Feng Shui and Astrology are closer than you might think.
Of course, it is intricately tied in with Chinese Astrology but I have only recently realized how it connects to Western Astrology. To be clear, Western Astrology is what I do and while there are a few similarities, the Chinese version is quite different.
There are nine so-called Flying Stars in Feng Shui. Some schools of thought say that they are associated with stars of the Milky Way. Others that they correlate to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. As the ancient Chinese obviously did not know about the more recently discovered planets such as Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto, there some repetition involved. For example, Saturn is linked to the Five and the Eight star. Then again, the characteristics of the Flying Star 7 are super-Neptunian.
And then they throw in the Five Element Cycle ( as in Acupuncture) just to make it surreal. For instance – the 5 “Yellow” Star is an Earth star and seems to correlate with Saturn. It is seen as having a baleful influence but that you can work with it if your Emperor Qi is strong enough.
As it is always Earth – you “control” the bad manifestation of Saturn/5 with iron but support good Earth stars like the number Eight with Earth or Fire. If you just went throwing crystals around with the conscious intent of boosting something (it is the intention that counts in magic and sometimes in science) than you could be hyping a negative Earth star.
Feng Shui And Astrology Connections Are Mind-Blowing
And yet more proof of the Feng Shui and Astrology hook-up. There are also planetary ages that coincide with the Jupiter Saturn conjunctions. These occur every 20 years and are also significant in Western astrology. They’re new epochs, most particularly of rulers and economies. We are currently in the Feng Shui Age of Eight, which is why 8 is seen as such a lucky number to the Chinese. It is soon to be the Age of Nine. The next Jupiter Saturn conjunction is in December 2020 but the Age of 9 does not start until 2024. The Feng Shui calendar diverged back in the 1500s it seems. But, to be a purist about it, the Age of Nine should start in late 2020,
Jupiter pops up in Feng Shui as the Grand Duke. But their version of it is not the benevolent force of expansion and luck seen in Western astrology. You are supposed to avoid renovating/digging and even facing the direction that the “Grand Duke” is in that year. How do they devise the direction? If I ever had a knowledge sabbatical, I would study these connections.
So you can google “best bed direction” although I would not recommend it. Some of the descriptions for your “worst directions” rival the medieval astrologers of Europe for their fatalism and negativity. But the real magic comes when you identify the Flying Star/Planets as laid it in your floor plan, done off the Feng Shui era your house was built or massively renovated in.
There Are Links Between Medieval Planetary Sigils And Feng Shui Maps
It’s mind-warping. On one of my research benders i found a Feng Shui map called “Flying the 5 Star.” It was a map of how the star will “fly” – which seems to be Ancient Chinese/Feng Shui lingo for what we would call a “transit.”
Anyway, this Chinese map was exactly the same as a medieval English magical “sigil” of Saturn. Of course, people like John Dee (Queen Elizabeth’s spy/astrologer – he was the original holder of the code name 007) traveled to China to meet with oriental alchemists. There was a whole set of people swapping ideas about universal energy and how best to manifest or understand it.
Even the hexagrams in the I-Ching – also based on the Five Element cycle – were used by Western spies in codes. So many Feng Shui and Astrology questions remain though. Why, for example, does the New Year in Feng Shui start with the New Moon in Aquarius? Is it because once upon a time, Jupiter was probably entering a new sign then?
Image: Matthieu Salvaing