Feng Shui 2011
This is the year of Xin Mao or the Metal Rabbit. The Heavenly Stem is Xin or Yin Metal while the Earthly Branch is Mao (or Rabbit) hence Metal Rabbit. Li Chun (also known as Coming of Spring or the first day of the Chinese Solar year) falls on the 4th February 2011. The first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year – celebrated by Chinese all over the world - however falls on the 3rd Feb (a day earlier).
This year houses with a north south orientation are luckier than those with an east west orientation (face east or west). Let me explain. In 2011, Tai Sui is at the East (E2). So is the Five Yellow which I will touch on later. Sui Poh (Year Breaker) which is directly opposite Tai Sui is in the West (W2) while Three Killings (San Sha) is also in the West. The bulk of the inauspicious energies are in the east and west.
Occupants of houses that face East (E2) are more likely to face more obstacles this year. Those born in the year of the Rabbit (offend Tai Sui), the Rooster (clash with Tai Sui) and the Rat and Horse (afflicted by Tai Sui) are likely to feel more of the effect.
Occupants of house that face East (E2) and sit West (W2) should not carry out any serious renovation works on their house this year. By serious I mean works that involve ground breaking e.g. piling, digging and knocking down walls or structures.
In addition occupants of houses that face other directions should not carry out serious renovations in the East (due to Tai Sui and Five Yellow) and West (due to Sui Poh and Three Killings) sector of their houses.
Like Tai Sui and Sui Poh, the energies of Three Killings (West) and Five Yellow (East) can be activated by ground breaking and knocking. The negative effects of Three Killings are obstacles (during the year), losses (monetary and otherwise) and disaster. The negative effects of Five Yellow like Three Killings are equally serious. You should avoid using these sectors if you can. Pregnant women and those who are ill or recovering from an illness should not use this sector.
To counter the negative effect of Three Killings, place live plants in the West sector. Later in this article I will share with you how to reduce the negative effect of Five Yellow.
With the arrival of the Chinese Solar year comes a new set of annual stars that affects every household. Please refer to the diagram below that shows the annual stars for 2011. The star (or number) is a numerical representation of the “qi”, good and bad that affects the eight and center sectors of a house.
There are nine annual stars. Of the nine stars, number 5 (also known as Five Yellow) is the most destructive as it brings misfortunes and calamities. It afflicts the east sector in 2011. If the main door, bedroom or places that you spend a lot of time are located in the east or face east, then you must “treat” this area by placing metal items there. Five Yellow is an inauspicious Earth based energy that is exhausted using metal items (earth produce metal and is weaken in the process).
Closely associated with Five Yellow is number 2 star – in the south - that brings health problems or ailments. Like the Five Yellow it is also Earth based and the solution is to place metal items in the sector. Any metal item will do but the item of choice is the metal gourd (associated with healing).
The number 3 star is associated with arguments, disputes and legal problems. It influences the north sector in 2011. It is a wood type energy that can be neutralized by fire. Therefore place red colored objects or a lamp in this sector. If possible avoid having sharp objects here which can activate this inauspicious energy.
The number 7 star moves to the center of the house. The star is also known as the robbery as it is associated with losses due to robbery and theft as well as accidents and assault. Do not use this sector if possible and keep sharp objects away from this sector.
By the way, sectors in a house are measured by referencing the center of the wall up area of a house. The open porch, backyard and garden are not included.
The south east is influenced by the number 6 star which is associated with authority, power, fame and wealth. The number 6 star is a metal based energy which can be strengthened with metal and/or earth based items. If you are in politics, management or position of power and wants to strengthen your power based, you should spend more time in the south east sector.
The number 4 star that is associated with education and academic achievement as well as romance influences the south west sector in 2011. If you are pursuing a course of study or looking for love, you should spend more time in this sector of your house. You can enhance this sector by placing indoor plants or a water feature such as an aquarium or water fountain.
The west sector is influenced by the number 9 star that governs happy events, marriages, birth or promotions. However Sui Poh and Three Killings also influence this sector and it is best not to activate it.
The north east sector is influenced by the number 1 star. This star influences reputation, recognition and growth. You can activate this area with a water feature.
There you go, the energies influenced by the 9 stars and how to ‘manage’ them.
Have a good 2011, the year of the Metal Rabbit (Xin Mao).