Floor Plans and Feng Shui

Did you know that an accurate floor plan is a must for traditional schools of Feng Shui? In this article, Dean examines various plans available and how they are used in Feng Shui.

Why are Floor Plans important to Feng Shui?

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I began writing this article simply wanting to show the importance of having an accurate Floor Plan to work out all your Feng Shui placements on. 

Click here to learn about the symbols and markings on professional floor plans, or click here to learn how to draw an accurate floor plan yourself.

Then I did a search. Wow, there are even building companies in Australia offering “Feng Shui Floor Plans”.

There is a lot of information out there on the internet about choosing a Floor Plan based on the concept of “Feng Shui is a complex practice, but it can also be broken down into eight or nine directions”.

Most of what I have found is giving you advice based on a Feng Shui school made popular in the 1980’s. It is a good place to start learning about Chinese metaphysics (I did!) because you’ll learn about the Elements and some landforms, but I am very dubious about basing an expensive purchase like a home on such a basic School of Feng Shui.

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The Black Hat, and it’s cousin, the Life Aspirations school takes the Later Heaven Bagua and assigns the areas to an “aspiration”. Some base it on the front door, others take a compass reading. It does not take landform Chi flow or your personal astrology into account.

An experienced practitioner can help you with not only the floor plan layout, but the land selection, timing of submissions, building start dates and many other intricacies that lead to a cost-effective and smooth-running construction.

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By Will Jones.

Consider your local Feng Shui practitioner to be another professional that assists you along the way, the same as an architect, lawyer, conveyancer or mortgage broker would.

Floor Plan Accuracy, and dividing into sectors

In the 20+ years that I’ve been studying and consulting in Feng Shui, I’ve tried and tested many methods – using line of sight (doing things “by eye”), dividing into a pie shape, and dividing into boxes. I personally have come to the conclusion that the pie-shape with 8 equal 45° sectors placed over a floor plan is the most accurate way to determine Chi flow and cure/remedy placement. There are some cases (such as very long, narrow buildings) that a box/rectangle style division can be helpful though.

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Overlaying a divided circle (the Luo Pan) onto a set of boxes (the floor plan) immediately creates the potential for errors though. If the floor plan is incorrect at the usual scale of 1:100, then in a long building (most homes are rectangles rather than squares), then a cure placement can be out by as little as 10cm or up to half a metre.

When you start practising some of the advanced Feng Shui schools, you will be looking at divisions sometimes less than 1 degree, so 10cm (or 4 inches) can make the difference between a front door accepting good luck or bad luck, in which case means the pie-divisions will give you the most accuracy.

The Site Plan below has a basic 24 Mountain Luo Pan overlaid with North oriented towards Magnetic North. Just from this we can see the way the land flows, where the streets are in relation to the facing, and much more. This is without even looking at the actual floor plan layout for the stove, bedrooms and other features.

When you’ve been able to determine the quality of the external Feng Shui forms, then the same Luo Pan can be used to assess the internal structure, preferably with an equally accurate plan as the Site Plan above.

The apartment above is facing towards the East and is a wide rectangle with some parts missing. A Flying Stars Feng Shui practitioner would know that if this apartment was built in the 1970’s then the current Period 8 Wealth star is located in the South. You can calculate your own home’s Flying Star Feng Shui chart here.

A practitioner who utilises the Xuan Kong Da Gua school of Feng Shui might want to use one of the Hexagram lines to pinpoint the exact location of a water feature to help activate income and money for the occupants. A potential useful line and point is marked with an ‘X’ above. These lines occupy 0.9375 of a degree.

If they were going by eye while they were at the apartment, they could miss the spot entirely. Worse still, if they were relying on a sketch, the water feature could be moved into a Void point.

In Conclusion

Whether you are a Feng Shui D-I-Yer, are engaging a practitioner or if you are a practitioner reading this, it will always pay you to start with an accurate floor plan, along with an accurate compass reading. You can learn how to draw your own floor plan from scratch right here.

If you have trouble with this sort of thing, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do Feng Shui though. There are plenty of Feng Shui practitioners who rely on drafts people and architects to provide them with the accuracy they need.

Feng Shui and Floor Plan Resources

Here is a list of books, websites, services, courses that we recommend. 

This fully illustrated, comprehensive workbook is designed primarily for homeowners, renters, architects, and business owners who want to put feng-shui to practical personal use–to choose a home, build a house, select an office, or find a retail space. Real estate agents, interior designers, and architects will also find it useful as a reference manual. The text and exercises proceed in systematic fashion from basic principles to specific projects, covering the following lessons: Landform School, Using the feng shui compass to chart energy patterns, Planning the usage of space, Matching occupants to a house, Deciding on the placement of furniture, and more.

By independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts Eva Wong.

Secrets Of Your House Charts arranges the texts of thousands of years of Chinese traditional practices, summarizing them into easily digestible sections. This book is easy to understand and use to get your feng shui right. Instructions and guidelines are specific and practical, written to explain, clarify and simplify making all your placement and timing decisions easy. Learn to diagnose problem areas. Understand the importance of time changes in luck. Master the compass formulas of feng shui. Become specific in your practice of feng shui.

By world-renowned Feng Shui expert Lillian Too.

Cate Bramble has devoted her career to highlighting the differences between ‘feng shui-lite’ to the original intentions of the Chinese masters. Here she presents the authentic principles in a technical, no-nonsense pocket book specifically for architects. This practical guide includes line illustrations that present the principles of feng shui, and their application in architecture through planning principles, services, building elements and materials, in an accessible, easy reference format. The author explains feng shui from archaeological sources and evidence of practice in the east, contrasting it with what passes for feng shui in the west. She analyses the practice in terms of such concepts as western systems theory, viewshed, space syntax and the ‘pattern landscape’ theory of urban planning.

By Cate Bramble.

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Dean French

With over two decades of practical Feng Shui experience, Dean French is known for his down-to-earth attitude, perceptive observational skills, and his direct and honest communication. Amongst his clients, he has a reputation as an accomplished consultant that has grown through perseverance, professional diligence, conscientious integrity, and the outstanding transformative life shifts they receive.

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  1. Hello Mr Dean. As a fellow feng shui practitioner in Australia, could you mention some of those companies offering such floor plans? There’s a very good chance that I’ll be moving out soon, and I want my next place to be full, vibrant and rich. Also, did you engage with any of these companies? Actually, never mind, I think I’ll just contact you instead. I look forward to working with you. Thank you

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  1. Hello Mr Dean. As a fellow feng shui practitioner in Australia, could you mention some of those companies offering such floor plans? There’s a very good chance that I’ll be moving out soon, and I want my next place to be full, vibrant and rich. Also, did you engage with any of these companies? Actually, never mind, I think I’ll just contact you instead. I look forward to working with you. Thank you

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