Curved staircaseMany people ask me if it is true that when stairs run in alignment with the main door, it causes money loss. I always tell them that this is not necessarily true for there are many factors involved. In order to understand what effect it has on you, we must know your birth elements and where the staircase is located. Different people and different staircase locations have different effects.

First, we must understand what a staircase is before we can know how it affects us. In feng shui, staircases are known as a source of sha chi, or potentially harmful or degenerating energy. Staircases are made up of many steps, each protruding out as a potential source of danger. If you are not careful, it is easy to stumble or hurt yourself going up or down the steps. Staircases are also vertical shafts that penetrate through each floor, creating a “hole” in the building - especially in high rises.

When the staircase mouth lines up with the front door, the influence it has on the residents is not necessarily money loss. For instance, if the resident is born under the dui or the metal element and their door opens to the west, the staircase’s sha chi located in this direction may cause this person to have respiratory problems or love affairs because the lungs and adultery are associated with the dui, or western, metal frequencies. If the staircase aligns with a door that opens to the south or fire energies, its negative energies conflict with the fire frequencies and the resident may suffer circulatory problems because the heart is associated with the south and fire. However, if the person involved exercises daily and maintains good health, they may not suffer these problems at all.

In feng shui, the house is analogous to the body. A staircase located in the center or “heart” of the house is like a hole piercing the heart. The residents may feel stressed living in this type of environment, however this stress may not affect every house member in the same way.

For someone who is born under the wood element sleeping in the northwest room, a staircase in the middle of the house may cause them to have headaches or grow tired easily. This is because the wood frequency is associated with the liver energies, while the northwest is associated with the metal element and the head energies. When these energies are interrupted, they do not function normally. Abnormal liver energies cause one to be prone to hot temper, stuffiness, and quick exhaustion. With or without the staircase in the center, there is already a tendency for headaches and easy exhaustion when the two conflicting energies of wood and metal come together. With the staircase sha chi compounding the effect, the negativity or symptoms may be worse.

Likewise, when the front of a staircase is aligned with a bedroom door, the effect it has on the person living in this room varies depending on his or her birth element and the location of their bedroom. For instance, if a person born under the gen or northeast earth element sleeping in the northeast room has a staircase directly in front of her door, the staircase’s negative energy interrupts this person’s gen related energies, resulting in arguments, back tension, low energy, or sinus allergies.

If this same person had their bedroom in the north, which is associated with the water element, the staircase’s opening pointing straight into their room brings a negative source of water frequencies that conflicts with the person’s gen or earth frequencies.  When earth energies encounter water energies, there is a higher chance for the person to commit adultery, suffer dizziness, back stress, or nasal congestion. Again, these are potential effects. There are other factors to consider before making an accurate conclusion about how the house’s feng shui actually influences a person’s well-being.

Because the staircase is where people go up and down, the energies are constantly moving. It is best to locate it on the left hand, or masculine side when one enters the house. The masculine or “dragon” side contains the energies that guard the constantly changing or moving energies of family relationships, personal activity, and health.

To minimize the sha chi of a staircase, it should not be straight. Instead, it should be curvaceously embracing the energy that comes in from the front door. For safety, it should also be wide, have a sturdy railing, and be well lit.

Those who have studied feng shui in depth understand that there are many levels of feng shui and few generalities can be made without misleading people into thinking that the same rule applies to everyone. Everyone is different and is affected differently by their feng shui. When more factors are taken into consideration, then a more accurate feng shui analysis will occur.