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How to optimise your Feng Shui in 2018

Feng Shui

With 2018 right around the corner, we all have hopes and wishes for the coming New Year. Whether it’s personal or professional, we strive to achieve these goals through our own hard work but a little help from the power of Feng Shui doesn’t hurt either.

There are many schools of Feng Shui, and the most widely recognised is the traditional or classic ‘Xuan Kong Feng Shui’, which is based on the ancient Purple White Script. Using the ‘Xuan Kong’ school of thought as reference, we present a guide for optimising your Feng Shui in the Year of the Dog.

In 2018, the direction with the most negative energy is the north, therefore it becomes a convergence point for ‘San Sha’ and ‘Wu Huang’ stars (both representing bad energy and bad luck). If it is where the main entrance of your home is or where your seat in the office is located, it can have an unfavourable impact on your family’s fortune, or pose obstacles in your career. You can place a copper wind chime or metal artwork in the north to dissolve the bad energy. Remember not to start any construction in the north to avoid summoning the power of the two stars.

This year, the ‘Er Hei’ star (star of disease) is located in the west. I suggest making extra efforts in preventing diseases rather than trying to cure them afterwards. To counteract the illness, put a copper gourd in the west. No matter if it’s at your workplace or your home, health should be your number one priority.

A friendly work environment can boost employees’ productivity levels, just like a harmonious family life can create more positivity and fortune for everyone in the family. In the New Year, the ‘San Bi’ star, which represents conflicts and discordance, flies to the northeast. If the front door of your office or home happens to be located in the northeast, there will be a higher chance of internal conflicts, external gossip or legal troubles so remain vigilant and try to stay away from foreseen potential trouble where possible. The ‘San Bi’ star is of wooden nature and can be conquered with “fiery” objects such as red coloured items.

After dissolving the negative effects, it’s time to readjust the layout of your spaces for the best Feng Shui possible.


Feng Shui

In the office

For promotions and pay rises

- Place a jade seal in the southwest to increase power
- Place a piggy bank in the southeast to increase fortune
- Place four calligraphy brushes in the northwest to elevate reputation and influence

For more commissions
- Place a piggy bank in the southeast to increase fortune
- Place fresh flowers in the northwest to improve interpersonal relationships

For interviews and exams
- Place four lucky bamboos in the south to improve literacy skills in academia
- Place fresh flowers in the northwest to improve interpersonal relationships

At home

For romance
- Place New Year flowers* in the centre of your home to increase your chance of finding romance
- Place fresh flowers in the northwest of your bedroom to improve interpersonal relationships

For academic excellence 
- Place four lucky bamboos in the south to improve literacy skills in academia
- Place four calligraphy brushes in the northwest to elevate reputation and influence

For new offspring
- Place an eternal fire in the southeast to boost the chance of pregnancy
- Place New Year flowers* in the centre of your home to amplify the holiday joy and spirit

For money
- Place a piggy bank in the southeast to increase fortune
- Place a money plant (Devil’s Ivy, epipremnum aureum) in the northwest to increase fortune

If the front door of your home is in the southeast, use red carpets; if it’s in the northwest, choose blue carpets.

*Note: New Year flowers are the flowers displayed during the New Year such as Peach Blossoms and Paperwhites.