How to protect yourself, your family and your business during 2020, year of the rat by avoiding the wrath of Tai Sui, Grand Duke, Sui Po, and all of the other annual afflictions.
© Written and updated by Daniel Hanna 2019
Are you prepared for 2020?
Every year, on the build-up to Chinese New Year, we are all tasked with a long list of jobs to carry out around our home, office, workspace, shop and garden which can seem really daunting when we first consider everything that needs doing, but you should find that once complete, the energy can really change for the better in a short time.
The wellbeing of our families, including their health, happiness, good relationships and wealth is dependent on an orderly, harmonious home. In my house, I’m aware that each year, along with the usual household duties, I have to set up protection against the fury of the Tai Sui (Grand Duke), Sui Po and the Three Killings for the year ahead to make sure the year is as good as it can be.
With the location of the annual Flying stars changing around the 3rd of 4th of February every year, the annual afflictions change with it in every home, office, shop and building all around the world; in 2020, the annual afflictions can be found in the south, east and north.
Tai Sui location for 2020 – North (352.5 – 7.5)
Three killings location for 2020 – South (142.5 – 217.5)
Annual five yellow location for 2020 – East (67.5 – 112.5)
Sui Po location for 2020 – South 172.5 – 187.5)
If you are likely to carry out any work such as renovations, construction, development or general noisy building work in the south, east or north in 2020, it is crucial to take care and follow the advice below if you want to avoid the problems that Tai Sui, the Three Killings, the annual 5 yellow and Sui Po can bring this year.
Every year, we receive thousands of emails asking for advice on where the annual afflictions will be in future years so that they can plan for future projects around their home and office. Being able to tap into this knowledge means you can confidently plan building work or repairs and improvements around your property without worrying about the repercussions of the annual afflictions. Our Academy of Feng Shui software can easily do this for you enabling you to become super organised, empowered and be able to enhance all areas of your life. However, in this article, we will discuss the Annual afflictions for 2020 including where they are and how to avoid them.
The Three Killings also goes by the name of “Three Sha” and is an exact translation from the Chinese “San Sha”. Although the perception of the Three Killings is associated with the three earthly branches, it’s position is defined according to one of the four cardinal compass directions, namely North (water), East (wood), South (fire) and West (metal).
The four groups of harmonious alliances (trinities) separate the twelve earthly branches. If we are to establish the location of The Three Killings, we must first explore the trinities of the earthly branches and their phases.
Please do not get the earthly branches confused as The Three Killings; they merely designate the position of The Three Killings. The Three Killings sits in the opposite cardinal direction (spanning 90 degrees) of the phase represented by the year’s earthly branch.
The 2004 earthly branch was the Monkey. The Monkey belongs to the trinity of the water phase to the north. As such, The Three Killings sits in the south. Ie. 135º to 225º.
The 2005 earthly branch was the Rooster belonging to the trinity of the metal phase to the west, which means that The Three Killings sat in the east during the year 2005.
How can I avoid the Three Killings in 2020?
If you are to avoid the wrath of the Three Killings during 2020, the best thing is to avoid disturbing the ground in the south which is not always possible, especially if you have a garden located in the south this year. Another thing that should be avoided when possible is making a loud noise in the south this year as this will inevitably active the influence brought on from the Three Killings; having a drum kit or children’s playroom in the south would not be a good idea for 2020, year of the Rat.
The south is not a nice area in 2020 as we also have Sui Po and the annual #2 star located here although I will talk about this further down the page.
We get a lot of people asking what they can and cannot do where the Three Killings are located for the year; I’ve added a list of what you can and cannot do to give you a better idea of how the Three Killings can be disturbed.
- installing a pond or swimming pool – not advised
- using a main door in the south – not advised
- replacing windows or doors in the south – not advised
- Play drums in the south as loud as you possibly can – definitely not advised
- drilling into walls (single holes for hanging pictures should be fine) – not advised
- Lay a new patio or deck –not advised
- planting small plants with a hand spade – fine to do so
- using a main door in the south quietly, avoiding to slam the doors – fine to do so
- watching television or listening to music at a reasonable volume – fine to do so
- painting bedroom in the south – fine to do so
If you have a task that you’re not sure about, just send me a message in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I am able to.
Theoretically, you can avoid activating the Three Killings by renovating a bathroom or kitchen in the south in 2020 provided you are careful with noise levels; rather than using an electric tile remover, use a manual one and place the tiles down rather than let them fall. When cutting wood or tiles, carry this out in an unafflicted area rather than in the south, east or north this year; manual handling can make a huge difference when working in an afflicted area in 2020.
Whether you are carrying out noisy work in the south in 2020 or not, I would still treat this area with the appropriate cures and enhancers to minimise any risk of disturbing the Three Killings or Sui Po in the south.
The south can be an extremely nasty area in 2020 when left untreated as we have the Three Killings, Sui Po and the annual #2 star located in the same area and when activated, will bring illness and financial problems, making this a very important area to treat in the year of the Rat. I would recommend placing a JuanKuan Wealth offering plate along with some good quality metal in the south and try to keep noise low in this area as much as possible. If you do need to carry out repairs or work in the south in 2020, I would recommend taking a look at the monthly Flying star analysis to check if the visiting influence will weaken the chances of causing problems.
If you read the information below and follow my advice, you can avoid many of the problems that can brought on from disturbing the south in 2020 such as illness, wealth problems, injuries and in some extreme cases, the risk of a fatality.
If you are consistently opening and closing a front door, this will create a disturbance inside the home or office if the door is located in the south, east or north in 2020. If your front door is used a lot and falls into one of the afflicted areas, you will need to take extra care and make sure that the door is closed carefully and avoid being slammed as much as possible; carefully opening and closing the door can help avoid problems this year.
Ideally, you would use another door to enter your home or office although this is not always possible, especially with an apartment or terraced home. Another good option would be to install a soft close hinge to avoid the door being slammed. If the door is not slammed often in an afflicted area, you should not activate the malevolent effects of the Three Killings.
A traditional and powerful Feng Shui cure for the Three Killings during 2020 would be to JuanKuan Wealth offering plate in the south from the 4th February 2020 to the 3rd February 2021.
If your front door is located in the south, north, east or centre in 2020, I would strongly recommend following the 2020 annual advice to make sure that this year goes as smoothly as possible. I would also recommend placing a pair of Fu Dogs or Temple Lions by your door for protection this year.
How can I avoid problems in my garden in 2020 ?
If you have no choice but to carry out work in your garden during 2020, the traditional cure for this would be to place a six-rod hollow metal wind chime between the property and where the work is being carried out before you start and a few days after you finish. If you do not have a wind chime, you can use a heavyweight metal object although the wind chime is a lot more effective.
Another powerful cure is to place a symbol statue of a deity such as the god of wealth, which is also known as ‘Tsai Shen Yeh’.
Another traditional cure is to place a symbolic statue of deities, and one of the most popular deity is the God of Wealth ‘Tsai Shen Yeh.’ Tsai Shen Yeh is one of the most potent and popular Chinese Gods of Wealth who is usually depicted wearing a dragon robe and sitting on a tiger. He is also known at times as Lu Hsing, the Star God of Wealth.
The Tsai Shen Yeh carries a gold ingot and a sword on him. After he returned from a forest after studying the Tao, he was seen riding along on the back of a black tiger in all directions and carrying a sword to ward off evil influences around him. He is not meant to be worshipped but is there to symbolise money and wealth and attracts the same into the house.
Is it better to face the Three Killings or sit with my back to it?
If you can avoid it, you should never sit with your back to the Three Killings direction and would be much safer facing the direction of Three Killings which in 2020 is the south. You should no face the north this year as you would be sitting with your back to the Three Killings. We receive many emails and phone calls regarding this subject with many wondering if they should move their sofa chairs in the living room to avoid facing the Three Killings area.
Do not sit facing the north if you can avoid it.
Do sit facing the south if you can.
We always advise that you avoid sitting with your back to the Three Killings, but it relates more to prolonged sitting and not short, occasional periods. We suggest limiting your time to no more than two hours of sitting with your back in the Three Killings direction. Any more than this could affect your performance at work along with possible rumours and backstabbing with you as the target. If you have no choice but to face the north in 2020, please make sure that you have your annual cures and enhancers in place.
Changing your desk position is ideal so that it faces towards the Three Killings which for 2020 is the south but if this isn’t possible then I would recommend that you place a pair of Chi Lin on your desk facing the Three Killings direction to deflect any negativity.
Should I face Tai Sui or sit with my back to it in 2020?
Tai Sui, also known as Grand Duke of Jupiter and named the Year Star. Its position is signified by the earthly branch (Chinese animal) of the year. The locations of the twelve earthly branches are: Rat (North) Ox and Tiger (Northeast) Rabbit (East) Dragon and Snake (Southeast) Horse (South) Sheep and Monkey (Southwest) Rooster (West) Dog and Pig/Boar (Northwest)
Tai Sui or Grand Duke Jupiter is totally unrelated to the planet Jupiter although there are some astrological reasons why it became the benchmark where Tai Sui was located, therefore it was also called Grand Duke Jupiter.
Unlike San Sha Three Killings, it’s not advisable to sit facing Tai Sui for prolonged periods which for 2020 is in the north. Instead, you may sit with your back to Tai Sui for support. The ideal situation would be to avoid sitting or facing Tai Sui completely. If you have a front door or office desk that faces the direction of Tai Sui in 2020 (North), an essential cure and enhancer for 2020 is to place a Lu Mi Tai Sui plaque in the north of your home or office for 2020 to appease Tai Sui, avoid the negative influences that could take place.
Please do not disturb the ground in the north in 2020 as this will anger Tai Sui and can cause a lot of problems for all occupants of the home. If you have no option but to break ground, please make sure you have a Tai Sui plaque in place along with your Annual Cures and Enhancers. If you would like to find out the best seating positions and everything else to do with your Personal Feng Shui, you can take a look at our customised Feng Shui Report
The 2020 Annual Feng Shui Afflictions:
The Three Killings – south (142.5 – 217.5)
You must avoid making any form of deafening renovations or re-decorative work in the south part of your home or office between 4th February 2020 and 3rd February 2021. You should not disturb the ground by digging holes (small holes for plants is fine), build foundations or conduct any maintenance work with any loud equipment in the areas inside or outside your property or garden.
If you have no option but to perform work in the south in 2020, I would strongly recommend that you place a six hollow rod metal wind chime along with six Chinese I-Ching coins and a salt water cure in the south during 2020. We take this very seriously at the Feng Shui Store as we’ve seen some pretty nasty events over the past 39 years when this energy has been disturbed.
There are also another two other rules that you should follow regarding the Three Killings in 2020. Firstly, if you are moving your desk around this year, never sit with your back towards the south, it is better to face south instead.
If you have a door in the south in 2020, please take a lot of care when opening and closing the door to make sure it is not slammed. Avoid the influence of the Three Killings by opening and shutting the door calmly or install a soft close hinge.
Urgent repairs to your home or office in the south during 2020 will need a cure to prevent any negative consequences. You can place a six-rod hollow metal rod wind chime between the building and where the work is being carried out or ideally, contact a professional Feng Shui Consultant to select an auspicious date to start the work. Our Tong Shui software will also easily calculate the perfect time for you.
Annual #5 yellow Flying star – east (67.5 – 112.5)
The annual five yellow has flown to the east and this is not good and the reason why so many specialist cures are needed. It is highly recommended not to disturb the east of your home or business with noisy activities, renovations or maintenance work this year.
When disturbed, the Five Yellow can bring disaster, sickness, lawsuit and significant loss of wealth, so please be very careful as it is very afflicted. You must place a set of six Chinese i-ching coins tied with red ribbon, a six-rod hollow metal wind chime and a salt water cure to avoid the problems that are associated the #5 yellow disaster star.
Please do not start panicking if you have a bedroom or office that is located in the south, east, or north in 2020; just start preparing to place your 2020 cures and enhancers kit as of the 4th February 2020 to ensure a trouble-free year and also cleanse any old cures that you will be reusing this year, and of course make sure you sign up for our free newsletter, so you are kept up to date with the monthly flying stars giving you even more control of your destiny. To give you even better control, use our advanced Feng Shui 2020 software as this provides a sophisticated analysis of every home or office facing any direction in any part of the world.
Tai Sui (The Grand Duke of Jupiter) – north (352.5 – 7.5)
Like the Three Killings, Tai Sui does not like to be disturbed either. The effects of Tai Sui can be good or bad depending on the annual flying stars that coincide with its location.
If your property or front door faces north in 2020, much like the Three Killings, you must try to avoid doors from slamming when entering or leaving your home or workplace. You should avoid digging or renovating your property in this area at all costs in 2020. If you have an office or shop door in the north this year, I would recommend installing a soft close attachment. The traditional Chinese method to appease Tai Sui is to place a Lu Mi Tai Sui plaque to pay respect and appease the Deity and also enhance the annual #9 star.
By paying respect to Grand Duke of Jupiter, we can weaken or avoid the problems this can bring.
Sui Po (Year Breaker) – South (172.5 º -187.5 º)
Sui Po year breaker occupies the division directly opposite Tai Sui Grand Duke, which for 2020 is the south. You should treat this area the same as the other annual afflictions with no ground-breaking work, renovations or any loud activities. If disturbed, this area can and usually will cause immediate health problems especially with regards to the elderly, so please be very careful with the south of your home or office this year. Traditionally to appease Sui Po in a Rat year, you need to display a Wen Chang Pagoda in the south which works to satisfy Sui Po 2020 Cures and Enhancers Kits.
Where are the rest of the bad Flying Stars in 2020?
If you have no choice but to carry out work or emergency repairs in your home or office in 2020 and the work needs to be done in the centre where the annual #7 robbery star is located, please introduce some water colours along with a Mei Hua Fu Zhou coin in the centre for the year.
If your bedroom or office is located in the south, north, centre, or east, please don’t panic. There is much you can do to ensure an enjoyable, trouble-free year. Start to prepare your 2020 cures and enhancers kit and be ready to have in place by 4th February 2020. If you are re-using old cures, then they will need cleansing which you can read how to do so by reading the article here
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How far do we take the advice we give with regards to the Feng Shui Annual afflictions?
In 2020, we will all be placing the relevant Annual 2020 Cures and enhancers in the south, north, etc., to help dissipate the negative energy that is present for the year.
Am I concerned about the south during the year of the metal Rat? Not at all; I am aware of the potential risks and will be taking steps to avoid this area causing any problems in my home and work! Having good Feng Shui is equally about being aware of potential dangers and making allowances and by doing this and also placing cures, you can and will avoid many problems as avoidance and preparation are two potent tools in Feng Shui.
What should I do if I need to repair a driveway or have a similar renovation?
If your garden falls into the south, north, centre, or east in 2020, obviously you should avoid disturbing the ground during the year. I realise that some things just can’t be left avoided, such as an overgrown hedge or a collapsed pipe in the ground. If you can’t avoid building work or digging, use the following rules to reduce any harm that may result.
Back in 2008, we had to replace our large driveway that fell in the north, northwest and northeast. While some of these areas were affected, 2008 was the best year to do the work, and if we left it until the year of the Rat (2020), it would have caused us many problems as the north is where Tai Sui is located for the year. We employed extra builders (6 in total) to ensure the work was done over six days as even the monthly stars can have an influence. With placing all the cures in 2008 and also placing a six-rod wind chime in the NW, we had no problems at all. So, don’t worry too much if you can’t avoid work in the south, north, centre, or east in 2020.
Place a six-rod metal wind chime between your house and building while the work is being done. Place a six-rod metal wind chime between your house and building work while the work is being done.
Start trimming or mowing from a different corner of the garden. Let us say your garden is in the south of the property where the Three Killings are located in 2020. You should remember to start your garden work from the northwest or northeast corner of the garden as this carries an auspicious energy in 2020.
The simple thing to remember is to AVOID doing heavy work here and no digging or breaking ground, I have seen some nasty repercussions created from disturbing these afflictions in a year way too many times.
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