Roads are important purveyors of chi energy, especially for those who live in modern city environments. The approach roads to your home as well as major highways that surround your neighbourhood exert a far greater effect on your feng shui than you realize. Feng shui manuals that deal with the significance of roads are usually compass-based. This is because the direction of traffic flow is what determines the road’s effect – either benevolent or pernicious – on the feng shui of dwellings around it. In this issue, Lillian Too offers some important pointers onthe effect of roads on your feng shui.
First determine the “strength” of the roads around your home. When the road is a big one with plenty of traffic, the strength and potency of the chi generated is more powerful than if it were merely a small lane. City roads are said to exert great chi strength, but highways are usually even stronger. When the direction of the road is favourable to your home, then the stronger the road is, the more good luck it brings. Likewise, when the direction of flow is unfavourable, its negative effect is also greater.
Second, determine the speed of traffic flow. As a rule of thumb, when the traffic moves very fast, the chi created along the road is like a bullet bringing negative harmful energy. When the flow of traffic moves slowly, its chi energy is a lot more benevolent and therefore much more positive in its effects. Thus secondary roads (like those within suburban neighbourhoods, gated communities or housing estates) usually bring better feng shui than primary roads, ring roads or highways.
Thirdly, winding roads are generally more benevolent than straight roads. Roads that either “hug” your home or apartment building, or are winding in their approach towards your home usually bring better feng shui than roads that come straight at your entrance. In fact, when roads are straight and head directly towards your home or building, they take on the form of poison arrows. Such roads are generally considered bad feng shui.
Fourthly, elevated roads tend to be more harmful than roads that are on the same level as your home. Even when you live in an apartment building, unless you live on the upper levels, elevated roads can be very harmful when they seem to “cut” into your building. One can use element cures to counter the slicing effect of such roads, but generally they are hard to remedy. This is because roads usually carry very strong chi energy.
Fifth, when your home is sandwiched between two roads, the effect on your feng shui also tends to be negative. It is worse if one road is higher and another is lower. It is also worse when the road that is lower is behind your house, as this suggests there is absolutely no support. This is considered one of the danger configurations of roads.
Finally, take note of the direction of flow of the road and how it approaches your home, how it passes your front entrance, and how it flows away from the home. These compass directions offer detailed information on how the road affects the feng shui of your house or building. It also affects the feng shui of offices buildings. This is a compass-based formula that combines the information contained in the Yin and Yang Pa Kua arrangements of trigrams to reveal the kind of roads that bring different kinds of good or bad luck. The direction of roads is taken from the front of the house. If you have roads that pass your house, observe them carefully and take note of two important directions:
Stand just outside your house and take the direction of the road traffic coming towards the house and also the direction of the traffic leaving the house. Note that as long as you can see the road, it has an effect on the feng shui of your home.
Traffic comes in from the South and leaves in a Northwest direction.
This is regarded an excellent direction of traffic flow around your house or building. This road brings the luck of helpful people, wealth, success and continuous business luck. However, do note that traffic must move towards the house from the South and the road must then turn away from the house in a Northwest direction. It must not move in the opposite direction ( i.e. coming in from the NW and going away in a South direction.) When it moves in the opposite direction, the road brings loss, misfortune and sometimes even death, most likely to the breadwinner of the family. If the traffic of the road moves in both directions, the effect of the road is neutral.
2. Road Bringing Good Family Luck
Traffic comes in from the North and moves out in a Southwest direction.
This road brings great family luck which includes love, romance and marriage luck. Residents living in such a house enjoy harmony within the family. This road comes from the North, goes past your front door, then moves towards the distance until it disappears from view in a SW direction. Traffic on the road must come from the North and move away in a SW direction and not the other way around. If the traffic flow is the other way around, the house suffers loss of the family unit, ending in misfortune and sometimes even early death to the matriarch of the family. When the traffic is moving in both directions, the effect of the road is neutral.
3. Road That Brings Good Health
Traffic comes in from the Northeast and goes out in a East direction.
This road brings good fortune to the eldest son of the family as well as robust health to all residents of the household. This road direction – coming from the NE and moving past your front door, then going towards the distance until it disappears from view in an East direction – is a good fortune direction. However, the flow of traffic must not be the other way around. If it is, it results in loss, misfortune and sometimes even death to the eldest (or only) son of the family.
4. Road That Brings Wealth
Traffic comes in from the Southwest and goes out in a Southeast direction.
This road brings wealth and prosperity. It is also a road that tends to favour the women of the family, bringing them the luck to accumulate assets and property. Here the traffic on the road comes towards the house from the SW, goes past the front door then goes out towards the distance until it disappears from view in a SE direction. However, the road must not move the other way around. If it does it has the potential to bring misfortune luck and loss of wealth.
5. Road That Brings Academic Success
Traffic comes in from the Northwest and moves out in a Northeast direction.
This road favours the youngest son and brings academic success to the children of the family. Here the road comes from the NW, moves past the front of the house, then moves towards the distance until it disappears from view in a NE direction. If you have this kind of road, it brings knowledge and wisdom luck. It also brings recognition and scholastic achievements. However, the road must not be moving in the opposite direction as this will bring bad luck to the youngest son and to other young boys living in the household.
6. Road That Brings Good Descendants Luck
Traffic comes in from the Southeast and moves away in a West direction.
This road brings excellent descendents luck to the family. It comes towards the house from the SE, moves past the front door, then goes towards the distance until it disappears from view in a West direction. However, the road must flow towards the house from the SE and flow away from the house in a West direction, and not the other way around.
7. Road That Brings Recognition And Upward Mobility
Traffic comes in from the East and moves out in a South direction.
This road brings recognition luck to the residents of the household. It comes from the East, moves past the front, then moves towards the distance until it disappears from view in a South direction. The road must not move in the opposite direction. If it does it can cause the family to lose its good name, and fame then turns to notoriety.
8. Road That Brings Excellent Career Luck
Traffic comes in from the West and moves out in a North direction.
This road brings excellent income and career luck and favours those in working life. It comes from the West, moves past the front door and moves towards the distance until it disappears from view in a North direction. The road should not move in the opposite direction as this brings bad career luck for the residents.
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (November/December 2006)". To subscribe, please click here.