The Feng Shui Assessment of my home: Progress!
In my last post on Feng Shui, I told you a little about what Feng Shui is and why I always consider it when I’m decorating my home. I qualified as a Feng Shui practitioner many years ago and I’ve dusted off my skills to assess my new home. Here’s an update on the assessment so far.
Drawing up a floor plan
Key to an accurate Feng Shui assessment is having an accurate floor plan. There are many computer programmes you can use for this, but I’ve gone old school and hand drawn a scale plan.
So yes, I walked around my home measuring each wall then carefully mapped it onto grid paper! It doesn’t look as good as a computer drawing but do whatever works for you!
The most important thing is to get the plans as accurate as possible. This enables the feng shui assessment to be as accurate as possible. It’s also really helpful when planning room layouts or even considering structural changes. You can make multiple photocopies and play around with drawing room layouts to come up with what works.
Finding the Home Feng Shui Period
My house was built in 1929, which I know both from the deeds and a handy marking stone in the house. That puts it into the Feng Shui period 4, which ran from 1924-1943. Feng Shui cycles run for 20 years. We’re currently in period 8, which runs from 2004-23. The interplay of the energies when the house was built and the current period energies are important. When we move into period 9 in 2023, everyone who follows feng shui will be re-assessing their home for any changes to be made to keep a harmonious home for the next 20 years!
Finding the Home Facing Direction and Feng Shui Sector
The house facing direction is determined by taking a compass reading at the front of the house. It is best to take a series of readings to be confident you have the right reading. My home clearly faces east but the actual facing direction is approximately 79 degrees, so it is quite a few degrees off from being due east. Feng Shui divides the compass into 24 sectors, or mountains. The picture below is of the Chinese Feng Shui compass, or Luo Pan. Generally it is shown with North at the bottom and South at the top. The sector my home falls into is highlighted. It is East 1, which covers the range 67.5 to 82.5 degrees.
The header picture of this post is a simplified version of the Luo Pan I did many years ago (without the accurate compass bearings). The colours relate to the dominant elements within each area.
Calculate the Appropriate Flying Star Grid
The Flying Star Grid is a map of which energies fall within each sector. Here’s the grid for my home:
For each grid:
- Upper left is the Mountain star, which governs health and relationships
- Upper right is the Water star, which governs wealth and career
- The middle star is the period star for when the house was built
- The lower middle number is the star for my personal natal number (allows a Feng Shui practitioner to analyse how the house and it’s residents interact)
- The bottom right number is the annual star for this year, 2017 (allows analysis of particular influences for this year)
The colours relate back to the elemental cycle I showed you in my previous post on Feng Shui
That’s the progress so far! Next I have to overlay the Flying Star Grid onto the floor plans, and do some analysis of the energies within each room. I’ve already started this so the next Feng Shui post will have some interesting findings to share, including one really positive aspect I’m very pleased about! Have you found the insight into Feng Shui interesting? If you’d like to know more, let me know! You may also find The Idiot’s Guide to Feng Shui* a good book if you’d like to learn a little more.
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