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