Question: What do you do when the best direction(s) (door, sitting etc.) are different for your spouse? How do you select the right door placement/ colors etc. for the best energy?
This is one of the frequent asked questions from many feng shui beginners, especially those who follow the Eight Mansions feng shui. Basically these people have difficulties figuring out the proper feng shui solution when two people belong to the opposite Groups (East and West) and with different Kua Numbers living in the same house; and apparently they can not get any logical explanations from most of the feng shui web sites and books in the market! As a matter of fact, this problem applies to other type of feng shui as well like the Xuan Kong Flying Star feng shui where the occupants have different birth elements. One exception is the BTB feng shui where they did not consider these kinds of important aspects of feng shui, namely the compass directions of the ba gua or the birth element/Kua Number of the occupants!
Most of the time, I believe many people have been confused and misled by some of the so-called feng shui experts, as they mostly only showing people the concept of the four (4) auspicious and four (4) in auspicious directions based on the Kua Numbers. They have totally disregard the main principle of the Eight Mansions feng shui, which is the feng shui application for the eight different “mansions” or houses based on the facing/sitting direction of the front door. Under this type of feng shui, it divides all houses into eight different Groups; each has its own house chart showing the four (4) auspicious and four (4) inauspicious sectors where the eight stars are located, namely, “sheng chi”, “nien yen”, “tien yi”, “fu wei”, “ho hai”, “wu kwei”, “lu sha” and “chueh ming”.
In fact, the house chart is showing the overall feng shui or chi pattern of the house; which is similar to the natal chart of the Xuan Kong Flying Star feng shui. This will affect all the people living in the house in general. Therefore, when we are following the Eight Mansions feng shui, the first thing that we need to do is to calculate the house chart based on the facing/sitting direction of the front door. From the house chart, it will define the eight sectors (ba gua) of the house.
Let us look at the example of a “kan” house (south facing front door/north sitting) which is an East Group House. We can see that the entrance is at the auspicious “nien yan” sector, which means good feng shui for all the occupants in the house, it doesn’t matter East Group or West Group person; and those who belong to the East Group will enjoy the benefit more. Under the same logic, if the kitchen (common area) is located at the inauspicious “ho hai” sector, it is not good feng shui to all the occupants even for the East Group people. This is what we refer as “big tai chi” in feng shui, which is basically the overall feng shui of the house.
So, how can we apply feng shui to benefit the occupants with different Kua Number? This is the time when we will apply the concept of “small tai chi” in feng shui; that is to superimpose the house chart (ba gua) onto each individual room. We can then arrange the furniture to face the auspicious directions based on the Kua Number of the occupant, such that they can tap into the positive chi. Now let us use the master bedroom of the above “kan” house to further illustrate this idea. Let say the master bedroom is located at the inauspicious “chueh ming” or the SW sector, which is not considered good feng shui under the Eight Mansions feng shui; and due to whatever reasons, the couple cannot move to another room. In this scenario, the first thing we have to check is the facing direction of the master bedroom door. If it matches one of the auspicious directions of the husband, then the bed shall be placed such that it is facing one of the auspicious directions of the wife and vice versa.
Now the second most common dilemma for this type of feng shui is what we are going to do with the common rooms (used by all occupants) like the living room and the dining room? Well, my recommendation is to apply the concept of the “big tai chi” to apply the feng shui remedies. This shall benefit all the occupants in the house even with different Kua Numbers. For instance, if the living room is located at the inauspicious “chueh ming” sector, we will place a square shaped ceramics at the “tien yi” sector based on the guidelines form the classical text: “Ba Zhai Ming Jing” [八宅明鏡].We can also apply additional feng shui cure based on the element of the star. For example, since the “chueh ming” star is associated with the metal element, we can apply fire and water element feng shui cure to counteract its effects. On the other hand, if the living room is located at one of the auspicious sectors, then it will benefit all the occupants in the hoiuse even with different kua number.