In feng shui practice, there is one important step in feng shui application that we have to perform in order to achieve successful results, which is using the Chinese Almanac to determine the auspicious day and time to perform the feng shui remedies and important activities.
The Chinese Almanac is basically a fortune telling almanac book originated from the "wong lik" (the yellow calendar - 黄曆), which consists primarily of a calendar based on the Chinese Lunar calendar. Most of the contents of the book are dealing with what is auspicious to do on each day. In this tutorial guide, I will introduce the most popular method which is the "Twelve Officer Days" [建除十二神]. This is mostly indicated in the day selection section of the Chinese Almanac.
Basically it divides the energies changes of every day into twelve (12) groups which will tell us whether it is an auspicious or inauspicious day for certain activities. Namely the Establish Day [建日], Remove Day [除日], Full Day [滿日], Balance Day [平日], Stable Day [定日], Initiate Day [執日], Destruction Day [破日], Danger Day [危日], Success Day [成日], Receive Day [收日], Open Day [開日] and Close Day [閉日] respectively.
Establish Day - Inauspicious Day
This day is suitable to deal with authorities. It is not suitable to use this day in the month of April, May, July and November for departure of a long trip and burial.
Remove Day - Auspicious Day
This day is suitable to start a medical procedure, get rid of paranormal energy and catching criminals. It is not suitable to start an office job, business grand opening, moving, commencement of construction works and departure for a long trip. Since this day is considered an auspicious day by the Chinese Almanac, it is suitable for marriage, burial and repair works.
Full Day - Inauspicious Day
This day is suitable for building store room, installing safe. It is not suitable for construction works and burial. Avoid moving and business grand opening in the month of January, April, July, and October.
Balance Day - Inauspicious Day
This day is suitable to sailing, hunting, decoration works and marriage.
Stable Day - Auspicious Day
Not suitable for moving, business grand opening and planting trees. It is suitable for placing bed, blessing and marriage.
Initiate Day - Auspicious Day
This day is suitable for catching criminals and marriage.
Destruction Day - Inauspicious Day
This day is not suitable for marriage, business grand opening, and business deals. Generally this is the day to avoid all activities. However, the following activities will not be affected: the beginning of a medical procedure, acupuncture, demolition of buildings and catching criminals.
Danger Day - Auspicious Day
This day is not suitable for climbing mountain, it will face dangerous accidents; also not suitable for marriage and burial. However, if it meet with the auspicious stars, it is suitable to place bed and running of business.
Success Day - Auspicious Day
This day implies the slow and difficult beginning of things and easy successful at the end. If it meet with the auspicious stars, it is ideal for marriage as this will bring good off-spring. It is also suitable for business grand opening as this will bring great profits. Generally, this day is suitable for all kinds of activities
Receive Day - Inauspicious Day
This day is suitable for moving, travelling to faraway places, burial, and purchase of property. This day is also suitable in launching law suit against someone; the chance of winning the law suit is very great; contrary this day is not auspicious to be sued by others and there is the great chance of losing the law suit.
Open Day - Auspicious Day
This day is suitable for marriage, moving, business deals, business grand opening, and other general things. On the other hand, this day is not suitable for burial. It is best to avoid doing breaking ground works in the month of March, June, September and December.
Close Day - Inauspicious Day
This day is suitable for burial, storing away precious items. This day is not suitable for business grand opening and moving.
NOTE: The months mentioned in the Chinese Almanac are months of the Lunar CalendarThe most important factor that we have to keep in mind when choosing an auspicious day is that the Earthly Branch of the day must not "crash" with the Earthly Branch of the person's Chinese Zodiac Animals birth sign [六沖]; which means that particular day is in harmonious conditions between the Heaven Luck, the Land luck and the Man Luck [天時,地利,人和]. Otherwise, on that particular day, we will experience things will not go smoothly; very difficult to get things done and failure in signing a contract. Furthermore, the person will have a difficult time getting along with the boss and family members on that day; and this info is always indicated in the daily column of the Chinese Almanac. Of course there are many other different ways to choose the auspicious day and time in feng shui and its varies from the feng shui masters and practitioners based on the type of feng shui that they follow. In my opinion, the "Twelve Officers Days" method shall be good enough for most of us.