Water represents the flow of wealth and money; fish swimming
in an aquarium or bowl is an excellent way to encourage
prosperity when placed in any room except the bedroom, bathroom
or kitchen. If a fish dies, the belief is that it has absorbed
negative energy that was destined for an occupant of the
house. An odd number of fish is always recommended for a
more dynamic energy flow.
- The toilet is said to flush away positive chi, and if
the lid is left up, the remaining stagnant chi can re-circulate
throughout the house. So keep the toilet lid down, even
before flushing, and the keep the bathroom door closed.
In Feng Shui, flushing the toilet is seen symbolically as
flushing way wealth.
- Choose the subject matter of your artworks carefully.
The art you display should lift your spirits, and in some
way symbolize your hopes and what gives you joy. Artwork
that is dark, gloomy, distressing and confusing will emit
negative chi that will weaken the immune system.
- Do not keep dried flowers in your home; they create an
excessive amount of negative yin energy. Symbolically, they
represent death and decay. If you can not keep living plants,
it is better to have attractive artificial plants that represent
positive, vital yang energy.
- Microwaves leak electrical radiation, and in Feng Shui
it upsets the chi energy of the food; this can lead to disturbances
and disorientation for people who eat microwaved food regularly.
Microwaves should be avoided when possible in favor of traditional
- Do not place the bedroom above a garage where dirty air
accumulates; this causes health problems. If a door in the
house gives direct access to the garage, it should be kept
closed at all times to reduce the amount of car fumes going
into the house. Minimize the possibility that fumes can
leak in above or below the closed door.
- Do not keep mirrors in your bedroom: while sleeping, our
body releases a part of our personal chi, as a natural nightly
cleansing process. It is important that this energy not
be reflected in a mirror because that will hinder the smooth
departure of this chi and prevent your body from cleansing
away the emotions of the day. If you must have a mirror
in your bedroom, try to place it so that your reflection
is not seen from your bed, or cover the mirror with a cloth
- Do not position your bed so that your feet are pointing
directly towards the door. In China, this is called the
position of the dead; a deceased member of the family is
traditionally placed this way before the funeral. It is
an excellent yin position for a dead person, but not good
for a living one. Kinesiology tests have demonstrated that
in hospitals, the immune system of a person weakens when
a patient in bed is wheeled from one room to another with
his/her feet going through the door opening first.
- Don't sleep, work or relax under a beam.
- Good Feng Shui also shares some wisdom with the martial
arts: some principles have their origin in protecting yourself
from what comes from behind. Since ancient times, warriors
and soldiers have always been strategically positioned,
so that the enemy can never surprise them from the back.
This principle also applies in good Feng Shui, though with
a more positive application: position your desk so that
you can see the door comfortably while seated. This way,
you are never surprised or threatened by someone entering
your space, and you are always prepared to greet them with
In business, this principle is used to enhance financial
success, improve communication with clients and colleagues,
stay ahead of competition, increase security, and ensure