How to protect yourself, your family and your business during 2021, year of the Ox by avoiding the wrath of Tai Sui, Grand Duke, Sui Po, and all of the other annual afflictions.
© Written and updated by Daniel Hanna 2020
Are you prepared for 2021?
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 northeast, east, southeast and southwest.
Tai Sui location for 2021 – Northeast (22.5 – 37.5)
Three killings location for 2021 – East (52.5 – 127.5)
Annual five yellow location for 2021 – Southeast (112.5 – 157.5)
Sui Po location for 2021 – Southwest 202.5 – 217.5)
The Three Killings, Tai Sui, Annual five and Sui Po are all likely to be activated when carrying out noisy building work such as renovations, construction, development or loud hammering or drilling. Luckily, we’ve written exactly what you can do to avoid activating the annual afflictions in your home or workplace in 2021.
In the UK, COVID lockdowns have caused a lot of people to take on home improvement tasks around the home and in 2020, we received several thousand emails asking for advice on how to avoid angering Tai Sui when drilling holes in the home or even when doing a home workout where the annual five star is located as these activities can all disturb the afflictions. Knowing where the annual afflictions are in future years will help plan future jobs around the home, office and workplace and can help avoid all sorts of problems that the annual afflictions can bring. 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 2021 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.
What can I do to avoid the Three Killings in 2021?
The best way to avoid the wrath of the Three Killings during 2021 would be to not disturb the east of your home or workplace during the year of the Ox although, for most of us, this will not be possible. The east of My parents home has the staircase and with two grandchildren, they are constantly running up and down the stairs whenever they’re round and this is one thing that is likely to anger the Three Killings. To counteract the activity around the staircase, we will be placing the annual cures in the east of their home for 2021 to avoid activating the wrath of the Three Killings for the year of the Ox.
The east also has the annual #4 romance star fly in during 2021 so it is very important that we treat this area with care and try to keep noise levels to a minimum in order to benefit from the auspicious energy that the annual star can bring this 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.
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 east – not advised
• replacing windows or doors in the east – not advised
• Play drums in the east as loud as you possibly can – 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 east 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 east – fine to do so
If you have a task that you’re not sure about, send me a message in the comments section below, and I’ll get back to you as quick as I can.
With the annual afflictions, there is always a way to work around this issue and go ahead with work and not cause problems. My parents renovated their kitchen in the south of their home in 2020 which had the Three Killings, Sui Po and annual #2 located here for the year; in order to avoid causing any problems, we made sure all of the annual cures and enhancers were in place in the south for the year and then removed the tiles ourselves with hand tools, had the units built in a different area of the home and had the worktops cut to size beforehand so that there was minimal noise and activity in the south and nearly no power tools used to refit a whole kitchen. By placing the relevant cures and enhancers, taking care and avoiding making noise in the kitchen, they did not suffer any issues from the Three Killings or annual #2 star.
The Three Killings can bring health and financial issues when it is activated which are areas of our lives that we cannot afford to take chances with during the year of the Ox, making it an extremely important area to take care with this year. To enhance this area, I would place some strong water colours black, grey and blue in this area to enhance the east this year and also place a Ru Yuan Yi Chang wish and romance enhancer for 2021. If you have no choice but to carry out work in the east during 2021, I would take a look at the monthly Flying stars to make sure you do not have any inauspicious visiting stars located here while the work is being done.
If you read through this article and follow the advice that I’ve given, you can avoid the issues associated with disturbing the Three Killings in the east in 2021 which can range from health issues, financial loss, injuries and in extreme case, fatalities.
If you have a main door in the east, southeast, southwest or northeast in 2021, this is likely to cause a disturbance inside the home or workplace this year. The best cure for this is to make sure that the door is not slammed when used and you would also benefit from oiling the hinges and adjusting the alignment so that the door is not catching on the frame; the majority of the time, Feng Shui is as much about practical, simple changes in the home as it is about placing cures and enhancers.
The ideal choice would be to use another door to enter the home in an area that is not afflicted in 2021 although this is very rarely an option and for me, this would mean going through my garage and using the kitchen door which is not a practical choice for me. If you have a shop door in the east, southeast, southwest or northeast in 2021, I would suggest installing a soft close hinge as this will save you from a lot of issues throughout the year. 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 Ru Yuan Yi Chang wish and romance enhancer in the east from the 3rd February 2021 to the 3rd February 2022.
If your front door is located in the east, southeast, southwest or northeast, I would strongly recommend following the 2021 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 caused by garden work in 2021?
Cutting the grass and hedges cant be avoided around the home and I personally won’t be leaving certain compass sectors of my grass uncut during 2021. The traditional cure to place when cutting the grass, cutting down trees, trimming hedges or any other noisy activity this year is to place a six-rod hollow metal wind chime outside of your home, between the building and where the work is being carried out; you should place this before you start and leave it for a few hours after you have finished. If you do not have a wind chime, temporarily place a weighty metal object between the home and where the work is being done; good metal items to use are heavy pots and pans or a metal dumbbell.
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’. 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?
When you are spending time in one position such as sitting at your work desk, watching television or sleeping, you should try to avoid sitting with your back towards the east in 2021 as this will disturb 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 west if you can avoid it.
Do sit facing the east if you can.
It is always best to avoid having your back towards the east in 2021 for periods longer than two hours although I would not worry if you are sitting down for dinner with your back to the east if this is under two hours. If you do sit with your back to the east (facing west) for prolonged periods, you may find yourself feeling fatigued, lacking concentration and being the victim of gossip and rumours. If you have no choice but to sit with your back to the Three Killings during the year of the Ox, please make sure that have the relevant annual cures and enhancers in place for the year.
If you are able to, you can change your desk position so that you face towards the Three Killings which is in the east in 2021 although if this isn’t possible, I would place a pair of Chi Lin statues on your desk to dissipate the Three Killings.
Should I face Tai Sui or sit with my back to it in 2021?
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, I would not recommend facing towards Tai Sui during the year of the Ox as this will likely anger Tai Sui. During 2021, please try to avoid facing towards the northeast for periods longer than two hours. A good choice would be to sit with your back to Tai Sui for support in 2021 which would mean facing towards the southwest although 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 2021 (northeast), an essential cure and enhancer for the year of the Ox is to place a Yang Xin Tai Sui plaque in the northeast of your home or office for 2021 to appease Tai Sui, avoid the negative influences that could take place.
If you can avoid it, please do not disturb the ground in the northeast during 2021 as this will activate the malevolent energy of Tai Sui; if this cant be avoided, please make sure that you have your Annual Cures and Enhancers in place for the year. 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 2021 Annual Feng Shui Afflictions:
The Three Killings – east (52.5 – 127.5)
You must avoid making any form of deafening renovations or re-decorative work in the east part of your home or office between the 3rd of February 2021 and 3rd of February 2022. 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 east in 2021, I would strongly recommend that you place a six hollow rod metal wind chime while the work is being carried out and for a few days after. We take this very seriously at the Feng Shui Store as we’ve seen some pretty nasty events over the past 40 years when this energy has been disturbed.
There are also another two other rules that you should follow regarding the Three Killings in 2021. Firstly, if you are moving your desk around this year, never sit with your back towards the east, it is better to face east instead.
If you have a door in the east in 2021, 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.
A traditional and powerful Feng Shui cure for the Three Killings during 2020 would be to Ru Yuan Yi Chang wish and romance enhancer in the east from the 3rd February 2021 to the 3rd February 2022.
Urgent repairs to your home or office in the east during 2021 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 – southeast (112.5 – 157.5)
As of the 3rd of February 2021, we have the annual five yellow star fly into the southeast of every home, office and building for the year. When activated with noise or regular traffic, this inauspicious influence can bring disaster, illness, lawsuits and significant financial issues, making this a crucial area to treat carefully during the year of the Ox.
It is highly recommended that you keep the southeast calm and settled as often as possible during 2021 in order to avoid activating this area and avoid any building work or noisy activities. To control and weaken the influence of the annual five star, 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 in the southeast to avoid the problems that are associated with the #5 yellow disaster star.
A powerful and vital cure to place in the southeast of your home or office during 2021 is to place a gold-coloured statue of a Tsai Shen Yeh in the southeast of your building to weaken and appease the annual #5 yellow star which is why we have included the Tsai Shen Yeh in all of our annual cures and enhancers kits this year.
Please do not panic if the southeast, east, southwest or northeast of your home or workplace has a bedroom, office, living room or other regularly used room in one of these areas; just start preparing to place your 2021 cures and enhancers kit as of the 3rd February 2020 to ensure a trouble-free year and also cleanse any old cures that you will be reusing this year. To give you even better control, use our advanced Feng Shui 2021 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) – northeast (22.5 – 37.5)
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 you have a front door located in the northeast during the year of the Ox, please try to take care when coming through the door to avoid slamming the door as this is a sure way to anger Tai Sui. If you have an important room in the northeast, please try to keep this area calm and quiet in 2021 and avoid digging or renovating in the northeast this year; using hand tools should be fine as long as you are careful and keep noise levels low. The traditional Chinese method to appease Tai Sui is to place a Yang Xin 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) – Southwest (202.5 º -217.5 º)
Sui Po is the year breaker, and it occupies the compass sector directly opposite Tai Sui Grand Duke, which for 2021 will be in the southwest which also houses the annual 3 robbery star. The location that Sui Po is located in for the year should be treated the same way as any other annual affliction so please avoid too much noise in the southwest this year and avoid ground breaking and renovation. When Sui Po is disturbed, this area can and usually will cause immediate health problems, especially with regards to the elderly, so please be very careful with the southwest of your home or office this year.
Traditionally to appease this very nasty energy, you should introduce some fire colours along with a pair of Bi You Pi Yao statues in the southwest, facing towards the northeast which we have included in all of our 2021 Cures and Enhancers Kits.
Where are the rest of the bad Flying Stars in 2021?
With regards to the annual flying stars, during period 8 (2004-2024), the annual two, three, five and seven stars are considered inauspicious and will different issues when activated. During 2021, the inauspicious stars fall into the following compass sectors of every home, business and building around the world –
Annual #2 star – North
Annual #3 star – Southwest
Annual #5 star – Southeast
Annual #7 star – Northwest
If you have no choice but to carry out work or emergency repairs in your home or office in 2021 and the work needs to be done in the north, southwest, southeast or northwest, please make sure you have read through the 2021 Flying star analysis and follow the advice for the year as this will help you minimise potential problems that could arise from activating the inauspicious stars.
If your bedroom or office is located in the north, southwest, southeast or northwest, please don’t panic. There is much you can do to ensure an enjoyable, trouble-free year. Start to prepare your 2021 cures and enhancers kit and be ready to have in place by the 3rd February 2021. 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?
For 2021, we will all be placing the relevant cures and enhancers for the year of the Ox in every sector of our home to make sure that the inauspicious stars are weakened and the auspicious stars are as powerful as they can be.
I’m not personally worried about the annual afflictions during the year of the Ox as I know where they are located and will be careful when carrying out tasks in these areas throughout the year. 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 east, southeast, southwest or northwest, the best course of action would be to avoid building an extension or changing a patio in 2021 although I appreciate 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 Ox (2021), it would have caused us many problems as the northeast 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 east, southeast, southwest or northwest in 2021.
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 east of the property where the Three Killings are located in 2021. You should remember to start your garden work from the west corner of the garden as this carries auspicious energy during the year of the Ox.
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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