7 Feng Shui Tips for Buying a House
You are so excited; the time is here to look for your first house! Even though this is an emotional time, you want this to be a wise investment. You have done your financial, legal, and logistical homework. What about the spiritual aspects of your new home?
Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese philosophy based on millennia of observations and traditions, has grown in popularity around the world. What once was only available to emperors and their courts is open to all. In recent decades, the West has taken on Feng Shui and made it its own.
Now there is the traditional school and the western school of Feng Shui. It is important to know the difference and to not mix the two. But how does this ancient practice aid in the selection of a house? Here are some Feg Shui tips when house hunting.
#1. Take a look at what surrounds the house
The house should not be located at a dead end, cul-de-sac, or T-junction. Some say this is because the energy, or Qi generated by the street does not stop before hitting the house. It will overwhelm the house. Feng Shui is all about balancing energy. If a person or place’s energy is out of balance, bad things happen. Buying a house constantly bombarded with energy (especially not knowing if that energy is good or bad), is just asking for trouble.
Others say that a cul-de-sac pools the energy, causing it to stagnate. In either case, it is not good. The house should also not be next to a hospital, cemetery, or other negative energy sources. Some online guides say it is easy to overcome by simply hanging a Pakua mirror (a special Feng Shui mirror) at the front door to bounce the energy back. It is not that simple, and it may do more harm than good.
#2. Take a close look at the lot
The lot should be level ground, rather than on a hill or with a downward slope in back. This lends itself to stability and energy balance, which is the main point of Feng Shui. If the land falls back away from the house in the back, it is said that the owner may find it difficult to gain recognition.
If the lot is below street level, any positive energy from outside will pass by the house. The lot should also be a square shape or rectangle shape. This shape (and the material) reflects the earth element, which represents stability. Having the shape and the material come from the same element makes that influence even stronger.
#3. Take a look at the age and background of the house
The house should be new or “successful.” If the house is new, there is no history, positive or negative, for you to inherit. You may make your own energy flow. If the home has been inhabited, find out all you can about the former occupants. Make sure the reason they sold the house was because of a promotion, and inheritance, or some kind of financial good luck. This means you will inherit the house’s good luck.
If the former owners foreclosed, you will inherit that financial luck too. If the sale of the house was a result of divorce, don’t be surprised if marital troubles come your way. If it was because of health troubles or even death, you can imagine the inheritance. This goes for the houses surrounding your home. If they or the inhabitants are in poor condition, take that as a sign.
#4. Take a look at the doors
The most important door of the entire house is the front door. It is also known as the “Mouth of Chi (Qi).” This is where the outside energy of the world enters the home. The front door needs to face a compass direction that is lucky for a member of the household. In addition to the door being in the “right” direction, it must have good energy. It must be the right size and proportion in comparison to the rest of the house.
Too big and there is too much energy entering the home; too small, and there is not enough. Because the front door is so important, it must be located at the front of the house, rather than at the side or back. The back door should not be directly aligned to the front, as this would encourage any good energy in the home to rush through the space and leave.
#5. Take a look at the shape of the house
The house should not be an irregular shape. A square is the best shape of all. The reason is, at first glance, fairly simple, but the methods are not. In Feng Shui, the first thing you need to do to set up your home once you have purchased it is to create a bagua for it. There are two schools of thought as to how to accomplish this. The traditional way begins with using a Feng Shui compass, known as a Lo-Pan.
The compass itself is a complex instrument that was developed over a period of many centuries, and the calculations involved take many years of study to gauge. An easier way to accomplish the same thing is to take the actual compass readings and look up what the kua numbers mean online.
After doing this, you would map out the directions and areas of your home. This would tell you where and how things should be. The western version is much simpler. There is a square chart made up of nine boxes, and each of them carry similar labels. Having a square floor plan makes the process much easier.
#6. Take a look inside
Go through the front door. You should not see stairs leading directly out front door. If you do, this is a bad sign. Some say that the good energy of your home rushes out the front door, or “Mouth of Chi,” while others insist that the energy from outside rushes up the stairs, leaving the main floor low on good energy.
Either way, you will be low on good Qi. Again, some interior designer pages will suggest hanging pretty mirrors to reflect the energy back inside the house, while more traditional sites will caution the inexperienced against the practice.
#7. Take a look at the room placement in the home
For starters, make sure the bathrooms are located in the outer areas of the house. This is because bathrooms by their very nature are considered unhealthy and unlucky rooms. It is best when bathroom doors face a wall or a hallway. Bedrooms, one of the most important rooms inside the house, should be in the back of the house, away from the activity of daily life.
If the house is two-story, make sure it is not over a garage, kitchen, or busy living room. These spaces generate too much nervous excitement for a space that is supposed to be restful. The kitchen should never be placed right by the front door.
Also make sure the kitchen is not in the northwest corner of the house. Lastly, the social areas in modern homes seem to get the most attention, which is fine for western tastes, but according to Feng Shui, it is the personal spaces that need the most attention.
Hopefully these tips will help you find just the right home for you!