FENG SHUI FUNDAMENTALS
with T. Raphael Simons
The relation between the way a house sits in the land and the direction that its front door faces is unknown to most modern builders and developers. Almost nothing about this has been described in Western feng shui books simply because most writers don’t have access to this information. Disharmonious structures in which people live bring about disharmonious situations in their lives whether they know feng shui or not. What has been described of house placement on the land in popular feng shui books is fragmentary, having only to do with the so-called four constellations: the Warrior, the Dragon, the Phoenix and the Tiger. Accordingly, the most ideal situation for a house is to have the land rise behind and slope away in front, and to have the land to the left-hand side (when looking out the door) rise higher than the land to the right-hand side. While this is fine, it is not always true and is certainly not enough to go by. What I describe below is a simplifcation of an elegant classical method consisting of 24 possible house sittings with 64 door locations, 64 door facings and 192 feng shui star positions. To describe it fully would take an entire book.
The first thing to consider is how your house sits in the land. No matter if the land rises in back, at a corner, to any side, or even in front, where the land rises is the direction in which the house sits. And where the house sits is opposite where it faces. Thus the direction the door faces is not necessarily the same as the direction that the house faces.
In this simplified form, there are eight possible directions for the house to sit in: N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W or NW. Remember, the sitting of a house is not necessarily the back of the house; it is where the land rises.
To determine the compass direction of the house’s sitting, walk around the house outside, stand right at the edge of the house, and face the most noticeable rise you see in the land. Then read on the compass the direction you are facing.
The next thing to do is to determine the direction your main door is facing. That is done by standing in the doorway, facing out, and reading on the compass the direction you are facing. It is never desirable for the doorway to face the same direction that the house is sitting.
- If the house sits in the North, the more positive directions for the door to face out are E, SE and S; the best direction is E.
- If the house sits in the NE, the more positive door directions are SW, W and NW; the best is W.
- If the house sits in the E, the more positive door directions will be SE, S and N; the best is N.
If the house sits in the SE, the more positive door directions are S, N and E; the best is N.
- If the house sits in the S, the more positive door directions are N, E and SE; the best is E.
- If the house sits in the SW, the more positive door directions are W, NW, and NE; the best is NE.
- If the house sits in the W, the more positive door directions are NW, NE, and SW; the best is NE.
- If the house sits in the NW, the more positive door directions are NE, SW, and W; the best is SW.
- If your door is in an undesirable position, put a BaGua mirror above the doorway, outside, looking out. Never hang a BaGua mirror inside the house. There are effective color cures for inharmonious door positions that I will describe in the next article.
T. Raphael Simons, author of Feng Shui Step by Step, began practicing and teaching feng shui in 1988. He studied with Chinese astrologer and feng shui expert Terry Lee, and was a student and teaching assistant of Ivy Jacobson, a great Western astrologer. In addition to feng shui and astrology, he practices as a psychic and a hypnotherapist. His latest book, The Feng Shui of Love, is available through his website, www.trs-fengshui.com. It can also be purchased through Amazon.com and other major booksellers. For more information about Raphael, visit www.PsychicArts.net.
Appeared in the June/July 2007 issue of Innerchange.
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Positioning Yourself for POWER
The Balance of Your Relationship:
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Spiritual House Cleansing
The Year of the Firedog
The Number 10 in
Peace in Your Home
Finding a New Home
2005 in Chinese Astrology and Feng Shui
Feng Shui and Healing
Mirrors in Feng Shui
Form Methods in Feng Shui
Feng Shui and Recreating Oneself
Interview with a Feng Shui Expert