In Seattle, an American architect friend complained to me.
“This Feng Shui is really killing me!”
“What’s the matter?” I asked.
He explained that a client from Hong Kong had commissioned him to design a house – and insisted that, for the sake of good Feng Shui, the door had to face south. But on that particular piece of land it made no sense to have the main door facing south.
The Taiji diagram is one of the most popular and best-recognized emblems in the world. It is the symbol of Taoism and is broadly used in Qigong, martial arts, Chinese medicine, astrology, and fortune-telling. The Korean and Mongolian national flags both include this diagram, and it has been used in many other places.
In our previous posting, we mentioned the Four Features: Dragon (mountain), Guardian Hill (small hill), Energy Spot (flat area), and Water (river, lake, ocean).
Feng Shui studies the quantity, quality and coordination of these four features. A good house should have these four features in ideal form and structure.
In Feng Shui, there is an old saying,
“Mountains affect the children, Water affects fortunes.”
In ancient times in China, when a family had many sons, the family became stronger. So, Mountain represents power, while Water represents wealth.
How true is this? Let’s take a look at the world.
We have shown the application of the Four Features in a city, village, house, and office. This Four Features Model can even be applied to chairs!
A newlywed niece asked me about bedroom design. How should the bedroom be arranged to be supportive for her new family? She said there was so much information on the internet that she was confused about what to do.
She was right to be concerned. The bedroom is one of the most important three features of Feng Shui. It affects health, relationships, emotions, and child-bearing.
The cubicle has become a standard feature of modern office design in the corporate workplace. Yet most people do not feel comfortable working in a “cube world.” It creates lots of stress, anxiety, and agitation, ultimately resulting in a negative impact on both creativity and productivity.
The Office Model
Now let us look at the Four Features on a smaller scale – a manager’s office as shown in the image below.
The solid wall behind the manager’s desk and chair is the Mountain feature.
The Feng Shui of a high-rise apartment building is also defined by the classical Four Features Model but from a slightly different perspective.
In an urban setting, for a building to have good Chi-Energy, it is necessary for all Four Features to be present. However, in this situation the buildings in the city substitute the natural landscape and function as landforms, representing the metaphors for Mountain and Guardians.
So far we have been talking about the bigger picture of the four features model. In the previous post, we talked about the 4 features model in a relative big scale.
But everyone wants to know, “How do I apply the 4 features model to my house?”