Finding your Best Feng Shui Directions

Everyone asks us how to determine their favorable and unfavorble directions for sleeping, working, study, etc. Each person aligns with one of the 8 directions and can use four of the directions to their benefit. Below are some guidelines on finding out what your directions are.

First, Feng Shui is based on the Solar Calendar, not the Lunar Calendar. The commonly known “Chinese New Year” is typically the Lunar Calendar. Some forms of Chinese astrology are based on the lunar calendar, but Feng Shui is based on the sun, which influence our seasons and dictate our climates.

The Chinese hold February 4th as the “Spring Establishment,” or the time when the new solar year begins. If you where born before February 4th you belong to the prior year’ s trigram. If you are born on February 4th or 5th, you should check with 168 Feng Shui Advisors for the exact Trigram based on the time of your birth.

To find out how best to position yourself at home and at work, please find your Trigram based on your birth date. Then look below to determine your favorable and unfavorable directions.

Birth Year and Trigram Chart

Align yourself with your best directions:

Using the Chart below, find your Trigram. Then look at the directions across. These are your good to bad directions (from Left to Right). The second chart below shows the significance of these directions.

Ideally, you want to place your back to the A direction (receive support from this direction) and sleep with your head pointing to the D direction. The directions of A through D are beneficial and the directions of E through H are to be avoided. The D direction is your Trigram’s native direction. It is also your most comfortable direction. This is a good direction for sleeping or relaxing.


Interpretation of the Directions

AGood Fortune and Great FameBest
BGood Wealth and Helpful Friendship^
CFamily Harmony and Good Public Relationship^
DPeace and Good Management^
EArguments and Potential for Lawsuits^
FMisfortune and Malicious Influences Likely^
GAccidents, Disaster and Negative Influences^
HUnproductive Career, Poor Finances, and RobberyWorst

Do not take these as literal interpretations, but rather as indicators of the “potiential.” Remember that the area of qi you are in has an effect and that can be stronger than the directions. In other words, if you are in a good area of qi and oriented to the negative direction, the qi has a more direct effect on you so you will prosper.

Use this chart as a guideline to finding your ideal directions or areas and avoid orienting yourself to the negative directions or within negative areas. The study of Feng Shui is like an onion. You can peel away the layers one by one and discover that there are other influences on levels. Feng Shui is truly a lifelong study.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui, literally means wind and water. It is rapidly becoming a standard practice for creating the ideal environment in which to live and work.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese study of the natural and “built” environment and has been practiced for thousands of years. This environment can be at the office, in your home, in a building, or on real property. A Feng Shui analysis examines the surrounding environment, the building, how the people interact with the building and looks at time-related factors. Based upon these considerations, recommendations can be made on how to improve your relationship with the environment around you. Results include prosperity, health benefits, and well being. Properly applied, Feng Shui recommendations can result in improvements in the life of the individuals who occupy the property.

How did Feng Shui originate?

Feng Shui can be stated as a form of “Geo-mancy” or “Earth Wisdom.” Many cultures in the world have a form of Geomancy in their history. The Chinese form of Geomancy, or Feng Shui, has evolved to be both an Science and an Art. The science comes from the calculations and methodology used in analyzing a property. The Art of Feng Shui is the wisdom acquired from performing a multitude of analysis and knowing the exact degree to which the remedies (which are the results of the scientific analysis) are prescribed.

Throughout ancient China, classical Feng Shui was a closely guarded discipline used as a tool to ensure the good health, wealth, and power of the Imperial Dynasties. The keepers of this secret body of knowledge – Feng Shui Masters*, were highly respected meteorologists, astronomers, and other scientists and who were charged with sustaining the good fortune and prosperity of the royal court. It has been guardedly passed down the generations through very specific lineages.

*These masters were very selective of their protégées. Extreme care was exercised in the selection of candidates who would become their successors.

What are the basic principles of Feng Shui?

Note: These principles are shown as an introduction only. The depth of these concepts go far beyond what a web site can explain. For more information, please consider purchasing The Principles of Feng Shui by Master Larry Sang. You can purchase this book here on-line.

Yin and Yang

The balance of Yin and Yang

Feng Shui is based on the principle of Yin and Yang. Balance, harmony, consistent change, and the interdependency of all things are but a few of the deep meanings within this simple representation. Yang representing heat and light is rising and Yin representing cold and darkness descends. These are just two of the many examples of logic and insight to be discovered within this image.

Yin and Yang

Shown above, the image represents the true orientation of the Yang and Yin. Yang, representing heat rises on the left (or East) and reaches its peak at the top (South). Yin representing coolness descends on the right (West) and reaches its maximum at the bottom (North).

Another analogy is that the sun rises in the East, reaches its hottest at noon and sets in the west, soon reaching its darkest. Yet within Yin there is a seed of Yang waiting to arise and within Yang there is Yin waiting to descend. This analogy can be applied to time, seasons, directions, and many other cycles of change.
The Relationship of Five Elements

5 Elements

5 Elements

Another simple, yet powerful representation based upon the Tai Chi (Yin and Yang representation shown above) is the 5 elements diagram. It is a view of how the elemental energies interact. Shown above in its balanced state, it is in harmony. Yet each element can strengthen or weaken other elements in a variety of beneficial and detrimental ways. When calculating the energy “blueprint” of a property these interactions provide the key to correcting issues within a property.
The Eight Trigrams

The Eight Trigrams are the basis for Feng Shui analysis and calculations. A Trigram is a representation of one of the eight directions. In the “Ba Gua” diagram below there is also a center which has no directional association, but is associated with earth. Based also on Yin and Yang concepts, the I-Ching, the Five Elements, and the Lo-shu map, it conveys a map for all other calculations used to determine the energy blueprint within a property.
Feng Shui Trigrams

The East/West Theory

(8 House Theory)

Both people and houses belong to one of the above Trigrams. Each of the Trigrams fall into two distinct categories as either east group or west group. Matching a West group house type to a West group person is ideal, as is matching an East group house to an East group person.

East GroupWest Group

Effects of the Solar System (Xuan Kong)

This advanced technique uses the Eight Trigrams shown above with particular calculations to derive the specific nature of the building and create its energy blueprint. (It is too extensive to explain in a summary page.) If you are interested in this concept in depth, we suggest you examine The Principles of Feng Shui, by Master Larry Sang.
The Environment

The environmental aspects are what most people immediately think of when they consider Feng Shui. Things such as not having sharp corners pointed at them and not living under high tension power lines are a couple of common examples that everyone either knows or can understand. Other environmental aspects such as living next to a freeway or a construction site are considered unfavorable. The elimination of “Sha” or evil influences and strengthening those environmental aspects that are good is what an environmental analysis recommends. These are but a few examples of what needs to be examined during an analysis.

How are these principles applied?

Feng Shui is based upon a set of theories and complex calculations derived from the I-Ching. This includes an in-depth understanding and application of the basic principles. Using these principles and taking into account the physical relationship between the natural environment and the magnetic fields of the Earth provides a “blueprint” of the influences around us. Using this blueprint we can see clearly the energies or “Chi” that effect us in our properties.
How is a Feng Shui analysis done?

The Feng Shui practitioner first observes the environment, using a Lo Pan (compass) to determine the orientation of the property. Calculations are then completed according to the basic principles. Then a determination of the energy characteristics within the property and its resulting effects on the occupants is made based on the results of these calculations. Remedies are then prescribed where necessary in order to balance the energy to produce a positive effect!
Misunderstandings of Chinese Geomancy

Feng Shui is becoming more prevalent in the West. This can be attributed to more and more people becoming aware of how their environment affects them. The health effects of high-tension power lines is but one example of how people are becoming cognizant of their environment and its relationship to their health and prosperity. Unfortunately, a lot of hearsay and misunderstanding as to what Feng Shui truly is has also become commonplace.

Some people have confused Feng Shui with religion and burning charms. Others think that seeking advice from Feng Shui practitioners contradicts the doctrines of their own religion. This is a mistaken concept.

Chinese geomancy (or Feng Shui) is not the product of any religious belief system. Rather, it is based on a set of calculations. The qualified practitioner examines the four aspects of Building, Environment, Time, and most importantly, People. Most books and information widely available only look at the first two aspects: Building and Environment. This is only a partial examination.

Time and People are two very important components that should not be omitted. A particular building may have a good environment and other positive attributes, but for a specific individual, it might require further examination and corrections to meet their individual goals for that time in their life and the life of the building.
How does one find a qualified practioner?

The classical Feng Shui consultation involves no guesswork. Every building has unique energy characteristics that need to be individually addressed.We say that True Feng Shui recommendations utilize only the five elements and not such things as mirrors, flutes, incense, or prayers.

Just as a qualified physician will not make a prescription without first meeting the patient, a proper Feng Shui analysis requires a visit to the property. Feng Shui looks at not only the environment, but also the orientation of the property within that environment.

Feng Shui is not related to any religion or belief system. A qualified Practitioner is one who has studied with a Master for many years and has acquired a scientific discipline, thus enabling them to apply complex calculations and an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of Feng Shui. Only then are they able to make very specific recommendations that can effect positive changes in one’s lifestyle, relationships and financial returns.

Properly performed, Feng Shui can bring balance, harmony and prosperity to one’s life.


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Shapes in Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a study of the environment; specifically the living spaces we call home or work. When we are at home, we need a restful environment. Many times though, homes are designed and built in a shape that is not conducive to rest. Rather, it stirs you up or it is unsettling. A well-designed house should allow the owner to enjoy a comfortable experience within the house.

Have you ever seen an unusual house with an odd design? How did the house make you feel? Were you confused or have a dizzy sensation? Did you get lost inside the home? Often in an effort to make a statement or to add a personal uniqueness, architects play with the shape of a house. Depending upon the design, these unique floor plans can have a significant effect on the people who occupy the home. In Feng Shui, shapes can have a profound effect on the Feng Shui within a home or building, thus helping or impairing the occupants and their well being.

One such case was a house where people entered at a right 45-degree turn. Without fail, everyone who entered that house tripped over his or her own feet. Another house was designed in a half circle. The house had circular walls and had almost triangular rooms. The owner of this home suffered from health and relationship problems.

The reason many Chinese restaurants use circular tables rather than square is that circles create unstable qi that is constantly circulating. Square tables create restful qi. People tend to linger longer at a square table. The same goes for a circular house. The qi is not still. It does not create a restful home. People do not tend to want to stay long in a circular home.

Triangular shaped homes and lots are not preferred either. There is an imbalance in this shape. One side is open and the other very closed. Inside the house, odd angles are created in the rooms. In Feng Shui, odd angles are not preferred, especially those that point at you. They direct the qi at you. Often this is called “poison arrows.” Also called “sha qi,” this is simply a flow of qi that is too strong. Just like sleeping directly under a ventilator, and awaking with a cramp, sha qi can affect your well being. Triangular rooms, homes, or lots can create a lot of these sha qi.

Alternatively, a square or rectangular house is ideal. These are stable and solid. People naturally feel at home. The qi can settle in a square room. The floor plan for a square or rectangular house is usually logical and easy to navigate. Whereas the floor plan of a triangular house is often confusing with 45-degree turns and oddly placed doors.

While the home shape is important, the lot that the building sits on is very significant. Triangular lots can restrict either the well being of the people or the financial success of the home. This is another area where a square or rectangular shape is very important. If the lot has a triangular shape, use bushes or a tree line to square off the lot.

When looking for a home or even selecting an office, try to find the home that is square, or rectangle and allows you to walk through it without getting confused. If you have a home with angles, try to block those angles using nice plants that cover the angle and block the sha qi. If you have a circular house, you can also use the plants to slow down the qi and to create lines within that feel more natural.

The next time you find yourself in an unusually shaped building, stop and notice the feeling you get from the building’s design. Are you confused? Do you know where to go? Do you have any sensations such as dizziness? Notice your environment and its effects on you. This is Feng Shui! Buildings designed with Feng Shui in mind, while perhaps architecturally plain, can promote one’s success and well being.