taken by Phoebe Chiu

The principle of “Feng Shui” is an ancient Chinese belief followed by people who are moving to a new city or furnishing their homes. It dates back to 3000 B.C., and some Chinese families still use it as a guidance for buying a house or arranging furniture. In this practice, houses are viewed as a “whole being” in which every part is connected and Feng Shui is supposed to harmonize these connections by keeping the good energy (chi) inside, and preventing negative energy from entering the house.

Since people seek comfort and rest in their homes, it is believed that the energy present in it will reflect our own energy and alter our luck. 

Below is a guide on how to survive under the Chinese home Feng Shui principle, and even if you don’t believe in it, you can still use this as a guide when arranging your home if you find yourself always having a hard time making decisions or just need some design ideas.

1 Do not pick a house in a cul de sac or near a graveyard. Feng Shui deems a cul de sac or a graveyard as a place that brings negative energy and represents the end (of life or luck) and death. If your house is near places like these, be careful, because you may have spirits wandering in your house and they are usually not friendly. Surrounding yourself  with negative energy for a long time can cause symptoms like headaches, insomnia, or anxiety, and this energy will be maximized on days such as Halloween. If you don’t want to bump into some supernatural beings on Halloween night, flee! 

2 Do not have the front door facing another door. The front door of a house is seen as the main entrance for energies to flow in and out. If the front door is directly opposite to another door, all of the energy in the house, good or bad, will escape through them. This means no matter how hard you work or how nice you behave to other people, the good luck you are supposed to have as a reward will all leave the house. It is better to have the front door facing a wall, which will prevent the energy from flowing out of the house and can direct them to other rooms, harmonizing the overall chi.

3 Do not put a mirror on the opposite side of your bed.Mirrors are believed to have the ability to reveal some supernatural things that you can only spot at night. If you put a mirror directly opposite to your bed, and you wake up during the night, you might accidentally take a look in the mirror and see something other than your own reflection. That’s scary even just thinking about it…

4 Do not place shoes with toe caps towards your bed. If you place any shoes with a toe cap towards your bed, you may not be able to sleep well, because the Feng Shui principle believes that spirits or negative energies would step on your shoes and follow you to your bed. You may find yourself always having nightmares or frequently waking up at night. These will make you exhausted and reduce your positive vibes.

5 Do place plants and special stones in your house. Plants exhibit living energy, and different plants can bring different energy into the house. For example, dracaena sanderiana can bring prosperity and money and thus should be placed near the entrance; an orchid symbolizes sophistication and gentleness, so it should be placed in the study room. In Feng Shui, special stones can help harmonize the energy in the house through different ways. Some stones can defend against negative energy, while others such as jade can store good luck and release it when the owner is in a crisis. But be careful with what stone you are bringing into your house! Some stones can do just the opposite to your chi with the ones stated above, and if you don’t want your house to become a haunted mansion, check the Feng Shui rules on stones before you take them home.


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