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春分 Chun Fun
The Spring Equinox

Welcome to the Spring equilibrium of Yin and Yang
 
Today is the Spring Equinox, which is one of the four cardinal energetic points of the year. Let this day bring balance and harmony to the entire world, as the energies of yin and yang are in perfect equilibrium throughout the planet. 

In this spring edition, we bring you many fascinating articles from our Chue Style teachers, Masters and Senior Masters from around the world. We share Chue Style teachings, which reveal it's uniqueness and write about powerful success stories from our consultations. 
It is our great pleasure to present these topics to the general public in the hope that Chue Style Feng Shui reaches many homes and people and benefit their lives. 
 
We thank our beloved Grand Master Chan Kun Wah for all his teachings and care for his students. Without him, this fascinating and powerful knowledge would never have reached us and enriched the lives of so many. We also sincerely thank to Susanna Senior Master Lau, who is tirelessly continuing the Chue Lineage, along side with Senior Master Teri Garcia and Senior Master Jacqueline Miettinen. Much gratitude goes to all the contributors of this newsletter and our devoted subscribers!

春分 CHUN FUN - SPRING EQUINOX

Composed by Master Nikki Bishop (CH/DS/YHH/IC)

The traditional Chinese calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms of chi, which have been described in a previous newsletter. Here, I am going to focus on the Spring Equinox 春分, representing the chi we are entering right now. The Spring Equinox is the time of year when we experience the daylight hours at their most balanced, giving us equal day-time to night-time. On this day, the length of the day and night is equal on the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. After the Spring equinox, the sun moves northwards, resulting in gradually longer days, increased daylight, in the Northern Hemisphere and longer nights, decreased daylight, in the Southern Hemisphere.

It can also be seen as the balance point of Yin and Yang - the height of Yang is the longest day (Summer Solstice or Ha Gee) and the height of Yin is the longest night (Winter Solstice or Dung Gee). So, the midpoint and the points of balance - are the Equinoxes. 


We can further see this balance of yin and yang when we look at the signal Kwa for the month of March, the rabbit 卯 month. We have a balance of 3 yin lines and 3 yang lines, which also shows the yang energy rising, as the 3 yang lines are pushing upwards, hence the Spring being the time of the ‘rising chi’, the plants are growing and young animals are being born. It’s a time of expansion and growth. The natural energy of nature is pushing outwards and upwards.

Traditionally, it is considered favourable if it rains on this day. It is believed that if this day is sunny and dry, it is not such a good year for crops. You can observe this locally to see what impact your local weather has on locally grown produce throughout the year. Other observations, as we move into the energy of the 15 days of the Spring Equinox include migrating birds beginning to return to the north and plants putting on a more vigorous growth. The 15 days of the Spring Equinox can also be divided into three lots of five days. The first 5 days are linked to the swallows flying north. In the second 5 days, thunder cracks the sky and in the third 5 days lightening occurs. This gives us an insight into the strength of the energy of Spring, which is waking the earth up and encouraging all things to rise up and flourish.

In 2022, the Spring Equinox falls on 20th March at 23:33 : 

 

What influence can we see from the date on which the Spring Equinox falls this year? As the timing is 23:33, we take the energy of the following day to create the chart. So, we have a 癸 day. All the stems are water – 2 yin 癸 and 2 yang 壬 stems. So, we have pure water energy in the heavens. This could indicate excessive rain during the 15 days of this solar term of chi.

In the branches we have water in the hour pillar 子, along with wood in the month 卯 and year 寅 pillars. The day, however, is yin metal 酉, the rooster. The rooster 酉 is not that strong, as metal is weak in Spring but it still distracts the rabbit 卯, as the rabbit is challenged to control the rooster. In a seasonal chart, it is better not to see the energy of the season challenged. As we are looking at the Spring equinox, we are looking for balance. This chart is not showing balance. It is showing the seasonal chi as challenged with excessive water in the heavens. This can indicate that it is not great for farmers, as the seasonal chi is unbalanced at a key time of the growing season.

By the time of the Spring Equinox evidence of spring is very much all around us. It is a time of renewal and new life, of vibrancy and new opportunities. So, on a personal level, it's a great time to refresh and spring clean the energy of your home and work space, allow the energy of Spring to revitalise you.

FENG SHUI FOR THE GARDEN
 
Composed by Bente-Sølvi Toverød 

In Chue Style Feng Shui, we aim to use the natural energy from the environment and the surrounding landscape to support us like a gentle flow. Energy can follow roads and streets towards our garden gate and from there, to the main entrance and into our house. Once the good energy is inside the house, it will support us. This is the common approach. 

To ensure the good energy is getting in, it must take a suitable path. This means that there must be a good relationship between the street, the gate and the front door. A skilled Chue Style Feng Shui consultant knows how to assess this and balance it if needed.

Furthermore, in Chue Style Feng Shui, we also know that the garden can doubly support us. How is that? Firstly, the garden supports us directly. All family members have their own specific area within the garden. Secondly, the garden supports the house. The garden strengthens and balances the energy of the house, making it even more supportive to us. These two ways of supporting us cannot be clearly separated. The garden supports our house and ourselves at the same time.

 

Fig. 1: There should be a good relationship between the street, the gate and the front door.

To explain what happens, I distinguish them in the following way.

A specific area for every family member

The garden has the potential of directly supporting all family members. The basic family members in Feng Shui are the two parents, three daughters and three sons. Everyone has their own space in the garden. If there are more than three sisters or three brothers, then the first and the fourth will share the same space, likewise the second and the fifth, and so on. It is important to keep the areas belonging to all members of your family nice and pleasant. The two most important areas are the two parents’ areas, as all children depend on their parents. If the parents have good support, then they will support their children. 

To find the areas, you can draw a 3 x 3 grid on the garden plan, which gives you nine evenly sized squares or rectangles. 

The Southwest square belongs to the mother and the Northwest to the father. The first daughter is in the Southeast, the second is in the South and the third is in the West between the parents. The first son is in the East, the second in the North, and the third is in the Northeast between his two elder brothers. The middle square is the Tai Chi of the garden and does not belong to any family member. 

These eight areas of the garden also correspond to specific body parts, making the body vulnerable to illnesses, if the associated garden area is not well kept. If any member in your family has problems, look at the particular area of the garden and see what you can do to make it more supportive. The natural chi should be fresh and gentle. This does not necessarily mean meticulously kept flower beds; a natural garden can be fine. However, keep the weeds under control where you would like to see pretty flowers or grow vegetables. Be careful with storage and unused items, as they make the chi stagnant. Keep your garden shed tidy and clean. If you have a water pond, make sure the water is fresh. Keep all garden furniture well maintained; likewise, gates and fences.

Fig. 2: You can divide the plot into 3 x 3 squares, each one representing a family member and a body part.
 

The five elements supporting the house

An uncomplicated way of looking at it, is by means of the five elements. Using the supporting cycle, the garden can make a significant difference to the energy of the house. For example, if your house is square and with a grey, brown or yellow colour, its shape is dominated by earth energy. To support this earth energy, we will apply fire energy. This means adding triangular or pointed shapes to your garden, either in terms of flower bed layout, trellis, climbing plants support or other items. Also, more shades of the colour red, pink and purple are good carriers of fire energy. These colours can be used for garden furniture, parasols, gates and fences to bring in support. 

If your house has a pointed roof and is a red colour, it has a fire energy shape. Then you should use wood energy to support the house. The colour green and nicely balanced vegetations will do the trick.

If your house is white with a lot of round shaped features, like windows and arches, it has a metal energy shape. Also, if true metal is present in frames, fittings and plumbing, it adds to the metal energy of the house. 

Metal takes support from the earth energy, meaning square or rectangular shapes and the colours of grey, brown, and yellow. When you choose items and materials for your garden, pick earth colours and shapes. If your house is dominated by wood shapes and colours, you apply the water energy for support. Finally, if your house is mostly water shaped and coloured, you can apply metal energy.

This is just one example of using the five elements on the form of the garden to balance the house. Among other considerations to observe, is the shape of the footprint of the house and the shape of the plot of land.

Garden Feng Shui is not about style. Any garden style is fine. The important thing is how the space is arranged and how the different areas are used. In this way we can benefit from the natural energy in our surroundings both directly from the garden and indirectly through our house.

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PEPPA PIG'S HOUSE

Composed by Master Heidi Pran (CH)

Anyone who has watched Peppa pig will have noticed that all houses in this children’s series are for some reason built on top of quite steep hills.

In Feng Shui, this is called “site empty, facing empty” or in fact, it is “all empty”. The house totally lacks support on all sides. For a domestic house, this is not good. The ideal form of the landscape surrounding a house should be like an armchair, with good support at the back, good arm rests and an open view in front. In Peppa’s case, the facing of the house does have an open view and it is too steep. So, the energy is running away from the house.

There is no support at the back, which may affect the health of the people there. There’s no support at the sides, which means there is no support for the male and female in their endeavours. They will feel less connected to the house and may stay away a lot.

The earth energy is missing and heaven energy prevails. Such plots are better suited for spiritual buildings, like churches and temples.

THE UNIQUENESS OF CHUE STYLE FENG SHUI

Composed by Master Maša Zorn (CH)

As Chue Style Feng Shui practitioners we are beyond fortunate to have the opportunity to learn such powerful and authentic skills. We have a genuine living Grandmaster and the purity of our Chue Style lineage, which originated from 960 AD of Song Dynasty. We know and understand where our knowledge and methods originate from. We learn to understand the reason and logic behind each and every method we use during consultations. 

One of the most common questions I get asked is: “Does Feng Shui really work?”, usually with a suspicious expression on a person’s face. “Absolutely, but only if you know what you are doing,” is my common reply.

A general belief among the majority of people is that Feng Shui is no more than a superstition. The belief has been created because of the incorrect use of Feng Shui for many years, all around the world. The misunderstanding of the value of real Feng Shui has been created by so called ‘Feng Shui Masters’ who do not know Feng Shui beyond 8 directions and Flying Stars technique. This is a very simplistic and a superficial approach, which has nothing to do with real Feng Shui. 

Most of the so called ‘Feng Shui Masters’ today only look at the eight directions during a Feng Shui consultation. All they know is to apply the 8 trigrams of the early heaven sequence at the property. This is something that our students learn during their first days of training at the beginner’s course! 

Moreover, they take a measurement standing at the tai chi (centre) of the house. This is inaccurate and not practiced in Chue Style Feng Shui. The key measurement of any property needs to be taken at the site of the house (the back) by pressing the Lo Pan at the wall in the precise position. Many students who come from different Feng Shui background are shocked when they see Grand Master Chan taking these measurements. They have never seen any other ‘Master’ taking a measurement in this way!

For one to measure a property from the tai chi and apply the 8 directions, there is no need to even carry a Lo Pan. All they need is an app on their smartphone or a simple Scout’s compass. 

In Chue Style Feng Shui, we work with our own unique Lo Pan, designed by Grand Master Chan Kun Wah. This remarkable and one-of-a-kind instrument has 34 rings with depths of information. It is one of the most detailed Feng Shui compasses ever created in the world. 

Unlike other Feng Shui practitioners, that use random compasses from anyone, we have and exclusively use our own compass. 

Each Chue Style Feng Shui practitioner needs to be trained and skilled to properly use our compass, in order to conduct a professional Feng Shui consultation. 

We not only work with 8 directions but with 64. These refer to the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching and to be exact, we work with the 384 lines of the kwas during our consultations.

We have many methods to use during consultations, depending on what is needed for that specific property. Unlike all other styles of Feng Shui practiced today, in Chue Style Feng Shui, we do not apply the ‘one recipe fits all’ type of remedies. This is done by the ‘majority of Feng Shui masters’ today, who only use the Ba gua of 8 directions/ trigrams and the Flying Stars method. 

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CHI FOLLOWS FORM - A HOUSE HUNTING STORY

Composed by Master Priya Sher (FR/CH)

I have been studying Chue Style Feng Shui since 2001. Even today, I am still studying and learning because the knowledge of our Grand Master Chan Kun Wah is infinite.

Recently, I was asked by a client to view a property with her. The client had told me that her plan was to totally rebuild the property, as in its current state it was dilapidated. She wanted to rebuild it making the Feng Shui of the property a priority. I was really looking forward to this, as for me, it would have been a blank canvas. I could draw on all my knowledge and experience to build a house from scratch, with a client who is passionate about Feng Shui. 

In Feng Shui study both form and compass are important. There is internal form and external form. The external form encompasses the shape of the land, the shape of the property, the slope of the road, the form of the surrounding buildings, the mountains and how they are impacting your property, as well as the presence of water bodies such as lakes and rivers, large trees, power cables and so much more.

The first thing I noticed was that the road we were on had a steep slope. From a Feng Shui form perspective, one side represents the male and the other side represents the female. The side that represented the female was very low and the side representing the male was high. We got out of the car and started walking towards the house. The house was actually very awkward to get to, as it was built even higher up on the slope. So, we had to climb many concrete steps to get up to it. 

Eventually we got up and I had a walk around the full length of the outside of the property. When I reached the right side of the garden, which also represented the female, I noticed a sudden drop in the ground.  I walked a few more steps and realised there was no boundary there and we were at the edge of the cliff. When I looked over the edge it was very dangerous, as there was nothing to protect you from falling down. I got my compass out to check what the direction was, to see from a compass perspective who this would affect most in the family.  Again, the direction here represented the female. It was the southwest, which from a general perspective is the eldest female/mother’s direction. I then checked the 64 hexagrams of the compass, which we study in detail in Chue style Feng Shui and again, it was telling me that the health of the female was weak in this property. 

My client is a very sensitive and intelligent lady who could tell that something was not right. So, she asked me to be very open and honest with her about my findings. I explained to her that even though we could get the property perfect, if we were going to rebuild it, the problem was in the form, as there was such a significant slope and drop on the female side, which meant that the landscape was weakening the female’s energy. There were also certain forms in the surrounding that were sending negative energy to the property. When we study Chue style Feng Shui, we understand that the external form is so important and so cannot be ignored. In fact, Grand Master Chan is also one of the world’s most skilled Masters is Yin Feng Shui, which focuses very deeply on natural forms. 

I suggested some ways we could try and strengthen the property because Chue style Feng Shui teaches us how to optimise the potential of a space. However, I could see that she had stopped listening, as I had said something that had bothered her. She walked up to her husband to let him know what I had said and then they both came to talk to me. She told me that the reason that the house was on the market was because the lady that lived in the house had passed away and now that her husband was alone, he had decided to sell the property and move away. So, she told me that after I had pointed this out without having any prior information on the property, they had decided not to buy the house and continue their search for a better property. 

When she told me this, even though I had assessed it all myself and I could see exactly what was causing the problem in the property, I was still amazed at how powerful Chue Style Feng Shui actually is! So, thank you to Grand Master Chan for sharing this knowledge with us.

USING ALL THE CHUE STYLE TOOLS

Composed by Senior Master Jacqueline Miettinen (FS/DS/CH/YHH-GD)

Our Chue Style consultations are taking everything into account:

 .The outside form

 .The chi arriving to the property 

 .The kwa (hexagrams) measured at the site and doors 

 .The layout of the rooms

In this particular property, the situation is the following: the husband had lost his job. There was a potential job promise that did not go through, since more than a year. Nothing was coming. The family also wished to move.

 

The form: the property had a good part of the dragon (left side) cut off. The dragon side represents the man and also the financial energy. The lady’s activity was also on the decline. The road was sloping down on the same side, therefore letting more of this energy leak away. The back of the property was located in the north. So, the dragon side is corresponding to the real Green Dragon in the East being cut off. The rising energy is cut off. The back was also falling down.

Inside: the husband is working on his computer, searching for work, at the back of the house in a dark bedroom located on the tiger side (representing the yin quiet, feminine energy). He also sleeps in the southwest (mother position) on the tiger side. The male, yang energy, is so weak that he does not mind sleeping with pink and lilac Barbie doll bedsheets formally belonging to his daughter.

The first step was to move him to work in the front of the house in the southeast position, on the dragon side. The room was formally a storage room, although it had a good window and was a good size. The southeast is also the rising energy. We arranged for him to sit well at his new desk, commanding the room.

The kwa in the site was a strong kwa in the 7 fate (1976-1995) but now that we are in the 9th fate since 2017. So, it has lost its strength and is therefore on the decline.

A lot of things were done inside and outside to support the form and improve the circulation of the energy.

One of the tools we had to use was to draw a message on a stone outside the property; to lift up and give life to the dragon on the dragon side, as the dragon side was so reduced.

We used one of the 8 hexagrams belonging to the 9th fate, to catch the current 9th fate energy.

“If you want to get rich, you need to control sat”.

RESULT: A few months later, the husband signed for a new job. Having a good contract, the couple searched for a new home and have just found it. This house has been sold.

YEARLY PERSONAL FATE ACCORDING TO THE LIFE HOUSE

Composed by Susanna Senior Master Lau (GD-FS/CH/IC/ICD/DS)

Both my cousin and her husband were born in the year of the metal dog.  In early December 2021, I told her that she will have a fruitful year in 2022.  Her husband’s yearly fate is not that good, so I gave him a protection charm and asked him to wear a red string starting from the winter solstice.  She was puzzled and asked, ‘how come our yearly fates are so different, as we are born in the same year?’  Her question is not out of my expectation.  

She called me in February and said: “It was so amazing of what you said about my yearly fate. I am very delighted to have secured a permanent job in Customer Service Relationship with the medical service industry.”  She had been out of job for 14 months because of the protests and COVID-19 in Hong Kong, despite being an active job hunter.

Most outside Chinese horoscope practitioners talk about yearly personal fate based on the person’s year of birth.  At the beginning of each year, many practitioners analyse yearly personal fate in the media, online or in their own publications.  They usually talk about the yearly personal fates for the 12 animals of the earthly branches according to the 12-Mansion table in the Tung Sing (通勝) or at most the sixty animals of the 60甲子.  When I was young, I watched their presentations on the television and wondered was there only twelve or sixty different yearly fates for all people in the world!

The authentic yearly personal fate should be associated with the Life House of the Chinese Horoscope.  Each year, the person’s Life House moves to a different mansion, which is accompanied by different stars.  Grand Master Chan is one of few Feng Shui and Chinese horoscope masters who know how to authentically analyse a person’s yearly fate with reference to the Life House and the 12 important aspects of one’s life.  The Life House ties into a person’s yearly personal fate and can also be found in the layout of the yearly Tung Sing where the 12-mansion table is immediately followed by a page of two tables. Namely, how to find the Life House (立命定局真法橫推直看) and to where the life house moves (排定小限局).

NO TUNG SING, NO DATE SELECTION?

Composed by Susanna Senior Master Lau 
(GD-FS/CH/IC/ICD/DS)

I was telling a real-life story to the Date Selection class in Europe. This was from a close friend of mine in Hong Kong. It highlighted the fact that the Chue Style Feng Shui is unique, powerful and flexible. 

My friend, Alice, went to a Feng Shui Master in June with Caroline, a friend of hers, who will become a mother-in-law.  Caroline asked for an auspicious date for her daughter’s marriage in the following year.  The Feng Shui Master said “I cannot select the date for you because the Tung Sing (通勝) for next year is not available in the market.  I would advise you to go to the astronomer, Feng Shui Master Choi who publishes the Tung Sing.  He might be able to help you.”  All our students were astonished at this point.  This is because the Chue Style uses various methods to do consultations and date selections. We can be very flexible to give advice in different circumstances.  

The most powerful method that Grand Master Chan Kun Wah teaches us is the use of the 64 hexagrams and the 384 kinships.  We are different from the outside Feng Shui advisors who primarily rely on Tung Sing, in which you can find some basis information, such as the Tung Kung date selection (董公擇日法), the auspicious hour (吉時) and San Sat (神煞).

The Chue Style can provide services of selecting auspicious dates for opening business, starting a job, starting work in new year, dating, marriages, opening business, starting construction, giving birth, burial of ancestors, etc.  Our service is not restricted to the availability of Tung Sing.  We use the 64 hexagrams and the thousand-year calendar to select dates in any coming years.  Our Chue Style has published its own thousand-year calendar for both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.  The latter is the world’s first and only publication, this is also one of the masterpieces that our Grand Master Chan accomplished over his 30-years of research.

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Feng Shui Tips

Observe the positions of the NE, E and SE in your home or garden. These are the rising chi positions. Be mindful if they are blocked, missing or have storage/bathroom located there. Open up these positions in the garden by removing any overgrown bushes or very tall trees. Inside the house, make sure there is no clutter in those areas and make them useful to activate the rising energy. Spring cleaning is always a good idea at this time of the year to refreshen the energy of the space. Also, bring more plants and fresh flowers in.

The Chue Foundation represents the highest standards of Feng Shui. Our Chue Style teachers constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge. We continuously improve our examination process for practitioner training, with the aim of raising the levels of our teaching to an even higher standard.  

To become a qualified Chue Style Feng Shui practitioner you can study at one of our many Imperial schools around the world. You are assured of the highest quality and standards available when studying any topic.
 

We hope you enjoy our newsletters. Please feel free to share them with friends, family or colleagues.

Wishing you a refreshing and uplifting spring season!

 

Sincerely,

Master Maša Zorn (CH)

Editor

Chue Foundation


Copyright ©: All articles written in the Chue Foundation public newsletter are property of the writer and the Chue Foundation. If you wish to use any article (or part of it) in any way, you will need the writer's permission. All the handouts are the property of Grand Master Chan Kun Wah and are not allowed to be used, or copied without his written consent.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Chue Foundation public newsletter are written on basis on personal research and knowledge. They may not be correct and should not be applied to any specific case, as each property/individual is different and these are not general rules that apply to all. 

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