How Location and Direction Affect Energy for Feng Shui

by JJ Cheng 29 Aug 2016

How Location and Direction Affect Energy

A lot who seek to tap into surrounding energy often face difficulty attaining the outcome they desire. Much of this is due to the fact that the little bits are constantly overlooked. While the manner in which energy is tapped into can be quite straightforward, other technicalities can throw one a little off course. The most common would be ‘location’ and ‘direction’, especially when they concern a piece of property like the home you live in. Determining the direction and location of various rooms within your living space is considered core basics of Feng Shui and should therefore be practiced with precision to achieve a desired outcome in life.

These core basics can stretch quite extensively into other systems such as Eight Mansions and San He, but we will be using the Flying Stars system. It is not any less effective compared to the others and is in fact more suited to modern living spaces. It is applicable to a wide range of properties such as home offices and apartments.

The Basics

In Classical Feng Shui, direction and location are primary references. Therefore, it is important to understand these crucial aspects. Direction is referred to the line in which you are facing, while location refers to the position at that point in time. 

An easier way of understanding this is to picture yourself standing in the middle of a large square. Being smack in the center, you would be able to turn to face any of the 360 degrees on a compass. If you repositioned to any one of the corners of this square, you would be able to do the same. But this means that your location has been moved. 

In Classical Feng Shui terminology, location is denoted as ‘sector’ or ‘palace’, while ‘facing’ is used to denote direction. Based on a Flying Stars chart (3x3 grid) that is superimposed against the map of your home, let’s assume the Main Door is located in the southeast sector, but it faces the south. 

Similarly, this is applicable to any other room and feature in the living space. For instance, the study room might be located in the north sector, but its door could be facing east, and the desk in the southwest subsector, facing west. These things may appear insignificant, but are far from negligible.

Tapping and Harnessing Qi

Once you have determined the types of energies that reside in different parts of the property, they can be tapped into simply by placing a person at a specific area. Direction is then used to add a higher level of personalisation to this process. In Classical Feng Shui, direction is never prioritised over location. This is because it is indeed possible to face any given direction at a specific location.

It would be best to be located at a good location with positive Qi, and then proceed to ensure that you face in one of your favourable Facing Directions – based on your Gua number. If you happen to find yourself stuck in a situation where you don’t know which to prioritise, simply remember the rule of thumb. Being at a good location is always better than having good direction.

These of course are a fraction of the technical stuff in Feng Shui. To learn how you can align location and direction with other important branches of the ancient art, visit Do it right and witness the change you want to see in life.
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