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ISIC | Feng Shui and the Energy of Wealth

Wealth through Feng Shui is a subject that is heavily commercialized and exaggerated. It is not really about extra cash and a windfall. Wealth and Abundance energy in Feng Shui is more about fostering the energy of Prosperity. The dictionary defines Prosperity as “a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.”

wealth | Feng ShuiThis “condition” is what Feng Shui refers to as harnessing beneficial energies that sharpen the mind and allows the resident to recognize opportunities and perform better in their career and activity of their choice.

Every home and space has a Wealth and Abundance Area defined on the energetic map. The energy maps used in Feng Shui are called
Lo Shu square, which has 9 energy areas, and the Bagua with 8 energy areas.

There is also a more advanced and accurate way to determine the wealth area in a space. It is based on the time period and the year’s energy. We are currently on Period 8, which started in 2004 and ends in 2023. This is why the #8 is a lucky number now!  We are finishing the year of the Wood Horse 2014 and moving into 2015 the year of the Wood Goat. This means that this year’s energies are waning down and new ones are moving in. Just like time moves in cycles, energies do too.

The job of a trained Feng Shui Consultant is to find these Wealth energies and activate them. Part of our task is also to find the negative energies that may have a big impact on the residents. Negative energies can wipe out and minimize the Wealth energies when not neutralized. It is very much like a sports team that needs to balance their defense and offense.

There are a few negative sectors to watch for every year, but the most offensive negative energy is called the “Five Yellow.”  If this energy falls in your front door, or in a room and space that is used a lot and it is not taken care of, there can be accidents and health problems that can wipe your ability to produce wealth.

The “Five Yellow” energy can also aggravate an already existing condition, causing more problems. That is why it is good to have a trained consultant analyze and neutralize the energies prior to, or at the beginning of each year.

Prosperity encompasses wealth, health and happiness.

I hope this blog was useful in understanding the nature of the Wealth and Abundance area.

For more information on next years energies, look for “Feng Shui and the Year of the Wood Goat” blog to be published the first Monday of February.  The Chinese New Year begins on the New Moon, Wednesday February 18th, 2015 at 6:47pm EST.

A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.
– James Allen –

 

ISIC | What is Flying Star Feng Shui

Flying Star Feng Shui is an advanced method and system. It is a very effective form of Classical Feng Shui because of its ability to read energy in a deeper level. This method has become popular and more widely practiced in the last 150 years. Masters and Grandmasters use it to meet the needs of modern lifestyle, and architecture following Classical methods.

Flying Star Feng ShuiFlying Star Feng Shui integrates several principles and formulas;

-  Yin and Yang
-  5 Elements Theory
-  The Lo Shu Square or energy grid 
-  The Eight Triagrams
-  The 24 Mountains. An analysis of the directions on a floor plan
-  The Factor of Time, related to the cycle or period
-  Direction, a compass reading on the corresponding facing direction of the structure
-  Objects, to enhance or neutralize present energies

Based on the information obtained, a Flying Star chart is applied onto an existing floor plan, or layout of a structure. This chart becomes the Natal Chart of the space and in turn the chart is the key to interpreting the quality, nature and type of energy present in a space. Who knew that a home had a Natal Chart too!

The Flying Star chart looks like a tic-tac-toe grid because it contains 9 sectors, or “palaces.”  Each palace has 3 numbers. The interaction and combination between numbers is what a consultant looks at. These numbers, or “stars”, is what determines the type of energies located within a space. The consultant’s job is to help you tap into the good and beneficial Qi or CHI of the space, while neutralizing the negative energies.

Reviewing Natal Charts through Flying Stars Feng Shui is an excellent tool to use when having to choose which home or building to purchase. It is also very useful when remodeling a home, since making changes to the structure changes the energy of the building.

No space is ever 100% positive. There is always some positive and negative areas within a space, as the Yin and Yang symbol reminds us. Knowing how, when, and what to use the space for is helpful in creating a balanced lifestyle. No one wants to live in a state of stress, illness or lack for prolonged periods of time.

Using the area (s) where good stars are located is one of the ways to activate energy. Other ways of activating energy are using objects such as plants, water features, crystals, symbolic items, and wind chimes. Where to place these objects and use them in the most effective way is what Flying Stars Feng Shui helps with.

Planning our life with the help of Flying Stars Feng Shui increases our chances of having a positive outcome.

ISIC – Feng Shui and the Energy Chart – Part 1

The Energetic Map used in Feng Shui is called the Lo Shu Square. It is also referred to as the Magic Square. The Lo Shu Square is a method in which a nine-sector grid is superimposed on the floor plan of the home or space. It is a three-by-three-grid that is said to have first appeared on the back of a turtle over 4,000 years ago. The first person to see it was a sage named Yu.

lo-shu-magic-squareThe Lo Shu Square is one of the most powerful Feng Shui tools. This tool allows the practitioner to unlock the meanings of the home energies, as well as the type of energies in any given time and space.

Each square, grid or chamber has an assigned number from 1 to 9. Each number represents one of the 9 human aspirations – 
1 = Career 
2 = Marriage and Relationships
3 = Family and Ancestors
4 = Wealth and Prosperity
5 = Health
6 = Helpful People
7 = Children and Creativity
8 = Knowledge and Self-Cultivation
9 = Fame and Reputation.

The Lo Shu Square is “magic” because the sum of the three numbers placed in the grid always adds up to 15,  regardless of which direction they are added: vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  The number 15 represents the number of days it takes for a new moon to reach full moon.

The significance is huge because in Feng Shui time is measured by the cycles of the moon. The Chinese New Year begins in the second new moon after the winter solstice. This date usually falls at the end of January or beginning of February. Thereafter, every new month begins with a new moon cycle.

There is a basic and archetypal pattern or arrangement of the numbers 1 through 9 in the grid.  This is the basic grid that was first revealed to Yu in 2205 BC.  From left to right, it consists of the numbers 4, 9, 2 on the top third. The numbers 3, 5, 7 on the middle section. And the numbers 8, 1 and 6 on the bottom third.

In Western Feng Shui, also called BTB or new age Feng Shui, the entrance is always aligned with the bottom of the grid, no matter what direction the home or building faces. Therefore, the Wealth and Prosperity section is always at the rear left of a building.  With this school of Feng Shui, the entrance will be any of the numbers 8, 1 or 6 that occupy the bottom third row.  The front door location or energy then depends on whether the door is on the left, center or right of the building.  If the front entrance is in the center, then it is where the energy of Career is and the number 1. That means the residents of the home will enjoy good careers provided the front of their home is well cared for.

In Classical or Eastern Feng Shui, however, the entrance depends on the compass direction.  Therefore, the main door or entrance to the building might be any of the numbers or areas according to the compass reading, no matter where in the world the space is located.  With this school of Feng Shui the Wealth area is always the SE of a building or land, between, 112.5 to 157.5 degrees. Sometimes it can even be an entrance. The residents to this home enjoy wealth energy coming in, as long as their space is well balanced and enhanced appropriately.

Classical Feng Shui also incorporates the time element to its practice.  It has been established that our universe is in constant vibration; that means energies change. That change is also manifested in the Lo Shu Square by the changing of the numbers. This method is called Flying Stars.  With this method, the numbers change every month and every year, at the start of the new moon cycle.  A space that enjoyed great energy the previous year, might not have the same energy the next year, as related on my previous blog “Feng Shui Insights”.

In 2012, or the year of the Dragon, the South area did not enjoy good energy.  In general, that means that the area should not be enhanced or disturbed with renovations or construction.  A friend of mine decided to renovate their basement and located the cutting table on the South area of their basement.  The project had more mishaps than normal, including an accidental break of very costly custom glass doors that had to be replaced. Had I known of their project ahead of time I would have advised them to place the cutting table in a good energy area so the project would go smoothly.

By avoiding areas of negative energies, Feng Shui can provide a smoother, more prosperous and healthier life. 

In part 2, I will be bringing light to the cross-cultural features of the Lo Shu Square and the types of grids used in Classical Feng Shui.