Altar – feng shui perspective
First of all home feng shui and religion is unrelated. Based on feng shui perspective, altar placement is of paramount importance because it is like inviting a “VIP” to reside in your house. For those with who are having a religion it is a form of respect to place your deity in the most honored sector, not the “leftover” space after placing your TV, sofa etc. Therefore if you intend to place your altar in your new home, your other living hall furniture becomes secondary. All the rest of home decor items have to accomodate the position of your altar. Therefore do seriously consider it because chances are it will affect your Home ID design. Altar placement based on classical feng shui principles must conform to very strict set of rules which are not supposed to be violated.
Here is the simplified version of “do’s and don’ts” for altar placement:
1. Place it in the Living Hall unless you have a private room to spare solely for worship purposes.
2. Install your altar within the “Home Destiny Lucky Energy sector 藏风聚气的吉方”.To quote from 易經 iChing, positive energy is created when it is “activated or in motion 吉凶悔吝者, 生乎動者也” and vice versa if placed in a Negative zone. So if unfortunately your house is limited in space or the entire living hall is within a “negative energy” zone e.g. critical illness area, then you are better off visiting the temple or church for worship.
3. The minimum height of your God sitting position must be above your shoulder. Take for instance if you your floor to ceiling height is 3 metre than your God sitting position should be 2 metre & above. One can divide your house into 地 from floor 1 metre 人 middle and 天 2 metre onwards. The principle is extracted from: 周易三才 中指“天地人”，三才之道即天道、地道、人道，立天之道曰阴与阳，立地之道日柔与刚，立人之道日仁与义.
4. Faces towards the Main Door or Window i.e. open area. If given a choice for both directions, one can redefine it by facing towards an auspicious 生旺方 direction. In period 8 is either “8” “9” or “1”.
5. Ensure that your altar is 稳 定 靠 supported by a solid wall, peaceful and it is stable
6. Place it within the House quiet location 安静 away from television, audio, electrical equipment 声杀 or router 磁电煞
7. Size of the Altar proportional to your house. Big house big altar.
8. Keep the Altar clean and bright.
9. Choose an auspicious date to “commence” the God worship e.g. shift in dates given by your feng shui master. In my opinion “开光” is unnecessary because it must be performed by one with a “spotless heart” without any thoughts or intentions to receive commercial rewards in return. However if you are unconvinced, you can invite a “highly respectable and honourable” priest or monk to 加持 not 开光 just to give you peace of mind. Without any disrespect to any religion, in my humble opinion, a feng shui master does a “commercial service” and getting paid by you. Thus for me at least i am not comfortable because i feel that i am not “holy” or “virtuous” enough to perform such a ritual to “bless” your God. The irony is once there is a commercial value to such service it contaminate the procedure. In any case, if you were to dig through any “legitimate classical feng shui principles” you will not find any scriptures that contain “开光 praying/blessing” procedure. i believed the ceremony is related with taoism.
1. Have a fish tank above (淋头水), below (割腳水) or beside the altar. i have seen some decorations where the God is inside the koi pond, that is really bad.
2. Place it at passage way 通道-动线 e.g. corridor, walkway of the house, because worshiping God is supposed to be in a tranquil place.
3. Place it beside the Main Door (动方) or any bedroom door (人位) or any “entrance/opening” e.g. kitchen opening
4. Have any rubbish beside or under or inside the altar, it pollutes your God.
5. Suspend your Altar in mid-air, it is unrestful for your God.
6. Place it facing the toilet door 孤陰 or bedroom door or kitchen 燥陽 opening.
7. Worship to many Gods and it becomes overly crowded. Some clients mixed different religion together which in my opinion is disrespectful.
8. Place it directly opposite (180 degree) a mirror.
9. Place it at the wall where behind is the toilet (污水) or kitchen (燥火) or staircase/walkway.
10. Put it under an overhead beam 横梁. Beam that is adjoining to the edge of wall is not overhead beam.
If one can place the altar fulfilling all the conditions above, chances are you have position your altar correctly.