Feng shui can be so confusing. He does this. And she does that. Each practitioner has their own way of doing things. And nothing makes sense.
In this article, I am referring to a highly misinterpreted and misused feng shui tool, the Bagua.
Basic Feng Shui
Most people practice basic feng shui by placing a bagua map or chart over a space; thus dividing the space into 8 trigrams, 8 palaces, or 8 different directional compass.
What most people don't know is that this is not the correct way of using a bagua map. It is the very beginning or basic stage of feng shui.
This way of using bagua:
Intermediate Feng Shui
Intermediate feng shui use the basic feng shui and the bagua map at another level. So instead of working with the difference of 45 degrees, intermediate feng shui works with the difference of 15 degrees, applies time, refers to a compass reading, looks at a person’s age, marital status, and family status, and focuses on the whole building and its center.
Intermediate-to-Advanced Feng Shui
Intermediate-to-advanced Feng Shui refines Intermediate Feng Shui. This level of feng shui works with 15-degree and applies to a person or thing within a room. Instead of working with the whole building, like in Intermediate Feng Shui, this level works positioning desks or beds within a room at 15 degrees placements.
Advanced Feng Shui
Advanced Feng Shui is a precision method that takes 360 degrees and divide it into 64 parts or 64 hexagrams where we work with, look at, and recommend the difference of 5.625 degrees. This method also includes a person's energy (aka Bazi/astrology/kua or gua/DOB). At this level, we work with both a person's energy and a building's energy.
Because we are working with 5.625 degrees, the chances of finding an auspicious Feng Shui earth energy that resonates or matches with a person's energy is slim. And so this method is not highly practiced.
How Specific Do You Want to Feng Shui?
A long time ago when I was ready to get a feng shui consultation for my 2-bedroom apartment, I couldn’t find a website that listed their prices. I had to fill out a bunch of questions and wait for someone to reach out to me weeks later.
When I started my feng shui business, I had a hard time setting my prices because I couldn’t base it on what other consultants were charging. And so I started consulting at a flat fee of $188USD for each home.
The below feng shui pricing are from unknown sources. I'm not sure how accurate they are and where they get their statistics, but this will help us have some idea on how much these feng shui consultation cost. I will also share how much some of my colleagues charge for their services, at least, those that were willing to share in our lineage.
And so, if anyone is inclined to share how much they paid for a feng shui consultation, please comment below or send me an email at email@example.com. Much appreciated.
Fixr noted that the average cost is $400 and that the typical price ranges between $200 and $1,500.
HomeAdvisor noted that the average cost is $827 and that the typical price ranges between $591 and $1,534.
Homesace had an average pricing of $700, where the typical price ranges between $300 and $1,500.
As for my colleagues, one of them charge by square footage of the space. I am not sure how much per square footage because he just started his feng shui business.
As for the two colleagues that were willing to share in our group, one of them charge a flat fee of $800 per home and the other one charge a flat fee of $1,000 per home.
As we can see, feng shui prices vary by a big degree because there are no regulations for feng shui. Some consultants charge a flat fee while others charge based on experience, size of home, hourly, number of people, complexity of the assessment, and many other variations.
At least, we now know that the maximum feng shui consultation for the last couple of years (2021-2022) should be no higher than $1,534 for a residential home. If it were over $1,500, it could be some pretty high-end assessment or that the home was a mansion.
If you are interested in my fees, check out my consultation/services page.
Thank you all. May you and your family yin yang and prosper!
Besides the complex information about feng shui, there are five (5) secrets feng shui masters, practitioners, or gurus will never tell. Well, there are more than five, but today I will share five.
I grew up with some feng shui information, but it was not enough to fully practice it. So I took bits of pieces of information from all sources and from books to articles to different practitioners. Big mistake! Because now that I am feng shui practitioner learning from a feng shui master, I know better and have learned the secrets that most feng shui practitioners will never say. And I’m sharing these secrets with you all today.
Secret #1 - Money Corner is Forever Moving and Changing
Feng shui energy is a forever moving and changing energy just like wind and water. This means that the best money corner located in the southeast corner does not stay in the southeast forever.
My mind was blown when I found out that best money corners move around every 20 years, yearly, monthly, daily, and every 2 hours. Of course, I do not expect anyone to chase after best money corners on a daily or 2-hourly basis. At least once a year. And, at most, every month.
Consulting with a properly trained classical flying star feng shui practitioner is the best practice to activate best money corners, at least, for the year. And if the practitioner is good, he or she can determine when to activate and when not to activate money corners on a monthly basis.
Secret #2 - Money Corner has Money, Health, and Relationship Energies
All directions including the center have money, health, AND relationship energies, but only three (3) are good.
This means that when feng shui practitioners advise to activate a money corner, they are not looking at the big picture. They’re not saying that the good money corner also has health and relationship energies.
Although the corner has good money energy, it could have good or bad health and relationship energies.
Yin yang plays a big part. And so, all directions including the center have positive and negative traits for money, for health, and for relationship.
Secret #3 - Money Corner is Constantly Transferring Energies
Energies cannot be created or destroyed but it can be transferred, including feng shui energies.
When feng shui masters advise items to be placed in money corners, those items are transferring energies and supporting the feng shui energies, while the feng shui energies are also transferring and supporting the items. The cycle keeps going until it reaches equilibrium.
So the bigger or more yang the item is, the bigger and more yang energies are being transferred.
Secret #4 - We are Part of Money Corner Transferring Cycle
This leads to secret #4 that feng shui masters will never tell.
We are part of the transferring cycle between the item and feng shui energies.
It is best to get in the picture. In this case, to physically be in that best money corner at the right time.
This is why bed placements and desk placements are important. It is good to move beds and desks every 20 years, but it is better to move them, at least, once a year. It is best to move them every month, but that is already too much time and effort. But if it was small feng shui items, that item can be moved on a monthly basis.
This is why I update my clients on one direction on a monthly level. Because I talking about the combination and complexity between all three levels of time: 20-year, yearly, and monthly feng shui energies; and the positive and negative effects between wealth, health, and relationship; how to use the energies.
Secret #5 - Still have to Work for Wealth
This leads to the last secret that feng shui practitioners will never say.
After activating best money corners and absorbing auspicious feng shui energies, we still have to go out and obtain wealth, health, relationship, or whatever goals we want to pursue.
It seems like a no brainer, I am surprised at how many people don’t know or didn’t put the connection together. That's because feng shui gurus were telling us to place water fountains, family pictures, plants, and all sorts of things in the money corner and then that’s it. As if wealth and prosperity will magically grow from that corner or fall on our lap.
It does not work like that. Money, abundance, and prosperity do not grow from money corner and do not fall on our lap, nor fly into our back yard. We still have to go get wealth, health, and relationship.
This is why I update my my clients on a monthly basis where I recommend using auspicious areas and using auspicious front doors.
So the next time we take advises from feng shui practitioners or obtain information, take note to see which practitioners mention any of these five secrets.
Thank you, and I wish you all yin yang and prosperity!
A lot of my friends and family are purchasing homes, and I wanted to create this list to help them and everyone else to find the most auspicious home with these 10 Feng Shui tips.
There are lots more, so be on the look out for more tips.
1. Bright Hall Effect
Bright Hall Effect means having an open space in front of the front door. By having this an open space in the front allows qi or energy to gather, accumulate, and easily flow into the home.
Too many plants, trees, and objects directly in front of the door confuses qi and gives qi a more difficult time to enter the home. Just think of water. How can water easily flow into the home when there are obstructive things in front?
2. Good Neighborhood
3. Street Flow
In conjunction to good, steady flow of energies in the neighborhood, we want good, steady flow of energies from the street as well. Is the home in a cul-de-sac, T junction, or direct traffic?
Depending on the location of the home, a home in a cul-de-sac either gets too much or too little energies. While a home at a T junction or direct incoming traffic has too much energies.
Now, T junction or direct incoming traffic doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s all bad either. If the front door has auspicious or really good permanent energies, we want that strong flow of energies to bring in more of the auspiciousness. This leads to my next tip.
4. Auspiciousness of the Front Door
The front door is the mouth of the house. It takes in all energies, favorable and unfavorable. The energies will then get dispersed throughout the house and effects all household members. And so it is important that the front door is at the most auspicious location so that every time the door opens and shuts, it activates the auspicious permanent energies.
Unfortunately, a regular person will not be able to determine if the front door has auspicious permanent energy and will have to seek a properly-trained flying star Feng Shui consultant.
5. Bright Hall Effect Behind the Front Door
After qi enters the home, it needs space to flow and meander to the rest of the home. It is important to note what is behind the front door.
If a staircase is directly behind the front door, qi rushes up or down depending on the direction of the staircases, leaving no energies on the main floor. This causes an imbalance of the home.
Same goes if the back door directly across the front door because qi goes in and right back out.
And if a bathroom or bedroom door is in direct of the front door, qi rushes into those rooms instead of the rest of the home.
6. No Stove View from the Front Door
Many feng shui experts give varies reasons why. Some claim that occupants of the house will have money problems or trouble saving money. Others claim that positive qi entering the home will get destroy by the fire of the stove. And some claim that the stove represents the occupant’s health and wealth. And if the stove is within sight of the front door, the occupants are exposing their health and wealth.
7. No Kitchen nor Bathroom in the Center
The center of a home acts like the human heart. It should be an open area full of joy, light, and beauty.
Kitchens, specifically stoves, are fire elements. And too much fire in the center of the home causes too much heat, passion, and anger from the center out.
As for bathrooms, bathrooms are considered dirty. It’s a place where we relieve negative energies. So having bathrooms in the center of home, especially if it’s the only bathroom, causes negative energetic loads in the heart of the home. Also some feng shui experts say that having bathrooms in the center drain the heart of the home’s energies.
8. Stove and Sink Placement
The stove and sink should not sit next to each other nor faces each other. These positions cause conflicting energies between the two elements of fire and water.
Wu Xing or The Five Element is one of the main principles of Feng Shui. Here, water destroys fire. And in feng shui, we strive for balance, not destructive.
9. Ceiling Beams
Ceiling beams are considered poison arrows. When qi rises up, these beams forces qi straight down putting too much pressure to whoever or whatever sits below these beams.
If you already have existing beams in your current home, at least make sure that your beds and stove are not directly under these beams.
10. Trust Your Instincts
When you feel eerie, get goosebumps, feel headaches, or feel sick when touring a home, trust that instinct and walk out. Because everything has energies. Everything vibrates energies, including homes.
Some people have better receivers than others. This is why sometimes you’ll see a group family touring a home at once. Of course, there may be other reasons for that eerie feeling. So it is best to consult with a properly-trained flying star Feng Shui consultant before signing that document.
Bonus Tip: House Size
This tip has a more spiritual meaning than Feng Shui. Pick a home big enough for all household members to fill in.
For example. If you are a bachelor or bachelorette, pick a home that is big enough just for you. Basically, you want to get a 1,000 square feet home or less. If it’s just you and your spouse, you may want to get a 1,200 square feet home.
The reason behind this is that we need human bodies to fill in the space. And if a human body doesn’t fill in the space, other spiritual beings may think it’s abandoned and may fill in the space for you. Like I said, let me know your thoughts on this.
There is no such thing as a perfect Feng Shui home because Feng Shui energy changes all the time--life changes, circumstance chances, and our needs changes. Even if it’s a custom-built home, there will be some kind of trade off. But just know that most of the time, undesirable Feng Shui can be remedy. And most of the time, there are ways to work around bad Feng Shui. So watch out for my upcoming blogs on how to remedy some of these bad Feng Shui.
Until next time. I wish you yin yang and prosperity.
Susan is properly trained in Classical Feng Shui. Not only does she create balance and harmony in a space, she also help identify goals and challenges and use simple but powerful methods to get results. One of her successful clients reported constant abundance in wealth and constant success in business and continue to grow as a follower of Susan.