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Video: What is Feng Shui?
You've learnt about the common types of environmental features in external Feng Shui that could be significant to the Qi flow of your property.
This time, we'll take a look at what is not of any importance in terms of Feng Shui when evaluating property.
This is to help you avoid "Feng Shui Paranoia" when you are looking or designing your dream home.
It will tell you what you should NOT bother to get all worked up about when it comes to your home or a prospective property.
Types of plants
Plants, whatever types they may be, have nothing to do with Classical Feng Shui.
You can turn your home into a money plant nursery all you want but it won't bring you more wealth.
It's all in the name and nothing to do with Qi.
Paintings or décor
Paintings are a form of art and expression.
There are no rules on what you can have on the walls because it has nothing to do with Feng Shui. If you love Gothic art or movie posters of 'Saw' or 'The Omen' and want to display them in your home, by all means, go ahead.
It doesn't make your home haunted. Remember: Buy inspiration, not superstition.
Don't fret about the colour of your roof or walls as they have no effect on the Feng Shui of a property.
First of all, there is no such thing as "auspicious measurements" in Feng Shui - not even a "Feng Shui ruler".
With that said, specific auspicious measurements and the said ruler are usually used for the tombstone or coffin for Yin House Feng Shui.
Hence, property for living occupants (or Yang House) can safely ignore this.
Stop now, with the phobia about numbers having Feng Shui significance to a property.
You won't be cursed living in house number 14 or on the 14th floor. Remember: Feng Shui is about Qi in the environment - not your house number.
A Ba Gua mirror is used in the olden days, when it was made of brass and the objective was to introduce some metal into the sector.
It may have some significance in the spiritual practice fields, but not in Feng Shui (which is nothing more than a diagram indicating a mathematical model of the universe).
As for the Stone Lions, they are just a Chinese decorative preference and do not generate any 'protective Qi'.
As you do not live on the patio or sleep there at night, it is not an important consideration for Feng Shui here.
Therefore, it can be located anywhere in the property. A pergola is like an outdoor gazebo commonly situated in the West.
As long as the edges of the roof do not point at your Main Door, the location of the pergola is unimportant.
The number of bulbs in a garden lamp post has no importance in Feng Shui.
Garden lamp posts are generally not dangerous as long as they are not directly in front of any doors to your property. Crystal chandeliers, clearly, emit beautiful light and are nice to look at. But it does not emit any Qi.
I hope these tips will dispel the common misconception about what is Feng Shui and what is not when it comes to considering a property. With all these cleared up, you can Feng Shui your home the right way.
10 auspicious things to look out for when buying a new home
How do you know if and when you have found the right house in terms of feng shui? This is the burning question for many property buyers.
And it's not like you can simply dial a consultant for every house you fancy. So, it's handy for you to know the basic feng shui rules to acquaint yourself.
• No water - as in lakes, rivers, etc -- in the North-east sector. Water in the South-west sector is best, or maybe South-east, East or North.
• A mountain in the North-east, North-west, West or South is ideal.
• Avoid negative features like pointed roof corners, pylons and dead trees.
• Bright Hall - this is one factor that never fails but facing a wide, busy road is not a Bright Hall feature as overly strong Yang energy disperses Qi!
Positive feng shui properties do not just wait around for buyers. To find out "when" is a good time to purchase a property, look at your personal BaZi (Chinese astrology) chart.
Are you going through a favourable 10-year Luck Pillar cycle? Is the current year good for you? If it is, the opportunity to "discover" a good property is quite high. If it isn't, even if you manage to find a property with potent feng shui, you might not have the opportunity to purchase it.
This is something that I always tell people: "The house chooses the buyer, and not the other way around."
It all comes down to affinity. But most people would usually retort, "I have money. I can buy any house I want!"
True, but "any house" would normally mean that the property buyer or investor and his consultant, braving the next 10 houses with mediocre feng shui.
Or, one faced with negative features. For example, with the North-east landform sloping away, or a pierced Life Palace feature, or one which has the Eight Killings formation. In one case, we found a feng shui-friendly house for a client - finally.
But at the last moment, the seller decided not to sell because her dog died. Being too distraught, the seller chose to wait another year before selling.
If your BaZi is compatible for you to purchase a property this year, you can find out "where" to look.
For example, if your favourable element is Metal then you can look for an area with a Military Arts mountain (half watermelon).
Or, perhaps, you can look for a "North-west sitting" property with higher ground. (Do note that without high ground support, a North-west sitting property is just like any other property).
The Metal element is also linked to financial centres, so seeking houses near such a feature would increase your opportunity for optimum feng shui.
At the risk of encouraging paranoia, I'm giving divination tips as well.
If, at the point of entering a prospective property and it starts to rain heavily, this means the Kan trigram has "revealed" itself.
This means that the property will cause quite a bit of problem - hidden problems, mind you. There will
also be sewage and foundation problems.
If you are greeted by a stench upon arriving at the door, then it is a Kun Gua issue - ill health for the lady of the house or unstable finances. Or, you find that upon walking in, the door "cracks".
This phenomenon has to do with Dui Gua and is related to the possibility of constant injury and surgery.
On the other hand, if the weather is pleasant and the sun is shining brightly, then it can be construed as a manifestation of the Li Gua trigram of happiness. Or, if it drizzles but the sky is still sunny, then it is relates to the "Accomplished" hexagram.
As mentioned earlier, divination runs the risk of paranoia. So, if you see or hear nothing out of the ordinary when you enter a new property, then all is well and good. It doesn't matter what happens before or after you see the house. It is irrelevant.
Several years ago, when assessing a house for a client, the weather on that day was all right but what caught my attention were the many dragonflies in the compound (Xun Gua).
It was a south-sitting house (Li Gua). Hey, that's a 9-4 HeTu combination which meant it was conducive for relationships and networking. And because the north-west land was higher, this became an even more powerful combination.
True enough, this client eventually built and expanded his company (and wealth) by meeting the right people.