In traditional Chinese Feng Shui, we try to avoid beams. Beams create downward Qi and can be difficult on health and relationships, especially when we place our bed or main seating beneath them.
If they are unable to be avoided, using a false ceiling or even draped fabric can slow down the Qi. If it does not work, at least try to place yourself between beams or leave a gap beneath them.
If your dream master suite includes a stunning walk-in closet, be aware that the walk-in closet greatly affects the Qi of the entire master bedroom, and consequently affects your sleep as well.
As a general rule, try to avoid having the opening of the walk-in closet facing the bed, especially the facing side(s) has mirrors on it. Designs like this tend to make you feel uneasy.
The ancient Chinese people humanized the residence, which indicates that if the home is in good balance, it benefits the people.
"The house takes the topography as its body, water as its blood, land as its skin and flesh, grass and trees as its hair, huts as its clothing, and door as its crown. If it is like this, it is graceful. It is good luck and good fortune."
If our home has stagnant Qi, we could expect little personal growth in life. We could easily either live in the past feeling depressed and sad or live in the future feeling anxious and terrified.
What creates stagnant Qi in our home?
Expired food, artificial flowers, leaves-turning-yellow plants, gifts from last Christmas that are still hanging around somewhere...and STUFF.
Having issues with your relationship? Concerned about your health? Or simply need a better night's sleep?
Our bedroom is our sanctuary. It's our protection from the world, a place for privacy and a place for rejuvenation. It plays a significant role to our love life, health and well-being.
As a general rule, the bed should be placed in the Command Position to provide the occupant(s) protection and support while they sleep. It needs to be against a solid wall with no openings, have a sturdy headboard and have a view of the door.
We commonly hear clients saying " I am not having enough energy".
Look around your home. Does it feel alive to you? A bad Feng Shui home can suck your own life force. A good Feng Shui home, on the other hand, is bursting with good Qi, which can be contributed by scent, music, plants, flowers and pets.
Or, if you prefer, just take an aromatherapy bath!
Corridors with bad Feng Shui can turn positive Qi into negative Qi (Sha Qi). It can also trap destructive Qi inside the house.
As a general rule, we try to avoid corridors that are long, narrow, dim, with dead ends.
A long corridor with a door to a room at the end should not be designated as a master suite or a room for the primary occupant(s).
The traditional Chinese Feng Shui is more than furniture positioning, design elements, green living, decluttering and organizing.
It is a process that needs to be personalized for the individual.
If a Feng Shui consultation concentrates on only paint colors or tips for organizations, the result would be immediate but superficial. Once the focus is shifted deeper into all areas of individual's life, a real Feng Shui home is being created - a home that inspires, feels balanced and healthy, supports your goals and make you thrive.
According to Flying Star, a eight-eight combination forebodes fame and wealth under life cycle 8 (from 2004 to 2023).
If we situate our study or home office in this eight-eight palace, students will excel in school and any business venture planned and conducted in this room will thrive.
In general, when it comes to creativity, productivity and career advancement, we need to look at Flying Star chart looking for auspicious combination of the stars in order to designate a room that encourages prosperity and success.
A built structure is influenced by the Qi from the Heaven and the Qi from the Earth.
Before a structure is built, the Qi flows freely over the land. Once a foundation is placed, directional orientation is created, walls and roof are put on, the Qi inside the structure is captured. This captured Qi remains where it is until the structure is torn down.
During the life of this structure, there are influences from Qi that visits each year, however, the nature of the Qi remains fixed.
At all time, a human being is subject to the influence of time, space and climate of the universe.
High altitude has less air or pressure. Air pressure decreases with altitude. This is a scientific fact. Inside a building structure where we live, the movement of the air is precisely the "air", "current" or "energy" that Chinese geomancy refers to. It is called "Qi". When Qi is directed in a knowledgeable way, it can promote harmony, prosperity, good health and long life.
Good architecture does not equal good Feng Shui. A well-positioned garage is extremely critical when we design a new home.
Energy brought to the house by cars can affect the health and fortunes of the occupants.
Cars driving into the garage destabilize energy in the rooms above. Cars driving towards living space in the house create flow of Qi that might be too strong.
Sha Qi is any negative influence. It can be any of the sensory forms of sight, sound, smell, touch or feelings. It is anything that is uncomfortable to our senses. Sha comes in six types. Five related to the senses:
The sixth is the internal feelings we get.
When we examine the internal Feng Shui (of a home), one of the most important work is to reduce the Sha Qi and improve the occupant's comfort.
Sitting and Facing is the easiest concept to explain but the most difficult concept to use. The theory behind it is simple but its application is difficult because there are so many varying architectural styles and designs.
Essentially, it is the Yin and Yang sides of a building. In traditional Chinese Feng Shui, it is described as the Open or Closed side of a building.
It is the entry point for the Qi in the building that determines the nature of the building, not the door or the view.
You might quite often experience your family members' behavior changes after moving to a new residence. Change exists in all walks of life and always will, but at the same time, the magnetic compass direction of your front door entrance can also create an influence on those behaviors.
If the front door entrance is facing Southwest, there is a tendency that the wife often goes out and shops. If the front door entrance is facing Northwest, there is a tendency that the husband often goes clubbing or travels North. If the front door entrance is facing East or Southeast, there is a tendency that the children often go out spending money.
Instead of installing in a shared environment such as living room, more and more of us tend to have an entire room dedicated to a beautiful home theater.
There are many considerations involved when it comes to Home Theater Feng Shui. Except room placement, another essential is to avoid "room door behind seating" position.
Depending on the space, budget and styling preferences, we can choose the room layout that works best for us with Feng Shui integrated.
Depending on the orientation and date of construction, every house has a permanent nature: It can be Wang Shan, Wang Shui (Good for People, Good for Money), Double Sitting (Good for People, Not Good for Money), Double Facing (Good for Money, Not Good for People) or Reversed (Not Good for Money, Not Good for People).
When it is Good for People, it means relationships, health and well-being are good. If it is bad, things can be a struggle. Relationships can be difficult and health can be a problem. When it is Good for Money, it means there will be prosperous income. If it is bad, it can be difficult to hold money and to make money.
Good Qi flow in a home is important. In traditional Chinese Feng Shui, manipulating Qi is one of the most important concept.
The movement of Qi in a room is affected by the shape of the room, the constructional features (for example, the columns and posts) of the room, the shapes of the objects in the room and the room's openings (for example, the windows and doors).
Ideally the Qi in a home should flow freely and naturally like a gentle and meandering river.
Plants can increase the vitality of a home. Some varieties can also filter indoor pollutants and remove toxic chemicals from the air.
Every home can benefit from adding house plants.
In traditional Chinese Feng Shui, we try to avoid plants with pointed or sharp leaves. Piercing arrows creates Sha Qi, which we try to minimize in any cases. Plants like cactus, is only recommended under certain circumstances. Positioning cactus in a wrong room can cause life events such as "friends stabbing in the back".
Qi can be considered “life energy” or “life force”. It is the energy, current or magnetic fields in nature. It is what makes life possible.
Qi plays an important role in the traditional Chinese Feng Shui. Balancing and manipulating Qi is probably the most important Feng Shui concept.
If Qi flows freely and naturally through your home, you will feel balanced, peaceful and healthy.
One question we have been asked a lot is "When shall I hire a Feng Shui consultant?"
To me, Feng Shui is a way of life, so my answer is "Anytime".
Below are some examples, just to help you understand better:
When you constantly feel conflicted.
When you feel your energy level is low.
When you feel money is difficult and scarce.
When your career has stalled.
When you want to find a girlfriend but it's not happening.
When you are diagnosed with illness.
When you want to improve your overall wellbeing.
The Reductive Cycle is the most significant cycle, however, it is seldom mentioned. In Traditional Chinese Feng Shui, it is the cycle we use to restore balance:
Wood draws from Water.
Water corrodes Metal.
Metal is taken from Earth.
Earth extinguishes Fire.
Fire burns Wood.
The Reductive Cycle is a gentle and harmonious way of reducing the preceding element.
The Destructive Cycle is one of the Feng Shui problems that we encounter which needs to be remedied:
Water extinguishes Fire.
Fire melts Metal.
Metal pierces Wood.
Wood draws from Earth.
Earth blocks Water.
The "new age" practices often misuse the Destructive Cycle by using the Water to remedy the Fire. This could easily create eye or heart problems.
The Productive Cycle creates a natural flow that is in balance. This is the ideal cycle:
Burning Wood produces Fire.
Fire leaves behind Earth.
Earth is the source of Metal.
Metal liquefies into a substance flowing like Water.
Water helps Wood to thrive.
This does not mean all the five elements need to be present in a room. Ideally the two or three of the main elements in a particular room should be in Productive Cycle.
The five elements are physical manifestations of the Qi. Not only they represent Qi, they are also used to affect the Qi. In Feng Shui, we use the five elements to create the balance of Qi within a home. The five elements consist of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
The relationships of the five elements are predictable and systematic. There are three cycles: The Productive Cycle, The Destructive Cycle and The Reductive Cycle. These cycles are the key to understanding the interaction of Qi.
Feng Shui uses the theories of Yin and Yang, the balancing of the five primary elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) combined with the theories of "mutual creation", "mutual destruction" and "mutual reduction" to create a more supportive living environment to increase our overall well-being and to achieve specific life goals.
An excess of wood creates an energy of stubbornness and feeling overwhelmed. An excess of fire creates an energy of aggression and feeling restless. An excess of earth creates an energy of heaviness and feeling serious. An excess of metal creates an energy of self-righteousness and feeling isolated. An excess of water creates an energy of spaciness and feeling overemotional.
When we walk into a good Feng Shui home, it feels like a warm hug. It does not have to be fully decorated by a designer. It just inexplicably feels right.
When was the last time when you walk through the door and say to yourself "Home! Sweet Home!"? Do you feel happy, relaxed and at ease when you enter? If not, are you ready for a change? Are you ready to make it a place where you love being?
Whether a male or a female, we have both Yin and Yang forces reside in each one of us, This two forces continuously evolving and cycling throughout our life. Although we operate in either force under different life situations at different times, we are able to find out our general personality propensity by looking into the predominant force.
If your predominant force is Yang (for example, active and energetic), when you feel out of balance, try to bring the opposing energy, which is Yin (for example, soft seating and dim lighting), to your space, and vice versa.
Yin and Yang are the Chinese perspective of balance and continual change. Yin and Yang complement each other. When there is a dominance of one force over another, an imbalance will occur.
Are you feeling ready for a serious relationship or maybe hoping to get married? Have you been trying very hard in dating but feeling frustrated with the results?
Examine your home. If you are a male living in a predominantly Yang energy environment, add Yin to complement it, and vice versa. Once a Yin and Yang balance has been created, the transformation will follow.
When, or if, our world of work might return to normal? We do not know yet. One thing is certain though - The pandemic has normalized remote work.
More and more of us have made the shift to working from home. Have you set up a supportive environment for productivity and prosperity?
The location, placement of furniture, light, hanging arts and etc, each of these factors contributes to your success. In any case, any home office can benefit from Feng Shui.
Children are highly impressionable and susceptible to their environments. They are so sensitive that imbalances of their spaces could only be amplified much more.
If you find your children are experiencing restlessness or illnesses, examine the Feng Shui of their rooms.
Whether we realize it or not, every object we surround our children with carries energy, which sometimes can be destructive.
In Feng Shui, adding certain elements into our surroundings can assist us in creating a supportive environment to achieve our life goals. On the other hand, some elements could slow down our growth or discourage our creativity, intuition and expansion.
For example, if we surround ourselves with "dead energy" such as dried flowers or artificial plants, not only it creates stagnant Qi, it also enhances superficiality - superficial friendship, superficial love and etc.
When we evaluate the interior Feng Shui of a house, we first look at the floor plan. If the arrangement of rooms and high-traffic areas have good Feng Shui, we could proceed further. Some principles to keep in mind:
The arrangement of rooms should not be irregular.
Levels of the house should not overlap.
There should be no long and narrow corridor.
Interior doors should not be taller than exterior doors.
Living room and kitchen should have good natural lighting.
The front and back door should not be lined up.
The stairway should not be aligned with the front door.
The staircase should not be located in the center of the house.
According to our physical and emotional needs, all Five elements (Wood, Fire, Metal, Water, Earth) should be more or less equally present throughout our home. If you are feeling imbalanced, try to look into your environment for clues.
For example, if you are surrounded by a large body of water and you already have a tendency to be overemotional, the Water element could potentially enhance the tendency even more.
The color red represents Fire and Fire can promote production and aggression, therefore red should be avoided for those who have cancer. The Fire element could potentially enhance the production of cancer cells that are already mutating and growing.
Based on the activities that occur there, every room of the house can be divided into a Yin room or a Yang room. Foyer, living room, family room, kitchen, home office, laundry room and garage are Yang rooms. Bedroom, bathroom and basement are Yin rooms.
In traditional Chinese Feng Shui, large, busy, grand and bright are ideal features for Yang rooms. Small, quiet, soft and dim are ideal features for Yin rooms.
There is no right or wrong in Yin and Yang, rather, there is interaction. As they evolve and cycle, they mutually create a balance. Find the balance. Live healthy.
Sometimes an entire house can be considered too Yin or too Yang.
If a house is too close or faces a graveyard, built on an old cemetery or burial ground, faces a funeral parlor, or someone died there before, it naturally has a Yin quality. Living in a house that has too much extreme Yin is not healthy.
If you happen to discover that you are living in a naturally Yin house, add a row of tall bushes or trees to create some sort of separation between the house and the Yin quality building.
Since the ancient Chinese emperors have always oriented themselves facing south, the direction south is always located at the top of the Chinese geomantic compass. The four protectors - the Green Dragon, White Tiger, Red Raven and Black Tortoise - are associated with the four cardinal directions of the compass. Each direction is associated with a specific element (Wood, Fire, Metal, Water and Earth).
The Green Dragon is the wood element on the east. The White Tiger is the metal element on the west. The Red Raven is the fire element on the south. The Black Tortoise is the water element on the north. The center of the compass is associated with the element earth.
When the early Chinese emperors built their palaces four thousand years ago, they oriented the seat of government toward the south. It was believed that benevolent energy came from the south.
The emperors sat with their backs to the north (Black Tortoise) and received their ministers facing south (Red Raven). The east (Green Dragon) would be to their left, and the west (White Tiger) would be to their right.
Their shaman advisers planned the layout of the palaces so that the four protectors surrounded the seat of government.
The external environment is an important factor in determining the Feng Shui of a house. To evaluate the external environment, we first check the four protectors: the Green Dragon, White Tiger, Red Raven and Black Tortoise. This four protective features are named after four guardian animals from Chinese mythology.
The Red Raven is the feature in front of the house. The Black Tortoise is the feature at the back. When we stand having our back facing the front of the house, to our left is the Green Dragon and to our right is the White Tiger.
Clutter creates stagnant Qi. It is a visual Sha Qi that many times smell Sha Qi also tags along. A cluttered environment can easily lead to a sense of feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and unstable. It is hard to concentrate and stay focused when we have clutter around us.
Benevolent Qi circulates in a clean flow in a home. It moves naturally in a circular, spiral and flowing direction. It is like a gentle, meandering flowing river.
When the benevolent Qi flows freely and naturally through your home, you feel balanced, peaceful and healthy.
We can create a harmonious and balanced home by positioning arts, lighting and furniture as well as by using color in accordance with Feng Shui principles.
The traditional Chinese Feng Shui can enhance any interior design style. It does not have a particular design like Asian, Zen or Organic.
While Feng Shui can point out the obvious, it could also help understand the invisible energies and make sense of the illogical, such as deep depression, irrational behavior and mysterious illness.
Colors are often a merge of cultural meanings, subject to personal interpretation and taste.
In China, red is the most auspicious color. Chinese brides wear red. Western brides wear white to symbolize purity and virginity. To the Chinese culture, white is the color for funerals.
In Feng Shui, colors have many associations, for example the Five Elements: We use black and dark blue to represent Water. We use white and silver to represent Metal. We use brown and beige to represent Earth. We use green to represent Wood. We use red to represent Fire. By applying the color, we could work on a specific space and achieve balance.
“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” - Lao Tzu
Do you feel alone even in a room full of people? Do you feel your energy level is low? Do you feel your career is stalled and money is difficult? Do you want to find a girlfriend/boyfriend but it’s not happening?
Observing our environment with a Feng Shui eye can help us to achieve balance and harmony. When our awareness is heightened, we will be able to see how the internal and external environments have an enormous impact on our life.
Trees carry beneficial energy.
A house situated near or in the midst of a grove of trees receive positive energy from the plant life. When the trees are on the sitting side of the house, it provides great protection and is considered to have “Mountain” effect.
Make sure there is an appropriate clearing between the trees and the house, otherwise it accumulates too much Yin, and also the trees will compete with the house for energy from the earth.
Feng Shui of the Family Room affects all the members of the family who use this room. Placing family pictures in this room greatly enhances harmonious family Qi.
In traditional Chinese Feng Shui, we believe “Where there is a figure, there is a spirit”, therefore we try to avoid placing family pictures in bedrooms or behind our back while sitting.
In Feng Shui, there are eight trigrams and five elements. Each direction corresponds to a trigram. Each trigram corresponds to an element. Each element affects certain parts of our body.
North: trigram Kan, element Water, affects our kidney, intestine, bladder & ears.
Northeast: trigram Gen, element Earth, affects our spleen & stomach.
East: trigram Zhen, element Wood, affects our liver, gallbladder, arms, legs, hands & feet.
Southeast: trigram Xun, element Wood, affects our liver, gallbladder, arms, legs, hands & feet.
South: trigram Li, element Fire, affects our head, heart and blood.
Southwest: trigram Kun, element Earth, affects our spleen & stomach.
West: trigram Dui, element Metal, affects our lung, throat, nose & tongue.
Northwest: trigram Qian, element Metal, affects our lung, throat, nose & tongue.
When our family member is experiencing health issues, except getting professional treatment from a doctor, we could also check the Feng Shui of our home, especially the corresponding directions. Feng Shui is not the cure, but it will play a supporting role.
Feng Shui uses the Eight Trigram (Bagua) to signify eight kinds of family members.
North (Kan) signifies the middle son(s).
Northeast (Gen) signifies the youngest son.
East (Zhen) signifies the eldest son.
Southeast (Xun) signifies the eldest daughter.
South (Li) signifies the middle daughter(s).
Southwest (Kun) signifies the mother.
West (Dui) signifies the youngest daughter.
Northwest (Qian) signifies the father.
If a house has one section missing, East for example, it is ominous to the occupant's eldest son. If a young couple move into a house that has both East and Southeast missing, they might find it difficult to have newborn or even get pregnant.
Our home is a reflection of us.
Feng Shui makes us aware of how our environment affects us and provides tools to change our surroundings to achieve specific goals and to increase our overall well-being.
By using the theories of Yin and Yang, the balancing of the five primary elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) combined with the theories of "mutual creation", "mutual destruction" and "mutual reduction", the traditional Chinese Feng Shui redefined geomancy as a scientific art. It is not specific to the Chinese. It is not a religion. Anyone from any religious belief can benefit from Feng Shui.
Kitchens are probably the most challenging room because modern design maybe completely opposite from a Feng Shui approach.
Modern Kitchens use excessive chrome, aluminum and sheet metal. Feng Shui, however, seeks to create a balance of the Five Elements.
If the space allows, try not to have the stove (Fire) and the sink (Water) next to each other (it is a metaphor of couple's quarreling and fighting).
A staircase should not face the main entrance.
This creates a rush of Qi and drains the money from the house. It is also a visual Sha Qi when we enter the house.
Adding a large and bushy green plant at the bottom of the stairs can help to slow down the Qi and minimize the money loss Qi.
Qi can be considered “life energy” or “life force”. It is what makes life possible. Qi plays an important role in Feng Shui. It is the energy, current or magnetic fields in nature. Balancing and manipulating Qi is an important Feng Shui concept.
In our body, Qi serves as the air we breathe. Health practices such as yoga and martial arts are all based on the concept of Qi flow through the body. When the body’s Qi flow is good, blood and oxygen circulate freely, we look and feel healthy.
Similarly, when Qi is directed in an appropriate way in our living environment, we feel balanced, peaceful and healthy.
Xuan Kong is known as the time and space theories of Feng Shui. Through the completed Xuan Kong chart, we could determine which house type it belongs to and then implement remedies based on the current twenty-year cycle at the time of reading.
There are five house types.
House Type A: Wang Shan, Wang Shui (Good for People, Good for Money)
House Type B: Double Sitting (Good for People, Not Good for Money)
House Type C: Double Facing (Good for Money, Not Good for People)
House Type D: Reversed (Not Good for Money, Not Good for People)
House Type E: Locked (People and Money Qi is restricted for a certain time period)
Living in House Type A, it is an ideal house.
House Type B, C and D, these are the permanent nature of the house and remedies can be implemented accordingly.
House Type E, this is a house type that can change with twenty-year cycle. All houses have the potential of being locked depending on the twenty-year cycle it was built and the orientation of the house. Living in a locked house, the occupant(s) typically find it difficult for relations to prosper, people to become pregnant and money to be retained.
Prevention is better than cure. If we could find out the house type before purchasing, it could save us from moving into a house that might affect our health, drain our wealth or block our prosperity.
There are always exceptions but as a general rule, the best location of the home office is in the front part of the house and closer to the front door that provides more Yang and vibrant energy. As a result, it enhances the Qi of productivity.
A bed should not be positioned in front of a doorway or a window.
Use a wall that is off of the door and window but still allows you to see the doorway from your bed.
To enhance the harmonious husband and wife Qi, avoid photos or arts that has human figures in it.
Destructive energy can be conveyed by certain configurations of roads. When you are looking to buy a new lot or a new house, try to avoid:
* House/Lot on outside loop of road
* House/Lot at T junction
* House/Lot at Y junction
* House/Lot at dead end of road
* House/Lot inside a noose
* House/Lot at two junctions
* House/Lot at corner & T junction
* House/Lot squeezed by roads on three (or more) sides
* House/Lot at the neck of road entering a cul-de-sac
* House/Lot opposite the entrance to the cul-de-sac
There is no 100% good Feng Shui home. Ideal Feng Shui conditions are rare.
Most of the time we have to live with what we have or what we can get. In Feng Shui, we use countermeasures to work with the internal and external environments and turn destructive Qi into benevolent Qi.
When the “New Age” Feng Shui puts focus on the color of the curtains, rugs and pillows, the traditional Chinese Feng Shui, on the other hand, is relatively flexible on the colors. It looks more at the structure, the layout and the flow of Qi.
Feng Shui project for an empty lot has more flexibility than an existing house, but on the other hand, it is more complicated.
First, we evaluate and choose a plot of land that has good Feng Shui given the external environments. Based on the geographic features of the land we find out the best general orientation of the house. Then we use Flying Star (Xuan Kong Method) to generate geomatic charts and find out the best specific orientation of the house. After that we allocate the usage of the space and location of windows and doors. We then choose workable exterior and room colors that match occupants' personal tastes as well. At last, plan the placement of furniture.