September 29, 2008
A new book written in Chinese by Lin Zhi-Rong 林志榮, a Taiwanese Feng Shui master has just came on the market, showing how Master Tan Yuan-Wu’s 談養吾 Xuan Kong Liu Fa 玄空六法 works in theory and in practice.
At the end of the book, he gave three work samples and I found one of them particularly interesting from a FS architect point of view, because he first amended the original design in a sensible way and then use the Liqi theories to support his redesign.
Below showed the work sample in question and if we look at them carefully we can see the core idea of Liu Fa is to “fen ci xiong” 分雌雄 and “na sheng qi” 納生氣 of the period by paying special attentions to the location of the Ling Shen and Zheng Shen for timeliness by lining up the furniture, windows and doors. The concept of “one item, one Taiji” is also evident at work and once the principles, and there are six of them are known, the applications are relatively easy to carry out.
Illustration 7.4 showed the original layout of an old public housing type, which has poor planning and inefficient use of space and circulation.
Illustration 7.5 showed the revised layout after Form analysis. The front door has been relocated to the right side and the bedrooms are grouped in the middle part of the house with a central corridor. All the windows and doorways are located in such a combination that they are in the Ling Shen position in relationship to the furniture, so as to na qi (take in or receive the sheng qi).
Illustration 7.6 showed if the centre of the house is used to Li-ji, then the relocated front door is to the NW1 (Xu) and the facing windows are also to the west, which are all Ling Shen directions for Period 8, hence they are auspicious, because Ling Shen should have movement and Zheng Shen should have stillness.
Illustration 7.7 and 7.8 showed if the user is used to Li-ji, then when the user is sitting on the sofa of the Living Room, he can “na” the auspicious sheng qi of the front door in the southwest (it should be northwest, the Qian direction as pointed out by Kit Hau), and when the occupant is lying in his or her bed, located in such a way that the doors are all in the Ling Shen directions to na sheng qi again.