The first thing to figure out when you are hoping to introduce feng shui into your life is which of the two schools to use. The traditional method is a little more complicated, as it uses compass points around your space to figure out where your spaces lie. The second, which I’ve chosen to use, is the more western approach. This simply works from where your front door is.
When picking which to use, I figured out both. By using the western method my front door is, effectively, acting as “north” because it is in the middle of the wall. In actuality, and if I was using the traditional method, my door is facing north-east. This means all the areas of the bagua (which is the spiritual map you use to determine which areas lie in which part of your home) are simply shifted anti-clockwise by one compass point.
I picked the western version because it suited me better when I figured out which area would be in which part of my home for both. But knowing my front door’s location and direction will come in handy later.
Next I investigated some other details that could affect my choices. I was born in the Chinese year of the Dragon, which means my Kua number is three and my element is Earth. The Kua number dictates some of my preferred directions, with everyone being split into eastern- and western-facing people. My number means I am an east person, and east is my best direction for personal growth. To attract love my best direction is south-east, for improving health it’s north, and for money and success my direction is south. I’m not too confident just yet what this means in practicality, but I’m keeping it written down.
Next the element, which works with my best colours. Being Earth I should encourage red, purple, magenta and earthy colours, but avoid blue, white and grey. I do have a blue carpet, but I think I’m mostly on par with the rest. Again, it’s more information gathering than making any particular impact on my life at this point.
Finally, for those of you who might be curious, here’s a run-down of what currently lives in each of my areas, going clockwise from my front door:
Career and Path In Life:
The entrance of my home, with a small square hallway and doors into the bathroom, living room and kitchen. My bedroom door is in the living room.
Personal Growth and Cultivation:
This would be in my bathroom, which is newly refurbished. It also counts a small area of my living room, which houses a large unit full of books and ornaments.
Health and Family:
The book case containing my computer games, as well as the floor space in front of my television where I use my Xbox’s Kinect. One of the main draws to why I chose the western layout over the traditional one – health would have been in the bathroom otherwise. Which isn’t an awful thing, but I prefer it this way.
Wealth, Prosperity and Abundance:
This is my television corner, which also has a television stand and my games consoles, a unit with some disks and some other electronics. It’s also next to the window on one side and has my fireplace on the other. The fireplace is partly in the area as well.
Fame and Reputation:
This one’s split by a wall – on one side, in the living room, is my computer desk with lots of productive filing and some more electronic stuff. On the other, the head of my bed with my bedside cabinet next to it.
Love and Marriage:
That’s the end of my bed, with my pyjama basket and a bookshelf in it. There’s also a window along the far wall, and plenty of wall space for interesting things to go on later.
Creativity and Children:
My wardrobe and a chest of drawers, with a little bit of wall space. I might have to play around with this one, because I am quite a creative person in general.
Helpful People and Blessings:
My kitchen, with everything one would expect to find in an ordinary kitchen.
Centre, Heart and Yin Yang:
This is, basically, the middle of my flat. Which sort of contains some wall space, a door and part of my sofa. So it is possible for me to, theoretically, sit in the heart of my home. Which is kind of nice.
I will go on to explain each of these areas in more detail as I work on them.