|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 2012
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 by interacting with the existing sector numbers. In the Year of the Dragon, the Flying Star numbers that create challenges in your home will move on to new locations (see my 2011 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 5th 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.
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.
To start —in 2012 the Flying Star number 6, which symbolises Metal, the father, heaven and the law, is in the Centre. This centre number often reflects the events focus prevailing in the year. Six in the centre may bring about epidemics and viruses affecting the lungs and large intestine. Six is also the law, the government and father figures. This year's elections and social campaigns will bring about big changes in many governments in the world.
As Feng Shui energies change from year to year, it's necessary to watch for the reallocation of good and bad energies at the beginning of each year, and take precautions if the negative influence happens to land at important locations in home or office. In the year of the Dragon, the bad energy called "Yellow Five" (symbolising obstacles and misfortune), arrives in the SouthEast. If your SouthEast sector is an important area, such as bedroom or main entrance, it's recommended that you hang a metal windchime close outside to dissolve the bad energy. Having water here will help too. The worst months will be in April, July, October and January 2013.
The White Star
The other bad star, number 2 (symbolising sickness), will arrive in the North in 2012. The traditional method to cure this 2 is to hang six metal coins in the affected area in the North of the house. Metal bells or perhaps a small gong will also help.
The Grand Duke
The Grand Duke (the compass direction of the Dragon) this year is from the EastSouEast, hence it's not good to do earthworks or create substantial construction work in this direction. Don't challenge him by facing his direction, but face towards another direction. If your office desk faces to the EastSouEast, turn it to another suitable position until the year is over. It's not recommended to sit with your back against the opposite direction WestNorWest as you will be sitting against the unfavourable energy called the "Three Shars" or "Three Killings". The WNW is the "crash" position confronting the Grand Duke which is not good this year.
The number 3 Star is in the SouthWest and represents arguments and thieves. It can be difficult for women, so keep the room quieter in the SouthWest. Fire element will control it and the traditional cure is to hang a piece of square red paper in the SouthWest. You can use a soft red light or regularly burn candles there.
During 2012 the number 8 and 9 Stars are found respectively in the West and the NorthEast of your house. With the number 8 in the West of your home, you may be able to take advantage of it. If your office or main room is here then you can be blessed with an abundant flow of supportive energy this year. The NorthEast is ruled by the element Earth which is about education, storage, meditation, spiritual disciplines and younger men. To make it work, 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 appropriate, add flowing water to the West.
The yearly prosperous numbers bring a positive effect on your house if they fall at the front door, the office or your bedroom. 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.
For any more detailed information on house influences in 2012, 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.