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Where Is My Nobleman? Will The Real Nobleman Please Stand Up?

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Next to “Do I have money/wealth?”, the next most popular question I receive is “Where is my Nobleman?”. Everyone appreciates a leg-up or someone save them when they are in a pinch or a stranger providing assistance at the right time when needed. Just when you need it most, these are the people who will come to offer their assistance. Often they may only make an appearance during a crisis or when you get yourself into hot soup. In other words, a Nobleman. (No, not the kind in tights and frilly collars.)

In Feng Shui, but more in Bazi (Chinese Astrology), the Nobleman Star [贵人星] (or Benefactor Star) is used to refer to the presence of helpful people, benefactors, mentors; particularly during critical or crucial circumstances. The Nobleman Star is not actually a planetary body but the name of a symbolic star. There are many different kinds of Noblemen Stars but this particular one we are talking about is known as Tian Yi Gui Ren  [天乙贵人]. Otherwise also known as the “leader” of all the Noblemen Stars. In this article I will teach you how to identify them and to see if you have them in your life. What if you have none? We’ve got that covered too.

* By the way, the Nobleman Star is NOT to be confused with the “Secret Ally” that is so well-known in westernised feng shui. Eg. People born in the Rat year’s “allies” are Dragon and Monkey and the Ox is their “secret friend”. In Bazi we refer to this as the Combinations. They have a completely different meaning & usage. It does not automatically mean that people born in the year of the Dragon, Monkey or Ox are “lucky helpers” to people born in the year of the Rat.

First of all you need to generate your own Bazi birth chart with the free tool available here. Look at the top half of the “Day” column to get your element. Eg. For Xin (Yin Metal), the noblemen are Tiger and Horse. (see table below)

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Your Day Pillarbazi sample 1

Nobleman Star in blue box

bazi sample 2
The best way is to see if they are present in your Bazi chart that you generated earlier. Based on what is written in the top half of your Day coumn, check to see if your chart has the corresponding Nobleman animal representation shown in the above table. Their appearance indicates the presence of Noblemen in your life and likely you were helped somewhere sometime, either with or without your knowledge. Example, Xin (Yin Metal) has Horse (one of it’s Nobleman Stars) located at the Hour column [boxed in blue]. Often, people equate having a Nobleman means an obvious assist when you are in trouble. But sometimes your Nobleman may also not be as obvious initially. For example, imagine a colleague messing up on an important account and you “happened” to be the one available at that time to save it and got promoted as a result or that “horrible” boss who pushed you so hard enough that you achieved a breakthrough in your career. That colleague and horrible boss are also your Nobleman. Your rival or competitor could also indirectly be your Nobleman by keeping you on your toes and motivated.

If you cannot find any of the Nobleman animals in your Bazi chart, you can try looking for them in your 10-year Luck Pillar. If you totally cannot find them anywhere on your Bazi chart, you can wait till the year/month/day of your Nobleman animal. The other option is to look for them in your partner’s Bazi chart. Using the example above, if your Day Pillar is a Xin (Yin Metal) and your partner, girlfriend or wife is born either in the year of the Tiger or Horse, then she can be your Nobleman. If that is so, more often than not she will be the one who keeps you out of trouble most of the time. The saying “Behind every successful man is a women” is most appropriate in this instance. So if you are not attached yet, you now know what to look for. :)

If you really cannot fulfill either of the above 2 conditions, all is not lost. You can still make use of your personal Nobleman Stars as locations in your house or office using the table below.

 

Ox (Northeast), Goat (Southwest)
Rat (North), Monkey (Southwest)
Pig (Northwest), Rooster (West)
Horse (South), Tiger (Northeast)
Snake (Southeast), Rabbit (East)

 

Although not as “good” as having the Nobleman Stars within your own Bazi birth chart, activating the feng shui of your house or office especially your own personal Nobleman Sectors can bring you more opportunities and support from other people in pursuing your goals.

* Kindly be advised that the above article is a generic explanation of applications of the Nobleman Star, the limited space of a blog post does not allow for a more detailed explanation. I would recommend you consult a professional Feng Shui practitioner for a more detailed reading on identifying helpful people in your Bazi chart, as well as, the exact locations plus auspicious date & time of application within your property.

 

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The Wealth Corner – Where Is It In Your Home And Does It Even Exist?

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“Can you tell me where is my Wealth Corner?”

I think this is the most asked question encountered by any feng shui practitioner. If I get $1 every time someone asks me this question, I would be very rich by now. But seriously, where is this fabled Wealth Corner I kept hearing about? Is it even an actual “corner” to begin with? Most likely if you ask 5 different feng shui practitioners where the Wealth Corner is in a house, chances are very high you will get 5 different answers.

The most common method I know of identifying a Wealth Corner in any given property is the stand at the main door looking in and look diagonally to the opposite wall. The corner where the 2 of the furthest walls meet will be the Wealth Corner. wealthcornerThis is the one-size-fits-all method. Technically it is not wrong as a corner is considered Yin in nature due to the relative lack of any activity and quietness plus Qi while traveling throughout the house tends to collect and “pool” there more often than anywhere else. So because of this, many feng shui practitioners call this the “Cai Wei” [财位] or wealth corner and will advise buying symbolic feng shui items to “enhance” or “activate” it for wealth and money luck. Using symbolic feng shui item by itself is harmless (other than hurting your wallet) in most circumstances but when aquariums and water features are involved, that is when problems start to arise. But more about that later.

Actually the “Cai Wei” is really what is known as the “Wang Wei” or Prosperous Sector in feng shui jargon, a location where the Qi within a house is most beneficial and vigorous (Wang “旺” or prosperous) and it doesn’t necessarily have be located in a corner. The major goal of all feng shui practitioners, irregardless of school, is to identify and utilise into this Qi. Plus the idea of a Wealth Corner is a misleading one. The “wealth” here is often widely misconstrued to mean “attracting money (without effort) and winning lotteries”. I hate to burst this idealistic bubble but even with “perfect” feng shui, money do not just drop out of the sky.

I had always advocated that feng shui is about the management of Qi within a property. We mobilise beneficial Qi and avoid negative Qi. After identifying where the “Wang Wei” or Prosperous Sector is located, we harness it’s benefits to advance our goals and aspirations. It definitely does not mean after activating the Prosperous Sector we can all just sit back and wait for a windfall. No, what it actually does is to help and enable us to better identify and single out the correct opportunities, provide clarity of mind and improvement of our health states so that we are at our best mentally and physically in pursuing whatever it is we desire. Money and wealth is just the by-product. In the Five Element theory, Water represents ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Intelligence’. When the potential for wisdom is maximised or completely realised, then wealth can be attained. Water allows Qi to converge and collect. It can direct, move and activate Qi. But it is exactly of this ability that it is often mistaken as being representative of wealth.

So how do we go about finding where the Prosperous Sector is located in your property? There are many methods taught by many different feng shui schools but since I practice Xuan Kong Flying Stars as my primary system, we will be based on this method.

Without going into complex formulas and calculations, basically in Xuan Kong Flying Stars feng shui, Qi shifts every year to different sectors of the house and in 2015, until 3rd Feb 2016, the Prosperous Qi is currently located in the North sector. So we can say that the northern section of the house or company, or any place that is enclosed by 4 walls and a roof, is where the Wealth Sector is. The most common advice will be to locate something Yang in nature there to “stir-up” the Prosperous Qi. Meaning things that has movement, like an electric fan or a door for instance. The activated Wealth Sector will benefit every occupant living within the property. But to really benefit, it is best to use the sector personally. What do I mean by “use”? Basically it is just to occupy that area and do whatever activity it is you are doing during that point in time. It can be writing a business plan, doing yoga, even just playing with your kids within the sector will suffice.

Conversely, the most negative sector in 2015 is in the West. This is the area where you physically will want to spend as little time in as possible. The less time spent there, the less chance there is for you to be affected by the negative Qi. As much as possible you do not want to have anything Yang in nature, or moving and active items there in case it invariably “wakes up an angry dragon”, which bring us to the use of aquariums and water features (though I forgot didn’t you?)

Now imagine if you apply the “any corner in the house that is diagonal to the main door is the wealth corner” method as described at the beginning of the article, and that particular corner so happened to be located on your property’s western sector, which is also currently the most negative location, putting an aquarium or water feature there so that you can activate that “wealth corner” will invariably trigger the negative effects causing the occupants all kinds of problems and mishaps. And the enormity of the affliction will depend on the size and vigorousness of the water contained in relation to the room.

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This is asking for trouble

 

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Are “Poison Arrows” Seriously So Dangerous?

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A “Poison Arrow” in the feng shui context generally refers to anything that is sharp, pointy, has an edge or corner and is often found to be pointing (like an arrow) towards the door or windows of a property. Or if found internally, aimed at a person’s bed, desk or chair. But what are they and are they really that dangerous?

Personally when I read about the things posted on the internet or magazines, the creativity and variations of what constitutes a “poison arrow” impresses me no end. But some are really so ridiculous and nonsensical it really boggles the mind that people actually just accept them at face value. As I had mentioned countless times, feng shui is all about managing the Qi in one’s environment and it has to be practical and “make sense”. It should not contradict commonsense and logic.

So what are “poison arrows”? A “Poison Arrow” is a term used in the western feng shui circles to describe a kind of Sha (negative) Qi. In Chinese feng shui there are 7 types of Sha Qi, namely:

  1. Form Sha [the different kinds of external formations that creates a negative feng shui effect towards your property]
  2. Smell Sha [living close to a rubbish chute or near a sewage treatment plant]
  3. Light Sha [this one is affects commercial properties the most especially when the opposite building has mirror-like windows that reflects sunlight]
  4. Sound Sha [constant construction near your property or living near an airport]
  5. Energy Sha [as in, the interactions between the different types of Qi within your property]
  6. Magnetic Sha [electromagnetic interferences; like living very near a pylon or power station]
  7. Colour Sha [the elemental representations and interactions between colours in your property but personally I find this one somewhat questionable. :) ]

A “poison arrow” is a kind of Form Sha. Further broken down, typically it encompasses the aspects of the Edge Sha and the Arrow [or Spear] Sha.

 

Arrow or Spear Sha

Arrow or Spear Sha

 

Edge or Knife Sha

Edge or Knife Sha

 

Now we get to the million dollar question; Is the “poison arrow” really so dangerous and should you even be concerned?

The answer is “it depends.”

The qualifier is Location and Proximity.

Using the very common and often used example of the neighbour’s sharp roof corner as an illustration; if the pointy end is “aimed” at your main door or bedroom window the immediate conclusion is you have a Sha Qi problem and if not dealt with will bring about doom and devastation to you and your family. No, in fact it doesn’t. Not really. Remember the location and proximity qualifiers? Say for example you can see your neighbour’s roof corner while standing at your main door or window. But if the roof is located on the second floor and above, which is most likely the case for most houses, then you do not have a Sha problem (location). Or if your neighbour’s roof happened to be located on a single level house and that house is fairly far away, again you do not really have a problem (proximity). Only if the sharp roof corner is on a single level, so close that you can actually see the texture of the individual roof tiles and the corner point is directly pointing at your door or window, then you may have a serious problem. The same goes for the Edge Sha. Only now you have a “blade” instead of an arrow head’s pointy end. The “poison arrow” is produced when very fast moving Qi moves along the surface of the roof and joins into a single Qi stream. When your main door or window is in the direct path of that Qi stream, it is similar to shot at by an arrow or spear. Thus the name, Arrow or Spear Sha. Similarly, when fast moving Qi is guided by a long flat surface like the wall of a building, the resulting Qi is like a knife blade. That is why the Edge Sha is also sometimes known as the Blade Sha. Another variation is the Cleaving Heaven Sha when you have another similar building on the opposite side of the first one and creating a narrow wind tunnel effect. This Sha is especially bad if the resulting wind tunnel is narrower than your main door.

This is just the external aspect of the “poison arrow”. It is the internal aspect of it within a home or office that things really gets creative. Most notably in the bedroom. The only thing you really will need to be mindful of is where the bed is located in the bedroom and/or whether there is a protrusion or beam directly over the bed. Most people know not to sleep under an overhead beam but do not know the reason why not. Again it is all about the kind of Qi involved. We know by now Qi travels along a relatively flat surface if unhindered but once it encounters an obstruction like a beam or protrusion, it gets redirected.

 

beam over bed

 

And if the Qi is moving very fast and your bed is directly below the beam, it will be redirected onto the person resting there. The result is poor quality sleep or in some cases, insomnia. This indirectly causes poor health states. Now imagine sleeping under these conditions for 8 hours a night, 24/7. This is also the indirect cause of relationship problems due to stress and irritability.

Now we come to the ridiculous part of internal “poison arrows” where conditions from external Form Sha are miscellaneously applied to the home or office. Because according to popular media, anything with a corner or an edge is automatically branded as Sha Qi, practically every piece furniture with a corner and wall corners that have the sharp corner “pointing” at you are guilty of producing Sha Qi and the reason for your poor health and bad luck. If we follow that line of reasoning then most if not all houses and offices are a certified death trap. Libraries should be religiously be avoided due to the countless shelf edges. In fact, you are probably being hit by Sha Qi right now if you are sitting down at your desk or kitchen table reading this. But seriously, remember furniture and corner of walls does not produce any Qi on its own, negative or otherwise. A good feng shui master would be a lot more concerned that your furniture does not obstruct the Qi flow in your property than whether the corners are pointing at your bed/desk or not (unless they are trying to sell you something so as to diffuse/deflect/dissolve the “offending” Sha Qi). Basically, it all boils down to commonsense and experience. Think about it for a while, have you known of anyone being hurt or harmed because they have a dresser or table corner pointed at them while sleeping or working? Closer to home, have you ever experienced poor health or bad luck yourself just because you are exposed to the corner of a piece of furniture in your house or office?

The main reason why most people just assume a corner or an edge is automatically a Sha Qi is because they do not know or are unclear what constitutes as Form Sha. One of the ways a Form Sha is produced is from the speed of Qi that flows along a relatively straight and flat surface. Generally slow and meandering Qi is considered beneficial and benevolent while fast and volatile Qi is considered harmful and detrimental. So when we have fast and volatile Qi traveling along the edges of a corner and hitting your main door or bedroom window [see red arrows in the pictures above], all kinds of negative issues are produced. What they are and which occupant in the property it will affect most will depend on which sector of the house is affected when. But a corner and an edge does not automatically pose a negative feng shui issue by itself. This wholesale attitude had been so pervasive that many people started seeing Sha Qi where there is none or not enough to be even be concerned. It doesn’t help that some feng shui masters perpetuate this partial information to their customers and students, either purposely or innocently.

Although we base our feng shui methods just like everyone else who follows the classical feng shui texts, we also try out and test the theories in them as and when we can. And through feedback from our own experiences and from those of our clients, real-life empirical results are collected and learned. These lessons and findings in turn gets included into our actual consults and teaching materials. If you would like to know more about our feng shui consultations and workshops, please drop me a line in the comments box below or write to me on my email and I well get back to you as soon as possible. :)

 

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Selamat Hari Raya To All My Muslim Readers

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Here’s to wishing all the Muslim readers on my blog and those around the world;

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Eid Mubarak for the year 2015! Maaf Zahir dan Batin… :)