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Feng Shui timing, also known as time in Feng Shui, is a reflection of the universe’s endless cycles and changes. It serves no purpose to use a static, once-done approach, such as that taught by the Black Hat Feng Shui school, to boost results and provide cures inside a home permanently. The likelihood of the outcome is based solely on chance; you may have managed to alter one or two energy sectors, but then you keep wondering why bothersome things keep happening frequently.

Let’s look more closely at where time is most important and how it relates to particular areas of metaphysics. Before delving into the micro world of Feng Shui timing, it is best to first consider the larger picture of astronomy (macro).

The Galactic Year in Chinese Astrology

The Galactic Year is also often referred to as the “Cosmic Year” by many astrologers. This is the grand cycle of our universe. Our sun needs to travel around the center of the Milky Way galaxy to complete one full cycle. The sun travels at a speed of 230 kilometers per second and takes between 225 and 250 million years to complete. When the dinosaurs were still alive, the last cycle came to an end. According to scientists, the sun has gone through about 20 cycles since the formation of our galaxy.

In Chinese astrology, the cosmic year has a distinct significance that it also has in manuscripts of Western literature. The day, year, and cosmic cycles all effectively illustrate the Yin-Yang hypothesis. In a specific 24-hour time frame, the yin energy reigns by night. The sun emits the most potent yang energy during the day. Every day, a flawless interchange of both is visible.

When Yang is at its strongest in summer, the same notion may be observed over the course of a year. When winter arrives, the yin energy takes over. Last but not least, the cosmic year follows the same laws of rebirth, growth, harvest, and rest that occur every 129,600 years on the calendar. The strongest energy is yin at first, which is gradually replaced by yang as the cycle progresses. Toward the end, yin once more exerts the most influence. In between, four other forms of Yin-Yang make the transition complete:

four different forms of yin yang lesser yang lesser yin diagram

  • Greater Yin is the extreme inactive form of Yin
  • Lesser Yang, the less active form of Yin
  • Lesser Yin is the less inactive form of Yang
  • Greater Yang is the extreme active form of Yang

The relationship between the Earth’s axis and orbit will always reveal which form of Yin or Yang dominates at any given time.

The Great Year in Feng Shui

grand year in feng shui cosmic energy swirling

According to science, one full cycle of the equinoxes around the ecliptic is referred to as the “great year.” Let me elaborate on the meaning of these two names, which indeed sound incredibly exotic to many of you.

The Equinox occurs when the equator of the Earth passes through the center of the sun. Just draw an imaginary line on the equator to extend it into the universe. We experience this twice a year, when the seasons naturally shift in each hemisphere. On March 20 or 21, the exact center of the sun (an imaginary extension line) travels over the earth’s equator from the southern to the northern hemisphere. A new season commences on each side of the hemisphere as a result.

On September 21 or 22, the exact reverse happens when the sun travels back again. Of course, this has an influence on the daylight hours. In contrast to the shorter days and faster onset of night in the winter, the daylight hours are significantly longer in the summer.

The ecliptic is the term for the earth’s exact path around the sun in every given year. To point out, the sun is stationary and non-moving. Every day, one full rotation of the earth’s axis occurs, keeping the planet on its yearly course around the sun. According to Chinese astrology, the earth travels through the 12 houses (12 Chinese zodiacs) as it continues on its never-ending journey. The so-called “yellow path” does guide and shape the lives of people.

As both astrological terms are now a little bit clearer, we can say that each individual path of the ecliptic, equinoxes, and earth axes needs to make one full rotation to meet at a given point in time. It takes the cycle 25,772 years to complete.

Grand Cycle or Yun in Feng Shui

The next cycle of 180 years is further divided into 20-year cycles, which are the most influential in Feng Shui timing. Depending on cardinal directions and construction completion, each 20-year period provides distinct characteristics of trends associated with family members and flying star combinations. Each star (from one to nine) is a synonym for a particular energy pattern, making it easy to identify the energy flow in a certain section of the home.

  • Period 1: 1864–1883
  • Period 2:  1884–1903
  • Period 3: 1904–1923
  • Period 4: 1924–1943
  • Period 5: 1944–1963
  • Period 6: 1964–1983
  • Period 7: 1984–2003
  • Period 8: 2004–2023
  • Period 9: 2024–2043
  • Period 1: 2044 – 2063
  • Period 2: 2064 – 2083

In Feng Shui, we use only the solar calendar, which starts every year between February 2nd and 4th.

Feng Shui Timing: Home Construction completion

Each and every home has a soul, which gets plugged into place by the earth’s qi during the construction phase. A given house might agree to share its soul in a positive way with some occupants, but others might not be suitable for this kind of home. The process is analogous to astrology, in which the universal energy bestows a person with a distinct footprint, also known as Heaven’s DNA. The DNA energy of each house can be calculated very precisely using the Flying Star School.

This method can identify which sections of the house are favorable for romance, like the Peach Blossom combination, but it can also foretell divorce or fire concerns, for example. As you can see, Feng Shui timing is crucial since the time and place of the home’s completion will determine its final DNA pattern according to the time and space theory.

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Yearly Feng Shui influence

The annual star energy will come around February 4, when the new Feng Shui solar calendar starts. Each of the nine stars will be equally distributed into the eight home sectors, and one will remain the center star, ruling the overall energy pattern of the year. These annual influences are ALWAYS TIMELY and interact in a positive, neutral, or negative way with the existing permanent home energy. Take a look at the current annual influences here

Because of this, annual adjustments should be made for the new Feng Shui year at the beginning of each January. As it is more prevalent where one spends most of the day, not every annual energy will affect the occupants. The rule of thumb is that when you spend at least one to two hours per day in certain sections of the home, the residing annual energy will influence the body’s Qi.

  • Star 1 governs power and prosperity*
  • Star 2 governs illness, infertility, and reproductive organs.*
  • Star 3 governs gossip and legal affairs.*
  • Star 4 governs romance and sexuality.*
  • Star 5 governs illness, sudden project stops.*
  • Star 6 is in charge of finances and authority.*
  • Star 7 governs Robbery and conflict (a military star) *
  • Star 8 governs prosperity and disloyalty. *
  • Star 9 governs celebration, fame, and heart-related issues*

* Please be aware that the above-mentioned characteristics only make up a small portion of each star’s overall attributes. Refer to our ebook here for a complete list.

A thorough understanding of the 5 Element Theory and Luo Shu (home sectors) is required to properly determine whether an annual star should be adjusted, left alone, or remedied to prevent its bad features from showing. For instance, the yearly Star 5 requires significant metal remedies to calm it down, regardless of position. Other star energies are different in nature and should be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Chinese Zodiac Timing

round plate illustrating all chinese zodiac signs

As I have earlier mentioned, the yellow-path shapes the Chinese zodiac signs, but also on a micro-scale. Each sign has a two-hour window within a day where the most auspicious energy is present. A person who feels at his peak can accomplish important tasks. On the flip side, 12 hours later, your energy level is at its lowest. It is advised to refrain from working on anything important during this period. To illustrate, the ox’s most auspicious time is between 1 am and 3 am. Between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m., an ox may feel exhausted. Here is an easy table to look up your zodiac sign and the luckiest times of the day:

  • Rat (born: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 11 pm – 1 am
  • Ox (born: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033
    Most auspicious time of the day: 1 am – 3 am
  • Tiger (born: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 3 am – 5 am
  • Rabbit (born: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 5 am – 7 am
  • Dragon (born: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 7 am – 9 am
  • Snake (born: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 9 am – 11 am
  • Horse (born: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 11 am – 1 pm
  • Sheep (born: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Monkey (born: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Rooster (born: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041
    Most auspicious time of the day: 5 pm – 7 pm
  • Dog (born: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Pig (born: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043)
    Most auspicious time of the day: 9 pm – 11 pm

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