The basic principles of Feng Shui for Architecture & Design by Johanne Morin
Feng Shui translates as Wind and Water; meaning that the energy travels with the Wind and stops at the Water. People are drawn to waterfronts and especially the ocean for the energy is stronger there. So, whenever you feel stressed, tired, or have low energy you should always spend time along any moving water bodies.
Scientific Feng Shui for architecture and Design is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when designing buildings and spaces. The goal of the science and practice of Feng Shui is to bring harmony to the human-built environment.
The scientific Feng Shui analysis requires a compass calculation followed by a complete and detailed survey of the building or space in order to be evaluated.
In addition to the Compass analysis, there are some basic principles that can be applied. Below are some tips and ideas you can use.
Adding Daylight to your space
Daylight is a YANG energy and known to improve/ reinforce the circadian rhythms. Having daylight in your living and/ or working spaces is ideal. Sleeping areas do not require daylight since it is a YIN activity.
When designing a building or house, moving into a new space, you should be looking for/ checking the orientation that will provide the longest daylight exposure delivering the YANG energy needed for improved wellbeing and productivity.
Adding Power to your life
You want to position your bed or favorite lounge/ reading chair in the direction that is the most favorable for you.
Below, are the direction corresponding to your Chinese astrology sign (refer to your year of birth) so that you can position your furniture accordingly. Make sure to always FACE your direction and/ or have your FEET pointing in that direction.
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 RAT: North
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 OX: North-East
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 TIGER: North-East
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 RABBIT: East
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 DRAGON: South-East
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 SNAKE: South-East
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 HORSE: South
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 SHEEP: South-West
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 MONKEY: South-West
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 ROOSTER: West
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 DOG: North-West
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 PIG: North-WestAdding Movement to your environment
You always try to avoid long straight corridors, pathways, or narrow spaces because they cause the energy to travel too fast. You will need to create “curves” to a space or landscape.
Adding light fixtures, or art to the walls or carve architectural elements inside those walls will help slow the energy.
Shaping the landscaping by creating winding paths and sidewalks will provide a more serene atmosphere.
A house or building that is good for someone can be bad for another occupant; there is no right or wrong just the right fit. The Feng Shui science is exciting as it focuses on finding and/ or creating people’s unique place to live or work that will help them maximize harmony and productivity.