Every once in awhile I like to address the most frequently asked questions by clients. There are many levels of feng shui practice, as well as books written about the subject. It is important to get answers to your questions from a knowledgeable and experienced source.
Q: I read that because the sun rises in the east, the eastern direction is the best direction for a house to face.
Master Jenny: This is not necessarily true. Because everyone has a unique energy field, there are certain directions that allow them to be better synchronized with the energy of the earth and planets. These are known as a person’s compatible directions, which are determined by a person’s birthday. Depending on your birthday, your energy may be categorized as either Western Direction Pattern, or Eastern Direction Pattern. If you are a Western Direction Pattern person, your energies are compatible or strongest in the northwest, west, southwest, and northeast directions. This means that areas in which you spend the most time, such as the bedroom or work station should be located in these directions. The main doors to your home and office should also be in these compatible directions to absorb the positive energy. Every year the planets shift and certain directions become stronger than others. This means that the east will not always be an optimal direction.
Q: How does a fireplace in the bedroom cause a couple to argue?
Master Jenny: A fireplace contains fire energies which are known to be burning, dry, furious, dangerous, and stuffy, and can thus aggravate the people in the bedroom to be moody or easily hot-tempered, inducing quarrels and bickering. Fireplace location is just one of 130 factors in feng shui and its affects will vary depending on the size, proximity, usage, and the personal energy of the people who use the bedroom. Crystals or green plants can be used to neutralize the negative effect of a fireplace.
Q: I had my house feng shui adjusted and things improved for my family and me. However, the
year, things went sour again. What happened?
Master Jenny: Feng shui is not a one-time quick fix; it is a way of living. Every Lunar New Year, there is a major shift in the planets causing the energy of each direction to become stronger or weaker. To make the most of this annual energy shift, feng shui adjustments need to be made every year. A direction that was strong one year might be weak the next, so you should neutralize the now negative energies. Likewise, a weak direction may become strong, in which case you would want to adjust to make the most of the positive energy.
Q: There are train tracks in front of my house. Will this affect my home business?
Master Jenny: The long steel rails used for train tracks cut into the earth. They carry heavy trains that travel at fast speeds, which cause strong vibrations that shake and upset the earth’s energy for many miles around. Buildings located near the railroad tend to have weak or unstable energies because of this. The noise and frequency of traveling trains can induce stress, inability to focus, and lack of energy. Homes and businesses typically do not do well in these areas. Again, this is also one of 130 feng shui factors that influence us. A railroad’s effect will vary depending on how strong or tolerant the neighboring residents are, how long they have been exposed to the railroad, how close the railroad is, how often the trains run, and the direction in which the railroad tracks are located. A railroad’s negative energy is hard to neutralize, therefore, long-term residence near an active railroad is not recommended.
Q: Is it true that it is not good to locate bedrooms above garages?
Master Jenny: In general, bedrooms should be located on stable ground. Because cars go in and out of garages and the garage door is constantly opening and closing, the energy is always moving. Being located over the garage can create insecurity and prevent one from reaching one’s potential. Nonetheless, if the direction is correct for the person using that bedroom, the feng shui of the rest of the house is good, and they know how to make their own energies stronger with exercise and meditation, the unstable energies of the garage may be minimal.