When building a new home, office or warehouse, the first step is to select a good plot with nice views and a good surrounding but did you know that in Feng Shui, land formation is an extremely important aspect to consider before considering the floorplan or architect drawings. Selecting a good plot with the help of a qualified Feng Shui master will ensure that the house is aligned to your specific requirements to ensure that your new home is prosperous for you and your family.
Sadly, selecting the perfect land to build a home on isn’t an option for most of us, especially in countries in the UK where land comes at a high price, depending on where you are. If you aren’t able to search for a good plot for your home or business, there is still a lot you can do to make your home as auspicious as possible; I’ll talk more about this below.
In the olden days, Feng Shui site selection for a new home was only available to Emperor’s and the very rich and they would employ a Feng Shui consultant to visit their land to work out the best facing of their home and how to form the land around the home; it wasn’t rare to drastically change to formations of the land in order to obtain the perfect land around the new property.
Plot selection doesn’t just apply to building a new home; the Chinese take site selection very seriously and will have a Feng Shui master help to select their burial plot and surrounding area to ensure that they can enjoy a peaceful afterlife. It is believed that if the dead benefit from an auspicious burial plot, they will also pass the luck on to their family and give them good health and wealth. Burial selection is known as Yin Feng Shui, and you can read more about it by clicking here.
Why is it so important to choose a good plot for my new home?
When you go to look at a new home, the first impression will always be the land around the home and the surrounding area which will usually sway your decision if you like the home before even stepping through the door. The same applies to Feng Shui and the flow of Qi around the home; if the surrounding area is cluttered or next to a cemetery, the flow of Qi will not be as good due to the outside area which is why you should try and choose a good square plot with no Yin buildings (prison, morgue etc) or Yin features (dying trees, swamp etc) on the land where you will be building your home, office or warehouse.
If you look at the image on the right, you will see that this rice field gives a feeling of being very well protected and safe with the large surrounding trees on the back and sides. If the ground was more level and the front of the land was clearer, this would be a fantastic plot for building on although you do not need to go live out in the jungle to benefit from an auspicious land plot; there is a great deal you can do to make your surrounding environment work for you.
If you live in a rural area, a good general land formation would be to have a row of trees or mountain at the rear of your property and either a row of trees or good solid fencing. To the front, you would have a nice clear opening with flowing water going across the front; One way you can easily introduce the effect of flowing water across the front is to plant a low shrub.
If you live in an urban area in a city or town, a good land layout would be to have a large building on either side of your home, preferably higher than yours although good solid fencing will work well. To the rear, a large building, trees or good fence will work well. To the front, I would aim for a nice clean driveway or garden with a small, low shrub to control the flow of Qi heading towards the home.
Tips for choosing the perfect land formation for an auspicious Feng Shui plot for your home or workplace
- If you can, avoid building on a hill as this will show lack of protection and support
- A hill or mountain at the rear of the property will offer very good support
- Try to select a square or rectangular plot
- Avoid buying land with a Yin property nearby; this could be a cemetery, waste management site or hospitals
- Avoid building in a valley as this will cause stagnant Qi around the home
- Try to keep the front of the home clear and open to allow fresh Qi to flow towards the property
- Try to avoid laying the path to your front in a straight line; a slightly winding path will stop the flow of energy from coming towards your home too quickly
- Hills on either side of the home will offer
- A large, flat open space all around the home can leave you unprotected
If you are unable to choose a plot of land to build a new home
- Plant trees, bushes or install a fence to the sides of the home for support
- Keep the front of the home clean and organised to attract fresh Qi
- If you have an irregular shaped plot, you can fill the missing sector by planting a tree, installing a large potted plant or flower bed
- Install a good solid front door and keep it clean
- Good quality cures and enhancers such as a pair of Fu Dog’s will help protect your home from negative energy
- If you have any poison arrows looking towards your home such as a busy road, power lines or Yin building, install a Ba Gua mirror
- Ensure that the Flying stars in your home are treated correctly to make the most of your home’s energy
The four celestial animals and how to use them when choosing a Feng Shui plot for your home
In ancient Feng Shui, a good property was decided if it had the support of the four celestial animals around it. The four celestial animals consist of:
The green dragon – sits on the east of the property
The white tiger – sits on the west of the property
The red phoenix – sits on the south of the property
The black turtle – sits on the north of the property
When you stand inside your house facing outside, you will have the green dragon sat on your left, the white tiger sat on your right, the red phoenix in front of you and the black turtle behind you, all of which supply support in different ways. To have this layout in your home is deemed very auspicious and a perfect structure for your home.
The black turtle will be present when you have strong mountain support to the back of your home which is present in this home although modern buildings are much harder to achieve although large buildings, telephone lines etc all allow the black turtle to support a home.
The green dragon would traditionally be supported by a woodland area with tall trees (not taller than mountain behind home). It is important that the trees are not too far from the home as this would be seen as the green dragon sitting distant from the home. In modern days, a row of houses can also be seen as support from the green dragon.
The white tiger is usually sat on a hill to the side of the home and should not be bigger than the green dragon side although this is very hard to achieve in modern times and I would not worry too much if this side is supported by houses the same size as the side of the green dragon. As you can see in the pictures below, this home does not seem to be supported by the white tiger although they could still plant trees here or a large bush to activate the white tiger. Traditionally, the white tiger becomes most active when there is a white hill or home painted in white.
The red phoenix should be a big open area where fresh Qi can collect and flow freely towards the home; the area should not be too exposed too much and should have enough space for the Qi to flow freely. This home has a fantastic area for the red phoenix, and although on a hill, there will still be a lot of Qi flowing towards the home and entering through those big doors. in most town homes and city homes, the red phoenix is best supported by an open street although it is not good to have cars driving fast straight towards your home; you would place a Ba Gua Mirror outside the front of your home to avoid and negative Qi.
Selecting the facing direction for your new home
You can either hire a Feng Shui consultant to visit your site and calculate the best facing direction to give you a good Flying star layout for your new property or if you have a good knowledge of Flying star Feng Shui, you can calculate this yourself. Over the years, we have visited clients all around the world and helped them select the best land for them to make sure that their home is the best layout for them. If you would like more information about having Michael visit your prospective land to help you choose the best site and layout for your new home, please click the link below for more information on a Feng Shui consultation. Feng Shui land formation consultation for a new home.
If you are unsure about Flying stars, I would take a look at our Academy of Feng Shui software as this will calculate your best directions and the Flying stars for your future home or office to see which areas are best for the different rooms; here is the link to our Academy of Feng Shui software.
Final words on selecting a plot of land for your new home
Hopefully, you have a good idea about selecting a plot of land to ensure good Feng Shui for yourself and your family now although if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will help as much as I can.
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