Flying Stars feng shui for 2014

*Flying Stars is a discipline in feng shui.

Another year is soon to pass. With the departure of the Water Snake's slow energy, we welcome the lively and powerful energy of the Wood Horse.

The Year of the Wood Horse signifies all the vitality, excitement and strength of its namesake, and brings a year filled with adventures and challenges. But before you go riding headfirst into the New Year, you may like to find out what Flying Stars the Horse will bring to your home this year.

Lucky and unlucky spots in your home this year
  • For the safety of the property's occupants, you may want take great pains to keep this sector quiet and inactive due to the #5 Star's association with calamities, injuries and accidents.
  • If avoidance is impossible, place metal objects made of copper, brass or iron to defuse the negative effects of the #5 Star - but do not aggravate this sector by performing any renovations or ground breaking.
  • The #2 Black Star lands in the East sector, rendering it the illness sector. It will be another sector to shun, especially if you are pregnant.
  • In a strange twist however, this sector could be beneficial for property and real estate investments.
  • If you wish to avert any heated arguments, emotional upheavals and explosive tempers, then the Northeast and Southeast sectors are the ones to avoid.
  • Those with existing health conditions should not use the Northeast sector or they may find their health deteriorating further. If the front door of your property is in this sector, you must be extra careful due to increased risk of burglary and theft.
  • If you are a student, academician, researcher, philosopher or writer, you will greatly benefit from the #1 White Star which resides in the Southwest sector this year. Any wealth or career related pursuits as well, will receive a boost from regular usage of this sector.
  • Aside from these advantages, you will also see an elevation in terms of reputation and social status, and stronger ties in people relations. This means it would be an excellent sector for couples looking to tie the knot.
  • Being the main and secondary Wealth sectors respectively, homes and offices with the main door in these sectors will see an influx of good returns from businesses, investments or work.
  • Even if your main door is not located in these sectors, you will be able to draw on its positive influences by placing Yang-natured objects there such as fans, clocks and televisions.
  • Complement the beneficial energies of the South sector by utilising the North sector to enhance one's income, especially for those who are starting a new job or launching a long-term endeavour, those who are looking for new prospects or a break in their career will be able to gain an advantage from the North sector.
  • Couples looking seeking to get hitched or start a family should utilise it as much as possible to nurture a prosperous and happy marriage.

Prior to revealing the best sectors, we will dish out the unpleasant ones first as these are the ones you may want to pay close attention to so that you may know what to avoid in 2014.

The Northwest sector is probably the most dangerous sector as the #5 Yellow Star resides here this year.

For the safety of the property's occupants, you may want take great pains to keep this sector quiet and inactive due to the #5 Star's association with calamities, injuries and accidents. If avoidance is impossible, place metal objects made of copper, brass or iron to defuse the negative effects of the #5 Star - but do not aggravate this sector by performing any renovations or ground breaking.

Career predictions for the Year of the Horse
  • 1900 -1912 -1924 -1936 -1948 -1960 -1972 -1984 -1996
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Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable
  • Your career will resemble a yo-yo this year; it goes up, down, round and round. Too much shouldn't be expected unless you want to be disappointed. Strive to have patience, not temporary superiority.
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Suitable Careers: Administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and race car driver
  • 1901 -1913 -1925 -1937 -1949 -1961 -1973 -1985 -1997
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Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined
  • Befriend unkind people who may hinder you in the pursuit of your career, especially those who will spread slanderous rumours in the office. It will help you to work harder to prove them wrong.
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Suitable Careers: Agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacy, mechanics, engineering, draftsman-ship, artistry, politics, real estate, interior design, painting, carpentry, or quarry work
  • 1902 -1914 -1926 -1938 -1950 -1962 -1974 -1986 -1998
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Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic
  • Civil servants should be aware that their colleagues' competitiveness may add to their advantage when things go wrong. Your previous efforts may be wasted as others try to 'help' you. When success is imminent, keep it to yourself.
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Suitable careers: Advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian, and chauffeur
  • 1903 -1915 -1927 -1939 -1951 -1963 -1975 -1987 -1999
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Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers
<br><br>You may confront a bottleneck in your career this year.
  •  Therefore, you should pay attention to building harmonious interpersonal relationships. It is also possible for you to come across unfavourable situations so try not to do things in a foolhardy manner. Things may be made worse when you give up halfway when striving for something. Strive to be an energiser bunny instead.
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Suitable careers: Cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police work, judiciary, and politics
  • 1904 -1916 -1928 -1940 -1952 -1964 -1976 -1988 -2000
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Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic
  • This year, stability in a career is a priority. Therefore, you should be cautious about changing jobs. Moreover, faced with numerous obstacles in your career, you shouldn't trust others easily in cooperation and investment.
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Suitable careers: Journalist, teacher, inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person
  • 1905 -1917 -1929 -1941 -1953 -1965 -1977 -1989 -2001
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Characteristics: Philosophical, organised, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, and decisive
  • It is an auspicious year for you in your career. If you are a scientific researcher or civil servant, you will tend to achieve things easily. If you work in industries which requires frequent interpersonal communication, you may get help from the opposite sex; a bonus for you if you're looking for love at work.
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Suitable careers: Scientist, analyst, investigator, painter, potter, jeweller, astrologer, magician, dietician, and sociologist
  • 1906 -1918 -1930 -1942 -1954 -1966 -1978 -1990 -2002
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Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, and strong
  • Be particularly wary of competitive colleagues at work. You will have many choices this year in the path of your career, but should you choose to take them you will face stiff competition. You may need to surround yourself with people who approve of and flatter you.
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Suitable careers: Publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot
  • 1907 -1919 -1931 -1943 -1955 -1967 -1979 -1991 -2003
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Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm
  • This will be a year of steady progress. There will be a few wonderful opportunities so this is a year to consider progression in your career.
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Suitable careers: Paediatrician, actor, day-care teacher, interior designer, florist, hair stylist, musician, editor, illustrator and art history teacher
  • 1908 -1920 -1932 -1944 -1956 -1968 -1980 -1992 -2004
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Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart
  • Do not try too hard, the signs are not auspicious. You may receive help from friends this year so build a closer relationship with existing friends as well as form new ones. Take things slowly, no monkey business, and all should be well.
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Suitable careers: Accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, dealing, film directing, jewellery, sales representative
  • 1909 -1921 -1933 -1945 -1957 -1969 -1981 -1993 -2005
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Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident
  • 2014 is a good year for growth and to be ambitious. Some contacts will prove to be supportive and useful, so do not reject opportunities for cooperation. Be sure to maintain harmony in business relationships. This is a good year to harness them.
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Suitable careers: Newsreader, sales person, restaurant owner, hairdresser, public relations officer, farmer, athlete, teacher, waiter, journalist, travel writer, dentist, surgeon, soldier, fireman, security guard, and police officer
  • 1910 -1922 -1934 -1946 -1958 -1970 -1982 -1994 -2006
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Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart
  • 2014 should be a cautious year for Dogs. There will be obstacles and complications, though progress is possible. Be nice, it helps to make you more popular in your work circle.
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Suitable careers: Police officer, scientist, counsellor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk, and judge
  • 1911 -1923 -1935 -1947 -1959 -1971 -1983 -1995 -2007
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Characteristics: Honourable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable
  • For pigs, this is a year to be opportunistic. A highly auspicious year overall, work should go smoothly and partnerships will prove fruitful. Work hard; it's likely to be an uneventful year for love anyway, so you'll have plenty of time on your hands for your career.
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Suitable careers: Entertainer, caterer, doctor, veterinarian, interior decorator, transportation, entertainment, retail or hospitality

The #2 Black Star lands in the East sector, rendering it the illness sector. It will be another sector to shun, especially if you are pregnant. Inadvertently activating this sector will result in chronic sickness and health issues. In a strange twist however, this sector could be beneficial for property and real estate investments.

If you wish to avert any heated arguments, emotional upheavals and explosive tempers, then the Northeast and Southeast sectors are the ones to avoid. The #7 Red and #3 Jade Stars take residence in these sectors this year.

Those with existing health conditions should not use the Northeast sector or they may find their health deteriorating further. If the front door of your property is in this sector, you must be extra careful due to increased risk of burglary and theft.

Now that you know which bad sectors to be wary of, we can now explore the advantages of the beneficial sectors of 2014.

9 feng shui questions answered by 'Dato Joey Yap
  • BaZi, or Chinese Astrology, is the blueprint to understanding who you are as a person, your roles in life and your Destiny. By studying your personal BaZi Chart, you can find out your potential, weakness, talent, traits, personality, and luck cycles. In this sense, BaZi is always considered as the 'medication' or 'diagnosis' because it helps to identify the problem and create awareness based on what is lacking or areas that require your attention in life.
  • Feng Shui, an art of harnessing natural energy to boost one's luck in life, provides 'treatment' to the problems pinpointed by BaZi. This method focuses on addressing the external environment – such as workplace or residence – that a person spends the most time in and make the right tilt to correct specific areas of one's life. <br>
BaZi and Feng Shui work hand-in-hand in solving a person's problem. One detects the problems, the other provides a solution. And that is their main difference.
  • Of course you can. First, use your compass to determine the house direction and its façade. Next, assess the immediate external environment and look out for any negative features such as pylons and buildings with sharp edges.
  • The next step can be a bit tricky because you need to know where the Qi flow is coming from and whether your property can receive this natural energy. <br>
In conclusion, anyone can perform his or her own assessment provided that he or she is familiar with the processes and follow the right Feng Shui principles.
  • This is a very popular myth in Chinese speaking community, and I have debunked it for many years as a Feng Shui consultant. First of all, in Feng Shui, number does not have any influence on the Qi or energy flow in a property. A house or a floor number is merely a representation of a building or floor and it doesn’t have any solid impact on the Feng Shui of a property.
  • Rest assured that you will not experience instant bad luck or persistent inauspiciousness because of the negative connotation of a number.
If the house number does cause the occupants to feel uneasy - it is probably more of a psychological effect, rather than Feng Shui.
  • The three important areas of a property are the Main Door, Bedroom and Kitchen. Main Door is important because that is where the Qi enters the property. Hence it needs to be uncluttered, bright and is not affected by any external negative forms.
  • After the Main Door, the most important components of a property are the Bedroom and Kitchen. Why is kitchen important? It is in kitchen that the food is prepared. If your kitchen has stagnant or unhealthy Qi flow, it will affect the quality of food, resulting in bad health.
  • And of course, we need to ensure proper Qi flow in our bedroom because that is where we spend 1/3 of our lives in. Together these three areas make up the three important factors for interior Feng Shui.
  • No the number of fish, or any other aquatic animal, is not important. It's because in ancient times there was no electricity so fish were needed to make the water move! So don’t be fixated with having only certain number of fish in your tank!
  • As long as your water feature has water that’s continuously running or visible in a certain volume, you can activate, or collect certain types of Qi. Of course, location is important when it comes to water placement.
  • The importance of Main Door cannot be stressed enough. The Main Door acts as a Qi mouth of the property. As a rule of thumb, a good environment must be accompanied by a good Main Door or you will be simply wasting what is in the environment.
  • When it comes to Main Door, we are always more concerned about the Location, than we are about the Direction. Hence a Main Door with good forms (Good Location) is always preferred over a Main Door with a good Facing but affected by negative forms. <br>
Other factors such as number of doors, the material, type and size are not important as long as your Door can receive sufficient Qi and has positive forms.
  • Where you want to put your bedroom depends on what you have outside – meaning what external natural features you can see from inside your bedroom. 
<br>This of course brings us to the next question: what is a good natural feature and which one constitutes bad for our bedroom Feng Shui?
  • Usually, mountain and natural water bodies are considered the positive landforms you want to see outside the bedroom window. For example, if there is a mountain sighted from a room in the Southwest area of your house, generally this room is ideal and can be considered as a good spot for bedroom.
  • If you peek out from the bedroom window and see your neighbour’s sharp roof or a pylon or a highway that is located too close to your house, these features might potentially interfere with the interior Feng Shui of the Bedroom.
  • What about basement? Can this underground space be converted into a bedroom? This depends whether the Qi flow and the ventilation are okay. If it feels like an underground car park, would you like to sleep there? To put it in another way, if you spend a lot of time there, you must ensure the ventilation is good.
  • Also, don’t forget to check for features such as beams from the position of your bed. Although generally not advisable, in some cases it actually depends on the distance between you and the beam. If it's high, say more than 10 feet above, it's okay. Otherwise, covering the beam with a plaster ceiling will solve the problem.
  • A lot of people associate Feng Shui, or even Chinese Metaphysics, with religions and spiritual beliefs. But truth is, comparing Feng Shui with Spirituality is similar to comparing an apple and orange! Yes, there is no God in Feng Shui, no spirit… just natural environment.
  • Feng Shui actually utilises what we have around us – the environment. We tap the Qi and make use of the energies surrounding us to foster a positive change in our health, career, wealth and relationship. Think about it, how is it possible to change the course of your destiny – your entire life - by placing an inanimate object like the five-tiered pagoda, or in this case, the Ba Gua Mirror near the Southwest corner of your windowsill?
  • An altar, however, should be treated as an additional party of the household. When you position your altar in your interior property, you must position it in ways similar to positioning someone in the house, with the aim of receiving Qi. As such, an altar should always be placed in a room where the Qi is flowing.
  • Yes, of course. In fact, a house with good Feng Shui usually also ends up with equally good interior design (But of course, this also greatly depends on the skills and inspiration of your interior designer).

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