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What is the Eight Mansion Theory?
People frequently confuse Eight Mansions with Eight Trigrams or The Ba Gua (八卦, also Pa Kua). The truth is, Eight Mansions does use the Eight Trigrams to plot the specific Chi for each of the 8 sectors (9 being the Center). This means there are 8 different types of Chi flowing in the Eight Mansions sectors.
Eight Mansion Theory is part of the San He Feng Shui (三合风水) method. It is very powerful, as it is tailored to the individual, and the house. Eight Mansion Method is derived from Yin Mansion Feng Shui (阴宅风水). During ancient times, practitioners used this method to determine the auspicious direction of a grave. Undoubtedly you’ve heard of Yin and Yang. Well, Yin at the extreme, is death. Less extreme than that, is sleep. So, a bedroom tends to contain a lot of Yin. Yang is the more lively counterpart to Yin. Yang Feng Shui is practiced on “live people”.
Eventually, Eight Mansion Theory was brought into the house and people started using it to improve their lives. Consequently, it became part of Yang Mansion Feng Shui (阳宅风水). Rest assured, this will not summon up creepy stuff. It’s just a school of Feng Shui.
Four Auspicious Types of Chi
There are Four Auspicious Types of Chi: Sheng Chi (生气, Chi Generating), Tian Yi (天医, Heavenly Doctor), Yan Nian (延年, Longevity) and Fu Wei (伏位, Stability).
Sheng Chi is 贪狼星, Tang Lang Star or Greedy Wolf Star. In The Five Elements, this Chi is Yang Wood. Sheng Chi is Generating Chi, so it can bring more wealth, success, and beneficial activities. It may also be used to activate career, wealth, study, pregnancy, and more. Inside the house, this sector must always have more space to let the Chi circulate and gather. Adding moving Water into this sector makes it even more powerful.
Tian Yi is 巨门星, Ju Men Star or Huge Door Star. In The Five Elements, this star is Yang Earth. This Chi is balancing, meaning that everything here is in balance. Health-wise, it will enable a person to heal quickly. It can also be used as a secondary wealth area, but the Chi is not as strong as the Sheng Chi area. Suitable for health, warding off bad luck, secondary wealth and sleep.
Yan Nian is 武曲星, Wu Qu Star or Military Art Star. In The Five Elements, this star is Yang Metal. Yan Nian Chi can be used for longevity, love, relationship and marriage. For elderly people, they will find restful sleep in this sector. For singles, they can activate this Chi and improve their relationships.
Fu Wei is 辅弼星, Fu Bi Star or Assist Star. In The Five Elements, this star is Yang Wood. Last of the Four Auspicious Chi areas, this Chi is moving upward and it forms like a support. This Chi supports everything. Suitable for study, meditating, altars, and activities that need support. So when you study in this sector, it will give you more stability to understanding and when meditating, it will enable you to focus more fully.
Four Inauspicious Types of Chi
The Four Inauspicious Type of Chi are: Chueh Ming (绝命, Total Loss), Wu Kwei (五鬼, Five Ghosts), Liu Sha (六煞, Six Killings) and Huo Hai (祸害, Mishaps).
Chueh Ming is 破军星, Po Jun Star or Destruct Army Star. In The Five Elements, this star is Yin Metal. The Chi is self-destructive, and it forms something that can be life-threatening. It can cause sickness, emotional, mental instability and health issues. It is advised not to touch or activate this sector, or it will bring misfortune to you and your family members. Luckily, there are cures for this sector.
Wu Kwei is 廉贞星, Lian Zhen Star or Chasity Star. In The Five Elements, this star is Fire. This Chi is strong, brutal, attacking and competitive. It can cause misfortune, such as accidents. I can rile people up, cause injury, or fire. In 八宅明镜, Ba Zhai Ming Jing, Wu Kwei is very dangerous, but it is not as bad as Chueh Ming. Luckily, there are cures we can enact.
Liu sha is 文曲星, Wen Qu Star or Literally Art Star. In The Five Elements, this star is Water. The Chi flows downward and afterward it causes chaos and disarray. In this sector it can destroy a relationship, marriage, career or friendship. It can cause affairs, health issues, relationship problems and so on.
Huo Hai is 禄存星, Lu Cun Star or Fortune Storage. In The Five Elements, this star is Yin Earth. The Chi has a sinking feeling, and it interrupts people emotionally and mentally. It will also cause people to have low energy, and lose the struggle of making progress toward success.
Finding your House Gua
To find the Gua sign of your house, you only need to know the sitting direction. The sitting direction is opposite the facing direction, and the facing direction is usually the same side as the front door. For example, if your house is facing South, your sitting direction will be North. If your house facing is Northwest, your sitting direction is Southeast. Simple!
To find out which Gua, you need to look at the Later Heaven Bagua ~ Eight Trigrams, 后天八卦:
When you find the sitting direction of your home, locate it on the Bagua above. So it the sitting direction is North, the Gua sign of your house is 坎, Kan (Career). If your sitting direction is Southeast, the Gua sign is 巽, Xun (Relationships).
In closing, here is an ancient Eight Mansion poem….
Eight Mansion Poem:
All Yao unchanged, called Fu Wei
All Yao change, called Yan Nian
Only Upper Yao change, called Sheng Chi
Middle and Lower Yao change, called Tian Yi
Upper and Middle Yao change, called Wu Kwei
Upper and Lower Yao change, called Liu Sha
Only Middle Yao change, called Chueh Ming
Only Lower Yao change, called Huo Hai
This poem is very useful when determining the House Eight Mansion Sector and Personal Eight Mansion Directions. Eventually, you can use this poem to find out the auspicious and inauspicious sectors of your home. It is rather tricky to get the hang of it, but feel free to email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Hope you all enjoy it…
Am I compatible with my house?
Like houses, people are also divided into east and west groups. Ideally, an east group person should live in an east type house and a west group person should live in a west type house which would enable you to make good use of the favourable sectors of the house. The orientation of the walls of the house will also allow you to sit facing one of your good directions.
To know whether the house is orientated in your favor or not, we need to find out your Gua number.
What is my Gua number?
To find out which group you belong to, we need to know your gender and the month and year of your birth. Click here for a quick reference table, where you can look up your Gua number.