Friday, October 20, 2017

Journey to the West Feng Shui Tour 2017 - Discusson and Findings (Pt 1: Guangzhou)

This year our journey took us from Guangzhou, to Guilin, to Sichuan Province, then finished in Hong Kong. 20-30 September, and 1-2 October 2017.

We began by studying the Feng Shui of our meeting-place at Guangzhou International Airport and discovered that they have a very interesting Feng Shui cure in place to ward off the sha qi generated by the Airport Control Tower directly at their front door.

Standing at the front entrance looking out, all that can be seen is this round sculpture:

The shape of the control tower is wood, so the Feng Shui master has recommended a huge round disc, made of clay (or ceramic), embedded with thousands of quartz crystals. To most people, this just looks like a creative sculpture at the front entrance, but to the trained Feng Shui eye, it is much more than that.

Using five element theory, the round shape (metal) is supported by the crystals (earth) and used to control the tower (wood); because in five element theory, metal controls wood. This is a case of using a controlling sequence of the five elements to overcome an insurmountable Feng Shui problem. Does it work? Perhaps. We can judge that by the performance of the business in question...

On the first morning of our tour we departed early to conduct a consultation with a client. 'Tasty Hygge' is a fashionable floristry business in the huge growth area of Pazhou district, Guangzhou. This island area has grown from small farming villages to a huge metropolis, especially in the past ten years.

In the distant past this area of China, with its proximity to Macao and the South China Sea and its strategic location on the Pearl River was the, "chief anchorage for ships participating in Guangzhou's foreign trade. Traders from the "Southern Sea", including Indians, Arabians, and most Europeans, were required to keep their ships at Pazhou while smaller craft ferried goods to and from the Thirteen Factories area of Guangzhou's western suburbs. Traders rented storage for ships supplies and repair shops on Whampoa Island. Images of the anchorage were a common theme in 18th-century art." wikipedia

The Pearl River runs from west to east and the small island group has the river to its north and south. It is the closest point in proximity to the city of Guangzhou (written here as KANTON):

An 1888 map of the mouth of the Pearl River Delta
showing the locations of Macao and Hong Kong.
As the ships sailed up the trecherous Pearl River (it was not dredged in the early days), they were greeted by a series of pagodas to the left (port) side. Reaching Pazhou Island, due to the geography of the region they were not able to go further and set anchor there.

This map from 1841 calls it Hanan Island:
You can see on the map above that the river is flowing from the NW (top left) and makes a turn, splitting and flowing around the islands and then coming together again to the east (right) and flowing down from there towards the sea.

In terms of of the Feng Shui Four Animals principle, this group of islands is like the 'red phoenix' of Guangzhou:

Zhuque (red phoenix) occupies the islands, opposite is Xuanwu (black tortoise) to the north, occupying outlying mountains, Qinglong (green dragon) is to the right and Baihu (white tiger) is to the left.

In Feng Shui Zhuque should be a yang area, as it is here in this case, especially with the river running across the south of Guangzhou. Where the waters meet and become wider, that is called the 'shuikou' (水口 'water mouth'), where the qi accumulates and because in this case, the waters converge and then instead of running straight away too quickly, the water turns a corner; so the qi is able to be captured or retained. In Feng Shui, water is equivalent to wealth.

To this day, this island is still one of the most important locations for trading with the rest of the world, because on it, stands the site of the massive exhibition space, Canton Fair, the world's biggest exhibition centre, which brings products from all over China to be displayed and sold to the rest of the world.

So you can see how Feng Shui can explain the strategic advantage of this location, and, loo
king back in history, we can see that for 500 years this island has remained the main trading post between China and the West.

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From Guangzhou we boarded a fast train to Guilin as we headed out on our Journey to the West. (to be continued...)

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I'm already planning my Feng Shui Tour of China 2018 (October). If you'd like to attend, drop me a line.

"I liked many things about Jodi's tour, including: Many hours of formal lecture time (mornings/hotel & on bus) utilizing easy-to-follow notebook... up to the last minute of the tour! Good pace & well-planned route = a lot of feng shui learning in a short time. High calibre participants. Master Jodi Feng Shui tours attracts both newer Feng Shui students and also long-time, international professionals with advanced Feng Shui knowledge (e.g., MBAs; PhDs/Architecture; multi-faceted/multi-lingual businessmen/ businesswomen). Experienced Master Teacher and local tour organizers helped keep our bodies and belongings safe." Diana Abed

"Most favourite were the old villages and how Feng Shui was applied in ancient China. I liked the tour and can't fault went beyond your means to accommodate those who were not happy with Yingtan Village Accommodation and that shows compassion for others and professionalism as a tour guide." Tina Curro

"I really appreciated the comprehensiveness of the whole experience. We didn't just visit significant sites pertaining to feng shui, we also studied them before and after the visit. The feng shui classes were a bonus for me. I also really enjoyed the immersion experience of staying in hotels in the area, eating local food, and spending lots of time at significant sites. We didn’t just get off the bus and move quickly through each place. We spent time in each place. It was way more than I expected, and I truly appreciate all the time and effort you put into every detail of the trip." Nancy Canestaro

"I am so happy to accomplishing China Tour 2016 another experience we had in China. So much to reflect upon and share in the future with my clients and friends. Thank you for your extensive knowledge, support and fun. I really enjoyed the tour and time we had together. I am looking forward to next year adventure." Aelita Leto
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Friday, September 08, 2017

Occupy Central from a Feng Shui Perspective

This is the Central Government Complex, headquarters of the Government of Hong Kong since 2011.

After the controversial and difficult times in Hong Kong in 2014 when a sit-in protest was staged by students, I did some research on the original location where the protest began.

More info about the protest here:

"Central Government Offices 201308" by Wing1990hk - Own work.
Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

I first visited this building when I was in Hong Kong shortly after it opened in 2012.  At that time I didn't make the connection, but after the protest I was sure - this building is the cause of the 'Occupy Central' protest!

In Feng Shui we talk about what is called the 'Open Mouth Sha' - that is, any form in the landscape that looks like an open mouth.  Under certain conditions this type of feature can provoke 'juniors' to challenge 'seniors'; or workers to challenge the boss, or in this case, students to challenge the government.

I have since searched google maps and after finding it quite difficult to locate the building, here it is!  The shape of an open mouth...

Here is a photo I took in 2012:

Here are the students camping out in Central:

I'm looking forward to returning to Hong Kong with my tour group at the end of this month.

There is further research I've been doing more recently but that will have to wait to be published for now...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Upcoming Feng Shui Events

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Hi Everyone,

Does your life bring you challenges? Is there something strange about your home you'd like to check? How is business going at the moment? What can you learn from Feng Shui to use in your daily life? How can you understand people better?

Feng Shui originated from the Yijing, the Book of Changes, so it is natural that it is also about changes too. Every twenty years the Feng Shui changes, then every year there are annual influences that come into effect. We can go with the flow of the changes in our lives or we can choose to stay still and not change...our choice! Yet, going with the flow makes life easier, and besides, it is not something we can avoid. Accepting and allowing change to happen naturally brings more peace and harmony in life...don't fight it!

"When you allow Feng Shui in, your life opens up in unexpected ways."

Check out some upcoming events below to answer your questions...

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Sunday 28 May 10am-12pm

Join me on my famous Feng Shui Tour of Melbourne's Chinatown where we will explore how Feng Shui is used by local traders and businesses. I have recently been working on a new project in Chinatown, come and join me to learn more.

Use these skills learnt to apply to your own home too!

While I'm in Melbourne it would be nice to see you.

Optional Yum Cha afterwards.

Book here (places limited).
May 30, June 1-2 9-5pm Gold Coast

In a fascinating exploration, we will share how a person's face reveals so much about their personality, traits, strengths and weaknesses.

Knowledge of face reading gives us an opportunity to examine our own lives and those of others to tune into what is our own nature, where should we focus and what can make us successful. This work is for ourselves and to enhance the lives of others too.

Class is held on the three days leading up to the Feng Shui conference at Bond University.

Book here.
20-30 September China and HK

Want to really experience what Feng Shui is all about and see it for yourself? In this fantastic tour we will explore ancient villages, modern buildings, mountains and waterways to see how Feng Shui works in real life situations.

This is not just a hop-on-hop-off tour. You will be guided to the most beautiful and unusual places to experience China in a way that is unique and special.

Come home with a new set of skills and a fresh set of Feng Shui eyes!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Finding the Centre of a Building:- using the old-fashioned plumb-bob technique

Often my students ask how to find the centre of a building, especially when it's a weird, uneven shape. To do this you can emply an old-fashioned low-tech technique using gravity, that really works very well. You don't need to 'fill-in' the 'missing corners'...

You will need:
- a print out of the plans
- a pin-board or piece of foam
- a sturdy pin
- a length of cotton or thin string
- a plumb-bob or something heavy to weigh the cotton down
- ruler
- pencil or pen (with ink that flows out easily)

1. Cut the floor plans all around the edges.
2. Insert the pin through one corner of the plans and let them hang freely.
3. Pin the plans onto the pin-board/foam.
4. Attach the plumb-bob or heavy object (such as a nut) onto the cotton and make a loop at the other end (I used an old fashioned metal baby pin).
5. Hang the cotton/string on the pin:


6. The line will hang down exactly vertical across the plans, now use a ruler and pen to mark the line:

7. Continue to do this all around each corner of the plans:

The green pen marks the plumb lines, the red pen was my guess for the centre, it turned out they were the same:

8. Voila! Now you have the centre!

There are other techniques you can use as well, but this is the simplest and you can really see it's a hands-on technique :-)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Millionaire's Mansion Not Good Feng Shui?

Channel 7's Feng Shui news story today was about Chinese millionnaire Ying Li who sold his property due to bad Feng Shui.

Billionaire sells Sydney mansion for $22.5m 'due to bad feng shui'Let's take a look why:

Fig Tree Point is a point of land jutting out into Sydney's Quakers Hat Bay. Directly opposite the point is the location of the house in question:

The spit of land creates what is called in Feng Shui a 'poison arrow.'

Perhaps the Chinese property developer purchased the home with the intention of buying it, but didn't check the satellite image first, or perhaps he forgot to check with his Feng Shui master!

In fact the spit may not be as bad as thought, even though from google it does look serious. It all depends on how clearly it can be seen from the house and how close it is. As we can see there's actually quite a long distance between the house and the spit, and in between is a beautiful bay to capture the qi.

Perhaps the new owners have purchased a bargain...There are yet other factors to consider, such as the age of the house and the compass orientation. Only then can we tell what type of qi is being brought sharply to the site!

It goes to show that it's always better to check the Feng Shui first before you buy :-  )

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Face of Kisenosato Sumo Wrestler

Today is the final day of the March 2017 Sumo Basho (tournament). The contender to win this basho was, up until two days ago, Kisenosato, the Japanese champion whose famous rise and fall through the ranks has lasted over a dozen years.

Kisenosato's very public struggle to attain a high rank in sumo is well known in Japan, and his career has been on a forwards-backwards ride since 2004.

He entered sumo training when he finished junior high school, around age 15 and his first tournament was at age 17 and 9 months, the second youngest ever to enter at this age.

Taking a close look at his face we can see two outstanding features to begin with, Of particular importance is the area affecting his career, do you know where it is?

In the centre of his forehead is a large and prominent indentation and a scar. I wonder when this occurred? It is an old scar and the injury most likely occurred in his youth, perhaps when he was playing baseball in junior high school (although in sumo there is also alot of 'head banging' which probably made the injury worse). It could have even occurred much earlier (as indicated below, when he was much younger).

The central forehead is the location of career success and his ability to communicate with seniors. From my own observations in face reading and the study of Chinese Astrology (Bazi/Four Pillars), this area relates to 'resource', the element that generates the daymaster.

In checking his biography in wikipedia, Kisenosato was encouraged to be a sumo wrestler as a teenager, by a man who would be his trainer for many years. In line with Japanese tradition, he respected his master, but he was also given a public scolding by his master who said he was 'difficult.'

In his Four Pillars, Kisenosato is daymaster yang earth (Wu) born in the month of the horse (Wu). His fire element is the usful element in his chart, which is his resource element and indicates that particularly between ages 11 1/2 to 31 1/2 he has good resources. However it is yang fire which is 'unbecoming resource' - it can make him rebellious towards authority (amongst other things), and this is confirmed by his life situations and also by the mark on his forehead.
Furthermore, Kisenosato's right ear has 'damage' at the top rim, as you can see it is not rounded, but rather uneven and jagged at the edge. This indicates difficulties in life around age 9-11, but there is no info online about this age of his life, so we can assume, that he opted to go into a sumo stable at age 15 instead of staying at school because of either lack of support from his parents, or because of problems that he carried with him from his earlier childhood, most likely to do with a rebellious attitude. Both of these are caused by problems with the resource element (as seen in his face). On a side note, the forehead is also the Li Trigram, fire.

The question is: will he win today? Today is a renzi day in the Chinese calendar (yang water rat). Fire is favourable in Kisenosato's chart, but that doesn't necessarily mean water is unfavourable. looking at his life path, he has achieved success when fire is strongest in years or in his luck pillars and metal is not useful in his chart, which means that water is useful...and represents his wealth element. He does not have such a great wealth element in his face (find out why at my upcoming face reading course on the Gold Coast, Queensland). it is the next day and I am pleased to report that he did win the tournament once again! In this result it is another way to confirm that fire is useful in his chart, because this is the dingyou (yin fire rooster) year. Fire is the stem and rooster is the branch. The stem is our 'action.' The branch is the foundation, but they are in conflict elementally, which are the same two stem and branch combination that he grew up with (check his Luck Pillars).

In this Japan Times interview, Kisenosato said, "“I’m speechless,” Kisenosato said. “There was something at work that was more than my own strength. My only thoughts were on concentrating and executing.”

Even he is amazed at his win, but we who study metaphysics can give explanations!

Obviously a lucky but tumultuous time in his life, bringing great conflict and achievement, helping him to win the 'Fighting Spirit' award when he was younger.

On that topic, he also has what is called 'Phoenix Eyes' in face reading...these are the same eyes as the famous character from Three Kingdoms Period, Guan Yu (or Kuan Kong):

"The silkworm eyebrows stood up fiercely and the red phoenix eyes glared as, sword in hand he rode hastily forth to cut down the audacious Prime Minister for his impertinence." Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong (Chapter 20).

Guanyu / Kuan Kong
We will learn more about Guanyu when we visit his temple on my next 'Journey to the West' Feng Shui Tour of China in September 2017.

If you are looking for a woman with phoenix eyes:
Lucy Liu
Angelina Jolie
Kisenosato also has these eyes, which one Chinese website calls, "eyes like Phoenix, must be top official":

Looking into the future, this is most certainly the peak period of Kisenosato's life, and whether he goes into life as a senior official in sumo remains to be seen, but it is his intended career to be a coach/trainer for other sumo fighters in the future.

Congratulations Kisenosato, what an exciting bout yesterday!

Monday, March 06, 2017

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  • Check the external features of the property.
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