In many feng shui books currently on the market, the Southwest sector and/or the far right hand corner of your home are lauded as the supreme ‘Love & Relationships’ sectors.  Many texts will encourage you to paint the walls red and place ‘love aspiration’ objects in these locations in order to allegedly attract loving looks and attention from potential suitors.  Well, I’m here to dispel some of the over-simplified myths, sort the ‘fenging’ from the ‘new age positive intention stuff’ and provide 8 simple yet highly effective methods for increasing your love potential, according to a combination of the ancient practice of Xuan Kong Fei Xing/Flying Star Feng Shui, Astrology and practical strategies for increasing your Ren Chai/Mankind Luck.

The far right hand corner ‘love sector’ version is derived from Black Hat Sect Feng Shui which uses a simplified map of aspiration sectors that fit in your floor plan according to the position of the Main Door and does not utilise a compass at all.  It’s a fun and easy fenging version that was invented in America in the early 1980’s and has become very popular due to its simplicity and ease of use.  This method is primarily concerned with your ‘intentions and aspirations’ for love and tends to draw its energy from you, the individual, much more so than from the actual designated ‘fenging’ corner of your home.

The Southwest Love Sector fenging version is derived from the new age Pa Kua/8 Aspirations Method of feng shui, which is a simplified representation of the 8 Trigrams belonging to the various compass sectors of your home.  Each compass sector has been given a life aspiration title (ie Southwest = Love & Relationships, North = Career and so on).  This method has gained popularity in our modern day and age due to its simplistic labelling and ‘quick fix’ potential.

The Trigram for the Southwest is known as ‘Kun’, and in the Later Heaven (yang) arrangement of Trigrams, it represents the mother or matriarch of the home.  It is also associated with the stomach, digestive system, reproduction, the earth element, the number 2 and nourishment.  According to the 8 Aspirations method, you should paint your Southwest walls red if you wish to attract love and relationship potential.  The theory behind this belief is that the element fire (ie bright lights, triangular shapes and red colours) will feed and enhance the inherent earth element of the Southwest sector, which has been labelled the ‘love’ sector, primarily because it is associated with the number 2.

Personally, I rarely recommend painting an entire wall within the Southwest sector bright red, because it can sometimes cause more harm than good, (especially when a natal or annual 2 or 5 star resides in this sector).  When you examine the probability factors and time dimensional aspects of the ancient practice of Xuan Kong Fei Xing (flying Star) feng shui, you realise all homes contain different number combinations in their far left hand corner and/or Southwest sector, which if enhanced with the fire element, can sometimes actually increase the probability of fire, illness and financial loss occurring.  Of course, there are also some homes which have terrific probability factors in these areas. The point is, each home is different and must be treated according to its own set of probability factors depending on when the home was built, the compass orientation of the building and its surrounding landform.

OK, now it’s time to put your thinking cap on and start exploring the 8 steps towards enhancing your love and relationship potential.

STEP 1. LOCATE AND ENHANCE YOUR LUCKY CHOR SIN 8 SECTOR

The Chor Sin 8 sector is where your home’s heart and soul currently reside and is the sector best suited to enhancing your relationship and health potential up until 3rd Feb 2024.  To locate this lucky relationship and health sector, follow the instructions below, which will help you first locate the facing wall of your home and then take a facing compass bearing.

You cannot guess the compass sectors of your home simply from your observation of the orientation of the sun where it rises and sets. The seasonal variation of the sun’s rising and setting position varies greatly from winter to summer, and the 24 mountain locations (consisting of 24 x 15 degree intervals) which orientate your building’s natal flying star chart, need to be precisely located within 2 degree increments in order to be effective.

First, you need to locate the Facing Wall of your building as this is where you will take your compass measurement from.  The Facing Wall of the building is ALWAYS located directly on the opposite side to the back wall of the building.  Sometimes the Main Door is located on the side of the building, while the Facing Wall is on another side, facing towards the front yard, an expansive view, lower ground and/or an open area of land.  Look at your home from an architectural perspective according to how it sits on the land and which direction it was designed to face towards, in order to ascertain the front (Facing) and back (Sitting) walls.

Once you have located the Facing Wall, stand outside, in the centre of this wall (with your back to the wall), facing straight out away from the wall.  If the Main Door is also located along your Facing Wall, stand in front of the Main Door and walk around 5-10 steps out from the door (keeping your back to the door and facing wall).  Remove all metallic jewellery etc from your body that may interfere with the compass reading.  Hold your compass at waist level in front of you, making sure that you have your back to the Facing Wall, and you are facing directly out away from this wall.  Do not stand right beside a car or metallic fencing or directly under power lines because they will interfere with your compass reading.

If using a compass with a movable face plate, you will first need to orientate your compass so that the needle is correctly aligned with the north/south axis (usually indicated by lining up the coloured end of the needle, which indicates North, within a red arrow on the fixed part of the compass). Record the bearing number that is facing directly out from you (ie the direction you are looking directly towards).  For example, if you are facing towards the Northeast, then the compass bearing will be somewhere between 022.5 – 067.5 degrees.  If using a compass that has no movable face plate and is filled with fluid, you simply need to stand with your back to the wall, facing straight out, and record the compass bearing that is in line with the direction you are facing directly towards.

Now go to the back of the building and stand near the centre of the back wall, (which is directly opposite the Facing Wall and known as the ‘Sitting’ position) and stand facing directly towards the back wall.  Take another compass bearing showing the compass degree facing straight out in front of you.  It should be similar to the first compass bearing you took.  If you still can’t get an accurate compass bearing, then you may need to check from the sides and/or walk further away from the building incase there is magnetic interference from overhead powerlines or metallic structures.

If you have never used a compass before, and really don’t have a clue – then purchase one from a camping store and ask the store owner to show you exactly how to use it.

If you live in an apartment or unit that has a large balcony or a large expanse of windows looking towards a view, that does not correspond with the facing wall of the entire building, then you will need to take a compass measurement from this wall.

If your apartment contains no balcony, but it does have a large expanse of windows facing towards a main view (usually attached to the Main Living Room) which is different from the facing wall of the entire building, then take a compass reading from outside, with your back to the wall containing the large expanse of windows from your apartment.  Stand 5-10 steps out from this wall, with the windows from your apartment behind you, and record the compass bearing that you are facing directly towards.

Once you have the compass degree that your building faces towards, look up the measurement in the Table below to ascertain which compass sector contains the auspicious Chor Sin 8.

Period of 7 Table for Locating the Chor Sin 8 Compass Sector

(The following table applies to your home if it was built from 4th Feb 1984 until
3rd Feb 2004.  If your home was built BEFORE 4th Feb 1984, however AFTER this date, substantially renovated over half the entire house, including structural changes to roof and walls plus moving all the family and furniture out of the home while the renovations took place, between 4th Feb 1984 – 3rd Feb 2004, then the following table will also apply to your home).

N1 facing, (337.5–352.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in NE Sector
N2/3 facing, (352.5–22.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in SW Sector
NE 1 facing, (22.5–37.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in North Sector
NE 2/3 facing, (37.5–67.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in South Sector
E 1 facing, (67.5–82.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in SE Sector
E 2/3 facing, (82.5–112.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in NW Sector
SE 1 facing, (112.5–127.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Centre
SE 2/3 facing, (127.5–157.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Centre
S 1 facing, (157.5–172.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in North Sector
S 2/3 facing, (172.5–202.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in South Sector
SW 1 facing, (202.5–217.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in East Sector
SW 2/3 facing, (217.5–247.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in West Sector
W 1 facing, (247.5–262.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Northeast Sector
W 2/3 facing, (262.5–292.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Southwest Sector
NW 1 facing, (292.5–307.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in East Sector
NW 2/3 facing, (307.5–337.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in West Sector

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Period of 8 Table for Locating the Chor Sin 8 Compass Sector

This table will apply to your home if it was built AFTER 4th Feb 2004.   It may also apply to your home if it was originally constructed before 4th Feb 2004 however, after 4th Feb 2001 you then conducted major structural renovations to at least half your home, including significantly altering the roofline and walls, (while the family and majority of furniture was temporarily relocated out of the home while the changes occurred).

N1 facing, (337.5–352.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in North Sector
N2/3 facing, (352.5–22.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in South Sector
NE 1 facing, (22.5–37.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Southwest Sector
NE 2/3 facing, (37.5–67.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Northeast Sector
E 1 facing, (67.5–82.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in East Sector
E 2/3 facing, (82.5–112.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in West Sector
SE 1 facing, (112.5–127.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Southeast Sector
SE 2/3 facing, (127.5–157.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Northwest Sector
S 1 facing, (157.5–172.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in North Sector
S 2/3 facing, (172.5–202.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in South Sector
SW 1 facing, (202.5–217.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Northeast Sector
SW 2/3 facing, (217.5–247.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Southwest Sector
W 1 facing, (247.5–262.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in East Sector
W 2/3 facing, (262.5–292.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in West Sector
NW 1 facing, (292.5–307.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Northwest Sector
NW 2/3 facing, (307.5–337.5 degrees): Chor Sin 8 in Southeast Sector

Note: Simply repainting the house, internally renovating the Kitchen or Bathroom etc won’t change the Time Period of your home.   In order for renovations to effect a change over in the time period of a home, they must significantly alter at least half the original floor plan with major structural changes to the roof, ceiling and walls, or you must first move the occupants and majority of your furniture out of the dwelling, then  keep the house vacant while it is totally repainted, the floors are re-sanded, polished and/or recarpeted and the front door is replaced.  Ideally, during this process you should also open up a minimum 1.5metre square hole in the roof and ceiling near the centre of the home so that when standing inside, you can see the sky, and leave the hole open for at least 4 days in a row (and pray it doesn’t rain).  Then when all the painting and sanding etc are completed, seal up the hole in the ceiling and roof and then move your furniture and family back in once it is completed.  In order for the new time chi to flow in and take effect, there must first be adequate space for it to flow.  The act of moving back into your home after the renovations, including moving all your furniture back in, helps with the changeover process.

Now that you have located the compass sector containing the auspicious Chor Sin 8, you need to energize this location in your surrounding landform (if living in a house) and inside your home.  Imagine standing in the centre of your home.  Each compass sector radiates out from the centre like giant pieces of pie.  The chi (energy) influencing this sector comes from outside and enters your home via the exterior wall within each different compass sector.

The exterior wall of your home containing the lucky Chor Sin 8 is the luckiest wall for your bedroom location and for your bedhead to be against – even if the direction this bed orientation places you in does not correspond with your 4 auspicious directions according to your Kua.  The reasoning behind this, is the fact that the 8 star is timely (ie the Ruling Star), and it is associated with the best chi for the next 20 year period while we are in the Period of 8.  Make sure the exterior wall containing your lucky Chor Sin 8 is not completely full of windows (otherwise you will get no benefit from this fortunate health and relationship star).  You need a good section of solid wall and a ‘mountain’ feature outside to support the 8 Chor Sin (ie stone or brick wall, raised landform, large boulder, shed, another house etc).

If your Chor Sin 8 location contains a Bathroom, Kitchen, Laundry etc, then you can apply little tai chi principles and enhance this lucky compass location within your Main Living Room instead.  Same principle as with big tai chi, but this time you go by the centre of the room and locate the appropriate compass sector within the room’s surrounding walls.

To enhance the Chor Sin 8 in your home, you would place something large, still and solid in that sector (representing a ‘mountain’).  This could be a statue, large earthenware bowl, plinth, amethyst geode, large crystal ball, large piece of rose quartz or clear quartz or large piece of furniture (preferably made of an earth element material such as pottery, earthenware, ceramics, porcelain etc).  The Chor Sin 8 needs to sit on a symbolic mountain in order to be activated.  If you live in a house, you should place a mountain feature such as a raised mound of earth, shed, statue, rock wall, boulder etc outside in the Chor Sin 8 location.

If you have a window facing out towards the Chor Sin 8 location, hang a crystal in the window so that it can reflect natural light, or direct some indoor light onto the crystal.  A crystal chandelier is also an excellent feature to place in the Chor Sin 8 location.

Do not place indoor or outdoor water features in your Chor Sin 8 sector or you may inadvertently drown its lucky relationship and health potential.  It is considered to be very lucky if your Bedroom is located within the Chor Sin 8 sector of your home.

Your Chor Sin 8 location is the best sector of the home to place loving family and couple photos, images of lovers, and positive aspiration symbols and images representing love and longevity.  If you have a Wealth Vase, wall safe or Wealth Kit, the Chor Sin 8 sector is a positive area to place it.

*Note: there are other potential positive and negative relationship sectors within your home, depending on its Xuan Kong natal number chart.  This (and many other detailed factors) can be determined for you via a Feng Shui Consultation.  Please see the Consultations section of our website for further information.

STEP 2. LOCATE AND UTILISE YOUR LUCKY NIEN YEN DIRECTION

Everyone has a positive direction that can be utilised for increasing love and relationship potential according to their Kua.  Your Kua is determined by your year of birth and gender.

The following table can be used to find your Kua (according to the solar calendar).  Simply look up where your date of birth fits into the first column and then scroll across for the corresponding Kua.  The Kua for males is listed first, followed by the Kua for females.

5 Feb 1924 – 3 Feb 1925 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 1925 – 3 Feb 1926 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
4 Feb 1926 – 4 Feb 1927 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
5 Feb 1927 – 4 Feb 1928 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
5 Feb 1928 – 3 Feb 1929 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 1929 – 3 Feb 1930 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
4 Feb 1930 – 4 Feb 1931 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
5 Feb 1931 – 4 Feb 1932 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
5 Feb 1932 – 3 Feb 1933 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 1933 – 3 Feb 1934 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 1934 – 4 Feb 1935 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
5 Feb 1935 – 4 Feb 1936 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
5 Feb 1936 – 3 Feb 1937 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
4 Feb 1937 – 3 Feb 1938 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 1938 – 4 Feb 1939 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
5 Feb 1939 – 4 Feb 1940 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
5 Feb 1940 – 3 Feb 1941 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 1941 – 3 Feb 1942 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 1942 – 4 Feb 1943 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
5 Feb 1943 – 4 Feb 1944 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
5 Feb 1944 – 4 Feb 1945 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
5 Feb 1945 – 4 Feb 1946 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
5 Feb 1946 – 3 Feb 1947 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 1947 – 4 Feb 1948 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
5 Feb 1948 – 3 Feb 1949 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
4 Feb 1949 – 3 Feb 1950 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 1950 – 3 Feb 1951 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 1951 – 4 Feb 1952 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
5 Feb 1952 – 3 Feb 1953 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
4 Feb 1953 – 3 Feb 1954 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
4 Feb 1954 – 3 Feb 1955 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
4 Feb 1955 – 4 Feb 1956 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
5 Feb 1956 – 3 Feb 1957 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
4 Feb 1957 – 3 Feb 1958 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
4 Feb 1958 – 3 Feb 1959 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 1959 – 4 Feb 1960 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
5 Feb 1960 – 3 Feb 1961 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 1961 – 3 Feb 1962 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
4 Feb 1962 – 3 Feb 1963 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
4 Feb 1963 – 4 Feb 1964 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
5 Feb 1964 – 3 Feb 1965 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 1965 – 3 Feb 1966 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
4 Feb 1966 – 3 Feb 1967 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
4 Feb 1967 – 4 Feb 1968 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
5 Feb 1968 – 3 Feb 1969 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 1969 – 3 Feb 1970 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 1970 – 3 Feb 1971 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
4 Feb 1971 – 4 Feb 1972 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
5 Feb 1972 – 3 Feb 1973 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
4 Feb 1973 – 3 Feb 1974 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 1974 – 3 Feb 1975 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
4 Feb 1975 – 4 Feb 1976 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
5 Feb 1976 – 3 Feb 1977 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 1977 – 3 Feb 1978 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 1978 – 3 Feb 1979 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 1979 – 4 Feb 1980 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
5 Feb 1980 – 3 Feb 1981 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
4 Feb 1981 – 3 Feb 1982 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
4 Feb 1982 – 3 Feb 1983 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 1983 – 3 Feb 1984 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 metal
4 Feb 1984 – 3 Feb 1985 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
4 Feb 1985 – 3 Feb 1986 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 1986 – 3 Feb 1987 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 1987 – 3 Feb 1988 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 1988 – 3 Feb 1989 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
4 Feb 1989 – 3 Feb 1990 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
4 Feb 1990 – 3 Feb 1991 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
4 Feb 1991 – 3 Feb 1992 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 1992 – 3 Feb 1993 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
4 Feb 1993 – 3 Feb 1994 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
4 Feb 1994 – 3 Feb 1995 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 1995 – 3 Feb 1996 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 1996 – 3 Feb 1997 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 1997 – 3 Feb 1998 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
4 Feb 1998 – 3 Feb 1999 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
4 Feb 1999 – 3 Feb 2000 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
4 Feb 2000 – 3 Feb 2001 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 2001 – 3 Feb 2002 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
4 Feb 2002 – 3 Feb 2003 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
4 Feb 2003 – 3 Feb 2004 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 2004 – 3 Feb 2005 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water
4 Feb 2005 – 3 Feb 2006 – Male: 4 Wood Female: 2 Earth
4 Feb 2006 – 3 Feb 2007 – Male: 3 Wood Female: 3 Wood
4 Feb 2007 – 3 Feb 2008 – Male: 2 Earth Female: 4 Wood
4 Feb 2008 – 3 Feb 2009 – Male: 1 Water Female: 5 Earth
4 Feb 2009 – 3 Feb 2010 – Male: 9 Fire Female: 6 Metal
4 Feb 2010 – 3 Feb 2011 – Male: 8 Earth Female: 7 Metal
4 Feb 2011 – 3 Feb 2012 – Male: 7 Metal Female: 8 Earth
4 Feb 2012 – 3 Feb 2013 – Male: 6 Metal Female: 9 Fire
4 Feb 2013 – 3 Feb 2014 – Male: 5 Earth Female: 1 Water

Once you know your Kua, you can refer to the table below to discover your Nien Yen direction.  When out on a date and/or dining with family, friends or a potential partner, sit facing towards your Nien Yen direction.  (*Note: Kua 5 has separate Nien Yen directions according to whether you are male or female).

Kua 1 Water: South
Kua 2 Earth: Northwest
Kua 3 Wood: Southeast
Kua 4 Wood: East
Kua 5 Earth (Male): Northwest
Kua 5 Earth (Female): West
Kua 6 Metal: Southwest
Kua 7 Metal: Northeast
Kua 8 Earth: West
Kua 9 Fire: North

STEP 3.  LOCATE AND ENHANCE YOUR LUCKY ANNUAL 4 GREEN & 9 PURPLE FLYING STAR SECTORS

Each year the annual flying stars revolve around the compass and occupy a different sector for 12 months, thus affecting the cycles of luck experienced in different compass sectors of the home.  The annual 4 Green attracts potential romance, creativity and scholarly energy and the annual 9 Purple star attracts positive social and networking energy.

From 4th Feb 2011 until 3rd Feb 2012 the annual 4 Green energy will reside in the Southwest sector and the annual 9 Purple energy will reside in the West sector.

STEP 4. CHINESE ANIMAL COMPATIBILITIES

Use the Table below to find which Chinese Animal year you were born in according to the traditional lunar calendar.  Note: when determining your Chinese Animal/Earthly Branch for 4 Pillars Astrology, the solar calendar is used.  This calendar begins around 4th Feb each year.

Rat: 5 Feb 1924 – 3 Feb 1925
Ox: 4 Feb 1925 – 3 Feb 1926
Tiger: 4 Feb 1926 – 4 Feb 1927
Rabbit: 5 Feb 1927 – 4 Feb 1928
Dragon: 5 Feb 1928 – 3 Feb 1929
Snake: 4 Feb 1929 – 3 Feb 1930
Horse: 4 Feb 1930 – 4 Feb 1931
Goat: 5 Feb 1931 – 4 Feb 1932
Monkey: 5 Feb 1932 – 3 Feb 1933
Rooster: 4 Feb 1933 – 3 Feb 1934
Dog: 4 Feb 1934 – 4 Feb 1935
Boar: 5 Feb 1935 – 4 Feb 1936
Rat: 5 Feb 1936 – 3 Feb 1937
Ox: 4 Feb 1937 – 3 Feb 1938
Tiger: 4 Feb 1938 – 4 Feb 1939
Rabbit: 5 Feb 1939 – 4 Feb 1940
Dragon: 5 Feb 1940 – 3 Feb 1941
Snake: 4 Feb 1941 – 3 Feb 1942
Horse: 4 Feb 1942 – 4 Feb 1943
Goat: 5 Feb 1943 – 4 Feb 1944
Monkey: 5 Feb 1944 – 4 Feb 1945
Rooster: 5 Feb 1945 – 4 Feb 1946
Dog: 5 Feb 1946 – 3 Feb 1947
Boar: 4 Feb 1947 – 4 Feb 1948
Rat: 5 Feb 1948 – 3 Feb 1949
Ox: 4 Feb 1949 – 3 Feb 1950
Tiger: 4 Feb 1950 – 3 Feb 1951
Rabbit: 4 Feb 1951 – 4 Feb 1952
Dragon: 5 Feb 1952 – 3 Feb 1953
Snake: 4 Feb 1953 – 3 Feb 1954
Horse: 4 Feb 1954 – 3 Feb 1955
Goat: 4 Feb 1955 – 4 Feb 1956
Monkey: 5 Feb 1956 – 3 Feb 1957
Rooster: 4 Feb 1957 – 3 Feb 1958
Dog: 4 Feb 1958 – 3 Feb 1959
Boar: 4 Feb 1959 – 4 Feb 1960
Rat: 5 Feb 1960 – 3 Feb 1961
Ox: 4 Feb 1961 – 3 Feb 1962
Tiger: 4 Feb 1962 – 3 Feb 1963
Rabbit: 4 Feb 1963 – 4 Feb 1964
Dragon: 5 Feb 1964 – 3 Feb 1965
Snake: 4 Feb 1965 – 3 Feb 1966
Horse: 4 Feb 1966 – 3 Feb 1967
Goat: 4 Feb 1967 – 4 Feb 1968
Monkey: 5 Feb 1968 – 3 Feb 1969
Rooster: 4 Feb 1969 – 3 Feb 1970
Dog: 4 Feb 1970 – 3 Feb 1971
Boar: 4 Feb 1971 – 4 Feb 1972
Rat: 5 Feb 1972 – 3 Feb 1973
Ox: 4 Feb 1973 – 3 Feb 1974
Tiger: 4 Feb 1974 – 3 Feb 1975
Rabbit: 4 Feb 1975 – 4 Feb 1976
Dragon: 5 Feb 1976 – 3 Feb 1977
Snake: 4 Feb 1977 – 3 Feb 1978
Horse: 4 Feb 1978 – 3 Feb 1979
Goat: 4 Feb 1979 – 4 Feb 1980
Monkey: 5 Feb 1980 – 3 Feb 1981
Rooster: 4 Feb 1981 – 3 Feb 1982
Dog: 4 Feb 1982 – 3 Feb 1983
Boar: 4 Feb 1983 – 3 Feb 1984
Rat: 4 Feb 1984 – 3 Feb 1985
Ox: 4 Feb 1985 – 3 Feb 1986
Tiger: 4 Feb 1986 – 3 Feb 1987
Rabbit: 4 Feb 1987 – 3 Feb 1988
Dragon: 4 Feb 1988 – 3 Feb 1989
Snake: 4 Feb 1989 – 3 Feb 1990
Horse: 4 Feb 1990 – 3 Feb 1991
Goat: 4 Feb 1991 – 3 Feb 1992
Monkey: 4 Feb 1992 – 3 Feb 1993
Rooster: 4 Feb 1993 – 3 Feb 1994
Dog: 4 Feb 1994 – 3 Feb 1995
Boar: 4 Feb 1995 – 3 Feb 1996
Rat: 4 Feb 1996 – 3 Feb 1997

Now you know which Chinese Animal sign you were born under, you can learn a little about who you are more compatible with and who you are more likely to share a difference of outlook and opinion with.

*Compatible Chinese Animal Signs*

The Active Competitors (Rat, Monkey and Dragon)

The Rat personality is driven, always on the go, ambitious and a shrewd judge of character.  The Monkey personality is clever, intelligent, playful, competitive and a quick learner.  The Dragon personality is confident, a natural leader, courageous, competitive and always on the go.

The Analytical Intellectuals (Snake, Rooster and Ox)

The Snake personality is shrewd, self-contained, detail orientated, intelligent, sophisticated and patient.  The Rooster personality is flamboyant, well organised, intelligent, sharp and they prefer their own counsel.  The Ox personality is stable, intelligent, conservative, routine orientated, dependable and reliable

The Freedom-Loving Independents (Horse, Dog and Tiger)

The Horse personality is free-spirited, constantly on the move, freedom orientated and thrives when meeting new people and encountering new experiences.  The Dog personality is honest, loyal, direct, fair-minded and lively.  The Tiger personality is dynamic, energetic, charismatic, playful and protective.

The Diplomatic Negotiators (Rabbit, Goat and Boar)

The Rabbit personality is a great negotiator, has excellent aesthetic taste and thrives in a well-structured and orderly work environment.  The Goat personality is sensitive, artistic, imaginative, compassionate and diplomatic.  The Boar personality is honest, open, usually quite popular, trustworthy and generous.

*Potential Differences of Opinion According to the Chinese Animal Signs*

The Rat has potentially different opinions & priorities from the Horse.
The Ox has potentially different opinions & priorities from the Goat.
The Tiger has potentially different opinions & priorities from the Monkey.
The Dragon has potentially different opinions & priorities from the Dog.
The Rooster has potentially different opinions & priorities from the Rabbit.
The Snake has potentially different opinions & priorities from the Boar.

STEP 5. TAKE NOTE OF THE VENUS RETROGRADE PERIOD

The planet Venus has long been associated with relationship and financial luck according to western astrology.  When Venus features prominently in your horoscope, you generally tend to look better, exude charisma, get a great haircut, purchase a fabulous new wardrobe and demonstrate a better sense of taste and style.  When Venus is in retrograde motion, (around every 18 months), relationships and finances can get tricky and may require extra work and restructuring.

Try to avoid organising big romantic social events and radical new wardrobe or image changes when Venus is in retrograde motion.  This is the time when you should be re-examining your current relationships and working through unresolved issues.  The Venus retrograde period can also highlight your internal relationship with yourself (ie self esteem, personal priorities, self confidence and your secret aspirations).

Venus Retrograde Dates (GMT Time)

8th October – 18th November 2010

15th May – 27th June 2012

STEP 6. FIND AND ENHANCE YOUR PEACH BLOSSOM LOCATION

Now that you know your Chinese Animal Sign, (also known as your Earthly Branch), you can check the Table below for your corresponding Peach Blossom compass sector of the home.  Remember, to locate which rooms are within your lucky Peach Blossom sector, stand in the Centre of your home with a compass.  Each compass sector radiates out from the centre of your home like 8 giant pieces of pie.

Place either a fresh vase of brightly coloured flowers or 4 stems of bamboo growing in water within the lucky Peach Blossom location of your home, to help stimulate the lucky 1+4 combination (representing a harmonious blend of the water and wood elements) to help attract romance into your life.  This fun formula is best suited to single individuals seeking romance.  Make sure you keep the water clean and fresh and replace the flowers as they wilt.  Once you have connected with a partner, remove the flowers or bamboo and place a loving photo of you both in this sector.

Ox, Rooster or Snake:  Peach Blossom location is South/Wu (172.5-187.5 degrees).

Horse, Dog or Tiger:  Peach Blossom location is East/Mao (82.5-97.5 degrees).

Rat, Monkey or Dragon:  Peach Blossom location is West/You (262.5-277.5 degrees).

Goat, Rabbit or Pig: Peach Blossom location is North/Zi (352.5-7.5 degrees).

STEP 7. POSITIVE SOCIAL/NETWORKING DATES FOR 2011

The following days are generally positive for socially connecting and networking with people in 2011.  Beside each date you will see a Chinese Animal sign listed.  These are the animals which unfortunately clash with that particular date, so try to avoid choosing one of the dates below that has your Chinese Animal/Earthly Branch listed beside it.

January 2011: 1st (Dog), 10th (Goat), 14th (Boar), 15th (Rat), 26th (Boar)

February 2011: 13th (Snake), 16th (Monkey), 17th (Rooster), 26th (Horse)

March 2011: 4th (Rat), 21st (Snake), 27th (Boar), 29th (Ox)

April 2011: 2nd (Snake), 4th (Goat), 15th (Horse), 26th (Snake), 29th (Monkey)

May 2011: 10th (Goat), 15th (Rat), 21st (Horse), 26th (Boar), 27th (Rat)

June 2011: 3rd (Goat), 4th (Monkey), 6th (Dog), 9th (Ox), 18th (Dog), 24th (Dragon)

July 2011: 6th (Dragon), 8th (Horse), 10th (Monkey), 15th (Ox), 19th (Snake),
22nd (Monkey), 28th (Tiger)

August 2011: 3rd (Monkey), 13th (Horse), 16th (Rooster), 23rd (Dragon), 26th (Goat)

September 2011: 7th (Goat), 19th (Goat), 25th (Ox), 29th (Snake)

October 2011: 1st (Goat), 7th (Ox), 8th (Tiger), 20th (Tiger), 22nd (Dragon),
23rd (Snake), 30th (Rat)

November 2011: 3rd (Dragon), 9th (Dog), 11th (Rat), 21st (Dog), 24th (Ox)

December 2011: 5th (Rat), 9th (Dragon), 12th (Goat), 13th (Monkey), 15th (Dog),
27th (Dog)

STEP 8. DEVELOPING YOUR REN CHAI (MANKIND LUCK)

Your Ren Chai/Mankind Luck determines a third of your overall luck potential.  It’s no use fenging for love and picking ideal astrological dates for love, if you suffer poor self esteem and are unable to motivate yourself to go out socially in order to make the most of these positive orientations and time factors.  You first need to tackle your sense of self, and build up a positive attitude and lateral thinking style towards your goals and aspirations.  This can be achieved through the following strategies:

* Surrounding yourself with upbeat, positive, nurturing friends.

* Developing a positive, confident manner.

* Learn when to say no.  This is a crucial step towards reclaiming your personal sense of empowerment.  There will always be people out there who expect too much for too little.  Don’t be a victim to their whims.

*Utilising positive aspiration quotes and symbols as positive reinforcers.

*Seeking professional counselling to help overcome fears, phobias or emotional blockages that may be holding you back

* Learn to recognise your personal negative self talk.  We all do it to some extent.  Isn’t it ironic the way we can be so caring of others around us, yet so terribly ruthless with ourselves.  Give yourself a break!

* Don’t expect to radically change overnight.  The positive and negative reinforcers in your life have had many years to shape you into the unique individual that you have now become.  Learning to look at yourself objectively in order to recognise certain conditioned responses can be quite difficult, yet also incredibly enlightening.

* Actively seek to learn and experience as much as you can from the people and environment around you.  Knowledge is life with wings.  Find yourself a mentor – someone who you aspire to be like and admire for what they have achieved in their life.  Observe the ways in which they conduct themself in society and be open to their advice and constructive criticism.

* Look after yourself through maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and exercise program.

*Accept that there will be losses as well as wins throughout your life.  Embrace each loss as a valuable learning tool.  Every experience you encounter helps build character and will prepare you for the road ahead.  There’s no point falling to pieces the first time you encounter a knock-back.  Learn from it; persevere with your forward moving steps; develop a lateral thinking style, and you’ll find yourself beginning to negotiate potentially negative situations into a more promising ‘win-win’ experience.

Feng shui article by Derelle Ball www.fengshui1689.com, providing feng shui consultations for Brisbane, Cleveland, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast QLD.

Derelle can be contacted through: Derelle@CentaineConsultants.com.au