By Kathryn Weber
Ever wonder why you’re working so hard at feng shui and it’s not working for you?
Maybe it’s because feng shui often works like a radio. When you’re trying to listen to 105.2 tuning the dial to 105.3 or 105 might pick up the station, but it won’t come in clearly, if at all, or it will have a lot of static.
Feng shui sometimes relies on precision.
That’s why it pays to be able to place your cures and activators accurately. But how do you do that?
You may think you’re putting an activator or a cure in the exact north corner of your living room only to find out it’s the northeast or northwest.
Not long ago, I did a quick diagnosis for a client who was looking for a job.
When I noticed that he had a large ficus tree smack on the southwest line in his home, which was his personal success direction, we removed it immediately and he got a call about a job that day. The ficus tree being of the wood element destroys the earth element of the southwest, so his progress was blocked.
As if that weren’t enough, he also had a ficus tree in the north career corner (water element) of his office – and what does wood do? – blocked all his efforts at generating income (read: landing a job).
Because the north corner of his office was the lucky corner, we added lights to his tree to “destroy” the wood energy. He received two very lucrative offers and is in the process of accepting one.
In my own home, I have a tree in the east corner of my living room, which is typically a good thing, but this year, the excess wood can cause problems for the family and the oldest son. My husband also had a tree in his office in the north corner. We’ve added lights to both trees and some of the snags we were experiencing smoothed out.
I encourage you to take your floor plan and draw the pie chart over your floor plan to fully understand how your feng shui is playing out. This is a good way to do a diagnosis of problems in your life. It’s also a great way to ACTIVATE your feng shui too! I recommend that you use it to place your annual feng shui placements of cures and activators for the best possible outcomes.
Here’s a rundown on the eight directions:
- 0° North
- 180° South
- 90° East
- 270° West
- 45° Northeast
- 135° Southeast
- 225° Southwest
- 315° Northwest
HOW TO START:
- First Step: Using your home’s floor plan, and draw the lo shu square over it. Draw an X from one corner to the next. Notice the hand-drawn lo shu square in the living room. You might want to do this on your diagram as well.
- Second Step: Identify the 0° north – 180° south line. You can do this by finding the direction your house faces and then marking that on your diagram. Or, you can do it by standing in the center of our home and looking for the north-south line. Then mark the 90° east – 270° west line. Try to use a traditional magnetic compass for this. Drawing an X this way also helps you identify the exact center of your house, too.
- Third Step: Begin marking the remaining southeast-northwest, and southwest-northeast lines using the directions listed above.
HOW TO USE THIS TECHNIQUE:
This technique can be used to place elements for the annual energies, to supercharge your personal kua direction or your zodiac sign. You can use it to activate the corresponding corners of the house, or to activate the corresponding corners of your bedroom, office or living room.
Here are three examples of how you can activate the corners of your home, living room, office, or bedroom.
But when you REALLY want to activate a corner of your house, it’s best to use the PRODUCING cycle in feng shui. The illustration below demonstrates this.
If you want to add extra oomph to your feng shui, make your placements according to the annual energies.