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    Richard Giles, writer, astrologer, geomancer and Feng Shui consultant, was born in Adelaide, South Australia, spending his childhood in sunny bliss in the climate of the City of Culture. The Vietnam war and conscription turned him towards another way of life. Spiritual journeys in Thailand, India and Indonesia with Buddhism and meditation led him to a new analysis of the world. He took up the study of astrology in 1987 and more recently Feng Shui.
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    Check the Feng Shui in 2007
    for your house and business

    Feng Shui Compass

    Richard Giles, astrologer and feng shui expert, reminds us that the Flying Star numbers change each year and that in order to maintain the best and most prosperous living environment, we need to adjust it to maximise the beneficial chi and minimise the antagonistic chi. The best way to do this is to have a consultation with a practitioner in your neighbourhood, but here are a few pointers, according to the energies of the coming Year of the Pig.

    In the Year of the Pig, the Flying Star numbers that create challenges in your home will move on to new locations (see my 2006 Chinese Forecast). The Flying Stars are the moving parts or numbers of the energy of the house that shift each year to accentuate or detract from different sectors of your house. There are the prosperous energies and the illness and breakdown energies.

    The good fortune numbers are 8 and 9 and the sickness numbers are 5 and 2. The number 5 is also called the Yellow Five. These new numbers will move into place on the 4th February each year, the beginning of the solar year but it's always good to have your remedies in place in the last weeks of January as the influences begin to grow from then.

    Yearly numbers can bring a fortunate effect for your house if they fall into the front door or the office or your bedroom and the illness numbers can bring problems for you in your health. It's very helpful to consult a Feng Shui practitioner to find out exactly where these energies are going to be this year and what impact they will have on the resident Flying Stars of your own home, but what I've written here will be a useful guide.

    In February 2004 the centre cycle number found in the middle of every new building moved to the Age of Eight energy. Number 8 now becomes a key to your success in the twenty years ahead. Number 9 is the following cycle so its influence is also important. During 2007 the numbers 8 and 9 are found respectively in your SouthWest sector of the house and in the East. If your front door or office is in the SouthWest then you are blessed with a good flow of supportive success energy in 2007. To help it work avoid any blocking energies in those sectors so give them a good sweep out and clean the windows and doors. Get rid of clutter. The same applies to your East – if your front door is there, clean it up and redecorate. If it's appropriate, adding flowing water to the SouthWest and/or the East will benefit you. SouthWest is the relationships corner of the home and this year will be fortunate for businesses to do with marriage, wedding ceremonies, food, catering and restaurants as well as accommodation in the couples area.

    Feng Shui 6 Chinese Coins

    The numbers 5 and 2 fall respectively in the NorthEast and Centre of your house this year. If this is your front door, your bedroom or office, then take these precautions for 2007. The remedy for the number 5 is to hang a six piece metal windchime somewhere in the NorthEast sector of the house (outside). If you can't get hold of metal windchimes then find a bell or gong to hang. Best metals are copper, bronze or brass. If it's a front door or office then add metal items until the space settles down.

    Most difficult months for the 5 will be in February, August, and November. In the centre of your house hang a set of six coins tied together with red ribbon, or use the bell method. Colours to avoid in these sectors are reds and pinks, yellows and purples. Get rid of them for this year. If you have any moving objects in these sectors, especially water, then move them away this year.

    Stay Earthed This Year

    During 2006, the Yellow 5 was in the West and the 2 in the SouthEast. The West (in the BaGua – the Eight Directions) is your creativity, children and time for yourself and, in the SouthEast, it's money flow. Two commonly recurring problems for the year for many people I spoke to were their income flow and the time they had to themselves. Many have had problems with not enough time to relax or to enjoy the flowers. That will fade somewhat in 2007 and education, learning, meditation and quiet time will take precedence as problem areas.

    This year it's important to hold to your centre. Both the N.East and the Centre are ruled by the Earth element in Feng Shui and earthing yourself thoroughly will be the way to deal with the year's stresses. Go out into the forests or the mountains; take time to sit on the ground; practise your exercise more and use techniques that ground you well such as Tai Chi or Qi Gung. And enjoy quality good food and drink as they are ruled by the Earth. Nurture your relationships and ask to be nurtured. It's important in 2007 to stay calm and centred. We're on a Fire-Water whirl this year with the Fire Pig.

    The Grand Duke

    The other influence in 2007 is what's called the 'Grand Duke' energy. If your building faces the Grand Duke, you may experience problems. The Grand Duke energy is to do with the compass direction of the Pig, which is NorNorWest (at 322 to 338 degrees). It's not favourable to do any construction work or earth moving in this direction. It's also not recommended for you to sit facing exact NNW as you will be confronting that unfavourable energy. The other testy Flying Star in the house is number 3, which is one of lawsuits and theft. It's in the NorthWest for 2007. Put up a decorative sheet of red paper here to minimise its influence. And finally, Star number 7, bringing scandal or accidents, is in the North this year and is neutralised by a bamboo plant grown in water or a picture of bamboo.

    For any more information on home and business influences in 2007, I suggest you find a qualified Feng Shui practitioner. You can contact me in Australia, or look up the lists in your local directory in the state or country where you live.

    Yin Yang Richard Giles is a Feng Shui practitioner and astrologer who is available in Australia for consultations on your home and business. He has been involved in astrology for 15 years and writes for several Australian magazines. He is also the director of the Earth Healing School of Queensland, running practitioner courses in Earth Healing and Geomancy. Click to contact Richard Giles.

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