Feng Shui Study Questions

October 18, 2014

I gave these questions out to my students last week and the worse result in the class was 14/20. How many of them can you answer?

1) What are “the five essential components of a landscape model” (Dili Wujue)? Please draw a sketch showing their relationship to each other.

2) What is the “four animals model” (Siling) arrangement? Please show with a sketch or explain how they are derived from nature – “the five essential components of a landscape model”.

3) How can you tell the yin and yang of mountain and water? When is a mountain considered yin and water yang and when is the reverse being the case?

4) Please name 5 of the 15 core principles of form feng shui and explain briefly what they are.

5) What is the essential difference between “Bazhai Mingjing” (The Bright Mirror of Eight Mansion) and “Yangzhai Sanyao” (The Three Essentials of a Yang Dwelling) in the Eight Mansion School of feng shui.

6) A man and a woman were both born in January 1987, what are their Minggua numbers? Do man and woman born in the same year always have the same Minggua numbers? Please give reasons to your answer.

7) In a west-four house the husband is a west-four person but the wife is an east-four person, so the house suits the man more, what can we do for the woman?

8) What are the names and the elements of the 8 wandering qi in Eight Mansion School of feng shui? What is the most desirable of the 8 wandering qi and what is the least desirable?

9) What is the term “Xuan Kong” means? How are they expressed in the Flying Star School of feng shui?

10) In a Flying Star chart, each of the palaces has four numbers or stars, that is four latyers of numbers, what are they and what do they represent?

11) In a Period 8 house facing S3, is it better to have a home office in the west or north-east Guaqi-wise?

12) Please construct a replacement chart from a normal chart for a period 8 house sitting on E1.

13) In the Xuankong Dagua School of feng shui why do we need to match up “the coming dragon” and the “going water” with the sitting and facing of a tomb or house? Please name 2 types of auspicious matching of numbers.

14) Is the Tongren Dagua, with the Qian trigram on top of the Li trigram, an auspicious or harmful Hexagram? Please give your reasons.

15) Please name the four San He water methods learned in class.

16) What are the 12 Life Stages in the San He School of feng shui?

17) What is the major difference between a Sanyuan and a Sanhe Luopan compass?

18) In what directions the “general” Direct and Indirect Spirits for Period 7 are located? Also, in a Period 7 house facing E2 where are “specific” Direct and Indirect Spirits?

19) What is the San Cai Methodology for feng shui audit and analysis? Please explain how you can use this methodology to find the appropriate suggestions in a feng shui consultation.

20) How does a feng shui “cure” work in practice? For example, what would you do if your client asked you to use feng shui to help her find a husband?

Wife: 'So how was your Feng Shui class honey?'


Under Construction

March 26, 2013

Our new “ar-qi-tektur” office and new teaching room for ECOFS (European College of Feng Shui) in Berlin is under construction. Below you can see a couple of pictures of the teaching area being renovated (one looking east and the other looking west). Our schedule is to get the building work done by the end of the summer (August) so we can start teaching again in September in our new premise at Weißenseer-Spitze, Berlin.

You can see our ECOFS Berlin teaching program for 2013 here:



Flying Star-wise, the office/school has a “Timely Mountain and Timely Water” chart, with the main entrance having a 1,4 combination for literary success.

Two palaces with 8,2 and 4,7 combinations are influencing the architectural office part of the building, which means there is a water star 2,7 Early Heaven Fire combination when viewed from the influence of adjoining palaces in terms of wealth and activities. So this area should have Gua Qi support for passionate creativity, a very good potential for architectural work.

The ECOFS part is located in the timely water star 8 area with an adjoining influence of 1 Coming Sheng Qi star. The timely 8 Earth will be able to control the 1 Water and what the host can control is its wealth, so the school should have Gua Qi support for wealth and it also means the college needs a good structure and organisation to control its activities.

The kitchen/coffee break area has a 9,3 combination, which means the Gua Qi is also suitable for cooking, eating and communication. The toilet is located in a Metal/Wood conflict area and that is acceptable too.

We tried to make our new office and college not only functionally efficient but ritually correct as well. We hope everyone who walks through our front door will come out with literary success!


We are off to China!

September 13, 2012

Another person has just joined in at the last minute, so we now have 21 participants plus Gyda and I on this Feng Shui study tour of China (“A Journey Through China of Old”) in less than a month’s time. I have been fully preoccupied with preparing the travel notes lately and altogether there are 21 sites to write up (21 again, must a lucky number!-):

1)   Feng Shui of Beijing 北京
2)   Cuandixia Village 爨地下村
3)   Prince Gong’s Mansion 恭王府
4)   Yungang Grotto 雲崗石窟
5)   Huayan Temple 華嚴寺
6)   Hanging Temple at Hengshan 恒山悬空寺
7)   Wooden Pagoda in Ying County 应县木塔
8)   Wutai Shan – Wuye Maio/ Tayuan Si/ Bodhisattva Summit 五台山
9)   Foguang Si 佛光寺
10) Chuangyang Gong太原純陽宮
11)  Twin Pagoda太原雙塔
12)  Jinci Temple 晉祠寺
13)  The Ancient City of Pingyao 平遙古城
14)  Qingxu Daoist Temple 清虛觀
15)  Chenghuang Maio 城隍廟
16)  Confucius Temple 文廟.
17)  Wang Family Mansion 王家大院
18)  Shaunglin Temple 雙林寺
19)  Qikouzhen Old Town in Linxian 磧口古鎮
20) Longxing Temple in Zhengding 隆興寺
21)  Yu Family Stone Village 于家石頭村

You can download a sample pdf file note of our first day’s trip to Cuandixia Village, about a couple of hours of coach ride from Beijing, by cut and paste the link below:


or to visit the article section of our ECOFS website (there are many other interest articles to read):


I hope to write up some dispatches from different places on our travel in the blog entries with photos and commentaries, so please stay tuned!

Photo montage by Michael Rapp.

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