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Feng Shui House Placement

House / May 19, 2015

The three images below are from a Ming dynasty carpenter's manual, the Lu ban jing; they enumerate favorable and unfavorable ways of siting, or locating, a house on land with particular features. The example on the far left, for example, says: "If there is a rock resembling a toad, and the grass looks like rice sprouts, weird things will happen in the house. Cripples and hunchbacks will be born, and the sons will have an ugly appearance."

The far right example is cited as a favorable one, allowing the house to produce heroes, while the example in the center is said to bode ill for maintaining a harmonious household.

What do you think might be the flaws or benefits in each of these sites that favor such readings?

Ways to site a house, from the Lu ban jing source

Most of these environmental determinations required the expertise of a professional, and while this could be quite costly, even poorer families valued the services of the fengshui practitioner enough to scrape some money together to hire a geomancer before building a house.

Some of the principles of fengshui stemmed out of practical concerns. For example, siting a house so that it faces south is the general rule throughout China. This is discussed more in the Homes main page.

What do you think people could do to improve the conditions of their property if the local geography lacked necessary features such as mountains and hills?

The balance of yin and yang traits was one of the main goals of the fengshui master. Also considered were the abundance and proximity of the five elements - wood, fire, metal, earth, and water. Water and fire were undesirable elements to associate with the home.

Source: depts.washington.edu