Setting up Feng Shui for apartments can be both easy and challenging due to the limited options in an apartment or condominium setting. Unlike houses, where renovations are more feasible, apartments often come with constraints on changing layouts. There is a limit to what we can do. However, with the increasing popularity of apartment living, it’s essential to consider Feng Shui principles to create a harmonious environment. Here are some tips to set up great Feng Shui for your apartment:

Apartment Logic #1: The Front Door

While many Feng Shui practices focus on the landform outside the front door, apartments and high-rise condos face unique challenges as their doors open to corridors. Despite this, the front door remains extremely important as the ingress and egress point of the unit. It significantly influences the flow of energy (Qi) into your home. At the most basic, it’s best not to have two opposite unit doors directly facing each other. This arrangement can lead to unstable Qi and potential conflicts between neighbors.

Similarly, we try to avoid apartment units where the bedroom doors are directly facing to each other. This will impact the harmony between the occupants of the two bedrooms.

Apartment Logic #2: Front Door facing the Balcony causes Wealth Leak

In high-rise units, it’s common for the front door to directly face the balcony. This can lead to a wealth leak, as Qi enters the apartment but quickly exits through the balcony. Some suggest building a solid divider in front of the door to block the Qi, but this may darken the Bright Hall. A simpler (and cheaper) solution is to use a curtain to block the part of the balcony door that is in line with the front door.

Apartment Logic #3: Balconies are important for Feng Shui

From a Feng Shui perspective, balconies hold great importance in the Feng Shui of your apartment or condominium unit. In apartments, balconies are considered as a secondary Qi mouth. They allow practitioners to tap into incoming Qi, facilitating easy Feng Shui setups. If your balcony faces a beautiful green mountain, it enhances the positive energy even further. Do consider this when you are next in the market for an apartment or condominium.

Apartment Logic #4: The proximity to the lift is important

The lift area represents the Yang sector of the building due to constant traffic. Living closer to the lift lobby makes it easier to draw in energy.

Apartment Logic #5: Emergency staircases

Emergency staircases are essential for safety. As long as they are not frequently used and the doors are usually closed, any impact on wealth or energy will be minimal. However, being aware of this can help you stick to your budget more effectively.

Apartment Logic #6: Avoid garbage disposal units nearby

If possible, avoid having a garbage disposal unit near your apartment, as it can negatively affect the energy and overall harmony.

Apartment Logic #7: Avoid lopsided buildings

For stability, it’s best to avoid buildings with irregular shapes or units that have significant missing sectors. It’s best to choose a unit with minimal missing sectors. From a Feng Shui perspective, square is best. Yes, we’re boring that way!

Apartment Logic #8: The impact of the floor number

The suitability of a floor is determined by matching your personal Life Gua with the floor number. Contrary to common beliefs in some cultures, there’s no need to avoid the number ‘4’ in Feng Shui. For instance, if your personal Life Gua is 9, the fourth floor can be a viable option, as it creates a 4-9 Metal He Tu combination symbolizing power and authority.


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Unless you live in a single-story home, stairs or staircases are an inevitable part of our homes, both inside and outside. In my earlier columns, I discussed how different areas of our homes govern specific aspects of our lives. The front door governs wealth, the living room governs harmony, the kitchen governs family health, the home office governs career, and the bedroom governs personal health and intimate relationships.

However, staircases do not govern a specific aspect of our lives. Instead, they form an integral part of the landform within our homes and have a significant impact on the flow of Qi, or energy, within the home.

Staircase Logic #1: Staircases immediately outside the main door can cause a loss of wealth

This is true. Some houses have doors that open directly to a flight of descending stairs. Whether it’s a design feature or a statutory requirement due to the area’s susceptibility to floods, having more than three steps in this case can be considered a potential risk for wealth loss.

This landform is known as a “Pulling Nose.” A Pulling Nose formation pulls the Qi or energy out of the house, resulting in an outflow of wealth. At best, it affects the occupants’ ability to accumulate wealth, and at worst, it can lead to an irresponsible mindset towards financial management and other issues.

Remedying a Pulling Nose without extensive renovations can be challenging, so it is easier to avoid such a design.

Staircase Logic #2: Apartment dwellers are immune from Pulling Nose

This statement is untrue. Fire escape stairs are an integral part of any condominium, apartment building, or flat. In some units, the fire escape stairs are located directly in front of or at the side of the unit’s front door, which qualifies as a Pulling Nose.

However, in the case of apartments, this problem is relatively easier to remedy. If the emergency stairs are rarely used by the building occupants, keeping the fire escape door closed can help mitigate some of the issues caused by the Pulling Nose. Another option is to use plants to block off some of the effects.

Regardless of whether it is a landed home or an apartment building, being aware of this potential issue can help you avoid some of the problems associated with the Pulling Nose. It is essential to be vigilant about financial management and discipline.

Staircase Logic #3: Internal staircases leading directly to the front door can cause a wealth leak.

This statement is true. In some double-story houses, the staircase is immediately visible when the front door opens. According to Feng Shui practices, this allows energy and wealth to leak directly from the house through the front door. In such cases, it is best to divert the path of the stairs away from the front door.

Staircase Logic #4: Stairs immediately outside of the bedroom have no Feng Shui impact.

This statement is untrue. In homes with multiple stories, there are instances where bedrooms upstairs have stairs leading directly into the room or stairs going downwards directly from the room. Both of these scenarios are discouraged by Feng Shui practitioners.

In the case of stairs leading into the bedroom, the influx of energy is too strong, inadvertently creating disharmony for the occupants of that particular room.

In the case of stairs leading from the bedroom, energy is being pulled out of the room, resulting in a loss of opportunities for the occupant of that room.

Staircase Logic #5: Stairs must not be located in the centre of the house

This statement is absolutely true. The center of any house is the core, governing stability and security for all occupants. Ideally, the center of the house should be as stable as possible, which is why stairs right in the center of the home are not encouraged.

Staircase Logic #6: Using the space under the stairs has no impact on Feng Shui.

This statement is partially true. To maximize the use of space within the home, it is common to utilize the area under the stairs for various purposes. From a Feng Shui perspective, this space is ideal for storage. However, placing a working desk under the stairs and actively using this space for study or work is less ideal. The stairs above your head can have a suppressing effect, causing unnecessary stress and pressure for anyone using this area in the long run.

Staircase Logic #7: Broken stairs must be immediately repaired to avoid Feng Shui issues.

This statement is partially true, but not primarily for Feng Shui reasons. While Qi flows from high areas to low areas, and it’s unlikely for Qi or energy to trip over broken stairs, it is important to fix them as a safety issue rather than a Feng Shui concern. After all, we’re the ones with the legs, not the Qi.

Staircase Logic #8: The location of the stairs doesn’t matter because they are a negative space.

This statement is not entirely accurate. Stairs may be considered negative space since their primary function is to facilitate movement up and down. However, Feng Shui practitioners consider the importance of internal landforms for the stairs, and if possible, they take into account the location of the 8 Mansions. For me personally, when given the luxury of choice, the stairs should be located in the negative sector of the home, freeing up more positive sectors for active use.


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The kitchen still holds great importance in today’s Feng Shui practices, especially considering its impact on the health and overall well-being of your family. While the rise of eating out, food delivery, and takeout may make the kitchen seem less vital, it remains the place where daily meals are prepared for consumption.  

When it comes to Feng Shui setup for the kitchen, the primary focus lies on the stove. Here are some of the common logic behind the rules for the stove.  

Kitchen Logic #1: The stove must not be immediately next to or directly in front of the sink  

Partially true. This guideline originates from the past when cooking was done over wood fires. Relighting a fire that had accidentally been extinguished by water was a challenging task. While this concern is less relevant today with gas and induction stoves, some logic remains. Placing the stove too close to the sink increases the risk of water accidentally splashing into the cooking area. To minimize this risk, it is advisable to maintain a significant distance between the stove and the sink.  

If you find your stove too close to your sink, a simple remedy is to place a plant between the two to reduce the Fire-Water clash. However, do try, as much as possible, to avoid placing the sink directly opposite the stove.  

Kitchen Logic #2: An island style kitchen a stove in the middle has no Feng Shui implications  

Incorrect. Island-style kitchens, popular in modern apartment layouts, serve as both kitchen counters and gathering spaces for families. However, Feng Shui practitioners discourage placing the stove on the island. Instead, it is recommended to position the stove against a solid wall. This backing symbolizes stability and contributes to the overall well-being of the family. If there is a window on the wall behind the stove, ensure it is closed during cooking. The stove should be embedded, protected, and embraced.  

Kitchen Logic #3: The stove should not be placed directly in front of the refrigerator  

Untrue. This stems from a misinterpretation of the first principle. Some people associated it with the clash between fire and water. However, it is important to note that the outside of a refrigerator is warm, while the inside is cold. Therefore, it does not have a significant impact on the stove. The duration for which the refrigerator door is open also minimizes any potential effects.  

Kitchen Logic #4: The stove must not face the toilet  

While partially true, this rule has historical roots when ancient Chinese homes had external toilets without modern plumbing. In today’s context, it is sufficient to maintain cleanliness and proper ventilation in the toilet area. Additionally, keep the toilet door closed when preparing food.  

Kitchen Logic #5: The stove must not face the edge of a wall  

True.  Wall edges represent Cutting Sha, which should not protrude towards the stove, as it can interfere with its role in ensuring the overall health of your family. If possible, try to shift the stove away from the wall’s edge. If that is not feasible, consider rounding off the edge or using plants to soften its impact.  

Kitchen Logic #6: The stove must not be placed under an exposed beam  

In this case, the concern is not the stove itself but the person standing in front of it. It is important to avoid having an exposed beam directly above the cook’s head and hands while using the stove.  


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In a house, there are two specific sectors that govern health and wellbeing. One is the kitchen, which influences the general wellbeing of the entire household. The other is the bedroom, which directly impacts the occupant of the room.  

The bedroom serves as a place of rest and rejuvenation. It is where you sleep after a hard day’s work. In Feng Shui, the bedroom governs the occupant’s rejuvenation, recovery, health, and the intimate relationship between a married couple.  

Ideally, the bedroom should be located in a positive sector and supported by positive flying stars. However, we don’t live in a perfect world. This is where the rules of internal landform for the bedroom, especially the placement of the bed, come into play.  

Bedroom Logic #1: The bed must be placed against a solid wall.  

Absolutely! This is, in fact, the most important consideration for bed placement. It is the one golden rule that every Feng Shui practitioner, regardless of their school or system, adheres to. A solid wall behind your bed is considered a mountain, providing good support. If there is a window in the wall behind your bed, simply keep it closed when you sleep. A closed window is as good as a solid wall.  

Bedroom Logic #2: The position of my bed must not clash with my year of birth.  

Incorrect. This is not logic but a residual myth handed down through centuries of verbal teaching. Let me explain. Based on our year of birth, each of us has a specific Life Gua ranging from 1 to 9. This life gua determines four possible favorable directions. Today, obtaining this information is easy. Any online Bazi plotter will give you your four personal favorable directions. For bed placement, we prefer either the Tian Yi (Heavenly Doctor) or Fu Wei (Stability) directions. However, in a pinch, any one of the four favorable directions will do.  

But in all cases, you must have a solid wall behind your head when sleeping. We have heard of cases where a husband and wife are literally sleeping head-to-foot because they both have different or opposite favorable directions. There are also cases where occupants slant their bed against a corner, trying to align with their favorable directions. This is not the correct way to apply the directions. For cases like this, it is best to get a Feng Shui audit as there are other methods to provide support apart from just using the directions.  

Bedroom Logic #3: Having an additional room inside my bedroom will cause ‘peach blossom’ problems.  

Incorrect. In-bedroom features such as walk-in wardrobes or a small study area are highly popular in modern homes. The presence of a walk-in wardrobe or study area will not have any peach blossom connotations because the activities conducted in that area have nothing to do with involving a third party.

The only caution would be against creating an additional bedroom where someone else is sleeping inside your bedroom. If you are concerned about this, simply remove the door that separates your bedroom from the walk-in wardrobe or study area. This will automatically make this area a part of your bedroom. Without the door, it is no longer considered a separate room.  

Bedroom Logic #4: My bedroom door must not clash with the fridge.  

We often see this in apartment setups due to space constraints. The assumption is that the cold from the fridge will flow into the room and cause illnesses. However, in reality, how long do you really keep your refrigerator doors open? I would bet that your air conditioning runs longer than your open refrigerator door!  

Bedroom Logic #5: Water features in my bedroom will help me gain more wealth.  

Incorrect. We do not recommend water features in the bedroom because water activations are primarily used to trigger the wealth Qi, which is an active form of energy. Your bedroom is meant for rest and relaxation. Triggering the wealth Qi in an area for rest may result in poor quality of sleep, which could lead to long-term health issues. There are, however, exceptions to the case whereby the activation is only supposed to be there for only a couple of weeks.  

Bedroom Logic #6: I should not be sleeping with my legs pointing towards the door.  

Actually, this is more related to culture and superstition than Feng Shui. In the olden days, when funerals were still conducted from the person’s house, the coffin would be placed in the main living room with the feet pointing towards the door. That’s the basis for this ‘rule’. If you find that the room configuration forces you to sleep with your feet pointing towards the bedroom door, simply close the door to solve the problem.  

Bedroom Logic #7: My bed must not be pointing to the toilet.  

Again, in apartment living, we often have limited choices. If this is the case in your home, just keep the toilet door closed at all times. The concern about the toilet is a leftover rule from ancient times when the toilet was located outside of the house. Think about the plumbing system in the olden days – there was none! So, the toilet area in ancient times was a place full of bacteria, viruses, and stench. Sleeping with the bed in proximity to such an outdoor toilet would not be pleasant at all. But with modern plumbing, simply keep the toilet door closed.  

Bedroom Logic #8: A mirror reflecting the bed is inauspicious.  

Partially true, but it’s not inauspicious. Let’s imagine this together. You wake up in the middle of the night. It’s dark. You sit up on your bed and see a figure in front of you. In that sleep-befuddled state, that might give you a scare! The mirror has no implications in Feng Shui. So, if you are into that kind of thing… well, then!  

Bedroom Logic #9: There must not be any sharp edges pointing towards the bed.  

Absolutely true! Many times, we find that the layout of the room results in the edge of a wardrobe pointing towards the bed. This internal ‘sha qi’ situation leads to a feeling of “same bed, different dreams.” While it may not directly lead to quarrels, it creates a sense of the couple leading separate lives. The connection between the two intertwined lives slowly weakens. The remedy for this is simple – use a curtain to soften the edge of the wardrobe and keep the curtain closed when you are asleep.  

Bedroom Logic #10: The bed must not be placed under an exposed beam.  

Certainly. We’re back to our favorite topic of exposed beams again. Exposed beams represent cutting Qi flowing down from the beam and may eventually cause pain and illness in the affected body parts. The easiest remedy, of course, is to avoid placing the bed under exposed ceiling beams. If that is not possible, consider installing a false ceiling or plaster ceiling to address the issue.  

To summarize, the main point here is to ensure that you sleep well.  


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Gone are the days when Feng Shui audits overlooked the significance of the home office. In this brave new world of remote work, hybrid schedules, and post-Covid realities, the home office has emerged as a crucial element. For professionals, it is the very arena that shapes their career trajectory, while for students, the study area becomes the gateway to academic success.  

Ideally, the creation of a dedicated space for your home office or study brings a multitude of benefits, both psychological and Feng Shui-oriented. Of course, space constraints may dictate our choices, but when possible, carving out a distinct zone for work within your home fosters a clear boundary between professional and personal life. Not only does this enhance focus and concentration, but it also paves the way for improved work-life balance, allowing you to mentally detach from work when stepping out of your office haven.  

Regardless of whether you have the luxury of a dedicated home office, the ultimate goal remains constant—to craft a comfortable sanctuary that propels your career or business forward. It’s a matter of pure logic; we thrive when we feel at ease. If the office space is uncomfortable, stuffy, or lacking proper ventilation, the mere thought of occupying that space can send shivers down your spine, turning each workday into a gruelling battle of willpower.  

At its core, the application of Feng Shui principles aims to simplify our lives. The ultimate objective is to foster a harmonious environment that fuels productivity, nurtures creativity, and paves the path to success.  

Now, let’s unravel the wisdom and logic behind some Feng Shui practices for home offices:  

Home Office Logic #1: The home office must be located in a positive sector  

Ideally, Feng Shui audits strive to identify positive sectors in your home, adorned with auspicious flying stars that foster career growth and wealth opportunities. However, in the era of compact apartments, maximizing available space takes precedence. Fear not, for there’s a simple solution even if your home office falls within a negative sector—it could be as straightforward as tilting the direction of your laptop or computer screen.  

Home Office Logic #2: Desks facing the wall promotes concentration  

True to its essence, this principle holds true for children and full-time students. Facing a wall acts as a shield against unnecessary distractions, facilitating heightened focus and concentration.  

Home Office Logic #3: The Power of Backing 

Indeed, adult working desks benefit from a supportive wall behind them. This backing symbolizes the presence of nobleman support, instilling a sense of strength and control. Imagine yourself as a revered general, with subordinates marching towards you, stopping with a crisp, sharp salute—a position of authority and command.   But what truly constitutes a wall? Can a window serve the purpose? Any floor-to-ceiling glass panel or closed window acts as a wall in this context.  

Home Office Logic #4: Windows and Energizing Qi  

Partially true, as the answer lies in the external landform beyond the windowpane. A delightful view ushers in positive Qi. However, if your window gazes upon another building, it’s best to keep it closed while working, opening it only for occasional ventilation.  

Home Office Logic #5: Window-Desk Positioning and Qi Flow  

Ideally, if space allows, create some distance between your desk and the window. Many individuals relish the refreshing breeze that accompanies an open window while they work. If you’re one of them, try positioning your desk so that the open window resides on your right side. The right-hand side, governed by the White Tiger, encourages the movement of Qi, even accelerating wealth creation.  

Home Office Logic #6: Positioning the desk to face an open window is good  

The answer to whether your desk should face an open window hinges on the quality of the view. If the scenery outside is pleasing and uplifting, by all means, embrace it. However, always ensure there’s some space between your desk and the window.  

Home Office Logic #7: The desk must not be facing the toilet  

Partially true. The rationale behind avoiding a desk facing the toilet is to steer clear of bathroom-related bacteria. The solution is simple—keep the bathroom door closed while you work.  

Home Office Logic #8: The desk must not be facing the door  

Contrary to popular belief, facing or backing the door is not an inflexible rule. The distractions arise from the intensity and frequency of people passing through the door. The key lies in closing the door when uninterrupted deep focus is essential.  

Home Office Logic #9: Tackling Insecurity – sitting with my back to the door causes backstabbing and gossiping  

Untrue. The issue lies in the discomfort caused by people frequently passing behind you, triggering a sense of insecurity. The remedy is simple—keep the door closed!  

Home Office Logic #10: Beams Above the Desk  

Partially true. Exposed ceiling beams directly above your head or hands while you work can pose a challenge. However, beams positioned above the furniture itself are not problematic. Should you detect this issue in your home office, a simple solution is to shift the desk slightly, ensuring the beam no longer looms directly above your head or hands.  

On that note, please try to avoid placing your work desks underneath the staircase. That’s a big no-no! The supressing energy causes a lot of stress.  

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A Feng Shui monthly strategy chart can be used in two ways. This is even more nuanced than a Bazi strategy as Bazi tends to be Day Master specific. In Feng Shui, we can either apply the following directly to your Life Gua (a more straightforward way of predictive analysis), or we could apply this sectors to the person who spends the most time in that particular sector. This one’s for August 2023, based on the Month Replace Month Hexagram Chart.  

In this month’s series, I’ve endeavoured to layer the information with the personal 8 mansions to create an even clearer picture of what’s happening.  


The arrival of the Mountain hexagram in the SouthWest indicates that a large obstruction is blocking certain energies. It’s not yet stagnated. But progress is almost stalled until we climb this Mountain.  

But with the Mountain hexagram comes an opportunity to just stay still for a spell. To rest, think, and most importantly, observe.  

The impact of this hexagram will differ, depending on which sector the Southwest represents for each of the individual life gua. However, expect to see the theme of self-cultivation carried throughout the 9 Life Guas, because at the end of the day, the Mountain hexagram calls for self-cultivation.  

Jue Ming Sector (Life Gua 1)

Obstruction to the ability to respond to trials and tribulations can occur when we find ourselves overwhelmed, paralyzed, or unable to effectively cope with challenging situations.  

These obstructions can include fear, lack of resilience, limited problem-solving skills, or negative thought patterns. They hinder our capacity to adapt and grow in the face of adversity.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a combination of self-reflection, emotional intelligence, and proactive strategies. It involves developing resilience through mindset shifts, cultivating positive coping mechanisms, seeking support from others, and acquiring effective problem-solving skills. By embracing a growth mindset, practicing self-care, and viewing challenges as opportunities for personal growth, we can break through the obstructions and develop a more resilient and proactive approach to facing trials and tribulations, empowering us to navigate life’s difficulties with greater strength and resilience.  

Fu Wei Sector (Life Gua 2 and Life Gua 5)  

If the Southwest represents your Fu Wei or identity sector, your own self-identity may be the cause of the obstruction. Who we are, who we identify with, plays a big role in our actions.  

Stagnation caused by self-identity occurs when we rigidly define ourselves based on past experiences, beliefs, or societal expectations, limiting our personal growth and potential. Our self-identity can become a stagnant pool, inhibiting us from exploring new perspectives and adapting to change.  

True growth and fulfillment arise when we challenge our self-imposed limitations, embrace our evolving nature, and allow ourselves the freedom to redefine who we are. By cultivating self-awareness, engaging in introspection, and seeking new experiences, we can break free from the shackles of stagnation, embrace our dynamic selves, and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and personal evolution.  

Huo Hai Sector (Life Gua 3)  

An obstruction to appetite for risk can emerge when we insist on certainty and security in every aspect of our lives.  

This obstruction arises from a fear of the unknown, a desire to avoid failure or discomfort, or a need for control. It limits our willingness to take calculated risks, explore new opportunities, and embrace uncertainty.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a shift in mindset and a re-evaluation of our relationship with risk. It involves recognizing that uncertainty is a natural part of life and that taking risks can lead to growth, learning, and exciting possibilities.  

By reframing our perception of risk, setting realistic expectations, and gradually stepping outside our comfort zones, we can expand our appetite for risk and open ourselves to new experiences, innovation, and personal development. Embracing uncertainty can ultimately lead to greater fulfillment, resilience, and the discovery of unexplored potentials.  

Wu Gui Sector (Life Gua 4)  

An obstruction to spiritual growth and intuition can manifest when we are disconnected from our inner selves, immersed in the noise and distractions of the external world, or trapped in limiting belief systems. This obstruction hampers our ability to tap into our innate wisdom, intuition, and higher consciousness.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a conscious commitment to self-reflection, inner exploration, and mindfulness practices. It involves creating space for solitude, silence, and introspection, allowing us to quiet the mind and cultivate a deeper connection with our spiritual essence.  

By embracing practices such as meditation, prayer, journaling, or connecting with nature, we can remove the obstructions and nurture our spiritual growth. This process involves questioning and expanding our belief systems, seeking guidance from spiritual teachers or mentors, and being open to the mysteries of the universe. As we cultivate a deeper connection with our inner selves and tap into our intuition, we unlock profound spiritual insights, wisdom, and a sense of purpose that can guide us on our path of spiritual growth.  

Yan Nian Sector (Life Gua 6)  

Something may be obstructing your ability or efforts to communicate effectively and openly with individuals or within a group. These obstructions can take various forms, such as misunderstandings, conflicting interests, emotional barriers, or even intentional actions to suppress or restrict communication.  

Overcoming this obstruction requires a commitment to fostering a culture of open and respectful communication. It involves actively listening to others, seeking common ground, practicing empathy, and promoting transparency.  

By addressing underlying issues, encouraging honest and constructive dialogue, and finding mutually beneficial solutions, we can remove the blocks that hinder effective communication. Building trust, creating safe spaces for expression, and valuing diverse perspectives are crucial in overcoming obstructions and cultivating healthy and productive communication channels. Ultimately, by breaking down barriers and promoting open dialogue, we can enhance understanding, collaboration, and mutual growth.  

Tian Yi Sector (Life Gua 7)  

The arrival of the Mountain hexagram is a reminder about the importance of regular periods for rest and rejuvenation to improve our physical wellness and energy levels. Since the Southwest is the Life Gua 7’s personal Tian Yi sector, this message resonates most with you.  

In a fast-paced world filled with constant demands, carving out time for stillness allows our bodies and minds to heal. During this period, we can engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or gentle stretching. Resting also involves prioritizing quality sleep, as it is essential for overall health and vitality.  

By giving ourselves permission to pause and recharge, we can reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and replenish our energy reserves. This period of stillness and rest allows our bodies to heal, rebuild, and restore balance, ultimately leading to improved physical wellness and increased energy levels to tackle the challenges of daily life with renewed vigor.  

Sheng Qi Sector (Life Gua 8 and Life Gua 5)  

You may find yourself experiencing some form of creative blocks in August 2023. This may manifest as simply as a writer’s block, or it could show up in the form of resistance to the need for new strategies and tactics.  

Overcoming creative block can be achieved by learning to look from a different perspective. With a Mountain standing in our way, we need to unlock new ideas by shifting our viewpoint and perspective.  

This can be accomplished by exploring alternative interpretations, questioning assumptions, seeking inspiration from different fields, or seeking feedback from others. Opening ourselves to diverse viewpoints encourages innovative thinking, breaks through creative barriers, and fosters new avenues of creativity. By cultivating a mindset of curiosity and embracing the unknown, we can overcome creative block and tap into our creative potential.  

Liu Sha Sector (Life Gua 9)  

For the Life Gua 9, managing and regulating your emotions may present as a bit of a challenge in August 2023. These blockages can be caused by various factors such as unresolved trauma, overwhelming stress, unhealthy coping mechanisms, or a lack of emotional awareness.  

Overcoming this blockage requires a combination of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and intentional practices. It involves identifying and acknowledging our emotions, understanding their underlying causes, and developing healthy coping strategies.  

Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, journaling, or seeking support from a therapist can help navigate and process challenging emotions. By actively working on emotional self-regulation, practicing self-compassion, and cultivating emotional resilience, we can gradually remove the blockages and gain greater control over our emotional well-being, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.  


Simply, stand in the middle of your house. Face the door. Use the compass app in your mobile device and turn to look for the relevant sector that you intend to use. Once identified, just do the activity related to the objective.  


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Our living room is the one place in the house that is literally on ‘display’. It captures the essence of who you are, and what you want the world to see of you. In Feng Shui, the condition of the living room governs the harmony within the family relationships.   Allow me to explain.

This is the central gathering space of the house, where the Qi or energy of the house converges. The living room is where everyone gathers, converses, relaxes, spends time together, and forms bonds that connect.   From this logic alone, it is reasonable to assume that an open, well-ventilated, and inviting living room space that literally invites use, is preferable to a crowded and cramped living area.  

Here are some common knowledge about living rooms in Feng Shui and the logic behind them.  

Living Room Logic #1: Exposed beams above the living room are bad for Feng Shui.  

Yes, but… as you have probably guessed, exposed beams are a big ‘no-no’ in Feng shui. Granted, exposed beams or ceiling joists can have their own unique charm and architectural appeal. But atits core, Feng Shui is about ensuring a smooth flow of energy or Qi in the home. Exposed beams disrupt the flow of energy, potentially affecting health. This is the reason for Feng Shui’s aversion to exposed beams.  

However, the primary concern is not the furniture. It’s fine to have a sofa under a beam… as long as the beam is not directly above the person sitting on the sofa. If you find that the placement of your sofa places you directly beneath an exposed beam, simply rearrange the sofa by a few inches.  

Living Room Logic #2: Cracks, holes, and peeling paint in the living room cause skin diseases and psychological problems.  

Untrue, but… the condition of your living room wall does not per se cause skin diseases and psychological problems. However, much like the logic behind the decaying doors (in the previous column), cracks, holes, and peeling paint in the living room reflect stagnant Qi or energy. They are not the problem itself.   So, an unsightly wall in your living room is literally a message from the house to you. It’s time to do something about the stagnant Qi. At the very least, consider opening the windows to ventilate the home.  

Living Room Logic #3: The presence of decorative knives, swords, and other aggressive objects has no Feng Shui impact.  

Untrue. Knives, swords, and other aggressive objects that can cause bodily harm are closely associated with conflict and aggression. In Feng Shui, their presence is generally not recommended for the living room. After all, the living room governs harmony in the house. Aggressive objects associated with conflicts contradict the basic function of the living room.   If displaying decorative knives and swords at home is your thing, it is best to place it in a more private area that is not so closely related to the harmony of the home.  

Living Room Logic #4: An abundance of figurines and toys has no Feng Shui influence. After all, they are merely decorative items.  

The living room reflects our external persona. For most people, it is a showcase for what we want the world to see of us. And some of us like to collect figurines, toys, and stuffed animals galore.  

One or two toys alone certainly will not have any effect on Feng Shui. But if your living room is flooded with these tiny figurines, they can literally represent the presence of petty people and competition in your life.  

In this case, however, the solution of remedy is extremely simple. Designate a room in your house as a showroom for your collect. Here, you can spend many pleasant hours with your hobby.  


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In this post, let’s head outside to explore the significance of the courtyard or the garden in Feng Shui.   In most houses, courtyards are rare. This refers to an external unroofed area within the house that is enclosed by surrounding walls. Typically, courtyards are only found in large mansions.  

Gardens, on the other hand, are more common, easily found in most landed homes. In Feng Shui, the courtyard or the garden acts as an enhancer to pull the Qi into your home. In the case of landed homes or linked houses, the garden can literally be a part of your Bright Hall. Therefore, the garden or courtyard does play a role within the Feng Shui of your home.  

Plants are considered Wood element activators, and are generally used either as enhancers or a natural screen against negative formations from the outside coming in.  

Garden Logic #1: A garden full of flowers indicate Peach Blossom problems  

Partially true. Allow me to explain. Flowers boost likability and is commonly used to enhance Peach Blossom luck. It is sometimes seen as a negative because problems related to the Peach Blossom typically manifest as the presence of third parties that could potentially disrupt the relationship in the home. Most Feng Shui practitioners will recommend a simple remedy by swapping the flower-bearing plants with just leafy plants.  

This perspective stems from the assumption that we have zero willpower of our own. In today’s attention economy, likability plays a big factor in our success. If you are at all worried about Peach Blossom problems in your relationship, then by all means, don’t place flowering plants. On the other hand, if your business or career literally requires public support, a flowering garden in the right sector of your home can certainly help enhance your likability.  

Garden Logic #2: Blockages in the drainage can cause health issues  

True. The function of the drains is to carry dirty water out of our homes. Any blockages will inevitably result in stagnant Qi. It is best to ensure that our drains are constantly clear of rubbish and allow for the smooth exit of dirty water from your home.  

Garden Logic #3: Open drains are a problem in Feng Shui  

Partially true, but not for the reason you think it is. This is pure common sense. Uncovered drains pose a physical danger, which is why it is recommended to cover the drains outside your house.  

Garden Logic #4: Man-made mountains, waterfall and bridges will help enhance my luck  

Partially true. However, this can only be done if your home and Bright Hall is big enough. I’m talking mansions here, people! And it must be built correctly right down to the exact degree. If you want to do this, please engage the services of a professional Feng Shui practitioner. Otherwise, please, just don’t do it.

Garden Logic #5: Having a water feature in my garden will help enhance my luck  

Yes, but… water features can only be installed if your garden is located in either the North, East, South East or South West sector of your home. Even then, the preference is for a pond is preferred to a fountain. The function of the water feature is to help collect the Qi. Fountains will create more disruptions and instability.  


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Life Gua 6 is a gua of authority. Much like the Geng Metal (Yang Metal), this gua represents someone in high authority, like a judge! Think Justice Bao! Gua 6 is all about prestige, power, decision-making and justice. After all, this is the Qian Gua – the Gua of Emperors!

Upright, diligent, and gifted with plenty of ambition, motivation, and drive, you have a natural inclination towards leadership roles. It’s easy for Gua 6 individuals to gain the trust and respect of others. You exude a palpable sense of sturdy dependability, rock-solid responsibility, and honest integrity.

Motivated by a clear sense of purpose, Gua 6 individuals tend to display a large streak of resilience and persistency when in pursuit of your goals. This is aided in large by your natural gift for strategic thinking and planning. You are very good at analysing situations and execute well-thought-out strategies to achieve your objectives.

Because Gua 6 individuals tend to be more results-oriented, you may find it a little harder to relate emotionally with other people. Connecting at an emotional level may leave you feeling vulnerable. Keeping up appearances is so very important. After all, this is the Qian Gua – the Gua of Emperors!


Gua 6 individuals have high standards of excellence and strive for quality in your work. You are driven to continually improve your skills and knowledge, seeking to excel in your chosen field.

The air of confidence and assertiveness that you exude is a boon in your professional endeavours. Given your penchant to colour within the lines, Gua 6 individuals will excel in environments where there are clear rules and protocols. In short, any environment where going ‘by-the-book’ is an advantage instead of a disadvantage.

Also, work environments that are too political in nature can also be detrimental to the Gua 6 individual. There are no curves to a Gua 6’s approach to life. You are straight talking and straight shooting. Gua 6 individuals believe that honesty really is the best policy. You rarely sugar coat. And forget about expecting you to flatter or curry favour!


Among the nine life stars, Gua 6 is one of the most loyal. When you commit, you’re in for life. However, romantic relationships or any relationships that are based on emotions can be a little challenging for the Gua 6 individual. Here, your level-headedness may not be able to help you. Unaccustomed to feeling strong emotions, Gua 6 individuals will usually need to learn how to express your feelings in a healthy manner.


These are generic personal facing directions, one of the easiest Feng Shui methods to apply. It’s just a matter of shifting your laptop to face the direction you want.

Sheng Qi (Life Generating): West

Use this direction for general advancement and growth in life. This direction works well for any business, career, or wealth-related pursuits.

Tian Yi (Heavenly Doctor): Northeast

This direction is good for enhancing your mentor luck. If this direction is to be used in the bedroom, this is a good boost for your general physical wellbeing. Face this direction if you are looking to enhance your personal branding. This direction amps up your persuasive skill and will have some impact on how you are perceived by others.

Yan Nian (Longevity): Southwest

Southwest is a great direction to build smooth interpersonal relationships whether at home or in the office. In short, it’s great for networking. If you are working in a career or business that requires multiple interactions with people from all walks of life, this direction will help you boost your career.

Fu Wei (Stability): Northwest

If it is deep focus and concentration you need, Northwest is the direction to face while planning, working, studying, researching, or creating. Anything that requires concentration, really. If you are into the art of meditation, facing Northwest while meditating can help you achieve calm and serenity much faster.


2023 Gua 6

Now that you understand the gifts of Gua 6 and how to use your personal favourable directions, here are some suggested sectors for Gua 6 to use in 2023.

Please note that these suggestions are based on ‘active usage’. To achieve the required result, go to the relevant sector and perform the related activities in line with the anticipated outcome. I am not recommending any form of energy activations. Just usage.

Southwest (recommended): Southwest in 2023 is a good sector to use if you are looking for a boost in reputation and stature. Using this sector creates a boost for your image of authority. It’s also a great area to improve on your financial intelligence. In 2023, it’s a good sector for work.

South (recommended): If Southwest is denied to you, you could also consider using the South sector in 2023 for career advancement. The South sector is best for those who are already in position to  break into the C-suite levels.

West: If you are not yet at the C-suite level, West is usable in 2023 for promotions or if you are looking for a raise. However, please be mindful that too much use of the West sector may have you facing some power struggle challenges. So please be mindful.

North: If you are a startup, or working on a project that is about to disrupt certain parts of your industry, North will be the sector to use in 2023. However, it will be stressful. Therefore, please use this only if you are looking to disrupt a certain pattern. Otherwise, you may be stressed for nothing.


Simply, stand in the middle of your house. Face the door. Use the compass app in your mobile device and turn to look for the relevant sector that you intend to use. Once identified, just do the activity related to the objective.


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You may have heard Feng Shui practitioners talking about the importance of the Bright Hall. A Bright Hall is literally the space immediately outside and inside our front doors. Each home will have two Bright Halls. An external Bright Hall directly outside your front door, an internal Bright Hall which is the entryway into your home.

As Qi flows into your home through the front door, the Bright Hall is the first point of contact. This is where the Qi collects before it is distributed around the home.

Psychologically, the entryway is also the first place we step into as we enter our homes. That very act of pausing a moment to remove our shoes carries a feeling that the day is done, and we are safe home again, doesn’t it?

Given the psychological impact that the Bright Hall has on our moods as we get home, this is quite a significant area from both a Feng Shui and psychological perspective.

Entryway Logic #1: The entryway should be kept clear of clutter

Absolutely! The entryway is where Qi collects as it comes through the front door. Clutter in this area will inevitably result in stagnant Qi that is unable to flow properly into the rest of your home.

Keeping your shoes and socks neatly in the shoe cabinet is also recommended. Imagine the Qi entering your home carrying the scent of smelly shoes and socks that are tumbled in a heap around your front door!

This is why it is so very important to keep your entryway bright, clean, and clear of clutter. And as for the psychological impact, imagine going home and the first thing you see when you open the door is clutter. How relaxing is that?

Entryway Logic #2: Mirrors at the entryway is bad

Some people believe that mirrors at the entryway brings bad luck. In the practice of Feng Shui, the mirror has no impact. If you enjoy admiring your own reflection as you walk in and out of the house, a mirror at the entryway does not carry any Feng Shui significance.

Entryway Logic #3: The entryway is able to block or diffuse any negative external Sha

In my previous column, I explained that we should always try to avoid negative Sha such as Poison Arrows, Cutting Knife or Building Sha pointing directly into your front door. There is a common belief that the entryway is able to diffuse the negative energy coming in.

This, in fact, is partially correct. It depends on the type of Sha coming into the front door. The entryway may be able to disperse negative Sha caused by smaller Poison Arrows. These would include the edges of walls pointing into your front door (known as the Wall Sha), as well as sharp edges of road signs and perhaps even electrical poles.

However, it would be ineffective against large blockages such as the edge of an entire building right outside your front door (known as a Building Sha) or a large electrical pylon. These large negative formations will affect your entire house, and the entryway will not be effective in nullifying their effects.

Entryway Logic #4: Building a wall or a divider at the end of the entryway will block out any negative Sha

Again, partially true. Effective for smaller negative formations, but impotent against larger and stronger energies caused by the edge of a building pointing straight into your front door.

Please note, however, that in order to be considered a wall, the divider must literally be a solid floor-to-ceiling wall. From a practicality point of view, how feasible would this be in most modern-day homes?

Entryway Logic #5: No exposed beams please!

True. In fact, most Feng Shui practitioners are probably allergic to the presence of exposed beams inside the house. Yes, we know they can look nice. But the presence of these beams disrupts the flow of Qi in the house, causing unnecessary internal negative Qi or Sha Qi. At the end of the day, the goal of Feng Shui is to ensure that energy moves through the home in a smooth and uninterrupted manner. Exposed beams are an anathema in Feng Shui.


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