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Landscape Feng Shui of Parliament House - Part 1
Recently I went on NZ Parliament's Tour Programme and to my great
amazement and delight I discovered that our Parliament House was built
with such great feng shui! The land site formation which surrounds
Parliament is most auspicious.
by Honey Lim (November 2002)
As the tour guide walked us through the grounds of parliament and
Parliament Library, I could not help but notice how many good fortune
symbols were applied in the design and architectural construction of
the Parliament House.
No wonder the New Zealand democracy is so established and strong!
Symbols of solidity, power, protection and even wealth are evident from
floor to ceiling that I have to speculate whether the designers of this
building were clued into feng shui!
3 Main Wings of Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings consist of 3 main buildings - Parliament House
in the centre, the Executive Wing on the left (also known as the
BeeHive) and Parliament Library on the right side. Although the Prime
Minister and the office of the current ruling party operate from in the
Beehive, it is in the centre wing - Parliament House - where the
debates of policy and law making is done. Parliament is the symbol of
the nation's capital and power and it is here where laws and bills are
discussed and passed. Hence it is this building which represents the
power of the country.
Parliament House Landscape Feng Shui
The diagram above is available from a pamphlet supplied free of
charge by Parliament's Tour Programme. Red text has been added to
illustrate the Landscape formations which surround Parliament House.
According to classical landscape feng shui, the most auspicious type of
land site formation in which to place a building is one where the
building is able to tap the support of the Black Turtle Mountain
behind, the courage of the Green Dragon mountains on the left and the
protection of the White Tiger mountains on the right hand side (inside
looking out). The site becomes even more auspicious if it is
surrrounded by a river like a Jade Belt embracing the site from the
sides. Sites which feature a large open space or a field in front of
the building is said to gain from the Bright Hall effect, where all the
great good chi settles and accummulates. In modern intepretations of
this ancient wisdom, a building's White Tiger, and Green Dragon can
represented by adjacent buildings and rivers take the form of roads and
Examine the landscape feng shui of Parliament House closely, and
you will notice how this building was situated in a way which enables
it to tap auspicious landscape feng shui! Situated on elevated ground
like how ancient palaces were built, the entire site is beautifully
fenced and regularly landscaped to heighten the prominence of the
A dragon pathway for vehicles to drive through starts from the
south gate and curves in an S shape to bring meandering chi through the
grounds and then slowly exiting gracefully through the North gate.
Outside the fence is Molesworth Street, which brings steady but not
fast moving traffic past parliament, representing its auspicious Jade
Parliament House is auspiciously situated with Wellington's own
solid range of Black Turtle Mountains behind the building. This feature
symbolises great support for the government system in all its
undertakings by the people. By government I am referring to the system
as a whole, and not specifically to any political party. A powerful
mountain range behind brings stability and support for the NZ
government as a concept. Unlike certain parts of the world where the
government is viewed as evil and oppressive, and where there is
constant political upheaval and unrest, the existence of this feature
brings about acceptance and great support for the idea of a solid
government. Even protests will be carried out peacefully as there is
overall backing and respect for the establishment. Disagreements are
handled in a civilised manner.
On the left hand side of Parliament House is the Parliament
Library, which represents its Green Dragon. In feng shui, the Green
Dragon is the celestial animal that brings fortuitous opportunities to
the family to attain respect, honour in society and prosperity. This is
why babies born in the Dragon year are so treasured and considered a
good omen to traditional Chinese families. As the dragon of a
government and Members of Parliament, the Library functions as an
important provider of key information and research to the MPs that will
debate and make decisions that affect the daily lives of every New
On the right hand side of Parliament House is the Bee Hive. From a
classical feng shui perspective, the placement of the Bee Hive makes it
a symbolic representation of Parliament's Protective White Tiger. Where
the Dragon produces the fortune, the Tiger protects it from being lost
or attacked. In feng shui texts, the White Tiger is akin to the eldest
son of a family. It is said that without the White Tiger, the residents
of the building suffers from lack of descendants to perpetuate the
mandate of the family or protect the wealth of the family fortune.
Interpreted for Parliament, it is the White Tiger who will protect and
uphold the honour and integrity of the nation's values and economic
fortunes so it is really appropriate that the leader of the nation
should operate from the Bee Hive!
Parliament in the Early Days
picture was taken from a pamphlet provided by Parliament's Tour
Programme. This is a photo of the building which was used by Parliament
in the early days.
New Zealand then was still a very young nation under
the colonised control of her Majesty the Queen of England. Notice the
magnificent mountain range behind the structure. It is not surprising
that NZ has since grown into an independant nation with its own
government and own system.
Parliament's Majestic Entrance
majestic entrance featuring Roman architectural pillars. The entrance
of the building is situated on the far left (outside looking in) of the
building although it was originally it was intended to be in the centre
if the left wing was ever completed. The plan of building the left wing
of parliament (which is where the Bee Hive now stands) was never built
and so the entrance remains on the left side. What a stroke of luck as
the Feng Shui Flying Star charts reveal that this is a better entrance
than if it were situated in the centre of the building!
Did you find this article was interesting? Would you like to hear
more? Watch out for Parliament Feng Shui Part 2 - where Honey examines
the many Symbols of Good Fortune designed into the building itself!
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Lim is a graduate of the MCC (Distinction) from the Lillian Too
Institute of Feng Shui. She provides consultations, seminars, workshops
and pre-purchase site inspections.
You can reach Honey at Fortune Space Consultants, PO BOX 12101, Wellington;
Mob: ++ 6421 48 11 88 (anytime before 10pm);
for more info on Honey Lim.