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There is evidence to suggest that underground water courses directly under a house or a barn or any area where (animals) are kept has an adverse effect on those living just above it:-
1. An independent Germany study see below had shown that in a housing district, people staying in houses with underground water courses are prone to cancer. The housing district was set up in haste in the past Germany housing construction and a German Doctor discovered the high incidences of cancer in such households.
A top down view: See the Roofs of Houses?
Illustration above shows a section of a German Town. The blue line shows underground water. Buldings marked RED had at least a one or or two CANCER cases in a period of twenty years.
2. In barns with animal livestocks, animals frequently fall prey to ailments with underground water below the barn. We can thus eliminate "auto-suggestion" in cases of animals as they are not aware of such an adverse affects.
3. Food in such houses goes stale or rot much faster than food kept in ordinary houses. Maybe it is because of the metabolism/electrons or `sha' emitting from the underwater course.
4. Now we begin to understand why Feng Shui Masters recommend not to have "sewerage" pipes or other watercourses running below a house. This is one further evidence that Feng Shui is indeed true.
5. In general, the affected areas are directly above the underground water course and not the entire house. E.g. If you bed happens to be direclty above the underground water course or close to it, there is a high risk of getting cancer.
The key to Feng Shui revolves around the understanding of the 5 Elements. A Feng Shui practitioner must be conversant in understanding, analysing and interpreting the productive and destructive sequences of the 5elements. In this site, many topics at one time or another make use of the 5elements.
It is not uncommon for a Feng Shui practioner to ask you to place potted plants in the North (Water element) of the house or to have `warm' coloured curtains in the South (Fire element) to `enhance' that particular location.
If an element comes under the threat of another element e.g. water puts out fire; fire melts metal; metal breaks wood; wood (roots of plants) penetrates the earth; and earth is absorbed water. In this situation, Feng Shui experts will advice you to place a neutralising element to avoid such harmful effects.
1. Chinese geomancers consider the North-East as the gate for evil forces to enter earth and Europeans consider it as the North. This region ranges from the North to the North-East direction.
2. In Chinese Geomancy, the South-West (which is the opposite direction of North-East) is thus the "back gate" or "backdoor" of the evil forces.
3. The North-East is represented by the trigram KEN. Which stands for the youngest son. The `youngest' son is considered the `weakest' of the 8 trigram and thus fall prey to `evil influence'.
4. The Forbidden City has it's main gate facing south. This was to avoid the wind from Mongolia which carries a great deal of yellow dust and was very cold. In Beijing, many people avoided placing windows on the north. Even today, many Beijing houses do not have windows on the north.
5. The Midsummer's Day is considered the most evil day of the year. On this day, June 21st, the axis of the Earth is furthest North and from this day, move southwards. It is also the longest day.
6. Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is held on Midsummer's Day, June 21st.This is also the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month when disease is most rampant and threathening. Hence this festival helps to ward off evil as well as mark the start of summer.
7. The stones at Stonehenge (see picture) are arranged such that on Midsummer's Day a man standing at the centre of the monument and looking at the opening between two to of the outer circle of standing stones can see the rising sun pass directly over the upright Heelstone, outside the monument.
The Stongehenge has it's main entrance facing the North-East direction. Midsummer's Day was an important occasion for the people who built and used the Stonehenge. As late as the 1st century AD, when the Romans came to Britain, the Celts, under thier priests, the Druids, were still using Stongehenge as a temple for sun-worship, and it was once believed that the builders of the monument nearly 2,000 years earlier had the same purpose in mind.
8. Churches in the medieval period often carry out baptisms in the north wing of the church with the north door open. This is to drive away evil spirits to the North.
9. Another theory is that there is a hole in the North or called "Northern Lights". This allows `dangerous' levels of cosmic rays to fall to the earth and thus any prolong exposure to the cosmic rays may lead to skin diseases like cancer.
10. Master Sum, a famous Feng Shui writer in the Ching Dynasty, mentioned that one way of detecting the presence of spirits is by looking at the house chart for the concentration of yin stars.
In case, for those who have the " Excellent " intangible force as the North or North-East direction, don't be unduly worried about this. These two locations still remain your personal " Excellent " location for the main door. Likewise, for the author, my " Excellent " location is the North. It is still a pretty good location!
I have heard many incidents and stories that the Chinese Luopan goes " haywire " when it comes into contact with `ghosts'. In most cases compass needle goes `crazy' and turns in circles and stop at the opposite direction. (It was suppose to point to the South) but now points to the North.
If you have any experiences to share regarding this topic, please send me an e-mail as I hope to do more research into this subject i.e. the North or North-East Direction.
1. As fountains and waterfalls belong to the same `family' it has been covered together in this article. Sometimes references are made to fountains and at times to waterfall.
2. A brief definition:-
A `small' fountain can be considered for a home while a `larger' fountain for a large building or commercial premises.
A waterfall is usually meant for large buildings e.g. commercial premises, condominiums or any other buildings.
3. A fountain or waterfall is NOT a Feng Shui cure NOR an `antidote' used to neutralise a bad location. Instead, it is said to be `good' as it is able to produce `beneficial' yang energy.
Before, you begin running to a shop to buy one for your home, please read the following points before you decide whether you need one:-
4. The best locations for fountains are outside the `front' garden of a house or in the living room. For waterfalls, it is good to have it outside the front of the building and NOT at the back of the premises. This is in line with the Four Symbolic Animals Principle where the back of the house should have a `solid' backing.
5. Two excellent locations are the South-East (FIRST CHOICE) and North (SECOND CHOICE). Is there a THIRD CHOICE? Yes, the THIRD CHOICE is to place it in any location outside the `front' of the house.
6. It is acceptable even to place a fountain or waterfall at the South direction or `Fire' direction . to `cool' the house. Another good location outside the house is the North-East Direction or commonly called the Devil's Gate. This can reduce the `yin' energy from this area as a fountain produces beneficial `yang' energy.
7. If a fountain is placed at the South-East (or North) of a home can give a boost to one's career.
8. A fountain should not be placed in the bedrooms. Preferably, a fountain should be rounded and not rectangular in shape.
The last resort if you purchase one is to place it at a `corner' with one set of edges parallel to the wall. For a rounded fountain, you can place it `centrally'. This is because as you are aware by now, `sharp' corners send out `sha' or `poison arrow' especially if it is pointed at a sensitive direction e.g. a sofa set or dining room seat. One suggestion is thus to place flower pots at the edges.
9. Preferably, your living room should be in the South-East direction. The living room should be `big' or `large' enought to accomodate the fountain.
10. The ideal fountain is a "rounded" shape. For a waterfall, usually water runs off from one side of the wall and falls into a pool of water.
11. If one has a landed property, there is `no harm' in fact `good' to place the fountain in the front garden. This is the `first' choice as compared to placing a fountain in the interior of the home e.g. the living room.
12. NEVER place a fountain in the bedroom. Bedrooms suppose to be a `yin' place ie. for resting and a fountain (yang) contradicts this.
13. It is equally bad to place a fountain in a children's room. (In fact, no one does that!). But in the process of growing up, loud music, hi-fi are encouraged.
14. Earlier, I mentioned that fountains are NOT feng shui cures or antidote. Many Feng Shui Masters believe that a fountain is able to `activate' good chi and thus a good `thing' to have.
Fountains are particularly good for a large location. Therefore, fountains are strongly recommended for commercial buildings e.g. inside hotel lobbies or outside the building especially in-front. For large commercial sites, it need not be in the shape of the `common' fountain but water flowing from manmade waterfalls. REMEMBER the Four Symbolic Animals Principle? where the advice is to have a clear space in front of a building and a fountain or waterfall gives such a `space.'
15. For a home, I therefore stress that it has to be `large'. Large enough for proper living room furniture etc.. It is no point having a fountain if one cannot even have a proper sitting arrangement for living room set and coffee table and a separate area for the dining area. (This is my definition of `large'. In your case, you have to judge for yourself.)