Effective and traditional ways to protect yourself, your family and your business and escape the wrath of Tai Sui, Grand Duke, Three Sha, year breaker, Sui Po, Three Killings and all other Feng Shui Annual afflictions in the year of the Yang Earth Dog (Wu Xu) in 2018…
© Written and updated by Daniel Hanna November 2017
Are you really prepared for 2018?
It’s a fact of life that some of the most challenging and tedious chores and tasks around our home, workspace, shop, and garden are often the most important. 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. Make 2018, one of your best and read how you too can protect yourself and your loved ones.
The Annual Feng Shui afflictions change every year, and in 2018 they are located in the North, Northwest, West, and Southeast. So, if you’re planning on any work in any of these areas, you will need to take extra care and read this article on how you can avoid problems this year.
Every year, we receive thousands of calls and emails from customers asking how they can work out where these afflicted areas will be for not only the upcoming year but also for future years. Being able to tap into this knowledge means you can confidently structure and plan renovations, or smaller projects, well in advance. Our Feng Shui 2018 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 2018 including where they are and how to avoid them.
The Three Killings which is also known as three sha, is an exact translation from the Chinese ‘San Sha’. Although the perception of The Three Killings is associated with three earthly branches, its 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 2018?
The most effective cure is not to disturb the ground where the Three Killings are located and we do realise this is not an easy feat. Disruption of the Three Killings can also include noise such as loud banging (think slamming doors). Also, the commotion and vibrations from building work being carried out in a section of the home. Even installing a pond is classified as a disruption to the area of the Three Killings.
So, if you have an important room in the north in 2018 where the Three Killings are located then you must take extra care to prevent these disturbances. If you read and follow the information below you can avoid many of the negative consequences such as ill health, loss of wealth, mishap, injury and, in extreme cases, the possibility of an occupant of the household facing a fatality.
The constant opening and closing of a front door can create a disturbance within the home or office if it is located in the north, northwest or southeast in 2018. If your front door is regularly used and faces the same direction as the Three Killings or any of the other annual afflictions, extra care will need to be taken to avoid any of the negative consequences mentioned above.
The ideal and not always possible, especially with apartments and mid-terraced homes, would be to use another entrance or alternatively, you could install a soft close hinge for the door. If this isn’t an option, then we recommend encouraging all occupants and visitors to avoid slamming the door and to calmly open and close it with consideration and respect
A traditional Feng Shui cure for 2018 Three Killings would be to place a six Metal Rod Windchime, six Chinese I-Chin coins tied in a row and a salt water cure in the north from the 4th February 2018 to the 3rd February 2019.
Additionally, in 2018, if the front door of your home or office is in the North, Northwest or Southeast, you should follow our 2018 annual advice and place a pair of Fu Dogs/Temple Lions by your door. Also, endeavour to avoid using the door if this is possible although I can appreciate that this is easier said than done.
How can I avoid problems in my garden in 2018?
The traditional cure would be to place a six-rod hollow metal wind chime between the property and the place of disturbance while the work is being carried out in your home. An alternative would be to use any metal object but to get the full effect, the ideal cure would be to use the wind chime as the chimes resonate a sound which will help to weaken the ill effects.
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 powerful and popular Chinese Gods of Wealth who is normally 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 actually there to symbolise money and wealth and attracts the same into the house.
Should I face the Three Killings or sit with my back to it?
You should never sit with your back to the Three Killings direction and instead, you should sit facing the direction for the year, and in the case of 2018, this means to avoid facing the south when working at a desk etc in 2018. 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.
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.
Changing your desk position is ideal so that it faces towards the Three Killings which for 2018 is the north 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?
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 positions 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 2018 is in the northwest. 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 2018 (Northwest), a very important cure and enhancer for 2018 is to place a Jiang Wu Tai Sui plaque along with an Arowana fish sitting on a bed of coins in the northwest for 2018 to appease Tai Sui and avoid the negative influences that could take place. I must strongly advise you not to disturb the ground of the location where Tai Sui sits for the year which is northwest in 2018. For the best protection in 2018, take a look at the 2018 Cures and Enhancers Kits. 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 2018 Annual Feng Shui Afflictions:
The Three Killings and Annual Five Yellow Star – north (322.5 – 37.5)
It’s essential you avoid making any form of deafening renovations or re-decorative work in the north part of your home or office between 4th February 2018 and 3rd February 2019. You should not disturb the ground by digging holes, 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 north, I would advise that you place a six hollow rod metal wind chime along with six Chinese I-Ching coins and a salt water cure in the north during 2018. This advice is important as it’s the worst of all the annual afflictions due to both the Three Killings and the Annual Five Star is located in the same area in 2018. We take this very seriously at the Feng Shui Store as we’ve seen some pretty nasty events over the past 37 years when this energy has been disturbed.
There are also another two other rules that you should follow regarding the Three Killings in 2018. Firstly, if you are moving your desk around this year, never sit with your back towards the north, it is better to face north instead.
Secondly, if your front door faces the north in 2018, you should take care not to slam the door. Settle and avoid the influence of the Three Killings by opening and shutting the door calmly or install a soft close hinge. The traditional cure is to place a six metal rod wind chime, six Chinese I-Ching coins, and a salt water cure to help avoid any problems initiated when the Three Killings visit the north along with the Annual Five Yellow Star. When disturbed, the Five Yellow Star can bring disaster, sickness, lawsuit and major loss of wealth so please be very careful in 2018 as it’s very afflicted.
Urgent repairs to your home or office in the north during 2018 will need a cure to prevent any negative consequences. You can place a six hollow metal rod wind chime between the building and where the work is being carried out 0r 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.
Tai Sui (The Grand Duke of Jupiter) – northwest (292.5-307.5)
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 northwest in 2018, 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 2018. If you have an office or shop door in the northwest this year, I would recommend installing a soft close attachment. The traditional Chinese method to appease Tai Sui is to place a Jiang Wu Tai Sui plaque along with an Arowana Fish sitting on a bed of coins to pay respect and appease the Deity and also enhance the annual #1 star. By paying respect to Grand Duke of Jupiter, we can weaken or avoid the problems this can bring. This advice is vital and we have included the Jiang Wu Tai Sui plaque along with an Arowana Fish sitting on a bed of coins in all our annual cures and enhancers kits.
Sui Po (Year Breaker) – Southeast (112.5 º -127.5 º)
Sui Po year breaker occupies the division directly opposite Tai Sui Grand Duke, which for 2018 is the southeast. 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 southeast of your home or office this year. Traditionally to appease Sui Po in a Dog year, you need to display a Cai Leishui crystal talisman and a Jiebaopinchuan Master Cure which works to appease Sui Po and also enhance the annual #8 in 2018 which we have included in all of our 2018 Cures and Enhancers Kits.
Where are the rest of the bad Flying Stars in 2018?
If you have to carry out work or emergency repairs in the west which is the location for the annual #2 for 2018, you should place a six hollow metal rod wind chime between the building and where the work is being carried out.
If your bedroom or office is located in the north, northwest, east, northeast, southeast or west, then please don’t panic. There is much you can do to ensure an enjoyable, trouble-free year. Start to prepare your 2018 cures and enhancers kit and be ready to have in place by 4th February 2018. 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 2018, we will all be placing the relevant Annual 2018 Cures and enhancers in the north, northwest, etc, to help dissipate the negative energy that is present for the year. Am I concerned about the north during the year of the earth Dog? Not at all; 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 very powerful tools in Feng Shui.
This year (2017), Michael and Jo are having the front windows replaced in the north sector of their home during the time of our busiest period when we upload all of the annual advice and cures. The reason for doing this is there will be window frames coming out, brickwork being replaced and overall, a lot of noise in the north and if we did this in 2018 when the #5 yellow and Three Killings are in the north, this could cause catastrophic results.
What should I do if I need to repair a driveway or have a similar renovation?
If your garden is in the north, northwest, southeast, or west in 2018, 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 Dog (2018), it would have caused us many problems as the northeast is where the five yellow and Three Killings are 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 north, northwest, southeast or west in 2018.
Place a six-rod metal wind chime between your house and building whilst the work is being done. Place a six-rod metal wind chime between your house and building work whilst the work is being done.
Start trimming or mowing from a different corner of the garden. Let us say your garden is in the north of the property where the 5 yellow and Three Killings are located in 2018. You should remember to start your garden work from the southwest or south corner of the garden as this carries an auspicious energy in 2018.
The simple thing to remember is 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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