Feng Shui Do’s and Don’ts – GM Dr Stephen Skinner

Following on from his ‘Interview with a Master’, which featured in the fifth edition of Feng Shui Today, Stephen has kindly put together a list for our readers of his top 10 Feng Shui do’s and don’ts.

General Feng Shui Recommendations:

  • Always ask for an accurate plan of the house/site drawn to scale.
  • Try to secure all relevant birthdates before reaching the house/site.
  • Before you begin ask what the particular concerns are of the client, as in money, family or relationships. Later check if the feng shui indicates anything the client has not mentioned like a 2,3 combination causing arguments, or an indication of sickness in a particular room.
  • Go around the house first to get the general layout right in your head.  Then go around looking out of each window in turn and observing any exterior influences.
  • Observe what lies immediately outside or strikes the main door. If it is a sha ch’i alignment then screen it from sight. If it is untidy have it cleaned up.
  • Take great care with any visible or nearby water bodies, including swimming pools and open drains.

Flying Star Recommendations:

  • Make sure you use the building facing and not just the front door facing when drawing up a Flying Star chart.
  • Use the ‘birthday’ of the building (it’s construction date) just as you would use the birthday of a person.  The move in date has its uses, but the construction date is much more important.
  • When using Flying Star check which stars are activated by the surrounding landform features.
  • Distinguish the Mountain Star from the Water Star as their effects are different. For example a 2,5 combination has quite different effects from a 52.

About The Author

GM Stephen Skinner

Stephen Skinner is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Recognized as the man who brought Feng Shui to the West, he wrote the first 20th century English book on the subject in 1976 called Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui.He is also responsible for launching and publishing the first full colour magazine on feng shui, Feng Shui For Modern Living, which was distributed in 41 countries with translated editions in German and Chinese. At its peak the English edition sold over 121,000 audited copies per month, and Stephen was nominated at the PPA awards as UK ‘Publisher of the Year’ (the UK print media equivalent of the Oscars).Stephen was educated at Sydney University graduating in English Literature, Geography and Ancient Greek Philosophy. His first profession was that of Geography Lecturer, at what is now the University of Technology in Sydney. His interests include feng shui, ancient civilisations, geometry, travel, computers, magic and the Middle Ages.Stephen spends his time writing, teaching and researching feng shui and the Western Hermetic tradition. He is the author of more than 30 books published worldwide in 20 different languages and his books have had introductions by such diverse people as Colin Wilson, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, and Jimmy Choo – shoe designer to the stars.

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