Sunrise behind mountainsQ:  Why is the front entrance on most Ba gua charts in the north direction, while most books recommend that the front entrance should be facing south?

A:  The front entrance is not necessarily always preferable in the north or the south. The Ba gua (Eight directional charts) is usually oriented on the north or south direction for easy reference. There are also different schools of feng shui. Some schools use a north-pointing compass, while others use a south-pointing compass. The north/south axis is the dominant direction of the geomagnetic frequency of earth. This fact alone has misled people to think that north and south are the only desirable directions.

Furthermore, it is likely that some of the books you are reading are limited translations from old Chinese texts. In ancient China, the north was where the cold Mongolian winds came from and it was desirable in that location to have mountains in the north of your home to protect you from harsh weather. The south is where the sun rotates from east to west. Because the sun’s energy is vital to your well-being, it is also considered preferable to face south. You can see where the emphasis on north and south came from.

Taking a literal translation and applying it directly to your unique situation is not always the best solution in feng shui. Nonetheless, the concept of having a mountain situated behind you to shield you from the cold, and facing a positive source of energy like the sun is desirable. The best orientation for a person’s front entry ultimately depends on their birth date.

Q:  If you have a stairway directly lined up with your front door, should you place a chime above the door so that it activates the chi when the door opens?

A:  If your front door aligns directly with a staircase, there is a tendency for the house’s energy or chi to be lost. Because the staircase is an avenue where people are constantly circulating, it creates an energy flow that leaves the house if it is directly aligned with the main door. Depending on what direction the door is in and what kind of energies the residents have, this alignment will have different effects on the people living inside.

If a master determines that your front door is not the best entrance to use because of the staircase alignment and you have an alternative entrance, use the alternate. In this case, a wind chime is not necessary. If you have only one door for entering the house and it is aligned with a staircase, then a wind chime can help disperse some energy from directly leaving the house. The metal bars of the chime should be cut according to the five element frequencies. A better alternative to the wind chime is to put up a screen between the staircase and the door. Crystals or plants can also be used to make the energies in this area stronger and prevent energy loss.