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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.
    Richard lives in sunny Queensland in the valleys of the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at Crystal Waters community, where he works as an astrologer and Feng Shui practitioner doing consultations and continues writing for various magazines and newspapers. He organises the 2 day Crystal Waters Astrology Conference each year in October.

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    Check the Feng Shui in 2008
    for your house and business

    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 Rat.

    From traditional Feng Shui principles, there are flying numbers called Flying Stars that arrive in different sectors of the house each year. These Flying Star numbers influence a building's good and bad fortune. In the year of the Rat, the Flying Star numbers that create challenges in your home will move on to new locations (see my 2007 Chinese Forecast).

    There are prosperous energies, as well as the illness and breakdown energies. The good fortune numbers are 8 and 9 and the sickness numbers are 5 and 2. The two most important, the number 5 is called the Yellow Five, and the number 8 is called the White Star. These new numbers 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 their influence begins to grow from then on.

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

    The Age of Eight

    In February 2004 the centre cycle number, found in the middle of every new building, moved to the Age of Eight energy. Number 8 is now a key to your success in the fifteen years remaining to 2023. Number 9 rules the following cycle from 2024, so its influence is also important. During 2008 the numbers 8 and 9 are found respectively in your East sector of the house and in the SouthEast. If your front door or office is in the East, then you are blessed with an abundant flow of supportive success energy this year. To make it work for you, avoid any blocking energies in those sectors, give them a good sweep out and clean windows and doors. Get rid of clutter. The same applies to your SouthEast – if your front door is there, clean it up and redecorate. If it's appropriate, add flowing water to the East and/or the SouthEast for that will bring benefit. Feng Shui Metal ChimesEast is the family, ancestors and health corner of the home, so this year will be fortunate for businesses to do with family trees, health practitioners, gardens and nurseries.

    The numbers 5 and 2 fall respectively in the South and NorthWest of your house this year. If this area has your front door, bedroom or office, then take these precautions for 2008. The remedy for the number 5 is to hang a six piece metal windchime somewhere in the South sector of the house (outside). If you can't get hold of metal windchimes, then find a metal bell or gong to hang. Best metals are copper, bronze or brass. If it's a front door or office then add these metal items until the space settles down. Don't use bamboo, wood or glass chimes. Clear out any clutter and let the areas breathe freely.

    Most difficult months for the 5 Star will be in March, September, and December. In the NorthWest of your house hang a set of six coins tied together with red ribbon or use the bell method. Another way to work is to use the salt water 'cure' which involves six coins in glass containers with salty water in those two sectors. At the end of the Chinese year, put their lids on and throw them out. 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 flowing water, then move them away this year.

    The Grand Duke

    The other precaution to take relates to the direction of the year's incoming energies from the zodiac animal of the year, the Rat, from the North. It's called the 'Grand Duke' and is like a military man on a horse, riding towards you. Do not challenge him by facing his direction, but face to the other direction. If your office desk faces to the north, turn it to another suitable position until the year is over. It's advisable to not do any renovations in the northern part of your home for 2008. They may bring problems, poor luck or never be finished on time.

    In the year of the Rat, the Flying Star Number 1 is in the centre of the house. Number One is the Water Star, called in Chinese 'Tan Lang', which means 'The Angel of Sheng Chi' or the best Chi (energy) . It's good to have the Water Star there, but the centre number often reflects the focus of events prevailing in the year. So we can assume that Number One in the centre in 2008 will bring issues to do with water supplies, flooding and water borne diseases and water disasters.

    For any more detailed information on house influences in 2008, 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 organises the 2 day Crystal Waters Astrology Conference each year in October. Click to contact Richard Giles.

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