Feng shui of the Water Rabbit year 2023: lucky and bad sectors.

What Feng Shui for the Rabbit year 2023? Let’s review together the good and bad sectors and the lucky directions based on the Feng Shui of 2023, year of the Yin Water Rabbit. Those sectors are determined by the annual Feng Shui afflictions, as well some Chinese oracles. I’m gonna walk you through it. I am also going to explain which areas of your house or business should not be disturbed in the Rabbit year 2023 and which can be used or enhanced.

2023 is then the Yin Water Rabbit year in Chinese astrology. The Rabbit is the fourth of the 12 animals cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Each sign is linked to specific years but also to specific locations and directions on the Chinese compass (called the Luo Pan or Lopan) we use in Feng Shui. This is how we can determine the challenging sectors of each year.

How to determine the good and bad Feng Shui sectors for the Water Rabbit year?

The Chi of every year brings different sectors and directions that are better left undisturbed, while some other can be very beneficial. How are those good and bad sectors determined? By something called the annual afflictions, as well as by the position of the annual Flying Stars and the Qi Men Dun Jia annual oracle.

The annual afflictions are in details:

  1. The Tai Sui or Grand duke (Jupiter)
  2. The Sui Po or Year Breaker
  3. The San Sha or Three Killings
  4. The Wu Wang or 5 yellow, an annual Flying Star.

To understand the principle, you have to see that Feng Shui and Chinese astrology connect space and time. They constantly interact together. For example, our living spaces are influenced by the time periods used in Feng Shui. For example. the shapes of mountains and the placement of rivers and oceans for a given city become auspicious or challenging depending of the time period we are in. 2023 is the last year of period 8, and so 2024 will be eventful as a new beginning under the Yang Wood Dragon.

Besides those periods, each year brings a specific Chi and determine good and bad sectors and direction for the Feng Shui of that year. You can see the article I wrote last year about the Feng Shui of Tiger year 2022.

How are those locations determined? Originally, by studying the orbit of Jupiter that takes 12 years = 12 different positions in the sky on a circular axis. Jupiter is considered a divinity in Chinese cosmology, called the Great Duke or Tai Sui. Where Jupiter “sits” in regard to the Earth axis for a given year is the location of the Chinese zodiac sign of the year and also the location of the energy of this year.

Tai Sui, Sui Po, San Sha, 5 yellow: the annual afflictions of the Yin Water Rabbit year.

Each sign of the year therefore occupies a precise location in space. What matters is the animal of the Chinese zodiac for the year and where it is located. On the Chinese compass, the Rabbit sign is located in East 2. What it means is that this East 2 sector is where the energy of this specific year “resides” in 2023. This sector receives the strongest Chi (energy) through 2023 and determine the first affliction of the year.

The Rabbit sign and its specific Chi will stay with us for 12 months. Chinese metaphysics use a calendar that accounts for both lunar and solar time. In the lunar calendar, this Chinese New Year starts on the 22nd of January 2023. For the solar calculation however, it start on the 4th of February 2023. You can read When does the Rabbit year 2023 start? to know more about the logic of those two dates and the Chinese calendar.

Tai Sui: the Grand Duke Jupiter location during the Water Rabbit year 2023.

East 2 is therefore the sector and direction under the Tai Sui, or Grand duke Jupiter affliction. It basically means that it should be left undisturbed the whole year, as its energy is too strong. Some Feng Shui practitioners will only account for the specific sector that is East 2. Realistically, most of you don’t know where it starts and finishes inside your home. You can however figure out which rooms occupy the whole East sector from your floor plan. So I always prefer to consider that the whole sector should be left undisturbed…

For Feng Shui, the Tai Sui or Grand Duke Jupiter annual affliction is in the East sector during the Rabbit year 2023. The first direction to not disturb in 2023, year of the Water Rabbit, is East.

The Tai Sui is in East during the Rabbit year 2023.

Sui Po: the year breaker location during the Water Rabbit year 2023.

Then we move to the second location. This one occupies the sector that is directly opposite to the energy/location of the year’s sign. If the year’s Rabbit sign is in East 2, then the opposite sector to no disturb is West 1! Easy isn’t it?

The Rooster sign occupies this location and so it also explains why people born under this sign have to be cautious in 2023. You will eventually read my yearly horoscope for the Rooster and all 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac on this site. This opposite location of the years’s energy, the Tai Sui, is known as the Sui Po or “Year breaker”. The Rooster occupies West 1 on the Chinese compass: by extension and to be on the safe side, the whole West sector is best left undisturbed.

For Feng Shui, the Sui Po or year breaker annual affliction is in West during the Rabbit year 2023. The second sector to not disturb in 2023, year of the Water Rabbit, is West.

The Tai Sui is in West during the Rabbit year 2023.

San Sha: the 3 Killings location during the Water Rabbit year 2023.

We now move to the next affliction known as the 3 Killings, or San Sha in Chinese. Don’t worry about the name: Chinese metaphysics like spectacular names, but it doesn’t means something as bad the “3 killings” would happen to you if you disturb it…Anyway if you’re killed once, what would be the point to kill you two more times? That seems unnecessary sadistic. Even Dexter Morgan doesn’t go that far.

This sector is determined by something a bit more technical, so follow me if you are not familiar with Chinese metaphysics.

In Chinese astrology, Feng Shui but also medicine, we work with the theory of the 5 Elements (or 5 phases: Wu Xing). It is merely a name that states that the Chi takes five different primary energies…Each of the 12 astrological signs that can rule a year belongs to one of those Elements; and to something called an “Elemental frame”. An Elemental frame is basically 3 connected signs, which form the full cycle of one of the Element. There is an Elemental frame for Water, Wood, Fire and Metal; none for the Earth that is “special” (leave her alone, she’s special!). And so, 4 Elemental frames of 3 signs = 12 astrological signs of course…

Last year’s Tiger sign belonged to the Fire Frame. This year’s Rabbit sign belongs to the Wood Elemental frame. The Rabbit is actually the peak of the Wood Element. Wood is born in the Pig sign, reaches its peak in the Rabbit and is stored in the Goat.

As those three signs all occupy a “sector” we can then draw the frame between the three sectors to form a triangle. The San Sha is basically the sector and direction directly opposite the peak of this triangle. The peak of this Wood frame is the Rabbit sign of the year, located in East 2. Therefore the San Sha, which is  the opposite sector, is in West 2.

In Feng Shui, the San Sha or three killing annual afflictions is in the West during the Rabbit year 2023. West is therefore affected twice during the Rabbit year and is a sector to approach with caution.

The San Sha is also in West during the Rabbit year 2023.

Wu Wang: the 5 yellow flying star during the Rabbit year 2023

And finally, we have the location of the Flying stars. If you are not familiar with the term, think of the flying stars as some form of “Chinese numerology” that determines good and back sector depending of where the numbers fly and fall each year. The numbers represent a specific Qi at work. While technically all 9 Flying stars have their own influence, we look at the 8 and the 5 first and foremost.

The 5 yellow annual Flying Star, that is considered most negative, flies into the Northwest sector in 2023. Northwest has to stay especially quiet during the Rabbit year, as disturbing this star could bring sickness. If possible, avoid loud music, heat or structural work in the room that is the Northwest sector your home.

In Feng Shui, the 5 Yellow sickness star is in Northwest in 2023. The last sector to not disturb in 2023, year of the Water Rabbit, is Northwest.

And so we have East (Tai Sui), West (Sui Po and San Sha) and Northwest (Wu Wang) as the three sectors really affected during the Rabbit year.

The 5 Yellow or Wu Wang is in Northwest during the Rabbit year 2023.

How to not disturb the annual afflictions for the Rabbit year?

What should we do to respect the annual afflictions? Well, mostly left them undisturbed: it is as simple as that…A challenging sector can affect you if you disturb it. This can be done in several ways:

  1. If you renovate your home or business in these areas
  2. if your main door is located on it and constantly used
  3. if you play loud music or bang a door in these sectors (depends on the day)
  4. If there is close construction work in your neighbourhood in these directions

Once disturbed, it can bring in extreme case (emphasis on the extreme!) accidents illness, money loss or robbery. It is therefore wise to respect them if you can…If you disturb one of those sector by mistake, best is to leave your place for a couple of hours just after you did, or even better go away for a few days until the effect dissipate. Once activated, it is random luck to know if it going to hit you or not. Focus on good deeds and paying your homage to the divinities you believe in for protection: it can help.

The main aspect is really, if possible, to not renovate in those areas during the Rabbit year (4th of February 2023 to 3rd of February 2024). It might not be practical: so if you absolutely need to do renovations, contact me  and I can calculate a good day and month to star the work and to avoid triggering problem with your Bazi (Four Pillars = Chinese astrology chart) and then your life.

If a building is in construction or renovated next to your home in Northeast, Southwest or the North direction, it is not ideal either and can trigger some challenges: such as money loss or more rarely accidents. My membership, in which I give you 5 Feng Shui activations each month, will help you get a better luck at home and in your whole life. We can of course also do a Feng Shui consultation.

Finally, avoid making a lot of noise in those sectors: loud music, slamming doors, banging on the walls with a hammer etc. Try to respect those energies, but don’t stop living either…

As for not facing them, in all honesty, it is not such a big deal and at some point you will face them in your home anyway. If you can, make sure your desk or bed is not directly facing the annual afflictions, but don’t obsess about it if you can’t.

What if you sleep or work in those sectors? It is fine if you don’t disturb the sectors. Moreover if the room you sleep in receives the right Chi for you and has the right colours based on your Bazi and Kua, you won’t suffer from the negative influences.


Good Feng Shui: the lucky sectors & directions for 2023, year of the Water Rabbit.

Now, what about the auspicious sectors for the Rabbit year? Well yes there are some! There is a Yin to every Yang, and vice-versa. Time to see how the other directions and sectors, or “palaces” in Feng Shui, fare in 2023. To determine the auspicious directions and sectors, we are interested in the combination of some of the annual Flying Stars and the Qi Men Dun Jia plate/chart for this year. Don’t be impressed by the name here. The Qi Men Dun Jia is another form of Chinese metaphysics. It used to be a war oracle but can now be used to predict where the good Qi is for a specific place and time. It is therefore useful to combine it with the other predictive oracle that is the Flying Stars. This is the method that I use to determine the 5 lucky Feng Shui activations given in my membership.


Bā Wang: the 8 yellow flying star during the Rabbit year 2023

The 8 Flying Star that boosts wealth and money flies in South this year. It therefore becomes a good sector to activate with a water feature. The activations that I give monthly will for some be in the South and further activate at the right time the good luck generated by this sector.

Here is chart the Flying Stars for the Rabbit year 2023. In blue, the good stars; in orange, the challenging ones. Remember that in the Bagua or Pakua, South is on top and North at the bottom.

Qi Men Dun Jia for 2023, year of the Yin Water Rabbit.

For the Qimen, the Rabbit year sees good doors in Northwest, North, Northeast and South. But the only good structure that combines a Good door, star and plate is in North. As North is also blessed with a good annual Flying Star, it is an especially auspicious sector for the Rabbit year 2023.

The Qi Men year plate is one thing, but then there are great month and day plates with excellent directions and sectors to active each month. Those activations bring more luck in life and boost work, finance and relationships. If you are part of my membership, this is the method that I use to determine your 5 lucky feng shui boosts of each month to generate the best luck in your life. If you are not yet part of this lucky club, you can join in here right now.


All the good and bad directions and sectors for the Rabbit year.

When combining all aspects: annual Feng Shui afflictions, the flying stars and the Qi Men Dun Jia for the year of the Rabbit, we end up with this ranking from best to worse.

This direction/sector best for the year :

  • North

The following direction/sector is good too, but not as good as the first

  • South
  • Centre

Those directions/sectors are average: not afflicted but not especially lucky either

  • Southeast
  • Southwest
  • Northeast

Those directions are heavily affected this year

  • East
  • West
  • Northwest

North is the great winner this year and West is the great loser.

Below is a visual representation of all the sectors for this year.

  • In green: the best sector.
  • In grey-blue: average.
  • In red: very sensitive, do not disturb

The Feng Shui good and bad sector for the year of the Rabbit 2023.

Buying properties with the right Feng Shui during the Water Rabbit year 2023

Traditionally, it is best to avoid buying a property with the main door located on one of the annual affliction for that year. For example, in 2023 you’d avoid buying a house with its door in East where the Tai Sui is . However, we need to explore this rule a bit further.

  1. If you don’t move in in this house during that year, that’s not a problem.
  2. If however you renovate it, you still need to respect the annual afflictions guidelines.
  3. If you move in during that year, the solution is to then select a good move-in date for you and the other people concerned.

This is done by studying your Bazi and the monthly energies, and line up your Heaven (astrology/timing), Human (your move in date) and Earth (your new place) luck. There is always a way…I can of course assist you entirely into choosing the right place and find the best moving in date.

And this is it for the complete Feng Shui guide to 2023, year of the Yin Water Rabbit. I invite you to discover my 13 Feng Shui tips for a lucky year of the Rabbit 2023.

To navigate this year better and create the perfect nurturing environment, contact me for your Bazi and Feng Shui consultation.

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Wishing you a great Rabbit year: no matter what the world throws at us, by understanding the map of energies, we can make the best out of any year by being in the cosmic flow.

Laurent Langlais