Qi can be conceptually interpreted as the impersonal and
infinite force that formed and continuously sways the Universe,
and it is in the ocean of the qi that all lives reside. Fengshui
as a method is employed to analyse and manipulate the pattern
of the qi, with the objective to enhance its positive effects
while remedy problems caused by structural defects in natural
or man-made environment.
As time flows on, the pattern of the qi is constantly altering
and changing, with each lunar year marked as a big circle.
Here is a brief intro to the feng shui in the year of Dog.
Note: the numbers mentioned below are attributed to the annual
First of all, draw a nine-section grid on the floor plan
of your house, flat or room, and fill the number in each
section as shown in the diagram below.
Now each part of the floor plan is related to a certain
position in Eight Trigrams of I Ching.
According to the feng shui theory, when a certain locality
is actively used, its symbolic feng shui meaning is being
reinforced, which leads to a more substantial manifestation
of both its physical and matephysical aspects.
This locality is associated with Heaven in the Eight Trigrams,
Metal in Five Agents, senior male member in the family, head
and bone and lung in the body, Dog and Pig in Chinese zodiacs.
In the year of Dog, it is the corner that represents academic
achievements. You can further optimise its positive influence
by doing one or more of the following:
- Place a pot of lucky bamboo there and wrap around the
knots with red silk cords;
- Decorate the corner with study-related ornaments;
- Hang on the wall a painting with a relevant theme.
This locality, symbolised by Black Turtle, is associated
with Water in the Eight Trigrams, Water in Five Agents, second
youngest male member in the family, ears and blood and kidney
in the body, Rat in Chinese zodiacs.
In the year of Dog, it is the Wealth Corner. To place one
or more of the following objects in this area can further
boost its power:
- Yellow crystal ball
- Green crystal ball
- Treasure vase
- Lucky bamboo
- Safe box
This locality is associated with Mountain in the Eight Trigrams,
also known as the Gate to Underworld, Earth in Five Agents,
youngest male member in the family, fingers and nose and
back in the body, Tiger in Chinese zodiacs.
In the year of Dog, it is a weak and obscure area. You can
hang a pleasant painting to extract the positive meanings
This locality, symbolised by White Tiger, is associated
with Lake in the Eight Trigrams, Metal in Five Agents, youngest
female member in the family, mouth and throat and lung in
the body, Rooster in Chinese zodiacs.
In the year of Dog, it is the direction that signifies illness.
Avoid place large electric appliances in the area, nor should
a fish tank or fountain be located in this direction - the
flow of the electricity or water will help spreading the
foul effects. The best cure is to put a copper ornament or
wind chime to deflect the ill qi.
This locality, symbolised by Yellow Gouchen, is associated
with Earth in Five Agents.
In the year of Dog, it is the area representing discord
in relationship and loss of money. Try not to reinforce its
negative attributes with large electric appliances, a fish
tank or fountain.
This locality, symbolised by Green Dragon, is associated
with Thunder in the Eight Trigrams, Wood in Five Agents,
elder son in the family, feet in the body, Rabbit in Chinese
In the year of Dog, it is the location for Peach Flower,
representing marriage, promotion and money luck. If you’re
single, fresh flowers blossoming nicely in this direction
will certainly assist you to attract love and romance.
This locality is associated with Earth in the Eight Trigrams,
Earth in Five Agents, eldest female member in the family,
belly and spleen in the body, Goat and Monkey in Chinese
In the year of Dog, it is the corner representing celebration,
romance and cozy family life. For an unmarried person wishing
to seek a fruitful relationship, placing one or more following
objects in this corner will help you do the trick:
- A vase with fresh flowers in the colour of red or yellow;
- Four pots of plants with round and large green leaves,
or lucky bamboos;
- A piece of green rug.
This locality, symbolised by Red Bird, is associated with
Fire in the Eight Trigrams, Fire in Five Agents, second youngest
daughter in the family, eyes and heart in the body, Horse
in Chinese zodiacs.
In the year of Dog, it is the direction representing hot
arguments and sexual scandals. To offset this unworthy condition,
you may like to do one or more of the flowering:
- Permanently place a cup of water there. Remember: the
water should be replaced frequently to keep it fresh.
- Put a water-based plant there.
This locality is associated with Wind in the Eight Trigrams,
Wood in Five Agents, elder daughter in the family, hand in
the body, Dragon and Snake in Chinese zodiacs.
In the year of Dog, it is the direction contributing to
minor sickness. A copper or silver ornament placed in the
area should be able to counteract the negative effects.
A skilled feng shui master can help you discover unforeseen
problems and opportunities. But if you want to make a fundamental
change to your circumstance, you would have to do more than
just putting a few feng shui cures around your home or office.
It is because, as it is believed by many feng shui masters,
that your fortune is basically determined by, firstly, not
feng shui but the Fate, and secondly,
still not feng shui but the Timing –
very much like what medicine could do to your health and
longevity. If you were born weak and sick, taking no care
of your health, doing no physical exercise, medicine alone
won’t make you an Olympian. In short, when practicing feng
shui, being mindful of the "cause and effect" relationship
will help you come a long way.