Is Displaying Clocks in the House Bad Feng Shui?

Displaying clocks in the house is not bad feng shui, as long as you know the feng shui dos and don'ts of displaying clocks in your home. Anthony Harvie/Getty Images

A reader says they were told not to display clocks in the house as it is bad feng shui. They were also told it was considered to be extremely rude and enemies can be created if you give a Chinese person a clock as a gift. Are these true, she wants to know. 

Firstly, displaying clocks in the house is not bad feng shui. Knowing the time and adjusting our pace accordingly is part of the daily routine.

However, there are certainly some better feng shui places than others to display clocks; and there are also feng shui areas where displaying clocks is not advised.

Before reading the feng shui guidelines for displaying clocks in your house, first take a moment to sense where would you like to see your clocks? It is your house, so it is only up to you and to the unique energy of your house to decide the best positioning of clocks.

I will share with you the general feng shui guidelines regarding clocks, this can help you decide if you want to apply them in your home. Feeling empowered is very important for good feng shui, so trust your inner guidance more than you trust an external source.

And, of course, be willing to experiment!

Feng Shui Guidelines for Displaying Clocks in Your House

Good feng shui areas to freely display the clocks are the kitchen, the living room, and/or the home office. Having a small clock in your child's room is good feng shui, as it helps them understand the passing of time; and having a small alarm clock in your bedroom is almost a necessity!

Be mindful, though, about having a small alarm clock that can be easily tucked away.

Choose a battery-operated alarm clock versus an electric one in order to protect your health, because even the simplest electric alarm clocks will emit high EMF fields that are harmful to your health when you sleep.

Do not display big clocks in the bedroom, or, even worse feng shui, do not display several different clocks in your bedroom. The bedroom is the place for absolute relaxation, the place where time "slows down", so to speak, and it has to be ruled by a different clock - your own body clock.

If you have a collection of clocks you want to display - you mentioned hanging clocks, cuckoo clocks, etc - you can choose a living room wall for this display, or display them gallery style in a hallway.

  • Do not display clocks so that you can see them first thing as you enter the house.
  • Do not display metal clocks in the East, the Health & Family area of the house.

As far as the giving clocks as a gift, it is only considered bad, or inauspicious feng shui, if a younger person gives it as a gift to an older person. Taking into consideration the essence of clocks - measuring the passing of time - it is a reminder of getting older, thus it might be considered a bad feng shui gift.

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