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How do you read a feng shui ruler ? It seem that there are 2 section: up and down. And most of the time, it did not agree with one or the other; meaning that one may state is good but the other state is bad, so which one do we use to determine the correct measure ?

Picture of a Feng Shui Ruler




 

 

The top markings are for measuring the living e.g. door size, cabinets etc.. (yang). The bottom markings are for the dead (yin) e.g. measuring size of tombstones etc.

Robert Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research
January 1999

 

 

Yesterday I found a book - I think by Lillian Too - that said that all multiples of the standard imperial foot plus auspicious lengths of the ruler where auspicious. Still - one has to wonder - one book is not enough.

Yes, I confirm that what Lillian Too says is correct. A Feng Shui foot is = to an imperial foot. If we use this exact length which is 43 cm or approximately 17 inches long, as the diagonal of a square, it is what Mathematicians call the `Magic or golden square'.

The Feng Shui foot repeats itself every 43 cm. I had written a short article on this in the past at this url: ../fs/ruler.htm

Cecil Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research
February 1999

 

 

I am very curious about what feng shui has to say about roomdimensions. The fs-ruler is too short, and I can't think of any reasonable way to extend it. I read about one architect here in Sweden whos favourite room dimension was 3.6m x 3.6m; but the *feeling* I get of that dimension (when I test it) is that it is very oldfashioned and boring.

At the "micro level" of Feng Shui, in the past, where Chinese burial was very important to the rich and royalty: They (officials) spare no expense in getting the proper measurements correct and they use the Chinese ruler to measure everything " correctly " i.e. the curved frontage of the burial site, the tombstones have good Feng Shui measurements.

Even recent Feng Shui authors such as Lillian Too do mention that she `purposely' got the correct dimensions for her books.

For those interested in antique Chinese furniture, you can learn about proper feng shui dimensions e.g. if you have the opportunity to measure antique Chinese altar tables, these have " perfect " Feng Shui dimensions.

For those who have the opportunity to be `near' to any furniture shops selling geniune Chinese furniture e.g. chairs, table, cabinets, you can at your free time, measure these. I am sure, most of them will meet the height / width / depth of Feng Shui good dimensions.

Here in Singapore, we have many races and the " undocumented " fact was that all Housing Board Flat entrance doors are " Feng Shui correct. This fact is not made known because of the various religious beliefs (but Feng Shui is definitely not a religion thou). Anyway, I know that if I mention this, no one will cause a *riot* sparked from this forum as everyone would want "Prosperity".

Sorry about this long diversion. There is another situation, where one of my engineer friends, got a table made exactly to his "direction". He feels really comfortable `using' it. But if someone else were to `use' the table, it would be `awful'.

Therefore the truth of the matter is akin to the saying " one man's meat is another man's poison ".

I will certainly do more research into this area and when I know more, will certainly share it with everyone here:)

Cecil Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research
February 1999

 

 

What's the benefit about knowing the position of the Grand Duke for each year?
This is because sitting opposite or facing the Grand Duke will bring you
misfortune, calamity, disaster or defeat.
How to improve your environment after knowing the Grand Duke Theory?
Avoid sitting in a direction facing the grand duke as this will bring
disasters and grave misfortune in that year.
I am interpreting the first explanation to say do not sit facing the Grand
Duke and I am interpreting the second explanation to say do not face the Grand Duke.
I am okay with so far, but then you say "For example, if the Grand Duke is in the North Direction, then sit facing North." Isn't this the same as facing the Grand Duke?
What I need to know is this year the Grand Duke is East, 90 Degree. Should I sit facing East or West?

Overall, the Grand Duke Theory for most of us is related only to the renovation of our home. That is this theory is widely used by Feng Shui Masters to guide home owners and caution them where not to do a major renovation.

Other than this, you need not be concerned with the Grand Duke Theory although it has one portion that says about the `sleeping' position. For `sleeping' position, it would be best to use the Eight House Theory i.e. if your North direction e.g. is a good or auspicious direction e.g Health, Prosperity, Longevity or Excellent, then you should try to sleep with your >Head, facing this good direction.

Cecil Lee
Center for Feng Shui Research
February 1999