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20th August 2008


Construction and Move-in Date in Xuan Kong Flying Star Feng Shui

Which period do I use to plot a house chart?


A common problem of plotting a Xuan Kong Flying Star (XKFX) chart of a house is deciding whether to use the construction date or move-in date to determine the house period. This controversy has been much discussed by many practitioners using this system of feng shui. Some even uses the renovation date or current date to plot the chart during a house audit. This confusion usually arises when the construction date was before a period change and the move-in date occurred after the period changes. For example, if a house was constructed in 2003 and people only started to stay in the house from 2005 onwards, which period should you use to plot the Flying Star chart when the San Yuan Xuan Kong period changes from period 7 to period 8 in 2004? Which method is correct and which approach should I follow? In fact, I don't really care what others think. I would rather derive my own viewpoint through my logic. In this article I shall write my thoughts on this sticky subject about construction date and move-in date and you will decide for yourself which school of thought makes more sense.

Proponents of move-in date system often argue using the concept of Cosmic Trinity (San Cai 三才) of Heaven, Earth and Man 天地人. They said that all three components need to be present in order to mark the start of the period to plot the house chart. The rational behind this “Trinity” concept is due to the belief that feng shui concerns people and it affects people. Without people, there is no need to talk about feng shui. Timing and location without involving people in the equation is meaningless and invalid; all three components need to be around to complete the Trinity. With the presence of people in the house after the move-in, the feng shui will starts to affect people from that point in time onwards. It does not matter whether it is an old house or new house. For example, if people start to move in and stay in the house in 2005 which was built in period 7, then the house chart will be plotted using period 8 because 2005 is in period 8. Make sense? Right.

On the other hand, for people using construction date as a base to determine the house period, their argument is usually about comparing the birth chart of a house to a person’s birth chart as in Chinese astrology like Bazi or Zi Wei Dou Shu. In Bazi charting the date and time a person was born is used plot the natal chart of the person. Similarly, the concept is ported over for house. The time the house was built signifies the “birth of the house” and therefore the house chart is calculated from that point onwards using that period. Make sense? Logically it seems right.

Which method do I believe and use? Personally I use construction date when I plot XKFX chart. What is the rational behind my belief? Let me try to convince you here…

Suppose we perform an imaginary experiment using a six-sided paper carton box. We remove one side of the box and place the removed side over a grass patch in an open field outside the house. Now we have an enclosed box with the bottom opened sitting over living grass. Although the box is exposed to the rain and sun, the inside is completely shielded from the external environment. Over a period of few weeks when we remove the carton box, we can imagine that the once grassy area covered by the box would have turned yellow or the grass has completely withered and died. What does this simple experiment tells us? Common sense tells us that living things like grass need sunlight, water and air to survive. Even with little air or water but no sunlight, living things will gradually die inside an enclosed area. Now imagine if we put a small potted plant into the box, we can also guess that the plant will also die after a while, together with the grass in the box. Does it matter whether we put the plant into the box on Day 1 when we setup the experiment or a few weeks later after the box was setup? The point I am making is that the moment the box is setup, “feng shui” inside the box starts to take effect (think of the grass and construction date). If the small potted plant is put into the box a few weeks later, the grass and plant will both still die (think about the plant and move-in date).

The objective of this imaginary experiment is to prove that living thing is not part of the equation when we consider feng shui timing. Once a house is built and completed (just like the box in our experiment), feng shui of the environment will start to affect the house, it does not matter whether there are people living in the house or not. The original Qi condition inside the box is represented by the grass condition the moment the box is setup and the plotted plant placed into it later is represented by people moving into the house at a later date.

Fengshui Qi, be it good or bad, is not a living thing and therefore does not know how to recognize whether there are people living in the house or not. The moment the house is built, based on the date, house orientation, surrounding environment, the feng shui Li Qi formula starts to kick in and the Qi will start to flow, affecting the empty house. Anybody who moves into the house at a later date (like the potted plant) will be still affected by original unique Qi in the house which was created or formed when the house was built. If a hole was cut at one side of the box, allowing air and sunlight to get through, condition of the grass and plant may improved or it just takes a longer time to die. This hole can thought of as “Qi Mouth” and can be equated to represent the main door of a house. Which side of the box the hole faces will determine the amount of sunlight getting into the box (think house facing). If there are additional holes added to the box, they can be looked upon as windows of the house.

Regarding the change of period, based on the San Yuan Flying Star system, the change of period occured in 2004. This is the time the Qi of the environment changes its form. Using the analogy from the box experiment, to change the period of a period 7 house to period 8 , the house needs to be demolished and re-built, or at least have the roof removed to let in the sunlight in period 8, just like removing the box and let the grass grow to its original healthy state gradually. Based on this theory, the ground the house sits on needs to be exposed to sunlight for a considerable period of time to rejuvenate the Qi. The date the roof is removed is the time the Qi in the house starts to disperse. Removal of the roof to let in sunlight will cause a "reset" to the Qi condition in the house to the current period’s Qi. If the period of this "reset" occurs in period 8, then a successful change of period can be considered and a new house chart can be re-plotted.

Based on my research, I have found that using construction date to plot Flying Star chart seem to give a better picture of the condition of the people living in the house. However, to be sure, I will always try to plot 2 period charts for comparison if the house was built at an earlier period prior to the current period. So having read my view on this construction date vs move-in date controversy, I would certainly like to hear your feedback on this.


By Cyril Quah

"The Feng Shui Connoisseur"

August 20, 2008

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