Here are some basic feng shui guidelines to help you choose a favourable fengshui home. Classical feng shui principles stress the importance of physical landforms which provides the framework for energy implementations “峦头为体，理气为用”. The shape, size, height… of the external physical environment (峦头) influence & interact with invisible energy (气) and a good feng shui master is to synthesize this into positive energy to our advantage.
1. First study the external physical environment, pay attention to roads that leads to your home
Roads are vehicles to transport energy. Before you go for your next house viewing, study the physical landforms using google maps leading to your house i.e. shape/size of roads, any water feature such as canal, sea, carpark, lift lobbies, corridor etc.
It is important to study the external landforms because to a certain extent it is fixed unless it is a newly develop area. However understanding Singapore there are always on-going “construction” which to me is feng shui worst nightmare. Putting feng shui aside, think about the inconvenience of road diversion, the dust that you breathe in…From experience energy in new BTO flats are unsettled and the variance from compass degree can be miles apart even if you take the same direction by moving a few steps.
2. Concrete jungle surrounding your block
Observe the location of your stack/block in relation to other buildings. The physical terrain of the 4 main “mountain 山势” influence such as the front 前朱雀, the back 後玄武, left hand sid 左青龙 and the right 右白虎. If you have to compromise facing a spacious front is relatively more important. See picture below Blk A is better than Blk B.
3. Shape of the Floor Plan
Feng shui buying tip 3, understand the shape of your floor plan? Is it rectangle, square or out-of-shape? Where are main door, stove and bed positions? Know at least the 8 main sectors of your home i.e. bagua.
How is the main door in relation to kitchen-stove or bedroom position? Any serious missing sectors (25% of the total floor size)? Do not choose a house that is out-of-shape or the length to breadth ratio is greater than 1:3. You will have very uneven sizes for various sectors. If happened that the smaller sectors are the positive ones like wealth, health, career than the feng shui utility is compromised. See picture below the North and South sectors are relatively small.
4. Feng shui buying tip 4 – timing
In San Yuan Chinese metaphysics, timing is the key to good feng shui. As a general rule of thumb in Period 8 2004 to 2023, avoid having “water” at North-East Sector or direction. See illustration above the 45 degree span of Northeast direction faces water. In the context of external landforms, towards NE direction you should see tall buildings instead of water feature such as swimming pool, sea, canal, river etc. Within the house the Northeast corner should not be the toilet or missing.
“山环水抱，气聚有情， 山管人丁， 水管财”
In general context, tall buildings represents health and water equates Wealth (not because of the cantonese word shui is wealth). However water is not the only medium to activate wealth. External roads and how energy 气 are transported are equally important.
5. NO funny tilted doors
Do not buy a house or office with tilted doors. Some feng shui masters uses 玄空大卦 to tilt the door believing that the house “negative” energies will improve permanently! It does not work. Energies does not go sideways when you tilt the door. So if you see that the door is tilted it is clear sign telling you that the house is bad. There are ways to rectify bad energies BUT tilting doors is not one of them.
6. AVOID physical structural landscape that gives you a bad gut feeling
Similar to point 1, observe landforms that gives you a bad feeling e.g. sharp pointed objects, mirror-like windows, hospitals, police stations, T-junctions, expressways, gas stations etc. We judge the negative influence based on distance to your house. If you need powerful binoculars to see the “troubled building” or the negative landscape could be blocked by trees, then there is little harm.
7. Avoid Very Bad Destiny 宅命 houses
Check the degree of your main door direction to find out the “destiny” of your apartment then check the table in this website.
8. Bazi compatibility ONLY IF your family shared a Common Lucky Element
Feng Shui dated many many years ago and during that time most theories are bias towards the “male breadwinner (封建思想 feudal society)”. So finding a house solely based on the male breadwinner is chauvinistic. Nowadays our female counterpart may even earn more money. Thus the basis to find a good feng shui house is not necessary based bazi compatibility or gua number, unless your entire family shared a single lucky element which is rare.
9. Avoid certain BAD feng shui orientation
These are the degrees to avoid at all costs. In chinese feng shui is call the da kong wang 大空亡, indicated as the yellow line. No orientation fall in between boundaries of Ba Gua sectors. The white lines are 大空亡 22.5°, 67.5°,112.5°,157.5°,202.5°, 247.5°, 292.5°and 337.5° Xiao Kong Wang 小空亡 are 7.5 degree 37.5 degree 52.5degree 82.5 97.5 127.5 142.5 172.5 187.5 217.5 232.5 262.5 277.5 307.5 322.5 352.5
Any bad things can happen for such degree such as accidents, surgeries, sickness, suicide, lawsuit, disharmony, evil spirits and there is “no permanent solutions” to solve these.