History of Feng Shui

FengShui history is fascinating and complex, and the many fengshui schools often bring confusion to the beginner fengshui enthusiast. While it may take time to understand the differences between feng shui schools, as well as to separate the essential feng shui knowledge from the Chinese culturally specific feng shui level .

Feng Shui and Bedroom Clocks
Bedrooms are places for relaxation and sexual healing, places where you should listen to a different clock – to your own body clock. The only clock that is allowed in the bedroom, feng shui-wise, is a small alarm clock that can be easily tucked away.

Good Rooms for Clocks
Because clocks represent the passing of time, it is best to place them in the areas with a lot of activity, such as:

The living room
The kitchen
The family room or
The home office.
Having a big clock in your children’s room is actually good feng shui, because it helps them understand the notion and the passing of time.

Displaying Clock Collections
If you have a collection of clocks you would like to display, do not do that in the bedroom. You can display your clock collection in the living room, or maybe you can create a gallery effect in your hallway.

Clocks and Bad Feng Shui
Do not display clocks so that you can easily see them as you enter the house. In feng shui, shapes and materials bring specific energies, and by working with them, you can either strengthen, or weaken an area of your house. As a general rule, do not display metal clocks in the East feng shui bagua area of your home.

Remove Broken Clocks
Last but not least, do not keep broken clocks in your home. Either fix them, or let them go. In fact, do not keep anything broken in your home!

What is the Bagua in Feng Shui?
“Bagua” literally means 8 areas, because ancient people defined 8 areas that are very important for your health and well-being. In your house, each area is connected to a specific area of your life; and by changing your house, by changing specific areas of your house; you can literally change your life.

Tools Needed to Define Bagua
You will need:
A full circle protractor
A ruler
Your floor plan
A pen

Find the House’s Center
The first step in defining the bagua of your home is to find the center. Next you align the protractor with a compass reading of the main door (let’s assume the compass readind of 352.5)

Measure the Bagua Points
We know that 352.5 is a North facing house, because North feng shui area of the Bagua is from 337.5 to 22.5. So by marking these readings on the floor plan you define the North bagua area of the floor plan.

Next proceed to defining all the Bagua areas according to the corresponding compass directions:

Northeast (22.5 to 67.5)
East (67.5 to 112.5)
Southeast (112.5 to 157.5)
South (157.5 to 202.5)
Southwest (202.5 to 247.5)
West (247.5 to 292.5)
Northwest (292.5 to 337.5)
Connect the Energy Map Lines

When you take the protractor away, all you need to do is connect the lines (direction markings) through the center and you will see how easily we defined the bagua, or the energy map of a home.

  • Concave Bagua - used to absorb negative energy (Shar Chi or killing energy) preventing it from entering one’s home and/or office
  • Convex Bagua- used to diffuse and deflect negative energy (Shar Chi or killing breath) created by poison arrows (such as a tree in front of your door, sharp edges of a building or structure facing your front door. This one is rarely used as it can be harmful to your neighbors.


The FAME & REPUTATION area is located South corner of your home and/or business. In the individual rooms it is located in the rear middle section of the Bagua. Fame is not necessarily career. Let’s say a person’s career is a waiter, but they want to be an actor. Then the Fame corner would be enhanced by their acting abilities not their serving abilities. Enhance this area when you want more recognition; you want to establish a good reputation; or you would like to be well known for something you do. Think about what you want to be known for and what you can put here to symbolize it. Make sure that is who YOU want to be, not who others want you to be.

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