consume more food that can reduce body
moisture, reduce foods such like alcohol, fermented food or sweets.
In addition persons with hot and wet bases
should meditate more and perform exercises such as yoga and Tai Chi boxing.
Things to watch day to day: He/she must avoid
working or living under hot and damp environment while sleep early."
We can see
that our traditional medicine systems are pretty holistic and all aspects are
covered; this is very different from our modern medicine where the treatment is
more objective: if a person suffers from headache, then the treatment is to
treat headache alone. It is quite difficult to say openly which system is
superior to the other because each system has its own strengths and weaknesses.
All in all, it really depends on circumstances.
Some of my
friends are businessmen though I must confess that I can never become a
businessman as I don’t like to entertain people. My cunning pals normally use
tricks to seek my advices in solving their business issues and all of a sudden
I found myself seated amongst a group of business people during supposedly a ‘private’
There was a
case when Yuan invited me to attend a dinner with another acquaintance, Charlie
from Hong Kong. According to Yuan, Charlie was his business partner in Hong
Kong. As narrated by Yuan, Charlie wasn’t doing too good in his business and
had been seeking advices from a renowned Feng Shui master for help.
the master has charged a high price for all his consultations. At first, the
master said Charlie’s name wasn’t good so he suggested a new name. After the
name change, the master said he needs to ‘empower’ Charlie’s name with special
rituals; hence another payment was requested. Later, the same master also
suggested that Charlie’s house Feng Shui wasn’t good, so he found Charlie a new
house somewhere in suburb area. For that service, the master has charged a high
price again as he said that only him can choose the most auspicious date within
this decade. Since Charlie was the most obedient person I have ever seen, he
paid what the master wanted.
things seemed to be stabilizing after the said changes; it only lasted for six
months or so. After that, Charlie’s business continued to go down hills faster
than the rollercoaster. Now Charlie wanted to have a joint venture with Yuan in
the hope that this new venture will revive Charlie’s business. Needless to say,
Charlie was Yuan’s best pal.
transpired that my reason of sitting between Yuan and Charlie over dinner was
to advise them if they should continue with the joint venture. Frankly, I was a
little nosy to find out the truth behind Charlie’s ordeal or you won’t have
this posting to read about…
So I told
Charlie to give me the facing direction of his house; to my surprise as if
Charlie has anticipated my demand, he pulled a stack of Feng Shui report and
handed to me promptly. I flipped over
the report and only to find Charlie’s house was riding on “between lines” (騎線).
According to Flying Star
“Sitting between lines is as if wandering
spirits entering a house.”
Apparently these between lines
houses are as if loose cannons; they swing as they like and they may erupt quite
Having that in mind, I made
an excuse to talk to Yuan alone about my concerns and asked him to be careful
when working with Charlie. True enough, a year later; Charlie was in great debt
and now in hiding and could not be contacted. Since Yuan was warned before
hand, he only lost a small amount of money.