|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 2014
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 Horse.
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 Horse, the Flying Star numbers that create challenges in your home will move on to new locations.
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 weighty are the number 5 (called the Yellow Five), and the number 8 (called the White Star). These new numbers move into place on the 4th February each year, the beginning of the solar year, and it's always good to have your remedies in place in the last weeks of January as their influence begins to grow from then.
As Feng Shui energies change from year to year, it's necessary to watch for the relocation 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 your home or office. In the year of the Horse, the poor energy called "Yellow Five" symbolising obstacles and misfortune, arrives in the NorthWest sector. Use Metal here with a set of six coins or a metal gong or bell (or six-piece metal wind chimes) to sound or tone at times. You can also hang six Chinese coins or use a saltwater cure, which is a jar containing 6 metal coins and a tablespoon of salt in water.
The Centre number often reflects the events focus prevailing in that year and in the home, and this year the number 4 is in the centre which is Wood and is the Wind trigram - it won't be surprising if we see more disasters related to strong winds and storms in 2014. The number 4 Star also is called the "peach blossom" colour and as such brings romance and/or sexual scandals as well as prosperity to industries like entertainment, film, and the fashion industry.
In 2014 the Flying Star number 6, which symbolises Metal, the father, heaven and the law is in the West (which rules your children and creativity). This is quite positive and can lead to advancement. The number 3 is in the SouthEast which means you need to use the colour red or burn candles to neutralise it. Its the angry aggressive star and can create problems with theft. Keep the area quiet and if its a main doorway or room, try to avoid it and use other areas.
The White Star
The East now has the number 2 Star which brings about gossip and back stabbing. To cut its effect use six metal coins tied together or a large metal vase displayed. Since the East is the health and family corner it can effect the health in the household and disrupt family harmony. Make sure the area is kept quieter and you don't activate it as much by constant use. Don't use the doors here as much this year.
During 2014 the numbers 8 and 9 are found respectively in the South and the North of your home. With the number 8 in the South of your home, you can take advantage of it. If your office or main door or room is here then you can be blessed with an abundant flow of supportive energy this year. The South is ruled by the Fire element which is about recognition, your reputation, libraries and learning. 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 it works appropriately, add flowing water to the South.
The Grand Duke
The other precaution to take relates to the direction of the year's incoming energies from the yearly Horse - from the South. Its called the Grand Duke and is like a military man on a horse riding towards you. Do not challenge him by facing his direction, but face to the other direction. If your office desk faces to the South turn it to another suitable position until the year is over. Its advisable to not do any renovations in the southern part of your home for 2014. They may bring problems, poor luck or never be finished on time.
During the 2014 year there are several months when the Flying Stars number combine in the house to double up or cause more problems. The more difficult months are March, June, September and December. Keep those in mind in your diary. March is also a Yin Fire Wood month with it being a Rabbit month and Yin Fire with Yang Fire can be almost neutralising.
The yearly prosperous numbers bring a positive effect on your house if they fall at the front door, in the office or your bedroom. The illness numbers can bring health problems for you. Its most 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 just a good beginning guide.
For any more detailed information on house influences in 2014, 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.