This is a lesson in which I’ll show you how to do a complete Feng Shui analysis using the Feng Shui knowledge you learnt in the last 10 lessons. In the first lesson I have shown you what the different Feng Shui systems are. Since then, we have learnt how to examine the external and internal environments. We dealt with the interpretation of Feng Shui problems in different directions. We also spent three lessons in learning the essentials of Ba Gua Feng Shui.
With all the things you learnt, you should by now have a fairly good knowledge in Feng Shui. You should be capable to do a basic Feng Shui analysis. What you do not have may be practical experience. This is why I would like to use this lesson to demonstrate the correct procedures of a Feng Shui analysis. We will do Ba Gua Feng Shui because it is the basic system that you easily master. When we finished learning more advanced Feng Shui systems such as Flying Star Feng Shui, we will do a similar demonstration here.
Here is today’s rundown. I’ll first explain step by step what needs to be checked. Then, I’ll use a real life case to explain what could be achieved during a Feng Shui analysis. We would also learn the methods to cure Feng Shui problems.
Feng Shui Analysis (1) – Read the Map
The first step to take in a Feng Shui analysis is to read the map. If you have been expecting to go all the way to the site, no, sorry, this is not what a Feng Shui master would do. We always do background research before going to the site.
In the past this could be quite difficult because most required information is not publicly available. Nowadays, with the advancement of technology we could easily retrieve the required information via the internet. The first tool you are going to use is Google Maps.
The use of Google Maps is to check the surrounding environment of the site. You could certainly walk around the site, but nothing beats the satellite view Google Maps provides that shows everything around the site.
What you need to check are the location of everything that projects from the ground level, such as hills and buildings, and the source of water such as rivers, streams, lakes, water ponds (even artificial ones count) and fountain. We also need to mark down the location and routing of roads, highways and flyovers. If there are any special objects outside, such as street light pole, you should also take note of them.
Then, you compare the external environment with the house according to the principles outlined in Lesson 3 (natural objects) and Lesson 4 (artificial objects).
Feng Shui Analysis (2) – Find the Layout Plan
In the past, Feng Shui masters had to draw out the layout plan after actually measuring the dimensions on site. Nowadays, you can easy get the layout plan of your house through your real estate agent. Even if you have to measure and draw by yourself, the tools available to you are much more than the ancient times.
No matter you get the floor plan from the agent or you draw it out, the next step is to find out the center point of your house. We need to do this because we’ll find out the different directions by standing right in the center of the house and use a compass to measure. Without knowing the center point you cannot find out the correct directions.
One extra thing you could do in this step is to check the floor number and building shape. In Lesson 7 we had discussed what are the lucky floor numbers and building shapes for different kinds of people.
Feng Shui Analysis (3) – Check the Interior Design
If you are examining the Feng Shui of an existing occupied house, you need to check and mark down the interior design. You need to record the whereabouts of the main entrance, kitchen (and the stove), bathroom, bedrooms, bed, desk, couch, flower vase, aquarium, clock, mirror, etc.
If the flat is completely new (and vacant), you have greater flexibility to design. I recently helped a guy to re-design his house. I found that the master bedroom his wife and him occupy was not good. The bad Feng Shui affects their health (and the couple really had a bad time in the recent months). The problem was that if they do not sleep in the master bedroom, they could only choose to sleep in a much smaller bedroom. And they have to remove everything in the smaller bedroom and tailor made a double bed. This caused a lot of troubles. So if you have a choice, please carefully design the Feng Shui of your house before you move-in.
The principles of interior Feng Shui design are explained in Lesson 5 (door, bedroom and kitchen) and Lesson 6 (study room, toilet and living room).
Feng Shui Analysis (4) – Check the Gua of Occupants
In Lesson 9 we have learnt how to find out the Gua of a person according to the year of birth. We could base on a person’s Gua to find out the lucky and unlucky directions of him/her. This is a critical step because we must do Feng Shui according to the actual “likes” and “dislikes” of his/her fate. If we know that having a bedroom in East is good for a person we should definitely do so. Go and re-read Lesson 9 if you forgot how to find out the personal Gua.
Feng Shui Analysis (5) – Check the Gua of the House
Similarly, we should also find out the Gua of a house, and subsequently the lucky and unlucky directions inside. The method is explained in Lesson 10. Of the eight directions, which are lucky and which are unlucky? I have a detailed explanation in Lesson 8 about the meanings of the eight Xing-yaos.
Feng Shui Analysis (6) – Combining Everything Together
The last step of the Ba Gua Feng Shui analysis is to combine everything mentioned above. After knowing where we should put the bedrooms, kitchen, toilet, entrance door etc in a house according to the personal Gua and the house’s Gua, we could design the interior following the form Feng Shui principles.
On the other hand, if there is bad Feng Shui in a particular direction, you could follow the method explained in Lesson 2 to find out who in the family may be affected and the nature of the effect. Each of the eight directions represent one family member and particular parts of the body. Simply refer to the list in Lesson 2 you could easily figure out the impact of the Feng Shui problem.
This is a real life case where I have actually gone there and inspected the Feng Shui. The location of this apartment is in Tai Po, Hong Kong, the city where I live.
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Firstly, we shall look at the satellite image to check the surrounding environment. We could see that the whole estate, which comprises of 15 blocks of multi-storey apartments, is backed by a mountain. Although between this estate and the mountain there is a sports ground, basically we could still consider the mountain as constituting a good support.
In the front there are other buildings, but those buildings are generally lower in height. This also conforms with our requirement that the front should be either a flat land, water pound or lower building.
On the left hand side there are other high-rise residential buildings while on the right there are a low-rise school and a playground. This is basically a good Feng Shui because while on both sides there are buildings to support, the left is taller than the right.
After reviewing the whole estate, we shall come to the block we would like to analyse. It is Block 15 of the estate. In the enlarged satellite image below, you could see that there is a swimming pool in heart shape right in front of Block 15. This is certainly a good Feng Shui design because the existence of the pool may bring wealth to people living inside this block.
The owner of this apartment has a zodiac sign of Rooster. According to the principle I explained in Lesson 7, he should live on higher floors. Luckily, his apartment is situated on the top 1/3 floors. The shape of this block is, however, a “wood” one according to the five-element theory. This type of building is not a perfect choice for Rooster.
Then we focus on the exact unit we want to examine, Unit F. I obtained the following layout plan from a real estate agent. There are a few problems I found. Firstly, the bedrooms have door to door situation. This means that the occupants may have higher chance to have interpersonal disputes. Secondly there is also a door to window situation in the small bedroom. Thirdly, the door of the small bedroom opens into the tail of the bed. The flow of Chi from the door directly hitting the bed may cause illness.
For the kitchen, since it is located near the entrance hallway of the flat, it is recommended that the kitchen door should always be closed if possible. Other than that, the kitchen is basically OK.
Now we come to the Ba Gua Feng Shui part. The owner of this house has a Kan (坎) Ming Gua (命卦). His lucky directions are North, East, Southeast and South. The flat itself has a door facing North, so it is a Li (離) house which also has the same lucky directions. It is good that all three bedrooms of the flat are located in the lucky directions. Besides, the main entrance of the flat is in North which is also a good direction. In other words, the house’s and the owner’s lucky directions match very well, and they are all put into good use.
In conclusion, this flat scores at least 85 for its good Feng Shui and a good match with the owner. Although there are interior design problems such as door to door and door to bed, these are relative minor problems that could be fixed.