A picture guide to Feng Shui

People are often curious about how a Feng Shui audit is done, partly because by understanding how a professional consultant approaches his task, it is easier for the layperson to gauge the extent to which they can undertake the same task themselves. How else can you learn how to ‘Feng Shui It Yourself’ but by seeing how it is done by a professional? I always say to my students, do not be worried about what you cannot do – focus on what you can. So keep that in mind as you read through this article. Using Feng Shui is more than just hiring a Feng Shui master – it is about being committed to helping yourself and using Feng Shui as a tool to achieve that end.

Hence, today’s article will share with you the ‘trade secrets’ on how Feng Shui consultants go about auditing a property and evaluating a property, to determine if it is good, or not good. To help you ‘see’ the Feng Shui, I have also included several pictures of the area.

See Mountains


Often people say they cannot see mountains (or Dragons) in their area. So, here is a picture of mountains taken in vicinity to the house I audited recently. The first picture is a “Jue Men” Huge Door Mountain. The second mountain in the vicinity, is a “Tan Lang” Greedy Wolf Mountain. Now, I won’t go into the specifics of where these forms ideally should be as there are complex formulas dealing with these issues. For now, focus on looking for an area or house, with mountains like these, which do not emit vicious Qi but are pleasant and noble looking. These are the faciliators of Qi in our natural environment. Preferably, the front mountain or “An Shan” Table Mountain should not be too high - an easy way to find out is to stand at the Main Door, and extend your hand naturally. If the mountain is higher than your extended hand, it’s too high. The mountain at the rear should have 3 ‘layers’ - meaning, mountain ranges extending behind the nearest mountain, but if pressed, just make sure there is a higher mountain at the area or higher ground at least. Where these natural features are found, there would be circulation of positive Qi.

Look for the Bright Hall

Generally, we want a nice big broad area in front of the house, to act as a Ming Tang or Bright Hall, to collect the Qi. The ideal is to have three layers of Bright Halls, so that one conforms to the “San Fen San He” Three Harmony Three Divide principle of Feng Shui. Take a look at these pictures.


Firstly, between the mountain range in front of the house, and the house, there is a large Bright Hall, and then a smaller one inside the larger Bright Hall. So where’s the third? It’s in front of the house. Now, look at the house in the pictures below.


Notice that this house has a broad, wide and high space in the front? Now, when you have a nice broad Bright Hall in the macro environment, we want to ‘mimic’ this in the micro environment, as represented by the property itself. A house with a tight Bright Hall squeezes the Qi. Also, if the Main Door itself is a little high, this makes it hard for Qi to enter the property. However, this can easily be rectified and furthermore, the overall environment is still good. So the owner of such a house can benefit from the Qi, but perhaps will find it is a modicum harder, because he’s not getting all of the Sheng Qi due to the tight entrance.

Find the Water - Look at the Roads

Now, the perfect environment in Feng Shui requires a mixture of both the Yin and the Yang. When mountains are present, the Yin element of the environment is already there. So, next we must look for Water or the Yang element. Remember, Qi gathers at the boundaries of Water. Roads act as carriers of Qi in the modern world that we live in. So, look at the roads in the area. A little bit of detail-consciousness is required, especially when the tilt of angle of the roads is very subtle. But if you look hard, you can see it.


This is the picture of the road coming into House 1. See how the road meanders down and is not a sudden steep incline? Then as it reaches the level of the house, it curves gently. Qi has gathered here. So all the owner has to do is tap the Qi, either by opening a door or adjusting the position of the house gate to tap the Qi.

The house in the picture also taps into the Qi brought down by the roads, from higher ground. Again, notice that the roads meander down from higher ground, and do not incline steeply. Qi likes to meander and move slowly, and not gush down the road; otherwise, it becomes Sha Qi. Now, this house has the advantage of a broad Bright Hall, so the owner just has to open the main gate at the correct angle to tap the Qi.

In my next article, I’ll talk about how to handle Sha Qi in a house audit, using the same example.

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