FengShui Database

 

Contents

Opening the database
Database functions
Portent (AUS) records
Branch (BRN) records
Direction (DIR) records
Element (ELEM) records
Number-quality (NUM) records
Quarter-point (QPT) records
Stem (STM) records
Sequence (STR) records

Opening the database


The FengShui support-database for FengCalc is a standard Psion database file which can be edited with the built-in Data application. To open the database, tap on the fengshui database icon in the 'Documents\FengShui' folder.

Note: because the Psion 5 does not permit multiple access to data files, you must exit FengCalc before viewing or editing the FengShui database. An 'In Use' warning message will be displayed if you attempt to open the database whilst FengCalc is running.

Database functions


The FengShui database file maintains all text and most of the control- and sequence-information for the FengCalc program. This database may be edited in order to customise the FengCalc displays - for example, if you want to change the list of qualities associated with a particular element or direction, in the 'Keywords' section of the respective displays.

All the records within the database have the same structure: a record-ID field, which is used by the program to access the record; a 'Name' field, which is displayed or used somewhere in the program; an optional 'List' field, typically containing information to control sequence or cross-reference; four optional 'Attr' (attribute) fields, which generally contain editable text; and an optional 'Keywords' field, which, if referenced in the program, can always be edited if required. The '_0' record in each group (e.g. the record with an ID-field value of 'NUM_0') summarises the structure of the respective group of records.

The entire database may be viewed without risk to the program, but should be edited only with caution, as described below in the summary for the respective type of record. In particular, do not edit the ID, Name or List field of any record unless otherwise stated, otherwise FengCalc will cease to function correctly. It is advisable to make a backup copy of the database before editing any text.

Database fields are restricted to 250 characters in length. However, most fields are shown on the FengCalc displays on a single line: in practice, only the Keywords field may be the full 250 character length, whilst all others should be limited to about 60-70 characters or less, as described below.

Portent (AUS) records


These records provide attributes for the eight traditional portents or 'auspicious directions' (identified as 'A'-'H' for the building, and '' to 'xxxx' for the person).

The Keywords field may be edited: this summarises the attributes of the portent.

Branch (BRN) records


These records list essential information on the twelve 'branches' used in Chinese year-based directional astrology, and are used to control the selection and content of the mountain-star and water-star in the Flying Stars displays.

At present, do not edit any field in this group of records.

Direction (DIR) records


These records define cross-reference details for the nine directions or sectors, and describe their associated attributes.

The Attr3 field may be edited: this describes the 'family' relationship associated with the direction, as displayed in the 'Family' row on the Direction Details screen.

The Attr4 field may be edited: this describes the colour(s) associated with the direction, as displayed in the 'Colour' row on the Direction Details screen.

The Keywords field may be edited: this summarises the attributes associated with the direction, as displayed in the 'Keyword' rows on the Direction Details screen.

At present, do not edit any other field in this group of records.

Element (ELEM) records


These records provide cross-reference details and attributes for the five Chinese 'elements'.

The Attr2 field may be edited: this describes the shape(s) associated with the direction, as displayed in the first part of the 'Sh/col' row on the Element Details screen. (Note that the 'Sh/col' row includes text from both this field and the Attr4 field: hence the combined length of the text from the two fields should not exceed one screen row, or about 60-70 characters.)

The Attr3 field may be edited: this describes the attributes which most strongly represent the element, as displayed in the Best' row on the Element Details screen.

The Attr4 field may be edited: this describes the colour(s) associated with the direction, as displayed in the later part of the 'Sh/col' row on the Element Details screen. (Note that the 'Sh/col' row includes text from both this field and the Attr2 field: hence the combined length of the text from the two fields should not exceed one screen row, or about 60-70 characters.)

The Keywords field may be edited: this summarises the attributes associated with the element, as displayed in the 'Keyword' rows on the Element Details screen.

At present, do not edit any other field in this group of records.

Number-quality (NUM) records


These records list attributes associated with the nine basic numbers, as used in Chinese astrology and numerology. The text from these records is shown on all the 'star' detail-screens - Year-Star Details, Month-Star Details, Mountain-Star Details, Building-Star Details and Water-Star Details. (Although the text for each number is the same, the balance of the relationships of number, time and direction and their associated elements and attributes in a live setting is what makes Flying Stars feng shui so complex in practice.)

The Name field may be edited: this describes the basic character or energy associated with the number, as displayed in the 'Character' row on the 'star' Details screens.

The List field may be edited: this contains a list of star-numbers which support ('+') or weaken ('-') this star-number. (Note that this list is placed on the end of the 'Sang/Liu' row: it needs to be as short as possible!)

The Attr1 field may be edited: this contains a list of qualities or attributes which are likely to be enhanced when the star is supported within the environment (i.e. the interaction of people and place), as displayed in the 'Supported' row on the 'star' Details screens.

The Attr2 field may be edited: this contains a list of qualities or attributes likely to be present when the star is weakened within the environment, as displayed in the 'Unsupported' row on the 'star' Details screens.

The Attr3 field may be edited: this contains keyword summaries adapted from the Sang and Liu interpretations of the star-number qualities, as displayed in the 'Sang/Liu' row on the 'star' Details screens. (Note that this summary needs to be short enough to allow room for the contents of the List field to be displayed in the same row.)

The Attr4 row should not be edited other than for translation purposes: it defines the direction and element associated with the number, as displayed in the first row of the respective 'star' Details screen.

The Keywords field may be edited: this summarises further attributes associated with the number, as displayed in the 'Keyword' rows on the 'star' Details screens. The existing text shows attributes in constructive/destructive pairs - e.g. 'business expansion/gambling loss;' - followed by the Cantonese punning interpretation of the number.

At present, do not edit any other field in this group of records.

Quarter-point (QPT) records


These records list essential information on the four 'quarter-points' used in Chinese year-based directional astrology, and are used to control the selection and content of the mountain-star and water-star in the Flying Stars displays.

At present, do not edit any field in this group of records.

Stem (STM) records


These records list essential information on the ten 'stems' used in Chinese year-based directional astrology, and are used to control the selection and content of the mountain-star and water-star in the Flying Stars displays.

At present, do not edit any field in this group of records.

Sequence/cross-reference (STR) records


These records control various cross-referencing mechanisms within the program.

Do not edit any part of this group of records, otherwise FengCalc will cease to function correctly.