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Hills to the Back

12 July 2006

An ideal site plan

In Feng Shui theory, a building is considered as having five basic directions - east, south, west, north and centre, and each of the directions is represented by a celestial animals. Green Dragon in the east symbolises river that delivers invisible flow of fresh qi; White Tiger in the west stands for road which brings visible traffic of people and goods; Red Bird in the south reflects the active yang energy of the sun; Black Tortoise in the north reverberates the stable yin strength of protection, and Yellow Goblin at the centre as Mother Earth.

With this in mind, it is easy to understand why the ideal arrangement of a house should be aligned so it has open space in the south, a river in the east, roads in the west and hills lying to the north.

Generally speaking, a verdant hill as the backdrop for your house can help you gain support and respect from your co-workers and superiors. But if the hill is rocky, barren or in a way disfigured, such as being partially made into terrace fields or greenhouse (see the image below), then you’re not going to get much help from it, as its protective qi is not intact.

A disfigured hill with leaking qi
(Hillside with exposed soil pointed out by the red arrow)

In an urban environment, a building that is taller than that of yours could be considered as a hill. Likewise, its structural shape and external finishes will determine if its impact is to be beneficial or harmful.


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