In this issue, LILLIAN TOO discusses some key pointers to identifying the facing direction of your house.
In many houses, both the main front door as well as the house itself faces the same direction. If this is the case, then it is usually a lot easier to determine the facing direction, as it will then be quite obvious. But this may not necessarily always be the case. When the door and the house face the same direction, it offers greater potential for better feng shui. But when they do not, then in determining the house facing direction for purposes of using the feng shui compass formulas, you should take the direction that best represents the facing direction of the house rather than the facing direction of the main door. When there is a main door in front that also faces the same direction as the house, you can take the direction from this door.
If there is no main door that corresponds to the facing direction, you will have to take the direction from a window or from glass or sliding doors that correspond to the house facing direction. If on the other hand there is no door or window here, then what you may have identified as your house facing direction cannot be taken to be the facing direction. According to feng shui, there must be at least some kind of opening towards the direction that is the “facing direction” of the house.
To benefit from many of the compass formulas, it is necessary to determine the facing direction of the house correctly and accurately.
To ensure this, first take a good look at your house from all angles. Often the facing direction is obvious to the eye and professional feng shui consultants usually undertake an on-site investigation to correctly determine the facing direction of any building or house they are investigating.
There are general guidelines that will help you determine the facing direction of your house, although there will be houses that present a real challenge. Houses that are designed along modular lines or are irregular in shape often pose some difficulty when it comes to determining their facing direction. For most houses and apartment buildings however, the following guidelines usually apply and you can use them as a guide to help you make a judgement regarding the facing direction of your own house or apartment building.
The place of maximum yang energy is usually a busy road where constant movement of vehicles creates an endless source of yang energy. Thus the facing direction of a house is usually where it faces a road, especially a busy or important road. When the road is busy, it is usually definitely the facing direction. Indeed, most feng shui experts agree that when the house or building faces a busy thoroughfare, it brings good feng shui to the house, since it is in a good position to accept the yang energy generated. Other places that can represent a large source of yang energy are a view of a city, a view of a market or a view of beautiful scenery.
Thus houses that are perched against a hillside and have a picture window view looking into a valley where there is a city will often use this as its facing direction and the entrance into the home would be regarded as its back or sitting direction.
The dominant view thus becomes the defining factor. A beautiful valley filled with a forest of trees is also considered to be a place of yang 39energy. Here, the forest houses many living creatures and the plants and trees there also emit copious amounts of fresh yang energy.
Or perhaps there is a large complex or public buildings where plenty of people congregate – then this is also a place of yang energy. Such places attract many people who are the source of activated yang energy. If your house has a feature like this nearby, then it can also qualify as the facing direction.
If you have such a source of yang energy near the vicinity of your home and you have an opening that faces such a place, then this would be the facing direction of your house. The opening can be your main door, or it can be some sliding doors, or it can be windows. If there is no opening to welcome in the yang chi, then this CANNOT be regarded as the facing direction.
Remember that there must be a door, a window or some kind of opening for chi energy to enter for it to qualify as a facing direction. When you have successfully identified your facing direction, you will be able to practise flying star feng shui with great confidence.
Special Circumstances For Apartments
It is necessary for those living in apartments to take note that when determining the facing direction of apartments or condominiums, it is the facing direction of the whole apartment building that determines the charts used to improve the feng shui of apartments.
So if you live in an apartment, you should always look at the whole building to try and determine the facing direction of the whole building. Having said this however, there are apartment buildings that truly have no clear cut facing direction.
Buildings where the ground floor is made up of car packs and where access to the apartments is via elevators placed by the sides of the buildings are examples of buildings where the facing direction will be a challenge to ascertain. My advice then is to look for the place of maximum yang energy. If there is more than one road near the vicinity of the building, you can identify the largest and busiest road and it is likely that that is the facing direction, especially if there is a door or an opening of some kind facing that direction.
Those of you living in high rise condominiums might also want to know that once you live above the ninth floor, the “facing direction” of your apartment is no longer determined by the building. Instead, your facing direction is now the direction that offers you the most extensive view. Usually, apartments have picture windows and here is where the family congregates each evening. If so, then this is the facing direction of your apartment.
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World(Jan/Feb 2005)". To subscribe, please click here.