Saturday, March 17, 2007

Dealing with windows

In many respects, windows should be considered in much the same light as doors, and some mention has already been made of preventing chi flowing in at the main door and straight out of the back door or a window.

The arrangement of a room and the articles within it should be so to promote the smooth flow of chi entering and leaving the room. To prevent the rapid loss of chi, should this be happening, we can to some extent refer to the remedies suggested alreadysuch as covering the window with a curtain, even if the curtain is made only of lace.

A general principle is that windows (and doors) should not be sited near to the corner of a room as this enables the chi to move out of the room too quickly. If the eight points (mentioned earlier) are superimposed on the room, it will be seen in which category there will be a loss of chi and therefore a negative effect on one aspect of your life.

If, for example the chi flows quickly through and out of the room at the point where the area for children is situated, then one may expect some difficulties in that aspect of your personal life.

This room clearly also has some negative features with regard to the friends aspect and the confining nature of the door. This will need some remedial action as it is better not to have doors or windows at the corners of rooms - in this case there is a danger of losing chi, too rapidly in the area of friends.

To counteract the rapid exit of chi through the side window, a simple lace curtain and perhaps a small vase of flowers would provide the ideal solution. A relatively simple action can have a proportionately far greater positive effect.

It is probably the standard, but windows are best opening outwards but if they happen to open inwards, it is a good idea to determine what sort of chi is being admitted.

If the chi is negative and disruptive — that is, sha chi — it can be diverted or blocked by the use of a vase of flowers at the window, hanging wind chimes or something similar, or a strategically placed mirror if the configuration of the room permits this.

Many windows do not open completely, either because they are sash windows where at most one half of the aperture is covered, or because they are modern UPVC double glazed units that have a fixed lower panel and an opening upper panel. In these cases it will help to place flowers at the lower closed part of the window.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Eight Point method

This method is used by many practitioners of Feng Shui. In this case the eight-fold grid comprises eight points or areas covering such aspects as, finance, eminence (or reputation), wisdom (or knowledge), career and so on.

Once again the grid is placed over the ground plan of the house in question and the wall that contains the main door should also contain the points for knowledge, career and friends. The grid can also be placed over individual rooms and this is often necessary if a house has an unusual ground plan.

The placing of the eight points is achieved by standing at the door and imagining that you are looking in, thus eminence is furthest away and finance is away in the left-hand corner. Where the outline of a room does not readily fit with the regular arrangement of points, and many rooms will fall into this category, there are a number of procedures suggested to obtain the best possible placing of points: The boundary of the room can be projected until a more regular shape is created upon which the points can be placed.

However this does not necessarily clarify the placing of points. Where spaces, say in two adjoining rooms, clearly do not accommodate the eight points, it is better to treat them as separate rooms, applying the same principles and standing in each doorway, looking in, to place the points. In this case there is no place for finance and wisdom because they are outside the room boundary.

However, if the smaller extension is treated as a separate room then all the points can be applied quite easily. Other rooms may have an irregular shape, which presents you with more than one option for placing the eight points.

In this case the points can either be placed to include as much of the space of the room as possible or the room can be divided as described above, to create more manageable shapes. If necessary, walls can temporarily be created by the use of partitions thus enabling the points to be placed.

These and the previously discussed methods are used in Feng Shui to analyse and correct situations where the chi is not quite correct. The following posts will look at a variety of topics from doors and windows to gardens, pointing out what can be done to make the room or environment a more harmonious one in which to live.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The endowment method

This derives its name from the aspect of a person's house.

The direction in which it faces en-riches the house in a particular way, thus north represents harmonious relationships and east understanding, as listed:
  • North:harmonious relationships
  • North East: family
  • East: understanding
  • South East: money
  • South: eminence
  • South West: contentment
  • West: pleasure
  • North West: developments and progress
By studying a house plan with reference to the grid, it is possible to determine which rooms/areas fall under which particular influence and how best this combination can be altered or improved.

The grid should always be placed facing south even if the main door to the house does not. The position of the door and its direction of facing is quite important and will be considered in a later section.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Methods used In Feng Shui

When an individual appraises their home using Feng Shui or when a consultant is called in to a home or office, there are several methods that can be used to sort out the problems.

In all cases the result is that the layout of the room will almost certainly be altered and additional items will be installed, as summarised in the preceding section. One method of analysis commonly used is based upon the octagonal structure of the Pah Kwa (see Seasons and Trigrams). There are two techniques based upon this basic configuration, one called the eight point method and the other, the eight enrichments or endowment method.
  • The latter consists of laying over the plan of the house in question the octagonal grid and this enables the problem areas to be determined and improvements to be suggested (for convenience this has been shown with the north area to the top).
  • The eight point method involves placing a star made up of eight lines over the plan of the house or individual rooms to see where the lines impinge upon the walls.
Both techniques will be de-scribed briefly and their application will then be encountered later.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Application of the Celestial Animal

In front of the house, the ground should gently fall away. If it is too sudden then it is believed that the red bird would fall off and this would adversely affect your fortune in the world.

With this configuration in mind, the back of the house would be the area of the black tortoise or turtle. This is the area of mystery, but can perhaps be more logically interpreted as the realm of private matters, including marriage and family concerns.

The hills behind the house are necessary to provide protection and keep close at hand all that is of importance at this personal level. To the east ideally there should be hills of the green dragon representing good luck and also hope. To the west is the realm of the white tiger.

The land to the west should be flat. Anything else may generate bad luck — hills will mean that the white tiger will be strong with an abundance of the characteristics listed above. This could only lead to problems and difficulties. If the ground to the west rapidly slopes away, then the tiger's effect will be minimal and this can lead to an existence without interest or any excitement. This is the ideal situation but, since this is out of reach for most of us, the Feng Shui of our home interior is important in counteracting any negative aspects outside. This is dealt with later.

The symbolic animals are also used with reference to the walls of the house and the directions in which they face. In a house facing south, the entrance wall is attributed to the bird (compass direction south) but the interior wall facing the entrance is also designated by the bird.

However, the outside of that same wall is in the realm of the tortoise because it faces north. By the same token, the other walls can be attributed to the other animals, each being allocated one internal and one external wall dependent upon the direction of facing.

Thus, from this perspective, the best configuration for a house is where the four symbolic animals can be discerned in the outlines of the scenery round about the site.

The dragon is regarded as the most important and at the very least it is hoped that a hill to the east can be taken to represent the green dragon. When one of the four animals can be identified in the scenery, then the directions of the other three can obviously be established, even if there are no physical signs of them.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Symbolic animals

In addition to all the other factors involved in Feng Shui there are aspects of astrology and astronomy involved.

Four terms derived from Chinese astronomy are used in Feng Shui, being placed at the points of the compass. These four animals, the tortoise (or turtle), bird, dragon and tiger are also associated with directions as applied to a house, and with the seasons.

Each animal (often called a celestial animal) has particular associations in terms of character and emotions. These animal symbols are used to assess the Feng Shui of a house with respect to its position.

When a house faces south, into the realm of the red phoenix, then the terms front, back, etc. coincide with the compass directions, i.e. looking out of the house to the south means you are also facing away from the front. Leaving your house to go into the realm of the red bird is supposed to bring good luck and good fortune.

In China it is common practice for people to seek a house that is either south or south-east facing. This is an auspicious set-up as it al-lows into the house the good fortune of the bird (for south facing) and in addition the wisdom of the dragon (for south-east facing).
  • Tortoise: north, winter, back black, mysterious, hidden, sleepy, caring
  • Bird: south, summer, front, red, happy, jovial, lucky, fortunate, Outward-going
  • Dragon: east, spring, right, green, wise, kind, safe guarding, polite, good luck
  • Tiger: west, autumn, left, white, sudden, strong, angry, violent, unpredictable

Friday, February 23, 2007

Restorative action 4

Static elements
This generally applies to features outside where it may become necessary to slow down the flow of chi. This may be the case in a garden and any large object will help compensate. This may be a rock, statue or something similar that slows the chi. If a statue is used it should blend in with the surroundings and with the personality of the individual.

Motion
The movement of an object can help divert or animate chi and the Chinese commonly use items such as flags, ribbons, chimes and mobiles and fountains. Ideally the wind should be the motivating force. Flowing water is helpful in bringing in chi, but it should not flow too rapidly.

Equipment
This includes all types of machine and items of electrical equipment which can vitalise chi, but it is necessary to ensure that it is not overdone. Balance has to be achieved between the electricity which is used in so many modem appliances, from fridges to microwaves to computers, and the chi.

The best approach to adopt is to keep such usage to a sensible minimum.In later sections, the way in which these actions can be applied to Feng Shui will be described. There are numerous examples of such applications, particularly when a moderating element is required.