Orientation is generally defined as the location of a building or site with respect to the points of a compass (cardinal directions). For determining the orientation, we normally consider the direction of the main road as the front of the site and use it as a reference to find the orientation.
In Vaastu Shastra, orientation plays an important role in deciding the planning of the house. In Feng Shui too, orientation is important, but it is essential to first determine the front of a property, and then to know which direction the front faces, right down to the last degree. In feng shui, the main road is not necessarily the front of the house.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE FRONT OF THE STRUCTURE IN FENG SHUI?
Every structure has a ‘front’ and a ‘back’. The back is always magnetically opposite the front. So if the front of the house is at 5 deg, then the back is at 185 deg. In most houses the front is easy to identify – it is usually the direction the main door faces. But in Feng Shui, this isn’t always the case. The facing direction is the front that faces active energy and the sitting direction is the one exactly opposite to this. Here’s how to recognize the direction of active (lively) energy.
A good test to find out the facing direction of an existing house- If you had to take only one photo of a house, which side would you take? Normally you will prefer to take the photo of the side that looks the most pleasing, like a side with lot of windows rather than a blank wall. So, the side that is more pleasing is the facing/front side.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT IN FENG SHUI, TO IDENTIFY THE FRONT AND BACK OF A HOUSE CORRECTLY?
Most Feng Shui system make use of either the sitting or facing direction (plus other factors) to determine the qi distribution in a house. If you make a wrong assessment of the front nad back of a house,, then the subsequent asssessment will be incorrect.
HOW DO YOU TAKE A COMPASS READING IN FENG SHUI?
In a plan, the arrow denoting North is not the magnetic North, but the geographical North, and should never be used in Feng shui. To find the magnetic North, you first need a compass.
In the next post I will explain, how to superimpose the directional chart onto a floor plan.
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