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Monday, November 20, 2017

Your 2018 Feng Shui Kit

Achieve GR8 Feng Shui in 2018!
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I also have a blog post about Wuluo which are mentioned in my kit, you can read about Wuluo at:
How to Use a Wuluo to Protect Health

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Use a Wu Luo to Protect Health

A Wu luo/Wuluo is a metaphysical apparatus that is used in Feng Shui to protect and strengthen health.

When placed next to the bed of a sick patient, or simply to protect against the qi of sickness, the wuluo can be remarkably effective.

Over the past 22-odd years of recommending wuluo I've seen consistently good results, so it is a Feng Shui object that can be used, whether you believe in Feng Shui, or not.

Size
A most effective size is around 25cm. Sometimes you can purchase small wu luos; if so, purchase 7 small ones and string them together with golden thread so they can be hung together close to your bedhead.

Hole in the Top
For a wuluo to be effective it should have a hole in the top so it may absorb the negative qi of sickness. It is also because the gourd will then resemble the Trigram Dui from the Yijing:


For this reason, the figure-8 shaped bottle gourd is the best.

The wuluo is soft, like balsa-wood. It is very easy to whittle a hole in the top, big enough for your thumb to fit in. Or alternatively, you can gently and easily cut the top stem right off (be careful using a knife, do not apply pressure):


New or Used?
I believe that buying a new wuluo without a hole in the top is the best way, because once the hole is placed, then it begins to work, and so can start to absorb energy from whatever environment it is located in.

Colour
Wu Luo can be left natural, or can be painted a golden colour. After you have pierced the hole at the top, paint with spray paint or rub-on golden paint in a tube.

Sometimes they can be purchased already painted with images. That's fine as long as they are not red. If they have a red ribbon or tassel, remove it.

Refresh Your Wu Luo
Every so often take out your wuluo and dust it off, then refresh it by pouring in a small amount of clear alcohol and swishing it around for a minute. Pour out the alcohol and let the wuluo dry in the sun or on top of a heater. This can be done just before Chinese New Year, when you may be moving your wuluo around according to the annual Feng Shui influences.

If you can't get one
Try a vase shaped like a wuluo.

Other Uses
If you are not feeling well, particularly belly-related problems, pour hot water into a wuluo and lay down, relax and gently rub the wuluo over the affected area. It has a soothing effect and absorbs the sickness qi.

Where to buy?
In Australia, try www.thegourdfather.com.au

Want more info?
Here's an article about Calabash by Master Joseph Yu
http://astro-fengshui.com/fengshui/calabash.html

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Journey to the West Feng Shui Tour 2017 - Discusson and Findings (Pt 2: Guilin)

Continuing on our 'Journey to the West' Feng Shui Tour of China 2017 we boarded a fast train to Guilin from Guangzhou where we travelled to see the awesome, spectacular mountains of the Li River.

We arrived late and stayed overnight in town so we could catch the Li River Cruise early the next morning. Guilin is a charming town but still somewhat backward in terms of accommodation and foreign tourism. That makes it all the more charming in many ways.

There is one spectacular sight we managed to catch on the evening of our arrival; the beautiful sun and moon twin pagodas on the lake near our hotel:

Studying the Form School is one of the aims of our tour and when we are in China, the imagery and comprehension is that much more vivid.

For instance, on the Li River there are dozens of stories about the mountains, created by local people, in order to make some sense of their environment (such as 'boy worshipping the buddha,' or 'turtle mountain' or 'woman mournfully looking for her husband' etc. etc.).

In reality this has nothing directly to do with the application of Feng Shui, and to the Feng Shui student it can appear baffling, "Oh why can't I see that dog or cow or horse mountain?" Or any other such thing, which can be quite demoralising. 

Of course the Feng Shui masters say, "Giving the mountain a name makes it more auspicious," Which is what we were told recently on tour in Langzhong. 

Giving names to the mountains is to play with our imagination. Some masters use this as a 'power play' to see who knows more about the Form School than others.

This idea of 'hexiang,' 'calling out the image' is an amusing game but is it based on reality? eg China is shaped like a chicken, so does that mean the people behave like a chicken?

It is after all, purely imagery and its effect on the mind, which is psychology; but can we say it's not valid? No, not at all. After all we are talking about people and how we interact with our environment, and anything to do with people is naturally about psychology too. 

So back to the idea of 'hexiang'. In reference to mountains, hexiang is a way to turn an ugly or 'dangerous' place into something beautiful in the mind of the beholder. 


Nine Horses Frescoe, Li River, Guilin
For example, the Li River's 'Nine Horses Frescoe' is actually a sheer and dangerous cliff face which happens to have horse-like patterns in it. Even the former Chinese Premier, Zhou Enlai who visited the Li River in the 1960's enjoyed the amusing game of trying to locate all of the nine horses in the scene. His answer was brilliant, "There are in fact eighteen horses."

Do you know why?

Bat Hill (Bat ('Fu') also sounds like 'Fu', 'lucky')
Other sheer rock faces carved out of the karste mountains in the magnificent Guilin scenery include 'Brocade Hill' (a rich fabric woven with a raised pattern), 'Lotus Peak' and 'lady admiring a painting'. Others, like 'Wangfu Rock - lady mournfully waiting for her husband to return' tell tales of tragedy; every mountain along the Li River cruise has a story to tell.

Crown Cave: The peak looks like an emperor's crown
Close to Crown Cave, a rock descends into the river, cutting off the path between Crown Cave Village and Taoyuan Village on the same side of the river. Villagers take a ferry to reach the other village.

The inhabitants of the two villages tell a tragicially romantic story of a brave boy and a graceful girl who were in love. One lived in Crown Cave Village and the other lived in Taoyuan Village. Somehow crimes were rampant and two monsters living in a cave would grab brides when their escorting teams passed by. These monsters turned out to be a green dragon and a white tiger. When the young couple married, they stole the girl by force. The brave boy killed the green dragon, but he returned to find his bride killed by the white tiger. He was so angry he took an axe to the tiger, but it escaped and he cut the path by the bank instead. Ever since, people had to take a ferryboat because the path was gone.


In this story, the key here is 'crimes were rampant.' Under the influence of this 'sha qi' in the form of sheer rocks blocking the path, and exposed rocks on the mountain, society was in disarray.


Perhaps the locals, or the Feng Shui masters in the distant past, gave Crown Cave and other peaks beautiful and auspicious names in an effort to change the perception in the minds of local inhabitants, turning what could be perceived as a dangerous place filled with ghosts and demons into a beautiful landscape filled with lovely maidens, pieces of artwork and boddhisatvas.

Drawing on the positive effects of human psychology, now that they have a beautiful name for their mountains, the villagers can feel more peaceful.

From a Feng Shui perspective, mountains with sheer exposed rocks are full of sha qi (negative energy) because we don't like exposed rocks in Feng Shui.

A very practical reason for this is that the exposed rocks are not held in place by vegetation making these areas dangerous places where landslides can easily occur, or rocks can tumble down into the valleys, destroying everything in their path.


So how do these rough and rugged rocky mountains affect the people? 

The Classic says, "Mountains affect the people."

Therefore rough and rugged mountains can influence people to become more rough and tough too. 

Or, if not, they can affect people in a physical way.

Here is a small hill in Yangshuo County, Guilin. People sleeping (in particular) opposite this mountain can become predisposed to illness of the belly (earth is 'belly', and exposed rocks are harmful to the belly region of the body in particular). To know for sure which area of the body can be affected, the Feng Shui of the site should be calculated to see what type of qi there is and what part of the body it can affect.



In Feng Shui the best type of mountain is well vegetated, this is considered a beautiful mountain. There are certainly plenty of those in Guilin too, which is why the region is considered one of the most scenic and spectacular tourist attractions in China.

We as humans, love drama, and the dramatic landscape appeals to our senses.


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We stayed for a while in a beautiful hotel on the outskirts of Yangshuo Town. so we could visit this spectacular village:


Continuing our journey westward we boarded a bus and headed to the airport. Along the way we stopped at Moon Hill:


Moon Hill, Yangshuo County, Guilin
Our next stop was Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the home of the Pandas:


...(to be continued)


"Physically experiencing the effects of the landscape like going down the Li River between the mountains, sitting at the river, listening to the sounds of the water, people washing clothes and children playing at the historically meaningful places allowed me to experience the Feng Shui of the places. Meeting other Feng Shui practitioners on the tour with a variety of knowledge and experiences was a gift and inspiring new friends. I learned so much and believe the experience and discussion shared will continue to feed my understanding of Feng Shui into the future. No better way to study Feng Shui, I can't wait for the next tour."  Yoshiko Sato 2017

"What I liked most was a possibility to learn on tour when we can observe and discuss what we see in the consultations give us very practical tips how to use our experience. Your passion and knowledge, Jodi.
What I liked least was walking with the luggage after long travel.
I'm looking forward to the next FS travel to China." Beata Fec 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Journey to the West Feng Shui Tour 2017 - Discusson and Findings (Pt 1: Guangzhou)


This year our journey took us from Guangzhou, to Guilin, to Sichuan Province, then finished in Hong Kong. 20-30 September, and 1-2 October 2017.

We began by studying the Feng Shui of our meeting-place at Guangzhou International Airport and discovered that they have a very interesting Feng Shui cure in place to ward off the sha qi generated by the Airport Control Tower directly at their front door.

Standing at the front entrance looking out, all that can be seen is this round sculpture:


The shape of the control tower is wood, so the Feng Shui master has recommended a huge round disc, made of clay (or ceramic), embedded with thousands of quartz crystals. To most people, this just looks like a creative sculpture at the front entrance, but to the trained Feng Shui eye, it is much more than that.

Using five element theory, the round shape (metal) is supported by the crystals (earth) and used to control the tower (wood); because in five element theory, metal controls wood. This is a case of using a controlling sequence of the five elements to overcome an insurmountable Feng Shui problem. Does it work? Perhaps. We can judge that by the performance of the business in question...

On the first morning of our tour we departed early to conduct a consultation with a client. 'Tasty Hygge' is a fashionable floristry business in the huge growth area of Pazhou district, Guangzhou. This island area has grown from small farming villages to a huge metropolis, especially in the past ten years.

In the distant past this area of China, with its proximity to Macao and the South China Sea and its strategic location on the Pearl River was the, "chief anchorage for ships participating in Guangzhou's foreign trade. Traders from the "Southern Sea", including Indians, Arabians, and most Europeans, were required to keep their ships at Pazhou while smaller craft ferried goods to and from the Thirteen Factories area of Guangzhou's western suburbs. Traders rented storage for ships supplies and repair shops on Whampoa Island. Images of the anchorage were a common theme in 18th-century art." wikipedia


The Pearl River runs from west to east and the small island group has the river to its north and south. It is the closest point in proximity to the city of Guangzhou (written here as KANTON):


An 1888 map of the mouth of the Pearl River Delta
showing the locations of Macao and Hong Kong.
As the ships sailed up the trecherous Pearl River (it was not dredged in the early days), they were greeted by a series of pagodas to the left (port) side. Reaching Pazhou Island, due to the geography of the region they were not able to go further and set anchor there.

This map from 1841 calls it Hanan Island:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Canton_River%2C_26_May_1841.jpg
You can see on the map above that the river is flowing from the NW (top left) and makes a turn, splitting and flowing around the islands and then coming together again to the east (right) and flowing down from there towards the sea.

In terms of of the Feng Shui Four Animals principle, this group of islands is like the 'red phoenix' of Guangzhou:



Zhuque (red phoenix) occupies the islands, opposite is Xuanwu (black tortoise) to the north, occupying outlying mountains, Qinglong (green dragon) is to the right and Baihu (white tiger) is to the left.

In Feng Shui Zhuque should be a yang area, as it is here in this case, especially with the river running across the south of Guangzhou. Where the waters meet and become wider, that is called the 'shuikou' (水口 'water mouth'), where the qi accumulates and because in this case, the waters converge and then instead of running straight away too quickly, the water turns a corner; so the qi is able to be captured or retained. In Feng Shui, water is equivalent to wealth.

To this day, this island is still one of the most important locations for trading with the rest of the world, because on it, stands the site of the massive exhibition space, Canton Fair, the world's biggest exhibition centre, which brings products from all over China to be displayed and sold to the rest of the world.

So you can see how Feng Shui can explain the strategic advantage of this location, and, loo
king back in history, we can see that for 500 years this island has remained the main trading post between China and the West.



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From Guangzhou we boarded a fast train to Guilin as we headed out on our Journey to the West. (to be continued...)

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I'm already planning my Feng Shui Tour of China 2018 (October). If you'd like to attend, drop me a line.

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"Most favourite were the old villages and how Feng Shui was applied in ancient China. I liked the tour and can't fault anything...you went beyond your means to accommodate those who were not happy with Yingtan Village Accommodation and that shows compassion for others and professionalism as a tour guide." Tina Curro

"I really appreciated the comprehensiveness of the whole experience. We didn't just visit significant sites pertaining to feng shui, we also studied them before and after the visit. The feng shui classes were a bonus for me. I also really enjoyed the immersion experience of staying in hotels in the area, eating local food, and spending lots of time at significant sites. We didn’t just get off the bus and move quickly through each place. We spent time in each place. It was way more than I expected, and I truly appreciate all the time and effort you put into every detail of the trip." Nancy Canestaro

"I am so happy to accomplishing China Tour 2016 another experience we had in China. So much to reflect upon and share in the future with my clients and friends. Thank you for your extensive knowledge, support and fun. I really enjoyed the tour and time we had together. I am looking forward to next year adventure." Aelita Leto
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