Feng Shui Questions and Answers

Gabriele answers your questions about feng shui for the home and your home office.

Bedroom over the kitchen

Hi…it’s feels very nice to read  your article, it’s so informative. I started using feng shui in my life from last couple of years only. Me and my husband both are sick from past 4 years. I read in your article that having a bedroom above the kitchen as mine is a bad feng shui . We have no plans of moving yet…but are there any other ways we can fix this problem. If you can help please ….Thanks, Suki

GA:  Hello Suki, I am sorry to hear about your and your husband’s health issues. You are correct, a bedroom should not be over the kitchen.  The energies are contrasting…the kitchen is associated with fire energy, while you want calm, serene energy in the bedroom.  The first place to start is to move your bed if it is located directly over the stove–this location is very detrimental to health.  Also, add “Earth” energy to your bedroom–add linens and a rug under the bed in Earth colors–soft browns, brick, terra cottas and the like to protect your bed from the kitchen’s Fire energy.  And finally, take a small mirror and place it under your bed facing down.  This symbolically reflects the heat from the kitchen back down and adds a water element (glass) to “cool” the kitchen heat.  When you do move, please make sure you avoid this location!  Another bad location for the bedroom, is  over the garage.

Losing Weight by Decluttering

Hi, I am wondering if you can answer a question for me. I am busy moving furniture and clearing closets in my home. I just put a fountain by the front door. I must have taken 6 bags to Goodwill the other day.

I am noticing now that my appetite has changed. I don’t have food cravings or am not that hungry. It is wonderful since I need to lose weight and usually stress eat.

My question to you is: By changing the energy of your home through Feng SFhui, can your appetite be affected and can you lose weight? It is just so wild how this has come over me. Am I imagining things that Feng Shui could have caused this? I am so curious. TD

GA:  What a great question!  Yes, I think this is a wonderful example of the impact of Feng Shui!  Clutter is actually a stressor and can stimulate eating for comfort. While areas of clutter cause stagnation and blockage–and weight gain, when the energy moves smoothly throughout your home, you feel energized and more active—and can lose weight more easily!

You are the second client in a week who mentioned weight loss associated with decluttering!

Bad Couple Energy…

Hi there, I am wondering if you could help. Me and my partner moved to a new house about 14 months ago and since we have been living in this new house we have been arguing and what not alot. We never did this before. I wonder if it is because we may have bad energy and if you could think of anything I could do to turn it in to positive energy? thankyou,

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GA: Thanks for saying hello! I’m sorry to hear about the change in your relationship. Consider a close look at the far right corner of your home. This is your Love/Relationship area. If it is a missing area, get back to me and we’ll have to talk further. But now check, is there a lot of clutter, a garbage can (no!), water symbols (which bring instability to the relationship)? The same is true for your bedroom–the center of relationship energy. Clean out the clutter, the electronics, and work material and surround yourself with pictures and symbols of romance, objects and pictures in pairs, and happy pictures of both of you. A bit of red as an energizer doesn’t hurt…good luck! Let me know if things change.
My hallway feels dark and dreary when I enter my home.  This bothers me.  What can I do?
GA: The entrance of your home is the “mouth of chi” in Feng Shui.  This is where you welcome new energy and opportunity into your home.  Therefore, it is important to make this room bright—change the color to a brighter shade, add high wattage lighting, a water fountain (if possible), and bright rugs that lead you into the home.

Most importantly, make sure there is no junk, especially near the entrance of your home since this blocks energy and opportunity.

My son is always so restless at night since we moved.  Any Feng Shui solutions?

GA:     Make sure his bed is not directly in front of the door—this can be disturbing.  His bed should face the wall with the door.

•    Are the colors in his room soothing?  Too much red can be disturbing—too dark can be depressing.
•    Violent pictures and posters can also be a factor in poor sleep.  Make sure the images that he sees first thing in the morning are soothing.
•    A mirror that reflects the bed can be the source of poor sleep.

Questions & Answers

  1. Debbie Rivero says:

    Hi,
    I have a ceiling sprinkler over the bed in the master bedroom. How can I cover this without compromising my family’s safety?

    I have read about the Feng Shui concept that, as the energy flows around the room and hits a ceiling obstruction, it is forced down. A person who is sitting or sleeping under the obstruction physically feels the difference in height between the ceiling and the obstruction.

    My home is a loft in an historical mill building. Many thanks for your help, Debbie

    • Gabriele Amersbach says:

      Hi Debbie, thanks for the comment. I wouldn’t worry about the ceiling sprinkler unless it really extends far into room. A ceiling fan is a greater concern because of the cutting blades. You may wish to consider hanging a 30 mm faceted crystal from the sprinkler in a way that does not disturb its capability. This will break up the downward pressing energy. Thanks for saying hello! Gabriele

  2. I was hoping you can help clarify a question. We are looking to buy a new home and found one that is facing SE which is good for period 8 but has a pool in the back yard which would be in the NW sector. I don’t think having water in NW would be good and may cancel out or negatively impact the SE forward home for period 8. Should we not even consider this home at all or are there cures we can put in to offset the negative and enhance the positive? Since it is a forward chart for SE facing, I am thinking having water feature in the back of the home in NW would then make it bad or reverse chart overall. We have been only looking for forward chart homes with the right mountain and water stars. Any thoughts you may have would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Nancy, I do Western Feng Shui where the compass directions are not considered primary. However, I would consider using the bagua (see my site) over the plan of your home and yard. Water features work well in the Career and Wealth areas. They are less successful in the Fame or Relationship areas. All the best!

  3. Hi there,
    I am wondering if you could help. Me and my partner moved to a new house about 14 months ago and since we have been living in this new house we have been arguing and what not alot. We never did this before. I wonder if it is because we may have bad energy and if you could think of anything I could do to turn it in to positive energy? thankyou,

    • luckypath says:

      Thanks for saying hello! I’m sorry to hear about the change in your relationship. Consider a close look at the far right corner of your home. This is your Love/Relationship area. If it is a missing area, get back to me and we’ll have to talk further. But now check, is there a lot of clutter, a garbage can (no!), water symbols (which bring instability to the relationship)? The same is true for your bedroom–the center of relationship energy. Clean out the clutter, the electronics, and work material and surround yourself with pictures and symbols of romance, objects and pictures in pairs, and happy pictures of both of you. A bit of red as an energizer doesn’t hurt…good luck! Let me know if things change.

  4. HELLO HOW ARE YOU I MOVED TO FLORIDA FROM NEW JERSEY AND EVER SINCE I LOST SLEEP AND IS LIKE BAD LUCK HIT US HARD BACK AT HOME MY SON AND HIS WIFE HAD A GOOD JOB AND THEY HAVE HERE BUT IS LIKE EVERY THING THEY GET PAY THEY HAVE TO GIVE IT BACK AND THEY CAN’T EVEN GO OUT TO ENJOY THEM SELF CAUSE THERE’S NO MONEY TO DO SO AND NO MATTER WHAT I TRY IT DONT WORK COULD IT BE THE HOUSE WHERE WE LIVE PLEASE LET ME KNOW THANK YOU

    • luckypath says:

      Thank you for saying hello. It’s hard to answer this kind of question since it probably requires a close look at the home. I’d start with cleaning out all clutter and making sure there is no obstruction near the front door and near other entrances. All the best.

  5. I have elephant poster with trunk turn inside-upward. it is hanged on middle wall of living room. I am concern about which direction trunk and poster place is good for career luck or good luck

    • luckypath says:

      Thank you for saying hello. If you are happy with the elephant poster, it should not be bad for career or luck no matter where it is placed. In general it is best if the trunk is heading up–and if the elephant is placed in the Career area, near the front door, it should be heading into the house. All the best!

  6. I am looking for better employment and would like to know all the things I can put in the foyer (assuming that it is the career section of my apartment-right) to bring in new job opportunities. Also, what can I do to bring in more money into my life.

    Thanks for your assistance.

    • Gabriele Amersbach says:

      Thank you for saying hello. It is important to declutter your foyer–remove anything extra. If you take off shoes, make sure they are in a basket or cabinet. A great lush plant works well, any pictures with water images, and a bubbling fountain all energize Career energy. Make sure you set your intention when you make these changes. Good luck! Gabriele

  7. I am new to all things Feng Shui. An aquaintence suggested I look into it. I have recently come to realize through the Kua that when sleeping, my head points at the Total Loss sector, however in my bedroom there is nowhere else for the bed to go and no other direction I can sleep in, are there any cures or anything I can do for this? Despite everything I try and do bad luck, loss, misfortune etc has followed me for 2 yrs since moving into the home. I have ordered money frogs, 6 mini buddas, a pair of dragons and have a six stalk bamboo plant. Is there ANYTHING else I can do???? I’ve had nothing but money problems and career problems. I need help.

    Thanks in advance.
    Brenda

    • Gabriele Amersbach says:

      Hello Brenda. Thank you for your interest and excuse the delayed response. I don’t look at anything as a total loss sector. If you are comfortable sleeping, then that’s a good start. Also, it is best if you are able to see the door from your bed. I wouldn’t order any more objects–it’s best to focus on other areas of your home–are there blockages in the Wealth sector? Water symbols in Fame? Clutter in the Career area? I wish you all the best! Gabriele

  8. vinoy sivan says:

    im a graduated, but i didnt get a job in public sector, i study for psc test along 3 yrs, it has any remedies

    • Gabriele Amersbach says:

      You may wish to also take a look at the self development sector of the home (take a look at a bagua)–make sure you have a place to be clear about your goals. Also, take a look at the Career area–usually near the front door–you don’t want a lot of blocks in this area. Wishing you all the best, Gabriele

  9. Hello…hope this email finds you doing well. I just moved into a brand new home. The house is so full of peace. However, it’s in the SE direction but feng shui says based on my kua number my best direction is NE. And the master bedroom is above the kitchen but my bed is above the kitchen sink, not the oven. My headboard is solid and the sets against a wall, diagnol to the door. Should this be a concern? If so, what and how can I fix it? My home is very clean and always stays clutter-free. When I walk into my room, I get an over-whelming sense of joy…

    • Gabriele Amersbach says:

      Hello Kathy. I do western Feng Shui where we do not focus on Kua numbers and compass directions. However, having a bedroom above the kitchen (or a bathroom) for that matter isn’t ideal. It is good the bed isn’t directly over the oven! Consider placing a small mirror facing downward under the bed as a symbolic means of reversing this energy. Make sure you include Earth energy in your decor (browns, chocolates, sand, terra cota, crystals. earthen ware, images of fertile fields) to offset the Fire energy of the kitchen. It’s great that your home is clean and clutter free and you feel joyful in it–that’s the sign you are doing everything correctly! All the best, Gabriele

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