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> The 12 Day Of­fi­cers se­quence in the Shen method is a pop­u­lar way to pick aus­pi­cious dates for im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

THIS week, I shall give some in­sight into choos­ing the right day for cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties, based upon one of the more pop­u­lar date se­lec­tion meth­ods.

This method is tra­di­tion­ally known as the Es­tab­lish Di­vest 12 Gods method, or the much eas­ier to pro­nounce Shen method.

It also fea­tures strongly as a date se­lec­tion method in the Tung Shu or Chi­nese Al­manac.

In this method, each day is gov­erned by a par­tic­u­lar type of qi. There are 12 types in all.

These types of qi are re­spec­tively known as Es­tab­lish, Di­vest, Full, Bal­ance, Sta­ble, Ini­ti­ate, De­struc­tion, Dan­ger, Suc­cess, Re­ceive, Open and Close.

This se­quence is re­peated ev­ery 12 days. Each day is in­flu­enced or ‘of­fi­ci­ated’ by a type of qi – hence, we call this se­quence of days, the 12 Day Of­fi­cers.

Es­tab­lish is the leader of group, and it falls on the day where the Earthly branch of the day (also known as Zhi) is the same as the Earthly branch of the month.

For ex­am­ple, the first Chi­nese so­lar month of 2016 is Geng Yin, which starts on Feb 4 and ends on March 4. The month branch here is Yin.

Hence, dur­ing this pe­riod, days with the branch of Yin are known as Es­tab­lish days.

Each of the 12 types of days is suit­able for cer­tain types of ac­tiv­i­ties.

How­ever, the qual­ity of a day can be negated by the pres­ence of in­aus­pi­cious en­er­gies, such as the Year and Month Breaker days which I have cov­ered pre­vi­ously.

There­fore, even an oth­er­wise highly-aus­pi­cious day – such as the Suc­cess day – can be made un­lucky, if it hap­pens to also fall on a Year and/or Month Breaker day.

There are, of course, ex­cep­tions to the rule, and each school of date se­lec­tion has its own ver­sion.

For ex­am­ple, some prac­ti­tion­ers be­lieve that the Month Breaker day is much more se­ri­ous than the Year Breaker day.

And in some cir­cum­stances, you can still con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties on a Year Breaker day.

Oth­ers be­lieve that Grand­mas­ter Dong days are so ‘su­pe­rior’ that one can still con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties upon that day, even if it falls on your Per­sonal Clash Day, that is to say, a day that clashes with your Chi­nese birth year zo­diac.

Now, who is to say who is right or wrong?

One of my si­fus (masters) did say that we should have mercy on our cus­tomers, and give them only safe days.

There­fore, as a rule, I elim­i­nate most types of in­aus­pi­cious days from my date se­lec­tion read­ings, un­less I do not have a choice.

The 12 Day Of­fi­cers have both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive at­tributes for dif­fer­ent kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties. We need to match the days to the right ac­tiv­i­ties for op­ti­mum good for­tune.

Let’s start with the Es­tab­lish day. As the name sug­gest, this day is suit­able for es­tab­lish­ing some­thing, or start­ing an ac­tiv­ity, such as start­ing a new job, or open­ing a new busi­ness.

It is also suit­able for propos­ing mar­riage (but not the mar­riage it­self), start­ing school, com­menc­ing a trip, kick­ing off a busi­ness plan, sign­ing up for a study course, and also for start­ing con­struc­tion work (but not the ac­tual ground­break­ing).

While it is also good for seek­ing treat­ment or knowl­edge, it is not good for a fu­neral or burial.

The sec­ond, Di­vest day, is suit­able for cleans­ing and clean­ing, as well as car­ry­ing out re­pairs or de­mol­ish­ing a build­ing.

It is also suit­able for seek­ing treat­ment and con­duct­ing re­li­gious wor­ship. How­ever, it is not suit­able for the ini­ti­a­tion of re­li­gion images.

It is also not suit­able for the in­take of live­stock though it is a good day to get rid of old stocks.

It is also a good day to end a re­la­tion­ship or file for a di­vorce!

The third is Full day, a good day if you want to have good re­turns. It is suit­able for en­gage­ments, mar­riage and house warm­ing. It is also suit­able for sign­ing agree­ments, trav­el­ling, mov­ing house, open­ing of­fice or start­ing a job.

You can also carry out other ac­tiv­i­ties such as clean­ing, re­pairs, in­stalling ma­chin­ery as well as re­li­gious wor­ship.

The most pos­i­tive of the 12 days is Suc­cess day which is im­bue with pos­i­tive en­ergy and is suit­able for most ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing burial!

How­ever, avoid break­ing up and di­vorces as you do not want too much suc­cesses in these ar­eas.

The last in the list is the Close Day. It is gen­er­ally speak­ing not a good day and you should not use it for any sig­nif­i­cant ac­tiv­ity.

As you can de­duce, the name given to these 12 Day Of­fi­cers is an in­di­ca­tion of what ac­tiv­ity you should un­der­take or not do on that par­tic­u­lar day.

So de­pend­ing on what your ac­tiv­ity is, you should look care­fully into choos­ing the right day for you.

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.

In or­der to avoid un­wanted dra­mas on im­por­tant oc­ca­sions, like a wed­ding (left), en­sure that you choose an aus­pi­cious day to carry out this ac­tiv­ity.

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