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Ever considered using feng shui to help pick the next apartment you
intend to purchase? Here are some tips that may change your perspective
when apartment shopping. When selecting which unit to pour your
investments into, you may end up not getting what you want, unless you
are willing to pay the price for it. Don’t fret, as sometimes picking
the apartment that is not so hot can be the apartment with the best
feng shui. CHRIS YEO shows us why.
Selecting which condo building
With so many condo buildings within a single development, to select
which building to buy can be a real chore. There are two things you can
do here. One, analyze the surrounding landscape and pick the building
that has a natural vintage view at its front and an elevated hill
behind. This is based on landscape feng shui, where the building itself
is contained within an environment suited to the four landscape
animals: the Phoenix or open space in front, the Turtle or hill behind,
the Dragon or land at the left side of the building (when looking out)
higher than the right (or Tiger) side for protection.
Two, for developments on even, flat ground, check the flying stars
of the overall development. Take the facing direction of the gate or
main entrance to the entire development and superimpose this chart to
the site development map. Based on the number combinations, select
which sectors are auspicious based on the water and mountain star
combinations. For a successful development, look at the sector with the
water star #8 and if this sector contains a swimming pool or large
water feature, it is seen to be beneficial both for developer and
inhabitants of the condo.
Which unit should I get?
Like most tower developments, the chance to obtain a unit with
prime view is usually quite slim. But sometimes such units may not be
the ones with the best feng shui.
Always check what the facing direction of the tower block is. This
compass direction is the key to extracting the flying star natal chart
required to determine which apartment is suitable for you.
For regular-shaped tower blocks, use the facing direction of the
main floor lobby or entrance for all units up to the 9th floor. All
units above that may use the facing direction of the main view out of
the apartment, as this can be seen to reflect the maximum yang energy
entering into the unit.
the floor plan of each individual unit, you can superimpose the
designated flying star natal chart to determine whether the apartment
is deemed auspicious, and what interior works you can do to better the
energy of the space.
Taking the example of a 4-bedroom apartment complete with all the
family attachments, the first thing to look at is to be sure that the
kitchen is not located in the Northwest sector of the unit. Having the
kitchen in the NW describes ‘fire at heaven’s gate’ which will affect
the luck of the patriarch, resulting in the father having severe bad
luck. Compare the flying star natal charts based on the facing
directions to see which apartment would then be most ideal.
Let the facing direction of the main entrance to the tower block be
a North 1 building. We will assume the above natal chart with the
double 8 combination at the front of the building, thus enforcing the
auspicious luck for the entire building. This natal chart will apply to
all units from the ground floor to 9th level and all units facing the
front for the remaining levels upwards.
good sectors are the NE and East sectors with the 6,1 and 1,6 stars for
good financial and business luck. The center of the apartments are
afflicted with the 3,4 stars, which require plenty of light or fire
energy to control the quarrelsome #3. The kitchen in the West may help
to lock the bad luck stars away, but plenty of metal is needed to
control the #5 and #2 bad luck stars.
For levels 9 and above, let us see what an East 1 facing apartment
would be like. The double 8 is still located at the front balcony,
which is great, as this can be activated with a water feature and
crystal garden to activate for money, relationship and family luck.
center living room will now adopt the 1,6,8, star combination, which,
when having an open plan concept, will benefit the entire apartment
with this auspicious energy. The downside then would be the kitchen
capturing a good sector with the 6,1 stars and all the bedrooms would
not have such fabulous star combinations.
won’t even go to a West 1 facing apartment, as the double 8 stars are
thrown all the way to the back, so in the example apartment, this set
of auspicious stars are locked outside in the service area.
Similarly, in a South 1 facing apartment, the double 8 stars are
flown to the back of the apartment, which makes this chart not so
favourable. However, if the apartment layout is different, such that
the double 8 flying to the back is the same sector as the main door
into the apartment, then so much the better.
So based on the example, picking which apartment has the best feng
shui will depend on where the auspicious stars are located. When they
get captured in significent areas such as the main door or living room,
this bodes well for the residents.
But if they are in kitchens or
toilets, or get flown “outside” the unit, the good stars are wasted.
Creating an auspicious interior using symbols
the apartment, you can introduce subtle auspicious symbols through
materials such as the Figure of 8 that is auspicious especially now we
are in the Period of 8. Another symbols to use is mystical knot,
representing endless prosperity and happiness luck.
The Figure of 8 can be integrated into the ceiling pattern to
create a visual interpretation of the auspicious symbol.
curvilinear ceiling helps to create a spatial intimacy of the area
below, as it allows the feeling of space to adopt a special closeness
through shape and height difference.
ways to create an intimate space would be to create recessed ceiling
panels where it visually creates an open space plan, yet maintains an
intimate space for family areas such as the dining room.
recessed ceiling panel, you can be inventive by imprinting auspicious
symbols onto the wood paneling or even by lining the recessed panels
with strips of gold metal or crystals to create a sparkling sensation.
When selecting which unit to buy either for living or investment,
it may be wise to check which apartment is ideal based on the flying
stars, but also be sure that the building you buy is not subjected to
any poison arrows such as the edge of another building pointing
straight at the main entrance lobby.
So while many will always pick the
unit with the view, why not pick the unit with the best feng shui.
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