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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 Grand cycles of 180 years ((20-year yun x 9 trigrams) are further divided by three 60-year major eras that help us to understand the energy shifts and influences over time. This major cycle can be further classified into three main groups: the Lower Yun, the Middle Yun, and the Upper Yun.

Three 20-year yun cycles consist within each 60-year major cycle that further define the energetic qualities of that particular phase. The 60-year major cycle also referred to as the sexagenary cycle, Stems-and-Branches or ganzhi comprising sixty terms, each specifically assigned to represent a single year. Consequently, this cycle encompasses a grand total of sixty years, serving as a historical method employed in China to chronologically document the passage of time.

The Lower Yun marks the initial phase of the 60-year cycle. It encompasses periods 1, 2, and 3, which signify the beginning and early development stages. This phase is associated with laying the foundation and establishing the fundamental energies that will shape the subsequent periods.

Following the Lower Yun, we enter the Middle Yun, which encompasses periods 4, 5, and 6. This phase represents a stage of growth, progress, and stability. It is characterized by increased activity, expansion, and the manifestation of intentions. During the Middle Yun, the energies are typically more balanced and conducive to achieving goals and aspirations.

Currently, we are in the Upper Yun, which consists of periods 7, 8, and 9. This phase represents the culmination and completion of the Grand cycle. It is associated with maturity, harvest, and the reaping of rewards. The Upper Yun is often seen as a time of abundance, success, and fulfillment. The energy during this phase tends to be more dynamic and transformative.

  • 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.

Timely equals favorable as  untimely equals unfavorable

The traditional view of Feng Shui categorizes certain phases as timely, which are considered positive, and untimely, which are often labeled as negative in a very general sense. However, this perspective can be shortsighted and overlook the complexities of the energy dynamics involved. You need to recognize that even stars classified as untimely can exhibit positive attributes and influences.

Stars, like all entities, go through various stages in their life cycles. While they may enter an untimely phase during certain periods, it does not automatically render them inauspicious or negative. Take, for instance, the example of star 8, which is known as a white star and inherently possesses beneficial qualities. In period 9, it enters the “death” or “Sze” phase. However, this does not mean that star 8 will suddenly turn sour and become extremely inauspicious. It will continue to radiate positive attributes for many years to come.

It is simplistic and misleading to classify stars solely based on their timeliness or untimeliness and label them as inauspicious. In Feng Shui, numerous other factors need to be taken into consideration, such as the overall energy balance, the interaction of different stars, the specific location and environment, and the individual’s unique circumstances.

A comprehensive analysis of the energy dynamics in a given space requires a holistic approach that considers the interplay of various factors. Each star, regardless of its classification, possesses its own set of qualities and influences that can manifest in different ways depending on the overall context. Therefore, do not oversimplify the interpretation of stars as untimely and automatically negative, as reality is far more nuanced and multifaceted.

Finally, it is noteworthy to recognize that even a star associated with its wang, or most auspicious phase, can exhibit unfavorable attributes under certain circumstances. This occurs when the auspicious “wang” star is paired with an attacking or controlling energy.

To illustrate this, consider the combination of star pair 1–9 at the front door during period 9, where water dominates fire. Despite star 9 being considered highly beneficial in the water position at the front door, star 1 can still activate issues related to the Li trigram, such as those affecting the heart or eyes.

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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The current Era Theory of a home’s transition

This theory claims that a home’s transition into a new era consequently and automatically alters its energy profile. However, this assertion is highly erroneous, as the completion of construction serves as the fundamental basis for all subsequent energy calculations. By suggesting that the house’s energy changes once a new era every 20 years occurs, one completely disregards its original construction date. Would you adopt a similar approach with your own zodiac sign? I presume not.

Undoubtedly, the present-era chart can be employed as an additional layer during a consultation, but it should not serve as the sole and definitive chart once a home enters into a new period (era).

Yearly Feng Shui influence

The annual influence of star energies in Feng Shui occurs around February 4 or 5, coinciding with the commencement of the new Chinese solar calendar. This might raise questions about why the lunar calendar is not the preferred choice. To clarify this matter, it’s essential to understand that the lunar calendar predominantly serves astrological functions in disciplines such as Zi Wei Dou Shu Purple Emperor astrology and the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Conversely, Bazi, Feng Shui, and the Four Pillars adhere to the solar calendar, which commences precisely at the midpoint between the December Solstice and the March Equinox. This precise timing is vital because it marks a distinct shift in the distribution of Qi, or annual influences, necessitating specific adjustments in terms of house Feng Shui.

In essence, the difference in dates between the Solar Calendar and the Lunar Calendar is attributed to the fact that the moon takes precisely 27.3 days to orbit the Earth, leading to annual date fluctuations.

Conversely, the Lunar Calendar remains relatively consistent since it is based on the exact time it takes for the Earth to orbit the Sun. Upon the completion of one full cycle, this results in a transformative shift in annual electromagnetic energy.

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

Decoding Planetary Alignment and Celestial Conjunctions Accuracy

feng shui timing Planetary Alignment

In the realm of astronomical phenomena and Feng Shui timing, there exists a subject that has puzzled scholars and stargazers for centuries: planetary alignment and celestial conjunctions. It’s a topic shrouded in ambiguity, riddled with historical debates, and often subject to misinterpretation. Let us embark more into this topic to unravel the complexities surrounding these celestial occurrences, diving deep into the intricacies that have amazed minds throughout history.

To begin, let’s address the element of time, a dimension that invariably shapes our understanding of planetary alignment and conjunctions: the persistence of these celestial events over time. Whether it’s a matter of days, weeks, or even millennia, the cosmic ballet of planets and stars carries on, largely indifferent to our fleeting human concerns.

The notion that these cosmic events operate on their own schedules is impervious to our desires or timelines. We’re reminded that our understanding of these phenomena is bound by the constraints of our observations and calculations, which may not always align with the celestial clockwork.

In the pursuit of clarity by many experts, it conveys uncertainty regarding their ability to satisfactorily address the subject at hand. This uncertainty echoes the sentiments of countless astronomers and scholars who have grappled with the elusive nature of celestial alignment. It’s modesty that acknowledges the vastness of the cosmos and the limitations of human knowledge.

Precision vs. Imperfection in Timing

As we delve deeper into the discourse, we find an interesting concept of plausibility in the absence of precision. It’s an idea that underscores the challenge of reconciling the grandeur of the universe with the finite precision of our timing calculations. When faced with astronomical questions that may defy precise answers, we are encouraged to seek plausible explanations and navigate the intricate balance between the known and the mysterious.

Consider, for instance, the mention of Polaris, the North Star. While we may never definitively ascertain whether it emerged from a group of nine stars, deductive reasoning allows us to conclude that it likely did not. This exercise in deduction exemplifies the kind of plausible reasoning that astronomers and scholars employ when confronted with cosmic enigmas.

Astrologers have long observed that nothing aligns at 0 degrees; everything seems to come with a tilt of sorts. Even our sun isn’t at the center of Earth’s orbit around it. It makes one appreciate the inherent imperfections in our universe, which might be essential for life to exist.

Another aspect to consider is our human tendency towards exactness, or a preference for it. We seem to favor precise alignments, like a perfect circle or an ellipse with a central focus. If not that, then at least an orbit around a nearly perfect circle or ellipse We even seek perfection in planetary alignments or in the symmetry of our bodies.

However, when it comes to metaphysical matters, we tend to seek symmetry and balance. We look for harmony, but it remains elusive. Even the concept of equilibrium often leads us to think of balance. In reality, nothing is perfectly symmetrical. For instance, the ears on the right side of the face might differ from those on the left.

Now, circling back to the notion of “Yun,” it appears that no human convention has entirely clarified this concept. While clear-cut calendric notions are preferable, it’s essential to align them with broader ideas. We should trust and prioritize these broader concepts before anything else. This isn’t meant to imply that all past perceptions were misconceptions; it’s more about considering whether everything should be calibrated on a smaller scale.

In essence, we should embrace the imperfections and complexities of the universe because, without them, life as we know it might not exist. We can’t definitively say what aligns with what, as the universe is in constant motion and often appears at a tilt. Despite these uncertainties, we remain in awe of everything the universe has to offer.

Historical Context of Feng Shui Timing

Turning our gaze to history, we encounter the rich tapestry of ancient astronomical knowledge, notably in Asian cultures. The Saturn-Jupiter conjunction, an event of profound importance, serves as a focal point. As early as 5000 years ago, scholars assigned calendric timing to this celestial meeting, underscoring the enduring fascination with the movements of planets. However, a crucial point needs further debate about the frequency of this conjunction.

The question of whether Saturn and Jupiter align precisely every 20 years or whether this interval fluctuates introduces an element of inconstancy. This uncertainty stems from variations in the spacing between planets during these conjunctions, with separations of less than 10 arcminutes being exceedingly rare. The mention of the 2020 “Great Conjunction” serves as a recent example, highlighting that even seemingly exact events possess an inherent degree of imprecision.

A critical distinction arises between planetary conjunction and planetary alignment, a distinction that often eludes common understanding.

The difference is revealed in that what might be referred to as a “conjunction” could, in reality, pertain to an alignment. This distinction adds nuance to the discourse, illustrating how terminology can shape our comprehension of celestial events.

Furthermore, the limitations of ancient astronomers who relied on naked-eye observations were due to the absence of modern technology. This historical context underscores the challenges faced by early scholars and their enduring fascination with the night sky, often rooted in practical considerations such as ensuring that certain constellations never set in the night sky.

Delving deeper into the philosophical realm, there is a possibility that the imperfections of the universe are essential to the existence of life. That life thrives in a universe that is unpredictable and imperfect is a thought-provoking notion. This notion leans back to the concept of Yin-Yang interplay, suggesting that the very source of life arises from the dynamic tension between elements.

If we revisit the 2000-millennia phenomenon, when some believed the world would end, this episode serves as a reminder of humanity’s everlasting fascination with apocalyptic prophecies and celestial events. It highlights the challenge of arriving at clear-cut answers, even in an age of advanced scientific knowledge.

In historical context, it implies that scholars and emperors of the past may not have had the common people’s interests at heart, which introduces a dimension of intrigue. This notion raises questions about the deliberate omission of information or the intentional “writing in code approach” of details, hinting at the mystifying nature of ancient knowledge.

It appears that different emperors entrusted various scholars with their astronomical concerns, and each scholar approached the subject from a different angle, often striving to achieve similar outcomes but beginning from different starting points. This might be what’s hidden beneath the complex Babylonian terminology we encounter in discussions about events like the Jupiter-Saturn or Neptune-Uranus conjunctions.


Moving beyond planetary alignment, this approach can be applied to other metaphysical phenomena, creating a framework for exploration and understanding. Whether it’s the Big Dipper’s configuration, the mysteries of stars, or other aspects of our universe, this mindset encourages us to question, learn, and embrace the complexity that surrounds us. In the end, the universe continues to reveal its wonders to those who dare to explore its mysteries.

When it comes to the subject of planetary alignment and celestial events, many experts offer explanations. They might focus on the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, but it’s crucial not to treat their insights as indisputable facts. Instead, we should refer to them as theories proposed by specific masters or sources. This approach keeps the door open for further research and new insights that may eventually supersede existing claims.

In conclusion, this multifaceted journey through the enigmatic terrain of planetary alignment and celestial conjunctions, traverses the boundaries of time, philosophy, and history, offering a nuanced perspective on these cosmic phenomena. It reminds us that while we may never fully unlock the mysteries of the universe, our pursuit of understanding continues to illuminate the path of discovery.

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