How Can BaZi Help You Find the Right Job?
If youve been following this series of articles, youre probably a fan, student or practitioner of Chinese Metaphysics. For those of you entertaining the idea of becoming a professional consultant but are holding back because of practical reasons (fear of a lack of steady income, for example) or some other fear, then, well... guess what? Many Feng Shui practitioners (or other form of Chinese Metaphysics) dont PLAN on becoming practitioners. It pretty much just...happens.
Perhaps understanding what a Feng Shui consultant actually does would help those of you in this predicament. A Feng Shui consultant essentially assesses and studies the Feng Shui of a particular area, land or structure and then advises on improvements that can be made to help achieve the specific goals of the developer, building/house owner or occupant of a particularly dwelling. A consultants job is, and should be, goal-oriented. In a typical consultation, working with a goal and specific objectives lead to a more focused and productive assessment. The consultations can be on a macro, developmental-scale basis or an overall assessment for a particular piece of land, house or building and down to annual updates of existing files (ie. Clients).
Lets take a look at what goes on in a typical, complete assessment of an existing piece of property. The consultant, after getting a booking from a client, will request for a floor plan of the dwelling, the birth data of the client (and other occupants). As you may know, a general assessment must start from the external. As such, the consultant should then equip himself or herself with information that aids the assessment of the environmental forms that affect any piece of property. These tools include possibly a Google Earth map, other contour map of the area in question plus any layout that would be of help, such as the map of the housing area in question with major entrances/roads into the housing area or estate.
The consultant will need to take a drive around the area in question and note down the major, relevant forms such as the surrounding mountain and water forms and also the main Qi mouths of the area. Besides these, the consultant will also note other major environmental influences such as major buildings, ponds and manmade forms including possible Sha Qi forms (electric pylons etc). This physical observation and assessment is necessary as the environmental changes may have occurred after the original maps and plans were drawn up.
Next, the consultant arrives at the area where the property in question is located and again takes note of the more immediate forms such as the main entrance into the housing area and others. Once at the property, he or she will observe the immediate surroundings and then the property in question. The consultant needs to assess the fagade of the house, the overall shape and concepts such as missing sectors and the like. Here is where the consultant has to ask him/herself questions such as Is there a sufficient Bright Hall?, Is there a poison arrow aimed at the Main Door?, and other similar queries. Armed with a compass or Luo Pan, the consultant then takes key readings of the house facing, main door position/facing plus the location of other features surrounding the property such as a swimming pool. After that the consultant assesses the internal aspects such as location of the main door, bedroom/bed, kitchen/stove, home office/desk and any other aspects as necessary.
To enable the internal Qi flow assessment, the consultant needs to start with noting the internal forms such Qi pathway and structural considerations. To assess the internal Qi distribution, the consultant will use different formulas such as 8 Mansions, Standard Flying Stars or Xuan Kong. The selection of which formulae to use is a function of both the consultants expertise [the consultant will often adopt a pet system(s)] and the clients goals. This is an essential part of the discussions and interaction between the client and the consultant. Is the clients goal a long-term one or does her or she need immediate results? (these days, its commonly the latter). Which and whose priorities are more important in the household? All these of course take into account the birth data and structure of the client and anyone else the consultation is to benefit.
Even as the assessment is being done, the consultant will be noting down what possible changes (there usually are) that should be done and well as the restrictions that are present. The consultant of course will need to factor in the annual energies present plus any annual Sha (such as the 3 Killings, for example), in his or her assessment and recommendations. Once the onsite consultation is concluded, the consultant will do further calculations and then prepare the report with full recommendations for the client. This will be followed-up with a meeting to discuss the full findings and recommendations.
Toh Kong Eu