June 2009

Get your attention?

On June 6, I went shopping for stationary and craft materials. I had shopped 4 stores and I had 50% off coupons for two of the stores.

In one store that no coupon can be used, I bought a color laser printer that normally is sold for US$499 for $100. It is not an obsolete model. Other local stores still sell the same model at $499.

The two stores that took 50% off coupon somehow gave me another 50% off at checkout. I did not know why (and not argue either, is it my charm?).

I got no deal from one store.

When I went home, I have checked the calendar– it was a ji-mao day. Mao is wood– my wealth element. So here is a potential “top secret” for maximizing your shopping dollars — shop during your wealth day.

Best of all, you can blame it on me when your spouse yelling at all your shopping bags.

See you in the shopping malls!

NOTE: In case you don’t know your wealth element, here are the formula:

Your Day-Master element / wealth element
Metal==> wood
Wood==> earth
Water==> fire
Fire==> metal
Earth==> water

You may refer to my message on “How to enhance your chance of winning lotto“, it has presented a more detailed formula there.

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video


Below is taken from a message from my “4P Bootcamp” discussion list.

Hi Ken and others,

Student Comment: It appears that feng shui has an influence at least on people’s personality. I observed people living in different areas of the country or world behave differently.

Ken: Yes, there are regional difference in macro Feng Shui which affect not only the personality but also physical appearance of the people there. For example, people born in China’s Soo Zhou and Hang Zhou regions, where water and mountains are pretty, tend to be physically attractive too, not to mention there are many famous scholars and poets born in those areas in the past thousand years or so.

Then we have micro level Feng Shui that affect individual households. From my experience, I found that personal luck is likely to synchronize with Feng Shui . I told people if they feel their current luck is great, then fire the Feng Shui master and just grab a house. It will have good Feng Shui . But if you feel your current luck is low, you need to find a Feng Shui guy to help you. 

Some people intentionally or unintentionally overblow the power of Feng Shui. Feng Shui’s basic premise is to live in harmony with nature. Everything else are just by-products. It does not intend to make you rich, to have good relationship, to beat recession or not getting sick. Even His Holiness Delai Lama gets sick from time to time and consults a doctor. The richest man in the world is not a Feng Shui master. In fact, many famous Feng Shui masters in history died poor. What did these mean? One’s fate or destiny is more important than Feng Shui, not to mention personal cultivation and behaviors that also affect one’s karma and luck.

Student Comment: My question is: does Feng Shui influence one’s luck? 

Ken: Yes, a Hong Kong sifu of mine had found that people with good Feng Shui , when they have traffic accident, their injury will be minimized or not severe. Another study in Taiwan about air-crash victims showed that their house Feng Shui tend to have problem like void line (no qi or energy coming into the house). 

So it seems that the relationship between Feng Shui and 4-Pillars is like this: if personal luck is bad, good Feng Shui will mitigate the negative effect. If one has good luck but his house Feng Shui is bad, the negative effect will not be as severe or mitigated. With bad personal luck and bad Feng Shui — your life will be very challenging. 

There are people who do not believe in San-sha (3-killings) and 5-yellow and dug in those areas and bragged about nothing negative happen. It did not happen YET because their current luck is probably on the high side. 

The negative effect may come a few years later— when your luck is low! Few people can enjoy good luck all the time. 

Some years ago Taiwan’s China Airline had a crash with many of its executives killed on-board. Taiwan Feng Shui masters had traced back that the company had violated San Sha a few years ago when they built their new headquarters. 

Student Comment: For example,  why there are more countries that suffer poverty, famine, and war than developed nations?

Ken: This has to do with the “earth luck” of those regions. It switches according to the lao-shu (post-heaven bagua) theoretically. For example, now is Period 8 and the auspicious region will be NE of any country or NE of the world. 

Student Comment: Does it mean good 4P charts and bad charts are not evenly distributed around the world?

Ken: There is no study done about the distribution of good and bad 4P charts. There are about a few hundred babies born every minute around the world with the same 4P charts. Of course, they will not have same luck and life experience. Different geography and birth environments (including social class background) will affect people with same 4P chart differently. 

There is a 4P story about two babies born at the same time– one was born on a ship and another born in the shop of a blacksmith. The one born on water became a major government official while the blacksmith’s son become a blacksmith. Then someone move this blacksmith son to the capital and study. He became an official too. 

Their natal chart liked water. Temperature adjustment in a 4P chart is very important. Very often, the difference between a rich man and a very rich man is the latter has temperature adjustment.

Student Comment: Majority of people in a 3rd world country are born with bad charts, or the ones with good charts managed to leave the country, or the ones born with good charts will have bad luck as well if they live in a city/country with bad Feng Shui?

Ken: Everything is relative. What’s considered “poor” here may sound like paradise in some other countries. The “poor” in USA still have cable TV and steady supply of food– compare this lifestyle to some third world poor, it is not bad at all. I don’t think majority of people in third world countries born with bad charts, just the ones with “good” charts may suffer less. 

Personally I think your “yun” or luck periods are more important than your Bazi natal chart and Feng Shui . When you are in good luck period, you can pick a house with good Feng Shui with your eyes blindfolded. 

To conclude, 4P interacts with Feng Shui , geography (hot or cold climate), birth environments, your personal choices and perhaps, your past lives too (if you believe in Buddhism). 

Student Comment:
I ask this because people are always looking to change aspects of their lives i.e.) better job opportunities, less stressful life, etc. by moving to a different area. But is it really helpful? 

Ken: Yes, if your chart dislikes fire and you live in say, Malaysia (hot area), your luck will be better if you move to Minnesota (cold place). I have tested this out myself!

Ken Lai 

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

A 4P friend responds to my “winning lotto” post:

Hi Ken,

After reading your blog article on “How to enhance your chance of winning lotto”, I have the following questions:

1. Seems to me that the “secret” does not consider the strength of the day-master (DM, wealth favorable or not) – is this important or not since the lotto prize would be only a small amount which can maybe be “handled” even by a weak DM?

Ken anwers: You are observant. Blog article is for general public and cannot be too specific due to the readers’ diverse backgrounds. You probably are able to figure out which day and hour for a weak (DM)to buy the lotto (what stands for wealth for weak DM?). This is why I tell people to buy only one $1 lotto ticket.money_woman

2. For a male DM, considering that his Pian-cai (non-regular income) also represents his female lover, could he meet a lover / potential girlfriend during his trip to buy a lottery ticket (joking …. )?

Ken answers: Wow! You have inspired me to write, “How to pick up woman with 4P?“. You will get 10% commission if it becomes a NY Times best seller. Anyone wants to pre-order?

I guess the guy either hitting the lotto or meeting a lover and may lose his shirt on the woman. Man with multiple pian-cai (non-regular wealth) in his chart tends to be a womanizer too– keep your daughters away from him.

Pian-cai also stands for father, so the man may pick up another father on his way to buy the lotto— just hope the old man is a rich guy or you may get stuck with his nursing home bills.

To know whether you will hit the lotto or pick up a woman or an old man, you may want to take my “4P Bootcamp” video correspondence course.

Ken Lai

“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video
“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video


Yesterday I saw a sad news about a 10-year old terminally ill girl’s dying wish. Here is some excerpts from the news:

“HUNTINGTON BEACH – Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.
After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her dying wish, Pixar came to the rescue.get_well
The company flew an employee with a DVD of Up, which is only in theaters, to the Curtins’ Huntington Beach home on June 10 for a private viewing of the movie.
Colby died about seven hours after seeing the film.”

You may check this link for more details and photos:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi- bin/fg.cgi? page=gr&GRid= 38511395

This news story makes me think of ways to make this “departure” process easier for the sick children.

In some classic Chinese legends about people who had travelled to heaven and backed to earth, they had always mentioned about the time differential between earth and heaven, like a few days in heaven is equivalent to a few hundered years on earth. But there were no exact figures about the ratio.

A few years ago I ran into a book written by a respected Chinese monk. In November 3, 1967, “Living Buddha” Kuan-jing (宽凈) went to a mountain cave in China to zen-meditate. He was “disappeared” and his body was not found.

When the monk “came” back from his meditation May 1, 1973, he said he was always inside the cave, just people could not see him somehow. He said that he was led by a deity to do a visit of Nirvana (Buddisht name for heaven).

He reported that he felt that he had been in Nirvana for about 20 hours. By the time he returned, earth time had “moved” about 6 years and 5 months.

From these numbers, we can figure out that one day in heaven is equal to 7 years and 10 months of earth time.

Using Colby Curtin’s case as example, adults may tell her that Heaven is fun and painless, but separating from her parents will be a big concern for almost any child. Nothing beats telling her that her parents will come within a few weeks (heaven’s time) and definitely not more than a month.

Two weeks of heaven’s time is 2x7x 7.8 or over 100 earth years. Colby’s parents will be around 120 years old by that time if they live that long.

Same principle can also be used to comfort our departing aged parents. We can tell them to wait for us at heaven gate in a week (of heaven time). It will be a short separation and quick reunion in heaven.

Ken, how can you be sure that one will go to heaven and not hell?

According to this respected monk, unless one has done something very bad like murder, one is likely to go to at least the lowest level of heaven. The important thing is “getting into the door” and work our way up later. You don’t want to be reincarnated or going to hell. Even in the lowest level of heaven, you can still really “think and get it!” (that’s why it is heaven).

RIP Colby.

Ken Lai

NOTE: updated the time differential to 7.83 years after locating the original book (6/22/09)

I have won a small prize in lotto last month. Here is my little secret of using 4P (Bazi) knowledge to win.

Firstly, find out your own day-master (DM) element and its correspondent wealth element or pian-cai (“non-regular income”). For example, I am a Geng-metal DM, my pian-cai will be Jia-wood or yin-wood element.flying_money

May 19, 2009 was Jia-zi day. Zi is water and feeds the Jia-wood. So it is pretty strong wealth energy for a Geng-metal day-master person. If you do not know your DM element, you can go to my website to use the “4P Calculator” to find out. The day element (the top one of the day pillar) will be your DM element.


Secondly, find out a day that is rich in your pian-cai (non-regular wealth). In my case, a Jia-wood or Yin-wood day. You can use the same “4P calculator” by entering the date to find out its elemental nature by checking the day pillar.

You may further enhance the wealth energy by choosing your own wealth hour. Like in my case, choose a yin or tiger hour (yes, very early, but there are 24 x 7 convenience stores here).

After you have all the above info, you go to a store during your wealth day and wealth hour and buy a lotto ticket. There is no need to buy more than one ticket.

The followings are the wealth day and hour for different day-masters.

DM: WOOD DM: WEALTH ELEMENT (non-regular wealth)
Jia DM: Wu-earth, chen and Xu earth
Sample date: Wu-wu (fire), wu-chen, wu-xu; bing-chen, bing-xu
Sample hour:
chen, xu
Where to buy: SE or NW side from your location (chen or xu mountain)

Yi DM: Ji, chou, and wei earth
Sample date:Ji-si, ji-chou, ji-wei, ding-chou, ding-wei
Sample hour: chou, wei
Where to buy: SW or NE side from your location (chou or wei mountain)

FIRE DM: WEALTH ELEMENT (non-regular wealth)
Bing DM: Geng and shen metal
Sample date:
Geng-shen, geng-chen, geng-xu, wu-shen
Sample hour: shen
Where to buy:
west or SW side from your location (geng or shen mountain)

Ding DM: Xin and you metal
Sample date: Xin-you, xin-chou, xin-wei, ji-you
Sample hour:
Where to buy: west side from your location (xin or you mountain)

EARTH DM: WEALTH ELEMENT (non-regular wealth)
Wu DM: Ren and zi water
Sample date: Ren-zi, ren-shen, geng-zi
Sample hour: zi
Where to buy: north side from your location (ren or zi mountain)

Ji DM: Gui and hai water
Sample date: Gui-hai, gui-you, xin-hai
Sample hour: hai
Where to buy: north and NW side from your location (gui or hai mountain)

METAL DM: WEALTH ELEMENT (non-regular wealth)
Geng DM: Jia and yin wood
Sample date: Jia-yin, jia-zi, Ren-yin
Sample hour: yin
Where to buy: east and NE side from your location (jia or yin mountain)

Xin DM: Yi and mao wood
Sample date: Yi-mao, yi-hai, gui-mao
Sample hour: mao
Where to buy: east side from your location (yi or mao mountain)

WATER DM: WEALTH ELEMENT (non-regular wealth)
======================================= =====
Ren DM:
Bing and wu fire
Sample date: Bing-wu, bing-yin, jia-wu
Sample hour: wu-horse
Where to buy: south side from your location (bing or wu mountain)

Gui DM: Ding and si fire
Sample date: Ding-si, ding-mao, yi-si
Sample hour: si
Where to buy: south and SE side from your location (ding or si mountain)

If you win, send me 10% or to your favorite charity will keep the winning coming.

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

Quitting Feng Shui?

No, buy a new iPhone 3G S from Apple. It is equipped with a digital compass, 3-megapixel camera, video recorder, internet-capable phone and is also programmable to run applications (and games).
iphone with digital compass
The digital compass can work like a GPS and sync with Google maps. You can do a Feng Shui audit with this iPhone, log into internet to see a satellite view of your client’s property to observe the surrounding form without being a Superman or taking a helicopter ride.

Not only can you avoid being ripped off by expensive luopan sellers, you can also get some “weight-loss” by dumping your digital camera or video camera and notebook and use the iPhone to do it all. Of course, I assume programmers will write Feng Shui applications for iPhone in no time.

Sometimes we avoid being perceived as too ethnic or “religious” by using a regular compass instead of a luopan when we do corporate Feng Shui. With the new iPhone, we will look “hi-tech” and modern.

You can see how the iPhone digital compass work from this link:

PS: I do not own Apple stocks

Ken Lai

“Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video

Imagine your are jobless in a foreign country, living on recycling garbage while your children waiting for your remittance to pay for school and living expenses– found an envelope with the equivalent of US$43,000 in a garbage can— the equivalent of working as a house maid for 20 years in that foreign country to make that amount of money– What will you do? Will you grab this “ticket” to financial freedom and run?
This scenario happened to Mildred Perez, an unemployed Filipina house maid who gets “stuck” in Hong Kong.

She barely survives on her daily US$5 income by picking soda cans, paper and used clothings from garbage surfing.

Faced with this “bounty” which is a considered a huge sum in her home country, what was in her mind?

“Of course, I couldn’t sleep. It’s money. That would have allowed me to go home. But I was thinking, who left the money? What if he is just another worker? He would lose his job. How many people depend on him? I couldn’t keep it. My conscience would have bothered me no end if I did otherwise,” Perez said.

She seems to forget her own problems and thinks more about the welfare of the person who had lost the envelope.

Perez eventually located the owner and returned all the money to her. The owner gave her a can of buttered cookies as a token of appreciation. The envelope was lost by her employee who was supposely to deposit it into a bank.

Prezez resumes her life as a garbage surfer.

For detail of this story:


This story reminds me of a legend about Immortal Lu Dong-bin. Immortal is the equivalent of “buddha” or “enlightened being” in Daoism (Taoism). Lu was one of the “8 Immortals” in Daoism.

Before Lu become an Immortal, he had studied with his master about the alchemy of turning copper to gold.

One day, Lu had asked his master, “Will this converted gold turn back into copper one day?”
His master said, “Yes, after 500 years, it will turn back to copper.”

“Then I don’t want to learn this alchemy. I do not want to create problem for the person who will own this gold 500 years later.”

The legend goes like this– Lu became an Immortal (enlightened) after this episode because of his concern for people that were not even born yet.

Returning to the story of the honest unemployed house maid– Mildred Perez’s story has become an inspiration and pride in her hometown. People are raising money for her to return home.

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/164168/Mildred-Perez-Honest-OFW-in-HK-Nueva-Vizcaya-hero http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=474478

Ken Lai

“”Practical Date-Selection Methods (incl. XKDG) w/ 12 hr. video
“Practical Imperial Qi-men-Dun-Jia” w/ 10 hr. video
“Daoist Talismans for Feng Shui & Blessing” v.2 w/ 24 hr video
“Practical Door Feng Shui for Wealth” w/ 3 hr. video
“4-Pillars Forecasting Bootcamp” with 12 hr. video