Before we get into the proper Feng Shui topics and how to use Feng Shui to help you in whatever you are doing let’s get some basics first. We need to understand how to use a compass, how to get the taiji of a unit or room, the difference between facing and sitting, the twelve Chinese Zodiacs and when does the year switch between the Zodiacs and the five elements.
Almost all Feng Shui practitioners will carry along a large Chinese compass called a Lou Pan whenever to audit a property. The picture below shows a classic Chinese Lou Pan.
What is a Lou Pan? It is a magnetic compass in the middle with several rotating rings around the compass that consists of many Chinese characters and constellations. There are many different types of Lou Pan e.g. San Yuan Lou Pan, San He Lou Pan, San Yuan San He Lou Pan, Zhong He Lou Pan etc. There are also Lou Pans with gold as the base colour of the rings and some with black as the base colour. There are many different types of Lou Pan and to be able to fully utilise the Lou Pan, one must first learn the many Chinese characters, choose the School of Feng Shui and the matching Lou Pan, know when to use a golden or black based Lou Pan etc.
But the main constant of the Lou Pan is still the magnetic compass. We are here to show you simple and easy Feng Shui so let’s just go back to basics and use the humble magnetic compass. All we need are the directions and the degrees. So a basic compass will do the job. Just make sure that you get a compass that is easily readable and shows the eight cardinal directions (North, South, East, West, North East, North West, South East and South West) and the degrees from 0-359.
A compass like the one shown above works just fine for basic Feng Shui audit and for all Feng Shui solutions and teaching in this book.
Main Taiji and Room Taiji
A Taiji is the simply the centre point. The Main Taiji refers to the centre point of entire house while the Room Taiji refers to the centre point of the room. Generally, one will be able to make out where Taiji of the house or room is once you see the floor plan or visit the unit. But still lets go through some examples and also show you some floor plans that are not as simple to see as one would perceive.
Finding the Main Taiji of a square or rectangular floor plan is the easiest as can be seen. Do a cross of opposite corners of the floor plan and the centre point where the two lines cross will be where the Main Taiji is. What about odd shaped floor plan?
For odd shaped floor plans, the first step is to ‘square’ the floor plan. Make sure the square covers every corner of the unit. Once the square is done, there will be obvious missing sectors. This is usually the case for most houses. Feng Shui can still be used even though there are missing corners. What about houses with missing Main Taiji?
As you can see, this is a L-Shaped floor plan and the Main Taiji after ‘squaring’ the unit is outside of the house. Two scenarios occur for these types of floor plan.
- If you are living in a landed unit then the Main Taiji can still be used.
- If you are living in an apartment unit then the you will have to use the individual rooms Room Taiji instead
Finding the Room Taiji is similar to finding the Main Taiji, just that instead of using the entire floor plan. We focus on the room. Sounds simple but once again let’s work through some examples.
You will notice that the master bedroom in the picture above is in a nice rectangle shape and finding the Room Taiji is simple. As for bedroom 2, you will see that the after ‘squaring’ the room some parts of the general area has been included. Similar to squaring of the Main Taiji there may be missing area after squaring the bedrooms. Important to note that when squaring rooms, we much make sure that the entire space of the bedroom be included in the square.
Door Facing and House Sitting
There have been many different opinions on door facing versus house facing. There are practitioners that require the door facing as well as the house facing and if you live in an apartment, they entire apartment block facing must also be taken into account. Some other practitioners only use the house facing for landed properties or unit facing for apartment blocks. It can be very confusing to the layman where interacting with all these practitioners or when reading books written by these practitioners. Who to believe and who not to believe.
Well believe in all of them for they are teaching based on what they have learnt. As mentioned before, there are many different schools of Feng Shui and each school has some difference in their teaching. All of them are correct in their teachings just that they may not have learnt from different schools.
For us, as we are teaching easy and simple Feng Shui, we will be using the Door facing. Which direction your Main Door facing will be the direction that we use. Opposite to that direction will be your units Sitting. Example to face North one will be sitting in the South, to face East one will be sitting in the West etc.
The picture above shows an example of the facing. Assuming as the diagram states, the main door is facing Northeast then the unit will be sitting in Southwest. Facing and sitting are always diagonally opposite directions of each other.
How do we take the direction of the door facing? Here are the steps.
- Stand at your door facing outwards.
- Take 3 steps straight out of your door.
- You back should be facing the door.
- Take a compass and measure the direction that you are facing. That will be the direction that your main door is facing.
You should have your floor plan ready so that you can note down the door facing and your house sitting position. You can also use that floor plan to mark out all the Taijis’ that we have talked about in the previous chapter.
You can also note down the facing of all the different room doors in your house. Use the same method as you with getting your main door facing to get the facing of the other rooms doors. Note them all down in your floor place. This will come in handy when you start to implement your Feng Shui solutions.
I suggest to use different colours to note down different items on your floor plan so that you will not get confused later.
The 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac co-relates with many aspects of our birthday date and time. In the Chinese Four Pillars (BaZi) destiny reading, the 12 zodiac signs represent the Earth Branch and are part of everyone’s Year, Month, Day and Chinese Hour of birth. But, to keep things simple we will only be looking at the Year of each animal sign.
To know your animal sign, you must first know the correlation of the animal signs to the Gregorian calendar. We will need to correlate the Chinese Solar calendar with the Gregorian Calendar. The Chinese Solar Calendar is different from the Chinese Lunar Calendar which dates are where one gets for the annual Chinese New Year.
The Chinese Solar Calendar generally changes from year to year on the 4th of February. So if one is born before 4th of February then your animal sign is of the previous year. Example, year 2016 is the year of the Monkey while year 2015 is the year of the Goat. If you are born on 12th January 2016 then your animal sign is Goat. If you are born on 8th February 2016 then your sign is the Monkey.
The table below shows the 12 animal signs and their corresponding years.
|1924, 1936, 1948,
1960, 1972, 1984,
1996, 2008, 2020
|1925, 1937, 1949,
1961, 1973, 1985,
1997, 2009, 2021
|1926, 1938, 1950,
1962, 1974, 1986,
1998, 2010, 2022
|1927, 1939, 1951,
1963, 1975, 1987,
1999, 2011, 2023
|1928, 1940, 1952,
1964, 1976, 1988,
2000, 2012, 2024
|1929, 1941, 1953,
1965, 1977, 1989,
2001, 2013, 2025
|1930, 1942, 1954,
1966, 1978, 1990,
2002, 2014, 2026
|1931, 1943, 1955,
1967, 1979, 1991,
2003, 2015, 2027
|1932, 1944, 1956,
1968, 1980, 1992,
2004, 2016, 2028
|1933, 1945, 1957,
1969, 1981, 1993,
2005, 2017, 2029
|1934, 1946, 1958,
1970, 1982, 1994,
2006, 2018, 2030
|1935, 1947, 1959,
1971, 1983, 1995,
2007, 2019, 2031