Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there so many
different names - Qi and Chi, Gua and Trigram, etc?
Do we have to use a
compass in telling Feng Shui?
Can I use a common
compass instead of a Chinese Lou Pan?
How to put the flying
Why are there so many different
names - Qi and Chi, Gua and Trigram, etc?
Different names were created for
Feng Shui during the past decades due to different translations and
transcriptions. Before 1979, Wade–Giles was the main system
used to transcribe Mandarin to English (e.g.: Chi). Now, the
Pinyin is the most commonly used one (e.g.: Qi). Since Hong
Kong was the only window between China and the western world during
1949 and 1979, Cantonese (another Chinese dialect used in Hong Kong
instead of Mandarin) was used in transcribing Chinese to English
(e.g. Bat Gwa). Sometimes translators used translation instead
of transcription (e.g. trigram). All these make Feng Shui
practice have different names and is difficult for people who cannot
read and understand Chinese characters.
Do we have to use a compass in
telling Feng Shui?
Yes and No. For Feng Shui
masters of the Form stream, they do not need a compass to tell the
Baqua direction. However, it is very difficult to use Form stream
alone to practice Feng Shui accurately without years of study and practice.
For Feng Shui methods using a Bagua, it is necessary to use a
compass to tell the exact direction. Otherwise, it is like
reading a map to find roads without using a compass.
Can I use a common compass
instead of a Chinese Loupan?
Yes, you can use any compass that
provides an accurate reading. The Loupan is good for Feng Shui
practice as it contains all the charts and tables, making it much
easier for the consultant to tell the details.
How to put the
The theory of flying stars and
their arrangements are quite complicated. There are different
schools advocate for different methods of putting the stars.
Some suggest that the basic flying stars are put according to the current
period of time.
For example, if the current year was 1990, then it would be in
period 7 (1984 - 2004). We should put '7' in the centre and
then 8, 9, 1, 2, 3 and so on according to the method. If the
current year is 2018, then it will be in period 8 (2004 - 2024).
We should put '8' in the centre and then 9, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on
according to the method.
However, some other schools
suggest the stars should be put according to the year that the
property was built. If the property was built in 1976, which
was in the period 6 (1964 - 1984), then we should put '6' in
the centre and then 7, 8, 9, 1, 2 and so on according to the method.
Some schools will also put the
stars according to the trigram of the owner. If the owner's
trigram is 2, then we should put '2' in the centre and then 3,
4, 5, 6, 7 and so on according to the method.
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