Welcome back! This is the fourth lesson of the Feng Shui Master Class. We shall continue our study of external Feng Shui. In the last lesson we talked about the natural environment, trees, hills, rivers and other natural objects. In this lesson, we shall look at artificial objects outside the building.
In ancient times there are not so many artificial objects that may affect Feng Shui. So when modern Feng Shui masters need to apply Feng Shui, they need to think of ways to interpret the artificial objects using the old Feng Shui theories. How do we do this? We compare things by analogy.
Let's see how we compare the man-made things with the natural objects.
In Chinese Feng Shui theories, “with one inch higher it is the mountain, with one inch lower it is the water” (高一寸即是山，低一寸即是水). Even if there is no mountain around your home, if there is a taller building nearby, we treat it as a mountain for Feng Shui’s sake.
Remember in the last lesson
we mentioned that it is preferred to have a mountain / hill behind your house? We used the Forbidden City in Beijing, China to explain this. If you live in a city where it is a large flatland, chances are your house does not have a mountain/hill behind. In this case, the second best choice is to have a building behind your building.
There are two things to remember. Firstly, we consider everything in front of the main entrance of your building as "in the front", "behind" is the opposite. What if there are more than one entrances? In the past most houses in China has a main entrance and a few side doors. The side doors were only used for delivery of garbage and ingress/egress of the servants. The owner of the house and his family, who are the master of the house, goes in and out via the main entrance door. Nowadays, we consider the mostly used entrance as the main entrance, and certainly we ignore those back doors used for delivery only.
Secondly, not all buildings are useful as an artificial hill behind your house. Only those which are taller count. In other words, if the building immediately behind is lower than your own building, this is bad Feng Shui. It means no support by others.
Then, how about buildings in front of and on both sides of your own building?
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