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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