Tree and Wood Energy in Feng Shui and Bazi 4 Pillars of Destiny

The Wisdom of a Tree. Click picture for more information about Trees and wood energy in Feng Shui

The Tree and Wood Energy in Feng Shui and Bazi 4 Pillars of Destiny

In Feng Shui, the qualities of the wood element is critical if the home is to support the energy of growth and expansion for the family, to know kindness, to be responsible and to be helpful to others. To be able to study and learn. Wood affects health and longevity. These qualities would apply to health, wealth, knowledge and family harmony.

Without the wood element, the residents would find it hard to make these aspects come to life. This would mean the East, Southeast of the home should be of good quality, not be missing from the floor plan or lot plat. It is preferable to see lower land here or some body of water and healthy trees, plants and flowers.

Conversely, too much wood would be like a forest or overgrowth. Too much wood close to the house, covering natural light can add to depression or mood issues. Absent or too little wood, means the residents would not have the benefit of wood aspects.

In Chinese Astrology, we like to see a healthy amount of wood element in the Bazi or 4 Pillars of Destiny birth chart. This would help the person to have, and give life to their ideas, to be kind and generous to others. It would give the capacity to believe one can turn bad into good, to be optimistic and that there is a solution to any problem.

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Patricia Lee, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
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BAZI 4 Pillars of Destiny – Secrets on Health

BAZI 4 Pillars of Destiny – Secrets on HealthBaZi Health Analysis with Dr. Paul Yan Advanced Practitioners Program

Master Dr. Paul Yan, an expert in the field of Health and Chinese Metaphysics presents BaZi 4 Pillars of Destiny, Health Analysis. He will share how to better read the quality of one’s health – which part of the body tends to be susceptible to illness, as well as the timing of potential illness through one’s BaZi Natal chart. Get ready to Master your BaZi skills!

A BaZi Chart contains the hour, day, month, year of birth

There is a saying, “without good Health, Wealth doesn’t mean much.”  Furthermore, “the best medicine is prevention.” For thousands of years in Asia, BaZi 4 Pillars of Destiny, has been used not only to understand one’s potential in career and relationships, but also one’s health – which part of the body tends to be susceptible to illness, as well as the timing of potential illness. Dr. Paul Yan is an expert in the field of Health and Chinese Metaphysics. We are pleased to present BaZi Health Analysis, for the first time in San Francisco.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to learn a new approach in understanding your health.

  • Date: September 29, 30 2012
  • Location: Fort Mason Center, San Francisco California
  • Time: 10-5pm
  • Leave a message below if you are interested in this class
BaZi Health Analysis overview:

  • Key factors on Health (Nature & Nurture)
  • In-Depth Analysis of a BaZi Health Chart
  • Five Factors effecting our Health
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine and BaZi
  • The BaZi Health Analysis and Solutions

About Dr. Paul Yan

Master Dr. Paul Yan


Dr. Paul Yan is a doctor of both Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy. He is also a BaZi & Ze Wei, Feng Shui Master with 45 years of experience in the field of Chinese Metaphysics. Because of his unique background, he brings very specialized knowledge toward helping people achieve their goals, in work, life and health.

He has authored several books, including, “The Best Feng Shui Alignment”: and has shared his vast wisdom on radio and TV. He is an instructor at the American University of Complimentary Medicine – Los Angles, where he teaches doctorate students in Chinese Medicine. He has also been teaching Feng Shui and BaZi for Health at The Family Therapy Network Symposium in Washington, DC among many other universities. Visit Dr. Yan at,

I hope you can join us and welcome Dr. Paul Yan to San Francisco this fall!

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Patricia Lee, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Washington DC Metro Area, Maryland, Virginia, Greater United States
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Avoid Negative Energy to Prevent Harm

Avoid Negative Energy to Prevent Harm

Today, we will discuss a more advanced subject.

Personal Grand Duke & Clash Locations

Are you having a variety of unexpected problems that don’t seem to go away? One possibility is, you may be inadvertently over-using locations in the house that are personally negative for you. Identify the locations in the home that are your personal “Grand Duke” and “Clash” locations. These are derived from the year of birth in your BaZi, 4 Pillars of Destiny, astrological chart.



Chinese Astrological Animals and Years. Click to find your Year Animal.

How to Find the Grand Duke and Clash Locations

The, “Grand Duke” or Tai Tsui, is the animal sign of your year of birth. The “Clash” animal is the one directly opposite the year sign. Every animal in Chinese Astrology has a “clash” animal. Each animal sign has a compass location and can be found in the home. Find your year sign and “clash” animal on the diagram to the left. For accuracy, click here to find your year animal.

A client who lived in the house above, experienced major pitfalls in his career and relationship. Upon doing a Feng Shui audit, it was quickly realized that his main door was in his “Grand Duke” or, “Tai Tsui” location. Across the road to his main entrance was a dead tree, causing a form of “Sha Qi” (negative energy) at his Grand Duke location. If nothing is negative out side the location of your year animal, there is no problem. You then, only have to watch the years when negative Qi enters that area.

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The client was also sleeping in a bedroom that “clashed” his year of birth. This meant the location was against his year sign, a serious problem in Feng Shui. The client’s bedroom was in his, “clash” location. This brought up major issues. An annual audit will let you know when you know when your animal sign is harmed or “clashed”.

For example, if you born in the year of the Rat as the man above, the Rat (North 2) sector is your Personal Grand Duke location. Ensure there are no external negative forms (sha qi) affecting this area. The opposite sector is your Personal Clash location. Try not to spend too much time in your clash location. If you have a door in this location, use a different door. If you have no choice, leave me a message below.

How to Find the Personal Grand Duke and Clash Locations

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Use the compass and take a reading from the center of your house to identify the location of your year animal for the Grand Duke. The clash animal is directly opposite. It is more accurate if you have a floor plan.

Solution: The consultant suggested removing the dead tree and to move the owner to another bedroom. Shortly thereafter, It was reported that things were picking up for him.
The best thing you can do is move out of the location in question. If you cannot do this, minimally move your bed to another sector of the room.

Have a quick check to avoid unnecessary problems to your life.

Thanks to a friend for sharing this article on Facebook.

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Feng Shui Bathroom Tips

Feng Shui Bathroom Tips – The Most Common Questions

What is a good location for a bathroom?

Do bathrooms really emit negative Qi?

This is one of the most common questions in Feng Shui. The idea that the bathroom emits negative Qi (chi) does not apply in modern times. Remember, when Feng Shui was first developed, there were no flushing toilets and sewage systems and the cleansing agents of today. As long as you keep the bathroom clean and hygienic, the bathroom does not emit negative Qi. Lucky you!

The concept of relationships and wealth being flushed away because the bathroom is located in the “wealth” or “relationship” sectors of the home is a westernized adaptation to Feng Shui that is really unnecessary. If your relationships and wealth are suffering, it is likely something else is going on and your BaZi 4 Pillars of Destiny birth chart is going through a tough period.

The main issue with bathrooms is the amount of water and drains operating and therefore, where they are best located. The other is that people do not spend much time in bathrooms, so having them in the positive sectors of the home becomes wasted.

In contemporary times and with en-suite bathrooms, bathroom have three functions; romance (yes that is correct) and rejuvenation in the case of spa like bathrooms, and cleansing/elimination for everyone else. Under the Eight Mansions and Flying Star formulas, certain sectors of the home are negative. The bathroom located in one of these sectors is a good thing and presses down bad luck caused by bad flying star numbers or negative locations. A property audit will identify the negative locations of the home which is dependent on which compass direction the home sits.

Feng Shui Bathrooms Tips to Avoid:

Issues with bathrooms are more about what to avoid, versus what are positive things to do.

The Problems with Toilet Bowls

  • The toilet bowl directly above the Main Door is a big No No. In fact it is one of the deal breakers to passing up buying a home with this feature. If the bowl is to the side, this is not a problem.

The bowl above the door is called a Lin Tou Shui or Wetting the Head Water Sha (negative qi). It means there is excess water qi creating negative qi around the main door area. Wealth and health will be affected and the person who is associated with what compass location in question. Leave me an email below if you have such a feature.

Solutions: move the main door in or outwards. Move the toilet. Use an alternative door, or toilet. If the ceiling is 15 feet or higher, there is no problem.

  • A toilet bowl directly above the stove. This is the same as above the main door. Solution: move the toilet or stove out of alignment. Use a different toilet.
  • A toilet bowl directly above the bed. This is the same as above two issues. Solution: move the bed.
  • Bathroom in the center of home. The center of the home is the “heart” and thus should be kept quiet and calm. A bathroom at the “heart” of the home is in constant disturbance and movement. This will cause turbulence in family relationships and health problems, especially if the BaZI 4 Pillars of Destiny birth charts show weaknesses in these areas. Avoid if possible or try not to use this bathroom.
  • A bedroom door is aligned with a bathroom door. It means the qi that enters a bedroom is immediately directed to the bathroom vs. circulating in the bedroom. Solution: put a piece of furniture or some object between the doors.
  • The headboard against the toilet, tub or sink drain. This is not a Feng Shui problem. It is a noise disturbance and an energy field problem around drains. Which, in my opinion is reason enough not align the bed to them.
  • A bathroom directly opposite the main door or at the bottom of a staircase. In either case, Qi goes directly into the bathroom and gets trapped there, rather than circulated through the home. This is not favorable as we do not like Qi trapped and stagnate in a room that is used for a limited time.

What you can do in Bathrooms:

Except for the first point, the suggestions below are not related to Classical Feng Shui, but issues of hygiene, energy, or westernized, “feng shui”.

Identify where drains are located

  • Keep bathroom doors closed when sleeping, especially if they are directly in alignment with your feet or body vertically.
  • Close the lid while flushing is a hygiene issue. This is not a “luck flushing away” issue.
  • Keep the bathroom clean and free of bad odors. Open the windows often to emit and bring in fresh qi.
  • For Qi of the body, use your bathroom for spiritual cleansing and rejuvenation. Take baths with rose or other special oils. Pour the rose oil over you seven times and stand to air dry.
  • To sooth the body, soak in bath salts to remove the toxins. Remember to shower off the salt.
  • You can build your relationship by taking a shower or bath together with your partner. Use fragrant bath oils, herbs or bubble bath. Dry each other off with soft plush towels.

Romance in tub of bubbles!


  • Light candles, burn incense or fragrant oils to stimulate an atmosphere of relaxation.
  • Color is a small factor in Feng Shui. Each compass direction does favor certain colors. We will cover this in a future blog. The color of towels and decor are small enough that you can choose any color you wish.
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