Saturday, April 23, 2016

Feng Shui And Nakshatras (风水与廿八宿)

Now days when people talk about Feng Shui, they only refer to the terrestrial elements and they have ignored the celestial portions which is of equal importance.

Many people still are ignorant about the use of these heavenly bodies and they thought all of the stars referred in traditional Chinese Feng Shui are real stars in the sky. So there were some efforts to make sure modern computers are used to calculate positions of stars to seconds of an arc precision. There were also some efforts to combine the Western astrology with traditional Chinese astrology in the hope to get more precise predictions.

Although some of those efforts might be fruitful, such as with the use of modern computational methods; time can be calculated to greatest precisions; which honestly speaking indeed added to more accurate predictions. However, the more precision one seeks; somehow Feng Shui and astrology became more inaccurate too.

Why is it so?

It of my humble opinion that most of the ancient Chinese scholars have understood the fact that it is futile to keep changing accuracy by constant updating of ever changing planetary and star moments in the sky. Instead, they opted to use many symbolic stars in lieu with the real stars in the sky. As the saying goes:


“All things are in their constant state of motion or stationary.”

So most of the stars that we understand in Chinese Feng Shui and astrology are in fact half real and half true. Perhaps let me just draw your attention to the use of 28 Houses or Nakshatras in Indian astrology. The difference between the two is that the Indian system uses only 27 constellation houses instead of 28.  

Basically there are three major uses of Nakshatras in Feng Shui:

  • 28 House System is used to determine if a location and timing is auspicious for certain matters. For example, stars that belonged to fire element should ideally be used in summer and not winter.
  • 28 House System is used in conjunction with flying star chart to determine the severity of an incident and when an incident would most probable to occur.
  • 28 houses are used in conjunction with planetary positions to determine the peak and low energy of a planet and hence the effect of these heavenly bodies on the house of tomb.

In order to illustrate what I have meant so far, let me draw your attention to a real Feng Shui case happened during 2008 where a household had committed suicide because the master failed to settle his debt.

Referring to the below diagram:

The position of 28 Houses and flying star of a suicidal house.

The direction of the ill house faces the ‘Ji’ and backed by the ‘Jing’ () which belongs to wood element.

In 2008, the ruling house is `Ji’ () which belongs to water element. The equivalent of Indian house is perhaps the ‘Purvashadha’ in Dhanus (Sagittarius).

As shown in the diagram, the flying star for the said house is nowhere near good because it falls into ‘up hill and down water’ (上山下水) group. In this group of houses, the dwellers would be poor and seriously sick. Since number 2 is found from front to back, the negative energy is pretty straight forward.

The question now is: why does the unfortunate incident happened in 2008?

The yearly flying star of 2008 in front of the said house is 4 and it belongs to wood element. The water element was very strong in 2008 because element group of both the house direction and ruling house is the same. The wood is empowered by strong water hence the ill effects of 5 and 2 were stirred up in spring of that year.

So, we have strong woods in front and at the back of the house; and the yearly star 7 (earth) at the back sealed the family’s fate. It is obvious from the flying star and astrology stand point that whoever lived in the house was besieged and trapped in their house. They really had nowhere to go…

Since the star arrangements of a few hundred years old can still be used to explain an incident, perhaps we shouldn’t just concentrate on the accuracy of calculations alone. After all, there are still many things we, the human need to learn.

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