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Determine your favorable and un-favorable directions for working, sleeping and studying.
Feng Shui is based on the Chinese Solar Calendar. The sun influences our seasons and dictates our climates – therefore Feng Shui is not based on the Lunar Calendar which starts each year on January 1st. The Chinese hold February 4th as the “Beginning of Spring*” – this is the time when the new solar year begins. If you were born before February 4th you belong to one of the prior year’s eight trigrams. If you were born on February 4th or 5th you should check for the exact Trigram based on the day of your birth.
Each person aligns with one of the eight directions and can use four of the eight directions to their personal benefit. Find out how best to position yourself at home and at work. Please find out if your Trigram based on your birth year belongs to the East Group or West Group. Use the Chart below to determine your favorable and unfavorable directions.
John, born on 5th of February 1986 belongs to the K’un Trigram – therefore is a West–Group Person. (K’un/W). On the lower right of the Chart look up the favorable directions associated with the West Group (W). You will see W, SW, NW ,NE as the four best supporting directions. There is no particular ranking.
|The Personal Trigram Chart; including the East (E) – West (W) System|
|1940||Chien/W||Li/E||1983||Ken/W||Tui/W||Directions||East (E)||West (W)|
|1941||K’un/W||K’an/E||1984||Tui/W||Ken/W||Favorable||E, SE, S, N||W,SW,NW,NE|
|1942||Sun/E||K’un/W||1985||Chien/W||Li/E||Unfavorable.||W,SW,NW,NE||E, SE, S, N|
Align yourself with one your best directions
Use this chart as a guideline to finding your ideal directions, and avoid orienting yourself towards one of the negative directions.
For better sleep
Position your bed in such a way that your pillow (Pillow Direction) points into one of the good compass directions. In the example shown above this young man would have to have his pillow pointing either towards West, Southwest, Northwest or Northeast.
For supportive sitting directions
Your home office has all directions within it, and by situating yourself in any of your four good supporting directions will improve your productivity, increase your energies and your overall well-being. In placing your desk in such way that you are facing the “magnetic energy” from any of your supportive directions you will quickly feel a difference. However you place your desk in your home office avoid putting yourself in the situation in which the entry to your home office is behind you. If at all possible place your desk that your back is supported by a solid wall.
The East/West System (Ba Zhai) is a particular ‘easy’ teaching as a part of Feng Shui, however it plays an integral part in “Classical Feng Shui”. The purpose is for you to receive your favorable ‘directional’ energies by also avoiding if at all possible un-supporting directions.
*The Chinese New Year or “Spring Festival is the most important Chinese holiday. Commonly it is called the “Lunar New Year” as it is based on the luni-solar Chinese calendar. Chinese ‘New Year’s eve’ is known as chu xi – literally translated it means ‘Year-pass eve’. The ancient ‘Chinese New Year’ is known to be the longest and most important event of festivities in the Chinese Lunar Calendar as it is a reflection on people’s behavior and what they have believed in most.
Mike Schnippering is the founder of Feng Shui at Work. In 1996 he studied Feng Shui with Master Sang whose ancestors can be traced back to ancient China. He is committed to the true art and science of Feng Shui. His Feng Shui practice has taken him to various parts of the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Colombia and Argentina. You can follow him at Google+.