Water is often perceived as synonymous with money to the Chinese. And indeed, there have been many noted instances where water, used correctly in feng shui practice, has lifted the merely rich to the status of seriously wealthy. The common examples you may hear about may involve a waterfall, a yang water feature, or water motifs on the walls and décor of the premises.
But it must be remembered that water is also an element with the ability to pose the greatest danger. The water trigram Kan indeed spells danger first. Translated in many texts as the Abysmal, it generally symbolizes misfortune (middle yang line) trapped in matter (two yin lines). The trigram Kan is also symbolic of the soul. The soul, like the river, has to flow from the source in the mountain down to the sea, where it dies, is transformed into clouds and reincarnated again as rain in the mountains. The motivation is danger and the abyss.
So how do you correctly activate the immense potency of water to bring wealth, but at the same time avoid the taboos? We’ve summarized here 8 easy ways.
1. IDENTIFY & ACTIVATE YOUR WATER STAR 8
To identify your water star 8, you need to plot the natal chart of your home or office. This method of feng shui is known as flying star, and to derive the correct natal chart, you need very accurate facing direction of your house/building. This article is too short. to give you an in depth lesson on flying star, but you can read “Lillian Too’s Flying Star Feng Shui“, approach any World of Feng Shui sales staff who can help you identify the correct sector or learn flying star yourself at Lillian Too’s Flying Star Feng Shui Online Course.
Once you find the best water sector, place in it a yang water bowls. The best kinds are the rolling ball water features, which represent not just money, but also high sales and turnover. Always make sure the water is yang water, i.e. moving water, so go for a rolling ball feature, fountain, fish tank, water fall… but always something with a pump. If after 2 weeks you don’t see results, you may have calculated your natal chart incorrectly, whereby you should review your chart and try again.
Do not worry – feng shui is scientific. If you don’t seem to get results, the implementation may have been off by a few degrees. Just try again, because when it starts to work, you’ll be glad you took the trouble.
2. KEEP AN AROWANA IN YOUR WEALTH CORNER
The arowana is one of the most potent activators of wealth and success luck. Many tycoons swear by it. They should be kept singly, in fives or in nines. If you decide to keep more than one, you should ensure your aquarium is big enough, or they may fight (not something that’s likely to produce good Chi)! Your arowana can be kept in your water star 8 sector, the Southeast, East or North of your home or office. To find the correct compass direction, stand in the middle of the room to take directions.
Here’s a tip when rearing these magnificent dragon fish though – do not be tempted to feed them with live bait. There are myths that arowanas grow healthier if fed with succulent live goldfish. They are just that, myths! By feeding your arowana with live fish, you are creating negative karma. It is far better to teach your arowana from young to live on frozen worms… I have seen many such arowanas who grow up to be just as beautiful (if not more beautiful) than their live-fish-eating counterparts.
3. NEVER HAVE WATER ABOVE YOU
As documented in the I-Ching, water above poses great danger. Thus, never sleep with water above you. Do not hang a painting of water on the wall above where you sleep. I have known of a case of a so-called feng shui consultant recommending the hanging of a painting of a waterfall on the wall above the headboard of the bed. His logic was that it would symbolize water bringing plenty of wealth to the occupiers of the bed as they slept. This only served to prevent his clients from getting a good night’s sleep, and his clients were in fact lucky not to have had an accident. The insomnia went away as soon as the water painting was removed.
Similarly, it is very dangerous to have a swimming pool on your roof. This used to be a common practice with tall buildings, especially hotels and resorts in cities, where it somehow made sense to put the swimming pool on the roof, so one could enjoy the sky and sunshine as one swam. Here is another feng shui taboo that has caused many companies to collapse.
4. NEVER DISPLAY WATER WHERE YOUR MOUNTAIN STAR 8 IS LOCATED
Your mountain star 8, like your water star 8, is one of the most auspicious stars in your flying star natal chart. This star brings abundant good luck in the form of good relationships with family members, colleagues, friends and business associates. It also brings good health and longevity luck to members of the household.
However, if you have a water feature in your mountain star 8 sector, the mountain star is said to fall into the water. The luck of the sector is destroyed and you will face problems with health and with your relationships. Relationship problems can come in all forms, from misunderstandings with your boss, colleagues & subordinates, arguments with your spouse and kids, to a decrease in popularity with your peers. You mountain star 8 falling into the water also becomes dangerous if you have elderly persons living in the home, as health & longevity luck is curtailed. To find your mountain star 8, plot your natal chart according to flying star feng shui.
5. NEVER HAVE A WATER FEATURE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF YOUR FRONT DOOR
This is the single most reported cause for a husband going astray. Nine times out of ten, if there is a case of a husband having affairs with other women, you’ll find the home has a water feature on the right hand side of the front door (from the inside looking out). The worst kind of water feature for aggravating the roving eye of the husband are ponds and pools which are sunken into the ground. These are also the most difficult to change. Many a time, when a stubborn pond lover or fish enthusiast has refused to “close up” their much-loved pond despite the inauspicious feng shui implications, they’ve ended up not just with a philandering husband, but no husband at all! Divorce is not out of the question with such a water taboo.
If you absolutely cannot move your pond or close it up, another solution, is to move the front door. But whatever steps you take, you must ensure you never live with this kind of water taboo for too long if you value a happy. marriage.
6. WATER IN THE NORTH BRINGS ENHANCED CAREER PROSPECTS
For career people, water in the North is an excellent energizer for advancement up the corporate ladder. The North sector, which governs career luck, is also characterized by the element of water. Keep a fish tank or some other bubbling water feature in the North to activate luck in your job. If you cannot use real water, you can substitute with the colors blue or black, or with a piece of art featuring water.
7. USE WATER TO ABSORB BAD VIBRATIONS
Water is the single most effective cure for absorbing bad vibes and energies. If there seems to be excessive quarrelling in the household, check your flying star natal chart. It could be that one of the rooms where you spend a lot of time (e.g. the living or dining room) houses the quarrelsome 2/3 or 3/2 combination. If so, place a YIN water cure here. The best Yin water cure to use is a lacquer bowl filled with still water. Be sure to change the water regularly to ensure no breeding of mosquitoes, but the water must be quiet, without bubbles, movement and no fish or living creatures.
8. WATER IN THE SOUTHEAST & EAST BRING GROWTH ENERGY
The Southeast and East sectors are both wood sectors. As such, they both benefit from water, as water causes wood (plants, trees) to grow. The Southeast governs the prosperity and material wealth luck of the home (Eight Aspirations theory) whilst the East governs health and family issues,
By placing a water feature in the East or Southeast, you introduce growth energy into the household. This causes your children to grow up into healthy young adults with good values, it causes your business / career to flourish, and it broadens your horizons for achievement.