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Feng shui applications in kitchen essentially is to boost family’s health. In today’s context certain concepts of kitchen feng shui is put in the rear mirror due to the modern applicances replacing the conventional means of cooking a meal.
Kitchen Door should not be directly opposite the Main Door
Directly opposite to the main door should not be the kitchen or toilet or bedroom door. This is one of the Critical prohibited principle 廚房 风水大忌 of kitchen feng shui!
The latest addition of Singapore DBSS (Design, Build & Sell Scheme) flats layout come with Main Door directly faces the Kitchen Door! This is really bad. The first impact is family members falling sick one after another. It causes family disharmony. Occupants generally are bad-temper, short-fuse, financial loss or even accidents. It get’s worse if the sector itself already possess bad energy and Home Destiny 宅命 is bad. Those units i have seen, distance between the kitchen door and main door is less than 3 metre apart.
Water and Fire confrontation 水 火 相 冲 misrepresented
More than 10 years checking with my clients, no sickness happen when the stove-fire and sink-water are placed directly opposite each other 水 火 相 冲.
First of all how do we classify items that are “fire” or “water” elements?
If you have seen some youtube videos you will realised that it is impossible to place any kitchen appliances without having this water-fire conflict. The video categorises items such as refrigerator, washing machine, washing basin, tap, sink as water-element. Items such as microwave, burner (stove) and grill oven as fire-element.
Given the limited space, the sink is normally located either opposite or next to the stove. These kind of kitchen layout are very common many years ago for most metropolitan cities such as Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei. Sometimes due to lack of space occupants stack up electrical appliances such as microwave oven on top of washing machine and positioning the fridge directly opposite the stove. If this water-fire clashes principle hold true a lot of people will fall sick. The effect of water-fire conflict causes intestine (digestion) or cardiovascular problems.
One example stood out from this fallacy is today’s washing machine comes with a dryer, so do you consider it as “water” (washing) or “fire” (drying)? Does that means you cannot buy a washing machine cum dryer? Feng shui is suppose to make our life easier not harder!
Open kitchen concept – Intense fire element
Based on feng shui perspective, the essence is not the island kitchen concept but where do you place the stove? One should not place the stove opposite to the toilet or bed or any room doors.
For practical reasons, open kitchen is not good for hygiene reasons. Your house smells and oily. Kitchen in feng shui is “fire-element” so if your home members birth profile does not require “fire elements” that will create health problems.
In view of the current trend of intense fire usage such as mobile phones, laptop, router, TV, PC, electronic toys, it is not encourage to have “open-kitchen” concept unless all family members needed “fire” as their most auspicious element.
Number of burners equates number of mistresses
Another myth about kitchen feng shui is the number of burners. One burner equates one wife, 2 burners = mistress, how you wish. Most families have at least 3 burners, does that mean 1 wife and 2 mistresses.
Generally speaking, kitchen affects the female head of household. One have to pay attention to items place beneath the stove. Check for items that are unsanitary such as rusty bottles, unused plastic bags, open cans, left over newspaper, paint etc. It will affect the female lower part of her body.
One fundamental principle is that the stove position should not be inside “wu gui” sector or any bad flying star combo such as 25, 52, etc.
Do not place the stove beside kitchen opening
One basic rule of thumb based on “form” factors is that you should not place your stove beside the kitchen door or opening. It should not be under any overhead beam as well.
Stove in NW sector is it bad for male breadwinner
One common misconception is that the stove should not be located within the North-West sector which is symbolic to “Heaven” in Chinese call “qian” 乾卦 Gua or the Male Head of family or patriarch. The Chinese classic consider it as 火烧天门不利主 harmful to the elderly or patriarch.
As a matter it is possible that the entire stack of a block North Westor corner could be the kitchen area. Mathematically there are 8 ba gua so the probability is 1/8 12.5% chances of blocks particularly bad for elderly or fathers.
Do you think that based on any population of a country is it possible that 12.5% of fathers are not doing well in health and luck? From experience the more important rule of the thumb is the energy combo of the kitchen area based on xuan kong flying star and ba zhai 八宅 calculation formulas.
This is as good as the assumption of North represents Career, South-East represents wealth, South sector represent fame etc.
Stove Direction questionable 坐凶朝吉
Unlike stone age, most people today are using induction oven. Thousand of years ago people used the wood to feed the fire through an air opening 火门see picture below. Thus traditional feng shui principles do judge on the direction of air flow. The Eight Mansion school 八宅 stress the importance that the stove must sit at the negative sector 坐宅主凶方and air flow direction must be positive 朝宅主吉方, which make sense due to natural air passage. This formula is popular during those days is because of it’s health enhancement.
Today’s stove direction are all modern inventions of feng shui masters because there are no written formulas to follow. Some masters use the gas pipe as the direction while others use the power switch/knob. Personally i practice none of the above because “direction” is inconclusive without direct impact of air flow. For stove i used other formula schools to improve health or wealth for the matter.