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So Many Theories

Question: I have been working hard for the past week trying to understand the different methods of looking at feng shui. I am slightly confused when I read the few books. There seems to be more than 1 method of looking at the ba gua/trigram.
Method 1 : Using the software that you have put up with on the web.
Method 2 : using the 3 door trigram whereby the door should always located at the kan,chuan .
Method 3 : using the compass to locate the direction and the center of Chi.

 To be very frank, I am not saying that your method is incorrect. But, I am just puzzled why there are so many methods used. Please advice me, which method should I follow.

For those new to Feng Shui, I would like to share with you the reply to the above question (see above) sent thru e-mail.

To clarify, each method under Traditional Feng Shui practise has its own use and when you put them all together, one will get a clear picture.

For example, let me share with you what a Professional Feng Shui Master does (this varies with their experience) but the most `powerful' steps used to analyse for a person and his home are as follows:-

1. A Feng Shui Master will first establish the homeowner's `true element and it's strength' using the Pillars of Destiny.

For example, if the homeowner's element is `strong metal' and the house is also a metal house (after determining the compass point) a Feng Shui Master will advise you on what to do.

Subsequently, other members of the family's Pillars of Destiny are also analysed.

2. Next, you should also know which house is most suitable for you using the Eight House Theory.

Later on, you can then use the Eight house template to superimpose on your home's layout. Each member of the family does the same.

Lots of information on how to do assessment etc.. on the Eight House Theory can be found on

3. Next, it is advisable to do a Feng Shui using the Flying Star theory to analyse the `fortune' of the house.

Lastly, depending on how good the Feng Shui Master is, he will be able to do a Feng Shui audit accurately by looking at :

1. Pillars of destiny (for the homeowner and his family members) to determine there `true elements and it's strength.

2. Anaylse the house using the flying star theory and also look at the suitability of the house (Eight house theory).

Therefore, if you follow the above steps, EACH Feng Shui theory has it's specific use not just simply that one is a compass school and the other on Destiny etc.

I hope by now, you will understand better why, so many Feng Shui principles are applied and they do not contradict each other nor `compete' with each other but in-fact all the theories found on allows one to understand and take it that each Feng Shui tool are `building blocks' when combined together are truly powerful tools . if used correctly will enhance.

The more you can combine all these theories together, you will get a better and clearer picture of yourself in-relation to your family members and your home.

The ulitimate aim is to:-
1. Encourage beneficial chi to our life and home.
2. if required, help to `fix' adverse `sha' or poison arrows.

In addition to this, one should also not forget to include the use of theories under the Shapes and Form School. Much of the theories can also be found on

Cecil Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research
January 1999

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Wealth Corner

I'm quite interested in learning feng shui and began reading some books. However, on some of my readings, some feng shui masters indicate that the "wealth" corner is always on the far left corner of your house from the main front door. If this is true, then what is the purpose of determining your suitable location in the "eight house theory?" I guessed I'm confused with all the readings I've been doing. Please advise. Also, what do I do if my front glass window has little crack because of a stupid kid throwing a pebble?

Under traditional Feng Shui, there are a few sets of theories and this includes 9 Star Ki, an equivalent of Feng Shui numerology.

Briefly, the main theories (Ranked) in importance are:-

1. Pillars of Destiny (to determine your true element) e.g. your true element and it's strength. This is ranked 1st (jointly ) with the Flying Star Theory (which looks at your house's birth chart).

2. Next, comes the Eight House theory which is used to determine the "Best house " for a person i.e. 4 good and 4 bad directions.

Under the Eight House theory, you get a general reading of what is known as the Eight Associations or Eight Aspirations or Life Aspirations. Where this theory states that e.g. North sector is considered e.g. your " Carrer sector "; South-West is your Marriage/Romance/Relationship corner.

Please note that this is only a very GENERAL theory used ONLY after you had properly analsysed your house using the Flying Star Theory.

Why is this so?

If you have read earlier articles written, the Flying Star Theory is dynamic and you can even analyse a house ranging from a 20 year period to yearly to monthly and if you have the time. daily.

The Flying Star theory therefore takes into account the time factor. Therefore, if you have a mountain star to activate or a water star which can be activated, you should `activate' these. In addition, there are lots more of the Flying Star Theory e.g. very auspicious location etc. I will not go on about it as you can easily read what are the features of the Flying star at (under Flying Star and click on " Features " )

In traditional Feng Shui, whatever you have done under the Flying Star is frankly enough for Harmony and prosperity for your home or office. (Of course, this is provided the house / office suits the owner. Else, you will not prosper but . average `living' if cures are enhanced. ) The ideal situation is of course to have both you and your house `suit' each other as mentioned under the Eight House Theory.

Only after proper analysis is completed e.g. if there are no implications of activating a Eight Associate Direction or Eight Aspirations or Life Aspiration e.g. Career sector is in the North and if there are no bad "flying stars" where activiating it may incur consequences. This lesson is particulary important for Do it yourself Feng Shui as opposed to consulting a reliable Feng Shui Master first. Similiarly if the South West corner of your house is inauspicous and if you wrongly activiate it, this may again bring dire consequences. One good thing about the Eight Associate Direction is you can activate it at a micro level. If say it is inauspicious to do so at the SW of the house, you may (again if there no inauspicious stars) activate e.g. the SW corner of your table.

As to your query as to " the "wealth" corner is always on the far left corner of your house from the main front door." This statement is simply not true. What is true though is the general statement of the Eight Associate Direction or Eight Aspirations but I have already mentioned not to follow it `blindly'.

As for your front glass window which has a little crack, where possible, try to replace it as soon as possible as it is considered inauspicous to have a cracked window on your main entrance door.

Cecil Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research
February 1999

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Pseudo Science

Is Feng Shui Pseudo Science?

In addition to many who have discovered the `wonders' of Feng Shui and it's related disciplines e.g. Chinese Astrology and other divinity methods, you will be pleased to know that there is a book called:- " Amazing Scientific Basis of Feng Shui by Dr. Ong Hean-Tatt Ph. D, Malaysia "

To summarise, this book mentions about water dowzing, the stongehenge etc. and the effects of undergound currents affecting homes that has the currents running under them. For example, a Germany study had found out that there is a correlation between cancer and underground water flowing below houses.

Cecil Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research
February 1999

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White Tiger

What is the White Tiger?

1. To the Chinese, a white tiger is particularly `inauspicious' or considered unlucky to see a white tiger especially one is gambling.

In one legend, after 500 years, a certain tiger changed it's coat of fur and turned white. This is how we now call the West side of a buidling or house the " White Tiger ". If you have read the Four Symbolic Animals or Four Cosmic Animals concept at url: ../fs/four.htm, you will notice that on the East is the " Green Dragon ".

2. Both the East (Green Dragon) and West (White Tiger) are often used by Feng Shui Masters to relate to Feng Shui enhancements of Qi or for feng shui cures.

East (Green Dragon) domain

Logically East is the location of the rising sun and thus a Yang location. The Green Dragon is considered the most Yang of all Feng Shui animals. It is encouraged that plants can be grown here.

West (White Tiger) domain

The White is considered the most Yin of all Feng Shui animals. It is considered courageous and noble animal. It is also seen by many FS practioners as a fierce and determined animal.

3. Under the Landscape School of Feng Shui you will usually hear that for a house, on the East (the Green Dragon) should be higher than the West (White tiger) and the two should `embrace' each other.

In this `natural order' it is preferred by FS Masters that the Green Dragon should be higer than the West tiger. Eg. a building on the left side (dragon) of your building should be higher than the right (tiger's side). This is said to bring more fortune to the owner.

What happens when this natural order is reversed? i.e. The West Tiger side is higher than the Green Dragon side. For the owner of the middle house for example, will become "dominated." For example, if he has a son, his son would dominate the house or if he has a mistress, he will be dominated by his mistress and she will be more the fortunate than the owner.

Cecil Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research

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