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Table of Contents
How to Use this Book Chapter One: Understanding Feng Shui What is Feng Shui? History of Feng Shui Is the energy of your space positive? Is the energy of your space negative? 8 cures for negative energy The five elements The Bagua Chapter Two: Feng Shui for the Interior General guidelines for a favorable interior Specific structural elements Which room should go where? Bedroom Bathroom Kitchen Living room Home office A final word on Feng Shui for your home Chapter Three: Feng Shui for the Exterior Choosing the perfect location The four animals Fortunate landscapes Remedying a bad location Other landscape considerations Rivers Roads Driveways Pathways The shape of your home Neighbors A final word on location Chapter Four: Feng Shui at the Office Desk Position 1 3 3 3 5 5 7 10 15 18 18 19 23 23 26 27 28 29 31 33 33 33 37 38 39 39 43 43 45 45 49 51 52 52
Non-desk jobs Arranging your personal space Unique professions, unique Feng Shui A final word on Feng Shui for the workplace Chapter Five: The Bagua Using the Bagua to enhance your life Career (Kan trigram) Knowledge/Self-cultivation (Gen trigram) Health and Family (Jen trigram) Wealth (Hsun trigram) Fame and Reputation (Li trigram) Love and Marriage (Kuen trigram) Children and Creativity (Dwei trigram) Helpful People and Travel (Chyan trigram) The Center (T’ai Chi) Final thoughts on the Bagua Moving forward with Feng Shui Sources for further inspiration
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How to Use This Book
Since the dawn of civilization, we as human beings have been fascinated by the unseen energy we feel at work around us. We sense that powerful energies are circulating through our bodies, touching our souls, and somehow helping to shape our futures. We believe we could take control of our destiny if only we knew how to harness this amazing power and use it for our own good fortune. Throughout the centuries this wisdom has been known to different groups of people, but always somehow the knowledge was lost. Though the druids of Stone Henge and the designers of the pyramids may have had useful secrets to share, there remains no written record to help us benefit from their wisdom. Luckily for us, however, the ancient Chinese science of Feng Shui has managed to survive the ages! Feng Shui offers both an explanation of that ‘unseen energy’ we feel as well as powerful and practical ways to begin using that knowledge to affect positive change in our lives. By learning this ancient art of placement, you will begin to balance the energy of your surroundings and bring harmony to both your outer and inner worlds. Some of the possible benefits of Feng Shui include: Better Health Enhanced Love Life Increased Wealth A Better Reputation Increased Wisdom A Happier Family A More Successful Career A More Harmonious Life Can simply rearranging your furniture do all that? Well...not exactly! Feng Shui is an extremely complex art form that involves much more than simply shifting the position of your couch! In fact, many Feng Shui specialists spend years in training before they feel capable of properly advising their clients. In China, birthplace of Feng Shui, it is expected that a novice could spend at least ten years studying the science before they would be even nominally qualified to begin dispersing the teaching to others. Therefore, this book is meant as an introduction to Feng Shui, rather than a complete authority on the subject. It is meant to help the average busy modern individual learn how to apply Feng Shui to their own lives without years of study. We
the more hectic your life. you will learn ways to remedy energetic problems in both yourself and your surroundings. After all. In fact. it is very easy to take steps to remedy energy imbalance. As you read through this book. You will also learn the many negative effects that energetic imbalance can have on you and your family. These are the people for whom this book was created. but few have the time to dig through the abundance of information available on Feng Shui to find the aspects of the practice that would be useful to them. much easier than you might assume. Every member of modern society could use a little more harmony and balance in their lives.2 hope to help you rapidly grasp the concepts of the science and then teach you how to quickly and easily begin incorporating the principles into your life. you could probably have your home feeling 100% more harmonious in as little as a few hours. Also. the more you can benefit from a little Feng Shui! . however. Don’t worry. if you find that your bathroom is in the wrong place or that you’re living on the wrong end of a river! The negative effects of poor Feng Shui can take years to begin to seriously affect the inhabitants of a given space.
though it may have evolved from an even older science with roots in India and Tibet. which means heaven and earth. This gives us a sense of how the ancient Chinese felt that the unseen world influenced the everyday world within which we live. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement (whether it be a home or objects within the home) in order to balance the energy of an environment and to create the best possible quality of life for the people living within that environment. one must find a balance between the two opposing primal powers of Yin (female energy. meaning ‘wind and water’. Simply put. Principles of Chinese Medicine Tao Taoism is one of the three major religions of ancient China (along with Buddhism and Confucianism). The History of Feng Shui Feng Shui was created in ancient China. These masters were skilled as healers. This name is thought to have come from the word. meaning the eternal way. To be as one with the Tao means to be in harmony with nature and all the invisible forces of our universe. “any Tao that can be told is not the real Tao”. ‘fang-shih’. The goal of Taoism is to achieve oneness with the Tao through self-discipline and increased wisdom. receptive energy) and Yang (male energy. for as the Tao Te Ching (the scripture of Taoism) says. or the way of god. Any further definition becomes tricky. ‘Kan Yu’ eventually became known as ‘Feng Shui’. meaning a master of the Taoist tradition. diviners. and magicians and created the Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine. Originally Feng Shui was known as “Kan Yu”. all of which share the following common principles. Feng Shui is considered one of these branches. The word Tao means “the way”.3 Chapter One: Understanding Feng Shui What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui: Literally translates as “wind and water”. Yin and Yang To achieve this harmony. .
Yang Feng Shui deals with the orientation of buildings and objects. These two energies compliment each other. you must make sure that your environment isn’t working against you. This is where the science of Feng Shui can help enhance the quality of human life. For example. In contrast.4 creative energy). It’s why we decided we just couldn’t take that particular apartment. if a home has poor air circulation. it absolutely affects the occupants of that home. however. while Yin Feng Shui deals with the orientation of graves and tombs. and basically every other quality that is desirable for human existence. An intuitive knowledge of good or bad environmental ch’i is often responsible for where we choose to live. We as human beings have ch’i within ourselves and our homes or living spaces have a separate ch’i of their own. In order to achieve personal energy balance. Many people can sense whether the ch’i around them is balanced. the ch’i within us must be in harmony with the ch’i around us. Ch’i Yin and Yang are simply different qualities attributable to the basic energy in all life. which means ‘cosmic breath’. It may sound like a strange concept. Both are needed to keep the universe in motion. rather than compete with each other. Feng Shui seeks to balance the Yin and Yang energies of the home in order to encourage balance for the occupants within. if a person’s home is ineffectively arranged. simply by using their intuition. the ch’i of the home will be sluggish and will likewise influence the ch’i of the occupants. and can be a real hazard if there are any toxic fumes released into the air (such as the fumes from certain cleaning products). even though it was in the perfect . The effects of poor ch’i circulation can also be harmful. In this book we will be concentrating on Yang Feng Shui. the ch’i flows smoothly and the occupants benefit from this vital and life-affirming energy. maybe more than most people realize. if a home is effectively arranged. and discord within a family or marriage. Feng Shui is actually divided into two distinctly different practices using Yin and Yang. headaches. whether we realize it or not. Balance of Yin and Yang in the human body is necessary for good health. depression. This basic life energy is called ch’i. Poor air circulation can cause feelings of fatigue. but think of it this way. wisdom. spiritual awareness. This sluggish environmental energy may have serious effects on the people living inside the home leading to illness. In order for our lives to be balanced and harmonious.
straight lines. We’ll get to the specifics of how to encourage good ch’i in later chapters. sha energy cuts through the environment. increased stress. Therefore. in contrast to the gently meandering quality of ch’i. Instinctively. . Sha energy can become powerful in a home for a variety of reasons. but a good indication of the how well the ch’i in your home is flowing is to observe the flow of air currents. It is never a desirable type of energy and can have profoundly adverse effects on the people living in an environment in which it rules. stripping a space of positive energy and leaving negativity in its wake. The energy enters. the ch’i in an environment should be able to enter a home easily. Ways to know if the Ch’i of your environment is Positive: According to the principles of Feng Shui. A room with no windows will have a very poor ch’i flow. we can still use our other five senses and the rules of Feng Shui to discover the state of the ch’i in our environment.5 neighborhood and at the perfect price. and exit the home through a door other than the door through which it entered. Over time. chances are the ch’i of your home is flowing nicely as well. this stagnant energy can become negative energy and prove harmful to the occupants utilizing the room. If you have some rooms that are ‘breezeless’. While ch’i energy gently encourages the life energy within a home. Luckily for us. flow through the home without being blocked. Sha travels in hard. the ch’i energy becomes stagnant. Ways to Know if the Ch’i of your environment is Negative: Sha is the name often given to negative ch’i energy. A dominance of sha energy is often responsible for the chronic illnesses. chances are that your home has poorly flowing ch’i and that the Yin and Yang aspects of the ch’i are out of balance. does that same gentle breeze pervade the entire home? If so. and general ‘bad luck’ of a home’s occupants. we realized that the apartment had negative ch’i and would be detrimental to our well-being as the occupants. If you open the doors and windows on a calm day with a gentle breeze flowing outside. If you feel your ‘ch’i instincts’ may not be functioning at top form. and others where the breeze has become a strong wind. The same principles apply to the rooms within the home. but then has nowhere to go. you’re not alone! As modern people. we have lost our sense of connection to the energies of the earth and our instincts have become dulled.
Power lines or telephone lines run directly toward a home. Home is located at the corner of an intersection. Road dead ends at the home. Straight shadows are cast by telephone poles. Home has a front and back door directly opposite one another. The good news is that there are several very simple ways to deflect sha and increase the positive ch’i within your living space. River. look for any long straight lines that may be leading up to your house. . Whether it is a natural ditch.6 Possible Sources of Negative ‘Sha’ Energy • • • • • • • • • • • Steps lead straight to a home. Home is located on a natural fault line in the earth. To determine if sha energy is entering your living space. a flight of steps. A pathway leads straight to the front or back door. or ravine flows straight toward the home. these straight lines are nearly always pathways for sha. gully. or a shadow cast by a neighboring building. or other buildings and fall directly toward the home. stream. Home has the corners of other buildings pointing directly toward it. streetlights. There are hundreds of reasons that sha energy may be present in a home. Roads lead directly to the home before turning.
however. Some Feng Shui specialists advise against putting a mirror in the bedroom. Indoor mirrors should be large and hung high enough so that they don’t ‘cut off any heads. while a mirror on a wall lacking windows is a great way to keep the ch’i moving. a light can mend a missing corner on a home (more on missing corners later). There’s no need to move house.” Mirrors hung too low can be a cause of headaches and low energy. mirrors can be used to draw good ch’i into the home as well as to encourage the flow of ch’i within the space. a good rule is the brighter the better! . Indoors. In your interior. Plentiful light is considered very important in Feng Shui. A reflection of a peaceful outside garden is an excellent way to bring in good ch’i. But if you feel certain that your soul stays firmly in your body while you sleep. When considering which lamp to choose. This can be a simple cure for negative energy that results from living at the end of a ‘dead end’ street or at the corner of an intersection.7 8 Ways to Cure Negative Energy 1. a simple mirror of any size. light enriches the energy of both a room and the inhabitants. small or large. a mirror in the bedroom can be a great way to increase the energy of the space and possibly lead to a more fulfilling love life! Lights Lights are powerful cures for negative energy. as it is believed by some that the soul floats above the body during sleep and can be frightened by its own reflection. A convex mirror can be particularly effective by dispersing the negative sha in all directions. Bright Objects Mirrors Mirrors placed on the exterior of your home will help to deflect threatening sha from the outdoors. Outdoors. will help to protect the home.
as living things. and growth and are natural indicators of good ch’i. If you have corridors that proceed for more than a few feet. but to discourage intruders (bearers of sha energy). are natural conductors of ch’i energy and can be used to keep ch’i flowing effectively throughout a room. Potted plants can also be placed on either side of a doorway to encourage good ch’i to . Where a plant thrives. or a mobile hung above the bed in the nursery. chimes serve not only to bring in business. hung near the entrance of a store. Plants symbolize nature. Outside your home. Flowing water is money producing. straight areas within the home. so does a human being. plant and flowerbeds can be used to attract good health.8 2. if you have a trouble keeping plants alive in your home. Therefore. and sha dispersing! Other options for moving objects could be a toy train for a child’s room. you’ll want to put a moving object in the room at the end of the corridor in order to prevent negative energy from lodging there. 3. Wind chimes may be the best choice for a sound cure. In contrast. Living Things Plants and Flowers Plants and flowers. Wind chimes (as well as bells) can also be used to summon wealth into a home or business. 4. you can be almost certain that you have an excess of negative sha present. Sound Any source of sound within a home can be used to ward away bad sha energy. This may be why many people find it comforting to always have the television or radio on while they are at home. Wind chimes not only disperse negative sha. ch’i activating. life. A more peaceful way to create sha-dispersing sound is to use a fan. however. Moving Objects Negative sha can also find an avenue of movement in long. or an air purifier. but encourage positive ch’i when hung on the eaves of a home. a burbling fountain. A fountain is always a good choice for a moving object. Even running the vacuum will disperse bad sha energy.
Like plants. oftentimes a strategically placed stone or statue can have a powerful stabilizing effect on your personal ch’i. while a bowl of stones in the career sector of your home could keep you from losing your job. your television for more wealth. In this way. chances are you won’t need a fishbowl in your home. If you have plant in your bowl. A statue in the bedroom could be helpful for your marriage. a healthy selection of vegetation will encourage good business by attracting money energy into the establishment. Electricity Electricity naturally stimulates the area in which it is placed. or stream. We’ll learn later how to place your radio for enhanced health. fish disperse negative sha and encourage the flow of ch’i. Heavy Things If you’re having difficulty with commitment. 6. (Unless of course.9 enter the house. Gold fish can be a great choice for your fish bowl if you have a room (or sector of a room) in which the fire element may be lacking. Outside a business. you shouldn’t even have to change the water more than twice a month! Ideally there should always be an odd number of fish present and if a fish dies. Simply purchase high quality artificial flowers and plants and keep them clean and free of dust. Fish bowls are particularly good choices for introducing the element of water because they contain a living being. and are just about the easiest pets in the world to care for. you simply enjoy caring for fish!) If the element of water is not readily present. or even your air purifier for a better love life! . lake. don’t worry if you don’t have one. a fish bowl or aquarium can be a great way to introduce water into a home. Fish also prevent accidents. it should be immediately replaced. even the most botanically challenged can benefit from the good ch’i created by plants in an environment! Fish Bowls If you live next to an ocean. 5. ward off bad luck. Water is the element of Feng Shui that encourages wealth. As far as a green thumb is concerned. Artificial plants can be almost as effective as real plants when concerned with proper Feng Shui.
Colors Colors can be added to different sectors of a room to boost the effectiveness of the objects arranged there. and tranquility. but can also be a color of death. In contrast.10 7. When the flute is played or blown. however. They are equally effective in deflecting the forces of negative sha. Blue is another ambiguous color. Black can represent a loss of light or life. they can cause destruction if not properly balanced. The Five Elements In addition to the Eight Cures. but ch’i can be further subdivided into the categories of wind. A bamboo flute in the home can bring peace and safety. it stimulates positive energy flow. you wouldn’t want white. Each of the five elements manifests a distinctive quality of ch’i energy. For example. the color of Chinese weddings. flutes also protect from theft and bring misfortune to those who would seek to harm your home. It represents sky and the heavens. is a lucky color. We already know that ch’i energy can have both Yin and Yang qualities. growth. a bamboo flute is naturally a conductor of ch’i. Red flowers in the career sector of your home could help you gain the promotion you’ve been longing for. With it’s hollow interior. green for freshness. to be the predominant color in your career sector. water. the Chinese color of mourning. the Five Elements can be used to create harmony within the home. the proper flow and balance of their energies must be achieved in order to protect a home and it’s . fire. That is. red. and should be used carefully. Though none of the five elements are truly ‘negative’. Flutes of all kinds can bring protection to a home or business. Because of their former association with war. Bamboo Flutes In ancient China a bamboo flute was blown to report that peace had been declared after a time of war. Black in your health sector might not be the best idea. and black for wealth. 8. earth. and metal. Because the elements mutually create and destroy one another. unless you were hoping to lose your job! Other important colors are yellow for longevity.
Arranging your home or room using the creative cycle of the elements will create harmony and balance both in your environment and your life. But there are certain occasions when the destructive order can be used to your advantage. and Earth destroys Water. To balance the fire element. Metal destroys Wood. Water naturally cools fire. The Destructive Cycle: Water cools Fire. For example. you wouldn’t want to use goldfish in your bowl since their reddish gold color represents and encourages the fire element. Fire melts Metal. Ch’i energy is naturally encouraged to flow throughout a space that is arranged according to the creative cycle. A fountain or fish bowl would help to balance the room and protect the inhabitants from a fire element threat. an overabundance of the fire element within a space can make the room itself more vulnerable to destruction by fire.11 occupants from the possible negative side effects of an elemental imbalance. You would use the elements’ destructive order if you had an overabundance of a certain element in a room. Fire creates Earth. (In this instance. The following diagrams illustrate both the creative and destructive cycle of the elements.) . Wood destroys Earth. you would introduce a water element. and Metal creates Water. while making the inhabitants of the room experience greater stress and a higher incidence of ‘flaring’ tempers. Earth creates Metal. Wood feeds Fire. The Creative Cycle: Water feeds Wood.
we must take a closer look at their individual properties. In the destructive cycle. gently sloping hills. season. which accounts for the quality of its energy. wood is associated with the feet. Though winter may seem a barren time. Each element has its own unique energy and is associated with a specific color. Water Energy Quality. Within a person’s body. chimneys. towers. newly ‘sprouting’ energy Wood is associated with the season of spring. narrow skyscrapers. and direction. wood manifests itself as a kind and generous nature. and by tall. It in turn feeds fire (logs are cut to build a flame). sometimes a . and within a person’s personality. but this should not be confused with ‘lowered’ energy. Water is associated with the season of winter. In the same way. pillars. Wood is usually dominant in the most easterly point of a room or home and can be used to encourage good health and positive family relationships. This element is represented in the environment by trees (of course!).sinking energy. it is a necessary period of rest and regeneration before spring can burst forth. Its symbolic color is green and its shape is a long straight line. time.12 To further understand the elements and their applications. Wood Energy Quality-expanding energy. Wood energy is creative and fresh like sprouting leaves in the springtime. Each can also be applied to aspects of human personality and even specific body organs. Wood follows water in the creative cycle because it is fed by water (water causes plants to grow). wood saps earth (too much planting of a field can ruin the soil) and can be destroyed by metal (an axe that chops down a tree). This is more the energy of subconscious investigation and self-knowledge. energy that submerges Water energy is sinking energy.
Its shape is pointed or triangular and it is environmentally represented in pointed mountains. sustained fire energy that we use to grasp complex concepts and acquire new wisdom. In a personality. and deep understanding. and other buildings with steeply pointed roofs. . antagonistic. fire is destroyed by water. In the destructive cycle. and of course by the actual presence of water in a lake. reasonable. An overabundance of fire in a personality can make a person bossy. This is well known to people working in creative fields. an artist must take time to cultivate their water energy. two possible byproducts of knowledge. Fire energy is associated with fame and status. In order to avoid artistic ‘burnout’. In a personality. Too little fire can cause the internalization of thoughts and feelings and put stress on the organs of the body (especially the stomach). rolling hills. the color of a deep still pool. and rude (if not actually violent). It is represented in the environment by mountains with uneven tops. revelation.13 person will need to cultivate water energy before they can begin to outwardly manifest. It is this high. stream. river. Water energy is associated with the north and is represented by the color black. and have excellent manners. or ocean. The shape of water is a rounded form. In the human body. For centuries many cultures have used a light or a burning flame to represent knowledge. water is represented in the ears. Fire is associated with the season of summer and with southerly directions. but is also responsible for generating wealth. fire energy is represented in the eyes. Fire is fed by wood in the creative cycle and in turn creates earth (ashes). Fire Energy Quality.rising and sustained energy at its highest level Fire energy is the energy of reason. In the destructive order. fire is displayed in people who are logical. water destroys fire and in turn is destroyed by earth (filling in a pond with earth). rounded buildings. and in turn destroys metal (melts metal and returns it to its liquid form). water energy is utilized in moments of insight. domes. On the human body. church spires. Water is produced by metal (condensation on the outside of a tin cup) and in turn produces wood in the generative order. Water is associated with career by direction on the Bagua (next section).
even plane. so does metal energy contract. while its signature shape is a flat. Earth is symbolized by the color yellow. They will be truthful.stable energy. it is the weakening of our earth energy that can lead to serious mental and physical infirmity. The energy quality of metal is well represented by its corresponding season. while not neglecting themselves. and buildings with flat or gently sloping roofs. Just as the energy of the earth begins to contract after the expanding energy of summer. many women get sick on their honeymoon.solidifying energy. A lack of metal energy is what causes many people to fall ill after a period in which they have been utilizing a great deal of fire energy. It is the stable energy that sustains our bodily functions and at the most base level keeps our spirit united with our living body. but compassionate. If a woman has a good supply of metal energy. autumn. she will be able to recover from her fire energy expenditure without suffering any ill effects. For example. People who have a healthy amount of earth energy will always be sincere in their words and actions. Environmental earth elements include plateaus. Metal energy is the type of energy you would experience in your life after a ‘big event’. they finally become energetically exhausted after the event is over and therefore are more vulnerable to illness. we don’t have to consciously attempt to manifest earth energy within us. grasslands. contracting energy. constant sustained energy Earth energy is the energy of the center. Most of the time. however. In the creative cycle. earth is created by fire and in turn creates metal.14 Earth Energy Quality. They will consider others. . however. Metal Energy Quality. Earth energy in a personality is the energy of honesty and loyalty. In times of illness. After all the work and excitement involved in planning a wedding.
metal energy is associated with the mouth. In a human personality. well being. and happiness of children. metal is associated with righteousness in that a person with the adequate metal in their personal ch’i will have ideas that are well thought out and will more often than not speak the truth. The Bagua is a specially designed map that helps Feng Shui practitioners to organize homes to facilitate the flow of ch’i in both the environment and the inhabitants. you must understand how they should be placed.Autumn White Square Mouth Truthfulness ing The Bagua In order to know how to use the Eight Cures and the Five Elements most effectively. The Bagua is an . This map reveals how a space should be arranged in order for the environment to function harmoniously and for the occupants to have a fortunate existence. Metal energy is represented in the environment by mountains with rounded summits and in buildings with block shaped tops. The Five Elements at a Glance Element Direction Water North Wood East Fire Earth Metal South Center West Quality Season Color Shape Body Persona Sinking Winter Black Round Ears Insight ExpandSpring Green Vertical Feet Generous ing Lines Rising/ SummRed/ Angles Eyes Knowledge Sustained er Orange Steady Time Yellow Flat Total Compassionate Btwn Body Contract. In the human body. the organ that takes the fire energy of the mind and contracts it so that we can express our ideas in words. It is associated with the west and can encourage the health.15 The color of metal energy is white and its corresponding shape is a square.
This ancient text has been used for divination for centuries and is considered sacred to the Chinese.north Knowledge/Wisdom. Wind.east . or Book of Changes. Lake.west Helpful People/Travel. The eight trigrams were first written in the ancient text of the I Ching.Children and Creativity Chyan. Each trigram is made up of a series of broken and unbroken lines.southwest Children/Creativity.northwest Career. over 3. Earth. the eight trigrams are called the pa-k’ua and they each represent one aspect of nature: Heaven. Deep Water. Fire. each one representing one of the eight trigrams and one of the eight life situations. are where many of the founding principles of Feng Shui have their roots.000 years ago. the Li Shu (Book of Rites).Marriage and Love Jen. and Thunder.16 octagon shape that is divided into eight sections.southeast Fame/Rank.northeast Family/Health.south Marriage/Love. Mountain. the eight trigrams were revealed to Fu Hsi.Career Kuen. The 8 Life Situations Each of the eight trigrams has a corresponding life situation and each life situation has a corresponding direction. The I Ching and its companion text. Collectively. • • • • • • • • Wealth.Knowledge and Dwei.Wealth The 8 Trigrams According to ancient Chinese legend. the father of Chinese divination and first Chinese emperor of legendary times. the broken lines representing Yin and the unbroken Yang.Family and Health Hsun.Helpful People and Travel Kan.Fame and Rank Gen. Li.
we’ll learn ways to use this ancient map to encourage good fortune and improve your overall quality of life. the lungs representing metal. the kidneys representing water. which area of the bed you choose for making love may influence both your level of pleasure and the likelihood that you will conceive a child. You simply superimpose it on whatever part of your home you might be concentrating on at the moment. For example. it’s important to realize that this map is forming the groundwork for all the rules that follow. . The Bagua can be applied to a plot of land on which you are looking to build. the Bagua can help you to achieve the specific outcome that you’re longing for. Though we won’t go into further depth on the Bagua until Chapter Five. the liver representing wood. In Chapter Five. and the spleen representing earth. Whether it’s a career promotion or an advancement in your love life. We’ll also learn how to address any specific concerns that you may have. We’ll be using the principles of the Bagua in the following chapters to discern the most advantageous arrangement for the interior of your home as well as the most desirable location and orientation for the exterior of your home.17 How to Use the Bagua Learning to use the Bagua is fairly uncomplicated. You can also use the Bagua on the human body with the eight directions corresponding to specific internal organs: the heart representing fire. can be utilized over the entire layout of your home. Some Feng Shui specialists even use the Bagua to deconstruct specific pieces of furniture. or can be used to focus on a specific room or rooms you feel might need some extra help in order to be energetically balanced. The same principles used to balance a room can be used to balance your body and optimize your health.
and is necessary for the occupants of a home to thrive. it is held that the children of that particular family will have difficulty achieving independence. If a house is dark. and we may not be able to choose the ideal shape for our structure. there will be an overabundance of yin energy and occupants will suffer with illness and depression. If you have a two-story home. We can’t always live near a protective dragon (next section). the life energy. the sun should be the only light your need if it has good Feng Shui. The ch’i has a difficult time flowing smoothly through the home and this can lead to negative results for the family. If the rear of the home is higher than the front. Lamps can be used on cloudy days to keep the ch’i of the house from becoming listless and the occupants from becoming unproductive. you should have bright lamps for the rooms in which you spend the predominance of your evening hours. It will help in moving ch’i smoothly throughout the home. but we can always decide exactly where we’d like to place our bed and how we want to arrange our living room! General Guidelines for a Favorable Interior Light There are certain basic properties that every interior should posses if a home is to possess good Feng Shui. Levels The levels of the home should be as regular and even as possible. At night.18 Chapter Two: Feng Shui for the Interior Feng Shui for the interior is the most well known aspect of the art. A split-level house is prone to having poor Feng Shui. the family will have difficulty making financial ends meet. During the day. Ceilings An arched or dome shaped ceiling is the most desirable shape. First of all. It is also the area of our home in which we have the most control as modern people. If the front of the home is higher than the rear. then a high . every room should receive adequate natural light. Light is the energy of yang.
Exterior doors are responsible for connecting your home and family to the outside world and interior doors are a huge element in helping the ch’i to move smoothly from room to room. it should be welcoming. Flat ceilings are desirable because they will help to keep the energy within a home steady and even. As design elements. The front door should be proportional in size to the rest of the house. The Front Door The front door is the point at which the ch’i energy first enters the home. The door should open out into the widest point of the room and the room or foyer that first meets the eye when opening the front door should be warm and light and encourage ch’i to enter. As such. Specific Structural Elements Doors Doors are probably one of the most important considerations when trying to enhance the positive ch’i of your home.19 arched ceiling is especially useful in helping ch’i to flow smoothly from the first floor onto a landing on the second floor. For security reasons. A home with only one door will have a very difficult time achieving good ch’i flow. it is also a good idea to have more than one method of entrance or exit into a home . health. a home should always have a back door. A door that is too big or too small will throw off the balance of the home and lead to arguments between family members and overall bad luck. Triangular or steeply pointed ceilings should be avoided as they harbor destructive sha energy and can cause the fire energy of a home to become overly exaggerated. they should be taken very seriously. The Back Door First of all. The arrangement of your doors will affect every aspect of your life including career. happiness. and overall prosperity.
Red is an especially auspicious (or lucky!)color for the Chinese and is associated with increased fame. A red door is good luck on either the interior or exterior of you home. however. or by tying red bows around the doorknobs themselves. more favorable direction. Remedy this problem by installing wind chimes above the door to disperse sha and arranging potted plants on either side of the front door to welcome ch’i. it can be worth your time to switch the hinges on one of the doors. The closer these two doors. Another door problem is created if doors are directly aligned with either interior or exterior staircases. A back door that is larger than the front will cause the energy of the home to exit more quickly than it enters. Doorknobs that touch each other create conflict within the home and increase the likelihood that a resident will sustain injury (especially a broken bone). Door alignment Rule number one of door alignment is to never have the front door and the back door in direct line with one another. Negative sha will have a chance to get a running start into a home if a long narrow staircase leads directly to the front or back door. on the other hand. plants. Interior door alignment is very important as well. as long as the doors open away from each other and do not touch in any way. In this instance. allowing it to open in another. Doors placed directly opposite each other within the home will be fine. if the front door opens into a wall. will enjoy sweeping in and out of this long straight line through the center of the house. or if a door opens onto a flight of interior stairs. These items will help to catch the ch’i as it blows through and disperse it throughout the home. In fact. If switching hinges seems like too much of a hassle. A house with this door arrangement will find it nearly impossible to keep good ch’i energy inside the home. rank. They will serve to disperse negative sha energy as well. you can ‘heal’ the door by painting it red. You can remedy this problem by installing wind chimes. as well as being annoying to deal with on a daily basis. Straight stairs are pathways for sha energy. One final rule is that no door that opens directly onto a wall will bring good fortune or facilitate the flow of ch’i. Awkwardly arranged doors can cause health and relationship problems. and wealth. and fish bowls directly in the pathway of the two doors. the worse the situation will become. Feng Shui . causing a ch’i deficiency in the home. Negative sha energy.20 Back doors should be similar in size to the front door in order to ensure that the flow of ch’i is smooth and regular.
Windows Windows are nearly as important as doors when it comes to facilitating the flow of ch’i within your home. causing other people to get the wrong impression of your actions. You can lessen the severity of this energy block by placing trees in planters on either side of the door and mounting a mirror on the wall.21 specialists advise that you should tear down the wall if at all possible. Stairs Feng Shui has several recommendations for the placement and appearance of your stairs in order to avoid common energy pitfalls. It is believed that a front door with such a poorly placed wall blocks all good energy from entering the house. The center of any building should be the most stable position within that particular structure. First of all. so can a low window depress energy levels. swinging open to welcome in passing ch’i energy. Windows should be large enough to allow the home to ‘breath’. but the center must hold. Interior doors that open into walls are not quite as serious and can be fairly easily remedied. Multiple staircases muddle the flow of ch’i and lead to confusion and misunderstandings within the family. Inward opening windows will impede the flow of ch’i and encourage the residents to be suspicious of others and excessively inwardly focused. Make sure sliding windows open completely. Secondly. Windows that slide up and down do not harm the ch’i of a residence. or consider moving. it is considered . chaos may reign. One solution is to install a mirror opposite the opening of the door so that the room you are leaving is reflected back to you. but should not be too large or your home will have a difficult time holding in the proper amounts of ch’i. Just as mirrors placed too low on the wall can cause headaches and low personal ch’i. or paint a mural that depicts an outdoor scene. Windows that only open halfway will harm your reputation. Since a staircase is a point of activity for ch’i as it rises and circulates to the next level of the home. You could also hang pictures of beautiful scenery or pleasing vistas. Windows should be placed high enough on the wall so that no resident of the home has to stoop to look out. The most desirable windows will actually open to the outside as a door would. On the outskirts. the staircase should not be located in the center of the home. but neither do they enhance it. it is best if there is only one staircase within a home.
Homes with spiral staircases are likely to cause numerous health problems including high blood pressure and heart disease. Stairs that have spaces instead of boards between the treads allow the ch’i to seep away before it reaches the second floor. Over time. Corners Just as a ‘missing’ corner on the exterior of your home can cause energetic imbalance. To counter this problem. Remedy: To remedy a sharp corner within your home. dark stairs restrict the flow of ch’i and lead to anxiety within the residents. you can hang mirrors on both sides of the structure to soften its impact. missing corners on the interior are also considered unlucky. . a central staircase will lead to decreased wealth and reputation in the community.22 too active a structure to be placed in the center sector. a gently curve is the most fortunate and ch’i enhancing shape. they should be wide and well lit. They direct negative sha energy directly into the center of the home and can cause residents to feel guilty or ashamed for no legitimate reason. install plants or an aquarium underneath the stairs to help facilitate the rising of the ch’i energy. Narrow. Beware of spiral staircases as they create a symbolic hole within a home. As for the overall shape of the staircase itself. As for the appearance of the stairs. as can hanging a mobile or wind chimes from the ceiling directly in the path of the sharp corner. Placing a large potted plant in front of the corner can help.
If you live in a U-shaped home (as discussed previously). dull witted. you would want to give special attention to the room in which you have your office if you work out of the home. In addition. and kitchen are also very important because these are the rooms that most families will frequent for the majority of the day. and ineffective in our waking lives. and your bedroom is located within one of the protrusions. that pattern could be very positive. If the quality of our sleep is good. over time this pattern of daily behavior will begin to affect the course of your life. Listed below are general guidelines and rules for effectively positioning your most frequently used rooms as well as advice for correctly placing the key elements of each space. Not only does room arrangement force you to physically move through your space in a pre-determined way. Because sleeping in this unfortunate space causes you to feel distanced from your spouse and family. Depending on the effectiveness of your layout. if you live in a U-shaped home and your bedroom is located within the heart of the home. If the quality of our sleep is poor. or quite negative.23 Which room should go where? The way in which the rooms within your home are arranged influences your daily activities and over time creates a pattern for your very existence. A dramatic difference considering you’re only changing the room in which you sleep! The average person will spend eight to ten hours a day (or approximately 1/3 of their entire life!) in their bedroom. bathroom. it will still continue to move in the same patterned way. The placement of the living room. It is a scenario that can be compared to a rat in a maze. The rat becomes so accustomed to moving in a certain way. Sleep is when our body repairs damage done to our cells and when our nervous system rests and assimilates the knowledge learned on a given day. you may become unsatisfied with your life and be compelled to abandon your family altogether. In contrast. We’ll learn more in Chapter Five about how to use the Bagua within your rooms to enhance every aspect of your life. your daily pattern creates quite a different consequence. that even when removed from the maze. our mind will be clear and our waking lives effective. . You will most likely feel connected to your family and spouse and be quite pleased with the overall quality of your life. so where you sleep is not a consideration to be taken lightly. we will be anxious. however. In the Bedroom… The bedroom is the place where we recharge ourselves.
This arrangement will keep the bed near the heart of the home. with the bed against the central wall. Not only is this bad for privacy. If at all possible.24 The location of your bedroom within your home is the first contributing factor as to whether or not your sleep will be peaceful. a mirror can be used to reflect the entrance diagonally across from the bed. Remedy: Mirror is placed in the diagonal position so that the bed is reflected back into its ideal place. cater-corner the entrance to the bedroom. You may come home from the grocery store and decide to take a nap rather than making dinner as you planned if your front door leads directly to your bedroom. The mirror also helps to facilitate the movement of ch’i throughout the room. two bedrooms should never face directly across from each other. This allows a clear view of anyone entering the room and will keep the sleepers’ ch’i from becoming restless and beginning to cause problems in their health and career sectors. but Chinese tradition holds that children who grow up in a bedroom directly across from their parents will be rebellious and disrespectful. *Ideally place bed. The subconscious urge to sleep will just be too powerful to resist! As for the arrangement of the furniture in the bedroom. the bed should be located on a diagonal from the door. the less peaceful your sleep will be. If for some reason the bed cannot be placed on the diagonal. *Some Feng Shui experts advise against a mirror in the bedroom. Other Feng Shui experts recommend mirrors for the bedroom to increase the quality of sleep as well as to encourage an enjoyable . the bed itself is of course the element of central importance. The ideal placement for the master bedroom is diagonally across from the front entrance to the home. You should avoid having the bedroom door in direct line with the front door as this encourages the urge to sleep even when you may not be tired. In a house with multiple bedrooms. saying it stimulates ch’i in a way that is unhealthy for sleep or that a mirror can frighten the soul of a sleeper as it rises from the body during the night. Logically. but still allow privacy and quiet. the closer you are to the hustle and bustle of the comings and goings of the house.
if you are in the Northern Hemisphere.) Aligning directly with the pole is not advised as it can cause an overabundance of mental activity during sleep and even lead to psychological disorders. slightly southeast or southwest for the Southern Hemisphere. On that burial day. this is poor Feng Shui. therefore is considered bad for your health and generally unlucky. The ideal positioning for the bed is with the head facing slightly east or west of the nearest pole for increased knowledge and wisdom. A mirror cure may be desirable in a room in which the diagonal position would force the foot of the bed to face toward the nearest pole of the earth. the bedroom should not be directly attached to a bathroom. The lighting for the bedroom should be warm. To remedy the problem of an attached bathroom. most modern homes have a master bath attached to the master bedroom. you wouldn’t want to sleep with your feet facing north. if you were in the Southern Hemisphere. This creates a Feng Shui situation called. In ancient China. While convenient. the body must be able to stop manufacturing the ‘wakeful’ chemicals that are produced when the skin is exposed to bright light. you wouldn’t want to sleep with your feet facing south. (Slightly northeast or northwest for Northern Hemisphere.25 and fertile love life. (One can imagine that in ancient China. If at all possible. Bathrooms generally have poor ch’i quality and toilets are especially inauspicious fixtures that cause money energy to be flushed away from the home. Another unfavorable bed position is with the foot of the bed directly in line with the door. The bedroom is the one area of the home in which low light levels are not only acceptable but preferable. Wind . that is very unfavorable. Therefore it’s up to you and your instincts to decide whether or not a mirror in the bedroom is desirable for you own personal situation. In contrast. but not overly bright. it was carried from the home with its feet leaving first. Sleeping with your feet in such a position. Meaning. a corpse was laid with its feet toward the door while awaiting the day of its burial. Facing the bed from east to west or west to east is also acceptable as it will maintain even energy levels throughout the entire body. keep the door closed between the two rooms as much as possible. “hitting the emperor’s seat”. Hang a mirror on the bathroom door so that the bedroom will be reflected back on itself. It is energetically unwise to sleep in such a position as it will draw the focus of your energy down toward your feet and away from your brain. as in many other cultures. hitting the emperor’s seat was probably not a very wise practice if you hoped to escape with your life!) Unfortunately. lessening the influence of the bathroom. In order to prepare properly for sleep.
26 chimes or a mobile can be hung in front of the bathroom door to help circulate ch’i and keep it from being sucked into the bathroom. The more a bathroom is viewed by strangers. the bathroom door and the front door should not face in the same direction. or what steps you take to encourage positive ch’i flow. so does a flushing toilet. regardless of the amount of natural light present. there are many ways that you can counteract the negative effects of ‘bathroom energy’. the . is considered to be generally unlucky and sometimes actually harmful. Design After location within the home. The more hidden the toilet. the family will be visited by cycles of misfortune and it could be possible that the women of the family will be more likely to suffer from miscarriage. the more encouragement the unlucky yin energy will have to emerge from the bathroom and begin to flow throughout the rest of the home. Location First of all. with regards to orientation. a bathroom should never be located in the center of the home. Bathrooms are one of the few areas in a home where yin energy will reign. you should try not to use the facilities there if at all possible. The ideal location for a toilet is in a position in which it can’t be seen when opening the bathroom door. however. The Bathroom On the subject of bathrooms. Yin energy isn’t always negative. You can minimize the danger of a bathroom by paying close attention to its design and by always keeping the door to the bathroom firmly closed. the location of the toilet within the bathroom itself is the most important consideration. Just as a staircase brings instability to the center. If you have a bathroom in the center of your home. Finally. The yin energy of the bathroom. There is no way to remedy a central bathroom except by not using it or by moving to another home. but an overabundance does encourage listless personal energy and ineffectiveness in the work place. If they do. A bathroom should not be located near the front door or in a place where guests will have to view the facility when coming and going.
The final word on the bathroom supports what women have been asking men to do for years. In addition to being good manners. Painting the walls in a pastel color is also beneficial and will help to promote harmony within the family. using mirrors to reflect the outdoors within the space will help bring in positive energy. They will therefore be at risk for a higher incidence of illness within the family. The stove should . proper placement and arrangement of your kitchen will generate wealth and prosperity. a kitchen near the entrance will encourage overeating. The Kitchen A kitchen is representative of wealth. using a screen to hide it from view can be an effective method of counteracting the unlucky position. A kitchen that is dissected by the centerline of a structure will cause the bodies of its residents to likewise divide against themselves. Children will be especially vulnerable to this invisible pull and will be at an increased risk of suffering from childhood obesity. In fact. It is a good idea to close the lid firmly before flushing for the same reason. Just as a bedroom near an entrance will encourage too much sleeping.27 less malevolent the yin energy of the particular bathroom. “put the seat down!” The toilet lid should be closed at all times when the toilet is not in use in order to prevent money energy from being lost. To further reduce the impact of yin energy. it is important to make sure that your bathroom is well lit and well ventilated. Within the kitchen. a kitchen should not be placed near the middle of the home. In order to bring about good fortune. the stove is of primary importance. closing the lid is correct Feng Shui. Just as proper nutrition nourishes the body and generates good health. If your toilet is highly visible. If you have a window in your bathroom. the Chinese word for ‘food’ sounds the same as the word for ‘wealth’. A kitchen should not be visible from the front door. The stove should be clean and working well in order to allow wealth to enter the home.
health. A properly arranged living room is a great choice for the room that will greet residents when they first open the front door. . and decreased intimacy between husbands and wives. and happy to be home. The reflection doubles your number of burners and likewise doubles your money! The stove and cooking areas should be well lit and spacious enough to make preparing and cooking food comfortable for the chef. No seat should have its back directly to the door.28 be used regularly. In addition to the fact that no one working with sharp knives should be startled. In the same way. This area should be located in such a way that the chef is not surprised by anyone entering or exiting the kitchen. and no furniture should be placed too close to the entrance. a cozy living room will make guests feel welcomed and at ease. Remedy: This problem can be remedied using mirrors to reflect the entrance and hanging a wind chime above the door so that the chef will be aware of any entrances or exits into the kitchen. It is also pleasantly decorated and very welcoming. relaxed. the more wealth will be accumulated by the family. the living room should be well lit and exude feelings of warmth and welcome. Living Rooms As a place where the family spends time together and where you will entertain your guests. the sight of this room at the end of a long day will make residents feel comfortable. For proper Feng Shui the residents would need to move the red plaid couch. Furniture within the living room should always be facing the entrance. Each burner should be utilized an even number of times in order to keep money energy from being blocked. This is why many Feng Shui experts advise putting a mirror on the wall behind your stove. with each seat having a clear view of all the other seats. The chairs and sofas should be arranged to facilitate conversation and comfort. it is poor Feng Shui and will lead to decreased wealth. The more burners utilized. *This living room is beautiful and the light is very good. It should be the largest room in your home as well as the most carefully decorated. If a living room had good Feng Shui. It is too close to the door and is facing the wrong direction.
Simply find your year of birth and observe the corresponding direction. plants.29 Using the Bagua (Chapter 5). and water features can be placed to make the living room one of the most auspicious in your home. Ch’i Orientation for Males SW 1917 1926 1935 1944 1953 1962 1971 1980 1989 1998 2007 2016 2025 2034 2043 2052 E 1916 1925 1934 1943 1952 1961 1970 1979 1988 1997 2006 2015 2024 2033 2042 2051 SE 1915 1924 1933 1942 1951 1960 1969 1978 1987 1996 2005 2014 2023 2032 2041 2050 SW 1914 1923 1932 1941 1950 1959 1968 1977 1986 1995 2004 2013 2022 2031 2040 2049 NW 1913 1922 1931 1940 1949 1958 1967 1976 1985 1994 2003 2012 2021 2030 2039 2048 W 1912 1921 1930 1939 1948 1957 1966 1975 1984 1993 2002 2011 2020 2029 2038 2047 NE 1911 1920 1929 1938 1947 1956 1965 1974 1983 1992 2001 2010 2019 2028 2037 2046 S 1910 1919 1928 1937 1946 1955 1964 1973 1982 1991 2000 2009 2018 2027 2036 2045 N 1909 1918 1927 1936 1945 1954 1963 1972 1981 1990 1999 2008 2017 2026 2035 2044 . To discover the most auspicious corner for your personal ch’i. mirrors. its placement should be taken seriously. If you were born near the changing of the year. As such an important aspect of your existence. give yourself the same Feng Shui advantage by placing your home workspace in an auspicious corner. Just as the ‘big boss’ at work gets the corner office. use the tables below. you may find yourself in a ‘cusp’ situation and will have to use your personal intuition to see which direction is best for you. Locating your office in one of the corners of your home is the ideal. A Home Office Having your office located within your home even more intimately connects the arrangement of your space and the successfulness of your enterprise. Good Feng Shui in this room will facilitate unity within the family and a harmonious connection between the family and the outside world.
however. regardless of the orientation of their own personal ch’i. would be selfish if there are several other family members to be considered. Therefore. If a husband’s ch’i is oriented toward the southwest. many Feng Shui specialists advice using personal ch’i orientation only in matters that are unique to the individual and will not influence the family at large.30 Ch’i Orientation for Females SW 1917 1926 1935 1944 1953 1962 1971 1980 1989 1998 2007 2016 2025 2034 2043 2052 E 1916 1925 1934 1943 1952 1961 1970 1979 1988 1997 2006 2015 2024 2033 2042 2051 SE 1915 1924 1933 1942 1951 1960 1969 1978 1987 1996 2005 2014 2023 2032 2041 2050 SW 1914 1923 1932 1941 1950 1959 1968 1977 1986 1995 2004 2013 2022 2031 2040 2049 NW 1913 1922 1931 1940 1949 1958 1967 1976 1985 1994 2003 2012 2021 2030 2039 2048 W 1912 1921 1930 1939 1948 1957 1966 1975 1984 1993 2002 2011 2020 2029 2038 2047 NE 1911 1920 1929 1938 1947 1956 1965 1974 1983 1992 2001 2010 2019 2028 2037 2046 S 1910 1919 1928 1937 1946 1955 1964 1973 1982 1991 2000 2009 2018 2027 2036 2045 N 1909 1918 1927 1936 1945 1954 1963 1972 1981 1990 1999 2008 2017 2026 2035 2044 Using the indications for personal ch’i can be confusing when you are considering the needs of a large family. and wife’s toward the northeast. Arranging the entire home to suit one person’s ch’i. That is why most Feng Shui experts advise simply following the directions as traditionally indicated by the Bagua (Chapter 5). how will they arrange the house to benefit both of their personal energies? This situation can become even more complicated when considering the needs of children and grandparents who may be living in the home! Because of this dilemma. In this way. the entire family will continue to thrive. locating your home office in an auspicious corner for your own personal ch’i will not damage anyone else in your family and will actually benefit them in that there will be more wealth available for the family at large. .
You can help remedy such a situation by encouraging the earth element (the energy of the center) in your home with color and shape. you should reexamine your motives for using the art. properly Feng Shui’ed or not). The most important thing to realize is that you have the power to shift the course of your fate. By taking the time to enhance the energy of your home. It’s also easier to believe that poor placement may cause serious harmful consequences. giving you the strength to think positively and deal with hardship when it arises (as it will in every life. for example. not even Feng Shui. You may have some deeper-seated problems with desiring an unreasonable amount of control for your life. you will learn ways to increase the energy of that sector in Chapter Five. esoteric. No science. If you even begin to make subtle changes in your environment. only the opportunity to create the most fortuitous conditions possible.31 A Final Word on Feng Shui for the Interior of Your Home… In modern day life it’s clear to see how interior Feng Shui can affect our lives more than the location of a mountain range. a useful guide in understanding a subject that is mystical. Positive Feng Shui should free you from such anxieties about your destiny. If you’ve discovered during the reading of this section that your home is experiencing terrible interior Feng Shui. It’s easier to place faith that rearranging the rooms and furniture within our homes might really make a difference in our lives. So relax and take these principles for what they are. Use your . You will begin to feel better and think more positively and soon you won’t feel the need to worry about the state of your Feng Shui. If you find that you continue to experience anxiety about the placement of your home after making a few adjustments. don’t panic! There’s no need to sell your home or move to a hotel until more suitable accommodations can be found. can promise that its laws will give you absolute power over your destiny. and deeply personal. you will also be enhancing the quality of your personal energy. If you do have a bathroom or staircase located in the center of your house. you will be able to avoid the most serious of these without any problem. The consequences listed above occur after years of living in the worst Feng Shui environments possible.
. you will be able to put your own personal spin on this art of placement. Once your instincts start working again. every individual truly knows within themselves how their personal space should be arranged. Though a Feng Shui master would gasp at this blasphemy. making it not only more suited to your individual taste. but more effective for the unique being that you are. It is only because our instincts have been dulled that we need to follow the rules of Feng Shui.32 personal intuition to discover how much Feng Shui is appropriate for you and let the other rules fall where they may.
When it comes time to buy. A ‘bad’ Feng Shui location doesn’t have to be a death sentence for the well being of your home’s ch’i. The science of location is incredibly complicated and at the same time very specific. the location for a home was the primary concern when trying to create the most positive flow of energy possible. Even in present day China. Many people live in apartments or in rented homes where they have very little control over the particular location of their home. These animals are symbolized by distinct land formations or shapes that must occur in a specific combination with one another. Even those people who can afford to buy or build their own home rarely have the luxury of putting good Feng Shui above all else. proper location is determined by carefully observing the arrangement of the four celestial animals as they are manifested in the landscape. Many ancient battles were fought over who claimed the rights to a particularly prime property. Why all the fuss about location you may ask? The fact of the matter is that there are actually far fewer desirable Feng Shui sites than there are people hoping to build. Because the landforms will serve as . First we’ll learn what constitutes the ‘perfect’ Feng Shui spot and then we’ll learn ways to remedy the specific problems you may face with your personal location situation. usually factors such as price and proximity to work must be first on the list of considerations. There are many ways to counteract the negative effects of having a landscape that is less than ideal. This problem with location is even more pronounced for modern people. land disputes over desirable Feng Shui property wage for years on the battleground of the modern legal system. With so many rules to follow. there are very few pieces of property available that will truly fit the bill for ideal Feng Shui.33 Chapter Three: Feng Shui for the Exterior In ancient times. Choosing the Perfect Location The Four Animals In Feng Shui. The general shape of the land and the arrangement of the specific features within the landscape were closely analyzed before any building could take place.
Each of the animals corresponds to a specific compass direction.34 the guardians of the home. their presence is considered extremely important. That’s why the first stage of scouting any site for Feng Shui desirability is to determine the presence of the dragon in the landscape. the less protected the home. standing). as well as a specific side of the structure that will sit upon the land. The Four Celestial Animals Animal Green Dragon Red Raven White Tiger Black Tortoise Season Spring Summer Autumn Winter Direction East South West North Side of Building Left Front Right Back The Dragon The most important of the celestial animals is the dragon. you would look for formations in the hills that resemble a dragon. but a dragon with a raised head is considered to be the most fortunate. seated. The fewer animals present. It could be a dragon in any position (sleeping. a strong dragon presence can still make a site desirable and provide protection for the home that will be built there. The dragon is detected simply by observing the surroundings. Even if the other animals are missing. If you live near hills or a mountain range. .
but since the most desirable location for a dragon is in the easterly direction. In the city landscape. The dragon is left and the tiger is right. The one rule for the dragon is that he always guards the left side of the home or structure.35 Dragons can be present in the cityscape as well. Oftentimes it is easier to spot a dragon when you view your surroundings in silhouette. solid building could represent a tiger. . You could look for a dragon at sunset. body to the left. A good time to look for a possible dragon formation is in the very early morning as the sun rises and the skyline is in shadows. Of the two. The tiger is represented in the natural landscape by low. a small. Example: Sleeping dragon on a hillside. green. or maybe a combination of natural and man made objects could form a dragon shape. on one or several of your walls. Perhaps the city skyline near your home resembles a dragon. White is the color of the tiger and will serve to enhance the power of this celestial animal. it is still a desirable formation and you will be able to rearrange the other animals in order to take advantage of the strong dragon formation. Even better if this building is white. you would establish the presence of the dragon within your home by using the dragon’s color. In order to counter the potential aggression of the tiger. The Tiger The dragon and the tiger should always exist as opposite polarities. the dragon is the dominant landform and should always be visible even if the tiger is more hidden. sunrise is your best choice. crouching hills. then the tiger will be west. head is to the right. or by a rock formation that has no jagged edges. If you seem to have a white tiger present in your landscape without the balancing force of the dragon you should beware. regardless if that side is the easterly side. If you do happen to find a dragon in a direction other than the east. White tigers can be a threatening influence to a home without the power of the dragon to keep them in check. If the dragon is east.
you wouldn’t want to live too close to the tortoise. Therefore. Like the white tiger. the brighter the better. In the cityscape. It is highly active and creative and ideally should front a home in a southerly direction. especially the benevolent dragon. Light is vital to good Feng Shui. a slightly larger hill. high mountains or buildings too close to your home will block the light from reaching inside. In the case of a mountain range. even if the thought of a menacing turtle doesn’t frighten you quite as much as a menacing tiger! It’s important to remember that though the rules of Feng Shui may at times seem purely mystical. The Red Raven is the least dominant of all the celestial animals. .36 The Tortoise The black tortoise guards the back of your home and can be represented by a row of tall trees or a higher mountain range. In addition to the tortoise becoming a possible menace. or maybe even another home that will represent the Red Raven in the landscape. there are grounded in practicality. the front of a home should roll down and gently away from the structure presenting a vista of a valley or lowland. This celestial animal has an energy very similar to the energy of the fire element. The dragon would find it difficult to nurture and protect your home if the raven were constantly blasting you with agitating fire energy. the buildings should not be too close. the black tortoise could be a higher stand of buildings behind your own property. Because the intense energy of the raven can be so powerful. The Red Raven (or Red Phoenix) The Red Raven is known to some as the Red Phoenix. Once again. the tortoise can become a menacing figure if located too close to your home. Somewhere in that vista is a large boulder. In an ideal setting. it would be bad Feng Shui if the raven were too close to your home and overpowered the influence of the other animals. your home should be at a fair distance from the range.
the tortoise behind. Example Two: This diagram is even more fortunate than the first. This is in turn brings harmony to the landscape and to the residents. and both the tortoise and raven are far enough from the property to be protective rather than detrimental to the property. In this figure. The tortoise is suitably distant. You must be careful when creating a dragon’s head however. the owners gave the dragon a ‘head’ and brought wholeness to the animal. by building in the realm of the dragon’s head. as is the raven. but not to threaten. even if you only have a dragon present in your landscape. the dragon shape in the landscape wasn’t distinctive.37 Fortunate landscapes and how to place your home among them… How to position your home is perhaps most easily understood by observing a few very simple diagrams. The dragon is located to the left (east). Example One: This diagram reveals the ideal Feng Shui property. especially if there is a white tiger present below who may be waiting to devour all of your good luck energy. you can still profit from a great deal of protection by aligning your home with the dragon on your left side. This site is suitable because the rise of the dragon’s body isn’t too steep and the tiger is big enough to protect. and the raven to the front. Remember. The dragon is large enough to keep the tiger in check. Also. . You should never build your home on an overhang. though the Feng Shui involved is a little more creative. the tiger to the right. the residents of the house will experience increased strength in the knowledge sector of their lives. By building the home on the top of the rise. The following are a few examples of how to position your home in landscapes that are manifesting the four celestial animals.
Another choice would be to encourage the growth of a climbing vine. The following diagram reveals which walls on the interior and exterior of your home would correspond to the dragon. Even though it is located on the western side. You can enhance the dragon protection of your home by planting trees against this wall. A dragon with a raised head (the most fortunate dragon) is represented by the skyscrapers to the left of the home. The tortoise is found in the tall. it is still facing east and so is claimed by the dragon. but if not choose east) is one of the walls of the dragon. squat home to the property’s right. Remedying a ‘bad’ location… If you find that your home or apartment conforms to none of the rules governing the four celestial animals. You could paint the wall green. The exterior wall to the east of your home (hopefully the left as well. but your neighbors might find that a little strange if the rest of your home wasn’t green as well! The Interior wall of the dragon would be the western interior wall. don’t worry! You can still summon the energy of the dragon into your home by using the dragon’s signature color on the appropriate walls. like ivy. . distant skyscrapers behind the building and the raven is represented by the smaller home located at some distance to the dwelling. The white tiger is found in the short.38 Example Three: This diagram gives a possible example of an ideal Feng Shui location for an urban dweller.
the rules of Feng Shui prove to be practically sound as well as mystically powerful. depending on several key Feng Shui factors. that a house with a view of water of any kind will bring success to its inhabitants. and people should be able to use and enjoy the river with no ill effects. flowing. In addition to the negative ch’i of such a river. stagnant water has been a dangerous health hazard. or has a foul odor. these insects continue to be a threat to human health. Quality of the River When deciding to live near a river.39 You can enhance the dragon in your home by painting this wall green or by using wall hangings or curtains in a green color. and lively. Other Landscape Considerations… Rivers Rivers are powerful conductors of ch’i within a landscape. . Though stagnant water can still bring money into a home. and so the manifestations of the water energy in your home will also be tainted. The river should be clean. Throughout human history. Fish. They can bring amazing good fortunate or devastation. it will be unlucky money that can carry death and destruction in its wake. wildlife. stagnant. you should think twice before considering making your home there. This is a sign that the ch’i of the river itself is pure and beneficial. however. causing plagues and widespread death. and it is best avoided at all costs. If the water is murky. you should carefully observe the quality of the water. Still water is a breeding ground for disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes. The ch’i of a stagnant or polluted river is tainted. It is generally assumed. there are many health risks associated with living next to stagnant water. Whether it be malaria or West Nile virus. Once again.
Most of these consequences will involve difficulty with finances since water symbolizes money. . You want your home to be at least twice its height away from the riverbank. In this way you will draw the positive energy of the river into your home and your life. four times the height would be a better distance. If your home is small. This situation can be cured by using a mirror to reflect the image of the river inside the house. You can remedy this easily by installing several mirrors to reflect the river within the home. The first rule of course is distance. but never be able to claim it as their own. There are other factors to consider other than direction and distance from the water. If your home faces away from the river. The ideal is to have your house front the water for increased wealth. improper placement can cause negative consequences. Less Favorable River Locations Example One: If a river forms a horseshoe shape away from the home. it is important which direction your home faces with regard to the river. The following are a few examples of less desirable river locations. you once again have a situation where the inhabitants will be able to see good fortune. you must consider the placement of your home in relation to the river. If a small home is too close to a river.40 The Position of Your Home If you do find a river whose ch’i is pure and powerful. it will be overpowered by the water’s ch’i and there will be an increased incidence of illness within the family. bringing the good money energy indoors. this is far enough away to benefit from the power of the river without suffering ill effects. Next. but will never be able to successfully grasp it. If the home is large and tall. While the proper placement will bring good fortune. you will be presented with opportunity. How your home is placed with regards to the shape of the riverbank will also be very important.
it is much more likely that you will experience great good fortune in your money sector by living near flowing water. but in the end your effort will be well rewarded. If the water of this bay is gentle and peaceful and in no way threatens the home. depending on the quality of the water. this would be a very unlucky location and probably at high risk for being damaged in a flood. however. This too can be remedied with mirrors. It may take some time to discover the proper arrangement for the mirrors. If the river flows away from the site. Even an . If the river flows toward the home. Favorable River Locations Even though a river can cause money difficulties.41 Example Two: This home site could be either beneficial or unbeneficial. then this is a very auspicious location. Example Three: This location could be either lucky or unlucky. this is a lucky site and will bring the inhabitants wealth. it is unlucky and the residents will watch as all of their wealth flows away from them. Use a pair of mirrors to bounce the reflection of the water into the home in such a manner that the water appears to be moving toward the home instead of away. If the water is violent and unpredictable.
. The embracing river here bestows luck and wealth. Example Three: This river can be lucky or unlucky. carrying opportunity for wealth away from the site. If the two tributaries are flowing toward the home and meet in front. If the two rivers are both flowing away from the home. but the opposite side of the river horseshoes away. the residents will enjoy great wealth. the embracing river will triumph and the inhabitants will overcome adversity and be both wealthy and successful.42 unfavorable location can usually be remedied and even a troublesome river is better than none at all! The following are examples of desirable river locations. Eventually. These two sides of the river will battle for a time and the inhabitants of this home may experience some setbacks in their financial sector. Example One: When a river curves around a property in an embrace. Example Two: This river location is a study in contrasts. it is doubly unlucky as wealth will be swept away from the home on two strong streams. then this is an auspicious site with double the money energy. however. An embracing river also bestows luck upon the home.
if you spot a hungry tiger loose in your backyard and scream for your brother to go indoors. A waterfall that sounds like thunder spells disaster for the homes nearby. If you happen to live in an undesirable road location.” Roads Roads. or a babbling brook are good for dispersing sha energy. like rivers. how your own driveway approaches your home can have a negative or positive effect on your home’s energy. but are still considered inauspicious. One Feng Shui specialist compared a waterfall and fountain in this way: “You spot a hungry tiger loose in your backyard so you whisper to your brother that it is time to go indoors. you both escape the tiger. The energy on a super highway has been called ‘killing ch’i’ because it is moving much too quickly for the human body to assimilate. a waterfall is just too noisy. Straight lines of any sort are pathways for negative sha energy. While it is true a gently burbling fountain. A good . Smaller waterfalls are not as dangerous. are avenues for the flow of ch’i. Feng Shui specialists consider them to be bad neighbors.43 Waterfalls in a River While waterfalls can be beautiful. That is the energy of the fountain. That is why it is undesirable to live at the end of a dead end street or at the corner of an intersection. The louder a waterfall. the best cure is the mirror cure discussed earlier. On the other hand. Curving roads are best of course. The driveway is the vessel that links your home to the energy of the main street. High-speed roads and highways are especially dangerous vessels for sha. the more dangerous it will be. thus alerting the tiger to your presence and causing him to eat the both of you. Outdoor wind chimes or fountains located between the home and the street can also be beneficial Driveways In addition to the street on which you live. that is the energy of the waterfall. Placing a mirror on the outside of your home will help to deflect the negative energy and protect your family. Thusly.
44 driveway will filter out negative sha while allowing positive ch’i to meander toward the house. Example One: The fork formed by this driveway is a bad omen for the family. Traditionally it meant that the first-born son would quarrel with his father and would end up moving his wife and children into his own home instead of staying to take care of his parents in their old age. In modern times, Feng Shui specialists say that a forked driveway will mean a breaking off of relations between the first born child and the dominant parental influence.
Example Two: This driveway narrows as it approaches the street. This dwindling signifies reduced career opportunity and can mean a decreased life span if the driveway slopes down hill away from the home. You can remedy this situation by installing a lamp at the bottom of the driveway. This light will help re-circulate ch’i that has become stuck at the end of the drive.
Example Three: A circular drive is the most auspicious. It helps ch’i to move slowly and effectively up to the home and is a symbol of wealth. If the center of the driveway is planted with flowers, family prosperity will be increased. If the center of the driveway contains a fountain, wealth will be attracted to the family, while negative energy is repelled.
The path leading from the driveway or street up toward the home is also a conductor of ch’i energy.
Left: The house on the left is suffering from the same ‘bottleneck’ problem as the home with the narrowing drive. The owners will benefit from installing a lamp near the end of their drive. Center: The house in the center has a long narrow path that will direct malevolent sha energy straight into the home. These people can cure the problem by installing a mirror on the exterior of their home. Right: The house on the right has a path that widens out to the street. The future is open for the inhabitants of this home. The sha energy will be slowed by the narrowing path, but could still possibly find a way to enter the home. These inhabitants could benefit from a mirror on the exterior. Steep Stairs A home with a steep steps is allowing money energy to roll out of the house. You can remedy this problem by installing a mirror at the bottom of the steps facing the house. The money energy will be reflected back to the home before it can roll out into the street.
The Shape of Your Home
Once you have placed your home properly and managed to get your driveways and pathways up to Feng Shui standards, then you must consider the shape of your home itself. Shapes are very important in Feng Shui. As we’ve learned, each element has a shape, and each shape has a unique energy.
46 According to Feng Shui, square, rectangular, or round shapes are the most ideal for a home. They are even, regular shapes that will bring stability to the family. Unfortunately for many western cultures, we have a tendency to build irregularly shaped structures. This can lead to discord within the family and a life that is lacking in the sectors of the home where the structure is considered incomplete. The following are a few examples of common irregularly shaped home designs and how to remedy them. If your particular shape is not discussed, simply apply the outdoor light and plant cures discussed below to the specifics of your particular home. Remember, you are seeking to achieve a balance in the overall shape, coming as close to a perfect square, rectangle, or circle as possible.
U-shaped homes can be unlucky for a marriage. If the master bedroom is located in one of the protrusions, it can symbolically separate the marriage from the solid steady ch’i energy of the home. In this situation, one or both of the spouses may find reasons to ‘sleep outside the home’, engaging in infidelity and putting their marriage at risk. If the kitchen or dining room is located in one of the protrusions, the family will not enjoy eating in their house. This will lead them to eat more meals out at restaurants or fast food joints. While this isn’t such a tragedy, it can get expensive and lead to unhealthy eating habits. It’s much harder to find healthy food in reasonable portion sizes when you are eating meals that you haven’t prepared yourself. If a child’s room is located in one of the protrusions, the child will eventually grow to feel distanced from their parents and siblings. They will be symbolically ‘locked out’ of the family unit and will become resentful. This child will find every excuse to stay away from home and may even eventually decide to leave their family before they are of age. A living room or family room located in a protrusion is the most unfortunate arrangement of all. In this instance, the family will likely be plagued with chronic headaches, backaches, and other general aches and pains. They will be at a higher risk for having to undergo major surgery and will suffer losses in both their money and career sectors. Remedies: To help remedy the problem of a U-shaped home, there are many simple steps that you can take. First of all, begin by filling in the U with trees or flowering plants. Next, install
47 outdoor lights that will shine into the U during the evening hours. If possible, rearrange your home so that the rooms least used are located in the protrusion. Though locating a guest room in a protrusion may cause guests to feel unwelcome, this is preferable to causing discord within the main family unit. You could use one of the rooms as a storage area, an exercise room, or a playroom for the kids as long as they have a room of their own where they sleep. If you simply have to locate a principal room in one of the protrusions, leave the doors to these rooms open as much as possible, so they will fell less ‘cut off’ from the rest of the home. In addition, hanging mirrors to reflect the room into the main portion of the house will help facilitate the flow of ch’i and reduce the negative impact of living in a U-shaped home.
L-shaped home are extremely popular in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, they are considered poor Feng Shui because a large portion of the shape is missing. This results in an imbalance of the home’s energy as well as the energy of the occupants. L-shaped homes are much more dangerous than U-shaped homes and can cause both minor disruptions as well as life-threatening crisis. Depending on the arrangement of the rooms within the home, an L-shaped living space can lead to poor study habits in children, poor work habits in adults, reduced wealth, reduced opportunity, an increased incidence of both mental and physical illness, and an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with a terminal disease. Remedies: Luckily, remedying the problems caused by an L-shaped home can be very easy! By simply installing a light that shines into the ‘missing’ corner, you can fill in the space and encourage a balanced flow of ch’i within your home. To further facilitate good ch’i, install wind chimes or bells over your doorway. This will invite good energy in, while deflecting negative sha. Mirrors can also be used to even out the space.
away from the blade. Remedies: Begin by installing a light cure to fill in the missing portion of the home. On the interior. or office located in the ‘blade’ section of the home will lead to the death of success as well as the early demise of the inhabitants. A cleaver shaped home can be remedied fairly easily.48 Cleaver or Pan-handle Shaped Homes Not to frighten anyone that may live in a cleaver shaped home. The installation of the outdoor cure is especially necessary in remedying the shape of a clever shaped home. try to arrange your rooms to keep the bedrooms. . You may want to plant flowerbeds and create a pathway that will further help to solidify the shape of the home. use mirrors to reflect beds. and kitchen appliances back into the ‘safe’ portion of the home. and kitchen away from the ‘cleaver’ section of the home. but a bedroom. office. desks. your situation becomes a bit more difficult. This fear causes them to avoid going into the outside world which causes them to spend more time in the very place that is causing their anxiety: their own home! If you do live in this type of home it would be advisable to move your bedroom to the ‘panhandle’ of the home right away. you may want to consider moving to a more fortunate space if your finances allow. People living in the blade of a cleaver shaped home will feel out of control in all aspects of their lives. Though you will be able to improve your situation with the use of mirrors. This will immediately begin to increase your feelings of safety and security. kitchen. If this isn’t possible. They will be terrified of change and will likely suffer from panic attacks or even agoraphobia. If you live in a cleaver shaped apartment.
learning how long each of the establishments on your block has been in business and how they are faring financially. Even if you are on a limited budget. The only constant within the universe. If you are going to be opening a business in a neighborhood it is even more important to carefully observe the surroundings. On the other hand. friendly. if the community is in a state of decline and the citizens are guarded and unfriendly. chances are you will have difficulty getting your business to thrive in that particular area. If a high rise is built right next door to a smaller home. there is a chance that the buildings near you could be torn down and new structures will be built that will change the ch’i dynamic of the entire community. it can wreak havoc on the energy .49 Neighbors It’s always a good idea to check out the neighborhood before you decide to purchase a home or rent an apartment. there is still a chance that you will remain relatively unaffected. you and your home’s energy will be safe from the bullying energy of such a large structure. You may have to do a little homework. there are low-income communities that are as clean. High Rise If a high-rise complex is built across the street from your home. however. If others have had bad luck with bankruptcy and failed enterprise. you should reconsider your decision to move to this area. You don’t have to be wealthy to have good energy. chances are that the energy of the neighborhood is good and that you and your family will thrive there. So even if you choose the most fortuitous neighborhood possible. though it is a fact that good energy will afford you a better lifestyle. If the street that separates you from the high rise is at least four house lengths wide. The following are a few ways to counteract the negative energy created by new neighbors moving in on the block. is change. Are your neighbors friendly and prosperous? Are the exteriors of the homes near yours well maintained? If so. and well-kempt as the wealthiest neighborhood in town.
It’s even better if this mirror is convex and the image of the building is turned upside down. Remedies: You can overcome the negative impact of living next to a high rise by installing a mirror that will reflect the building back on itself. you can attach a mirror on the exterior of your home and install a wind powered lawn decoration. To further counteract the negative sha energy aimed towards the home. Miniature windmills or pink flamingos with wind-powered wings are two possible choices. If the neighboring home is larger than your own. causing you and your family to become ineffective in your worldly endeavors. or right hand side of your home. Remedies: The first step in both improving your ch’i and ensuring your privacy is to plant a stand of trees between your and your neighbor’s property. it can become a threatening tiger in your landscape. People living in the shadow of a high-rise will experience setbacks in their career and will fail to meet their personal potential. If a neighboring property is angled in such a way that a corner of the home is aimed directly at your own. . but the way they’ve built their home is decidedly unfriendly. If the building is located to the west. Unfriendly Corners Sometimes. the tiger’s sacred color. your new neighbors may be the nicest people in the world. In order to counteract this effect you would enhance the dragon in your home using the methods mentioned previously.50 within that home. Not only does a high rise block light from reaching the interior of the smaller home. it negatively impacts the personal ch’i of the people living inside. This effect will be doubled if the building is painted white. your home’s ch’i will suffer. this problem can become even more exaggerated.
however. and regardless of whether or not you are fortunate enough to live near a river. A church can be a good neighbor if it is primarily a place of worship or if weddings and christenings are often performed there. Institutions If a school is built on the block. Small businesses are also fairly good neighbors. they will be at an increased risk of perishing in a sudden accident. you can still benefit from the principles of good external Feng Shui. covered with climbing vines. Remedies: You can remedy the influence of a nearby church or funeral home by planting trees between your property and the other structure. decreased creativity. you could choose to use bamboo poles amongst your plantings. as long as they keep regular business hours and don’t lure undesirable people into the community. If you go a step further by mending broken corners and installing mirrors to deflect negative neighborly influences. the presence of children can actually bring good fortune to the neighborhood. By simply using color to encourage the protection of the green dragon. you won’t have much to worry about as far as your home’s ch’i is concerned. and decreased effectiveness in the world. . Though the playground may be noisy. you will truly begin to notice an improvement in the energy of your living space and the quality of your life. with thick foliage. A Final Word on Location… No matter how your landscape is manifesting. Another option is a tall fence. you have already greatly enhanced your positive energy.51 If a pink flamingo offends your personal aesthetic (and you wouldn’t be alone if it did!). If the church is the site of frequent funeral services. When living residents of a community begin to absorb too much yin energy. Bamboo deflects negative sha energy and is great for encouraging climbing vines. it can cause the yin energy of the community to begin to outweigh the yang. Yin energy is the energy of the dead. An overabundance of yin will lead to decreased ambition. The trees should be planted close together.
chances are that the most desirable Feng Shui locations will be reserved for top management and that your superiors will be telling you where to sit.” You will be out of the loop on business deals and partnerships and will be passed over for promotions and wage increases. and what is acceptable to have displayed in your workspace. Desk Position A cushy corner office is of course the most desirable Feng Shui location in any workplace. If you are not yet. you can still make your workspace a place of power and effectiveness by making a few adjustments. Having your back to any door is decidedly bad Feng Shui. If you are top management. If you aren’t one of the privileged few to have such a prime space. The severity of the problem will only increase the closer you are to the offending door. the most important of which is the position of your desk. then the Feng Shui of your office is probably working well for you (or at least you have the authority to change it!).52 Chapter Four: Feng Shui at the Office When you work at home. and arrange your personal belongings any way you please. It will lead to business being conducted “behind your back. . The most auspicious placement for your desk is diagonally across the room from the entrance into your office. When you go to the office. and put you in a position of control and authority. exactly when to come in. This position allows you to view your entire workspace as well as be immediately alerted to anyone entering or leaving the room. work the hours you choose. but would someday like to be top management. you may have to get a little creative with your Feng Shui in order to increase your energy and productivity and catapult yourself into a position of power. This location will increase your concentration. cause your business to thrive. especially if the corner you choose corresponds with your personal ch’i orientation. you can choose any desk position you like.
the worker is both too close to the door and facing in the wrong direction. Common Desk Locations And Their Subconscious Associations The position of your desk not only influences the way your work. they can install mirrors both in front and to the side of their desk. It’s logical that someone seated in front of you might be more entranced by the activity outside your window than the words that are coming out of your mouth. People who are forced to spend the majority of their day indoors often find the world outside the window irresistible and will be tempted to daydream instead of take notes on your latest company improvement plan. it may be your desk position that is to blame rather than any particular aspect of your job performance. If you find that you get too distracted. In order to keep the focus on you and not the clouds rolling by outside. Chances are that they will still feel as if they are constantly ‘looking over their shoulder’. you will not be listened to carefully. If at all possible. this person should turn their desk around to face the entrance and move it three to four feet back towards the diagonal wall. Even with the mirrors it will be difficult for this person to work up to their full potential. you may simply have a window that is too large. In . or you are never invited out to lunch with the boss. This will keep them aware of the comings and goings of the rest of the office. If this is not an option. An oversized window can cause a room to have difficulty holding in the appropriate amount of ch’i energy. Desk with Back to a Window If you occupy this position. The following are a few common desk locations as well as the possible consequences of being the person who occupies that particular desk.53 Example: Poor Desk Arrangement In this situation. If your colleagues seem to disrespect your opinions. you should rotate the position of your desk so that you are the one facing the window. but affects the way people view you and your achievements.
first make an attempt to relocate your desk. you’ll still allow ch’i enhancing natural light to enter the room without allowing all your room’s ch’i and your focus to be sucked out through the floor to ceiling window. If all else fails. or installing a fountain to help keep the ch’i circulating within the room. In this way. To avoid being considered dispensable. the person in this desk will be seen as the least essential member of the office team.54 this case you could try placing a few potted plants in front of the window. One possible solution for this problem is to install a ticking clock. Though you may know who’s coming and going. However. This desk also puts you in a poor place for inter-company communication. white noise. you won’t be clued in to the decisions being made by the rest of the company. Desk Closest to an Interior Opening Door The person in this desk will be assigned more work than anyone else in the office. Though it’s a sad thing to close out a beautiful day. This decreased visibility will keep you from being overloaded with work. If that isn’t possible. . you might have to invest in some blinds and lower them halfway. That means if you’re the unlucky person to be assigned this position. it can be exhausting to be forced to handle extra work and you may become frustrated that you are doing more than your coworkers and still not getting paid a higher salary! A grueling work schedule can lead to feeling ‘burned out’ on the job. Though they may be well liked by their coworkers. Your personal life will suffer. you’ll have higher stress levels. a fountain. you’ll be the first to go in the event of any company cutbacks. or anything else that will help generate repetitive. sometimes you must make the sacrifice in the name of increased concentration and productivity. Desk Closest to an Exterior Opening Door The person closest to the front or back door will be considered expendable. and the quality of your work may eventually start to decline if you’re forced to carry an abnormally heavy workload for months at a time. This soothing sound will help to lower your Yang energy levels and make your personal aura a bit less bright. This could be a boon if the increased number of assignments leads to increased company visibility and perhaps even a promotion for work well done.
55 try to keep fresh flowers or plants on your desk at all times. Desk facing a Wall People whose desks directly face a wall will be considered inaccessible by the rest of the office. to your side. This should ‘weigh you down’ in your career and help you to be taken more seriously around the office. try installing blinds on one side of the office for increased privacy and a line of potted plants on the other side for more effective ch’i . people will perceive you as standing in the way of their own personal advancement and will do whatever they can to strip you of your position. If for some reason this isn’t possible. you can install a mirror to your front. or in both locations as in the example of “poor desk placement’ illustrated at the beginning of the chapter. If this is your desk. and a poor collaborator. The easiest way to counter this negative image is of course to turn your desk around so that the wall is at your back. this will still leave you with the feeling that you have to ‘look over your shoulder’ and you will have difficulty working up to your full potential. Simply place the stone in the center of your desk at the point furthest away from your seat. An office enclosed by glass has very poor Feng Shui. Revolutionize your office by ‘tearing down walls’ and uniting the workforce! If your superiors won’t go for that idea. Desk enclosed by Interior Glass People who work at a desk enclosed by interior glass will inspire envy in their colleagues. They will consider you closed off. It will be unable to hold proper amounts of ch’i energy and the energy that does make its way in will be unable to circulate properly. You will be the subject of viscous office gossip and will feel like an unwanted outsider in the company break room. and prevent the positive ch’i energy from being swept out the door as it opens and closes throughout the day. regardless of whether any of those things may or may not be true. As we said before. Another possible cure for this situation is to place a heavy stone paperweight in the future sector of your desk (more on this in the next section). Your coworkers will go out of their way to avoid talking with you if you are the person who occupies this desk. uncommunicative. The best remedy for this situation is to remove the glass walls if at all possible. This will keep the energy around your desk stable.
In a study of ten different office spaces. “What good are these rules if I don’t even work at a desk?!” The principles of desk placement can be applied to many other types of employment as well. bad luck for the general energy of the building as well as for employees who could have benefited from central placement!) “But I don’t work at a Desk!!” You may be asking yourself. They will depend on you to rise to the challenge presented and save the company from a loss of both money and reputation. or do you lead them to a nice comfortable spot in the center of the room and proceed to make the sale every time? . you may not get the hot new assignments. If you are a doctor and you to face the wall when discussing your patients’ x-rays. you will be considered uncommunicative and your patients will feel uncomfortable asking you questions regarding their treatment. If you are a mechanic whose work area is closest to the interior door. Giving a little Feng Shui attention to this often-used area can increase your productivity and improve your relationships with coworkers and employees. If this is your desk. If you are the line chef whose food prep station is closest to the exit. you’ll be receiving the majority of the oil changes. but you will be the person that your superiors turn to in a time of crisis. (The tenth site had a staircase in the center of the office. The point is that wherever you spend the majority of your workday will influence both the way you work and the way that people perceive your work. A mirror behind you should help to deflect negative sha energy aimed at you by coworkers. you would need to substitute your own body for the desk. Depending on how well you deal with the crisis you could be on the fast track to company advancement. When you visit clients do you stand facing a wall. do you stand in front of a window. Desk in the Center of the Room The person seated at this desk will be considered ‘old reliable’. Feng Shui expert Steven Cardiff discovered that the desk located at the center of the office experienced the highest rate of turn over due to promotion in nine out of the ten sites.56 flow. Simply substitute the area where you spend most of your time for the desk in the situations mentioned above. you’ll be considered the least vital part of your team. The list could go on and on. If your routine varies and you are rarely in the same place.
we can take your desk organization to an even higher level.57 Arranging your Personal Space (Taking the Bagua to the Office) Once you have your desk positioned for optimal Feng Shui. In order to accomplish these goals. A tidy desk can reduce stress and help keep your mind as clear and clean as your workspace. you should shift your focus to the objects located within your personal workspace. This is the career section of your desk and what you place here will have an impact on how well you perform and how far you will advance in your chosen field. a ticking clock. Far Side of Your Desk This goal is represented by the central area on the far side of your desk. all while influencing the opinions of your coworkers and superiors and putting yourself in the position to move quickly up the corporate ladder. or simply having another source of steady. or Advancing in the Company Location: Center. It’s common knowledge that paying close attention to how your desk is arranged can increase productivity. we must turn our attention to the Bagua. Feng Shui experts believe that the energy of the work environment slightly alters the importance of the key directions. instead of focusing on North and South. rhythmic sound in . Therefore. productivity. or even a small stereo in this location. Using the principles of Feng Shui. The Bagua as designed for your personal workspace is slightly different than the classical Bagua we’ll be using in the next section. We’ll be focusing on this ancient map in great detail in the next Chapter. we’ll be locating objects simply based on their relationship to your own body as you sit in your chair. you should place a fountain. you have several options as to what items will prove most beneficial to you if placed in this sector. and creativity. With only a few minor adjustments. If you have anxiety about your job performance or worry that you may be fired. you will be able to increase your efficiency. Depending on your unique needs. Playing classical music. A nicely decorated desk makes you happier to be at work and helps you assert your individual identity. the “Feng Shui map” that was introduced in Chapter One. Goal #1: Keeping your Present Job. but for now we’ll use a few of the basic principles to help you achieve your work related goals.
This could be a vase of yellow flowers or something as simple as a yellow notepad or a yellow folder. a green plant in this sector will help you to gather the courage you need to make an impression on this imposing . People have been ‘scratching each others’ backs’ since the dawn of business. Feng Shui manifests in even the most mundane of objects. you should place an object representing the fire element in this position. install a mirror or other reflective object in this area. Metal is represented by square shapes and by the color white. Encouraging the solid. sustained relationships. This will stir up the ch’i in your relationship sector and help you to become a dynamic figure that the people in your office will want to get to know. If you have trouble focusing on the task at hand and you feel this is endangering your job.58 this area will help to banish anxiety and disperse negative sha energy that may be flowing in your direction from the corners of other people’s desks or down long hallways in your place of business. If you can’t seem to put together a long term plan for your future in your present job. If you have a superior who seems unapproachable. The fire element is represented by the colors orange and red and by pointed. Far side of Desk No matter what your business. Remember. good working relationships are vital to your job success. The fire element will focus your energy and help direct your efforts toward the task at hand. Who you know and how they feel about you is often more important than what you know or even how well you do your job! To help make sure you are able to establish strong ties with the powerful people in your work place. yellow) in this area to encourage long. contracted energy of metal will help you to sustain your focus until you have solidified your long-term goals. you’ll want to encourage the metal element in this area. Goal #2: Enhancing work relationships Location: Right side. To maintain these connections once you’ve made them. triangular shapes. use symbols of earth energy (flat. This will help improve your productivity and possibly put you in a better position for advancement.
the energy of spring. make them red jelly beans or cinnamon drops. Goal #4: To encourage communication and trust Location: Left side of desk. To make sure that your creative energy will be there when you need it. If you have a little bowl of candies in this area (a sure way to make sure your desk is popular). Remember. Anything red or orange. In order to feel more secure when making a creative leap. encourage the water element in this sector. If you feel that your creative potential is still relatively untapped. and new connections. it enhances ch’i as well as being representative of the wood element. you can help yourself to manifest his type of energy by using the metal element in this area (white. make it red. keep your red jellybeans in a small. A small fountain is a good choice. square shapes). enhance the earth element in this area with color or shape (yellow. As a living thing. white box. If your job is in marketing. Goal #3: Expanding Creativity Location: Left Side. you have an especially strong need to encourage communication and trust in your employees.59 person. or that you will have a vase of yellow daisies on the far left hand side of your desk. helping you to fill the well of creativity. this is the type of energy you need to keep flowing. or multi-task by installing a small fish bowl with goldfish (fire and water combined). If your phone is located in this sector. That way you’ll be getting fire and metal in one tiny package. or another creative field. This could mean that your computer will be yellow in color. The water element will encourage the energy of your subconscious. or possessing the sharp. entertainment. closest to you If you are the leader of a company. Keep your pencils in a small. You need to communicate effectively to get the most out of your employees and you need them to trust your . flat). Your job depends on your creativity and you can’t afford to let this all-important energy wither or wan. triangular shapes of the fire element will suffice. or better yet. advertising. white box. Far side of Desk There are many jobs out there that rely heavily on sustained creative energy. use the fire element in this area. early growth. writing. Feng Shui is definitely open to multi-tasking! If on the other hand you feel that your creativity is way over tapped and you’re feeling creatively drained.
or if your workers are always second guessing your directions. install an element of earth in this sector. Once again. Some fish have the tendency to attack and kill different species. Gold fish in a bowl will introduce the fire element while also enhancing the water element of this sector. To increase your overall confidence. or in a small white box filled with metallic paper clips. If no one understands your orders. solid force that encourages people to feel safe sharing their concerns with you. What you place in this sector could increase both your self-image and your paycheck. The water element will further boost your self-esteem by helping to banish any feelings of self-doubt. To help keep your entire office free of petty gossip and politics. To encourage your workers or co-workers to feel comfortable expressing themselves. but most people could definitely use a higher sense of self worth. neither you nor your company will reach the highest level of success. use the fire element in this sector. A killing frenzy in your self-esteem sector is definitely not a desirable occurrence!) . Though there are the occasional egomaniacs of the work place. This will help you to be a calm. That could be found in the form of a metal letter opener. Wood is the energy of kindness and generosity. or perhaps mix a few yellow fish in with your gold fish if you choose to place a fishbowl in this sector. Goal #5: Increase your salary.60 decisions in order to move the company forward. Earth energy will help you to be sincere and direct. encourage wood energy in this sector. use the metal element in this sector. To help those who may seek your advice to articulate themselves more clearly. If you feel you just aren’t getting paid enough money to meet your personal needs. (Just make sure the fish will make friendly bowl mates. most people tend to underestimate their talents and skills. A bonsai tree would be good for this sector. a flat yellow folder could do the job. and possibly your pay as well. or even something as simple as a container of wooden pencils. but compassionate in your communications. or increase your sense of self worth Location: Right side of desk. you would encourage the earth element in this sector. closest to you Almost everyone thinks they could use more money.
It will help you to remain inwardly focused amidst the swirl of office activity and allow you to refrain from becoming overly emotionally in situations where it is best that you behave in a more detached. your chair could be made out of wood (painted red to promote fire as well if you like). To help you to ‘go with the flow’ and be able to evolve to suit the needs of a changing work environment. or even make a habit of wearing the color red yourself.61 Goal #6: To be happier and more productive on the job Location: Your desk chair This is the sector of yourself. As such. professional manner. using black at the workplace is perfectly acceptable. Once again. use a red mat for underneath your feet. or you could introduce the color green into your ‘self’ station. seafood market. A circular building is good luck for a business such as a video store or lending library that requires people to ‘come full circle’ and return the products they’ve borrowed in a timely fashion. a circular shape is good luck for a fishery. The first consideration is the ‘external’ Feng Shui of your office or place of business. The shape you choose for your building can increase your productivity and likelihood of meeting with success in your chosen endeavor. . Unique Feng Shui Though the rules above can be applied to any personal workspace and to any profession. and how happy and satisfied you feel about your work and the time you spend in the workplace. Fortuitous Shapes for your Chosen Profession Circles The circle is representative of the water element. there are certain ways to tailor the rules of Feng Shui to enhance the energy of your specific business or profession. you would encourage the earth element by using yellow. or pet store specializing in fish and aquatic life. you would encourage the water element and utilize the color black. Unique Professions. You could sit in a red chair. To give yourself a confidence boost. Though black can be dangerous in some sectors. you would use the wood element. you should enhance the fire element. The energy of this area will influence how people view you. how your view yourself. To keep your mind focused and your emotions in check. To assist you in fulfilling your overall potential.
Beauty salons. outreach programs. Grocery stores and restaurants that depend on their food looking appetizing will flourish by choosing a ‘fire’ building. vertical lines. shelters for the abused and destitute.62 Sharp Points and Triangles These shapes represent the fire element. Since the organ associated with fire is the eye. Christian churches have chosen to use the fire element in their structures for centuries. This is a call to the water energy within their spiritual seekers. Churches in other cultures use the dome in their structures. rather than the eye. Skyscrapers are the most extreme example of this sort of building. hospitals. As such. Pharmacies. Accounting firms. You can imagine that the people who constructed these buildings hoped that the circular shape would help their devotees to dig down deep within themselves. straight. thought energy will lead seekers to recognize the truth and wisdom of their teachings. businesses that deal in appearances will benefit from doing business in a building that is manifesting the fire element. Their tall pointed spires are more a call to the fire energy of the mind. however. Flat Lines and Planes Straight lines are representative of the earth and of the constant base energy that unites our soul to our body. They hope this focused. and real estate firms would all do well in a wood manifesting building. clothing stores. using the power of water energy to lead them to a personal revelation of the truth of their spiritual teachings. any business that deals with ministering to the health and well being of the soul or body would do well to be in a building manifesting earth energy. Vertical Lines Wood is manifested in building with long. and department stores will do well in such a building. These holy buildings hope to set fire energy to work in the minds of their devotees. . and doctor’s offices would all benefit from being in such a building. highly charged. clinics. Long Straight. lawyer’s offices.
As wind fuels a flame. car rental agencies. Getting Creative With the Shapes You can use Feng Shui to help enhance the image of your business even when your potential customers are nowhere near your building. Jewelry stores. and lawyers deal with an untold variety of ‘fresh starts’. By using the shape associated with your profession on your business card or logo. Banks in particular are known to bring in the top Feng Shui consultants available in the belief that proper Feng Shui will help their institution to survive in the world market and outshine their competitors. from finalizing a divorce to clearing an innocent person who has been charged of a crime.63 All three of these deal with finishing up old business and getting a fresh start. For example. . and banks will all benefit from locating their business within a square structure. Any industry dealing with metal or metalworking will therefore thrive in a metal manifesting building. This airline struggled with bankruptcy throughout this time and even threatened to cut pension benefits for its retirees. When the logo was changed to include a triangular shape behind the three letters. Realtors help people to purchase new homes. so did the fire energy represented by the triangle fuel the efforts of this airline. the airline began to thrive and was soon ‘in the red’ once more. That energy of the ‘fresh start’ is the springtime energy of the wood element. you will make a positive impression on your target audience. for years a major airline had a logo in which a square box was created by the three letters of its abbreviation. Square Square represents the energy of metal. A Final Word on Feng Shui for the Workplace In China it’s not at all unusual for institutions to seriously consider the Feng Shui of a particular office space before deciding to set up shop. accounting firms help people to get a fresh start for the coming fiscal year. auto mechanics.
and Europe openly use Feng Shui to enhance productivity and worker satisfaction. If on the other hand you feel that your co-workers will mock your interest in Feng Shui. you may want to keep your intentions to yourself. If you feel your co-workers will be supportive of your choice to encourage positive energy flow at work. chances are that proper Feng Shui isn’t high on the list of considerations when your superiors are considering the design and layout of your office.. feel free to share with them your plans and thoughts for improving the ch’i of the workplace. Let Feng Shui be your secret weapon in this case. or that your boss may start to think you’ve gone off the deep end when you start rearranging mirrors to facilitate ch’i flow. Many high profile firms in large urban centers of the U. Canada. you may meet with more resistance when deciding to rearrange your desk or office space in order to be more Feng Shui friendly.64 If you work within a western culture. Simply make your changes quietly and leave others to wonder how you managed to snag that great promotion or to finish all your work reports before six o’clock in the evening! . Therefore. Australia.S.
Therefore. it has evolved into slightly different schools over the years.. we will be using the Bagua as it has traditionally been used. Episcopal. They instead base the sectors of the room according to their relative location to the main entrance to that room. for example. Methodists. The Black Hat sect of Feng Shui has dispensed with the concept of directional orientation altogether. Use your personal intuition to decide if a directional ‘flip flop’ might be advisable for your particular situation. The direction in which that main door opens is also taken into consideration and will further affect which sector will be placed in which part of the particular room. In this book. if you live in the southern hemisphere. The reason for this is that Feng Shui was developed with the gravitational and energetic forces of the northern hemisphere. . rather than the north.65 Chapter Five: The Bagua How to use the Bagua Feng Shui is an ancient practice and like any ancient way of thinking. Catholics. Just as there are hundreds of distinct sects within the larger umbrella of Christianity (Baptists. etc. Some Feng Shui experts have suggested that these directions may need to be modified with consideration to your hemisphere. there are numerous sects within the basic art of Feng Shui. the Bagua will be used in slightly different ways. Your career sector may be to the south. with the cardinal directions corresponding to specific sectors of a room as well as specific aspects of a person’s life. Depending on which sect you follow. These forces work in different ways when the dominant polar influence is a southerly force. you may want to consider reversing the directions for each of the following sectors. Classical Feng Shui considers the directions of the compass to be a reliable way of deciphering the sectors of a home or rooms within that home.). rather than a northerly one.
. Kan energy fills your creative well. self-confident individuals who are prepared to make a ‘personal journey’ of their own. For many people this intuitive energy is what we use to chart our chosen career path and so the Kan trigram has come to be associated with career and professional success. the word Kan means “deep water”. and it inspires you to begin the process of outward creation. if you are a parent.66 Kan Trigram The North Element-Water Color-Black Sector-Career In Chinese. and then they must continue to draw on that Kan energy to raise their children to be strong. for example. writing. most personal. it fuels your dreams. Though many would consider child rearing the realm of a different trigram. creative energy will be what you draw upon when raising your children. Kan is also the trigram of the journey of personal creation. there would be no creative process without the energy of Kan. If you enjoy artistic pursuits in your spare time. you will be using Kan energy to fuel your creative efforts. Though the energy of the creative process itself belongs to another trigram. If you were suffering from a chemical dependency. intuitive energy that we possess. many mothers and fathers feel that their parenting work is an intimate part of their personal journey in the world. your intuitive. Kan energy will be used in areas of our lives that many people consider ‘hobbies’ rather than full-fledged careers. knitting. First they must use their Kan energy to transform themselves to meet the challenges of parenthood. such as painting. So when considering the needs of your Kan or Career sector. or interior decorating. For example. The intuitive power of the deep water will help you to discover hidden truths that may not be readily apparent. meaning the deepest. you would need the deep intuitive energy of the Kan trigram to help you discover the root of your problem and urge you toward a transformation. You would also need a little extra Kan if you are feeling unfulfilled in your life and are looking for a deeper meaning in your day to day activities. but you may find the ‘deep water’ energy of the Kan trigram manifesting in different ways in your life as well. be aware that you may be able to use this sector to enhance other areas of your life as well. This journey can of course take the form of a career.
fountains. let alone Feng Shui standards! In this situation it may be best to place careerenhancing items in the northern most point of your bedroom. any of the eight basic cures can be used to create positive ch’i and to deflect negative sha from that area of your life. You can use objects that are specific to your chosen profession or desired goal to help you make advancements in this sector. wind chimes. in order to locate this sector in your home or within a particular room in your home. Using the color black in this sector can be a successful way of promoting the water element and increasing your income. If you have a teenager whose bedroom is located in the most northern position in the house. you may find it difficult to convince them to let you place items in their room to enhance your personal career Feng Shui. others prefer to apply the map to each room individually. Since water is the element associated with Kan and with the northerly direction. though people in the southern hemisphere may want to consider switching the location to the due south position. You may also have difficulty convincing them to keep the room clean enough for sanitary standards. If you want to stabilize an uncertain job situation. keep your law books on a sturdy shelf in this area. Once you have located the northern direction. you may need to use a compass to locate the northern most position. or other space where you spend a majority of your time. living room. place your drawing table in this sector. You’ll use the fire element in this area if you want a promotion or want to step up your rate of production. If you are a writer. use the earth . Using these objects will help to improve the overall quality of your work. you have a few Feng Shui decisions to make. Therefore. Using the five elements can help you to address more specific career related concerns. It’s really up to you to decide which method your feel will be most beneficial to your personal living space. Some people prefer to take their entire home or apartment into consideration when using the Bagua. If you are an architect. When deciding which objects to place in your Kan sector in order to improve the energy of your career. you will find special power in using water elements in this area. place your desk and computer in this sector. If you work in a lawyer’s office. and plants and flowers are always good choices. Water naturally enhances the career sector and cultivates money energy (as we’ve learned previously). as well as your satisfaction with your chosen job.67 Object Placement for your Kan or Career Sector… The Kan trigram is located due north. Mirrors. and still others use a combination of both methods.
they may be able to center themselves as well as encourage feelings of stability. A stressed out mother who is . Though this practice first began as a way to discover and assimilate spiritual wisdom. friend. Their anxiety may be directly related to fear. Many eastern cultures encourage a practice of meditation. People who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety may be able to find some relief for these conditions by encouraging the earth element in the sector of their personal journey. or life partner. A child with Attention Deficit Disorder would benefit from enhancing this sector of their room. If you want to improve your working relationships or make new work connections. With regards to your personal life journey. whether it be a mentor. use a water element in this sector if you have lost your passion and excitement. Use a fire element if you want to advance to a higher level of understanding regarding yourself and the course of your individual existence. It is ironic that in order to harness the energy of Gen. Gen Trigram Northeast Color-Blue/Green Sector-Knowledge/ Self-cultivation This trigram. the energy of knowledge and self-cultivation. use the metal element. If you want to regain your enthusiasm and enhance your motivation. we must learn to calm the ‘fierce wind’ of our mind and bring ourselves into a peaceful state in which will be able to have the discipline to absorb the knowledge we need and to cultivate our strengths and talents. is actually pronounced as “Ken” so you may find that other Feng Shui books will refer to it as such. Use the metal element if you are looking to create a new identity for yourself. Use the wood element if you are looking for someone to help you on your life journey. safety. Gen is the energy of the “fierce wind”. A mind that is able to quiet itself will be able to learn more quickly and evolve more effectively. use the water element. And use the earth element if you are feeling detached from your life and need to ground yourself in the reality of the moment. use the wood element. And if you want to be more creative at work. You would want to enhance the energy of the Gen Trigram if you are having difficulty focusing your attention or your efforts. or dissatisfaction with their personal life path. it is beneficial for people seeking to gain new knowledge of any kind.68 element. “Gen”. By bringing the energy of the center into this area. once again. and security. It only makes sense that a person who can shut down all the thoughts of ‘what I have to do today’ and simply concentrate on the task at hand will be better able to complete that task. uncertainty.
all of the members will flourish. The earth element would be beneficial for centering your energy and pulling your mind back from the million different directions in which it is trying to run. the whole family will be weakened. whittling. or sketching can actual help many people to transition their thought patterns into a more receptive and contemplative place. mentally frazzled people. over worked. When one family member is in trouble. This sector of a room or home is a great place to set up a meditation area or a study room. The organs of the body must all work harmoniously together (like a family) if a person is to thrive and experience all the benefits of good health. than the whole body suffers. repetitive. It is the same with a family. If one body system suffers. you may want to add a little of the fire element to take you out of your mind a bit and urge you to interact more with the world. but on closer inspection it actually makes a lot of sense. The body part associated with this sector is the hand. . Jen Trigram East Element-Wood Color-Green Sector. Object Placement for the Gen or Knowledge and Self-Cultivation Sector… Most of us will have difficulty taming this fierce wind of the mind and will therefore actually benefit more from calming the energy in this sector rather than ‘kicking it up a notch.” If you are one of the few people in the world who is skilled at mental stillness and serene contemplation. ‘handicrafts’. Decorate this space with blue/green colors and let the light in the room be soft and soothing but bright enough for hitting the books if need be.69 longing to find the time and mental energy to devote toward her dream of returning to school would also want to enhance the energy of this sector. metal.Health and Family It may seem strange at first that the Jen trigram is pulling double duty for both health and family. Keep noisy appliances away from this space and instead soothe the mind with a gently burbling fountain. or wood should be avoided in this sector if you are looking to encourage a quiet and more receptive mind. if the family is working well together. Any element of fire. In contrast. Activities such as knitting. so this can be a great place for engaging in soothing. we’ll need to concentrate our efforts on calming the energy of this sector. For the rest of we stressed out. The water element would be a good choice for calming the ‘fire of the mind’ and helping you to pull on your inner resources.
(The fire element can be especially useful for a family who tends to scatter to every corner of the house and spend little time with each other. When using the five elements. Use the metallic element to aid in recovery from illness and to encourage children to maintain family ties. wind chimes. any of the eight cures will help to boost positive ch’i energy when placed in this sector. which in turn affects the way that they will raise their children. Pictures of trees or forests can help to enhance the wood element.) The water element can be used to correct the opposite problem. and with shapes that are long and vertical. Though health and family are both influenced by the past.70 Health and Family are also both highly affected by the past. The other elements can also prove beneficial in the family and health sector. and water fountains will help to stimulate positive ch’i. Mirrors. It is the energy of the Jen trigram that we must use to keep our health and our relationships bursting with vital. Decorate this sector with wooden objects. wood will prove to be the most beneficial energy for this sector. healthy. while a smooth round stone in this sector can help to stabilize a family relationship that may have become strained. Use the fire element to increase physical and mental energy and to help the family engage with each other more directly. the Jen trigram is associated with wood energy. whereas a lifetime of exercise and eating right will increase your chances of living a long and healthy life. healthy energy to circulate through our bodies. our minds. Use elements of earth to lower stress levels and to center a family that is in crisis. the signature energy of the Jen trigram. The way you live your life from the moment you are born affects whether or not you will experience good physical health. The way you were raised affects the way that you will raise your children. new energy. A lifetime of poor eating habits and high stress will predispose you to disease. Wood encourages vital. as can carpets or upholstery that display flowers and plants in their motifs. the energy of springtime and new beginnings. cooling the tempers of family members who engage too directly or who may be irritable from being forced to share a small living space. Object Placement for the Health and Family sector… As we’ve said previously. It is the same with a family. Bamboo flutes would be an especially good choice in that they are also representative of the wood element. with the color green. . and our family relationships.
but having extra money can mean that we also have extra time. Hsun Trigram Southeast Color-Purple Sector-Wealth When considering the Hsun trigram. in this area. will encourage health and vitality. while a cluttered Jen sector will lead to ‘scatterbrained’ behavior and possible mental illness as well. . In this way you will encourage the ancestors of the past to provide protective energy to their descendents and you will remind the living of the family members who came before. especially in the form of healthy plants. and more time to simply relax and let the world rush by. At different times in our lives. the concept of personal wealth would be to have a few more days to spend with his loved ones. A dirty Jen sector will lead to disease of the physical body. What those blessings may be depends on your personal idea of what a ‘wealthy’ life entails. It may mean that you want to be blessed with many children. wealth can take on a different meaning. enhancing the energy of the Hsun Trigram can help you to achieve wealth and blessings of a wide variety. Not only do we need money to survive. that you want to lead a long and healthy life.71 Another enrichment for the family aspect of this sector is to place pictures of loved ones. To a couple who has been trying for a child for years. we are not only concerned with material wealth. For good health. or that you want to be able to retire by the age of forty. the symbol of personal wealth would be finally seeing that second pink line on a home pregnancy test. Material wealth is an issue that almost everyone is concerned with. that you want to achieve your ambitions. Whatever your desires. however. the most precious commodity we have as human beings. For a man diagnosed with a terminal illness. Much of our desire for material wealth is really a desire to be free from having to spend so much of our time scrambling to make enough money to get by. We’d all like to have more time to spend with family and friends. Using green in this sector. more time to engage in hobbies and pastimes that are meaningful to us. it is especially vital that this sector be free of dirt and clutter. but with blessings of all kinds. both living and deceased.
pond. Every person believes they deserve the chance to have the focus of the entire world firmly trained on them for at least their ‘fifteen minutes’. water is the element that brings money energy flowing towards or away from your life. To keep money energy flowing in the right direction. and flowering plants (especially with purple flowers!) will help to stir up the ch’i of your wealth sector and help get the positive money energy flowing. If you have a bowl where you dump your loose change. fix leaky faucets in sinks. always keep the doors to the bathrooms in your house tightly closed and keep the lids of the toilets down unless they are being used. Fountains and fish bowls are good ways to enhance your wealth. use items that symbolize your desire to decorate your wealth sector. most of whom have an abundance of monetary wealth. Li Trigram South Element-Fire Color-Red Sector-Fame and Reputation In our modern culture. In order to encourage blessings of a different sort. wind chimes. Mirrors. If you simply want to increase your overall abundance. use mirrors to reflect any outside water inside the house. You may choose to keep your personal lock box or safe in this sector. Also. make the most of it by reflecting the image into your money sector. move it to this area to make the most of its positive monetary influence. Using purple in your wealth sector will help to encourage material abundance. Another way to encourage wealth is by placing actual money in this area. If you live near a river. Fish bowls are especially fortunate as fish will bring good luck as well as good energy. the lust for fame has become a disease. If you wish happiness and long life to your children. or have a water feature in your yard. keep their pictures in this sector. place an object that symbolizes that quality to you in this sector. As we’ve said before. Even a dish with a few coins inside can help to stimulate positive money energy. put a climbing vine in your wealth sector. showers. or lake.72 Object Placement for the Wealth Sector… For thousands of years. To encourage good water element energy. purple has been the preferred color of royalty. Whether this obsession is due to the popularity of reality . If you wish for increased opportunity. or bathtubs right away.
A fish bowl would also encourage wealth. thusly increasing your chances of achieving fame and a good reputation.73 television programming. A person who endeavors to bring compassion and excellence to their work. A person who is helpful to strangers. Your actions will speak for themselves and they will speak louder than any words. All of these qualities will lead you towards excellence in your chosen field of endeavor. This is the energy of intellectual investigation. will automatically become known for their charity. The fire element will be the most powerful of the five elements as it is the signature energy of the Li Trigram. For example. you can use any of the eight cures to ‘liven up’ the energy of your fame and reputation sector. Earth energy in this . the energy of the Li trigram would ensure that your discoveries brought you the recognition and good reputation that your efforts rightfully deserve. A water feature would be a wise choice if you seek both greater fame and greater wealth. but the point is that enhancing the energy of your fame and reputation sector will not make you win a national singing competition unless you have the skills and talent to warrant such a prize. and mental clarity. Most people will want to avoid using the water element in this area because it will dampen the energy of fire. If your lust for fame is so all consuming that it is negatively affecting your life. a little water might not be a bad idea. or even any Feng Shui! Object Placement for the Fame and Reputation Sector… If you feel the need to help your actions along a bit. if you were a scientist who has spent your entire life trying to cure disease. Encourage the fire element in your fame sector by using triangular shapes and the color red. high sustained activity. You could also burn candles and incense in this area. The Li trigram is not the energy of this type of fame. it has gotten decidedly out of hand. however. Not every situation would necessarily have to be that heroic. or is simply a result of our entertainment-obsessed culture. the Li trigram is representative of deserved recognition. will become known for their skill. A person who volunteers their time. The energy of the Li Trigram will naturally be manifested if you are simply pursuing your creative destiny as a human being and concentrating your efforts on mastering your life goal. Choosing goldfish as the residents of your bowl will encourage the fire element as well. will become known for their kindness.
There is very little Feng Shui can do for you if you are infatuated with someone who does not return your feelings. and a concert pianist would store their sheet music in this sector. a policeman would keep his uniform in this sector. we are forced to confront negative patterns in ourselves and in our mate. intimacy. would encourage wood in their fame sector to help them take their first steps toward their ultimate goal. An actor trying to land their first big role. A professor would put lesson plans in the fame sector. In the search for love. and support that a partnership can provide. There is something about a life that is shared with someone else that is more meaningful than a life spent all on our own. chances are you would still like the opportunity to share your life with someone who loves you and whom you love in return. human beings have tried every thing from love potions to love spells to specially designed voodoo objects in order to try to find the partner that is right for them or to force another person to return their unrequited love. Objects that are unique to your particular area of expertise may help to encourage the energy of the fame sector. Though it may in some cases be easier to hold onto negative patterns and live alone. The same actor above may want to keep scripts in this area. Nearly all the Holy Scriptures agree that the creating force of the universe is an entity based in profound love. Even if you aren’t the type to want to eventually get married. Not only do we enjoy the closeness. we will progress further as human beings if we are forced to engage with others and evolve to meet our potential. The elements will help you to achieve specific goals. Kuen Trigram Southwest Color-Pink Sector-Love and Marriage Love is the most powerful force in the world. One of the functions of a good relationship is that we learn about these destructive tendencies and hopefully learn how to leave these tendencies behind. but by engaging in an intimate relationship with someone else. Fire will help to increase the passion of .74 sector will bring a center to a wildly fluctuating reputation and wood energy will help you to ‘break in’ to the area in which you would like to achieve your good reputation. Object Placement for the Love and Marriage Sector… To enhance the energy of this sector you can use any one of the eight cures. is also a very powerful force and one that most human beings don’t enjoy experiencing at all. however. Loneliness. But proper Feng Shui in your love sector may help you to be able to move past your infatuation and explore other romantic possibilities.
which is the energy of contraction. Dwei Trigram West Element-Metal Color-White Sector-Children and Creativity The Dwei Trigram is a bit confusing upon first examination. Neither children nor any creative project can separate itself from what came before. two matching trees. Two identical statues. a combination of red and white stripes will work to strengthen the energy of this sector. Bookends separated by books may mean that you will remain separated from your future mate.75 your relationship. the Chinese color of mourning and death. This trigram is also associated with the west. Pairs of anything in this sector will encourage your to pair off as well. On the Bagua. Wood will help to get a new romantic relationship started while metal will help to create a deeper connection in one that your already have. and its signature color is white. there are many Feng Shui recommendations. the realm of the ancestors. the Dwei trigram is located directly across from the Family trigram. If you happen to already be in a relationship with a partner who can’t stand the color pink (many males and females have a strong aversion to the color for some reason). Children depend on the past for their very . not of new life (wood energy). You should avoid matching bookends in this sector. however. the direction of sunset. If you are specifically looking to increase your chances of getting married. unless they are touching. Water will help you and your partner to connect on a deeper level. but it is associated with the metal element. The color pink will also help to enhance the energy of your love and marriage sector. not sunrise. or two small fountains will all help to move you closer to the altar. however. Earth will help to stabilize a rocky relationship. It is the sector responsible for children and creativity.
and love in your relationships with them. White is the signature color of metal energy and will help you to stay focused on the creative process and sustain your creative energy. We must teach our children everything they need to know to survive and thrive in our individual culture. To hone in on your own creativity. it is also the color of death and can have a negative impact on your chances of conceiving. . harmony. especially in your bedroom. Use metallic objects and square shapes in this area to encourage good relationships and to promote the overall health and well being of your offspring (whether they be little girls and boys. Object Placement for the Children/Creative Sector Metal will be the most influential element for this sector. or perhaps your inner child is still very much alive and is mentally holding you in the past and keeping you from moving forward. The color white helps to remind us that no new life can emerge without others passing away. In the same way. Perhaps you had a traumatic childhood. place their pictures in this sector. If you have a painting you’re working on. you will be encouraging their creativity as well. Be careful using white in this sector if you are having problems conceiving a child. By hanging their drawings and childhood artwork in this section. you may want to decorate this section with the color white. and their arts and crafts projects are also good choices. compassionate people. If you are trying to conceive a child. metal energy will be very useful in your children sector. Both must be refined and shaped as we would refine a piece of metal. The energy of the Dwei trigram can be used to encourage your own inner child. A little metal energy in the bedroom will help to take the passionate fire energy between you and your mate and contract it into the metal energy of a new life. Both children and creative works come to us in a raw form. Metal energy in this area can be used to heal the child within yourself. we must continue to fine-tune our creative works until they are the best that they can possibly be. If you already have children and simply want to encourage peace. The quality of metal energy makes sense as well. If you are one of the many adults in the world who have forgotten how to play. the quality of your life will be greatly enhanced by a little metal in your creativity sector. place any ‘works in progress’ in this sector. To enhance creativity further. let it rest overnight in your creative sector and you may wake up in the morning knowing exactly how to proceed. or your latest novel!). Though white is the color of metal. We must help mold them so that they will be able to grow into effective. Baby books. old toys.76 inception and will continue to depend on the past until they are of an age to care for themselves.
Placing a picture of yourself as a child in this area can help you to recapture your childish feelings of joy. and who have you helped in return? To achieve strength and power in your life. Use the elements of both metal and wood to help form new relationships and use the element of water to help strengthen bonds from the past. we often live far away from our families and old friends. use metallic objects and the color white in this sector. If you are seeking professional guidance. place the .Helpful People And Travel The Chyan trigram is the trigram that represents strength and power. The element of fire will help you to attract like-minded people and will help you to fuel your own helpful nature. Object Placement and the Helpful People/Travel Sector Everyone could use a few more ‘helpful people’ in their life. It also provides us the opportunity to help others enhance their awareness. This problem is at its worst in large cities where people will often live in adjoining apartments for years and never even learn their neighbor’s name! To attract helpful people into your life. This is the energy of the Chyan Trigram. place pictures of admired people in this area. Entering into different cultures and unusual surroundings helps us to come to a deeper understanding of the world around us. In today’s world. allowing you to be a positive force for those who may need your assistance. Travel is part of this trigram in the sense that our travels are also journeys of understanding. Travel can even help bring together different cultures and reduce the violence that can result from a lack of empathy and insight. discovery. It seems there just aren’t as many helpful people around as there used to be.77 To encourage your inner child to let go of old wounds and to allow the adult you to move forward. while keeping childish fears from encroaching on your adult life. who were the helpful people that encouraged you to become the person that you are today. and play. you will continuously need to be nurtured and aided by others and you will need to keep that energy flowing by supporting the efforts of those who need your help. If you are seeking greater wisdom. Communities aren’t as close knit and people are generally more distant than they were fifty years ago. decorate this sector of your home in gray or silver colors. Chyan Trigram Northwest Color-Gray Sector. In other words. If you are specifically hoping to make contact with a mentor. place pictures of well-known leaders in your chosen field. It looks at where you have received your strength and how generous you have been in sharing that strength with others.
even artificial plants and flowers can be used so don’t . place images of your dream destinations in this sector. Painting the area in earth tones is a good place to start. good fortune. use the earth element in this sector. our bodies. but you can also use muted browns. but by the symbol of Ying and Yang intertwined in harmony. central energy. They are perfectly balanced and proportional and each one contains a little seed of the other. or other admired spiritual figure in this sector. Object Placement for the Center Sector To encourage stability in your life and to give a strong foundation for the other eight trigrams. If at all possible. Wood destroys earth in the destructive cycle and will undermine the strength of the center. and harmonious center is the most important element within any home as well as within each person. Remember. You can also store your travel books and itineraries in this sector as well as any meaningful souvenirs from past trips. Gandhi. happy families and children. They come from the earth and naturally encourage strong. Yellow is the signature color for the center.Ying and Yang Color-Yellow Element-Earth The final sector of the Bagua is not represented by a trigram. In addition. or to help make the most of a planned trip. balanced. tans. Avoid using wood elements. helpful people. If you are seeking spiritual guidance. This is why it is so important to pay special attention to the center of our homes. they stimulate ch’i and will deflect any negative sha that may be aimed into the center of your home. colors that are manifested in soil. the perfect harmony of Yin and Yang. and overall success on our life journey. T’ai Chi is the name given to describe this balance. Subtle touches of the fire element can help to fuel positive energy (fire creates earth in the creative cycle). Plants and flowers are a great choice for decorating the center of a room or home. and our spirits.78 images of wise people from history. but an overabundance of fire should not be encouraged as it can raise the energy of this sector to an undesirable level. and reds. A balanced center enhances the functioning of all the other trigrams and leads to health. A strong. To increase your opportunities for travel. make sure that there are no stairs or bathrooms located in this section of your home. try placing an image of Mother Theresa. positive. They will cause the energy of the center to be unstable and overly active. The Center (T’ai Chi) Symbol.
you can counteract this tendency by encouraging the water element in yourself and your surroundings.79 despair if the center of your home doesn’t receive adequate light for growing live plants or flowers. This is how the Bagua can help us to control our fate. This fate (or karma) was manifested in the balance of the five elemental energies within the person’s body. Final Thoughts on the Bagua The Bagua is not only helpful in learning how to arrange objects. is to balance our elemental energy to avoid potential dangers associated with our personal elemental imbalance. The challenge of our karma. Sometimes it can be easier to observe our strengths and weaknesses when we break our lives down into smaller. Though an excess of fire energy in your personal karma may put you at a higher risk for ‘burning out’ early and perhaps even dying at a young age. Hopefully you will be able to use this ancient map to remedy energy deficiencies and make the most of your natural sectors of power. In ancient China it was believed that a person’s fate was decided at birth. mind. This means that our future is not predetermined. Since no human being is perfect. . it is a useful tool for enabling us to more closely examine our lives. No matter how well rounded you may be. By taking a closer look at each of the eight trigrams as well as the energy of the center. we are all born with elemental energy imbalances. therefore. By cultivating self-knowledge. there is always one element that is significantly weaker or stronger than the rest. Perhaps the Bagua can help you to discover the forces at work in your own life. and spirit. we can begin to become aware of areas where we may be lacking in essential energy. more manageable sections. we can learn how to balance our elemental energy and create the most fortuitous conditions possible for a long and happy life.
but is to be expected. or little Buddha. body. Whether it be the Bible. In Feng Shui. All spiritual writings emphasize the importance of seeking direct guidance from a deeply personal source. increase your knowledge. and even Feng Shui institutes and personal consultants who can more closely address your personal needs. the Tao Te Ching. but always return to the center of truth within yourself for the final word on any Feng Shui decision. you will find that many of the sources contradict each other. As you continue to dig through the information available. using our own personal spirit given intuition to interpret the information that we are given. There is not a single mystical text or art in the world that is not at times seemingly contradictory. you must use your intuition to apply the guidelines of the practice to your own life in a way that is the most useful and powerfully to you personally. In Christianity it is the Holy Spirit that will lead you to personal truth. and that at times individual sources will even contradict themselves! This can be frustrating. There are hundreds of books. So enjoy your search. however. all mystical traditions are filled with inconsistency and seeming paradox. . there are more resources available now than ever before in history. In Buddhism. or the teachings of the Buddha. several instructional videos. the texts of these traditions will lead us in a different direction. This is why we must be empowered seekers. and spirit. and seek your own unique enlightenment. you yourself must become a bodhisattva. Though many religions and mystical practices will claim that strict obedience to the ‘rules’ is the only way to achieve personal blessing. You’ll be amazed how far you can go with a few guiding principles and a sense of self-faith. Use your intuition to apply the rules of Feng Shui in a way that will bring harmony and balance to the energies of your home and to your own personal mind. It is our job as students to seek to understand and assimilate these contradictions as best we can.80 Moving forward with Feng Shui How to Advance your Practice… If the ideas in this book have intrigued you and you feel drawn to advance your knowledge of the ancient art of Feng Shui.
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