As you know Feng Shui is a system with long tradition in Chinese society. All Feng Shui practitioners learn their skills from books written by renowned Feng Shui masters hundred years ago. The role of modern Feng Shui designers is to interpret old Feng Shui theories in the modern day context.
In this article, I’m going to show you what good and bad Feng Shui house are according to a very famous old Feng Shui book, 八宅明鏡. Although these theories were not new, they are very applicable to nowadays houses.
3 Types of Good Feng Shui House
(1) A house with a regular footprint, preferably in square or rectangular shape, with support at the back and a space in front of the entrance door. There should also be buildings or hills on the left and right, preferably the left hand side is higher. The rooms inside the house are properly sized. This is the best type of house which brings good wealth and health.
(2) A house with regular footprint and a full height solid fence wall. This creates an artificial boundary which serves as the support.
(3) A house with flat and rectangular foundation, the house sitting in the center, not too high nor too low. The height of a house matters, if it is too high while the footprint is small, the house is not good (see paragraph 5 below).
7 Types of Bad Feng Shui House
(4) A house with disproportionate room sizes. For example, while the living and dining rooms are very large the bedrooms are extremely small, or vice versa. In Feng Shui the active areas are Yang (陽) and the sleeping areas are Yin (陰), we need a balanced house with properly sized Yang and Yin areas.
(5) A house with a small footprint and a few or more storeys, without no supporting houses nearby. It looks like a narrow rod standing up on the ground. This kind of house could not provide support to occupiers.
(6) A house with defective foundation. This is certainly not good because if the foundation is poor the walls and floor slabs above would not be stable. People living in this house may have body conditions and illness easily.
(7) A house without insufficient lighting, wide and deep rooms but only small windows. Sometimes even if the house itself has big windows, there won’t be sufficient daylight if there are many trees surrounding the house. This kind of house is easy to attract spirits (ghosts).
(8) Defective house with broken window, poorly maintained walls and finishes, looks like an old man without care. This kind of house would never bring wealth to the occupier.
(9) House with improperly high foundation. Usually a house’s foundation should level with the surround ground. However, some houses have high foundations which looks like a plinth underneath the house. So the house’s entrance would be above the surround ground. This makes Chi difficult to go into the house, so as wealth and good luck.
(10) A small house with small rooms and narrow corridors. Chi could not flow smoothly inside the house, affecting the health of the occupiers.
You see all these concerns the form and shape of a house irrespective of the directions. In fact, Feng Shui is more about the living environment. If you could manage to build a house with good size and shape, even if you don’t know anything about Flying Star or Ba Gua, chances are your house would have not bad Feng Shui.
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While the above are more relevant to houses, in the next post I’ll teach you how to distinguish good and bad Feng Shui of multi-storey apartments. Stay tuned!