What are Flying Stars?
Similar to human astrology, where we use a person’s date, time and location of birth to calculate their destiny in life, in Classical or Traditional Feng Shui we use similar information to determine the destiny of a building, so to speak. In other words, to determine the patterns of energy that form inside a structure when it is built, we use Time, Dimension (year the building was built) and Orientation (compass direction it faces/sits). This energy pattern is called a Flying Star Natal Chart.
Each building’s floor plan is divided into nine equal sections or squares, with eight compass directions in the outside squares and a center square (each called a “gua”). Each gua corresponds to a different aspect of one’s life (such as love, prosperity, health, family, career success, etc.) and has one of the five elements (water, wood, fire, earth or metal) associated with it. Collectively, these 9 guas form a “Bagua”, which is Chinese Mandarin for eight squares around a center square.
In Flying Stars Theory, each of the 9 guas has four different numbers within it that we use to analyze the energy of a building. One of the numbers, the annual number (based on the current year we are in), changes each year. The combination of three of the four numbers determines the quality of the energy, or “Chi”, in each of the nine guas. Each of these numbers is called a “star”. Each star has a meaning, a number and an element related to it and in combination with the other stars, can bring good, bad or neutral luck into the building. The five elements are then used to balance these stars.
Some Feng Shui practitioners may only use the Flying Star Natal Chart (working with three of the four stars within each gua), while others use only the Annual Flying Star Chart (working with the annual star that comes in every year around February 4th). The best application for true success is to use both together, as I do in my practice.