By Kathryn Weber
When feng shui originated several thousand years ago, it took into account the effects of landmarks such as lakes, rivers, ponds, mountains, hills and various environmental considerations when determining the benefit or impact of feng shui on a home or building.
Today, it’s much the same but in addition to natural landmarks, homeowners now must take into account influences such as roadways, other buildings, electrical wires and the like, when evaluating the feng shui of their homes.
The good news is that most difficulties associated with roads can be overcome in feng shui.
I used to live in an area and watched one really lovely home go up for sale in succession to different owners. Year after year a new owner would move in and then another for sale sign would go up.
What was interesting was this home’s relationship to the roads that lead up to it.
The home was located on a major bend in the heavily-traveled road and made cars appear to head straight for it as they traveled at high rates of speed. Interestingly, at this particular bend where the cars would go past the house, opposite the house was a large tree and a small graveyard.
This arrangement directly impacted the luck of the many residents of this house, and many drivers were killed at the tree and graveyard as they approached this fatal bend in the road.
Finally, one smart new homeowner purchased some very large hedges shortly after moving in and had them planted in a line that blocked the view of the cars speeding toward the house, their headlights, and blocked the view of the small cemetery and the large tree where so many cars wrecked.
The residents of the house now? They stayed and flourished.
When we have energy coming at our homes, it can severely limit us – or bring us benefits.
One house that was also striking in its relationship to roads was the house where Robin Williams committed suicide. The street was mere feet from the front door, so no “bright hall” (the open space where chi gathers and brings opportunity to a home – which could explain some of the limited film opportunities he was experiencing then). But there was a bigger, even more serious complication. It was the water directly at the back of the house.
With a road at the front and water at the back, Mr. Williams was “sandwiched” by a lack of support and opportunity, much like being backed off a cliff.
When you have a road directly behind the house and in front, this can be disastrous for health, wealth and opportunity as we saw by Robin Williams’ untimely and tragic end.
There is some feng shui thought that certain entry and exit directions are beneficial for roads surrounding our houses and some that are detrimental. The problem with this type of feng shui is these benefits really only apply when the road is a one way street, which few, if any houses actually have. When the road, like most houses have, is a two-way road, the effects become neutral. So, unless you live on a one way street, it’s hard to make these kinds of feng shui determinations.
To determine your home’s arrangement to roads, take a look at your home on Google Earth.
This is one of the best online feng shui tools because it gives you a birds eye view of your home in relationship to roads, ditches, buildings and environmental influences such as hills. You should also take into account the road’s speed when determining its effect on your home and life. Like my example, a heavily trafficked and high-speed road made the road more dangerous than if it were in a neighborhood with a slow rate of speed.
Below are some of the road arrangements and how they impact your home and luck.
When your home is located on the inside of a curve (see red circled home above), you are being “hugged” by the road, which symbolizes water. This is considered very auspicious.
When your house is sitting on an outside curve the bend of the road becomes a poison arrow (as noted on the diagram by the red arrows). What can you do about this? Blocking the view with a solid fence, wall, or row of hedges is a benefit.
This is the most dangerous and problematic. Many entrances to subdivisions end this way with cars coming into the neighborhood and having to turn left or right, like the intersection shown above with the red arrow. The house directly opposite must “absorb” this energy of all the oncoming cars and often results in health problems, money and relationship difficulties, and general declining luck and fortune.
This is why so many of the homes in neighborhoods like this have high turnover with for sale signs constantly going up — and that is harmful for home values in the neighborhood. A wall or fence should be erected to counteract the effect of the poison arrows coming from the cars.
CUL-DE-SACS & DEAD ENDS
When a home is located on a culdesac or a dead end, there is a stoppage of energy. The “flow” of the road is interrupted and can often create financial difficulties. If the home is directly in line with the road, this is much like a t-intersection and aims very harmful energy at the home and the occupants.
Again, some type of shield needs to be erected by a wall, fence or hedges. Homes in a culdesac or dead end often suffer from declining energy. Good landscaping and lighting must be employed to keep the energy refreshed and lifted so that the home enjoys growing chi.
When roads are lifted off the ground and a home sees the road, this adds a knife-edge quality to the road. Because these roads are often highways, the speeds create even more cutting energy. There is not much that can be done to counteract these roads other than to blocked the view of them.
When your home has a street running in front of it and a street running directly behind it, this is like being sandwiched between two bodies of water. This can create financial difficulties and struggles getting a solid career or business footing. Money may come and go quickly, with a slow and steadily diminished bank account. Make sure there is a fence and hedges at the rear of the house so that the view of the road at the rear is blocked.
The house at right is actor Robin Williams, who tragically committed suicide. One might argue that the water side is the “facing direction,” and I believe it is, but this still puts a street directly at the back, not 15 feet from the front door, making it’s ability to drain his assets, and indeed, his life.
If your home is on a road that is unlevel, always approach your home from the lower side of the street so that when you enter your home, you are entering it from a lower level to a higher one. Avoid entering your home by going “down” the street rather than up it. This will prevent your home’s chi from being lowered and yours as well.