If you’re not using your home’s facing direction to practice Feng Shui, then you’re not really practicing Feng Shui. That’s because the facing direction is ESSENTIAL (in many practices) and is one of the first steps when you’re determining what kind of Feng Shui setting your house have.
Here are some examples to illustrate.
If you’re practicing Eight Mansions, your home’s facing direction helps you find out your House Kua. Only then would you know whether your front door, kitchen, and bedroom are in auspicious sectors or not.
If you’re practicing Xuan Kong Flying Stars, your home’s facing direction is one of the key information to help you plot out the natal chart of your home. The natal chart is the centerpiece to interpret what Feng Shui effects might come to you.
In essence, if you’re looking for real Feng Shui benefits such as wealth, health, and relationship enhancements, finding out your home’s facing direction is the critical first step.
For some, the home’s facing direction is not evident, especially if you live in apartments. Other times, you may have gotten your facing direction wrong. This article will guide you through these uncertainties and teach you how to find your home’s facing direction.
Let’s begin with the most popular misconception about the home’s facing direction.
Facing Direction is NOT Your Front Door Direction
Many people assume that a home’s facing direction is the front door direction. In some cases, this is true. However, DO NOT use your front door when you’re trying to find your facing direction.
For instance, look at the image below. Can you tell that the facing direction is different from the front door direction?
Here’s another illustration if you didn’t get it.
Take the Forbidden City in Beijing as an example. It is built on sitting North, facing South. All of its gates are facing South too. Below is an image that illustrates this setup.
Now, imagine the SAME exact setup with a slight variation: the main gate opens on the East side (but there are still gates in all the 4 cardinal directions). Do you think that the Forbidden City now faces East instead? (This is just a basic illustration.)
Depending on how the house is built and its design and orientation, the facing direction is sometimes the same as the front door’s direction. The Forbidden City is a prime example of this.
But again, let me reiterate: do NOT use your front door direction when you’re finding your home’s facing direction. The two should be considered INDEPENDENTLY.
Finding the Facing Direction of a House
Here are several ways to find out the facing direction of a house.
- Find out where the most Yang side of the house is (based on the Yin Yang Theory). The Yang side is usually the side that’s most “active”. Meaning, it’s the side where the road is and where most movement occurs. It’s also the side that can gather the most sunlight and Qi energy.
Using the above method should suffice. If not, you can use these other methods as cross reference.
- Find out where the backyard is. As the name implies, the backyard should be situated at the back, or the “sitting” direction. The same concept applies for the front yard.
- Check the house’s design and orientation. Which side is made to greet guests?
- Imagine the house as a person. Which side would be the “face” of the house? Which side would be it’s back?
If your house is the standard conventional type, the above four steps should all produce the same result. If your house has a modern artistic design, then the facing direction can be tricky to find.
If that’s the case, you should consult with a Feng Shui professional.
Finding the Facing Direction of an Apartment
This is where there’s quite some debate. I’ve seen many masters use different ways to find the facing direction of an apartment.
One method is to use the apartment door as the facing direction. After all, the front door is the mouth of the house that gathers Qi, isn’t it?
Another method is to use the facing of the entire building as the facing direction. The reasoning for this is that all units are under one roof, and they should all share a single facing direction based on the building.
For one, I know Uncle Dixer doesn’t like the method of using the entire apartment building. When asked whether to use the apartment front door or the building front door, he explained:
Because your primary concern is with your own home (I assumed that is the case), use your own apartment to plot your compass calculation. But if you are concerned with the whole apartment building, then use the whole apartment. It all depends on your primary concern.
There is a Feng Shui rule that say “One item, one Taiji” to guide us in this situation, so it all depends on what you want to look at as an item.
I also don’t like using the apartment building’s facing direction for your home’s facing direction. Does everyone really have the same facing direction if the building is shaped as an L? What if the building is round shaped? That method is just doesn’t seem right.
The method for finding the facing of an apartment (at least what I think) is still the same as a house, which is to find the most Yang side. This is usually the side of your balcony because the most sunlight, air, and Qi come from this direction. Also, don’t forget to take the design and orientation into consideration.
Just like houses, your apartment’s facing will SOMETIMES be the same as the building’s facing direction. This is true for some apartments I’ve seen in California, where it’s square shaped and only 2 stories high. Also, they are designed where the door doesn’t face a wall or another apartment, but instead, a wide-open space (usually a parking lot). Further, their balcony is blocked with tall trees. With these factors combined, the most Yang side is therefore the same side where the front door is.
But again, please DO NOT use your apartment’s front door as the facing direction. Please consider the two separately.
Taking the Compass Measurement of Your Facing Direction
After knowing which direction your house is facing, the next step is to take the compass measurement.
If you know how to use a Luo Pan, you can skip reading this section. If you don’t have one, you can easily buy one here on Amazon. Knowing how to use a Luo Pan is essential for Feng Shui practitioners.
I won’t get into the details on how to use a Luo Pan here. Instead, I’ll teach you how to get the compass measurement of your house’s facing direction using your smartphone.
First, find a reference line parallel to your home’s facing direction. For instance, if your facing direction is the same as your front door, you can use the lower edges of your front door as reference line, or even the wall that’s your facing direction. If you have stairs that lead straight to the facing direction, the stairs can be reference lines too.
Then, open the compass app on your smartphone. Line up the bottom of your smartphone with the reference line. The compass reading on your smartphone will be your home’s facing direction.
I highly suggest that you take several measurements because of electrical interference. Therefore, I suggest that it is best to take measurements from both the inside and outside of your home. The key here is to find the reference line and line up the bottom of your smartphone with it.
When determining your home’s facing direction, do NOT use your front door’s direction. The two directions are independent of each other. Instead, use the most “Yang” side of your home and its design and orientation to find your home’s facing direction.
After knowing which side is your home’s facing direction, use your smartphone to get several compass measurements. Use your compass app and line up the bottom of your smartphone with reference lines that’s parallel with your home’s facing direction. You should take measurements from both inside and outside of the home to avoid electrical interference that’ll alter your compass measurement.
Once you get the compass measurement, you’re now ready for some serious Feng Shui!