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Bazhai or 8-Mansions Feng Shui is one of the oldest Feng Shui schools in China.  It started around the “Spring and Autumn Warring States” period (770 to 221 BC).

The original Bazhai creators probably were the grand-daddy of positive thinking movement.  They did not label negative sectors of a house as “inauspicious” but using “little auspicious 小吉”, “less auspicious 玄吉” and “least auspicious 幺吉” instead.

When the Japanese ambassador requested China for Feng Shui help in around 7th century (Tang Dynasty),  the Chinese emperor had ordered a rewrite of Bazhai to make sure our Japanese friends understand those not so auspicious sectors are actually bad sectors.  This gives rise to modern version of Bazhai with the inauspicious sectors clearly labeled as negative–  “death 绝命”, “six-killing 六煞” and “disaster 祸害”.

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Sample Bazhai sectors for Qian House

Basic premise of Bazhai Feng Shui is pretty simple– matching the magnetic profile of a person to the magnetic profile of a house.  There are only two magnetic profiles:  east-4-group and west-4-group.  An individual’s magnetic profile or ming-gua is determined by his birth year whereas a house is determined by its facing and sitting direction.  Good Feng Shui is when a east-4-group person lives in a east-4-group house,  A Feng Shui mismatch occurs when a east-4-group person lives in a west-4-group house.

While determining the magnetic profile or ming-gua of a person is straight-forward, for the house is a big mess or merry-go-round situation, especially with the changing definition of facing in modern architecture.

To do Bazhai Feng Shui, the first step is to determine the “Fu Wei 伏位” or “stability” sector of a house.  Essentially this is similar to determine the sitting and facing in other Feng Shui schools.

Below are different ways of determine the “Fu Wei 伏位” :

  1. Sitting determines house profile:  the opposite side of door-facing direction is the sitting direction.  For example, if the door-facing of a house is SE, the sitting will be NW or Qian palace, the house is a Qian house or a west-4-group house.  NW or Qian sector is  “Fu Wei 伏位” or “stability” sector of the house.  NW is always has the qi of NW. Hence this method is based on magnetic field
  2. Main door facing determines house profile:  For example, if the main door is in SE or Xun palace, the house is a Xun house or a east-4-group house.  SE or Xun sector is  “Fu Wei 伏位” or “stability” sector of the house.  This method is based on energy or qi-flow.  The main “qi-mouth” is in Xun.
  3. Resident’s ming-gua determines house profile:  For example, the house resided by a person with Li ming-gua will be a Li or east-4-group house.  The south or Li sector will be the “Fu Wei 伏位”.  This method is based on the theory that Feng Shui will not operate without the resident and should be people-centered.
  4. The tallest sector of the house determines house profile:  For example, if west side of the house is tallest, that sector will be the “Fu Wei 伏位” and he house is a Dui house.  This is based on the tallest sector is the most dominant sector.

The methods listed above contain valid arguments.  But which one should one use?  I think it all depends on individual situation.  For example, in a retail business, the main door traffic flow is important, using main door facing is likely more relevant.  For residence, main door traffic is not as important as the house magnetic influence.  Same arguments are also applicable to other Feng Shui methods like Flying star and the like.  Consult your teacher or my “Practical Door Feng Shui” course for more inspirations.

Ken Lai

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My student asks me this question that probably most of the Feng Shui students want to know but are afraid to ask:

What are your thoughts when it comes to having several Feng Shui techniques/ schools of thought in a practitioner’s toolkit when selecting or auditing a house? Is it more advisable to use one technique/ lineage/ school over others, or use a combination — for example,  some masters screen using 8 mansions first, then combine with flying stars etc. Does combining or using a single li-qi (formula) technique make any difference.”

Here is my translation of this long question in one sentence:  Which one is better–  Frankenstein vs. pure bred Feng Shui approach?

FRANKENSTEIN FENG SHUI

The classic western movie “Frankenstein” is about a mad scientist who had created a monster out of body parts from different corpses.

Frankenstein Feng Shui is the application of 2 or more Feng Shui schools techniques in a Feng Shui audit.  The most common one is mixing of Flying Stars and Bazhai (8-mansions) Feng Shui in an audit.

On the positive side, if the practitioner knows the specialty or strong points of each Feng Shui school, s/he may apply, for example:  Bazhai in kitchen, San He for bed arrangement, XKDG for door, Flying Star for wealth enhancement,… and the like.

On the negative side, some practitioners do not really understand the Feng Shui schools and haphazardly apply different Feng Shui schools techniques in their audits.  For example, I have seen quite a few “tilt it again Sam” doors in Malaysia and Singapore.  Some “masters” set up two doors at different angles in a house or business.  The first door is tilted for the auspicious Bazhai angle and the second door for Flying Star.  It is as if the qi entering the premise is “smart” and can distinguish the first door is for Bazhai, second door for Flying Star Feng Shui and “behave” accordingly.

PURE BRED FENG SHUI

Pure bred” here means loosely as “one school only”.  In reality, there is really no pure bred Feng Shui because most Feng Shui schools “borrow” something from others.  For example, the popular Flying Star has more than 10+ variations, so is Bazhai.

Is pure bred better than Frankenstein Feng Shui?  The answer is both “yes” and “no”.

Every Feng Shui system has its own peculiar properties that works well with certain land forms, like some methods work better with mountain regions while others with flat-land or river regions.  Hence when there is a match between land form and a pure bred Feng Shui School, the results will be great.  If not, the opposite happens.

SEMI-PURE BRED OR VOTING FENG SHUI

In this brand of Feng Shui, the practitioner employs one Feng Shui school only, but takes references to other schools’ judgment on each Feng Shui sector.  For example, if Flying Star thinks this door location is great but Bazhai says it sucks and IF this practitioner only considers two school (one + and one minus), this location still “usable” or “OK”.  If both schools agree that this location is bad, then remedy is sought or not using this location.  If both schools think this location is great, then this location must be very good.

“Ken, what is your position on this topic?”

Before I put on a Frankenstein or pure bred hat (I should market a “Make Feng Shui Great Again” hat),  I check the Bazi or 4-pillars chart of the client first.  If s/he is in good luck period, I will tell him just pick whatever house s/he wants and fire the Feng Shui guy (me).

If client is in average or low luck period,  I would use Form Feng Shui first.  Formula Feng Shui will not work if the forms are not there!  If the forms look good with the 4-animals and right forms, the Feng Shui of that property should not be bad.

I would cherry-pick the best feature of different Feng Shui schools.  “Fran-ken-stein” has my name inside.

“Ken, you sound like pushing your Feng Shui courses by advocating Frankenstein Feng Shui.”

You are so smart.  If you can only afford one Feng Shui course, take the “Advanced Visual Form Feng Shui” listed below.  Feng Shui teachers can cheat you with formula Feng Shui because you cannot see li-qi or formula.  Form Feng Shui is what you see is what you get– everyone can see forms like mountains and rivers.

Ken Lai

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fireNorthwest or Qian direction is the “heaven” or ruler direction in “post-heaven” Bagua.  Hence Qian is also known as “heaven’s gate” in Feng Shui.

Generally speaking, when a kitchen or stove is located in the NW or Qian sector of a house, it has “fire burning heaven’s gate” Feng Shui problem.

Qian is metal in nature.  It stands for the head, respiratory system, career and oldest male in the house. With “fire burning heaven’s gate” Feng Shui, the residents of this house are likely to suffer head injuries/ sickness, mental illness, respiratory problem, rebellious children, lung or brain cancer, fire and career problems.  The oldest male is the likely victim though young girl and boy can also suffer.

There are more than one type of “fire burning heaven’s gate

TYPES OF “FIRE BURNING HEAVEN’S GATE”

1.  Xuan Kong Flying Star versions:

  • a.  when 9-purple star flies to NW (Qian palace)
  • b.  when 6-white metal star flies to the south (Li Palace)

2.   Bazhai or 8-Mansions Feng Shui version:

  • —  when Wu-gui (5-ghosts, also known as Lian-zhen star, fire in nature) lands on NW.  For example, a house with Mao (East) sitting and You-facing (West).

3.  General Feng Shui versions:

  • a.  when kitchen, stove, fridge, TV, computer or electronic items  indoor OR outdoor tall objects like power tower, tall building, chimney….etc, are located in NW sector
  • b.  when kitchen, stove, fridge, TV, computer or electronic items  indoor OR outdoor tall objects like power tower, tall building, chimney….etc, are located in the south sector.

How do you fix this “fire burning heaven’s gate” problem?  Obviously, move the kitchen or related hot items out of NW or the south.

“Ken, how about if we cannot relocate the kitchen or these objects, especially the outdoor ones?”

There are remedies and simple fixes for it that cost little or almost next to nothing.  Simply consult a Feng Shui professional or your teacher.

Ken Lai

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There is a Feng Shui war going on between the “netizens” of China and South Korea on the worldwide web.

Here is the Chinese link with English text (page-down to see the English)
http://www.fengshui-chinese.com/discuz/viewthread.php?tid=65736

The message accuses South Korea trying to hijack “Feng Shui” as its own “Intangible Cultural Heritage” (ICH, of UNESCO). At the beginning of the message, the writer claims that South Korea had already “stolen” China’s “Dragon Boat Festival” as its own ICH from UNESCO.

However, when I search UNESCO website, I could not find proof of the “Dragon Boat” claim.
http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?cp=KR&topic=mp

Anyway, regardless of the authenticity of the message, it provokes the indignation of other netizens. They run a “poll” to ask members to “vote” for the country which they think “Feng Shui” should belong to. Then they will send the result to UNESCO to “counter” South Korea’s claim.

The irony is that the Chinese government (PRC) considers Feng Shui superstitution and does not really care. Chinese Feng Shui enthusiasts are very unhappy about the “news”.

The original message may even be a hoax too.

Incidentally, the 8-mansion Feng Shui system (Bazhai) was originally written for the Koreans! The legend was: During the Tang Dynasty (618- 906 AD), a Korean King, seeing the prosperous Tang empire, had requested China to teach his scholars Feng Shui. Tang emperor did not want his neighbor become powerful using Feng Shui. He had summoned Monk Yi-xing (一行僧)to write up a Feng Shui system that works sometimes but not all the time– hence the birth of 8-Mansion system. Problem was, the system is so good and appealing, it was re-exported back to China!

In practical uses, 8-Mansion system has its strength and weakness. It also takes longer to have effect than Flying Star system.

Ken Lai

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Note: The following was written on March 28, 2004

I went to Shenzhen, the border city between China and Hong Kong. It is a busy city with many new constructions going on all the time. Many neighborhoods with 5 or 6 storey high buildings are suddenly surrounded by 50+ storey buildings. Their qi-flow and magnetic properties of the neighborhood are changed drastically by these new developments.

Shenzhen would be great to show Form Feng Shui concepts and principles. Many buildings are cramped in small areas with sharp angles pointing at each other. There are also different shapes of buildings– metal-shaped, wood-shaped, water-shaped and earth-shaped buildings. I’ve taken many photos for showing at the “Advanced Form Feng Shui” class in Los Angeles.

It seems that Form Feng Shui is more relevant in cities than in countryside, especially about how buildings become form shas to each other. A deluxe residential apartment building here has deliberately created some sharp-edged rocks in one side of the building. Not only it looks unsightly, but it will also affect the health of people in the building. In the “Advanced Form Feng Shui” class, we will discuss how to measure these form shas and how to predict when negative effects happen and affecting who.

After walking around Shenzhen for a few hours, I went to my favorite Feng Shui bookstore and picked up some bargains there. I’ve met a mainland Chinese Feng Shui practitioner in the bookstore. He is a strictly Bazhai (8 mansions) guy. So I asked him if he uses Bazhai in tall building and how to handle ming and residence guas mismatch. He always tries to setup door at “sheng qi” location and has fixes for it if otherwise. His favorite fix is “5-emperors coins” (ancient Chinese coins). He uses it for “fending off” evils and fixes 4P problems. He said there are no people using Flying Star in his town at all. I’ve asked him if it is possible to do wealth enhancements for people who have little or no wealth in their 4-pillars. We both agree that it is tough to do if the client has no wealth in his 4P.

After being chased by 10+ massage girls and 5+ fortune-tellers and numerous professional beggars, I got the hell out of Shenzhen .

P.S.: The fortune-teller scam here is telling the victim that s/he is going to have a major disaster and the fortune-teller can fend it off for a sum of money.

Ken Lai
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