Landform feng shui considers the impact that the environment around your house or building has on the occupants and luck of your work and living space. The Chinese take great care to select the right location for their domestic and business dwellings. At a basic level, we can all understand the different ways that a house would feel if it were on the ocean front, next to a river, in a valley or on the incline of hill.
Strolling through the countryside is a totally different experience to the hustle and bustle of walking in an urban park or through a crowded city centre high street. Imagine you could design the perfect surroundings and home layout. What would it look like? Where would it be? And how might it feel to you as you lived and worked in that location? Okay, this is purely imaginary, but now think about where you are living or working now. I bet it feels and looks different to what you saw and felt earlier.
This shows you the way that surroundings can change the experience that you have. So what if you had a busy motorway flyover running right right next to where you live, or perhaps you are opposite a tall building that has its corner pointing to your house or apartment. Would it surprise you if this were to change the way that your home feels? In reality, everything around us has the potential to affect us either in a positive or negative way. Understanding this can allow us to to reduce the harmful effect of less beneficial structures and ensure we are maximising the positive benefits of auspicious features around us.
I can't move my house!
You may not be able to physically move your house to a better location, and you certainly may not want to move just yet. So can you actually do anything to improve your situation if you find that your location has features around that perhaps feel unwelcome? The answer in most cases is yes. I say in most cases because without knowing where you live I cannot presume that there will be a practical solution.
For example, if you lived right on the very top of a mountain, with no support or protection from the wind or driving rain, there would be a limit to what you would be able to do to create some protection. You may be able to plant some trees, but it could take many years before they were large enough to affect your environment. This is an extreme example.
Fortunately in most cases it would be relatively straightforward to make simple changes that would allow one to improve the feng shui of a residence. For example, walls and fences can be erected fairly easily, bushes or trees planted, protective symbols such as deities or animals can be placed and water features or mirrors can be positioned.
What is the Perfect Location?:
Short of spending a lot of time finding the perfect location and then building your house very precisely there is not really a perfect location. In the past the Chinese would spend time identifying the best locations by studying the natural land formations. They would look for mountains, hills and rivers and their precise compass directions. However bear in mind they were generally identifying the best locations for both living and farming.
The most favourable arrangement was for a house to be positioned in a kind of armchair arrangement. For example they would look for a hill or mountain to the rear of the location to provide support and protection from the wind. This would generally be in the North and was referred to as the Tortoise.
They would then look for a low undulating range of hills in the East or to to the right of the property looking out. This would provide some protection from the cool morning breeze. This formation was known as the Dragon.
To the west they preferred to have a slightly lower range of hills that was known as the Tiger. The area in front (the South) was preferred to be open and clear so that it benefitted from the heat of the sun. This area was referred to as the Phoenix and in general if your property has a nice open area in front this is considered to be your 'Ming Tang' or 'Bright Hall', an area where good 'Chi' or energy can collect. This also signifies a good future full of opportunities.
So does that mean that your building should be facing south and have hills to each side? No. This just means that it is a good idea to have a location which has some open space in front where possible and support at the rear in the form of a high wall or other buildings. The area in front could be a front garden, a long driveway or perhaps you have some open land or park space in front.
You may have noticed how houses of the rich and powerful tend to be built with long sweeping driveways with open space in front. Often there would be a fountain or water feature of some kind and the entrance would generally open up into a large spacious hallway. All of this ensures that you maximise the potential of the chi coming into your environment and living space.
In a typical city environment this is clearly not easy to achieve but Landform is only one aspect of feng shui and we still need to consider other aspects, such as Flying Stars
and Eight Mansions