Looking at the Xing Shi (Form and Configuration) of the Parliament House (or Palace of Westminster) by the side of The Thames River and next to the Westminster Abby, we can see that there is a strong triangular relationship between the Church, the Lords and the Parliament, that is between religion, social classes and common people. This gave Britain a very strong sense of sovereignty, but the buildings are located by the River Thames, which correlates to the history that Britain got its wealth from trading and seafaring.

Trading, by its nature, requires joining up with other trading partners, like joining up with the EU, but by doing so they would lose some of their sovereignty that they gained over time.

The result is that there is a conflict of interest, some want to leave and some want to remain.

Who is going to win?

Whether to leave or to remain, I think trading will, because if we look at the Xing Shi of the land, what is likely to change and what is not, The Thames will still be there when the Parliament House is gone or the parliament gets move elsewhere because the building complex is too expensive to up keep or not practical enough for modern politics, or even a change of political system.

Whatever happens, The Thames will still be there and trading will go on. Man needs water and trading to survive and prosper.

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Door Tilting

January 16, 2018

The question about door-tilting in FS keeps coming up, usually it gets 3 kinds of anwers: 1) It works. 2) It doesn’t. 3) It depends on what method you use, then there is the rhetorical reply, “You tell me!”. So here is my take on the subject:

If by feng shui you mean the quality of the environment then tilting the door by a few degrees has miniaml effect on the feng shui or the quality of the environment, instead it would make the door look very strange and visitors who try to use the door would ask, “What is going on here, why this funny-looking door?”.

If by Feng Shui you mean some schools of thought using door tilting to correlate the door facing to a different Herxagram with a different meaning, then the tilting would match the world-view of the user and would “tilt” his or her perception of the formless and it would make the user feel that the fortune of the place has changed. Now that could have an effect since the perception or the mind-set has changed in the user’s view.

There is “body” FS and “mind” FS, and there is also “form” FS and “compass” FS, it could get confusing if we are not aware of the difference.

The attached picture shows Joao Carlos Borges, a FS practitioner from Portugal doing his thing and asking this question in his Feng Shui Forum on Facebook.

The other day, one of my students asked me about the future of Hong Kong, after 20 years of handover, from a Feng Shui perspective, so I took out a satellite map of the Pearl River Delta Region of which Hong Kong is located at the end of the same Dragon Vein embracing the region and said to him.

It is very obvious to me looking at the map, the greater Mingtang or the ideal Xue (FS Spot) is located to the south of the city of Guangzhou, thus in the long run, the prosperity of the region will shift north-west-ward from Hong Kong. This was not possible before the handover because Mainland politics have cut off the regional connection through Human Qi, but now the political situation has changed and the region is opening up and consequently the Earth Qi will re-exert its influence aided by the human desire to make the region into one big basin.

The shift will start with Shenzhen and it is already happening now, this shift is mirrored with Macao to Zhuhai on the White Tiger side, but Hong Kong will never die out because it is located on the Azure Dragon, the Yang side of the Four Animals model and she will continue to play an active part, but not the only part in the region any more.

That was the answer I gave my student with this map shown below.

I was asked this question question by Fiona in Feng Shui 2012 chartroom:

Dear Master Choy.
Can you do a Feng Shui audit on The Spire in Dublin. Its in the middle of the O’ Connell St Dublin. I think its Sha Chi for the surrounding buildings. What do you think?

Hi Fiona, Seeing you address this question directly to me, I will try to answer you with some broader appeal so we can use it to make a visual feng shui assessment of other structures.

“Officially called “The Monument of Light” universally referred to as “The Spire” and unofficially called “The Nail in the Pale”, “The Rod to God” and “The Poker near Croker” amongst other more “colorful” names. Like any other member of the family, once Dubliners realized the tallest sculpture in Europe would provide plenty of opportunity for creating cheeky nicknames they finally acknowledged it as their own.” – From the webpage of the Dublin Council.

Every city wants an outstanding urban marker of their own, to give the city an identity, to attract tourist, to use as a reference point for the residents to find their way and so forth, eventually they become the land-mark of a city and the talking point.

The criteria used in feng shui to look at a structure like this is to ask sample questions based on Yin Yang considerations of what is above, what is below and what is in us, with a reference point. To his end I made up these three questions (and there can be more):

1) Is the built object out of Yin Yang balance between its surrounding environments? If it is then we say it has Sha Qi, if it is harmonious and constructive, then we say it has Sheng Qi. (Earth Qi consideration)
2) Is it an appropriate thing to do in terms of the size of the city and her aspiration? (Heaven Qi consideration)
3) Do the majority of the people like it? (Human Qi consideration)

My answer to these three questions:

1) It is a little too high and in your-face, but given its function, to be little bit out of balance and controversial is fine, besides it is very simple and direct.
2) It does give Dublin an identity and a landmark so in terms of the council representing the people it is an appropriate thing to do.
3) Given the nicknames, it is endearing to the residents. There will always be someone who likes it and some who don’t, but the majority of the people seem to accept it as their own and many tourist flocks there.

In assessing an object in the environment like this, a feng shui consultant should try not to be too subjective but to balance his or her personal likes and dislikes with some objective criteria based on feng shui preference, like being harmonious, appropriate and holistic (i.e. taken all 3 San Cai qi into consideration).

You know we get to be asked all the time, “What do you think of the feng shui of this and that?” so a systematic and a structured approach is required in order that our answers are always consistent and view from a feng shui point of view and not just a personal remark. Knowing how to do this means we can adjust the feng shui accordingly, if given a chance.

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