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Feng Shui and Real Estate Free Event

Hello everyone,

Detached, link, townhouse or condo…. what are the types of housing available and what’s the difference?

The real estate scene has been pretty hot in the last few years but there are still questions out there.  In this event, I will talk about some of the real estate terms and basic information you’d need to know as a home buyer.   The focus of this real estate portion will be on the local (North American) type of housing.

The feng shui portion will be on landforms and the external environment tips which are very important in your search for your first or next home.  This event will be especially useful for first time home buyers as well as for those moving up and would like to know more about the two subjects.

I will need to know how many of you are interested for me to pursue this further.  Register here to let me know if you are interested…. also if you have any question or suggestions for the event.  More details will be supplied once I have enough feedback/registration.  Hear from you guys soon.

Cheers,

Margaret

Same House, Different Energy

We’ve talked about astrology as an important part in the study of classical feng shui.  Our natal chart determines the kind of energy that we were born with or born into.  Similarly buildings/houses have their own natal charts as well.  The period luck is the time factor used by classical feng shui practitioners to identify the period of a building.  To determine the period luck and specific natal flying stars chart of a property, the move-in date is always used as a reference point.

Let’s take two houses (House A & House B) built side by side and completed at the same time, but occupied at different times.  Each house could technically have different kind of energy, thus have different flying stars charts.

The flying stars chart of House A will remain the same, if it was occupied and vacated within the twenty years of a single luck period.  But what if House A was sold and left vacant for more than six months, from October 2003 to May 2004, in which a change from period 7 to period 8 occurred (see table below), then its flying stars chart will also change.  The new owners of House A will now have a period 8 chart.

The owners of House B on the other hand who moved into the house in 2003 and are still living in the house will have a period 7 chart.

Determining the flying stars chart of a high rise building, apartments or condominiums however, is a bit different, in that an apartment building is treated as a single house.  This means the move-in date of when the building was first occupied is the flying stars chart of the building, which is also the flying stars chart of each and every unit in the building.

For example, the building of Green Meadows Condominium was completed in 2003 but its first occupants moved-in date was in 2004.  The flying stars chart of this building and all the units within is thus dictated by this move-in date in 2004, which means the move-in date of other occupants that follows does not matter.

In classical feng shui, the period luck is an important factor in determining the natal flying stars chart of a property.

Below is the table that shows the nine period luck of feng shui, consisting of twenty years per period, and the corresponding years.

 

 Feng Shui Period Luck
Period Duration

 Upper

1 1864 – 1883
2 1884 – 1903
3 1904 – 1923

 Middle

4 1924 – 1943
5 1944 – 1963
6 1964 – 1983

 Lower

7 1984 – 2003
8 2004 – 2023
9 2024 – 2043

 

Eight Mansions/Houses Feng Shui

TV Appearance

Hope you had a chance to catch the Daytime Durham show wherein I chatted with host, Denise Marek about doing your homework before looking for your next home.

We usually have a list of wants and needs when looking for a house, such as the number of bedrooms, school location, amenities, or walkability.  To start on the right track in feng shui, we too need to do a bit of research before heading off to your open houses or inspections.  We are looking for a home that is compatible with you and your family.  Shouldn’t we have a feng shui checklist with us as well?

A compass system that is often mentioned in English feng shui books is the Eight Mansions/Houses Feng Shui sometimes referred to as the East/West Group House Theory.  This system uses your birth year and gender to calculate for your personal Ming Kua/Gua (Life Star), your favorable and unfavorable directions.  I have included these formulas in my book, A Homeowners Guide to Feng Shui.

Each Ming Kua is associated with an element and belongs to either the East or West Group of people.  The popularity of the Eight Mansions Feng Shui system in the west has led to many people getting confused as to what to do when partners and spouses belong to different groups, especially when sleeping.  Some couples have resorted to sleeping facing each other’s feet.  This seems to be a bit drastic.

By focusing solely on the Ming Kua, we forget to consider an important fact.  That, each property has its own House Kua, its own energy, its favorable and unfavorable sectors, depending on when the building was constructed, where its located and which direction its facing.  It’s the very reason why this system is named the Eight Mansions/Houses Feng Shui.

Therefore, take heart that all is not lost when family members have different favorable and unfavorable directions.  Use your Ming Kua (Life Star) to determine the best directions to face and base on the House Kua try to locate your bedrooms, office or study in the best sectors of the property.  Read my book for more details on this subject.

 

Feng Shui Tips – Interior Environment

The creation and flow of positive energy in a home is vital to the well being of the home occupants; here are some tips worth remembering when looking at the layout of the rooms in a property.

  • Main entrances should be bright and welcoming, it should not open to a crammed space or stairway.
  • Avoid excessive long and dark hallways.
  • Dining room should not have a full view or be located too near the main or front entrance.
  • Indoor stairs should not be in the center of the house.
  • The kitchen should not be the first room you see when you enter the house or directly opposite your front door.
  • Make sure the cook has a good view of the door to the kitchen.
  • Placement of the bed in a bedroom is very important and preferably located in the auspicious direction of the sleeper base on his/her Ming Kua.
  • Bathrooms and toilets should not be located in the center of the house.

Feng Shui and Real Estate Sessions

We’ve developed a series of “Feng Shui and Real Estate Sessions” (FSRES) to help you on your personal journey to a better understanding of this practice.  These advance feng shui sessions are tailored to give you a deeper insight to the principles and complex systems of Traditional Feng Shui.  Take this opportunity to gain more knowledge on how feng shui can assist you, your love ones, friends and clients.

Why is the age of a building an important element in the feng shui selection of a property?  What are the 5 elemental remedies?

Please join us in our upcoming introductory FSRE Sessions on the time factor and astrological component of feng shui, the importance of your natal chart/birthday and your Ming Kua; the 5 elemental remedies and the Annual Flying Stars.  Find out why in a feng shui audit and consultation all these elements are important and taken into consideration when analyzing and selecting a property.

Register and Book Your Seat Now!

For more information on these seminars, go to our website at http://www.cecconetpublishing.com/fsresessions.html

 

 

 

 

 

Feng Shui Tips – Exterior Environment

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking at properties.  In feng shui, the condition and quality of your exterior landscape and environment is more important than the interior design or environment of your home.

Look for the classic ‘armchair position’ which indicates the presence of all the four celestial animals on your property.  These are namely, the Black Turtle in the back, the White Tiger on the right, the Green Dragon on the left and the Red Phoenix in the front of the property.  The contours and landscape of your land will indicate the presence or absence of auspicious qi energy.

Investigate the neighborhood before buying.  Avoid surprises, especially negative ones.  Man made structures such as buildings and roads represent the mountains, hills and roads in ancient China and need to be carefully analyzed.  Try to avoid buying a property that is close to yin energy; and regular shaped lots are preferable than irregular ones.

 

A Traditional Feng Shui Audit

From the minute residents move into a house, they have started a relationship with the natural energies of that property.  There are four important factors that are involved in a traditional feng shui audit:  Environment, Building, Time and the Residents.

Environment

The landform and the nearby structures greatly influence the overall energies of the surroundings.  Harnessing the positive energies in the environment is key.  The location of the property in relation to this natural surrounding is taken into account.

Building

The building itself has its own energy.  When the building was built and whether any changes or major renovations done are important details to the analysis.  The facing and sitting direction of the property is important in the overall reading.   The compass directions and location of the rooms are also analyze.

Time

A traditional feng shui analysis looks into when the property was built, when the residents move in and when and where any renovations were done as this also determines the energy of the property.  The changing energies of each year is also analyzed alongside the natal energies of the property.

Residents

Astrology and the natal charts (birthdays) of the residents play an important part in assessing how they are affected by the building, the time and the environment they are in.

It is necessary to understand that classical feng shui is the study of qi (energy) that is in anything and everyone.  Qi cannot be compartmentalize into factions.  The tool use in a traditional or classical feng shui audit is the compass.  Questions pertaining to the above factors will be asked of the client to get a thorough and accurate feng shui reading.

Take note that there is another type of feng shui practice today known as the Modern/Contemporary or Western Feng Shui.  This type of feng shui uses a ‘Bagua Map’ and not the compass as its tool.  Its approach is personalize to client’s preference and intentions, and their ‘cures’ are base on individual taste and interior decoration style.

Keep in mind therefore that a traditional feng shui consultation will always look into the 4 important elements and consider the time and space factor of a dwelling.

Feng Shui and Real Estate 101 – Features of a House to Avoid

In the market for a new house?  There are a few basic rules I’d like to share with you when looking for a new place to call home.  Here are some of the negative features in a house to look out for.

Main Door

Check the position of the main door and its surroundings for any negative chi that might be in its direction.  Is there a tree, an electrical light post or a lamp post that is in its direct path?  Is there a toilet directly above the front door?  Are there inside and outside beams running across the main door?  A yes answer to any of these questions suggest presence of negative chi, a no-no and best avoided.

The main entrance is the ‘mouth of the house’ where all the energy of the house is coming from.  Thus the kind of energy that enters thru the main door is important in determining the overall health of the house.  When the energy from the main entrance sucks, it’s best not to waste your time, rule out this particular house and go on to the next one.

Kitchen

The kitchen is where the food of the house is prepared and cooked; it also dictates the general health of the occupants, thus it is important to look at the location of the kitchen and position of the stove. Check to make sure that the kitchen is not in the center of the house.  A kitchen in the center of the house affects exactly that …. the ‘heart’ of the house.  Some modern kitchen layout feature an island stove, a stove right in the center of the kitchen is not ideal.  Best to avoid it, specially when there is no other place to position your stove in that kitchen.

Bedrooms

I have inspected a number of houses where the second floor landings are so small and the bedrooms are irregularly shaped and tightly squeezed in order to fit all of them in.  Irregular shaped bedrooms creates unstable or negative chi which interferes with the sleep of the occupants.   A regular shaped (preferably square) bedroom is best for a restful night sleep.

These are just some of the visible features that anyone even without any feng shui knowledge can see just by touring the house.  Most of the negative features above are permanent in nature thus finding remedies or fixing them will not only be challenging but expensive as well.  Save yourself the extra trouble and money, by avoiding houses with these features and look for one with better feng shui.

Downsizing! The Many Choices And Questions Facing Seniors and Their Caregivers

One of the many concerns that some of us are facing at this time or eventually will face is downsizing.  For a lot of empty nesters, ‘sandwiched’ between parents and older children, finding comfortable, active and independent living goes hand in hand with their need and responsibility to be visible and available to aging parents and grandchildren.  Whether you are contemplating a change for yourself or for your parents or love ones, you are faced with the several and different options of access to housing.  Accommodations ranging from townhouses (freehold or condominiums), condo apartments, adult retirement communities and other housing services currently offered.

Where do you start?

What are the best retirement communities in my area?  Are there any associations, independent guide or organizations locally that can help?  Who are the professionals that would be involve in your search and ultimate decision?  Whatever your decisions there are steps to be taken and options to be considered.

Plan your transition

Step 1:  Needs versus desires

Step 2:  Evaluate your options

Step 3:  Meet with the front line care support workers and tour the facilities you’ve chosen

Types of housing available

  • Condominium Living
  • Independent or Supportive living
  • Retirement homes
  • Assisted living
  • Long term care homes
  • Alzheimer care 

Meet with your team of professionals

  • Doctor, community health nurse, hospital discharge planning coordinator
  • Case manager at your local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), social worker
  • Financial advisor, lawyer, estate planner
  • Relocation specialist, moving coordinator