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Q. How drastically have the principles changed since feng shui was first practiced?
A. Feng Shui is the Ancient Chinese Art of Placement. The first evidence of Feng Shui is found in China as far as 6,000 years ago but it did not acquire coherence as a separate discipline until about 300 AD, when the oldest school developed. There are two major schools of Feng Shui: Form School and Compass School. All other schools stem from either of the original two. The two schools have aspects in which they agree and aspects in which they vary widely.
The oldest school of Feng Shui is called Form School, which is based on the observation of the environment and people's interaction with their surroundings. The system I practice stems from Form School.
Compass School was developed around 1,000 AD and is largely based on Chinese Astrology. Based on a calculation from a person's birth year, four positive and four negative magnetic directions are established, which the person is to seek or avoid.
Both schools have remained pretty consistent throughout the years, except for the incorporation of cultural symbolisms from the different countries where Feng Shui has been assimilated.
In the past 30 to 50 years though, when this art has become more popular in the Western culture two major changes have occurred: one is an ever greater concern with chemical and electromagnetic pollution, as well as a sense of responsibility towards the planet; the other one is the incorporation of so called "New Age" concepts. For example, visualization and manifesting [as metaphysical concepts]
Though there may be many interpretations, the principles of Feng Shui remain unchanged, because they are taken from natural laws.
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/9PrinciplesofUniversalLaw.html

Q. Is feng shui considered a science, art, superstition or myth?
A. Feng Shui is considered a healing art of space, however its methods are very rigorous. It is important to notice that in traditional Asian culture Medicine is taught as an art, while Painting is taught as a science.
Unfortunately, over the years many superstitious practices have made their way into Feng Shui. The Traditional Chinese definition of healing is as follows: if it makes you free then it is true healing; if it enslaves you, then it is false healing. Superstitions are beliefs that enslave the person.
The same belief or practice may be liberating for one person while it enslaves another. For example, the use of a Buddha statue to enhance the Helpful People area of a person's home and life will be liberating and life affirming for someone who practices the Buddhist faith, but it would be limiting and enslaving for a person of the Catholic faith [who at a conscious or unconscious level believes this practice to be a sin]. That is why I always encourage people to use only the symbols that are part of their own belief system.

Q. How can you see the results?
A. Some of the results in Feng Shui are obvious to the observer. After a Feng Shui process an area will look more wholesome, balanced and harmonious. A chaotic closet will become more organized and less cluttered. Other results are of a subjective nature. Some clients report better sleep, increased ability to concentrate, reduced arguments with mates, etc. More dramatic results reported are monetary windfalls or promotions right after a Feng Shui change was made, or finally finding a love interest after making changes in the bedroom or getting rid of old clothes.

Q. What theory of feng shui is most reliable or popular?
A. My personal opinion is that Form School is more reliable, because it deals with tangible things -- the shape of mountains, rivers or lakes; the shapes and colors of buildings, rooms and furniture, etc. Compass School deals with intangible things such as supposed magnetic compatibilities or incompatibilities based on the date of birth -- to me this is an enslaving way of thinking.
In areas where there is a deep cultural influence of Chinese Astrology, Compass School is more popular. Most schools that have developed in the United States are ramifications of Form School of Feng Shui.
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FENG SHUI: MONEY AND WEALTH
Q. First let me say that, allthough I haven't been through your entire site,what I have read has been very easy to understand & informative. I have you in my "Favorites" list and plan to explore more! I have a question about candles. I purchased a set of "Feng Shui" candles. Is it productive or counter-productive to burn them all at the same time?
A. Thank you for the feedback. I am assuming the set of Feng Shui candles you purchased is a 5 elements one. If the candles are not scented, then it is OK to burn them all the same time as long as you place them in a circle according to the nurturing cycle of the elements, or in a line that follows this cycle from left to right. The order of the elements is as follows: Water - Wood - Fire - Earth - Metal
If the candles are scented then let them burn in this sequence and avoid lighting all of them at the same time.
Q. I have always had hand-me-down and now after Katrina destroyed so much I received items from others and a lot from folks I feel are so negative... What do I do about an apartment of so many items...from kitchen items..dishes...etc and furniture...there is a mattres and box spring that I need to know what to do about...talk about negative folks...I can't afford to replace these things with new... Please help when you can...love, peace and light
A. Try placing soft hand-me-down items, such as mattresses, in the sun for a few hours. The sun has disinfecting and chi clearing properties. You can also use tibetan bells, singing, bowls, gongs, to help clear the energy through sound. Penetrating scents like peppermint, eucalyptus and ginger should also help. If after doing all this your still have misgivings about any items try contacting a local energy healer or shaman to do a clearing session for you.
Q. I am having alot of financial problems right now can you let me know of a remedy I can do I also have my home for sale and it is not selling please advise what I can do
A. To help increase the cash flow please check out the advice on waterfalls:
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/WaterfallPrints.html
For tips on selling homes, please check this link:
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/RealEstate.html#Anchor-TIPS-47857
Q. What can I do to increase my chance of getting a good renter for my condo unit (1-bedroom on the ground floor)? Current it is vacant and I wish to attract a good tenant that will pay.
A. Good tenants are attracted to cleanliness and good maintenance. If your place shows it is being cared for, it is likely to attract a good tenant. Pay special attention to windows [these need to be very clean] and doorknobs [these need to be polished]. Also, place a beautiful welcome rug right outside the door to the condo and a couple of planters on the sides of the door.
Q. I wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the class on Life Missions, Money and Career. I came home and used the water feature cure by the front door and received immediate results in a project that had been delayed; I added more water a few days later and expedited more results from that same project.My question is; do I leave my table top waterfall on at night when we are sleeping?
A. Regarding your question about the water fountain, it is actually better for it to be on at night because the career area is related to night and darkness as well as water. However, if the sound of the water affects your sleep or you find that you are getting up at night to go to the bathroom more often than before, then go ahead and turn it off during the night.
Q. I had my house feng shui'd a couple of years ago. However, I really need help in the wealth area, as I have a sizeable debt to tackle and live pretty much from paycheck to paycheck with just enough to get by. My wealth area is in the bathroom and the toilet is closest to that corner. I put purple bath rugs down and a crystal ball hanging from ceiling between door and toilet. I also have a curtain on the door because my cats need to get in and out of there to use the kitty litter, and a bamboo plant that I keep near the toilet. I wondered if you would recommend what else I can do because I would like to create a greater energetic shift. Am working on manifesting a large sum of money to help me breathe easier.
A. You should never enhance life areas in a yin spot [bathroom, laundry, storage room]. You should treat your bathroom as if it was a missing corner in your home. Check out the page on forests and what to do with a bathroom or missing corner in the Wealth Area.
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html#Anchor-Instructions-49575
There's nothing wrong with beautifying a bathroom, but you should never assign it as the spot to build wealth. All this is doing is creating tension and placing all your efforts towards wealth in a spot where they can quickly be drained away. I bet you feel exhausted and probably have a hard time making decisions [this is what happens when the wood element is stressed out]. Basically, right now you are asking the Universe "Please drain my wealth [wood]."
Q. I will be installing wood floors. Should the wood be laid horizontal to the front door or perpendicular? I seem to recall that it should be horizontal so wealth does not flow out of the house...
A. Wooden floors laid horizontally, parallel to the front door, make a space seem wider, while floor boards placed perpendicular to the front door make a space seem deeper. Usually you would place the floor boards parallel to the wall that is longest, as this would create longer "board lines". Having longer floor boards is better than having shorter ones. Wood means wealth and works with long and skinny shapes. Long boards are also associated with longevity, similar to the Chinese custom of eating long noodles for long lives during their new year celebrations. Place attractive rugs in front of every door that leads to the outside if you are concerned with wealth flowing out of the house.
Q. Can you inform me if building on / between huge boulders close to ocean is accepted according feng shui/rules?
A. Building on or between huge boulders is not accepted according to Feng Shui rules, especially if any boulders are broken or loose. The effect of the boulders can be minimized with vegetation but it is best to avoid the purchase a property in such a location.
Q. I have an area under my staircase that really needs something in that space. What is good to put there?
A. Light fixtures, especially spotlights on the floor that point the light up and vibrant plants are the best items to place under a staircase to bring more life into this area. If this is not a good spot for a plant, you may try placing bright beautiful objects in there.
Q. I was reading where to place forest image my house is almost the same as pic #1 (Place forest image on either wall of this corner). http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html The only differnce is I have a slide door glass in the wall should I place the image before the glass door or I place the image the way is in pic #1(place forest image on either corner).
A.If you have enough wall space for the picture right at the corner on either wall, then it is better to place your picture there. You should not hang pictures from glass doors or windows. If there is not enough room for a picture on the wall at the corner, then place it to the side of the sliding door, as close as you can to the corner.
Q. Thank you for the advice, also what is the difference about place a plant or three in the corner and hanging a forest image in the wall? It has to be natural or plastic plant.
A. It is better to place a healthy live tall plant. Placing an artificial [silk] plant or a forest image are equally good.
Q. My DOB is 16/07/69,I would like to know when will be my money luck in life? My country is Malaysia
A.For an answer to your question based on your date of birth you will need to contact a practitioner of Compass School Feng Shui or an expert in Chinese Astrology. I practice Form School Feng Shui. From my perspective you are a spiritual being and cause over matter. You don't need to wait for a particular date to bring in a greater abundance of money into your life. Take a look at my page on waterfalls to find out how you can call more money into your life anytime, anywhere.
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/WaterfallPrints.html
Question = I am practicing Reiki and other natural remedies from my home. Business takes spells where it is good and now it seems to have stalled. Any advice on how to improve the flow to increase business.


Dear Cindy,

Some of what you are experiencing, waves of work and then periods of relative absence of clients, are normal. You need restful periods to recharge your own batteries and hone in your skills (in woodwork they would use the term "sharpening the saws"). However you want this to be a gentle wave and not a roller coaster one. You need to examine and see if your promotion efforts resemble the same kind of wave. Do you promote your business with intensity until there are plenty of clients and then let it slack, only to re-focus on it when things get low? Client waves tend to resemble promotion waves, so the more consistently and constantly you devote time and energy to let your work be known, the more consistent and constant the client flow tends to be.

Try adding a waterfall by your door to increase the chi and client and money flow:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/WaterfallPrints.html

And remember, when you work from home you can't stay home all the time. You need to get out in the community and let yourself be known.

Q. My wealth area is in the bathroom and the toilet is closest to that corner. I put purple bath rugs down and a crystal ball hanging from ceiling between door and toilet. I also have a curtain on the door because my cats need to get in and out of there to use the kitty litter, and a bamboo plant that I keep near the toilet. I wondered if you would recommend what else I can do because I would like to create a greater energetic shift. Am working on manifesting a large sum of money to help me breathe easier.
A. You should never enhance life areas in a yin spot [bathroom, laundry, storage room]. You should treat your bathroom as if it was a missing corner in your home.
Check out the page on forests and what to do with a bathroom or missing corner in the Wealth Area.
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html#Anchor-Instructions-49575
There's nothing wrong with beautifying a bathroom, but you should never assign it as the spot to build wealth. All this is doing is creating tension and placing all your efforts towards wealth in a spot where they can quickly be drained away. I bet you feel exhausted and probably have a hard time making decisions [this is what happens when the wood element is stressed out]. Basically, right now you are asking the Universe "Please drain my wealth [wood]."
To find out more about dealing with bathrooms and missing areas check out my book, with versions that fit all budgets, at
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html
Q. What do i do if my laundry is my wealth corner? My laundry is located next to a toilet and kitchen at the back of the house.
A. Basically, because the laundry room is a yin area [yin means cold, dark and humid] you ought not to try to enhance wealth in this room. Rather you need to project the Wealth corner to a positive area of the home, like the kitchen. The kitchen, at a conscious level, also represents Wealth, so in your case it would be perfect to enhance wealth in your kitchen.
Bathrooms and laundry rooms in the Wealth corner need to be addressed as missing areas. Please go to this page on my website to see 3-D graphics of how to address this:
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html
Question = why is it that i always run out of money. i coudlnt save and even borrow much. whats wrong with me


Dear Lynn Mary,

Your financial situation is most likely the result of improper planning. I recommend that you get any of Dave Ramsey's books on Financial Peace so you can follow a plan that will get you on track.

On the Feng Shui arena, you can try a waterfall by the entrance
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/WaterfallPrints.html

And a forest in the wealth corner:
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html

These images will help you connect with Universal Abundance and Wealth Growth. Also, make sure there are no water leaks in and around your home.

Question = What should my husband do at his work place so that his project keeps going on.And also, how should the home office be placed. We have a limited space at home. his computer armoire can either be placed with his back facing the main door or his back facing the kitchen.
Thank You so much for your prompt reply to my last question.
Thanks again.

Dear Madhu,

When working on projects it is important to pay attention to Life Area #6; Helpful People, Spiritual Life and Travel. This Life Area is ruled by the metal element, represented in the colors white, gray and mauve. Gears, clocks and images of angels are helpful.

If you cannot place your husband's computer armoire in a position where he would be able to see the door, try placing a mirror so he can see behind his back. If his back is in alignment with a door, then you may need a 40 mm crystal hung from the ceiling.

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/Marketplace.html#Anchor-SALE-33869

Love and Blessings,

FENG SHUI: ROMANCE, CALLING A MATE

Q. We are going to move in to a new house(rental) me and my boyfriend just painted the room burgundy would that be ok?
A. A burgundy bedroom is auspicious for a couple as it represents the fire element [passion] the mother -or precursor - of relationships. It would only be a problem if one or both people in the couple have too much of a fiery personality and tend to blow up. In any case, I suggest you complement your decor with beige and gold accents.

Question = We have an oval headboard with mirror inserts. One of the inserts are cracked and broken. How bad is this fengi shui. Also the direcin which you have the bed is correct but we have windows on either side.Is that ok.

Dear Antinette,

All small mirrors placed at a height where people could see their heads incomplete or cut off are not Feng Shui correct, so I regret to tell you that your headboard was probably not Feng Shui correct even before the one insert was broken. To improve your bed Feng Shui, replace the broken mirror or take it out. Ideally, it would be best to take out all mirrors or to paint over them. You can also cover the headboard with a throw so you can't see yourselves in the mirrors.

Windows on the sides of the bed are not a problem, only windows right behind the headboard are not auspicious.

Q. I am 35 years old and my parents are worried about the fact I am still single. Can you help?
A. Check out this page on my site. It shows how to arrange a Bedroom for Love. In Feng Shui, the best way to attract a mate is to arrange your bedroom as if you were already married, making room for that special person in your life.

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/BedroomForLove.html

You can also try wearing a gold band in your wedding finger at night and leaving it in the night stand during the day. Instead of the band, you can also use some symbol of marriage particular to your culture.

Q. How can i make love stay with me and not disappear after a period?i have been all my life being loved so greatly in the beginning but the love seems to fade from anyonr that i love after a period of 3 years.
A. It is hard to answer this question without more information, but I would recommend that you make sure your home has a relationship corner [that it is not missing or have an inconvenient room, like a bathroom in it] and that your bedroom is arranged for love. These are helpful links:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/BedroomForLove.html

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/9LifeAreas.html
If that doesn't help you may want to teach yourself about Feng Shui and relationships by reading the corresponding chapter on my book "Marriage, Relationships and Partnerships":

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html
Of course, you can also get a long distance consultation focused on attracting and maintaining love relationships.

Question = Difficulty feng shuing our home my husband and I have opposite directions in every facet of our lives. How do we feng shui our home if I am an Eastern type and my husband is a Western type?

Cindy,

You must be only be acquainted with Compass School Feng Shui, which designates for each person, based on their year of birth, four positive directions and four negative directions, and names some people as being Eastern life or Western life. This kind of thinking is not conducive to Highest Good, as it is largely based on fear.

The Nine Steps to Feng Shui System® that I developed comes from a commitment to "teach only love." It organizes the life areas by aligning the career area with the wall that contains the main door. To learn more about this Feng Shui system, please check this web page:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/9stepstoFengShui.html

You can also download a free copy of the ba-gua map here:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FreeDownloads.html

Don't give more power to limiting beliefs than to the love you and your husband have for each other. You are spiritual beings, you are cause over matter. The compass of your heart guides you to your highest good. Your potential is unlimited in all areas of life.

If you want to learn how to apply the Nine Steps to Feng Shui® system, check out my textbook Feng Shui for Us: the Art of Space Arrangement:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html

Q. How can i make my relationship last for ever?
A. A great starting point is your choice of furniture for the master bedroom. Choose furniture that could last a lifetime, and make sure the headboard is wooden, solid and has rounded corners.
Q. What is the best date to get married in the month of october this year? my birthdate is november 7, 1979 my partner is february 18,1979
A. The kind of Feng Shui that I practice stems from Form School, which is based on the observation of the environment and universal laws. The kind of Feng Shui that makes "predictions" from birth dates is Compass School, based on Chinese Astrology.
It would be a very sad thing for you and your mate to bet your future marital happiness on an astrological calculation. You are spiritual beings and cause over matter, marriage is a spiritual creation that needs to be sustained daily by the decision of both parts to continue to be an item.
Choose the date that suits better your personal needs and the needs of the people you love. If you can, choose a date with numbers that have special significance for the two of you, and trust that the TAO, the power from which all that exists came from will lead you to choose the best combination of place, date and circumstances for your wedding.
True Feng Shui should set you free, not imprison you. If the two of you choose to assume the responsibility for your mutual happiness, check out how to create A Bedroom for Love:
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/BedroomForLove.html
Question = My fiance and I are both the number 3. Our bed is facing in the west position and we really have no other choice with the entry door, patio door , closet and bathroom door covering all other angles. the direction our bed faces also gives us a very nice view of our swimming pool.Is there some cure for not being able to change our bed, room or home? Alos we have been together many years love each other very much but our relationship is challenging. me/jan/26/1962 and him aug29/1970(he's a dog) I get different readings for my birthday because so close to new year.What am i? any helpful suggestions?

It is more important to place the headboard against a solid wall and have a diagonal view of the door (either directly or through a mirror) than it is to try to face your "good directions" according to your year of birth and the compass. Even FS Compass School practitioners (which I am not) would agree on this.

My Feng Shui system has a commitment to teaching only love (not fear!) so early on in my practice I decided to not use the compass or kua number calculations. (Most people react with fear to the notion of there being four directions that are "bad" for them.)

However, if astrology and numerology are important to you, and according to your kua number being 3 you strongly believe that your head should be pointing South, South East, North or East and this is impossible according to your room layout, then you can place a soft hanging on the wall behind the headboard that carries the energy of the South (your best direction according to compass school).

What the energy of the South is like: If you live in the Northern Hemisphere the sun hits from the South, so the sun symbolizes this direction, as well as the color red (fire) and the red phoenix (a mythical bird). So, for example, a tapestry or quilt that includes the representation of the sun and bird images would be a good way to bring in the South onto that wall. This being your master bedroom, I would suggest that you get an image with two loving birds.

For a romantic bedroom that supports a loving, equal rights relationship, check this link:
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/BedroomForLove.html

According to your date of birth, in the Chinese horoscope you are an Ox with lesser metal as your element and your partner is a Dog, with big metal as his element. Both the Ox and the Dog have the earth element as part of their nature. If astrology, numerology and directions are important to you, when you get married, face the South East (the direction of longevity for your kua number.)

You are a spiritual being and cause over matter. Your marriage will be what you make of it. Your current home will be as good for you as you allow it to be. Feng Shui can help. For more information on how you can make your current home your dream home, check out my textbook: "Feng Shui for Us: the Art of Space Arrangement"
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html

FENG SHUI: HEALTH

Q. What can you do to get a person off of drugs is there anything?
A. In Feng Shui addictions are considered to be related to a false image of self - the person has forgotten that they are a spiritual being, worth of every blessing, and co-creators of reality. Therefore a very good starting point is to work with mirrors and the feedback they give us. Let go of any mirrors that fragment or distort the image in any way, such as concave or convex mirrors, mirror mosaics and beveled mirrors [you can also cover the bevels using decorative tape or paint]. Make sure that all the mirrors in the home reproduce nice things and that all those living with you can see all of their head and neck in all mirrors, or not able to see themselves at all [as in the case of children and mirrors placed higher up.] It's also good to declutter clothes.

Question = According to feng shui, it is not atall good to place your bed with the head or foot pointed at a door.
But in my daughter's room there is no other way I can put her bed. Can you please suggest me, what I should do for this.
Thank You

Madhu,

In Feng Shui, there is always a "cure" for every problem. The cure for your current bedroom problem is hanging a 40 mm crystal from the ceiling between the door and the foot of the bed. It is best to use a red string or cord, as this signifies the love from Heaven and its power to transmute. To take a look at the crystals on my website, please click on this link:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/Marketplace.html#Anchor-SALE-33869

Question = I have a one level L-shaped house where the garage sits out farther than the house. What are the cures? Also, I want to use rubber mulch in the front yard. I'm leaning toward red or the cedar color. Any suggestions? Thank you.

An L-shaped house like the one you describe needs to be completed on the outside. The easiest way to do this is to mark the corner where the sides of the house would meet if it were a complete square or rectangle. You can do this with a large planter, a shepherds hook, a bush or a flagpole. If none of these is an option you can also plant a large quartz crystal in this corner, with the tip up and about one inch of dirt above the tip of the crystal. This is an electromagnetic cure. Click on this link to check out quartz crystals used in Feng Shui: http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/Marketplace.html#Anchor-48213

The use of rubber mulch is controversial. Even though rubber mulch prevents the cutting of trees to produce regular mulch, it has many disadvantages from the environmental viewpoint, including toxic and heavy metals that would eventually seep into the ground. Dyes used to beautify rubber mulch may add a number of other potentially harmful substances, especially red dyes. It is your decision whether you will use rubber mulch or not, but for your own sake, do not use it around fruit trees or any edible plants.

Question - Am I Bringing Negative Energy If I place my laundry basket in the knowledge corner of my room? Does this also apply to the rest of the room?

Brittany,

It is best to chose the location of items like the laundry basket based on the functionality of the room rather than what life area is represented there. However, it is a good idea to get a hamper with a lid, and even better if you get a hamper that adds to the aesthetics of the room instead of taking away from it. It would be a problem if you had an open basket that would make dirty clothes visible. Clean clothes, of course, need to be put away right away. A friend of mine used to say 'I would rather have a pile of dirty clothes than a pile of wrinkled clothes, so I don't start a laundry cycle unless I know that I will have the time and energy to put clothes away after the dryer is done.' I agree!

where do you hang the beads to cure "shars" and what do "shars" mean?

You hang the beads from the ceiling about half an inch away from the corner. You would use ribbon to adjust the height to make sure your head and knees are included in that height.

"Shars" are "poison arrows." Poison arrows are created when two walls meet at an angle of 90° or less creating a sharp corner. Sharp corners are considered to be physically dangerous in Feng Shui because of the potential of getting hurt if you hit them, but more than that, the CHI or Life Force that circulates along the walls meets at the corner and creates turbulence. Turbulent chi created by shars is said to negatively affect the overall energy of the home. Most clients experience an increased sense of relaxation when they cover up sharp corners. One woman I know reported sleeping better after covering three shars in her home, even thought the shars were in a different floor than her bedroom. If you look at a sharp corner on a floor plan, it looks like the top part of an arrowhead - hence the name.

ENERGY STAGNATION
Question = During the winter months, I tend to close the doors of the two front rooms - so that I don't have to heat them. My concern is that the guas in these areas will not get enough chi - the circulation has been shut down. Is there a fix for this (besides heating the whole house)? The gua I am most concerned about is the career gua.
(Also, I hang a heavy canvas cloth at the bottom of the steps, leading up to the second floor - also to save on heat. The house is just too big to heat the whole thing. Although I have plans of relocating and moving into a smaller place, I just cannot do that right now - due to the legal issues I am having in developing the land.)
Thank you,
Robyn

Dear Robyn,

Try walking around the little used areas of your home with a pair or Tibetan bells or a singing bowl once or twice a week. This will prevent energy stagnation.

BATHROOMS
Question = What shall be the positioning of two bathrooms facing one another but the doors are slightly not facing?

Dear Amos,

Bathrooms opposite each other, especially when doors are facing are said to affect the central meridian of the body and could cause intestinal problems, as well as financial loss. Contrary to some popular advice on what to do in this cases, do not hang mirror on the outside of the doors or you will end up with 4 perceived bathrooms instead of two. Do not place any mirrors in the hallway that might multiply even more the number of bathrooms.

It is very important that you keep the bathroom doors closed, and to hang bright and colorful artwork on the sides of the doors, to distract the attention from the bathroom doors. Flower garden and forest images are preferred, to symbolically lift the excessive downward energy in bathrooms.

Love and Blessings,

FENG SHUI: GOOD LUCK

Question = My birthdate is Sept. 09,1977 is this year good for me like health,job and financial, marriage matter?

According to your Chinese horoscope your sign is the snake, with lesser fire as it's element. February 7 of 2008 marks the beginning of the Earth Rat Year. The rat and the snake are compatible signs.

The year of the rat is in general considered a lucky year, good for new ventures. However hard work and careful planning are required.

Astrology aside, remember that you are a spiritual being and you are cause over matter, whatever way the Universal winds are blowing, it is up to you to create your own reality regarding the choices you make for your health, finances and marriage, if you have the right tools.

I recommend you check out my textbook: "Feng Shui for Us: the Art of Space Arrangement" there's a version for every budget, and over 190 pages in full color with lots of photos and drawings that can help you make your current home your dream home and your current life your dream life!
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html

Question = I want to ask what business to put with my fiance. I am born on February 9, 1981 and he is born on June 19, 1977. When is the best time to start a business.Thank you very much.

I am sorry, I cannot answer your question as I do not do Astrology. But I can tell you that it is a sad thing to me to see a young person like yourself wanting to put her destiny and that of her fiancee in the hands of fortune tellers. In life, nothing beats insight, research and diligence at the time of choosing a business path. Do not give away your power. You are spiritual beings and the driving force of your own destiny.

In order to increase your insight about life I recommend that you purchase a copy of the I-Ching, the Chinese Oracle or Book of Changes, to help you connect with your own intuition, unconscious mind and your spirit guides. Study the I-Ching and ask of it the same questions you asked of me today, that way your own power will grow. The "I-Ching workbook" by Roger Greene is a very good beginners book.

Question = I Have a white elephant with the trunk raised where is the best place to put it please


Dear Joanne,

The while elephant represents a non profit expense, so contrary to some advice you will find online, it is NOT a good enhancement for the Wealth area. In Asia, white elephants are considered sacred and powerful spiritual guides. Therefore, place your elephant by a window close to the Helpful People, Spiritual Life and Travel area of your home (front, right corner when seen from the outside). To be true to tradition, have the trunk and tusks pointing to the outside.

The raised trunk indicates the especially acute sense of smell in elephants, which they rely on more than sight and because of this ability elephants are said to connect you to worlds otherwise not accessible.

Other positive associations with the white elephant are royalty and fertility, wisdom and success. A general symbol of good luck, as long as the tusks point to the outside.

Question = What must I do this year to make my career good and my whole year prosperous?


Dear Diana,

The best cures for Career, are waterfall images by the entrance door. Take a look at this page to find out which kind are best and where to place them:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/WaterfallPrints.html

The best cures for Wealth and Prosperity are tall healthy plants in the wealth corner of the home, or right outside the kitchen. You can also use forest images and purple crystal balls.

Check out: http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html and http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/Marketplace.html#Anchor-21683

Question = What is the best way to protect myself and loved ones with health,peace and prosperity for this year 2008- I am an ox, and my significant other is a horse.

The best way to ensure health, peace and prosperity for you and your loved ones, no matter what sign, is to work in the quality of the life force -- chi -- in and around your home. You do this by attracting positive chi, slowing down or dispersing destructive chi and stirring up stagnant chi.

To attract positive chi, place items that would attract children by your mailbox and home entrance. It is said that chi likes everything a toddler would like.

To slow down or disperse destructive chi, avoid straight paths, but if you have them, create points of interest alongside your paths, to slow the pace down. Inside the home, you can use house plants, mobiles and faceted crystal balls to disperse chi that moves too fast. One easy way to find out where chi moves to fast is to open windows and doors and find out where the strongest drafts occur, these are usually areas of fast chi.

To stir up stagnant chi, clear clutter, especially in corners and under furniture, and in cold areas in your yard.

My book has a whole chapter in the workbook devoted to attracting and maintaining good chi. Check it out. There is an option for every budget, starting with $5!

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BA-GUA MAP

Question = When I place the bagua map over my homeplan all the directions are messed up. My door faces the West so my Career sector faces West but according to Feng Shui it should be in North. I am confused. Please help.

There are two ways to place the ba-gua map. Some Feng Shui schools line up the ba-gua with the magnetic directions. Other Feng Shui schools, mine included, line up the career area with the wall that contains the main door. In doing this we are lining up the career area, which works with the water element, with the "water line" of the property, as represented by the street, driveway and paths that lead to the main door. The most important thing is to connect with the right energies for each life area. For some people this is easier to do by relating to the magnetic directions, for most people it is best to relate to the shapes in their environment, as determined by the location of the main door.

So you can use the directions to define where your life areas are expressed in your home, but it is a lot easier to go by the wall that contains the main door. They both work, as really what we are talking about is the turning wheel of your life. Different Feng Shui schools just choose different methods to "fixate" these energies in space in order to apply the knowledge to the home. Most people in the United States do better with the alignment of the career area with the wall that contains the main door.

Question = I'm having a hard time locating my directions, in my home, don't know how to read compass, is there an easy way? and if my southwest is bad for me, I'm a kua 9, help me!!! isn't that my romance section.

Norma,

There are two ways to place the ba-gua. Compass School Feng Shui lines up the ba-gua with the magnetic directions. Modern schools that have developed in the US - mine included - line up the career area with the wall that contains the main door. In doing this we are lining up the career area, which works with the water element, with the "water line" of the property, as represented by the street, driveway and paths that lead to the main door.

You can download a free copy of the ba-gua map here:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FreeDownloads.html

Compass School designates for each person, based on their year of birth, four positive directions and four negative directions. Most Westerners, unfamiliar with the dualistic thinking of yin and yang, don't react well to this knowledge and tend to obsess with potential "bad luck" in the areas associated with their "negative directions." These relationships with supposed "negative directions" would make it impossible to "teach only love" which is one of the tenets of my Feng Shui for Us™ System. Avoid associating into or sponsoring thoughts about any directions or areas of life not being positive for you. You are a spiritual being, you are cause over matter. The compass of your heart guides you to your highest good. Your potential is unlimited in all areas of life.

If you want to learn more about how to apply this Feng Shui system, check out my textbook Feng Shui for Us: the Art of Space Arrangement:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html

Question = hi this is bruce from sacramento,ca.my question is when looking at the ba-gua do you go by the entrance of the house or by magnetic north,south,east,west thanks,bruce garvey

Bruce,

There are two ways to place the ba-gua. Compass School Feng Shui lines up the ba-gua with the magnetic directions. Modern schools that have developed in the US - mine included - line up the career area with the wall that contains the main door. In doing this we are lining up the career area, which works with the water element, with the "water line" of the property, as represented by the street, driveway and paths that lead to the main door. This method, also called the "compass of the heart," was first suggested by Master Lin Yun, head of the Black Hat School of Feng Shui, after he noticed most Americans did not relate well to the alignment with the magnetic directions. Compass School also designates for each person, based on their year of birth, four positive directions and four negative directions. Most Westerners, unfamiliar with the dualistic thinking of yin and yang, don't react well to this knowledge and tend to obsess with potential "bad luck" in the areas associated with their "negative directions." These relationships with supposed "negative directions" would make it impossible to "teach only love" which is one of the tenets of the Feng Shui for Us™ System.

TROUBLESOME NEIGHBORS
Question = i have a neighbor that we believe is a prostitute and drug user/seller.A lot of traffic in and out of her house ,different vehicles,loose dog running around,offending gestures...anyway about a month ago she placed a flat mirror on the ground leaning against her house facing ours.i had just read about ba-gua mirrors and would like to hang one facing her house.What type should i use, convex,concave? also could you suggest a place to purchase one.We dont need to hurt her anymore than she already hurts but i think some protection is necessary any suggestions please

A ba-gua mirror is traditionally placed above your main door, the mouth of chi for you home. There are many sites that sell ba-gua mirrors, but you can use any small octagonal mirror, convex is better. Michaels of Hobby Lobby have these.

Try to find a decal of a sun image to place on a window facing the offending neighbor, and put it up with this prayer: "I am like the sun, the light of God radiates outwards from the core of my being and extends in all directions, protecting everyone and everything I love. I send out only love, and attract only good things. All vibrations of frequencies lower than love are consumed by the outer ends of these rays and transformed, transmuted and recycled for Highest Good. I am healthy, I am happy, I am free.

REAL ESTATE
Question = hello... Iam planning to buy a house. I found one that i really like. it is an end unit townhouse. But my friend said it is not nice to buy an end unit or a corner house. is that true?Why is that so? Can you give me an advice. Thanks!

Karren,

Your friend is right. An end unit townhouse lacks the protection of one of the 'Celestial Animals' at its side. However, Feng Shui never points out a problem for which it doesn't have a solution. There are ways to 'cure' this condition. In your case you could 'cure' this situation with adequate landscaping [a tree, a fence, hedges]. You can learn more about different ways to do this in the outdoors section of my book:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html

I also offer real estate purchasing advice. You can check out services and fees here:

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FSFUS-MenuOfServices.html

FENG SHUI: CHILDREN AND FERTILITY

Q. My husband and I have been married for 10 year's and dearly love kids. After 4 year's of fertilitie treatment we have one 3 1/2 year old son. We would dearly love another but the fertilitie clinic say there's no way! I'd prefurr one of my own but could easierly love someone elses. I also have a hard time concentrating. Is there something I could do to our home to help bring children in, and something I can wear to interview's etc that will charm people into our ture loveing nature??
I believe in Feng Shui.
A. It is very important that your home be clean and organized, this will help clear your mind and improve concentration. This will also give a good impression of you to others. It is also important to keep all medication out of sight. When people come into your home, if they see medication out they have two thoughts: one that you are not healthy; and the other one that a child could find the medication and take it, putting the child's life at risk. You may want to display pictures of happy moments the three of you have experienced as a family, for example pictures of a picnic, an outing, etc. To go to interviews, wear very classic, conservative clothes in soft fabrics, nothing rigid or too tight. Wear pastel or earth colors, solid colors rather than prints. Your husband should wear a suit. You may also want to activate the children's area of your home [midpoint on the right hand wall when you look inside the house from the main door] with whimsical objects and items that children like, especially circles in pastel tones.

Q. Hello,my question has to do with roll up beds that are placed on the floor or temporary beds in general. I live in a studio apartment with my six year old daughter. Due to space limitations we are force to give up my bed, mattress included.(Waaa!) Some considerations for our new sleeping arrangements are on the floor on a Japanese roll up bed. As an option, I have also recently considered an inflatable mattress. We really need the space to able to move about.
A. If you live in an area where insects/spiders are not a big problem it seems a Japanese roll-up bed would be the best solution for you. I assume you already considered a sofa-bed and realized this is not the best option for you right now? Inflatable beds are OK for a visit, but not for every night. They are synthetic and do not allow the skin to breathe properly, plus most plastics "gas out" harmful substances.
Try to place your mattress so the heads point towards a solid wall and put big pillows against the wall so you can lean back and read books. Place a blanket between the mattress ant the floor and sweep/vacuum the floor often. However, a comfortable sofa bed would be a better solution.

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COLORS

Q. What colors can i use to paint my studio apartment that follow the feng shui pratices?
A. Use light pastel or light earth tones to paint your studio apartment. These colors will make it seem bigger. Avoid rich dark colors, which would make it feel smaller. In a small place it is better to paint the walls with neutral colors and use accent colors in accessories only.

CRYSTALS

Q. What is the role of Crystals and how these can be used ?
A.You can check the Feng Shui for Us Marketplace. Click on the crystal [s] you are interested in. The use of clear and quartz crystal is stated underneath the pictures. Color crystals are used to enhanced the life areas in home or business.

http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/Marketplace.html#Anchor-35326

Q. My health and finances are going down the tubes. How can I help this problem? Would crystals like an Amethyst work. And how do I know where to place it or them?
A. Both problems you are facing are in life areas ruled by the Wood element [living plants, color green, natural fibers, vertical stripes, sour flavor]. Try adding more live plants to your home [cactuses, creeping plants and spider plants excepted].
Man-made faceted crystals that also attract and re-distribute chi can help. Take a look at the purple and green crystals on this page:
http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/Marketplace.html
Also take a look at Waterfalls for Money http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/WaterfallPrints.html
and Forests for Wealth http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/ForestPrints.html
If you have a bathroom in the health midpoint or in the wealth corner of your home, then you might want to get an assessment by a Feng Shui practitioner. You can also learn how to deal with bathrooms in my book: http://www.fengshuiforus.com/Pages/FengShuiforUsBook.html
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Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese Art of Placement and has been in use throughout the Orient for thousands of years.
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