Book Review

Feng Shui Book – Winds of Change

Here’s a recently co-published a Feng Shui book titled Winds of Change – Myth and Truth in Feng Shui and Bazi. This book is co-authored with Mr Au Yong Chee Tuck.

Winds of Change

This book is divided into two parts. The first part is on the subject of Feng Shui which was authored by Alan while the other is on BaZi or Chinese Astrology written by AuYong.

The objective of publishing this book is because Feng Shui has after more than 20 years of extensive exposure, taking a turn to many disappointed consumers as well as students. Thus this book is published with one single primary objective and that is to help consumers and students distinguished what is feng shui and what are just cultural beliefs or made to belief by certain individuals.

The book starts off with the Feng Shui Section.

Flying Star Feng Shui methodology takes the charge in this book. Flying Star Feng Shui is one of the most powerful feng shui method for Yang Feng Shui or Living Feng Shui. This chapter briefly explains the fundamental concepts of Flying Star system such as the 9 stars of the North Ladle, namely Tan Lang, Ju Men, Lu Cun etc. It also defines what is Feng Shui by fulfilling certain criteria.

Yang Feng Shui

Then there are few chapters on real life cases that exists today in Malaysia. These include Apartment or High rise building feng shui, A temple that lasted more than 150 years, A mall that is struggling, a bustling hotel and how a baker after renovation did not experience the same good business as before. You can read about it and will give you a fair bit of insights on how feng shui works.

The myth busting part I love most is about the Lu Cun star 3. It is widely known that this star is supposed to cause “Arguments or Legal Litigation” but this family got a wind fall when this star arrived at their main door. This myth has brought much anxiety to many who likes to attend annual feng shui talk.

Lu Cun

One of the interesting take home points is this:

“Enlarged space had a Qi Changing effect that would eventually change the formation of the feng shui of any property. Thus when one decides to extend the property, he or she must bear in mind this possible change in feng shui.”

Then it ends this section with a full chapter on the Various Schools of Feng Shui. This is also a very interesting subject since many readers have expressed their delight because it never occurs to them that there are so many versions of feng shui. You can learn about the different methodologies behind.

Yin Feng Shui

Feng Shui cannot be complete without mentioning Yin Feng Shui or Ancestral Feng Shui. The term Feng Shui 风水 is derived from the Book of Burial. Burial as one will know it’s for the deceased.

The chapter on Yin Feng Shui discuss the basic theories behind the idea of Ancestral Feng Shui and how it have affected a particular family. This will be an interesting read for many especially those from the Western world where this concept seems a taboo.

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The Yin Feng Shui ended off with a chapter on Sheng Ji 生基 or Life Grave. Sheng Ji is method of Yin Feng Shui that deals with living person and how it can work to benefit the living.

The Book tails off with 3 chapters on BaZi or Chinese Astrology.

BaZi is the art of Chinese Astrology used in the ancient world to predict one’s life potential and journey.

In the BaZi section, AuYong starts off with a simple introduction to the concepts of BaZi 八字. Then he goes on to demonstrate how a real life story of a local millionaire coincided with the reading from the BaZi.

Do you know that a person’s character is rather given at birth and do you know that it can be read from a person’s BaZi?

AuYong demonstrate what is meant by a Day Master as well as the Chinese concept of Time. He then explains the myth behind BaZi reading. Is it true that a Bing 丙 Day Master is best born in the day while a Ding 丁 Day Master is best born at night? If not what is the correct way? It provides many examples for discussion and fruit for thought.

Wealth has always been an interesting topic since money is one of the benchmark for success at least in the current time we live in now. Is it true that a person must have many wealth stars in order to do well in this life time? Put it the other way, if the person has no wealth star is the person doomed in this life in his search for monetary success? It really makes students put on their thinking cap, if all the “common” theory of reading  BaZi is ever going to lead them anywhere close to understand the art of BaZi reading or Destiny Analysis.

What about an imbalanced chart? A chart that is short of one or more elements? Or if a chart has many clashes, will one not have any achievements? Read and find out,

What Are Some of Our Reader’s Feedback.

The book is a good read for knowledge on feng shui n d various schools. Personally feng shui is actually about living in harmony v nature…it strengthen v space cleansing too & placement of furniture as u pointed out v d cashier’s till. The practice of Sheng Ji in this age is an eye opener. I very much liked the part on plotting house natal chart

“On the book “Winds”, it’s informative and interesting! Even picked up a few good tips.  The write up on “Sheng Ji” is particularly informative.  You mentioned on Yin feng shui I.e. Ground burials but, if I may ask, does ashes in urns  in columbariums create qi for the descendants? On the whole I did enjoy reading it.  You have done a good job to help dispel some feng shui myths which actually had created some fears and misunderstandings. ”

“I recommend this book to anyone who cares to learn the basics of feng shui. Specifically, the authors have attempted to dispel the myths held by many laymen with regards to feng shui, thus ensuring that people will practice it correctly. Further more the book contains some interesting anecdotal evidences to support feng shui principles. It is easy reading and non-technical and will appeal to many”.

The book is good and simple to understand what is true feng shui all about. Hope you can publish more book like this. Some people like me always thinking feng shui or metaphysics is so complicated to understand. You elaborate in such a way very simple, Wind and Water.


Get Your Copy Now!

This book presents many myth busting on both subject of Feng Shui and BaZi. It also informs readers with Tips or potential pitfalls in Feng Shui. If you are an enthusiast in any of this subject, this book is informative, refreshing and most of all authentic.

You may get a copy at Amazon or Barnes and Nobles or Here.

Our Parting Words…

When Alan Chong first mentioned that he wanted to write a book about feng shui for the layman, I was sceptical.  After all, there had been many would be, budding writers who proclaimed that they wanted to write about this or that subject. But in practice, most of them never got down to putting pen to paper.

Those of our readers who had taken the time and trouble to attend some of the seminars held by well-known speakers regarding the various aspects of writing (such as getting your book published or how to market your book after publication) would be able to testify to this fact.

There could be a sizeable audience (ranging from perhaps one to two hundred souls) who eagerly noted down every word that the public speaker said. But after the event, only a handful would go on to write their proposed work. For the remainder, their work only would remain still born in their imagination.

However, for what it was worth, we suggested that we might write and publish the work jointly. To our surprise, he did submit his first article for consideration. Then the stream of articles continued, more or less unabated.

Since he had done his part, he would naturally expect us to edit the articles, contribute our own share of articles, combine them together and finally, submit the manuscript to our publisher.

In other words, we were bound by our word to continue with the project. The result, “Winds of Change”, is testimony to his determination and tenacity of purpose.

If he has managed to explain an esoteric subject like feng shui to the layman or at least has offered the general reader some insight into the practice (and malpractice) of feng shui, then he has achieved his goals. – AUYONG CHEE TUCK