2007 was the Chinese year of the Fire Pig. If your animal sign is the pig (boar), then 2007 was a difficult year for you; however, not all pigs are equal. In Classical feng shui, the elements for each birth sign as well as the Chinese zodiac animal are examined. For example, if you are an Earth Pig, then you didn't suffer too greatly in 2007 since earth can smoother fire. A Water Pig was probably pushed to the boiling point, but also had the power to drown out the fire, so there was a certain regaining of balance during the year. A Metal Pig had a rougher year as did the Fire Pig and Wood Pig.
Classical Feng Shui Principles
As feng shui has gained in popularity, many people have discovered the various schools. Black Hat Sect feng shui is especially popular in the West since it's a very simplified version of more complex ones. People enjoy making a bagua map of their homes and placing feng shui items (cures) in various map sectors. While Classical feng shui uses the bagua, it's not the same layout for every home. Instead, Classical feng shui employs the use of Compass and Form feng shui schools. These feng shui principles utilize flying stars calculations to gain a precise picture of the energies that are affecting each sector of your home. Flying stars are examined each year as well as those that move within a 20-year period cycle.
Basic Classical Feng Shui Principles
Classical feng shui principles also include:
- Vibrating frequencies: In feng shui, everything in existence has a vibrating frequency. One of the goals is to understand and direct this energy for beneficial results. For example, flying stars attract energies into various sectors of your home.
- Objects: Feng shui uses objects for cures. For example, you might place a plant at the entrance of your home in order to attract positive chi to enter. A money tree with rounded edges is a good choice but a prickly cactus with pointed spikes that can hurt and create poison arrows should be avoided as should all pointed leaf plants.
- Elements: While symbolic objects are used for cures, the focus is really on elements. This is because elements are more important than the actual object or symbol. An element can activate or strengthen a sector of your home. You can also use an element to weaken the effect of a negative influence from a flying star and thereby lessen the overall effect it has on a sector and of course, your life.
Transitioning Annual Energies in Classical Feng Shui
As the world transitions from one year to the next, the "flying stars" move, too. Each year consists of positive and negative flying stars. The auspicious ones, of course, bring good luck and the inauspicious ones bring bad luck.
Annual Flying Stars
There are nine principle flying stars and they change position in your home sometimes daily, weekly, monthly and annually. The most important analysis is the annual one to determine where each star is for that year. Each area of your living space has a certain star and element assigned to that sector. Each element must be activated to have a positive influence in your life or in some cases, remedied to reduce or weaken the negative energy.
Annual flying stars for 2007 were located in the following sectors:
- Star 1: Southeast
- Star 2: Center
- Star 3: Northwest
- Star 4: West
- Star 5: Northwest
- Star 6: South
- Star 7: North
- Star 8: Southwest
Flying Star Periods
Feng shui practitioners have calculated the auspicious and inauspicious flying star areas over thousands of years. Unlike the annual flying stars, these flying star periods only transition every 20 years. The 2007 Chinese classical feng shui period was eight, which began in 2004 and will end in 2024.
The Star 2 is known as the black star or Ju Men. In 2007, its placement in the earth sector (center of your home) meant it created conflict, possible tax problems and contagious diseases. Stomach flu, a common ailment of Star 2, would also have been prevalent. Fires are strongly associated with this star and may have been a threat for many people in 2007.
Eight Period Feng Shui Symbols
The eighth period is considered a lower cycle or Earth cycle period. Things that give off positive vibrations during this time include items that come from the earth or are made from earth substances:
- Color yellow
- Precious stones
- Semi-precious stones
In Classical feng shui, the eighth period represents the transitioning from the Lake (Tiu) Trigram to the Mountain Trigram or Ken Trigram. This means that life is turning away from the ever-changing and constant movement of the water. The Mountain Trigram is a period of higher financial gain period than that of the stability and quiet reflection of The Lake.
Understanding Classical Feng Shui Periods
The principles and guidelines to Classical feng shui can be found in flying star numbers, trigrams and charts. It's a complex system, but once you master these and other feng shui principles, you can activate stagnant chi energy and use flying star charts to take advantage of the current year's energy. Looking back at times like the 2007 Chinese year can help you understand the flying star progressions each year and how they can affect your life.