Convention Theme

The Importance of Timing in Chinese Metaphysics – Focus on Period 9

Timing is an important aspect of Chinese Metaphysics and is present in all 5 Branches. It is used in healing, understanding Life Destiny, planning important events and assessing the effect of Time on the intrinsic energies of a site.

In the practice of Feng Shui, three main factors should always be considered – Location, Direction and Time.  These are extremely important in order to achieve effective outcomes and avoid detrimental repercussions.

This year at IFSC 2023, we’ll focus on how Time and Timing are treated in the various Branches of Chinese Metaphysics.  This is especially significant due to the current change over from Period 8 to Period 9 in the Xuan Gong system of Feng Shui, which represents a momentous shift in fundamental global energies.  As such we seek to shed light on what might be expected from this transition and how Timing should be used to ensure a better practice of Chinese Metaphysics for everyone.

Convention Programme

IFSC 2023 Encore (Virtual)

The Importance of Timing in Chinese Metaphysics – Focus on Period 9
Viewing Period
(All Sessions on Day 1 & 2)

1 – 30 April 2024

GM Raymond Lo & Senior Master Yap Boh Chu

Master Janene Laird & Master Cristina Groza

Day 1 – Marked “11 NOV”
09:00 10:00 Arrival, Registration, Coffee and Networking
10:00 10:30 Opening Session

Opening Speech by IFSA President
Award of Certificate – IFSA Accredited Feng Shui Masters
Award of Certificate – Foundation of IFSA Country Chapter
Opening Ceremony – Ribbon Cutting

10:30 11:15 Keynote Speaker

Senior Master Yap Boh Chu

The Importance of Timing in Chinese Metaphysics

In Chinese Metaphysics, there is a common principle of Cosmic Trinity – “Heaven”, “Man” and “Earth”. Some say the “Heaven” denotes Destiny, “Man” a person’s Will and Decisions, and finally “Earth” refers to Feng Shui. However, in Feng Shui specifically, the Cosmic Trinity actually denotes Time, Direction and Location respectively. Different schools of Feng Shui calculate Timing differently, the most widely recognised being the 20 year periods of Xuan Gong Fei Xing. In a nutshell, the application of timing cannot be dismissed as it is the key to feng shui practise, and some feng shui locations and arrangements can even turn inauspicious over time. Senior Master Yap Boh Chu will share more on the importance for Timing to be accounted for in one’s feng shui practises.

11:15 12:00 Feature Speaker

GM Dr Stephen Skinner

The Flying Star Energies of Period 9

In Period 9, Star #9 becomes Prominent, behaving in a different manner to its previous function as an amplifier or as Elemental Fire. No living person has experienced Period 9 (1844-1864), so there are no case studies or records to look back upon. In fact Shen Chu Reng’s system of Flying Stars (in use today) only became public in the 1920s, so we really are working theoretically. In this session GM Dr. Skinner will review the role which Water and Mountain Stars play. By interpreting each Star in the context of its ‘office’, we can assess whether the Mountain Star takes care of human, relationships and family matters, and if the Water Star takes charge of financial matters and money flow. But these two Stars also affect each other, so how do we interpret the interaction between them in a Lo Shu Chart?

12:00 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 14:00 Master Maureen Chu Time and Healthy Life

Chinese traditional concept of health is about balance between yin and yang and among the 5 basic elements. A person’s Four Pillars can be checked at birth and immediately from the birth data, we can convert the data into Four Pillars and see the potential problems that will surface at different stages of a person’s life.  With such knowledge, it is much easier to take precautions and minimize the chance of developing into something very serious.  As such, using Four Pillars of Destiny to detect health problem, hence take necessary precautions, is a very important and useful topic today.  Master Maureen will demonstrate with examples to show how reading Four Pillars and Destiny can be effective tool to handle health problems and as a guide to seek appropriate precaution against sickness.

14:00 14:45 GM Raymond Lo  Age of 9 Good House Design

Transiting into “Age of 9”, what kind of house design will be most suitable and what aspects we need to pay special attention? GM Raymond Lo will explore the unique features of “Age of 9” buildings flying star charts and point out its drawbacks and how to overcome such short-comings to enhance harmony and prosperity. To improve on the “Age of 9” house design we can engage other theories and techniques such as “Castle Gate” “Seven Star Robbery” and “5 Ghost transports Wealth”…etc. What are the prosperous locations and better facing directions and how to engage the abovementioned skills will be explained. 

14:45 15:30 Master Jane Langof Prosperous Spaces, Prosperous Lives: Creating a Thriving Feng Shui Enterprise for the Future

Master Jane Langof is set to uncover the path for Feng Shui practitioners to transform their passion into prosperity. Discover the secrets to attract ideal clients, boost business growth, and engage clients to value your services. As we approach Period 9, this presentation will equip you with strategies to balance passion with prosperity, positioning your practice for success in the upcoming era. Not only will you be able to transform your Feng Shui expertise into a thriving, sustainable business, but you’ll also contribute to the overall growth and advancement of the Feng Shui industry. Embrace the future, and together let’s ensure that our industry flourishes in years to come.

15:30 16:00

Coffee / Tea Break

16:00 16:30 Master Hitoshi Kawamoto Water Formula & Landscape Design in Period 9

The outside environment is an important factor in Feng Shui.  Master Hitoshi Kawamoto will speak about favorable flow of water, structures, landform and facing direction in the Period 9. By means of water formula, such as the 八宮水法Eight Palaces Water, 龍門八局水法Eight Dragon Water formula, 三元通天照水經San Yuen Heaven Water Formula and 生旺墓水法Three Harmony School Water Formula, this lecture will examine how incidents and accidents affect an area and shed lights on ways to incorporate good water flow into living spaces.

16:30 17:00 Speaker Naly Long, Cambodia Feng Shui Pioneer Period 9

As we navigate shifting landscape of the upcoming Period 9, characterized by Fire Element, adaptability and resilience are key. As energy patterns change, individual and businesses must prepare to adapt to new paradigms and embrace opportunities in a rapidly-evolving environment. With emergence of new paradigms, there is a natural inclination for individuals to generate new ideas that can lead to the flourishing of different industries, distinct from those of Period 8. Comparatively, the emergence of different industries may lead to developed countries experiencing reduction in economic activity, whilst other countries may experience growth spurt, much like the changing energy patterns in Period 9. In this presentation, Cambodia Feng Shui pioneer Ms Long Naly will provide her valuable insights on industries and countries that are poised to benefit and thrive in the energy patterns of Period 9. 

17:00 17:30 Master Adriel Trinidad Date Selection

An ancient Chinese proverb says: “An inch of time is like an inch of gold, but an inch of gold can never buy an inch of time.”  For the majority, this is true, but for feng shui practitioners who know how exactly to choose dates to start major activities— like marriage, to opening business, to moving homes, to surgery and the like, and even to choosing when to approach a boss for a raise— time is a gold mine.  Learn about the basics of date selection and other factors to consider based on one’s four pillars.  This will spell the difference between success and failure.  Backed by documented evidence from clients and their experiences, this topic shows how timing is of vital importance whether in the fading period 8 or the incoming period 9. 

17:30 18:00 Master Dr Sabine Kullak The Importance of Timing on People’s Fortune and Direction in Life

One aspect we can learn from Chinese Metaphysics is the changing influence that the 5 elements have on the course of a person’s life. It determines the direction of life in terms of partnership, health and career, but also – and most importantly – favourable times for our plans. Learn about the approach we can take to discover these possibilities, how to make use of them, and enjoy the illustration Master Dr Sabine Kullak share using prominent examples.

End of Day 1
Day 2 – Marked “12 NOV”
09:00 09:45 Master Goh Guan Leong It’s About the Changes, Period 9

“It’s the economy, stupid” was the winning mantra for Bill Clinton in his successful run for the White House in 1992.  This campaign phrase created a long-rooted impact as it was pointed to the Central Theme. So, what is the Central Theme for Period 9?  It’s about the changes & unpredictability.  In this session, Master Goh Guan Leong will explore the Essence of Changes (三易) – While things change constantly (变易), the changes are predictable (不易) and it will become even simpler (简易) once we identified the patterns.  He will share with us the predictable pattern of Period 9 and its impact on our health.  What would the possible area of health concerns be?  Will there be another ‘pandemic’ just like Covid-19 pandemic in the future?  Master Goh will answer these questions during his speech. (146)

09:45 10:30 Master SBS Surendran Time is The Healer

Earth rotates, traverses elliptical orbit and in turn exposed to the Astro planetary influences. This has an impact on the life force energy on earth, referred to as “chi” in Oriental metaphysics, “Shakthi” or “Prana” in Indian building science “Vaastu” and Vedic astrology.  Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but transforms from one form to another such as Day to night. Timely corrective intervention to energy changes helps building occupants connect with energies from the cosmos, Feng Shui “Flying Stars” influences and Astrological imbalances.  As we traverse from period 8 to “Period 9” in Fengshui, it is recommended to activate the “timely” stars and counter ill effects of bad stars.  Let Master Surendran take you through an insight on time and energy influence on humankind, biorhythm of human life, Fengshui timing synonymous with Vedic Vaastu practices, and more.  (139)

10:30 10:45 Coffee / Tea Break
10:45 11:30 Dr Jin Peh Analysing Bazi Charts of Prominent Women in Preparation for Period Nine

As period nine is shaping up to be a time for women to achieve success and prominence, Dr Jin Peh will examine the Bazi charts of women who are at the forefront of their industry, introducing and applying the flow method of Bazi chart interpretation through this talk.  In addition, Dr Jin Peh will consider personal relationships of these women by analysing compatibility with their partners.  Through Dr Jin Peh’s sharing, you will get a better understanding of different techniques that can be used to interpret Bazi charts that allows you to apply them in your daily life. (98)

11:30 12:15 Master Tim Chua Drivers of Period 9 Economy: Case Study of Singapore Macroeconomic Policies

The purpose of this topic is to analyse the successful contributions of Singapore to the international economic system since independence, based on Chinese metaphysics. Master Tim Chua will reveals his insight into related trends and patterns and discuss how Singapore, named one of the four Asian Dragons (Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong), benefited from being in the right place, at the right time, and focusing on the right things, from period 6 up until now. Moving forward, again based on Chinese metaphysics, Master Chua will discuss what she should focus on so that it will benefit the economy and help boost the country’s growth for the next 20 years in period 9.

12:15 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 14:00 Master Ray Goh Timing: Destiny Vs Yin Feng Shui Vs Human Factor 天時地利人和

Are there differences for Grave and Yang Feng Shui in Period 8 vs Period 9? Why is year 2024 not Period 9? Are a strong Luan Tou 峦头 and an in-timing dragon 的地龍 different? These are questions being asked amid the recent hypes in feng shui industry on period eight vs nine formations.  In terms of Geomancy vs Timing vs Luck, many are puzzled over each faction’s superiority.  Do the systems of Ziweibazi 紫薇八字, Qimendunjia 奇门遁甲, Divination卜, Grave 阴宅 and Yang Feng Shui 阳宅风水 come to terms in Timing Utilization 择日? In the study of Cultivation, Medical, Destiny, Forms and Divination 山医命相卜, are there differences in timing factor? Master Ray Goh will present the answers of these questions and more.

14:00 14:45 Mr Edgar Lok Tin Yung Right Time, Right Place & The Right Person

There is an English saying: “The right person at the right place at the right time”, coincidentally Chinese language has a similar phrase: “天時(Heaven), 地利(Earth), 人和(Man)”.  Feng Shui implementations are utilising time and space to help someone, with correct Feng Shui techniques and settings, it is possible to find out: When – the time, Where – the Space and Who – the person that the setting can bring benefits upon.  天玉經 (Heaven Jade Classical) Feng Shui text mentioned about the importance of timing -“但看太歲是何神… 三合年中是”, which translates to “look at the Tai Sui and check out the time”.  Referencing to the wisdom within ancient classical Feng Shui texts like this one, Speaker Edgar Yung will share with you ways of traditional Feng Shui to predicate. (148)

14:45 15:00 Coffee / Tea Break
15:00 15:45 GM Tan Khoon Yong Unveiling The 2024 Global Outlook

Through this thrilling keynote, you will learn how the world is going to change in 2024.  The founder of Way Fengshui Group, Grand Master Tan Khoon Yong will shares his insights on the world’s economy, social-political and key politicians’ potential impact in 2024 through bazi and fengshui analysis.  Supplemented by prominent case studies to demonstrate the accuracy of Chinese metaphysics in terms of global issues, you will be equipped with a new perspective when the time comes for you to navigate and prosper amidst the new challenges of Period 9.

15:45 17:00 Panel Discussions

The Importance of Timing in Chinese Metaphysics – Focus on Period 9


GM Tan Khoon Yong      GM Raymond Lo             GM Dr Stephen Skinner

Senior Master Yap

17:00 17:30 Closing Session

Award Certificate of Appreciation to Speakers

Closing of IFSC 2023

19:30 23:00 Gala Dinner – Dinner, entertainment and more
End of IFSC Encore 2023 Programme
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