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San Yuan Feng Shui 三元风水

After blogging a while, I guess I have not done an introduction of San Yuan Feng Shui to my readers. It is the school I am from apart from being part of Wu Chang lineage (无常流) & from Central Academy of Feng Shui. So here you go…

San Yuan (三元) Feng Shui is a school of Feng Shui which majors in subjects like Flying Star or Fei Xing, Xuan Kong Da Gua, Long Men Ba Ju water method, Xuan Kong Liu Fa and San Yuan Qi Men Dun Jia. The uniqueness of San Yuan is that they place great emphasis on Timing.

The other major school for Feng Shui is called the San He 三合 School. They have also many subjects such as 8 Mansion, San He Water Methods, Yang Gong Feng Shui which uses Landforms heavily and downplay the role of time factor.

Then there are other school of thoughts of Feng Shui such as 8 aspiration, symbolic schools, 9 Ki Star, Zi Wei Dou Shu, Bazi Feng Shui, Jiang Hu Pai etc…

What is so fascinating about San Yuan ? San Yuan is considered the younger brother because it existence to the public was much later compared to San He but San Yuan is the method that was used in the Imperial Courts. San He was used more by the commoners more when Masters like Yang Yu Song brought the art out of the palace.

San Yuan was popularized by Master Jiang Da Hong (蔣大鴻), who himself is San Yuan practitioner in the courts and he was taking care of the library during the last decades of Ming Dynasty. Later when he left the courts he brought this knowledge with him too. One of the famous Feng Shui Classics written by Jiang was Earth Discerning Truth Classic (Di Li Bian Zheng, 地理辨正)

Feng Shui during those days was a big thing especially to the Emperor as it is an art that can change/influence the fate of a person, family and country. Hence the art was pass down partially in book partially by oral teachings to those students who are in his opinion has the right qualities. I do not know all the qualities he was looking for but one of then is for sure, he has to be kind person because such art into the hands of wrong people, spells disaster to humanity and the dynasty too.

So what is San Yuan Feng Shui? San Yuan system is based on few basic important foundation. Timing, Location and Direction. The foundation of all these comes from Trigrams & Hexagrams which in any case was founded on Yi Jing (I-Ching).

San Yuan in its purest form only work from the 3 fundamental concepts that sits on the foundation of Yi Jing.

The system do not encourage putting things, no “internal house land forms”, no cultural rituals/belief, no talisman used etc.

The most popular of the San Yuan method today is the Flying Star or Fei Xing method. Flying Star that you know today has several versions due to mixing and changes done by individual master that mixed various methods in to make it unique for them  and to some more appealing to public perhaps.

The origin of Flying Star was from one source but in the early 20th Century it went separate ways. In my coming articles I will explain more.

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Feng Shui of Hyatt Hotel Singapore…Controversies or Confusion ?

As I prepare for the upcoming course in Kuala Lumpur, I came across some case studies that I suddenly thought of the Hyatt Singapore.

Many feng shui articles had been written about this Famous Hotel in Singapore in Scott/Orchard Road. Why this hotel shot to fame in the feng shui domain?

It all started by one of our Grand Master Hong Chuan who corrected the Feng Shui of this hotel and resulted in business growth after the audit. You can read more about this in internet.

But what prompted me to write about it now? I have read just too many comments about the feng shui of Hyatt and while today my aim is not to explain the feng shui of Hyatt, I just want to make corrections to a few vastly mistaken facts about feng shui and methods know only to our lineage, the Wu Chang lineage and not as what was written by those who do not belong to our lineage.

Seriously, you cannot comment on something you don’t know and I feel this is irresponsible when they try to downplay  Grand Master’s work.

Here I shall quote several statements and my comments on it.

Many say it is Castle Gate theory as done by Master Hong Chuan. This is not true. This is a method called Door Tilting but not many knows how it works actually though many practitioner tries to use it. And that is not my slipper.

Some even say it is from the San He 5 Ghost carry Treasure. Master Hong Chuan is San Yuan practitioner as his master is Master Yen Pen who did all the cases in the classic book of Er Zhai Shi Yan and Zhai Yun Xin An. Undoubtly, many master has this book in their homes but how many can fully interpret it? But still it is grand to have this book on the shelf!

Master Yen Pen is the student of Tan Yang Wu, our Great Grand Master from the Wu Chang Sect. How can someone just twist facts just to get fame and students!!! Wu Chang belongs to San Yuan School and this is clear!!!

Another author was saying that the original door was facing straight out to the road and that the reception desk was looking out directly to the road and cause wealth to leak out. Obviously, this person does not practice Flying Star Feng Shui. Jiang Da Hong said in the book Ba Zhai Tian Yuan Fu, ‘…to truly understand the 8 houses, you must understand the 9 numbers in the 9 palaces’.

Then a famous master from Hong Kong gave his diagnosis that the poor business was caused by bad Water star 8 at the door and Water 7 was trapped in the center. He then said that Master Hong Chuan tilted so the business is good during Period 7 and 8.  This is again not true. First, he does not understand the rule of the 3 & 5 auspicious in the Wu Chang lineage. Secondly, Master Hong Chuan had advice that by 1984 the feng shui has to corrected again.! This is already a great tip if you truly understand the Art of Door Tilting.

So the guesses goes on…right to even Xuan Kong Da Gua! Speculation after speculation.

To me it is more of a coincidence than real application that someone get good results unless he knows the Art of Door Tilting.

The saying that goes “The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword” is very true. Facts can be just twisted with a stroke of the pen. Generations down the road will learn all the wrong things and twisted history.

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A verse from “Ba Zhai Tian Yuan Fu”

Jiang Da Hong says: “…if you want to know what is true in the 8 houses, you have to know the numbers in the 9 palaces…”.

This sentence alone we can learn a lot about flying star but in this article my intention is to only talk about the 2nd half of the sentence “know the numbers in the 9 palaces…”

What are the numbers in the 9 palaces?  What is the significance of the 9 numbers to feng shui? Is he referring the 9 to the 9 stars or 9 palaces?

I share my thoughts on this subject.

“…numbers in the 9 palaces..” means the 9 numbers in the 9 squares. Just like the diagram below:

To understand a house, we have to know the numbers in the 9 palaces. To know is to understand and be able to apply the knowledge of the numbers in the 9 palaces. With these 9 numbers & it’s combinations of numbers, one can tell the house well. If one does not know nor understand the significance of these 9 numbers in the 9 palaces then how can one tell the house? Perhaps, why some practitioners and students are frustrated with flying star and label it as fake is because they have failed to understand the deeper part of 2nd portion of this verse or reduce flying star to merely a divination tool.

How do we want to understand the numbers? Most will know or understand the individual stars like Star #1 is the Tang Lang Star which represents Intelligence star and so forth, and most, I believe also knows about the 81 combination of stars. This you can find on the bookshelfs any major bookstores. A little difference in the meaning from different authors but more or less you can find it quite easily. This is rather an easy task for basic level. Finally to understand the deeper meaning one has to be adept in knowledge of Yi Jing or I-Ching.

Understanding seems an easy task! Not really, but let’s put this question aside for a moment and move on to the next part & that is how to apply the numbers then we come back to understanding later. And yes application is the most tricky & critical part.

To illustrate, I take the example of a room layout I posted in Facebook couple of days back to keep things less complicated. Can you spot the 4 sets of numbers? This is where the major difference between authentic Flying Star and the general Flying Star readily available in the market. This is what sets apart the effectiveness between Wu Chang and other Shen School of Flying Star (common Flying Star).

If you can get this 4 sets of numbers correct, you do not have to worry about the colors of your room nor mirrors affecting your bedroom’s feng shui. So this is the 1st important lesson that Master Jiang is trying to tell us. Internal Feng Shui is inferior to the effects brought by the numbers in the 9 palaces

In authentic Flying Star, you can also makes a difference to the feng shui of the room by changing the Qi of the room door. Knowing the Qi of the room’s door is a concept known by most practitioners but what they don’t know is that the Qi is dynamic and not static. This is the advance concept of Wu Chang Flying Star.

So, if one does not understand the numbers thoroughly, how can one change the Qi correctly & effectively?

This is important as each number adds a layer of information to your flying star. Once you know it then you can better improve your bedroom feng shui for example.

If one superimpose the chart onto the house using 8 pie or 9 grid, knowing exactly the Qi inside each room is a challenge especially when you see a line dividing a room. This reduces the chance of getting one set of the numbers correct.

So by not knowing the full sets of numbers, one is already missing the vital link in understanding what is going on in the room, why this person had an accident last month and so forth and this is the 2nd lesson we ought to learn.

Therefore, correct understanding the numbers and in it’s application is indeed a daunting task for the commoner Flying Star and it is no wonder the Feng Shui works at times and don’t work on other times.  And the reason behind is simply because they cannot predict the house and if something has gone bad, how can they explain. Blame the mirror, the toilet bowl behind, the beam on top or lamp post? If something good happens then how they explain? The Bazi is good, the wealth vase did the job, or last weekend he move the furnitures or the new aquarium ‘activated’ the qi?

Summing up, the few important points to capture is Internal Feng Shui is not important compared to the effects from the Stars and having the correct understanding of the numbers in the 9 palaces and how it is applied can allow one to properly set a strong house feng shui so it can sustains good feng shui over the longer term.

In fact, there are more layers into telling the 9 numbers in the 9 palaces but for now I hoped you have enjoyed this posting.


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San Yuan & San He what is the big fuss?

There has been a constant debate who is better?  For Feng shui enthusiast that goes around reading blogs and forums around the globe, some of you will find both schools debating which is better school and to some extent criticizing the other schools.

So now you can see the nature of man creeps in even in the world of feng shui.

My view is that both schools has its own roots and advantages. San He is the oldest school of Feng Shui founded by Yang Yun Song and also produced many great Feng Shui Masters like Lai Bu Yi. They are based on the formation of landforms of Hills and Rivers and uses different sets of formulas.

San Yuan school came later and was founded by Jiang Da Hong. Jiang Da Hong was a imperial astrologer and San Yuan school came from the observation of stars and sun movement. San Yuan feng shui takes after the formation of stars like the big ursa etc.

So they are simply 2 approaches with the same objective. Feng shui undeniably is the art of tapping of good Qi for the benefit of mankind.  So why bother which method?

Here is a saying from Chairman Mao, Black cat or White cat doesn’t matter what is important is the cat must be able to catch the mouse.

As a feng shui practitioner, what is important is challenging ourselves to harness the best results for clients and not waste time in forums criticizing other school’s method.