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In the world of Fengshui (Feng Shui), 'direction' is
very important. Before you know the direction, you need to locate center of the reference.
The reference point changes depends on what are you
looking at. If you are living in a single-family house or you occupy one entire floor, the
center is the geographic center of the square to which the house belongs. This is a little
difficult to imaging but straightforward to figure out.
Follow the three easy steps.
Step 1: On your floor plan or house design or what ever you have that accurately describes
your house, mark the furthest point of east, west, north and south. If there is a garage
or any addition to the house, make sure you include it.
Step 2: Connect the furthest east and west points. Connect the furthest south and north
Step 3: From the middle point of east and west, draw a line that is perpendicular to the
east west connection. Do the same thing for the north south connection.
Congratulations! You have located the center of the reference for your
house. It is the point where these two new lines across.
If you occupy one entire floor, consider yourself
live in a one family house. and refer to Where
is the center of the reference for a one family house?
If you and your neighbor occupy half of the floor on
every level, it is a little difficult to decide the center. Because you and your neighbor
is neither totally independent (like a one family house) nor totally intertwined (like a
big family), the exact relationship between you and your neighbor needs to be taken into
account. If your are your neighbor's landlord, consider the entire house as a one family
house. Follow the steps in "Where
is the center of the reference for a one family house?" to locate the center. In
the time to re-new the lease, make sure that "your half" of the house has the
Fengshui (Feng Shui) that is good for you.
If you and your neighbor both own portion of the
house, consider the common property and portion of the house that you own. In this case,
you will probably need a copy of the original blue print to make sure you locate the
center correctly. Regarding the common property, you can adjust that according to your
relationship with your neighbor. If you and your neighbor are close buddies, you should
definitely include the common wall, the entire garage and anything you have access even
you only own half. If all the words you exchange with your neighbor is "good
morning"; your portion should be exactly where your legal portion is. If you are the
renter, only consider the portion of the property in which that you are living and
definitely not include the walls. Then follow the steps in "Where is the center of the reference for
a one family house".
If the house has multiple levels, determine the
individual center of reference for each floor is generally a good idea. Even the three
floors in a house is exactly the same, they are not influence the residence exactly the
same. A rule of sum is that the floor closest to the surface of the ground is most
likely to be influenced by what's outside. The floor contains most activity is most likely
to be influencing the individual. If you prefer to do as little as possible, you can chose
the main floor of the house and determine the center accordingly.
If your house is a one family house and has multiple
levels, the first floor is usually the main floor and it is the largest. In this case, it
is safe to use the first floor to represent the entire house. However, there are some
special situation, you need to make some modifications.
If your house is build by a hill or below a road,
which means that when looked from one direction the first floor becomes the basement. In
this case, the second floor becomes the main floor. The center of the reference should be
based on this floor.
What if your main floor is not the largest floor?
This usually indicates some kind of unbalance of the house. Unless you have very specific
reason to keep the house that way, it is generally recommended that add some storage sheds
or garage or whatever you see fit attached to the house on the main floor.
When determine the direction of influence on
individual, the floor that contains the most activities is the most important to
individual. For example, If you live in your parents' house and your room is on the third
floor, you should consider the third floor the main floor unless you spend most of your
time home hug the TV in the living room.
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Antidote: or Fengshui cure, it is
generally used to bring back the balance when needed, such as mirrors, wind
chimes, crystals, fountains, candle etc.
Arrow: it is important to have a 'smooth' environment. The sharp pointing
objects are considered as pointing arrows. It can bring disharmony. To smooth corners in
the house is important for holidays.
Astrology: Fengshui is NOT Chinese astrology. However, these two subjects are
closely related and intertwined. A person's Chinese Zodiac animal can be calculated base on the year
Ba Gua is the principle on which FengShui practice is based. read more about it
in the theory section in our FAQ.
Balance: The most important principle of Feng Shui. Balance yin-yang and
five elements is the main task of FengShui practice.
Beam: It needs to be avoid. Fengshui consider overhead beams are inauspicious to
the residence. It is most inauspicious if it is above the office desk or
Bonsai: It is popular in Asia and getting more and more popular in the west.
However, many Bonsai are made with unnatural limitation of the tree. Those are
not good for the FengShui.
Book of Change: I-Ching, the great book of Change. Document the most ancient
idea on which Feng Shui is developed. See it in our FAQ and history sections.
Cactus: It is not recommended to be
placed in the home, office or in front of the house. It can cause
Chi: it is often called the dragon's breath in many areas. It is the flow of
energy. Although we mostly talk about the flow of positive Chi, the negative Chi
Chi Gong: A form of martial arts and meditation technique. It is generally recommended
for mature adults' exercise.
Compass school of FengShui: a practice of Feng Shui that base on the Bagua and
its interaction of individual's birth date and gender to determine the
directions. See basic theory in our FAQ for more details.
Corner: or sections. Divide the house or room into nine equal sections and
arrange them base on Bagua functions.
Crystals: Natural clear crystal is frequently used Fengshui technique to enhance
the earth element. However, artificially manufactured crystals are not
necessarily pure earth element.
Double happiness: The traditional
symbol used to celebrate and bless marriage. It is popularly used in Feng Shui
to bring happiness into marriage. It can be used with all five elements.
Dragon: The most important symbol in Chinese culture. In most cases, it has
strong Yang character in Fengshui.
Earth element: one of five elements.
See more in theory section of our FAQ.
East window: A window open to the east allows the sun light to come into the
house earliest in the morning. It is Great Fengshui practice.
Eight Gua: or Ba Gua. Ba is the pronunciation of eight in mandarin
Chinese. Ba Gua is the principle on which FengShui practice is based. read
more about it in the theory section in our FAQ.
Feng Shui: wind and water. Read more
about it in the theory section of our FAQ.
Fire: One of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ.
Five elements: basic elements that used in FengShui to describe the characters
of objects under study. Any object, including time, usually contains more than
Flying start Feng Shui; a method use to determine the character of a house
during its life time.
Form school of Feng Shui: a method uses the shape of the house and its environment
to determine its character and to optimize the house as a good living environment
for its residence. See more in Form school of Feng Shui in our FAQ.
Four Pillars: The theory of calculating a person's life's fortune base on Year,
month, date and time of individual's birth. Certain practitioners also use it to
direct people in Balancing the Chi.
FuXi: Pronounced as /ph-She/, According to Chinese ledged, FuXi is the first
person who documented Bagua. The gender of FuXi is still in debate. It was
traditionally believed that FuXi was a man. In recent years, some historians argue
that the time period FuXi lived was more likely to be a matriarchy society.
Therefore, the head of the tribe, FuXi, should be a woman. Some even believe
that FuXi actually was a goop of women that forms a counsel to the tribe or tribes.
FuXi Bagua: Also refers to as "natural" Bagua or the "Original
Five elements and Zodiac animals: strictly speaking, the Chinese Zodiac animals
are not part of FengShui. However, it is custom to refer to the 12 earthly
branches using Zodiac animals. Detail.
I-Ching: the book of Change. It document
the most ancient idea on which Feng Shui is developed. See it in our FAQ and
Landscape FengShui: A practice of
landscaping base on the form school of FengShui.
Lotus: Lotus is one of the frequently used method to reduce the negative energy.
See use of lotus cup in our FAQ and tip of week archives.
Lo Pan. A Feng Shui practitioner's compass. It contains multiple rings on the
side of a regular compass that associates with short cut calculations of Bagua.
Metal: One of five elements. See
more in theory section of our FAQ.
Mirror: A frequently used Feng Shui antidote to help balance the Chi and five
elements. It is also important to use it to visually correct the missing corners
of a room.
Pillars: four pillars are base on an
individual's birth year, month, date and time to predicts the raise and fall of
luck in a person's life. In a period that five elements are not balanced,
significant misfortune could occur.
Red: The most auspicious color in
Chinese tradition. The color itself has the character of fire element.
Water: one of five elements. See
more in theory section of our FAQ.
Wood: One of five elements. See more in theory section of our FAQ.
Yang: Represented by a continuous hyphen
like line. It is one of the separated,
co-existing characters. Such relationship is the basic ideal of Yin-Yang philosophy, upon
which FengShui is based.
Yin: Represented by two short
little hyphens with gap in between. It is one of the separated, opposition and co-existing characters.
Such relationship is the basic ideal of Yin-Yang philosophy, upon
which FengShui is based.
Zodiac animals: The twelve zodiac
animals used in Chinese astrology. It is based on the year of an individual's
birth. Read more in Chinese Zodiac animals section in our FAQ.
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