list provides the eight compass directions and what they represent
in the Compass School of feng shui:
= Career, business success, black, winter, water/metal, tortoise,
= Knowledge, wisdom, self-development, success in school, turquoise/tan,
winter becoming spring, earth/fire, 8;
= Family life, health, nutrition, harmony, prosperity, green, spring,
wood/water, dragon, 3;
= Wealth, prosperity, abundance, green/purple, spring becoming summer,
= Fame, fortune, longevity, festivity, joy, fire/wood, red, summer,
= Marriage, mother, relationships, love, romance, spouse, yellow/white/pink/red,
summer becoming autumn, earth/fire, 2;
= Children, childrenís fame, creativity, white, autumn, tiger, metal/earth,
= Supportive and helping people, international trade and travel,
interests outside the home, father, autumn becoming winter, metal/earth,grey/metallics,
5 Components of Destiny
grow up believing in the forces of destiny: fate, luck, feng shui,
charity and philanthropy, and education, self-development and experience.
Fate is who
you are, the family, birth order, economic circumstances and social
status that you are born into. You might call these the gifts from
heaven. After all you have no choice in the matter. I like to say
that this constitutes about 70% of our lives.
Luck is about
15%. There are three kinds of luck. One of these is heaven luck.
Heaven luck puts you in the right or wrong place at the right or
The second kind
of luck is man-made luck. Thomas Jefferson was the one who came
up with the basic concept: man-made luck is creating and recognizing
opportunities and then moving to take advantage of them.
The third kind
of luck is pure luck. This is the kind that we say as someone being
lucky. Finding money, winning the lottery or a major raffle prize,
Fourth on the
list is charity and philanthropy. I like to describe charity as
opening up your heart and philanthropy is opening up your wallet.
I believe that this is where karma comes in and that whatever you
send out to the universe, thatís what you get back. Like the Bible
says: you reap what you sow.
Lastly is education,
self-development and experience. These are what helps you grow,
spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically and in every
While you may
think that feng shui at 5% doesnít exert much influence in your
life, but if you add man-made luck, charity and education, all of
which you can be proactive about, the percentage increases.
Yap Cheng Hai says there are only three components to oneís destiny:
Heaven luck, man-made luck and feng shui luck, each at 33.33%. So
Iíll let you decide!
3 Major Concepts of Feng Shui
the fundamental concepts of feng shui will provide you with the
Basic knowledge upon which it is bases.
The first major
concept of feng shui is that of the flow of energy which flows in
and around all things. Chi is the life force, cosmic energy, spirit,
soul and aura. Beneficial chi flows like the wind and like the water,
in curved or wavy lines, just like the waters of a stream or the
breeze that moves the tail of a kite. The wavy energy flow in the
land moves in dragon lines while in people it moves in meridians.
When the chi is blocked or obstructed in people, they become ill
and perhaps die. Acupuncture, acupressure, herbs, tai chi, chi gong,
and martial arts all deal with moving chi in our bodies. Negative
energy is called sha chi, literally, ďkilling energy.Ē In nature,
we only see perfectly straight lines in short segments, such as
in sugar or bamboo canes, but in every other instance, those straight
lines are man-made, and therefore considered unnatural.
The second major
concept is that of balance. Most of us has seen the yin-yang symbol
known as the tai chi. Its two halves are equal, interdependent and
complementary. One side canít move without affecting the other.
Yin is female, soft, passive, nurturing, negative, dark, even numbers
and the right side of our bodies. Yang is male, hard, positive,
bright, active, odd numbers and the left side of the body. In the
tai chi symbol, notice that there is a dot of black in the white
side and a dot of white in the black side. This indicates that the
Chinese recognized thousands of years ago that every woman had her
masculine side and every man had a feminine side. It is interesting
to note that Western thought and medicine has just recognized this
is basically what makes an environment feel comfortable. Whether
outdoors or indoors, human beings feel the most comfortable when
that balance is present. Indoors, it means that a room should be
approximately half darker colors and half light colors. For example,
that means that the flooring, whether it is wood, tile or carpet,
should be a darker shade, the walls a medium tone, and the ceiling
The third major
concept is that of the five elements which relate to each other
in two different ways. The first is the generative or creative cycle:
wood feeds a fire, fire creates earth, earth generates metal, metal
makes water and water nourishes wood. The second is the destructive
relationship: Wood destroys earth, earth dams water, water extinguishes
fire, fire melts metal, metal cuts wood. These two relationships
represent the core of Chinese medicine, for each element is associated
with organs and parts of the body. If you are suffering an ailment,
the Chinese doctor will trace it to either an obstruction or imbalance
of the generating element.
Characteristics of Good Feng Shui
There are four
basic considerations that affect the feng shui of land and buildings:
- Shape of the land
- Plants and animals
- Historical and spiritual events
- Man-made structures
The ideal feng
shui location is the horseshoe or armchair formation, which traces
its roots to the classic Chinese gravesite, the origin of feng shui.
It is described as being halfway up a hill, with two smaller hills
on the front sides and a wide front, preferably of water. When choosing
a home or office, oneís choice should not be the tallest or shortest
building on the street but taller buildings behind your home or
office represent the protection of mountains and give you support
in your endeavors. Facing close or distant water is always a plus
as water throughout history has brought trade, commerce and subsequently
wealth to a region. Another good feng shui sign is clean water running
in front of the property and none behind which represents prosperity
being carried away.
the native plants and animals that are present at the site. Do you
see and hear birds singing and chirping? Are there healthy plants
and trees growing? Is there a good balance of sun and shade? Is
there an clean, earthy smell to the land? Do you have a feeling
of peace and serenity at the site? Are there gentle breezes or good
air circulation throughout? Watch out for dead or diseased trees
and plants, smelly, stagnant water, too much yin energy in the form
of dark shade, rough or sharp rocks or rocky outcrops.
and consider the history of the property. Avoid locations with a
history of murder, suicide, bizarre or unnatural happenings, injuries
or deaths, bankruptcy, miscarriage, fatal accidents, terminal illnesses
or disease, loss of weath, divorce, etc. A house, office or building
that has been vacated by a successful owner or business has good
feng shui; one in which a business has failed or the owner has had
negative familial or financial experiences has bad feng shui.
Last but not
least, observe all the man-made structures all around the building.
This includes everything from alleys, roads, bridges, freeways,
tunnels, businesses such as mortuaries, cemeteries, schools, churches,
temples, hospitals, government and other municipal buildings, parks,
stadiums, etc. Also look out for lamp posts, fire hydrants, power
towers, drains, sewers, and all other man-made structures. It all
begins with how the road comes to your house. A general rule of
thumb that I like to share is that if any car headlights from a
road hits any part of your house, it is in the line with sha chi.
It is most important that good feng shui sustains life with fresh
breezes and clean-running water, with the hills behind and an open
area or field in the front. Bad feng shui generally is distinguished
by hard, sharp rocks and mountains, stagnant or drainage water,
decay, lack of air circulation and sunlight.