Feng Shui studies are developed through a combination of Taoism and Chinese cultures. Many Taoists and Buddhists set up shrines at their properties to honor their gods and to bless their properties. Shrines can come in all shapes and sizes. While some shrines come in a multi-story cabinet, many are as simple as placing a statue, photo or other symbolic items in the area.
Regardless of religious backgrounds, it is important to find a desirable location to create a peaceful ambiance for the higher powers. It is believed that having the shrine at a desirable location will gather positive energy (Qi) into the property, bring good luck and good health to members of the household.
Here is the rule-of-thumb for a desirable location:
- The shrine should be placed along the wall, instead of in front of windows or other moving elements. Placing it directly under a ceiling beam is also not advised.
- o The kitchen, bathroom or master bedroom shouldn’t be directly behind the shrine, as traffic and noise from these areas of the house will disturb the peaceful ambiance. As there are different types of Gods or higher powers in Chinese culture, there are also different rules or restrictions when placing the statues or “Incense”. If you don’t have a specific religious belief, you are strongly advised not to set up an area of consecration, since this may draw in bad fortune if you lose interest in worshipping the higher power and abandon the use of the “Incense”.
Information provided by Feng Shui Master, Philip Wong. www.wonglapdei.com.hk