As this will be my last column before Christmas, I would like to extend “Season’s Greetings” and wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 1999.
QCould you please give me the name of a book that is “in depth without getting too technical”. AThere are many books available that have been written with varying degrees of expertise and espousing the benefits of many different schools of thought. I would recommend “The living earth manual” by Stephen Skinner, “Feng Shui and destiny for Managers” and Feng Shui and Destiny for Families” by Raymond Lo.
QI was lead to believe that North represented water and South represented fire, now other sources tell me that this is the opposite because we live in the Southern hemisphere. Is this true? A This was the very first question I asked my master when I traveled to Hong Kong to begin my formal and traditional education – I was just as confused as you are. North represents a great deal more than water and the energetic influence remains the same wherever you are in the world. It’s a fact that North is North whether you are in the Southern or the Northern Hemisphere and for this reason I would never consider turning the arrangements of the lo pan (traditional feng shui compass) upside down. However, I believe that when building in the Southern Hemisphere consideration needs to be given to the fact that we derive our light and warmth from the North. QWe have heard it said that your feet should not point toward the door leading into the bedroom and our feet are door-ward bound though the door is to the side. What is the best position for the bed? A When placing the bed within a bedroom there are many factors to take into consideration and the position of the door in relationship to the bed is only one of them. According to your diagram you are not in the “coffin position” as the door is off to the side of the room and not directly facing the foot of the bed. QI am interested in Feng Shui and wondered whether you might comment on the draft of our house plan. AAssessing the plan (see diagram 1) using ‘form school’ principles, I would recommend that you do not have the bed head in the master bedroom against the toilet wall. You could move the bed so that it rests against the North wall and then locate the entry to the bedroom further along the West wall. It is also not advisable to have the bathroom door opposite the opening into the lounge room. A lack of privacy in a family home can sometimes lead to disagreements. This can be easily remedied by changing the location of the door. QMy goal is to run a small home based business from the front of the home however the position of the road outside concerns me. ATo have your front door or office directly opposite a T-junction (see diagram 2) is considered to be inauspicious and my suggestion would be to hange a 'Lion Shield' directly opposite the T-junction.