Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that was formalized more than 3,000 years ago in China.
In translation, Feng (風) means “wind” and Shui (水) means “water.” In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, so good feng shui means good luck.
Some elements of the practice of feng shui date back at least 6,000 years, and contain elements from various branches of academic study, including physics, philosophy, astronomy, and astrology.
It is closely related to the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly the idea that the earth is alive and full of chi or energy.
What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui definition
Feng shui is sometimes considered the art of positioning, understanding how the placement of oneself and objects within one space affects their life in various areas of experience.
It is a complex body of knowledge that teaches how to balance and harmonizes with energy in any given space whether it is a home, office or garden. Your goal is to ensure good luck to people who inhabit a space.
Although considered by some in the scientific community as a pseudo-science, feng shui has had an impact on the aesthetics of interior design and the architectural layout of its native and most recently Western native cultures.
Best Feng Shui House Characteristics
Just like real estate, homes with good feng shui appeal to the curb. They are fresh and attractive. The landscaping and vegetation are trimmed, vibrant and healthy.
It does not matter if they are a modest house or mansion, homes with an appeal to the curb simply stand out from the rest because of good design and maintenance. In short, there is an inviting quality to the house, and the painting looks fresh and the house is well lit, not too shady or too bright.
Part of the curb appeal and good feng shui, is the brilliant hallway. This is often overlooked, but homes that have open space in front of them are more attractive and are said to possess a “bright hallway” energy.
They invite chi to stay and build slowly before entering the house. A good example of brilliant energy is the wide green lawn in front of the White House. Even a small piece of grass will suffice.
Prominent front door
There should be proper alignment of the front door, the front door should not line up with the back door or the window. When a front door is lined with a window or back door, this causes energy (and money) to flow through the house very quickly.
Another important consideration? That the garage door is not in front of the front door. In that case, this will create problems with family relationships, opportunities and the ability to withhold money.
Kitchen in the back of the house
When a kitchen is near the front of the house, the luck of the house is affected because the front of the house is known as the side of the money and the back is the side of the people. Kitchens inhibit luck in general, so having them in front of the side of money and opportunity is not an auspicious arrangement.
The way a house is situated on the property and even on the street can make a difference. Homes with large feng shui have a small increase or level of land behind the house. The land must also be larger behind the house than in front of it.
There should be a balance of trees on the left and right sides with the slightly higher land to the left of the house as you look out onto the street. There should be an attractive view of the front of the house.
The staircase is turned away from the door
This is ideal. When a staircase faces the front door, money and energy can be left without it. This is all the truer if the stairs are too close to the front door. A ladder that is turned up will help keep energy in the house.
Balanced windows and doors
The house should always have a clear door. Some houses have confusing doors. For example, if there is a door near the front door, the chi will be “confused” and this may cut off the power of the house. There also should not be too many windows, nor should you be able to look around the house from the street.
Bedrooms are well situated
Rooms should allow the bed to be placed on a solid wall and see the door easily while in bed. Homes with good feng shui will have rooms that are no more than a garage, kitchen, bathroom or laundry room and will allow the occupants to sleep on a solid wall that is not shared with a bathroom sink, toilet or sink.
Easy Feng Shui Tips For You
Compass Feng Shui (Pa Kua) and the Bagua
Decide if you want to use the Pa Kua number/compass or the map of Bagua.
To get started, divide your home or office spaces into sections according to the Pa Kua (the Feng Shui compass) or Bagua (map of Feng Shui) and know your intent, ie what you want to bring to your life.
Stay in the center of your space and determine each corner and section of the room. With the sectors identified, use the improvement tools to attract positive energy into that area and balance the forces.
Beware of killer breathing
Death Breath (or “poisoned arrows”) is created by sharp objects or structures and paths: sharp corners, pointed roof angles, tall buildings, electric towers, crosses or suspended beams.
They channel negative energy such as bad luck, health problems, monetary losses, legal problems, missed opportunities or other negative events. The negative energy emanating from the poisoned arrows travels in straight lines and must, therefore, be obstructed.
For the entrance
Chi enters through the front door (considered as the mouth), so make sure it is well lit, easily accessible, free of obstructions, and clean to allow energy to flow directly into your home and your life.
Most importantly, it must be protected against poison arrows. If you plan renovations, they can be cured by changing the angle of the door. If it is an existing feature, a screen of tall trees or foliage can block those arrows.
For The Kitchen
Kitchens are seen as a symbol of prosperity. If you can feed yourself well, you are already abundant. The stove is a central focus in a kitchen and should be strategically placed so as not to stand with your back to the door when cooking.
If that is impossible, hang a mirror behind the stove to give you a view of the door. The energy of the chef is conveyed to the food, so pay special attention to your mood when cooking.
For the bedroom
The rooms are sanctuaries of privacy, peace, protection, and intimacy, so choose your main room away from a noisy street. Room Feng Shui colors are best in soft, light and quiet tones, along with notes of natural vegetation to lift the space.
The best position for the bed is in a position of command against a solid wall in the back corner of the room farthest from the door, but on the opposite diagonal of the door, so you can see who is entering. This will allow you to feel stronger, calmer and responsible.
For The Bathroom
Bathrooms are a necessity, but in Feng Shui, they represent energy draining and can literally be a drain to health or wealth, or a drain in the area in the compass where they are located.
That said, keep the bathroom doors closed, cover the drain, the tub drain and keep the toilet lid closed. Hang complete Feng Shui mirrors on every bathroom wall (inside or outside the walls) to draw energy out of the drain.
Plants are also a good idea as they are considered an element of wood, which gives water something to do, such as absorbing water.
For the living room
The living room is often considered the heart of the house, so it is seen as a sacred energy source of Feng Shui, from where all other energies of the house originated. Place the main sofa with your back against the wall with one eye on the door.
Sofas with their backs to the door can create arguments and lack of conviviality. Always keep the living room energized by keeping it clean, open and free of clutter to ensure a healthy and harmonious home.
For the office
An appropriate Feng Shui office will help you feel inspired, productive and powerful, and increase your creativity, discipline, and success.
The entrance, is vital to your success, and you should sit in a position of power, which means you can see the door when you are sitting at your desk and everything else in the room.
Surround yourself with images and objects that keep you inspired and motivated, things that remind you of past successes and achievements and those that are yet to come. Choose furniture and accessories that resonate with your visions of prosperity, abundance, and success, thus reflecting the transformation and growth you desire.
Position Commander of Feng Shui
Using the command position (in any room) puts you in the visual control of space and allows you to face life directly, literally and symbolically.
Sleeping or working directly in line with the door also exposes you to excessive chi, which can contribute to stress, irritability, health problems and feelings of overload. Using the command position removes you from these negative influences and puts you in control of your space and your life.
For the Bright Hall (Open Space)
In Feng Shui, the bright hall is an open space in front of you, lying in bed or sitting behind a desk, facing the door, one of the key elements of the command position.
The idea is always to create open spaces because that is where opportunities manifest themselves. When there is no bright hall, opportunities are sidelined and growth is stagnant.