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Which way does my property face?  

Along with an accurate compass direction, determining your sitting and facing direction is critical to performing a precise Feng Shui consultation. We would estimate that 70% of people get this wrong.

This area causes so much confusion, we have been to so many consultations and told beforehand that a property faces a certain direction and when we get there the direction of the front door is totally different to the facing direction.

To give the answer is actually very hard, as there are so many different views on how to find the front direction of your home or office, in fact even a qualified Feng Shui consultant can spend some time analysing a property before she/he makes a decision on where the front is.

Forget your front door direction

Most people assume the front is the direction your front door faces, try and imagine you are in my home (while you are there can you do some ironing and dusting please) as you stand in the centre of my home you will be in my dining room with the living room and hallway and kitchen either side, I have five large windows and one small facing north, there is a road outside and a public footpath also my front garden, but I do not have a front door there. On the east wall I have a main door with porch and one window, which looks onto the next-door neighbours house.

Hopefully you will get the idea by now, because my front door faces east it does not mean this is the front of my home, my facing direction is north, this is where the most “Yang” (activity) energy is, the road, footpath, people and cars going by, the widest part of the building, if you were the architect designing my home from scratch you would definitely put my front door there. This part is very very important, as when you calculate any school of Feng Shui you need to know which way your property faces. If you take my house again (make sure you lift the ornaments and dust underneath) although I may have a driveway leading to the garage and front main door, for example assume at the back I now have a main road, pedestrian footpath, lots of people and activity and even a lovely stream, you guessed it, this would now be my front direction as this is where all my Yang energy is, this is not uncommon when you think about it, drive down any main road you will see many homes with back gardens facing the road and yet they will always think this is the rear in Feng Shui terms. This can be hard to judge even for the most seasoned Master especially if you are on the top floor of a block of flats or a large office building.

So what is facing and sitting directions?

The facing direction is the front that faces the “yang” (active) energy, the sitting direction is actually more important this is the area that has the most “yin” (quiet) energy. The sitting direction determines your properties Trigram. So if your property faces 350 degrees north, the sitting direction is 170 degrees south, so the Trigram for this property is “Li”.

Now we know that this is a “Li” property we would know that the best colour to paint this property on the outside would be fire colours, red, orange, purple etc.

How do I know which is Yin (sitting) and which is Yang (facing)?

Yang (facing): This is the most active energy, energy that is lively:

 A busy road.

 A public footpath.

 A flowing river.

The side of a property that has the most windows.

Your street sign.

The south (bright) is Yang and the north (dark) is Yin.

 A children’s playground or primary school.

v  The main entrance is usually (not always) the facing direction.

A nice view.

The architects intention, try and guess how he felt the sitting direction would be.

A living or family room is normally on the facing side.

Just because your home may face a children’s
playground this does not automatically mean this is your facing
direction, you need to consider all the factors given on this page.

Yin (sitting direction): This is where
the least energy resides:

A back yard usually is your sitting direction or an alleyway.

Tall dark trees at the back of your grounds.

Smaller darker rooms.

The north (dark) is Yin energy.

The quiet side of the property.

The kitchen and bathroom (not always) is normally at the back.

v     Bedrooms are normally on the sitting side.

v     Utility or washrooms are normally in the sitting direction.

v     The sitting direction could look onto a large building or a row of houses.

v     The side of the property that is not that attractive to the eye, i.e. down-pipes from the bathroom, gutter pipes placed sideways across the main-wall.

You will need to take a view on all of the above; a good test to find your facing direction is, if you had to take a photo of your home or office which angle would you take it from? Would you take the picture of the front door that has nothing on that wall except the main entrance or would you take the picture of the side that has the most windows and is more pleasing to the eye.

*** Tip***
Do you remember the details you had from the estate agents when you bought your home, which angle did they take the photo from? I can remember when we bought our last home, the amount of homes we viewed from the pictures on the property details showing the rear of the home, because this was the most attractive or bright side, in fact I was amazed at how the estate agents actually managed to capture the facing direction even though most people would have thought this would have been the sitting direction.

Examples of sitting and facing directions.

Example 1: This property has a main door that faces east; this door looks onto their neighbour’s wall and has no other windows on this wall.

Facing direction is different to front door direction.

The front looking out the living room window:

vA busy road.

vFaces north

vA playing field beyond the road.

vA street sign outside lounge window.

vThe most windows on a wall

The rear looking out the kitchen/dining room:

vA patio/backyard.

vTrees at the end of the garden.

vLooks towards the south.

vA public footpath.

vThe quieter side.

This is a simple diagnosis of facing and sitting direction. Even though the main door faces east, this is not its facing direction, this property clearly faces North and sits in the south, even thought it does not have a door on the north wall. You probably noticed I threw in a few little teasers, the front faces north which is “Yin” (normally sitting) energy, however, if you look at all the other “Yang” energy this does not dictate its facing direction. The rear faces south which is a Yang energy and it also looks onto a public footpath, however, the other factors say that this its sitting direction.

Example 2:

This house is clear cut, the front door is on the front main wall along with lots of windows, there is a pathway leading to it. Trees are at the back and this clearly the way the arictecth had designed it.

Now imagine the main door in the middle was on a side wall, which way would it face then? It would still face the same direction, even if the door was at the back of the house. Having the main door on the front wall makes it easier to make a judgment on facing direction, however modern homes are built nowadays with the main door built in any location.

Example 3

Hopefully you have the idea by now. The above house main door faces west, however the front of the house is clearly the north wall where the four windows are. If you had to take one photo of this house and only show one wall you would take it on the north wall. So this house faces north and sits in the south.

Regardless of what books you have read telling you to use your main door as a starting point, this is not what a traditional practitioner would do, she or he will first determine the sitting and facing direction and then take accurate compass direction, then the door would be taken into account. For more details on taking compass readings follow this link.

Now I know my directions, what now?

So your property faces 319 degrees and sits 139 degrees, use the chart below to find out the Trigram for your home. A property that faces 319 degrees is a Sun (Xun) house. Having this information will tell you that this year 2002, you will need to activate the north-east for wealth and more importantly you need to weaken the deadly 2 – 5 stars in the east otherwise your health, wealth and luck will be affected. This is going into a more detailed version of traditional Feng Shui if you would like further details on our comprehensive on-line consultations click here. These reports are very in-depth and do not just take into account your home they also analyse you and your family as individuals to make sure you face your best direction when working, sleeping, relaxing etc.

Example Flying star for a
Sun Trigram house.

Compass graduations and their
corresponding house Trigrams.


House Trigram Compass reading Facing direction Sitting direction
Kan 157.5
- 202.5
South North
Ken 202.5 – 247.5 South-west North-east
Chen 247.5 – 292.5 West East
Sun 292.5 – 337.5 North-west South-east
Li 337.5 – 22.5 North South
Kun 22.5 – 67.5 North -east South- west
Tui 67.5 – 112.5 East West
Ch’ien 112.5 – 157.5 South-east North-west


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Professionally prepared accurate ground floor plans

Ground floor plan with Flying Stars “Xuan Kong” “Fei Xing” superimposed

Eight Mansions analysis “Ba Zhai” (4 good and 4 bad areas of your home)

Your personal Min Gua Trigram and up to 4 other family members4

Which direction you and your family members should sleep

Which direction you and your family members should face when working

Your true personal element

Your favourable/unfavourable elements and colours

Ground floor plan superimposed with Eight mansions (Ba Zhai) analysis

Flying star “Xuan Kong” “Fei Xing” analysis report on your home.

Your house Trigram

You and your family’s Chinese animal and prediction for year.

Form School Analysis from photos supplied.

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Advice on how to activate your wealth, health, career, fame and romance sectors.

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57 Responses to Which way does my property face?

  1. phalline says:

    dear master,
    I was born in 1975, Rabbid. What is the best house direction for me?

    Best regards,

    • Michael says:

      Hi Phalline,

      On the information you have given me, your best directions in order are


      Kind regards,

  2. kura says:

    I was born in 1978 horse year, what’s the best house direction for me if I want to have good business?
    Thank you

    • Michael says:

      Hi Kura,

      From the information you have given me, your best directions are north, south, east and southeast. You should try to find a house or business location that faces these directions if possible.

      Kind regards,

  3. Janette says:

    I was born in 1988 Dragon year…I have a North facing house with with an east front door does that mean my front door is located in the family bagua?…thanks

    • Michael says:

      Hi Janette,

      the east is your Fu Wei direction which is one of your four fortunate directions.

      Kind regards,

  4. ismael Aguilar says:

    I was born in 1963 my house faces northwest and it seats at the end of
    a T of the street is it a good home for me

    • Michael says:

      Hi Ismael,

      The northwest is a favourable direction for males born in 1963 between January to the end of February and is unfortunate for the rest of the year. A T junction is not always bad as long as it is not a heavy flow of traffic. If there is a heavy flow of traffic, I would place a flat Ba Gua Mirror or a Brass Cannon outside the front of your home to reflect any negative Qi and believe it or not, you can also use coil springs placed in something like a hedge to dissipate negative Qi.

      Kind regards,

  5. crystal marie says:

    Hi im female, born oct 1991, sheep (:
    what is my strongest to weakest directions?
    my house faces east for right now & sits east as well.

  6. Nirang Patel says:

    My house’s main door faces NE. I was born August 1965. Can you please guide me for my best direction to sleep. Also if I buy new house than what is my direction for house facing.
    Thank you.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Nirang,

      You did not specify if you are male or female so I have included results for both :)

      If you are male, your four best directions are southwest, northwest, west and northeast in order of importance.
      If you are female, your four best directions are northwest, southwest, northeast and west in order of importance.

      All four compass directions are favourable directions for you personally so northeast is a good direct for you.

      Kind regards,

  7. Mic says:

    Hi Mr.Daniel,
    Hope you can help us on this.
    I am considering to buy a bungalow house and it is the only unit left.
    Me and my family like the house very much but the only concern now is the house sits in a T junction. Brought a Feng Shui guy to the site and he has given us the good to go as long as we can re-positioned the main door.I am still not convince.
    I am a Male born in 14th July 1967 and my spouse born in 16th Nov 1966.
    The house faces SW direction.
    Your kind advise will be truly appreciated.
    Thank You.

  8. Aren says:

    We are buying a new house. I was born in 71, wife in 66, son in ’05. The house “faces” south, and “sits” north. South is the main street, front door (almost centered), and there is a small lake with fountain behind the front neighbors that we may be able to see from our upstairs front window. The patio is on the west edge of the north wall of the house, with homes to be build behind us.

    What would be the best color choices for the exterior? We are considering a light red brick, with cream stone with rust tints; or an off-white brick with white, grey, and cream stone — which doesn’t sound nice but actually looks quite good. We are open to other options, though. There will also be stucco, and we are considering tan in either case, though again open to change.



  9. amy says:

    I was born in 1982 year of dog. What is the best house direction for me?

    Best regards,

    • Michael says:

      Hi Amy, the best house directions for you are East, Southeast, North and South.

      Kind regards,

  10. Serina says:


    Husband born in yr 1976 and I am in year 1979.
    1-Which house facing will best suit us both?
    2-Main door faces to a coming street that will curve to right like an “L” shape (would not consider it a busy street). Not cul del sac nor T-junction. Is it ok?
    3-Is having a pool in our house a good thing?

    By the way he is our main financial support.

    Thank you!!

  11. Lyn says:

    Hi, I’m a married woman born on december 18, 1980. We are planning to build a house soon. May I know which direction is the best for my house, for both facing and sitting. And may i know also which direction should i locate my front door.

    thanks much.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Lyn,

      Your four fortunate directions are north, south, east and southeast so I would recommend building a home facing any of these directions and sitting the opposite.

      I would try to place your front door in one of these four locations also if possible.

      I hope this helps Lyn and good luck building your home!

      Kind regards,

  12. Maggie says:

    Hi Daniel, i was born in 1974, female. Does your teaching apply to clothing store? My store’s front door comes with 2 tall glass window facing East. My South wall has 3 big tall windows. The restroom & storage are on the West area of the floor plan. Is this floor plan good feng shui for my store? Thank you in advance.
    Sincerely, Maggie

    • Michael says:

      Hi Maggie,

      Feng Shui covers every single building you can think of from churches to stables. I am afraid that without an accurate compass direction (e.g. 355 degrees), I am unable to advise on the layout as so many things can alter the Feng Shui of the property.

      Kind regards,

  13. Jane says:

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  14. Yonu says:

    Iam new user of fung shui so after many research i have brought magnetic (Fung shui compass) but iam confused how to find the direction, compass has 2 end oneside is marked with red mark. Should i have to keep red point at 0 degree North and other direction comes automatically. Please help Iam confused.

  15. Joanne says:

    Good day Master,
    I was born in 1982, DOG with kua # 6 and my husband is under Rooster, kua #4.Where is the best place to put our Main Door? Teach me how to read compass using my Cellphone apps. Is this also accurate? Is it advisable to put our bedroooms in six killings, five ghost or Total loss? Please help me to design our house because right we are on renovation. I don’t want to make any wrong decisions.

    Thank you & more power.


  16. Rebecca says:

    Hi, I was born 25 April 1967 what is the best facing home for me? Also, if my personal trigram is LI and the house is KEN which set of instructions would I follow? Thanks very much,

    • Michael says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Your most favourable directions are east, south-east, north and south. Try to base your important rooms in these directions and follow the Flying Stars for information on your property.

      Kind regards,

  17. Aika says:

    I’m born in May 9, 1988 at 9pm. What direction should I face to prosper in education this year? And what direction should my crown head face in sleeping for good health?
    Entering my door apartment, I’m facing South. So, once I enter, my back is facing north. My room is on the right of the entrance door. My bathroom is on the far north west corner.
    Please help me master, I really want to succeed this year in social, education, and health.

    Thank you kindly.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Aika,

      The best direction for study is facing towards the South as this is your Sheng Chi direction and is great for study, work etc. When sleeping, the best direction for the crown of your head to point towards is the north as this promotes good health and good sleep.

      Hope this helps, Aika,

      Kind regards,

  18. Babi says:

    I was born in 1978 horse year and my wife was born in 1979 horse year as well.
    Is house faces northwest good fengshui for us?
    thank you

  19. nityam says:

    good morning master,
    i actually have a problem determining the facing direction of my dwelling. As my front door faces northwest, my gate faces the north direction ( where the traffic is heaviest), and it makes a “S” pathway from the gate to the the front door. The question rising: which of the two directions i have to consider as the facing direction?
    Please help me out, and thanks in advance.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Nityam,

      Your facing direction is usually taken from the area that receives the most activity when entering and leaving the home; If everyone enters and leaves through the front door you would take the reading from there but if everyone enters and leaves through the side gate, you would take the reading through there.

      Kind regards,

  20. Infinity Pang says:

    Hi Master,

    My house faces some how about 292 on the compass. Depends on which side of the house you are at, it sometimes read W sometimes NW. The door which is located on the right of the property tend to read at W (282). However the sitting direction is quite consistent at SE (118). It’s a typical link house in which the front is facing main road and the back is alley.

    I would prefer my property to face NW as I’m a West Group person (kua 2). Else is it possible for me to slightly tilt my property to face NW ?

    • Michael says:

      Hi Infinity Pang,

      I am afraid that it is near impossible to tilt your property to face north west without physically lifting the whole property (would be a lot easier for a caravan or motorhome). When you take your compass reading for the facing direction, are you taking three different readings from the middle, left and right of the home?

      Kind regards,

  21. Mimi says:

    Hi Master,

    I was born 9 March 1986, female and I’m building a house facing 90 degrees east. Is this favourable? And is it good to have my master bedroom at the back? My mum was born 14/12/53 and brother 12 May 1989 – Do you have any comments for them aswell?
    Thank you Master for your help.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Mimi,

      East is your second most favourable direction and you are also an east group person which is good. Your room would be best in the south-east, east, south or north of the home as these are your best directions. For your mother, the house is good for her as she is also an east group person and her best directions are north, south, east and south-east. Your brother is a west group person which is not ideal but can be enhanced by having his bedroom in the north-east, west, north-west or south-west of the home.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  22. anna says:

    Hi, I am kua no. 1 and my man is no. 7. We are planning to buy a house facing west is it good for us?

    • Michael says:

      Hi Anna,

      West is your Ho-Hai direction which I have listed below for you; this is not one of your best directions but it is the least harmful of your bad directions.

      (Obstacles and mishaps)

      This energy is considered the least harmful but has been known to lead to all kinds of intermittent difficulty and frustration. Persons under this influence may tire easily and feel insecure.

      For those with personal Guas that are different from their partner’s, this direction can be used to compromise on the sleeping direction.

      For your partner, west is their Fu Wei direction which is one of his favourable directions and I have listed details below.

      (Overall harmony, Peace and Stability)

      This energy brings about peace. This location is considered a good site for an altar.

      Personally – this is a good direction for meditation and for very young children to face or to sleep with their head pointing to this direction when they are lying down. If you are into self development, this is the direction where your bed head should be.

      Kind regards,

  23. Burakcan says:

    No. And in Feng Shui, the way one arranges their home is suoppsed to only give a more positive energy, and sense of calm. Like if one has a very disorganized home, with a lot of things cluttering the way, would make the occupants feel agitated, uneasy, or claustrophobic. So, no. There is no bad luck involved. Just depends on how you view it and feel afterward.References :

  24. Patty says:

    I am a female born Feb 5, 1978. My house faces South and sits North, but my door faces west. What are my favorable directions? Is this house good for me?

    • Michael says:

      Hi Patty,

      Your best facing directions for a home are north, south, east and southeast so this is a great home for you!

      If possible, I would use an alternative door although I appreciate that this is not always possible.

      Wishing you a great New Year.

      Kind regards,

  25. Senthil says:

    Hi Master, My DOB is 14-Mar-1966, I am doing business from home. Please let me know the best direction to sit and work such that I get good business without any issues. Thanks

    • Michael says:

      Hi Senthill,

      You did not put your sex in this message so I have included the best directions for both male and female with this date of birth.

      Sheng Chi – Northwest
      Tien Yi – Southwest
      Yan Nian – Northeast
      Fu Wei – West

      Sheng Chi – Southwest
      Tien Yi – Northwest
      Yan Nian – West
      Fu Wei – Northeast

      Hope this is of help to you

      Kind regards,

  26. Christina says:

    Hi there,

    My house is Xun (313NW), I understand that i have good chi in N, E, SE, S and not so good in the rest.
    Can you please tell me which element to strengthen in these areas to restore balance?

    Really appreciate your help. Thank you

  27. Gitesh says:

    Dear Sir
    I was born 5-8-1981 (Male)
    Could you please tell the best direction for a house,I should buy

    • Michael says:

      Hi Gitesh,

      Your best directions for a home would be southeast, east, south and north.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  28. mari says:

    Hi im maria we are planning to buy a fla I born 1970 yr of dog, my husband yr of snake 1965. what is the main door facing we need to buy..thank you

    • Michael says:

      Hi Mari,

      Both your husband and your best facing directions are opposite of each other so the best option would be to go with the bread winners (highest income) best directions which would be the following:

      Your best directions: south, north, southeast, east

      Your husbands best directions: southwest, northwest, west and northeast

      Wishing you and your husband a fantastic New Year.

      Kind regards,

  29. Manikprabhu says:

    Myself Manikprabhu. Gender: Male. My house’s main door faces NE. I was born Dec 23, 1979. Can you please guide me for my best direction to sleep. Also if I buy new house than what is my direction for house facing.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Manikprabhu,

      Your best directions for both sleeping and home are south, north, southeast and east.

      Wishing you a fantastic New Year.

      Kind regards,

  30. Manoj says:


    I am a Male, born during Sept 1969. I’m planning to do business from home, where my home main door is facing East-West. Kitchen is located at North-East corner. Bedroom is at North. Which are the best direction for me to sit, sleep and do business communication & get best results without any issues. Thanks.

    Kindly reply, at your earliest.

    Regards/ Manoj

    • Michael says:

      Hi Manoj,

      The best direction for you site, sleep etc is in the north. As your bedroom is in the north which is one of your favourable directions, try to sleep with your toes pointing towards the north to make the most of this.

      Hope this helps, Manoj.

      Kind regards,

  31. Sharon lee says:

    Hi Daniel
    I am born a dragon, wood.
    My front door is facing SW but the high energy is N E , where my kitchen is facing.
    I am sleeping facing SE.is this good direction for me?
    Where should I face my desk and chair so good wealth flows in?

  32. Sheree says:

    Hi Master, I was born may 9 1984, my finance june 7, 1982 and our daughter was born nov 5 2013 our main door faces south, what is our best direction is. thank you

  33. it says:

    Hi im female, born April 1966 (: what is my strongest to weakest directions? my house main door facing should be which direction.

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