Knife-Shaped House
By Jenny T. Liu, M.A,

The other day I went to do a feng shui analysis for the president of a prominent real estate company. Upon meeting Mr. Royce (name changed for privacy), I can tell that he is no ordinary man. He lives in an extraordinary house in a prestigious hillside community.  He is a vibrant man in his 60’s.  He told me he is in better shape, and has more energy than most people who are less than half his age.  As Mr. Royce showed me his home, he explained that he bought his 6,000 square foot house a year ago during a transition period in his life.

He admits to living a fast-paced lifestyle.  It is natural for him to be attracted to the house he now occupies.  His modern home with its many diagonal walls and angles is more a sculpture than a house.  The floor plan is in the shape of a knife with a sharp triangular edge which creates an erratic and chaotic energy.  As I walked through the multi-level house, going up and down steps in almost every room, I become dizzy with the odd angular rooms and the large collection of abstract and pop art that runs through it.  I remarked that this type of house has a highly dynamic, but unstable energy which is a reflection of his personal energy.  He may feel comfortable with this type of energy — others as myself and his more down-to-earth girlfriend, might be overwhelmed.

To take in the full view of the mountains, there are floor-to-ceiling windows all along the back of the house.  There are also three very large skylights. This house has too many holes and cannot contain energy.  The size of the house is also much too large for one person to occupy.  Being the energetic person that Mr. Royce is, he may instinctively desire grand spaces.  However, if he lives here by himself, he is likely to lose energy, suffer fatigue and experience money loss.  In most cases such as his, this is a typical house of physical weakness, bankruptcy and trouble.  Mr. Royce looked down and scratched his head.  He told me this house was a foreclosure, but his money is doing very well, especially with the rise in real estate this year.

I explained that this house will cause financial distress, but will have varying effects depending on who lives in it.  Someone as wealthy as he may not be hurt by unexpected expenses, even if they are of huge proportions.  However, most people who are not that wealthy cannot withstand large financial loss and would easily go into the red.

Also, because Mr. Royce is such an energetic and vivaciously strong person, he might not be affected by the house’s lack of energy.  In fact, when he first moved in, he may have felt extremely comfortable because the house balanced out his overpowering energies.  Furthermore, each person’s energies vary in strength from year to year.  If the energies are stronger in a particular year, the individual is less vulnerable to bad feng shui and vice-versa.

Nonetheless, as he can see, the effects are usually accumulated and it is only a matter of time before it affects even someone as strong as he.  He told me he had never in his life been to a hospital, yet in the last six months, he had suffered extreme fatigue and has had to consult doctors.  Coincidentally, this  corresponds to the beginning of the year of the Tiger.  Being born in the year of the Tiger has weaker energies, making him prone to trouble this year.

The house sits northeast and faces southwest.  There are two large fireplaces located exactly in the northeast sector.  The northeast direction is the most volatile this year and may invite illness, robbery, troublemakers, accidents, argument or financial loss. Anything negative in the northeast can compound these effects.  Since the northeast relates to the lower back, the stomach and the nose, I ask Mr. Royce if he has lower back pains, digestion problems or allergies.  He told me he has all three — the allergies being worse than ever.

He also sleeps in the east room with a fireplace in front of his bed. This does not match him at all.  Being born of the earth element, sleeping in the east room, which is associated to the wood element, drains him of energy (wood absorbs earth).  He is likely to have liver problems which can cause fatigue and temper.  For someone who was skeptical about feng shui, I could tell he was quite shocked by the reality of all I was telling him.

Jenny Liu holds a Bachelor’s 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 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.  For more information, please see her website http://www.liu-fengshui.com or for the library of her articles http://www.spiritweb.org/spirit/feng-shui.html   If you have questions, you can also reach her at (626) 282-9829.

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