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Xuan Kong School (Flying Star) explained

Classical Feng Shui has two main schools, but the main focus that consultants concentrate on is the San Yuan Feng Shui flying star Xuan Kong school. In sum, the teachings of Xuan Kong can be divided into four subcategories: The Xuan Kong Flying Star, the 64 Hexagram (Da Gua), the Six Methods (Liu Fa), and the Date Selection (Ze Ri). Here is a quick summary of the three subcategories that are not covered here:

  1. 64 Hexagram (Da Gua): Specifically, it is used to predict the future and the destiny of a person.
  2. Six Methods (Liu Fa): It uses 6 different, very complicated methods to determine a good energy flow. This study is highly advanced. The main idea is to have all windows and doors positions in perfect relationship with the furniture. As a consequence, major construction work needs to be done to reposition the doors and windows.
  3. Date Selection (Ze Ri): Ze Ri is used by practitioners to select auspicious dates for special events. Choosing a good day with positive energy for a wedding or giving birth can change one’s life destiny. For example, a wedding on special dates can bring never-ending love and harmony into the couple’s future.

Flying Star Meaning and the Basics

In Feng Shui’s Flying Star System, there are nine distinct types of star energies. With the application of the Yin-Yang concept, half of these stars bring auspiciousness, while the other half bring inauspicious affairs into our lives. These unseen energy stars manifest within specific sections of the home, exerting either positive or negative effects on your daily life.

For instance, these energies impact the harmony, emotions, financial matters, relationships, and overall well-being of the residents. In our solar system, we have nine astrological stars that generate different forms of Qi energy on our planet. These flying stars, as we understand them, interact and influence life on Earth, encompassing both animals and humans.

The primary objective of the Xuan Kong Flying Star system is to harmonize the flow of Qi. Consequently, a consultant  analyzes and assesses the influences of these energy fields inside the home, aiming to mitigate unfavorable energies and enhance favorable ones for the occupants own benefit.

For those with limited knowledge of Feng Shui, it’s worth understanding that there are unseen energies within a home that manifest in diverse ways. These energies, which influence a structure according to the year of construction and compass orientation, establish a distinctive and unchanging blueprint known as the permanent energy.

Think of it as energy enclosed within a box, unable to escape once the lid is closed. In addition to these permanent influences, each year brings its own set of energies that mingle and interact with the permanent ones. You can envision these annual influences as guests arriving at the house and engaging with the permanent resident’s energy. An analyst’s role is to unravel the intricate layers and examine how this energy interacts with the occupants.

It’s important to note that practitioners may employ different approaches to analyzing the same energy chart. Just as there are various paths to climb a mountain, the ultimate goal (reaching the peak) remains the same.

History of the Feng Shui Flying Star

The historical roots of Feng Shui Flying Stars are firmly grounded in the ancient traditions of Chinese culture, particularly within the intricate framework known as the Xuan Kong Flying Star Feng Shui system. This system represents an advanced and multifaceted branch of Feng Shui, with its primary focus directed towards the intricate dynamics and interplay of celestial bodies within the various sectors of a structure or space. Here is a concise account of the history of Feng Shui Flying Stars:

In the present era, some skeptics have raised questions regarding the purported age of classical Feng Shui. Yet, a meticulous examination of authenticated translations of ancient scholars’ texts unquestionably substantiates that these principles were indeed employed centuries ago.

While the terminology employed by emperors and scholars might have differed from the contemporary labeling of Feng Shui, the essence of the practice remains the same. This parallel is evident when considering the concept of Feng Shui Qi and its underlying energies. In ancient times, diverse descriptions and symbols were employed, though they fundamentally converged upon the same universal principles.

Moreover, it is imperative to recognize the mystifying manner in which ancient emperors and their scholars conveyed their wisdom, often shrouding it in secrecy to safeguard it from commoners and potential rivals. Their primary concern lay in maintaining dominion and exerting strict control over the people. Consequently, they diluted it into simplified principles, such as the Hetu river map, which was, in reality, an astrological and mathematical representation of celestial energy alignments.

The term “Feng Shui” as we understand it today did not exist before the era of Guo Pu (276-234 CE), the author of the fundamental text “Book of Burial.” Instead, phrases like “di li” were used, reflecting the use of compass-based divination, which was employed in maritime practices long before the emergence of Feng Shui. I shall refrain from delving into the history of the traditional Luo Shu Compass, as it merits a separate discussion.

However, it is worth noting that approximately 900 to 1000 years ago, Wang Chi applied the techniques of the San He School. This school, referred to as the Form School in modern times, concerns itself with the environmental impact of specific areas, be they locations for structures or burial sites (Yin Feng Shui).

Many masters and practitioners, both in the past and in the present, have adopted the San Yuan techniques, particularly the sub-form known as Xuan Kong Flying Star, as a cornerstone of this school.

Though this school may be considered relatively recent, it remains rooted in the same classical principles as all other iterations of Feng Shui, extending back thousands of years into history. Flying Stars can be perceived as a more potent and contemporary version, akin to advancements in technology.

At their core, all Feng Shui principles are grounded in the roots of astronomy, exploring how qi and its energy forces exert their influence upon the entire universe, individual stars, and our planet.

History of the Early Heaven Bagua Map (He-Tu)

The book of changes (I-Chang) tells us how the evolution process of the first River Diagram, or Early Heaven (Hetu), and the second one, the Later Heaven Diagram (Luo), took place.

In the time when Emperor Fu-xi or was it referred perhaps to an era instead, around 2800 BC, it was said that a mystical creature that looked like a horse or dragon came out of the Yellow River. On the creature’s back, a map with hollow and solid dots was presented to the emperor. He was very excited about the discovery and had let his top scholars study the map. The translation of He-Tu literally means “the river diagram.” Astonishing results were discovered, and the Yellow River Map, or He-Tu, was born.

The conventional textbook depiction of the Hetu River map merely scratches the surface of its true nature. In reality, it served as an astrological map, revealing celestial alignments that were originally discovered by astrologers and subsequently deciphered by mathematicians.

As can be seen, there are two kinds of dots in the diagram. One is hollow, while the other is solid. In addition, both can be found in combination with each other. Also, it can be noticed that all the solid dots are even numbers on the bottom, while the hollow ones are uneven numbers on top. The scholars even went further and compared the entire landscape of China with the dot map.

Surprisingly, stunning discoveries had been made and the 5-Element Theory was born:

  • South: In China, it was always warmer in this region than in others. Therefore, it was concluded this sector must contain the FIRE-ELEMENT
  • North: As North is located on the opposite side of the compass as South and energy always flows from top to bottom like a river, this section became the WATER-ELEMENT
  • West: The western region of China is occupied by a lot of mountain ranges. The scholars noticed that all the precious metals (gold, iron, stones) were coming from here. It was concluded that the west sector is the METAL-ELEMENT
  • East: The East side of China was occupied by lush forest and all the farming activities came from here. Therefore, it was determined that this region is the WOOD-ELEMENT
  • Center: The center region of China was settled as the EARTH-ELEMENT

Finally, the Ta-Ji Model of the Yin-Yang Principle was also adopted into this model. All uneven numbers are Yang-based and considered to be heaven (top), and the even numbers are Yin-based, which is earth. With some complicated mathematical formulas, Fu-Xi transformed the dots into solid and broken line formations. These line formations reflect the six different kinds of yin and yang:

  • 100% Yin in its form
  • All Yang in its form
  • More Yin is the extreme non-active form of Yin
  • Minor Yang is the less active form of Yin
  • Minor Yin is the less not active form of Yang
  • More Yang is the extreme active form of Yang

A further look into the principles of Yin and Yang is needed to have a full understanding of the different line formations. The south (top) is all Yang-based, as all three lines are solid. Fire, the sun, and strength are common characteristics to be considered 100% Yang.

On the other hand, the three broken lines represent all Yin and are located on the bottom (north) of the trigram. All other compass directions are a mix of both.

Is the Early Heaven Trigram still be used today?

The application of the trigram is very sporadically used today. Only Yin Feng Shui Masters in China use the Early Heaven Trigram to determine the best grave placement for deceased family members. It does give a good indication of the best graveyard’s location.

Over time, the modern Feng Shui Consultation uses only the Later Heaven Trigram or Luo Shu Square (Bagua Map). In one occasion, the Early Heaven Trigram is used in the Bagua Mirror as it reflects the Heaven Sequence.

The Later Heaven Bagua Map (Luo Shu)

Once the horse-like creature made its appearance, another mystical creature resembling a turtle emerged on the river bank. The scholars of King Wen, fascinated by this occurrence, utilized the dot arrangement from the turtle’s shell to construct a novel Bagua map known as the Later Heaven Diagram or Luo Shu Magic Square. Once more, our discussion pertains to the simplified narrative-based portrayal of an astrological energy map featuring stars.

Remarkably, this energy map remains in use today and serves as a representation of the earth’s model. It enables us to easily determine which sections of our homes possess favorable energies and which ones harbor inauspicious ones. In essence, exploring the significance of the nine flying stars unveils intriguing insights.

  • #1 Star: (Kan, White, N): Water
  • #2 Star: (Kun, Black, SW): Earth
  • #3 Star: (Zhen, Green, E): Wood
  • #4 Star: (Zun, Green, SE): Wood
  • #5Star: (Yellow) / Center: Earth
  • #6 Star: Qian, White, NW): Metal
  • #7Star: Dui, Red, W): Metal
  • #8 Star: Gen, White,NE): Earth
  • #9 Star: Li, Purple, S): Fire

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the traditional learn-by-textbook method, I’m about to divulge an intriguing revelation. Contrary to the animalistic narrative, the entire depiction of these creatures was nothing more than a fable that ancient emperors made up to deceive the general population.

In reality, it was a group of exceptionally skilled astronomers and mathematicians who diligently observed the skies and tracked the movements of stars. The origins of the nine flying star energies can be traced back to various constellations in our universe.

It’s important to note that the illiterate farmers of that time were presented with this fairy tale to maintain secrecy regarding the true source. The emperors intended to safeguard this knowledge exclusively for themselves.

Feng Shui Flying Star Energy Periods

Feng Shui Flying-Star Time Dynamic

Permanent Energy (20 year cycle)

Chinese astronomers made a remarkable discovery: every 180 years, all the planets in our universe align in a straight line. This led to the realization that each period must span 20 years, given the existence of distinct Xuan Kong flying stars. Consequently, a significant energy shift occurs on our planet every two decades.

The energy qualities associated with these stars undergo changes as well. The energy chart, representing a Period 8 home, displays the base numbers (Stars 1–9) as single-digit figures. In the center of the chart, you will find Base Number 8. The remaining stars follow a precise order as they fly into the other sectors, collectively creating the complete energy chart configuration.

  • 1. Period 1864 – 1883 (Upper Yuan Cycle)
  • 2. Period 1884 – 1903 (Upper Yuan Cycle)
  • 3. Period 1904 – 1923 (Upper Yuan Cycle)
  • 4. Period 1924 – 1943 (Middle Yuan Cycle)
  • 5. Period 1944 – 1963 (Middle Yuan Cycle)
  • 6. Period 1964 – 1983 (Middle Yuan Cycle)
  • 7. Period 1984 – 2003 (Lower Yuan Cycle)
  • 8. Period 2004 – 2023 (Lower Yuan Cycle)
  • 9. Period 2024 – 2043 (Lower Yuan Cycle)
  • End of the 180-year cycle: New 1. The period starts at 2044 – 2063

Feng Shui Flying Star: Yearly Energy (1 year cycle)

First and foremost, it’s worth noting that the Feng Shui flying star energies undergoes constant fluctuations on an annual basis. Therefore, it becomes necessary to make suitable adjustments and incorporate relevant remedies. These energies are highly dynamic, and their effects can be felt relatively quickly.

Feng Shui Flying Star: Monthly Energy (1 month cycle)

Furthermore, apart from the yearly energy shifts, some enthusiasts also pay close attention to the monthly energy shifts. However, it’s worth noting that only in very specific cases should a monthly adjustment be taken into account, as it is just too time-consuming and impractical.

Explanation of the Classical Luo Shu Map (Energy Star Chart)

Basically, the upper two numbers are reflecting the actual energy in this section. The left number is called the Sitting (Mountain) Star, compared to the right number which is called the Facing (Water) Star. The Sitting Star particularly deals with the health and well-being of the house residence. On the other hand, the Facing Star reflects the wealth and money matters of the residence.

To illustrate further the Water Star is Yang based as the Mountain Star is Ying based. The nine stars collaborate with each other to form a total of 81 Star combinations. Above the 5/2 Star combination can be detected. Unquestionably, you do not want it in one of your main home sectors. As you already know, all the stars do have a different kind of Qi (Shi) energies.

We can say the following:

  • The main star for Feng Shui Wealth to be concerned is the Facing or Water Star. Whereas, the Mountain Star is the visitor. This also counts for all the yearly and monthly stars. They come and go. Surely, determine the Energy of the Facing Star by the 5 Element Theory. Does your sector enhance, neutralize, or control the star element?
  • Star energy can also be influenced by outdoor structures. Keep an eye on this, too. The same can be said for interior structures.
  • The main star for Health and Relationship is the Mountain or Water Star. The Sitting Star is the visitor.
  • Sometimes the stars only interfere with the main or visitor star, but a lot of times the star combination can have an effect on both: Wealth & Health.
  • The Base Number (Single Digit) determines the flying star structure of the energy map.

In order to analyze the whole energy map, you need to have advanced study skills to fully understand the whole picture. If you are curious about how to apply the Bagua Map the correct way, read more here.

Flying Star meaning: Qualities and Explanation

Each Feng Shui flying star has its own unique qualities depending on certain factors. If two stars combine the effect can change. Also, different energy can occur due to time and landscape factors.

#1 White Star (Tan Lang Ying – Greedy Wolf)

  • Summary: The White Star is mostly timely and considered auspicious to bring good luck
  • Element: Water
  • Sky Direction: North
  • Qualities when Timely: Stands for job-related luck, successful study, Able to make new connections in business or private, increases good reputation in society
  • Qualities when Untimely: Stress & Emotional Turmoil
  • Facing Star Position: It benefits matters in business and career
  • Sitting Star Position: Making new connections or making new friendships
  • Affected Body Part: Kidney, Bladder System
  • Associated Family Member: Middle Son (unmarried)

#2 Black Star (Ju Men Xing) – Illness

  • Summary: This is quite a negative star that brings illness, accidents (it will turn positive in 2024 onward)
  • Element: Earth
  • Sky Direction: Southwest
  • Qualities when Timely: The Star brings great financial wealth and favors land/property related benefits
  • Qualities when Untimely: This star created all kind of trouble starting from accidents, serious illnesses of all kinds, and overall bad luck.
  • Facing Star Position: Bad Health
  • Sitting Star Position: Financial problems such as bankruptcy or major loss of income
  • Affected Body Part: Digestive System (Stomach, Colon)
  • Associated Family Member: Mother or older female (grandmother)

#3 Jade Star (Lu Chun Xing) Conflict

  • Summary: Causes conflict and misunderstanding especially in Period 8 and Period 9.
  • Element: Wood
  • Sky Direction: East
  • Qualities when Timely: Benefit person who likes to be famous (Actor, Singer)
  • Qualities when Untimely: Increase misunderstanding and arguments in private and work. May cause legal conflict.
  • Facing Star Position: Constant argument with a partner
  • Sitting Star Position: Law Suit may be filed against you or problems with colleagues and boss
  • Affected Body Part: Liver, Feet, Arms
  • Associated Family Member: Oldest Son (married)

#4 Green Star (Xun Gua) – Academic Star

  • Summary: This star brings great success for students, artists or scientist who do research.
  • Element: Wood
  • Sky Direction: Southeast
  • Qualities when Timely: Students can study well with good grades. For scientist new discovery can be seen.
  • Qualities when Untimely: Illness such as Breast Cancer, Adultery, Drug addiction
  • Facing Star Position: Romance and love
  • Sitting Star Position: Good Reputation at Work
  • Affected Body Part: Chest, Breast, and Gallbladder
  • Associated Family Member: Oldest Daughter (married)

#5 Yellow Star (Lian Zhen) – Misfortune

The worst combination of all is when Star #5 teams up with Star #2 or Star #9. These Energies causes trouble all the time. Therefore, special care needs to be taken to neutralize its effects.

  • Summary: By far the worst negative star which causes worst luck and even death. It is only timely in period 5. In all other periods, it is extremely dangerous and negative.
  • Element: Earth
  • Sky Direction: Center
  • Qualities when Timely: Great success of everything that is done, Increase of wealth
  • Qualities when Untimely: Overall negative in all aspects of life
  • Facing Star Position: Death, serious health issues, divorce
  • Sitting Star Position: Bankruptcy, Lawsuit with jail time
  • Affected Body Part: not related to any body part
  • Associated Family Member: Entire Household is affected

#6 White Star (Wu Qu Xing) – Luck from Heaven

  • Summary: The Star is auspicious in nature and guardians the reputation and power status in society
  • Element: Metal
  • Sky Direction: Northwest
  • Qualities when Timely: Great Power, People looking up to you
  • Qualities when Untimely: Loneliness and extreme selfish behavior to others
  • Facing Star Position: Family shows great respect towards you
  • Sitting Star Position: Promotion to become Manager or CEO, smooth work environment
  • Affected Body Part: Lungs, Bones
  • Associated Family Member: Father or Grandfather

#7 Red Star (Po Jun Xing) – Violence

  • Summary: Pretty inauspicious most of the times. Brings violence such as robbery or fire hazard into the house
  • Element: Metal
  • Sky Direction: West
  • Qualities when Timely: Spiritual Guidance to become one, wealth, and worry-free life
  • Qualities when Untimely:
  • Facing Star Position: Possible Home Invasion, Theft, Accident
  • Sitting Star Position: Brings financial problems with it, lawsuits, gossip behind your back
  • Affected Body Part: Mouth and Head
  • Associated Family Member: Younger Daughter (unmarried)

#8 White Star (Zuo Fu Bi) – Wealth & Prosperity

  • Summary: This Star is extremely timely in Period, 8,9, and 1. It brings great prosperity from all different kind of sources (job, business, investment)
  • Element: Earth
  • Sky Direction: Northeast
  • Qualities when Timely: Extreme prosperity, wealth, and good health
  • Qualities when Untimely: Health issue to finger, back pain, and toes
  • Facing Star Position: Great Relationship success with partner
  • Sitting Star Position: Increase of Wealth and money, stable job
  • Affected Body Part: Finger, Back, Toes
  • Associated Family Member: Younger Son (unmarried)

#9 Star (You Bi Xing) – Future Prosperity

  • Summary: Extremely positive in Period 8 and 9. Brings good relationship luck and wealth.
  • Element: Fire
  • Sky Direction: South
  • Qualities when Timely: Promotion in job, good sales, overall great finances
  • Qualities when Untimely: Blood Cancer, Eye problems, and cardiac issues
  • Facing Star Position: Soul-Mate Relationship, Marriage
  • Sitting Star Position: Promotion at work or higher sales in business
  • Affected Body Part: Heart, Blood, Eye
  • Associated Family Member: Middle Daughter (unmarried)

Please be aware that the star qualities do change if combinations are formed such as Main Star with Visitor Star, Sitting Star with Yearly Star, Facing Star with Yearly Star, and Yearly Star with Monthly Star.

Please refer to the Flying Star 81 Combination Study for further Explanation

The Different Stages of the Star Qualities

Master Xuan Kong discovered that all the Qi energies are going through different stages over time. Firstly, the prosperous stage is the most beneficial one, which brings great fortune and luck. Secondly, the lucky period is over, and the energy is slowly getting less auspicious.

Thirdly, the dead stage is where the energy is static or neutral in nature. Next, the killer stage is by far the worst  period. Here, the energy is extremely negative and manifests all its bad attributes. Last, the growing stage is where the energy increases in strength. It is being said that this is the future luck star.

Of course, this just scratches the basic surface of the whole Flying Star Study. We hope you got a hint of what the concept is about.


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