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Flying Star Theory

The Eight House School of Feng Shui focuses its theory on the direction and interior of a house and how these suit people born in particular years. However, a complete feng shui evaluation should take into account both the time and space elements. Nothing is permanent in this ever-changing world. An "excellent" grave site found by a feng shui expert decades back does not imply that the descendents of the deceased will enjoy prosperity forever. The history of China demonstrates that dynasties rise and fall. There is obviously a time element involved.

The Flying Star School of Feng Shui further divides the eight directions in the Trigram into three sections, giving a total of 24 directions (otherwise known as the 24 mountains). Each direction occupies 15º in the compass. The houses are categorized based on their sitting and facing. A Chinese Compass or Luo Pan is essential for taking the exact direction.

Time Concept

Under the Flying Star School of Feng Shui, time is divided into three periods (Upper, Middle and Lower period), each of 60 years, and these 60 years are further divided into 3 ages of 20 years each, making up what we call the three periods and nine ages (). Each age has a ruling star or trigram which is expressed in numbers.

For example, the period 1984-2003 is called the Age of Seven and the ruling trigram is Dui (), represented by the number 7.

The nine ages correspond with the nine numbers of the original Lo Shu diagram. This diagram forms the basic of this school of feng shui. The numbers 1 to 9 are arranged around the 9-square grid in such a way that any three numbers add up to fifteen in any direction - whether calculated horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The numbers move or "fly" around the grid in a pre set sequence (see the diagrams below). This sets the flight path for the way all other numerals should "fly". Beginners in this Art are urged to memorize this path using their hand.


Every numbers and locations represents an element. For example, 1 can be used to represent Water and the South sector of a house is usually associated with Fire. The diagram below illustrates the representing elements of the nine numbers.


Birth Chart

A birth chart of a house shows the distribution of intangible force feng shui influence in relation to the house. Such natal chart can be drawn up on the basis of its direction and the age during which the building is constructed. The diagram below shows the birth chart of a house completed in 1985. The front and back of the house face South and North respectively.

Numbers inside the Square

Each square represents a direction. There are three numbers in each square. The larger number in the middle is derived from the age of the building. It is sometime referred as the Time Star or the Lo Shu number. The other two smaller numbers represent intangible feng shui influence the house will receive from a particular direction. They are derived from the direction of the sitting (back) and facing (front) of building respectively. The number on the left is the Mountain Star (Sitting Star) and the number on the right is the Water Star (Facing Star). In general, mountain stars influence human health and harmony while water stars affect the wealth and prosperity.

One very important principle to note is that when we have an auspicious star, we want to activate it so as to bring in wealth and prosperity. Similarly when we have a bad water star, we try to minimize activities so as to not aggravate the negative energy present.

Basics of 5 Elements
Cycle of Birth
Cycle of Destruction
Yin & Yang
Ten Heavenly Stems
Twelve Earthly Branches
Establishments & Uses of Heavenly Stems & Earthly Branches

Water Element
Wood Element
Fire Element
Earth Element
Metal Element
Relationships with Other Elements
A Four Pillar Example
How to Change One's Destiny

Schools of Feng Shui
River Map (He Tu)
Book of Lo (Lo Shu)
Eight House Theory
Applying Your Personal Trigram
Flying Star Theory

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