The Condo that Couldn't
By Jenny T. Liu, M.A.



Delphine is a medical professional who had reached a comfortable level in her career, but felt she could do better in many other areas of her life. She intuitively knew that her feng shui was not very good at her current home, but she also knew she wasn't in a position to move at this time. Delphine wanted to make the most of what she had for the time being, and called me in for a consultation to see how she could improve her environment. 

Upon arriving at Delphine's condo, I note that her unit is at the end of the complex and located far from the energy of the main street. To get to her front door, I have to walk down a narrow pathway that is defined by her own two-story unit and the unit next door. The path feels cramped and unsafe. Delphine's condo is small but quite well kept. She also has a very neat appearance herself.

Based on her birth date, I determine that she belongs to the wood element, which is categorized under the Eastern Direction Pattern. Her front door faces east, which matches her, however as you stand at her front door and face out, you look directly at her neighbor's door. Facing a door like this can bring conflict with others.

Next, I note the solid wall to the immediate left of the door and the descending staircase on the right. The left side of a doorway is associated to yang (male energies), generation of income, and outside relationships. Because the left-hand side of Delphine's main door is closed in by a wall, her relationships with men will tend to be similarly blocked and her income limited.

This year, the east direction hosts the annual Star 7, which belongs to the metal element and is associated to cuts, violation, and aggressive females. With her main door in the east and subject to Star 7's energy, she may encounter conflicts or injuries to her limbs.

Delphine is beside herself with this analysis. She reveals that ever since she moved into the condo, she has not had any stable male relationships, and this year faced unprecedented confrontations that felt violating to her at work. She then showed me a large band-aid near her wrist where she recently got a bad cut. She tells me this is not like any feng shui consultation she's ever experienced. We are just getting started!

We proceed to Delphine's bedroom. It is located in the northwest sector and thus incompatible to her. A bedroom in the northwest direction associated to the masculine metal element defeats her wood energies, so sleeping there negatively affects her health and love relationships. As Delphine continues to absorb the energies in the bedroom, she will find men tend to take advantage, hurt, or dominate her.

To compound this issue, the northwest hosts the Star 1, which can bring sexually-charged, unethical men so she needs to be cautious. Delphine confides that it has already happened as she was recently aggressively propositioned by a married man. On a health level, Delphine needs to be careful of her liver, arms, and legs. She will tend to feel tired as the room's energy depletes her energy.

The bedroom is very small and only allows for a twin bed, foretelling that she is likely to be a lonely lady here. I then explain to Delphine that people often settle down in homes that match their energy at the time when they were looking for a home.

She shakes her head in agreement and tells me she found this condo after ending a long six-year relationship and that she didn't want anything to do with men at the time. She does feel tired all the time and thus, unmotivated to expand in her career.

In the long run, it is not recommended for Delphine to stay here. She is not surprised to hear this and has always felt it, but says her choices were limited. I tell her this is not completely true and explain that when you live in a place that is limiting, your perception of opportunities become limited, too. Delphine then asks what she needs to do to open up her options.

I have three pages of recommendations for Delphine after the consultation. The most important adjustment for her to make is to use her promoting element of fire to weaken the metal element energy of her northwest bedroom. She can implement this by applying the colors red, pink, or burgundy in her room with paint, bedding, light or curtains.

Rose quartz crystals can be placed around her bed to enhance positive relationships and release stress. A strong adjustment, such as Chi Art with mantra charms and symbols for enhancing her health and love, hung on the wall next to her bed, will greatly improve her energy.

To activate more movement and wealth in the front door area, I recommend using her other promoting element of water. Chi Art or other artwork depicting water with an abundance of fish will stimulate positive movement in the entry. I also suggest that Delphine spend more time in her dining room area, which is located in her positive southeast direction. A collage of her goals in the dining room will stimulate energies of progress.

At the end of our session, Delphine points out that she was aware of feng shui and wished she had consulted with me six years ago when she was looking for a new home. With guidance, it's possible she would have selected a different home that supported her and allowed for more progress and stability.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors' Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Master's Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the Internet. Awarded for her Master's Thesis on Feng Shui, Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information, visit: Liu-FengShui.com or call her at (626) 272-4901.


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