House-hunting with feng shui in mind

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Most people tend to feel a connection between a hefty price tag and the house of their dreams. While this may be true for most cases, some parts of this statement remain debatable, especially when property feng shui evaluation comes into the picture.

In feng shui study, an expensive property does not necessarily come with good feng shui formation.

7 tips to finding a home with good feng shui

  • Most people tend to feel a connection between a hefty price tag and the house of their dreams. While this may be true for most cases, some parts of this statement remain debatable, especially when property feng shui evaluation comes into the picture.
  • When it comes to choosing a property, it is best to say that your choice is not solely based on matters such as architectural design or the colour of the wall or the location of the pool.
  • It is more about the external environment, the mountain, water features and immediate physical setting, and how all these factors work together to build a good feng shui arrangement that benefits the occupants of a property.
  • If a house faces an unfavourable direction, the occupants inside the house would be afflicted with the same inauspicious outcome too. This holds true for most cases.
  • Any property with positive direction can be considered a "good" property. Before you even consider other factors, the property direction will tell you exactly what you need to know about the house, sort of like an introductory summary for a book.
  • Start by observing the façade of the house. This refers to the direction to which the house was designed to face. The most common mistake that people make while taking a direction is to assume that they use the main door as the reference point.
  • Always use the facing direction, instead of the main door. Once this has been ascertained, stand in the middle of the property façade, look out and by using a compass, obtain the facing direction of the property.
  • Once the house direction is determined, the next step is to work out the external environment of your property. The most common one is to drive around within a one to two km radius of the house or land of your choice and observe the macro environment.
  • Natural mountains and locations of water. These two formations improve the feng shui outlook of a vicinity.
  • In the same spot, check for any negative presence of highways or busy roads located in close proximity to the property.
  • Check and ensure there's no pylons or big trees blocking the view from the main door.
  • No steep road in front and at the back of the property.
  • The property should sit on land that is preferably square or at least, rectangular in shape.
  • The presence of wide open spaces such as a parks, ponds or lakes. These features allow qi to gather.
  • Final piece of advice: when it comes to finding a good piece of land or property in feng shui, the goal should always be finding a place that you can renovate to improve and fine tune in the future.

    Happy house-hunting!

Truth of the matter is, feng shui isn't about how much per square feet your property is worth. It is more about the external environment, the mountain, water features and immediate physical setting, and how all these factors work together to build a good feng shui arrangement that benefits the occupants of a property.

5 'feng shui' tips for a lucky home

  • In feng shui, nothing is ever instantaneous. The common misconception is that you put an aquarium in the south-east sector of your house, and boom, you're a director of a public listed company overnight.
  • At the very least, feng shui requires either a directional or location change, and improving a situation would take time gradually and the progressive change of Qi in the property.
  • The Main Door, or the Mouth of your house, acts as a "main entrance" as to where the Qi would enter the property.
    Some residences, however, are heavily shadowed as a result of high or tall trees growing in front or on either side of the house. This is a no-no arrangement as it means the Qi flow to the house is blocked.
  • Solution: Trim away the heavy foliage or those low hanging bushes to let in much-desired sunlight and enable Qi to flow through.
  • Another external feature you might want to examine is the manhole. Yes, they may appear innocuous, but in fact, a manhole located in proximity to the front of your property could potentially spearhead a Qi puncture problem.
  • Solution: Cover the manhole with a slab of earth - that's it!
  • An open space is a much desired feature in feng shui. Open space, or what is known as Bright Hall in feng shui, is a spacious ground in front and inside of your house where Qi could collect and settle before it is redistributed around the property.
  • Solution: De-clutter the area in front of your Main Door to ensure no big physical items are obstructing the Qi "settlement". Similarly, make sure the foyer or greeting area inside of your house is spacious and clean as well.
  • Internally, in your kitchen, if your stove is located directly opposite your sink, changes need to be made. This situation denotes a clear Fire and Water elements clashing and it will unleash a wave of health issues affecting the resident.
  • Solution: Put a console or an island in the middle of the "clashing" area and peace will be restored in your household.
  • When it comes to sleep, the position of the bed ranks the highest importance in feng shui assessment!
  • Solution: Always place your bed against the wall. The bed is a Yin element and the wall is Yang - hence, a perfect balance is maintained.

As such, a multi-million dollar house may not automatically translate into multi-million dollars worth of good feng shui. It's absurd to think how people "derive" their feng shui perspective from the pigeonhole view of the price tag alone!

When it comes to choosing a property, it is best to say that your choice is not solely based on matters such as architectural design or the colour of the wall or the location of the pool.

5 misconceptions of water and feng shui

  • There’s a Chinese saying that literally translates into English as “Water is money” or “Water equals money”. In Cantonese, the word “water” is also often used to refer to “money”.
  • This is perhaps where the confusion originated, where it is thought that water has a direct co-relation with wealth, or it symbolizes wealth flowing into the house. The extreme assumption is that more water present in and around the house means more wealth for its occupants.
  • In classical feng shui, water is regarded as the foremost representation of the yang element. It does not symbolise, equate with or directly refer to wealth. It doesn’t create, attract or generate wealth in the sense of dollars and cents either.
  • Water is merely an activator in feng shui, and among one of the aspects that water can have a positive effect on are wealth as well as health and relationship. So it’s not just about money.
  • We all know everyone wants to be a billionaire. There’s even a song about it. But the whole notion for a water formula that can make you rich beyond your imagination is solely based on erroneous assumptions that water creates wealth qi.
  • Water’s role is to circulate, gather, move and activate qi. It doesn’t generate the qi, and that includes wealth qi as well. Thus, assuming that water alone is responsible for creating wealth is absolutely wrong.
  • This theory claims that water on the right side of the house will lead to a roving eye or affairs by the man of the house. This is simply a stubborn old wives’ tale that refuses to go away and is totally false. There is no mention of such a principle in the classical texts on feng shui.
  • The only time Water can cause a problem with marital relationships or straying is if it happens to activate a “peach blossom star” in the property. This “peach blossom star” can be located anywhere and not necessarily on the right hand side of the property or main door.
  • Many people assume that the number, type or colour of the fish in an aquarium is intimately connected to the feng shui quotient of the property. Although the fish seem to be getting all the credit here, it has absolutely no effect on the feng shui of the property.
  • The fish are only used for aesthetic purposes and to make it less obvious that you’re using feng shui. You could simply place a pump in an aquarium and leave it to circulate the water and keep it active. That’s all it takes to apply the water formula. The fish are optional.
  • The image, thoughts and sound of water are not considered water in classical feng shui. Hanging a picture of water in a room does nothing to affect feng shui in any way. It’s just a picture!
  • Hence, in classical feng shui, using water means actual water, H2O. Nothing beats the real thing.
    Be aware of these misconceptions and know the difference between right and wrong before you proceed to attempt water feng shui for your home.

To uncover a property with good direction, you need to put on your feng shui thinking cap.

How do you know if a property developer has done the feng shui homework for you?

Any property with positive direction can be considered a "good" property. Before you even consider other factors, the property direction will tell you exactly what you need to know about the house, sort of like an introductory summary for a book.

If a house faces an unfavourable direction, the occupants inside the house would be afflicted with the same inauspicious outcome too. This holds true for most cases.

Start by observing the façade of the house. This refers to the direction to which the house was designed to face. The most common mistake that people make while taking a direction is to assume that they use the main door as the reference point.

Always use the facing direction, instead of the main door. Once this has been ascertained, stand in the middle of the property façade, look out and by using a compass, obtain the facing direction of the property.

By matching the facing direction of your property and your personalized life star directions, you will have a rough idea on how to determine the favourability of a property.

Each of us has our own favourable or unfavourable feng shui direction, obtained from our individual "Xuan Kong nine life star". Each life star is unique and it dictates a person's character and how the environment influences a person.

Once the house direction is determined, the next step is to work out the external environment of your property.

There are several ways to do this, but the most common one is to drive around within a one to two km radius of the house or land of your choice and observe the macro environment and look for these indicators:

  • Natural mountains and locations of water. These two formations improve the feng shui outlook of a vicinity.
  • In the same spot, check for any negative presence of highways or busy roads located in close proximity to the property.
  • Check and ensure there's no pylons or big trees blocking the view from the main door.
  • No steep road in front and at the back of the property.
  • The property should sit on land that is preferably square or at least, rectangular in shape.
  • The presence of wide open spaces such as a parks, ponds or lakes. These features allow qi to gather.

Final piece of advice: when it comes to finding a good piece of land or property in feng shui, the goal should always be finding a place that you can renovate to improve and fine tune in the future. Happy house-hunting!