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12 Steps to Examine
Your Home Fengshui

10 March 2008

You can Examine feng shui of your home by yourself, with 12 simple steps recommended by some Chinese fengshui masters:

Step 1:

Stand at your front door and observe what is in front of you. If you can see corners of a structure or some visual barriers that obstruct your view, like satellite antennas, street lamp-posts, church tower with a pointing top, then you have detected Hidden Arrow Curse (暗箭煞). The simple way to ward off the "curse" is to hang a Eight Trigrams Mirror (八卦镜) at the front door. But the caution should be taken when you do so, as it is extremely important that the mirror must not be arranged to directly face other people's home, since that could bring negative affects to their fengshui which will eventually generate even worse karma for yourself.

Step 2:

Repeat the above step to check the back door and major windows.

Step 3:

Stand at your front door, and use fengshui compass to determine the exact orientation of your home.

Step 4:

Examine the main entrance of your home to find out if there is anything that blocks the flow of the incoming qi, and whether there is enough space for containing the qi once it enters your home.

Step 5:

Sketch a rough plan of your home and place the compass over the plan to see if the arrangement is in line with the fengshui tendency of the year.

Step 6:

Decide which area or areas would be your main focus for improvement, then work on that particular direction. For instance, if your current major concern is about your financial situation, while the east is the money corner of the year 2008, it would be a good idea to place an object with Fire attribute (such as a red carpet) to help channeling the positive qi from Wood.

Step 7:

Examine your kitchen, the second most important area in your home after front door. Pay attention to following points: you don't stand with your back to the entrance when preparing the food; the stove and wash basin are not located next to each other or opposite to one another. If there is anything like that, you may need to make some alterations.

Step 9:

Check your lounge room and dinning room. It is believed that one way to increase the prosperity is to arrange a big mirror in the position that would reflect the food on the table.

Step 10:

Look around your bedroom to see if there is any object hanging over the bed, or any item that makes you feel oppressed, such as a bulky furniture or giant painting. In the case there is a mirror facing your bed, you may need to sit in the bed to check if you can see your own reflection; if you do, the mirror will have to be relocated or covered at night, since your own illusive image in the mirror is pure yin which could become overwhelming during the hours when your yang existence is at its most vulnerable.

Step 11:

Your bathroom is the place where the qi flows out of your home. Hopefully it is not situated in an important direction associated to the core interest of the family. If it unfortunate does occupy a location as such, one way to neutralise its negative impact is to keep the lid in closed position and the door shut. Another effective way to deal with this problem is to turn the outer side of the door into a full-length mirror to make that room visually disappear.

Step 12:

Finally to inspect your front yard and make sure there is no footpath in straight line that directly links the gate to your front door. If that happens, you could build a fountain to provide protection against the rushing steam of qi.


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