Feng Shui Tips: Where to Position Your House on the Land

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If you are looking to buy a new house, you may want to consider the feng shui positioning for the home in relation to the land on which it sits. For example, is it best if there is more space in the front yard or backyard? There are many other variables to consider.

Consider the Chi

First, regardless of whether you are buying an empty lot or a house that is already built, it's important to look at the Chi quality of the land itself.

Does it look and feel vibrant? Is the vegetation lush and full of life? Land that is dry with hardly any vegetation thriving on it is a sign of low or inhibited Chi. 

The best feng shui positioning is when the house has slightly raised land behind it or is slightly higher as compared to the land in front of the house. This will resemble the classical feng shui land positioning of the Turtle - one of the celestial Feng Shui Animals - as protection and good backing for the house.

The worst feng shui is to have sloping land behind the house or land that is on a lower level than the front of the house.

Symbolic Arrangement

The symbolic arrangement of the Classical feng shui positioning of the house on the land is the following (when you are looking at the house from outside):

  • Front of the house: The Phoenix - open space to allow good Chi to gather and nourish the house.
  • Right side of the house: The Dragon - slightly higher that the left side to allow for good support and prosperity.
  • Left side of the house: The Tiger - slightly lower as compared to the right side.
  • Back of the house: The Turtle - raised land behind the house (the mountain shape in classical feng shui)

Landscaping and Design

If the land is flat on both sides, this is not considered bad feng shui. However, often a better feng shui arrangement can be created by the design features of the house.

For example, the chimney on the right side of the house will make the right side higher. Landscaping can certainly create good feng shui, and in this case, a tall vibrant tree, or several trees on the right side of the house will create the same feng shui effect.

Shape of the Land

As for the shape of the land, a natural shape resembling square or rectangular is considered the best feng shui. These shapes allow for a harmonious gathering and accumulation of energies. The worst feng shui shapes are the triangular or lot shapes that have missing or cut corners.

It is also best when you have more land in the back of the house as compared to the front. In classical feng shui, this is considered auspicious as it allows the energy of wealth to accumulate.

Other features

As for other features, generally a body of water at the back of the house - when very close to the house - is usually not ideal in feng shui. This applies mostly when the body of water is quite big as compared to the size of the house.

A body of water in front of the house, though, such as a lake, a river or a well-taken care of pond, is excellent feng shui.