feng shui guide for buying a house
The following is a simple checklist you can apply a new home . This includes the most important considerations I use when advising someone on moving. It unrealistic to expect to find the perfect feng shui home using this list, so it is a case of looking at various potential new homes and then seeing which have the most helpful features. Ultimately your own feelings whilst in the new home, will be a good guide as to which you will be most happy in.
1: THE AREA
Check the general area you are moving to will be supportive to you. For example you might prefer a place with lots of young families if you have children, or a place with lots of creative people if that is your type of work, or somewhere remote if you want to be on your own in nature.
Try to find out whether people are successful in that area and what they are successful for.
2: THE WELL-BEING OF THE PREVIOUS OWNERS
Try to find out what happened to the previous owners. If they were happily married, had successful careers and enjoyed good health, it is more likely that the home has favourable chi. A home where the previous owners suffered ill health, divorce or bankruptcy may need attention.
3: EXPOSURE TO SUN
Good exposure to sunlight and natural light brings more chi into a building and helps keep chi moving. A bright, sunlit building can feel more vibrant, stimulating, warm, bright and generally yang. Facing a sunny direction brings in light and warmth and is particularly helpful in the winter, especially if you live further from the equator.
4: THE POSITION OF WATER
Find out if there is any type of water close to the building. If there is, check the direction in which the water is located relative to the centre of the building. East or south-east would be ideal. Ideally the water will be fresh and clean.
A river that runs away from a building can take Chi away from a building, leaving it deficient of Chi. Consider water features.
5: THE POSITION OF THE MAIN GATE, WINDOWS AND DOOR
Check the direction, from the centre the building, of the main entrance or gate to the land, along with the windows and main door to the building. This provides more clues about the quality of the energy coming into the building. Read about the 8 directions to get more details.
6: THE EFFECT OF THE LANDSCAPE
In Feng Shui it is recommended that the high ground is to the north, with the south side of a building open to sunlight (Reverse in the southern hemisphere).
Check whether any roads point at the building. Being close to a busy road has a disturbing effect on the flow of chi in a building.
Avoid a building that is located in the shadow of another building. This deprives your building of sunlight and, therefore, reduces chi indoors.
Some Feng Shui schools advise against moving into a building from which you can see another building where people are dying or dead. This includes hospitals, churches, funeral parlours, crematoriums and graveyards.
7: EMF AND TOXINS
One problem traditional Feng Shui practitioners did not have to deal with was electrical radiation and toxic waste.
Take the time to locate any high voltage electrical power lines, transformers, electrical substations, electric railway lines and microwave transmitters. Opinions vary on what a safe distance is. I would suggest a home should be at least 500 metres away from any significant electrical radiation. In my opinion, a site within 50 kilometres of a nuclear power plant or waste processing plant, would not be good Feng Shui. A land survey will determine whether the site has been polluted by toxic waste. I use an EMF metre to check homes.
Land where the vegetation appears healthy and has a thriving wildlife is generally a good sign for a healthy site.
8: THE POSITION OF THE KITCHEN
The ideal position for a kitchen is to the east or south-east from the centre of a building.
9: THE POSITION OF THE BATHROOM AND TOILET
North, north-west, east or south-east are directions that are more harmonious with water than north-east, south-west, west or south. Bathrooms and toilets that have their own windows are desirable.
10: OPTIONS FOR THE BEDS, STUDY AND LAYOUT OF THE ROOMS
When looking throughout a building check that you will be able to position your beds, desk and chairs in favourable locations facing a helpful direction.
11: THE SHAPE OF THE HOUSE
Look at the shape of the building. Rectangular, octagonal or round are the easiest shapes. If the building is an irregular shape, determine which areas are extensions or missing spaces, check their direction from the centre of the building and look up how they affect the flow of chi.
Certain schools of Feng Shui will examine the shape of a building?s floor plan to see if it resembles an object from real life. For example, a building whose floor plan outline looks like a knife or cleaver would be less desirable.
Stairs that lead straight to the front door make a building less desirable in terms of Feng Shui.
Stairs that cut through the centre of a building can disrupt the flow of Chi and are, therefore, considered unfavourable.
You can also apply nine ki / feng shui to the timing and direction of a move. This helps find the ideal time to move into your home, so that rather like moving a plant, you plant yourself in new soil at the ideal time to thrive and prosper.
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