Choosing an auspicious plot for your new home (Yang Feng Shui)

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Choosing an auspicious plot for your new home

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.

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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.

Yin Feng Shui for the dead

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?

Perfect land placement for Feng Shui

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

Feng Shui four celestial animals

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

Selecting a Feng Shui 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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31 thoughts on “Choosing an auspicious plot for your new home (Yang Feng Shui)

  1. Hello! I live in a house next to a corner lot. Our house main door opens to the side, towards the east, street road on the south. The next door corner lot is on the north of the house. The homeowners of the corner lot went thru a difficult situation and had a divorce. We Need the extra space and plan on buying this next door corner lot. Traffic is not a lot because we are in a gated estate. We plan to use it as a garden, garage, and maybe the existing house as a like a shed for our extra stuff. What do you think?

    1. Hi Erin,

      If the existing house is only used for storage, this shouldn’t cause any issues, especially if detached from the other home.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  2. Hello

    We are interested in purchasing a house which is north facing. However we noticed that the plot is of an irregular shape. There are 6 sides (irregular lengths) and there is a sharp corner to the south west, corner extending to the south. Garage comes in this area. Can we remediate this?

    Thanks for the reply!!


    1. Hi Kameswari,

      The easiest way to resolve this would be to plant tall trees or hedges in the sharp corner in the southwest, although if the garage falls in this area, this would not be an issue.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  3. Hi Daniel

    The main door of my house is directly facing staircase

    Distance between them is around 4 metres

    How can I remedy this problem ?

    It is a winding staircase to the 2nd floor but the winding portion can only be seen slightly from main door

    There is also a toilet next to the staircase on the first floor – Is this a problem and if so what can I do ?

    1. Hi,

      The best thing you can do with a staircase in direct line with the door is place furniture to slow the flow of energy. The distance from your door to the stairs shouldn’t cause an issue as it is a good distance away.

      For the toilet, I would make sure the door is kept closed as much as possible and that the bathroom is kept clean and tidy when possible as this will help a great deal.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  4. Hi Daniel

    I am interested to buy a house on a piece of land that is mostly rectangular but one corner has a sharp edge

    The house is also positioned a lot more to the back on the land ( The space in front is then used as parking lot for our car )

    There is a short drive of about 50-100 metres along a flat path from the front of road to get to the house

    In your opinion is this house still ok to purchase ?

    Thanks for your help and looking forward to your advice soon

    1. Hi Samantha,

      The setback property on the land will help to offer protection and is in a good position.

      the land formations around the property will make an impact on the overall energy of the home although this is all something that can be changed over time if needed.

      For the sharp corner, you can plant a tree or bush to help neutralise this.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

      1. Hi Daniel

        Thank you very much for your reply ! ! ! You alleviated my concern about the sharp comer

        I apologize for not being clearer but this land not only has a sharp corner but it has missing corners

        Hence resulting in an irregular-shaped land ( It looks like a 70% rectangular land with missing parts more towards front of land )

        Would this still be ok ?

        Also would you advise against buying a home with main front door facing wall ?

        Thanks again for your great help

        1. Hi Sam,

          I wouldn’t worry too much about missing corners on your land as it can be rare to have a perfectly shaped plot of land and this can easily be overcome with high trees or landscapes.

          The front door facing the wall is not a major issue as there will be many other areas for fresh energy to enter your home such as windows and other doors.

          I hope this helps.

          Kind regards,

  5. Hi i will be moving to a house with a swamp at the back and on the right side. The left side has a canal and a house same height as mine. Is this okay?

    1. Hi,

      This is not the ideal placement although you can place simple cures such as a Ba Gua wealth protection mirror or small brass cannon facing towards the swamp to block any negative Qi from coming towards your home.

      I hope this helps and hope the move goes well 🙂

      Kind regards,

  6. Is it ok if the house on the right (when Im looking out the door) is taller than mine or is it on the left that I should be concern about? If so, how can I fix it?

    1. Hi Isabel,

      That will be fine if the house on the right is taller than yours and I would not be worried about this personally.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  7. Hi, I found this article very interesting. Is it a problem to have a stream flowing in front of the house? Flowing East to south west? Within a woodland.

    1. Hi Li,

      A stream flowing across the front of the home is classed as auspicious energy and will work well.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  8. Hello,

    I recently signed a lease to an apartment that allows me to have good bed and desk placements for GUA which is 7. However the apartment building itself is not supported from behind(it’s sitting direction is on a hill facing lake Michigan) I have not done an actually flying star chart yet. Is this kind of predicament bad even if the star’s of the apartment are good?

    1. Hi Chris,

      I would not be too worried about the support around your home if the inside is all working well for you; It’s great to have the support externally although it is not the main thing to get right.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  9. Hi

    I want to move into a rental that speaks to me calmly. Ive never felt more connected to a house. however, the plot has a narrower back than front. how can I fix that?

    1. Hi Seethal,

      I would recommend placing some potted plants around the sides of the front of your home to balance this out.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  10. Hello,
    I have a question related to the rule about avoiding straight paths. I bought a property which is located in a very quiet, rural area. The house is 50 meters from a road (which is never busy, as it leads towards the fields and a river). Now I suspect that because the area is so quiet, the flow of energy along that road is rather sluggish. So maybe it would actually be a *good* thing to make the path straight and speed up the chi flowing towards the house…?

    1. Hi Anna,

      Fresh energy can be brought in from all of your surroundings; the river will bring in a lot of fresh Qi.

      My advice would be that if you do not feel a problem with the straight path, don’t change it 🙂

      Kind regards,

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