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