Clas­si­cal Feng Shui

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stem branch), which is linked to dif­fer­ent Stems for the days. For the cur­rent year, 2016, the heaven stem of the year is Bing.

In a Bing year, a Yearly Vir­tu­ous Day is any day with a heaven stem of Bing.

The fol­low­ing year, 2017, is a Ding year, and its Yearly Vir­tu­ous Days fall on days with a heaven stem of Ren, and so on.

The same prin­ci­ples ap­ply when iden­ti­fy­ing Vir­tu­ous Con­sort Days. Re­fer­ring to Ta­ble 1, again tak­ing 2016 as an ex­am­ple where the heaven stem of the year is Bing, you will see that any day with the heaven sten Xin is a Yearly Vir­tu­ous Con­sort Day.

There is an­other short­cut to se­lect­ing aus­pi­cious dates, known as the Grand­mas­ter Dong method (Dong Gong Ze Re). Grand­mas­ter Dong was a renowned Ming dy­nasty astrologer (and au­thor).

His method­ol­ogy ac­cu­rately pre­dicted the stars (or aus­pi­cious shen) for the dif­fer­ent months of the year. Even to­day, his sys­tem is widely used, ei­ther on its own, or in con­junc­tion with other renowned date se­lec­tion meth­ods.

For many peo­ple the Chi­nese method of date se­lec­tion can be summed up in one sin­gle cal­en­dar. Known sim­ply as the Chi­nese cal­en­dar, it is based on as­tro­nom­i­cal and sea­sonal fac­tors.

The cal­en­dar be­gins from one win­ter sol­stice to the next, a time of mea­sure­ment known as a Chi­nese So­lar year, which con­sists of four sea­sons.

The first sea­son is Spring, which starts on or around Feb 4 (ac­cord­ing to con­ven­tional Western cal­en­dars) each year. Ev­ery sea­son is sub di­vided into 6 sub-sea­sons.

In Spring, th­ese sub-sea­sons are known as Start of Spring, Rain Wa­ter, In­sects Awaken, Ver­nal Equinox, Pure Bright­ness and Grain Rice.

Two of the sub-sea­sons make a month. For ex­am­ple, the first month in­cludes Star of Spring and Rain Wa­ter. The sec­ond month in­cludes In­sects Awaken and Ver­nal Equinox while the third month in­cludes Pure Bright­ness and Grain Rice.

In the Grand­mas­ter Dong method, there are days in each month that are highly aus­pi­cious, which he called Su­pe­rior Days. Each has a par­tic­u­lar stem branch com­bi­na­tion.

Dur­ing the sub-sea­sons of Star of Spring and Rain Wa­ter, all days with the Jia Wu, Bing Wu, Wu Wu, Geng Wu, Ren Wu, Wu Zi, Bing Zi and Geng Zi stem branch pairs are Su­pe­rior Days.

In the sec­ond and sub­se­quent months, there are other stem branch com­bi­na­tion days that are su­pe­rior.

Henry Fong is an elec­tronic en­gi­neer by qual­i­fi­ca­tion and he ap­proaches feng shui with the same an­a­lyt­i­cal and in­ves­tiga­tive ap­proach he uses in his train­ing. Read­ers can write to him at life­style.hen­ry­fong@the­sundaily. com.

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