|Richard Giles, writer, astrologer, geomancer and Feng Shui consultant, was born in Adelaide, South Australia, spending his childhood in sunny bliss in the climate of the City of Culture. The Vietnam war and conscription turned him towards another way of life. Spiritual journeys in Thailand, India and Indonesia with Buddhism and meditation led him to a new analysis of the world. He took up the study of astrology in 1987 and more recently Feng Shui. |
Richard lives in sunny Queensland in the valleys of the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at Crystal Waters community, where he works as an astrologer and Feng Shui practitioner doing consultations and continues writing for various magazines and newspapers. He organises the 2 day Crystal Waters Astrology Conference each year in October.
Check the Feng Shui in 2011
for your house and business
Richard Giles, astrologer and feng shui expert, reminds us that the Flying Star numbers change each year and that in order to maintain the best and most prosperous living environment, we need to adjust it to maximise the beneficial chi and minimise the antagonistic chi. The best way to do this is to have a consultation with a practitioner in your neighbourhood, but here are a few pointers, according to the energies of the coming Year of the Rabbit.
In traditional Feng Shui assessments there are flying numbers, called Flying Stars, that arrive in different sectors of the house each year to influence a building's good and bad fortune. In the Year of the Rabbit, the Flying Star numbers that create challenges in your home will move on to new locations (see my 2010 Chinese Forecast).
There are prosperous energies and the illness and breakdown energies. The good fortune numbers are 8 and 9 and the sickness numbers are 5 and 2. The two most consequential are the number 5 (called the Yellow Five), and the number 8 (called the White Star). These new numbers move into place on the 4th February each year, the beginning of the solar year, and its always good to have your remedies in place in the last weeks of January as their influence begins to grow from then on.
The yearly prosperous numbers bring a fortunate effect on your house if they fall into the front door, the office or your bedroom and the illness numbers can bring health problems for you. It's advantageous to consult a Feng Shui practitioner to find out exactly where these energies are going to be this year and what impact they'll have on the resident Flying Stars in your own home. What I've written here is a good beginning guide.
Feng Shui energies change from year to year. Therefore, it is necessary to watch for the reallocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each year, so that we can take precautions if some bad energy happens to arrive at important locations in our residence or office. In the year of the Rabbit, the bad energy called Five Yellow , symbolising obstacles and misfortune, arrives at the East. If the East sector of your house is an important area such as bedroom or main entrance, it's recommended that you hang a metal wind chime there to dissolve this bad energy. The worst months will be in March, June, and December.
Another bad star number 2, symbolising sickness, will arrive in the South in 2011. The traditional method to cure this 2 is to hang six metal coins in the affected area in the South of the house.
The Grand Duke
The Grand Duke (the compass direction of the Rabbit) this year is in the East, hence it is not good to do earthworks or create substantial construction work in this direction. It is also not recommended to sit with your back against the West, as you will be sitting against an unfavourable energy called the "Three Shars" or "Three Killings". The west is the "Crash" position against the Grand Duke, which is not good to sit in. The Bad Star 3 is a star of conflict and robbery. This is present in the North of the house. It is necessary to put a piece of red paper in the North to minimise it. Also the Red Star 7, representing scandals, gossip, and backstabbing is in the Centre. A traditional solution for the Red Star 7 is to place 3 pieces of bamboo grown in a glass water vase in the Centre if you can fit it here.
During 2011 the numbers 8 and 9 are found respectively in the NorthWest and the West of your house. With the number 8 in the NorthWest of your home, depending on the design of the building its abundance may not always be able to be taken advantage of. If your office or main room is here then you can be blessed with an abundant flow of supportive energy this year. The NorthWest is ruled by the element Metal, which is about systems, creativity, leadership, management, administration and good neighbours. To make it work for you, avoid any blocking energies in those two sectors. Give them a good sweep out and clean all windows and doors. Get rid of clutter. If its appropriate, add flowing water to the NorthWest. And the father of the family this year will be fortunate in businesses to do with these areas.
For any more detailed information on house influences in 2011, find a qualified Feng Shui practitioner. You can contact me in Australia, or look up the lists in your local directory in the state or country where you live.