The chi enters a house through its doors and windows, but mainly through the main door, known as the 'kou', meaning mouth. The chi must be able to curve and wander through the hall in a meanderitng fashion, not just rush through and be wasted or lie in stagnant pools, losing its goodness. Auspicious Feng Shui halls are fairly wide and so let the chi move in gently and then allow it to circulate slowly throughout the property. So that the chi can move freely, the hall should be well lit, have no clutter, not be over furnished, especially with angular, sharp edged furniture. A hallway can be a good place for windchimes, bells, frog and fish ornaments and the Blue Carp, a blue coloured ceramic fish which is hollow, to be filled with uncooked rice, and placed facing the door to show any visitors that this home has prosperity.
This balance should be reflected in the lighting used and also through the colours of the walls, pictures, ornaments and carpets. No one element should be allowed to dominate. Depending on the Pa Kua direction, it is important to bring in the other elements.
To help good chi into the house, bright lights just inside and just outside the front door are excellent. These can be left on during the hours of darkness. The on/off security lights are not effective for the attraction of chi, as a constant light is needed.
Once the chi is in the property, it begins to flow through the passageways and rooms like a slowly winding stream. This flow must be steady, never stagnating, never rushing. If you imagine a gorge through which a strong river flows extremely fast, this is the effect which a long narrow hallway or corridor has on chi. The goodness of the chi cannot settle and be used, it rushes straight through and so is wasted, especially if there are three doors in a row, including the front door. Even worse is when there are three doors and two of them are the front door and the back door.The classic way of preventing this rushing chi, this 'gorge and rapids 'effect happening is by using the 'aspirin of Feng Shui'----the mirror. Mirrors can be placed alternately along the passageway to help the chi to curve and bounce from them instead of just rushing through. The mirrors can be quite small but should not cut off the heads of any adults in the property.
Broadleafed plants are useful as an enhancement of chi, especially in dark alcoves and the sharp edges of alcoves. A few plants placed alternately along a hall, especially broad leafed plants, will help to nurture the goodness in the chi. All the above can be reversed to a certain extent if you think that the hallway is too huge and wide. The chi will stagnate in a wide hall and needs pushing along a little. Also remember, windchimes MODERATE, crystals ENERGISE, so hanging faceted spherical quartz crystals along a wide hall would move the chi. What I have found to be even better is a small crystal chandelier.
Easily the worst kind of stairway are spiral ones. They look so pretty, but act as a waterfall for the chi--a Niagara Falls!It just flows down the stairs, between the stairs and is lost in a pool at the bottom. I generally advise using green silk material wound around the bannisters, so introducing Wood element, a mirror right underneath the bottom most step pointing upwards and green trailing plants alternately placed up the stairs themselves. A windchime can be placed at the bottom and the top of the staircase, which can also be beneficial. The other common problem is stairs which face the front door directly. What I normally recommend in this situation is, obviously, if possible, to move the door or the bottom of the stairs. If this cannot be done, a circular rug in the colour of the Pa Kua sector often helps, as does a windchime hanging between the door and the stairs to moderate the chi flow.
A living room is just that---a room which has life. It is the room in which the family gather for various activities including TV watching and relaxing. Usually in this room, two or three sectors of the Pa Kua are involved which means decor needs to be closely monitored from one wall to another. The chi in a lounge/living room should be slightly balanced towards more yang--powerful,active energies. Any alcoves must be carefully enhanced, so that they do not become pools of stagnant chi with their edges becoming 'poison arrows'. Once again, broadleafed plants and mirrors, on protruding walls, can be very useful. Obviously then, the best kind of room, whatever its function in the property, is a regular shape, square or oblong, producing few corners and no missing areas, or alcoves. Alcoves usually mean stagnation and plants and mirrors, as well as crystals can serve to get the chi moving again. Remember, crystals energise, windchimes moderate. Windchimes can be useful near doorways into rooms,especially the living room.
The chi moving into the room then has chance to move around in a meandering fashion, through the placement of the furniture. It is best if the furniture placement resembles the shape of the Pa Kua, with the tai chi of the room left empty, apart perhaps for a very low coffee table. You can buy Pa Kua shaped, octagonal shaped coffee tables which are excellent Feng Shui.
Chairs and sofas should be positioned around the edgeof the room, none of them with their backs to the door is best. Try not to make the TV the centre of attention and depending on your personal Pa Kua number and best locations, you may wish to place yourself, or your most comfy chair in that best position for you. Yang energy should be encouraged in the living room, but it should not become dominating and harsh. No lights should be above people's heads directly and watch out for any 'poison arrows'created by angular shelves such as bookcases. Glass fronted shelves will solve the problem, as they will do with kitchen units. Also you could use trailing plants on the edges of shelves or simply move the books right forward to the edges of the shelves, thus disguising them.
Any electrical items will energise the yang chi in whatever location they are put. TVs, stereos and indeed computers give out a great deal of electro magnetic energy. An amethyst crystal placed on top of these appliances will serve to soften this, if it is needed. Electrical items in the South West will benefit relationships, South East, wealth and accumulation of prosperity, North East, knowledge and learning, and so on, Career wise the North West and North are excellent locations for these appliances, bringing energy and movement into vital areas in the home.
As well as furniture and ornaments, pictures need to be considered carefully, in all rooms not just the living rooms. Any pictures should be pleasant and attractive, with no hunting scenes, lonely windswept moors with single figures or any with sad connections, such as 'Guernica'by Picasso! The colours in them as with the elements contained in any ornaments are very important to their Pa Kua location. For instance, landscapes representing theWood element would be good in the East and the South East, symbolising growth, whilst red should not be used in the West and North West------Fire and Metal do not get on!