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Looking for Wealth
By Howard Choy (B.Arch). Published in Easy Feng Shui.

There are many traditional feng shui schools, and each school has its own way of locating the wealth position (Cai Wei) in your home. They differ from each other greatly and are sources of confusion for many feng shui students.

In this article I will cast some light onto this confusion by examining the working of the five most popular feng shui schools in Asia today, namely the Feixing (Flying Stars), the Bazhai (Eight Houses), the San Yuan (Triple Primary), the San He (Triple Combination) and Luan Tou (Mountain Tops or Form) School.

I have left out the Three Door Bagua method made popular by Prof. Lin Yun of the Black Sect because I consider it to be non-traditional. However, it is very easy to locate: When you walk into a room, according to the Three Door Bagua, the wealth position is always located in the top left hand corner facing you. (Ref Diagram 1)

 

WEALTH

 

 

FAME

 

MARRIAGE

 

FAMILY

 

 

 

CHILDREN

 

KNOWLEDGE

 

 

CAREER

 

HELPFUL PEOPLE

Diagram 1 The Three Door Bagua
(taken from “Interior Design with Feng Shui” by Sarah Rossback, published by Rider & Co. 1987)

At the end of this article, I will use a typical house plan to show where I would locate and actuate the wealth position using these methods.

Feixing Pai (the Flying Stars School)

Feixing or Flying Stars refers to the stars (that is the numbers) in a Luoshu diagram. A Luoshu Diagram is a 3 x 3 ‘magic square’ - where every line of numbers; vertical, horizontal and diagonal, add up to 15. (Refer Diagram 2)

Following the numerical cycle 5,6,7,8,9,1,2,3,4,5 identifies the fixed “forward flying” pattern of the “stars” (numbers). (See arrows on Diagram 2).

  Diagram 2 “Flying Stars” pattern in a Luoshu Diagram
The eight directions South, South East, East, North East, North, North West, West and South West are shown. The name for each of the eight “palaces” (sectors of the diagram - excluding the centre) is shown next to its direction.

The centre number of the diagram changes according to a pre-determined cycle of time based on twenty year and yearly cycles. These cycles are calculated from the birthday of the Yellow Emperor. By consulting the Tong Shu (the Chinese Almanac) you can see which star flies into the central ‘palace’ each year. The same “forward flying” pattern is applied to the diagram, following the numerical cycle 5,6,7,8,9,1,2,3,4,5, to determine which “stars” fly into which “palaces”.

To determine the yearly or twenty yearly wealth position we look for the ‘palace’ where the ‘star’ (or the number) 8 ‘flies’ into. The 8 ‘star’ called the Zuofu Star is considered to be an auspicious star related to wealth.

Let us look at an example:

In the year 1995, the five star “flies” into the central “palace”. If we construct the flying pattern (Refer to Diagram 3) we can see that the 8 star is in the Gen Palace (the north east), which makes the North East the wealth position for the year 1995.

SE

 

 

S

 

 

SW

 

XUN

 

LI

 

KAN

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

9

 

2

 

 

 

E

 

ZHEN

 

3

 

 

5

 

7

 

DUI

 

W

 

 

 

8

 

1

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

GEN

 

 

KAN

 

 

QIAN

 

NE

 

 

N

 

 

NW

Diagram 3 Yearly Flying Stars Pattern for 1995.

For the year 2000, the nine star flies into the central palace. If we construct the yearly flying stars chart as shown below (Diagram 4) we can see that the 8 star is now in the Xun Palace (South East), which makes the South East corner of the house the wealth position, for the year 2000. The 8 Star is also the ‘sheng qi’ (or the vitality star) for the seventh period (1983-2003), because it is the same number of the period to follow (the eighth period is from 2004 – 2024).

SE

 

 

S

 

 

SW

 

XUN

 

LI

 

KAN

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

4

 

6

 

 

 

E

 

ZHEN

 

7

 

 

9

 

2

 

DUI

 

W

 

 

 

3

 

5

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

GEN

 

 

KAN

 

 

QIAN

 

NE

 

 

N

 

 

NW

Diagram 4 Yearly Flying Stars Pattern for 2000

There is another way of calculating the Wealth Position according to a 20 year cycle. The method not only takes into consideration a longer time cycle but also the orientation of the house. For example, for a house constructed in the 7th Period (1984-2003), sitting due north and facing due south, the flying stars chart is constructed as shown below in diagram 5.

 

 

 

 

Facing

 

 

 

 

 

SE

 

 

S

 

 

SW

 

 

 

XUN

 

LI

 

KAN

 

8 Water Star (Facing Position)

Mountain Star (Sitting Position)

 

 

4        1

6

8        6

2

6        8

4

 

 

 

 

 

E

 

ZHEN

5        9

5

3        2

7

1        4

9

 

DUI

 

W

 

 

 

 

9        5

1

7        7

3

2        3

8

 

 

7 Water Star

 

 

 

GEN

 

 

KAN

 

 

QIAN

 

 

 

NE

 

 

N

 

 

NW

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting

 

 

 

 

Diagram 5 Showing Flying Stars pattern for a house constructed in the 7th Period.
Sitting due North and facing due South

From diagram 5 we can see that the north is where the 7 water star has landed, so north is considered to be the Wealth Position for this house constructed in the 7th Period.

We can also see that the 8 water star is located towards the SW, making it a secondary wealth position for the house.

You need some knowledge of the Flying Stars calculations to work out the charts for different houses with different orientation and construction periods. The idea is to look for the star for the period you are in. Therefore after 2003, you should look for the 8 water star for the wealth position and the 9 water star will become the secondary wealth position.

Bazhai Pai

The Bazhai Pai or the ‘Eight Houses’ School uses the Sheng qi (or Vitality) sector as its wealth position. The eight houses refers to the eight sectors or palaces of the Luoshu Diagram (Later Heaven) Bagua (Refer to Diagram 5) The central palace is not named.

SE

 

 

S

 

 

SW

 

XUN

 

LI

 

KAN

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

4

 

6

 

 

 

E

 

ZHEN

 

7

 

 

9

 

2

 

DUI

 

W

 

 

 

3

 

5

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

GEN

 

 

KAN

 

 

QIAN

 

NE

 

 

N

 

 

NW

The eight palaces are classified into West Four Gua (Kun, Dui, Qian and Gen) and East Four Gua (Li, Kun, Zhen and Kun).

By using a compass we can determine the directionality of a house, that is in what direction the house sits and faces from this we can work out what the type of a house it belongs to and where is the sheng qi sector. For example if the house is sitting on North West and facing South East it is a Qian house (zhai gua = qian) and the sheng qi sector is located at the west, therefore the wealth position is to the west.

A secondary wealth position is located at the Yan Nian (Longevity) sector. Both the sheng qi and Yan Nian position can be calculated from the Song of the Big Yearly Cycle or the Da Yu Nian Ge. For convenience I have summarised these two positions for the eight different house types below

House Type

Primary Wealth Position

Secondary Wealth Position

Zhai Gua (Sitting Direction)

Sheng Qi (Vitality Location)

Yan Nian (Longevity Location)

West four Houses

 

 

Kun (SW)

NE

NW

Dui (West)

NW

NE

Qian (NW)

West

SW

Gen (NE)

SW

West

East four houses

 

 

Li (South)

East

North

Xun (SE)

North

East

Zhen (East)

South

SE

Kan (North)

SE

South

Referring to the Chart, so if your house faces the north (that is it sits on the south) you have an East Four Li House and the primary wealth position (sheng qi) is located in the east and the secondary wealth position (Yan Nian) is located in the north.

San Yuan Pai

San Yuan Pai or the Triple Primaries School, like the Feixing Pai uses the 3 Yuan (3 cycles of 60 years each and 9 Yuan (9 periods of 60 years each) and 9 Yun (9 periods of 20 years each) to do their calculations. The cycles and periods of time (refer Table 2) is transplanted onto the Luoshu Diagram to give a correlation between space and time.

Cycle

Period

Years

Upper Yuan

1st Yun

1864 – 1883

 

2nd Yun

1884 –1903

 

3rd Yun

1904 – 1923

Middle Yuan

4th Yun

1924 – 1943

 

5th Yun

1944 – 1963

 

6th Yun

1964 – 1983

Lower Yuan

7th Yun

1984 – 2003

 

8th Yun

2004 – 2023

 

9th Yun

2024 – 2043

Table 2: Showing Time Cycle of the 9 Periods from 1864 – 2043.

Since we are in the lower cycle of the 7th Yun (1984-2003). The number 7 (West) in the Luoshu Diagram becomes the “Zheng Shen” or the “Principal Spirit” of our time (Ref. Diagram 6).

 

SE

 

 

S

 

 

SW

 

 

 

XUN

 

LI

 

KAN

 

 

Ling Shen

(Wealth Position)

 

 

4

 

 

9

2

 

 

Zhao Shen

(Secondary Wealth Position)

 

 

E

 

ZHEN

 

3

 

 

5

 

7

 

DUI

 

W

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

1

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEN

 

 

KAN

 

 

QIAN

 

 

 

NE

 

 

N

 

 

NW

 

Diagram 6: Luoshu Diagram Showing Position of Zheng Shen for the 7th Period (1984 – 2003)

Opposite to the Zheng Shen (East, number 3) is the Ling Shen the Zero (as in origin) spirit. The San Yuan Pai rule says that if there is water in the Ling Shen direction, wealth will come with the water.

So the Ling Shen becomes the wealth position if we charge it with water (Refer Diagram 6)

After 2003, we will enter the 8th Period (2004 – 2023) and the Zheng Shen will shift to the NE (number 8) and Ling Shen will be in the SW. SO if you put water in the SW direction after 2003 you will activate the wealth qi of the house there (Refer Diagram 7).

 

SE

 

 

S

 

 

SW

 

 

 

XUN

 

LI

KAN

 

Ling Shen

(Wealth Position)

Zhao Shen (Secondary Wealth Position)

 

 

 

4

 

 

9

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

E

 

ZHEN

 

3

 

 

5

 

7

 

DUI

 

W

 

Zheng Shen

 

 

 

8

 

1

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEN

 

 

KAN

 

 

QIAN

 

 

 

NE

 

 

N

 

 

NW

 

Diagram 7 Luoshu Diagram Showing Position of Zheng Shen and Ling Shen for the 8th Period

A secondary wealth position can be obtained by looking at the Hetu Coupling of 1,6; 2,7; 3,8; and 4,9 numbers (Refer Diagram 8)

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

7

 

2

 

 

 

E

 

8        3

10

5

10

 

4        9

 

W

 

 

1

 

6

 

 

 

 

N

 

 

  Diagram 8, Hetu Diagram Showing Coupling of Heaven and Earth Numbers.

Since these pairs of numbers represented Heaven (Odd Numbers) and Earth (Even Numbers) coming together to achieve harmony in the Universe we look at the pairing of 1,6; 2,7; 3,8; 4,9; 5,10 in the Luoshu Diagram. So in the 7th Period, the Luoshu number 2 or the SW becomes the secondary wealth position called the Zhao Shen or the Reflected Spirit.

For the 8th Period, the Luoshu Number 3 the East direction becomes the Zhao Shen, the secondary wealth position from 2004 – 2023.

San He Pai

San He Pai or the Triple Combination School uses the 12 Zodiac Animals orientation as the wealth position. As the name implies the 12 animals are grouped into combinations of 3 and their locations are marked on the compass shown in Diagram 9 below.

Diagram 9 “San He” or “Wealth Position” A total of 5 sets of combinations.

There are a total of 5 sets of combinations shown below:

1.       Water Combinations

Monkey (WSW), Rat (N) and Dragon (ESE)

2.       Fire Combination s

Tiger (ENE), Horse (S) and Dog (WNW)

 

3.       Metal Combinations

Snake (SSE), Rooster (W) and Ox (NNE)

 

4.       Wood Combinations

Pig (NNW), Rabbit (E) and Ram (SSW)

 

5.     Earth Combinations

Dragon (ESE), Ox (NNE), Dog (WNW) and Ram (SSW)- forming a square to represent earth.

By looking up your zodiac animal sign (Refer to Table 4 below). You will obtain the Wealth Position in your house.

1919

Feb 1

Ram

1950

Feb 17

Tiger

1981

Feb 5

Rooster

1920

Feb 20

Monkey

1951

Feb 6

Rabbit

1982

Jan 25

Dog

1921

Feb 8

Rooster

1952

Jan 27

Dragon

1983

Feb 13

Pig

1922

Jan 28

Dog

1953

Feb 14

Snake

1984

Feb 2

Rat

1923

Feb 16

Pig

1954

Feb 3

Horse

1985

Feb 20

Ox

1924

Feb 5

Rat

1955

Jan 24

Ram

1986

Feb 9

Tiger

1925

Jan 24

Ox

1956

Feb 12

Monkey

1987

Jan 29

Rabbit

1926

Feb 13

Tiger

1957

Jan 31

Rooster

1988

Feb 17

Dragon

1927

Feb 2

Rabbit

1958

Feb 18

Dog

1989

Feb 6

Snake

1928

Jan 23

Dragon

1959

Feb 8

Pig

1990

Jan 27

Horse

1929

Feb 10

Snake

1960

Jan 28

Rat

1991

Feb 15

Ram

1930

Jan 30

Horse

1961

Feb 15

Ox

1992

Feb 4

Monkey

1931

Feb 17

Ram

1962

Feb 5

Tiger

1993

Jan 23

Rooster

1932

Feb 6

Monkey

1963

Jan 25

Rabbit

1994

Feb 10

Dog

1933

Jan 26

Rooster

1964

Feb 13

Dragon

1995

Jan 31

Pig

1934

Feb 14

Dog

1965

Feb 2

Snake

1996

Feb 19

Snake

1935

Feb 4

Pig

1966

Jan 21

Horse

1997

Feb 7

Horse

1936

Jan 24

Rat

1967

Feb 9

Ram

1998

Jan 28

Ram

1937

Feb 11

Ox

1968

Jan 30

Monkey

1999

Feb 16

Monkey

1938

Jan 31

Tiger

1969

Feb 17

Rooster

2000

Feb 5

Dragon

1939

Feb 19

Rabbit

1970

Feb 6

Dog

2001

Jan 24

Snake

1940

Feb 8

Dragon

1971

Jan 27

Pig

2002

Feb 12

Horse

1941

Jan 27

Snake

1972

Feb 15

Rat

2003

Feb 1

Ram

1942

Feb 15

Horse

1973

Feb 3

Ox

2004

Jan 22

Monkey

1943

Feb 5

Ram

1974

Jan 23

Tiger

2005

Feb 9

Rooster

1944

Jan 25

Monkey

1975

Feb 11

Rabbit

2006

Jan 29

Dog

1945

Feb 13

Rooster

1976

Jan 31

Dragon

2007

Feb 18

Pig

1946

Feb 2

Dog

1977

Feb 18

Snake

2008

Feb 7

Snake

1947

Jan 22

Pig

1978

Feb 7

Horse

2009

Jan 26

Horse

1948

Feb 10

Rat

1979

Jan 28

Ram

2010

Feb 14

Ram

1949

Jan 29

Ox

1980

Feb 16

Monkey

2011

Feb 3

Monkey

Table 3 Chinese Calendar.

For example if you are a monkey your wealth positions are towards the North (Rat) and ESE (Dragon). Since each of the combinations has an element attached to the relationship you can use this element in the choice of your cure to bring in the wealth qi. Using the monkey as an example again, you can bring in the wealth qi with a water element located at the North or the ESE direction.

Luan Tou Pai

Luan Tou Pai or the Mountain Top School uses the form of a space to assemble the qi in order to assemble the wealth. Therefore the Jue Qi Position (assembled qi position) is also the wealth position, referring to Diagram 9 below, you can see where the qi is assembled in a room.

Diagram 9 (a) Showing Jue Chi position with door in the right corner of room.

Diagram 9 (b) Showing Jue Chi position with door in the left corner of room.

Diagram 9 (c) Showing Jue Chi position with door in the middle of room.

Area near the entry doorway usually cannot assemble qi well due to traffic going in and out of the room. Generally, the wealth position is diagonally opposite the point of entry. The solid corner of the walls holds the qi together to assemble wealth for you.

As a general guideline the wealth position in a house should be actuated in either the living area (where the family gathers together) or in the study/office where you handle your finances.

Now that we have an idea how the five different schools locate their wealth position, if you were to apply them to your home, which of the five methods is most effective?

Different experts have different opinions but they all agree that to do Feng shui well one must combine the Form analysis with the Compass orientations so form, space and time can harmonise each other. For that reason I would use the Luan Tou method (Form) combined with the Bazhai Space method, followed by the San Yuan and the Feixing (time). The San He method is also useful since there is normally more than one person in a house who will bring in an income.

The best approach is to integrate all the methods as much as possible, using the form (that is, the physicality) of the space to make your final decision. The sketch below shows the result of one such case.

This shows the wealth position in the living area of a typical north facing unit . The location against the east wall towards the north-east corner satisfies the Luan Tou, Bazhai and San Yuan methods of analysis. It will also satisfy the San He combination if the owners zodiac animal is a pig or a ram. The Feixing (yearly cycle for 2000) reading locates the wealth postion in the south-east corner of the room where the corridor runs into the bathroom. so, looking at the physicality of the space, we can see that this corner is difficult to activate and should not be considered an option.

 

In reality each house or a room has an “outer” wealth position which can be located according to different feng shui techniques. However what is more important is the “inner” wealth position that exists in our own minds. We must bear in mind that feng shui is no more than a working tool to help us to achieve our goals. When we have the desire to work hard and spend wisely, it's not so difficult to become wealthy!

If you are interested in learning traditional feng shui, the Feng Shui College of Sydney conducts a Professional Practitioners Course and informative weekend workshops regularly. For further inquiries please call 02 9810 0162 or email info@feng-shui-architects.com

 

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