Find the Feng Shui Direction of Your Home

Couple looking at their new house, which faces south

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A feng shui house facing direction is exactly what it sounds like—the feng shui direction your house faces. The facing direction of the house is determined by the compass direction of your front door. This assumes you are using the classical, or traditional, feng shui bagua. If you are using the Western, or BTB bagua, you probably know that this bagua does not take into consideration the compass directions.

Directions

By looking at the classical bagua, the energy map of your feng shui house, you see that there are eight feng shui directions that a house can face. So your house can be anywhere from north-facing to a southwest-facing house. Use the bagua chart to find out info on the specific compass directions.

To find out the facing direction of your house, all you need to do is take the compass reading of the front door of your house. Note that by the "front door" in feng shui, we mean the actual front door that the house was built with, not the side door or the back door. You might use the back door all the time and rarely use the front door, but this still does not make it a front door! For feng shui purposes, we are using the actual front door of the house. Additionally, you have to take more than one reading, as several readings are required for a more accurate reading.

The Mouth of Chi

You may have read info elsewhere that a big window or the house driveway determine its facing direction. This is not accurate. The front door is the criteria of the house facing direction, not the big windows or the driveway. A large window will channel chi, or universal energy, into your house, and the same applies to your driveway; however, the ability of the house to absorb its energy nourishment is determined by its front door—this is why it is called "the mouth of chi" and why we take the compass reading of the actual front door.

Define the Bagua

Once you know your house facing or sitting direction, you can define the bagua. There are two ways of defining the bagua: The classical, or traditional way; and the Western, or BTB way.

Why apply the feng shui bagua? Well, knowing the bagua will allow you to apply the feng shui wisdom in your house in a deeper, and truly lasting way, because when you work with the bagua of your house, you are creating a strong Feng Shui foundation.