Interview with Grand Master Vincent Koh

GM Vincent Koh1 Interview with Grand Master Vincent KohInterview with a Master goes one on one with internationally renowned author, teacher and Feng Shui Grand Master – Vincent Koh.

Whilst enjoying a successful career in the building industry Grand Master Koh developed an interest in Feng Shui and spent the next 30 years studying and researching this ancient Chinese practice. Today the success of his clients speaks well of his expertise and he is regularly invited to speak at public seminars and consult on various residential, business and corporate projects. 
 
1.  How did you first become interested in Feng Shui? Please share some of your path of learning with us.

Originally I was an engineer and had worked in the building industry since 1967. In 1979 I started my own construction company and it was during this period of my business that I encountered many clients requesting for feng shui to be incorporated into their designs.

Back then in Singapore there were not many well-known ‘masters’ around and they mainly came through special request from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. I watched them placing feng shui inputs into the building designs and was amused by their works. I then started to do research in this area and of course I had the advantage to verify the outcome of their work.
 
2.  Many Feng Shui consultants feel that the further they study Feng Shui the more confused they become. Did you experience this during your own journey, and if so how did you overcome it?
 
Most students are anxious to learn as much as possible in a short period of time and as a result, have no depth in their studies. The reason why they are confused is because they are unable to connect the various theories together.
 
  1. What made you turn Feng Shui into your profession?
When I retired from my construction company in 1995, I decided to spend full time in my feng shui research work. I therefore started to practice for friends, past business associates and myself. Their positive feed back gave me confidence and more people kept on coming to me. My profession is not by choice but through continuous referrals from those who have benefited from my services.
 
  1. Is Feng Shui widely accepted and applied in your country and do you face any difficulties explaining Feng Shui to your clients?
In Singapore the word feng shui is very familiar, in particular with the Chinese and it is receiving more acceptance as practitioners are becoming more professional. Clients only want to see positive results.
 
  1. What is the most common reason that people engage you for a consultation?

There are various categories. They come from setting up a new home\ to re-arrangement of the interiors in their work place. On the commercial level, new buildings do seek feng shui inputs to draw buyers.

  1. Do you practice Yin House Feng Shui and if so do any of your clients engage you to select an auspicious burial site?

No I don’t. Burials are not popular in Singapore anymore due to land scarcity. However, I do assist clients to select niches at the columbarium.

  1. What analysis methods do you use during your consultation process?
Methods are abundant. A feng shui consultant is like a mechanic, armed with a set of tools. A good and experienced feng shui master must not be limited with his knowledge. Therefore in my consultations I have different sets of methods for different cases.
For example to input feng shui into a blue print is far more sophisticated than to feng shui an existing house.
 
  1. From your point of view, do you think the knowledge of destiny analysis is important when it comes to Feng Shui?
Yes, knowledge of 4 pillars (BaZi) analysis is an added advantage. You can practice destiny analysis alone by being a fortune teller, but you cannot practice feng shui without in-depth knowledge of 4 pillars of destiny analysis.
 
  1. Please share with us a case study you have done which you found to be most interesting.
I had a case where a family of 4 moved into a new house and around 2 two weeks later, the elder son fell ill and died. When I visited the house I was not informed of this incident. However, by correlating the house birth chart with the families birth data (amongst other things), I was able to sense the tragic outcome to the elder son if he slept in that room. They were really surprised by my assessment, but I am not telling this story to prove my skills.  Rather I wish to highlight how feng shui is powerful and interesting if you have the right tools.
 
  1. What is your Top Feng Shui Do and Top Feng Shui Don’t?
Do not attempt if you have no confidence. DIY can be dangerous. If you want to be a practitioner, my advice is to carry out a minimum of 20 successful case studies under the guidance of a good Mentor.
 

In 1997 Grand Master Vincent Koh established the Singapore Feng Shui Centre (SFSC) to promote the practice of Feng Shui in Singapore and around the world.  In line with this vision he collaborated with Singapore Polytechnic and in 1998 began to share his knowledge and expertise via the aptly titled 'Basic Science of Feng Shui' course. In 2009 this popular course was endorsed by the International Feng Shui Association and is one of the entry criteria for graduates to the accreditation of the title 'Master'.
 
Today Grand Master Vincent Koh and the Singapore Feng Shui Centre continue to fulfill their mission to share his knowledge and train professional practitioners worldwide.  In 2011 the 'Basic Science of Feng Shui' course will be offered in Australia as a series of 2 day workshops.  These are designed to provide access to international students who are unable to attend the extended courses based in Singapore and are suitable for professional Feng Shui consultants, architects, interior designers, real estate agents, property developers and general public who are interested in learning more about Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics.
 
If you would like to have the opportunity to study with Grand Master Vincent Koh or meet him in person then you are in luck!  He is heading to Melbourne shortly to personally conduct an I Ching Divination 2 day course on Saturday the 30th & Sunday the 31st July. He will also be hosting a dinner and giving a free talk on Four Pillars of Destiny Analysis (BaZi) on Friday the 29th July.   To find out more about these events please visit www.shenchi.com.au or email enquiries@shenchi.com.au.
 

 

 

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About Peach Blossom – Mina Zheng

Feng Shui and BaZi expert MINA ZHENG describes the influence of the Peach Blossom Star in a BaZi chart.  

咸池(xian chi)—Salt Pool/pond is also called Peach Blossom 桃花(tao hua). It is the name of one of the deities in Ba Zi (Chinese Astrology, also called the four pillars of destiny.)

This deity (or star) mainly affects people’s emotional life, sexual desire, charm and love, marriage, and hidden dark side. With the Peach Blossom star, the person may also have a clever, compassionate, romantic, responsible, talented and artistic nature.

The traditional method for checking the peach blossom is: convert the birthday to the Chinese calendar, then write down the birthday formula. Check on the earthly branches of the year (年支) and the day (日支).

Year or day branch Peach Blossom
申(shen) Monkey 子(zi) Rat 辰(chen) Dragon 酉(you) Rooster
寅(yin) Tiger午(wu) Horse戌(xu) Dog 卯(mao) Rabbit
巳(si) Snake 酉(you) Rooster丑(chou) OX 子(zi) Rat
亥(hai) Pig 卯(mao) Rabbit未(wei) 午(wu) Horse

 

咸池(xian chi), salt pool is from the poetry日出扶桑,入于咸池(ri chu fu sang, ru yu xian chi). It means the sunrise from hibiscus, setting into the salt pool/pond.About Peach Blossom 150x150 About Peach Blossom   Mina Zheng Ancients believed that the Western Queen Mother has a lot of young and beautiful maids/fairies, and the salt pool is designed as a fairy bathing place.

In Bazi practice, the five elements bath place is called咸池(xian chi).

Monkey, Rat and Dragon form a water formation, the growth place is申(shen), the bath place is酉(you), therefore, Rooster is the peach blossom for Monkey, Rat and Dragon.

Tiger, Horse and Dog form a fire formation, the growth place is寅(yin), the bath place is卯(mao), therefore, Rabbit is the peach blossom for Tiger, Horse and Dog.

Snake, Rooster and Ox form a metal formation, the growth place is巳(si), the bath place is子(zi), therefore, Rat is the peach blossom for Snake, Rooster and Ox.

Pig, Rabbit and Sheep form a wood formation, the growth place is亥(hai), the bath place is午(wu), therefore, Horse is the peach blossom for Pig, Rabbit and Sheep.

If a person’s Ba Zi has a peach blossom, and the peach blossom is prosperous, then the person is good looking; For a man, he has a nature of kindness, enjoys social and beautiful things; For a woman, she is beautiful and attractive.

Peach blossom is very sensitive to water. If the peach blossom meets the water element, then as a result the person is as beautiful as a flower, but life may be full of sexual abuse or prostitution. Such as: Monkey, Rat, Dragon year born people meets water rooster or born in the pig, rat or ox month.

If the peach blossom is found on the year or month branch, it means the peach blossom is inside the wall, and it is generally good for social life and marriage. If the peach blossom is found on the time branch, it means the peach blossom is outside the wall, it may cause affairs, and therefore, it is bad for marriage. If a woman has peach blossom in the hourly branch and day branch, if the heavenly stem of the hour is 伤官(hurting husband), this is an indication of many husbands and broken marriages.

If a female’s Ba Zi has peach blossom, and the peach blossom combines with other branches, it indicates the person has a respected appearance, with romantic thinking inside, and loves wine and sex. If the person’s Ba Zi is伤官(hurting husband) formation, and the Ba Zi also has a lot of unconventional money, then the person will be very passionate and emotional. If the earthly branch has亥(hai) Pig 子(zi) Rat 丑(chou) OX or申(shen) Monkey 子(zi) Rat 辰(chen) Dragon, it will enhance the passion and emotion, the person may do something unusual to satisfy her emotion.

If the peach blossom comes with 羊刃(Yang Ren—Goat Blade), the person will be interested in learning and is skilful, the person also cannot avoid disease. For example: In a set of Ba Zi, if a person is born in a wood dog day or year, with rabbit in other earthly branch, or a person born in a metal monkey year or day, with rooster in other earthly branch. If the person’s luck era or the annual year clashes with the peach blossom, the person can get into troubles due to an affair or romance.

If a female’s Ba Zi has a peach blossom and 七杀(seven killings – It’s a name of deities in Ba Zi theory), and if the Ba Zi chart has no husband’s element, then the female is likely to be a prostitute or something similar.

Peach blossom is one of the important deities to be taken account when predicting someone’s marriage and emotional life. In ancient China, peach blossom is categorised under inauspicious deities.In ancient China, peach blossom is categorised under inauspicios deities. In the old days, people often linked peach blossom to sex maniacs or affairs. It is actually wrong to think so. When we study Ba Zi theory, we should have a correct attitude towards this deity.

Peach Blossom is a common deity in Ba Zi, most people have it in their birth days or life eras. It associates with beauty, romance, responsibility and artistic talent. However, if the peach blossom appears in one of the flowing formations, then it is inauspicious:

  • A Ba Zi has many peach blossoms, and combines with other branches .
  • A Ba Zi has many peach blossoms, and lot of water and intelligent elements.
  • A Ba Zi has many peach blossoms, and one of them occupies the hourly branch.

Mina teaches Feng Shui & Bazi fundamentals at the Academy of Feng Shui.  For more information on her classes please visit www.fengshuiacademy.org


 

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