How to Tell If a Home Has Good Feng Shui

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 Anjie Cho / Anjie Cho Architect

In our fast-paced modern lifestyles, people are seeking out ways to create more mindfulness and wellness in their lives by improving the feng shui of their homes. So, if you’re looking for a new place, or just want to evaluate your current abode, here are some guidelines in recognizing a home with good feng shui.

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    Curb Appeal

    Small house on an autumn’s day
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    The appearance of the house upon approach is pretty important. If the curb appeal is lacking, so will the energy of the home. 

    • How does the overall home look and feel to you? Your home should feel safe, friendly, and inviting. You should feel like it’s the right place for you.
    • How is the exterior of the home maintained? Ideally, the exterior, including greenery and driveway, are properly cared for. The paint, roof, and other parts of the building should be in good condition.
    • Was the home easy to find the first time you visited? If there were challenges, or it’s really hard to locate, this may not be ideal for your primary residence. If you got lost finding the home, so will the positive energy. 
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    The Neighborhood

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    The energy and well being of the neighborhood and community absolutely affects the feng shui of your home. Take some time to walk around and explore the areas around the home.

    • Do the neighbors appear to care for and keep their homes in good condition? If your neighbors keep their homes in disrepair it can similarly affect the qi (life force energy) of your home and therefore your prosperity.
    • Are the trees (and nature) in the community in good health? If the greenery is unhealthy, this will affect the wellness of the people in the neighborhood and the home.
    • Avoid homes adjacent to dilapidated buildings, empty lots, and cemeteries. They are very yin energy (without life). A home is a space for the living, so best to stay clear of homes very close to these types of spaces. Instead, surround your home with life rather than death.
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    Predecessor Energy

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    Everything that happens in a space creates energetic vibrations that get recorded in the walls. And it’s not just the walls, but also the land. 

    If possible, research the history of the home, and see if there are patterns of negative life events. Some examples include untimely deaths, divorces, or health issues. It’s also helpful to look at the history of the property (land) if you can. The patterns of the home after time may also emerge into your life if you live there.

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    aeriel view of T intersections in a neighborhood
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    A T-intersection is when two streets meet in a “T” shape. In feng shui, it’s very inauspicious for your home to be located at the top of the “T”.

    Basically, your home is sitting on a street with another street dead-ending into you, which sends a lot of energy directly at you. It’s sort of like pointing a sword or an arrow right at your face. If possible, avoid living in a home located at a T-intersection.

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    Flow to the Front Door

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    One of the most important things to look at in evaluating a home is how the qi can flow to the front door. The front door is called the “mouth of qi”, this is how life force energy can come into your life. We want homes with easy to find and clearly marked front doors. If you (or your future guests) can’t find the front door, this indicates positive energy and opportunities will also have difficulties finding its way to your life.

    Formal Front Entry Checklist (Things to Avoid):

    • Is the path hard to find from the street (or driveway) to the front door?
    • Is the front door hidden on the side or back of the house?
    • Are there two or more formal front doors?
    • Is there a tree or greenery blocking the front door?
    • Are there any dangerous obstacles on the way to the front door?
    • Is there any confusion that arises for visitors when arriving at your home?
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    Commanding Position

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    As far as the interior of the home is concerned, most things are workable. But the commanding position is one of the most important principles in feng shui. When you are in the commanding position it means that you have more ease and relaxation in your life. You can also see and invite more positive qi into your home. This is most relevant to the placement of the beds (for the inhabitants), desk and stove. 

    To be in the commanding position, you want to be able to see the door to the space while lying in bed, sitting at your desk or cooking at your stove. However, you don’t want to be directly in line with the door. This usually means that you would place your bed, desk or stove diagonal from the door. Of the three, the bed is the most important. If possible, try to find a home designed so that the beds can easily be placed in the commanding position. This means that for the bedrooms, there’s a solid wall (without windows) that you can place the headboard of the bed against that is diagonal from the door to the room. 

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    Good Qi

    quiet living room with lots of plants
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    Finally, follow your intuition. Most people know right away if a home is right for them or not. Even if we’re in a home with challenging feng shui, it may be a good learning experience for you. We often are attracted to homes that may ease an issue to arise because we are ready to grow and work with it. Let the wisdom arise from your heart and listen.