Some people do not see any improvements in their life despite applying the correct Feng Shui rules. Others require a longer time to for Feng Shui to start working, sometimes taking months to years to see just a little bit of improvement.
It is something a lot of us have been going through.
Personally, I have been practicing the methods of analyzing a person’s Bazi to design the Feng Shui setup for my clients for nearly a decade, and the results have spoken by themselves. The changes are faster, more powerful, and long lasting.
In this article, I’m sharing my insights into how Bazi and Feng Shui can be combined for a better understanding of who you are to get stronger Feng Shui results.
First, let’s start with the limitations of the use of a person’s Kua, a commonly used Feng Shui approach. Then, I will tell you what Bazi is, where it came from, and why it can be applied to get better Feng Shui results.
The Commonly Used Kua Approach is Limited
Feng Shui, in its classical Yang form, is a body of methods to harness the Chi of the environment and uses it to benefit people living or using a place. Here we need to differentiate what can be a good environment, a good layout and finally a good place for the people.
For example, the old forests of China that are kept for their beneficial Chi are a good environment to live nearby. A house build with a facing that takes advantage of such Chi, and which also has an internal layout that respects important Feng Shui rules on central axis, Northwest sector, stove and water exit can have a good Feng Shui layout.
However, some people might still NOT benefit from living there, and this is due to the issue of connecting the place to the people using it.
In residential Feng Shui, most forms use the methods of the Kua (or “Gua”) to factor in “people”. These methods separate people in two groups. One is the West group that favors facing a West direction and a master bedroom in a West sector. Such directions and sectors are Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and West.
The reverse group favors places with an East type of facing and bedroom allocation, which are North, East, Southeast and South. Other rules on placement of the bathroom, kitchen and working space are used based on those two groups. There are 8 Kua’s altogether that gives a basic personality type as well as auspicious and inauspicious sector, from the best to the worse. For example, those directions are called Shen Qi (prosperity), Fu Wei (Stability) or Liu Sha (Six Killings).
How are the Kua’s deducted? There are different calculations possible, but all of them are based on the Chinese year of birth and the gender of the person. Basically, the Kua’s separate humanity in two groups and then 8 types. It is akin to saying that we are made of male and female, and then we can be Caucasian, Asian, Black etc.
Sure, such information define some aspects of who you are. However, it begs the question: when I tell you that you are a Black woman or an Asian man, do I have an accurate representation of who you are? Do I know your health, staple food, musical tastes, genetics, and so on? Not really.
The Kua is a useful but superficial way of describing what works for you. And when it comes to tailor your whole home with the Chi to manifest the life you want, the Kua’s approach can be very limiting.
Comparing Feng Shui’s Kua to Bazi
What would be better is to use a tool that gives much more information on who you are and what works for you, or do not. The Bazi provides this complete information.
If the Kua is akin to a physical examination, the Bazi is now a complete lab report with blood tests and gene profiling. As you can imagine, having such wealth of data give much more information on what “heals” you and make you stronger!
That doesn’t mean that you cannot get good results with the Kua approach. This approach is not erroneous; it is simply one layer of you.
By combining an approach that use both your Kua and Bazi information, we get much more aspects of who you are and what can positively transform your life. Denying that both can be used together is to say your blood test should not be used in diagnosing your ailments.
Here’s an analogy. If a superfood brings some people to their max but you are allergic to it, you can’t expect the same results. Knowing your allergies changes everything. That is when we find the super-food that works for you. That is when we read your Bazi.
As most of you are more familiar with Feng Shui than Bazi, let’s see what Bazi really is about.
Understanding Bazi as a Time Code
If you want a very simple starting point, the Bazi is your complete date of birth translated into the traditional Chinese calendar, commonly called Hsia or Ten Thousand Year Calendar. This calendar is used for Chinese metaphysics and shows both lunar and solar months.
The system to code time uses the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches.
What are they? To keep it simple, the Stems are the expression of the 5 Elements/phases in a Yin or Yang form. So we have 5 x 2 = 10 Stems that are Yang and Yin forms of the Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Earth Elements.
The Branches are a bit more complex. While the Stems contain one type of Chi only, the Branches are often a mix of several of them. They are the expression of a less pure and earthier Chi at work in the physical world. Everyone actually knows the Branches under their common name, as they are also the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Those are the coding blocks of a given time in the Hsia calendar: a Stem on top of a Branch.
Every year is made of a Stem over a Branch. For example, 2016 is the Yang Fire Monkey, where the Yang Fire is the Stem and the Monkey the Branch. 2015 was the Yin Wood Goat/Sheep, 2014 the Yang Wood Horse and so on.
The system gives us information on the type of Chi at work for this given time. For example, 2016 has a strong Fire Chi that interacts with the Water, Metal and Earth contained in the Monkey. This dynamics bring worldwide tendencies and events depending on each month as well. On top of the 12-year cycle defined by the 12 animals, there is also a greater 60-year cycle.
Finally, the last notion is that the expression of months, days and bi-hours is derived from the same logic by extrapolation. So we end up with 12 months for the 12 animals and also 12 days (or 10 if you prefer to look at the Stems for days) and 12 bi-hours in a 24 hours day. For example, 11h to 13h (11am to 1pm) is the hour of the Horse sign every day.
Finding Your Bazi
Your complete date of birth is by itself a year, month, day and time of birth. Using the Chinese system of coding, we end up with 4 sections known as the “Four Pillars of (your) destiny”. The Four Pillars are:
First Pillar = your year of birth
Second Pillar = your month of birth
Third Pillar = your day of birth
Fourth Pillar = your time of birth.
Bazi, by itself, means 8 characters in Chinese rather than 4 Pillars. As each Pillar is made up of a Stem and Branch, like every time unit in the Chinese calendar, we end up with 8 characters in a Bazi chart: 4 Stems on top of 4 Branches. That is for how this system is built.
As for what it means…
Your Bazi is Your Spiritual DNA
Once your complete date of birth has been translated into the 4 Pillars, we have what is called a Bazi chart.
Each Pillar reveals information about your abilities for different careers, relationships, to make money, your personality, your physical appearance, possibly some of your karma and life’s mission. In other words, your Bazi contains a wealth of information on who you really are. It is for the skilled astrologer to decipher your Bazi and read it.
Through your date of birth, the Bazi gives a true “code” to understand your natural tendencies, which is akin to your “spiritual DNA” on top of your biological DNA.
Furthermore, the Bazi is not static. There is a progression in the Pillars themselves, as the year influence is stronger between your birth at the age of 15; then the month from 15 to 35, the day 35 to 65 and the time onward. This is a time lecture that comes on top of the other aspects.
Finally, another chart calculated from your date of birth gives what is known as your Luck Pillars. Those are different Pillars that give a 10-year long influence on your life and an additional timing.
For example, through the age of 4 to 14, you might go through the influence of your first Luck Pillar, the Yin Metal Pig, followed by the Yang Water Rat from 14 to 24 and so on. The combination of this Luck Pillar with the current Chinese year AND the reading of your own Pillar allow for precise predictions on the influences you will go through in your career and personal life.
Once you have this info, you can make the best possible choices by knowing what the likely outcome will be if you open a new business, resell one, change work, move to a different city, etc. on the specific year, and even month. You can literally be in the flow by adapting your behavior, business and personal decision to balance the trends as seen in your personal “map” for this lifetime.
That is your Bazi.
Your date of birth will never change, and therefore those influences remain with you through your whole life.
Suggested: Discover your natural tendencies and luck pillars with a Bazi reading. Learn more.
As something so unique and individualized, does it not make sense to see how it can be integrated with another unique and tailored aspect, which is the Feng Shui of your home?
Combining Feng Shui & Bazi: A Powerhouse to Transform Your Life.
But can we really combine Bazi with Feng Shui? Is it practical or even logical? The answers to those questions are given both by history and by looking at the tools we use in Feng Shui.
Historical Connection between Bazi and Feng Shui
Historically, the Bazi appeared much later than the Feng Shui practice. There are some evidence that the first trace of Yin Feng Shui go back as far as Neolithic China. The oldest forms currently followed are more than 2000 years old. The first forms of Feng Shui were therefore done without Bazi.
Records, however, show us that Feng Shui and Bazi come from common concepts and a common vision of the world, and that Chinese Emperors soon had their Bazi analyzed along with Feng Shui designed for them. Some lineages then saw how both could be further connected, such as the Han Wu San Yuan lineage. This lineage, which I follow, can be traced back to 72 generations. It integrated Bazi into the Feng Shui process early on, as it saw the advantages that could be derived from such information. Using the Bazi to design an excellent and personalized Feng Shui setup is not recent and therefore has profound historical roots in Chinese metaphysics.
Feng Shui’s Luo Pan is Connected to Bazi’s Time Code
If one still doubts that both can be matched, a look at any Luo Pan provides us with some strong evidence.
The 8 main directions are divided into 24 sub-directions, called the 24 mountains. Those mountains are made of the same Stems and Branches used to code time in the Hsia calendar, plus 4 extra symbols (the 2 Earth Stems belong to the center, rather than the Luo Pan ring). From earlier, you know that this system of time is also the same used by the Bazi itself!
By pairing Bazi and Feng Shui, we have a full expression of the concept of the 3 Lucks (or 3 Factors) in action: Heaven, Human, and Earth.
The Bazi is an expression of the Heaven Luck (being born on a specific date due to karma) and Human Luck (influence of the parents). The Feng Shui works on the Earth Luck mostly, by also taking into account the temporal aspects sent by Heaven. The Stems and Branches are therefore a practical code for the Chi that is altogether a TIME, a specific SPACE, and a PERSONALITY aspect! Their own nature represents the 3 Lucks themselves: Heaven, Human and Earth.
Suggested: Find out your Heaven Luck. Get a Bazi reading with Feng Shui Nexus.
And so here you have it. Rather than choosing the best bedroom sector and home facing for a family based on their sole year of birth, does it not make more sense to use their FULL date of birth to allocate their sectors?
For example, if your Bazi has 3 Dragons in your Pillars, chances are that you won’t like too much sleeping in Northwest under the Dog, EVEN if this is your Sheng Qi sector!
Remember that, as complicated a Feng Shui formula is, we always go back to the building blocks: Yin and Yang and the 5 Elements. The same language is used in both Feng Shui and Bazi. They both share the same Stems and Branches, as they are representation of three different aspect of a given Chi – time, space and you.
Other methods of Chinese metaphysics have also been paired with Feng Shui for greater efficiency.
For example the Qi Men Dun Jia oracle can be used to stimulate a lucky sector each month (technique that I share with you in my blog) or to activate a house when you are moving in, based on the main door location. Another example is the Xuan Guong Da Gua, which can also be used in Feng Shui to determine an auspicious door facing, based on the 64 hexagrams and others.
Chinese metaphysics is very vast and diverse but it is important to remember they are all branches of the same tree, and they help each other. If you want to experience another type of Feng Shui and understand where your life is going, try pairing a full Bazi analysis to your Feng Shui redesign. Throughout my experience, this pairing has brought faster, more powerful, and longer lasting results.
How has Feng Shui been working for you? Have you tried pairing Feng Shui with Bazi? Comment below and me know!
Laurent Langlais is a Feng Shui and Bazi master trained by the Han Wu San Yuan lineage. He consults worldwide for home and business and guide his clients through the analysis of their Four Pillars of destiny. Featured on BBC’s The Why factor, he makes monthly predictions based on the Bazi on his blog www.laurentlanglais.com where you can follow him. Contact him now for your Bazi analysis and to experience a powerful Feng Shui based on your Four Pillars.