By Jenny T. Liu, MA

The other day, a very distressed Mrs. Taylor calls me on the phone. She tells me that she has many problems in her home. She is most concerned about her son who is either having mental problems or being very rebellious and driving her crazy.

I arrive at her house and walk around the site. This is a backwards-sitting house where the "support" mountain is in front blocking energy, while the incline in back lets energy descend away from the house. Ideally, a house is open to the front allowing energy to enter while the mountains are behind to offer support and act as a container to gather energy.

The house faces "gen" or northeast and sits "kun" or southwest. This is a Western Direction Pattern House which does not match Mrs. Taylor and her family who are all of the Eastern Direction Pattern. Living in this opposite frequency will bring them trouble both internally within the family as well as externally with other people.

The left side of the house is the "yang" or masculine side, also known as the "azure dragon"; it contains the energies that affect health and relationships. A lower easement with a drainage aqueduct is located on th is side. It leads water away from the house from the northwest to west. This can cause the males living in this house to be weaker in their health and have unstable relationships.

More specifically, water is an energy relating to sex. Having it flow from the northwest to west side stimulates frequencies that can cause the father, associated with the northwest (quan) frequencies to commit adultery because the west (dui) is associated with promiscuity and young ladies.

In terms of health, the father or the males of the house are prone to head colds and respiratory problems such as pneumonia because the northwest (quan) and west (dui) frequencies are also respectively related to the head and lungs. Another potential effect of water draining away from the house is money loss. In this case, having water in these areas can adversely affect the Taylor family because their frequencies are opposite to their house. However, this may or may not be the case for a family of the Western Direction Pattern.

Entering the front door and standing in the hallway, the first thing I se e is the fireplace directly aligned with the main entry. Having a major circulation path where people are constantly coming into conflict with fi reenergies is a potential cause of family arguments, car accidents and lawsuits. Mrs. Taylor agrees that there are plenty of disagreements among the family members. Also, she and her son are involved in two lawsuits, both from car accidents. Looking at their birth chart, it shows that this year is a particularly bad year for their entire family, making them prone to injury and conflicts. Their bad feng shui compounds their already vulnerable energies.

The stove and a large exposed beam are also located at the center or "heart" of the house. The fire element of the stove in the center induces temper while the exposed beam suppresses heart energies that can cause family members to feel congested and stifled. Both are sources of quarrels and bickering among family members.

As I tour the house and sketch the floor plan, I can barely open the bedroom doors and walk in to examine the furniture layouts. All the bedrooms are dark and cluttered with clothes and boxes. Mrs. Taylor tells me the shutters are perpetually closed for privacy. Their son's room is covered with posters that portray violence. None of this is normal or healthy behavior.

I explained that the rooms have no air circulation and the "yin" or negative energies are too depressing. I tell Mrs. Taylor this house is a container of "sha qi", or harmful and negative energies. Anyone living in this type of environment is bound to get very sick, have abnormal behavior, mental problems and suffer a great deal of trouble and money loss.

I am surprised that her family has managed to live here for almost ten years. The common person would not have survived. She admits she has struggled and wants to get out of this house but cannot seem to leave. She explains to me that the previous owner died in this house after three years and her son has tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide. Her family has been slowly falling apart ever since they moved in.

Her husband's aura is extremely dark. The frame of his eyes are black revealing lack of kidney energy either from overwork or oversexual exertion. He does not deny either account but tells me he is doing fine. It is apparent that the husband has succumbed to the ill effects of the house to the point he is unaware of what the house is doing to him and his family.

Aside from living in a dark and stagnant room filled with negative frequencies, there are other sources that would induce their son to be suicidal or belligerent. Their son's room door is aligned with the master bedroom door. These opposing energies can cause the occupants in the two rooms to have conflicts. The two bedrooms are separated by a bathroom which is in their positive direction of "zhen" or east which is associated with the liver and eldest son. The bathroom is a place of degrading energies that conflicts with the eldest son's liver energies, causing him to be mo ody, easily tired and have poor body purification.

I told Mrs. Taylor that they should move out as soon as they can, even if they have to temporarily rent an apartment. In the meantime, they should remove all the junk, open the windows to let in fresh air and sun energy to balance and purify all the negative "yin" energies. The fireplace should be covered by a screen to hide it. Crystal balls or green plants can be plac ed on either side of the fireplace to neutralize the fire energy. A mirror should be placed at the back of the stove to reflect the negative energies away from the center of the house. A wind chime should be hung between their son's bedroom and the master bedroom to disperse some of the opposing energies between them and their son.

Their son should take down the violent posters and replace them with images of nature and personal goals to help him focus and attain peace of mind. A mirror should be placed on the outside wall of the bathroom. These are temporary means of ameliorating some of the negative energies so that they may live a bit more comfortably while they search for a new home. It does not necessarily make the feng shui good because the land and structural configuration of the house are poor and cannot be altered without great expense.

Even more importantly, the Taylor family needs to improve their own energies through meditation, exercise and diet. The stronger their personal energies are, the less of an influence their poor environment will have on them. They have to break the cycle of having the house's energies constantly degenerating their well-being.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 5,000 year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, who also 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.

If you would like to learn more, contact Jenny at (818) 282-8536 or see her Website at or for the library of her articles .

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