A Feng Shui monthly strategy chart can be used in two ways. This is even more nuanced than a Bazi strategy as Bazi tends to be Day Master specific. In Feng Shui, we can either apply the following directly to your Life Gua (a more straightforward way of predictive analysis), or we could apply this sectors to the person who spends the most time in that particular sector. This one’s for August 2023, based on the Month Replace Month Hexagram Chart.  

In this month’s series, I’ve endeavoured to layer the information with the personal 8 mansions to create an even clearer picture of what’s happening.  


The arrival of the Mountain hexagram in the SouthWest indicates that a large obstruction is blocking certain energies. It’s not yet stagnated. But progress is almost stalled until we climb this Mountain.  

But with the Mountain hexagram comes an opportunity to just stay still for a spell. To rest, think, and most importantly, observe.  

The impact of this hexagram will differ, depending on which sector the Southwest represents for each of the individual life gua. However, expect to see the theme of self-cultivation carried throughout the 9 Life Guas, because at the end of the day, the Mountain hexagram calls for self-cultivation.  

Jue Ming Sector (Life Gua 1)

Obstruction to the ability to respond to trials and tribulations can occur when we find ourselves overwhelmed, paralyzed, or unable to effectively cope with challenging situations.  

These obstructions can include fear, lack of resilience, limited problem-solving skills, or negative thought patterns. They hinder our capacity to adapt and grow in the face of adversity.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a combination of self-reflection, emotional intelligence, and proactive strategies. It involves developing resilience through mindset shifts, cultivating positive coping mechanisms, seeking support from others, and acquiring effective problem-solving skills. By embracing a growth mindset, practicing self-care, and viewing challenges as opportunities for personal growth, we can break through the obstructions and develop a more resilient and proactive approach to facing trials and tribulations, empowering us to navigate life’s difficulties with greater strength and resilience.  

Fu Wei Sector (Life Gua 2 and Life Gua 5)  

If the Southwest represents your Fu Wei or identity sector, your own self-identity may be the cause of the obstruction. Who we are, who we identify with, plays a big role in our actions.  

Stagnation caused by self-identity occurs when we rigidly define ourselves based on past experiences, beliefs, or societal expectations, limiting our personal growth and potential. Our self-identity can become a stagnant pool, inhibiting us from exploring new perspectives and adapting to change.  

True growth and fulfillment arise when we challenge our self-imposed limitations, embrace our evolving nature, and allow ourselves the freedom to redefine who we are. By cultivating self-awareness, engaging in introspection, and seeking new experiences, we can break free from the shackles of stagnation, embrace our dynamic selves, and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal evolution.  

Huo Hai Sector (Life Gua 3)  

An obstruction to appetite for risk can emerge when we insist on certainty and security in every aspect of our lives.  

This obstruction arises from a fear of the unknown, a desire to avoid failure or discomfort, or a need for control. It limits our willingness to take calculated risks, explore new opportunities, and embrace uncertainty.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a shift in mindset and a re-evaluation of our relationship with risk. It involves recognizing that uncertainty is a natural part of life and that taking risks can lead to growth, learning, and exciting possibilities.  

By reframing our perception of risk, setting realistic expectations, and gradually stepping outside our comfort zones, we can expand our appetite for risk and open ourselves to new experiences, innovation, and personal development. Embracing uncertainty can ultimately lead to greater fulfillment, resilience, and the discovery of unexplored potentials.  

Wu Gui Sector (Life Gua 4)  

An obstruction to spiritual growth and intuition can manifest when we are disconnected from our inner selves, immersed in the noise and distractions of the external world, or trapped in limiting belief systems. This obstruction hampers our ability to tap into our innate wisdom, intuition, and higher consciousness.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a conscious commitment to self-reflection, inner exploration, and mindfulness practices. It involves creating space for solitude, silence, and introspection, allowing us to quiet the mind and cultivate a deeper connection with our spiritual essence.  

By embracing practices such as meditation, prayer, journaling, or connecting with nature, we can remove the obstructions and nurture our spiritual growth. This process involves questioning and expanding our belief systems, seeking guidance from spiritual teachers or mentors, and being open to the mysteries of the universe. As we cultivate a deeper connection with our inner selves and tap into our intuition, we unlock profound spiritual insights, wisdom, and a sense of purpose that can guide us on our path of spiritual growth.  

Yan Nian Sector (Life Gua 6)  

Something may be obstructing your ability or efforts to communicate effectively and openly with individuals or within a group. These obstructions can take various forms, such as misunderstandings, conflicting interests, emotional barriers, or even intentional actions to suppress or restrict communication.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a commitment to fostering a culture of open and respectful communication. It involves actively listening to others, seeking common ground, practicing empathy, and promoting transparency.  

By addressing underlying issues, encouraging honest and constructive dialogue, and finding mutually beneficial solutions, we can remove the blocks that hinder effective communication. Building trust, creating safe spaces for expression, and valuing diverse perspectives are crucial in overcoming obstructions and cultivating healthy and productive communication channels. Ultimately, by breaking down barriers and promoting open dialogue, we can enhance understanding, collaboration, and mutual growth.  

Tian Yi Sector (Life Gua 7)  

The arrival of the Mountain hexagram is a reminder about the importance of regular periods for rest and rejuvenation to improve our physical wellness and energy levels. Since the Southwest is the Life Gua 7’s personal Tian Yi sector, this message resonates most with you.  

In a fast-paced world filled with constant demands, carving out time for stillness allows our bodies and minds to heal. During this period, we can engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or gentle stretching. Resting also involves prioritizing quality sleep, as it is essential for overall health and vitality.  

By giving ourselves permission to pause and recharge, we can reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and replenish our energy reserves. This period of stillness and rest allows our bodies to heal, rebuild, and restore balance, ultimately leading to improved physical wellness and increased energy levels to tackle the challenges of daily life with renewed vigor.  

Sheng Qi Sector (Life Gua 8 and Life Gua 5)  

You may find yourself experiencing some form of creative blocks in August 2023. This may manifest as simply as a writer’s block, or it could show up in the form of resistance to the need for new strategies and tactics.  

Overcoming creative block can be achieved by learning to look from a different perspective. With a Mountain standing in our way, we need to unlock new ideas by shifting our viewpoint and perspective.  

This can be accomplished by exploring alternative interpretations, questioning assumptions, seeking inspiration from different fields, or seeking feedback from others. Opening ourselves to diverse viewpoints encourages innovative thinking, breaks through creative barriers, and fosters new avenues of creativity. By cultivating a mindset of curiosity and embracing the unknown, we can overcome creative block and tap into our creative potential.  

Liu Sha Sector (Life Gua 9)  

For the Life Gua 9, managing and regulating your emotions may present as a bit of a challenge in August 2023. These blockages can be caused by various factors such as unresolved trauma, overwhelming stress, unhealthy coping mechanisms, or a lack of emotional awareness.  

Overcoming this blockage requires a combination of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and intentional practices. It involves identifying and acknowledging our emotions, understanding their underlying causes, and developing healthy coping strategies.  

Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, journaling, or seeking support from a therapist can help navigate and process challenging emotions. By actively working on emotional self-regulation, practicing self-compassion, and cultivating emotional resilience, we can gradually remove the blockages and gain greater control over our emotional well-being, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.  


Simply, stand in the middle of your house. Face the door. Use the compass app in your mobile device and turn to look for the relevant sector that you intend to use. Once identified, just do the activity related to the objective.  


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I’m sure most of you would have realized by now that Chinese Metaphysics employs a lot of ‘layering’. Be it Bazi, Feng Shui or Qimendunjia, it’s always nuggets of information that when put together, forms a whole picture.

Must it always be this complex, I hear you ask? In truth, we humans are complex. We humans have our layers too! Anything less than layers will require boxing each and every one of us into tightly-labelled packages – neat, but perhaps a little restricting?

In the past weeks, I have shared a series of suggestions for each of the 10 Day Masters to get aligned with the energies that the 2023 Year of the Water Rabbit offers. In this post, let’s look at what the 2023 Qimen chart offers.


  1. Plot your personal Qimen Destiny Chart here:
  2. Take particular note of the labels inside your own chart and determine the sectors/palaces for each of your key palaces. For example: your Destiny Palace may be in the East palace. You will see a red box inside the East.
  3. I would highly recommend that you keep your focus strictly on just a few key palaces – the Destiny Palace, the Career Palace, the Wealth Palace, and perhaps the Relationship Palace.
  4. The following description is the likely opportunities or challenges that you may experience in those sectors of your life in 2023.


2023 Qimen Forecast
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With the arrival of the 9 Heavens in this sector, the East is a particularly forward-looking palace in 2023. Straight off the bat, this makes it a great year for goal-setting, especially if the East governs either your Destiny Palace, Wealth or Career palaces.

But goal-setting is just one particular activity. What can you do in the immediate year while keeping an eye on the future? Learn to negotiate. The arrival of the Ambassador star calls for a need to negotiate. Along with the expansive Harm door, it calls to mind the image of an ambassador or diplomat at the negotiation table – offering, counter-offering, persuading, wheeling and dealing.

However, do be aware of the potential for miscommunications. The Gui and Ji forms a formation known as the Elegant Seal Earth Door which denotes blocked messages or news, or even the possibility of seeing your plans open to other people’s influence.

Put together, the formation suggests the need to be willing to give up something in the here and now, in exchange for gaining something else in the future. An example of this scenario would be someone taking a hiatus from work to go back to school for more education – thereby, giving up the present income with the intention of earning more in the future.


2023 Qimen Forecast
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If your Destiny, Career or Wealth palace resides in the South East, 2023 is a time for some stock taking. With the coming of the Destructor star, change is afoot. But before you can deal with changes, it is best to know what weapons you have in your arsenal. Do you have enough resources? Is your knowledge up to date? The Delusion door carries a warning – sticking your head into the sand and hoping that things will stay just as they are will be detrimental in the long run.

Now I’d like to stress that the Destructor star does not always carry negative connotations. True, as humans, we still don’t like change. But the world is constantly changing around us. The coming of the Destructor star paired with the 9 Earth which governs current resources does not always mean that your resources are about to be drained. Instead, it could also mean that some opportunities may open up to you in 2023, and you need to know what you have in order to take advantage of those opportunities.

I also note that there are 2 Death and Emptiness in the South East. As scary as the name may sound, think of these as voids. They suggest a feeling of emptiness and hollowness, of something lacking in spite of your recent achievements.

Hence, the need to take stock. With a true understanding of your resources at hand, you will be able to craft your onwards journey. Continuity is achieved through constant movement. True endurance is not about staying still. It’s about staying true to your purpose but being flexible enough to be actively changing to the times.


2023 Qimen Forecast
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If you are someone who works in the influencing sphere, and your Destiny, Career or Wealth palace falls in the South, congratulations! In 2023, the South Palace is literally the best when it comes to branding and promotions. Because here is a powerful combination to learn the subtle art of influence.

The Black Tortoise is all about influencing minds. Paired with the Scenery door that casts you in the best possible light… here lies the opportunity to gain trust and amass a following.

If the South is your Career or Wealth palace, consider using knowledge-sharing strategies in your content marketing. Give value first. Give information first. This is the first step towards creating your tribe.


2023 Qimen Forecast
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Most of us have experienced the hero complex in some form or another, haven’t we? I promise, I’m not judging you, but the hero complex is a lot more common than we think. Have we never found ourselves thinking that we are the only ones who can get something done, resolve a problem, or feel the need to ‘sacrifice’ ourselves for the good of others?

Here comes the Death Door together with the White Tiger into the South West. It’s time to end the ego tripping or risk over-exerting yourself and unnecessarily inserting yourself into more drama. This is especially true if the South West governs either your Career or Health palaces.

None of us are truly irreplaceable. If you keel over from exhaustion tomorrow, HR will have someone sitting at your desk by the day after.

Therefore, if the South West governs any of your main palaces, taking the time to rejuvenate yourself is a must in 2023. Think of this rejuvenation as a form of re-birth, shedding off old ways that no longer serve, and embracing 2023 as a brand new you.


2023 Qimen Forecast
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Geng and Ding creates the White Pavilion of Deceit. A power struggle is a-brewing in the West and things are not going to be pretty. And the cause of this power struggle? Scarcity thinking.

If the West governs your Wealth palace and you happen to be a business owner, please resist the temptation to enter into a price war as more competitors enter your market. If this is your Career palace, then please be aware of the political undercurrents.

As things start to unravel, now is the time to re-consolidate your alliances and make sure to keep your goals aligned with your partners.

However, on an interesting note, if the West is your Wealth palace and you happen to have a business that helps people solve relationship problems (eg: couples therapist)… congratulations!


2023 Qimen Forecast
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The coveted Ding and Bing comes together in the Northwest to form the Sun Follows Moon Turn formation. Coupled with the Open Door, this makes the Northwest one of the better palaces in the 2023 Qimen chart. Regardless if the Northwest is your Destiny, Wealth or Career palace, it’s almost as if the stage is being set for your hard work to finally pay off in a big way!

Stay true to your course, but there is an opportunity here to continue to upskill… ready for your next evolution!

Alternatively, with the pairing of the Pillar star along with the Moon Deity, you may find educational marketing techniques to be particularly fruitful in 2023, especially if the Northwest governs either your Wealth or Career palaces.


2023 Qimen Forecast
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There are a number of positive palaces in the 2023 Qimen Chart. The North is literally the very best. The arrival of the Bing Fire at the Heaven Plate with the Xin Metal on the Earth Plate creates the Sun Moon Meeting formation which augurs well for success. This formation is further supported by the Flying Bird Falls Into Cave, Bing Receives Envoy, and Absolute Power structures residing within the Chart.

The fly in the ointment is the Rest Door coming together with the Surging Snake which describes a tendency to take things for granted. But isn’t that normal? When things are going well, we naturally will feel the urge to just ‘skate by’.

This is where the discipline of the Heart star comes in. To dig deep and pull out the discipline you need to move swiftly and expedite progress while you have this formation by your side.


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 The Northeast palace in 2023 is more about navigating obstacles as opposed to dismantling obstacles. The presence of the Xin Metal on the Heavenly Plate and the Gui Water on the Earth Plate creates a formation known as Heavenly Prison Elegant Seal. While certainly not catastrophic, this formation brings irritating obstacles that calls for some creative fast-footing to circumvent.

But before you can bend or break the rules, you must first understand the rules of the game. It’s not about inventing a whole new set of rules for the players in your field. Instead, it’s about which set of rules can be safely ignored to get the quickest results possible.

The presence of the Grass Star along with the Life Door creates the possibility of turning an obstruction into an opportunity. Therefore, it will be wise to get yourself out there and set things in motion.


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What does the 2023 year of the Water Rabbit bring to the Yi Wood Day Master? Regardless of what’s happening outside, regardless of what’s going on in your 12 animal signs, this series explores what else the 10 Day Masters can do to create growth in 2023?


The 2023 Year of the Water Rabbit infuses each of our Bazi Charts with different types of energy. Its arrival, amps up or strengthens different parts of our charts. And from there, we can add another layer of strategy to make 2023 a success.

To make this easily applicable, I will share this in the form of keywords. At this juncture, you might ask, what if I don’t intend to follow these strategies? What if I don’t find these keywords applicable to my situation?

The answer: nothing! These keywords represent the broader energies brought to you by the Gui Mao. To use it or not, is your choice!


2023 Yi Wood Day Master

For the Yi Wood Day Master, the Water Rabbit or Gui Mao, presents as Indirect Resource sitting on a Friend star.

With Indirect Resource on the Heavenly Stems, the first key word is CONNECT. The role of Indirect Resource is always to connect different bits of data together.

In the Earthly Branch, we find your Friend star:

  • The Friend star can represent your sense of self. 2023 can be a year where you prioritize some ‘me time’ to connect again with yourself. Sometimes, in the daily hustle and bustle of life, we put ourselves on the back burner. This is a good year to prioritize some self-care.
  • The Friend star can also represent your network of friends. 2023 is a great year to create some variety among the people you hang out with! Create a more diverse group of friends. Or, you could make the effort to re-connect with your friends. As we grow in life, sometimes we drift apart. Perhaps 2023 is the year to re-establish those bonds.
  • The Friend star can also represent people or communities. 2023, for the Yi Wood Day Master, could be a year where you act as a bridge between diverse communities. (Note: Yes, there are similarities or overlaps between the Rob Wealth and Friend Star.)
  • Finally, the Friend star can be very personal. 2023 is a great year for the Yi Wood Day Master to focus on continuous learning and personal development. This could include learning new skills, complementary skills that can be useful to you in the future.

The above are the keywords or hints that the 2023 year of the Water Rabbit is bringing to the Yi Wood Day Master. No doubt, this is beginning to feel like an inward-facing year, especially if you are a Yi Chou or a Yi You Day Master.

I would like to add just one caution to this: the Indirect Resource is all about connecting dots and pieces of information. Therefore, when the Indirect Resource star is too strong, it can become paranoid. Please have some awareness of this. The Indirect Resource turns paranoid when you have nothing to do. When your mind is idle. Therefore, my suggestion would be, at the very least, to focus on personal development.


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HACK MY 2023

It’s that time of the year again when the New Year Resolution looms. In 2023, what goals are you looking to achieve? Have you created an actual plan to turn your New Year Resolution into reality? Myself, Jonath Lee and Shamaine Ho (the Talk3Talk4 trio), are proud to present again, our annual workshop – Hack My 2023.

I know you have questions…


Hack My 2023

Hack My 2023 is a one-off annual workshop where we give you the tools, the cheatsheets, and the related information from Bazi, Qimendunjia, and Feng Shui to create a detailed action plan to turn dreams into reality.

It’s akin to getting a Bazi Consult, but in this case, you learn to self-diagnose. Give us 5 hours of your time, and we give you the shortcuts you need to apply the same methodology for, not just 2023, but also the coming years.


Hack My 2023

No, it’s not designed to turn you into a Bazi Consultant overnight. In fact, it would be crazy to think that we can teach a Bazi Course within 5 hours. What it is, is a workshop that helps you extract relevant information from your Bazi and Qimen charts. This is why the workshop comes packed with detailed cheatsheets.


Hack My 2023 is designed to be a zero-to-user workshop.

Here’s what you stand to gain:

➡️  Discover what has already been given to you

➡️  Discover the dynamics of 2023 and how it affects you specifically

➡️  Discover your strengths and opportunities to craft your strategy to make 2023 your best year ever

➡️  Discover your theme for 2023

➡️  Find out if there are any actions that MUST be undertaken in the coming year

➡️  Fine tune your plan for 2023

➡️  Find out what you can maximize

➡️  And most importantly, a detailed monthly planner that pulls together Bazi, Qi Men Dun Jia and Feng Shui to align Heaven, Earth, and Man for you.

Hack My 2023


Not at all! As mentioned, Hack My 2023 is a one-off event. There will be no upsell or cross-sell. Our goal is to help you use your Bazi Chart (primarily) to create a final action plan for 2023.


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