Negative Star Combinations in Feng Shui Analysis

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Feng Shui analysis helps us understand the very nature of our space’s energy. For example, a home facing 78° has wealth potential in the facing palace. But, the character of the home’s energy from looking at the natal chart based on period 8 also has negative qualities. Sometimes, we may only want to find the positive Qi, but we must remember the importance of understanding the location of negative Qi so we can avoid problems instead of triggering them and suffering needlessly. For example, the Southwest palace for E1 (east one) facing house has a 2-5/5-2 combination thought as one of the worse combination of all star combinations in period 8.

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How we derive this information comes from analyzing numbers 1-9 and their relationship to each other which promote certain qualities of qi. The quality of qi of each star represents one of the five elements (fire, water, earth, metal, and wood) sometimes Yin and sometimes Yang. In the DUI house example, the mountain stars are thought as Yin in nature while the water stars are Yang in nature.

Most of the time, an analysis focuses on the mountain/water star combinations. Base stars are also important as they can represent a “shadow” (Diamond, 2017, “Flying Star Practitioners and Directional Impact”) energy, but we typically already have an idea of the base star influence upon doing an analysis. A Feng Shui consultant may advise the client not to spend long amounts of time in the a particular sector. Sometimes the client will not have the resources to renovate or locate a bedroom in a different sector.

Clients must understand the importance of how the negative energy is just as influential as a wealth or romance energy. If we can place enhancement in hopes of promotion at work, we also have to recognize negative stars having just as much potential negative effect; sometimes more! One of the most fascinating facts I learned early on about Qi is that positive energy can affect us negatively. If we think about someone who is too excited or too afraid, the results can turn for the worse unless we get that energy under control. Sometimes, people consider Yin as negative energy, but that is not true.

Negative energy is the result of a declining, stagnant, or imbalanced Yin or Yang energy! Yin in its purest form is sweet and delicate; although, Yin by itself can cause problems. The same is true for Yang. Yin cannot exist alone; nor Yang. When these natural pure forms of energy are left unchecked, the environment will lack harmony and balance. The very nature of Yin and Yang is to work harmoniously together, but one or the other may become trapped or misguided. Just as we need a certain amount of sunlight, we also need a certain amount of darkness. In order to find balance in an environment with an abundance of pure Yin, we introduce Yang energy. Both Yin and Yang are needed to bring balance to any environment.

Most Feng Shui consultant advice stems from an understanding of the relationship between mountain and water star combinations, and the effects of those particular combinations can have in the clients home or office.  The client can control, weaken, or activate potential positive or negative energy while working or living inside a space, or on purpose. Outside landforms are vital to understanding if potential negative or positive energy is already active in a space. We do this through analyzing existing mountain or water stars native to a space based on the entry way to incoming Qi and the immediate landscape surrounding the structure.

For example, a Feng Shui consultant may advise the person with a home consisting of an 8 water star in the facing palace to activate the wealth potential by placing a water feature near the front entrance of the home. Roads, long walkways, doorways, or any Yang feature can activate a water star where we would not need to do anything to benefit from that potential energy. Unless the star activates, the energy is not beneficial or a threat yet still exists with potential positive or negative quality of Qi. We must always remember, Qi permeates in every area of the environment and even within us!

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Mountain and Water Stars called Sitting and Facing stars respectively influence us in different areas of our life. If you notice, the center of every home natal chart has the period number (8 is the current period) where the facing star 6 (in this example) is the same number found in the entry palace. The mountain or sitting star is the same number as the sitting palace (opposite sector of entry palace). Each and every palace (9 total) of a home or office contains a base star (8 is also the center palace base star), a sitting (mountain) star, and a facing (water) star. Sitting stars (i.e., “1” in the example) influence relationships and health, while facing stars influence our ability to attract and maintain wealth. Wealth is not necessarily just money. Wealth can represent careers, assets, resources, etc.

Yin landforms activate mountain stars while Yang land features activate water stars (i.e., water feature outside entry; Yap, 2007). Overall, the structure in the example has mostly usable space since the Northeast sector is a garage, the Northeast is a study not used all the time, and the South area is a stairway. If these were bedrooms, the client would be advised not to use these rooms and choose different rooms for the bedroom or living room since these are typically the types of rooms used quite often and for long periods of time.

While we may want to only focus on the positive locations, we can see why we need to also consider negative areas of our space. The 2, 3, and 5 stars are untimely (declining) and could cause severe problems for the client in the long run; yet, the awareness of such existing potential energies helps the client to know to avoid triggering any negative energy native to a home’s character energy. The next step in the analysis is to take into consideration the annual and monthly visiting energies to the space. More on this topic in future posts.



Diamond, K. (2017). Feng Shui and The Hierarchy of the Flying Stars. Retrieved from

Yap, J. (2007). Xuan Kong Flying Stars. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; JY Productions.