Monthly Archives: May 2010

Buying a Home? Look for these Feng Shui Features.

When you’re in the market for a new a home your biggest priorities are usually price and location.  Next, the floor plan of the home and the feeling you get when you walk in will be deciding factors.  Have you ever experienced that feeling of  “ahhh!” when you enter a space?  It’s an intrinsic feeling you get when an environment feels nurturing.  It’s a great indicator that the house has good Feng Shui.    

Here are six features to look for when you’re in the market for a new home that will create good Feng Shui:

1.  Where is the home located in relation to the street? Avoid buying a home on a T-junction.  When a home is on a T-junction it gets bombarded with traffic energy coming towards it.  The result can be increased arguments and conflict at home.  If the home sits back a good distance from the street or if there is landscaping between the street and the home it alleviates the negative effects.

2.  Does the front door face the street?  Look for a home a with front door facing forward, not to the side, and which isn’t blocked.  The  front door is important in Feng Shui because it is the primary pathway for energy.   A front door which enjoys a clear pathway can receive energy- also referred to as “qi” – and the home will be healthier.  Avoid having large trees directly in front of the door which block qi.

3.  Is the floor plan practical and functional? Practicality almost always indicates good Feng Shui.  Some minor oddities are endearing, but things that make you scratch your head and say “what were they thinking?” are almost always a sign of bad Feng Shui.  Trust your instinct.  If it’s impractical and feels awkward to you it can likely cause problems in your home due to unbalanced energy.

4.  Does the home have good flow?  Open floor plans are preferable because they allow  qi within your home to circulate.  If the floor plan is compartmentalized ensure that rooms have windows so you create good qi pathways.

5.  Do you feel comfortable with the way the home sits on the lot?  Having a steep hill six feet behind you can cause you to feel claustrophobic.  Conversly, if the home sits on top of a hill you may feel exposed and unsupported.  It’s best to look for a flat lot that comfortably fits the home.   When home is grounded and securely placed on the lot, you’ll feel the same. 

6.  What type of driveway does the home have?  Is it circular?  Don’t buy a home with a circular driveway unless you plan infrequent use.  If you use a circular driveway often, the coming and going of the vehicles create a disturbance of energy in the front of your home which can cause conflict inside your  home.

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For Good Feng Shui take a look at these Areas in Your Home First.

The art and science of Feng Shui provides guidelines for assessing how healthy the energy (or “qi”) is in your environment.  Certain areas of your home have a bigger influence than others in determining whether or not you have good Feng Shui.  When your home has good Feng Shui, it supports your health, wealth, and relationships.  When it doesn’t, you may experience struggles or what’s commonly referred to as “bad luck.” Of course your home is the sum of its parts and every area has some impact — even small areas like the top shelf of your closet!

First – The Front Door  Why?  In Feng Shui, qi is the life force that fills your home.  All exterior doors and windows are qi mouths, allowing energy into your home.  The front door is the most important qi mouth and the direction your door faces determines the quality of qi your home receives. 

Recommendations

  1. The door is best placed facing forward and not sideways.  It can easily receive qi when facing forward. A front door facing sideways is kind of like having your face on sideways  – it’s awkward and strained.
  2. A winding pathway leading up to the door rather than a straight path is preferable.  Winding paths allow qi to meander to the door rather than rush toward it.  If you’ve got a long, straight path you can place potted plants or bushes alongside of it to help slow down the qi.
  3. If the direction of traffic flows towards you, a fence or landscaping can prevent qi from rushing toward your front door.  When qi rushes at your door it can cause conflict in your home.
  4. Keep the front porch free of debris and in good condition.

Second – The Master Bedroom Why?  When you’re sleeping, you’re less guarded and more susceptible to qi forces in the room.  For good health, it’s important to ensure that your bedroom is healthy.

Recommendations

  1. Place your bed against a solid wall.  If you can’t do this because of windows, if you have a solid headboard it’ll help guard you from the energy coming in from the windows and you’ll sleep better.
  2. Don’t place your bed on the same wall as a toilet or in line with a toilet.  
  3. Place your bed flush against a wall rather than placing it diagonally.  If the floor plan doesn’t allow this, put a wall screen behind you to give you support.
  4. Place your bed facing the bedroom door if practical.
  5. If your bed is in line with a door such as the bedroom door or bathroom door, keep the door closed when you want to relax so you’re not hit with qi.
  6. Avoid placing sharp corners or objects pointing toward your bed.
  7. Place a nightstand on each side of your bed.  (They don’t have to match).
  8. If your bed doesn’t have a footboard, place a bench at the foot of your bed. 

 

Third – The Foyer  Why?  This is generally where qi first enters your home.  The foyer sets the tone for the rest of your home. 

Recommendations

  1. If your front door opens directly to a living area, create a virtual-foyer by using an area rug (consider a circular one), and a console or buffet table next to the door.   The purpose is to slow down qi from rushing into your space.
  2. Avoid clutter.  It’s best not to keep your shoes by the front door but if you do, ensure that they’re tastefully organized and not in obvious view.
  3. Be mindful of the artwork you see upon entering and ensure it’s something that lifts your spirits.
  4. Generally, a mirror is appropriate in this area.
  5. Ensure there’s abundant lighting.

Feng Shui 101 – What Kind of Energy do You Have?

Did you know that according to Feng Shui, the year you’re born in determines the type of energy you have?  In Feng Shui, there are five elemental energies:  wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.  Every year has a predominate type of one of these energies.  You can find out your unique energy (also called your Ming Gua) by using the formulas below.   Finding out which energy you have not only sheds light on your personality, but shows you which colors, shapes and directions support your energy.  When you’re supported, your health and well-being are strengthened. 

How to Determine Your Birth Year Energy or “Ming Gua”:

For Women:  Add all the digits of your birth year.  Add the resulting number until you get a one-digit number.  Add 4 to the result.  If the result is then a two digit number, add the numbers  to get a one-digit number.  The result should be between 1 – 9. 

Example:  If you were born in 1 9 6 2   Add 1+ 9+ 6+ 2 =  18.  Add 1 + 8 = 9.  Add 4 + 9 = 13.  Add 1 + 3 = 4

For Men:  Add all the digits of your birth year.  Add the resulting number until you get a single-digit number.  Subtract the resulting number from 11.  If the result is 10, it means you are a 1.

Example:  If you were born in 1 9 5 9   Add 1+ 9+ 5+ 9 = 24   Add 2 + 4 = 6.  Subtract 11 – 6 = 5

Here are the corresponding colors, shapes, and directions for each Ming Gua.  Knowing the type of shapes and colors that support you is particularly helpful when you are selecting décor for a bedroom or office.  Look for your supportive shapes in furniture, fabric, rugs, and accessories.  The best directions are based on which direction your face faces.  For sleeping, it is the direction that you face when you sit up in your bed.

If your ming gua is 1 – You are a Water Element

Colors: Blue, Black, White, Gold       Shapes: Wavy     Best Directions: SE, S, E, N

Associated Qualities – Flowing, liberal, running downwards, intelligent, creative

 

If your ming gua is 2 or 8 – You are an Earth Element

Colors: Yellow, Brown, Red and Purple, Pink     Shapes: Square, Cubic  

Best Directions: NE, NW, W, SW

Associated Qualities – Concentration, stability, stubbornness

 

If your ming gua is 3 or 4 – You are a Wood Element

Colors: Green, Turquoise, Dark Blue, Black   Shapes: Rectangular  

Best Directions:   SE, N, E, S

Associated Qualities – Growing upwards, endurance, will power, usefulness

 

If your ming gua is 6 or 7 – You are a Metal Element

Colors: White, Gold, Beige, Brown,Yellow  Shapes: Round, Spherical  

Best Directions:  W, SW, NE, NW

Associated Qualities – Sharpness, propriety, cutting, advancing

 

If your ming gua is 9 – You are a Fire Element

Colors: Red, Orange, Pink, Purple   Shape: Triangular  

Best Directions:  E, SE, N, S

Associated Qualities – Radiant, spreading, generosity, anger

Questions or need further information?  Contact me at e@blptexas.com, or leave a comment, below!