Geomancy, or feng shui, is not new in Singapore.
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Cultivating good feng shui in your house can be a little daunting for beginners, so here are some easy tips to follow if you want to improve the fengshui energy in your new home.
What is feng shui all about?
Feng shui is about bringing positive energy, or ‘qi’, into your house. Living in a house with good feng shui means that you are primed to receive good luck, which may include wealth and health. Your relationships may also be more smooth-sailing.
New Condo and BTO Feng Shui: Do's and Don'ts
If you are buying a brand new home, you might want to consider feng shui when selecting your future home unit.
Houses that are closer to places of worship (such as temples) are generally avoided. This is due to the belief that the energy in temples is more ‘yang’ (active), leaving your unit with more ‘yin’ (passive) energy.
Ensure that drains are not parallel to your main door. A drain that lies parallel to the main door may obstruct the ‘qi’ from coming into your house and disrupt its feng shui.
Houses that are located opposite of alleys are believed to attract problems and may have harm effects on the family.
Ensure that no sharp curves are leading to your house. Similar to drains parallel to the main door, sharp curves can also impede the flow of the ‘qi’ entering the house.
Ideally, the toilet or kitchen should not be positioned in the centre of your house, as it might affect wealth accumulation and fertility.
Avoid a main entrance that is directly facing your neighbour, as this promotes an interchange of energy between the two units - not everything should be shared!
Unfortunately for many of us, the facing and layout of our houses, or the landmarks in the area are beyond our control. Thankfully, you can counter that by boosting the feng shui energy within your house.
We’ve compiled a list of fengshui best practices to help you achieve optimal balance in your house.
Feng Shui in Your House: How and what to arrange?
Inviting good feng shui in your home is not just about having a fountain. There are specific, yet simple actions and precautions you can take to maintain optimal ‘qi’ and prevent bad energy from affecting you and your family.
Here’s a room-by-room guide to optimise your feng shui:
Feng shui at the main door/foyer
A tall structure should not be within sight of the main door. The main door is the doorway through which the ‘qi’, which means energy, enters your house. The ‘qi’ should be able to flow into your house easily to cultivate a good feng shui at home. Having something tall just outside the main door, such as a tree or lamp post, can disrupt the energy flow.
Refrain from having shadows cast over the house. If you have draping plants over the main door, you should get rid of them as well. It is said that this can help to ward off disruptions in mental health.
Avoid having a staircase that leads directly to the main door. When a staircase is facing the front door directly, the feng shui energy rushes upwards and leaves the whole main floor without good ‘qi’ nourishment. Owners with homes like this can install a partition or a simple screen to redirect the ‘qi’.
Feng shui in the living room
Do not decorate your house with plants and flowers before consulting the geomancer to ensure good feng shui in the living room. Some houses are not compatible with plants and flowers. For instance, a potted plant in a house unsuitable for plants may trigger quarrels and marital problems.
The living room should ideally be directly accessible from the main door. People should not pass by the kitchen and bedrooms before entering your living room as this can lead to a loss of privacy. In addition, the inauspicious layout may disrupt your career.
Feng shui in the bedrooms
Place nightstands on either side of the bed for good feng shui in your bedroom
Place nightstands on either side of the bed for good feng shui in your bedroom
Feng shui in the master bedroom
Have a bedside table on both sides of the bed for good feng shui. Not only will you and your partner have your own space and storage, but this also helps in creating balance and good fengshui in the bedroom. The nightstands also serve to create harmony in your relationship and cushion potential disruptions.
Position your headboard against a solid wall. This invites a stable feng shui into the bedroom, allowing you to have a good night's sleep.
No mirrors facing the bed. This is a fengshui no-no that can diminish your ‘qi’ while you sleep. It will also spook you easily.
When lying on the bed, feet should not face the window. This will prevent you and your partner from replenishing your ‘qi’ while sleeping. If this is unavoidable, place a screen between your bed and the window.
Feng shui in the bedrooms (for children)
Study tables should ideally be rectangular. Alternatively, your children can have square or round study tables. Just avoid having tables of irregular shapes.
Do not place mirrors at the entrance of the bedroom. Doing so can attract gossip towards your children. Mirrors at the entrance can also invite undesirable people into your children’s lives and disrupt their future.
Feng shui in the kitchen
Avoid having the kitchen door facing the main door. This helps to prevent clashes in feng shui, and a potential loss of wealth. You will also be less likely to experience health and relationship problems.
Avoid having stove and refrigerator in direct line-of-sight when opening the main door. Otherwise, this might lead to an erosion of wealth or difficulty in accumulating wealth as outsiders ‘steal’ your bounty.
Position the stove towards an auspicious direction. This allows positive energy to flow into your house, and bring wealth and prosperity to the family. You may consider renovating your kitchen if your stove is facing the toilet. Toilets are considered inauspicious, so you should shift your stove away from the toilet.
Refrain from hanging mirrors in the kitchen. Having the food in the stove reflect on mirrors can lead to unfortunate accidents at home, such as fires. The last thing you want to have in your kitchen is a fire that’s not happening on your stove!
Feng shui in the bathrooms
Close the bathroom door and toilet seat cover after use. Water symbolizes wealth, and bathrooms are where the water flows out of your house. Closing the door and seat cover helps to trap wealth and prevent it from being flushed away.
So, what about feng shui fountains?
As mentioned earlier, water signifies wealth. But it’s not necessary to place a fountain in your home to reap the benefits, if you’ve already followed the steps to optimise ‘qi’ in your rooms.
But, if you insist, it is recommended that you place the feng shui fountain at the entrance of your house. You can either place it inside or outside of your house. Ensure that the water flows towards the centre of your house to allow wealth and prosperity to enter your life.
Following these fengshui best practices could attract and enhance positive vibes, but geomancers agree that buying the right home is still the most important, which is why we’re increasingly seeing feng shui masters tagging along with buyers and agents when viewing property!
More FAQ related to feng shui
What is fengshui?
‘Feng’ literally translates from Chinese to wind, and ‘shui’ is water. It is the practice of arranging objects to create positive energy, harmony and balance. Fengshui works on the assumption that the world is driven by unseen forces.
What are the rules of feng shui?
There are no hard and fast rules to feng shui, as different fengshui masters are likely to prioritise different things. That said, there are some consistencies in their advice, for example, to place your bed’s headboard against a solid wall for stability.
What are the benefits of feng shui?
In feng shui, you are trying to attract positive energy (or ‘qi’) into your environment. By using the placement of objects to alter how this energy flows, you are inviting positivity, good health and happiness (amongst other good energies) into your home.
Is feng shui really effective?
Feng shui is not science, and environmental psychologists have concluded that there is no evidence measuring the effects that feng shui can have on a person. That said, one cannot deny that having certain objects placed in a certain way, or opening up your home and decluttering the space can affect one’s mental being. There is no harm in dabbling in a bit of fengshui for more positivity in your life!
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