Basic Feng Shui Principles
There are certain feng shui rules that apply regardless of which school of feng shui you follow.
Placement of Home
Feng shui principles applied to architecture, home site and interior design are practical and common sense directives not silly superstitions. Before you build, you should:
Slopes can create negative chi
- Avoid a slope incline more than 45 degrees.
Home near a power station
- Avoid power stations. They generate energy and can create energy chaos resulting in negative chi.
- If you have no choice, place feng shui bagua mirrors outside the home to reflect negative chi away from home.
Home beside or in front of a cemetery
- A house that overlooks or has a view of a cemetery is considered ill placed since a cemetery is a place of death.
- You can use bagua mirrors on the outside of the home to help diminish the negative chi, but you should avoid living near a cemetery.
House beside or near a junk yard
- This kind of clutter can be overwhelming.
- Negative chi is difficult to counter.
Streets and Houses
The layout of the street in relationship to your home can either carry positive or negative chi to you.
- Avoid a house on a street that forms a noose around the house.
- Intersections and dead-end roads that dump into your home all bring poison arrows and too much chi.
- Many Western feng shui practitioners feel a home situated below street level will bring oppressive and even financial ills to the dweller. This belief is not founded in authentic feng shui practice.
- House numbers need to be visible and neat.
- Winding streets in hillsides and mountains help slow down the chi.
- Driveways should end at your house and not run along side your home and away through the back yard or in another direction. This kind of layout will assure opportunities bypass you.
Interior Feng Shui Rules
You can help free up chi energy by applying basic feng shui principles.
This is where chi energy enters your home so you want to make it inviting and easy for the energy to enter.
- Remove all obstacles such as shrubbery, objects, furniture, etc.
- Lighted entrance - Replace burned out light bulbs.
- Remove dead plants, trees and shrubbery.
- Trim and neaten up yard.
- Keep sidewalks and entrance swept and clean.
- Replace worn out doormats
- Oil squeaky hinges
- Tighten up loose doorknobs
- Repair or replace torn screens or blinds.
- Don't align the front door directly across from the back door or the chi will go right through the house and out the back door.
- Don't place a staircase directly across from front door entrance.
- Don't make staircase cramped and narrow
- Don't place a bedroom door that opens directly into a staircase.
- Don't use a spiral staircase - This cause energy to twist and rush upward and create negative chi.
The kitchen is the heart fire of the home.
- Don't place kitchen facing front door
- Don't place kitchen facing bedroom
- Place kitchen in same direction (Kua) as main income-producer of home
- Don't place oven and range in northwest sector of kitchen.
- Keep oven, microwave, freezer, and refrigerator clean
- Wash dishes. Don't let them pile up in sink or on countertops.
- Throw away spoiled food
These are places of waste and debris removal. They are also sources of water which signifies wealth. Don't wash your money down the toilet.
- Close toilet lid before flushing and keep it closed when not in use.
- Keep bathroom door closed at all times.
- A red, black or dark blue mat around the base of toilet will assure wealth protection.
- Place a mirror on the inside of bathroom door to reflect any negative ch'i and containing it to the bathroom.
- Don't place bed directly across from door.
- Don't sleep with feet facing door.
- Don't sleep underneath beams.
- Place pink sheet over king size box springs, which are actually two twin beds, to avoid marital problems.
- Suspend a faceted crystal ball from overhead ceiling fan to deflect negative chi.
Windows and Doors
Energy enters and leaves your home through doors and windows. You want to be mindful of this energy flow whenever placing furniture.
- Replace broken windowpanes.
- Make sure all windows and doors open and close easily.
- Replace tattered, torn or worn window treatments
- Repair broken door and window locks
- Avoid placing furniture that blocks doors and windows
Simple Basic Feng Shui Guidelines
Feng Shui is a matter of common sense and good hygiene.
- Vacuum, sweep or mop regularly
- Wash windows and door panes
- Remove cobwebs
- Mow yard regularly
- Trim shrubbery
- Rake leaves
- Empty trash
- Keep up with laundry
- Repair leaky faucets, sinks, etc. These create drains on your finances.
- Replace burned out bulbs
- Replace dead plants and trees