Other Articles by Kerby Kuek
move on Tamar
April 09, 2010)
Kong can take pride in having one of the most efficient governments in the world
and one of its freest economies.
all that may come to an end soon when the government moves its headquarters to
the Tamar site next year or beyond.
headquarters are currently situated on the backbone of the Peak Dragon trail, or
the right meridian spot that diverts from Victoria Peak. This powerful site
radiates the right energy.
not so the new location.
energy trail from the foothills of the Peak mountain range to the Tamar site is
not pure or concentrated.
on fung shui principles, it is a bad setting.
Tamar site is a "zhu que (rose finch) sticking out its tongue,
‘朱雀吐舌" which does not augur well for civil servants.
can only hope the administration does not end up being corrupt and incompetent.
principal negative effects of such a site include:
A further deterioration in the trust between the government and the people;
An alarming decline in the working atmosphere that will see grievances build up
among civil servants to the point of animosity.
A deterioration in Hong Kong's relationship with the central government.
orientation of the new site depends on the main entrance of the building. Let us
examine which direction would harness the best energy in a bad setting and which
would intensify ruinous bad energy.
It would be best if the main entrance
faces the following directions:
towards Sheung Wan;
towards Tsing Yi; and
towards The Peak;
The situation can only get worse if the
entrance faces these directions:
towards Tsim Sha Tsui;
towards Lion Rock Hill; and
towards North Point;
government should take the potential consequences into account and design the
Kongers should also brace for changes, especially beyond Period Eight
(2004-2023), as our younger generation will have to work much harder to stay
competitive and have a better life.
cycle of life
March 26, 2010)
qiu fan lu, or Luxuriant Dew of the Spring and Autumn Annals, is a huge tome on
metaphysics written during the Western Han era (206 BC to 9 AD) by Dong Zhongshu.
us look at one key aspect of it involving the five elements - wood, fire, earth,
metal and water. The cycle of creation is made up of these elements.
energy embedded between the sky (cosmos) and Earth consists of yin and yang, the
interaction between the two resulting in the four seasons of spring, summer,
autumn and winter.
phenomenon has its own pattern or path. If it follows the five-element creative
cycle, it will have a positive and harmonious outcome. Chaos is created if it
moves against the cycle.
represents wood, the base and source of natural produce. It is manifested in
spring, which is when benevolence reigns. This is the beginning, the time to
cultivate the five main grains, or staple foods.
creative cycle is of fundamental importance in both fung shui and agriculture as
going against its flow will create havoc. Things should obey the nature of the
Tao, or the way. Wood breeds fire in the cycle of the five elements.
is represented by the south, or early spring, when things are starting to grow.
Wisdom is crucial during this period. Many fung shui scholars, well versed in
cosmology, have to prepare for bad weather, or catastrophe.
before crops start to grow, accurate predictions of the weather are needed to
help minimize potential damage and are critical for disaster management. In this
important period, loyal and helpful aides to the king can play a key role to
ensure the country prospers in peace.
breeds earth, which is represented by the center. Here, honesty is crucial.
prevent disaster to yourself and abstain from criminal acts, you must strengthen
mind and body to accept both victory and failure, having a firm and convincing
ideology and a conviction led by loyalty and filial devotion. You must be able
to adapt to circumstances.
breeds metal or gold, which is represented by the west. Here, justice is in
command. Filial piety is the key here and applies not just to your parents but
also to the king and the elderly. The rule of law and order should be adhered to
both by the ruler and his people.
and incorruptible values should be placed above all and wrongdoings rectified or
punished without fear or favor.
breeds water, which is represented by the north. Here, courtesy commands
respect. This means the government should rule according to proper procedures
and crack down on bribery. The teachings of Confucius reflect this value. An
incorruptible official tames riots and appeases unhappy residents.
breeds wood and the cycle continues.
of the week: The correct prayer is never one of supplication, but of gratitude.
to unlocking old mysteries
March 19, 2010)
flying star discipline is popular in fung shui, especially as it takes into
account time and science in its application. But what makes this method
imperfect is that it only considers the mountain star (sitting direction) and
water star (facing direction).
does not consider all aspects - mountain, sha (earth), water and direction.
the yang residential and yin residential flying star method looks only at the
setting or orientation of the house, not its surroundings.
instance, the direction of the traffic on a road opposite a house indicates
water direction and has an impact on the fortunes of the household, depending on
the distance between the house and the road. The flying star system would never
consider such a factor.
area of detection in the flying star method is not as precise as in the Xuan
Kong Da Gua, or 64 Gua, method. The earlier method looks only at good mountain
aspects, while the latter approach further divides mountains down into guas, or
ascribes 2 guas (out of the 64 guas of a traditional bagua or eight-sided
trigram) to every 24 mountains. Given that each gua is five degrees, this means
one mountain is about 15 degrees. As the range is much wider in one mountain,
the energy concentration is not as pure as in one gua.
settings with good mountain and water aspects might still have bad fung shui
because of bad gua energy, while opposite settings might have good fung shui
because of kind energy. Practitioners of only the flying star method cannot
64 Gua practitioners can see the pitfalls.
instance indicative of the failure of the flying star model is that many
descendants of people with tombstones with bad mountain and bad water settings
still end up rich and famous.
for example the late Wang Yung Ching, who was one of Taiwan's richest people.
His ancestors' graveyard is situated in a bad mountain and bad water setting. It
was built in 1958 with a Kang mountain orientation and Kap direction that,
according to the flying star method, should be detrimental to the younger
Wang's success tells us that the flying star model is imperfect.
has dampened the confidence of flying star practitioners. I was one of them
until I learned the Xuan Kong Da Gua or the 64 Gua system.
of the week: All great discoveries have been made because of a willingness to be
March 12, 2010)
most important directions for the Chinese are always east or west. This is
because the elements associated with east (wood) and west (metal) are solid base
materials, while those associated with the north (water) and south (fire) are
formless and linked to feelings and emotions.
is made up of two characters, sun and wood, implying spring, or the beginning of
life forces. The character for west looks like a bird coming to rest on the word
for day, implying sunset or autumn.
represents fire and the heart, north is water and kidney, east is wood and
liver, west is metal and lung, while center represents earth and spleen.
heart pumps blood via organs to our body, the liver will determine our health,
while lung will helps us maintain the balance of postures.
earth, or spleen, functions to maintain the life force from beginning to the
according to seasons
spring is the beginning of the life force, people believed that we should
consume five grains (rice, millet, soybean, red beans, wheat).
is said to bring out the heat (or yang energies) from our body to the outside,
leaving our inner organs hollow. Thick soups serve to protect and reproduce yang
ancient Chinese believed that all produce ripen in autumn, and condiments like
soy and spicy sauces will add flavors that help our digestive system.
winter arrives, the body's yang energies submerge inside our body, as we consume
more food and become less active. Liquor will help the energies flow better and
keep our temperature at a steady level.
pair of chopstick consists of yin (static) and yang (movement). When we use the
chopstick, the part that is moving is considered yang and the part that is
static is yin.
best shape for a dining table is round, as it is believed to promote harmony and
tact. A round table, furthermore, shows no distinction of classes.
of the week: All people are special and all moments are golden.
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