Element: Water

Male (year of birth): 1927, 1936, 1945, 1963, 1972, 1981, 1990, 1999, 2008

Female (year of birth): 1923, 1932, 1941, 1950, 1959, 1968, 1977, 1986, 1995, 2004


Colourless, formless, adaptable, and flexible, Life Star 1 or Gua 1 carries all the common characteristics associated with the Water element. A fluid intelligence and creativity tops the list.

There is always a fascinating duality to the Water element. Water can either be still or moving. When Water is still, this reflects the more reticent, reflective, and secretive parts of your personality. When the dam is removed and Water starts flowing, you become virtually unstoppable. Like a hidden mountain spring gushing into a waterfall, you will ride rough shot over obstacles, impatient to get to the sea.

But still or moving, all Gua 1 individuals share a single commonality – the tendency to seek out the path of least resistance. You are the best at going with the flow, confident that you will always find your way.

Better yet, Gua 1 individuals are superb at discovering solutions that are not always immediately visible to others. This gift comes from Water’s ability to think laterally. This is the ability to blend theory with practice, unencumbered by norms, rules and regulations – the ultimate gift of freedom of thought.


At work, Gua 1 individuals tend to show their more diplomatic side. Remember how Water prefers to go with the flow? Seeking out conflict is certainly not your way. There is, however, a deep need for spontaneity and autonomy. How can you possibly enjoy freedom of thought when you are constantly boxed in by rules?


Socially, Gua 1 individuals easily blend into any existing ecosystem. This is where the adaptive power of Water is most apparent. Getting to know you is easy. Learning to understand you, is a whole different kettle of fish.


In relationships, Gua 1 individuals tend to be very observant and sensual. However, there is a side of you that will present as cold and aloof. Water is, after all, the star of emotions. And emotions is what you have plenty of. Because the depth of your feelings scare even you sometimes, you have developed a self-defensive knack of keeping others at arm’s length. This level of inscrutability comes at a cost. It’s difficult for those who care for you to figure out what you actually think, thereby, making it hard for them to support you.


These are generic personal facing directions, and is one of the easiest Feng Shui methods to apply. It’s just a matter of shifting your laptop to face the direction you want.

Sheng Qi (Life Generating): Southeast

Use this direction for general advancement and growth in life. This direction works well for any business, career, or wealth-related pursuits.

Tian Yi (Heavenly Doctor): East

This direction is good for enhancing your mentor luck. If this direction is to be used in the bedroom, this is a good boost for your general physical wellbeing. Face this direction if you are looking to enhance your personal branding. This direction amps up your persuasive skill, and will have some impact on how you are perceived by others.

Yan Nian (Longevity): South

South is a great direction to build smooth interpersonal relationships whether at home or in the office. In short, it’s great for networking. If you are working in a career or business that requires multiple interactions with people from all walks of life, this direction will help you boost your career.

Fu Wei (Stability): North

If it is deep focus and concentration you need, North is the direction to face while planning, working, studying, researching, or creating. Anything that requires concentration, really. If you are into the art of meditation, facing North while meditating can help you achieve calm and serenity much faster.


Life Star 1 2023

Now that you understand the gifts of Life Gua 1 and how to use your personal favourable directions, based on the 2023 Flying Stars, here are some suggested sectors to use in 2023. Please note that when we say use, it literally means to carry out a certain activity within that sector of your home. On that note, please be practical. If a particular sector is missing from your home, then just be very Star 1, and find another way!

North (recommended): Use this sector to gain recognition for your talents and contribution. In 2023, for you the Gua 1 individual in particular, this is the sector that is most usable for career advancement. If you are a business owner, boosting recognition for your contribution can help attract partnerships your way.

West (recommended): Use the West sector if you need a boost to turn your many Gua 1 ideas into reality. In short, this is the sector to make things happen.

Centre: If you need an environment that is conducive to learning and research, the centre of your home is the best place to be in 2023.

The above three sectors (North, West and Centre) are the less stressful sectors to use. But sometimes, we have to take some hardship in order to create a breakthrough. The following four directions will be a little more stressful.

South: Star 8 in the South in 2023 boosts wealth prospects by increasing your productivity and workload. It can help you make money, but the activity may not be to your liking. Use this sector for the delivery of your services.

Northeast: If you feel that boosting your likability will help achieve your goals in 2023, the Northeast is the sector to use for any activities related to networking. Remember? Gua 1 personalities can be a little reticent. If you have always been burdened by more than your fair share of shyness, this sector is a good boost for your communications skills.

Southeast: If you have everything prepared, and all you need is that final courage to breakthrough, courageous Star 3 in the Southeast in 2023, is the sector to use. Use this sector for any activities where you challenge yourself to do better. Be mindful though, Star 3 increases the likelihoods of arguments and temper tantrums. So please be mindful of that.

East: If you need directions. If you need people to tell you what to do, East is the sector to use. Mind you, this sector can be quite stressful. To benefit from this, you must be open to advice.


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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Water. Wood. Fire. Earth. Metal

These are the building blocks and the foundation of all the Chinese Metaphysics arts. Be it Bazi, Qimendunjia, Feng Shui, Yi Jing, et al, every single system is premised upon the 5 Elements.

Introducing my first official workshop: 5 Elements Bazi.

While this workshop is skewed towards Bazi, the learnings from this workshop is also applicable in the other Chinese Metaphysics systems as well. 

In this workshop, I will use a guided and layered approach to the 5 Elements. Here’s how we’re gonna do it:

  • Layer 1: Assessing the strength of the elements.
  • Layer 2: Infusing the characteristics of the 5 Elements. The learning goal here is to determine the underlying motivations in a Bazi Chart.
  • Layer 3: Assessing the quality of the 5 Elements. The learning goal is to be able to apply the positive and negative attributes of the 5 Elements.
  • Layer 4: Infusing the characteristics of the 5 Elements into the role they play. This is more Bazi skewed and the learning goal is to determine general characteristics based on the play of the 5 Elements in the Chart.
  • Layer 5: Predictive analysis using the 5 Elements. Admittedly, this is more for seasoned practitioners.

Who should sign up?

1. Beginners. 5 Elements Bazi is relatively easy to learn as it enables you to detect general characteristics without worrying about the relationships in the Bazi Chart.
2. Students of Chinese Metaphysics. Get grounded with strong foundations of the 5 Elements.
3. People who generally enjoy a ‘brain-ache’ 🙂

Where, When and How?

When: March 30 and 31, 2023 (Thursday and Friday)
Time: 8:00pm to 10:30pm MYT (GMT+8)
Venue: Zoom virtual workshop

These workshop dates are selected for optimum learning. Hence, while I agree the weekday dates are a little ‘inconvenient’, but I truly want everyone to benefit from this workshop.

Workshop Fees

Price: USD 197
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Benefits Summary

⍟ 2 Days virtual workshop.

⍟ Limited 7-day replay

⍟ Detailed cheat-sheets


If You Do Nothing Else For Period 9, At Least Do This

A big shift is almost upon us as the Feng Shui Period 8 changes to Period 9. For Feng Shui practitioners, this is the time where they will be looking to make some changes to their home to align themselves to the Period 9 energies. But if that’s not possible for you, if you don’t plan to do nothing else for Period 9, at least make sure you fulfil the two suggestions I have in this post.

But First, A Little Backgrounder – What Is A Feng Shui Age?

I’m sure you must be thinking… what on earth is a Period 9? What are all the Metaphysics masters going on about?

Basically, a Feng Shui age lasts 180 years. It is sub-divided into 9 different periods – therefore, each Feng Shui period lasts 20 years.

Remember, the art and science of Chinese Metaphysics is all about different types of Qi or Energy patterns. Basically, every time Jupiter and Saturn moves into a straight line, that heralds the start of a new period. Remember the Grand Conjunction that happened in December 21, 2020? So basically, we’re all babbling about Period 9 because there is a big shift coming and we all need to be prepared.

What Were The Recent Feng Shui Periods?

Each Feng Shui Period comes with its own sets of characteristics, governed by a certain element and trigram which will create conditions that favour a certain demographics of people.

The following table lists the most recent Feng Shui periods:

PERIOD               YEARS                              ELEMENT              QUA                   DEMOGRAPHICS

Period 6             1964 to 1983                   Metal                  Qian Qua           Elder Male

Period 7             1984 to 2003                   Metal                  Dui Qua             Young Female

Period 8             2004 to 2023                   Earth                   Gen Qua            Young Male

Period 9             2024 to 2043                   Fire                     Li Qua                 Female

Changes to society are more easily tracked during periods when the trigram favours women. Don’t forget, we pretty much live in a patriarchy. For example, during the 80s and 90s, that was when women finally established their right to work outside of the home. As a result, today, when we look a woman’s chart for career and business, we read it exactly like a man’s chart.

A Little About Period 8

Before I jump right into Period 9, let me spend a short segment on Period 8. It is necessary, if nothing else, to show you the difference between the two energies and the reason why we say that there is a big shift coming.

The element of Period 8 was Earth. This was a time that favoured slow and steady growth, gradual build-up, step-by-step growth.

Period 8 was also governed by the Gen Qua which represented young males.During this time, we saw a lot of young male Rockstar entrepreneurs emerging – people like Elon Musk, Jack Ma, in metaphysics Dato Joey Yap and many more.

Now On To Period 9

So what about Period 9? Firstly, the element that governs Period 9 is Fire! Suddenly, we are going from slow-and-steady growth to warp-speed. Fire is fast! Fire is impermanent! We are about to fully enter into the Attention Economy driven by Technology.

The Qua that governs Period 9 is the Li Qua which represents the educated female.  You already see it happening – Kamala Harris, Jacinda Ardens, just to name two. In other words, expect to see more women coming into the spotlight.

The Two Things Every Business Need To Thrive In Period 9

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you do nothing else for Period 9, at least do these two things.

  1. The first is to have  A SOLID COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. We’re entering fully into the Attention Economy. Period 9 is gonna be a battle for eyeballs. This team must be fast, nimble, and able to react to trends. Forget perfection; speed is the essence. This team must be capable of effective copywriting and storytelling that supports your marketing strategy. Because the one who commands attention will command the market.
  • AUTOMATE! AUTOMATE! AUTOMATE! In Period 9, expect to see more technological advances from the fields of Virtual or Augmented Reality. But you don’t need to spend millions investing in those technologies. Instead, to thrive in Period 9, make sure you are taking full advantage of the many automation tools that are already available.

Whether it is automating the finance of your business, or automating the marketing process, these tools already exist to help you make the leap. The key here is to ensure that 80% of your time is spent working ON your business as opposed to working IN your business.

 What If I’m Not A Business Owner?

These two suggestions still apply even if you are not a business owner. In fact, it becomes even more important. Because for non-business owners, the biggest challenge in Period 9 is to survive that digitalization and automation age. Therefore, you must possess one of the two skills in order to stay relevant within your organization.


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