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Where is the center of the reference for a one family house?

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 points.
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.

Where is the center of the reference if I live in a two family town house?

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".

How do I determine the center of the reference if my house have multiple floors?

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 of birth. 


Bagua: 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 bed. 
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 disharmony. 
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 do exits.
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 one elements. 
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 Bagua".
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 history sections.




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, opposition and 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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