Feng Shui Update for the Year of the Fire Monkey

shutterstock_356870975Soon we will say farewell to the Year of the Yi Wei Goat (乙未) and usher in the Year of the Bing Shen Monkey (丙申).

So it is time once again to make those Feng Shui changes around your home or business to ensure that you and your loved ones continue to be surrounded with beneficial ch’i, good fortune and harmony.

As we all know, invisible energies exist in our environment and they can be positive and enhance our well-being and prosperity, or they can be negative and cause bad health and misfortune.

These energies are dynamic and change over time in a cyclical manner, so in order to ensure that things remain harmonious it is necessary to locate and attend to the annual energies at the beginning of every year.

This year the Lunar New Year falls on the 8th February, but the shift of annual energies is always based on the Hsia or Chinese Solar calendar and thus the Year of the Fire Monkey commences in Australia on the 4th of February at 7.46 pm local standard time or 5.46 pm Singapore/Hong Kong time.

Lo Shu Chart for 2016

Each year there are four big Sha (煞氣 bad energy) and four lucky Stars which we should pay particular attention to. These four Sha have the power to over-ride any Flying Stars, regardless of how good the Chart of your home or business is.

The three Sha are called the Grand Duke or Tai Sui (太歲), the Three-Killings or San Sha (三煞), the Year Breaker or Sui Po and the 5 Yellow Star (五黃).

On the other hand, the four positive energies to support and activate are the Lucky Stars 8, 9, 1 and 6. So if you avoid the big Sha ch’i, activate the Star 6 (power), Star 1 (promotion) and Stars 8 and 9 (money), you will increase your potential for the coming year. Here are the positions for the good and bad energies in the Year of the Fire Monkey.

 

2016 Monkey Lo Shu Chart
  • Star 1 is located in the South East sector and signifies promotion and growth. If your door is facing South East it will be auspicious for academic success and recognition
  • Place a bowl of clear water in your South East sector and keep it clean and bright
  • Star 2 is located in the Tai Ji or Central Palace and can bring sickness, loss and obstacles
  • If possible hang a strand of six metal coins or place a metal Wu Lou Gourd or large metal decorative object in the Central Palace of your home or business
    Wu lou Gourd

    Six metal coins or a metal Wu Lou Gourd

    and take extra care of your health & relationships this year

  • Star 3 is located in the North West sector and can bring quarrels, legal problems and theft
  • Place a lamp or a red object in this location
  • Star 4 is located in the West sector and brings the potential for romance and academic success
  • Place a red object, an earthen figurine/pot or lamp in this location
  • Star 5 is located in the North-East sector between 22.5 to 67.5 degrees and can bring misfortune, financial problems, sickness and even sudden death
  • Therefore keep the North East sector clean and tidy and remove any active objects such as an aquarium or water feature
  • Also make sure this area is not dark, cramped or cluttered and check that it is well lit and ventilated in order to help disperse the bad energy and prevent it from being trapped inside your house
  • To further combat this bad energy place a large metal object in the North East sector of your home or business
  • Alternately you can place a salt water remedy in this location. This can be done by placing a round shaped glass bowl or jar onto a terracotta or ceramic saucer. Pour rock salt in the bowl until it reaches around 1/3 full and then carefully place 6 Chinese coins on top of the salt  in a circle
  • Place an additional coin of a different denomination (not your own currency) in the centre of the Chinese coins
  • Fill the glass bowl to the top with water, making sure that the coins are fully covered

    salt water remedy

    Salt water remedy

  • Replenish the water regularly as it evaporates and be careful not to disturb the coins or salt crystals that have formed
  • Star 6 is located in the South sector and represents power and promotion
  • This star may also bring about travel, especially for the father of the house
  • To activate this area place 6 x 20 cent coins with the heads facing upwards in this sector (you can also use 6 Chinese coins). Make sure that you wash the coins first
  • However the South also overlaps with the San Sha or Three Killings, so keep this area clean and tidy and remove any active objects such as an aquarium or water feature
  • Groundbreaking and renovation should also be avoided in this location
  • Star 7 is located in the North and can bring gossip, sex scandal and robbery
  • It is also known as a fire hazard star and is particularly inauspicious to have in your kitchen. If you do then be extra careful with all of your cooking activities
  • To combat this troublesome energy place a glass vase of fresh flowers or 3 to 4 pieces of Chinese Water Bamboo in this location

    Chinese Water Bamboo

    Chinese Water Bamboo

  • Star 8 is located in the South West and this auspicious energy brings wealth and prosperity
  • Sleeping in a bedroom in the South West may also enhance your opportunities to make money
  • However it also overlaps with the Grand Duke or Tai Sui, so it is best to refrain from placing any moving objects such as a water feature here
  • To activate this area in 2016 place a lamp, or light candles or incense here
  • Star 9 is located in the East and is another auspicious star for wealth and happiness
  • To activate this area in 2016 place a small water feature, lamp, or light candles or incense here
  • Sleeping in a bedroom in the East may also enhance your chances of romance

When implementing your annual remedies or activating the auspicious influences, please remember that it is not always necessary or possible to address every area of your home or business. You should also be mindful of the existing Flying Star energies which are present in each Palace, according to the Natal Chart.

Therefore you should firstly take care of the Grand Duke (太歲), Three-Killings (三煞), Sui Po and Five Yellow Star (五黃) and then focus on supporting or activating those aspects of your life that are most important to you. 

The Grand Duke – Tai Shui

The Grand Duke2016 is the Year of the Monkey (申) and this means that the annual energy comes to our homes and businesses once again from the South West. Therefore this year the energy known as the Grand Duke or Tai Shui is located in the Mountain of South West 3 (232.5° – 247.5°); the Monkey (申).

In Chinese mythology the Tai Shui (太岁)is actually a position in the celestial heavens which determines the annual fortunes of all mortal beings for a particular year. A person’s happiness, health, luck and fortune are all under the jurisdiction of the Grand Duke or Tai Shui and hence he serves to remind us all to avoid misdeeds, carry out charitable activities and take care of our health.

General Guan Zhong is the Tai Sui or Grand Duke for the Monkey year and it is he who gives trials to the afflicted Zodiac signs. Therefore each year it pays to heed the location of the annual Tai Shui so as not to disturb or offend him, as this can bring misfortune and problems.

 It is also not advisable to move into a house that faces towards the Grand Duke, which for 2016 is of course the South West.

Recommendations:

  • Avoid renovations or major changes in the South West 3 sector (232.5° – 247.5°) during the coming year. If this sector is disturbed then you are likely to experience many problems including arguments and illness. If there is no choice with regard to renovation or repairs to your home, then ensure that you commence and finish all work in the adjoining sectors
  • Alternately a special date and time can be selected for groundbreaking, renovation or moving in, but this requires the skill of an experienced Feng Shui Master
  • Never sit facing the Grand Duke or sleep with your head pointing towards his direction, as this is said to be confronting him and may lead to misfortune and
    Pi Xiu

    Pi Xiu

    problems

  • Appease the Grand Duke by placing his pet, the Pi Xiu in the affected sector or by wearing the Pi Xiu pendant as an amulet
  • Dragon Tortoise

    Dragon Tortoise

    Alternately you can also place the figurine of a Monkey or Dragon Tortoise in the South West 3 sector and face it towards the Grand Duke, as this is another simple way to harmonize the influence and ensure his support

 

 San Sha – Three Killings

San Sha 3 killingsThe Three Killings or San Sha is one of the major annual afflictions in Feng Shui and is a very challenging combination of three energies – namely the Year Sha (Sui Sha), the Robbery Sha (Jie Sha) and the Disaster Sha (Zai Sha).

Obstacles that set you back may be caused by the Year Sha; wealth losses may be due to the Robbery Sha and frequent mishaps and misfortunes could be brought on by the Disaster Sha. Hence it is good practice to find out the location of this incoming energy each year and treat it accordingly.

During 2016 the San Sha is located in the South sector between 157.5 to 202.5 degrees. Therefore it is very important that the ground or location in which this energy resides should not be disturbed.  Please do not undertake any renovations in this part of the house or garden; avoid drilling or hammering and try not to sit with your back towards the South.

If the South sector and San Sha are disturbed then the consequences may include accidents, health issues, lawsuit, financial disaster, mishaps and possibly a string of hidden problems which bring trouble all year long.

Fu Dog

Set of Fu Dog, Chi Lin & Pi Yao

So keep the South sector undisturbed and place three Celestial Guardians in this location to repress any misfortune. These can be 3 small golden Dragon Horse (known as Chi Lin) or a set of , Fu Dog, Chi Lin and Pi Yao.

Dragon Horse

Set of Chi Lin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sui Po – Year Breaker Star

The Year Breaker Star or Sui Po is always located in the position directly opposite the Grand Duke.

As such it is known as the Star which clashes with the Grand Duke and should be treated with the same degree of caution.

Therefore groundbreaking and renovation should also be avoided in the North East sector of your home or business during 2016.

Most specifically this should not be done in the Mountain of North East 3 (Tiger 寅) which lies between 52.5 to 67.5 degrees.

So it’s time to get started with your Chinese New Year cleaning so that you are ready to make the changes and embrace the Year of the Fire Monkey on the 4th of February. Gong Xi Fa Cai and I hope that 2016 brings you much happiness, health and prosperity!

If you are interested in having a Feng Shui Consultation or Annual Review, then please contact me on [email protected] or +61 402 688 888.

If you would like to purchase any of the traditional Feng Shui remedies as recommended in this newsletter, then please visit Feng Shui Style at www.fengshuistyle.com.au

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About The Author

Master Janene Laird

Master Janene Laird is the principle consultant and founder of Shen Chi-Feng Shui. She comes from a background in education and combines a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching with over 15 years of study, practice and experience in the Feng Shui industry. Janene consults widely throughout Australasia in both the Commercial and Residential sectors and operates a successful Melbourne based Professional Feng Shui Consultancy. She is the President of the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) - Australia Chapter, Founder and Editor of the industry leading online magazine Feng Shui Today and was awarded the title of IFSA Accredited Feng Shui Master in 2011.

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