Eight Mansions Feng Shui

(Written by Sallie Tsui Sien)

This is probably one of the most comprehensive and accurate articles written on Eight Mansions Feng Shui I have ever seen. It not only offers clear and precise information but Sallie also teaches in such a way that you could use this valuable information almost instantly without the normal confusion that so many books and websites offer.

Michael Hanna 2-1-2004

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Locations and directions:

Most of our readers know what The Eight Mansions Theory is but there are still many who worry and are confused on the subject “direction and location” (also known as sector). Believe it or not but many Practitioners base their entire consultation on just this information alone, for us this is the basics but still a very important part of foundation.

The most commonly asked question is: “Should I relocate my desk so that I do not face southwest (I am a Gua 8) because in 2004, the annual 2 is in the southwest and this is not considered a good area in 2004”

Here we have a case of:

In Eight Mansions, the best (Sheng Ch’i) direction for a Gua 8 person is the southwest direction. But in Xuan Kong (Time Aspect) Feng Shui, in 2004, the southwest location (or sector) of all buildings / property is negatively influenced by the annual 2. Is it beneficial for a Gua 8 person to continue to sit facing the southwest direction?

The answer is yes. Those belonging to Gua 2, 6, 7 and 8 should not worry about facing southwest in 2004. But they (and everyone else) must avoid (if at all possible) using the southwest sector (or room) of the house or the office in 2004. Eight Mansions and Xuan Kong are two different concepts but are complementary to each other. When taken together, they provide us a more detailed analysis of the Feng Shui of our living space. As Master Practitioners we always use both systems on every consultation along with many other undisclosed formulas.

Let’s take some time and explain this. Eight Mansions (also known as Eight House Feng Shui) is only one of the components we use when we analyse the Feng Shui of a property. One theory of Eight Mansions addresses the different essence of Ch’i (energy) from the eight magnetic compass directions and how it affects us, as individuals, either positively or negatively. The formula and calculation of this are based on the year an individual is born. So if you are a Gua 8 person, your personal four good directions are southwest, northwest, west and northeast. You should try and face one of these directions all the time wherever you are. These directions do not change and are with you throughout your life wherever you are in the world and have no association with Xuan Kong flying star.

The Annual and Monthly Xuan Kong update in our newsletter looks at the movement of energies and where they land within the eight magnetic locations of a building or a house. It also deals with how the energies of the monthly stars, when combined with the annual star, affect each location (sector) and in turn how they affect the performances of the residents occupying these sectors. These energies are charted according to the three cycles and 9 periods. As from February 4th 2004 – February 2024, we will be in the lower cycle entering the 8th period. For more details on how to avoid these annual afflictions please click here.

In 2004, the annual governing star is the 5 Yellow in the central grid. 1 White in the north, 2 Black in the southwest, 3 Jade in the east, 4 Green in the southeast, 6 White in the northwest, 7 Red in the west, 8 White in the northeast and 9 Purple in the south.

From the above we see that in 2004, the southwest location / sector is visited by the Annual 2 Black star. The quality of the chi (energy) of 2 Black in Period 7 and Period 8 is in its threatening (untimely) stage. The underlying essence of this chi in the southwest location in 2004 is an inauspicious one.

During the year 2004, when an annual 2 Black combines with any untimely visiting monthly stars, the chi manifested from this combination can affect us negatively. The degree of influence varies according to the function of that particular sector. If this is your front door, the use of this sector on a daily basis will inevitably activate its malevolent effects. On the other hand, if this is your storeroom or cloakroom, this sector can be quite harmless.

You will not be affected by the annual 2 Black by facing southwest if you are a Gua 8 person. Facing southwest is good for you, but you (and everyone) should try avoiding using the southwest room of your property or the southwest office of the building in 2004. The southwest sector of every house or building is deemed unfortunate in the year 2004. If you have to use the southwest room, try to avoid the southwest corner of the room and arrange your desk so that you can face one of your four good directions, southwest included if you are a Gua 2, 6, 7 or 8 person.

I have included some charts and formulas below for you to quickly and accurately calculate your Ming Gua so you can start using your good directions to improve health, wealth, career, business, relationships and education immediately.

How to calculate your Gua number and determine your good and bad directions:

Year

Born

As from

Male Gua

Female Gua

 

Year
Born

As from

Male Gua

Female
Gua

1924

Feb-05

4

2

1966

Feb-04

7

8

1925

Feb-04

3

3

1967

Feb-04

6

9

1926

Feb-04

2

4

1968

Feb-05

5

1

1927

Feb-05

1

5

1969

Feb-04

4

2

1928

Feb-05

9

6

1970

Feb-04

3

3

1929

Feb-04

8

7

1971

Feb-04

2

4

1930

Feb-04

7

8

1972

Feb-05

1

5

1931

Feb-05

6

9

1973

Feb-04

9

6

1932

Feb-05

5

1

1974

Feb-04

8

7

1933

Feb-04

4

2

1975

Feb-04

7

8

1934

Feb-04

3

3

1976

Feb-05

6

9

1935

Feb-05

2

4

1977

Feb-04

5

1

1936

Feb-05

1

5

1978

Feb-04

4

2

1937

Feb-04

9

6

1979

Feb-04

3

3

1938

Feb-04

8

7

1980

Feb-05

2

4

1939

Feb-05

7

8

1981

Feb-04

1

5

1940

Feb-05

6

9

1982

Feb-04

9

6

1941

Feb-04

5

1

1983

Feb-04

8

7

1942

Feb-04

4

2

1984

Feb-04

7

8

1943

Feb-05

3

3

1985

Feb-04

6

9

1944

Feb-05

2

4

1986

Feb-04

5

1

1945

Feb-04

1

5

1987

Feb-04

4

2

1946

Feb-04

9

6

1988

Feb-04

3

3

1947

Feb-04

8

7

1989

Feb-04

2

4

1948

Feb-05

7

8

1990

Feb-04

1

5

1949

Feb-04

6

9

1991

Feb-04

9

6

1950

Feb-04

5

1

1992

Feb-04

8

7

1951

Feb-04

4

2

1993

Feb-04

7

8

1952

Feb-05

3

3

1994

Feb-04

6

9

1953

Feb-04

2

4

1995

Feb-04

5

1

1954

Feb-04

1

5

1996

Feb-04

4

2

1955

Feb-04

9

6

1997

Feb-04

3

3

1956

Feb-05

8

7

1998

Feb-04

2

4

1957

Feb-04

7

8

1999

Feb-04

1

5

1958

Feb-04

6

9

2000

Feb-04

9

6

1959

Feb-04

5

1

2001

Feb-04

8

7

1960

Feb-05

4

2

2002

Feb-04

7

8

1961

Feb-04

3

3

2003

Feb-04

6

9

1962

Feb-04

2

4

2004

Feb-04

5

1

1963

Feb-04

1

5

2005

Feb-04

4

2

1964

Feb-05

9

6

2006

Feb-04

3

3

1965

Feb-04

8

7

2007

Feb-04

2

4

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The Application of Eight Mansions and Ming Gua (Personal Trigram)

Finding your Ming Gua and the significance of the four auspicious and inauspicious directions

This table below shows the four favourable directions (in pink) and the four unfavourable directions (in grey) of your Ming Gua number.

Special note:

If you are a male and your Ming Gua is 5, you should use the directions attributed to Gua 2.

As a Gua 2 your four favourable directions are NE, W, NW and SW.

If you are a female and your Ming Gua is 5, you should use the directions attributed to Gua 8. As a Gua 8 your favourable directions are SW, NW, W and NE.

Gua

Sheng Chi

Tien Yi

Yan

Nien

Fu Wei

Ho Hai

Wu Kwei

Lui Sha

Chueh Ming

Elements

1

SE

E

S

N

W

NE

NW

SW

WATER

2

NE

W

NW

SW

E

SE

S

N

EARTH

3

S

N

SE

E

SW

NW

NE

W

WOOD

4

N

S

E

SE

NW

SW

W

NE

WOOD

5

  Gua 2

FOR

MALE

AND

GUA

8

FOR

FEMALE

EARTH

6

W

NE

SW

NW

SE

E

N

S

METAL

7

NW

SW

NE

W

N

S

SE

E

METAL

8

SW

NW

W

NE

S

N

E

SE

EARTH

9

E

SE

N

S

NE

W

SW

NW

FIRE

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The Four Favourable directions and their meanings:

Sheng Chi (The breath of Life)

The energy from this direction attracts prosperity, vitality, respectability and reputation. This is your best magnetic direction. Strive to face this direction when conducting anything important, e.g. interview, business negotiation, your office desk.

Tien Yi (Heavenly Doctor)

This magnetic direction fosters good health

Anyone with poor health should try to locate his or her bed head to this direction. (The crown of your head should point to this direction when you are lying down).

Yan Nian (commonly known as Nien Yien)

Yan Nian direction enhances the quality of relationships in the family. This direction also promotes longevity. This is a good direction for adolescents going through growing pains.

Fu Wei (overall harmony)

This energy brings about peace. This is a good direction for meditation and for very young children to face or to sleep with their head (crown) pointing to this direction when they are lying down. If you are into self-development, this is the direction where your bed head should be.

The Four Unfavourable directions and their meanings:

These are the four directions that one should avoid strenuously especially the two worst directions.

Ho Hai (Obstacles and mishaps)

This energy is considered the least harmful but has been known to lead to all kinds of intermittent difficulty and frustration.

Wu Kwei (Five Ghosts)

This energy generates the kind of bad luck that leads to fire, loss of income, burglary, fear and insecurity.

Lui Sha (Six Killings)

This direction represents scandals, missed opportunities, legal entanglements and illnesses

Chueh Ming (Total loss)

This is the most harmful and dangerous direction. This energy represents disaster, misfortune, disease and unproductive career. Every care should be taken to avoid facing this direction.

How to calculate your Gua number

For those of you that are eager to learn how to calculate your own Ming Gua without the quick and easy charts above I have included the formula below.

The Ming Gua number is calculated according to the year of birth. Those born between 1st January and 5th February should consult the calendar below to ascertain the solar year they are born in.

In Feng Shui calculation, the Hsia (solar) calendar is used. Spring, according to the Hsia calendar, starts between the Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year) and the Spring Equinox. This day occurs around February 4th or 5th each year.

GUA FORMULAS FOR MALE (for birth years before year 2000)

Ascertain birth year if born between 1st Jan and 5th Feb. Otherwise, birth year is when born.

For example, year of birth – 1945 March 3rd (therefore birth year 1945)

Add the last two digits of the year.

4 + 5 = 9

10 – 9 = 1

Ming Gua number is 1

GUA FORMULAS FOR FEMALE (for birth years before year 2000)

Ascertain birth year if born between 1st Jan and 5th Feb. Otherwise, birth year is when born.

For example, year of birth – 1946 Jan 25th (therefore birth year 1945)

This person was born in the solar calendar year of 1945

Add the last two digits of the year. 1945

4 + 5 = 9

9 + 5 = 14 (add numbers together to reduce to one digit)

1 + 4 = 5

Ming Gua number is 5

Favourable and unfavourable directions are those of Gua 8 (as above).

GUA FORMULAS FOR MALE (for birth years from year 2000)

Ascertain birth year if born between 1st Jan and 5th Feb. Otherwise, birth year is when born.

For example, year of birth – 2001 March 3rd (therefore birth year 2001)

Add the last two digits of the year. 2001

0 + 1 = 1

9 – 1 = 8

Ming Gua number is 8

GUA FORMULAS FOR FEMALE (for birth years from year 2000)

Ascertain birth year if born between 1st Jan and 5th Feb. Otherwise, birth year is when born.

For example, year of birth – 2002 Jan 25th (therefore birth year 2001)

This person was born in the solar calendar year of 2001

Add the last two digits of the year. 2001

0 + 1 = 1

1 + 6 = 7

Ming Gua number is 7

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