Home Feng Shui tips – apartment building, houses, front door, kitchen, bedroom, staircase and all about Sha from surroundings.
Apartment building and house tips
Each building can be classified under a certain element: tall buildings belong to the Wood element, square and flat ones to the Earth element etc. Thus always examine the surroundings of a certain building to see if it can generate wealth at the expense of other buildings. When the surrounding buildings are supporting the premises you are interested in, this is auspicious.
When large trees, big rocks, pylons, lamp posts, a wall or the edge of another building appear directly in front of the main entrance, this can block the Qi flow into the building, and create Sha Qi.
Buildings should be protected against any Sha Qi, otherwise their Feng Shui will not be beneficial!
Be sure to examine the formation of buildings, roads, canals and drains (and other man-made structures) in the vicinity of a particular building. Avoid straight, sharp or threatening structures.
Building and roads are essential parts of the city landscape. Buildings affect their surroundings in a similar way to hills, mountains, roads and rivers. Ideally we would like higher buildings in the rear and at the left of our building, and lower ones in front and to the right.
If there is an opportunity to choose between several buildings, choose one with an outer open, spacious area (this will allow Qi to collect before it gently moves into the building).
Avoid buildings situated below a road and those facing a long corridor (as this causes Qi coming into the premises to be weak). Avoid any premises that are squeezed between two larger buildings; also those located close to substations.
When buying a property with land, stand at the main entrance and look out; be sure there aren’t any dead Qi features out there (dead trees, closely located graveyards, abandoned buildings) or ‘Poison Arrows’ coming towards the entrance (a road pointing directly toward the main entrance, a T-junction, a cross junction, pylons, cable poles, a sharp corner, a pillar, or a narrow or dark passageway …).
It is beneficial to have Qi moving gently towards the main door of the premises
Check the view from the apartment you are interested in. If there are straight or threatening features directly in front of the windows (such as cable poles, pillars, pylons, spiral staircases, abandoned or ruined building, pitched roofs of buildings that are linked together, the sharp corner of a neighboring building, a straight road pointing towards the windows, narrow or dark passageways in front of it, etc.), think twice before you take it.
Avoid units with a water tank or pool above the ceiling (as water Qi is flowing downwards). and avoid a house with the toilet located above the main entrance.
Sha from surroundings
Always look for Sha, because when Sha Qi is located in a good area, it can decrease the overall Feng Shui of the property. Bad locations accompanied by Sha can become very destructive.
Meandering roads with slow moving traffic are conducive to Sheng Qi, while fast-moving and noisy traffic carries Sha Qi. Sheng Qi is beneficial, Sha Qi is not
If there is Sha in the vicinity of the premises, your Classical Feng Shui consultant can calculate the specific year (month, even date) that the influence may become destructive.
Sha appears as Poison Arrows and Dead Qi.
Dead Qi exists in the vicinity of graveyards, deserted buildings, etc. Its nature is overly Yin.
Poison Arrows can be formed by cable poles, pylons, T-junctions, straight roads, sharp structures, cutting edges, etc. They can harm the occupants of the building they are aiming toward – a main entrance with Poison Arrows may cause bad luck with one’s career, relationship problems, accidents, sickness, financial mishaps, etc.
Home Feng Shui Tips: The front door
The main door is known as the Qi Mouth of the house or apartment, i.e. the source of Qi. It is favorable when the front door faces the personal Sheng Qi direction, primarily of the owner (or breadwinner). It is also auspicious if the front door is located in one of the four beneficial locations of a property (look in the 8-Mansion Formula).
The best option is to keep the main entrance area unobstructed, for this allows smooth Qi flow (no overhead beams, pillars or any other structure that can block the Qi).
It is beneficial for there to be some open space just inside the main door, as we want Qi to be able to accumulate and rest (no walls inside the main entrance area). It is ideal if the front door opens into a spacious foyer or living room.
The ideal front door is a solid front door – a glass door does not provide equal protection and support (but a glass panel above the door is OK).
For the sake of balance, it is good when the front door is proportionate to the size of the home (both doors that are too big or too small have their faults).
The front door should not face a cemetery, funeral home or church, for too much Yin Qi can affect the overall Qi flow and generate anxiety and fear (the ‘cure’ is to hide the door from the source of Yin Qi, by planting bushes and/or small trees, or by building a retaining wall…).
Take care that the front door does not face telephone poles or sharp corners from neighboring buildings (or rooftops). Facing a long corridor or a narrow gap between two buildings is also not a good solution for a front door view. Small trees and/or bushes can shield the front door, and if that fails, there is always the possibility of tilting the door.
Everything that can be seen from the front door affects the occupants!
Home Feng Shui Tips: The kitchen
The kitchen door should not face the front door, toilet or the main bedroom door.
In Classical Feng Shui, it is good to search for Sha Qi sources outside the kitchen (pylons, large trees, junctions, busy roads…), for these may influence the cook.
The most important feature in the kitchen is the stove as well as its location and orientation. Since the stove is regarded as the Wealth Qi producer, it is good if the oven or stove’s gas inlet faces the personal Sheng Qi direction.
The best option is to place the stove with the wall behind it; to avoid placing it directly underneath a skylight or in front of a window.
The stove should NOT be directly aligned with the kitchen door or placed at the kitchen entrance. Also avoid placing it underneath a beam, or in the center of the kitchen.
Check the area in the vicinity of the stove for a potential Poison Arrow which can affect the cook (sharp edges from various kitchen units and tables, the hood of the extractor unit etc…).
The stove and the kitchen sink should not be placed directly opposite one another, or next to each other (the fire element of the stove is in conflict with the water element of the sink). Ensure a foot’s distance between them, or use some kind of barrier (from the wood element nature, such as hanging wooden kitchen utensils or a wooden chopping block between the two units).
Be aware that certain other kitchen equipment also falls under the water element (including the fridge and deep freeze, dishwasher and washing machine)
Other important parts of kitchen equipment associated with wealth Qi are appliances including electric and microwave ovens, toasters, kettles and rice cookers (the electric wire socket should face the personal Sheng Qi direction).
If you already have a central cooking station, take care that the edges are rounded, in order to avoid cutting Qi.
Home Feng Shui Tips: The bedroom
The bed is the most important feature in the bedroom; the location and orientation of the bed affects not only the sleep, but the health and relationship issues as well.
The bed is the most important feature in the bedroom. The location and orientation of the bed affects not only sleep, but also health and relationship issues.
Avoid the personal Sheng Qi direction and location for placement of the bed, as the nature of the Sheng Qi is overly Yang.
Since sleep is a deeply Yin process, it is important to support it with correct bed placement in relation to the entrance of the room (the nature of the doors is Yang). The bedroom door should not open directly onto the bed, and the bed should not block the entrance or be directly aligned with the bedroom entrance. The best option is to place the bed as far as possible from the room entrance, where the Qi is most settled (the bed should not face the window or the door). A view of the door from the sleeping position would be a plus.
The head of the bed should be placed against a solid wall (or other steady surface); the headboard should not share the same wall as the toilet or kitchen.
Avoid placing the bed under a beam or slanting ceiling (discomfort; a bed with a canopy can ease this problem). A skylight above the bed is also not good solution, for it can disturb sleep (also sleeping with one’s head facing an open window). Any threatening, sharp or heavy features hanging above the bed are not desirable (cupboards or shelves heavily laden with books and/or magazines and other stuff; lights and fans, etc.).
However, do allow some free space at the sides and below the bed (Ming Tang, a place where Qi can collect). That is why sleeping directly on the floor is not ideal, for it does not allow Qi to circulate below.
Take care of any Poison Arrows aiming toward the bed; from the outside, as well from the edges of the furniture inside (they should not point at the bed, particularly the body; try to soften any sharp edges with some sort of cover).
If there is a toilet attached to the master bedroom, a good idea is to place a screen between the bed and the toilet door
Since we want peaceful and settled Qi in the bedroom, there is no place for a TV in the room we sleep in (unless you are a very healthy and calm person, or have no current issues with stress, etc.).
Avoid placing mirrors in a bedroom, for they can disturb the Qi (full length dressing mirrors can be placed inside a wardrobe).
It is wise to place electric devices as far away as possible from the bed (especially recharging devices for portable telephones, clocks and electric radios…).
Avoid having moving water and large living plants in the bedroom.
Home Feng Shui Tips: The staircase
Avoid putting the staircase in the center of the house, for this is like a knife stuck in the heart of the premises.
Do place the staircase in a location of good Flying Stars, preferably on the left hand side of the house.
Take care that the staircase does not produce Sha Qi (they should not be straight, but rather curved).
It is beneficial if stairs are wide and well lit.